Raindrops are pinging on the roof as I write this. Chicken stock and mulled cider are simmering on the stove. The world outside my window is drawn in grays and deep green. Winter is here in Oregon, and there is nothing I want more than to hide under wool blankets with a pot of tea and a big book or, if I'm feeling slightly more ambitious, stare out the window with a notebook open on the table in front of me.
This is a big change. For the past three months, I've been a ball of energy. I am excited about building my astrology practice. My new clients are unbelievably inspiring, and, after several years of trying to drum up the energy to write about things that didn't really inspire me, figuring out that I really like writing about astrology lit me up, and I have thousands of words on the blog to show for it. I'm no less excited than I was when I first started a few months ago, but ever since the rains came back, I've been naturally falling into a quieter, more contemplative mood.
Recently, I had the opportunity to take Jamie Ridler's Planning Day workshop, and it got me thinking about what it would be like to embrace the way the seasons feel. I know that if I fight this winter feeling and try to keep up the pace I set for myself in October, I'm bound to get burned out and grumpy. I know this because I resist the effect the seasons have on me every year. I love the feeling of being productive and fight the need slow down until I'm overwhelmed and am forced to throw the emergency brakes on and stop.
As I set the pots to simmering today, I decided that I want this year to be different. I wondered: If I listen to what my instincts are telling me now and spin down, will I be able to find a gentler steady rhythm? Will it be possible for me to keep my momentum instead of coming to a hard stop and then having to work hard to start up again next spring?
I don't know the answer to these questions, but I do know that just idea of slowing down resonated with something deep in me, so I'm going to give it a try.
What does that mean, exactly? Well, it's kind of up to you.
Clients are my first priority. So, if you'd like me to spend my time writing about your chart, all you have to do is sign up for a reading (or two, or three). As of this writing, I just have Astrology Readings for Writers linked off the site, but I also offer other readings for those who e-mail me directly, so don't be afraid to reach out.
With the time that's left over, I'd like write things that are useful to you. So, what would you like to see?
My current regular features are :
- Astro Riffs
- Astrologer Interviews
- Author Interviews
What should stay? What should go? Anyone I should interview? (It's okay to nominate yourself.)
I have also been scheming for a while to write more about how the Zodiac can be a useful character design tool for fiction writers--the narrative equivalent of the color wheel.
And I can, of course, put together some astrology lessons or do more personal/contemplative writing like up top.
But I can't do all of it, so I want to know what you think.
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