Full Harvest Moon blessings to all! Birthed under Oaktober’s magickal full moon, here’s the postscript to my second poetry collection, The Shepherd’s Daughter, my very own “Red Book”.
Writing my second book has been an unexpected joy!
At the summer solstice, just as I was about to take a break from writing, a numinous dream guided me to create my second book, with such insistence that it was impossible to refuse! Oh, how I sighed after long years of writing, yet the timing seemed right and who was I to argue with the Muses?! Coincidentally, this poet also entered her second Saturn return at the spring equinox, the very same week the UK entered a lockdown.
Dreaming of a desk in the time of Coronavirus.
A wooden desk had been set aside for me by the Universe. Star shaped cut-outs were part of the design. In the dream it felt like I was “cosmic ordering” this desk for an upcoming celebration, perhaps a birthday? On the right hand side of it stood a tall shepherd’s crook. Well, it could not have been any clearer, I thought on waking, than to start gathering poems for a new book and bring the inner heavens into correspondence with the outer heavens.
As above so below. As within, so without.
In active imagination I was told that my fate lay in the making of this desk. Then I was told that I had been asking for one for a very long time and apparently my desk was ordered and under construction. Who will guide me to this desk I asked. “The poets will call you as one of their own. Your birth-day draws near.” But my birthday is months away I reply. The desk repeats, “Your birth-day draws near.” I see the crook and understand!
The Shepherd’s Daughter will be my next project!
All through summer I kept my eyes on the stars and chanced upon many a ladder, lifeboat and lamp when I needed them most. For help came in many different guises and in many ways on this poet’s dark and bright journey. Having reached these final words, I hope you have enjoyed my poetical pilgrimage of love through the Tarot’s Major Arcana, the months of the year and back into Mother Nature’s nurturing arms, where we all belong.
Much love Dear Poets,
For those interested here’s a look at the back cover where poet and tree merge …
‘The Shepherd’s Daughter’ is Deborah Gregory’s second poetry collection. Together with her major poems written over the past five years, she includes her divinatory ‘Poetry of the Tarot’ series, a dark and bright journey through the Major Arcana, alongside her mythopoetic, nature inspired ‘Poetry of the Year’.
This book has been written with love ~ love of the beauty and wonder of Mother Earth; love of her Jungian and mythological studies; love of the poets, artists and dreamers whose creative spirit fills her with hope and courage; love of her soulmate, family and friends and love of the magick and mystery of life.
“We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.”
For those interested in purchasing a copy of my poetry collections please follow these links to Blurb Books where The Shepherd’s Daughter and A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World are both now available.