The Shepherd’s Daughter ~ A Red Book of One’s Own

The Shepherd's Daughter


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,

Blessed Be,


Back Cover

For those interested here’s a look at the back cover where poet and tree merge …

The Soul Is My Mother

‘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.”

Carl Jung

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. 


22 thoughts on “The Shepherd’s Daughter ~ A Red Book of One’s Own

  1. Thank you Deborah for putting your beautiful dream into print and sharing it with the world. Although I am sad that your poems have disappeared from your poetry blog, I know where to find them. Waiting with excitement.

    1. Aww, thank you so much Bookworm for your wonderful gift of words and for ordering my new book! Yes, the poems have now found themselves a new home in which to reside … although from time to time I may repost an older poem here … I’m not sure.

      Blurb books take around 12 days (maybe a little less?) to deliver in the UK. Oh, I’m still pinching myself one week later that I’m actually sharing this mid-summer’s night dream with the world! Love and blessings, Deborah.

  2. How beautiful your dream was, Debra, and how delightfully described. Thank you for sharing it. It sent a shiver down my spine. Congratulations on having followed it through. The Shepherd’s Daughter looks fantastic. I’ve ordered my copy this afternoon.

    I send you blessings and best wishes.

    1. Wow! Thank you so much Cath for your truly delightful comment! The dream was incredible and thankfully, easy (yet hard to implement at the same time) to follow.

      I hope you enjoy my second collection and harvested a discount from Blurb as their p&p is a bit pricey otherwise. Still for me £20.00 in total is a very small price to release a big dream into the world … thank goodness for self-publishing! Love and blessings, Deborah.

  3. Dearest Deborah, you were given a clear intuition and dream and you acted on it quickly. I’m so glad this happened for you and for me and all the lovers of your poems.

    Your poems connect my soul to the mythological world in the deepest way. There have been and continue to be so many strong astrological aspects during these months. (I love your desk!) While the world is experiencing them with difficulty, you must have a lovely trine or sextile with Pluto and Saturn. Blessings be.

    I’m off to order the Shepherd’s Daughter’s book. Sending love and hope across the sea.

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for your beautiful, soulful reply! As you know I follow the brilliant UK astrologer Pam Gregory from whom I learn much from her fortnightly videos and website … yet will take a closer look at my natal chart now that you mention it. Yes, let’s bring in more of those splendid trine and sextile alignments please! I ordered a long term chart (seven years) chart from the Jungian astrologer Liz Greene last year … to help me through my second Saturn return … so will dig out that extended chart too.

      Oh, my dear friend! I love how you’ve put into your own wonderful words what happened for me! For reading them back is helping me make more sense of what’s happened since waking up from my guiding mid-summer night dream! Yes, without any delay at all (just lots of sighs!) I knew the book must to be completed now!

      I hope you enjoy my second collection, a companion book of sorts I guess! I can imagine them sitting together on your shelves as they do on my own. And there’s an extra special poem which I’ve dedicated to you on page 106 … I think you know which one! Sending much love and light across the oceans between us, Deborah.

  4. Hey Deborah, congratulations on publishing your new book!!! I’m hungry and waiting for delivery.

    You’ve encouraged me to get published myself – actually, I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for all this time. Thank goodness Blurb didn’t shut up shop this year because it must’ve been super surreal to do this anyway.

    I’ll return and write a review!! Love to you both. HF

    Ps. Great book covers!!

    1. Thank you so much Henry for your tasty words! Ha-Ha! Yes, you must do it! Oh, I don’t know what I would’ve done if Blurb had closed during the pandemic … I think there are other online platforms but I want to keep all my books together in one online bookshop.

      Surreal, yes … but I felt that I had no choice re timing and following such a numinous, midsummer dream! Writing and publishing during lockdown felt very strange and yet familiar at the same time … it’s hard to explain really! Thanks in advance for your kind-hearted offer!

      I’ll pass on your feedback re book covers! Waning Full Harvest Moon blessings, Deborah.

  5. I saw your honourable and kind notification to me about your new post and I looked at it heartily and appreciated but I had to wait for a time of silence and solitude in which I can read your first post after (in my eyes) a very long time, and now it is the moment and I read this and I read you word by word. It’s a weird dream, a kind of extraordinary one. And you have your Red Book to present us; fabulous. I must congratulate you, my dearest Deborah. I will surely look for it and will dream again, of you, you both. Have a blessing and safe time. PS; I love your design cover; an image of Mother-nature in Black & White, love it black & white.

    1. Thank you so much Aladin for your truly wonderful response! The book covers are amazing aren’t they, I’m so very proud of my wife! Yes, it was a strange dream Aladin! I don’t think I’ve ever dreamt one like it before because there was no one else in the dream only this voice that spoke and me witnessing a desk being built before my eyes … only whoever was building the desk was invisible and the voice felt like it was the voice of the universe talking to me … if that makes any sense?!

      Apologies for your posting problems earlier. If it helps, I always write my reply in a word document first then I refresh the page before posting my reply otherwise if I type straight into the comment box sometimes (not always though) I lose my whole reply and it gets a bit frustrating … grrr, I’ve learned the hard way with wordpress!

      Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend and thank you once again for your visit today. Full Harvest Moon blessings, Deborah.

  6. Huge congratulations, Deborah! I’m celebrating with you today from way across the pond as I prepare for the launch of my next book, The Soul’s Twins, coming in November. I hope you’re enjoying your well-earned rewards now that your baby has been birthed.

    I just ordered a copy from Book Blurbs and am excitedly looking forward to receiving it. I love it that you have three different formats from which to choose. I couldn’t resist the linen hardcover. I think words of such beauty need to be nestled within an equally beautiful home. It will find a special place on my bookshelves and I will treasure it.

    Your poems have been an inspiration to me through the years. My own muse tends to get very excited when I read works with such mythopoetic resonance. You’ve shown me how to bring more imagery and imagination into my own writing. I thank you for that.

    I wish you the best of luck with The Shepherd’s Daughter. May she be an inspiration to all who hear her message.

    1. Ha-Ha! I do feel like I’ve just birthed another child because I’m shattered from my labour pains which first began at the summer solstice and finally ended yesterday! Engaging with my inferior thinking function for all those months was draining, yet hopefully in doing so, balanced out my dominant feeling function a little more in the process. Posting news yesterday certainly felt like my book (baby) was taking its first bath!

      Aww, thank you for ordering a copy of my new book! Wow, I’ve only seen the soft cover version to date as I’m still waiting on my wife’s hardcover order to arrive in the next week or so … yes exciting times! I love it that Blurb Books offer options for all pockets and that the soft cover (paperback) version is available at once without anyone having to wait a couple of years like we all had to in the olde days of being a book reader!

      Thank you so much for your beautiful words re my poetry. It’s been a pleasure and an inspiration to walk beside you all these years Jeanie and long may our muses continue to chatter away! I keep yours, Susan’s and Elaine’s books together … if you look at the photo I shared on Twitter re my Jungian book shelf … you’ll see what I mean.

      Your new book, “The Soul’s Twins” will be added to that wonderful, inspiring column on Christmas Day! I simply can’t wait to read it! Full Harvest Moon blessings, Deborah.

  7. This is wonderful news Deborah! I love your front and back cover. There is much to be seen in both. The front cover is you going into the woods with your crook in your left hand and there are quite a few images I see on the back cover. Is that a bird/eagle on the left, or a lion? and are those the Horns of Horus?

    I’ll look into ordering from Blurb though no-one I know will be coming to SA anytime soon. I’m also hoping the the rand to the pound improves hugely … right now it’s way off the charts.

    Greetings from a cold, wet and very windy world here. The full moon is covered is dense clouds though I can detect some rays of light – Full Harvest Moon Blessings to you Deborah.

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your generous reply! All credit goes to my wife for her incredible book covers. Oh, I love that you can see those figures where the poet and tree merge! I wept the first time I came across the wood sculpture in my waking life … I thought I had never seen anything so beautiful! For the integrated symbolism of goddess, Mother and tree spoke to mind, body, spirit and soul.

      It’s such a shame that Blurb don’t deliver direct to South Africa. It doesn’t make sense to me as they deliver all over the world via UPS. This book I notice was made is Holland, my last book came from Germany … so they must have centres all over Mother Earth. Perhaps write to customer services? I say this because a friend of mine has only a PO box address in the states yet they delivered to him.

      Snap! It’s a cold, wet, windy day here in the UK! Although last night around 10pm we stood in the garden under the beautiful soft light of the Harvest full moon and on retiring we left all our silver crystal jewellery draped along the window sill in our bedroom … where Her magickal and mystical light fell throughout the night. Sending you full Harvest Moon blessings across the oceans between us, Deborah.

  8. How wonderful, Deborah – you must be so happy and excited to release five years’ worth of creativity out into the world.

    I have keenly followed all of the projects that you completed yet, I have to admit that, whilst I loved your Tarot poems that are filled with insights and much learning for me, my own personal favourite project has to be your Poetry of the Year. It took me on an amazing journey through the seasons and the natural world. Reading your poems again in your new book will take me back to those places and months that you write about so beautifully and act as a much needed ‘healing balm’ for the mind body and soul in these challenging and scary times.

    Of course I shall be ordering a copy and wish you much luck and many full moon blessings as your new book is birthed into the world.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your encouraging response to my book news! Yes, I’m literally over the (full harvest) moon and most excited to release my second collection. Although I do think that I don’t want to be editing another book for a very long time!

      Your constant inspiration and cheer throughout my poetry journey these past five years have helped me greatly. Without exaggeration, the “Poetry of the Year” series changed my life, in that my relationship with Mother Nature deepened greatly as I witnessed the rhythms and cycles of each season throughout 2019.

      I needed this project as much as the project needed me … if that makes any sense!

      On a practical note do look out for money-saving voucher codes for trade books displayed on Blurb (usually found at top of the page) which they seem to always have most weeks. I hope you enjoy my new book and would love to hear what you think of it in due course. Full Harvest Moon blessings, Deborah.

      1. I’m happy to write a review as soon as I’ve received and read your new book – thanks for the tip re codes, always handy to know!

  9. Huge congratulations Deborah!! Ordered and waiting for delivery. What an incredible dream can you say more? Your book covers, front and back, are amazing – can’t wait until your second book roots itself deep in my hands. All the best, Anna.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for your wonderful, kind-hearted reply! My last book order took just under two weeks to arrive via Blurb. That’s lovely, I’ll pass on your feedback re book covers to my amazing (photographer) wife! That’s me, bare-footed, in the woods though! Ha-ha! First time and probably last time I’ll be on my own front cover, ever!

      Re dream, it came during summer solstice week. I had a feeling when I woke up that the desk may have been a soft grey wood … not sure. I wondered whether it had associations with aging? The planet Saturn came to mind too. Stars, I thought orientate the wanderer, the poet, and imagination is often seen as a star. Full Harvest Moon blessings, Deborah.

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