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Have you recovered yet?
Not from the New Year and Christmas splurging, but from 2016! What a year that was. It goes down in my 38 year history as direly memorable, and for so many of the wrong reasons. There was chaos at home, and abroad. And when I say at home, I mean, in my literal home. Not to mention all the death and war and disagreement and destruction. Yuck.
Horrible years, good decades make. Every so often a horrid year, month, day, moment comes around. And it can make you and mould you. Or, if you are disinclined to it, it will bury you. Chaos brings the scum of life to the surface where it must be dealt with, leaving us, eventually, with clean and clear waters, until such time as the dirt rises again...
I spent part of the year 2016 buried. Lost in turmoil as my relationship became far more dirty than divine. The lessons of 2016 took me away from my spiritual comfort zone and bang into the grime of sickness, wellbeing, mental health, addiction, arguments, recovery and more, literal sickness. I saw out the year, catching kids vomit in my pyjamas. It was a metaphor that wasn't lost on me. Having spent a whole year, partly in a state of maternity, partly working from home. All under one roof, without much communication with a bizarrely angry outside world. It was a weird old year.
Indeed... it was beautiful too. For there is never just awful. There were my children. My little baby becoming a toddler. My toddler becoming a child. The little adventures. The moments of clarity. The writing of a book. A few lovely breaks away. And in the background, burbling away there was recovery, and improvement, and a slow burn towards something a little like contentment.
I guess I am being evasive on the details, because, in part, they are not my details to share. Though for the super curious, my book Dirty and Divine, out in two months (March 2017) will fill you in. Dirty and Divine is the journey I took through the Tarot Cards - one card a day. It was a journey that kickstarted so much incredible in my life. But for the good to rise, we (and it was my journey, but it became about 'us')
first had to shift the bad. And that takes some doing. Nearly a year later, the dirt is well on its way to being shifted, and 2017 is looking and feeling a whole heap of something better. But that Dirty & Divine journey. It is not for the fainthearted...
When I set out on my Dirty and Divine trip through the tarot, I had no idea. I was holding out for angels and miracles. I got so much more. I got pain, strife, excitement, inspiration and all the other perfect ingredients for a storm that was set to bring me to a better place. And a good storm it was. One I highly recommend as a modern day vision quest. Something to test your bones and bring the smile back. If you feel that it's a journey you need to take, then preorders will be available very soon. In the meantime, I suggest you crack open a pack of Tarot cards and start getting to know them. When you combine them with Dirty & Divine you will have a personal revolution on your hands, now is the time to get friendly.
Also, come and join up to the Dirty & Divine Facebook page, which will be a haven of spiritual support for those who undertake the journey...
Wild Woman Retreat
You may know I am so excited to be involved in a new project the Wild Woman Retreat. This is a weekend healing and teaching retreat event that I am hosting with Louisa Darling (Barefoot Festival) in May in the Midlands. Check it out here... and the Facebook page here... I hope you will be able to come! We have teachers booking in already, including the incredible Lisa Lister, myself and of course Louisa too. It will be fully catered and kids are welcome, and will have their own space.
Dirty & Divine Workshops
There are plans afoot for several Dirty & Divine workshops around the time of the book's launch. More details coming soon. I am hoping that everyone who preorders a copy will be invited to a private online tarot workshop too, which will help kickstart your Dirty & Divine journey.
Tarot / Spiritual Coaching
I am currently not undertaking any of my usual tarot readings. I love them, but found the format and creation of them a little limiting. However I am working on a very intimate level with clients, with sessions encompassing full on spiritual guidance, meditation, readings and practice. As such I am no longer undertaking generic 'readings'. If you would like to work closely with me by phone, Skype, or in person, then please do get in touch directly.
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