Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes …

The beginning of David Bowie’s song has been running through my head these past few days …

Have you ever noticed how different astrology interpretations can be? I read several each month and try to distill them all into a cohesive outlook. (Learning astrology so I can do my own interpretation is on my bucket list.) However, my forecast here was spot on for May. One part really rings true: “This has been a time of review and of revisioning your purpose. You are in the midst of a very important transition time for your entire life …”

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately. A little over a year ago I wrote a blog post about the Crooked Path. When I wrote that post, I had no idea that just a few months later I would be taking another fork in life’s road; as a caregiver to my mother.  I knew it would take up more time but what I didn’t count on was the energy drain. Although I know this isn’t a permanent situation, right now I can’t juggle all the businesses/projects and still have enough mental equilibrium to deal with her. Something’s gotta give.

One of the benefits (for me) of working the Galactic Expo in Nashville is getting to see some very dear and trusted friends in person. Although my husband is a logical thinker & great sounding board, he also loves me. (I continually question his sanity.) When I can’t figure something out on my own and Pete only offers up “whatever makes you happy, honey”, I turn to these friends for their opinion. So, I had a serious chat with a couple of them last weekend and they essentially confirmed what I knew in my heart had to happen:

After ten years, my herb shop, Thistle & Moon is going to ‘go away’. Although enjoyable, keeping everything freshly stocked and traveling to shows is very time consuming.  I’m not going to cut it off at the knees but as something sells out, I’m not going to reorder. I’m also not going to do shows anymore. (My hips are already thanking me.)  If there’s something you want or need, I suggest you get it off the website before someone else does.  If you’re looking for something in particular and don’t see it, pop me an email and I’ll see if I can help.

Because the shop will take awhile to wind down (and I still intend on selling my own books) I’m also going to reorganize my corporate structure and move everything under the “Herby Lady” banner. That way I only have to maintain one website. Sometime within the next couple of months (after I get all the legal work out of the way) you’ll get a redirect when you go to the shop link above. No worries. It’s still me and my stuff.

By cutting out just the one business, maybe I’ll have enough brainpower left to just sit quietly and actively listen. I haven’t had that for awhile and I miss the murmurings of the plants and the whispers of my spirit guides.

So, what am I going to do with all this free time (ahem) I’m generating? Write. Book #2, A Green Witch’s Formulary is at the publisher and should be available in about four months. That’ll be it on the herb front for awhile. Honestly? I don’t want to be one of those authors that rearranges information just to get another book out and I’ve said all I can think of on that subject at the moment. Book #3 is a work-in-process & a complete departure from the first two: I’m trying my hand at fiction. There’s no deadline; it will take as long as it takes to finish. I’m having a ball with my witchy protagonist and am not in any hurry to find out what happens to her. It’s fun and isn’t that what life is supposed to be?


  • Jane Lyon Posted May 22, 2011 7:00 pm

    YEA!!!!! Good for you. Now when you have so much free time you can find something I can eat, rub on me or smoke that will keep bugs away. I just typed a long cute thing and lost it. So I will e-mail you.

  • Cairelle Posted May 27, 2011 4:22 pm

    Best of luck to you, and I am looking forward to your upcoming books!

  • matthew Posted May 29, 2011 3:25 pm

    i wish you the best of luck. I commend you on taking care of your mother and i’m gonna miss your website but i would miss you more if you burned out lol. Please keep in touch with me i love you guys. you are truely wonderful wonderful friends.

    Love you guys

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