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I finally plucked up courage to write my mini-biog for Sue’s call for contributions. Why the nerves? It meant leaving the comfort and familiarity of the virtual ‘Shed’ that’s my blog, exploring new territory and meeting new people. Sue’s challenges have been instrumental in my creation of significant characters. So, thank you and blessings!
What’s been surprising is that people actually want to read what I’ve written, even like, comment and share! This feels like the beginnings of a thank you speech at the Oscar’s. So, I’d like to thank my mentor Anubis for all his years of support, Odin for his gift of seership, Thoth for allowing me to partake of his wisdom, the Universe for giving birth to me, Robert, Sue, Jordis, Steve, Alethea, Annette Rochelle, tidalscribe, Stuart, Willow, Teagan, have I missed anyone out? The White Hare!
You see how embarrassing this can get? I’ll cut the speech short. My love of myth, legend and a hunger for exploring unknown and fantastical vistas began in childhood. I was a voracious reader who frequented her local libraries regularly, and dreamt of being either an explorer or archaeologist. There was a huge Universe to explore, with much contemplation and navel gazing going on my friends.
Alas, as time progressed life didn’t quite turn out as expected. Family life was a mixture of illnesses, trauma, laughter and unrealised ambitions. I took on responsibility at an early age, necessitating growing up quickly. Perhaps that’s why I’m so fascinated with the frailty and vulnerability of the human condition. Its sometimes broken and damaged heart pushes this Empath into searching for answers and healing. All this and more are explored in my posts. If you’re a regular follower this will be evident…
What else? A life long interest in spiritual matters has sustained me through many trials and tribulations. I call myself a mystic and explorer of landscapes on the inner and outer worlds. I’m an ordained inter-faith minister and, can I say this out aloud? I’m coming out of the sarcophagus everyone and saying it loud and proud, I’m a Priestess of Anubis as well. That didn’t hurt, not much. This heady elixir is also poured into the blog. Like the Alchemists of old (and present times) my aim is to transmute the gross matter of Self into spiritual gold. Dear friends, reality and the world aren’t what we perceive them to be. Not a bad thing really.
What else do you want to know? I love gardens, plant folklore, Cosmology, Archaeology, Music, Flamenco, Cooking, Science Fiction and Fantasy films/books. Also a passionate believer in human rights and civil liberties. Me in a nutshell, of sorts.
Blogging’s been quite an eye-opener, and immensely satisfying, yielding deep insights.
Jan writes at Strange Goings On in the Shed and Dispatches from the Hinterland. She can be found on Twitter and is the author of Pathworking with the Egyptian Gods, with artist Judith Page, published by Llewellyn. Visit er Facebook Page, The Temple of Khem.
Let your imagination unfold, glimpse a land shrouded in mystery, and answer the call of the Egyptian gods. This powerful book enables you to make contact with the Egyptian gods and goddesses – and become enlightened through the profound spiritual truths of an ancient land. Combining astral travel techniques with a sensuously reconstructed diorama of ancient Egypt, this book invites you to begin a soul-level initiation and explore the consciousness-awakening tool of inner pathworkings to connect with each deity. Celebrate your nurturing, feminine aspect with Isis; tap into the deep wisdom and strength of Horus; and, exult in life’s joys with Hathor, patroness of music and dance.