Bishop In The Grove on Temporary Hiatus


Bishop In The Grove needs to go on a temporary hiatus.

These are the words that popped into my head yesterday. As soon as I heard them, I knew they were true.

Blame it on the New Moon.

I’ve had the feeling for a little while that something needed to give. I’m a decent juggler (3 oranges, no more), but the message was clear:


My schedule has been quite full lately. Between my contributions to The Wild Hunt, my seasonal entries to HuffPost, my work for the Solitary Druid Fellowship, and the small pile of books that have come my way via Witches and Pagans to review (not to mention Thorn’s book that we’re tweeting about on a daily basis), I’ve been stretched pretty thin.

Then yesterday hits. I take a meeting, and during the meeting I realize that a dream project is staring me straight in the face. A quiet voice inside says,

This opportunity is yours, if you’re willing to do the work.

And I’m willing. I knew that instantly. I want to do this. I’m uniquely qualified for the work, and excited at the challenge.

So, the blog needs a break because I need to be less divided.

The Morrigan’s presence in my life continues to reveal itself.

(What will you fight for? When will you take up your sword? When will you lay it down?) 

I’m not giving up everything, though. That doesn’t feel right to do.

Here’s what I’m imagining:

  • I give myself as long a break as I need from writing on BITG. During this time, when I feel the impulse to write about my thoughts on practice, Paganism, or anything that might fit naturally in the archive, I’ll write about it in a document entitled, “Book.”
  • I keep writing liturgies and devotionals for the Solitary Druid Fellowship. The next will be up in a week or so. Doing service work is soul food, really.
  • I continue as a contributor to The Wild Hunt and HuffPost.
  • I read books when they move me, and not accept any more for review. It’s so hard to turn down a book, but I need to get better at it.
  • I love on my family, celebrate my soon-to-be 18 year old kid, and spend time doing things that make us feel strong and happy.
  • I make music happen.

As plans go, I think this is a good one.

While I’m away, make sure you’re following the Bishop In The Grove feed. If you choose to get your posts by email, you’ll receive my next post directly in your inbox. I highly recommend doing that.

And please know how much I appreciate you. This community of readers has helped me gain clarity in so many ways. I look forward to more conversations with you.

See you real soon.


P.S. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Sometimes I post pictures of me in kilts. You won’t want to miss that.


Photo by Markus Lütkemeyer


12 responses to “Bishop In The Grove on Temporary Hiatus”

  1. Jeremy Avatar

    Of course we’ll miss you immensely, but time for self and family are of utmost importance. And if some new music comes out of it, that’s a nice trade-off for us. Many blessings to you!

  2. Soli Avatar

    I wish you much luck in everything you are doing my friend, and do understand well.

  3. John H Halstead Avatar

    I will miss your posts so much, but I am glad to see that you are following that inner voice.

  4. Joy Burton Avatar

    Good luck to you in all your endeavors, Teo, and I’ll see you at Beltania!

  5. Crystal Groves Avatar

    Definitely don’t want to miss the kilts!

  6. krisbradley Avatar

    Must be something in the air. I’m gearing up to do this same thing, starting in the summer, when some of my bigger commitments are past.

    Enjoy slowing down!

  7. Jen Avatar

    Cheers to you!

  8. Sophia Catherine Avatar

    Have a good break!

    – Leithin Cluan

  9. Peter Dybing Avatar

    Boundaries make room for the spirit to be nourished, good for you!

  10. Soliwo Avatar

    Good for you!

  11. dashifen Avatar

    We’ll be here when you get back! Enjoy 🙂

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