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April was a month of great change and upheaval. Perhaps I’ve been holding on to Winter, and all that it represents, and the Gods would have no more of it. Or, it could be the result of cosmic forces; a planet gone retrograde, or some other unseen spirit. I cannot say. All I know is that in the past few days I’ve felt a shift back into a familiar rhythm, and the world I walk through has not come apart completely. Not just yet.

My daily meditation and devotion throughout April was consistent, and at times quite affected by the circumstances of my life. Then, there were moments when I realized just how grounding and important my daily practice has become.

I wrote on April 11th:

For some time now I have felt a weight upon me. The uncertainties of my life, specifically in my work, leave me confused about what choice to make. Often, the result is a static state; a refusal to choose anything at all. The creative flow becomes blocked, and depression sets in. I ask not with a sincere heart how I might move past this sense of bewilderment, but rather I counter every offer of help with a negative, pessimistic response. It wears me out.

My time in devotion is different. While there are some days that start smoother than others, and my devotionals may be more or less affected by the other circumstances of my life, this is a sacred time. It is made sacred, and the weight is lifted. If only I could continue this feeling and carry this space out into the rest of my life.

Several inspired works came during devotional this month. In time, I’ll post them here on the blog. I’m also considering, with great sincerity, how I might take my writing and shape it into a publishable book. I feel that there is a great need for new myths in our community – new stories we tell to explain our experience of this modern, crumbling, beautiful world – and I feel that there may be a calling for me to write such myths, as well as songs of praise (a book, perhaps, to accompany the great works of Ceisiwr Serith).

I wonder what my readers might think of new myths being written… Would you find use in reading and telling stories of a totally modern, but utterly re-enchanted world? Could the creation of such works become a vibrant, relevant component of our modern Pagan and Druid path?

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  • I think this is a marvelous idea, and one I’d considered myself! Maybe it’s a product (at least in part) of reading American Gods. There’s something about entering a universe where the gods are literally walking among us, and perhaps don’t even know of their godhood, that must make us consider how the gods are imminent, around us on a daily basis, touching our lives in the smallest ways.

    Let us know how this project goes for you. I’m very eager to hear more from you.

    • Teo Bishop

      Glad you think so! Yes, that book does make a mark, doesn’t it?

      I’ll be sure to post more when there’s more to post.

  • …Or, it could be the result of cosmic forces; a planet gone retrograde, or some other unseen spirit….””

    Astrologically, there’s been a stellium (i.e. huge clusterf**k of planets) in Aries (opposite Saturn) for the past month or so, though it’s starting to break up a bit and dissipate now. How that would affect you would depend on what house the stellium fell into on your natal chart. (For instance, it fell into the 6th house for me, the realm of work, health and daily duties – which meant there ended up being a lot of intense energy, focus, movement and a bit of upheaval in those areas of my life over the past month.)

    Just thought you’d find that cosmic coincidence interesting. 😉

    –Ali

    • Teo Bishop

      Thanks for the info! I’m a Taurus, born on the 9th of May (meaning, my b-day is right around the corner), and I’m a little uncertain about all of my chart details. I’m glad to know, though, that there were things moving up there that might be connected to all the craziness down here!

  • Paul

    If it counts for anything, I’ve had that thought too about making modern myths. There is so much material lost, so many aspects of the gods that are no longer told. I think it could be really enlightening to listen for and write down such myths.

    • Thanks for the comment, Paul. Yes – it counts for a lot. I think there would be value in creating new myths – consciously – that have relevance to modern people. Re-mythologize the world, I guess…