In case you don’t know, I am currently embarking on my biggest writing project thus far: my debut poetry pamphlet, which will be completed in September of 2020. It is a series of 22 poems following the Major Arcana of the Tarot.
I have read tarot for six years, both for myself, friends and as a small business and what I love about it most is how there is a card for every single emotion or situation that we deal with as humans. They perfectly reflect the human condition, something that I aim to do within my poetry, which is why it seemed to make absolute sense to use this as a framework for my collection.
Within my poetry, I am exploring what it means to be a woman, and particularly being a 21st Century witch. So many women are turning to the craft, and more people are practising magic than ever before. I love the idea of reclaiming something that was used as a tool to harm women, an insult to those of us who are seen as mean, ugly or otherwise ‘bad.’ I also like the idea of this reclamation of female power, of female knowledge and inheritance passed, purposefully or not, through the generations.
My poetry centres around my own life experiences, mixed with a healthy dose of magic, folklore and history (plus a side of gore). So if that sounds like something you would be interested in, follow this blog or my Instagram @rgwoodwitch, for updates.
All my love,
R G Wood
I would like to give a disclaimer that witchcraft and the label ‘Witch’ are not exclusive to women, but ‘women and the occult’ is my area of focus for this collection.