How do I summarize that which makes up my whole being in a few short paragraphs? I have never felt a particularly strong need for labels, since I am, and can only be, myself. Still, introductions are awfully tricky to write without them, and there are a few of which that I do not mind attaching myself to.
I am an artist. There is something that dwells deep in me and calls out to be allowed to learn new skills and create with them. If I do not indulge this part of me I become a very cranky person indeed. I am pulled to do ink work with intuitive mandala-like designs, but also many other small and large projects from carved and inlaid runes to knitting and much more.
I am an herbalist. I firmly believe in the importance modern medicine holds in the world, and I also know that the Earth speaks to us through the language of plants. She whispers their healing ways and guides us along the wild path of their finding to a place where we can live in balance with the energies that surround and that are within us.
I am a witch and I reclaim this term in dedication to my goddesses. It is my deepest spiritual belief that we are so very fortunate to live on this tiny precious blue dot lost among the vast cosmos. The Earth is currently the human race’s only home and it is our duty to take care for her to the full extent of our abilities.
I am a mother of two beautiful beings of light. Parenthood is the most important, challenging, and rewarding job in my life. My eldest came into this world in 2008, and my second followed in 2009. It fills me to wonder to know the universe has entrusted me with their care.
Beyond all these labels though, I just try to passionately be myself. I love the sunrise and set, the passing of the moon and stars, the warmth of a loved one’s embrace, the flowing of the rivers and tides, the ever-changing aspects of nature, the facets of my inner dragon, and the simple joys that life has to offer. Thus far my life has been quite the journey, and I know there is much more discovery to come.
Hello world, we meet again. Yes, my name is really Caswallon. Yes, it is my first, not my last name. Yes it is unusual! So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s see. I went to university to become a psychologist, but what that ultimately led to me to, what everything brings me back to, is the desire to be a writer. Psychology taught me a heck of a lot about people’s motivations in life, including my own. I have so many stories in progress, a novel a good way finished, another research project on going, it all feeds the creative bug in me.
I suppose I also consider myself a gamer, although the older I get alongside my growing children, the more I play less, while they play more, or at least, the more we play together. The older I get the less this bothers me too. I still have some evenings and occasional days off when I binge play an old favourite though.
I am a firm believer in reincarnation. All the intricacies of life and death are quite fascinating to me. That said, even though I feel that death is not the end for us, I do feel humanity should not treat our home, our Earth, with apathy, or have the attitude that the whole thing is a disposable commodity. I long for the day when we reach for the stars and begin to forge new lives on new worlds, but I’d rather not take our bad habits with us.
What else? I am the father/husband portion of a nuclear family, which includes cats, and couldn’t be happier about that. I prefer to read books that have physical pages. I would choose rain and snow over sunshine and heat waves. My favourite childhood board game is Risk. My colours of choice are black and green. And I appreciate adventure and travel over almost any other new experience.
Myrddin and Ivy
Our eldest, Myrddin, loves alpacas, games, cooking, reading, and photography. They are definitely our more introverted child, most at home in a book or looking through a camera lens than anything else. They take many of the photographs you will see throughout our blog, as well as those in our etsy shop.
Our youngest, Ivy, loves animals, games, being outside, and reading mangas. She has so many goals and dreams that it can be a little hard to keep up with this extrovert child of ours. Her current passion is circus arts, in particular aerial silks, which she attends classes for and has a couple performances under her belt already!
And to not neglect the final members of our family, there is also Obsidian and Coroner. One is a beautiful long haired black cat and the other is her spunky grey tabby kitten. We adopted them from SCRAPS in the summer of 2018 and love them dearly.
“There is no exquisite beauty — without some strangeness in the proportion.” – from Ligeia, by Edgar Allan Poe