Now that I have gray hair and I'm coming to the end of my 60th year (and perhaps, also, yes, now that I'm finally speaking out about the secrets of sexual abuse that silenced me for most of my life!) I'm surprising myself. It seems this is the witching year —when I'm realizing with crystal clarity that I only have a limited time left to complete my legacy, to spread my message, to say the things I so urgently need to say. I have emerged from a lifetime of hard work and passionate dedication--to women, poetry, and the divine feminine power within all of us --to find a world in which my message is still not out there the way I want it to be.
So, in honor of my birthday this Halloween, I am doing things that I would have been horrified to do just a few years ago--things that feel "unfeminine." Not that I'm not afraid to do them. I AM!!! I'm afraid of being called a bitch, pushy, egotistical, full of myself, aggressive, boring, shrill, and #nasty. But I am doing them anyway — because there is much more to be gained in sharing the precious fruits of my lifetime of hard-won wisdom than in being approved of by people who are threatened by powerful women.
My present for myself this year is to do something for myself, for my legacy, for the future, and for my readers and fans: something that I've noticed men far younger than me doing for years now: birthing an online space in which people who resonate with my ideas can connect with one another and with me. In honor of my upcoming 61st birthday, I have started the Annie Finch Forum on my website. It is a free discussion area devoted to witchy and poetic topics, including (but not at all limited to) the discussion of my books and ideas. (If you followed the membership communities I started a few years ago for poetry and witchcraft, you will find them both here too--but this time, for free. Because, why not.)
I would love to see you there to help celebrate my coming out as a woman of power. And I hope you will love it.
With magickal and poetic love and blessings,