Friday, I'm in love, friends, gods, March

Friday I’m in love with…

This week I am going a little different for my love post, and sharing my favourite artist. I came across Jessica Shaw because she is friends with my amazing sister in law, who gave me one of her necklaces and a print as a birthday gift. I went looking at her other stuff, and fell completely in love with her images and have since built quite a collection…

She creates amazing artworks, and then uses them in a whole range of jewellery at Circle of Wolves. Below are a few of the pieces I own, and I am always on the lookout for more. Whenever I wear one of her necklaces I get comments on them, which is awesome because then I have the opportunity to rave about the artist 😉

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More recently, she has been working on the major arcana for her upcoming tarot card deck, and while I wait patiently for that to be complete, I’ve put an order in for some prints of cards I am in love with. Currently, I only have two prints, Autumn Sprite which my sister gave me, and Persephone (featured image), which I knew I had to have the moment I saw it (these are not from the tarot set, btw).


If you like her stuff, she does ship worldwide – she also gives fantastic tarot and rune readings, and is in general, just a super, lovely, talented woman.

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U for Under the waves

Continuing on the theme of gods, another is Tangaroa – god of the sea.

I’ve already covered how much I love the beach, and so it was a given that one of my characters would be the child of Tangaroa. She is changeable, like the ocean, dangerous when you don’t know her, but calm and beautiful under the right conditions. She loves the sea more than anything and will do whatever it takes to protect it. I guess you could say that she’s a bit of an eco-warrior in her own way, though you might not agree with her methods 😉

A chunk of Shell and Bone is set under water, which was really cool to write. I can’t wait to begin editing this book! It’s out with an editor at the moment, and I’m hoping to have it available for purchase in August.

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T is for Tāwhirimātea

One of the gods that I’ve touched on in my Kotahi Bay series is Tāwhirimātea, who is the Māori god of weather. I’ve always loved the extremes of weather, in particular how it can change so quickly. We often say that here there really can be four seasons in one day, and at times it certainly feels like it! ‘Unpredictable’ is as accurate as the weather forecasts can be sometimes, especially in Autumn and Spring. 

In Māori tradition, Tāwhirimātea was the god of the weather. His parents were Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother), who lay close together. To let light into the world, Tāwhirimātea’s brothers separated their parents. But Tāwhirimātea did not agree to this. To show his anger he sent out his children, the four winds, and clouds that brought rain and thunderstorms.

To find out a little more you can follow this link.