Q: Take us through a day in your life.
A: We have two senior dogs (we are SO lucky), so we wake up when our little one starts pacing. Then my wife makes us oat milk lattes and we tackle the NYT crossword puzzle. We take the girls for a spin, then I head up to my ‘studio’ where I take Zoom meetings and film live classes for Haus of Phoenix. This is my personal think tank where I test sequences, research stories for my Moving Mythology classes and Inky Phoenix picks, plan out rituals for moon days, and find personal time for my own physical practice. A good chunk of the afternoon used to be dedicated to writing my novel, but it’s now out on submission and I’m talking myself into starting a new one as I wait!
Dinnertime is sacred in the Chez Budig-Fagan: I chef up something delicious, Kate makes me a martini or a big wine glass of local kombucha, and we watch shows on our sofa like two little Netflix bosses.
Q: This collection celebrates the sacred creativity within us all. What fuels your sacred creativity ?
A: There are two places where I feel most connected to my sacred creativity — when I’m writing a book without any attachment to publication, success, or other’s opinions. The simple act of creating a world and letting the page absorb my words is the closest I’ve felt to pure bliss. I become a medium for my characters and am happily lost in their stories.
I also spend a good amount of time researching magic, myth, and ritual for my Moon Rituals and Moving Mythology classes. I’m resistant at first, unable to move past it being ‘work’ but always walk away with a deeper sense of knowledge and power that is rarely taught these days. I want to keep this kind of sacred approach alive.
Q: What advice might you have for someone that might be trying to reimagine or reinvent their life?
A: First off: focus on what’s working. You can’t pick fruit from a tree on the same day you plant the seeds, so you need daily reminders to stay the course. This means finding support and belief anywhere you can find it. And like-minded people to help you see your shine when things get dark.