The Hermit's Lamp Phoenix Fund
$15,080 of $15,000 goal
On Wednesday, March 20, our friend Andrew McGregor's beloved shop, chosen multiple times as one of Toronto's best New Age stores, had a fire that resulted in a total loss.
This emergency fund is to help "The Hermit's Lamp " rise from the ashes as quickly and easily as possible, and for Andrew's livelihood to be restored.
I am asking for members of the Tarot community, practitioners of every path, and beloved friends and family to chip in a little or a lot, to help.
Andrew has been such a gift of support for so many -- from his cancer fundraiser deck project, to his countless acts of thoughtfulness for the community.
It's time for us to step up for him.
Thanks and blessed be.
- Beth Owl's Daughter
ps: Another update (3/25/19) -- After some wrangling with the GoFundMe rules, I am having to REVISE my explanation of how this funding is being handled. Because of their rules about international banking differences, I (Beth) will be collecting the money donated, then moving it to PayPal so Andrew can receive it.
To be sure that all is well, though, Andrew is now a "team member" of this account, so he is now joining me in the admin of this. Alas, this money managing does mean that there will be a delay of about a week or so before he can actually receive it, but as indicated before, he *will* get every penny you are so generously sharing!
Thank you again! The response has been incredible! ❤️
pps: I was informed by Christine Payne-Towler that this gorgeous Phoenix image is from her Tarot deck, Tarot of the Holy Light . She has kindly given me her permission to continue using it, as her own gift to Andrew. Thank you, Christine!
I have been working away on getting back to business. It has been a slow and challenging process – a lot of waiting, a bunch of answers I wasn't excited by, and a new vision emerging for the short term life of the Lamp.
So first let me share I will not be going back to 425 Vaughan Rd. Repairs there will take up to a year and the landlord has used their right to end the lease if it repairs take longer than 4 months.
Second, retail in general is a question I'm struggling with. Rents in Toronto are through the rough and finding a space hasn't worked out so far. I'm not giving up but I have no idea of a timeline.
Third, I did sign the lease on an interim space I am calling The Hermit's Lab. It is a space to see clients, offer classes, make product and work magic. It is at a space called The Hub TO at 208 Gerrard St E. This will be run by appointments only. There is no walk in or retail.
I'll keep you all in the loop.
And let me say the love and support of you all has continued to lift me through all this uncertainty.
I wanted to swing by and give an update. Even if it isn't much of an update.
Right now a lot of things are on hold.
The space has been emptied and I hear they are in the process of gutting it. I have no idea what that means or when that will be done. Meaning of course I do not know when reconstruction will start or anything that follows.
I've spent all my free brains cells since the last update working paperwork around inventory and book keeping. Let me just say it isn't my forte.
I have sorted out the inventory portion of the the process and am happy to say that the insurance is maxing out my coverage.
Lastly I'm waiting to hear about the income coverage part. This is obviously very stressful. It really deeply affects my options and timelines on getting back to work. Once this is settled I'll be able to start making plans.
I continue to be grateful to you all for the support around this on a daily basis. I cannot say how much it makes a difference.
In the meantime I'm trying to enjoy the weather and take care of myself.
PS the photo is from todays 2 hour walk through the Don Valley.
This week has been challenging. From the in my face having to look through the ashes and decide what if anything I wanted to keep. To what feels like endless hours in spreadsheets.
It is clear that I did not have enough insurance. The great year at the shop exceeded my ability to track my insurance in relationship to growth. This Gofundme will help me resolve this difference. I cannot say how grateful I am for that. I honestly would be freaking out without it. Thank you.
However, even with all of that, moments of hope and inspiration are also there. Before this happened I had been feeling a call to make some shifts around the shop. Adjusting the balance to create more flow in my life. Reprioritizing my time to write, create more decks, and have more clearly focused time running the shop.
The next week should see some clarity and conclusions in terms of my insurance. More space to start dreaming of what comes next and to get clear about what the next steps are around rebuilding the store and starting seeing clients again.
Finally, the fundraiser is going to close Sunday end of day. Please feel free to share it again. As always there are still many folks who haven't heard about the fire yet.
Yesterday (April 1st) was a hard day. I spent the day looking through what was left at the shop and gathering the little that was still salvageable.
It was a mix of sadness and surprise.
Something like my Gaian Tarot, ceremonial ring from my time in the Aurum Solis, meteorite, and most of my power tools escaped harm.
Others like my moldavite pendulum, my first tarot deck, and a few other things will take time to see if they can be cleaned or freed of the smell.
A lot of things are just gone. All my original art, the items on my shrines, and many other things like that will be irreplaceable.
That said I am feeling far more on the hopeful side of things. The insurance process is well underway. It seems to be going smoothly. The generosity of everyone on this Gofundme has been beyond my wildest expectations. The shop and myself now have a chance to recreate the best of what the shop was and the possibility to make things what I hoped it would become in the coming years.
When I was at the shop I brought flowers for the spirits of both the place and that I brought with me. To honour the work and what has been gained and created as well as to acknowledge the loss and cleanse that negativity from whatever comes next. I felt great releasing when I put them down; of my grief, of the sadness they were carrying, and of the pressure to fix everything right now. I left feeling lighter than when I had arrive.
I'll keep you all in the loop.
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Thank you for all your help and support.