Reckless Part 2. AND new Witches Cafes start today!

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 21–in which reckless has a few more things to say Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Thank you for all your sweet insightful responses to last Sunday’s Notes from the Field about the relationship of reckless and holy. Reckless surprised both of us. I never planned…

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Is it reckless or holy to dare to redefine sacred words?

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 20–in which we ponder: “Is it reckless or holy to dare to redefine sacred words?” Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I spent this past week in a sacred circle of sisters. My younger sister and her wife flew down from…

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Sending you a birthday gift from deep in The Field

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 19–in which I send my annual birthday gift from somewhere deep in The Field Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, If you’ve been reading these Notes from the Field for a while, you know that I offer a significant discount on…

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Which comes first: your soul purpose or your story?

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 18–in which we ponder: Which came first, my soul’s purpose or my story? Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Three years ago, storyteller and soul purpose guide Devorah Spilman, invited me to be a part of her annual “share your story,…

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It’s time to end one story to welcome a new one

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 16–in which we realize it’s time to complete one story, so something new can arrive and begin to sing  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, On May 5, the third intensive in The Witch Sequence will come to completion. For 77 days,…

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Totality and prayer initiate our new lunar year

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 15–in which a new astrological year arrives with a total solar eclipse and a radical new prayer Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, In last Sunday’s Notes from the Field, I shared my way of honoring the wisdom and beauty of the…

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Your new Lunar Prayer for the new Astrological Year

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 14–in which we write a Lunar Vow for the new astrological year Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, In last Sunday’s Notes from the Field, I offered some thoughts on how to prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse coming tomorrow, Monday, April…

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Monday’s lunar eclipse and a dance with Chiron and his wife

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 12–in which we realize it’s time to ECLIPSE our wounds Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, We are deep in the magic now, aren’t we. And it feels a tad overwhelming and disorienting. Are you sleeping poorly one night and ten…

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The mysterious reset hiding in the Aries Equinox

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 11–in which we pause at the Equinox to reset the past and glimpse the radical future to come Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Tuesday is the Aries Equinox—the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere and fall in the Southern.…

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How to write a prayer on this last New Moon of the year

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 10–in which we step into the final New Moon of this astrological year and welcome a prayer to get us dancing around a lovely pagan fire  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Today, Sunday, March 10, is the final New Moon…

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Things are moving at the speed of love, aren’t they!

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 9–in which things start moving at the speed of love NOTE: This is the last week you can register for ART 3 on Original Prayer. It will not be repeated live.  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I have used the…

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How to prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 13–in which we prepare for the deep possibility in the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, We are in a birth canal. Whether we realize it or not. And we’ve been here a good long…

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5 big Lies and 5 Beautiful Memories About Prayer

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 8–in which a Full Moon illuminates all the lies we’ve been told about prayer  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, As you read this, we are immersed in the third and final day of a powerful Virgo Full Moon. Full Moons…

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A Nobel scientist, the wasteland, and you

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 7–in which a Russian Nobel chemist explains the purpose of The Witch Sequence  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, This will be a brief Notes from the Field because today, Sunday, February 18, is the Opening Ceremony for the next intensive…

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Do you know how extraordinary you are? She does.

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 6–in which She reminds us just how extraordinary we are  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, It’s been another wild week hasn’t it! If your January felt like a whole year of change and chaos squeezed into one month, know that…

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Origina leads the way to 3 radical new prayer experiences

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 5–in which Origina creates 3 radical new prayer experiences Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I’m writing this Notes from the Field late on Saturday after introducing the first ever death ceremony, “The Labyrinth Carries Us Home,” with early registrants for ART 3. It…

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Two astonishing things your body knows about prayer

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 4–in which we discover two astonishing things our bodies know about prayer (but we were never told) Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I’ve been carrying the call to be a prayer artist for six years. From the moment I heard those words,…

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Where are you on the map?

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 3–in which we find our spot on the ancient map of the safe path through chaos Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Chaos is afoot. That’s clear from even a cursory glance at global events. And it’s even clearer when you check in…

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What could happen in 2024?

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 2–in which we ponder what could happen and who we could be in “a year like no other” Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I have had a theme for these Notes from the Field for several years. I think I…

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Why 2024 will be a year like no other

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer Week 1–in which we open the year with a prayer Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, It has been a most intense creative beginning to what the astrologers agree will be “a year like no other.”  I know it will be for…

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Do you have a Solar Vow?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 52–in which we welcome a New Year with a solar prayer Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, We are standing in that liminal space right now, pausing as one year ends and another begins. But the date is artificial. If we really wanted…

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The Goddess speaks on December 26

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 51–in which we listen to a sacred feminine voice in the night Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Something shocking happened nine years ago on December 26, 2014. That afternoon, She arrived. Unannounced. Unbidden. She barged Her way into my life by pushing aside my…

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The Galactic Center reveals her hidden dragon

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 49–in which the Galactic Center reveals her hidden dragon Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, There is always an evocative image on the landing page for all my prayer intensives and events. An image that hints at the transformative potential in the event.…

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2024 Astrology Forecast!

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 48–in which we ponder the question: Is astrology predictive? Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I have offered an astrology forecast every year since 2015. So this is the tenth. Although I love astrology, I’m not an astrologer, not even close. And I…

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Is another world possible?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 46–in which we ponder how changing our one little life changes the world Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy I love…

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If Buddha walked a labyrinth

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 45–in which we listen deeply to the Buddha’s greatest teaching in a radical new way Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, The Lotus and the Lily—book and intensive—was born on January 1, 2010 when I read Thich Nhat Hanh’s short, powerful book, You Are…

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The Lotus and The Lily Q & A

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 44–in which we ponder two strange teachings of Buddha and Yeshua and ask a few questions Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Thank you for your heartfelt responses to last Sunday’s Notes from the Field. That sentence from John O’Donohue—Let us waste our hearts on…

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“Let us waste our hearts on fear no more”

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 43–in which we ponder what it takes to welcome the life that wants to be lived amid a world imploding with violence and grief Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, By the time you read this, you will have been moved—dare I say, transformed—by the lunar…

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10 mystical truths in The Lotus and the Lily

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 42–in which we put our toes on the threshold, take a deep breath, and enter Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I have spent the entire week preparing the closing ceremony for the second intensive in the seven-intensive series called The Witch Sequence.…

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What did the eclipse reveal?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 41–in which we ask, voices breaking: what can we do, what can we do, what can we do? Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Last Sunday, I promised that in today’s Notes from the Field, I would open registration for the upcoming The Lotus…

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My 20-year love affair with a dead man

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 40–in which we look back and ask: was that a prayer or a spell? Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I spent the last week preparing to open my annual intensive The Lotus and the Lily. This will be the 13th time we’ve gathered to…

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The Theatre of the Miraculous reveals her true colors

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 39–in which the Theatre of the Miraculous reveals her true colors Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, On this first day of October, a day that whispers a hint about the magic of the year to come, I’d like to tell you a…

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Honoring the river of time on Equinox

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 38–in which we ponder the passage of time on the Libra Equinox Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, This has been, and continues to be, a powerful weekend, a sacred passage in the long story of time. Today, as I write this Notes…

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What is your Astonishment?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 37–in which we wake up to astonishment Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Last Sunday, I shared a powerful paragraph from Annie Dillard in The Writing Life that has been my primary teacher. (Here it is, if you missed it.) She, along with Ray Bradbury,…

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What can prayer teach you about prayer?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 36–in which we ponder the question: who will teach us to pray? Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, When tragedy strikes, how do you react? Do you look at the images in horror, wanting to turn away but somehow can’t? Do you cry?…

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What is Safety? What does it mean to be Safe?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 35–in which we ponder what it means to be safe Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, It’s been quite the week! A hurricane, Idalia, came for a visit. As I said last Sunday, I’ve experienced a few hurricanes in my 4 decades in Florida,…

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Here comes the wind!

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 34–in which the wind blows, we know not where Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I had big plans for today’s Notes from the Field. But as always, I am not in charge and this week I’m not in charge in an almost…

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Life, Death, Rebirth and the Banyan Tree

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 33–in which we feel hope rising Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, When the fires on Maui broke out on August 8, the world was shocked. Transfixed. Lost in mourning. How is this possible? How can Hawaii, the land we think of as…

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A Prayer from the Fire

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 32–in which the fire reminds us how to pray Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I had all kinds of beautiful ideas for today’s newsletter. I wanted to talk about finding your Heart’s Desire, the one thing that just keeps getting richer and…

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Why crossing the threshold between worlds matters

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 31–in which we ponder why the ability to cross the threshold between worlds matters Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, This Notes from the Field will be short because I’ve been totally immersed in preparing the Opening Ceremony for the 2nd labyrinth walk in…

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How witches heal the wasteland

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 30–in which the ancient labyrinth starts whispering clues to the pre-patriarchal past Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, When the word witch arrives, things change. I don’t know anyone who has welcomed that word, even reluctantly, who has not experienced alchemical shifts in their life. Their…

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Are you in a witch artistic period?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 29–in which we ponder our artistic period Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, On Friday morning, as I slowly began to surface from a dream-filled sleep, I did what I always do: I stayed perfectly still on my pillow with my eyes closed.…

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Creativity isn’t what–or where–you think it is

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 28–in which we ponder the where and the how of a magical creative life Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, When we think about creativity, we invariably get it all wrong. We look at creative people—be they writers, artists, musicians—and think they’re special.…

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A whole new world is under construction in The Mystic

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 26–in which a whole new world is under construction in The Mystic NOTE: Birthday sale ends TODAY Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, In the last few Notes from the Fields, I’ve given you peeks into what is happening right now as a…

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what do witches and theta brainwaves have in common

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 25–in which a strange connection between witches and the theta brain wave state surfaces Last week for the birthday sale! Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Before we begin, let me send a hearty welcome to the dozens of new subscribers who found…

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We are beginning to see “the path to the path”

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 24–in which we begin to see the mysterious “path to the path” And a new item in the birthday sale Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, We use the term “path” so often that I sense we no longer understand it or see…

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Do dreams dream the future?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 23–in which a dream dreams the future And the birthday sale continues Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, You’re not getting the Notes from the Field I had planned for today. Because I am in a deep creative state. Too deep for newsletter…

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The Golden Grail event

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 22–in which witch comes calling, bearing her gifts, this time for you! And the first birthday sale in 3 years continues Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Witch comes for all who need her. When we need her. She comes when we are ready. Although we…

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I have a couple birthday gifts for you

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 21–in which a bit of birthday review reveals a door to morphic resonance AND–the first birthday sale in 3 years! Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, When I started having depth numerology consultations for my birthday with Emma Kupu Mitchell, she taught me…

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Did you plant your magic seed?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 20–in which a joyous New Moon invites us to plant a magic seed. And we discover Jack has nothing on us Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Friday was a New Moon. But not just any New Moon. It was a magic New…

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The search for God the Mother

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 19–in which we remember our Mother–our ancient eternal Mother Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Today is Mother’s Day in the US. Other countries celebrate mothers at different times and seasons. But it seems all cultures find a day to honor the sacred…

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Friday was a wild eclipse, wasn’t it

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 18–in which the dragon in our natal charts makes a Beltane eclipse appearance Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I had big plans for today’s Notes from the Field. Big news to share. The Field is bursting with new life, just as spring always…

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Demolition reveals a witch story!

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 17–in which bathroom demolition reveals quite the witch story Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, In that first year of Covid and quarantine, I, like everyone, couldn’t miss the inequities of life in this country. Some people, largely of European extraction, found ways…

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Today is the 26th birthday of deep soul writing

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 16–in which we remember the puppy who made deep soul writing happen Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, When you open this Notes from the Field on Sunday morning, as I know many of you like to do, you will be reading about…

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What’s your final ten feet?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 15–in which we ponder our final ten feet Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, This weekend is probably the most intense of the entire year for me. I’ve spent the last week with my collaborators in Ireland, England, Hawaii, and New Mexico creating…

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Mary Magdalene is my safe harbor

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 14–in which we look back at stories we’ve been told and whisper, “maybe not.” Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, This past week is tough for me. I loathe this week so much I considered skipping a Notes from the Field. But in…

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Learning to see

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 13–in which we decide it’s time to learn to see Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Since the beginning of this sacred seven year, I’ve found myself tumbling head over heels in love with a surprising and luscious discovery about the mystical life.…

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Today is Day 1

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 12–in which we begin, because it’s DAY ONE in a cosmic window of 77 days. Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, This week is so full of magic and possibility, that I sent a special edition of Notes from the Field on Thursday…

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A very special Notes from the Field on a very special day

2023 the year we learn to listen to life March 23–the wildest day in the wildest week in the wildest month of the wildest decade Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Our Lady, Queen of Magicians kept me up half the night with three pages of notes for today’s rare special edition newsletter.…

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The Queen of Magicians sent you a letter

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 11–in which The Queen of Magicians sends a letter! Still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate and though I oft have passed them by a day will come at last when I shall take the hidden paths that run…

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Mystica InnerVersity has a CREST and MOTTO

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 10–in which magic gets real! Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, So much magic is happening and it’s happening at the speed of love. Last Sunday, I introduced you to Our Lady, Queen of Magicians, and her Raven, who somehow flew through Cathy…

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Who is that Raven at the door?

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 9–in which Raven squawks at our door and we hear him say something vaguely familiar Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I thought last week was the height of magic. NOTE: If you missed that Notes from the Field, you might like to…

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Your body has 5 brilliant intuitive senses

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 8–in which we go to bed one person, wake another, and are thrilled!  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Five years ago, this past Thursday, I went to bed knowing who I was (or rather thinking I knew who I was) and woke at 4am…

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Where are you? I ask. She answers.

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 7–in which we ask “where are you” and She answers  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, What is it about February? There’s something sacred about this month, though I didn’t know it or see it for a very long time. But now, as…

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What to do when Mother quakes

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 6–in which Mother quakes and we don’t know what to do Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, This week has been raw for us. All of us: humans, animals, plants, rocks… Because our Mother quaked. She shook Herself. We can look at this…

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Eros: it’s not what you think

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 5–in which our heads spin as we realize we have always misunderstood Eros Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I’ve spent all this past week immersed in Archangel Michael’s radical teachings, his false and true images, his rather shocking essence, and his mind-boggling color.…

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Michael explains the Theatre of the Miraculous

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 4–in which Michael explains what really happens when we gather in the Theatre of the Miraculous Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I’ve been totally immersed in the world and images and words of Archangel Michael and Luci for over a month. My…

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Michael and Luci speak for the first time

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 3–in which everything we thought we knew about the angels is upended–and our minds are rearranged Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I don’t know how many prayer intensives I will create each year, or what they’ll be about, or who I’ll create…

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Messages from Archangel Michael

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 2–in which Archangel Michael is present and vocal! Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, It’s not an accident that the first prayer intensive for 2023, a divine seven year, introduces two archangels: Archangel Luci and Archangel Michael. I say “introduce” because everything we’ve…

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2023 has 3 questions for us

2023 the year we learn to listen to life Week 1–in which we take our first steps in a seven year filled with mystery, and listen as life begins to softly sing her radical song of transformation Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Here we are: in the first week of a seven…

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The theme for 2023 emerges

2023 the year we learn to listen to… Week 0–in which we ponder the strange in-between place we are in, neither the old year, not yet the new Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I started tracking the number of each week at the top of these Notes from the Field newsletters in…

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A closing prayer of Love for 2022

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 52–in which we look back and ponder what we heard in this year of “learning to listen to love” Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I’ve been listening in the silence for the theme for these Notes from the Field letters for…

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A Winter Solstice prayer gift

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 51–in which we sit beside the ancestors in the dark–and something miraculous happens  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Note: Our Winter Solstice celebration with Rabbi Tirzah and Emma Kupu was Sunday at 2pm Eastern. You can still register and receive the…

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Solstice calls us to sit in the womb of the Mother

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 50–in which we enter the womb of the Mother to listen for the sound and scent of wonders to come in 2023 Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, I spent Friday with my two favorite astrologers, cos-mythologist Marcia Wade, and shamanic astrologer…

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Our 3rd annual Winter Solstice gathering is now open

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 49–in which we pause to consider the mystery and magic that awaits us in the sacred return of the Light at Winter Solstice  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, First, let me say I’m floored by how much you loved last Sunday’s…

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I looked back. And was shocked.

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 47–in which we stop and look back at what happened in 2022–and are startled Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Do you know who’s most surprised by what happens in my intensives? Me. You might assume that because: I’m the one who…

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Is a mandala a spell?

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 46–in which we realize 2023 is on the horizon and the hour to cast a sacred spell is at hand   Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, REMINDER: The Lotus and the Lily opens tomorrow, Monday, November 14 with a live gathering at…

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What the 11/8 lunar eclipse portends

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 45–in which we answer the call to become drips of hope  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Today, Sunday November 6, is an auspicious day. Or perhaps a word that better describes how you might be feeling is ominous or intense. You…

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Why I couldn’t wear a witch costume

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 44–in which this witch has a few things to say about witches at Halloween  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, As a child, I hated Halloween. I hated dressing up. And I especially hated all the creepy witch costumes. I never dressed…

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What REALLY happened this year?

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 43–in which we receive an invitation Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, An evocative invitation arrives this time each year. But most of us stay too busy to notice. For eleven months, we move through the year hoping to find some kind…

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The inner mystery of a name

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 42–in which we ponder the mystery and power hidden in a name   Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, This is my first week back in my chair in my writing office working in happy partnership with my new computer. She is a…

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Why did the hawk scream on Yom Kippur (again)?

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 41–in which I was given a strange gift indeed   Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Thank you for your kind concern and prayers last week when there was no Notes from the Field. You probably assumed it was the hurricane. It wasn’t.…

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Who you gonna call in a time of chaos? Why Chaos, of course!

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 39–in which we commit to looking at the world upside down in order to find a way to right ourselves Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer and mystery, It’s been an extraordinary week, hasn’t it. Seven days of change, change, and more…

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When one Queen dies a new Queen is born

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 38–in which we ponder our new archetypes and their symbols Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer and mystery, The Queen has died. This sentence has stirred all kinds of intense and often conflicted feelings around the globe. Some people shrug. Some celebrate.…

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The magic waiting at the edge

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 37–in which we ponder our edges, all our edges Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer and mystery, I have been pondering this word edge ever since it arrived as the delicious—dare I say edgy—name of the intensive Marcia Wade and I are creating, Goddesses of the…

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What the Dormouse (and Carl Sagan) said

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 36–in which we follow a wild trail of magic until we hear what the Dormouse said Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, It’s been a most magical week. Not that I planned it. You can’t plan these things. You can prepare, but…

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Are you an “edge-dweller?”

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 34–in which we ponder what will happen when we spin the Wheel of Fortune! Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, In last Sunday’s Notes from the Field, I mentioned five brilliant storytellers. One of them, Sharon Blackie, is the author of If Women Rose…

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The Sky Goddesses want you to hear their stories

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 33–in which we gather around the fire as a great storyteller tells the original stories  Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, What is it about the people you love to listen to? What makes them someone you look forward to being with? Think…

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I almost missed a sacred anniversary

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 32–in which an anniversary creeps up on me and leaves me stunned Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, On Tuesday, August 2, I worked for several hours with cos-mythologist Marcia Wade on a fun, ground-breaking prayer intensive we are cooking up for…

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What is the blueprint of your life?

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 25–in which we peek inside a seed and discover the blueprint in the seed is the blueprint coming to life in each of us Check back for this week’s video! Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, On Tuesday, June 21, in the…

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Jeanne d’Arc has an invitation for you

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 21–in which Jeanne d’Arc and Black Moon Lilith conspire to get our attention Check back for this week’s video! Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, At this time last year, 85 of you were preparing to join me for a radical event, The Return…

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“I am that woman”

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 15–in which we remember that we are all those women Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer, Today’s Notes from the Field is a prayer. And not just any prayer. I wanted to do something to celebrate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to…

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Week 2: An ancient queen frees a modern woman’s voice

2022 the year we learn to listen to love Week 2–in which an ancient queen frees a modern woman’s voice Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, In last Sunday’s Week 1 Notes from the Field for 2022, we began a 52-week-long walk to learn to listen to love. (If you want to hear…

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Why is deep soul writing so radical?

The year of the body–Week 30 in which we remember that deep soul writing was once banned and the book was burned Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, In 1310, a woman was burnt alive because she wrote a book. She had the audacity to write a book about the mystical life, in…

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It’s my 73rd birthday and your 73% gift

The year of the body–week 25 in which I celebrate my 73rd birthday and give you a birthday gift Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, I turned 73 this week on Wednesday, June 16. On my birthday, I did some soul writing. Nothing surprising there, I do some soul writing every day. But given that…

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Who does your divine voice say you are?

The year of the body–week 24 in which I look back at my first entry in my  first soul writing journal 24 years ago and get a bittersweet surprise Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, Twenty-four years ago, on April 23, 1997, I picked up a pen for the first time and something happened.…

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When witches start speaking, magic starts flying

The year of the body–week 23 in which witches start speaking and magic starts flying Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, The Return of the Witches Jeanne d’Arc Listening Pilgrimage has begun. We had a profound Opening Ceremony with Sabin Bailey on Friday and met Queen Jezebel at the foot of Mt Carmel on…

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The one question our sacred ancestors want us to ask

The Year of the Body: Week 22 in which a Cathar woman from the 13th century reaches across time to hand us the one question we most need today  Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, How much possibility can one week hold: We had an intense lunar eclipse that will reverberate all summer and…

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What’s the real reason witches were murdered?

The Year of the Body: Week 20 in which the sacred feminine and sacred masculine give birth to a big and holy child Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, This is a most sacred and pregnant moment. And I think it’s not an accident that it is happening during the 20th week of this…

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I asked Perdita Finn for a message. She sent a story.

The Year of the Body: Week 18 in which we return to 1431 and hear women whispering about the return of a mystery  Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, You have heard me sing the praises of the magical mystical Perdita Finn. From the moment I opened The Way of the Rose: The Radical…

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Will the real Joan of Arc please stand up.

The Year of the Body: Week 17 in which we begin to unravel the mysteries of the most famous mystic witch of all time Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, Who was Joan of Arc? There is perhaps no more mysterious or amazing woman in history. She is the only person condemned by a…

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P is for Perpetrator. But who is the perpetrator?

The Year of the Body: Week 11 in which the body reveals the secret spot where the perpetrator is buried Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, I have spent the last week thinking about perpetrators. Not because I want to. Who wants to focus on the pain one person inflicts on another. But…

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Your body knows something valuable about you

The Year of the Body: Week 7 in which our bodies reveal the true source of our value, great ideas, and confidence  Friends, soul writers, lovers of prayer, I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. In theory, it’s a sweet holiday but in reality, children’s hearts are broken when they don’t receive many valentines.…

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Let’s talk about that icy black puddle you keep stepping in…

The Year of the Body: Week 6 in which Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and winter continues…or maybe not! Friends, soul writers, lovers of prayer, This week was ripe with mystical dates. Dates that, if it weren’t for the humorous celebration of Groundhog Day, I would have missed. And I bet you missed them too.…

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Your dead are calling. Do you know how to listen?

The Year of the Body: Week 4 in which our bodies exhale, our hearts celebrate, and our prayers resuscitate the dead   Friends, soul writers, lovers of prayer, And we thought 2020 was intense. Ha! In just three Wednesdays, we’ve reeled from watching a live insurrection on TV, to applauding the second impeachment of a…

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It’s time to Take Back the Magic

As we enter week 3 in 2021, the year of the body, we can’t help but wonder what will happen now? None of us knows for sure; we’re all holding our breath. You may not be conscious of it, but you probably haven’t taken a long sweet cleansing breath since you saw a crazed right-wing mob…

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Your body knows what really happened this week

We just lived through the first week of 2021. A year, I said in last Sunday’s Notes from the Field, would be the year of the BODY. And what a first week! We watched an angry mob of white male bodies screaming and circling the US Capitol building, crash into the building and crush the…

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Now, about that bat bite…

Well, this has been quite the wild week, hasn’t it! How much misery and mystery can one week hold? In the Misery department: The US government admitted that the parents of 545 immigrant children can’t be found. And anyone with a heart cried. A judge who is the diametric opposite of everything Ruth Bader Ginsburg…

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A Lotus and Lily like no other

The emails have begun. I get a flurry of them this time of year from people anxious to register for The Lotus and The Lily prayer intensive that opens in mid-November and always sells out. But this year your emails have a more frantic tone. For 10 years, mystic souls around the world have gathered for 5 weeks starting in mid-November…

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The dots that connect prayer, miracle, safety, home

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl I prepare to write these Sunday Notes from the Field by spending Saturday reviewing all that happened in the last seven days in my deep soul writing journal. Even after 23 years, I am surprised by what surfaces. Bits and pieces that seem unrelated suddenly…

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She called me a witch…

“Most men have never had to fear sticking out from the crowd far enough to elicit the heart-stopping accusation of ‘Witch!’ Ancient female wisdom–medical and otherwise–accumulated painstakingly over eons went up in flames along with the ‘witches.’ How to calculate and comprehend how much European civilization lost when its men nearly annihilated its wise women?”…

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