magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters
ARRIVING on full moons each month.
So what IS magic anyway?
I am asked this question all of the time.
The word magic gets thrown around more now than ever – it is hot, on point, on trend.
And, like most things that are hot, on point, and on trend, the essential meaning can easily be overlooked, ignored or lost.
What are we talking about when we talk about magic?
What are we experiencing when we experience magic?
OK…I am going to define it for you…ready?!
Of course, I am not going to define what magic is for you.
In my book, I never define what magic is. This is not a hedge on my part. I cannot define what magic is because above all else magic is relational.
I would be as successful at defining it for you as I would be in defining the partner you have chosen to spend your life with, the children you have raised, or the creatures you have loved and lived with.
Every single one is particular and unique – a potent mix of alchemy that cannot be replicated in any lab no matter how well equipped. The same is true about magic. It is a relationship between you and the extraordinary…the only way for you to get to know it is to get to know it.
Along those lines…I will be making a special announcement in the next few days about a fun way to help us do exactly that – get to know our own unique magic. It will be fun, exciting, and totally free.
Have you ever found yourself wondering how people get started writing? I used to think about this all of the time. I wondered if an amazingly impressive literary agent or angel of writing came down from the heavens and bopped people on the head with a magical wand pronouncing “You are now a writer!”
In reality, I have found it is a lot more like what Amanda Palmer says all artists have to do: make our own fairy wands and then hit ourselves on the heads with them – not once, but many, many times declaring:
“I’m an artist!” Bop! “I’m an artist!” Bop!
Certainly, that has been my experience. And as I have talked to some best-selling authors I have learned that is their experience too – no one told them they were gifted or special or unique – they just got to work and wrote. They got rejected. They wrote some more. Got rejected some more. Kept writing. Kept on. Simple. Not easy.
That’s the thing with writing. If you want to write then you have to actually write. You may very well need to mark out time on your calendar, hang up a do not disturb sign if need be, even leave your house or office and go down the street to a cafe so that you can write. I do it every day. Now that I am between books I have returned to some of my most basic writing practices (my favorite approach to writing btw comes from Natalie Goldberg whose work is just incredible and very straightforward), and it feels so good to return to those basics and reaffirm my commitment to writing.
However, I have also had a secret weapon in my writing ventures – one that absolutely made my book possible and that has been a guiding hand in my writing for years – and that my friends are good editors.
A good editor is someone who is not just going to check your work for punctuation errors. They are going to help you think through your work from the foundations to the ultimate vision and then support you in articulating those visions in the best possible way. They show up with a light hand and organize your writing so that it is structurally sound, has good flow, and is delivered in your unique and one of a kind voice. They hold your hand, check your sources, and make sure you are using the right attributions. They are your research assistants and guardians of your sacred voice…these are just some of the things that a good editor does.
When I wrote Making Magic I was blessed to have a wonderful editor from my publisher Sounds True – but before my manuscript ever went to the publisher I had an in-house editor: my amazing husband David, whose credentials include years of teaching high school English and Philosophy. (Trust me, if the man can get a bunch of jock kids to see the brilliance of Jane Austen, he can help you deliver your best writing yet).
David has decided to make his editorial services publicly available. I am not sure about this as the selfish part of me wants to keep my secret writing mojo all to myself, but then the not-terrible part of me wants to be generous and share…it’s a conundrum!
Bottom line: I want the best for our community and when it comes to messaging clarity, delivery, and refinement, David Saussy is the best.
My love does not have a fancy website or marketing spiel – he likes to get to work, not talk about getting to work.
He is currently booked with writing projects through July of this year, but if you are interested in talking to someone who has real editorial gifts about your own writing projects and endeavors then get in touch with him at email@example.com
This is the phrase we use at our house whenever we want a family hug. Anyone gets to call for us to “bring it in!” anytime – it is one of our favorite rituals.
I want to call a “bring it in!” for all of you. For everyone who has ordered my book – such a deep bow of gratitude and thanks and appreciation – truly, truly.
For those who have not yet pre-ordered or who have pre-ordered and somehow missed getting on the book mailing list – I want you to join that list now. Sign up right here. We are entering into book promotion and sharing season proper and I want to make sure you are all signed up to THE list that is dedicated to Book Magic!
Thanks for being on this journey with me, our community of soulful seekers is where the magic happens – never doubt it!
In an hour and change, we will be celebrating the New Moon in Taurus! This is a great moon to do some wealth and money magic, to join Bull Strong if you have not already done so, and to clean out and bless your wallet. Here is a prayer story I wrote for this New Moon a couple of years ago.
It is ALSO a wonderful and auspicious time to garden, go outside, and bless your place and the creatures that share space with you.
Along those lines, I am very happy to introduce you to the first installation of Making Magic | Taking AIM. This is a series of Active Imagination Meditations (AIM) that complement each chapter of my book, Making Magic.
This first meditation is an exploration of the wildest and precious land you will every encounter – your own soul soil – and complements the first chapter of the book.
Listen to it here.
Read it here and enjoy!
The next missive I send out to you will kick off a series of Active Imagination Meditations that take us on a journey into the wild lands of our souls and the magic that pours forth from them!