The Hierophant

V – The Hierophant Overview: The Hierophant is a spiritual teacher, but an archetype like no other spiritual teacher. His feet are firmly on the ground. He translates directly from the divine, by listening carefully, and being patient and kind. His ego is not involved in the choices he makes, and even though he is listening to the divine, like the high priestess, he represents an

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On the Difference Between Magic and Alchemy, Real Alchemy

While magic might be about spell work and manifestation, alchemy is about making the philosopher’s stone. So what is the philosopher’s stone? The big mistake in alchemy is both in taking things too literally, and not taking them literally enough. The philosopher’s stone is not some thing that’s made from material outside ourselves. It is made from our hearts. We are the prima materia—the substance from

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Dear Sage

I just had a talk with my inner editor. You’ve got an editor, too. Even if you don’t acknowledge them, they are at work inside you deciding what goes out to the world, what stays inside, what gets shared with the few. You get the idea. If you have an inner editor that takes control of things before they should, read on. This may help. Monday,

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From Road Rage to Unicorns: How to make up the world in a better way

Imagine you are on the road, driving your car, and suddenly you are approached by a very fast-moving car that races around you and speeds off into the distance. You might shake your fist at this car and think “What a jerk!“ You might even honk, as my partner does to “show them a lesson.” Psychologists call this Fundamental Attribution Error, and it’s part of a

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Divine Timing

“…everything that happens here happens not only for the purpose we give it, but as something arising from higher principles. The universe does not plan, nor do we do—we plan and the universe does. When we reverse this simple truth in our lives, we believe in problems, but the universe has no such problems.” —from Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin Divine

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Dark Matter and Dark Energy

On the cutting edge of science, reality shifts and turns, creating a universe of magic. Remember that magic is technology we don’t understand. So let’s talk about the magical stuff of which the universe is made. At the turn of this century, several significant scientific projects were launched whose aim was to measure the cosmic background radiation left over from the Big Bang. Among them is

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What the owls taught me…

Many of you know that I have a special relationship with birds. Here’s another “feather” in the bird-man cap. Pardon the pun. We arrive at beautiful Mercey Hot Springs and take campsite E-5. It’s the group campsite, our favorite, because there is plenty of room for our single tent in the canopy of the Melaleuca trees, and plenty of privacy. At nightfall, the disturbing cries begin.

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NINE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM GATHERING SEAGLASS

What you are looking for is often just lying around. Opportunity is everywhere, just like the glass on the beach. Prime specimens of seaglass can fetch over $50 each, so there is real value here. And it’s just lying on the beach. In the same way, there is often opportunity lying around if you are willing to look for it. You will be rewarded according to

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“The Long Now”

We often don’t think in long enough time frames. We used to though. There’s a concept of acting responsibly for the next  seven generations. There is a foundation called the Long Now, who are pioneering a clock designed to work for over seven-thousand years. Here’s a quote from Danny Hillis, co-founder of The Long Now Foundation. I think of the oak beams on the ceiling of

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Mechanics of magic.

I am always cruising the internet for evidence of the effectiveness of magic, and there is lots of it. In the coming weeks, I’m going to post some of what I’m finding. It ranges from common sense applications to theoretical physics. I’ll ask a series of practical questions about each topic. Today’s topic is the labyrinth. What is the practical use of a labyrinth? A labyrinth

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