Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Why All the Fuss About January's Full Moon?

Your Soul Café: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions
"Moonshine  Skyway" over Tampa Bay by James Boone
Where there is a woman, there is magic. If there is a moon falling from her mouth, she is a woman who knows her magic, who can share, or not share, her powers…"
~Ntzozake Shange, Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo

Why all the fuss about the moon on Sunday night, January 20? 

There are four rare, celestial reasons to consider including:
1) Moon, as I call her, will celebrate the New Year in her splendiferous fullness for the first time. January’s normal moon name is the Full Wolf Moon which refers to the hungry, howling wolf packs during winter according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

2) There’s more. Moon will experience a rare, total lunar eclipse. This means that an alignment of the Earth’s orbit while passing between Sister Moon and Brother Sun, causes a moon shadow painting her with a reddish hue—thus, the name Blood Moon. This won’t happen again until May 26, 2021.

3) Moon is also called “Super” at this time as her orbit is the closest to our earth, so she’ll be showing off by beaming brighter and larger than usual.

4) Selenophiles--moon lovers and lunatics--will be able to see this magical, moon trifecta!

These lunar energies make it the perfect time to write and create. Be a "woman of magic" who taps into and shares her power.

Sheeesh! It’s a mouthful to say that the 
Full Moon is the Super Wolf Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse.

"Blood Moon over Zakim" (bridge), Boston by Joann Vitali
Where and when is it best to see this rare sky-party?
Here are the times and dates for the rare, total lunar eclipse:

Tampa Bay - January 20, 11:42 pm  (starts)
Los Angeles – January 20, 9:16 pm
New York – January 21, 12:16 am 
London – January 21, 5:16 am
Delhi – January 21, 10:46 am
Sydney – January 21, 4:16 pm

What can you expect in the days ahead?
With Valentine's Day approaching, this unqiue Full Moon, according to Mystical Raven, might bring about some surprising ways that could impact your zodiac sign:

* Aries: Major romantic developments (even an engagement or pregnancy) or a burst of creative genius that could become profitable in 2019
* Taurus: News from a family member or changes at home, from a renovation to a relocation
* Gemini: Major shifts with your friend circle or the launching of a powerful partnership
* Cancer: Money-making opportunities or a well-deserved promotion
* Leo: Catapulting your talents and hard work of the past two years into the public eye.
* Virgo: Helping you forgive a frenemy or gain closure on a painful situation. Bye!
* Libra: Connecting you to your “soul squad,” boosting popularity
* Scorpio: Drawing in high-profile career opportunities and leadership positions at work
* Sagittarius: Bringing a long-distance opportunity or a chance to travel
* Capricorn: Deepening your connection to one special soul—and maybe breaking you away from a toxic relationship elsewhere
* Aquarius: Revealing the right—and wrong partners for you
* Pisces: Kicking wellness resolutions into high gear, taking on more leadership at work.

"Blood Moon" by Mike Oria
…A woman with moon falling from her mouth, roses between her legs and tiaras of Spanish moss, this woman is a consort of the Spirits.
~Ntzozake Shange, Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo

Related readings:
* 6 Ways to Celebrate the Full Thunder Moon (Several release activities, helpful to use at this time.)
 * How to Use the Full Moon to Write
Celebrating the success of Sister Writers Debra Reble and others (me included) in today's launch of...
Be sure to grab your copy of Soul-Hearted Living today!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Why and How to Use Oracle Cards to Inspire and Clarify

Your Soul Café: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions

Drawing an oracle card every day can provide you with a word waymark to direct thoughts and writing—maybe even guidance for your goals and intentions. It’s a simple, intuitive practice…one that I wrote about on January 1 to discover your sacred word(s) for a New Year’s resolution, title, affirmation, or mantra.

For 2019, please join me on my pilgrimage using the Sacred Traveler Oracle Cards for the first time; they’re created by Denise Linn, a bestselling author of 18 books and translated into 29 languages. They complement and reinforce the new 2019 theme on my Facebook pages and the first book now underway, Writing Medicine: The Must-Have Guide to Your Hero’s Journey to Inner Healing.

How can oracle cards assist you on your Hero’s Journey? They can help:

* Give clarity to concerns and issues
* Offer problem-solving perspectives
* Interpret signs and dreams, especially repeating ones
* Inspire writing and creative projects
* Become more present to the now moment

As part of my Divine Dialogue Writing System, you are taught to ask, “What do I need to know for and about my best and Highest good today?” (You can be more specific if you choose.)

Get quiet. Be still and breathe. Shuffle the deck. Place them on your heart. Breathe. Then draw a card with your left hand, as that’s the hand with the veins and arteries that directly connect with your beating, heart.

If you believe in Oneness, then today’s message for you and me is...

Notice your first reaction when seeing the oracle card. You might not be pleased with what appears. And after eight years of this practice almost every morning, I’ve learned to trust what shows up--comfortable or uncomfortable, it is all good.

Read the guidebook. 
Write and interact with the word waymarks
Allow the information to sit with you.

Be open to how the message's confirmation unfolds during the day. Indeed, you might be surprised how on point the information was!

 Distant Thunder Card meaning (partial):
Clear the air. Dramatic purification, renewal, and healing are occurring on many levels. Don’t be concerned if there is chaos in your life; in this instance it is good. It is shaking things up, so you don’t become stagnant. If your auric field or your personal space is cluttered, it’s difficult for new experiences and opportunities to come into your life. It’s time to clear out the clutter…"

The Sacred Traveler Wants You to Know:
"On the distant horizon, a storm is brewing. Great shards of lightning are thunder-bolting to the earth from the heavens. It can feel chaotic, but it heralds a time of renewal. Thunderstorms clear the dust out of the air and, reenergizes the earth. Be open to change…”

What I Want You, the Hero, to Feel:
You’re not alone in this chaotic chaos. I know because Tampa Bay, Florida, the "Lightning Capital of the World," is my home.

Be inspired to declutter your inner and outer life. Try the popcorn method. Set a timer for 18 minutes a day. There's scientific proof explaining why this works as explained in 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman. 

Some people, places and things will naturally fall away, like the "dust" that rains ash away, renewing the earth (and you) with fresh sights and senses. Other decluttering will take intention and goal setting practices

Finally, believe that the “distant thunderstorm” is a positive sign because they produce lightning, a transformative symbol connecting heaven and earth for you. Your best and Highest good is about to rain down on you! Renewal and recharging are on the way. 

Meanwhile, remember...

What "distant thunderstorm" do you hear and see in your life? Thank you in advance for sharing in the comments.

Want to stay connected during this pilgrimage?
Here are four simple ways:

Subscribe to travel along with my blog every week. (See very right, bottom corner)

Visit my two Facebook pages--then if you like what you see, give it a digital "LIKE" >> Women as Visionaries with Lore Raymond and LoreRaymond, Author, Speaker, Writing and Creativity Coach

Join my free, women's group, the Writer's VisionQuest: Supporting Your Hero's Journey to Transform Your Words Into Somewhere Brilliant.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Why and How to Find Your 2019 Fountain of Youth Words

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of others."
 ~ Sophia Loren

To tap into your "fountain of youth," consider this simple and powerful practice; it's one that I've enjoyed every January 1 to start my Soul Spa Day and taught in Vision Mapping workshops for a decade.


Words are waymarks, a “symbol or signpost marking the route of a footpath.” On this auspicious day, these are sacred words that now find you--or that you chose--to guide your thoughts, words, and deeds in the new year. (Thanks to, Joy Siren, for introducing me to this word!)

The goal is now diving deep to discover words that will inspire and inform "the route of your footpath."

Here's how. Try these simple five steps:
1) Get quiet and be still. 
2) Breathe until your breathing slows...
3) Then place an oracle deck of cards on your heart; other options could be using a favorite book or dictionary.
4) When ready, ask the question: 
What do I need to know for and about my best and Highest good in 2019?
5) Take your time...Let your left hand be guided to choose one card, or cut the deck 19 times for the new year; if using a book, open to any page, or flip 19 pages and scan it for words that POP! (The left hand's veins and arteries are directly connected to your heart.)

The perfect "fountain of youth" word or words will appear. They will find you. That simple. 

Later, combine this sacred word(s) into:
* affirmations
* mantras
* goal and intention setting practices
* vision and mission statements
* a one-word New Year's resolution!

 As "symbols and signposts," they'll mark your path of creativity and writing in the months ahead. 

Celebrate your word waymarks by making a color copy and keeping them in a journal or on the desktop as a screen saver.

The Fountain of Youth legend lives on in Florida, from the Spanish "florido, full of flowers."

My 2019 Word: Regenerator
Angel Tarot Card, Doreen Virtue
Emotional, Romantic, Enthusiastic, Contemplative. The need to balance emotions. An invitation to a social event.

Voyager Tarot Card, Dr. James Wanless, Ph.D.
As a regenerator and revitalizer, you are emotionally creative. Like the life-giving rain, you can transform a barren situation into a garden of emotional delight and abundance.

Your inner fountain of youth creates new emotional life and vitality.

You are a healer. Like bubbly, playful water, you can bring happiness and joy through the restorative power of laughter and good feeling.

Your energy is a medicinal spring that heals the physically sick and troubled heart.

My 2019 Writing & Creativity Words: Blocks Lifted
Archangel Gabriel Oracle Card, Doreen Virtue 
For the third year in a row, the exact same one arrived early this morning...Blocks Lifted! Now, what are the statistical chances of that?
Previous obstacles came from fear, and they are now lifted away.

What "fountain of youth" words found you today? Thank you in advance for sharing in the comments below.

Shout Out! Sharing Free Inspiration!
For all selenophiles (moon lovers like me), here's a free January Lunar Calendar to follow from Sara at Bella Luna.

I feel over the Almost-New Moon for contributing two of my original inspirational quotes to Debra's new book, Soul-Hearted Living: A Year of Sacred Reflections and Affirmations for Women, being released on January 16. 
Register for VIP NOTICE today and, as a thank-you, receive 2 FREE guided meditations.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Lore's 7 Most Empowering Articles fom 2018

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions

"I am a part of everything that I have read."
~Theodore Roosevelt, American author, explorer, soldier, naturalist and
26th President of the United States, 1901-1909

What does staying out of Facebook Jail, writing a book, setting intentions and goals and; writing with the Moon share in common? They’re what you, the reader, found to be most empowering and meaningful in this year's blog of Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions. Seems that the fall was your favorite month of choices! Also, it's interesting that there are two blogs about my undergraduate college experience that are in stark contrast--one's focus is the joy of sisterhood and the other great sorrow that comes from betrayal.

First, thank you for taking the time to read and then comment on the blogs. It can get lonely as a writer so hearing from you is a treasure. I cherish every word. Writing is one of my great love affairs. It's my New Year hope that what you read from me becomes a part of you.

If you’d like to suggest a blog post idea or if you’d like a guest blogger, I would welcome your suggestions and invitations. Just message me on Facebook.

A big thank you hug, Jill Celeste, for this blog post idea. You inspired me last years by brilliantly summarizing the year with your “Top 6 Marketing Articles from 2017.”

Rewinding, here's what readers found most empowering and meaningful in calendar order:

"With 2.07 billion monthly Facebook users, you can't ignore the rules of the biggest social media game on the globe.
~Lore Raymond

What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word, and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary.”
 ~George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life
Do you want the moon?! I do. A love affair with Moon (my affectionate name for both the Full Moon and New Moon) began five years ago when my current publisher, J.S. Devivre, of E. Gads Hill Press, invited me to write a full moon ritual for her online magazine. Seems she detected a love of rituals cultivated from my Catholic spiritual roots.

I will not stay silent this time.
Verbal assault is different from physical assault.
Of course.
There is still pain and healing to move through any assault on one's tender body, mind, and soul. 

"Here's the thing: The book that will most change your life is the book you write.

~Seth Godin

I’m up to my arse in alligators writing my first book, a non-fiction tale of how writing heals. It’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces meets Sacred Contracts, with a dash of Big Magic and Artist's Way mixed in. No, I haven’t joined the club of authors who’ve written their first book or novel--not yet. Chapter 7 is complete—only six more to go.

"Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious." ~Bill Meyer

For millennia, farmers around the globe have followed the schedule of the New Moon to plant successful harvests. It is an ancient and energetic time inviting you to reflect, visualize and write. With the New Moon approaching on Monday, October  8--also Columbus Day and Indigenous People's Day--what “seed thoughts” will you plant during this cycle? What intentions will you write on the celestial blackboard of the dark New Moon? 

October: 11 Pieces of Advice I Would Include in a Letter to My Younger Self

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wings of time.
 ~Jean Paul

I just celebrated 65 successful-turns-around-the-sun. Yes, trite to say, but where did time fly to? 
As my birthday wound down, I paused to time travel over the past six decades, I thought it would be fun to list 65 things I would put in a letter to my younger self. In this case, it would be “Little Lorraine Monique” when she was 10 years young and making straight A’s as a fifth grader at St. Francis de Sales School in Riverside, CA-- and to my only grandson Blake, now age 3 ½.

Then a breezy thought blew by, "Who wants to read 65 pieces of advice from you--or anyone for that matter?!" 

Not me.

Friday, December 21, 2018

How gratitude warms my heart this Winter Solstice

Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions

"I am the light of God in expression." ~Today's Daily Word (DW)

Today millions (like me) are celebrating the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. To bring more light inside, I am reflecting on 2018 to share some thoughts that we might intersect, finding common ground to continue uplifting one another. 

For you and me:

Munduk Waterfalls, Bali, 2009
"I remind myself every day 
that  I am here on this earth not only 
for the purpose of 
receiving divine blessings 
but also for the purpose of 
sharing my good with others.

I am divinely created 
as a channel 
through which flows 
life, joy,  peace, and love 
to all who come my way." ~DW

The journey to become a channel commenced years ago in Bali at a sunrise lit with thousands of red, ascending dragonflies; the Divine Download came to put on the mantle of "writer." 

Writing sisters gathered for launching Season 13 of the Divine  Dialogue Writing Circle.

Fast forward from Bali and it's been joy-full to:
* co-contribute to eight books in the past two years with another coming January 15;

* host a free private Facebook group, the Writer's VisionQuest for women;

* teach courses and lead Day Trips with the OLLI at Eckerd College program;

* facilitate the monthly Divine Dialogue Writing Circle for 13 years and;

* write my first book!

Celebrating 65 turns-around-the-sun in October.
"I am the light of God in expression, and as such, 
I can be the light that keeps another soul from stumbling in the darkness.
I bring peace to my own life when I serve as a source of harmony for others.
With this in mind, 
I speak words of strength and offer comfort to those in need. 
As a loving friend, 
I share understanding, compassion, and kindness. 
As I give my very best, 
I become the very best." ~DW 

This year, several friends and family members faced life-threatening health challenges. I pray that my "words of strength" were able to "offer comfort to those in need." My go-to suggestion and practice for more strength and comfort are always: Call Silent Unity, the 120-year old prayer ministry! (They've been blessing me and mine for 33 years.)

Unusual this year was moving through the portal of grief ten times too many with friends who left their earth suits--women my age, best friends of mom's, and mothers of dear friends. Mortality and I shared many an intimate chat in my early morning time of prayer, meditation, and writing. (Yes, I naturally rise between 2:30-4:30am.)

My takeaway: Life is short. Why hasn't this truth registered? It does now. Don't assume you're here for even one more minute, hour, day, and much less a week! Get on with living a life you love that serves others.

Heeding my own advice, it's a full throttle time!  Days are intensely satisfying and challenging to remain in "Book's" evolutionary energy...sometimes up to 10 hours. 

Normal no longer exists. Writing a book redefines priorities and reframes boundaries with self and others.

That's why it's important to pause on this reflective day and shout: 

I am grateful to my teachers and cheerleaders, I am! I love and bless you! Thank you!

You've generously and faithfully continued to uplift and inspire me on my "hero's journey" to publish and launch Writing Medicine: The Must-Have Guide for Your Hero's Journey to Inner Healing on March 20, 2019--the Spring Equinox.
Click here for a >> Sneak Peek << and to set up a time to have a chat over a cuppa tea or coffee!

Drawn by Chris Ridell, this meme with the words of Carl Sagan, American author, cosmologist, and astrophysicist, best describes the "why" someone would write a book with the "purpose of sharing (my) good with others."

I agree, Carl Sagan, with all my heart, "A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."
Wishing you and yours the expansive light, love, and magic of this holy season, 
and the celebration of Christmas.

If you're reading this, I am grateful, I am.