Photography by Ange Harper Model: The Druidess Of Midian

Walk down the path into the woods.
You don’t need a lantern, you don’t need light.
You’ve been here before and so have I.
In my hands I have stars, fish, water, air.
I have three wishes and three stories to tell.
I know you can hear me.
You hear me every night when the branches scrape across the window,
when the dog asks to be let out, when your heart beats too fast.
Look in the mirror, look at the palm of your hand,
look at the black dresses hanging in the closet.
Walk out the door, you don’t need a key or a map.
There are no directions, and anyway, you’re already there.


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Alice Hoffman grew up believing in magic. She’s the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Book of Magic, Magic Lessons, The World That We Knew, Practical Magic, The Rules of Magic (a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick), the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Marriage of Opposites, and Faithful. Her new novel, The Invisible Hour, will be published in August by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. She’s written many original fairy tales and pieces on magic and witches for Enchanted Living, including for our 2017 Practical Magic issue. Find out more at