Ayn Cates Sullivan as a Story Teller & Podcaster


Ayn Cates Sullivan, MA, MFA, Ph.D. is an Amazon, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author. She has won over fifty literary awards. is the author of seventeen award winning books.

Or listen to the Wisdom of the Ages podcast on the SuperPowerUp Network.

About Ayn Cates Sullivan as Mystic

There are certain people who have an impulse to awaken out of the ordinary and mundane world. This does not happen to everyone however, some people have a near death experience, or lose a job, or have a kundalini activation, then suddenly they want to explore who they are and what life is really about. This is the beginning of the Quest for Wisdom.

After a series of powerful mystical activations that began over thirty years ago, Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D. began to seek out true Wisdom traditions. She was particularly interested in traditions that have been followed for thousands of years. Many people find they are drawn to a religious path or seek wisdom through a deep exploration of themselves through spiritual means. As the world experiences ecological crisis, many people have realized that nature needs our attention and have turned their focus towards nature-based traditions, such as Druidry, as well as indigenous Shamanic paths. All of these paths have wisdom and merit.

Dr Sullivan realized that she actually resonated strongly with three traditions (Judeo-Christian, Advaita Vedanta and Celtic Shamanism), and that it was completely correct and quite holistic to operate through all three simultaneously, as eventually the core of each path combines into simply “Wisdom”. Over the past few decades, Ayn Cates Sullivan has enjoyed a Round Table of spiritual traditions. Now she wants to share three decades of spiritual discovery with you!

Ayn Cates Sullivan on the Journey of Spiritual Awakening

I was raised in a very open-minded Unitarian Christian tradition, then in my twenties I became fascinated with Kaballah and spent many years studying with conscious Rabbis. This was very useful because after reading the Torah and writing 250 pages of commentary, I found my Jewish roots and understood more about my place in the world. I have a deep love of the Essenes and the pure life. It was an alchemical understanding of color that opened my first spiritual door.

I also have a deep love of Mother India, practice yoga, and have been a long term devotee of Ammachi. My husband’s root guru is Ramana Maharishi, and I have also been picked up in his wisdom field. After John Patrick and I married in 2006, we began a daily inquiry practice which has nurtured our relationship and has truly helped us both thrive. We are both involved in The Ridhwan School, a modern path to personal awakening, which also involves inquiry as a path to awakening. What I love about the Advaita Vedanta path of inquiry is that there is no judgment, there are no rules to remember, no dogma, only the recognition of our own True Nature. I will share much more about this on the Wisdom of the Ages Podcast.

After spending many years involved in transcendent spiritual practices, I began to feel disconnected from the world around me. Seven years ago I returned to my Celtic roots, and realized the importance of spending time in nature and reconnecting with the multidimensional reality of myth and faery. I was called back into the work of Celtic Shamanism, and truly honor the indigenous cultures of Europe, as well as many indigenous traditions around the world. I have been luckily enough to meet Mayan priests, Native American wisdom keepers, leaders of the Tibetan Bon tradition, as well as the Bards, Ovates and Druids of the British Isles. I have written a number of books on the subject called the Legends of the Grail series.


Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D. has been awarded the IAOTP (Independent Association of Top Professionals) Top Female Author of the Year Award 2020 & IAOTP Empowered Woman 2021



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“In myth it is said that at the hour of our greatest need, Merlin will awaken. In Nimue, an Arthurian fantasy novel by Amazon best-selling author Ayn Cates Sullivan, protagonist, Nina, walks between worlds to the 5th Century in search of an ancient magic, discovering a secret older than time.”


Nimue: Freeing Merlin has been chosen by the National Indie Excellence Awards as a winning book in New Age fiction.


Nimue: Freeing Merlin featured in Kirkus Reviews & Selected as one of the Best Books of the Month for June 2021

Within each of us is exists reservoir of untapped potential, some might call the soul, and others might call it the doorway to magic. To discover what is true about ourselves, we often have to take a quest and undergo initiations that test us to the core. It is precisely that core, that inner grail, where we understand the truth of who are. Once we know our True Nature, no one can take it away. Discover more about Nimue’s Quest for the Grail.


Wisdom of the Ages is a show that taps into the many expressions of universal, ancestral and personal wisdom to ignite evolutionary consciousness. Listen to episodes with host Ayn Cates Sullivan.



Often our greatest understanding comes in the form of legends and folklore. Ayn Cates Sullivan’s mythological and visionary fiction books offer inspiration and wisdom to many people in the North America, Britain, Ireland, and the rest of the English speaking world. Her current series, Legends of the Grail, has won over a dozen prestigious literary awards. Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses won three golds with CIPA and has just gone into its fifth printing. Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales is currently an Amazon Best Selling Book, and has won multiple literary awards including gold medals with IPPY, COVR & NIEA. The book was given the top fiction award with IRDA. Click here to learn more about her books.

Great Review from Publisher’s Weekly – Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales

Sullivan’s passionate follow-up to Legends of the Grail explores women’s spirituality through retellings of six goddess tales from the King Arthur legend, among them mother goddess Arianrhod, independent Elen, and Dindraine, the “first person to achieve the Holy Grail.” Sullivan provides a breakdown of the symbolism, origin, and lineage of each story; includes her own short stories and poems that capture each goddess’s spiritual allure; and recaps their mythological lore. She then instructs women in ways to celebrate each goddess with rituals and meditation-esque visualizations intended to forge a spiritual connection between reader and goddess. Particularly enchanting is Sullivan’s section on “Ladies of the Lake”—Elaine and Nimue, goddesses of beauty and the moon, who serve as stewards into the ethereal realm—which provides visualizations and rituals meant to help readers attain greater “bodily awareness” and self-sufficiency. This approachable guide will be valuable to those interested in “goddess lore.”


“Ayn Cates Sullivan has now released the next installment of the Legends of the Grail series titled Heroines of Avalon which is simply the must read book of the summer.”

– The London Post 

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Successful on every level – intellectual, mystical, reverential, and spiritual – this is a unique literary contribution, and one that deserves a very wide readership. Highly recommended.”

– The San Francisco Review of Books
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A top three DartFrog book club choice.

Legends of the Grail is now available as an audio book read by Caroline Slaughter!

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Legends of the Grail: Stories of Irish Goddesses is an award winning collection of ancient Irish myths and legends told in the traditional way with a twist. Each Goddess, generally demonized or misunderstood, has the chance to retell her story in a way that liberates her from centuries of misunderstanding. Some of the stories date back 8,000 years or longer, and yet the wisdom is timeless. Each chapter is followed with a “Healing With the Goddess” section that contains practices, visualizations and blessings to help the reader get in touch with their own soulful qualities and capacities. In this series, the Grail Quest is the search for the Goddess.

Legends of the Grail: Stories of Irish Goddesses is available in USA, UK, Ireland, Canada & Australia:

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In the #MeToo Era, Women Take Strength from the Divine Feminine Essence Passed Down in the Legend and Lore of the Celtic Goddesses and Heroines

Ayn Cates Sullivan Brings a Scholarly, Yet Spiritual, Recounting of the Powerful and Inspiring British and Irish Female Mythological Figures that Sustained Cultures and Still Resonate Today With Those Who Wish to Live in Harmony with the Earth




Sullivan Walked the Isles in Search of the Their Stories and Their Hideaways

2-booksIn times of yore, their presence was seen and felt everywhere in the Natural World…They spun the moon, made flowers grow and springs gush forth. They were the natural allies of the both animals and man. They had the magical powers that created whole peoples, and brought forth light. But they were often undermined, under attack and coveted by powerful figures and forces…And yet they rose strong and powerful, even when it required great sacrifice.

They were the Celtic Goddesses and Heroines whose stories have been kept alive for hundreds—if not thousands–of years, and who have inspired women throughout the ages to seek and take sustenance from the Divine Feminine, to nurture themselves and their feminine essence in the light cast by these figures. And to honor the balance of nature.

Now, Ayn Cates Sullivan, PhD, has brought them to life for this generation, capturing their stories on the page in two remarkable award-winning and highly acclaimed books, Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales and Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses.

niea-1The stories are engaging and fun. You will feel like you are sitting around the fire listening to the female elders of your community passing along these legends just for you. Each story is unique to its Irish, Welsh, Scottish or British origins, with the most recent volume focusing on heroines associated with King Arthur, Glastonbury and Avalon.

Go with Ayn Cates Sullivan, dip your toe in her ancient mystical world for a few hours, and experience wisdom and inspiration for today’s woman therein…


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Story telling and myth have been part of my life since I was a young girl and in some way we all are on a hero or heroine’s journey home. Color and prayer led me back into the embrace of the Infinite Light, and to a creative, joyous and fulfilled life. Inquiry gives us a practice so that we may communicate and enjoy one another. Now at the time when the divine feminine is enjoying a renaissance on earth, it is my pleasure to share what I have discovered on my journey with you and to feel that perhaps another might be assisted in awakening to who they are as well. May this earth rejoice in our collective remembering. Blessings, Ayn

Listen to Ayn Cates Sullivan

Ayn speaks about Celtic Mythology, the quest for the Holy Grail and how ancient wisdom can support us today.

Talk Show Episode, A Fireside Chat on July 19, 2014

BB…Talk Show Episode A Fireside Chat and with Lance White on 2014-07-19 19:00:00, with show guest, Headlined Guest, Ayn Cates Sullivan, about Guide to Higher Level…

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This website is an invitation to know yourself more deeply. There are many stories and poems that invite us back into awareness, including fables for children of all ages, beginning with Sparkle & The Gift. There is also a series of twenty-three Colors with inquiry and prayer to spark your interest in your Authentic Self. We may become curious about who we are without the stories that we carry with us. After all, we can choose to tell our story any way, at any time, for we are the authors of our lives. This website is a mythic adventure to our own restoration and retelling of our tale. There are sacred meditations so that we can develop a container or chalice for the Infinite Light. We invite you to taste the 10,000 year old practice of self-inquiry, which is known as one of the most trusted and well-developed paths to liberation. Most of all, we wish that you join our conversation of the heart and remember who you are…