Welcome to Musings From the Mystic Path…

8cEjrjqKi-1The membership of Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW  is pleased to announce a creative offering to the community of spiritual and magickal seekers. One of the directives of our coven’s work is encouraging creative expression; notably through the arts, poetry, writing and more. So, what better way to share and encourage similar creativity than a newsletter offering a glimpse at what our membership is up to.

The idea for the newsletter arose during a recent series of classes entitled Ecstatic Awakening. The 4 session class had focus on learning how to reach states of ecstasy in ritual and spiritual practice using words, music, song and movement as the catalysts. When we had the class that was specific to the written word, each participant’s assignment was to craft an original piece of writing to be shared with everyone. The writer stood front and center and gave voice to what had lovingly and carefully been committed to pen and paper. I, as well as the entirety of the class were blown away by what each had written, shared and opened us to seeing a glimpse f their passions, joy, sorrows, pain and more. It took less than 24-hours for me to formulate the concept of this newsletter as another way of keeping that ecstasy alive and allowing the readers of it to be inspired and uplifted. That was on April 12th, and so, here we are now ready to enjoy and share the beauty of our own creative outpourings.

Each month, there will be new creative offerings for you to enjoy. Reading recommendations, links to beautiful art and to more in depth studies of featured topics will be added to the mix. Since our coven offers a full schedule of open events including workshops, rituals and social gatherings, each month will have a listing of upcoming events that you may find of interest as well as an opportunity to share community with our contributors.

Our first newsletter will be available on May 4th. Be sure to select “follow” for notification as our newsletters post each month.

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January2018:Happy New Year!

Vol. 2 – Issue 9


Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of January
Happy New Year!

Welcome to the beginning of another year, 2018! This is the year of finding your way in the world and casting aside the complexity that has weighed us down throughout the months. Think of this month as the potential for any new beginning that you wish to undertake.

And, let it begin with simplicity. Less is more and allows the space for more to fill – in time. This month’s issue is a reflection of this space of simplicity. You will find less than usual in this issue; which allows you, the dear reader to fill the space with your own creative endeavors. Sit in silence, write something of beauty, sing yourself to sleep, dance just because, paint your beauty for all to see.

We, of Coven of the Mystic Path, wish our readers and their friends and families a prosperous, healthy and creative-filled New Year! Next month our regular columns and more will continue….

“This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!”
-William Arthur Ward-

Featured Writings

Welcome 2018!

By M.H.

January, the 1st month of the New Year gets its name from the Roman God, Janus. He is usually pictured with two faces which connect at the back of the head. Festivals to celebrate Janus were held in Rome on New Year’s Day.   His image is used on doorways, arches or gates, known as the God of beginnings. The faces of Janus remind us to look back at the past year,our accomplishments and to make New Year’s resolutions for this year. Every ending has a new beginning.

The Winter Solstice has passed; the Yule tree and twinkling lights have been put away. It’s time to set your goals for the New Year. Set up a calendar and get organized. Select the new classes to take, plan projects or skills to learn for work and decide what herbs you will plant in the garden this Spring.

The Moon is Full on January 1st the perfect time for a Full Moon ritual of releasing, cleansing and making a fresh start. Full yourself with the power of this Moon’s energy and allow inspiration to spark your imagination.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
-Albert Einstein-

Snow Fell Silently

by Robin

Snow fell silently
In the morning light.

Soft shapes glistening
Carried on breath’s
Airy flight.

Ice glass shards
Pillowing green stalks.

Snow fell silently
Breath held in
Nature’s awe.

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
-Hal Borland-

A Little Divination for the New Year

About this spread:

With the dawning of a New Year, there are many ways to welcome this fresh start. This astrological spread is a way of accessing information that can be used throughout the year as the Sun transits from one astrological sign to the next. The emphasis is on you standing at the center of the Great Wheel as the Sun and Moon. I’ve chosen to share and use this spread as the start of the New Year, but you can begin the process or start anew at any point in time during the year.

Want to know more? Follow the link here...January 2018: A New Year’s Spread

In Conclusion and, to repeat…..

“Be so warm that people mistake you for the sun; so bright that people mistake you for the stars; and so accommodating that people mistake you for the universe.” -Matshona Dhliwayo-

Upcoming Events – 2018

January 16 – February 27
Temple of the Sun Series 2018
Part One 7-wks.

Solar Magick: The Journey of the Solar Barque
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Musings From the Mystic Path is published monthly by Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW.

Editor: R. Fennelly, HPs, CMP, ASW
Columnist: L. B., Tesseract
Contributors: Membership/Petitioners  of Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW

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December2017:Living in the Light!

Vol. 2 – Issue 8


Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of December
Living in the Light!

It is hard to believe that we have reached the ending of 2017! It seems as though this year sped past and now we are gearing up to welcome 2018 and another year of experiences. For many this is the ultimate holiday season, after all in many of our spiritually blended families and friendships, there is a certain joy in celebrating in the way of those we love and honor. 

Last month the focus was on gratitude and with the soon to be Winter Solstice, Light is the key. This issue honors that embracing of the Light and a repeat of the Wassail recipe from last year. Tesseract highlights the movement from potential to possibilities. The beauty of the hive is brought up close and personal. And, Seekers on the Path is loaded with resources to stimulate your quest for knowing and study at your own pace. 

We, of Coven of the Mystic Path, wish our readers and their friends and families a beautiful December filled with time to get together, celebrate each other and bask in the glow of burgeoning Light.

“The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time; a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.”
-Frederick Lenz-

Featured Writings

NOW…

By Flash Maeve

Now is the time to gather what you have learned of yourself throughout the past year. It is a time to reflect on what you will keep and what you will discard before entering into the dark times of winter. Winter is a time to gather in what you have harvested, prepare tasks to be completed indoors, to shore up your wards, for limited sunshine, reduced warmth and fewer social engagements.

It is a time to open up to your creative pursuits, to read those books you piled up next to your bedside table, an opportunity to practice music, sing chants, songs and allow yourself the freedom of drumming, connecting yourself again to the rhythm of the earth and her blessings.

It is a time to stoke your hearth fires, watch the fires dance, listen to the stories told and warm yourself by the embers of the fire. Allow yourself this time of reflection and you will count this time as a blessing when the days grow longer, the outdoors beckon for you to step into the sunshine and the calendar fills with classes and rituals and nature comes alive again. Take this time to heal and reflect, enjoy the warmth and blessings of your home and hearth. Breathe and renew. The Wheel turns.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for a home.”
— Edith Sitwell-

Wintry ReverieBy Robin

The Sun streams down
Upon my upturned face
And radiant brilliance of
Warm golden light is
Veiled through closed lids.

The breath of the Divine
Caresses my face
Tossing ringlets of hair
Out to be bourne aloft
On a wintry breeze.

The frosty water gurgles and
Babbles rushing past as
It carries the message of
Spring’s return soon.

Sun sculpted silhouette
Of bark and branches
Stripped bare and weathered
by Autumn’s loving hand.

Standing stately in waiting
Against canvas of pastel blue sky
Painted by brush stroke of
Chilling air and moisture’s dew.

Nature is all around me
The pulse of life beating
Deep within the Mother’s heart.

The promise of Spring held
In each remnant of
Icy crystal that forms
Like tiny diamonds
On bough and dried leaf.

I sit in my quiet reverie
Opening to the web of
All Beings and Life.

Opening to the mysteries
Of the natural world.

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.”
-Albert Camus-

Drumming with Purpose

by Kenatem (M.M.)

November 14, 2017 closed the first full year of the Mystic Fires Drum Circle’s monthly gatherings.

I have had the privilege and responsibility of being this circle’s facilitator for nearly eighteen months. This circle began with an offer from my now High Priestess to provide our community with another opportunity to gather, share, and learn. I had considered forming a circle for a few years, but it wasn’t until Robin asked me that the idea moved from abstract to likely. Still, I stalled for over a year before I said yes. You see, I am not a master percussionist (yet); I am an enthusiast who has witnessed the awesome power of shared rhythm to bind a group. I wasn’t sure if a decade (at the time) of experience simply playing in circles and rituals as well as enthusiasm for what I had seen was possible could be enough to legitimize leading a circle. Within that year-ish of stalling, though, a particular moment pushed me toward, “Yes.”

Around the winter solstice, I met for dinner with Cherissa, the daughter of the woman who facilitated the first drum circle I ever attended. Cherissa’s mother, Nadine, had passed that February, and while we weren’t exactly close, we enjoyed each other’s company whenever we both happened to be at one of her mother’s circles. Having lived through a similar experience with my mother years before that she’d recently had with hers, I wanted to catch up with her to see how she was doing, and maybe offer some emotional support if she seemed to want or need it.

Toward the end of dinner, Cherissa mentioned that she still had the instruments her mother offered as loaners during her circles. “I don’t know what to do with them,” she said. “They’re just taking up space in my living room. I love them, but I don’t play them. I also have roommates, and the instruments seem to get in their way. Maybe I should sell them…”

“Uhhmm,” I said, putting my hand out, as if to stop her thought. “OK. I’ve, um… I’ve been thinking for a while about starting a drum circle. Also, someone recently offered to set one up with me as facilitator.”

She smiled. “Oh, yeah?”

In that moment, I remembered, after my mother’s passing, how awkward and strange it was to consider what pieces of hers to keep and what to release to other family, friends, or the world for their own use.

I thought for a moment then said, “I’d like to offer something, now, and you tell me how you feel about it: I can’t put a price on them, so how would you feel if, rather than selling them, I took possession of them, knowing that I’ll be setting up and using them for my own drum circle, and if you realize you need them back, just tell me, and they’re yours, because they’ll be yours, anyway?”

“That feels good,” she said with a nod. “I think my mother would like that.”

I felt the hairs on my neck stand up when she said this, and told her. She said she was experiencing the same thing.

Since we were just blocks from her home, she decided to let me take the drums and rattles with me, that night. So, after dinner, I followed her to her house. As we emptied the instrument-occupied corner of her living room into my car, she brought out from the back of it the djembe her mother played in concerts and with which she lead circles.

“I don’t know what to do with this, either,” she said. “It’s really special to me, but again, I don’t play it.”

I stood there, stunned. I wasn’t allowed to touch this instrument when Nadine was alive, and I watched her, through it, lead people through shades of joy, anger, and sorrow. It was as holy an object as I knew.

“You don’t play it, at all?”

“No. It’s too big for me. I have my little djembe that I take places and play. This just sits here.”

*BLINK BLINK*

“P— please don’t sell it,” I said, breathy and slack jawed. “I mean, of course, do what you want to with it, but…”

I took a breath, and blurted, “I would LOVE to lead circles with that drum, if you would let me.”

She thought for a moment.

“It could be the same arrangement,” I offered. “If you ever realize you’d like it back, just let me know.”

She stared at the drum for a few beats. “That feels right,” she said with a smile.

Some of the women I knew through Nadine’s drum circles and I still got together, roughly monthly, to drum. I offered this as part of the deal:

“I’ll likely bring it to the women’s drum circle with Audrey, Lynn, Erin, and Tina. How about I make it clear everywhere else that only the five of us can play it?”

She nodded. “That sounds right. I’m comfortable with that. OK.” She then unzipped the carrying bag and let me touch the drum head. My hand shook as I placed it. I noticed the wear on the head from countless strikes—including places where it had split—and the conditioning the skin received from what was likely the oils from Nadine’s hands. My hair stood, again. More than anything, I felt incredibly lucky, and then incredibly responsible.

Cherissa walked me out to the car with the drum. As I closed Nadine’s djembe in my trunk, Cherissa said, “This feels right. I think my mom would like this.”

I promised her I would take good care of all of her mom’s instruments, and make sure that no one touched the larger djembe except the people we agreed on (and on more than one occasion, the drum, herself, through a clear, “NO,” signal, has repelled undesired contact).

Thank you, Cherissa. Thank you, Nadine.

I still waited a few months before finally obeying the internal prod to take my High Priestess up on her offer. Within days, advert and business card templates were sent to me for approval and ordered (she works that way) and a few dates were established through the end of the year. While it was comforting to know Robin had jumped from the plane with me, once I agreed, it was clear that there was no going back. I’d better find a way to open my parachute or grow some wings.

I’m not sure which this is, but since the circles have started, I’ve had three or four no-show dates. (The chute got tangled? I lost feathers?) The rest—minus the first one, after our coven’s Summer Solstice ritual in 2016, and the one at the Spring Magick event in April of this year—have seen 2 – 5 people, each. I’m still learning about when and how to most effectively promote the circle, each month, but I also remember joining Nadine in a few of her circles when it was just her, her partner, and me. I got to learn so much, then.

Consistently small turn-outs are not my goal for these, but they’re not discouraging. In their way, they’re exactly what I need, right now. I’m recognizing my role in what makes a circle not come together, as well as what seems to make it go well when it does. A dud month motivates promotion, and inevitably leads to a comfortably sized group, the next. I just know that I only want people there who want to be there, so better a happy few than many just looking for something to do who are half-hearted and chaotic.

My biggest treat in these, so far, has been bringing brand new drummers from zero to one. By this, I mean that they leave with an understanding of how to approach their instrument in a drum circle setting, including how to honor their current skill level while allowing space for an unexpected talent to come through. Those were some of the most exciting moments for me just playing in drum circles. In now facilitating them, witnessing those little epiphanies with people calls the raised hairs back from that evening with Cherissa, as well as the times in circles, rituals, and choirs when everything seems to click.

I now use Nadine’s drum to lead the circles. As I said, I am not a master percussionist (yet), but I’ve discovered that I am, right now, capable enough. As long as I continue to learn and practice both the skills of being a worthwhile percussionist and circle facilitator (and the latter one mostly learns by just showing up and being one), I won’t be discouraged. I’ll be learning to properly pack my own chute. I’ll be growing my own wings.

“Be so warm that people mistake you for the sun; so bright that
people mistake you for the stars; and so accommodating that
people mistake you for the universe.”
-Matshona Dhliwayo-

The Hive…
by M.Q.

So beautiful, hidden among a tree, entwined and utilizing its branches, leaves, seeds. So many fear. Few appreciate the work, the energy and dedication to this temporary home.

It’s an amazing feat of commitment. To chew up debris, earth’ s soil, nature’s waste and morph it into a functioning world. Lifetimes of instinct guide the creation of this protective structure. Its carapace of interwoven earth hues, with strands of peach, off white, and spring green layers sit high away from predators. Inside the contradictory shell; dry yet feeling like it holds so much moisture; are the mysteries inhabitants. They work feverishly throughout summer towards the goal of their lifes’ cycle.

Whether accomplished or not, autumn comes, temperatures drop and the queen knows it’s time to move on. She will survive the winter in a tree or building and the cycle will continue.

As humans, we do not always follow our instincts and prepare for changes. We are inclined to abandon anything that required our work, attention, money, energy, or time. Part of the journey is this learning.

Are you on the right path? Are your friends and associates helpful and healthy? Is your dwelling safe from storms? Is your time spent productively, with focus towards your aspirations, your passion? Even so, have your desires changed, requiring now a different path?

Winter is coming and so another space of time to go within, to ascertain and inventory. What is no longer beneficial? What can you now leave behind, no matter the fear, the effort it involved or how comfortable it once felt? Will you learn from your choices and experiences and trust your instincts to carry you forward where you need to go?

“Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing
touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I
feel I never have enough of…”
-Leo Tolstoy-

Just because it was TOO GOOD not to repeat…

Happy Yule to Everyone and Wassail!

by M.H.

Wassail is an Old Norse salutation ves heill, meaning “be well”. The custom of wassailing dates back to medieval times, but it’s rarely practiced anywhere today. The original drink was made from mulled ale, roasted apples, eggs, curdled cream, sugar and spices. The apples would actually burst open giving the appearance of wool. So the frothy drink was also called Lamb’s wool.

In December, sometime during the twelve days of Christmas or on New Year’s Eve people would go house to house singing and offering a drink from the wassail bowl in exchange for gifts. The mulled ale was also poured on the roots of the apple trees in the orchards to ward off evil spirits and ensure a good harvest in the coming year. When served indoors, there was caroling, and merrymaking leading up to the great presentation of the Wassail bowl. Wealthy families used a Wassail bowl usually made of silver or pewter and could hold up to ten gallons of the spiced drink.

Below is the recipe I’ve used for many years at my Yule celebrations. The addition of alcohol is optional and of course only for adult gatherings. Many other recipes use wine, ale or brandy. Wassail can be bottled and given as gifts or served after caroling to pleasantly warm the guests.

Wassail Recipe

1 Gallon Apple Cider
2 cups dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon of whole cloves
1 tablespoon of whole allspice
small pieces of ginger root
1 quart of orange juice
3 cups of pineapple juice
3 cups of Apricot Nectar
zest of one orange
1 bottle of Vodka
1 bottle of Peach Schnapps
cinnamon sticks

Pour the apple cider in a large stock pot, add the brown sugar, place all the spices in a spice bag and place the bag in the cider, add the zest of one orange. Heat gently, to bring to a slow boil; then lower the heat and add the additional fruit juices and the alcohol. Allow it to simmer on low heat for 5-10 more minutes until it’s thoroughly heated, but not boiling.

Remove the spice bag and pour the mixture into a warmed crock pot or a slower cooker on your holiday table, add orange slices studded with additional cloves. These will just float on the top of the cider. Serve the beverage in heat proof mugs with and a cinnamon stick.

“Do not fear your inner light.
Carry your light to the dark world.”
-Lailah GiftyAkita-

 

Stillness

by M.H.

Winter nights bring hope,
Stillness of my inner self
Solstice light returns,
Snow fall blanketing the Earth
My heart glows warmly

 

Focus On…

The Winter Solstice
aka. Yule
December 21.2017

by A.B.

For most of us the turning of the Greater Wheel to the Winter Solstice (Yule) is one of welcoming the return of the Light of renewal and strength, the promise of increasingly longer hours of daylight and anticipation of warmer weather and a more outer world focused time. This change is subtle in physical form as this is also when the cold of the Winter (Northern Hemisphere) will remain for a few months more prompting us to retreat indoors as the early arrival of evening’s darkness envelopes and calls us into the warmth and light of home.

Each year, I do my work of Self, both within my Tradition (The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel) and personally to call forth this return of Light. And, I also find myself retreating more deeply into the shadows and taking refuge in its landscape of shadow; being intuitively drawn towards the deeper work of spiritual quickening, I think of this as the energy of the Hermit Key of the Tarot and my time to move into the darkened areas of my own inner landscape so that I may welcome and bring forth the Greater Light within. This is also the time of relying on my Shadow self to provide the necessary absence of light to guide me through those darkened paths in a constructive and informed way.

In all spiritual practice, the thought of the physical being holding the Inner Flame of Spirit or The Divine Spark of Light is offered up as a basic concept. The languaging may differ. The way in which this Inner Light presents itself and interacts with conscious awareness may have different ideology. And, the tools and methods used to quicken its energy may be worlds apart in intent and function, but the premise remains the same. In the space of our dark nature lay a light that is luminescent and brilliant that may be called upon to enliven and transform our spiritual and mundane pursuits. If we take it a step further, this transformation is the direct result of collaboration and embracing the dark and the light natures of our consciousness and using each as support and spiritual catalyst of the other.

This dark nature that I am referring to also has many names, functions and philosophies attached to it. I will simply call it the Shadow (Self) . There is an inherent polarity in all things and this Shadow is that polarized image of our Light nature. I am intentionally not using words that are negative in connotation for the Shadow, because it is not anymore a negative aspect of our being than the Light filled self is. Both are states of being that are subject to all the permutations and scales of intensity and impact that any other state of being is. In reality, if we did not have the antithesis or opposite of something, how could we ever enjoy and fully embrace the thing that is being opposed? So, how can this Shadow state be used during the waxing of the Light and engaged to work co-creatively upon those parts of myself I Will to quicken and prime in alignment with the increasing state of light?

The time of the Solstices allows for a deeper awareness and exploration of what impact we have in this world and how we may use the information we learn about ourselves to move in appropriate and fulfilling ways. It is the time of disequilibrium to bring about the eventual balance that is actualized at the Equinoxes. Neither of these energies are about everything being measured and being exactly the same amount of something on each pan of the scale. Rather, they are the states of balance that are dynamic in nature, moving and flowing one to the other and arriving at an informed state of equilibrium at some point of the process.

This is a time of living in the Light as the long reach and beauty of our shadow reaches towards the growing of what will be the fertile space of Spring’s planting.

Read more about the Great Wheel of the Year and Wiccan Sabbats:
The Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year

Tesseract
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick

by Ionlanthe

We have arrived at December. The wheel of the year is turning and we are approaching the darkest time of the year. The hours of sunlight shorten each day until the Solstice arrives on December 21 and the Holly King and Oak King have their battle. The sun will lighten our days a little more each day, until the Holly King and Oak King meet again in high summer and the day light will again begin to shorten.

In this endless, epic, annual cycle, we can look to the Moon in her phases to remind us of the daily passage of time. Every day she is either growing fuller in her light, or reducing the amount of light she reflects. At the time of the Winter Solstice’s approach, the Moon will be a waxing crescent moving from Capricorn (cardinal earth sign) and into Aquarius (fixed air sign). At the precise moment of the Solstice (11:28 am on Thursday, December 21), the Moon will be in Aquarius. Since Capricorn is associated with action in the material world in the here and now, and Aquarius is associated with communication and ideas and a focus on the future, we will be in a place of new ideas and a look toward possible future scenarios right when the Moon is beginning its move away from the dark phase and toward fullness. The crescent Moon will rise at 9:32 am on winter Solstice morning, so you may not be able to see it then. It will set at 7:44 pm that evening and it will be visible as a sliver of a crescent in the sky.

The waxing crescent Moon is an excellent time to put into place the plans you made during Capricorn’s sojourn in the Moon’s dark phase, where you focused on the how and what of your intentions. Now, during the idea phase of Aquarius’s energy in the waxing Moon, think of new ways of seeing possible outcomes of your plans. This is a good time to think outside of the box: Aquarius is known for unorthodox ways of seeing the world.

The Winter Solstice is the time when the northern hemisphere of the Earth tilts the farthest away from the sun, and so we experience the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. At the moment of the Solstice, we are at the time of the most hours of darkness in each day; at the very next moment, we are starting the cycle of increased daylight every day. This is magickally reflected in the Moon’s waxing crescent: moving from the longest dark night toward more daylight; moving from Capricorn’s planning to Aquarius’s soaring ideas; moving from potential to possibilities.

Here is one way to maximize your experience of this magickal time.

MATERIALS

Candle and lighter
Tarot Card XV The Devil
Tarot Card XVII The Star
2 clear water glasses, one filled with water and the other one empty

MEANING

The candle will be used to symbolize the coming of the light
Tarot Card XV The Devil represents the feeling of being stuck and stands for Capricorn
Tarot Card XVII The Star represents inspiration and freedom and stands for Aquarius
The filled water glass represents fullness and potentialities
The empty water glass represents openness and possibilities

RITUAL

Ground and center.

Breath deeply with a 4-fold pattern: exhale, then breath in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4. Repeat this cycle 3 times.

Place your candle in the center of your work space with the Tarot Card XV The Devil on the left of the candle and the Tarot Card XVII The Star on the right side of the candle.

Place the full glass of water in front of the Devil Card.

Place the empty glass in front of the Star Card.

Take a moment to observe the tableau: the un-lit candle, the Devil Card with the full glass on the left to represent potentials, the Star Card on the right to represent possibilities.

Think for a moment on what you want to manifest. Visualize it in as clear a way as you can: what does this intention look like? Try to imagine being the person you want to be, or the circumstances you want to have happen. How does it feel to you, if you could imagine this intention being a reality?

Once you have your intention clear in your mind, light the candle. This is the moment you move from darkness into light, into the Solstice, into the waxing crescent.

Take up your full glass of water and pour the water into your empty glass. This moves potential into possible. And now your empty glass can now be filled with new intentions. Drink from your newly filled glass. This water has been enriched with your intentions and you can now enact that which you desire.

Once you feel complete, blow out the candle, replace the cards in your deck, and pour out any remaining water onto the earth or a nearby houseplant.

You are now ready to step into the future of you own creating. So mote it be!

 

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

This month’s article is a sharing of links, experiences and tools I’ve created over the years that support a personal practice of learning. Two new projects this year have evolved making use of technology and include video and audio formats. 

Last month I spoke about devotion and how to infuse all of your interactions, both spiritually and mundanely with devotion to Deity, SELF and this corporeal form and existence we embody. I would add to this the action of devotion to the work of expanding your knowledge of how others practice their spiritual intention and deepening your catalogue of experience and understanding.

Continued learning has always been important to me and I approach this thirst and hunger like someone who realizes the limited amount of time I have in this form and lifetime. I have often remarked that if I were locked in a library with nothing but the books that would feed and sustain me.

A byproduct of this learning has been an oath to service and sharing what (little) I know with others. This has been the driving force behind multiple blogs, rigorous teaching schedules, leadership of a coven and the most important job I have had; that of mothering five children. You see, the esoteric information does not stay only within the confines of spiritual practice. Rather, it infuses who you are in the moment of every day. And, if those moments are shared with those who see you as the model of what  your beliefs and knowledge is than these are rare and precious teaching moments that we all have gift to experience.

So, with this thought in mind I share with you some of my creations birthed from you and everyone who has touched my life, overtly and transparently, in fueling my quest “to know”.

Video:

A Journey to the Inner Chamber
YouTube Channel
The Inner Chamber explores studies in Western Hermetics, Magick, Practical Spirituality and Eastern Philosophy. Topics include: Astrology, Hermetic Qabalah, Energetic Anatomy, Ritual, Pathworking and more for the seeker on the Path.

Audio:

Teachings on the Path with Robin
Select Guided Pathworkings and Meditations

Online Studies:

Teachings on the Path-A Space of Learning
…”in this age of technology and with the ability to access podcasts, audio recordings of lectures and to enrich your learning at any hour of the day that you wish. Distance and scheduling should not be a barrier to those who would like to attend a workshop and set their own course of study. With these thoughts in mind, Teachings on the Path is launched!”

A Year and A Day on the Wiccan Path 
An on-line study exploring the basic philosophies, practices and tools of the Wiccan path.

Blogs:

The Womb of Light – A Sage Woman Blog at Pagan Square
The Magickal Pen – Esoteric Writings and my first blog
A Witch’s Sacred Journey – Magickal philosophies and practice
Temple of the Cosmic Spheres – Astrology and the Study of Cosmic Alchemy
Tarot for Troubling Times – Tarot Studies
Qabalistic Journeys – Study of the Hermetic Qabalah
Magickally Human – Being mundanely magickal
The Sacred Vessel Mysteries – Energetic Anatomy and practice
The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Natural World – Poetry and Photography

In Conclusion:

“Your heart is where your inner light resides. It is part of every sacred journey to reconnect with your inner light, step into your divinity, spread the light of love before you, return to the essence of love, and inspire others to do the same.” …Molly Friedenfeld

Upcoming Events – 2017

November 14 – December 12
Nuit’s Mantle: Cosmic Alchemy

5-Wk Session
For more information. Click here…

December 17
Celebration of the Winter Solstice

For more information. Click here…

Looking Ahead 2018:

January 16 – February 27
Temple of the Sun Series 2018
Part One 7-wks.

Solar Magick: The Journey of the Solar Barque
For more information. Click here…

Musings From the Mystic Path is published monthly by Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW.

Editor: R. Fennelly, HPs, CMP, ASW
Columnist: L. B., Tesseract
Contributors: Membership/Petitioners  of Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW

All rights reserved and maintained as intellectual property of the author. If you would like to re-publish any content herein, permission should be obtained and proper citation given to the author.

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Wintry Reverie-R.Fennelly
The Hive-M.Q.

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November 2017:What Are You Grateful For?

Vol. 2 – Issue 7


Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of November
What Are You Grateful For?

Happy November! November calls you to friends and family, celebrations centered around food and the reminder to seek out what you are grateful for. So, before we go any further, the membership of Coven of the Mystic Path would like to say “Thank You” for reading our newsletter and supporting our goal of outreach to the community.

This month’s Musings explores how gratitude comes to be cultivated; recognizing those gifts of abundance that may go overlooked and what the power of observation can add to the gratitude equation.

Tesseract highlights the Fixed Fire of November’s Leo moon and First Steps on the Seeker’s Path deepens the understanding of devotion and how that aligns with a grateful spirit. And, what better way to prepare for the new found light of the Winter Solstice than to eat from the bountiful table of Hestia’s hearth and home. 

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you,
who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau,
sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth”.”
-Dan Rather-

Featured Writings

 

An Attitude of Gratitude

By Celestine

Gratitude :
The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. – The Oxford Dictionary

I was not particularly surprised when I was told that our theme for this month’s Musings was gratitude. This time of year our thoughts naturally turn towards thankfulness. So I tried to write a poem of thanks and gratitude but creativity deserted me and everything I wrote sounded trite.

I am grateful for many things: my family and friends, reasonably good health, a fulfilling career,a comfortable lifestyle. But I could not translate this to a meaningful piece of poetry I decided to look up the definition of gratitude and they varied from one dictionary to the next with all noting a feeling of thankfulness. The Oxford Dictionary definition, however, adds a second part, a
potential action brought on by the state of thankfulness. This struck a chord with me and I realized that my feeling of gratitude would never go beyond the superficial if I did not give thanks via action as well as words.

Robert A. Emmons, PhD, is a professor of psychology who studies gratitude. He suggests that gratitude has two components. The first is “an affirmation of goodness, We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits that we receive.” We all know that bad things happen but I like to think most of us have positive experiences and meet many people that we
consider good. This is perhaps the easiest of the two components to understand.

The second component of gratitude is that “we recognized the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. We acknowledge that other people – or even higher powers, if you are of a spiritual mindset – give us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.” This lends itself nicely to the active part of the Oxford Dictionary definition of gratitude.

My life is not good just because I will it to be so. My life is good because of all of the people in it that contribute to my happiness and success. Additionally, some of what I am thankful for may be attributed to The Divine, such as food from a bountiful planet and the beauty of nature. When we realize that we owe many of our boons to external sources the concept of reciprocity
as a part of gratitude makes sense.

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts .” —Henri Frederic Amiel

This time of the year amplifies our feelings of gratitude and inspires us to do kind things for others. We give gifts to those we care about. We take time from our busy lives to spend time with our families. Communities have food and clothing drives to help those who are in need. The holiday season affords us ample opportunities to demonstrate our thankfulness and most of us amp up our giving during these months. The trick is to maintain this throughout the year.

Do our elderly grandparents miss us less in June? Are underprivileged people any less hungry in February? How can we maintain this level of thankfulness and reciprocity? One way may simply be to schedule time into our calendar. Sure, you may not feel like leaving your house to volunteer at the soup kitchen and your laundry won’t get done while you’re visiting your elderly aunt but you may be surprised at how different you feel if you go through with your scheduled good deed. Often when you give of yourself to others you find yourself reminded of all of the good things in your life that bring you joy and somehow the rainy weather or the dirty laundry just do not matter as much to you.

“ None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy .” —Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Expressing gratitude does not always require your time or your money. One of the simplest ways to show appreciation for a kindness is a simple verbal “Thank you.” Most of us are taught to say this phrase as young children and we say this many times each day. Often, however, this is an automatic response to which we put little, if any, thought. What if we actually think about the phrase before we say it, or pause to let the feeling of gratefulness wash over us? Or what if we personalize the thanks? For example, a busy waitress may hear the phrase “thank you” many times throughout the day. But what if you specifically thank her for her efficiency? Or for making an excellent menu suggestion? Or for being patient with your toddler? They will know in that instant that their actions made a difference to someone. That one very specific expression of thanks may fill them with enough gratitude to get them through their shift. And it gave you a specific focus for your feeling of gratitude.

“ We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr

But what if you are just having a bad day? Some days it is hard to feel thankful, we just feel tired, harried, aggravated, and stressed. When everything seems to go wrong we often find it difficult to remember what is going right. On those days one of the best things to do is adopt an “Attitude of Gratitude.” Yep, fake it! It turns out that our endocrine system responds as well to imagined emotions as it does to real ones. If you can imagine that you feel grateful your body will respond as it does when your are really experiencing a moment of gratitude. On those bad days pause and try to remember something that made you feel grateful, a kiss from a child, a wonderful meal, or the laughter of friends. You may just find that your your heart rate slows, your stress lowers, and you generally feel happier. And who knows, your attitude may spread to the person next to you and make their day a little brighter too!

So as we dive into the holiday season let us give thanks but let us also express our gratitude. In the words of Williams Arthur Ward, “ Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings .” Blessed be!

“He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not, but 
rejoices for those which he has.”
-Epictetus-

Gratitude Evolves From… 

Observation
By Luliwa

Larvae-ridden
Molded
Choking spores
Pungent-sweet
Concave
Enfleshed scaffold
Singular structural elements
Disconnected fur

Fertilization

Germination
Gestation
Light-sensing

Sprout
Stem
Leaf
Leaf
Respire
Absorb
Grow
Flower
Reach
Follow
Busy probes and kisses
Grow
Experience
Seed

 

Say It! Think It! Feel It!
And, (in) Al(l)ways be grateful!

Gratitude
by Flash Maeve

It is the time of year when the veils are thinning, weather is turning colder and I am faced with the reality that now is the time to turn inward and consider my harvest from the past year. I am readying myself for the coming of winter, and deciding what will I keep close to my heart during the dark and cold to keep the fires of my life burning.

I am grateful for friends, coven mates and my family who gathered close and provided concern, support and healing energy during the trials I experienced this past year. I am happy with the culling away of that which does not serve me and drained me of vital life essence. I am encouraged with the nurturing of that which nourishes me in all my complexities and subtle bodies.

I am grateful I found my voice, my strength and my desire to learn new skills and practice skills that I had suppressed for all too long. I am grateful to my high priestess for her teachings and her dedication to serving our ASW community with rituals, path workings, and classes that continue to inspire me. I am happy my mother is settled and adjusting to her new accommodations. I am constantly impressed by the strength, resiliency and resourcefulness of my espoused in rising against adversity and redefining herself. Life is good and I give thanks!

“Happiness is not so much in having
as sharing. We make a living by 
what we get, but we make a life 
by what we give.”
-Norman MacEwan-

Finding Grace and Wisdom When There is Nothing to Be Grateful For…

by Robin

Life sucks!
My life is so boring!
Nothing ever turns out the way I want!

Wait, just breathe and take a look around.
Have I tried to be present in the moment?
Have I tried something new?
Do I really know what I want?

Everything I try fails!
No one really cares about me!
And, I don’t care about anyone!

Maybe I should put your energy into what I am passionate about.
Do I care about myself?
Not caring about anyone, means that I do care about someone.

Every day is just as pointless as the next!
If only!
If only!
If only!
Why should I be grateful?

Everyday Iwake up is a gift !
“If only” will never come. But, “Now I can” is always an option.
If I do!
If I can!
If I see!

Why should I be grateful?

The more I offer appreciation for whatever I have, the more I will see the abundance that I actually have.
The more I see the abundance of what, the better I am able to enjoy every bit of my life.
The more I enjoy my life, gratitude will become my ally and the radiance of that change in my perspective will show me the importance I have in the lives of all I meet.

 

“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door”
– Emily Dickinson –

Focus On…

Who is Hestia?

This is the perfect time of the year to spend time with friends and family gathered around warming foods that engender family and show the care and love put into their preparation. The following is about the Goddess, Hestia and the blessings she can offer to your hearth and home….

Light fills the Hall as you step through the doorway and Hestia stands centrally awaiting you. Gentle and loving eyes look upon you and although youthful in appearance, you feel the aeons of time that she has stood watch in the hearth spaces of home and community. She is radiant and filled with Light and Life and it is within her Hall that you will see the hearth flame that glows within……

My hearth fires burn
And keep safe those
Blessed by my hand.

Food lovingly prepared
And family’s joining as one
These are my gifts
These are my boons.

This Goddess of the hearth fires and home was known as Hestia in the Greek Mythos, with Latin/Roman name of Vesta. She was considered a virgin Goddess, whose priestesses were known as the Vestals or Vestal Virgins in Ancient Rome. Hers is the domain and sanctuary found in the kitchen. The preparing of food for those loved and the warmth of sitting close together as the hearth burns in the long winter nights.

The primary focus of Hestia was that of keeping the sacred fires burning. In ancient times, this continued flame ensured fire for warmth, protection, light, cooking and more. She was Goddess of the sacrificial flame and as such received an offering share of every sacrifice to the Gods.

Hestia oversaw the cooking of every meal both in private home and communal gatherings. Her blessing was sought that the meal would nourish and sustain as well as forging the connections of sharing the meal with others.

In Myth, Hestia was the first born of Kronos, God/Titan of Time and the Ages and Rhea, the Great Mother of the most powerful of the Gods, the Titans. She was fertility and Motherhood. Kronos, fearful that his children would depose him as he had done to his Father, Ouranus, ate each of the children as they born. Hestia, being the first born was also the first to be consumed and the last to be disgorged when Zeus, (who had escaped the devouring of his Father, being hidden away by his mother Rhea), forced Kronos to release his swallowed siblings. I find this to be a very interesting story surrounding Hestia and the nature of her energy as Goddess of family, home and fires.

In other tale, Hestia was pursued for marriage by Poseidon and Apollon, both of whom she refused and then asked Zeus to allow her to remain unmarried, an eternal virgin. Zeus agreed and she took her place at his Sacred Hearth.

So, how do we honor Hestia within our Hall? These are some of the thoughts and feelings I have regarding this Goddess. Consider her parentage, daughter of the Great God of time. Time is something we all wish to have more of with dear friends and families. Time is filled with joy and abundance when we spend some of that time, preparing a meal together and/or sharing the bounties of a hearth well tended. Hestia’s mother, Rhea, was mother of the Gods, fertile and fierce in her protective nature. Motherly care speaks to the nourishment of those children tended, not only in the form of food, but also in the sustenance of mind, heart and encouragement to achieve their best possible selves. We do this for friends and all those we love as well. At times, being the Mother and at others allowing the expression of care to be given as we receive it with the innocence of the child who knows only this way of receipt.

Hestia’s sacrifice of refusing the offer of Marriage, thus parcelling herself to another, speaks to the passion of choice in giving what we wish of ourselves and holding some intact for ourselves so we may focus on what is needed from others. This may seem as an odd comment, but keeping those fires burning brightly, to light the way for those who are wandering in the dark, to welcome another to the table for a feast lovingly prepared or to become the flame itself as source of inspiration requires at times an attitude of self-focus and being unfettered by another’s demands.

Hestia chose to remain the eternal virgin. In ancient Rome and Greece the term “Virgin” meant not married, not belonging to a man. This was a woman who was “one-in-herself.” The word is derived from a Latin root meaning “strength, force, skill”; and was later applied to men as the term “virile”. To provide for others requires that you must be strong within yourself. To offer up the bounty of food and relationship, you must know the wisdom of yourself singularly and what it is you have to offer in contribution to what is more than yourself.

Hestia maintains the inner flame that burns within each of us and the magick that we exercise is crafting the precise recipe that will produce the transformation of wheat to life giving bread is successful to the degree that we acknowledge her presence in all of our working. Every word we speak, every action we take, every emotion expressed and every idea we share is blessed by the potential of taking a new form that will sustain, warm, and light the way for others.

This month is a wonderful time to come to know this Goddess. We have celebrated the First Harvest (Northern Hemisphere) or the First Sowing and Planting of Seeds that will require sun and care. Hestia’s fires call us to our dinner tables as friends and family gather round. And, as we offer up our thanks for her bounty and night draws near, the oil of her lamp will carry us into the cradle of gentle sleep.

Spend some time with Hestia. Think on how you connect with her as you move through your day. Light a candle or prepare a meal and feel her presence guiding and watching over.

Source:
Cornerstones of Magick-The Hall of the Goddess
Another Resource:
In Gratitude: The Lamp of Hestia

Tesseract
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick

by Ionlanthe

November. The season has changed. Nights are longer, air is cooler. Some of us have sat at bonfires already this season. Feeling the warmth from the burning wood. Hearing the sound of the burning logs. Fire that is contained can be said to be crackling or popping.

Fire is the element associated with the fixed sign of Leo. Leo is one of expansiveness, exuberance, and warmth, a lot like a bonfire.

The Moon will be waning into its last quarter phase and will be in Leo on Friday November 10. The waning Moon transits Leo only from August to February. This is because, every 29 days, the full Moon moves into an astrological sign that is opposite to the sign that the Sun has moved into. In 2017 the full Moon in January was in the sign of Cancer, then in Leo in February, Virgo in March, and on down the line to the December full Moon in Gemini. In January 2018, we will have the interesting phenomena of two full Moons in one calendar month: on January 2, the full Moon will be in Cancer (the Sun will be in Capricorn), and on January 31, the full Moon will be in Leo (the Sun will be in Aquarius).

Since we are in the waning part of the year, and we are witnessing this season when the waning phase of the Moon occurs in Leo, we are moving away from the warmth of the Sun (Leo’s ruling planet) and seeking warmth from fire, indoor heat, festivities involving candles, lights, and shared food.

The fixed nature of Leo is one of contained fire: the flames will flare up now and now, but you can be sure that the banked embers will keep the home fires burning for as long as is needed. Let the fires wane if necessary, the embers will remain so that the hearth can blaze brightly again.

The movement of the Moon through her phases indicates a rhythm that is guiding the known universe. Rhythm underlies all we know – the breath and blood in our bodies, the winds moving around our Earth, the tides coming and in and flowing out, the constellations appearing and disappearing in the night skies. Rhythm is a way of measuring time. According to Wikipedia, “rhythm is the timing of events on a human scale; of musical sounds and silences that occur over time…” When we cannot understand the expanse of time since life began on the Earth (over 3 billion years ago), it is restful to return to a more reachable goal: understanding when the next Moon phase will occur: new Moon on November 18, which will be in the sign of Scorpio, the sign opposite Taurus. The new Moon is always in the same sign as the Sun and opposite to the sign that the full Moon was (or will be) in, that particular month.

As we think about the waning energies of the Moon, and reflecting on what we manifested during the full Moon on November 4 and what we want to release at the new Moon on November 18, let us pause at the waning last quarter Moon on November 10. If you can, find a bonfire to sit before, or start a fire in your fire place. Or light some candles in a darkened room. Hold out your hands so that you can feel the warmth arising from the combustion. Hear the cracking sounds. See the flames collectively and then see if you can find one flame. Zero in on the single flame. Notice its color: it is probably blue at the bottom, then reddish, yellow, then bright white. Or maybe it is red at the tips. Look again, particularly if you are gazing at a candle: it may even have a space of no color, right at the base. Look again at all the flames of the fire.

The flames will move, with the wind, or with their own energies. Look for a pattern. There will be rhythm. The flames will move in unison, then away from each other. Some will seem to merge or make new shapes. Then move apart. Try to imagine that the crackling or popping sounds indicate movement of the flames. Do the sounds show harmony, or syncopation? Listen. Feel. Let the fire speak to you in sound, rhythm, and patterns. Absorb the warmth at this waning time, and you can draw on the deposit during the cold of winter. Let the rhythm of the fires dance within you.

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

This month’s article evolved from a workshop of the same title that I taught many years ago and is applicable to every seeker on a spiritual path. May this be a reminder of what inspired you to pursue your chosen path and what keeps you steady and secure though at times the road is strewn with roots and stones.

The Path of Devotion

“When a human reaches up to his/her Higher Mind and accesses the vibrational gifts from that realm (of his or her own higher consciousness), she or he will be filled with inspiration and courage. And this type of inspiration and courage could change the world through actions that are then taken by that individual.” … anonymous …

What is Devotion?

A Definition of Devotion….

1. Ardent, often selfless affection and dedication, as to a person or principle.
2. Religious ardor or zeal; piety.
3. Commitment to some purpose;
4. An act of religious observance or prayer, especially when private.

If we look at the definitions above we have a sense of the complexity of this word. And, that complexity can take on many forms and nuances as we move along the Path. If we are not devoted to the work, we will not put forth the maximum amount of effort. If we only give half-heartedly, most of the effort is wasted and dissipates just as quickly as it was generated. Devotion to self, Deity, the work all serve as anchors that hold together the many spokes of the wheel around which we establish our place in magickal working.

Some Keywords that relate to Devotion are:

  • sacrifice
  • commitment
  • questioning
  • formulating
  • aspiration
  • inspiration
  • yearning
  • laying claim
  • expanding
  • contracting

Think about what each of these mean to you. Which resonate more deeply and which do you feel should not even be on this list. Periodically checking in with what the definition of a Devotional Path means can give you valuable information about where you are in your practice.

The Essential Elements of Devotion

If we look at devotion through the lens of the elements we see the cycle that occurs in the process. These Three elements form the Triad of Fire and Energetic Awakening (AIR/FIRE/WATER).

“This is the FIRE that ignites the Passion and YEARNING for THAT which it seeks out and willfully INFLAMES”

FIRE

The Youthful stage that is enthused and excited about new found information, Deity and practice. This is the stage that ignites the desire to learn more, do more and be the most effective we can. It is the combined energy of enthusiasm stimulating the urge or desire to move forward that allows us to become a fertile ground within which the seeds of devotion and dedication are quickened.

WATER

We evolve from the impetuous nature of Youth and move to the place of guardian, nurturer and sustainer of what we have taken as our own. Because we have given time and energy to the process we are able to claim authority over our feelings of devotion. Through our efforts at sustaining this “faith” and state of dedication we then become also the providers of that energy. Wanting to share what we feel and enable others to feel the power and glory of dedicating oneself to a path of devotion.

AIR

When we arrive at a place of “faith” and ownership of the ideals and energies we have found upon the Path we have a sense of conviction that is based upon internalization of those energies. We identify fully with what we are devoted and dedicated to. We wish knowledge for the place of service it may allow us. We wish communion with the Divine because that is our birthright and we wish for the best outcome for all, knowing that we are part of that recipe.

EARTH

You are the earth that holds and forms the shape of what your devotion will be. You are the most sacred vessel that contains within all that is needed to inspire and become the focus of devotion to your work and the essence of Divinity that resides within you that is worthy of self-devotion.

Incorporating Devotion into Your Practice

Setting up an Altar dedicated to a specific Deity is a beautiful way to display your dedication and devotion to that particular Deity. Acknowledging your Path and the work you have achieved on that Path as you sit in contemplative medication is an affirmation of your Devotion. Each time you spend a moment in thought about the magick that surrounds you, the marvel of your physical body and give thanks for those others who share your life generates the energetic pattern of Devotion. Just as the rose in the picture at the heading of this page shows, there are many chambers that are unfolding at any given moment. Some are hidden and others are there for all to see. But, all lead to the very center and heart of the flower. And it is by ever striving towards that center that we find

In Conclusion:

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.”

Upcoming Events – 2017

November 4
Astrological Samhain: An Audience with Cerridwen

For more information. Click here…

November 14 – December 12
Nuit’s Mantle: Cosmic Alchemy

5-Wk Session
For more information. Click here…

November 18
Mystic Fires Drum Circle

For more information. Click here…

Editor: R. Fennelly, HPs, CMP, ASW
Columnist: L. B., Tesseract
Contributors: Membership/Petitioners  of Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW

All rights reserved and maintained as intellectual property of the author. If you would like to re-publish any content herein, permission should be obtained and proper citation given to the author.

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October 2017:Veils, Shadows and Our Beloveds

Vol. 2 – Issue 6

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of October
Veils, Shadows and Our Beloveds

Happy October! Pumpkins, fall leaves, scary costumes and more. A time to welcome the ancestors as the veils between the worlds part. Shadows abound as the days become shorter and night crowds in. All in all October is juicy with stories, great food and imaginings.

Musings this month celebrates all of those October treats. Around the world, the dear and departed are celebrated around this time of the year. From the Pagan Sabbat of Samhain to Dia de los Muertos in Mexico to All Soul’s night, this is the time of year to remember those we love and hold dear who have transitioned; passing from this world into the next adventure. They are our beloveds and in our interaction with them we find the beloved within.

We have a special article about Samhain, tips on making your home a safe space, Tesseract’s October highlights and an invocation to the Goddess, Elen of the Ways. Treat yourself to some creativity and good reading… 

Now is a time to lay down your tools, the symbols of your productivity, and light a fire to honor not only what has been done throughout the past year, but also all that has preceded you — in this life, and in all the lives lived before. Now is a time to make space, in your heart and in your mind, for the stillness and silence of death.”
-Teo Bishop-

Featured Writings

 

An Invocation to Elen of the Ways

Artwork: Caitlin Fennelly, MFA
by R.F. (Introduction) and S.S.E. Invocation

In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox in September, our coven decided to honor the harvest and the wild seen through the gifts of the Goddess, Elen of the Ways. She is one of the elusive deities that resurfaces every so often and particularly when the time is needed. You will not find much regarding her mythology and what is available speaks to the changeable nature of her influence as a Horned Goddess of the (rein)deer paths, a celestial Goddess of the ley lines and paths that formed inter-culture connections, a healing Goddess of the waterways and in the form of St. Helena.

As a Goddess of the wild, she is as hidden (in plain sight) as the Deer themselves and becomes the willing prey to sustain other of the animal species. What follows is the invocation that was written to call her energy into our ritual space and allow us to commune with this primal and potent animal nature that flows through each of us.

INVOCATION
We call out to Elen of the Ways, to the Lady who knows the path, the barely trod passage through the woods, the path that may lead us astray, or the path that may lead us home.

We look for you, Lady Elen, in the shadow of trees as we reach the crossroads where we have choices to be made. You who hold the keys to the ley lines, we call to you to come be with us here and now as we seek patterns and guideposts in our journey to our outer paths, and inner explorations.

Lady Elen, who has mastery of migration, who is herself the hunted one, pursued through the woods, ever elusive, we look to you to find a way as we journey in the wilderness. The wilderness of the unknown – of passages not yet taken, or journeys within our own animal selves.

We honor you and we ask you to join us as we seek your counsel, to provide a path for us to explore, to find shelter in the storm, or to brave the elements of whatever comes our way. We invoke your presence in our ritual to honor the wild.

And, She is here. Hail and Welcome!

“With the Beloved’s water of life, no illness remains
In the Beloved’s rose garden of union, no thorn remains.
They say there is a window from one heart to another
How can there be a window where no wall remains?”
-Rumi-

A Moment

by M.Q.

Hovering for so long on the border, she crosses over.
I am in the moment, in her sacred space, witnessing the precious energy she created.
Linear time ceased; and I still see her, sense her.
I am detached from my body & yet can feel my emotions swell,
Gratitude, strength, courage, honor and love.
To have been present!
For years, during this season when the leaves begin their descend to mother Earth, my mind goes to our ancestors, our beloved deceased and the great ancient ones.
How can I connect? Will they help me? Do I deserve their help? How can I help them?
They went through so very much; without any of our modern technologies.
They worked; they survived. They appreciated their blessings more. We are spoiled today and take so much for granted. How can I honor them?
I will no longer take my blessings for granted. My home, my country, this body and life, food and water, friends and family. I will laugh and dance more, do more spiritual work. Be present in my divinity.
Ironic how curious I am about the other side of the veil. How I mediate, participate in path workings and rituals, try to recall every dream, every experience away from this current reality and dimension; when I need only be open.
At 4:36 pm, on a Sunday late September afternoon, we met in the middle as she crossed the veils.
I am forever changed and grateful to have witness her transition.
To acknowledge this extraordinary blessing is paying homage to our ancestors and to those who come after us.

“when you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy;
when you go smile and let the world cry for you.”
-Rabindranath Tagore-

Make Your Home a Safe Space for You and Your Loved Ones
by Flash Maeve

Feeling out of sorts in your own home? Do things go bump in the night, and no cat is pushing things off the table? Is that a creaking floor board or is it a being you didn’t invite, creeping down the hall?

Make your home your safe space. Clear it of unwanted distractions or energetic intrusions. Claim it as your own and hold your intent for it to be sacred and secure. “This is my home, this is my safe space, nothing and no being can enter it without my welcoming it into this space.”

How can you go about this you ask? It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. This is the simple method. Use your amazing imagination to make it as fantastical as you will it to be.

  • Physically clean your home from top to bottom, or hire someone else to clean it for you.
  • Start at the top of your home, with your spirit broom and sweep all negative energy from the top of your home towards and out your front door.
  • Hold a clear image of your home as sanctuary.
  • Make a sea salt & hot water solution in a drinking glass. Draw an invoking earth pentacle with this solution on every window, mirror and door, working from the top of your home towards the front door.
  • Get a white sage smudge stick. Light it, blow it out and smudge your home from top to bottom with the cleansing scent of sage incense.

Claim your home for your own safe space and make it your sanctuary, where only those you invite in may enter. So mote it be! With Blessings, Flash Maeve

“To forget our ancestors is to be a brook without a source,
a tree without a root.”
-Chinese Proverb-

Part the Veils: Samhain

by Robin

In shadowy forest of trees
And blackness of night
The call issues forth
To come dance round
Blazing bonfire bright.

Come heed the call
For the mysteries of
Samhain night to be taught
By blessed Ancestor and Kin
Their wisdom to be sought.

The veils finally thinned
The Gates open wide
For Kith and for Kin
To walk by your side.

Night wind chills thickened air
Hush now be silent to hear
The soft whispers of gentle
Spirits who linger quite near.

You know the hidden path
Dried leaves crackle underfoot
You walk through the woods
Canopy of tree holds the darkness
Thick and heavy like blackened soot.

A sacred circle of clearing revealed
Carefully scribed and lovingly prepared
You call to the Ancestors
Your intent boldly declared.

Fire blazes full and flames leap high
As words pierce the silence of night
Wisps of smoke flicker here and there
As you surrender and open to true sight.

Cloaked shadowy figures emerge
Near the trunk of each autumn tree
Penetrating and loving eyes look on
Shrouding their deep mystery.

Wispy fingers that beckon
Calling the Beloved to Their side
Listen closely for answers from
Them to silent questions you
Dare not and cannot hide.

Surrender all of your fears
These specters mean you no harm
Through joys, pain and suffering
They have always helped dry your
Tears and offered up their calm.

Part the veils held between
Ancestor Spirit and gentle Human
Their gift on this Samhain night
The call once again to join each as
One in wisdom’s blessed communion.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
-George Eliot-

The Lord of the Hunt

by A.B.

Listen to the Words of the Horned God,
Who was of old called among men:
Adonis, Tammuz, Dianus, Herne,
Bran, Beli, Lugh, Gwyn,
Dionysus, Osiris, Cernunnos, Pan,
And by many other Names.

O Secret of Secrets,
That art hidden in the being of all that lives,
Not Thee do we adore,
For That which adoreth is also Thou.
Thou art That, and That am I.

I am the Flame that burns in the heart of every being,
And in the core of every Star.
I am Life, and the Giver of Life,
Yet therefore is the Knowledge of Me
The Knowledge of Death and Resurrection.

I am alone, the Lord within ourselves,
Whose Name is Mystery of Mysteries.
I am the Horned God.

October is the rutting season for Deer. Stag and Doe move through the forests as primal instinct takes hold. The animal kingdom is preparing for survival through the Winter and the guardians of all that is wild and of nature move through the woods, mountains and more. Come now, and meet the Lord of the hunt- the Horned God of many names….

I am the Lord of the Hunt, who is known by many names! I am keeper of the wild and hunter of what will not survive the harshness of winter’s cull. Come to me and feel the power of the animal within you. Come to me and feel the embrace of my protection and honoring of all life. Stand with me as guardian and slayer of what cannot survive…..

Who is the Lord of the Hunt…..

As you can see from the Charge above, the Lord of the Hunt is known by many names. Herne, Cernunnos, Orion and even, an aspect of Odin, to name a few. He is called as the Horned God, Guardian of the Wild and Protector of the Animals.

Read the full article here:
The Hall of the God: The Lord of the Hunt

We’re all ghosts. We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”
-Liam Callanan-

Focus On…

Samhain-Honoring the Ancestors

by M.H.

This is the time of year that we are enjoying pumpkin lattes, crisp Fall temperatures, colorful foliage and football games. The Wheel of the Year has turned again bringing us to the third harvest celebration known as Samhain. Some Pagans depending on the tradition believe this is the time of the year to honor our ancestors. The veils between the worlds of the living and the dead are the thinnest. We call to those who have crossed over and listen for their words of encouragement and wisdom.

In the northern areas of the world, the flowers are dying and the trees lose their leaves as the cold weather approaches. This is nature’s way of shedding the old and making room for the new that will come when Spring returns. Death must occur in nature for Life to continue to grow and evolve. The time between Samhain and Yule is a time to reflect on the past year. Focusing on ourselves, our personal accomplishments and failures. Finishing projects, and letting go of any unresolved issues, gives us the ability to move on in our lives. The New Year will bring new hopes and dreams for all of us.

The Sun has begun to weaken and the days grow shorter, Samhain is the dark time of the year. Some Rituals are held to honor the Crone aspect of the Goddess at Samhain. She teaches us that growing old is all a part of the natural course of life. One of the symbols used on the Samhain altar is the cauldron, which can represent the Water element. Since Pagans believe in reincarnation, the cauldron is symbolically a womb filled with the ‘birthing waters’ for conceiving, growth and rebirth of the Spirit.

Other cultures around the world have celebrations to honor their dead. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico, spans several days with festivals and feasting. Colorful flowers, skulls and dancing skeletons are popular symbols.

However, you choose to spend the time between Samhain and Yule,try to remember that physical death is only a part of a Soul’s journey. It is not their end; they continue to exist. We should celebrate and honor the lives of our ancestors. At Samhain, we should try to listen with our hearts and minds open to receive their messages as they continue to teach and guide us with wisdom from behind the veils.

Tesseract
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick

by Ionlanthe

Now that Autumn is here, we see the leaves changing color, the nights are cooler, and there are fewer hours of day light. For our October Tesseract, we will be looking at the intersection of Moon phase, astrology, elemental energy, and magick enhanced with the addition of the energies of rhythm.

There are interesting synchronicities in the Moon’s phases in the month of October. First, Libra will be in the forefront of both the Moon and the Sun’s movement through the zodiac. Libra’s time is between September 23 and October 22, so the Sun will be in Libra for most of October. The Moon is in conjunction with the Sun during its dark phase and both will be in Libra during the new Moon phase. The dark Moon straddles the new Moon by a day on each side for a period of around 3 days. This year, October’s dark phase of the Moon will be blanketed by Libra’s cardinal air energy. The moment that marks the new Moon will be at 3:12 pm eastern standard time Thursday October 19. The Moon will be in Libra on October 19 and will move from Libra into Scorpio on October 20, be fully present in Scorpio on October 21, and then move from Scorpio into Sagittarius on October 22, and will be fully present in Sagittarius on October 23 when the very first crescent of the waxing Moon will appear and Sagittarius’s fiery light will begin its illumination. During the dark phase, we will have the advantage of Libra’s clear thinking and urge to make plans. This will be balanced by the pull toward Scorpio’s passion just out of reach.

The second synchronicity will be that the full moon in October, which occurs on Thursday October 5, will be in Aries, the cardinal fire sign and which is the sign opposite Libra on the wheel of the zodiac. The dark of the Moon in Libra is balanced against the full Moon in Aries. Opposites will be pulling and pushing. Both Aries and Libra are cardinal signs, which means that Libra (an air sign) will be starting new ideas, making plans, new ways of thinking through a problem, and sometimes takes a lot of time to make a decision or start something new. Aries (a fire sign) has will-power, is oriented toward action, and will likely be acting before thinking through all the consequences.

This pull and push between the opposing forces will set up a pulse or a rhythm that will be felt throughout the month of October. Going inward at the dark phase will be helpful to assess what happened during the active, outward-focused full Moon phase at the beginning of the month. Going inward is a good way to find your own rhythm and your own balance.

Rhythm, the regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound, can be felt, seen, heard. We all have the inner rhythm of our own heartbeats. You can check on your heart beats by taking your pulse. Listen for the constant rhythm of your life’s blood as it marks time of your physical existence. Time, too, is a rhythm. Take note of the ticking of a clock: is it as reassuring as a heartbeat is? Or is it ticking away time, second by second? We each move to our own rhythms, as do the Moon and planets in their rotations. Even the sun rotates on its axis every 27 days, on average. Another synchronicity: it takes the Moon about 27 days to revolve around the earth, so in the time it takes for the Moon to orbit the Earth, the Sun has rotated on its axis.

Another way to focus on rhythm is by listening to music. Can you hear the beat of a favorite tune? Do you find yourself tapping along with the rhythm? Can you not just hear the beat, but feel it within you? Think of a time when you were in ritual and the drum beat kept time and you started to hear its rhythm with your whole body? The sound was outside of you, inside of you, and you were one with the music.

There is rhythm within your own body, in the sounds of nature and of music. Time has its own beat, as does the air we breathe, and the light that flows to us from the sun. The seasons of the year have their own rhythm. Take note of your own rhythms: do you feel most energized in the morning? Or are you a night owl?

Here is an magick working that may help you with noticing rhythms.

Go outside on a beautiful fall day. Find these natural items:

• an acorn (they are so plentiful this year) that will represent cardinal energy and new growth
• a feather that will represent air: Libra’s elemental energy

Collect some water—rain water would be ideal, yet any clear water will do—and put it in a dark bowl. This will represent the dark phase of the Moon.

In October, we begin to observe that nights are longer than day light times. Let us honor this darkness and do our magick at night.

Gather your natural items and bowl of water. Sit quietly and perform the four-fold breath to tune into the rhythm of your breath. Breath in to a count of 4, hold the breath for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, inhale to a count of 4. Repeat this cycle four times, then return to your own natural rhythm of breathing.

Listen to what you can hear around you – is there a breeze? Crickets chirping? A plane passing overhead? Try to blend the sounds into a background music, if you can. Can you feel a coolness on your skin? Or is it humid or hot? Do you smell any night-blooming flowers? Is someone cooking something you can smell? What do you see in the dark: shapes that are indistinct? Or do you see lights in the distance? Do you have any tastes on your tongue? Stick out your tongue and try to taste the dark night air. How is it different from a sunny day at the beach?

Once you have oriented yourself in your setting, take out your acorn. Hold it in your left hand, then pass it to your right hand. Does it feel different in either hand? Is it heavier or more solid in one hand than in the other? Move it to the other hand. Do you notice a difference? When you are done, place the acorn in the bowl of water. Take your feather and place it in your hand. Notice its weight, its texture, its lightness as compared to the acorn. Can you see it? Think of the type of bird that dropped it. This bird might have flown in migration from the Arctic Circle to somewhere in South America. Or it may have flown from your neighbor’s backyard to yours, and back again. Who knows? We do know it flew in the air and it left this feather as a reminder that we need to look up to the skies to see what we can see. Once you are done with the feather, release it and let it fly away or fall to the earth, as it will.

Now take your bowl of water. Upend it so that the acorn falls to the Earth and the water flows over it. With your finger, make a small hole so that the acorn is buried. From what you have just planted, an oak tree may grow. You have contributed to the rhythm of life on the planet Earth.

I will leave you with this quote: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Nelson Henderson

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Seven

These past several months of focus for First Steps was the study of Numerology. This is a #10 year.. 2+1+7=10. Numerologically, this adds up to a year where the singular “1” can unite and work side by side with the Limitless all of “0”, timelessness and eternal. 

A note about the planetary correspondences: Although you may find different attributions, those used here are those most commonly used in Numerology.

A Little Review of Completion…

The Continuum

Nothing and everything
the endless void fills all time
until…

One moves in the silence
stretching and reaching
towards the other as Two
swiftly take flight.

They mingle and join
each claiming their own side
so Three may point the way.
Each base stretched far and wide.

Foundations are laid
by another close at hand
who opens the Four sealed Gates.
Disruption and creative force
issues forth as the skillfully crafted
shield of focus reflects the Five.

The light is fixed
the seeker is found
as outpour of healing grace
gives way to the
harmonious Six.

Each walks a path of experience
pulling and gathering from
vista’s extremes.
Wisdom and lessons hard won
fill what moves within.

As Six expands to become Seven
the meandering web that
connects becomes entwined.
A continuum of dual
portal opening and Eight
the final climax of force contained.

Like amoebas they move and
wiggle and stretch and pull
and strain until the
tension and release
catapult them over
the initiatory threshold of
Death’s Nine Gates.

All scatter and disperse
once again seamlessly
part of the void of the All
until…

Once again the singular One rises
reaching out towards its
newly quickened mate.

Nine – 9…represents:

The cycles of my new foundation revealed the Gate of Initiation and I stepped through unafraid of the transformation that that became the brilliance of my new Self

The number Nine (9) relates to death and rebirth, acting as the gate of movement into a new state of being. It is purposeful regeneration of what has been purified and emboldened by the process of release. And, it is in this state of self-awareness, inner light and true wisdom that we are made ready to begin the work of returning to the place of beginning. This is the number that carries us into the darkness so that we may find ourselves in the light. This is the number that decrees that change will occur whether it is welcomed with surrender or fought with all of our might. It is from the number nine that we test our strengths and refine our weaknesses as we cross the threshold of our own glory.

The planetary energy of the number nine is Mars. This is the combustible force that propels new growth forward. It is justifiable assertion of itself that puts the plan in motion and irrational aggressiveness that serves as the tantrum of a child wanting attention and not receiving what is needed, before they can move on to their next creative project. Mars is the corrector of Imbalance, the ultimate equalizer. It is the energy behind a War that strives to bring an end to war, simply because sometimes that is the only way to override a power that is being misused. Anger, aggression and assertiveness are often viewed in our society as being inappropriate and negative behaviors. However, if there were not the fueling of the energetic fires of anger towards the atrocities of child abuse, female mutilation and other social injustices, these injustices and ill-used power plays would go unnoticed and unchanged. The fiery light of Mars shines brightly and brings into the central heat of the flame that which needs transformation.

To read more about Mars:
Spark’s Flying- Mars Alignment

Astrology: The House of Transformation and Endings – Death and Rebirth

The Ninth House is concerned with those things that make us whole after we have been taken apart, analyzed and refined. This is the house of death, both physical and metaphysical and the blessings of rebirth await all who step into the darkness of the unknown. The ruling astrological sign of the ninth house is Sagittarius. This is the sign of outreach and expansion through personal and communal connection. As we reach beyond our own limitations and perceptions of doubt we become fully realized in our place as part of the greater collective of humanity.

Tarot: The Hermit

Tarot Key IX – The Hermit turns within to communicate with the Higher nature of hisbeing to better analyze and come to a place of informed enlightenment. This tarot key serves as the point of accountability The Hermit gives heed to the need for moving into the darkness of soul’s intent before movement into light and balance may be achieved. The Divine light of SELF serves as the lantern of guide and what is sacrificed within the sanctuary of the Hermit becomes the conscience of will that lights the way for its highest expression.

Qabalah: Yesod – Foundation

Yesod is the sphere of dreams, fantasies, memory and the dwelling place of true magick. This sphere holds the key to the unknown and the unknowable. Yesod is known as the “Treasure House of Symbols”. It is here that the Akashic records, which are said to contain the memory and experiences of every living being are held within the substance of Aether (spirit). This attribute alone can give rise to illusion, false conceptions and a deluded sense of Soul’s purpose. It is a world of shadow and illusion; being held in a state of “in-between”. Yesod resonates to the sacral chakra and as such is the plane of sexuality and the potential underlying each act of coupling. It is the fertile breeding ground for all future spiritual development.

And, so it begins anew…

Ten – 10…represents:

I crossed through the Gate and emerged not alone for I carried with me the truth of my beginnings and the knowledge of my final end.

The number Ten (10) is the place of restarting the numerical cycles, now doubled, enhanced and amplified by another number at its side. In this case, we have the singular one, the individual and the limitless nature of zero, which is both receipt from the All and collaboration with all that has been and will be. It is Matter of physical form (1) and the Spirit of the Limitless All (0) joined in effort.

In Conclusion:

Numerology is a fascinating subject that has so many layers of correspondence everything it is applied to becomes more dynamic in the underpinnings of its energy. I hope you have found some useful information and will begin to see the magick of numbers in all of your endeavors. Once you have some of the basics down, forming your own conclusions and deepening levels of understanding comes as easily as 1-2-3! LOL!

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled
in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior
to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more
honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing
depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke-

As the Winter approaches and the harvests are plentiful, take some time to remember those loved ones who seeded your growth, honor them as the beloveds of memory and seek those who are here in the present..

When the Sun rises…
You will be gone.

When the Sun rises…
I will think on all those things I wish I had said.

When the Sun rises…
I wish for just one more day to be with you.

When the Sun rises…
I move slowly in disbelief at the time that slipped through my hands.

When the Sun rises…
I gather all of my strength to face one more day.

When the Sun rises…
I feel the the sorrow of a space no longer filled.

And, When the Sun sets…
I gather to myself the sweet memories of you that will be all I will have when the Sun rises each and every day…..

Take time everyday that the Sun rises to let the people you care about know how much they mean to you!

Upcoming Events – 2017

October 15
Magick’s Fire-An Awakening to the Ancient Ones

Intensive and Ritual
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October 21
Mystic Fires Drum Circle

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October 31
Parting the Veils: Calling to the Ancestors

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Posted in October 2017, Volume Two

September 2017:Deeper Learning

Vol. 2 – Issue 5

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of September
Deeper Learning

Last month we relaxed into Summer’s last hurrah’s and time with family and friends. And, boy did we need that space of ease!

The Fall weather brings a respite from the heat and visually is a feast for the eyes as leaves turn color. This issue is chock-full of beautiful leaves that will soon fall from the trees and become the compost that feeds what will blossom next year.

September is typically marked by a return to school, learning and the opportunity to blossom in another way. The theme we have chosen is one of Deeper Learning. Deepening into the foundations you have crafted on your spiritual path. Deepening into to possibilities with a mind and heart that is open to “what if” and “what could be”. Deepening into paths not yet taken and most importantly, deepening into the wisdom you already hold within.

So, drink it all in and let’s get started with some Deeper Learning….

“It is impossible for a man to learn what
he thinks he already knows.”
-Epictetus-

Featured Writings

A Time of Balance

by P.W.

We are living in a period of constant change. Chaotic energy is surrounding us. We are expected to live at a frenetic pace, to always be doing or chasing something. How can we, as magick workers, endure this pressure endemic to our society?

We are approaching the Autumnal Equinox, a time of balance between light and dark, a time when the day and night are of equal measure. The Wheel of the Year is ever in motion, ever turning. It is soon to be Fall. This is a traditional time of harvest. We can take this time of harvest and look inwards to our core self. This is a time to look within at our efforts, actions and the work we have done during the past season, to see what we are bringing to fruition. What do we want to bring into our storehouse to nurture us during the coming dark months of winter? What tasks do we wish to plan to have to hand, when weather, dark and the cold season embraces us? Now is the time to take inventory and make these decisions. What is the best decision for this time? How can you bring yourself into balance?

Breathe…focus on your attention to your body…feel your heartbeat and the blood pulse through your veins, this is how you find your center. It is most important to begin with yourself to make a change to bring yourself back to your true center, to yourself, back to the beginning. Back to where you are your most authentic true self. Back to where you make decisions and enter into interactions with others with a focus of being the balanced and loving person we want to be.

It all begins with your breath. Wherever you are, in whatever stressful situation you find yourself, you have time to take a breath. Find a quiet spot, and take a deep breath, exhale and repeat. Allow the concerns and anxieties to drop away. You can pick them up again, if you want when you are done. Allow yourself this time of reflection, this time to breathe, assess and decide your next steps on this path. The Wheel continues to turn…Blessed be!

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it.”
-Aristotle-

An Honored Visit, Regalo

by M.Q.

A dazzling mysterious being, an angel.

Gliding radiance; an exotic messenger that
Graced my day, my week, my existence.

She appeared at my job, an indigenous princess of Mother Earth;
Wearing white and a long skirt adorned with ruffle and
Gold sandals and lots of dark hair, pinned to one side
By a vibrant red flower.

Am I the only one noticing this brilliant being?

She had a glowing complexion of mocha skin, kissed by Ra himself.
She was happy, joyous. majestic.
She must be aware of her secrets.

In the middle of the mundane, in witness of others; she approached.
She said she was instructed to bless me.

She went to my feet, a connection between this body and Gaia and prayed.
Her benediction cut through my ego and fear, past the litany of humanity’s running dialogue and angst. Through the veils, she was the light, the soft flame and fierce torch.

I hugged her fiercely, this stranger in a hotel lobby.
I thanked her and cried.
In the wake of my journey through darkness
This spiritual being gifted me with serenity, with love.

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, 
may never return to its original dimensions.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.-

A Harvest Altar of Calendula and Patchouli

Photo: Q

 

God’s House
by M.M.

I feel as if
we’ve been here before.

Swept in a swirling stream
stirred round by hand of fate
in a mixing plot of déjà vu and synchronicity.

Merged worlds remain connected
for more sustained durations,
extending points of coincidence
beyond probability’s equations.

Where two or more souls
converge and remain together,
there you have God’s house.

My sister said if I closed my eyes
I could see God’s house.

Nobody told me
whether I should enter.

Tell you what:
I’ll knock,
you talk.

“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time – for we are bound by that – but from the intellectual and
emotional limitations of our time.”
-T.S. Eliot-

The Sisters

By Celestine

Gentle waves of sound lap at me
Surrounding me with gentle vibrations.

I rise up, higher, and higher.
Below me the Earth spins slowly.

As I watch from the darkness the sisters
Appear spreading their wings wide
Black wings tip to tip with white wings.

The sisters surround the Earth and
Watch over her creatures and
I am filled with peace and joy.

(Inspired by a Full Moon Meditation with singing bowls)

 

BOOK REVIEW:

Keys to Perception-A Practical Guide to Psychic Development
by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

Let me begin by saying that we are in fortunate times having access to a prolific amount of information, books, media and more readily available to all level of seekers and experience.

And, just as is true with any proliferation, being able to easily understand the concepts, make practical application of material that has been proven to work, narrows that field of viability to a penultimate selection of authors who are able to weave their magick. Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is among those authors who have consistently offered quality content and practices that expand the vision of the reader.

This is Mr. Dominguez’s fifth book, and with the number five (5) there is bound to be material that will revamp what you believe you are capable of. The book jumps right into familiar practices in Chapter One and immediately puts the reader at ease and the chance for building confidence around skills already known. All of these, from Meditation, Four-fold breath and Focused Practice lay the groundwork for … “Opening the Inner Senses”.

Each chapter builds on the next, pulling into the reader’s experience concepts that span a diverse and eclectic library of integrated skills that offer opportunity for self-exploration as you are creating a fertile environment for deepening your perceptive and intuitive nature. A point of note is the inclusion of safety precautions and bolstering your spiritual immunity as you progress further into the work. The book concludes with a Ritual of the Chakras and a complete set of seven pathworkings aligned with each of the Chakras. Every chapter and exercise prior having brought you to this place of turning the key and opening to your own gifts.

Keys to Perception is a text that you will return to repeatedly, as are all of Mr. Dominguez’s books. And, as the saying goes “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. Nothing can fully replace one-on-one learning, but this book comes very close.

Keys to Perception is available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble and local booksellers.

….Review by R.F.

Patterning

by A.B.

This one gets placed here.
And, that one goes over there.
Let’s move these two up here.
That will give the whole picture
A strong and clear focal point.

Oh, but wait, we must add these two.
They are perfectly shaped and are contrast in color.
And, the last one goes here to balance everything.

Now, if only humans could see the patterns
The way we trees do when we shed our cones.

Excerpted from The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

“Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.”
-Helen Keller-

Focus On…

The Autumnal Equinox
Days of Light and Darkness


By Celestine

At 6:00 am this morning I had the sudden realization that fall was rapidly approaching. No it, wasn’t the sound of children walking to the bus stop nor was it the cooler temperature that led to this insight. When I woke up this morning it was dark. And just like that I knew that fall had come to Pennsylvania.

Now I know that official first day of autumn is September 22nd and I accept that we may have very hot days well into September but the feeling of fall is already here. There is an excitement in the air, a sense of anticipation. Sure part of me may be mourning the end of lazy, sultry summer days but the promise of crisp, cool days and colorful foliage energizes me and puts a spring in my step. And my mouth starts watering at thought of apple everything – fritters, and, cider, and dumplings – oh, my! (Sorry, pumpkin spice, you need wait until next month before you become my dietary staple!)

Yes, the darkness this morning reminded me that autumn is approaching and those of us in the northern hemisphere will transition from long days of brilliant sunlight to short days and extended periods of darkness. And on September 22nd at 4:02 pm EDT we will celebrate the autumnal equinox and the length of the day and the night will be nearly equal and signal the astronomical start of Autumn. But what exactly does this mean?

From scientific perspective, this means that the sun will cross the celestial equator from north to south. The Earth circles the sun on one plane, the elliptical. The Earth also has a belt around her middle called the equitorial plane. Thanks to the tilt of Earth’s axis these two planes only cross twice a year. On these two days day and night are each approximately 12 hours in both the northern and southern hemispheres. For the rest of the year the sun resides more on one side of the equator than the other. When the sun is predominantly in the northern hemisphere we have spring and summer, when it moves to the southern hemisphere we northerners experience fall and winter. Thus the autumnal equinox signals the moment when the sun crosses into the southern hemisphere, taking it’s warmth and long days to our friends on the lower half of our planet. And in the spring we have the vernal equinox and the sun returns to its abode in the north.

From ancient times, folks in the northern hemisphere understood the significance of the equinox even if they did not yet understand the science. They noticed the shortening days and felt the chill in the air. They recognized this as a time to harvest the crops and put away stores for winter as soon food would become scarce and travel difficult. This was a time of hard work and preparation. But it was also a time of celebration. From Harvest Home to the Eleusinian Mysteries to Michaelmas to the modern pagan celebration of Mabon people gathered together for a celebration of the harvest and to give thanks for the blessings of the land that would help them survive the cold, harsh days to come. These celebrations had many names and were found in most cultures but often had many similarities: feasting, games, crafting of good luck totems like corn dollies; and decorating with gourds and sheathes of grain were common to many of these festivals and are still done today.

The autumn season is also a time for introspection. The harvest that means life for us means death and sacrifice for the plants that become our food. The shorter days and colder temperatures cause us to become cut off from the natural world and “hibernate” in our warm, safe houses. Birds fly south, other animals burrow, all preparing for the changes to come. And the shorter days often bring on a feeling of melancholy. This is a time to ponder what we have accomplished thus far this year and plan for our future. It is a time to remember our ancestors and give thanks to them for our existence. And it is a time to reflect on death and sacrifice and give thanks for our many blessings and our continued existence.

And on the day of the Autumnal Equinox, when light and dark are in near perfect balance, we may want to contemplate the balance in our lives. Are we balancing career and responsibilities with time for fun and leisure with friends and family? Are we getting enough exercise and as well as enough sleep? Are we engaging in creative activities and keeping up with intellectual pursuits? The seasons change, we experience many endings and new beginnings, life goes past at a dizzying pace and our priorities often get reshuffled. Take a moment on this Autumnal Equinox to think about your life balance and make adjustments if needed so that you may head into the dark part the year from a place of strength and stability.

The earth does its dance as it circles round the sun:
One dip there and the darkness beckons,
One twirl here and we move to the light.

But twice per year she finds perfect balance,
Standing on tiptoe, poised on the edge,
One perfect day of half dark and half light.

May this Autumnal Equinox bring you blessings, joy, and balance!

 

Tesseract
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick

by Ionlanthe

In this early Autumn month of September, we will be looking at the Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick enhanced with the addition of the energies of sound, music, vibrations, to our tesseract.

We are in the post-Solar eclipse phase right now. As there was much written about the eclipse, I noted articles on the sounds that the Sun makes, if we were able to hear sound in the vacuum of space. According to a scientist from NASA (Sten Odenwald, Astronomer), the sun produces sound waves. Here is what he says:

Does the Sun Make Noise As It Burns?
….”The surface of the Sun produces sound waves because the surface is convecting and this produces pressure waves that travel into the inner corona. These pressure waves steepen into shock waves and this is possibly why the corona gets so hot. But yes, the surface does produce sound waves, but they have very low wavelengths measures in hundreds of miles! Dr. Amaro Graps at Stanford University also reminded me that in ‘helioseismology’ you can ‘hear’ the Sun ring like a bell. This is coherent sound produced by the vibration of the entire surface of the Sun caused by sub-surface convection. By studying all the different tones that the Sun vibrates in, astronomers can probe the deep interior of the Sun and discover just how deep the convection layers are, and also how fast the deep interior is rotating compared to the surface.”

We are all touched everyday by the energy of the sun. Its rays reach us from unfathomable distances, it lights our world, keeps us alive. Imagine if we could understand the further reach of our Solar Guide if we add in the sound manifestation of its coronal flares? It has been said by some that the sound that Sun emits (could we but hear) is that of OM, the sacred sound of creation of all, the ALL, the Universe and everything in it, all that has been, is now, and ever will be.

Closer to home, I am reminded of how important the sacred sound of OM is. I have learned to form this sacred sound by articulating it in 3 phases: Aaa uooh mm. Here is a teaching from Deepak Chopra:

Appreciating OM: The Sound of the Universe
In one breath chant, “Aaaa—Uooo—Mmm,” followed by silence. The fullness of the “A” sound collapses into “U,” then “M,” and finally the silence of all three together once they have ended.

As we move into the cooler times of our year together, let us remember the sounds that surround us. The birds, the crickets, the breeze moving the leaves, raindrops, the eternal OM within us and without us. That which permeates us, and that which we emit that energetically impacts all around us.

The new Moon phase occurs on Wednesday September 20 at 1:30 am. This is a time of introspection, a review of where we have come from, what we are holding deep and secret within ourselves. The Moon will be in Virgo, a mutable earth sign. Look for areas that need healing, analysis of goals and desires and hoped-for outcomes. How can you ground your hopes in the manifest reality? Go deep, examine, and emerge with plans and structures. Virgo is good with planning and details and how to get stuff accomplished.

While we will be moving away from the dark time of the new Moon, we will be moving toward the equilibrium of light and dark just two days later. The Autumn Equinox will be on Friday September 22 at 4:02 pm. The Moon will be moving from Libra to Scorpio at 1:40 pm, so when we reach the moment of equinox, the Moon will have entered Scorpio. Libra is the epitome of balance, so we can expect the beginning of our Equinox to be relatively serene. However, as we move toward Scorpio, we will start to feel a pull toward deeper passions, strong feelings, less balanced nuance in your approach to others. Libra is the cardinal air sign with traits such as harmony, open-mindedness, moving ideas forward; Scorpio is the fixed water sign displaying energies of deep seated emotions, focused will, passion.

In the space of just three days, we will be moving from introspection and Virgo’s attention to detail and analysis, to Libra’s equilibrium and balance, to Scorpio’s roiling emotions; from dark Moon, to balance between light and dark, and to the first sliver of the waxing crescent Moon: the first illumination of our new path gained from insight.

According to music theory, a major chord comprised of a triad: a root note, a note that is 3 steps above the root, and a note that is 5 steps above the root note. This chord is the basic building block of most common music we hear today. For example, the major C chord comprises the notes of C-E-G. We could apply this chord to the influences abounding at the end of September. The C is Virgo: root of what is being composed. The E is for Libra: the balancing point in the middle holding C and G together. The G is Scorpio: the outcome, the culmination of all that has come before.

As an exercise, seek out the sounds that surround you. Notice the bass sounds, the middle sounds, the high treble sounds. If you have access to a musical instrument, sound out the C major chord. Listen. Play again. Listen again. Try to sound out the 3 notes that combine to make the chord. Where do you fit in the chord of the Universe? Close your exercise with 3 OMs.

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Five

The next few months of focus for First Steps will be the study of Numerology. This is a #10 year.. 2+1+7=10. Numerologically, this adds up to a year where the singular “1” can unite and work side by side with the Limitless all of “0”, timelessness and eternal. Enjoy…

A note about the planetary correspondences: Although you may find different attributions, those used here are those most commonly used in Numerology.

A Little Review…

The Continuum

As Six expands to become Seven
The meandering web that
Connects becomes entwined.

A continuum of dual
Portal opening and
Eight the final climax
Of force contained.

Like amoebas they move and
Wiggle and stretch and pull
And strain until….

Seven – 7…represents:

I have gained experience from the lessons I have sought and now the paths are many upon which I may seek higher knowledge

Within the energy of the number Seven (7) lay the many paths of higher expression and development. Seven is the number of the Pleiades, the number of the Elder Planets of Astrology, the Seven Sacred Vowels and the Seven Major Chakras within the subtle bodies. This is also the number of synthesis, having moved from the harmonious balance of the number six to a point of gathering all of those experiences into a place of multiple options and outcomes for further expression and exploration.

The planetary energy of the number seven is Neptune. Neptune brings with its energy the mystical and dreamy quality that serves as the deep wells that hold dreams of aspiration that prod us forward towards seeking answers. Neptune is considered the Higher amplification of Venus. If we consider this thought, Neptune then moves to a place of talking what we love and turning it into a true passion. Passion makes us eager to try new things and explore new roads. Passion allows us to rewrite the journey we are not aligned with. Passion helps us reach deeply and find what truly motivates us.

Read more about Neptune:
Lifting the Veil- Neptune Retrograde

Astrology: The House of Higher Learning – Teaching and Seeking the Teacher

The Seventh House is concerned with providing opportunity. If we have learned from our lessons we are able to recognize even the smallest of opportunities and take the first steps down a new road of exploration. Remember, nothing in the forest is as it seems. We often find the greatest treasures by going off the beaten path and making our own trails that others will use as their point of first experience. When we reach beyond what we think we know we become the teachers of those that come behind. When we have the courage of admitting what we don’t know, this is when the Teacher is revealed.

Tarot: The Chariot

Tarot Key VII – The Chariot represents the duality of constraint and the control of restraint. This image offers much information about the tug and pull that is required to come to a point of control when two very dynamic principles are at work. The charioteer must establish and then subsequently claim his dominion over what would pull him in direction of its own accord. The two sphinxes expressing the balance of man and beast, light and dark, male and female stand as pillars awaiting the direction of what oversees their actions.

Qabalah: Netzach – Victory

The sphere of Netzach is the place of establishing the balance of hedonistic and aesthetic ideals. Love is the primary focus, but not at the expense of over indulgence in physical pleasure. This is also the place of expression of Love of Nature in all of her forms. The connection between beauty and the energies that are contained within the force of Nature is a strong one. Even in the Natural world’s more disruptive expression, the order and intelligence in design applied in her shaking free from her mantle those disruptions of energy is done with a sense of order, intent and aestheticism.

There were seven paths that intersected a single point of gnoetic heart.

Eight – 8… represents:

I came upon a Path of choosing and although the promise was great for learning my own nature I must first go back to the beginning and build the foundations anew.

The number Eight (8) represents the mastery over one’s self through the sacrifice of contraction and expansion. This is the journey of holding and funneling what has desire to reach beyond itself and the ultimate need for release into a state of expansive formlessness. This is the point of sacrifice of what one has gathered to oneself through experience and seeking and trusting that it will become the container that provides structure for further expansion. This is the number that is the doubling of the stability and foundation expressed by the number four. It is the mirroring of two bases of four sides that reflect back to one another in perfect symmetry. And, when these two platforms of stability reflected as above, so below, unite the cube of creation is enabled.

The planetary energy of the number eight is Saturn. Saturn is the Lord of Time and the energy of structure as held by the Gates of Time. Another of Saturn’s function is that of contraction, and linear time is one of the greatest restrictors of natural flow. The Roman god Saturn is strongly influenced by the Greek God, Cronus. The word Cronus is related to “chronos” which means time. Saturn, astrologically, is the “Keeper of Time”, and brings maturity, wisdom, and simplicity to people over time. It is human nature to be impatient and aware of time in a way that is not always productive. Developing “patience” in these matters opens an awareness of the infinite nature of things. It is with great patience and care that a mother nurtures and teaches her young, with the hopes that as time passes they will heed the lessons well and move forward through time in health, joy and growth.

Read More about Saturn:
Saturn and a Return to Grace

Astrology: The House of Transformation and Endings – Death and Rebirth

The Eighth House is concerned with what lay hidden in the shadows of the subconscious that we are fearful to bring into the Light. This is also the space where the greatest transformation takes place once we allow the process of death to allow the necessary release of what we hold on to that keeps us from growth. The ruling astrological sign is that of Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of extremes and if we consider the cyclical nature of the number eight, the dynamics of Scorpio’s intensity runs the gamut from the deep subconscious of the Scorpion to the lofty heights of the renewed and reborn Phoenix.

Tarot: Strength

Tarot Key VIII – Strength represents the eternal nature of conquering what could otherwise overpower our more civilized nature. The number eight and the image of the lemniscate over the head of the feminine principle gives indication of the timelessness of this pursuit. Most spiritual practices work to develop the refined nature of humanity and often this work includes facing those aspects of ourselves which would be considered more primal, fierce and baser in nature. The energy of this key lies in the ability to tame through gentle action what remains part of our baser nature. There is great strength in knowing when the fiercer aspects of ourselves justifiably will serve a better purpose, but we cannot effectively control those appetites if we have not first acknowledged and embraced them.

Qabalah: Hod – Glory

The sphere of Hod is one of Pure Reason and Logic that has not yet been refined and balanced by heart and emotion. Its function is to make Order of the Universe through objective reasoning and higher thought. Within its rationale and reasoning are the tools that may be used in discovering the deeper mystery contained within information. It is through the crystal clarity of pristine thinking that enables a better and more efficient means of communicating what knowledge has been extracted.

Past, present and future-all companions of a woven road travelled by all.

Next Month:Numbers 9 and 10

In Conclusion…..

Close your eyes
And let your
Imaginings flow.

Where will you be
Who are you now
What are your dreams?

Just breathe and
Deepen in to wisdom’s
Gnoetic embrace.

Steady now
Take one step!

You have chosen your path
Your course is set
And the Teachings
Are just ahead.

Upcoming Events – 2017

September 5
The Celestial Human: Planetary Gifts

8-wks.
For more information. Click here…

September 16
Celebration of the Autumnal Equinox

For more information. Click here…

Looking Ahead:

October 15
Magick’s Fire-An Awakening to the Ancient Ones

Intensive and Ritual
For more information. Click here…

October 21
Mystic Fires Drum Circle

For more information. Click here…

October 31
Parting the Veils: Calling to the Ancestors

For more information. Click here…

 

Editor: R. Fennelly, HPs, CMP, ASW
Columnist: L. B., Tesseract
Contributors: Membership/Petitioners  of Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW

All rights reserved and maintained as intellectual property of the author. If you would like to re-publish any content herein, permission should be obtained and proper citation given to the author. 

Images:
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Photos Provided:
Harvest Altar: M.Q.
R. Fennelly

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August2017:Taking It Easy!


Vol. 2 – Issue 4

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of August
Taking It Easy!

This month we’re all taking it easy, before the start of Fall, holidays and more. This issue is a gift to stimulate the senses with some beautiful images and poetry. Our regular articles- Tesseract and Seekers on the Path will return next month.  So, in the words of Jackson Browne…

“Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand.
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy.”
– Jackson Browne –

Featured Writings

The Storm

by M.H.

Sunlight begins to fade,
Dark clouds swiftly invade.

Across the sky brilliant lightning flashes
The cat see’s the blowing curtains and
Under the bed it dashes.

A clap of thunder startles me
The rain falls fast and floods
The street as far as I can see.

Minutes later the sun rolls out
From behind the clouds, shining
A soft, cool breeze stirs the air,
I lean back in my chair reclining.

The cat reappears and its yawning
We both silently watch the raindrops
Drip from the porch awning.

 
“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will no withdraw from us.”
— Maya Angelou –

 

Alone?

by L.K.

There’s someone here with me.
I look around. There’s no one.

Uneasily, I pet the cat and pick up my book.
I see movement to me left.

Someone walked past.
I turn my head to look.
There’s no one.

Heart racing, I check each room,
Quietly asking “Who’s there?”
Just me and the cats.

My brain tells me to calm down.
“You’re imaging things, it’s no one.”

Once more I pick up my book
Heart rate slowing.

No One and I sit in companionable silence…..

“It’s not that I’m a Type-B personality.
It’s that I’m driven by a passionate,
all-consuming desire to take it easy.”
– Robert Breault –

Just A Little Color
Photo: R. Fennelly

“Just take it easy and celebrate the malleable reality.
You see, nothing is ever at is seems, yeah this life is but a dream.”
– Jason Mraz –

Cool Summer Shade
Photo:R. Fennelly

“My dear, old age is like an airplane flying in a storm. Once you’re in it there’s nothing you can do. You can’t stop a plane, you can’t stop a storm, you can’t stop time. So you might as well take it easy, with wisdom.”
– Golda Meir –

Sitting on the Porch

Sit back and relax! Imagine yourself sitting on the porch of your house that is at the edge of the woods. The left over fragrance of a satisfying meal wafts through the screen door and you settle into your favorite cushioned seat.

The sound of crickets fills the air and there is just an ever so slight thread of chill air that heralds the coming of Autumn. But, for now you are content to sit quietly and serenely looking out at the stone path that leads ahead.

You breathe in deeply, now.  The scent of woods at dusk, moisture rising and flowers that are just hidden on the other side of the fence fill your nostrils. You look out at the trail of lights and hand crafted lanterns that light the path and imagine them to be sparkles of starlight that have come to grace your yard.

In this moment of taking it easy, the world ceases its dizzying rush and you meld into the calm of Mother Earth’s gifts…..

“Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.”
– Cyril Connolly –

There and Back Again…

Take a stroll over there. The bridge waits to support your steps and a new adventure awaits on the other side. I promise it will be worth your time……

Oh! It is breathtaking, quiet and seems to be a world away from stress and hurry. Walk a little ways on the soft and lush grass…

Ah, this is perfect. A quiet place to sit and watch the world move past. This is magical. This is being alive…

Quiet, now… Shh… Oh what beauty and grace. What power of nature’s creation. I am the honored guest in this world of nature….

Light spills down and reminds me of the cool shade that nature provides and offers the glimpse of magnetic splendor. I am energized – I am whole – I am all the particles of the Sun that filter through the leaves…

Time calls me back. One more glimpse. One more breath to fill my lungs with nature’s bounty. One more step…..

And, I am back again. Not the same as the one who travelled this bridge just minutes ago. No, I am changed. I am whole. I am at peace. I Am, finally, ALIVE!

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.”
– Khalil Gibran –

Focus On…

Tesseract
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
   ….will return next month

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path
Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Five
   …..will return next month

In Conclusion…..

Put your feet up
Lean back into the
Cool softness of
Your favorite chair.

Sun’s gone down
And night closes in
Cool and comforting
As it calls you to rest.

Stretch and yawn
Opening up to
Embrace the day’s end.

There will be time enough
Tomorrow to do all that
Needs doing..

But, for now…
Lay back
Look up at the stars
And
Take It Easy…

Upcoming Events – 2017

August 8 & 15
Breathing in the Sun

2-wks.
For more information. Click here…

August 19
Mystic Fires Drum Circle

For more information. Click here…

Looking Ahead:

September 5 – October 24
The Celestial Human: Planetary Gifts

8-Wks.
For more information. Click here…

Images:
Stock photos, unless otherwise noted
Photos Provided:
R. Fennelly

For more information about the contents of the newsletter and/or our coven:

Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW or email:hpsmysticpath@yahoo.com

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July2017: Hot! Hot! Hot!

Vol. 2 – Issue 3

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of July
Hot! Hot! Hot!

We’ve passed the mid-point of the calendar year and are ready to embrace all that July has to offer. Summer is clinging hard and that also means higher temperatures. Let’s heat it up!

This month’s writings are a tribute to letting the heat rise and basking in the light of Summer’s offering. We’ve included more incense recipes, some wonderful photos and more. So, kick back on a hot beach or your favorite lawn chair and let the warmth of the Summer flow through you….

“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
– L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dream

 

Featured Writings

Tall and Magnificent

by Celestine

Tall and magnificent, you dominate the land.

Your broad trunk goes up and up, climbing towards the heavens.
I squint against the brilliant light of the sun as I try to see your apex.
And as expansive, verdant branches reach towards the sun, so do twisted roots graft deep inside the earth. How deep only you and Gaia know. Perhaps you touch her heart center.

I stare for awhile, in awe of you splendor.
Silently, I thank you for all that you provide: shade from the blazing sun, oxygen
for is to breathe, support for my weary body.

And I am not alone in paying homage for you provide for others as well.

Fluffy gray squirrels run back and forth, dancing and playing on your long limbs.
Colorful birds sing beautiful, elaborate symphonies in gratitude for your generosity.
For they know that their young are safe in their nests, hidden in the leafy depths of your canopy.

Delicate ferns decorate your base with a gauzy skirt while orange lilies add a colorful accent. Unseen, a multitude of wiggly little insects bury into the fertile earth kept
and make their homes in the cracks of your rough, protective bark.

Strong and stable you have endured for decades.
You remain a constant in an ever changing landscape.
And yet you are also constantly changing.

Lithe and flexible you sway in the breeze, bending without breaking.
You gracefully adapt to cycle of the seasons, showing off your beautiful
foliage when the sun warms the land then bravely exposing your naked skeleton
when the weather turns cold.

Tall and magnificent you reign over your own kingdom, and
I am grateful to call that kingdom my home.

“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts.
Always keep your body filled with light and heat.
Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”
– Morihei Ueshiba –


Kokopeli’s Flute
Photo: E. Fennelly

 

Pink and Yellow

by R.F.

Short sleeves and tank tops
Shorts and bathing suits
The heat is intense
It reminds me that I am alive.

Sunglasses and coolness of shade
Cool drinks and stolen moments
Of slow moving time
Resting in the hammock.

Everything is in full bloom
Everything is at the peak of its fullness
I breathe in the heat and stand in the full sunlight
Renewed, strong, expansive and lit up from within.

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”
– Theodore Roethke –

Solstice Synchronize

by M.Q.

Malleable pain. Emotional, human pain; anxiety, guilt, stress, worry,unhealthy lifestyles and or coping habits. They can all take hold of you. Now include outside environment: the state of the world;the health of mother Earth; the social, economical, and political climate and its easy to be overwhelmed, to wanna give up. These all encompassing energy feeds have seemed to hijack my bodies and they do not feel good, so I ask the divine for help. I prepare for working with Deity at my coven’s Litha celebration. I read, I mediate, attend yoga classes. I work through new asanas, feeling the Agni, the summer fire.

And so the summer solstice arrives and we gather on stormy day at a beautiful state park. During this warm time of year, when the sun is at its fullest peak; I am outside, under the cloudy and grey sky, standing on mother earthy’s recently soaked greenery. Altars are set to commune, clarify, work, heal.

I stood at them and asked my pain from some human life turmoil to be cut away. I communed, danced, listened,prayed, made offerings. It was a powerful ritual, but the work certainly continues. The fire of solstice energy is an inferno. I planned a recovery: grounding, centering, post ritual baths, a massage, days off from work. Crying, Meditation, walks,gardening, healthy food, music. None of it is enough.

My own everyday issues, now coupled with physical ailments, tense shoulders, a searing sciatica, lower back discomfort and aching hip flexor. Add the limitless divine energetic stream of working with Deity and I need more healing! I seem to feel everything; my sharp, broken pieces and shards now at their breaking point. Such uncomfortable transmutation, it requires crazy strength. It’s easy to complain, get lost in the mundane suffering. Focus is needed more than ever. I remind myself that I am divine and have asked for help in transforming, connecting, and creating something new.

A river walk helps, some soothing water to balance. Colorful skies above an ever-changing environment. People of all backgrounds and ages enjoying the salty air. Rabbits and groundhogs feeding and hiding in divets of sunken land along a meandering path. I notice two frigid air pockets on a hot day with a warm breeze. Why? What do they contain?

There are broken railroad ties and posts only visible in low tides, an old wooden pier, and an old small ticket house, all remnants of a past bustling seaport. The music of the lapping waves helps harmonize my being as I find my way down onto a rocky beach.

My body and mind relax. And then, a discovery; a small chard of sea glass, with a chalky white, almost phosphorescent buffering. Gone are the sharp edges, it feels smooth in my hand and comforting. Just as I begin to rise, another piece comes into view. This one a dusty brown, feeling like it has history, a story to share. Next is another white, but a different shade, then a magical green unearthing. So many more treasures start to appear on my walk. I pick up an old plastic container to begin my collection. So many shattered and disregarded bits; all left to mother earth who has turned them into charming, luminous gifts.

I am grateful for these discoveries, this metaphor. I am thankful for the inspiring reminder to persevere, and that my journey is part of my destination. I will focus to know myself, to trust, and work to synchronize with the solstice and continue through all the seasons.

“When I feel the heat, I see the light.” 
– Everett Dirksen – 

HEAT IT UP,WITH HOMEMADE INCENSE!

Our coven celebrated the Summer Solstice last month and some wonderfully crafted incense was part of the creative process. The first recipe was used as the elemental combination of Air and Fire as participants crossed the threshold into what would become Sacred Space. Water and Earth were represented by energetically charged Salt and Purified Water. Together they opened the participants to resonance at the alchemical and spiritual levels of their individual beings.

The Second Recipe was used at the Altar of the Goddess Sekhmet; She being one of the Trinity of Deities invoked at the ritual to effect the transformation we were seeking on the Longest Day.

So, try them out; mix it up and add your own ingredients to embellish as we encourage you to heat it up…

Purification Incense Recipe created
by P.W. Summer Solstice 2017

Combine these ingredients:

Health pinch of Rose Petals
2 Holly Leaves
2 chunks of Dragon’s Blood
2 chunks of Frankincense
Gum Benzoin

Burn on charcoal discs and let the aroma surround the participants as they pass through.

Sekhmet Incense created
by Iolanthe Summer Solstice 2017

Combine these ingredients:

3 tablespoons Frankincense
1 tablespoon Dragon’s Blood
1 tablespoon Copal
1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Sandalwood
1 tablespoon Sun Incense*
1 tablespoon Myrrh

Mix all ingredients in a mortar and grind to a rough powder with a pestle.

* Sun Incense is a commercial product made by Kamini Cone Incense

You may also want to revisit the article written last month about the art of crafting your incense..

“…What is the incense for? A seasonal ritual? A Sabbat? A meditation, journey or trance? A healing? An offering? What materials are available at the time?  What ingredients do you already have in your supply?  Have you chosen specific colors or scents to reflect the tone of the working?  How much do you need to make? How long does it need to last? Resins for example, burn much more slowly that dried petals and flowers. Is there pantheon or deity involved in the work? If so, what speaks to their time and culture. What plants and materials would they have had access to? How will the vibration of the ingredients you chose blend with you own? How will they change the vibration of the atmosphere, and effect change in the universe?”… Read More…

“The morning heat had already soaked through the walls,
rising up from the floor like a ghost of summers past.”
– Erik Tomblin, Riverside Blues –

Focus On…

Tesseract
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick

by Iolanthe

In this summer month of July, we will be looking at the influences of the fixed water sign Scorpio during the first quarter phase of the Moon, which moves into Scorpio at 11:23 am on Sunday July 30, 2017. The Moon in Scorpio is a good time to delve inward, to uncover secrets you have been keeping from yourself, developing psychic awareness. At this time, you may feel your emotions more strongly and you may feel somewhat dramatic.

The first quarter Moon phase is a time of growth and expansion. Scorpio is a sign of transformations and its element is water. Water, too, is an agent of change. As in the words of the song by Holly Near, The Rock Will Wear Away:

Can we be like drops of water falling on the stone
Splashing, breaking, dispersing in air
Weaker than the stone by far but be aware
That as time goes by the rock will wear away

We are the changers and the changed. The Moon is expanding in light, Scorpio is pulling emotions out of the depths and bringing them forward, and we are being transformed. Water will break down solid surfaces—rock, metal, wood, earth—down into their component parts, disintegrating them so that they may return to the source. How will you be transformed during this Moon’s expanding phase and by Scorpio’s water energy?

Here is a water blessing you may want to use…

We who are human, we who walk upon this earth, we who have been gifted with life:
We remember.

We remember when we were molecules in the primordial soup.

We remember when we floated in the amniotic sacs of our mothers’ wombs.

We remember the taste of salt tears when we wept with joy, with despair, with deep, deep feelings.

We remember the languid feeling of sweat on our skins on hot summer afternoons.

We remember the light of the Moon making a moon river on the ocean’s face when we looked upon it during a full Moon night.

We remember rain falling, and falling, and falling, and mud puddles and new streams in the streets.

We remember the taste of cool water in our mouths when we drank deeply when thirsty.

Remembering all this, we can make an offering to Gaia, our Mother, who has gifted us with water, with Moon, with light and with darkness, and with cycles within cycles…

Take some water – from a faucet, from a stream, from a rain fall, as you will. Put it in a clear container. Sit with your contained water for a while. Look through the water and at the water and think about where it has been and where it will go.

When you are ready, go outside when the Moon is shining, and bring your contained water. Hold the container up and say:
I offer this water to the Ancestors.

Bring the container down in front of your heart, and say:
I offer this water to my Self.

Touch the container to the earth, and say:
I offer this water to the Descendants.

Then, hold the container out from you and say:
A gift from the Gods to us; a gift from us to the Gods.

Now you can pour out your water near a tree or a plant as an offering to Gaia.
We are containers of water. Make of your Self a gift. Let transformation happen!

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Four

The next few months of focus for First Steps will be the study of Numerology. This is a #10 year.. 2+1+7=10. Numerologically, this adds up to a year where the singular “1” can unite and work side by side with the Limitless all of “0”, timelessness and eternal. Enjoy…

A note about the planetary correspondences: Although you may find different attributions, those used here are those most commonly used in Numerology.

A Little Review…

The Continuum

Nothing and everything
The endless void fills all time
Until…

Foundations are laid
by another close at hand
who opens the Four sealed Gates.

Disruption and creative force
issues forth as the skillfully crafted
shield of focus reflects the Five.

The light is fixed
the seeker is found
as outpour of healing grace
gives way to the
harmonious Six.

Each walks a path of experience
pulling and gathering from
vista’s extremes.
Wisdom and lessons hard won
fill what moves within.

As Six expands to become Seven…..

Five – 5… Represents

Change will only occur when the foundation is disrupted and pushed to its limits of growth

The number Five (5) represents the regenerative process and the potential for directing that energy towards a specific and defined goal of new creation. When we arrive at the number five, we have opened up the stable base of four; visualize a square. Something has disrupted the order of that four and made way for a new form to appear. We see also the number five as represented by the Pentagram. Five points, each reflective of a quality of an element (fire, water, air and earth) and at the pinnacle or point, the element of Spirit.

Visually the shape of a 5-sided shield gives additional meaning to the energy of the number 5. The tip or point of the shield may be pointed in any direction and used as a singular focus point of the energy that has been supported in the four sides. This is the action of five as we set our course of focus on a specific end point and by the catalytic nature of will this energy naturally disrupts, changes and sets about a new path.

The planetary energy of the number five is Mercury. Mercury is the Lord of communication in all of its forms. Speech, art, music, writing, etc… all are held within the energy of Mercury. The infamous effects of a Mercury retrograde speak of failure of technological and human communications. Warnings to read the fine print before signing contracts or entering into agreements and misunderstandings and arguments seem to increase during this time period. This type of activity is an expression of the energy of polarity that is held within Mercury. Communication stirs the energy and starts new conversations which if productively acted upon disrupt the status quo and move into new creations that hold the potential for great achievements.

Read more about Mercury:
The Temple of Mercury- What’s Up

Astrology: The House of Creativity – Creative Efforts and the Resultant Products

This is the astrological house that provides the energy to reform what has been brought into manifestation as it progressed through Houses 1-4. This is the place of emergence from the Fourth House of Family and if there was sufficient care and nurturing, easing into the transition of moving away from that stable place of home will be one of creative adventure.

The ruling sign of the Fifth House is Virgo whose energy is analytical, detail-oriented and very specific about what passes its tests. Virgo is an Earth sign so what is set upon to be reordered will either be directly of the physical realm or will have end result and impact in the concrete world. Virgo is the stabilizer of the Zodiacal Wheel and without the stability of a reliable and useful container, creation will not reach its fullest potential.

Tarot: The Hierophant

Tarot Key V – The Hierophant sits as representative of Divinity within the container of humanity and corporeal form. The number of this key- 5- holds the mystery of how that union is fostered and retained once expressed. Five is the number of disruption, emerging from the foundations of four equilateral and equally supportive sides. The Hierophant is testament to the ability to retain the merciful attitude of the manifest and act in service to the creative energies of the Divine. In this sense, The Hierophant and all who aspire to this state of being have done the work of drawing all of the elemental parts of self into a place of mastery and it is from this mastery that is birthed the enlivened sixth element of a Spirit of gnosis.

Qabalah: Geburah – Might

It is with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel or the more radical aggression of the soldier wielding the sword that the imbalance of disease or disharmony of unchecked (unrestrained) power is excised, reshaped and transmuted by the catalytic energy of Geburah.

The sphere of Geburah is probably the most feared sphere on the Tree. It is also largely the most misunderstood or misinterpreted as its energy is fierce in nature, accepting nothing less than change and exerts a force that is transformative. Within the sphere of Geburah we are now faced with choice and free will. Geburah is the place of creating and exercising discernment. Knowing when to push the limits and how to create the necessary resistance to the surge of creativity that provides boundaries to create form from what has potential to become chaos. It is through this process of movement, force, challenge, obstacle and friction that we have the greatest potential for growth and greater free will of a higher frequency that is inherently Divine in nature.

From rebellion the creation of harmonious accord is birthed.

Six – 6… Represents

I have felt the waters of chaos and birthed what will flow
harmoniously and fully enlivened as its product

Within the energy of the number Six (6) lies the harmonious relationship between the essential trinity and the spiritually amplified Trinity of Higher expression. As we work within a state of balance and sincerity of action designed towards the higher good for all we move towards a place of spiritual enlightenment. This is the call to bring into harmony and collaborative interaction the synthesized product of harmonious expression. If we think of the birthing process, the act of labor and giving birth is one that moves you from the comfort of body and mind. Emotions run high and the energy expended means pushing to the limits what is normal baseline of strength and endurance. Pain, fatigue and much more are companions in the process of bringing life into the manifest realm.

But, the exhilaration, joy and harmony of all the senses that were stretched beyond capacity erase any discomfort that occurred previously. All is forgotten in the bliss of looking at this tiny form of human life that is dependent on your stability, care and love for its survival. This is the quintessential energy of the number 6. The place of calm and rest and realization of union of a triune nature that has co-created with that which is like itself in Divinity.

The planetary energy of the number six is Venus. The planet Venus was called Phosphorus by the Greeks which translates to “Lightbearer” and Nogah in Hebrew which means “The Shiner”. Venus shines most brightly in the sky in the morning. This is the gift of attraction that the planet of Love exudes. The energy of Venus is that of beauty, harmony and awakening the emotional self. It is the heart that yearns for romance and connection. This energy supports social interaction and the overwhelming goal is to connect at a deep and often intimate level with those of our choosing.

Read More about Venus:
The Temple of Venus-Learning to Love

Astrology: The House of Service – Career and Community

This is the astrological house that opens the pathways for seeing and responding to what is outside of your personal needs. This is the House that provides the energy that will inspire you towards a path of service that may be expressed through career choice (as in the case of health professionals) or in Community (as in the case of volunteers). Its ruling sign is Libra, the sign of balance and refinement. This means that choices will be weighed and measured for efficacy and selection will be made based upon the aesthetics that may be achieved. If we return to the idea of the harmonious expression of the number 6- is it not a joyous and harmonious state to be enraptured by an action or object of beauty? Now, to clarify I am not necessarily speaking of physical beauty, for beauty truly is held in the eye of the beholder. This is beauty that is transcendent and stirs the longing within to connect and be at one with others giving of yourself as the bridge of connection.

Tarot: The Lovers

Tarot Key VI – The Lovers speak of the power of duality, relationship and the harmonious union of opposites. Their union is blessed by the Higher power of the Limitless All and the solar fires of quickening are ready at the support to create progeny from their union. The energy of the 6th Key is one of the need for the intent of creation in application upon what holds the central core of the whole stable and in a state of balance. It is through this harmonious collaboration that separation of the two incoming energies and recognition of their differing states of expression become precisely configured for use.

Qabalah: Tiphareth – Beauty

The sphere of Tiphareth is the central core of the Self. It both emanates its sustaining and strengthening energy and also serves to contract, assimilate and quicken. This energy is magnetic in nature and as it absorbs and draws towards itself, it simultaneously releases, distributes and emits the newly transformed energy. This action is very similar to the process of the heart within the physiology of our being. The heart serves to cleanse and purify the blood for recycling and release to those vital areas that are reached via the elaborate network of vein and artery. This action puts the body in a state of attunement, so that the vital nutrients may be received and the body will remain viable, strong and healthy in function. Tiphareth acts as the place of attunement and synthesis of return and release whereby the energies of the other spheres have a place of common meeting ground to blend and distribute in accord with the specific needs of balance and equilibrium.

Tiphareth is not only the place of deeper connection but it takes that connection further in the call to be “fully present”. Fully present in the sense of the bright light of the sun shining on you, moving you into the spotlight and making you accountable not only for showing up to do the work, but to do so in an illuminated and fully enlivened way.

Next Month:Numbers 7 and 8

In Conclusion…..

The day settled into a heat
That revealed the light of
The Sun.

A heat of strength and 
Unyielding in where it 
Chose to transform.

Just breathe it in
Let it light you up
Call it in, now!

Upcoming Events – 2017

July 11 – July 25
Celestial Tides: Days of Light, Dark and Balance

3-Wks.
For more information. Click here…

July 30
Celebration of Lughnasadh

For more information. Click here…

Looking Ahead:

July 15 and August 19
Mystic Fires Drum Circle

For more information. Click here…

August 8 & 15
Breathing in the Sun

2-wks.
For more information. Click here…

Images:
Stock photos, unless otherwise noted
Photos Provided:
Solstice Synchronize-M.Q.
Pink and Yellow-R. Fennelly 

For more information about the contents of the newsletter and/or our coven:

Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW or email:hpsmysticpath@yahoo.com

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