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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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:

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June2017: Summer and Light

Vol. 2 – Issue 2

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of June
Summer and Light

Last month we celebrated our one-year anniversary and now off and running into year number two! June is sun and light, heat and endless adventures just waiting to be explored with family, friends, loved ones and newly found co-travelers.

The solstice marks the passing of astronomical time and in it’s over abundance of light and day comes the time to revel in that heat and strength, absorbing it into every cell so it may be carried into the promise of shorter days and introspective nights. 

Flowers are bursting in peak bounty and for just a moment the world is alive, potent and palpable in its glory. This month’s writings reflect that joy and anticipation of time outdoors, walks and just simply settling into “being”. We have an incense recipe to keep the heat burning, directions to create a Spirit bag and more. Let the fun begin and welcome the summer light….

Just had to repeat this one!  

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay –

Featured Writings

VICTORY
by MM

Show me YOUR glory.

The sun won’t shine brighter.
There’s nowhere to hide.

You could wait for subtle hints of shadow
to creep its fingers across grass,
or add depth to the freshly
and finally lush sycamore, oak, and maple.

You could sit and watch perennials reach their full height,
grateful for no longer needing to slumber in safety,
and delight in their aerial glory
instead of yours.

You were not born for this.

You do not exist simply to make way
and witness.

This is YOUR time.

Share it with the flowers
and each leaf that follows the sun.
We compliment and supplement each other,
as needed.

It is right that we each own our place.
We each need only make way in our turn.

Claim your place, now.
Keep it.

Something new must take it soon enough.

Not yet.

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

The Morning Shower

by AB

Wake up
Wake up
Wake Up!

I want to show
You my droplets.

Light hasn’t filled
Them yet but soon
They will shine like
Sparkling diamonds.

See how I hold them
So delicately and
Gracefully.

Can’t let a single
One fall to the
Abyss below never
To enjoy the radiance
That they were destined for.

Wake up
Come on sleepy head
Come outside to take
Your morning shower…

“I know that if odour were visible,
as colour is, I’d see the summer garden
in rainbow clouds.”
Robert Bridges

SUMMER

by MH

S = Solstice sun rides high to its zenith in the sky. Time to reach upwards and connect with the Sun, experience its power.

U = Undulating rays of lights shining from our Sun, longest day and shortest night of the year.

M = Midsummer Litha’s a special time to celebrate the Sun and all it provides for our planet without it, Life would not be possible.

M = Meditate, a time of self-reflection, look at your accomplishments over the year so far, be honest, there’s probably more to do.

E = Express to others your ideas and desires; enumerate
the positive influences they have had on your life.

R = Remember to serve your community, now is the season of boundless Energy and time to take action.

 

“Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.”
Bryan Procter

Summer Solstice Incense Recipe

by MQ

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. of Frankincense
.75 oz. of Myrrh
Thin layer of cinnamon (about 1 &1/2 teaspoon )
1 to 2 cups of dried peony petals
Thin layer of sandalwood ( about 1 to 1 & 1/2 teaspoons)

Creating an incense is a magical experience, a ritual itself. I thought I would share some thoughts and questions that came up in the process.

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?

Onto the work; gather your ingredient, supplies,and  tools. Candles and music can set the tone of the space. Ground, center, focus your intent and begin to create magick! Many blessings.

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter
or summer when they’re happy.”
Anton Chekhov

My Path

By Celestine

My path is mine alone, it is long and winding, but ever leads me on.
At times it takes me through brilliant sunshine, at others into dense darkness.
For the most part it has been smooth, and I remain on course.
But occasionally there are obstacles in my way, some so daunting they appear insurmountable.
Yet always the trail leads on and I toil forward.

My path is mine alone, none can traverse it with me.
Yet occasionally my path may cross with yours and we shall meet.
Even better are the times that our paths intertwine and we can travel together for a while,
Frolicking in the sunshine or helping each other through the rough terrain,
Encouraging each other and picking each other up when we stumble.

My path is mine alone, you cannot walk it with me.
But at this moment our paths have merged and for a time we may journey together hand-in-hand.
And I give thanks for your companionship as we face the future together.

Focus On…

June’s Sabbat- The Summer Solstice

Zenith

by MM

Gauzy shirts and wide-brimmed hats guard the skin of the easily crisped. Our life-giver, brilliant and brutal, lengthens our time for waking and work to sustain our lives now and prepare for the darkness to come. We continue our dance, begun at the waning darkness, now reaching its greatest frenzy.

Already, harvests of early berries and young greens may be consumed. Long-slept perennials stretch, bloom, bask, and feed. Some flowers wait, knowing the fussy fruit they signal must have just the right conditions in which to ripen. Others have long-passed, their delicate, now-fertilized seeds already exposed and scattered to the wind in hope.

Colonies of the tiny, to restore their stocks and increase their number, follow their forage into any breach, some marching in lines to snag bits of early stores, clean forgotten dishes, or make off with missed crumbs. Some are thoughtlessly sacrificed down drains, trapped, eaten, poisoned, or mangled into chitin balls by searching fingers, claws, tongues, or teeth chasing a curious tickle. Some build new nests by summer paper of saliva and pulp, risking spray, crush, or consumption. Still, they march or build because many succeed, and prepare for next year’s births and return.

Each solstice prepares for the next. Each extreme acknowledges the other’s necessity. Here, we may continue to plan and plant, but not for long. New plans must begin at the commencement of waning light–not of what may still be grown (though several of those sneak in), but of what may be done with plans already made. Each flower suggests a fruit. Perhaps fewer are spied than expected. Will we need to supplement? Must alliances form to share and exchange whatever bounty we’ve established or may unexpectedly be granted? The toes of Beltane’s air castles now gently brush and touch their foundations. By this turn, we catch hints of how solid these foundations might be.

We thankfully accept each possibility. All is full, but not crowded. No hard choices must yet be made. We ease or force into our work. We establish rhythms and systems we hope can lift us from thought. We refine skills. Our circumstances reveal unexpected talents. We put each to work to serve or broaden our bounty.

We have faith.

 

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

As we are being pulled toward the summer solstice, we may want to take time to pause for reflection at the time of the full Moon. The full Moon will move into the sign of Sagittarius, a mutable fire sign, on Friday June 9 at 9:09 am. The Sun will rise at 5:24 am and will be in Gemini, a mutable air sign, as the Moon will be setting. This opposition between the Moon and the Sun, between Fire and Air, between Sagittarius and Gemini, will be felt as a friction between desire and action, between thought and word, between feeling and expressing.

The mutable fire energy of Sagittarius loves to explore big ideas and have adventures, is excited by philosophy and spiritual matters, and seeing the big picture. Sagittarius loves to spark new ideas, new initiatives, and aim high for the greater good. The mutable air energy of Gemini craves stimulation and exchange of ideas and loves to tinker in lots of different areas with a lot of small details and this and that, and the other. Gemini is of the now, Sagittarius is of the future. This interaction occurring with the June full Moon energy and Sun in Gemini can lead to a time of insight, understanding, transformation. This could also be a time of friction, confusion, mixed communication, sudden changes in thoughts and feelings.

To help bring balance, spend time out of doors, try some new dance moves or exercises—movement can help with clarity—and be ready to reveal your inner self to the brightness of the full Moon light and the coming Summer Solstice! The energy of a full Moon is one that shines a light on your chance to increase your sense of adventure, try out new ideas, going for what you want to manifest. This is a time for growth, expansion, and increase in many areas.

After the Summer Solstice, we will be visiting the new Moon phase, which will occur on June 24 and will be in Cancer. The new Moon is opposite the full Moon, and what you put into play at the full Moon will come up for evaluation and reassessment at the time of the new Moon. As this new Moon in June will be in Cancer, this will be a time to nurture yourself and pay attention to ways to practice self-healing, especially of emotional wounds.

Here is a way to enrich yourself with the Moon’s energies this month: make a Spirit Bag to carry with you. You could attach a cord so that you could wear it as a pendant around your neck, or hang up in your home or place on your altar.

This spirit bag will combine energies of Sagittarius, the full Moon, and protection. First, gather your materials. You will need a candle, square of fabric, some herbs, gem stones, and a string to tie it closed, and a cord for hanging:

  • Candle:
    Find a white candle to represent the Moon.
  • Fabric, String, and Cording:
    Sagittarius is associated with rich purples and dark blues. Find a piece of fabric in one or more of these colors and cut it so that it is about 4 to 5 inches on each side. It can be solid colored, or patterned, just pick one that is pleasing to you. You will need some string or yarn to tie it closed. Find some that is in a matching color to your fabric. If you want to attach a carry or hanging cord, this should be as long as you want it to be. This will be tied onto the bag after you have finished it and tied it closed.
  • Herbs
    Gather a little of several dried herbs and spices:
    Cinnamon to represent Fire energy
    Sage for protection
    Borage for joy and courage
  • Gem Stones
    Moonstone or Opal are associated with the Moon and carry water energy

Preparation
If you are using a cinnamon stick, grind it down to smaller pieces, or use cinnamon powder. In a bowl, combine the borage, sage, and cinnamon.

Lay out your cloth and tie string, and cording if you are using it.
Have your moonstone or opal nearby.

Methods

Light your candle. Ground your energies, combining Earth energy with cosmic energy, letting them mingle within you. Focus on your intent: protection, clarity, understanding.

Take your string that you will be using to tie close the spirit bag. Tie three knots in it, each knot representing body/mind/spirit.

Place the moonstone or opal on the square of cloth and sprinkle a large pinch of the borage, sage, and cinnamon. Concentrate on the energies you are bringing together: fire, water, Moon, protection, clarity.

Touch each corner of the fabric in turn and think of the four elements: air, earth, fire, and water. Gather the 4 corners together and bring to a point: this is Spirit. Tie the 4 corners together with the knotted string. If you want to add a hanging cord, tie it over the knotted string, do not replace the string.

Blessing
Once you have created your spirit bag, pass it above the candle flame and let its heat and light purify it. Then hold the spirit bag to your solar plexus and send your own energy and intention for protection into it. You will be charging it with vitality so that it may help protect you.

Using the Spirt Bag
Whenever you feel the need to remember the energies of Sagittarius’s fire, the Moon’s fullness, or how to adapt to changing circumstances when the way forward is not clear, take out your spirit bag, press on it a little to release the scent of the herbs and spice, feel the moonstone or opal through the fabric, touch the 3 knots. This will help you re-connect to your intentions and focus with which you filled the spirit bag.

Releasing the Spirit Bag
After some time has passed, you might feel that the energies of the bag have dissipated. If this happens, you can re-energize it by grounding yourself, re-focus on your intents, perhaps open it up and refill it with more herbs and spice. After you do this, pass it again over a candle flame and re-energize it by holding it over your solar plexus. If possible, do this at the time of a full Moon.

If you feel it is time to let go of the spirit bag, you can easily open it up, cast the herbs and spice to the winds, discard the cloth and string by burying them or by burning in a fire, and run clear running water over the opal or moonstone to cleanse it. The gem can be re-used for another purpose, if you so desire.

 

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…

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………

Three – 3….represents:

The point of trinity or third that is created from the friction and combined effort of the two.

Within the energy of the number Three (3) is the structure of harmony and the triune nature that forms the three-sided triangle of fire, action and will. Additionally, each component offers a different perspective or dynamic to contribute to that outpour. Three faces, each in support of the other yet one in the same and emanating from the One. Each of these energies works collaboratively with one another in the creative effort of new growth. We find multiple references to the Trinity in spiritual practice. These are but a few:

Maiden, Mother Crone
Youth, Father, Sage
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva
Father, Son,Holy Ghost

The planetary energy of the number three is Jupiter. Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System and it is this expansive quality that is necessary in seeking a third from the union of the two. Jupiter’s force is one of an over-reaching quality that extends itself far and wide with the intent of covering as much ground as possible. This is done with the intent of sorting through the multiple options presented until finding the one that will be most productive. Considering the energy of Jupiter as it lends its force to any creative endeavor there is great potential for moving beyond what was initially thought possible and creating something entirely new carried forward by the intent fueled at its place of origins.

Astrology: The House of Self- Expression/Presentation

This is the astrological house that defines what you possess and what manner of expression it takes. You have moved from the singular identification of the Self (1st House) and began the process of acquisition of items that create the outer persona of who you perceive yourself to be. Now, arriving at the Third House you have the appropriate external objects that can be the methods you use to communicate who you are. The ruling astrological sign is that of Gemini; the master communicator.

Tarot: The Empress

Tarot Key III – The Empress is the Mother of all life. She sits in quietrepose and strength in the verdant landscape of her own domain. She is the sexual energy that is ripe being both pregnant in her fertility and exquisite in the afterglow of promised union. The Empress offers the vision of what will become and will bear fruit from her union with the masculine polarity and the manifest and spiritual fruits this union will yield. She is the promise of continued life and expression of that life in all of the elemental worlds over which she reigns supreme.

Qabalah: Binah – Understanding

Binah is the Third Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of Binah we find the Mother and Divine Creatrix; who contains within herself the archetypal womb through which all life is has potential to be made manifest. It is the nature of the male to provide the seed of life, but it is the feminine principle that gives it life, provides the space for gestation and ultimately releases the manifest form into existence or being. It is that feminine principle that holds the primal form within the womb that is both void and full. The vessel that holds nothing also provides the space and potential for it to be filled.

And, the Three needed a structure of foundation and stability from which to grow and seed its harmonious wisdom.

Four – 4….represents:

Opening the point of support to a place of foundation, equanimity and force in a balanced state.

The number Four (4) represents structure and is the basis of foundation, solidity of form and function and endurance or permanence. Four indicates change (as in the four seasons), versatility (as in the four elements) and a nice solid equi-sided base upon which to build from those changes a versatile nature of enduring qualities. This is the energy that can endure as pressure is put upon it internally and externally.

The planetary energy of Uranus is the planet associated with the number Four. Prior to inclusion of the 3 outer planets, the Sun served double duty for the numbers 1 and 4. Its quality is that of pure energy and catalytic stream that pulses life into everything it encounters. This energy serves to bring to light the varied ways that structure may be created as it draws to itself magnetically (similar to the energy of the Sun) everything that will bolster a structure that will support in a stimulating way.

Astrology: The House of Family

The Fourth House is concerned with those you call family. These are your biological family as well as those who you may consider to be your family of nurturance. This is the energy of the home life and those who are supportive. The ruling astrological sign is that of Cancer. Cancer is the quintessential representation of desire for a loving and supportive home. Its natural energy is one of comfort and creation of a home that is both sanctuary and place of caring community. When we are blessed with this type of support it becomes the foundation that enables us to reach out to others from a place of understanding and love.

Tarot: The Emperor

Tarot Key IV – The Emperor sits as merciful authority and king needing nothing but his own Divine wisdom to guide his actions. This energy gives insight into the discipline required to sit as master of one’s own destiny. All actions taken are reflected back to the Emperor and his final authority determines the force and quality of what that final seed of potential will become as it is transformed by merciful action.

Qabalah: Chesed- Mercy

Chesed is the Fourth Sphere. Within its energy is the ability to see thee bigger picture and make informed judgment based upon that vision. This is the action of Mercy when it relies upon a broader perspective from which to draw its conclusions.

Everything depends upon this precarious balance of equi-lateral view that hangs on the tip of the blade that will determine its final outcome. The essence of the fourth sphere of Chesed is one of achieving a state of balance through compassion, mercy and right action.

The Four pushes and strains expanding and seeking the sweet product of change as the orderly disruption breaks through as Five………

 

Next Month:Numbers 5 and 6

In Conclusion…..

Midsummer calls to you saying
Awaken and revel in the day as
My light stretches long and bright
Before night crowds greedily in.
– RCF –

Upcoming Events – 2017

June 17
Celebration of the Summer Solstice


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Looking Ahead:

July 11 – July 25
Celestial Tides: Days of Light, Dark and Balance
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Zenith:Image of Mt. Rainier peaking through the clouds..E.Fennelly
Summer Solstice Incense:M.Q.

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May 2017:The Anniversary Issue!

Vol. 2 – Issue 1

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of May
The Anniversary Issue!

This month of May celebrates the One-Yr. Anniversary of the Musings newsletter! We hope that you, our dear readers have enjoyed the offerings crafted and hopefully some have inspired you to find your creative path. 

May brings the promise of growth and an opportunity to explore all that fertile ground within that has been seeded in the previous months and is now ready to blossom in a bursting of color, light and beauty. With this intention, our first writing is a guest posting entitled, “Everything Has Its Beginning and Its End…”. This may seem counter intuitive to an issue celebrating its first year of life; but the reminder is one of bringing awareness to what is here, present and right in front of you, before it passes on. Be sure to check out the gardening tips, Tesseract’s insight and suggestions, poems and an article about the Sabbat of Beltane (aka. May Day), and more. 

So, settle in and take a stroll through a garden of new blooms and life as we begin our second year on the Mystic Path….

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
–  Edna St. Vincent Millay – 

Featured Writings

A Guest Post by Reign

Everything Has Its Beginning and Its End…

We write in new notebooks, but run out of pages. We read books, but they run out of words. We come up with ideas, and they either live on and become something great, or they burn, its ashes floating in the wind. We write with our favorite pens, writing until we extinguish its ink. We use push pins, but as time passes, they become dull and obsolete.

The theme here is that we are constantly creating, constantly moving things, constantly changing the things and ideas we are given. But everything we create, each item we touch, each thing we see, and every breath we take, all have a beginning and an expiration, as we, and everything else in this material world does.

“Let my soul smile through my heart
and my heart smile through my eyes,
that I may scatter rich smiles
in sad hearts.”
Paramahansa Yogananda

Migration
By LB

Purple martin. Sparrow. Turkey vulture. Woodpecker.
Red-tailed hawk. Bald eagle. Canada goose.
The large, the small.
Fish eater, carrion eater, live prey capturer,
Bugs as dinner on the wing.
Occupiers of the air–
Earth-bound witness, I stare.
Spring day in April
I share a moment with the birds –
Wind in my face, my hair
Sun on my back
I look toward the North, my home now.
I have left the South.
My companions are the birds.

“Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.”  

–  Gerald De Nerval

 

Hail, the Cycles!
Hail, the Wheel of the Year!
Hail the Spring Harvest!

by M.Q.

We have made it through another dark winter of introspection, and a transitional spring of uncertainty. Have you shed the grey cocoon of the dark months? There were gifts in winter’s hibernation, some discoveries not immediately recognized. Change is not easy, but there is hope in the knowledge that valuable lessons may be learned. However, even when anticipated, juggling the scenarios of these lessons requires work and discipline to trust in the transitions and the space between.

How can we stay balanced? Are we supposed to? With spring fully present, I venture outside more often. The reconnection is therapeutic. Under a magnificent perennial, I see a small cracked bright robins egg. A bit of bittersweet. I try and remember the lesson, the continuing cycle. I can embrace the aroma of Jasmine and honeysuckle still wrapped in a sweater sipping hot tea.

The wheel continues its fertile sequence with bursts of life and blossom in all directions. I am ready to heal, to change, and so I start outside with my garden, my connection to mother Earth. She is a teacher of balance and patience and surprise. As in surprise, there is already a small harvest! In it I find another bit of knowledge. The appreciation of the cycle’s rhythm, the energy of all things and the lessons of polarities.

How fascinating in a spring season of new life and growth; I must first collect compost, created from decay. And so the spoiled, withered, refuse of the past becomes nutrient rich, fertile earth. I mix buckets upon the garden, grateful to be part of the cycle. Next is the harvest of the comfrey leaves, before the plant flowers. I carefully gather beautiful, prickly leaves. Wonderful for poison ivy and inflammation, but I decide to add this batch to the composter as a fertilizer and disease preventative. A week later, the comfrey plant is ready to bloom. Soon to follow will be the harvest of fragrant honeysuckle and then roses. There is much work to be done in the interim. It is a balance; finding the optimum combination of admiration and participation; of work and reflection.

May you continue to grow and learn from a blessed and fruitful spring harvest!
Stay tuned next month for an incense recipe using some of these early summer blooms.

“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
– Kahlil Gibran –

 

Mother Nature Lives in Suburbia
By Celestine

I sit on my back porch sipping my coffee as the sun rises over the trees. We had rain last night so the world is a vibrant green. A gentle breeze rustles the leaves and the birds greet the morning with song. Tweet-tweety-tweet and chirpity-chirp backed up by the soothing coos of the mourning doves. Knock, knock, knock! I look up to see a red-headed woodpecker tapping at an ash tree. I am in a peaceful little Eden.

A dump-truck from the nearby quarry rumbles past breaking the tranquility. As I try to recapture my sense of contentment a neighbor starts his lawnmower. Sigh. Soon more lawnmowers will join the first as the neighborhood comes to life. With a jolt I am reminded that I live in the suburbs, not a forest glen. My home looks much like the other homes on the street, and manicured lawns and well-tended gardens are de rigueur.

I draw in a deep breath and stand,knowing it’s time for me to get to work, too. I pull on my gloves as I walk to the front of the house and smile in satisfaction at my even, green lawn. Then I set about removing the various little plants that had the audacity to grow uninvited in my flowerbeds. As I dig my fingers into the dark, damp soil I see wiggly little worms hard at work tilling the soil for me and thank them. I turn over a rock disturbing little beetles who scurry away to find another dark place to hide.

Pluck! Pluck! The sun bakes down on me as I pull up the unwelcome intruders. I wipe my forehead, soil mixes with sweat leaving a muddy streak. I begin to realize that the weeds are stronger than I am; I can yank them from the earth for hours but they have already dug their roots deep and sent their seeds on the winds. They will return, to my garden one day, or perhaps to my neighbor’s yard.

Several hours and four yards of mulch later I am done for the day. I survey the flowerbeds and the yard and conclude that my work will pass muster and we won’t be the disgrace of the neighborhood. I wash off the dirt and once more retire to the back porch.

The sun has shifted and brilliant light bakes the yard. The birds have quieted, only a few still singing this hot afternoon. A hawk soars lazily, high on the thermals, too far away for me to hear his screech. Some bees are buzzing around, adding a lazy drone to the background. I reach for my glass of iced tea and take a deep gulp, savoring it’s minty coolness. I close my eyes, content to listen to the sounds of the neighborhood.

I hear children playing in the yard next door, laughing and shouting to each other as they chase each other in a game to which only they know the rules. The familiar melodies of a classic rock station drift in from another home, entertaining a young man as he works on his car. I hear a lawnmower from up the road, no doubt being pushed by a sweaty person regretting their late start on their chores.

A few cars go up and down the street and another dump-truck rumbles out of the quarry. As I doze in the hot sun the sounds of humanity blend with the songs of nature and I realize that together they represent my neighborhood. It dawns on me that we are not separate from the natural world but a part of it and I should not consider our sounds an intrusion. The symphony of human sounds may come from machinery and electronics as well as our voices but they are part of our human song. As this human opus blends with the grand works of nature I feel connected to life force of the neighborhood and I am filled with a sense of harmony and peace.

So today I hung out with my neighbor, Mother Nature, and got to know her a little better. She likes our neighborhood and its inhabitants, whether beast, bug, bird, plant or human. She’s pretty groovy and I’m sure glad she chose our suburban street to make her home!

“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden
of beautiful flowers where I can
walk undisturbed.”
– Walt Whitman –

Foundation
by MM

We dance.
We love.

We gather rosebuds
and inspire the blooms most beautiful.

Our joy
over bodies long-forgotten,
dependent on them for our composure,
our agency,
our resilience.

Supine, mangled, heaped, digested,
leveled by will,
we touch the sky
on their backs and bellies and legs,
their branches,
their leaves and fruit,
though memory of their form’s utility
now devoured by time.

They knew joy.

We are because they danced.
We are because they loved.

“Water, stories, the body,all the things we do,
are mediums that hid and show what’s hidden.”
– Rumi –

The Flame of Creation
A Beltane Poem
by RCF

Flames rise and fall and
Two merge seeming inseparable
As flesh moves against
Flesh in abandon and trust.

Flames consume the desire
That is fed and burn hotter
In passion’s final outpour.

Flames move now as one
Singular fusion of life
Burning strong and full
Sated from breath that
Expands and contracts
As longing is fulfilled.

The Flame scatters as seeds
Of quickened potential
Fill the ripened womb of
Creation’s sacred vessel.

The time will be soon
And the first cries of
New Life will pierce
The silence as the
Flames of creation
Rise in acknowledgement
Of their completed work.

 Focus On…

May’s Sabbat

Bealtaine, the Fae, and the Importance of Not Being Ernest.
An Opinion Piece
by J.M.

The Wheel of the year has come around once again to Bealtaine, Irish Festival of Fertility, where the Bealtaine Fires burn late into the night, allowing people to engage in various activities with wild abandon. People dance, people sing, and people enjoy each other’s company. Many tales are told. This is about engaging in creativity in all its forms … especially the most obvious.

It is also one of the times of the year that the Veil Between the Worlds thins, and the High Sidhe from the Seelie and the Unseelie Courts are known to go riding. Depending on culture, another time could be Samhain (from Irish tales) or could be Yule (from Scandinavian tales). Fae from all levels of their society, from dimmunitive faeries to trooping faeires, from murucha to selkie,from each-uisce to puca to fear darrig, from grugach to leprechauns particularly enjoy this time of year. And the nice thing is that the Unseelie Court faeries tend to be less cruel as well. Generally unless you actually go and party with them, the worst you can expect is some sort of prank at your expense. And generally, the more serious you are, the more likely you are to be the brunt of their humor. Fae are wild, and don’t take kindly to uptight ordered folk. The fae try to help them.

As we engage in magick, I think there is much that we could learn from them. Often will-workers focus so intently on their magick to create their desired effect (intent through will, applied through spiritual constructs, to achieve manifestation) that they miss that there is more to this than will. Application of will achieved through spiritual growth is often eased by achieving balance first. It is why we ground before ritual.

I know that many take themselves very seriously, and I certainly have been one of those people. I engage in humor to help achieve my balance, to remind myself that life is not that serious, and I am not *that* important. To let go of the expected result in magick, and let the magick flow through me. Intent … not expectations.

I have been in circles where a joke has been gently made and timed well, and another person will strongly remind others that “this is sacred space”. Yes, I would have to agree. And humor, done correctly, is a sacred act. Humor is one of the human race’s defining traits. It helps balance the overly serious, and it helps bind together groups of people in a shared experience of joy.

Humor, by its nature, forces you to look at the unexpected, since it through the unexpected that the punchline touches your heart. And like song, dance, good sex, or other ecstatic practices, comedy can add to the synergy of a group, greasing the wheels so that the group works better together. And that’s what the ernest will-worker misses. Magick isn’t just intent. Magick is (among other things) the power of synergy, where your intent and my intent weave together in a way that is greater than our sums. We link. We play. We create.

So please, consider that the next time someone jokes in a meeting, or during the grounding of a ritual. Is that humor actually taking things out of balance, or is it bringing the group together? Will it help in the act of creation? Given its power, it often will. If so, don’t block it in a knee-jerk fashion. It’s there for a reason. Even if that reason is as simple as to have a fabulous Bealtaine.

Bright Blessings
Lá Bealtaine sona duit
Lá Bealtaine sona daoibh

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

by Iolanthe

Welcome to May, the month of flowers blooming, spring warmth, moving toward summer. Winter is definitely over and we will be seeing more and more sunlight every day until summer solstice arrives. As we are enjoying the fullness of spring, the Moon will be in its first quarter phase on Wednesday, May 3 at 2:47 am. It will be in the sign of Leo, a fixed fire sign.

The first quarter Moon phase is a time to set intentions, a time of regeneration, when the seeds planted at the new Moon are starting to sprout. The sign of Leo is one of expression of energy. The fire energy associated with Leo is one of contained intensity, which makes it shine all the brighter. Think of the laser burning brightly. Leo is ruled by the Sun.

This focused beam of energy during the time of the Moon’s expanding phase points to what will be burning brightly as the Moon’s light grows in illumination, culminating in the full Moon in Scorpio, a fixed water sign, on May 10.

The week from the first quarter phase until the full Moon phase would be a good time to think about what inner fires you are banking, what passion do you want to release, what are you holding onto so tightly that its light is not shining as fully as it might?

Scientists have determined that the Earth’s innermost core is a solid ball of a nickel-iron alloy and is surrounded by liquid, molten outer core, which is also composed of iron and nickel. The Moon’s core is also solid and iron-rich with a liquid molten outer core of iron. From looking at the moon, it might not seem to us that it has a liquid outer core that is approximately 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. It is hidden from view.

Is there some inner passion you have, a dream or kernel of an idea that needs warmth and water to develop? Is there a core that is solid—like the iron of the Earth’s and Moon’s centers—that is liquid in its heat so that it can move and change and adapt? The fire of Leo heats up the waters of Scorpio, releasing what had been growing. Both are fixed signs, and can be counted on to be intent and focused on desired outcomes. What is your desired outcome? What are you heating up? What will be released, if you choose to do so?

To help with imaging this inner growth, here is one way to do a magickal working.

SEEDINGS
To represent growth, lunar energy, solar energy, the fire of Leo, and the water of Scorpio, you can infuse your intent into sunflower seeds and moonflower seeds, prepare them for planting, and then plant the seeds into the earth. They will grow and bloom this summer. Sunflowers, when in full bloom, always face the sun so they move through the day as the sun rises and sets. Moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) are white flower that bloom on spreading vines; they open in the early evening and close before noon the next day.

Gather Materials:

  • Sunflower Seeds to represent Leo’s fire and sun energy;
  • Moonflower seeds to represent lunar energy;
  • Clear glass bowl to let light shine through;
  • Water to represent Scorpio’s water energy;
  • Piece of hematite to represent iron at the core of the Earth and the Moon.

Prepare for your working:

  • Place your hematite (in your clear glass bowl;
  • Fill the bowl with water;
  • Place your moonflower seeds into the water in the bowl;
  • Leave the bowl in a window that receives moonlight and sunlight for at least 24 hours, up to 48 hours;
  • Place a trellis in the garden to hold the moonflower vines;
  • Prepare a patch of garden for the sunflowers.

To begin your working, take time to ground yourself and then center your thoughts on your intent. Have your seeds, bowl of water, and hematite with you. What is it you want to bring forth from the kernel within yourself? With that intention in mind, focus on your seeds. Hold them in your hand, feel their hard covering, think on the mystery and wonder they hold. Hold them up to the sun, bring them to your heart chakra, breath on them with your intent, thank them for their gifts. Then plant your seeds in your prepared ground. Scribe an invoking fire pentacle over the sunflower seeds and an invoking water pentacle over the moonflower seeds, and pour out the water from their soaking bowl for their first watering. Keep the hematite with you in your house as a reminder that which is inside touches that which is outside.

The seeds will sprout and grow all summer. As a bonus, the birds will love to eat the sunflower seeds directly from the full sunflower heads at the end of the summer. And you can gather some seeds from your sunflowers and moonflowers in the fall, dry them and store them over the winter, and save them for planting next spring.

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…

….Zero is the limitless all, the Divine, God and Goddess and every other Being of creation. Having a “O” as part of the number, such as 10, 20 , 30, etc… gives opportunity for that number’s energy to stand as co-creator with the source of all. We’ll learn next month about the nature of the number “1” but as a little preview:

1 is the number of the singular self; the individual “I” that is who we are as we come into this world and begin the journey of reaching out beyond the confines of the singular state of being. So, the number “10”  could hold the energy of the singular self, or “I” standing in the light and collaborative partnership of the source of all – “O”. 10 (Ten) elevates us to recognize the higher nature of our self-hood and standing beside the creator, itself, we are at one with the cosmic cycles….

One – 1….represents:

The singular “I”, the individual, the line of continuum, energy held and gathered back to itself

The number One (1) is the first product of what was a void of potential (O/zero). It is the singular point and the individual place of new beginnings and energetic growth. From the place of the One is the straight path from which at any point of that path divergence, split and detour can be taken. I think of one as being the singular “I”. This singular “I” is man/woman in his prime form and depending on the spiritual evolutionary state of that man/woman it is either Higher, Lower or combined Selves. This is the state of awareness of your own ‘beingness’ before embellishment or enhancement, relationship or possession, outward identifiers or things that would define you as something more than the prime nature of yourself. Additionally, because the number “one” is the starting place it is also the energy of action and taking steps towards the product of that action.

The planetary energy of the Sun is attributed to the number One. The Sun is the central and prominent cosmic body of our universe. It is life giver by virtue of its heat and the place of quickening or beginning for much of life on our planet. It is the electromagnetic force that if we venture too close we are blinded by the blinding light and heat that pervades. This is similarly the same principle of our own Divine state of being. In truth we are as bold and enblazened as the Sun itself, but as humans in physical form we fail to realize the brilliance of our inner state.

The goal is one of actualizing the self and ego to shine as brightly as the Sun in human form and draw to itself the boons of all that surrounds.

In looking at the shape and form of the number l, it is not difficult to visualize the concept of a singular point reaching downwards towards extension as the other point of origin reaches upwards towards expansion. Each point of origin blends seamlessly into a single line of continuous movement of return and release that holds within its structure the potential for movement in any direction and creation of something new. In the sphere of Kether it is exactly this nature that creates the continuum of ITSELF, expressed through the division of ITSELF.

Astrology: The House of Self (The Ascendant)- Personality and Ego

This is the astrological house that provides the energy that is the core of who you are and how you relate to the world. Our rising sign (always in the First House) is the true you; stripped naked and in all your glory and vulnerability. Its ruling sign is Aries which is the fire of new beginnings and the catalyst that offers enthusiastic curiosity to all of its endeavors. Aries is the one that desires attention and as the start of the Zodiacal Wheel brings the youth of invincible action to all it touches.

Tarot: The Magician

Tarot Key I – The Magician is the conduit of wielding the flow of universal energy from the ephemeral realms of the Divine and the manifest foundations of the Physical world. We see within the Magician the ability and knowledge to effectively create drawing from the universal laws that govern the magickal and the mundane. There is composure and assuredness in this power, yet the realization that he as well is subject to the transformative energies he is choosing to be vessel for. This is a state of control that has been finely honed and exacted with just the precise amount of force and form to produce the product of power and magick.

The Magician is the interface that we hold within that contains all that is needed to produce new life and new form of Being. But, its energy may only be accessed when the all of the tools (parts of self) are acquired and mastered.

Qabalah: Kether – Crown

Kether stands as the First Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of the number 1 is not only the place of singularity, but also a foundation from which the potential to replicate and create in its own diffuse image is contained. It is the beginning and also the point of completion and there is choice to be made regarding that status. It may stay inert and alone or may choose to seek out, diversify and through the ending of its singular nature move towards polarity and duality.

It is from the springboard of the number ONE that TWO and the inherent energy of relationship and comparison is formed.

Two – 2….represents:

Collaborative effort- moving beyond the “I” to “we”- duality and polarity that results

The number Two (2)  is the keynote of collaborative effort that feeds polarity and divisiveness. We have moved from a place of the singular “I” to a yearning and urge to interact, divide and expand in the creation of another that is similar, yet different. In this dance of relationship, the opportunity to develop kindness, concern, harmony and balance is fostered. There is now something more than just beginnings and the urge towards action. There is now something to be acted upon and with. Under the influence of the number Two there is a push towards release from indecisiveness and the consideration of the influence and affect to be had by not making a choice.

The planetary energy of the Moon is attributed to the number Two. The Moon presents its energies in a manner of ebb and flow. The emotions (Lunar), if in collaboration with the strength of clarity of thought (The Sun), are powerful points from which all manner of manifestation and creativity are brought forth. The coolness and dark cover of night Moon offers counterpoint and contrast to the heat and light of the Sun.

Astrology: The House of Possessions/Finances

This is the astrological house that provides your place of manifest anchor and stability based on what you have secured for yourself of worldly goods. These things acquired create the building blocks that will become the space of home as they shore up towards the Fourth house of family. This energy is expressed through its ruling astrological Sign of Taurus. Taurus is the protector and procreator that holds its earthy energy as home base to be filled with all that a physical life positively provides.

Tarot: The High Priestess

Tarot Key II -The High Priestess sits in the Temple of the Moon and takes on the triune form of catalytic energy and transformation. She sits in the space of action as the Middle Pillar incarnate as synthesized balance of male and female, force and form. Her knowledge of the mysteries is honed in the waters of deep intuitive knowledge and her persona is that of the cycle of the moon.

The High Priestess serves as reminder of the need for spiritual devotion and discipline as guardian of the great mysteries of life itself. In her feminine form she represents the power to sustain newly quickened life and stands as the ultimate gate of passage towards return to the source of creation.

Qabalah: Chokmah – Wisdom

Chokmah is the Second Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of Chokmah lies the desire for co-creative effort. This is movement from a singular place to one of experiencing the energy of another. It can also be thought of in terms of sacrificing parts of oneself to make another and making space and container to hold that other thing while retaining that part which created it. It is awareness that there is something beyond yourself and the yearning and striving for creating another to act and be acted upon.

Two merge to become one and from that sacred union of contraction and expansion the Three of creative form is birthed.

Next Month:Numbers 3 and 4

In Conclusion…..

We wind our way through paths unseen
Always wandering betwixt and between
Until we find a meadow of beauteous sight
And there we stay and welcome the night.
– RCF –

Upcoming Events – 2017

Continuing:    April 4 – May 2
Under the Veil of Night: Lunar Magick

5-wk. Session
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May 6
The Veils of Beltane-A Ritual of Creation

Celebration with Grail of the Birch Moon and Coven of the Mystic Path
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May 23 – June 14
Destiny’s Mirror: Practical Divination

4-Wk. Session
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Images:
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Photos Provided:
EverythingJeanne Rose Photography
Hail the Cycles:M.Q.

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April2017: Earth, My Home!

Vol. 1 – Issue 12

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of April
Earth, My Home!

This month of April, the focus is on Earth and all the joys that this planet brings as we leave behind the last hold of March’s wintery grasp and await the flowering and fertility of May’s bouquets.

This 4th month can become a foundation(or square – the number 4) from which we move forward in the year with renewed hope, aspiration and vigor. March brought the vision of balance during the Equinox and now we have choice as to where we will place the heavier of our intentions as the scales of opportunity and action move in accord with our will. 

Our offerings speak to home and those things that inspire, guard and nurture not only our soul, but our Spirits as well. Enjoy this time of gathering to yourself everything that means home and stands as the anchor for you to plan and prepare for what has already taken root and just needs a bit more sun to blossom…

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” 
-Hal Borland –

Featured Writings

Lucy
by P.W.

She sits on the windowsill, crouched, tail twitching, chattering at the blackbirds sitting on the branches of the oak tree in the back yard. She chatters back at them, warning them, if they come near, she will pounce. What is a guardian?

She patrols the basement in the end of summer, keeping a lookout for crickets attempting to break in and intrude on her space. If they try to enter, they are attacked and eaten, a quick ending and the start of the return on another trip on the great wheel which is life. What is a guardian?

A loud knock on the door, when the repairman is scheduled to arrive, she growls and runs and hides in the basement. What is a guardian?

She waits up until we return home from work or an adventure with CMP. She greets us, then runs upstairs and curls up to sleep. She patrols the house during the day and keeps us safe, when we are home on the weekend. Ever watchful…Quick to protect…

Lucy is a guardian of our home. She weighs only 12 pounds, a beautiful gray and white short hair cat. She has a sense of her boundaries, what belongs within and what does not. She projects a spirit much larger than her size. Do not underestimate her. It will be at your peril, for Lucy is a guardian. Are you?

“The most common way people give up
their power is in thinking
they don’t have any.”
– Alice Walker –

Amaryllis Bloom 2017
Photo: J.M.

Moonlight Gazing
by InY.

On a warm night that boasts a full moon, find a good spot where you can simply sit and look upwards at the beauty of the moon’s fullness. Quiet your breath and allow the silvery rays to wash over you, calming and taking you to a place of serenity. Soften your gaze and allow the full splendor of the moon to fill your vision. Breathe in Her radiance and breathe out your appreciation for the light and comfort offered. Sit in this manner for as long as you wish. Simply drinking in the beauty and grace of moonlight’s gaze. Allow it to renew and fill you with its light and peace.

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
– George Orwell –

Unfurl
by M.Q.

Have I been so contracted? Stagnant?
In the lonely liquid darkness, in my samskaras?

But this discomfort.
Regrets arise, scary points of anxiety
Form a tense and painful blanket
And my stomach lurches
My heart aches.

Remember to breathe, to be. This is the journey.

Survive, recognize the perusa, and surrender.
Surrender.connect. ground.

The warm light is returning held
In summer’s fire Prana.

Oh how desperate I am to drink it in
To allow it to sink into my roots and make me strong.

To make me able to extend, embrace, reach. unfurl..

 

The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again.
– Mathilde Blind –

 

Winter’s Fog in an Early Spring Day
A very short story by J.M.

I walk outside to a world changed. Warm weather with piles of snow and a perfect dew point, and all is hidden. Sight is hazy and sound is dampened. Perfectly liminal!

As I walk, houses dodge in and out of view, like children playing ghost in the graveyard,
and I slow down to appreciate the image. Take a deep breath, and breathe in peaceful quietus. Smile, and another breath, interrupted by a painful crack. Thunder? At this time of year? Can’t see anything to confirm, just mist and grey and house corners jutting.

So I step up my steps, as all do that are stalked by the unseen.There’s nothing there, I hope. A quick flash dashes that hope.How far away? Count the seconds until the thunder sounds. Why do nearby storms always come at you? Thunder crack in my bones making me jump. Okay. VERY close!

I scramble/run/skate to the train station as the grey world gets darker. The first huge drop smacks my nose, of all things! (Really!? I’m ALREDY awake),and I slip under the station roof just in time to dodge the wall of water dropping from the sky.

The rest of the day is one damp, miserable, soggy-wool-smell day. But I hold onto that morning’s misty centering moment, like a jacket against the biting cold,and judge the day to be ultimately a good one. A requirement in these alternative times.

Look Up!
by R.F.

It’s right above you
Don’t take my word for it
Tilt your head and look up.

I told you it was beautiful
But only you can judge for yourself
Tilt your head and look up.

It only lasts for a few minutes
And then darkness crowds in
And evening’s rest is close at hand.

Revel in the sunset’s beauty
Sky of blues and golden amber
Graceful limbs in shadow
Tilt your head and look up.

“The world is its own magic.”
– Shunryu Suzuki –

Focus On…

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

by Iolanthe

For this Tesseract, we will look at the energy of the third quarter Moon as it moves into Aquarius, learn more about what phase the Moon was in at our birth, and how we can use our Moon’s birth phase to help us with Magic.
April is with us. Finally, Winter is giving way to Spring, and we have fresh air to breathe. We can go outdoors and look up into the night sky without shivering. On Wednesday April 19, 2017, the Moon will be at its last quarter phase at 5:56 am. The time of the last quarter Moon phase is one of going inward, delving deeper into one’s own consciousness. It is a time to sort out where we are and reviewing what we need to keep or remove as we move along our path toward awareness.

About an hour later, at 6:51 am, the Moon will move from Capricorn into Aquarius. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, one of steadfastness, building structures and foundations, liking rules and boundaries. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, one of creating new pathways and new ways of seeing things, change for change’s sake, and commitment to new ideas. This movement from Capricorn represents a shift from an emphasis on the material plane to a focus on the mental realms.

The combination of the last quarter phase of the Moon occurring at almost the same time as the Moon moves between Capricorn and Aquarius is a good time to examine yourself in relation to your home, your private domain, your earthly possessions, and then to look outward and see yourself in the social realm, the larger community with all its interactions and exchange of ideas. What is too solid in your life? What is holding you back? What new ideas can you explore? What old habits and patterns of behavior is it time to release? This is a time of readjustment from what has been to what will be coming.

The Moon in all its phases reminds us that change is inevitable, as are constancy. The Moon changes her face that she shows to us every night, yet we know her cycles and can predict what phase will occur on which day on the calendar.

Have you ever wondered what phase the Moon was in when you were born? If you are interested in astrology, you probably already know your Sun sign, ascendant, and Moon sign. But you can add to this knowledge by looking up the phase of the Moon for any day. Here are links to a couple of web sites that I have used to look up Moon phases from the past:

http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml
https://stardate.org/nightsky/moon

I was born early in the morning on Friday May 4, 1956, under a last quarter Moon.

Every 29 days or so, the Moon’s phase will reappear. Take time to check on what phase the Moon was in on your birthday, and look for ways to celebrate its return every month.

One way to acknowledge your own Moon phase is to take note when it occurs and do your magickal or energetic working then. See for yourself if your divination practices, ritual participation, studying, meditations, intuition and sensitivities, spell casting, whatever you do in your magickal practice, are easier or more difficult, depending on the Moon phase. Note on your calendar when your own Moon phase will occur, and then see how your practices are affected.

Dark Moon: The time of the dark Moon is good for when you want to do magick to help you with releasing addiction or unhealthy attachments.

First Quarter Moon: When the Moon is showing more light, this is a good time for drawing things to yourself, and to attract more of what you want to grow or develop in your life.

Full Moon: The Moon’s face full of light offers a boost of energy for whatever magicks you are working. This is also a good time to lay out your crystals or magickal tools to be bathed in moonlight to cleanse and recharge their energies.

Third Quarter Moon: This time of waning Moon light can be a good time to work magicks to help with transitions or removing obstacles.

Remember to look at the Moon in all her phases, and remember what the poet Rumi tells us:  Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being. ~Rumi

 

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Three

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…

O – Opens the Way

Last month I listed that we would be taking a look at the numbers 1-3 in addition to “O”. Oh, the folly of my ways, in that “O” encompassing everything and nothing! So let’s hold 1-2 in reserve for their own post.

Last month’s post gave you some basic information about how to use Numerology for personal analysis. The next several posts will focus on the numbers O – 9 and their energies as esoteric tools. I’ve included some corresponding information about each number and its relevance to Astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. There are multiples layers of meaning in each of these systems and this series of articles is only meant to whet your appetite for deeper study.

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

Zero – O….. represents:

Cycles, void, the limitless ALL, womb of creation and the Gate of the Divine

The number “O” is the beginning and ending of all things. It is the energy of cycles and as such is the container of the great void from which life begins anew. We could think of the number O as being the Divine all or the Limitless All that stretches out in expanse. Looking at the shape and curve the number presents as an invitation to enter through the center point of its opening. The mystery is held in what may emerge from the “other side” as there is always the balance of receipt and release. Moving around the circumference offers the reminder of the cycles in all things, but each revolution is slightly different than what has transpired previously and each new offers the adventure of the unknown.

I think of the zero as holding the potential for whatever I may wish to manifest through the assistance of what is seen and the vast expanse of the unseen. The circumference offers the boundary of container, flexible and resilient in its continuity. And what is held within that boundary reaches into planes of existence that may only be experienced by calling them forth into the reality of the now.

Tarot: The Fool

Tarot Key O – The Fool – is the first of the Major Arcana cards. His is the limitless starting point of creation and the limitless source of all life. The Fool moves forth trusting that all will be as it should and that there is no need to fear stepping into the unknown. The energy is that of ultimate faith and by the vision of this Faith all barriers are removed and the Divine flow steps into the potential of its own being.

Zero is the limitless all, the Divine, God and Goddess and every other Being of creation. Having a “O” as part of the number, such as 10, 20 , 30, etc… gives opportunity for that number’s energy to stand as co-creator with the source of all. We’ll learn next month about the nature of the number “1” but as a little preview:

1 is the number of the singular self; the individual “I” that is who we are as we come into this world and begin the journey of reaching out beyond the confines of the singular state of being. So, the number “10”  could hold the energy of the singular self, or “I” standing in the light and collaborative partnership of the source of all – “O”. 10 (Ten) elevates us to recognize the higher nature of our self-hood and standing beside the creator, itself, we are at one with the cosmic cycles.

Next Month:Numbers 1 and 2

In Conclusion…..

Where your journey begins, and
Where your journey ends are
But cornerstones of the
Limitless potential of the
Many paths taken between.
– E.J. Fennelly –

Upcoming Events – 2017

April 4 – May 24
Under the Veil of Night: Lunar Magick

5-wk. Session
More Info: Click here…

Looking Ahead:

May 6
The Veils of Beltane-A Ritual of Creation

Celebration with Grail of the Birch Moon and Coven of the Mystic Path
More Info: Click Here..

Images:
Stock photos, unless otherwise noted
Photos Provided:
Lucy: P.W.
Amaryllis: J.M.
Unfurl: M.Q.
Look Up: R.F.
Key O:Rider-Waite Tarot

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March2017:Seeding Fertile Ground

Vol. 1 – Issue 11

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of March
Seeding Fertile Ground

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The Month of March heralds the stabilizing of the Vernal Equinox and an opportunity for growth as the scales are reset and what you choose as your “fresh start” has cosmic support. As we move into the 3rd month of this year there have already been monumental changes at all levels of our lives. The transition at the time of the Equinox into the astrological sign of Aries, sets a new tone of fiery energy that can  be the burgeoning of newly found passion and drive for new adventures and opportunities, and most importantly balancing your personal scales of what matters most to you.  

This month’s issue is focused on using those Fires to quicken what we plant in the fertile grounds of our attitude of hope, intention and higher purpose. Just below the surface of a winter’s ground is life; ripe, eager and ready to push through the challenges of dirt, sand, weed and gravel and lift itself upwards in greeting to the Sun and the gift of Light and life. 

The theme of this issue is one of seeding fertile ground. But, before that seeding can take place we must prepare the ground to be receptive to what will organically thrive, if given the chance. And, before preparation is successful, you must acknowledge and claim the fertility of your chosen space. This means claiming your own power as being the receptacle for change and the ability to provide all that is needed of appropriate nutrients, inner light and warmth. 

Enjoy this journey into your own fertile ground and may all of your seeds of planting be fruitful… 

“Remind me that the most fertile lands were built
by the fires of volcanoes.”
-Andrea Gibson –

Featured Writings

Celebrate Spring
by M.H.

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On March 20,2017 the Vernal Equinox occurs at 6:29 am EDT. The Sun moves from south to north crossing an imaginary celestial equator dividing the north and south hemispheres. Our neighbors in the Southern hemisphere will experience Fall, as they are pointed away from the Sun. For us in the Northern hemisphere the opposite occurs and we will welcome Spring. It’s a time for us to celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year. Spring is the season of hope, new beginnings and a rejuvenation of one’s spirit.

What will you do to celebrate Spring? Perhaps, plan a gathering that will bring family and friends together outdoors. It’s a time of new freedom, shed those heavy coats and the darkness of Winter. Get in touch with Mother Earth, walking barefoot in the grass or take a hike in the woods, sharing time with the wildlife. Bring the dogs outside for an evening run or climb a hill and watch the sunset, now the days are longer. Take up gardening, grow herbs to use for incense preparation later in the year. Start a community garden program and teach the neighborhood children the importance of sustainability.

Clean your house and donate items you aren’t using any longer. Shed the extra baggage, this can include any emotional issues as well as physical items. Open the windows and let the fresh air inspire you to get started with a new project or hobby for the year. Not happy with the current political situation go out support a candidate, a new cause or run for office yourself. Get rid of the negative energies and unproductive thoughts you might carry. Empower yourself.

When the Wheel of the Year turns in a few short weeks, welcome the season and bring Gaia into your life this Spring. Listen for her words as the soft winds blow and as the rushing waters splash on the rocks by a stream. Feel her strength in the Earth beneath your feet as it inspires you with new self-confidence to achieve your goals. Let the warmth of the brilliant sunshine stir your creative inner fires. What will you do to celebrate Spring?

“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”
– Emily Dickinson –

Gaia Is the Earth’s Change
by R. Fennelly

Starlight and brilliance of
Sun’s solar flare
White and golden red
Woven tapestry of
Jet black Cosmos.

Green and brown
Of fertile land
Blue of sun kissed
Watery basin.

Rainbow of color
Spread across
Pattern of cloth
Textured and etched
In crystal and stone.

Blackness of heated striation
Of rock’s core as gentle bud
Pushes upward towards sun’s
Radiant blessing as Gaia sheds
Her parched skin and dons Spring’s
Celestial mantle of lusty fertility.

Gaia takes many forms evolving and changing as we ourselves do. She is the breath of life that flows in the breezy currents awakening tree and leaf to moving grace. Gaia is the tumultuous waters that rise with the tides and peak in ecstasy reshaping the shore. Gaia is the fertile field that opens itself to the planting of seed and grazing of the four-legged creatures. Gaia is the shade of the forest, lush with evergreen and wood scented loamy earth. All flow one to the other and Gaia, the earth mother dons her mantle of Wisdom in the ways of time.

….Things change from season to season and in the never ending cycle that is life itself, Gaia remains steadfast and strong in offering up her body as our home and our refuge as Her fires burn brightly.

Gaia calls to us as a Mother calls her children to her and with each step we take, whether it be contained in urban or forest we seek the warmth of a generous heart.

….And, so I stand under an arch of evergreens at the edge of a forest, looking out and up at the cold winter night sky. The expanse and darkness of ancient tree and deepened paths at my back and still, they are not able to shelter the blowing winds that move through me seeking the warmth of Mother Earth. This place knows me and knows of my need to remember and awaken in the quickening of my Earth Mother’s care.

Gaia awakens all life that stands inert and from this awakening new life takes hold. That which is frozen thaws and that which is overheated cools to an understanding of pure love.

….Under the frost and rigid ground life is resting, but will soon quicken as Gaia reaches upwards; Her fiery fingers of quickening life touching each seed and stirring the earth into awakening.

Gaia holds Her supple body receptive to our praise and honoring and enfolds us cradled in the safety of Her bosom. Strong and flexible; anchored and foundational, what she gives in return we hunger for and what we treat with disrespect and carelessness shroud Her weeping form as a Mother despised.

….I see the frozen streams of Gaia’s tears thawing and running fierce and strong as Spring and Summer took hold. I see the blossoming of Gaia’s cloak adorned with flowers, herbs and life as Spring and Summer called them upwards from her fiery belly. I see friends and family, loved ones and those who are strangers going about their daily tasks; some in reverent spirit to the earth Mother’s gifts and others numb and unaware of the life that flows beneath the concrete and stirs the polluted winds that surround.

May the blessings of Gaia bring new growth to all of your endeavors….

Excerpted from: A Year With Gaia-The Eternal Cord (2017)

 

“It was one of those March days when the sun
shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light,
and winter in the shade.”
– Charles Dickens – (Great Expectations)

 

Bird Song
by A.B.

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The sweet song of the birds
calls me from my winter’s sleep
announcing that Spring has arrived.

I stretch and wipe the remnants of sleep
from slowly focusing eyes and sunlight
Streams though spider silk curtains of gauzy
Lightness and a soft and gentle breeze
Carries the scent of newly awakened earth.

I stand from my soft bed of moss and greenery
The earth below my feet moist with fairy kissed dew.

A leafy canopy of roof that shelters over
Head filters early morning sunlight like
Shards of the finest crystalline prism.

All of nature surrounds me as
The call to Spring is heard
In the deep roots that meander
Through darkened loamy earth.

I lift my face upwards towards
Sun drenched sky and breathe
In the essence of newness.

Quickened life fills my being and
In harmony with the eternal cycle
I am clothed in the fabric
of Gaia’s Spring cloak.

 

LOSS—GAIN—LOSS—GAIN
By LB

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In the past year, I have lost many things.
In the past year, I have gained many things.

In our house, we lost the furnace, the radiator, floors in 2 bathrooms, sewer and storm runoff pipes. I know myself well enough to know that when the foundation of my house get gouged, I feel very insecure. I am very land-based, home-based, solid-earth based. I like to feel grounded. When the foundation of the house I share with my Spouse had to be dug up and I saw the earth underneath our house, I was unsettled. And the workmen dug a 7-foot-deep hole in front of our house right at the bottom of the steps that leads to my house, I was scared I would fall into the hole, like Alice down the rabbit hole. Now the foundation of our house has been refilled, the pipes replaced, the hole filled in. And there is a scar. I go downstairs sometimes and look at the scar that snakes through the basement, and I am reminded of how fragile even a 90-year-old stone house can be. Yes, it has withstood storms, blizzards, wind, families living in it and moving on, and it is still standing. But it, too, is vulnerable.

I lost my job that I had held for 20 years. At first, I was shocked and angry and spent about 2 weeks saying, “Why me? They should have let someone else go, not me! I did good work, they should have kept me.” And so on. Until I finally realized, that the real question was, “Why not me?” I wasn’t so special or precious that I deserved a job more than anyone else. And I know I am resilient and I would be fine. And I was. I got my unemployment payments, then I got a job in a public library, which is a better fit for me. I feel a renewed passion for the value of what public libraries provide to the communities they serve.

So what was lost? What was gained? Everything is on the wheel, or a spiral. Every breath I take in is the start of it being exhaled. As the chant goes, and the wheel turns, never ending, new and old and new again…. And, The Wheel Turns

I take a step by raising my foot into the air, then bringing it back down to the ground, propelling the other foot to lift up, then down, and so on. There is no stasis. Everything vibrates with energy, with movement, with life, with momentum. Even the cells in our bodies are in motion. We move with energy, as does the wind and water of the earth, and fire burning. The earth spins on its axis, rotates around the sun, and our galaxy is moving in the expansion of space. I am learning to sing the song “Seasons of Love” from Rent. This song includes this lyric: five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure a year in the life?

A year in the life is marked by the turning of the Wheel of the Year, based on the cyclical change of seasons. As we celebrate each season’s beginnings, we mark the end of the recently past season. Right now, as I write this, it is winter, yet I see flowers budding and blooming and I hear bird song. In the midst of Winter, Spring is making herself known. At each moment, we are moving toward a new season and away from the old season.

If we look at the Wheel of Fortune card in the tarot deck, we see creatures in each of the corners. Each of the creatures—angle, eagle, lion, and bull—are all winged so that they may move with the currents of change, while remaining themselves. Death, life, future, past, riddles and wisdom: all are illustrated in this complex card. It is indeed the wheel of fortune—what is gained when something is lost? At this time of incipient spring, let us remember what we lose and gain as each moment passes.

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
-Yoko Ono – 

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”
– Marty Rubin –

Focus On…

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

At dawn on Sunday morning, March 5, the sun will rise at 6:33 am, and the Moon will arrive in its first quarter phase at 6:28 am. The moon at that time will be under our horizon and thus not visible to us. As the sun brings light to our day, the Moon will be half-illuminated. The Moon is one quarter of its way through the cycle of new moon, then first-quarter, followed by full moon, and then the third-quarter and new phases will follow. At the time of the quarter moon, it will appear to our eyes as if exactly half of the moon is illuminated and half is in shadow. We won’t see the Moon at dawn; it will rise at 11:14 am. The Moon’s reflected light will be shining through the bright light of the sun’s rays, until it sets at 1:59 am in the early morning of March 6.

The Moon will be in Gemini, a mutable air sign. The traits associated with the mutable modality are adaptability, flexibility, resourcefulness. The Gemini sign is one of facile communication, a mind going at the speed of light, lots of ideas and new ways of looking at things. The air signs are those who can see both sides of any issue, and can be objective and analytical.

The Moon in its first quarter phase in airy Gemini will be one that brings light to ideas, developing new plans, seeking new avenues and different directions to pursue. The Moon is gaining illumination, and it will be in our sky in full daylight, and so will bring new light to new ideas and new ways of looking at what is already known.

This Moon phase is a time of developing ideas of where you are going, what you want to do, how to change up usual patterns, move into new areas of interest. What new books or ideas do you want to explore? New conversations to have, people to meet, new ways of looking at familiar thoughts, a change in perspective—now is a good time for these activities. All of these possibilities, and more, are in focus during this doubly-lighted quarter Moon in airy, mutable Gemini. Do you have a knotty problem that you just cannot figure out? The growing light of this Moon in analytical and rational Gemini can be used to help you see a new way of looking at the situation.

To help with remembering the gifts of this phase, you can do a ritual that incorporates air, change, and light.

First, gather materials for your working.

  1. Obtain a feather. Several choices:
  • One feather that has both black and white barbs
  • One black feather and one white feather
  • One white feather, half of which you paint with black paint or a black marker
  1. A small, hand-held mirror.
  1. A magnifying glass about the same size as the mirror you will be using.
  1. A piece of black card stock or poster paper.

Then, perform your ritual….

Ground and center. If you like, burn incense. Some scents that are associated with the Moon are jasmine, white sage, and lavender.

Think about your plans, or ideas, or some situation for which you need clarity. Without pre-scripting the answers, hold up your mirror, see your own reflection, think of your questions or ask for a view of what is to come, and breath out until the mirror is fogged. Place the mirror down on a flat surface, reflective side up.

Next, take your feather and thank the bird that released it as a gift for you. Hold it up above your head, and release it again. Let it fall through the air, and observe its flight. As it lands, take a moment to notice how it felt to see it fly. Then pick up the feather and lay it on top of the mirror.

Then place the black card stock on top of the mirror and feather so that it half covers them. Visually, you should be able to see half of the mirror and half of the feather. Then, place the magnifying glass on top of the card stock. This will magnify the insights you will gain and bring focus to your situation.

Leave your mirror, feather, and magnifying glass out for a 24-hour period where it can be bathed in sunlight during the day and by moonlight at night. Once during that 24-hour day, ideally at the 12-hour mark, take up your bundle, remove the magnifying glass and the card stock, take up the feather and let it fall again, and reflect on your intentions or goals or area for which you desire clarification, and breathe into the mirror again. Replace all the pieces: mirror, feather, card stock, then magnifying glass, but this time make sure that the card stock covers the other half of your bundle. What has been hidden will be revealed.

After the 24 hours are passed, take time to meditate on what has been revealed to you. Have you gained any new insights? Any new understanding of old problems? A new path to follow, a new idea to develop? Write down anything you wish to remember, and then you can separate the pieces of this working. Place the mirror where you can see your reflection in it to remind you of your intention or desires. Place the feather high up near a window so that the sun and moon can shine on it. Put the magnifying glass and the card stock away until you need them again.

Whenever you wish, you can reactivate the ritual by the breathing onto the mirror, flying the feather, and placing the card stock and glass on top. This will help you to see answers you had not considered, other possibilities, and new ways of looking at what had become so familiar you had stopped really seeing it.

I wish you clarity and I will end this with a quote from John Lennon: “We all shine on…like the moon and the stars and the sun…we all shine on”

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path
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Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Two

Welcome to 2017! 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…

Numerology for Personal Discovery

“When using names rather than numbers to make a determination, each letter has a numeric value that provides a related cosmic vibration (look at the end of the post for letter values). The sum of the numbers in your birth date and the sum of value derived from the letters in the name provide an interrelation of vibrations. These numbers show a great deal about character, purpose in life, what motivates, and where talents may lie.”

Those who use numerology as a predictive tool use the numbers to determine the best time for major moves and activities in life. Numerology can be used to decide when to invest, when to marry, when to travel, when to change jobs, or relocate and for any other predictive possible outcome about which the querent seeks information.

There are six aspects of your personal numerology that we’ll take a more in depth look at the esoteric meanings of the calculated numbers.

• The Life Path/Lesson
• The Birthday Number
• The Expression Number
• The Soul Urge Number
• Your Inner Dreams Number
• The Personal Year Number

If you find that numerology resonates with you, consider dedicating a journal to this study so you can record our personal information and any impressions, insights or other you may come across as we look at the individual numbers. This, like most esoteric studies (Astrology, Qabalah, etc..), is an ongoing process that unfolds in a series of many years of observation and research. Continued work with the numbers and occasional meditation on the deeper vibratory meanings and essence of each number will yield surprising results that give you a deeper knowledge of your own energetic and vibratory patterns.

To Begin:

  • Select a journal to write the information in
  • Write out your full birth name (or name you most often are referred to; as in the case of a married woman).
  • Write out your birth date

Using my information as example:

Robin Candace Fennelly (nee: Grayson*) * I am using my married surname since it has been my surname for 34 of my 58 years.

Born: February 2.1956

The Life Path or Life Lesson Number
You Are…

The Life Path is the sum of the birth date. This number represents who you are at birth and the native traits that you will carry with you through life. The Life Path describes the nature of this journey through life.

2 + 2 + 1+9+5+6 = 25/2+5 = 7

The Birthday Number
You Have …

The birthday is a supporting influence added to the Life Path. Think of it as a modifier to the Life Path. These are traits that you brought into this life much as with the more important and dominating traits shown by the Life Path. Here is your birthday and the modifying traits shown by it:
2 (the 2nd day of February)

The Expression Number
You Must…

A number derived from all of the letters in your FULL BIRTH NAME make up what is called the Expression or Destiny number. This is the number that describes the talents and attitudes at your disposal in this lifetime, if you choose to develop and use them. This is sometimes referred to as your potential or destiny. Living up to attributes of this number may not be easy, but it is your goal in the here and now. It is your life’s purpose, spiritual mission, and your field of opportunity.

Use the chart below to determine your Expression Number:
…..1 = A J S
…..2 = B K T
…..3 = C L U
…..4 = D M V
…..5 = E N W
…..6 = F O X
…..7 = G P Y
…..8 = H Q Z
…..9 = I R

R O B IN C A N D A C E F E N N E L L Y
9+6+2+9+5 3+1+5+4+1+3+5 6+5+5+5+5+3+3+7
31 + 22 + 39 =
92/ 9+2 = 11** A master number

The Soul Urge
You Most Want…

The Soul Urge or as it is sometimes called, the heart’s desire, is an important core influence in numerology. This number is made up from the vowels (a, e, i, o and u) in your full birth name just as it is recorded on your birth certificate.
R O B I N C A N D A C E G R A Y S O N
6 + 9 1 + 1 + 5 1 + 6
15 + 7 + 7 =
29/ 2+9 = 11**

Your Inner Dreams
You Wish You …

The sum of the consonants in your name relates to a secret dream, your inner desires, or maybe even fantasies. This number may be so strong in your subconscious that you even project the trait as a personality mask. It is who you wish to become or how you would project yourself in the world, if not for ?????

R O B I N C A N D A C E G R A Y S O N

9 + 2 + 5 3 + 5+4 + 3 7+9 + 7+1 + 5
16 + 15 + 29=
60/6+0 = 6

**Master Numbers are those that are not reduced. These are the ultimate expression of the core value of the particular number such as 11-22-33-44

The Personal Year Number

This number is calculated using your birth date and the current year. The resultant number gives clue as to how and what energies may present or flow through your year. Knowing this can offer opportunities to refine, transform and embrace those aspects of yourself and your life. For example, my number for this year would be:

2.2 2014
2 + 2 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 4 = 11 **

Don’t forget to write these numbers down in your journal. You will refer back to them as we explore the numbers themselves…

Next Month:Numbers 0 and 1 – 3

In Conclusion…..

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.”
– Anne Bradstreet –

 

Upcoming Events – 2017

March 19
Celebration of the Vernal Equinox: The Quickening
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March 19
Mystic Fires Drum Circle
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LOOKING AHEAD:

April 1
Spring Magick with the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
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A day-long event of workshops and a Ritual for the Stag God, Cernnunos.
More Info: Click here….

April 4 – May 24
Under the Veil of Night: Lunar Magick
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5-wk. Session
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