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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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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More Info: Click here..

March 19
Mystic Fires Drum Circle
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More Info: Click here….

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
More Info: Click here…

Images:
Stock photos, unless otherwise noted

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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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February 2017:Rising Up!

Vol. 1 – Issue 10

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of February
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The Month of February stands as a space of settling in after the pace of the holidays, anticipation of what a new year may bring and heralds the coming of balance at the Equinox and the promise of a shift into new activities and ventures. This year that space of settling in has issued the calling of standing strongly in what you have settled in to as your beliefs, philosophies and how your personal stance rises up in response or reaction to what is occurring on the political front.

This month’s issue is focused on the challenges of a new presidency, fraught with uncertainty and anger. There are articles of personal experience and perspective from those who attended the Women’s Marches and an opportunity to actively engage in an audio Ritual Pathworking that was the recreation of a live ritual honoring the Goddess Columbia, and the lighting of our own torches. Tesseract features work aligned with the Full Fiery Moon of Leo and the additional power held in the lunar eclipse. Invocations, statements and more are offered up to the seen and unseen as we rise up to meet the challenges of the work at hand.

The theme of this issue is one of rising up! Allowing to arise what we hold to be true for ourselves and bringing that into manifestation as we rise up on the wings of Liberty, Justice and Freedom. Each, and every one of us is a vital piece of the larger puzzle; so be mindful of where and how you are focusing your energies. These are times that require us to present for the long haul and the vision of what our individual actions contribute to that longer and larger picture are continually unfolding.

So, Rise Up from the seat of strength and inspired action!
Rise Up from the depths of despair, inertia and hopelessness!
Rise Up Carrying the Torch of Justice!

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“I ask that people reach deep down into themselves and pull out the heaven that resides there. Do away with the hell of everyday pointless antics. Treat who you have well because they won’t be there forever. Some people have riches and some have nothing, but what price does someone have to pay to be loved?”
– Anonymous –

Featured Writings

On January 29th our coven held a ritual of empowerment and change honoring the Goddess Columbia, as protectress of our country and holder of the light of Hope. This was the Statement of Intent written for the ritual…

The Intention of Community
January 29.2017
by S.S.E.

We live in rapidly changing times, when what we know, what we cherish, what we hold close to our hearts, seems to stand in peril. Our sense of who we are and what we are feels fractured as never before. As we gather together on this day, January 29 of the year 2017, in a ritual to Celebrate Hope and Empowerment, understand that together we have power, together we have strength, together we are a united community. Today is the sabbat of Imbolc marking the beginning of Spring, the promise of the lessening darkness and the time for growth of new life.

Today we call upon Columbia, goddess representation for the freedom and liberty of the nation of the United States of America, to stand with our community, to show us the way to remain calm in chaos, to hold fast to the Founding Principle of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This is our community’s time, it is why we are here, not to be swept away on the currents of change, but to use our power and the power of Columbia to light our torches and be the guides through the darkness into the light of the new day. We are not victims. We are not powerless. We have intention. We have intelligence of the heart. We are star seed and we already know how to use our magic and our energy to manifest power and purpose. Do not be fearful of the endings for what you think you know; all endings are also beginnings. Embrace the chaos to create order and produce great things in accord with higher will. On this day, dream and manifest the creation of a new beginning. So Mote It Be!

“I pray every single moment of my life; not on my knees but with my work.  My prayer is to lift women to equality with men.
Work and worship are one with me.”

― Susan B. Anthony ―

 

The Dove’s Call
by M.

“Have you seen this before in your life–
not have you heard as a story?

We’re now bound, each and all,
by oaths only we know

To be here and to save what we know to be holy
and remind us, in this, we are not alone.

And our faith in our work
may be all we have to keep ourselves going,

But with each at our back,
Every step can be sure.

We are here to save what we know to be holy
and remind us, in this, we are not alone.”

An Invocation to the Forefathers of Our Nation

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We call to the Forefathers of our nation, be with us now in this sacred space!

We call to the brave men and women who crossed the seas in search of freedom from tyranny, freedom from oppression, and a better life for their families!

Although the road has sometimes been rough and the path has not been straight you persevered and now we call on your strength and energy as we continue your work to make our country and beacon of equality and justice!

Hail to the Founding Fathers and Mothers of our nation!

You whose vision and foresight established a country of promise and possibility!
You who established our right to speak freely and make our opinions known!
You who championed for our right to worship as we choose!
You who fought for our right to participate in government!
You who battled for equality for all humans!
You who looked out for the land and its creatures!

We ask you to enlighten us so that we may learn from past mistakes and to guide our actions as we plan for our future!

We call to you, the Pioneers, Founders and Leaders of our nation!

We ask you to be with us today and witness our efforts to champion for the underprivileged, to fight for equality, to demand justice, and to protect the land and all of the life forms it supports!

We ask for your continued inspiration as we support the tenets put forth by your who birthed our nation:

“All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Hail, Forefathers! Hail and Welcome!

The Women’s Marches

Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women's march on January 21, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women's rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women’s march on January 21, 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women’s rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Record numbers of people gathered for the Women’s Marches on January 21st. What began initially as a singular effort in Washington, D.C. took hold and swept across America with marches held in major (and smaller) cities throughout. According to data compiled by Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut, at least 3.3 million people participated in over 500 marches across the US. (Univ. Denver/Univ. Ct.)

This Fire of Community rising up reached even further, spreading globally onto seven continents. London saw an estimated 100,000 marchers, while other cities outside the United States, like Toronto, Canada and Sydney, Australia saw tens of thousands of protestors taking the streets as well. (N.Y.Times)

The following are writings from participants in Marches held in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C….

Why I Marched
By Celestine

I am a middle-aged, straight, professional, white woman who grew up in a working-class, Christian, rural, predominantly white area. My childhood was happy, I did not lack for anything and my parents encouraged me to reach for my dreams. With the help of scholarships and student loans I was able to go to the college of my choice and thanks to good grades I got my dream job upon graduating. So what would possess me to attend the Women’s March that was held on January 21st?

By the time I reached adulthood women were considered equal to men. I was not limited in my career choice like my mother and grandmothers were, I could choose my career. My niece can play sports with the boys and my friend’s daughter can serve in the military. Many women hold powerful positions both in industry and government. Yep, no need to burn my bra!

And I have seen our country make great strides in racial equality. I have worked with people from many ethnic backgrounds and they were all able to obtain the same level of employment I have, albeit with more of a struggle. And then wonder of wonders we elected a black president! Yes, we Americans are growing into better people!

The one social struggle I did witness was for LGBT rights. I grew up in the 70’s when people were freeing themselves from the rigidity of the previous decades and gay people no longer felt the need to hide. By the 80’s I was a teenager and witnessed the hatred, discrimination, and mis-information of the AIDS epidemic. Since then I’ve seen a number of friends struggle for years to find acceptance, some of whom lost friends or became alienated from their families because they were gay. I watched their struggle to be with their partners and raise families. Then I celebrated with joy when my gay friends were finally granted the right to marry. Yep, humanity is on the right track!

All I need to do is continue supporting my friends, pray to the gods, and post encouraging memes about equality on Facebook. No need to get my hands dirty! Sure, I may need to voice my disapproval when an ignorant person makes a racist or homophobic comment but surely there is no need to stage a protest, those protestors are now the radical minority. Yeah, I still saw some problems in the news but mostly they were in third world countries and they didn’t really affect anyone I knew. Overall humanity is evolving into a tolerant species so kudos to us!

And then I started to really pay attention. I heard a close relative make homophobic remarks and vote against hiring a man just because he was gay. I heard co-worker call our president and his family “monkeys”. I saw a friendship between two men who have been best pals since childhood come to an end because one of them came out of the closet and the other did not support him. I stood in stunned disbelief as my friend’s husband explained that his buddy could not bring his black girlfriend around because the guys called her racially insulting names. (He said this while listening to a Shaggy CD and never saw the irony!). I saw my family struggle to accept my sister-in-law’s religious exploration and forbid her from talking about her beliefs in front of the children. I heard a teenager state with conviction that the world was made in seven days and is only 2000 years old despite the fact that we had just hiked through Dinosaur Valley State Park and saw dinosaur footprints that were 110 million years old. I began to wonder what frickin’ century we are in!

Yet none of these issues affected me personally. Then, after several years of secrecy, I came out of of the broom closet to my family and closest friends. It felt safe for me to do so. Sure, there is still a lot of mis-information about paganism and witchcraft in movies and in the news but there are also many reputable leaders in our community that are teaching by example. What a wonderful day when we can openly worship as we believe, just as our founding fathers hoped! Then suddenly there was talk about registering Muslims. The fact that we could even consider a registry with the scars of the Holocaust still fresh made me fear who would be targeted next. The Hindus? Buddhists? Wiccans? Before long that slippery slope will lead to one national religion. So much for separation of church and state! Suddenly my fear was real.

So to be clear, I did not march because I am whining that my “side” lost. I did not march to insult our President. I did not march to encourage women to have abortions. I did not march for environment protection, health care for all, or eliminating poverty (though I support them all). And I did not march because I personally am oppressed. I marched because we need to remember what our ancestors fought for and how difficult their struggles were. We need to be reminded that the work is not done, there is still inequality in our society. The thin veneer of polite civilization seems to be shredding and the darkness is society is being revealed. Yet believe there is hope for the human race, that we can be kind, peaceful, and benevolent. I dream of a day when all humans will be treated with dignity and respect. I marched because we need to stand together and support each other even if we don’t understand each other’s struggles. In the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

This is why I marched, because we ARE stronger together!

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.”


– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-

The Goddess of Freedom
by Littletree
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Upon arriving at the Women’s March on Washington last Saturday,one of the first things I wanted to do was to look up an old neighbor. Well, we weren’t exactly neighbors; when I lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood back in the 1990s, She has stood atop the US Capitol as She had since 1863 when she was hoisted onto her six meter cast iron pedestal by former slaves. I call Her the Goddess of Freedom.

She took a brief sabbatical in 1993 to have a little elective cosmetic work done while a crack in the pedestal was being repaired. I visited Her up close. There had been a new Democratic president sworn in in January and a March for Lesbian Gay Bisexual right in April and I was hopeful that Freedom would be watching over the repair of more than just physical cracks in our democracy. I could imagine a cautiously hopeful expression of resolve on Lady Freedom’s face.

But on this cold Washington day in January I had a harder time feeling hopeful. Is it really going to make a difference if we protest in DC. It wasn’t until the next day that I could admit I was glad I went to Washington rather than the rally in my new home town of Philadelphia.

The claustrophobic experience of riding the train and worrying about toilet availability was significantly more critical than when I was 36. I couldn’t see the face of the Goddess’s statue, but I did see the face of resolve, determination and even hope. I saw it on the very very crowded MARC train. I saw it in line for the men’s room at the Smithsonian and Union Station where we became a community and made reasonable accommodations for anyone who needed a stall rather than a urinal. There were other members of my coven and of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Delaware County and at least three women from my school.

I am still disheartened by the campaign and the election of 2016, but I try to have faith in the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections
and the truth of the imagination.”


– JOHN KEATS –

The 2017 Million Woman’s March. My first protest ever!
I enjoyed the people, the energy, the speeches, the causes.
by M.Q.

I was never one for conflict, so a protest used to be furthest from my mind. It took time ( my whole life really) for me to stand my ground, speak up for my beliefs. I wish I had more gumption. As one can imagine: I found it quite easy to be among so many fellow citizens that have the same ideals and beliefs. It was uplifting, invigorating, and temporary.

So many questions? Why haven’t I spoken up sooner? Have I been blind? Why did I not see all these issues? How are we so divided? Why has it been business as usual at my job? How do I interact with family and friends who do not share my beliefs? How can I expect my elected officials to communicate, to agree to work together towards common goals when it seems no one can, myself included. How can I expect others to change when my opinions most certainly will not? What’s next for our country, our planet? So many issues and hurdles.

So far, I’ve learned a little about courage and sharing my truth, what I believe in my heart. Standing up for my values, my opinion counts just as much as the next citizen. Speaking up is quite a challenge for me. Ridicule, harsh comments, arguments are expected. The losses are the learning curve. Odd, when I’m finally more comfortable and confident expressing my beliefs, it coincides with losing a friend, or a loved one. I suppose that comes with the territory. However, I’ve tasted a tiny smidgen of courage, of resolve, and I cannot go back. I have the highest regard for the company I now keep.

It is comforting to learn that I am far from alone. There are millions around the world that share my same beliefs and opinions and that brings me Hope.

“I cannot accept that to be realistic means to tolerate misery,
violence and hate. I do not believe that the hungry man should be treated as subversive for expressing his suffering. I shall never accept that the law can be used to justify tragedy, to keep things as they are,
to make us abandon our ideas of a different world. Law is
the path of liberty, and must as such open the way to
progress for everyone.”

– Oscar Arias Sanchez –

 

Focus On…

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

This month we will look at the penumbral lunar eclipse which will occur on Friday February 10, 2017 when the Moon will be at 22 degrees Leo, a fixed fire sign. We will look at using a pendulum to help us bring clarity.

Full Snow Moon. Hunger Moon. These are some of the names that have been used to greet the full Moon in February, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. At the time of cold snowy winter, when the days are short and the nights are long, we look forward to the light of the full Moon. In February, the full Moon will appear on Friday, on the 10th day of the month.

However, its light will be shadowed. We will witness a penumbral eclipse of the full Moon. This eclipse is subtle and the Moon will appear to be only slightly shadowed. In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow (the penumbra) passes over the Moon. This differs from a total eclipse in which the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and is entirely covered by Earth’s shadow (its umbra). In the Philadelphia area, a penumbral eclipse will begin at 5:34 pm, will be at its maximum coverage of the moon by 7:43 pm, and the full moon will be unshadowed by 9:53 pm.

Eclipses mark a time when something comes to an end (the Moon retreats into shadow) and something new is revealed (when the shadow recedes). The Moon can reflect our emotional lives, so this time is valuable for looking at what is retreating emotionally for us right now, and what is coming into illumination and understanding. What has been lurking in shadows for you? What are you feeling confused about? What is not clear to you? What is somewhat obscured?

This full Moon will be in Leo. The sun rules Leo, and Leo basks in the light and warmth and focus of the sun. Leo is a fixed sign, signifying an energy that is steadfast and persistent; and it is a fire sign which emphasizes intent and will. We usually look to Leo for a strong beam of concentrated energy to help us to develop our intentions to accomplish what we want and need. Leo can light the way, and similarly, we look to the Moon as a guide at night to reflect the sun’s light and to help us see our way. But with this penumbral eclipse there will be a partial shadow. Leo’s full light will not be fully present, at least during the time of the eclipse.

Often, our own emotions can be a mystery to ourselves. So can the feelings of others. It is easy to misunderstand and to be misunderstood. We can take the time now to reflect the light of understanding, and to look within for hidden motives or what we are hiding from ourselves. The Moon will reflect sunlight again, the shadow will pass, and Leo will be in its full glory again.

Since the full Moon phase is a time for fruition of what has been our intentions, hopes, and dreams since the last full Moon, let us consider what will we bring more of to ourselves, and for ourselves. To help with understanding at the time of the shadowed full Moon, and with uncovering what is hidden, we can use a pendulum.

Take time to think about what you are trying to uncover. Are you trying to understand some facets of a relationship? Are you trying to discern a possible path to take for the best outcome? Are you trying to find a way to communicate that is more clear? There are no limits to what you can ask, but it might be more successful to have just one or two specific questions that you want to focus on and explore. Try to edit your questions to simple yes or no queries.

The answers will come to through your intuition, and from your sensing of signals seen and unseen that surround you and your question, and from your own higher self. Phrase your question in a way that will be received by your higher self and tap into your intuition. Too broad a question might not lead to a clear answer.

For example, a broad question might be, “How can I find a romantic partner for the rest of my life?” A more edited question that could be answered as “Yes” or “No” might be re-phrased as “Is it in my best interest to continue to see the person I am dating now?”

Here are some possibilities for framing your question:
(1) Will this action that I am considering be in my own best interest?
(2) Is this person I am making plans with trustworthy?
(3) Ask yes or no for a choice you are considering.
(4) Ask if your lost object is in the house? Or in the car? Or elsewhere?

As you witness the shadowing and uncovering of the February full Moon, remember the fixed fire energy of Leo that the Moon will be in at the time of the eclipse. Focus, illumination, self-expression, dependability, and warmth are significantly associated with this sign. May you uncover you own truths and qualities by the phases of the Moon.

“We must not allow ourselves to become
like the system we oppose.”

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu-

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path
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I am foregoing Part Two of this series until next month’s issue so I can direct you to the Lighting the Torch ritual pathworking.

About This Ritual:

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This pathworking is an experiential rendition of a live ritual held on January 29.2017 at 3:00p.m. (EST) in Springfield, PA. Our coven had decided that we would use the celebration of Imbolc, normally held at this time of the year and dedicate it to the Goddess, Columbia and a self-empowering call to Liberty, Justice and Right Action. These are attributes that are needed more than ever as we move through this year of historical change and uncertainty about the outcomes.

The steps we choose to take and the truths that we claim as our own will likely change as the deeper processes of politics, emotions and action are revealed. So it is in the best interest of each individual to connect with the philosophies that our country was founded upon, the realities that our Ancestors encountered and the vision of our Forefathers. This is not the first that America has had to take a closer look at what has worked in the past and what is the vision of the future that every American holds for their place in the broader community of global humanity. This ritual holds the intention of claiming the sword of justice and the light of freedom as we step into the place and power of taking responsibility for our own actions that will ultimately impact those around us.

About the Goddess, Columbia:

liberty_and_eagleLiberty, as Columbia in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

Fast Facts:

  • Columbia-aka: Standing Liberty, Walking Liberty and Lady Liberty (NY Harbor)
  • Her work is that of Governance and those who abide in her state, the District of Columbia were charged with being committed to the well-being of the country and its inhabitants.
  • Her statue was first put on top of the Capitol 5b424a1e08928b60c48030ffa9125eb1building and decree was passed that no building could be higher than that of the head of the Goddess. The bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford is the crowning feature of the dome of the United States Capitol. The statue is a classical female figure of Freedom wearing flowing draperies. Her right hand rests upon the hilt of a sheathed sword; her left holds a laurel wreath of victory and the shield of the United States with thirteen stripes. Her helmet is encircled by stars and features a crest composed of an eagle’s head, feathers, & talons, a reference to the costume of Native Americans.
  • You will also find her in front of every Federal building in different forms and carrying different symbols.

A great clip from  a broadcast of Thom Hartmann about the story of the Goddess, Columbia… The Story of the Goddess, Columbia

About the Ritual Pathworking:

This pathworking will be a combination of active participation and contemplative space. Select a space where you will not be disturbed for approx. 50 minutes and have some room to move a bit. If you are tight on space, movement can be generated by swaying in place.  If you wish to gather a small group to work the ritual, be sure each person has a candle for themselves.

(optional) If you wish to set-up quarter altars as well as the central listed below, please do so and decorate in whatever way is in accord with your spiritual path.

What You Will Need:

  • Purification supplies such as incense (or a favorite body oil) and charged salt water (place a small amount of salt in a small bowl of water. Hold the bowl in your hands -one on the bottom, the other hovering over the top. Pull up the energy of intention and connection to what the elements of Earth and Water mean to you. Pour that intention into the now, charged, water of purification). original_emily-henderson-dollar-store-bathroom-candle-before_s3x4-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-966-1288
  • White pillar candle ( I like to use the glass pillars that are sold at the Dollar Store. They are easily contained, burn well and for these purposes actually resemble a torch!).
  • A table or space that will serve as an altar to hold your candle/matches(or lighter) and anything you may wish to add as representation of your affinity with our country, the Goddess Columbia and action.
  • A chair to sit on.

Click Here:  Lighting the Torch! All Hail, Columbia!

Please Note: you will be directed to the Teachings on the Path web page for this pathworking. Space and media limits on this page do not accommodate this audio. 

Credits:
Cast and Call: R. Fennelly
Statement: S.S.E.
Invocations:
Ancestors: M.Q.
Forefathers: L.M.
Columbia: J.M.

All Chants-Reclaiming and Friends
Air I Am (Chants)
Rise With Fire (Chants)
Let It Begin (Let It Begin)

In Conclusion…..

… (I) leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your
bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal..

― Abraham Lincoln ―

 

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January 2017: Happy New Year-Happy Metamorphosis!

Vol. 1 – Issue 9

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

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January 1st of any year brings hope and the possibility to transform, renew and change as a new calendar year provides a do-over. This year change is imminent and all that we thought we knew about the progress we have made as a civilization and a species will be put to the test. 

This month’s issue is filled with opportunity offered in experiences shared and creativity expressed. We begin with a look at the tradition of making resolutions. A special encounter with the Goddess Brigid and Tesseract’s focus on January Full Moon in Cancer. First Steps begins the New Year with a study of Numerology; a fitting way to kick off a number “10” Year. 

The metamorphosis of the Butterfly is a thing of beauty and sacred in its implications of change and transformation. We, too, wait in a cocoon of our making and whether we wish it to be so or not, the change is imminent. So, we surrender to the transformation and what emerges is strength personified in the delicate form of the butterfly. May this year bring that transformation and may you see the beauty and strength we can find in the waiting…

Featured Writings

Happy New Year!

I stand in the last hours before the
Sacred transition to the new year.

Images and recollections of all that
This old year has brought
Flash before me and feel the
Hope that these things bring.

I stand at the mid time as
Midnight rings in the new.

Images and aspirations
Of dreams to accomplish
And goals to achieve
Light up the night sky
As stars twinkle high above.

I stand in the sunlight of
The first day of a New Year.

Anticipation courses through me
Like an electric flash of inspiration
And the brilliant architecture of
Dream and vision weaves its tapestry.

New journeys
New opportunities.

The old and the new in harmonious
Blend as I chart a new course
For this year of transformation.

Finding Our Inner Resolve
by A.B.

December 31st marks the last day of the calendar year of 2016, and we bring the accumulated lessons, joys and sorrows of that year with us as we cross the threshold into a new beginning- the first day of a new year. For many, this self-initiated new start is welcomed by the making of carefully and thoughtfully chosen “resolutions”. And, just as many, often find that by the end of that cyclic year, those resolutions have fallen by the wayside, replaced by regrets or excuses for not having accomplished what we had set out to. What I would like to offer is a new way of looking at this yearly ritual. In fact, we can get the process off to a good start by thinking and approaching it more as a ritual, complete with inspired intent and focused will that may serve to enhance the determination needed to sustain you throughout the entire year.

When we enter into ritual space, we have certain expectations. The first of these expectations is that we are entering into a sacred act or agreement, if you will. We expect that our declarations and devotions in ritual will be supported by Deity and we rarely, if ever entertain the idea of failure as an option. We pour all of our intent and desire into focusing on the successful outcome we are expecting from the work being done in sacred space.

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the word Resolution (Noun) : [res-o-lu-tion] is defined as below:

1. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.
2. A course of action determined or decided on.
3. A formal statement of a decision or expression of opinion.

These definitions create the basic energy put into the making of a resolution, but the etymology of the word lends a different perspective. The word resolution is directly derived from the Latin verb resolvere (also-Solvo, solvere, solvi, solutus) which means to untie, unfasten, loosen, unbind, etc. The prefix- re- has two distinct meanings. One interpretation of the meaning of the prefix-re- means “again”, and the other meaning of it implies “backward” or “back”. So, we could say that the literal meaning of the word –resolution- is to unbind again. If we think on this definition we can easily see the cyclic nature of setting into motion what action or change we desire. With the ending of each year and the beginning of another we return to the same old quandary of setting goals, that are still largely under the influence of old patterns and behavior. We would not consider reusing a spell or attending a ritual that was ineffective, yet we allow ourselves to remain caught up in the magick of our own un-making. But, if we approach the resolution making process as one of releasing ourselves from this cycle, there is more energy surrounding the positive and successful nature of this timeless ritual.

As we move through our daily practice, weave our magick and go through our mundane activities, part of this process involves release and loosening up to open up more fully to what we wish to bring into our lives. The alchemy that is a part of that process is the creation of something that will be strong, flexible and serve as a foundation from which we can see more clearly, make more effective choices and realize the great power we hold simply by opening to our higher intent. Magick that allows for the flow of carefully directed energy, bolstered by the resolve of intent is ultimately enhanced when that direction is loosened, becomes flexible and moves in a way that can foster growth and expansion.

We are always in a state of change and growth. It is this movement that affirms our life and our humanity. So creating goals, or resolutions for this process are appropriate tools towards helping us move towards our higher purpose. If we create the intent of our “resolutions” to unbind or loosen us from behaviors that we repeat time and again that are not productive and supportive of our forward moving growth- we allow the space of confinement to break free. If we create “re-solutions” to those hindrances of the past that keeping us looking backwards and often distort or skew our objectives of self-actualization, we have tapped into a very powerful and transformative tool that allows us to be more fully present in both our mundane and spiritual activities. And, when we relinquish our need to constrict and control the course of our actions, we can be more receptive to the many joys and opportunities for stepping into the energy of our inner power and become more firmly resolute in our adaptability to the challenges that come our way.

If we return to the idea of ritual and sacred space, consider sitting quietly in a dedicated space as you put to pen and paper your resolutions for this new year. If you want to keep it simple, light a candle, take a deep breath to clear your focus and intent and fill your space with supportive energy in accord with what you wish to bring into manifestation through your resolve. If you want to fully embrace the magick of what you are resolving to, create a ritual working that incorporates the writing down of your intentions. Ground and center, purify, cast your circle and call in the specific elemental energies that will sustain your resolve. Make your declarations in witness of the seen and unseen and be sure to offer up thanks to those supporting to seal your working and resolve.

In whatever way you choose to begin this yearly process, as you sit and pen your “resolutions” for 2017, take a moment to pause and give breath and intent to those things you wish both to release and to bring into your life. Take some time to open to all the possibilities that these new intentions offer up. As for me, my resolution is to stand with open arms and open heart to what lay ahead. To remember the lessons of a resolve that is born of allowing the energy to flow through me in a way that will be productive. To more firmly anchor in what are my truths and to be the space of refuge for those who may become battered in the changes ahead. My intent is to fine tune that inner resolve and when I return to December 31, 2017, look back at the change I’ve allowed to become my solid foundation.

Blessings Bright for an Inspiring New Year!

The  Above is a Reprint from WitchVox Article 2012….rcf

 

The Future Looks Bright!
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By Celestine

Recently, I was asked to draw read a single tarot card representing the past year. The card that I was given was The Tower which at first took me aback as it depicts a terrifying image of people flying oyt of a burning tower. However, as a wise teacher told me, the cards are not all bad or call good, it is how you interpret them. I then took this card to mean that old problems, weaknesses, and blockages that no longer served my higher good were pulled down to make room for a new start. As the past year has been filled with self-exploration I took this card to be a good omen, a sign that I had let go of old baggage.

With the new year only days away I decided to try again, this time with the intention of finding out what I need to know to help me in the new year. I asked for guidance from my higher self and the Divine then pulled tarot cards based solely on my intuition. I did not have a specific number of cards in mind, nor was I following a specific spread. Instead I pulled whichever cards called to me and stopped when I felt done. I drew four cards in this order:
The Star
The Queen of Cups (inverted)
The Page of Pentacles
The Three of Pentacles

The Star, as it happens, is the card immediately after The Tower in a standard tarot deck. On this card a woman is pouring water from two pitchers while a bird looks on. She is simultaneously refilling a pool of water while irrigating the land. She has found the balance between common sense and intuition, between the mundane world and her dreams. There are eight stars above her, indicating strength and balance. Eight is often considered the Karmic equalizer which may mean I need to consider the results of my actions and how they will affect others. This card represents hope, generosity and inspiration. For me The Star card is a symbol of new beginnings and and sign that good things will replace the bad that was destroyed when the Tower came down. I believe it indicates that I am on the right path for balancing my spiritual growth with the everyday demands of life and that my hopes and dreams may come to fruition.

The lovely Queen of Cups sitting serenely by the sea is associated with emotions and intuition. She exudes peace, calmness, and love. I however drew the card inverted which may mean I am out of touch with my feelings or cannot control my emotions. Occasionally I have angry outbursts but rarely show my sensitive side and generally keep a pretty tight reign on my emotions in public. The Queen of Cups reversed may also indicate that I am cut off from my innate psychic abilities. I have always had a logical mind and a strong belief in scientific fact, keeping any flights of fancy in check. In recent years I have been trying to learn to trust my instincts and listen to my vibes as well as unleashing the creative, imaginative side of my brain. I think this card confirms that I need to drop some remaining barricades so that I can be more in touch with my emotions and psychic abilities. Perhaps instead of constantly thinking I need to just feel and go with those feelings and vibes.

Ah, the Page of Pentacles! One glance at the young man on this card holding a single pentacle in his hands and I feel excitement and enthusiasm. This is a card of inspiration and new beginnings. The youth appears to have single-minded focus on his goal. I believe I need to act on my dreams and aspirations with a youthful exuberance and optimism and stay focused on the desired outcome.

My final card was the Three of Pentacles which depicts three people having a discussion. One holds a hammer and chisel and another a paper with drawings on it. The three seem to come from different professions yet appear to be working together on a project. This card may represent teamwork or collaboration as well as competence. It indicates that working with others and utilizing all of our strengths may provide a better outcome than going it alone. I am very resistant to receiving help from others, I tend to want to prove my competence by working harder than others and handling more projects. The message I received from this card is one that I’ve been told before and yet continue to ignore, namely it is perfectly okay to ask for and accept assistance. In 2017 I think I need to stop wearing myself out at my job and learn to delegate tasks and work collaboratively. Additionally, I also see this card as a sign that my already cohesive spiritual family will continue to work together, uniting all of our skills and strengths to make good things happen.

So there it is, the cards are telling me that I should be optimistic about 2017, trust my instincts, and be prepared to take action collaboratively with others so that we can manifest good things for the world. I wish a happy new year for you all and hope 2017 blesses you with an abundance of love and light!

Wintry Questions…

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by M.Q.

I take a walkabout in the chilly January air.

Gone is the lush and verdant foliage
Replaced with a screen of brown
Crooked twigs and branches.

The pungent wet earth faintly hitting
My nostrils as it simmers just below
The deadened surface and an
Eerie stillness is in the fog.

It is a melancholy scene for many
A beautiful and stirring scene for myself.

Finally, a quiet time of reflection.
So many questions.

What is beneath the sparkling reflective
Pool I have journeyed to numerous times?

Who is tending the bonfire to the left
Of the baby blue lacquer wall?

I want to dance around it again.

What lies beyond the long wooden
Fence and pier in my subconscious?

Shall I plant a garden there?

Such a quiet time of discovery
It feels like even the Fae are at rest.

What will present itself once the Indigo ridge dissipates from the horizon?

If you begin to understand what you are, without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.

… by Jiddu Krishnamurti

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What you find may surprise you!
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Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
And you shall form an invincible host
Against difficulties.

… by Helen Keller 

 

A Little Story to Share….
by J.M.

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One of the themes I chose for this past year was that of bringing more of Spirit into your day to day life. To honor that, I have recently begun ritually calling to Bridgid before I use my kitchen/hearth, and offering my cooking to her. Not offering the food per se, but the creational/transformational act of cooking itself was done in her honor.

Now, I live alone and I have found that Bridgid is not a quiet observer when it comes to these offerings. And it feels nice to have HER company. It makes my home more of a home. There is a flow to cooking with someone else that I’ve really missed. The interactions around experimentation and ideas that are recommended, viewed, and then accepted or rejected.

And, although She is not physically there, for that is not necessary, it has helped to bring my cooking up another notch. I mean, who would have thought to put black cardamom pods temporarily in the water where I boil my soon to be mashed potatoes? It brings a nice smoky flavor to the mash. Add in some bacon and you are in potato nirvana. Or, make chocolate chip cookies into ying-yang chocolate/white chocolate cookies. The most revealing was her nudge that the ham that I made on a yearly basis, just needed to be put into a different pot, covered, and cooked more slowly at a lower temperature. Really? Finally, a good Christmas Ham for my Mom!

And Bridgid, for the most part, is very gentle on whether or not you accept her recommendation. She was fine when I didn’t mix cabbage with my potatoes (her first suggestion), with only a thought/comment of “that’s right … you’re Swedish … not Irish”. There was, of course, the implication that I didn’t know what I was missing. She lets you do what you need to do, and just whispers thoughts gently. So, it was with great surprise when I heard quite firmly “WHAT … DO YOU THINK … YOU’RE DOING!!!!?”.

I have been cooking a great deal lately, and my energy state has been getting enervated. So, after cooking two Solstice meals, hosting a Solstice gathering, being part of my coven’s re-dedication, and cooking for my Mom on Christmas Eve, I was finishing up cutting up the remaining ham for leftovers, and going to throw the hambone away. Yeah, no! It turns out that Bridgid is quite clear about that tomfoolery.

But I was tired … really tired; complete with back and feet aching, So I stopped in the middle of crossing the kitchen to dump the bone, and just shook my head wearily and said ‘really?’. She pointed out that the pot that I cooked the ham in was perfect for making soup and bumped me towards it with a counter reply of ‘Really!’. My choice, I know, but I was tired. I finally turned towards the pot, dropped the hambone in, filled it with water and let it boil. The next morning, I searched my pantry and found all the fixings for split pea soup (surprise!!!), and used the stock to make a very comforting, stick to the ribs, soup. And, it was not lost upon me that She was the one who recommended the pot to cook the ham in, in the first place! Clearly she had plans.

Thanks to Bridgid and blessings to you, your family, your ancestors, and your Spirits in this New Year. Perhaps, one of culinary adventure for you, as well!

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

The twelfth day of January will be illuminated by a full Moon in Cancer, a cardinal water sign. The sign of Cancer is associated with emotions, sensitivity, nurturance, and protection of self and loved ones. Those who have Cancer as their natal sign or ascendant can be intuitive and imaginative. This intuition, or tuning in to others, may make them prone to absorbing the energies and emotions of those around them. This could reveal itself as a “Share the Love” in abundance, or perhaps they could be pulled down into depression, struggle and feeling unmoored, depending who they surround themselves with.

The watery nature of the Cancer individual reveals this ebb and flow of feelings, which can change like the tides. Cardinal energy with its initiative and enthusiasm when applied to Cancer’s watery nature can invoke new beginnings, starting new connection with others, opening ways to nurture loved ones. Sometimes the Cancer energy retreats into itself for renewal and then re-emerges to re-engage, much as the Moon’s phases move from light to dark, and then back again. Reflecting on the full Moon’s light in Cancer during winter’s chill in January, we can remember that the sun’s warmth will still reach us, even in the dark of night.

Over the last few months we have looked at ways to let the Moon’s energies and phases help us cleanse crystals, release our inner fire energies and go deep with scrying for what will be revealed. Now, we can look for ways to enhance our love relationships. This month’s full Moon will shine a light on abundance, what we want to draw to ourselves, how to be open to love and good will, new beginnings with cardinal Cancer energy, and how to start with self-love.

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Here is a Love Spell, a way to draw or attract love. This spell takes place during the three days of the full Moon. While there is an exact astronomical moment when the Moon is full, which is the moment when the Earth is directly between the Sun and Moon, it appears to us to be full for three days. When we see it the night before the full Moon, the night of the full Moon, and the night afterward can be considered the three days of the full Moon.

The tools for this love spell include these items:

  • A signifier to represent something or someone you want to draw love to
  • A candle to reflect the light of the Moon; igniting the flame is to represent the spark of the cardinal energy of Cancer
  • Water to reflect Cancer energy
  • A bowl to contain the emotional energies that will be awakened
  • Rose quartz to represent compassion, love, and to energize the heart chakra

First, decide on what you want to draw more love toward. Yourself, another a person, someone in your family or friends. Perhaps you would like to draw love to a situation or event that you feel would benefit from love. A precaution — please remember that it is baneful to interfere with another’s free will. Spread the love clearly without trying to control the actions or will of another. If you would like to share love with an individual, check with them first for permission. That being said, sharing or spreading love for the greater good of all concerned is good magick.

Find or create an image that represents the focus of your love. A photograph of a person, a memento from a place that you have visited, a flower that reminds you of an event, a mirror to reflect your own light to yourself.

Obtain a pink candle and candle holder, a bowl, and a piece of rose quartz. Place the candle in a waterproof candle holder, then place the candle in its holder into a bowl. A clear glass bowl would be good, if you have one. Any bowl will do, as long as it is pleasing to your eye. Put water into the bowl so that the water touches the candle holder. Make sure the candle is stable within the bowl and not floating. The water should just touch the holder but not make the candle unsteady.

Place your love object near the bowl and then place your rose quartz between the bowl and the love object. These 3 things should be close together but not touching.

On the first night of the full Moon phase, ground and center, take a few deep breaths, gaze upon the Moon if she is showing her face. If not, then take a moment to remember that the Moon is still there behind the clouds. Then light the candle, and take note of the candle light on the rose quartz and on the item signifying that which you want to bring more love to. Move the candle toward the rose quartz a few inches, and then move your signifier a few inches closer to the quartz. After you finish your contemplation, blow out the candle.

On the second night of the full Moon phase, re-light your candle, and move the candle and the signifier toward the rose quartz a few more inches. After you finish your contemplation, blow out the candle.

On the third night, move the bowl with candle to touch the rose quartz on one side, and the signifier to touch the quartz on the other side. The rose quartz will bring together your intention and your signifier. Contemplate the new beginnings of this flow of emotions. When you feel complete, blow out the candle and the love will spread.

On the next night, remove the candle from the bowl, pour the water back onto the earth, and put away your quartz and your signifier. Your love will spread to your intended recipient, especially if it is yourself.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

… by T.S.Eliot, Author 

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

The Continuum

Nothing and everything
The endless void fills all time
Until…

One moves in the silence
Stretching and reaching
Towards the other as Two
Swiftly take flight.

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

Foundations are laid
By another close at hand
Who opens the Four sealed Gates.
Disruption and creative force
Issues forth as the skillfully crafted
Shield of focus reflects the Five.

The light is fixed
The seeker is found
As outpour of healing grace
Gives way to the
Harmonious Six.

Each walks a path of experience
Pulling and gathering from
Vista’s extremes.
Wisdom and lessons hard won
Fill what moves within.

As Six expands to become Seven
The meandering web that
Connects becomes entwined.
A continuum of dual
Portal opening and Eight
The final climax of force contained.

Like amoebas they move and
Wiggle and stretch and pull
And strain until the
Tension and release
Catapult them over
The initiatory threshold of
Death’s Nine Gates.

All scatter and disperse
Once again seamlessly
Part of the void of the All
Until…

Once again the singular One rises
Reaching out towards its
Newly quickened mate.

Numerology is the study of numbers, and the mystical manner in which they reflect the specific energies wherever they are put to application. In the interpretation of an individual the numbers of the birth date, name or other auspicious dates indicate certain aptitudes and characteristic tendencies. When we use numerology to calculate the optimal time for a magickal working or spiritual event, we can access the energy of the day/date and harness it in direction towards what we wish to manifest. I use numerology frequently to eek out more information that can be used to give greater insight to what that day may hold as potential.

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. Experts in numerology use the numbers to determine the best time for major moves and activities in life. Numerology is used to decide when to invest, when to marry, when to travel, when to change jobs, or relocate.

Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician who lived from 569-470 B.C., is said by many to be the originator of much of what we call numerology today. Although, if we look back at the emphasis placed on the relationship and mystical energy of numbers related to the Kabbalah(Qabalah), we see that the use of numerology in some form dates back to being a very ancient art of interpretation.

Almost every counting system in the world is based upon the numbers 1 through 9. Each of those digits has its own particular meaning. Numerology is the method of reducing names and dates to special numbers that reveal character, quality and cycles of the person or thing being examined. It is a method we use to find the strengths and lessen the frustration of the limitations of our weaknesses.

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The Process of determining the number(s) for evaluation is done by the method of reducing the given numbers to a single digit. For example one of my daughter’s birth date is March 20.1990. To calculate her birth number the process would look like this:

March = 3 (month) + 2+0 (day) + 1+9+9+0
Add all of the numbers together = 24
Reduce it to a single number = 2+4 = 6

6 is the number I would use as their birth number and I would base my interpretation on the dynamics and energies of the number “6”. Simple, huh!

The Basic Interpretation of the Numbers 0-9:

0 ….. Cycles, void, the limitless ALL, womb of creation and the Gate of the Divine
1 …. The singular “I”, the individual, the line of continuum, energy held and gathered back to itself
2 …. Collaborative effort- moving beyond the “I” to “we”- duality and polarity that results
3 …. The point of trinity or third that is created from the friction and combined effort of the two
4 …. Opening the point of support to a place of foundation, equanimity and force in a balanced state
5 …. The shield whose tip may be directed by Will to disrupt, change and set in motion
6 …. Doubled trinity, intersecting energies of descent and ascent, mirrored image of creative product
7 …. Carrying forward the lessons learned, the paths taken and the reconvening of the triune
8 …. The lemniscate, foundation (4) uplifted to become the container, receipt and release
9 …. Threshold /gate to endings and completion with potential for new fully in-formed beginnings

Next Month:Using Numerology for Personal Discovery

In Conclusion…..

May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.

May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.

May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.

May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.

May Goodness inspire
Your Deepest Desires.

Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.

… by D. Simone, Author/Poet 

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Posted in January 2017

December 2016:The Light Returns and the Fires Awaken

Vol. 1 – Issue 8

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of December
The Light Returns and the Fires Awaken

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December is the month of the Solstices; Winter, in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer in the Southern. For those of you in colder climates, we have a Wassail Recipe that is sure to warm and soothe in the frosty weather. Typically, it is a time of acknowledging that balance and harmony are not always about equanimity. In order to thrive, each must be given its time of power. The quotes selected this month are a mix of selections from various writers with a theme of light and “whole”ness as we find the space of balance within ourselves.

This month we have the second installment of our new column, Tesseract, written by Iolanthe. The focus is on the First Quarter Moon of December and scrying our way towards new beginnings.  Seekers on the Path continues its exploration of shadow work with the final installment, Part Three of “Down the Rabbit Hole”.

As we conclude the 2016 year, we wish all of you the light of family and friends. We offer the gift of creativity and joy as we count down to welcoming 2017. And, despite the challenges and obstacles this new year may bring, we offer you the illumination of Hope that flows from one to the other when we stand strong as a diversified, yet unified community! 

Featured Writings

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by Celestine

This writing was inspired by participation in a recent Sweat Lodge…

We enter together, some friends, some strangers. Each of us seeking for wisdom to guide our path.

As the darkness enfolds us we feel the nearness of other bodies, we hear each other’s breath. Voices raise in chants as steam pours over us, surrounding us in a cloud of warmth.

The world outside ceases to exist. The darkness is everything.

Sweat pours from us, removing impurities from our bodies. Our fears and anger pour from us, removing toxins from our minds. Words come unbidden to our lips as our voices speak to the Divine, to our ancestors, to our higher selves.

We speak from the heart rather than the mind, emotions running unchecked.

Knees slick with sweat touch, reminding us we are part of a community, of a family. Murmurs of support lend us courage. Time stopped. There is no past or future, only this moment, a moment that goes on forever and goes past in the blink of an eye.

We are in a cocoon of love and trust.

When we get all we need and release everything we must shed, time starts moving again. We begin to hear the sounds of nature and of human activity. We are once more aware of the presence of others. The door opens and we leave, greeted by cool breezes and comforting sunshine.

We stand before Mother Earth dirty, sweaty, and exhausted, yet reborn and full of hope for our futures.

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness,
to pull another hand into the light.

…by Norman B. Rice

Hold My Hand

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by A.B.

Reach down and hold on tightly
I have strength enough for all of us.

Weave your fingery roots through
Mine and I promise that we will be able
To hold hold our ground together.

Dig a little deeper into the soil
And that will anchor and brace us.

Reach out and grab on so we
Will hold tight in any storm.

After all, that is what community does for its own.

 

The world breaks everyone, and afterward,
some are strong at the broken places.

…by Ernest Hemingway

Birth and Life and Rebirth of a Sweat Lodge
by Iolanthe

The current Sweat Lodge at Seelie Court was built about 3 years ago. It collapsed today, at the end of the fifth round, the Spirit round, during the sweat ritual for the Coven of the Mystic Path. I want to tell about how the lodge is constructed, used, and reborn. I am not touching on the spiritual aspect of its creation and the magick used, as this is not something I have personal knowledge of.

The first sweat lodge was built at Seelie Court in 1992. Many lodges have been built, served and were filled with spirit, sweat, steam, tears, chant, laughter, and acceptance of each other’s work. In time, they finished their lives and are replaced with other lodges.

The lodge that the Coven of the Mystic Path used for its Coven Sweat on Nov. 12, 2016 began its life about 3 years ago. Calculations were made: the lodge would be so high and this was its planned circumference. Saplings were gathered from the surrounding woods. The ground was raked of stones, leaves, twigs. The circumference was drawn and the building began. The uprights made of saplings were placed into the ground and then around the circumference, saplings were laid across and when these crossed the uprights, the junction was tied with cotton cloth. This continued until a dome was created.

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Here is a photo of a lodge at Seelie Court. The photo is from http://www.sacredwheel.org/sweat-lodges.html

After the lodge frame was finished, it was covered with blankets—a lot of blanket – to block light from entering the lodge. They were placed from the ground up and over the top and then another layer was placed from the top down to the ground. There were several layers of blankets. Over all of this, a large thick piece of black plastic was laid and held to the ground with stones placed around the perimeter. An opening was left for the door used to enter and exit the lodge. Over this opening, a door was constructed. Layers of blankets and plastic were wrapped at one edge over a long thick straight branch. This branch had ropes tied to each end, and the ropes are thrown over the top of the dome and were tied to tent stakes. The door fabrication was then placed in front of the opening. This door is raised or lowered at the beck of the water pourer to let in air and light, to release steam and heat, and to allow those participating in the sweat lodge to enter or exit the lodge.

On this beautiful cool fall day in November, those members of Coven of the Mystic Path who wanted to, or were able to, joined together to participate in the transformative power of the Sweat Lodge Ritual. In the morning of the ritual, all of the blankets were removed to air them out and some of the joins of the lodge were assessed and re-tied. After the blankets were aired, they were replaced on the lodge, the plastic was draped and the door was put in place. The lodge was ship-shape and ready to go.

The usual protocol was adhered to and we Mystic Pathers and a couple of others who also wanted to sweat that day entered the lodge and the first Air round began. During the next few rounds, some creaking was heard, but nothing too alarming. By the fifth Spirit round, the cracking was happening more and more, and when the Water Pourer declared “The ritual of the Sweat Lodge is complete” the roof of the Sweat Lodge started to dip down. The water pourer and an experienced fire tender (one of the people who had sweated with Mystic Path during the ritual) propped up the roof with their hands so that we could exit safely. We all left the lodge safe and sound and went on with routine of gathering our possessions, shoes, glasses, and wending our ways back to Dragonstead to eat and drink and recollect ourselves.

Meanwhile, there was another sweat scheduled for the afternoon. While some attempt was made to repair the lodge made of saplings, the water pourer for the next sweat and the fire tenders decided to use the stone lodge which is permanent and was on the land nearby. That sweat lodge is made of stones that had been used in previous sweats. The stone lodge was made ready and the next sweat was performed and all was well.

The sapling lodge that had lived its life will be dismantled. The saplings will be burned in the next sweat lodge fire, the blankets will be aired, the ground will be raked to free it of leaves, twigs, small stones, and the fire pit will be cleaned out. The next lodge will be built with new saplings and the freshened blankets will be laid over it. New carpet squares and fresh sheets will be laid out in a circle around the fire pit, and all will be made ready for the next transformative Sweat Lodge Ritual.

We Mystic Pathers were present at the death of a sweat lodge dome. To me, 2016 has been a year of endings and beginnings. I lost my job after 20 years at the same company. I have shed some of the baggage that I have been carrying around. Letting go so that I may be open to new experiences, people, spirit, knowledge, has been my personal theme. I left a coven in 2015 and I joined a new one in 2016. Going out from the personal, we have lost many, too many, great artists in 2016. We, as a country, have lost a sense of safety and security at home.

What will replace what I have lost? I know that I have a home with my Spouse, I have family and friends. I have a home with the Coven of the Mystic Path. I have inspiring teachers. I will find paid work soon. I had to let go of what was so that there will be room for what is to be.

The Sweat Lodge ritual is very important to me. I helped build a sapling lodge, I was present when another sapling lodge finished its life. The Lodge itself holds the Cauldron of Creation. We are transformed by going into the Lodge and going through the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual ordeal. The lodge itself is also transformed by our being with it through the Rituals. And, yet, the stone lodge is there on the land to hold us during the Sweat. There is something eternal about the Sweat Lodge, whether the saplings crack. The Spirit of the Lodge lives on in the stones, in the land, in each of us who have participated.

Winter Night Traveling

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by S.E.

The air is still and cold.

My breath hangs frosty before me
As I move through the darkness.

Snow crunches under my feet, my hands are
Curled deep in pockets for warmth.

I come to the open space and stare across the vastness.

Far in the distance lights twinkle like
Stars beckoning with promise of hot soup
Cozy blankets and cups of tea.

It is hard to remember the heat of summer and the brightness of its sun.

Winter sun is pale and brief; winter night seems to last forever.

My eyes look upward at the blackness of the moonless sky.

A single point of light shines
Emphasizing just how far away it is
From me and I wonder briefly if someone stands
There looking at their night sky
Feeling alone in the same universe.

 

People are like stained-glass windows.They sparkle and shine
when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their
true beauty is revealed only if
there is light from within.

…by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Happy Yule to everyone and Wassail!
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by M.H.

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

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

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

Wassail Recipe

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

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

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

 

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Our new monthly column…

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

In early December, we will see the first quarter moon on December 7. From our vantage point on Earth, the moon is 50% illuminated and seen as half-full. This Moon phase is one of growth, expansion, regeneration. During this quarter Moon phase, it is located in Pisces.

Pisces is a mutable water sign. Mutable energies go with the flow, as do water and Piscean energies. The Pisces glyph is two fishes swimming in opposite directions. Pisces energy is hard to pin down; it is mystical and dream-like. Water is a solvent capable of breaking down substances to its component parts. This is a component of the Piscean energy, which is all about regeneration: birth, death, rebirth. Water can reflect and refract understanding and is sometimes used to represent emotions, which can also be hard to pin down and can be dreamlike.

All of this mutable, watery, diving in deep into submerged depths, fits right in with the first quarter Moon phase. We must break through the shell of the seeds we planted at the new Moon last month so that the sprout can grow. Last month, we channeled Sagittarian fire energies to help us release what we no longer need and initiated action to manifest what we do need. This Piscean mutable watery energy during the waxing quarter Moon helps us to do this.

When the Moon is in Pisces, it is a good time to do magickal workings that involve remembering your dreams, divination, developing intuition, and trusting your inner guides. This will help you to intuit how your intentions may become manifest.

One way to do this is through scrying, which is a way to gain access to your intuitive self by gazing into a reflective surface, such as water, obsidian glass, or a mirror. This month, we can use a bowl of water for scrying.

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First, establish your space for scrying. You will want your space to be dark and quiet, and when you can be undisturbed for at least half an hour. If you can, scry at night in a darkened room with only candle light for illumination.

Gather your materials. You will need a small to medium sized dark bowl. Just an ordinary bowl will do, but it should have a dark interior with no patterns or painting on the inside. Fill this bowl with water. If you have charged water by leaving a container of water out in the full moonlight, that would be ideal for your scrying. If not, just ordinary water is fine. Place the bowl on a table. Have a notebook and pen or pencil handy for taking notes after your scrying.

Then, prepare yourself. Ground your energies, center yourself, take note of your breathing. Try to slow down your breathing and breathe more deeply for a few breaths. If you have a lot on your mind, let it all go for now, and know that you can pick up again after the ritual. Think about what your intent is, with this scrying. Do you want an answer to a question? Know what will be happening in your life? Do you want a message from Spirit? Get yourself to an inner knowing of what you want to achieve through scrying. Keep this knowing at the front of your awareness. Then let it go. What will come, will come.

Next, do your ritual. Seat yourself comfortably at the table, or stand in front of the table upon which you placed your candle and bowl of water. Steady your breathing. Ask your question or be open to messages or intuition. Then, clear your mind of what you want to see and be open to whatever will happen, no matter what that may be. This is a balance point: remember, this is a time of two fishes swimming in opposite directions. Be intentional, and be open to whatever happens. Be focused, and be fluid in your energies.

Once you are open and ready, gaze into the dark bowl of water. Soften the gaze with a soft attention on the water in the bowl. You may notice a change in feeling, or a temperature change, or shadowy figures in the bowl, or sometimes clear images or symbols. Or nothing. These are all valid experiences. What the scrying bowl does is provide a place to focus while you open your intuitive channels. Take note of what you feel and see, and write it down in your notebook. See if you get further information from your dreams, or if you start to notice symbols or birds or colors or other messages over the next few days.

Once you have finished your scrying, you can either libate the water, or replace it in your charged water container and use it again for you next scrying session. To offer the water as a libation to the Divine, go outside, raise the water up to the sky, down to the ground, to your heart, and then pour the water out onto the earth. While you do this, you can say “From above, as below. As within, so without. A gift from the gods to me, a gift from me to the gods.” Or use your own words to acknowledge the gift that water is to our lives.

As the Moon continues to expand its illumination in the coming days, you will find more and more that you are expanding your understanding of how energies interact with you and your intuition. May you swim well in the waters of Piscean energy illuminated by the first quarter Moon’s light.

 

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.
It does not seek anything in return;
it asks not whether you are friend or foe.
It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.

…by Michael Strassfeld

 

Winter’s Solstice
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by J.M.

Darkness spreads. The nights grow longer. Cold bleeds into the bones. Shadows encroach and overwhelm places of light, and the Sun can barely be seen. Now is time of our yearly battle with the Dark, which we honor with many names: Christmas, Diwali, Chanukah to name a few. As pagans, we usually refer to it as Jul or the Winter’s Solstice. And this year, the Dark is winning … through repeated lies and mongered fears and ignited hatred. It may be difficult to consider celebration now.

And yet, now is exactly when you need to celebrate. We defeat this Darkness on a yearly basis by coming together with community. By gathering in places of warmth, and sharing light and warmth and food and kindness with others. By gathering in places of Darkness and transforming it with song, story, art and inspiration. We can’t do this without our loved ones, friends, and neighbors. They anchor us. They see us. They protect us.

So, light a candle for yourself to kindle a simple fire within. Sing with your coven mates to celebrate your presence in our community. Wear a Santa Claus hat, smiling at the people you meet and strike up a conversation. Buy a Penzey spice for each of your neighbors and wish them Happy Holidays, and let them know that you’ll be there for them. Support those businesses that support diverse communities. Cover symbols of hatred you encounter with signs of love. A swastika can be converted into four squares with L O V E in each square … tilt the V to make reference to Philadelphia’s Love park. Don’t hide. Shine! Create. Inspire. Connect at a human level… because in the end humanity and our shared connection is all we have, and all we will have! 

Good Jul to you and your extended families. Don’t let your candles go out!

A Creative Bonus….

Image for Jul/Yule: Wishing Cone – an easy gift to make and share!

You will need:
   Pen
   Large Pine Cone
   Strips of paper to be rolled into tiny scrolls
   Anything you wish to sprinkle on cone to make it more festive
   Glue
   Ribbon or twine to make loop at top for hanging

  1. Find a large pine cone that will lend itself to inserting multiple tiny scrolls in between layers.
  2. At the top, tie the twine or ribbon creating a loop large enough that will allow the cone to be hung on a Yule Tree or elsewhere.
  3. If you want to decorate with glitter, crushed crystal, etc… spread glue on those ares and sprinkle on what you will. Allow for adequate drying time.
  4. On the strips of paper, write well wishes for your recipient. These could be blessings of health, prosperity, love, etc… Be creative and make it as personal as possible.
  5. Roll each slip like a scroll and slide it between the layers of the cone so that it will not drop out. 

When you are finished, infuse it with your intentions and personalization for the person who will be receiving it. And, remember, that you can also make one for yourself; opening each scroll later on as a loving gift to you!

 

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

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Down the Rabbit Hole – Part Three
by Robin

A Journey of No End

We’ve covered but a few of the concepts that tell the story of the Shadow and the human’s work of getting to know and working collaboratively with this part of themselves. This is the work of not simply one lifetime, but the cumulative effort of many and the memories carried forward with each that we choose (or choose not) to access as supports.

I have always viewed shadow work as that of continual evolvement. In other words, that my shadow nature is one and the same with who and what I perceive myself to be in the Light. It is neither less or more useful; nor, is it one to be ignored or glamorized. It simply “is” a fundamental part of “me” that makes me more fully who I am; stripped naked and vulnerable in my humanity as my Divinity takes on a slightly different mantle. As such, as I evolve, so too does it; albeit perhaps on another track, yet one that moves parallel to what I claim as myself in form and force as one of corporeal form who exudes a light that is “more”.

The other piece to this ideology is that of the variant degrees of Light and Dark. Clinging to the limited identification of the dark as the Shadow and the Light as the more overtly displayed omits a fundamental truth that each are only discernible because of one another’s adjustments through the scales of vibration and refraction. Each degree acts in reaction to the other’s response that is crafted from its reaction to the other’s response……. If you move through shadow/darkness to the point of its origin, Light is its companion spectrum. And so it is also true of the Light, having passed through its center point of equal ratio, darkness blossoms open to ensconce its seeker.

So, you see, we are ever engaged in the work of the shadow. We do not need to stray far to come upon it. But, with that being said and the ease with which it seems to be, I will also add that the most simple of spiritual endeavors, are always those that we are hard pressed to resolve. Complexity is our natural state and as such we seek the complex in those matters we consider to be the most complex.  Somehow this meandering through a webbing that un-relentlessly ensnares gives credibility and validation to our efforts. And, so we use tools and devices that our space of mind can comprehend and is accustomed to unraveling as our conduit for retrieving the simple truth of who and what we are. In keeping with this, I offer the pathworking below as such a tool to unraveling a more complete “you”. You will find that if you use it several times, the complexity will fall away as you journey easily having acquired the gnosis of the Shadow of Light.

Embracing the Shadow Self

This pathworking is one that may be used in your exploration of these concepts of taking the journey to the shadow self. Click on the link below to an audio version of the Pathworking. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the link and title as below. Before you begin, find a comfortable setting where you will not be disturbed for approximately 30 minutes. If you wish to light a candle, or set sacred space in accord with your practices, do this as well. When you are ready to begin, start the recording and relax into the journey….

The Journey of the Shadow

You will be re-directed to Teachings on the Path:Bonus Pathworkings and Guided Meditations. Please use your browser BACK button to return to “Musings”.

It takes great courage to step upon this path and at times we inadvertently stumble upon it although another goal is in mind. If we make conscious choice to surrender to the dark nature held within, we find that it is a means of opening to the greater Light. And, this great light is ultimately the way of illumination on ascent through a state of balance and integration of all the parts of Self, which culminates in union with the brilliance of the Divine. The pain of this endurance is at once physical, spiritual and mental and it is at the point of the darkest hour and when the darkness seems most pervasive that the ultimate reflection of our Higher Nature is illuminated by the brilliance of Deity that points the way….. Robin.

References:
Man and His Symbols, Jung,Carl. Doubleday and Company, Inc.:1964. USA.
Psychology and Religion, Jung,Carl. The Vail-Ballou Press:1960. USA.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Carroll,Lewis. Dover Publications, reprint from Macmillan Company:1993. USA.

 

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November 2016: The Space of Gratitude

Vol. 1 – Issue 7

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of November
The Space of Gratitude

10616747_883999054952502_853345202_nThis month we are launching a new monthly column entitled “Tesseract”. Tesseract, written by Iolanthe, will focus on the intersection between a selected Moon phase for the month and the Astrological, Elemental Energetics, and Magickal workings that are enhanced by these commingling of influences.

As always, we have some beautiful poetry to inspire and the quotes this month are from the writings of Meister Eckhart, German theologian, philosopher and mystic (1260-1328). Seekers on the Path continues its exploration of shadow work with Part Two of “Down the Rabbit Hole”.

November is a month for reflection on what has been accomplished throughout the year, time to be set aside for friends and family and offering up gratitude for all that is abundant in your life. We extend our gratitude to you, our readers, and hope you will take from our newsletter useful information and new perspectives that will serve you on your journey.

Featured Writings

Blood Calls
By Celestine

My blood calls out to you, seeking answers from the past. You answer with whispers from my kin, sharing stories of my people, shedding light on my history.

My heart beats and your heart replies in rhythm, each thump reminding me to be strong and courageous; kind and compassionate.

You fan the smoldering embers of my passion, flames now leaping and burning through my lethargy sending waves of energy to transform my thoughts into actions.

I am a unique individual yet you remind me that I am also a summation of all of those that have gone before me. I am me because they were here first.

My blood calls out to you, though I know not who you are. You respond and my cells recognize your voice. You are my past and my future, my birth and my death.

Your blood calls to mine and welcomes me home.

 

The most important hour is always the present.
The most significant person is precisely the one sitting across from you right now.
The most necessary work is always love.

…by Meister Eckhart

 

Thin Veils
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by M.H.

Walking alone my thoughts drift to the love ones,
As a cold November wind tugs at my coat
I arrive at the entrance of the cemetery gate.

The Goddess’s voice softly speaks..

The veils are thin now, at Samhain, my dear
Speak to those you loved and they will hear.

Hold their memories close in your heart,
For They will be with you always, never to part.

I paused thinking, remembering all the ancestors from the past,
Then pulled my coat tightly and continue my journey on the path.

The soul does not grow by addition but by subtraction.

…by Meister Eckhart

Gratitude: A River of Deep Yearning
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by Robin

Let us drink from the waters of gratitude and
Be fully present in the space of appreciation
for what surrounds us.

Open your eyes and take in all the lessons of
Both sorrow and joy and from a place of gratitude
Find the grace of mercy that flows
Eternal within your own being.

If you were raised as I was, you were taught to say “thank you’ when receiving something, to be grateful when someone does you a favor and especially at Thanksgiving to offer up with great verbosity the laundry list of gratitude to family and friends.

Now, I am not saying that these things are not good models of polite behavior, but as with many things we have been conditioned to do we act and react on auto-pilot without giving much thought to what the words really mean. With that being said, the challenge then becomes to bolster each word, action and offering of gratitude with the full understanding and intent that it rightfully deserves.

Now, you would think that holding those standards would lessen those grateful moments, but the surprising thing is that when we truly are grateful for what has been given us, we see more clearly the abundance of things we can offer up gratitude to. I envision the space of gratitude to be very much like flowing waters. Some are shallow and you can clearly see all that rests on the bottom. Others are vast and deep like the very oceans themselves, and we wait with bated breath to catch a glimpse of dolphin or whale, affirming that life teams below the surface.

The waters of the earth meander here and there and from the right altitude, etch a veiny trail on the surface, leaving an indelible mark of their course. These waters respond to the magnetic pull of Luna’s magick just as our perception and awareness of those things deserving of our gratitude are pushed and pulled to the surface by emotional connection. The waters of life are a necessity for our survival and our bodies move with fluid like grace in acceptance of the gifts for which we should be grateful.

We yearn to know more of these deep waters and in that knowing we seek those gifts that catalyze us as grateful beings. Mind and heart are synthesized and become as one in the space of gratitude and in those moments of acknowledgment of what has caused us to be grateful. Gratitude feeds the feelings of appreciation that we seek for ourselves and once found, we may then selflessly share with others.

It is in gratitude and appreciation that we are transformed as we offer up these gifts in recognition of our Higher Self and the Divine Flame that flows within. It is in gratitude that we cease to be, for this is the gift of culmination of the lessons of this lifetime and the power to shed these forms of matter as we reunite with our own Spirit Divine. These are the loftier aspirations of gratitude that are only realized through the building of being able to see with clarity all the moments of gratitude that present themselves daily.

A good beginning to laying these foundations is to begin a gratitude journal. Each night before going to bed, list the things for which you have given thought to and are truly grateful for their presence. It does not matter how small or short-lived that thing was, just write it down. As you continue this process, you will become more selective in what is deserving of thanks and also see areas of your life that would have gone unnoticed and un-thanked. As you open to a deeper awareness of how much you have to be grateful for the waters of that gratitude will flow strong and freely and in their clarity you may drink from them quenching the thirst of a soul that seeks its own flow of appreciation.

IF the only prayer you ever say in your entire life
is THANK YOU, it will be enough.

…by Meister Eckhart

 

Step Into the Peace
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by S.S.E.

Sometimes it seems the world has gone mad with hatred, chaos, and violence, in an endless loop of negativity that spiritually repels and exhausts.

Truth and justice seem nowhere to be found.

Inner stress levels cascade higher and higher as each day passes until I am no longer sure if I am screaming “Stop, stop it now” in my head or out loud.

That is when I find myself outside, buffeted by the cold wind which races through the garden, swirling leaves from the trees standing strong, naked branches reaching up to the darkness of the night. There are no stars. The moon is dark. Are my eyes open or closed? I cannot tell.

I breathe deep, feeling the coldness begin to penetrate me from the inside out, bringing clarity and calmness into the roiling mass of thoughts and emotions pummeling my brain.

The tree trunk is rough and chill beneath my fingers; dead leaves are tangled in my hair. I exhale a fine mist into the rushing air surrounding me.

The grass under my feet is brown and standing on it makes my bare feet ache.
I feel the heat inside me dampen and subside as I breathe deep again and again, taking in the night’s earth energy with each inhalation.

I am peaceful. I am grateful. I am ready to rejoin the mundane world again, stronger now for the knowing that I have the power to choose to step outside of it and find myself again.

 

Focus On…

Our new monthly column…

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

Welcome to Tesseract, a monthly column on the intersection between each month’s Moon phase, astrological sign, and Magickal workings. Tesseract is defined as a cube of a cube, or a 4-dimensional cube, just as a cube is 3-dimensional square. The four dimensions I will be writing about are the Moon phases, the zodiac sign that arises during that phase, the elemental energy and quality associated with that sign, and some ideas for magickal practices that are enhanced by the commingling of these influences.

The phases of the Moon illuminate burgeoning and retreat in one’s own personal phases. In general, the new Moon is a time for letting go, releasing what no longer serves you, letting go of that you want less of in your life, including habits, thoughts, and feelings. This is a time of germination, planting seeds for the hoped-for future. As the Moon moves between appearing dark in the sky and towards its full brilliance, it is in the waxing crescent phase, as the first quarter Moon. This is a time to set intentions, visualize what you want to manifest in your life, a time of regeneration and building up. Now the seeds planted at the new Moon are starting to sprout. The full Moon is a time to work on increasing abundance, bringing more of what you want. Now you will be harvesting the seeds that have grown and blossomed during the earlier phases. As the Moon moves away from brilliant fullness and back into dark newness, it is in the waning crescent phase, as the last quarter Moon. This is a time for reflection, introspection, reviewing the result of the intentions and actions started, grown and harvested during the previous phases. And we return to the time of planning for the next cycle.

As the Moon moves between its phases, it also moves between the twelve Zodiac signs. Each sign is associated with an elemental energy, which are air (thoughts and ideas), fire (intent and will), water (emotions and intuition), and earth (manifestation, the material plane). Each sign is also designated with a quality, which is either cardinal, fixed, or mutable. Cardinal energy has initiative and enthusiasm, and is active, ambitious, and loves starting many projects rather than finishing them. Fixed energy is steadfast, stable, determined, persistent, is able to concentrate, and is self-reliant and stubborn. Mutable energy goes with the flow, and is adaptable, resourceful, diplomatic, and has a desire to please everyone.

There are three signs associated with each element; these three signs represent the cardinal, fixed, and mutable qualities. The air signs are Gemini (mutable), Libra (cardinal), Aquarius (fixed). The fire signs are Aries (cardinal), Leo (fixed), Sagittarius (mutable). The water signs are Cancer (cardinal), Scorpio (fixed), Pisces (mutable). The earth signs are Taurus (fixed), Virgo (mutable), Capricorn (cardinal).

November opens with the Moon moving into Sagittarius, two days into its new Moon phase. The Moon moves back into its new phase and into Sagittarius on Nov. 29, thus bookending November with Sagittarian mutable fire energies during times of introspection and planning new ideas and hoped-for outcomes. The Sagittarian fires are banked at the new Moon phase, the embers glowing. Sagittarius is a mutable sign, adaptable and easy going, and it represents the enthusiastic willingness to try anything new, open to adventure, and a love to spark new ideas with its flaming arrow. It is not an easy fit to place Sagittarian fire and outgoing nature into the dark times of the Moon.

Use this unease to find out what does not feed your flames, which does not fan the fires of your passion, what is holding you back. Go within: is it something within yourself that is hiding your fire? Or is it some outside influence? The new phase is the perfect time for this self-reflection. Unbank the fires of the Sagittarian energy!

Here is one magickal way to help with the planning on how you want to release Sagittarian mutable fire energy.

First, gather your materials:
• Two pine cones. They are plentiful this time of year. If you can, find ones that are still closed, that have not yet released their seeds. These will represent the potential, the possible, that which is not yet manifest, the new Moon phase.
• A twig that has fallen from a tree. This will represent Sagittarian fiery arrow of intention.
• Dirt from the ground to represent the darkness, the internal, the deepness of unknowingness.
• A blank piece of paper.

Next, do your ritual:
• Ground and center.
• Write on the piece of paper what you want to release, what is holding you down, what is keeping you from shining. Turn the paper over and write what passion you want to develop, what flames you want to fan, what seeds you want to plant now and develop over the coming months.
• Place the paper on the ground with the side you wrote what you want to release touching the earth. Sprinkle the dirt you collected on it. Place the pinecones on the paper at north (earth) and south (fire) points of the paper.
• Scribe an invoking Fire Pentacle over the paper, dirt, and pinecones. Use the twig you found. Start with Spirit at the top, draw down to the right toward fire, up to the left to air, across to the right to water, down to the left to earth, then back up top to Spirit.
• Take a moment to meditate on the twin pillars of fire within the darkness that we are given with the Moon phases this month.
• When you feel complete, take up the paper and burn it in a safe way in your fireplace, in a cauldron, with a match, or with a candle.
• Leave the pinecones on the ground to release their seeds when they are ready to do so.

It is done. Watch the Moon as it moves from dark newness to full, then from full back to dark again. Did you feel a change in your energies? Did you feel the warmth of your own passion awakening?

What we plant in the soil of contemplation,
we shall reap in the harvest of action.

…by Meister Eckhart

Astrological Samhain
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by A. B.

Last month we posted an article about the celebration of Samhain and the traditional date of celebration being October 31st. However, the astrological date of Samhain occurs approx. 5-6 days later. The most prevalent of workings are those that focus on honoring the beloved departed and seeking wisdom and messages from those chosen ancestors. With this in mind, I began a series of posts last month that included information, pathworkings and ritual suggestions using the energy from the date of the Full Moon on October 16th through Samhain’s astrological date of November 7th. All held the intention of building the foundations for deepening our connections with the Ancestors. An excerpt from the second of these writings is below..

“If you celebrate Samhain during the Traditional time of the year, today we are mid-point between a 3-day aura of Samhain’s energies. The 29th heralded the transition into the Scorpio Moon at 10:01p.m. and today’s New Moon shifts the gears from waning towards waxing at 1:38 p.m. All this carried forward into tomorrow, October 31st traditional Samhain. You could stop the Samhain revels there , if you like, but consider this. The 31st is the appetizer served to whet the appetite for the most potent and nourishing of energies that occur on the date of Astrological Samhain (Sun in Scorpio); usually somewhere around Nov. 6-7 or 8th.

Why, this second date? Technically these celebrations were calculated in accord with the mid-point (of days) between the Equinoxes and Solstices. The same holds true for Imbolc (Feb. 4/5-Aquarius); Beltane (May 5/6-Taurus) and Lughnasadh (Aug. 5/6-Leo). Additionally, each of these Sabbats fall within the Solar month of one of the four Fixed astrological signs during the Solar year. The Sabbat, or Solar/Fire Holi-day occurs when the Sun is 15-degrees in the fixed sign; that being the mid-point or height of potency for that sign’s energy.”

If you would like to read more and make use of the pathworking of Ancestral Meeting, please visit Temple of the Cosmic Spheres and the introductory post to this working..

Full Light Into the Dark
Deepening Your Connections to the Ancestors

 

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

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Down the Rabbit Hole – Part Two
by Robin

In the Beginning…

Beginning shadow work can be a bit like going down the rabbit hole. It is challenging at best and an unbearable task shrouded in the fear of what may be lurking at the base of that long fall into the inner well of darkness. Ultimately, it can be one of the most rewarding types of work that forces you to stretch and grow in areas you would have otherwise left to wither and die. The key is in the selection of just the right amount of each aspect that will allow you to move into the next phase of your journey.

Many times what you thought to be true for yourself will be challenged and tested as you reveal some of the underlying reasons for the way in which you move through life. The fear is of the death of what is good and pure within yourself. We all wish to be seen in a positive light and the work of exploring our shadow self can provide clues and greater understanding of those qualities we wish to enhance and accentuate, those that we hold in reserve for the appropriate times and those that serve no useful purpose in this lifetime other than the fact that we are now more aware of those characteristics in a way that is informed. This is a journey that only you can make with only your own resources, experiences and inner knowing as guides to light the way.

The Mirror of SELF

To confront a person with his own shadow is to show him his own light… Carl G. Jung.

As the quote above beautifully states, embracing those parts of yourself that are not usually brought into the light of day can, nonetheless, open the doorway to the greater light that ever burns within our being. If we think in terms of polarity and the work of synthesis than we must acknowledge that the darkness only appears dark because we know of the polarity of light. Each gives validation, support and energy to the other in an, albeit transparent, way with each, relying on the other’s existence to support and enhance the expression and work of its own existence. This becomes the point of synthesis and the understanding that within this process of give and take, each must contain a portion of the other within itself as they move through their dance of cohesion and balance.

The Midnight Sun

If we hold these principles as viable occurrences within a natural order of being, then we could also say that in the darkest night the sun is still brilliantly shining whether we can see it from the geographical perspective we are aligned with. With a simple shift of coordinates, we move once again into its light and what was night becomes day.

This concept is useful when approaching our darker nature. Despite what we may find lurking in the darkened corners of our personality, there is still shining that inner light that connects us with our higher state of being. When we learn to accept, acknowledge and embrace those parts of ourselves that we consider unlovable or undesirable we open to having conversation with those aspects and strengthen the potential to modify, change, assimilate or completely transform that energy.

The nature of the work and the feelings and sensations that are often brought to the surface are not easily dealt with on your own; regardless of your own personal level of experience. To set foot within the scope of these energies is arduous and often painful. This is work that must be approached slowly, carefully and with the utmost of respect. It is best to do a little research first rather than diving right into this type of work as it can dredge up past memories and experiences that may cause unproductive discomfort. Be gentle with yourself and approach this work with reverence, affirming the best results for your highest good. The work done in preparation will also bolster you for the eventual Dark Night of the Soul that results when the deeper excavation of the self begins.

The Dark Night of The Soul

The concept of the Dark Night of the Soul is one that is experienced in conjunction with specific shifts in consciousness made during the progress of those on a spiritual Path. It is described as a state of utter loneliness, despair and the sense that the Divine has forsaken you. It is a moment that stands the test of true “faith” for in those hours of disconnect the realization of separateness and the intense yearning for union with the Divine are brought to the forefront of the experience. This descent into a type of abyss is what serves to strengthen your resolve and conviction as it releases the vestiges of ego and personality that do not serve well the spiritual nature. Part and parcel with this descent is the meeting and hopes for integration with the shadow self. What persona that self takes on and how large or small an impact it may have is dependent on what work has been accomplished in acceptance of this aspect of this part of self by the individual’s free will before choice was inevitable.

Next Month: Down the Rabbit Hole-Part Three
A pathworking and “how to” embrace the Shadow.

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October 2016: The Harvest is Upon Us!

Vol. 1 – Issue 6

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of October
Harvest is Upon Us

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This month is packed with the abundance of creativity! We continue the Lunar series with Part 3, a wonderful article on Samhain and celebrations, and First Steps begins a series about Shadow Work.

We have some beautifully written poetry and quotes from the writings of Edgar Allen Poe are woven between offerings reminding us of the ancestors and our otherworldly links.

October heralds a season of balance through change as we begin the journey of cooler weather, moving inward and settling into what feeds our soul. Special thanks to LDMB for proofing our issue this month. 

Featured Writings

Am I Worthy?
By Celestine

Am I worthy?

Do I deserve the attention of my beloved goddess of the night?
My soul reaches for the stars, seeking the outer reaches, the dark edges where she rules.

Am I worthy?

Will I recognize her if she speaks to me?
Will I understand her lesson?
I still my mind and stretch my senses as I search for her in the shadows.

But am I worthy?

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development,
invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

…by Edgar Allen Poe

 

Summer Slipped Away
By M.H.
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Summer slipped away,
Golden leaves swirl in a crisp, autumn breeze
Painted pumpkins on the porch
Sweet hot cider with cinnamon warms the palate
Winter winds arrive, skies turn grey, darkness comes earlier
Hearth fires burn brightly,
Majestic evergreens are quietly blanketed with heavy snow
Icicles hanging, sparkling frost patterns on the window pane,
Spring rains, melting snow, crocuses peek through the soil
Fragrant flowers bloom, robins nesting in the trees,
Fresh mint ice tea with a twist of lemon cools the palate
Summer meadows filled with butterflies, darkness comes later
Fireflies twinkling nightly,
Fields of golden wheat, and grain bring bountiful harvests
Fall foliage displays a dazzling array of colors to catch the eye
Summer slipped away.

The boundaries which divide Life from Death
are at best shadowy and vague.

Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?

…by Edgar Allen Poe

 

Spiritual Spiral
by LDB
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Spiral: A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point

Itu: that which is broken or torn apart

Center: Spiral of origin begins

An egg was burst at conception
At birth, I burst into a fragmented family
The spiral of my life rotates around a center
Which is broken or torn apart
With perspective the orbit grows smaller
As I age, I spiral out
Continuously increasing distance from that broken center
There is movement within a spiral
To my life spiral, I add perspective of ITU
Bringing parts of myself into alignment
Knowing that a broken center cannot hold
I span the hole with Spirit
I am whole. I am healed
Spiral becomes Spiritual

 

Having a Bad Hair Day
by Amethyst Brighid

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Tendrils are flying everywhere
And not a breeze in sight
I’m just a mass of tangled wisps.

I tried to keep it all contained and finely coiffed
But I kept growing and so did my mane of branches.

Soon you’ll see me in all my glory
Green leaves full and swaying in the breeze.

I guess it’s not a bad hair day after all
Just my wild and natural side coming through.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

…by Edgar Allen Poe

 

Are You Listening?
By Celestine

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Are you listening?
Can you hear the voices?

The land spirits seek your attention, they need your help to keep Gaia healthy and in turn will share her secrets with you.
Our ancestors long to share with us their memories and stories. They give us sage advice and encourage us to reach for our dreams.
The Creatrix calls to us as well, admonishing us to care for each other and living things. She sends us guidance and lights our path so we can find our way.

Are you listening?

Listen in the spring when the creatures start to stir. Hear the flowers sigh in joy as they reach towards the brilliant sun.
Listen in the summer as the drone of the bees reminds us of Mother Earth’s generosity, as the birds sing of happiness, and the crickets tell us bedtime stories.
Listen in the fall as the crisp breeze fills us with excitement and inspiration, as the falling autumn leaves remind us that change is inevitable.
Listen in the winter when the frozen white world seems silent. It is then that the Mother whispers to us from the dark, quiet reaches, telling us to rest.

They are speaking, are you listening?

Focus On…

Samhain

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by L.B.

Samhain is an Irish Gaelic word pronounced as SAH-win or SOW-in. It means “End of Summer.” It is a celebration of the third and final Harvest in the Pagan Wheel of the Year. It signifies the threshold between Summer and Winter, a time of moving between the bountiful harvest time and the contracted, drawing inward time of the coming cold and dark.

Samhain lies between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. This year, Samhain arrives on the night of November 7. On this night, the moon will be in its first quarter phase, and will be in the sign of Aquarius. The waxing moon is a time for taking action and moving forward. The fixed air sign of Aquarius encourages fighting for your cause, wherever your passion takes you.

Since Samhain occurs when length of day light is shortening every day, it has long been a tradition to light a bonfire on Samhain night. In ancient times, this helped extend light into the night, gave people warmth, and was a place for villagers to gather together and to burn offerings to their gods and to appease spirits who roamed the earth.

It is a traditional belief that the veils between this world and the afterlife are thin at Samhain and can be easily drawn aside. It is a time when Spirits may roam freely between their world and ours. This would be a good time to make contact with ancestors or spirit guides who will attempt to communicate with the living. Put out a departed loved one’s favorite food or drink, or gaze at photos or mementos, to remind you of who you are connected to in the afterlife. Be aware of signs or omens or unusual synchronicities. These could all be ways your loved one is trying to keep in touch with you.

Samhain is a liminal time, a time to commune with ancestors, reaping what you have sown all spring and summer, a time when the usual rules and boundaries are less distinct. Think twilight and dawn, or the moment between when a tide rolls in and just before it rolls back to the ocean. This liminal time is an excellent time to do magick.

Enjoy Samhain, however you choose to celebrate it. Reach out to the other side and communicate with your departed loved ones, or go within and examine what you have gained over the previous harvests. Perhaps you could light a bonfire, or a candle, and remember the light of the Sun and Summer that can be carried within you through the dark months. Use your courage to fight for what you believe in; the moon and Aquarius will aid you in your quest. Or, give out candy to trick or treaters – they are carrying on the ancient tradition of villagers appeasing the ghosts (or hobgoblins or vampires or Superman or robots or scarecrows or fairy princesses) roaming in the night!

A Three Part Lunar Series..

Full Moon Phase
by Iolanthe

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Orbiting the earth as a satellite, almost from the time the Earth came to exist, the Moon reflects the sun’s illumination in differing phases: new, waxing, full, waning, back to new moon, in an endless cycle. As we stand on earth looking up to the night sky to gaze upon the Moon, we are always looking at the same face of the Moon. Crescent, waxing, full, or waning: all are differing degrees of the sun illuminating the same face of the Moon. There is always a dark side of the Moon. The first time that earthlings saw the dark side was in 1959 when an unmanned Soviet spacecraft orbited the Moon and took photographs.

A full Moon occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun as seen from the Earth. October’s full Moon will appear between Saturday night and Sunday morning on October 16, 2016 at 12:23 am. It is commonly called the Full Hunter’s Moon. According to the Farmers’ Almanac http://farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/: This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it is time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead.

The October full Moon will be at 23 degrees Aries, indicating changes, passion, a feeling of going for adventure, trying something new, being on the threshold. This time is good for increasing abundance, manifesting bounty and wealth, harvesting what you want more of in your life, developing personal and spiritual growth, and increasing intuitive and divination abilities. This also a good time for finding a new love or bringing a current relationship into a fuller and deeper connection.

As October’s full Moon will be a supermoon, it will appear quite large. On the night of a supermoon, all magick you do will be more strongly influenced than usual by the Moon’s energy. Your workings will be more potent. A supermoon appears when the moon, based on its elliptical orbit, has its closest approach to the earth. The next supermoon will occur with the full Moon on Monday, November 14, 2016.

A useful full Moon habit to develop is to cleanse your crystals in the light of the full Moon. It is simple to do: if they can take water, rinse your crystals in running water, dry them, and set them out where they will be bathed in the full moon light all night long. If you use crystals that should not get wet, such as malachite or selenite, just skipped the running water step. The water is to remove dust or incense or other dirt, so you can simply use a dust cloth to clean the crystals before their moon light bath. The full Moon illumination helps rinse off residual energies left over from working magick. Or, in other words, moonlight works to re-tune the crystals to their normal frequencies.

During October, many spiritually-inclined people can feel a thinning of the veil between us the living and the realm of our ancestors. The time of October’s Blood Moon might be a good time for you to connect with your ancestors by honoring them by setting up an ancestors’ altar or by trying to contact them through divination or ritual. Be aware of omens, signs, recurring themes, smells, memories, dreams. Play music that reminds you of someone who has passed on, or bring out old photo albums. Ask an elder relative for memories of their grandparents. Try to find out more about your family tree and heritage, about the river of blood that connects you with all who have gone before you.

A ritual that I have participated in one called the Dumb Supper, in which the dead are honored with a dinner observed in utter silence. The High Priestess or High Priest leading the ritual guides participants through the veil to the realms of the dead who are invited to dine with those remembering them. At each place setting, there are photos or mementoes of the ones being remembered. The meal is eaten in total silence so as to be open to whatever messages that the dead would like to pass on to the living. After the meal is completed, the participants thank those who visited, bid them hale and farewell, and the veil is drawn closed again. This is a powerful ritual for connecting with someone who has departed but has not been forgotten.

Each and every month will have at least one full Moon (if there are two full Moons in a month, then we have the Blue Moon!). Enjoy the spectacle and the glorious wonder of light at midnight. Take note of how you feel when you see the full Moon. Embrace the image of the Goddess Selene driving her chariot across the sky as the Moon incarnate and know that you can embrace the Divine by celebrating the Moon in all her phases.

 

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

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Down the Rabbit Hole – Part One
by Robin

The Dark Side of the Light

At some point in the journey on our spiritual path we must encounter another aspect of our nature that is often called the “shadow self”.  This encounter is an important milestone in keeping us moving forward along our chosen path, and it is at that juncture that we come upon the divergent crossroads that offer choice of either embrace or retreat in this lifetime. Stepping into the center of this space of opening can very much be the type of experience Alice (of “Alice in Wonderland”) had in falling down the rabbit hole. Cramped in some spaces, too large in others and completely disorienting and unplanned for in process. In fact, if we look more deeply at the metaphorical implications of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we could conclude that all of the characters were aspects of Alice in their varying levels of evolved or devolved state. These permutations and subtleties are similar to the varying shades of light and dark experienced when we speak of our light body and our shadow or dark other. On either end of the spectrum we have the most pure essence of what that aspect of our being comprises. However, it is necessary to form alliance with all of the variances and characters of archetype that present in between to act as guides and guardians in order to reach these pure forms.

We all have aspirations of moving into a state of communion with our Higher or Light-filled Self but most do not fully commit to the work that is necessary in engaging with and truly coming to know the necessary polarity of our shadow self. We chase the white rabbit out of curiosity and hopes of finding another truth, and its slips easily from our grasp leading us to a completely different inner landscape full of shadows and illusions. So, how do we purposefully seek out this shadow self? We can begin the process by looking at the psychological components that help to form our expression of self, ego, will and the eventual goal of individualization.

My Shadow-The Other

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” (Carl Jung)

According to Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, there are within the human experience and consciousness several highly specialized archetypes that define the human psychological experience. These archetypes are closely linked to our physical nature and are often brought to the surface through the varied preconditioned responses that we have gathered from our environment of both instinctual and mental learning. These become the patterns that play out in our lives in a continuous thread until some upheaval at either a conscious or sub-conscious level brings out what has lain hidden within our unconscious psyche.

volume_light_shadowsThis often plays out in the form of projection; or seeing the negative traits in others we encounter that are actually in resonance to those same qualities within ourselves, albeit latent and for the most part unacknowledged at a conscious level. Within our spiritual landscape this “other” takes the form of our shadow self. We see and respond to this part of our being as being neither of our self nor something we can control. Whether we choose to acknowledge and confront this aspect of ourselves or retreat in fear at the prospect we cannot move beyond what momentum of growth we have established up to that point until we face what is hidden in the recesses of this uncomfortable territory through shadow work.

 

Next Month… Down the Rabbit Hole-Part Two

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September 2016: Time for Learning

Vol. 1 – Issue 5

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of September
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This month honors the joys of returning to school and all the potential that is held in this space of opening to new teachings and friends. We continue the Lunar series with Part 2 and a closer look at the energy of the New Moon, and First Steps wraps up with Part 3 – “Where Do I go From Here?“.

We have some beautifully written poetry and, quotes from the writings of the Mystic Poet, Rumi, are woven between offerings as we reach out to the gifts of the many spiritual paths and teachings. 

September flings the gates of experience open wide as we bask in the fruits of what was harvested in August and languish in the excitement of new journeys that lay ahead. 

Featured Writings

Patterning
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by Robin

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.

As Summer nears its end and the more relaxed pace increases with the start of school, return to regular work hours and more, its is easy to become distracted and frazzled by all that needs attention. All this comes rushing in with unexpected commitments and the need to focus your energy in a way that rivals the adept skills of the jugglers balancing multiple plates on the end of tall thin poles. I’ve fallen prey to this frenzy and I realize that I miss my adventures into the natural world and the creative flow of writing about what I’ve experienced there. I also realized that this is a sort of patterning that is my own and is one that plays out repeatedly as I ease into the comfortable dis-comfort of being stretched far too thin.

I carefully place this idea here and that project there and although the schematic is orderly and appears to be just what is needed to complete a complete and comely pattern, it can never remain that way. Other leaves fall around what has been placed, some completely obscuring the pattern originally intended. Strong winds come along or the downpour of rains that set adrift what has been carefully planned and placed as part of the perfectly set pattern. And, before you know it, time has moved forward and a new pattern has, out of necessity, replaced the old.

So with these thoughts in mind, I am re-patterning. Part of that plan is to make sure that I “make” time to engage in the natural world; to savor the pleasure I take in capturing those special moments on pen and in image. And, to allow myself to flow with these new patterns, giving more import to neither one nor the other, but seeing them as intimately connected to one another in the natural cycle of change. What patterns will you allow to take hold?

Endless
by S.S.
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Life is a series of moments when past
Present and future are one.

I was a daughter and became a mother
But was still a daughter and I
Understood my mother’s love for me.

I am a mother and became a grandmother
But am still a mother and I understand
My mother’s love for her granddaughter.

My daughter has become a mother and
She now understands the love I feel for her.

Three kinds of woman’s love….
Grandmother’s
Mother’s
Daughter’s
Similar yet different
At the same time.

Love that binds this generation of
Women to the ones who came before
And to the ones not yet born.

A unique woman’s love
A cord of connection from
Mother to mother’s mother and
From daughter to daughter’s daughter.

Generation after generation
A woman gives birth reaching
For her minutes old daughter as
Her own mother watches and remembers
When it was she who eagerly reached for
Her minutes old daughter while
Her mother watched.

Grandmother…Mother…Daughter
Past love…Present love…Future love
As an endless cycle.

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

…by Rumi

One Moment of Power
by Celestine
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The power of the God races through me
Energizing and empowering me to action.

Each task I begin becomes imbued with
A charge of electricity and excitement.

My energy knows no limits!
I am blazing with the power of the noon day sun!

Until I am not…..

The burning light within me sputters and
Quickly cools like the air at dusk.

My inner sun is sinking below the horizon
And I feel drained and exhausted.

I am caressed by the Goddess and I find
Comfort and respite in her arms.

She admonishes me to rest and I am at peace.

Surcease
by P.W.
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Pain, my companion.
What lesson do you have for me today?

What message can I hear and
Internalize so as not to have to
Repeat and repeat and repeat…

What pattern can I break
To reach into the chrysalis and allow the
Monarch to breathe free and allow her wings to fly?

 

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

.. by Rumi

 

Focus On…

The Autumnal Equinox

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by M.Q.

Autumn Is Upon Us!
Cool, Colorful, Rich, Serendipitous Autumn!

And this season’s equinox will shortly follow. An equinox occurs when the Earth’s tilt and orbit around the sun combine in such a way that her two hemisphere’s receive the sun’s rays equally. Day and night will be approximately the same in length. This is the sabbat that is often called Mabon. A time of cosmic balance, individual and collective assessment, harvest blessings and gratitude. This can be easy to forget in today’s world.

I recently went to my girlfriend’s house for a visit. She invited her neighbor and the evening was wonderful (I didn’t get home until 3am!!). There was plenty of food, wine, & lively conversation. We talked and shared viewpoints about children and education; art and music; politics, religion and metaphysics. Well into the evening and past nouvelle pleasantries, the neighbor said, “I love your optimism”, while shaking her head. “You have such hope & confidence. How? How do you remain calm with the state of things? With the U.S. election, with wars, racism, hunger, refugees, disasters, terror attacks. How can you be positive?” “I work to stay balanced,” I replied. “I do healthy things that I love. I surround myself with uplifting friends and associates.”

Yes, there is negativity, despair, and injustice; there is so much! Why add to those feeling and emotions? Most of us would benefit from less stress and a peaceful state of being.

Mabon and the Autumnal Equinox is a perfect reminder of the need to balance. The bright, beautiful Sun will enter Libra (hint, hint) on Sept. 22, 2016. If we look at the numerology of that date; 9,2,2,2,1,6 = 2,2 we get 4. An equal number of order; used in the bases of pyramids, structures and homes. A strong number of solidity, to built upon. The bountiful fall season, can be the perfect harbinger for bringing about a more appreciative state of well-being.

I reminded my friends of their health, their gorgeous children, their beautiful, safe homes. Their accessibility to healthcare, food, and water. Freedom. Their very lives. My friend’s neighbor has 7 children. Seven! Talk about abundance! Both her and her husband are hard working and fiercely passionate. They are raising the next generation; instilling hard work ethics, principles of equality, altruistic values, & compassion. I said, “You are the epitome of strength, hope, and optimism!”

I implore you this season to start with your own base foundation, acknowledge your blessings, show your gratitude. Assess where you are and mirror Mother Nature’s approaching changes towards radiance. I believe the saying is…

” Think Globally, Act Locally.”

One can start small, a walk around the block for fresh air and a view of fall’s rich, color changing hues. Make a donation, any amount, to a food or blood bank, shelter or charity of your choice. Or maybe just an evening laughing and bonding with close friends will bring you a bit of joy. What could be better as we head into colder, darker months than remembering our inner,bright warm sparks of divinity and spreading that abundance of harmonious light.

A Three Part Lunar Series..

New Moons in September
by Iolanthe
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You may have heard a phase of the moon referred to as New Moon, or Dark Moon. Are these referring to the same thing? Not really. First, the Dark Moon refers to the time when we cannot see the moon because it is between the Sun and the Earth; solar illumination is reflected on the side of the moon we cannot see. We see the dark side; hence, the Dark Moon. The length of this phase is variable and it lasts between 1 and 3 days.

The New Moon occurs during the midpoint of the Dark Moon phase; it is exactly at the moment between waning and waxing. It is a time of becoming. Typically, the time for the New Moon is given as the midpoint time during the Dark Moon phase.

September 2016 will have 2 New Moons. The first New Moon in September will occur at 5:03 am Thursday September 1, 2016. The second New Moon in September will occur at 8:13 pm Friday September 30.

This second New Moon in one month is known as a Black Moon. There are some who say that magick worked during the Black Moon are especially powerful.

The first New Moon will be in Virgo, a mutable Earth sign, and will occur on the first day of the month, a time for new beginnings. Mutable refers to the sense of change, shifting, adaptability, flexibility. Virgo, as an Earth sign, is one that encourages growth, manifestation, creating, anchoring in the material world.

Combining these influences, the time of the first New Moon would be a good time to do magick to help bring about the change you want to see in yourself and in the world around you; to bring healing after big upheavals; to strive for flexibility in how you fit into your circumstances. This brings to my mind the Serenity Prayer from Reinhold Niebuhr:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

The second New Moon, the Black Moon, will be in Libra, a cardinal air sign, and will occur on the last day of the month, a time of ending what had been started at the first New Moon.

Cardinal refers to the sense of initiation, starting something new, being the first to try something. Libra, as an Air sign, reflects new ideas, new ways of looking at the old familiar thoughts with new insights; writing, speaking, thinking in ways different than what you had been used to. The Black Moon time is a powerful time for magicks. Combining the forces of ending what had been started, the sense of initiating something new, and new ways of thinking at this time of the Dark Moon, we can choose to do magicks that invoke new patterns of thoughts, of habits, starting new projects, asking for help with beginning something that you are not yet sure of the outcome, letting go of what you had thought before and that no longer seems to be what you need.

If you are interested in working magick for starting new ventures, new plans, bringing forth what you want to manifest in your life, perform your workings on the day before, the day of, and the day after the New Moon. Let the burgeoning New Moon energy help enhance your workings.

The Moon will always be with us, influencing the oceans’ waves, our own moods, inspiring poetry, illuminating the night skies, and enhancing our sense of wonder. And, there are those who use moon phases to help with gardening and when to plant seeds and when to harvest the crops.

Here is a link to find out more about this: Gardening by the Moon

 

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

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In Search of the Divine – Part Three
Where Do I Go From Here?
by Robin

” ….we forget that the road less travelled is the one that moves into the space of knowing who and what we are.”

Take a step on the Path
Where do I go from Here?

The road less travelled…
Of course!

Last month, I invited you on a journey back to yourself and the challenge of taking a path that was not the routine. All wound back to the same revelation! The seeking of the Divine is no further away than your own reflection. So, where do you go having arrived at that space of understanding? Is it really that uncomplicated and easy? Is it truly that anti-climatic?

The answer to those questions unfolds in your ability to remain open to the possibilities and to hold a pattern of gratitude for each new bit of information that you uncover. Looking out with the enthusiasm of a child who knows no limitation and believes that he/she can be or do anything. Remember those years? When playing pretend was as real to you as sitting at your work station or driving home from a long work day has become in your current reality. We become dull to the wonder that surrounds us as we settle more deeply, year after year, into our routine. And, in that settling we often miss those precious opportunities to embrace a new way of interacting with the Divine.

Where do we go from here? We start at the beginning again. Everything is cyclical in nature. We know this to be true, yet cling to a flat line of linear time. Rewind and go back to those first moments when you felt the presence of something “more” than yourself. That first experience of seeing the beauty and innate spark of life somewhere that you least expected. Go back to the amazement you felt when seeing the first tiny bud of a spring flower peering up at you through the crack in a city cement winter walkway. Go back to that first time you looked up at the night sky and really saw the glow of Mother Moon’s full eye staring back at you, her child of great potential. Or, the warmth of Father Sun that spread through you as you went outside at lunch having been in your air conditioned office. He reminded you of the great strength and power held in standing fully in the Light of unintended grace. Breathe into the first time you simply allowed yourself to “be”; content and whole in the stillness of surrender to no expectation!

Taking the time and holding the daily intention to notice something new everyday that is a reflection of the Divine brings you closer to what you seek. And, you will not be disappointed as there is much in this wonder-filled world that calls to us to be present in the experience of your own Divine nature. Look out and see the vastness of a sea that contains mysteries yet to be discovered that hold the key to our Divine birthright….

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Where do I go from here?

How do I find my way
Back to the Source
Of what my seeking
Desires?

I take one step at a time..

One increment of space
Held in the notion of time.

Where do I go from here?
How will I know that
I have arrived?

I awaken each day
Calling forth the
Pulse of life to
Create a symphony
Of Cosmic harmony.

Where do I go from here?

I stand at the end of the
Wooden path filled with
Questions that may only
Be answered in diving into
The vastness of my own
Divine sea…

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September 13 and 20
A Walk Through the Major Arcana
Tarot Studies
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2-Wks.
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September 17
CMP Annual Meet and Greet and Mystic Fires Drum Circle
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September 27
Celebration of the Autumnal Equinox
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Images:
Stock photos, unless otherwise noted.
Photos: Patterning by Robin Fennelly
Painnting: Surcease by Caitlin Fennelly
Celebration Autumnal Equinox. Artist-Holly Sierra

 

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Posted in September 2016