Vol. 1 – Issue 9
Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of January
Happy New Year-Happy Metamorphosis
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…
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.
The old and the new in harmonious
Blend as I chart a new course
For this year of transformation.
Finding Our Inner Resolve
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!
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 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!
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
Photos by M.Q.
Open up the lens and take in more
What you find may surprise you!
Photo by Robin
Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
And you shall form an invincible host
… by Helen Keller
A Little Story to Share….
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!
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
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.
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
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
Nothing and everything
The endless void fills all time
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
Each walks a path of experience
Pulling and gathering from
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
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.
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
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
Upcoming Events – 2017
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