Vol. 1 – Issue 11
Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of March
Seeding Fertile Ground
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 –
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
Rainbow of color
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)
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.
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 –
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
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.
- 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
- A small, hand-held mirror.
- A magnifying glass about the same size as the mirror you will be using.
- 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
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.
- 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
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
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 + 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
“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
Celebration of the Vernal Equinox: The Quickening
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Mystic Fires Drum Circle
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Spring Magick with the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
A day-long event of workshops and a Ritual for the Stag God, Cernnunos.
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April 4 – May 24
Under the Veil of Night: Lunar Magick
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