Vol. 1 – Issue 12
Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of April
Earth, My Home!
This month of April, the focus is on Earth and all the joys that this planet brings as we leave behind the last hold of March’s wintery grasp and await the flowering and fertility of May’s bouquets.
This 4th month can become a foundation(or square – the number 4) from which we move forward in the year with renewed hope, aspiration and vigor. March brought the vision of balance during the Equinox and now we have choice as to where we will place the heavier of our intentions as the scales of opportunity and action move in accord with our will.
Our offerings speak to home and those things that inspire, guard and nurture not only our soul, but our Spirits as well. Enjoy this time of gathering to yourself everything that means home and stands as the anchor for you to plan and prepare for what has already taken root and just needs a bit more sun to blossom…
“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”
-Hal Borland –
She sits on the windowsill, crouched, tail twitching, chattering at the blackbirds sitting on the branches of the oak tree in the back yard. She chatters back at them, warning them, if they come near, she will pounce. What is a guardian?
She patrols the basement in the end of summer, keeping a lookout for crickets attempting to break in and intrude on her space. If they try to enter, they are attacked and eaten, a quick ending and the start of the return on another trip on the great wheel which is life. What is a guardian?
A loud knock on the door, when the repairman is scheduled to arrive, she growls and runs and hides in the basement. What is a guardian?
She waits up until we return home from work or an adventure with CMP. She greets us, then runs upstairs and curls up to sleep. She patrols the house during the day and keeps us safe, when we are home on the weekend. Ever watchful…Quick to protect…
Lucy is a guardian of our home. She weighs only 12 pounds, a beautiful gray and white short hair cat. She has a sense of her boundaries, what belongs within and what does not. She projects a spirit much larger than her size. Do not underestimate her. It will be at your peril, for Lucy is a guardian. Are you?
“The most common way people give up
their power is in thinking
they don’t have any.”
– Alice Walker –
Amaryllis Bloom 2017
On a warm night that boasts a full moon, find a good spot where you can simply sit and look upwards at the beauty of the moon’s fullness. Quiet your breath and allow the silvery rays to wash over you, calming and taking you to a place of serenity. Soften your gaze and allow the full splendor of the moon to fill your vision. Breathe in Her radiance and breathe out your appreciation for the light and comfort offered. Sit in this manner for as long as you wish. Simply drinking in the beauty and grace of moonlight’s gaze. Allow it to renew and fill you with its light and peace.
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
– George Orwell –
Have I been so contracted? Stagnant?
In the lonely liquid darkness, in my samskaras?
But this discomfort.
Regrets arise, scary points of anxiety
Form a tense and painful blanket
And my stomach lurches
My heart aches.
Remember to breathe, to be. This is the journey.
Survive, recognize the perusa, and surrender.
The warm light is returning held
In summer’s fire Prana.
Oh how desperate I am to drink it in
To allow it to sink into my roots and make me strong.
To make me able to extend, embrace, reach. unfurl..
The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again.
– Mathilde Blind –
Winter’s Fog in an Early Spring Day
A very short story by J.M.
I walk outside to a world changed. Warm weather with piles of snow and a perfect dew point, and all is hidden. Sight is hazy and sound is dampened. Perfectly liminal!
As I walk, houses dodge in and out of view, like children playing ghost in the graveyard,
and I slow down to appreciate the image. Take a deep breath, and breathe in peaceful quietus. Smile, and another breath, interrupted by a painful crack. Thunder? At this time of year? Can’t see anything to confirm, just mist and grey and house corners jutting.
So I step up my steps, as all do that are stalked by the unseen.There’s nothing there, I hope. A quick flash dashes that hope.How far away? Count the seconds until the thunder sounds. Why do nearby storms always come at you? Thunder crack in my bones making me jump. Okay. VERY close!
I scramble/run/skate to the train station as the grey world gets darker. The first huge drop smacks my nose, of all things! (Really!? I’m ALREDY awake),and I slip under the station roof just in time to dodge the wall of water dropping from the sky.
The rest of the day is one damp, miserable, soggy-wool-smell day. But I hold onto that morning’s misty centering moment, like a jacket against the biting cold,and judge the day to be ultimately a good one. A requirement in these alternative times.
It’s right above you
Don’t take my word for it
Tilt your head and look up.
I told you it was beautiful
But only you can judge for yourself
Tilt your head and look up.
It only lasts for a few minutes
And then darkness crowds in
And evening’s rest is close at hand.
Revel in the sunset’s beauty
Sky of blues and golden amber
Graceful limbs in shadow
Tilt your head and look up.
“The world is its own magic.”
– Shunryu Suzuki –
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
For this Tesseract, we will look at the energy of the third quarter Moon as it moves into Aquarius, learn more about what phase the Moon was in at our birth, and how we can use our Moon’s birth phase to help us with Magic.
April is with us. Finally, Winter is giving way to Spring, and we have fresh air to breathe. We can go outdoors and look up into the night sky without shivering. On Wednesday April 19, 2017, the Moon will be at its last quarter phase at 5:56 am. The time of the last quarter Moon phase is one of going inward, delving deeper into one’s own consciousness. It is a time to sort out where we are and reviewing what we need to keep or remove as we move along our path toward awareness.
About an hour later, at 6:51 am, the Moon will move from Capricorn into Aquarius. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, one of steadfastness, building structures and foundations, liking rules and boundaries. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, one of creating new pathways and new ways of seeing things, change for change’s sake, and commitment to new ideas. This movement from Capricorn represents a shift from an emphasis on the material plane to a focus on the mental realms.
The combination of the last quarter phase of the Moon occurring at almost the same time as the Moon moves between Capricorn and Aquarius is a good time to examine yourself in relation to your home, your private domain, your earthly possessions, and then to look outward and see yourself in the social realm, the larger community with all its interactions and exchange of ideas. What is too solid in your life? What is holding you back? What new ideas can you explore? What old habits and patterns of behavior is it time to release? This is a time of readjustment from what has been to what will be coming.
The Moon in all its phases reminds us that change is inevitable, as are constancy. The Moon changes her face that she shows to us every night, yet we know her cycles and can predict what phase will occur on which day on the calendar.
Have you ever wondered what phase the Moon was in when you were born? If you are interested in astrology, you probably already know your Sun sign, ascendant, and Moon sign. But you can add to this knowledge by looking up the phase of the Moon for any day. Here are links to a couple of web sites that I have used to look up Moon phases from the past:
I was born early in the morning on Friday May 4, 1956, under a last quarter Moon.
Every 29 days or so, the Moon’s phase will reappear. Take time to check on what phase the Moon was in on your birthday, and look for ways to celebrate its return every month.
One way to acknowledge your own Moon phase is to take note when it occurs and do your magickal or energetic working then. See for yourself if your divination practices, ritual participation, studying, meditations, intuition and sensitivities, spell casting, whatever you do in your magickal practice, are easier or more difficult, depending on the Moon phase. Note on your calendar when your own Moon phase will occur, and then see how your practices are affected.
Dark Moon: The time of the dark Moon is good for when you want to do magick to help you with releasing addiction or unhealthy attachments.
First Quarter Moon: When the Moon is showing more light, this is a good time for drawing things to yourself, and to attract more of what you want to grow or develop in your life.
Full Moon: The Moon’s face full of light offers a boost of energy for whatever magicks you are working. This is also a good time to lay out your crystals or magickal tools to be bathed in moonlight to cleanse and recharge their energies.
Third Quarter Moon: This time of waning Moon light can be a good time to work magicks to help with transitions or removing obstacles.
Remember to look at the Moon in all her phases, and remember what the poet Rumi tells us: Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being. ~Rumi
First Steps on the Seeker’s Path
Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Three
The next few months of focus for First Steps will be the study of Numerology. This is a #10 year.. 2+1+7=10. Numerologically, this adds up to a year where the singular “1” can unite and work side by side with the Limitless all of “0”, timelessness and eternal. Enjoy…
O – Opens the Way
Last month I listed that we would be taking a look at the numbers 1-3 in addition to “O”. Oh, the folly of my ways, in that “O” encompassing everything and nothing! So let’s hold 1-2 in reserve for their own post.
Last month’s post gave you some basic information about how to use Numerology for personal analysis. The next several posts will focus on the numbers O – 9 and their energies as esoteric tools. I’ve included some corresponding information about each number and its relevance to Astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. There are multiples layers of meaning in each of these systems and this series of articles is only meant to whet your appetite for deeper study.
A note about the planetary correspondences: Although you may find different attributions, those used here are those most commonly used in Numerology.
Zero – O….. represents:
Cycles, void, the limitless ALL, womb of creation and the Gate of the Divine
The number “O” is the beginning and ending of all things. It is the energy of cycles and as such is the container of the great void from which life begins anew. We could think of the number O as being the Divine all or the Limitless All that stretches out in expanse. Looking at the shape and curve the number presents as an invitation to enter through the center point of its opening. The mystery is held in what may emerge from the “other side” as there is always the balance of receipt and release. Moving around the circumference offers the reminder of the cycles in all things, but each revolution is slightly different than what has transpired previously and each new offers the adventure of the unknown.
I think of the zero as holding the potential for whatever I may wish to manifest through the assistance of what is seen and the vast expanse of the unseen. The circumference offers the boundary of container, flexible and resilient in its continuity. And what is held within that boundary reaches into planes of existence that may only be experienced by calling them forth into the reality of the now.
Tarot: The Fool
Tarot Key O – The Fool – is the first of the Major Arcana cards. His is the limitless starting point of creation and the limitless source of all life. The Fool moves forth trusting that all will be as it should and that there is no need to fear stepping into the unknown. The energy is that of ultimate faith and by the vision of this Faith all barriers are removed and the Divine flow steps into the potential of its own being.
Zero is the limitless all, the Divine, God and Goddess and every other Being of creation. Having a “O” as part of the number, such as 10, 20 , 30, etc… gives opportunity for that number’s energy to stand as co-creator with the source of all. We’ll learn next month about the nature of the number “1” but as a little preview:
1 is the number of the singular self; the individual “I” that is who we are as we come into this world and begin the journey of reaching out beyond the confines of the singular state of being. So, the number “10” could hold the energy of the singular self, or “I” standing in the light and collaborative partnership of the source of all – “O”. 10 (Ten) elevates us to recognize the higher nature of our self-hood and standing beside the creator, itself, we are at one with the cosmic cycles.
Next Month:Numbers 1 and 2
Where your journey begins, and
Where your journey ends are
But cornerstones of the
Limitless potential of the
Many paths taken between.
– E.J. Fennelly –
Upcoming Events – 2017
April 4 – May 24
Under the Veil of Night: Lunar Magick
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The Veils of Beltane-A Ritual of Creation
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Look Up: R.F.
Key O:Rider-Waite Tarot
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