Vol. 2 – Issue 2
Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of June
Summer and Light
Last month we celebrated our one-year anniversary and now off and running into year number two! June is sun and light, heat and endless adventures just waiting to be explored with family, friends, loved ones and newly found co-travelers.
The solstice marks the passing of astronomical time and in it’s over abundance of light and day comes the time to revel in that heat and strength, absorbing it into every cell so it may be carried into the promise of shorter days and introspective nights.
Flowers are bursting in peak bounty and for just a moment the world is alive, potent and palpable in its glory. This month’s writings reflect that joy and anticipation of time outdoors, walks and just simply settling into “being”. We have an incense recipe to keep the heat burning, directions to create a Spirit bag and more. Let the fun begin and welcome the summer light….
Just had to repeat this one!
“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay –
Show me YOUR glory.
The sun won’t shine brighter.
There’s nowhere to hide.
You could wait for subtle hints of shadow
to creep its fingers across grass,
or add depth to the freshly
and finally lush sycamore, oak, and maple.
You could sit and watch perennials reach their full height,
grateful for no longer needing to slumber in safety,
and delight in their aerial glory
instead of yours.
You were not born for this.
You do not exist simply to make way
This is YOUR time.
Share it with the flowers
and each leaf that follows the sun.
We compliment and supplement each other,
It is right that we each own our place.
We each need only make way in our turn.
Claim your place, now.
Something new must take it soon enough.
“In the depth of winter I finally learned
that there was in me an invincible summer.”
The Morning Shower
I want to show
You my droplets.
Light hasn’t filled
Them yet but soon
They will shine like
See how I hold them
So delicately and
Can’t let a single
One fall to the
Abyss below never
To enjoy the radiance
That they were destined for.
Come on sleepy head
Come outside to take
Your morning shower…
“I know that if odour were visible,
as colour is, I’d see the summer garden
in rainbow clouds.”
S = Solstice sun rides high to its zenith in the sky. Time to reach upwards and connect with the Sun, experience its power.
U = Undulating rays of lights shining from our Sun, longest day and shortest night of the year.
M = Midsummer Litha’s a special time to celebrate the Sun and all it provides for our planet without it, Life would not be possible.
M = Meditate, a time of self-reflection, look at your accomplishments over the year so far, be honest, there’s probably more to do.
E = Express to others your ideas and desires; enumerate
the positive influences they have had on your life.
R = Remember to serve your community, now is the season of boundless Energy and time to take action.
“Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.”
Summer Solstice Incense Recipe
1.5 oz. of Frankincense
.75 oz. of Myrrh
Thin layer of cinnamon (about 1 &1/2 teaspoon )
1 to 2 cups of dried peony petals
Thin layer of sandalwood ( about 1 to 1 & 1/2 teaspoons)
Creating an incense is a magical experience, a ritual itself. I thought I would share some thoughts and questions that came up in the process.
What is the incense for? A seasonal ritual? A Sabbat? A meditation, journey or trance? A healing? An offering? What materials are available at the time? What ingredients do you already have in your supply? Have you chosen specific colors or scents to reflect the tone of the working? How much do you need to make? How long does it need to last? Resins for example, burn much more slowly that dried petals and flowers. Is there pantheon or deity involved in the work? If so, what speaks to their time and culture. What plants and materials would they have had access to? How will the vibration of the ingredients you chose blend with you own? How will they change the vibration of the atmosphere, and effect change in the universe?
Onto the work; gather your ingredient, supplies,and tools. Candles and music can set the tone of the space. Ground, center, focus your intent and begin to create magick! Many blessings.
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter
or summer when they’re happy.”
My path is mine alone, it is long and winding, but ever leads me on.
At times it takes me through brilliant sunshine, at others into dense darkness.
For the most part it has been smooth, and I remain on course.
But occasionally there are obstacles in my way, some so daunting they appear insurmountable.
Yet always the trail leads on and I toil forward.
My path is mine alone, none can traverse it with me.
Yet occasionally my path may cross with yours and we shall meet.
Even better are the times that our paths intertwine and we can travel together for a while,
Frolicking in the sunshine or helping each other through the rough terrain,
Encouraging each other and picking each other up when we stumble.
My path is mine alone, you cannot walk it with me.
But at this moment our paths have merged and for a time we may journey together hand-in-hand.
And I give thanks for your companionship as we face the future together.
June’s Sabbat- The Summer Solstice
Gauzy shirts and wide-brimmed hats guard the skin of the easily crisped. Our life-giver, brilliant and brutal, lengthens our time for waking and work to sustain our lives now and prepare for the darkness to come. We continue our dance, begun at the waning darkness, now reaching its greatest frenzy.
Already, harvests of early berries and young greens may be consumed. Long-slept perennials stretch, bloom, bask, and feed. Some flowers wait, knowing the fussy fruit they signal must have just the right conditions in which to ripen. Others have long-passed, their delicate, now-fertilized seeds already exposed and scattered to the wind in hope.
Colonies of the tiny, to restore their stocks and increase their number, follow their forage into any breach, some marching in lines to snag bits of early stores, clean forgotten dishes, or make off with missed crumbs. Some are thoughtlessly sacrificed down drains, trapped, eaten, poisoned, or mangled into chitin balls by searching fingers, claws, tongues, or teeth chasing a curious tickle. Some build new nests by summer paper of saliva and pulp, risking spray, crush, or consumption. Still, they march or build because many succeed, and prepare for next year’s births and return.
Each solstice prepares for the next. Each extreme acknowledges the other’s necessity. Here, we may continue to plan and plant, but not for long. New plans must begin at the commencement of waning light–not of what may still be grown (though several of those sneak in), but of what may be done with plans already made. Each flower suggests a fruit. Perhaps fewer are spied than expected. Will we need to supplement? Must alliances form to share and exchange whatever bounty we’ve established or may unexpectedly be granted? The toes of Beltane’s air castles now gently brush and touch their foundations. By this turn, we catch hints of how solid these foundations might be.
We thankfully accept each possibility. All is full, but not crowded. No hard choices must yet be made. We ease or force into our work. We establish rhythms and systems we hope can lift us from thought. We refine skills. Our circumstances reveal unexpected talents. We put each to work to serve or broaden our bounty.
We have faith.
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
As we are being pulled toward the summer solstice, we may want to take time to pause for reflection at the time of the full Moon. The full Moon will move into the sign of Sagittarius, a mutable fire sign, on Friday June 9 at 9:09 am. The Sun will rise at 5:24 am and will be in Gemini, a mutable air sign, as the Moon will be setting. This opposition between the Moon and the Sun, between Fire and Air, between Sagittarius and Gemini, will be felt as a friction between desire and action, between thought and word, between feeling and expressing.
The mutable fire energy of Sagittarius loves to explore big ideas and have adventures, is excited by philosophy and spiritual matters, and seeing the big picture. Sagittarius loves to spark new ideas, new initiatives, and aim high for the greater good. The mutable air energy of Gemini craves stimulation and exchange of ideas and loves to tinker in lots of different areas with a lot of small details and this and that, and the other. Gemini is of the now, Sagittarius is of the future. This interaction occurring with the June full Moon energy and Sun in Gemini can lead to a time of insight, understanding, transformation. This could also be a time of friction, confusion, mixed communication, sudden changes in thoughts and feelings.
To help bring balance, spend time out of doors, try some new dance moves or exercises—movement can help with clarity—and be ready to reveal your inner self to the brightness of the full Moon light and the coming Summer Solstice! The energy of a full Moon is one that shines a light on your chance to increase your sense of adventure, try out new ideas, going for what you want to manifest. This is a time for growth, expansion, and increase in many areas.
After the Summer Solstice, we will be visiting the new Moon phase, which will occur on June 24 and will be in Cancer. The new Moon is opposite the full Moon, and what you put into play at the full Moon will come up for evaluation and reassessment at the time of the new Moon. As this new Moon in June will be in Cancer, this will be a time to nurture yourself and pay attention to ways to practice self-healing, especially of emotional wounds.
Here is a way to enrich yourself with the Moon’s energies this month: make a Spirit Bag to carry with you. You could attach a cord so that you could wear it as a pendant around your neck, or hang up in your home or place on your altar.
This spirit bag will combine energies of Sagittarius, the full Moon, and protection. First, gather your materials. You will need a candle, square of fabric, some herbs, gem stones, and a string to tie it closed, and a cord for hanging:
Find a white candle to represent the Moon.
- Fabric, String, and Cording:
Sagittarius is associated with rich purples and dark blues. Find a piece of fabric in one or more of these colors and cut it so that it is about 4 to 5 inches on each side. It can be solid colored, or patterned, just pick one that is pleasing to you. You will need some string or yarn to tie it closed. Find some that is in a matching color to your fabric. If you want to attach a carry or hanging cord, this should be as long as you want it to be. This will be tied onto the bag after you have finished it and tied it closed.
Gather a little of several dried herbs and spices:
Cinnamon to represent Fire energy
Sage for protection
Borage for joy and courage
- Gem Stones
Moonstone or Opal are associated with the Moon and carry water energy
If you are using a cinnamon stick, grind it down to smaller pieces, or use cinnamon powder. In a bowl, combine the borage, sage, and cinnamon.
Lay out your cloth and tie string, and cording if you are using it.
Have your moonstone or opal nearby.
Light your candle. Ground your energies, combining Earth energy with cosmic energy, letting them mingle within you. Focus on your intent: protection, clarity, understanding.
Take your string that you will be using to tie close the spirit bag. Tie three knots in it, each knot representing body/mind/spirit.
Place the moonstone or opal on the square of cloth and sprinkle a large pinch of the borage, sage, and cinnamon. Concentrate on the energies you are bringing together: fire, water, Moon, protection, clarity.
Touch each corner of the fabric in turn and think of the four elements: air, earth, fire, and water. Gather the 4 corners together and bring to a point: this is Spirit. Tie the 4 corners together with the knotted string. If you want to add a hanging cord, tie it over the knotted string, do not replace the string.
Once you have created your spirit bag, pass it above the candle flame and let its heat and light purify it. Then hold the spirit bag to your solar plexus and send your own energy and intention for protection into it. You will be charging it with vitality so that it may help protect you.
Using the Spirt Bag
Whenever you feel the need to remember the energies of Sagittarius’s fire, the Moon’s fullness, or how to adapt to changing circumstances when the way forward is not clear, take out your spirit bag, press on it a little to release the scent of the herbs and spice, feel the moonstone or opal through the fabric, touch the 3 knots. This will help you re-connect to your intentions and focus with which you filled the spirit bag.
Releasing the Spirit Bag
After some time has passed, you might feel that the energies of the bag have dissipated. If this happens, you can re-energize it by grounding yourself, re-focus on your intents, perhaps open it up and refill it with more herbs and spice. After you do this, pass it again over a candle flame and re-energize it by holding it over your solar plexus. If possible, do this at the time of a full Moon.
If you feel it is time to let go of the spirit bag, you can easily open it up, cast the herbs and spice to the winds, discard the cloth and string by burying them or by burning in a fire, and run clear running water over the opal or moonstone to cleanse it. The gem can be re-used for another purpose, if you so desire.
First Steps on the Seeker’s Path
Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Four
The next few months of focus for First Steps will be the study of Numerology. This is a #10 year.. 2+1+7=10. Numerologically, this adds up to a year where the singular “1” can unite and work side by side with the Limitless all of “0”, timelessness and eternal. Enjoy…
A note about the planetary correspondences: Although you may find different attributions, those used here are those most commonly used in Numerology.
A Little Review…
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………
Three – 3….represents:
The point of trinity or third that is created from the friction and combined effort of the two.
Within the energy of the number Three (3) is the structure of harmony and the triune nature that forms the three-sided triangle of fire, action and will. Additionally, each component offers a different perspective or dynamic to contribute to that outpour. Three faces, each in support of the other yet one in the same and emanating from the One. Each of these energies works collaboratively with one another in the creative effort of new growth. We find multiple references to the Trinity in spiritual practice. These are but a few:
Maiden, Mother Crone
Youth, Father, Sage
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva
Father, Son,Holy Ghost
The planetary energy of the number three is Jupiter. Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System and it is this expansive quality that is necessary in seeking a third from the union of the two. Jupiter’s force is one of an over-reaching quality that extends itself far and wide with the intent of covering as much ground as possible. This is done with the intent of sorting through the multiple options presented until finding the one that will be most productive. Considering the energy of Jupiter as it lends its force to any creative endeavor there is great potential for moving beyond what was initially thought possible and creating something entirely new carried forward by the intent fueled at its place of origins.
Astrology: The House of Self- Expression/Presentation
This is the astrological house that defines what you possess and what manner of expression it takes. You have moved from the singular identification of the Self (1st House) and began the process of acquisition of items that create the outer persona of who you perceive yourself to be. Now, arriving at the Third House you have the appropriate external objects that can be the methods you use to communicate who you are. The ruling astrological sign is that of Gemini; the master communicator.
Tarot: The Empress
Tarot Key III – The Empress is the Mother of all life. She sits in quietrepose and strength in the verdant landscape of her own domain. She is the sexual energy that is ripe being both pregnant in her fertility and exquisite in the afterglow of promised union. The Empress offers the vision of what will become and will bear fruit from her union with the masculine polarity and the manifest and spiritual fruits this union will yield. She is the promise of continued life and expression of that life in all of the elemental worlds over which she reigns supreme.
Qabalah: Binah – Understanding
Binah is the Third Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of Binah we find the Mother and Divine Creatrix; who contains within herself the archetypal womb through which all life is has potential to be made manifest. It is the nature of the male to provide the seed of life, but it is the feminine principle that gives it life, provides the space for gestation and ultimately releases the manifest form into existence or being. It is that feminine principle that holds the primal form within the womb that is both void and full. The vessel that holds nothing also provides the space and potential for it to be filled.
And, the Three needed a structure of foundation and stability from which to grow and seed its harmonious wisdom.
Four – 4….represents:
Opening the point of support to a place of foundation, equanimity and force in a balanced state.
The number Four (4) represents structure and is the basis of foundation, solidity of form and function and endurance or permanence. Four indicates change (as in the four seasons), versatility (as in the four elements) and a nice solid equi-sided base upon which to build from those changes a versatile nature of enduring qualities. This is the energy that can endure as pressure is put upon it internally and externally.
The planetary energy of Uranus is the planet associated with the number Four. Prior to inclusion of the 3 outer planets, the Sun served double duty for the numbers 1 and 4. Its quality is that of pure energy and catalytic stream that pulses life into everything it encounters. This energy serves to bring to light the varied ways that structure may be created as it draws to itself magnetically (similar to the energy of the Sun) everything that will bolster a structure that will support in a stimulating way.
Astrology: The House of Family
The Fourth House is concerned with those you call family. These are your biological family as well as those who you may consider to be your family of nurturance. This is the energy of the home life and those who are supportive. The ruling astrological sign is that of Cancer. Cancer is the quintessential representation of desire for a loving and supportive home. Its natural energy is one of comfort and creation of a home that is both sanctuary and place of caring community. When we are blessed with this type of support it becomes the foundation that enables us to reach out to others from a place of understanding and love.
Tarot: The Emperor
Tarot Key IV – The Emperor sits as merciful authority and king needing nothing but his own Divine wisdom to guide his actions. This energy gives insight into the discipline required to sit as master of one’s own destiny. All actions taken are reflected back to the Emperor and his final authority determines the force and quality of what that final seed of potential will become as it is transformed by merciful action.
Qabalah: Chesed- Mercy
Chesed is the Fourth Sphere. Within its energy is the ability to see thee bigger picture and make informed judgment based upon that vision. This is the action of Mercy when it relies upon a broader perspective from which to draw its conclusions.
Everything depends upon this precarious balance of equi-lateral view that hangs on the tip of the blade that will determine its final outcome. The essence of the fourth sphere of Chesed is one of achieving a state of balance through compassion, mercy and right action.
The Four pushes and strains expanding and seeking the sweet product of change as the orderly disruption breaks through as Five………
Next Month:Numbers 5 and 6
Midsummer calls to you saying
Awaken and revel in the day as
My light stretches long and bright
Before night crowds greedily in.
– RCF –
Upcoming Events – 2017
Celebration of the Summer Solstice
More Info: Click here…
July 11 – July 25
Celestial Tides: Days of Light, Dark and Balance
For more information. Click here…
Stock photos, unless otherwise noted
Zenith:Image of Mt. Rainier peaking through the clouds..E.Fennelly
Summer Solstice Incense:M.Q.
For more information about the contents of the newsletter and/or our coven:
Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW or email:firstname.lastname@example.org