Vol. 2 – Issue 11
Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of March
Spring Into New Beginnings!
Happy Spring! Happy month of March and the promise that it brings!
This month’s issue is bursting with new beginnings and the joy of anticipation as the weather warms and thee beauty of nature beckons us to linger longer in Her domain. We welcome a new column this month entitled “Journeys on the Yogi’s Magick Mat“. You can look forward to articles about the practice of Yoga, the experience of our columnist in real terms and glimpses into her journal as she moved through years of cultivating a renewing and personal practice.
“Tesseract” speaks to the astrology of the month and in keeping with use of the energy of the Wheel of the Year, weaves information about the Sabbat of the Vernal Equinox/Ostara into its working. Another perspective of the Vernal Equinox and “Seekers on the Path” continues the exploration of Meditation in Part Two of this series with focus on meditations for the elements of self.
So, head out of doors, find a grassy comfortable spot and enjoy this month’s offerings….
“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke-
A Bird Sings
A bird sings.
Just as the alarm blares out, startling me out of a deep slumber.
I stumble into the darkness, fumbling for the light switch.
Like an automaton, I complete my morning ablutions.
Still half asleep, I trudge into the cold darkness and my day begins.
A bird sings.
The notes dancing on sunbeams, gently calling me to waken.
I bounce out of bed into the soft, golden rays of dawn.
I hum a little tune as I prepare to greet the day ahead.
Smiling contentedly, I skip out the door and my day begins.
A bird sings.
It sings of the end of darkness.
It sings of the imminent arrival of spring.
A bird sings, I just need to choose to listen.
A bird sings and my heart is full of joy!
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose
I would always greet it in a garden.”
March Marches In
It seems like 2018 just started and yet here we are at the beginning of third month already! Frequently known to come “in like a lion, and out like a lamb” March is often a month of turbulent weather and fluctuating temperatures. March tends to bring mixed emotions for people. Some are sorry to see the crisp, cold snowy days of winter come to an end. No more will our yards be graced with a soft blanket of pristine, white snow.
Jack Frost will retire, leaving our windshields undecorated with his lacy designs. March marks the end of skiing, sledding, and snowball fights. Yes, some will be saddened to leave winter’s cold embrace. For others, March heralds the approach of Spring and they celebrate the end of long, dark days and excitedly anticipate the warmer days soon to come. Even though we may continue to ensure cold, snowy days we know those days are numbered when March arrives! We begin to make plans for the summer, booking flights and renting beach houses. For those with a green thumb, March may involve garden planning and even starting seedlings indoors.
In the Northern Hemisphere March 20th marks the Spring (or Vernal) Equinox. This is the day when daylight and darkness are of almost equal length at most places in the Earth. Astronomically it is the point of time when the Sun crosses the Earth’s celestial equator. Or in simpler terms, the moment when the center of the visible sun is directly over the equator. At that time the Earth’s tilted axis is actually nearly perpendicular to the Sun. (It is interesting to note that Equinoxes occur in any planet with a tilted rotational axis). After the March Equinox the northern hemisphere of the Earth begins to tilt towards the sun causing days to lengthen and temperatures to rise. Since it marks the start of longer daylight hours people in the northern hemisphere historically considered the Vernal Equinox a day the celebrate. For modern society, however, a brief disruption of communication can occur as geostationary communications satellites are momentarily positioned directly between the Earth and the Sun and subject to overload from the Sun. Thankfully this sun outage is usually of short duration.
From an astrological perspective, March 20th is also the First Point of Aries. Around 130 BCE, the Sun entered the western edge of the constellation Aries on the Vernal Equinox causing Hipparchus to name it the First Point of Aries. Throughout the year the Sun passes through all of the zodiac constellations, beginning with the First Point of Aries. Thus, the Zodiac calendar begins with the Sun sign of Aries on March 21st. Due to orbital wobbling (or precession) the sun no longer appears to enter the constellation Aries on March 20th, it transitioned into Pisces in approximately 68 BCE and has remained there since. In 2597 AD the Vernal Equinox will transition into Aquarius. The First Point of Aries continues to be used by astronomers to calculate the location of celestial bodies in the celestial sphere. (If you are interested in the math please refer to a reputable astronomy source as it is beyond the scope of this article and outside of the mathematical skills of this writer!)
Historically, many cultures had celebrations on or near the Spring Equinox. The Babylonian’s had the holiday Akitu, celebrating the marriage of the Earth Goddess Ishtar to the Sky God Marduk. In Persia the festival of No Ruz, a celebration of hope and renewal, fell on the spring equinox. The ancient Mayans celebrate the return of the Sun Serpent on the day of the Equinox. Ancient Romans celebrated the resurrection of Attis by Cybele. Many older civilizations recognized the Spring Equinox as a time to honor the return of the sun and celebrate the burgeoning life springing from the earth. In agriculturally centered societies understanding seasonal changes was key to survival and longer, warmer days were certainly something to celebrate!
The Vernal Equinox is also important in relation to many modern religious celebrations. The Jewish holiday of Passover usually occurs on the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. For most Christian s Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after (or on) the Spring Equinox.
Ostara, a celebration of Spring and fertility, is one of the eight Sabbats celebrated by many Neo-Pagans. The history of Ostara is much more recent than many of the Neo-Pagan celebrations, such as Yule and Samhain. The original Wheel of the Year, as described by Gerald Gardner, only included six Sabbats, the summer and winter solstices along with four Celtic fire festivals. The spring and fall equinoxes were later added to the wheel and the name “Ostara” came into use in the late 1960’s. Many believe Ostara is named after Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess associated with the dawn although springtime celebrations pre-date the first appearance of this goddess.
Eggs and rabbits are symbols claimed by both Christian and Neo-Pagans and while some may argue over who appropriated these symbols from whom, their use as symbols of fertility likely precede modern practice of either faith. Indeed, many holidays this time if year involve celebrating with food and decorating with flowers and the gentle yet vibrant colors of spring and often include a celebration of life and fertility.
And if the Vernal Equinox, start of the zodiacal year, change of seasons, and various religious holidays are not enough, March also gives us St. Patrick’s Day! March 17th is considered the traditional day to celebrate death of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. For many Christians, in addition to attending church services, it is an official feast day when Lenten dietary restrictions are lifted. In the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland tibia a public holiday. And for many people it is simply a day to shake off the last dregs of winter with a merry celebration with family and friends. As the saying goes, we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so grab your green garb and celebrate, for Mother Earth will be wearing her finest greenery soon!
“The force of Spring is mysterious, fecund and
powerful beyond measure.”
She coils silently and skillfully around
Encircling and spiraling upwards
Branch and fiber, vine and trunk strongly
Held in Her embrace knowing that
No limb will offer obstacle.
Reaching ever upwards
The serpent moves with fluid grace
Around her stable rod
As man marvels at the symmetry
And grace of Her willful Ascent.
“Spring is the time of plans and projects”
– Leo Tolstoy –
Wonders of Water
While riding the train to work daily, I saw the advertisements for The Philadelphia Flower Show. This year’s theme is “Wonders of Water”. As we enter the month of March, I began to think about its relationship with the element of water. March is the month when the waters begin to flow. The snow and ice of winter melt away to reveal the new abundance of plant and animal life. In the Spring our creative thoughts turn to new beginnings and we are energized to tackle new projects and spend time outdoors.
Our bodies are composed mostly of water and like rivers rising after the Spring rains our emotions are influenced by water. Water is always moving, changing influenced by the Moon the tides ebb and flow. At times our emotions experience the calmness of a still lake and other times we are riding the turbulent ocean waves. Even the tears we shed in times of despair are our bodies way of releasing the sorrow and pain.
We can use water magic in our everyday life. For instance, draw a warm bath and fill it with your favorite scented herbs, flower petals or bath oils. As you soak in the water imagine your stress and worries being carried away by the water. Allow the healing effect of water to relax you and draw peace into your life. Water can be used in a method of divination called Scrying. Take a simple dark colored bowl, add water and a drop of soap. Sit quietly, soften your gaze as you look deeply in the water. Practicing this skill of psychic visualization, you never know what might be revealed.
So as the month of March brings us new beginnings in all aspects of our lives expect to feel the influence of water. Let its healing properties carry away the negativity and bring peace into your life. Allow the clarity of vision and psychic awareness to prepare you to meet the ever changing situations in our daily lives. Take the time to truly experience the wonders of water.
“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
-Susan J. Bissonette-
The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
Welcome to March. There are several significant dates that we will consider with our discussion of March. First, there will be a full Moon on Friday March 2 and it will be in Virgo, a mutable earth sign. Then, the new Moon will occur on Saturday March 17 and will be moving from Pisces (a mutable water sign) and into Aries (a cardinal fire sign). That day of perfect balance, when day and night are of equal length, will happen at the Spring Equinox on Tuesday March 20. And for a bonus, there will be a second full Moon on Saturday March 31 and it will be in Libra, a cardinal air sign.
As we can see from these portents, we will be learning on the universe a way to find a sense of balance. We will have the brightness of the two full Moons in earth and air, in mutable and cardinal signs. The new Moon will be watery and mutable. And in between, we will have the Equinox.
Virgo represents striving toward perfection, working for tangible results, and making necessary changes to continue toward the desired outcome. The first full Moon in March will shine a light on your goals, plans, expectations, and how to get onto achieving your goals.
The second full Moon will be in Libra, which represents ideas, thoughts, new beginnings, starting on a new path.
In between, the new Moon will be moving from Pisces into Aries, into cardinal fire and away from mutable water. The time of the new Moon is one of introspection, self-examination, moving into one’s own inner landscape. This is perfectly suited to Pisces’s emotional undercurrents and diving deep. However, Aries is all about action, moving forward, starting something. The Moon’s lessons for this month are about shining a light on a plan of action, going within to evaluate and weigh and consider, then starting again with energy and with new ideas and insights.
While we are being enriched with the Moon’s gifts, we are also met with the balance of the Equinox: one of the two days in a calendar year in which we have equal amounts of daylight and nighttime. This is time when life springs forth, literally in the new green growth, young birds are hatching, lambs frolicking in the fields, and the air is softer and no long holds winter’s icy chill. The ground is softening and will be ready for sowing of seeds. Each day, the amount of time the sun shines will increase, until the time of the autumn equinox.
This is a time to open your windows, let in the fresh air, sweep away dust that had been hiding in the corner. Let the light shine in on you and all you hold dear. Behold what is illuminated. Let go of what is unneeded. Step outside of your house, of your routines, out of your tightly wound self. See what is around you. Open up to possibilities. The Moon and sun and universe welcome you.
In the words of Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata” remember this: “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”
To celebrate the balance of light and dark in March, you could craft a witch’s besom to sweep out the old to make room for the new. A besom is a traditional Witch’s broom, typically made of a staff of oak or ash with a bundle of birch twigs and binding made from cording or twines. It is used to symbolically sweep out an area to remove negative energy. If you don’t care to craft a besom, you can buy one or just use a standard broom. For the sake of spiritual use, it is better to dedicate a specific broom for this purpose. So, keep your kitchen broom for sweeping out the kitchen, and keep your spiritual broom for sweeping out negative energies!
A magickal cleansing is typically carried out by sweeping out the energies of your space (room, house, ceremonial meeting place, work space) from the top to the bottom and from the back to the front. Sweep out toward open windows and toward open doors. Your besom does not need to touch the floor; this is a spiritual sweeping, not a physical sweeping. You may want to do a spring cleaning first, then pull out your besom for the magickal cleaning.
Enjoy the light and the coming warmth.
“Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”
Welcome to our New Columnist!
Journeys on the Yogi’s Magick Mat
” Every Posture Is a Journey Not a Destination “
As I was looking through my journals about my experience in beginning a Yoga practice, I found this piece over the weekend. Allow me to apologize at the start any comments that were mean and ignorant. Body criticism and judgment is a big thing for many new to the practice and overcoming that to simply center on yourself is part of the practice.
JOURNAL ENTRY 1.
I thought I was prepared. I’ve been investigating for some time; learned the basics, after all, I’ve got a yoga DVD at home that I do at least once a month. After deciding on a studio (contacts have been great) and reading the frequently asked questions and answers; I’m set. Easy from there right? OMG. OMFG. WTF.
Lesson one: No drinking! Yoga is breathing, flexibility, and a releasing of toxins. (the key here: DO NOT HAVE TOXINS)
Lesson two: You cannot eat big meals before class. My suggestion: start this on Tuesday night (seriously). Eat healthy; sensible portions (this is key). Honestly I made a typical crazy Sunday meal (overboard, the kind you need a nap afterwards). Matt was happy, I was happy no drinking involved, good times right? Um, our system was still digesting this meal today. ALL DAY!
Thank god my coffee kicked in before class.
Lesson 3: Wear the right clothing. No jewelry, you’ll be patting you’re face so be careful with the make-up, wear light, breathable fabrics (not big or hanging). I prefer dark colors (sweat shows immediately in light grey, etc.). UM and NO perfume or smelling lotions (in fact; limit lotion the day of: see later reference).
Lesson 4: Know you’re limits.
Class was very enlightening and very fun. But I thankfully heeded earlier warnings.
So I had a productive day off; lots of water; ate veggies around 2:30. Showered. toenails painted (I know, vanity). Additional sports bra, unscented lotion (vanity prevents ashy elbows, feet, or exposed skin period). Packed the mat, 2 towels, ready to go. Matt came home (I had spoken to him around noon and warned him to avoid a heavy lunchtime meal). Yoga was a surprise; he loves me right?
We go first to Walmart (he needs a mat), then on our way. He’s really not looking forward to this; but goes along for the experience. We arrive early (YEAH); just as instructed. Spoke with the women; who were both pleasant and helpful as we mentioned this was our first class, then we signed in. Realized there is a WAIVER to complete prior before class (why does a stretching class need a waiver?).
Any-hoo, Cute spot! We’re apprehensive; but feeling the Zen. Cubbies for shoes (thank god for earlier pedicure) and jackets and cell phones and keys. Decided we would only need one towel. Jen had cautioned about sweating during class; but it’s just stretching, we won’t sweat that much, occasional patting, less bulk; we could share. People are coming and going. There are dressing rooms and bathrooms (one for guys and girls, ONE); but no worries. Then down the hall; she opens the door for us and it hits me immediately. HEAT. Like summertime, sauna, down south, stifling heat. Beautiful space though, mirrored wall, some fans above and soft lighting. OK, won’t be that bad. The heat allows your muscles to really oxygenate and although mirrors are intimidating; one must think of them as educational. They allow you to critique your posture sequence. I mean, they have fans; how bad could it be? Open mind, new experience-Jen’s idea is great!
She escorts Matt and me to the middle of the room (um, keep open mind, no need for the back of the class mentality); besides, she explains that when the class turns we will always have someone to follow. Nice mix of people; 20’s to upper 50’s. some diversity going on, all body types (YEAH), (Matt is comfortable that it was about 30% men.) So we relax as she begins with standing postures.
Breathing, stretching arms, good thoughts, balance. We can do this; but wow, it really is hot in here. Then comes the balancing. (holding a knee up, holding the leg back, standing on one while holding arms in extensively involved positions). Arms out, one leg up-now lets progress to tippy toe (am I a ballerina? Matt is watching the fans and making sure not to hit the lady behind him). So then we must cross our arms under each other-she comes over to try and help; but then says-just go as far as you can-realizing my boobs are preventing this. Damn that extra sports bra. I can’t even hook my arms together, but one learns. All about adjustment. I simply hold my elbows higher to sink lower into the squatting on one tippy toe foot position. Others are seriously sweating, not just me. Thank god. I can get through this. Breathe. Concentrate.
Next we go into warrior poses. Yes, familiar again. legs apart. inner thigh stretch. balance. (note to self, less lotion on the feet would prevent slipping across my mat). But thankfully I prepared with a light meal earlier; definitely enough strength to get me through; but it really is hot in here. I’m really sweating (Jen was right). I see the shimmer on my arms already too (maybe the lotion wasn’t the best idea). Looking around; others are sweating so I’m good; back to concentration, right. Wrong! We’re all hot, and it’s only 15 minutes in. Then, the dude in front of me decides to take his shirt off. Shirt off. As in naked yoga?
Um, ok, fine if you’re Matthew McConaughey; but this guy is Chewbacca! wtf. Really? And why are you right in front of me? How’s anyone supposed to concentrate now? Where am I supposed to look? He’s slipped over and now blocking the mirror completely with sweaty back hair.
So we move to the floor and Jillian starts with the music. Cool, brings in the tantric feel. I decide to place the towel on my mat and my boyfriend doesn’t seem to mind as he’s just concentrating on the breathing. Another 15 minutes goes by and there are puddles dripping on the floor around Chewbacca. Remain open. Must Concentrate. I can do this. Stretch. But as I’m on the floor, staring at ceiling, I realize those are heat lamps! It’s feeling like Cambodia because we are under rotisserie cooking lamps! Ok, breathe into the posture. I can do this. Matt is now cursing me and his mat is too short, the woman behind him keeps bumping him. Forget drinks or other toxins; He’s sweating last night’s meal out of his system! The instructor reminds us that anything we ingest that is not organic and healthy has toxins. I just focus. Breathe into the positions. We can do this.
Somewhere after 45 minutes; I start to get dizzy. We’re now attempting a seating position on our knees while leaning back to place our heads to the floor. Jillian comes to help my boyfriend out by placing a blue cushion block under his ass. He looks very uncomfortable; as am I. In fact, I’m really feeling weird. No biggie; I’ll just concentrate on her music. Um NO. I’m actually getting nauseous. Vomit is creeping up quickly; then, I have a full on heat flash. Thankfully, I’m already on the ground because I can’t move. I see the top of the door behind my head and know there is fresh air and a toilet beyond; but I can’t move. Ok, breathe. Oh, God; please don’t let me pass out cold and these people will need to call an ambulance. It was like being sick drunk without the liquor. If this bitch doesn’t crank these fans up. Matt can’t see me as he’s moving between the blue block and a downward dog position. Why did I sign that waiver? There is no stopping this spinning, dizzy, ears ringing, nauseating cycle. Must remain calm, breathe. Just lie here (as if I could move).
I think I missed a good 4 minutes of postures before I felt my body becoming normal again. Jillian had come up to check on me; but I could not talk; so she just told me to lie there and breathe (Might have been possible if there was any air here in hell). Thankfully everyone else was still on the ground as I came back into consciousness.
We switch from our backs to lying face down (now Matt’s pissed about the towel). His face is on the floor for the leg and arm lifts move. So we’re on our stomachs, stretching our limbs off the ground when Jillian proceeds to play the Superman theme song. SUPERMAN!!!! Ok, it was funny; however I was still concerned with staying in reality due to all my toxins releasing in this sweatshop. (when I write toxins, I now mean food, of any food in your system).
We’re finally winding down. We’re soaked. Matt has accepted that he is too tall to properly stretch without wacking the lady behind us. Then ….we hear it. . . the instructor starts speaking in Sanskrit for the ending sequences. SANSKRIT. really?
I’m not talking Latin or Hebrew. SANSKRIT!!!! I didn’t even know that was an audible language. Everyone starts this breathing sequence. We just look at each other; I see no love in his eyes. Chewie, in front of me, has created an entire sweat moat that has spread off his mat all around him. We’ve finished off 2 huge water containers. The instructor is spreading her “namaste” “good thoughts” love and we just want to go home.
By the time we get up; we’re the last in the room. Out of 20 some people! We make our way out the door into a greeting of arctic air! I can’t even think of a description for that wake-up call. I’m changing into my street clothes. Matt refuses to speak to me. The receptionist proceeds to tell us about the $130.00 dollar beginner package with unlimited yoga sessions in between! LOL
. . . So we finally reach the outside fresh air and our lungs proceed to freeze. I crank the heat in the car and take us to grab a bit at the health food store. (Why waste all that energy on pizza). Matt asks if I’m trying to kill him and if I’ve recently taken out a new insurance policy. We make it home, I’m getting things in order and he’s using all the hot water in existence. We both have migraines that require STRONG medications. Not sure about being able to move tomorrow. I get up and he’s in bed. No hot water left. I finally get into bed only to toss and turn until about 12 am. It’s freezing. I believe my core temperature has been irrevocably damaged and I have to throw on thermals under my pj’s! Thermals! I toss and turn until one, my knees are in a permanent 90-degree angle to try and alleviate the back pain. At 2:30a.m. I give up on sleep. Sunlight comes, but we both can’t move. Thank god for coffee.
FYI; Matt has forgiven me, but has never returned to the studio for another class. He chooses to practice at home. This experience is where my journey began, and so it makes sense for me to share it at the beginning of my series. Perhaps my story has entertained, or maybe you can relate. New beginnings are uncomfortable, scary, sometimes painful and awkward. This is just one step in my journey of self improvement via the yogic tradition. I love this practice and wholeheartedly recommend it; (it has gotten easier to an extent). Just use common sense, listen to your body, stay open and trust. I am so very happy I continued on this path; many, many lessons have been learned and I do not know where I would be today without my practice. Thank you for reading and of course,
First Steps on the Seeker’s Path
This month’s article is Part Two of a series of posts about the practice of meditation and contemplative integration at all levels of being. Last month I discussed the need for balance in all o our endeavors and the opening that will result in spending time in a contemplative way…..
Part Two: Magickal Meditation
Meditation for the Elements of Self
This month provides a set of meditations that may be used to awaken the elemental nature of your being. We are creatures of Earth and the cosmos and as such, we hold within our bodies the basic alchemical correspondences that resonate with everything of creation. This components are often simplified and assigned the characteristics of Earth – Air – Fire and Water, each holding its own symbology and understanding based primarily on what we know of the physical world.
Even if we are unable to take time to sit in a contemplative manner, we are always able to connect to these elements that surround and are within us. These are the basics of the Four Elements:
AIR is associated with the cardinal direction of the East-the place of the rising sun or dawn. Air is also associated with mind and intellect, the place that gives rise to the birth of ideas. When we connect with the element of air we are moving through the realms of the mind and just as the breeze carries seeds from location to location that eventually become tree or plant, the seeds of bright ideas and inspiration are carried within the air-like movement of the mind.
FIRE, unlike the other elements cannot exist in physical form without consuming and destroying something else, thus causing transformation of that thing. It is out of that destruction that the potential for the most growth often occurs. This action is that of the legendary Phoenix rising from the flames of ash. At a purely mundane and physical level Fire is associated with heat. The warmth of the Sun and the heat of the wood stove that keeps us warm in wintry weather. When we take it to the mental level, Fire becomes the passion that excites and ignites. It is the catalyst that creates movement and it is the creative spark that leads to new invention or manifest creation.
WATER is associated with the cardinal direction of the West, the place of the setting sun or dusk. It is both the place of endings and also the anticipation of the rising of the lunar energies as night falls. It is closely connected to the similar energies of the Moon and its impulse of ebb and flow, waxing and waning as it moves through its cycles of change. It is the emotional outpour and connection to the intent of mind and action of will that creates successful endeavors, all being held within the foundation of the element of earth.
EARTH is associated with the cardinal direction of North, the place of midnight, when the sun’s light has moved beyond the horizon of sight and appears to be held in the darkness of night before sunrise. Earth is also associated with all things of the physical realm. Humanity, flora, fauna, crystal and more are all contained within earth. Earth is the place of manifestation, concrete and tangible outcome. Earth holds within its bound the potential for creation, evolution and sustaining of what has been created. Earth is the energy of the magnet that attracts to itself what it sends forth. Because earth defines the manifest world and all that is contained within, it draws to itself the power of manifestation itself.
And, the Fifth (5th) element is that of Spirit. When we engage our higher nature in work that stimulates and refines the consciousness, Spirit rises and we are at-one-ment with the the energies of the Universe.
Spirit stands apart from the four physical elements. Air, Fire, Water and Earth form the foundation upon which manifest and un-manifest work is done. Spirit has no specific correspondences, easily defined boundaries or categorization as it is the flexible container that expands, contracts, opens and closes in response to everything that surrounds and contains it. Spirit manifests in everything and is everywhere. To say that everything contains Spirit is to try to articulate something that cannot be limited by words, analogies or truisms.
As we move deeper into this series, we’ll dip a little deeper into the elements and their use at the levels of spiritual practice. For now, use the information above as starting points, spend some time with the meditations below and remain open to what reveals itself to you in understanding this sacred aspect of who we are as manifest beings:
Meditation on the Elements
Source: The Elemental Year by Robin Fennelly
Begin each of these meditations in the same way:
Turn your focus and attention to your breath. Allow your state of consciousness to move with the rise and fall of your chest and the filling and release of the lungs. Continue in this manner for several breaths; allowing each to become softer, smoother and slower.
As you sit quietly in a relaxed state imagine yourself as a leaf being carried by a gentle breeze. You feel the weightlessness of your being and the gentle cradle of a pocket of air that lifts you above the ground. You move slowly and then a gust and burst of sir moves you more quickly as you float gently. The sensation is one of movement and buoyancy; currents of air weaving in and out as they carry you along. You relax even more deeply and enjoy this sense of freedom and lightness. Your breath moves in rhythm with the air that flows around you. Continue in this imagined state for as long as you wish, knowing that return of attention to your breath will bring you back to the space of physical being.
You find yourself sitting in front of a crackling fireplace. The wood is aromatic and the sputters of the flames creates it own background music. The flames rise and fall, dancing and weaving around the logs. Blues at the hottest point of burning and reds and oranges ablaze like the colors of a beautiful sunset. You are mesmerized by the movement of the flames and the many shapes and images that seem to be contained within. You note the transformation of solid piece of wood, to aromatic flame and then to ash; and think of the transformative powers of action and change. Continue to sit looking at the flames and the wisdom of change they offer.
It is sunset and you are on a beach standing at the edge of the vast ocean. The dusky blue of the sky and the deep blue of the waters in front of you form a tapestry of soothing color. The white peaked waves, foamy and rising and falling as if in syncopation hold your gaze. These are the tides that ebb and flow within you as well. The resonance of your being and the energy and rise and swell of the waters stirs the emotions you hold within. The sheer beauty of the sun setting below the horizon of water’s edge and the anticipation of the rising of the moon bring a yearning and peace that cannot be articulated. Enjoy the beauty of this scene. The smell of the salty air and the rising of the moon reflected on waters of life.
You find yourself standing at the base of a giant Sequoia; looking up at a canopy of leaves and network of branches that stretches far into the sky. You can feel the palpable energy of this space and smell the loamy earth, ripe with life. You lean gently against the massive base of the tree and immediately feel the energetic connection between yourself and this grand giant. You can also feel and sense the many sights and years of change this tree has taken in. The connection of sinewy roots interweaving and dipping deep into the belly of the great mother earth- Gaia. Stand in this way for some time. Drink in the connection and energy pulsing through you and the tree. This is earth. This is your home. And you are steward of its care.
And end each of the meditations with:
Move your focus back to your breath. With each breath bring your awareness back to the rhythm of your breath and the rise and fall of your chest. Become aware of the physicality of where you are sitting or lying and your body pressed against cushion, chair or floor. And, when you are ready, gently flutter your eyes open.
Next Month: Meditative Practice for the Seasons
“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley-
Upcoming Events – 2018
Celebration of the Solar Year: Ritual of Khepra-RA
The Spring Equinox is at hand and Dawn’s rising offers new beginnings.
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Temple of the Sun Series: Part Two
Egyptian Alchemy: Opening the Way
8-wks.on Tuesday Evenings
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Musings From the Mystic Path is published monthly by Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW.
Editor: R. Fennelly, HPs, CMP, ASW
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