August2017:Taking It Easy!

Vol. 2 – Issue 4

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of August
Taking It Easy!

This month we’re all taking it easy, before the start of Fall, holidays and more. This issue is a gift to stimulate the senses with some beautiful images and poetry. Our regular articles- Tesseract and Seekers on the Path will return next month.  So, in the words of Jackson Browne…

“Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand.
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy.”
– Jackson Browne –

Featured Writings

The Storm

by M.H.

Sunlight begins to fade,
Dark clouds swiftly invade.

Across the sky brilliant lightning flashes
The cat see’s the blowing curtains and
Under the bed it dashes.

A clap of thunder startles me
The rain falls fast and floods
The street as far as I can see.

Minutes later the sun rolls out
From behind the clouds, shining
A soft, cool breeze stirs the air,
I lean back in my chair reclining.

The cat reappears and its yawning
We both silently watch the raindrops
Drip from the porch awning.

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will no withdraw from us.”
— Maya Angelou –



by L.K.

There’s someone here with me.
I look around. There’s no one.

Uneasily, I pet the cat and pick up my book.
I see movement to me left.

Someone walked past.
I turn my head to look.
There’s no one.

Heart racing, I check each room,
Quietly asking “Who’s there?”
Just me and the cats.

My brain tells me to calm down.
“You’re imaging things, it’s no one.”

Once more I pick up my book
Heart rate slowing.

No One and I sit in companionable silence…..

“It’s not that I’m a Type-B personality.
It’s that I’m driven by a passionate,
all-consuming desire to take it easy.”
– Robert Breault –

Just A Little Color
Photo: R. Fennelly

“Just take it easy and celebrate the malleable reality.
You see, nothing is ever at is seems, yeah this life is but a dream.”
– Jason Mraz –

Cool Summer Shade
Photo:R. Fennelly

“My dear, old age is like an airplane flying in a storm. Once you’re in it there’s nothing you can do. You can’t stop a plane, you can’t stop a storm, you can’t stop time. So you might as well take it easy, with wisdom.”
– Golda Meir –

Sitting on the Porch

Sit back and relax! Imagine yourself sitting on the porch of your house that is at the edge of the woods. The left over fragrance of a satisfying meal wafts through the screen door and you settle into your favorite cushioned seat.

The sound of crickets fills the air and there is just an ever so slight thread of chill air that heralds the coming of Autumn. But, for now you are content to sit quietly and serenely looking out at the stone path that leads ahead.

You breathe in deeply, now.  The scent of woods at dusk, moisture rising and flowers that are just hidden on the other side of the fence fill your nostrils. You look out at the trail of lights and hand crafted lanterns that light the path and imagine them to be sparkles of starlight that have come to grace your yard.

In this moment of taking it easy, the world ceases its dizzying rush and you meld into the calm of Mother Earth’s gifts…..

“Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.”
– Cyril Connolly –

There and Back Again…

Take a stroll over there. The bridge waits to support your steps and a new adventure awaits on the other side. I promise it will be worth your time……

Oh! It is breathtaking, quiet and seems to be a world away from stress and hurry. Walk a little ways on the soft and lush grass…

Ah, this is perfect. A quiet place to sit and watch the world move past. This is magical. This is being alive…

Quiet, now… Shh… Oh what beauty and grace. What power of nature’s creation. I am the honored guest in this world of nature….

Light spills down and reminds me of the cool shade that nature provides and offers the glimpse of magnetic splendor. I am energized – I am whole – I am all the particles of the Sun that filter through the leaves…

Time calls me back. One more glimpse. One more breath to fill my lungs with nature’s bounty. One more step…..

And, I am back again. Not the same as the one who travelled this bridge just minutes ago. No, I am changed. I am whole. I am at peace. I Am, finally, ALIVE!

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.”
– Khalil Gibran –

Focus On…

The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
   ….will return next month

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path
Numerology:The Art and Science of Numbers – Part Five
   …..will return next month

In Conclusion…..

Put your feet up
Lean back into the
Cool softness of
Your favorite chair.

Sun’s gone down
And night closes in
Cool and comforting
As it calls you to rest.

Stretch and yawn
Opening up to
Embrace the day’s end.

There will be time enough
Tomorrow to do all that
Needs doing..

But, for now…
Lay back
Look up at the stars
Take It Easy…

Upcoming Events – 2017

August 8 & 15
Breathing in the Sun

For more information. Click here…

August 19
Mystic Fires Drum Circle

For more information. Click here…

Looking Ahead:

September 5 – October 24
The Celestial Human: Planetary Gifts

For more information. Click here…

Stock photos, unless otherwise noted
Photos Provided:
R. Fennelly

For more information about the contents of the newsletter and/or our coven:

Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW or

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July2017: Hot! Hot! Hot!

Vol. 2 – Issue 3

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of July
Hot! Hot! Hot!

We’ve passed the mid-point of the calendar year and are ready to embrace all that July has to offer. Summer is clinging hard and that also means higher temperatures. Let’s heat it up!

This month’s writings are a tribute to letting the heat rise and basking in the light of Summer’s offering. We’ve included more incense recipes, some wonderful photos and more. So, kick back on a hot beach or your favorite lawn chair and let the warmth of the Summer flow through you….

“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
– L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dream


Featured Writings

Tall and Magnificent

by Celestine

Tall and magnificent, you dominate the land.

Your broad trunk goes up and up, climbing towards the heavens.
I squint against the brilliant light of the sun as I try to see your apex.
And as expansive, verdant branches reach towards the sun, so do twisted roots graft deep inside the earth. How deep only you and Gaia know. Perhaps you touch her heart center.

I stare for awhile, in awe of you splendor.
Silently, I thank you for all that you provide: shade from the blazing sun, oxygen
for is to breathe, support for my weary body.

And I am not alone in paying homage for you provide for others as well.

Fluffy gray squirrels run back and forth, dancing and playing on your long limbs.
Colorful birds sing beautiful, elaborate symphonies in gratitude for your generosity.
For they know that their young are safe in their nests, hidden in the leafy depths of your canopy.

Delicate ferns decorate your base with a gauzy skirt while orange lilies add a colorful accent. Unseen, a multitude of wiggly little insects bury into the fertile earth kept
and make their homes in the cracks of your rough, protective bark.

Strong and stable you have endured for decades.
You remain a constant in an ever changing landscape.
And yet you are also constantly changing.

Lithe and flexible you sway in the breeze, bending without breaking.
You gracefully adapt to cycle of the seasons, showing off your beautiful
foliage when the sun warms the land then bravely exposing your naked skeleton
when the weather turns cold.

Tall and magnificent you reign over your own kingdom, and
I am grateful to call that kingdom my home.

“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts.
Always keep your body filled with light and heat.
Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”
– Morihei Ueshiba –

Kokopeli’s Flute
Photo: E. Fennelly


Pink and Yellow

by R.F.

Short sleeves and tank tops
Shorts and bathing suits
The heat is intense
It reminds me that I am alive.

Sunglasses and coolness of shade
Cool drinks and stolen moments
Of slow moving time
Resting in the hammock.

Everything is in full bloom
Everything is at the peak of its fullness
I breathe in the heat and stand in the full sunlight
Renewed, strong, expansive and lit up from within.

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”
– Theodore Roethke –

Solstice Synchronize

by M.Q.

Malleable pain. Emotional, human pain; anxiety, guilt, stress, worry,unhealthy lifestyles and or coping habits. They can all take hold of you. Now include outside environment: the state of the world;the health of mother Earth; the social, economical, and political climate and its easy to be overwhelmed, to wanna give up. These all encompassing energy feeds have seemed to hijack my bodies and they do not feel good, so I ask the divine for help. I prepare for working with Deity at my coven’s Litha celebration. I read, I mediate, attend yoga classes. I work through new asanas, feeling the Agni, the summer fire.

And so the summer solstice arrives and we gather on stormy day at a beautiful state park. During this warm time of year, when the sun is at its fullest peak; I am outside, under the cloudy and grey sky, standing on mother earthy’s recently soaked greenery. Altars are set to commune, clarify, work, heal.

I stood at them and asked my pain from some human life turmoil to be cut away. I communed, danced, listened,prayed, made offerings. It was a powerful ritual, but the work certainly continues. The fire of solstice energy is an inferno. I planned a recovery: grounding, centering, post ritual baths, a massage, days off from work. Crying, Meditation, walks,gardening, healthy food, music. None of it is enough.

My own everyday issues, now coupled with physical ailments, tense shoulders, a searing sciatica, lower back discomfort and aching hip flexor. Add the limitless divine energetic stream of working with Deity and I need more healing! I seem to feel everything; my sharp, broken pieces and shards now at their breaking point. Such uncomfortable transmutation, it requires crazy strength. It’s easy to complain, get lost in the mundane suffering. Focus is needed more than ever. I remind myself that I am divine and have asked for help in transforming, connecting, and creating something new.

A river walk helps, some soothing water to balance. Colorful skies above an ever-changing environment. People of all backgrounds and ages enjoying the salty air. Rabbits and groundhogs feeding and hiding in divets of sunken land along a meandering path. I notice two frigid air pockets on a hot day with a warm breeze. Why? What do they contain?

There are broken railroad ties and posts only visible in low tides, an old wooden pier, and an old small ticket house, all remnants of a past bustling seaport. The music of the lapping waves helps harmonize my being as I find my way down onto a rocky beach.

My body and mind relax. And then, a discovery; a small chard of sea glass, with a chalky white, almost phosphorescent buffering. Gone are the sharp edges, it feels smooth in my hand and comforting. Just as I begin to rise, another piece comes into view. This one a dusty brown, feeling like it has history, a story to share. Next is another white, but a different shade, then a magical green unearthing. So many more treasures start to appear on my walk. I pick up an old plastic container to begin my collection. So many shattered and disregarded bits; all left to mother earth who has turned them into charming, luminous gifts.

I am grateful for these discoveries, this metaphor. I am thankful for the inspiring reminder to persevere, and that my journey is part of my destination. I will focus to know myself, to trust, and work to synchronize with the solstice and continue through all the seasons.

“When I feel the heat, I see the light.” 
– Everett Dirksen – 


Our coven celebrated the Summer Solstice last month and some wonderfully crafted incense was part of the creative process. The first recipe was used as the elemental combination of Air and Fire as participants crossed the threshold into what would become Sacred Space. Water and Earth were represented by energetically charged Salt and Purified Water. Together they opened the participants to resonance at the alchemical and spiritual levels of their individual beings.

The Second Recipe was used at the Altar of the Goddess Sekhmet; She being one of the Trinity of Deities invoked at the ritual to effect the transformation we were seeking on the Longest Day.

So, try them out; mix it up and add your own ingredients to embellish as we encourage you to heat it up…

Purification Incense Recipe created
by P.W. Summer Solstice 2017

Combine these ingredients:

Health pinch of Rose Petals
2 Holly Leaves
2 chunks of Dragon’s Blood
2 chunks of Frankincense
Gum Benzoin

Burn on charcoal discs and let the aroma surround the participants as they pass through.

Sekhmet Incense created
by Iolanthe Summer Solstice 2017

Combine these ingredients:

3 tablespoons Frankincense
1 tablespoon Dragon’s Blood
1 tablespoon Copal
1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Sandalwood
1 tablespoon Sun Incense*
1 tablespoon Myrrh

Mix all ingredients in a mortar and grind to a rough powder with a pestle.

* Sun Incense is a commercial product made by Kamini Cone Incense

You may also want to revisit the article written last month about the art of crafting your incense..

“…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?”… Read More…

“The morning heat had already soaked through the walls,
rising up from the floor like a ghost of summers past.”
– Erik Tomblin, Riverside Blues –

Focus On…

The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick

by Iolanthe

In this summer month of July, we will be looking at the influences of the fixed water sign Scorpio during the first quarter phase of the Moon, which moves into Scorpio at 11:23 am on Sunday July 30, 2017. The Moon in Scorpio is a good time to delve inward, to uncover secrets you have been keeping from yourself, developing psychic awareness. At this time, you may feel your emotions more strongly and you may feel somewhat dramatic.

The first quarter Moon phase is a time of growth and expansion. Scorpio is a sign of transformations and its element is water. Water, too, is an agent of change. As in the words of the song by Holly Near, The Rock Will Wear Away:

Can we be like drops of water falling on the stone
Splashing, breaking, dispersing in air
Weaker than the stone by far but be aware
That as time goes by the rock will wear away

We are the changers and the changed. The Moon is expanding in light, Scorpio is pulling emotions out of the depths and bringing them forward, and we are being transformed. Water will break down solid surfaces—rock, metal, wood, earth—down into their component parts, disintegrating them so that they may return to the source. How will you be transformed during this Moon’s expanding phase and by Scorpio’s water energy?

Here is a water blessing you may want to use…

We who are human, we who walk upon this earth, we who have been gifted with life:
We remember.

We remember when we were molecules in the primordial soup.

We remember when we floated in the amniotic sacs of our mothers’ wombs.

We remember the taste of salt tears when we wept with joy, with despair, with deep, deep feelings.

We remember the languid feeling of sweat on our skins on hot summer afternoons.

We remember the light of the Moon making a moon river on the ocean’s face when we looked upon it during a full Moon night.

We remember rain falling, and falling, and falling, and mud puddles and new streams in the streets.

We remember the taste of cool water in our mouths when we drank deeply when thirsty.

Remembering all this, we can make an offering to Gaia, our Mother, who has gifted us with water, with Moon, with light and with darkness, and with cycles within cycles…

Take some water – from a faucet, from a stream, from a rain fall, as you will. Put it in a clear container. Sit with your contained water for a while. Look through the water and at the water and think about where it has been and where it will go.

When you are ready, go outside when the Moon is shining, and bring your contained water. Hold the container up and say:
I offer this water to the Ancestors.

Bring the container down in front of your heart, and say:
I offer this water to my Self.

Touch the container to the earth, and say:
I offer this water to the Descendants.

Then, hold the container out from you and say:
A gift from the Gods to us; a gift from us to the Gods.

Now you can pour out your water near a tree or a plant as an offering to Gaia.
We are containers of water. Make of your Self a gift. Let transformation happen!

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…

The Continuum

Nothing and everything
The endless void fills all time

Foundations are laid
by another close at hand
who opens the Four sealed Gates.

Disruption and creative force
issues forth as the skillfully crafted
shield of focus reflects the Five.

The light is fixed
the seeker is found
as outpour of healing grace
gives way to the
harmonious Six.

Each walks a path of experience
pulling and gathering from
vista’s extremes.
Wisdom and lessons hard won
fill what moves within.

As Six expands to become Seven…..

Five – 5… Represents

Change will only occur when the foundation is disrupted and pushed to its limits of growth

The number Five (5) represents the regenerative process and the potential for directing that energy towards a specific and defined goal of new creation. When we arrive at the number five, we have opened up the stable base of four; visualize a square. Something has disrupted the order of that four and made way for a new form to appear. We see also the number five as represented by the Pentagram. Five points, each reflective of a quality of an element (fire, water, air and earth) and at the pinnacle or point, the element of Spirit.

Visually the shape of a 5-sided shield gives additional meaning to the energy of the number 5. The tip or point of the shield may be pointed in any direction and used as a singular focus point of the energy that has been supported in the four sides. This is the action of five as we set our course of focus on a specific end point and by the catalytic nature of will this energy naturally disrupts, changes and sets about a new path.

The planetary energy of the number five is Mercury. Mercury is the Lord of communication in all of its forms. Speech, art, music, writing, etc… all are held within the energy of Mercury. The infamous effects of a Mercury retrograde speak of failure of technological and human communications. Warnings to read the fine print before signing contracts or entering into agreements and misunderstandings and arguments seem to increase during this time period. This type of activity is an expression of the energy of polarity that is held within Mercury. Communication stirs the energy and starts new conversations which if productively acted upon disrupt the status quo and move into new creations that hold the potential for great achievements.

Read more about Mercury:
The Temple of Mercury- What’s Up

Astrology: The House of Creativity – Creative Efforts and the Resultant Products

This is the astrological house that provides the energy to reform what has been brought into manifestation as it progressed through Houses 1-4. This is the place of emergence from the Fourth House of Family and if there was sufficient care and nurturing, easing into the transition of moving away from that stable place of home will be one of creative adventure.

The ruling sign of the Fifth House is Virgo whose energy is analytical, detail-oriented and very specific about what passes its tests. Virgo is an Earth sign so what is set upon to be reordered will either be directly of the physical realm or will have end result and impact in the concrete world. Virgo is the stabilizer of the Zodiacal Wheel and without the stability of a reliable and useful container, creation will not reach its fullest potential.

Tarot: The Hierophant

Tarot Key V – The Hierophant sits as representative of Divinity within the container of humanity and corporeal form. The number of this key- 5- holds the mystery of how that union is fostered and retained once expressed. Five is the number of disruption, emerging from the foundations of four equilateral and equally supportive sides. The Hierophant is testament to the ability to retain the merciful attitude of the manifest and act in service to the creative energies of the Divine. In this sense, The Hierophant and all who aspire to this state of being have done the work of drawing all of the elemental parts of self into a place of mastery and it is from this mastery that is birthed the enlivened sixth element of a Spirit of gnosis.

Qabalah: Geburah – Might

It is with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel or the more radical aggression of the soldier wielding the sword that the imbalance of disease or disharmony of unchecked (unrestrained) power is excised, reshaped and transmuted by the catalytic energy of Geburah.

The sphere of Geburah is probably the most feared sphere on the Tree. It is also largely the most misunderstood or misinterpreted as its energy is fierce in nature, accepting nothing less than change and exerts a force that is transformative. Within the sphere of Geburah we are now faced with choice and free will. Geburah is the place of creating and exercising discernment. Knowing when to push the limits and how to create the necessary resistance to the surge of creativity that provides boundaries to create form from what has potential to become chaos. It is through this process of movement, force, challenge, obstacle and friction that we have the greatest potential for growth and greater free will of a higher frequency that is inherently Divine in nature.

From rebellion the creation of harmonious accord is birthed.

Six – 6… Represents

I have felt the waters of chaos and birthed what will flow
harmoniously and fully enlivened as its product

Within the energy of the number Six (6) lies the harmonious relationship between the essential trinity and the spiritually amplified Trinity of Higher expression. As we work within a state of balance and sincerity of action designed towards the higher good for all we move towards a place of spiritual enlightenment. This is the call to bring into harmony and collaborative interaction the synthesized product of harmonious expression. If we think of the birthing process, the act of labor and giving birth is one that moves you from the comfort of body and mind. Emotions run high and the energy expended means pushing to the limits what is normal baseline of strength and endurance. Pain, fatigue and much more are companions in the process of bringing life into the manifest realm.

But, the exhilaration, joy and harmony of all the senses that were stretched beyond capacity erase any discomfort that occurred previously. All is forgotten in the bliss of looking at this tiny form of human life that is dependent on your stability, care and love for its survival. This is the quintessential energy of the number 6. The place of calm and rest and realization of union of a triune nature that has co-created with that which is like itself in Divinity.

The planetary energy of the number six is Venus. The planet Venus was called Phosphorus by the Greeks which translates to “Lightbearer” and Nogah in Hebrew which means “The Shiner”. Venus shines most brightly in the sky in the morning. This is the gift of attraction that the planet of Love exudes. The energy of Venus is that of beauty, harmony and awakening the emotional self. It is the heart that yearns for romance and connection. This energy supports social interaction and the overwhelming goal is to connect at a deep and often intimate level with those of our choosing.

Read More about Venus:
The Temple of Venus-Learning to Love

Astrology: The House of Service – Career and Community

This is the astrological house that opens the pathways for seeing and responding to what is outside of your personal needs. This is the House that provides the energy that will inspire you towards a path of service that may be expressed through career choice (as in the case of health professionals) or in Community (as in the case of volunteers). Its ruling sign is Libra, the sign of balance and refinement. This means that choices will be weighed and measured for efficacy and selection will be made based upon the aesthetics that may be achieved. If we return to the idea of the harmonious expression of the number 6- is it not a joyous and harmonious state to be enraptured by an action or object of beauty? Now, to clarify I am not necessarily speaking of physical beauty, for beauty truly is held in the eye of the beholder. This is beauty that is transcendent and stirs the longing within to connect and be at one with others giving of yourself as the bridge of connection.

Tarot: The Lovers

Tarot Key VI – The Lovers speak of the power of duality, relationship and the harmonious union of opposites. Their union is blessed by the Higher power of the Limitless All and the solar fires of quickening are ready at the support to create progeny from their union. The energy of the 6th Key is one of the need for the intent of creation in application upon what holds the central core of the whole stable and in a state of balance. It is through this harmonious collaboration that separation of the two incoming energies and recognition of their differing states of expression become precisely configured for use.

Qabalah: Tiphareth – Beauty

The sphere of Tiphareth is the central core of the Self. It both emanates its sustaining and strengthening energy and also serves to contract, assimilate and quicken. This energy is magnetic in nature and as it absorbs and draws towards itself, it simultaneously releases, distributes and emits the newly transformed energy. This action is very similar to the process of the heart within the physiology of our being. The heart serves to cleanse and purify the blood for recycling and release to those vital areas that are reached via the elaborate network of vein and artery. This action puts the body in a state of attunement, so that the vital nutrients may be received and the body will remain viable, strong and healthy in function. Tiphareth acts as the place of attunement and synthesis of return and release whereby the energies of the other spheres have a place of common meeting ground to blend and distribute in accord with the specific needs of balance and equilibrium.

Tiphareth is not only the place of deeper connection but it takes that connection further in the call to be “fully present”. Fully present in the sense of the bright light of the sun shining on you, moving you into the spotlight and making you accountable not only for showing up to do the work, but to do so in an illuminated and fully enlivened way.

Next Month:Numbers 7 and 8

In Conclusion…..

The day settled into a heat
That revealed the light of
The Sun.

A heat of strength and 
Unyielding in where it 
Chose to transform.

Just breathe it in
Let it light you up
Call it in, now!

Upcoming Events – 2017

July 11 – July 25
Celestial Tides: Days of Light, Dark and Balance

For more information. Click here…

July 30
Celebration of Lughnasadh

For more information. Click here…

Looking Ahead:

July 15 and August 19
Mystic Fires Drum Circle

For more information. Click here…

August 8 & 15
Breathing in the Sun

For more information. Click here…

Stock photos, unless otherwise noted
Photos Provided:
Solstice Synchronize-M.Q.
Pink and Yellow-R. Fennelly 

For more information about the contents of the newsletter and/or our coven:

Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW or

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June2017: Summer and Light

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 –

Featured Writings

by MM

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
and witness.

This is YOUR time.

Share it with the flowers
and each leaf that follows the sun.
We compliment and supplement each other,
as needed.

It is right that we each own our place.
We each need only make way in our turn.

Claim your place, now.
Keep it.

Something new must take it soon enough.

Not yet.

“In the depth of winter I finally learned
that there was in me an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

The Morning Shower

by AB

Wake up
Wake up
Wake Up!

I want to show
You my droplets.

Light hasn’t filled
Them yet but soon
They will shine like
Sparkling diamonds.

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.

Wake up
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.”
Robert Bridges


by MH

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.”
Bryan Procter

Summer Solstice Incense Recipe

by MQ

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.”
Anton Chekhov

My Path

By Celestine

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.

Focus On…

June’s Sabbat- The Summer Solstice


by MM

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
by Iolanthe

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:

  • Candle:
    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.
  • Herbs
    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…

The Continuum

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

In Conclusion…..

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

June 17
Celebration of the Summer Solstice

More Info: Click here…

Looking Ahead:

July 11 – July 25
Celestial Tides: Days of Light, Dark and Balance
For more information. Click here…

Stock photos, unless otherwise noted
Photos Provided:
Zenith:Image of Mt. Rainier peaking through the clouds..E.Fennelly
Summer Solstice Incense:M.Q.

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May 2017:The Anniversary Issue!

Vol. 2 – Issue 1

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of May
The Anniversary Issue!

This month of May celebrates the One-Yr. Anniversary of the Musings newsletter! We hope that you, our dear readers have enjoyed the offerings crafted and hopefully some have inspired you to find your creative path. 

May brings the promise of growth and an opportunity to explore all that fertile ground within that has been seeded in the previous months and is now ready to blossom in a bursting of color, light and beauty. With this intention, our first writing is a guest posting entitled, “Everything Has Its Beginning and Its End…”. This may seem counter intuitive to an issue celebrating its first year of life; but the reminder is one of bringing awareness to what is here, present and right in front of you, before it passes on. Be sure to check out the gardening tips, Tesseract’s insight and suggestions, poems and an article about the Sabbat of Beltane (aka. May Day), and more. 

So, settle in and take a stroll through a garden of new blooms and life as we begin our second year on the Mystic Path….

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
–  Edna St. Vincent Millay – 

Featured Writings

A Guest Post by Reign

Everything Has Its Beginning and Its End…

We write in new notebooks, but run out of pages. We read books, but they run out of words. We come up with ideas, and they either live on and become something great, or they burn, its ashes floating in the wind. We write with our favorite pens, writing until we extinguish its ink. We use push pins, but as time passes, they become dull and obsolete.

The theme here is that we are constantly creating, constantly moving things, constantly changing the things and ideas we are given. But everything we create, each item we touch, each thing we see, and every breath we take, all have a beginning and an expiration, as we, and everything else in this material world does.

“Let my soul smile through my heart
and my heart smile through my eyes,
that I may scatter rich smiles
in sad hearts.”
Paramahansa Yogananda


Purple martin. Sparrow. Turkey vulture. Woodpecker.
Red-tailed hawk. Bald eagle. Canada goose.
The large, the small.
Fish eater, carrion eater, live prey capturer,
Bugs as dinner on the wing.
Occupiers of the air–
Earth-bound witness, I stare.
Spring day in April
I share a moment with the birds –
Wind in my face, my hair
Sun on my back
I look toward the North, my home now.
I have left the South.
My companions are the birds.

“Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.”  

–  Gerald De Nerval


Hail, the Cycles!
Hail, the Wheel of the Year!
Hail the Spring Harvest!

by M.Q.

We have made it through another dark winter of introspection, and a transitional spring of uncertainty. Have you shed the grey cocoon of the dark months? There were gifts in winter’s hibernation, some discoveries not immediately recognized. Change is not easy, but there is hope in the knowledge that valuable lessons may be learned. However, even when anticipated, juggling the scenarios of these lessons requires work and discipline to trust in the transitions and the space between.

How can we stay balanced? Are we supposed to? With spring fully present, I venture outside more often. The reconnection is therapeutic. Under a magnificent perennial, I see a small cracked bright robins egg. A bit of bittersweet. I try and remember the lesson, the continuing cycle. I can embrace the aroma of Jasmine and honeysuckle still wrapped in a sweater sipping hot tea.

The wheel continues its fertile sequence with bursts of life and blossom in all directions. I am ready to heal, to change, and so I start outside with my garden, my connection to mother Earth. She is a teacher of balance and patience and surprise. As in surprise, there is already a small harvest! In it I find another bit of knowledge. The appreciation of the cycle’s rhythm, the energy of all things and the lessons of polarities.

How fascinating in a spring season of new life and growth; I must first collect compost, created from decay. And so the spoiled, withered, refuse of the past becomes nutrient rich, fertile earth. I mix buckets upon the garden, grateful to be part of the cycle. Next is the harvest of the comfrey leaves, before the plant flowers. I carefully gather beautiful, prickly leaves. Wonderful for poison ivy and inflammation, but I decide to add this batch to the composter as a fertilizer and disease preventative. A week later, the comfrey plant is ready to bloom. Soon to follow will be the harvest of fragrant honeysuckle and then roses. There is much work to be done in the interim. It is a balance; finding the optimum combination of admiration and participation; of work and reflection.

May you continue to grow and learn from a blessed and fruitful spring harvest!
Stay tuned next month for an incense recipe using some of these early summer blooms.

“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
– Kahlil Gibran –


Mother Nature Lives in Suburbia
By Celestine

I sit on my back porch sipping my coffee as the sun rises over the trees. We had rain last night so the world is a vibrant green. A gentle breeze rustles the leaves and the birds greet the morning with song. Tweet-tweety-tweet and chirpity-chirp backed up by the soothing coos of the mourning doves. Knock, knock, knock! I look up to see a red-headed woodpecker tapping at an ash tree. I am in a peaceful little Eden.

A dump-truck from the nearby quarry rumbles past breaking the tranquility. As I try to recapture my sense of contentment a neighbor starts his lawnmower. Sigh. Soon more lawnmowers will join the first as the neighborhood comes to life. With a jolt I am reminded that I live in the suburbs, not a forest glen. My home looks much like the other homes on the street, and manicured lawns and well-tended gardens are de rigueur.

I draw in a deep breath and stand,knowing it’s time for me to get to work, too. I pull on my gloves as I walk to the front of the house and smile in satisfaction at my even, green lawn. Then I set about removing the various little plants that had the audacity to grow uninvited in my flowerbeds. As I dig my fingers into the dark, damp soil I see wiggly little worms hard at work tilling the soil for me and thank them. I turn over a rock disturbing little beetles who scurry away to find another dark place to hide.

Pluck! Pluck! The sun bakes down on me as I pull up the unwelcome intruders. I wipe my forehead, soil mixes with sweat leaving a muddy streak. I begin to realize that the weeds are stronger than I am; I can yank them from the earth for hours but they have already dug their roots deep and sent their seeds on the winds. They will return, to my garden one day, or perhaps to my neighbor’s yard.

Several hours and four yards of mulch later I am done for the day. I survey the flowerbeds and the yard and conclude that my work will pass muster and we won’t be the disgrace of the neighborhood. I wash off the dirt and once more retire to the back porch.

The sun has shifted and brilliant light bakes the yard. The birds have quieted, only a few still singing this hot afternoon. A hawk soars lazily, high on the thermals, too far away for me to hear his screech. Some bees are buzzing around, adding a lazy drone to the background. I reach for my glass of iced tea and take a deep gulp, savoring it’s minty coolness. I close my eyes, content to listen to the sounds of the neighborhood.

I hear children playing in the yard next door, laughing and shouting to each other as they chase each other in a game to which only they know the rules. The familiar melodies of a classic rock station drift in from another home, entertaining a young man as he works on his car. I hear a lawnmower from up the road, no doubt being pushed by a sweaty person regretting their late start on their chores.

A few cars go up and down the street and another dump-truck rumbles out of the quarry. As I doze in the hot sun the sounds of humanity blend with the songs of nature and I realize that together they represent my neighborhood. It dawns on me that we are not separate from the natural world but a part of it and I should not consider our sounds an intrusion. The symphony of human sounds may come from machinery and electronics as well as our voices but they are part of our human song. As this human opus blends with the grand works of nature I feel connected to life force of the neighborhood and I am filled with a sense of harmony and peace.

So today I hung out with my neighbor, Mother Nature, and got to know her a little better. She likes our neighborhood and its inhabitants, whether beast, bug, bird, plant or human. She’s pretty groovy and I’m sure glad she chose our suburban street to make her home!

“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden
of beautiful flowers where I can
walk undisturbed.”
– Walt Whitman –

by MM

We dance.
We love.

We gather rosebuds
and inspire the blooms most beautiful.

Our joy
over bodies long-forgotten,
dependent on them for our composure,
our agency,
our resilience.

Supine, mangled, heaped, digested,
leveled by will,
we touch the sky
on their backs and bellies and legs,
their branches,
their leaves and fruit,
though memory of their form’s utility
now devoured by time.

They knew joy.

We are because they danced.
We are because they loved.

“Water, stories, the body,all the things we do,
are mediums that hid and show what’s hidden.”
– Rumi –

The Flame of Creation
A Beltane Poem
by RCF

Flames rise and fall and
Two merge seeming inseparable
As flesh moves against
Flesh in abandon and trust.

Flames consume the desire
That is fed and burn hotter
In passion’s final outpour.

Flames move now as one
Singular fusion of life
Burning strong and full
Sated from breath that
Expands and contracts
As longing is fulfilled.

The Flame scatters as seeds
Of quickened potential
Fill the ripened womb of
Creation’s sacred vessel.

The time will be soon
And the first cries of
New Life will pierce
The silence as the
Flames of creation
Rise in acknowledgement
Of their completed work.

 Focus On…

May’s Sabbat

Bealtaine, the Fae, and the Importance of Not Being Ernest.
An Opinion Piece
by J.M.

The Wheel of the year has come around once again to Bealtaine, Irish Festival of Fertility, where the Bealtaine Fires burn late into the night, allowing people to engage in various activities with wild abandon. People dance, people sing, and people enjoy each other’s company. Many tales are told. This is about engaging in creativity in all its forms … especially the most obvious.

It is also one of the times of the year that the Veil Between the Worlds thins, and the High Sidhe from the Seelie and the Unseelie Courts are known to go riding. Depending on culture, another time could be Samhain (from Irish tales) or could be Yule (from Scandinavian tales). Fae from all levels of their society, from dimmunitive faeries to trooping faeires, from murucha to selkie,from each-uisce to puca to fear darrig, from grugach to leprechauns particularly enjoy this time of year. And the nice thing is that the Unseelie Court faeries tend to be less cruel as well. Generally unless you actually go and party with them, the worst you can expect is some sort of prank at your expense. And generally, the more serious you are, the more likely you are to be the brunt of their humor. Fae are wild, and don’t take kindly to uptight ordered folk. The fae try to help them.

As we engage in magick, I think there is much that we could learn from them. Often will-workers focus so intently on their magick to create their desired effect (intent through will, applied through spiritual constructs, to achieve manifestation) that they miss that there is more to this than will. Application of will achieved through spiritual growth is often eased by achieving balance first. It is why we ground before ritual.

I know that many take themselves very seriously, and I certainly have been one of those people. I engage in humor to help achieve my balance, to remind myself that life is not that serious, and I am not *that* important. To let go of the expected result in magick, and let the magick flow through me. Intent … not expectations.

I have been in circles where a joke has been gently made and timed well, and another person will strongly remind others that “this is sacred space”. Yes, I would have to agree. And humor, done correctly, is a sacred act. Humor is one of the human race’s defining traits. It helps balance the overly serious, and it helps bind together groups of people in a shared experience of joy.

Humor, by its nature, forces you to look at the unexpected, since it through the unexpected that the punchline touches your heart. And like song, dance, good sex, or other ecstatic practices, comedy can add to the synergy of a group, greasing the wheels so that the group works better together. And that’s what the ernest will-worker misses. Magick isn’t just intent. Magick is (among other things) the power of synergy, where your intent and my intent weave together in a way that is greater than our sums. We link. We play. We create.

So please, consider that the next time someone jokes in a meeting, or during the grounding of a ritual. Is that humor actually taking things out of balance, or is it bringing the group together? Will it help in the act of creation? Given its power, it often will. If so, don’t block it in a knee-jerk fashion. It’s there for a reason. Even if that reason is as simple as to have a fabulous Bealtaine.

Bright Blessings
Lá Bealtaine sona duit
Lá Bealtaine sona daoibh

The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick

by Iolanthe

Welcome to May, the month of flowers blooming, spring warmth, moving toward summer. Winter is definitely over and we will be seeing more and more sunlight every day until summer solstice arrives. As we are enjoying the fullness of spring, the Moon will be in its first quarter phase on Wednesday, May 3 at 2:47 am. It will be in the sign of Leo, a fixed fire sign.

The first quarter Moon phase is a time to set intentions, a time of regeneration, when the seeds planted at the new Moon are starting to sprout. The sign of Leo is one of expression of energy. The fire energy associated with Leo is one of contained intensity, which makes it shine all the brighter. Think of the laser burning brightly. Leo is ruled by the Sun.

This focused beam of energy during the time of the Moon’s expanding phase points to what will be burning brightly as the Moon’s light grows in illumination, culminating in the full Moon in Scorpio, a fixed water sign, on May 10.

The week from the first quarter phase until the full Moon phase would be a good time to think about what inner fires you are banking, what passion do you want to release, what are you holding onto so tightly that its light is not shining as fully as it might?

Scientists have determined that the Earth’s innermost core is a solid ball of a nickel-iron alloy and is surrounded by liquid, molten outer core, which is also composed of iron and nickel. The Moon’s core is also solid and iron-rich with a liquid molten outer core of iron. From looking at the moon, it might not seem to us that it has a liquid outer core that is approximately 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. It is hidden from view.

Is there some inner passion you have, a dream or kernel of an idea that needs warmth and water to develop? Is there a core that is solid—like the iron of the Earth’s and Moon’s centers—that is liquid in its heat so that it can move and change and adapt? The fire of Leo heats up the waters of Scorpio, releasing what had been growing. Both are fixed signs, and can be counted on to be intent and focused on desired outcomes. What is your desired outcome? What are you heating up? What will be released, if you choose to do so?

To help with imaging this inner growth, here is one way to do a magickal working.

To represent growth, lunar energy, solar energy, the fire of Leo, and the water of Scorpio, you can infuse your intent into sunflower seeds and moonflower seeds, prepare them for planting, and then plant the seeds into the earth. They will grow and bloom this summer. Sunflowers, when in full bloom, always face the sun so they move through the day as the sun rises and sets. Moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) are white flower that bloom on spreading vines; they open in the early evening and close before noon the next day.

Gather Materials:

  • Sunflower Seeds to represent Leo’s fire and sun energy;
  • Moonflower seeds to represent lunar energy;
  • Clear glass bowl to let light shine through;
  • Water to represent Scorpio’s water energy;
  • Piece of hematite to represent iron at the core of the Earth and the Moon.

Prepare for your working:

  • Place your hematite (in your clear glass bowl;
  • Fill the bowl with water;
  • Place your moonflower seeds into the water in the bowl;
  • Leave the bowl in a window that receives moonlight and sunlight for at least 24 hours, up to 48 hours;
  • Place a trellis in the garden to hold the moonflower vines;
  • Prepare a patch of garden for the sunflowers.

To begin your working, take time to ground yourself and then center your thoughts on your intent. Have your seeds, bowl of water, and hematite with you. What is it you want to bring forth from the kernel within yourself? With that intention in mind, focus on your seeds. Hold them in your hand, feel their hard covering, think on the mystery and wonder they hold. Hold them up to the sun, bring them to your heart chakra, breath on them with your intent, thank them for their gifts. Then plant your seeds in your prepared ground. Scribe an invoking fire pentacle over the sunflower seeds and an invoking water pentacle over the moonflower seeds, and pour out the water from their soaking bowl for their first watering. Keep the hematite with you in your house as a reminder that which is inside touches that which is outside.

The seeds will sprout and grow all summer. As a bonus, the birds will love to eat the sunflower seeds directly from the full sunflower heads at the end of the summer. And you can gather some seeds from your sunflowers and moonflowers in the fall, dry them and store them over the winter, and save them for planting next spring.

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…

….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….

One – 1….represents:

The singular “I”, the individual, the line of continuum, energy held and gathered back to itself

The number One (1) is the first product of what was a void of potential (O/zero). It is the singular point and the individual place of new beginnings and energetic growth. From the place of the One is the straight path from which at any point of that path divergence, split and detour can be taken. I think of one as being the singular “I”. This singular “I” is man/woman in his prime form and depending on the spiritual evolutionary state of that man/woman it is either Higher, Lower or combined Selves. This is the state of awareness of your own ‘beingness’ before embellishment or enhancement, relationship or possession, outward identifiers or things that would define you as something more than the prime nature of yourself. Additionally, because the number “one” is the starting place it is also the energy of action and taking steps towards the product of that action.

The planetary energy of the Sun is attributed to the number One. The Sun is the central and prominent cosmic body of our universe. It is life giver by virtue of its heat and the place of quickening or beginning for much of life on our planet. It is the electromagnetic force that if we venture too close we are blinded by the blinding light and heat that pervades. This is similarly the same principle of our own Divine state of being. In truth we are as bold and enblazened as the Sun itself, but as humans in physical form we fail to realize the brilliance of our inner state.

The goal is one of actualizing the self and ego to shine as brightly as the Sun in human form and draw to itself the boons of all that surrounds.

In looking at the shape and form of the number l, it is not difficult to visualize the concept of a singular point reaching downwards towards extension as the other point of origin reaches upwards towards expansion. Each point of origin blends seamlessly into a single line of continuous movement of return and release that holds within its structure the potential for movement in any direction and creation of something new. In the sphere of Kether it is exactly this nature that creates the continuum of ITSELF, expressed through the division of ITSELF.

Astrology: The House of Self (The Ascendant)- Personality and Ego

This is the astrological house that provides the energy that is the core of who you are and how you relate to the world. Our rising sign (always in the First House) is the true you; stripped naked and in all your glory and vulnerability. Its ruling sign is Aries which is the fire of new beginnings and the catalyst that offers enthusiastic curiosity to all of its endeavors. Aries is the one that desires attention and as the start of the Zodiacal Wheel brings the youth of invincible action to all it touches.

Tarot: The Magician

Tarot Key I – The Magician is the conduit of wielding the flow of universal energy from the ephemeral realms of the Divine and the manifest foundations of the Physical world. We see within the Magician the ability and knowledge to effectively create drawing from the universal laws that govern the magickal and the mundane. There is composure and assuredness in this power, yet the realization that he as well is subject to the transformative energies he is choosing to be vessel for. This is a state of control that has been finely honed and exacted with just the precise amount of force and form to produce the product of power and magick.

The Magician is the interface that we hold within that contains all that is needed to produce new life and new form of Being. But, its energy may only be accessed when the all of the tools (parts of self) are acquired and mastered.

Qabalah: Kether – Crown

Kether stands as the First Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of the number 1 is not only the place of singularity, but also a foundation from which the potential to replicate and create in its own diffuse image is contained. It is the beginning and also the point of completion and there is choice to be made regarding that status. It may stay inert and alone or may choose to seek out, diversify and through the ending of its singular nature move towards polarity and duality.

It is from the springboard of the number ONE that TWO and the inherent energy of relationship and comparison is formed.

Two – 2….represents:

Collaborative effort- moving beyond the “I” to “we”- duality and polarity that results

The number Two (2)  is the keynote of collaborative effort that feeds polarity and divisiveness. We have moved from a place of the singular “I” to a yearning and urge to interact, divide and expand in the creation of another that is similar, yet different. In this dance of relationship, the opportunity to develop kindness, concern, harmony and balance is fostered. There is now something more than just beginnings and the urge towards action. There is now something to be acted upon and with. Under the influence of the number Two there is a push towards release from indecisiveness and the consideration of the influence and affect to be had by not making a choice.

The planetary energy of the Moon is attributed to the number Two. The Moon presents its energies in a manner of ebb and flow. The emotions (Lunar), if in collaboration with the strength of clarity of thought (The Sun), are powerful points from which all manner of manifestation and creativity are brought forth. The coolness and dark cover of night Moon offers counterpoint and contrast to the heat and light of the Sun.

Astrology: The House of Possessions/Finances

This is the astrological house that provides your place of manifest anchor and stability based on what you have secured for yourself of worldly goods. These things acquired create the building blocks that will become the space of home as they shore up towards the Fourth house of family. This energy is expressed through its ruling astrological Sign of Taurus. Taurus is the protector and procreator that holds its earthy energy as home base to be filled with all that a physical life positively provides.

Tarot: The High Priestess

Tarot Key II -The High Priestess sits in the Temple of the Moon and takes on the triune form of catalytic energy and transformation. She sits in the space of action as the Middle Pillar incarnate as synthesized balance of male and female, force and form. Her knowledge of the mysteries is honed in the waters of deep intuitive knowledge and her persona is that of the cycle of the moon.

The High Priestess serves as reminder of the need for spiritual devotion and discipline as guardian of the great mysteries of life itself. In her feminine form she represents the power to sustain newly quickened life and stands as the ultimate gate of passage towards return to the source of creation.

Qabalah: Chokmah – Wisdom

Chokmah is the Second Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of Chokmah lies the desire for co-creative effort. This is movement from a singular place to one of experiencing the energy of another. It can also be thought of in terms of sacrificing parts of oneself to make another and making space and container to hold that other thing while retaining that part which created it. It is awareness that there is something beyond yourself and the yearning and striving for creating another to act and be acted upon.

Two merge to become one and from that sacred union of contraction and expansion the Three of creative form is birthed.

Next Month:Numbers 3 and 4

In Conclusion…..

We wind our way through paths unseen
Always wandering betwixt and between
Until we find a meadow of beauteous sight
And there we stay and welcome the night.
– RCF –

Upcoming Events – 2017

Continuing:    April 4 – May 2
Under the Veil of Night: Lunar Magick

5-wk. Session
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May 6
The Veils of Beltane-A Ritual of Creation

Celebration with Grail of the Birch Moon and Coven of the Mystic Path
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May 23 – June 14
Destiny’s Mirror: Practical Divination

4-Wk. Session
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EverythingJeanne Rose Photography
Hail the Cycles:M.Q.

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April2017: Earth, My Home!

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 –

Featured Writings

by P.W.

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
Photo: J.M.

Moonlight Gazing
by InY.

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 –

by M.Q.

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.
Surrender.connect. ground.

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.

Look Up!
by R.F.

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 –

Focus On…

The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick

by Iolanthe

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

In Conclusion…..

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

5-wk. Session
More Info: Click here…

Looking Ahead:

May 6
The Veils of Beltane-A Ritual of Creation

Celebration with Grail of the Birch Moon and Coven of the Mystic Path
More Info: Click Here..

Stock photos, unless otherwise noted
Photos Provided:
Lucy: P.W.
Amaryllis: J.M.
Unfurl: M.Q.
Look Up: R.F.
Key O:Rider-Waite Tarot

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March2017:Seeding Fertile Ground

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 –

Featured Writings

Celebrate Spring
by M.H.


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
Watery basin.

Rainbow of color
Spread across
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)


Bird Song
by A.B.


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 –

Focus On…

The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
by Iolanthe

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.

  1. 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
  1. A small, hand-held mirror.
  1. A magnifying glass about the same size as the mirror you will be using.
  1. 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.

To Begin:

  • 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
You Are…

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
You Must…

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

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.
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 ?????


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 2014
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

In Conclusion…..

“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

March 19
Celebration of the Vernal Equinox: The Quickening
More Info: Click here..

March 19
Mystic Fires Drum Circle
More Info: Click here….


April 1
Spring Magick with the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
A day-long event of workshops and a Ritual for the Stag God, Cernnunos.
More Info: Click here….

April 4 – May 24
Under the Veil of Night: Lunar Magick
5-wk. Session
More Info: Click here…

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February 2017:Rising Up!

Vol. 1 – Issue 10

Musings From the Mystic Path
The Month of February
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The Month of February stands as a space of settling in after the pace of the holidays, anticipation of what a new year may bring and heralds the coming of balance at the Equinox and the promise of a shift into new activities and ventures. This year that space of settling in has issued the calling of standing strongly in what you have settled in to as your beliefs, philosophies and how your personal stance rises up in response or reaction to what is occurring on the political front.

This month’s issue is focused on the challenges of a new presidency, fraught with uncertainty and anger. There are articles of personal experience and perspective from those who attended the Women’s Marches and an opportunity to actively engage in an audio Ritual Pathworking that was the recreation of a live ritual honoring the Goddess Columbia, and the lighting of our own torches. Tesseract features work aligned with the Full Fiery Moon of Leo and the additional power held in the lunar eclipse. Invocations, statements and more are offered up to the seen and unseen as we rise up to meet the challenges of the work at hand.

The theme of this issue is one of rising up! Allowing to arise what we hold to be true for ourselves and bringing that into manifestation as we rise up on the wings of Liberty, Justice and Freedom. Each, and every one of us is a vital piece of the larger puzzle; so be mindful of where and how you are focusing your energies. These are times that require us to present for the long haul and the vision of what our individual actions contribute to that longer and larger picture are continually unfolding.

So, Rise Up from the seat of strength and inspired action!
Rise Up from the depths of despair, inertia and hopelessness!
Rise Up Carrying the Torch of Justice!


“I ask that people reach deep down into themselves and pull out the heaven that resides there. Do away with the hell of everyday pointless antics. Treat who you have well because they won’t be there forever. Some people have riches and some have nothing, but what price does someone have to pay to be loved?”
– Anonymous –

Featured Writings

On January 29th our coven held a ritual of empowerment and change honoring the Goddess Columbia, as protectress of our country and holder of the light of Hope. This was the Statement of Intent written for the ritual…

The Intention of Community
January 29.2017
by S.S.E.

We live in rapidly changing times, when what we know, what we cherish, what we hold close to our hearts, seems to stand in peril. Our sense of who we are and what we are feels fractured as never before. As we gather together on this day, January 29 of the year 2017, in a ritual to Celebrate Hope and Empowerment, understand that together we have power, together we have strength, together we are a united community. Today is the sabbat of Imbolc marking the beginning of Spring, the promise of the lessening darkness and the time for growth of new life.

Today we call upon Columbia, goddess representation for the freedom and liberty of the nation of the United States of America, to stand with our community, to show us the way to remain calm in chaos, to hold fast to the Founding Principle of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This is our community’s time, it is why we are here, not to be swept away on the currents of change, but to use our power and the power of Columbia to light our torches and be the guides through the darkness into the light of the new day. We are not victims. We are not powerless. We have intention. We have intelligence of the heart. We are star seed and we already know how to use our magic and our energy to manifest power and purpose. Do not be fearful of the endings for what you think you know; all endings are also beginnings. Embrace the chaos to create order and produce great things in accord with higher will. On this day, dream and manifest the creation of a new beginning. So Mote It Be!

“I pray every single moment of my life; not on my knees but with my work.  My prayer is to lift women to equality with men.
Work and worship are one with me.”

― Susan B. Anthony ―


The Dove’s Call
by M.

“Have you seen this before in your life–
not have you heard as a story?

We’re now bound, each and all,
by oaths only we know

To be here and to save what we know to be holy
and remind us, in this, we are not alone.

And our faith in our work
may be all we have to keep ourselves going,

But with each at our back,
Every step can be sure.

We are here to save what we know to be holy
and remind us, in this, we are not alone.”

An Invocation to the Forefathers of Our Nation

2wethepeople-statue-of-libertyby Celestine

We call to the Forefathers of our nation, be with us now in this sacred space!

We call to the brave men and women who crossed the seas in search of freedom from tyranny, freedom from oppression, and a better life for their families!

Although the road has sometimes been rough and the path has not been straight you persevered and now we call on your strength and energy as we continue your work to make our country and beacon of equality and justice!

Hail to the Founding Fathers and Mothers of our nation!

You whose vision and foresight established a country of promise and possibility!
You who established our right to speak freely and make our opinions known!
You who championed for our right to worship as we choose!
You who fought for our right to participate in government!
You who battled for equality for all humans!
You who looked out for the land and its creatures!

We ask you to enlighten us so that we may learn from past mistakes and to guide our actions as we plan for our future!

We call to you, the Pioneers, Founders and Leaders of our nation!

We ask you to be with us today and witness our efforts to champion for the underprivileged, to fight for equality, to demand justice, and to protect the land and all of the life forms it supports!

We ask for your continued inspiration as we support the tenets put forth by your who birthed our nation:

“All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Hail, Forefathers! Hail and Welcome!

The Women’s Marches

Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women's march on January 21, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women's rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women’s march on January 21, 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women’s rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Record numbers of people gathered for the Women’s Marches on January 21st. What began initially as a singular effort in Washington, D.C. took hold and swept across America with marches held in major (and smaller) cities throughout. According to data compiled by Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut, at least 3.3 million people participated in over 500 marches across the US. (Univ. Denver/Univ. Ct.)

This Fire of Community rising up reached even further, spreading globally onto seven continents. London saw an estimated 100,000 marchers, while other cities outside the United States, like Toronto, Canada and Sydney, Australia saw tens of thousands of protestors taking the streets as well. (N.Y.Times)

The following are writings from participants in Marches held in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C….

Why I Marched
By Celestine

I am a middle-aged, straight, professional, white woman who grew up in a working-class, Christian, rural, predominantly white area. My childhood was happy, I did not lack for anything and my parents encouraged me to reach for my dreams. With the help of scholarships and student loans I was able to go to the college of my choice and thanks to good grades I got my dream job upon graduating. So what would possess me to attend the Women’s March that was held on January 21st?

By the time I reached adulthood women were considered equal to men. I was not limited in my career choice like my mother and grandmothers were, I could choose my career. My niece can play sports with the boys and my friend’s daughter can serve in the military. Many women hold powerful positions both in industry and government. Yep, no need to burn my bra!

And I have seen our country make great strides in racial equality. I have worked with people from many ethnic backgrounds and they were all able to obtain the same level of employment I have, albeit with more of a struggle. And then wonder of wonders we elected a black president! Yes, we Americans are growing into better people!

The one social struggle I did witness was for LGBT rights. I grew up in the 70’s when people were freeing themselves from the rigidity of the previous decades and gay people no longer felt the need to hide. By the 80’s I was a teenager and witnessed the hatred, discrimination, and mis-information of the AIDS epidemic. Since then I’ve seen a number of friends struggle for years to find acceptance, some of whom lost friends or became alienated from their families because they were gay. I watched their struggle to be with their partners and raise families. Then I celebrated with joy when my gay friends were finally granted the right to marry. Yep, humanity is on the right track!

All I need to do is continue supporting my friends, pray to the gods, and post encouraging memes about equality on Facebook. No need to get my hands dirty! Sure, I may need to voice my disapproval when an ignorant person makes a racist or homophobic comment but surely there is no need to stage a protest, those protestors are now the radical minority. Yeah, I still saw some problems in the news but mostly they were in third world countries and they didn’t really affect anyone I knew. Overall humanity is evolving into a tolerant species so kudos to us!

And then I started to really pay attention. I heard a close relative make homophobic remarks and vote against hiring a man just because he was gay. I heard co-worker call our president and his family “monkeys”. I saw a friendship between two men who have been best pals since childhood come to an end because one of them came out of the closet and the other did not support him. I stood in stunned disbelief as my friend’s husband explained that his buddy could not bring his black girlfriend around because the guys called her racially insulting names. (He said this while listening to a Shaggy CD and never saw the irony!). I saw my family struggle to accept my sister-in-law’s religious exploration and forbid her from talking about her beliefs in front of the children. I heard a teenager state with conviction that the world was made in seven days and is only 2000 years old despite the fact that we had just hiked through Dinosaur Valley State Park and saw dinosaur footprints that were 110 million years old. I began to wonder what frickin’ century we are in!

Yet none of these issues affected me personally. Then, after several years of secrecy, I came out of of the broom closet to my family and closest friends. It felt safe for me to do so. Sure, there is still a lot of mis-information about paganism and witchcraft in movies and in the news but there are also many reputable leaders in our community that are teaching by example. What a wonderful day when we can openly worship as we believe, just as our founding fathers hoped! Then suddenly there was talk about registering Muslims. The fact that we could even consider a registry with the scars of the Holocaust still fresh made me fear who would be targeted next. The Hindus? Buddhists? Wiccans? Before long that slippery slope will lead to one national religion. So much for separation of church and state! Suddenly my fear was real.

So to be clear, I did not march because I am whining that my “side” lost. I did not march to insult our President. I did not march to encourage women to have abortions. I did not march for environment protection, health care for all, or eliminating poverty (though I support them all). And I did not march because I personally am oppressed. I marched because we need to remember what our ancestors fought for and how difficult their struggles were. We need to be reminded that the work is not done, there is still inequality in our society. The thin veneer of polite civilization seems to be shredding and the darkness is society is being revealed. Yet believe there is hope for the human race, that we can be kind, peaceful, and benevolent. I dream of a day when all humans will be treated with dignity and respect. I marched because we need to stand together and support each other even if we don’t understand each other’s struggles. In the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

This is why I marched, because we ARE stronger together!

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-

The Goddess of Freedom
by Littletree

Upon arriving at the Women’s March on Washington last Saturday,one of the first things I wanted to do was to look up an old neighbor. Well, we weren’t exactly neighbors; when I lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood back in the 1990s, She has stood atop the US Capitol as She had since 1863 when she was hoisted onto her six meter cast iron pedestal by former slaves. I call Her the Goddess of Freedom.

She took a brief sabbatical in 1993 to have a little elective cosmetic work done while a crack in the pedestal was being repaired. I visited Her up close. There had been a new Democratic president sworn in in January and a March for Lesbian Gay Bisexual right in April and I was hopeful that Freedom would be watching over the repair of more than just physical cracks in our democracy. I could imagine a cautiously hopeful expression of resolve on Lady Freedom’s face.

But on this cold Washington day in January I had a harder time feeling hopeful. Is it really going to make a difference if we protest in DC. It wasn’t until the next day that I could admit I was glad I went to Washington rather than the rally in my new home town of Philadelphia.

The claustrophobic experience of riding the train and worrying about toilet availability was significantly more critical than when I was 36. I couldn’t see the face of the Goddess’s statue, but I did see the face of resolve, determination and even hope. I saw it on the very very crowded MARC train. I saw it in line for the men’s room at the Smithsonian and Union Station where we became a community and made reasonable accommodations for anyone who needed a stall rather than a urinal. There were other members of my coven and of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Delaware County and at least three women from my school.

I am still disheartened by the campaign and the election of 2016, but I try to have faith in the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections
and the truth of the imagination.”


The 2017 Million Woman’s March. My first protest ever!
I enjoyed the people, the energy, the speeches, the causes.
by M.Q.

I was never one for conflict, so a protest used to be furthest from my mind. It took time ( my whole life really) for me to stand my ground, speak up for my beliefs. I wish I had more gumption. As one can imagine: I found it quite easy to be among so many fellow citizens that have the same ideals and beliefs. It was uplifting, invigorating, and temporary.

So many questions? Why haven’t I spoken up sooner? Have I been blind? Why did I not see all these issues? How are we so divided? Why has it been business as usual at my job? How do I interact with family and friends who do not share my beliefs? How can I expect my elected officials to communicate, to agree to work together towards common goals when it seems no one can, myself included. How can I expect others to change when my opinions most certainly will not? What’s next for our country, our planet? So many issues and hurdles.

So far, I’ve learned a little about courage and sharing my truth, what I believe in my heart. Standing up for my values, my opinion counts just as much as the next citizen. Speaking up is quite a challenge for me. Ridicule, harsh comments, arguments are expected. The losses are the learning curve. Odd, when I’m finally more comfortable and confident expressing my beliefs, it coincides with losing a friend, or a loved one. I suppose that comes with the territory. However, I’ve tasted a tiny smidgen of courage, of resolve, and I cannot go back. I have the highest regard for the company I now keep.

It is comforting to learn that I am far from alone. There are millions around the world that share my same beliefs and opinions and that brings me Hope.

“I cannot accept that to be realistic means to tolerate misery,
violence and hate. I do not believe that the hungry man should be treated as subversive for expressing his suffering. I shall never accept that the law can be used to justify tragedy, to keep things as they are,
to make us abandon our ideas of a different world. Law is
the path of liberty, and must as such open the way to
progress for everyone.”

– Oscar Arias Sanchez –


Focus On…

The Intersection of Moon Phase, Astrology, Elemental Energy, and Magick
by Iolanthe

This month we will look at the penumbral lunar eclipse which will occur on Friday February 10, 2017 when the Moon will be at 22 degrees Leo, a fixed fire sign. We will look at using a pendulum to help us bring clarity.

Full Snow Moon. Hunger Moon. These are some of the names that have been used to greet the full Moon in February, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. At the time of cold snowy winter, when the days are short and the nights are long, we look forward to the light of the full Moon. In February, the full Moon will appear on Friday, on the 10th day of the month.

However, its light will be shadowed. We will witness a penumbral eclipse of the full Moon. This eclipse is subtle and the Moon will appear to be only slightly shadowed. In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow (the penumbra) passes over the Moon. This differs from a total eclipse in which the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and is entirely covered by Earth’s shadow (its umbra). In the Philadelphia area, a penumbral eclipse will begin at 5:34 pm, will be at its maximum coverage of the moon by 7:43 pm, and the full moon will be unshadowed by 9:53 pm.

Eclipses mark a time when something comes to an end (the Moon retreats into shadow) and something new is revealed (when the shadow recedes). The Moon can reflect our emotional lives, so this time is valuable for looking at what is retreating emotionally for us right now, and what is coming into illumination and understanding. What has been lurking in shadows for you? What are you feeling confused about? What is not clear to you? What is somewhat obscured?

This full Moon will be in Leo. The sun rules Leo, and Leo basks in the light and warmth and focus of the sun. Leo is a fixed sign, signifying an energy that is steadfast and persistent; and it is a fire sign which emphasizes intent and will. We usually look to Leo for a strong beam of concentrated energy to help us to develop our intentions to accomplish what we want and need. Leo can light the way, and similarly, we look to the Moon as a guide at night to reflect the sun’s light and to help us see our way. But with this penumbral eclipse there will be a partial shadow. Leo’s full light will not be fully present, at least during the time of the eclipse.

Often, our own emotions can be a mystery to ourselves. So can the feelings of others. It is easy to misunderstand and to be misunderstood. We can take the time now to reflect the light of understanding, and to look within for hidden motives or what we are hiding from ourselves. The Moon will reflect sunlight again, the shadow will pass, and Leo will be in its full glory again.

Since the full Moon phase is a time for fruition of what has been our intentions, hopes, and dreams since the last full Moon, let us consider what will we bring more of to ourselves, and for ourselves. To help with understanding at the time of the shadowed full Moon, and with uncovering what is hidden, we can use a pendulum.

Take time to think about what you are trying to uncover. Are you trying to understand some facets of a relationship? Are you trying to discern a possible path to take for the best outcome? Are you trying to find a way to communicate that is more clear? There are no limits to what you can ask, but it might be more successful to have just one or two specific questions that you want to focus on and explore. Try to edit your questions to simple yes or no queries.

The answers will come to through your intuition, and from your sensing of signals seen and unseen that surround you and your question, and from your own higher self. Phrase your question in a way that will be received by your higher self and tap into your intuition. Too broad a question might not lead to a clear answer.

For example, a broad question might be, “How can I find a romantic partner for the rest of my life?” A more edited question that could be answered as “Yes” or “No” might be re-phrased as “Is it in my best interest to continue to see the person I am dating now?”

Here are some possibilities for framing your question:
(1) Will this action that I am considering be in my own best interest?
(2) Is this person I am making plans with trustworthy?
(3) Ask yes or no for a choice you are considering.
(4) Ask if your lost object is in the house? Or in the car? Or elsewhere?

As you witness the shadowing and uncovering of the February full Moon, remember the fixed fire energy of Leo that the Moon will be in at the time of the eclipse. Focus, illumination, self-expression, dependability, and warmth are significantly associated with this sign. May you uncover you own truths and qualities by the phases of the Moon.

“We must not allow ourselves to become
like the system we oppose.”

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu-

First Steps on the Seeker’s Path

I am foregoing Part Two of this series until next month’s issue so I can direct you to the Lighting the Torch ritual pathworking.

About This Ritual:

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This pathworking is an experiential rendition of a live ritual held on January 29.2017 at 3:00p.m. (EST) in Springfield, PA. Our coven had decided that we would use the celebration of Imbolc, normally held at this time of the year and dedicate it to the Goddess, Columbia and a self-empowering call to Liberty, Justice and Right Action. These are attributes that are needed more than ever as we move through this year of historical change and uncertainty about the outcomes.

The steps we choose to take and the truths that we claim as our own will likely change as the deeper processes of politics, emotions and action are revealed. So it is in the best interest of each individual to connect with the philosophies that our country was founded upon, the realities that our Ancestors encountered and the vision of our Forefathers. This is not the first that America has had to take a closer look at what has worked in the past and what is the vision of the future that every American holds for their place in the broader community of global humanity. This ritual holds the intention of claiming the sword of justice and the light of freedom as we step into the place and power of taking responsibility for our own actions that will ultimately impact those around us.

About the Goddess, Columbia:

liberty_and_eagleLiberty, as Columbia in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

Fast Facts:

  • Columbia-aka: Standing Liberty, Walking Liberty and Lady Liberty (NY Harbor)
  • Her work is that of Governance and those who abide in her state, the District of Columbia were charged with being committed to the well-being of the country and its inhabitants.
  • Her statue was first put on top of the Capitol 5b424a1e08928b60c48030ffa9125eb1building and decree was passed that no building could be higher than that of the head of the Goddess. The bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford is the crowning feature of the dome of the United States Capitol. The statue is a classical female figure of Freedom wearing flowing draperies. Her right hand rests upon the hilt of a sheathed sword; her left holds a laurel wreath of victory and the shield of the United States with thirteen stripes. Her helmet is encircled by stars and features a crest composed of an eagle’s head, feathers, & talons, a reference to the costume of Native Americans.
  • You will also find her in front of every Federal building in different forms and carrying different symbols.

A great clip from  a broadcast of Thom Hartmann about the story of the Goddess, Columbia… The Story of the Goddess, Columbia

About the Ritual Pathworking:

This pathworking will be a combination of active participation and contemplative space. Select a space where you will not be disturbed for approx. 50 minutes and have some room to move a bit. If you are tight on space, movement can be generated by swaying in place.  If you wish to gather a small group to work the ritual, be sure each person has a candle for themselves.

(optional) If you wish to set-up quarter altars as well as the central listed below, please do so and decorate in whatever way is in accord with your spiritual path.

What You Will Need:

  • Purification supplies such as incense (or a favorite body oil) and charged salt water (place a small amount of salt in a small bowl of water. Hold the bowl in your hands -one on the bottom, the other hovering over the top. Pull up the energy of intention and connection to what the elements of Earth and Water mean to you. Pour that intention into the now, charged, water of purification). original_emily-henderson-dollar-store-bathroom-candle-before_s3x4-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-966-1288
  • White pillar candle ( I like to use the glass pillars that are sold at the Dollar Store. They are easily contained, burn well and for these purposes actually resemble a torch!).
  • A table or space that will serve as an altar to hold your candle/matches(or lighter) and anything you may wish to add as representation of your affinity with our country, the Goddess Columbia and action.
  • A chair to sit on.

Click Here:  Lighting the Torch! All Hail, Columbia!

Please Note: you will be directed to the Teachings on the Path web page for this pathworking. Space and media limits on this page do not accommodate this audio. 

Cast and Call: R. Fennelly
Statement: S.S.E.
Ancestors: M.Q.
Forefathers: L.M.
Columbia: J.M.

All Chants-Reclaiming and Friends
Air I Am (Chants)
Rise With Fire (Chants)
Let It Begin (Let It Begin)

In Conclusion…..

… (I) leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your
bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal..

― Abraham Lincoln ―


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