Bonus Post – The Hall of Pisces

Posted in Bonus Posts, The Temple of the Sun on February 27, 2015 by themagickalpen

Pisces changes the status quo with its ability to soother, heal and support unconditionally. So, with that “going with the flow” attitude, Im mixing things up for this last Solar Month.  Enjoy the dreaminess of this pathworking as the moon waxes Full.

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Turn your focus and attention to your breath. Allow the space of your consciousness to move with the rise and fall of your chest and the filling and release of the lungs. Continue in this manner for several breaths; allowing each to become softer, smoother and slower. With each breath your physical body appears to become lighter and your center of consciousness floats upwards towards the inner eye. You feel enveloped by the mist of transition between the Physical and Astral. And as this veil thins you step through a veil of dark blue mist and find yourself standing centrally in a circular room. As you look around you see that this space opens out to a star lit night sky. The velvety blackness above holds a twinkling of starry light that fills the panoramic view above. The walls encircle you and are of a deep bluish purple. As your eyes adjust to this room you notice an archway just ahead of you.  The glyph of Pisces, the Twin Fish hovers in the entryway.

There is an iridescent turquoise shimmer about the glyph of Pisces and as you step through the archway you are aware of being somehow underwater, yet able to breathe normally. You hear the cries of the whales in the distance and look upon the varied sea life that surrounds you. You take note that although you can see shapes and form, they are distorted and the murkiness of the water seems to cast shadows in an undulating, rhythmical manner. You feel the pressure of the water on your body and yet also have the feeling of weightlessness. It is as though you are gently being upheld and carried by something that is intangible and invisible yet powerful in its depth and density.

You look up and see the faint glimmer of light above you creating a kaleidoscope of patterns and extending both arms upward feel yourself being lifted towards what appears to the surface of the waters. Fingers extend through the top of a gently cresting wave and you emerge from the depths looking upon a sandy shore just ahead of you. You feel soft sand beneath your feet and stand up, stepping out onto warm soft gray sand.

You look around and see that the beach stretches endlessly ahead and you are alone in this place of earth and water. It feels as though you have emerged at the very end of the earth and you have a sense that there are many stories and much wisdom held in the expanse of this place. As you reflect on these thoughts you take a few steps forward and pause for a moment, now becoming aware of a formless shape several feet ahead of you.

As you move closer you see that this form is that of half fish and half woman.  You move around her for a closer look and she lifts her head revealing beautiful eyes that are the color of the clearest bluest ocean waters. As you look deeply into her eyes you sense a depth of sadness and longing that immediately moves through your heart center. Her sadness wells up in YOU and at once you see through her eyes and have a sense of the suffering she feels for both humanity and all of sea life. You see the heart wrenching polluting of her waters, the fish and sea birds that are covered in oil and waste and the indiscriminate damning up of water flows that leave no safe home for her sea family.

You feel her guilt and deep shame, as she is part human, for causing so much pain and suffering to the waters and its life and her deep longing to walk among humanity, show them the effects of their detached natures and restore respect and care for all living things.

Your and her emotions move as one as you feel HER sorrow for both fish and human and you want nothing more than to ease her suffering. You gently kneel beside her and reach out, drawing her to you and wrapping your arms about her cold body. You draw up unconditional support from the depths of your emotional wellspring and enfold her with the intent of unconditional love, compassion and care. You feel her energy strengthen with your loving touch and tears of joy and understanding fall from your eyes as you offer up the very essence of your compassionate nature to this unfortunate. It is within this place that deep connection and transformational love are offered.

As you release her from your embrace, your eyes connect once again. In the space of tragedy and sorrow, you now see hope. You feel her joy in knowing that the memories of what you saw will guide you towards seeking out other humans who will help to preserve and respect her home. You know that the connection you have made with this beautiful Being has transformed you and you feel empowered in being able to offer up your support.

As these realizations permeate your being you lookout towards the ocean and see that the tide has moved across what was sandy shore. Water laps about you and you rise and look out onto the vastness of the ocean. The tide is returning to claim its own and as you step back the mermaid extends her arms in thanks and you watch as she is gently carried back out to sea in the embrace of a large and light filled wave. You stand taking in the beauty of the waters as they move in towards shore and then return to the vastness of the ocean. You are mesmerized by the sheer beauty of this sight and gently close your eyes taking in the sound of the surf and the smell of salty air. You envision the hope that the mermaid will offer to her kind and healing power of the story she will tell of positive interaction with a human.

As the sounds and the smell begin to fade you open your eyes and you are once again surrounded by the blue veil of energy that carried you to this inner sky. As you take a few more deep breaths and fill the intent with awareness of your physical being and return to your physical space, the mist clears and the smells, sounds and sights of the room in which you began our journey floods your senses. You feel the floor beneath you and the chair on which you are sitting. Noises of the mundane world come back filling ear and mind with thoughts of going about the rest of your day or evening. You take a deep breath in, savoring the vestiges of your astral journey and the insight it provided, and strongly exhale out affirming your oneness with the present moment of physical time and space.

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The Heart Will Find a Way – The Magick of Pisces

Sun in Pisces – Compassion Flows

Posted in New Moon, The Temple of the Sun with tags on February 17, 2015 by themagickalpen

Pisces SunFebruary 18.2015
Sun in Pisces
6:50 pm (EST)
and
New Moon in Aquarius
6:47 pm (EST)

 

Compassion spills and overflows
The oceans of my Soul
Each drop moving through
Rivulets of prismatic depths.

A cadence of virtuosity as
Fingers move in pizzicato
Rhythm across ephemeral strings
The sounds of empathetic release.

Seeker of that which is
Just beyond the grasp
Slips like sand through
The funnel of glass measured time.

And Devotion pools at the base
Of sun-parched throats
That willingly endure the pain
To spare another the distress.

Martyr and miracle
Saint and sacrifice
Each flow in opposition
Until the water clears.

And the darkened path
Of return is revealed
In the depths of mysterious
Waters as compassion
Fills my thirst-quenched
Soul.

The Sun transits into the astrological sign of Pisces tomorrow evening at 6:50 pm (EST). Aquarius holds its last stand as the moon waxes New at 6:47 pm and the final edicts of mind are used as the catalyst for new beginnings. This dynamic is very fitting since we are heralding the final sign of the Zodiac into its Solar Power and the transition from one sign flowing into the next is aptly shown in a watery moon of mind (Aquarius) informing the heated solar waters of all-loving Pisces.

Pisces – The Fish

The astrological sign of Pisces is one of the Element of Water and the Mutable Modality. Its planetary ruler is Neptune and provides access to the depths of emotions revealing the deeply intuitive and healing nature of our own being. The natural energy of the Sun; that of shedding great light on whatever is in its spectrum, now has the assistance of stable mind that is expressed in lightening thought and creative invention. The Sun in Pisces goes about its work of empathetic release as love flows through each interaction and the vision of sacrifice is revealed.

The caution with Pisces is one of overextending the resources so freely offered that nothing is left for the giver to heal and renew themselves. Pisces wants so much to give and assist others in finding their higher purpose that what began as care and support will easily become enabling of continued bad habits. The stereotype of being the doormat is one that Pisces is well acquainted with and the action of tough love is one that is not easily expressed within Pisces’ energy.

Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces and brings with its energy the mystical and dreamy quality that is a natural component in the Pisces attributes. In the study of Esoteric Astrology, Neptune is considered the Higher amplification of Venus. If we consider this thought, Neptune then moves to a place of Higher Love, unconditional compassion and an evolved sense of “beauty” in the world. In the Pisces native “beauty” is highly refined in the sense of seeing the best in each individual, and moreover, feeling that the offering of unconditional Love will change even the worst tendencies in humanity.

Jupiter is the co-ruler of Pisces and speaks to the expansive quality of Pisces emotional outpouring. This is compassion that stretches and reaches, pulling from the darkest of spaces what needs love and what will benefit from healing. Jupiter is the planet of abundance and prosperity. This is the abundance of a gentle embrace to soothe and calm and the prosperity of time and energy well invested towards a return of another realizing their higher nature.

The Element of Water

Pisces is a Water sign. The energy of this type of Water is focused on the emotional and intuitive realms of the individual. We see this clearly exemplified in Pisces as there is great potential for deep insight and connection at an energetic level wherever Piscean dynamics are applied. The empathetic quality provides an additional benefit of deep levels of understanding that serve to support a naturally intuitive nature.

A Mutable Modality

As we have already experienced with the Mutable signs their primary directive is that of flexibility and expanding upon what has been structured in the preceding Fixed sign. Pisces holds the auspicious designation of being the last of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. In the chronological cycle, Pisces is the Elder who has access to the accumulated wisdom of what has come before and as a Mutable sign acts as midwife in birthing the start of a new cycle with the next transit into Aries.

The first Mutable sign we encountered was one of Air- Gemini- and provided the access to the mind as a vehicle of communication that could be expanded upon as it remained flexible in its method of disbursement.

The second of the Mutable signs was expressed through an Earth sign, Virgo and served to bring analysis and categorization in a very concrete and manifest way to the experiences encountered.

The third of the Mutable signs was expressed as Fiery Sagittarius. Here the emphasis was on an expansive nature that seeks connection and community. These are the fires that begin as embers and when enough have accumulated take full blaze and transform all in its path.

Arriving in the space of Pisces and the heart, the Mutable quality serves to cool what has been ignited and train it as a resource of modeling for inspiration to others. This is the self-sacrificing nature of Pisces, that the other is more important that the self. And, if this expansive quality is applied productively, all benefit from the flow of understanding that is based in a collective consciousness of love.

Words move quickly
Towards my intended
Goal and I communicate
All that I know and all
That I have found.

These are sorted and
Analyzed as every
Detail is highlighted
And every flaw corrected.

Flames reach out as I
Network with others
Hoping to find exactly
Where my passions will
Take hold and action
Can finally begin.

The flames reach high
From the will of my
Efforts and hope is
The only thing that will
Cool the yearning to
Know and to see.

Everything I need
And have been seeking
Floods in like a tidal
Wave of quiet reprieve.

I am healed in arms
That have known all
Of my joys and all of
My frailties and despite
My flaws and imperfections
I know I am Loved.

 And, One More Thing! …. New Moon in Aquarius 

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“ The Moon waxing New in Aquarius provides an extra bolster of energy to explore the recesses of your thoughts and inventive inspirations. Brainstorming and problem-solving with creative outlook as the primary directive are well suited to Aquarian energy. Calling upon Uranus can expedite the mental pursuits, although overload can also result much like the flow of electrical current that is too strong for what the amps can withstand. Let your imagination take center stage knowing that this is often the greatest source of “thinking outside the box”. Although the emphasis is on the “I” with Aquarian energy, that “I” can be experienced as the Higher Self and the information sought and received that of illumined mind.”

Add to this one more thing!

The opportunity here lies in the key of transforming the thought process to be inclusive of the “we”. Using the brilliance of inspired mind to craft a plan that will reach down into the heart level and begin something new that will benefit the “all”. What can you initiate in your own life that will directly or indirectly change someone else’s for the better? This is the stuff of actualizing a future (very Aquarian) that has not forgotten the “human” equation (Pisces).

The Next Step

Knowing how each sign moves to the next and the interaction between each as they evolve towards completion (and threshold of renewal) of the wheel in Pisces tells its own unique story of the astrological wheel. Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac. Capricorn acted as the testing ground for what could become reality and served as the affirmer of the resilience and sure-footedness that can be achieved in the steepest of heights and the deepest of depths.

Aquarius’ image is that of the water-bearer; pouring its life giving waters out for humanity to drink. The mystery lies not in the water being poured, but in the empty space left in the vessel now awaiting the filling of water that will next sustain. Nature abhors a vacuum so the implication is that we must freely give of our resources so that we may receive what will be needed anew.

If we look at the dynamics of energy thus far, beginning with the cardinal sign of Aries, we could think of the three signs that begin the astrological wheel as the quickening Fires (Aries- Fire) within the body of manifestation (Taurus- Earth) that gives rise to aspiring towards the heavens (Gemini- Air). Now enlivened by the desire to “know”, the healing and nurturing (Cancer- Water) of what no longer serves this goal is brought front and center into the Light of Day (Leo-Fire) to be strengthened as it is readied for the detailed analysis of Virgo (Earth) that seeks to create a new form for its manifestation. Libra (Air) applied the finishing touches to what Virgo had reduced to the most essential components. Using the adaptability and deftness of a mind that could easily calculate and mentally weigh both benefits and detriments, Libra moved with skill and grace to accomplish what was made ready.

The energy of Scorpio provided the necessary prodding to explore the deeper aspects of the emotions and access the hidden keys of memory that has been hidden and within the fires of Sagittarius, the forging of what was tempered in the waters of transmutation into a more flexible and expansive form is at hand. Sagittarius looked out at the night sky and did not see only darkness, but imagined the beauty of what lay beyond sparkling from the heat of stellar light that are the wishes, hopes and dreams released to be share by the Cosmos. This vision shone brightly within the realm of the human experience as Capricorn moved through terrain that is unforgivable, yet still finds its place of acclaim atop the highest mountain. Having gathered all that was needed to proceed fully informed and ready to reach new levels of understanding, Aquarius released its inventive spirit and visionary insight for all to make use of. And, finally having arrived at the place of Pisces, we surrender into the arms of one who holds us gently and with love and carries us into the birthing of a new cycle.

Compassion Flows

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This solar month is one of focus on how we respond to the world and those within it. This is the wisdom of reaching beyond what the singular I needs or wants and seeing how we can be of help to the collective whole of humanity. This energy relates directly to the heart and using its grace as the instinctive catalyst towards improving not only our lives but others around us.

Pisces rules the 12th House of the Zodiac. This is the house of resolutions and synthesis of mundane and spiritual perspectives. Aquarius brought all the relevant information of the how to the table and now Pisces as ruler of the 12th House is responsible for the who. This is the Solar month of identifying what and who is of most importance to you and how these dynamics will open you to a deeper connection at the heart level. This is the month of finding the compassionate self and stepping into the world of service as model of what is possible when you open to a more loving nature.

In the chronology of the Zodiac, this phase of this Solar journey carries us into Pisces and the opportunity to experience humanity in all its expressions. This is the energy of the wise grandmother or grandfather who loves unconditionally and has a lifetime of experiences to share. The wisdom of the power of the heart that is found in Pisces is what provides HOPE as the cycle begins anew in Aries. These are the final touches on freeing humanity’s soul and the realization of what can be achieved by seeing more as the heart opens to an understanding of all loving compassion and the wisdom of humanity serving humanity as a collective and Divine whole.

And, so with the gentle spirit that is Pisces, we call forth the energy of the Sun as it continues its zodiacal cycle. Once again we repeat the invocation that opened the Gate to this Temple. As you read through it think back to a point in time when you felt love so fully that all you could do was to share it freely and fully with all you met. Think back to hearing the stories from an older person of a life well lived and well loved that gave you hope for your own future stories to be crafted by your life well lived and well loved. This is the blessing of Pisces.

As you read through the invocation, think about what each line of reference evokes within you and stimulates your own desire to hold as mystery that only you can reveal as you seek its deeper meaning. What goals are stirred as you read of RA’s power as expressed within the heart felt words put to paper. This is the power of planning and standing strong in your humanity as you pursue these goals. Use this gift wisely this solar month as we invoke the Solar month in Aquarius and awaken those fires of RA to quicken your surrender to the death of false perception and the rebirth of who you truly are.

Hymn to RA

All Hail to Thee, Mighty RA
Blaze of noon day sun.
Your fiery orb high in the
Sky above as we kneel
Beneath the heat of
Your radiance.

All the Gods bow to your radiance
All the Goddesses sing hymns of praise
To Your glory and man
Lays prostrate in humility
And devotion at the altar of
Your making.

Sweet music of adoration and offerings
Brought forth from the Black Land
Rise up in praise and thanks for
Your Sustaining Light.

All darkness flees at the touch of Your hand
All ceases its movement as Your expansive
Rays stretch across the morning sky.

The lotus opens to receive Your Touch
And the sands glisten as rare jewels
As You gaze upon each grain washed
Clean in the boundless ocean that
Reflects the brilliance of your face.

All Hail to Thee
Amun-RA
All Hail to Thee
Who sits high
Above the world.

Khepra in the East
Atum in the West
Whose eye holds the
Point of Life and the
Trifold Arc of Power.

Your eyes see all and
You are the place of return
Within the glowing blackness
Of the Midnight Sun.

All Hail to Thee
All Hail to Thee
Amun, Amun, Amen!

Ambient Lighting-The Magick of Aquarius

Posted in Astrology, Magick, The Temple of the Sun with tags on February 16, 2015 by themagickalpen

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The Magick of Aquarius

Idealistic Visioning

The Magick of Aquarius is dynamically charged and swift in its effects. Whatever we apply Aquarian energy towards will have the benefit of volumes of reference and an informed and intuitive mind that thinks outside of the box. This is the mind where everything is possible as long as it fits the criteria of logic and transformative effect.

Aquarius’ strength lay in its ability to be a magnet for information; greedily consuming it and then being able to spit it out in a way that makes use of the key components required for successful application. This exuberance for the learning capacity of the mind is one that can also present as impatience for those who get lost in the finely structured translation that Aquarius provides. Jumping from A-Z in a milli-second is all in a day’s musing for Aquarius, but this approach is not always the most effective in savoring the finer points of the process.

The caution here is that of detachment and remaining always out in the aethers seeking the next phase of knowledge. There can be a tendency to discount emotions in the equation because they are not logical in mastering a direction that is sterile and appealing to greater mental pursuits. Having come from the very manifest oriented energy of Capricorn to the mental gymnastics of Aquarius is something of a trick in counterbalance. This is the true state of as above (Aquarius), so below (Capricorn) in action. Aquarius strives to move out of the “human condition” and in its place re-invent the cosmic condition” where humanity is of equal value to all of life in all of its forms at a universal level.

Aquarius is the second sign of the third (and final) cycle of quadrant of Elements in progression around the zodiacal wheel. This is the third and last of the astrological signs of Air and in the order of progression, Aquarius has the benefit of drawing its experience from the styles of the other two Air signs.

This is the progression from the first communications of Gemini, eager to please in its methodology of communicative mind and having the agility to change course at will, taking a little from here and a little more from there before it reaches final conclusion. This frantic pace is balanced by Libra’s requirement that all that passes through it must meet the requirements of refinement and grace and be as pleasing to the senses as to the mind it serves. This is mind that has matured from the enthusiasm of youthful Gemini and now seeks longevity and a place where its efforts may be synthesized and strengthened. Arriving at the space of Aquarius, everything of mind and movement is now lengthened into a structure that serves as a point of reference. This is the processing of information with the speed and agility of Gemini and the re-creating balance of Libra’s ability to soften the rough edges and raw dynamics. Aquarius brings these two together in a way that becomes the repository of information that simultaneously sees the past and the future as it creates the panoramic view of what is possible in the present.

A Structured Think Tank

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Hold steady
Stand strong
Be the container.

Hold fast the
Energy that pours
Forth relentlessly.

The Middle Way
Proves firm and true
What generates inside
Soars above and
Reaches deeply below.

Draw up its strength
Pull down its light
Draw in its anchor of center
And allow to pour forth that
Which will be renewed.

Aquarius is Fixed Air. Highly structured and stable in quality, this active principle is expressed as the synthesizer. The stability of a Fixed sign allows the space for drawing together what has preceded it in the Cardinal sign and prepare the most viable and stable form of that energy as it releases it to the flexibility and expansiveness of the Mutable sign that follows it. Aquarius expresses this ability in the area of thought. The ability to gather together the imaginings and visionings of new invention so the dialogue may begin that will result in “back to the drawing board” or “all systems go!”.

Solar Month Magick

Enhances the inventive mind and movement towards future goals:

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac. The energy of Aquarius is that of mental action. It is a sign of innovative idea. Aquarius is the place of the future. The past and/or history of a thing or place does not hold much interest for the Aquarius as this energy is always looking ahead, and using that as the guiding force in all of endeavors. Being of the quality of mind and intellect, invention and problem solving are the natural gifts of this sign.

The Solar Month of Aquarius is an excellent time to begin the work of brainstorming solutions to long-range goals. Although Aquarius is an Air sign, there is much that relies on the continued flow and movement of intuitive guidance, much like water that has been properly aerated and bubbles up freely expanding and eventually moving beyond its container of limitation. Think on the image of the Water-bearer as the symbol of Aquarius. Water is a necessity for life to continue. A suitable container is needed so that the precious liquid will not spill. And, someone capable of protecting and ensuring that it will arrive at its future destination is required. The magick, however occurs when this liquid is drained from the vessel. Now the potential for more to come that is the same in how it is identified, yet subtly different, because the well of source may not be the same. This is the core of Aquarius, providing some similar, yet different enough from, that it automatically becomes the idea of the future.

The energy of this Solar month of Aquarius next flows into the compassion and healing of Watery Pisces. This is the astrological sign of sacrifice and the unquestionable understanding of the inter-connectedness of all life that has arrived at this conclusion from the Mind that knows the negative product of neglecting the humanness in humanity.

The Aquarian approach can be used for short-term projects, but is most effective for long-term workings. A goal, such as envisioning what you wish the outcome to be in as much detail as possible and then thinking through the viability of each step that will be required for successful goal. Use your mental agility to see all of the perspectives that could be employed. Research and then research some more until you find exactly the correct equation to be applied.

Similar to the New, Full and Waning cycles of the Lunar Month, beginning the working in the Solar Month of Aquarius would be the first phase of identifying what your vision of the prefect outcome would be. Temporarily removing the emotional component, focus more on the what, rather than the compelling feelings of the why. Strip this vision down to its basic architecture revealing all that links it together and supports its building.

As you move through the Solar month you will begin to recognize what is the reasonable and rationale way to proceed. Once this is established, re-introduce the feeling quotient (this is the water vessel that Aquarius carries into the future). If it still stands as the focus of desired intent, go for it.

Using the cycle of Air and those astrological signs of that element the next point of bolstering the energy would be during Gemini Solar Month. The Solar Month of Gemini provides the freedom to communicate your ideas, begin the process of networking for further supports and change course if suitable. This is the burst of new airy mind that refreshes what was released into it from Aquarius.

Having finally arrived in the energy of the Solar month of Libra, now is the opportunity to reign in all that you have experienced and used to bolster your goal of intent. Now is the time to refine it, make it pleasing at all levels to the senses and sensibilities of what you envision for yourself now. This is the space of the dream becoming a reality and you standing fully informed of every process and intention along the way. Much like the architect who has foreseen every weakness in his/her plans and has a final blueprint that erects something that will stand the tests of time.

Lunar Magick: Time to Create the Formula

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The Path of Idealism…

Use of Lunar energy in the astrological sign of Aquarius provides the energetic principle of foresight and informed intuition. The approach is one that is both idealistic and prescriptive in nature. The continued dialogue being one of “what if” and “how to formulate it”. Air stirs up the seas in turbulence as well as being to gently move the waters along in a stream that is obstructed and has potential for stagnation. Appropriate use of air in stirring up the emotions of desire for what is imagined, moves the energy towards one of action in taking the necessary steps of planning that will draw you closer to realization of your goals.

Workings that require emotions that are structured and informed by clarity of mind and a concrete plan make use of the Aquarian mind. Bringing to the surface those things that have weighed heavily and toxically in your emotional being can be problem-solved and brought to a place where you may more clearly let your wishes be known, your fears allayed and your joys acted upon.

Workings that encourage you to speak your truths to ensure a future that is in more alignment with what you envision it to be are synthesized into movement that flows continually to sustain and uplift your efforts carried on winds of future change.

The New Moon of Aquarius would be used to seek out what areas of your life need stirring up and recharging with catalytic desire for change. Remember, Uranus is the ruler and disburser of Aquarius’ energy. It is communication on steroids, moving strong and electrically firing up everything in its path. Where would you most like to apply this energy?

The Full Moon of Aquarius allows for those emotional reserves to be brought into a dynamic that will guide and direct your future actions and responses. What was held in the past regarding the issue you selected is now of no importance. What is quickened now in the fullness of Mother Moon’s light is the seed of potential for what you wish it to become.

And, the energy of the Waning Moon in Aquarius provides the opportunity to engage Saturn’s energies as co-ruler of this sign. This is the dynamic of rigid structure that will hold firm what has been started and scatter to the winds what is no longer needed. Additionally, this action is one that is timeless in nature. What is rendered now useless forever was, is and shall be of no power over me!

Some Additional Astrological properties of Aquarius
Keywords: Invention, Vision, Knowledge

The Archetype: The Allegorical Teacher is the archetype associated with Aquarius. Aquarius thrives on learning. It’s intent is to know everything, to be everything and then to share that information and experience with everyone. These are incremental steps towards the ultimate goal of solving the great mysteries of purpose. This is often construed as Aquarius being the great Humanitarian.

The specific form of Humanitarianism that is often ascribed to the Aquarian is one in which the greater good is always the objective, even if it means the expenditure of a singular one. This ideology gives a first impression of Aquarians being cold and emotionally unattached. Logic precludes emotion and largely the actions taken by an Aquarian are from the perspective of feeling so greatly for right outcome that the detail of explaining the emotional depths of that action are not felt to serve to further the ultimate goal.

As a teacher the goal is not one of liking every student that enters those halls of learning. The primary directive is one of teaching every one of those students what there is to teach and what they have come to learn as a collective consciousness of seekers.

Rules Astrological House:
The 11th House of the Zodiac, the House of Friendships

Moving through the Zodiacal Wheel’s energy, the First House is the singular “you” identified by your personality and who you are presently and who you who hope to become. The second House holds the possessions and things you have acquired that further define you. The Third House represents how you express yourself based on what you have learned of yourself (1st House) and what you have chosen to surround yourself with in the material world (2nd House). The Fourth House has taught the lessons of home and family; commitment and unconditional love for who we are now and who we hope to become. Arriving at the Fifth House we are now ready to emerge from the security of friends and family and stand courageously in the Light of the choices we have made, that have contributed to the crafting of this self. Moving on towards the Sixth House we are ready to give, to serve, to cultivate and to learn the lessons of harmonious interaction.

Moving next into the Seventh House we stand ready to gather to ourselves all that we have learned on the journey thus far and use it to explore new paths, learn new ways of being and open to the partnerships forged on a new chosen path. The Eighth House of Scorpio brings passion and emotional attachment to the equation. Awareness of the physical pleasures of being human underscores the journey. As we enter the Ninth House we are ready to initialize what those experiences have been as we load our bows with all that we hope to share and stir the will to action wherever the sights have been set. Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius stands at the ready to push the extremes and encourage stretching to the limits of what we perceive to be possible.

Continuing into the Tenth House and Capricorn’s reality revealed the effort required to re-claim and maintain the steady ground we stretched towards and sought in Sagittarius. Now, having come from this place of manifest stability, the mind and its dreams are able to project into the furthest reaches of possibility. These are anchored in the relationships we have built that serve as a reality check, when that projection moves beyond grounding. These dreams are further inspired by our interactions with others, at times in an observational stage and at other times, fully engaged in the wholeness of mind and heart.

Color(s):

The colors of electric blue and black are those I associate with Aquarius. This is the cobalt charge of electrical current that moves through the darkness of space in and of its own accord with time as it blazes a trail of light and energy in its

Free Me: Capricorn in Aquarius

Lightning flashes around
Making the way dangerous
As steep advance is taken
Carefully and securely.

I feel as though there is
No making headway as
Electricity extends a fiery
Hand blocking the way.

I pause regaining my
Strength of purpose
And pace myself
Giving pause with each
Resounding slap of
Electrical charge.

All at once the way
Clears and I look
Up seeing through
What had been clouds
Of trail and error.

I look up as the sun
Flashes through as
A new form of electric
Catalyst and I see now
The full expanse of
Where my scaling of
Future effort will lead.

Aquarius is the Eleventh sign of the Zodiac:

Seasonally, Aquarius stands as space of pause from the celebrations of the longest night of the Winter Solstice and the longest day of the Summer Solstice in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, respectively. These are points when winter is slowly giving way to the future of Spring’s greening (Northern) or the introspective descent into the wintry months ahead (Southern).

We stand at a point of choice about how we will acclimate to these futures and what plans we will make to align with these changes. This is the action of Aquarius as the inventive mind and the ability to plan and envision ourselves in the space of Spring’s growth or Winter’s great demise.

Ambient Lighting

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We have crossed the mid-point in the Solar Year and are at the last gate before the finality of the last of the 12 Houses of the Astrological signs. Each prior to this point has concerned itself with those aspects of our being that cultivate sense of self (Aries); sense of others (Taurus); expression of ourselves (Gemini); nurturing what we hold close to our hearts (Cancer); moving into our place of power (Leo) and claiming responsibility for taking a closer look at who we have become (Virgo); and finding that place of refinement through interaction. Scorpio marked the advent of self-knowledge and re-forming of what had come before as it is transformed and Sagittarius forged new connections as it moved purposefully beyond its comfort zone.

Capricorn offered the lesson of trial and error until the sure-footedness and confidence necessary to master manifest adversity was cultivated. Now Aquarius is ready to carry us into the ambient and electrically charged dynamic of light that reveals our all-loving nature, informed by the vision of who we are and supported by a solid blueprint towards stepping into that compassionate self of Pisces.

As we move through each of the Solar Temples in the coming year, it will become more apparent how interconnected they are. The story that is woven is one of growth and evolution that is just as relevant today as it was to the ancients. We learn from these natural cycles and their application is profound mundanely and spiritually.

Resources

Other Posts to Re-read:

Temple of the Sun: Aquarius

Sun in Aquarius- A Future Tree
The Motherboard- Sun in Aquarius
Full Moon in Aquarius- Breath of Liquid Flame
New Moon in Aquarius- The Speed of Light

Temple of the Moon:

Day Sixteen: Looking Further-Waning Moon in Aquarius
Day Fifteen: On a Clear Day-Full Moon in Aquarius

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Temple of the Sun: Transit into Pisces
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New Moon in Aquarius (again)

Sun in Aquarius – A Future Tree

Posted in Astrology, Qabalah, The Temple of the Sun, Uranus on February 11, 2015 by themagickalpen

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A Tree of vision
Reached far beyond
What was known.

Its roots spun down
Into stardust as the descent
Into the mundane
Was Begun.

All shifted in the chaos
And new life was
Spawned in the
Inventive mind.

A Tree of Vision
Pours its heart
From a vessel
Deep and strong.

And what issues from it
Is birthed from a mind
That seeks solace in
The loving embrace of
Its Creatrix.

A Tree of Vision
Shows the blinding light
That flashes as dreams become
Manifest reality and guide

The way of the seeker.

A Tree of Hope holds the key
That created the worlds of
Starlight in a
Velvety black sky.

As we enter the Temple of the Sun, Qabalistically we are entering into connection with the central sphere on the Tree of Life, Tiphareth. The name given this sphere is Beauty and the energy is one of synthesis through sacrifice and integration through refinement of the sum of all of its parts. This is much the same energy that we experience in the course of a Solar year. The energy of each of the Zodiacal signs, their element and modality are modified and expressed through the brilliance of the Sun. And, in keeping with the evolutionary process of movement from one sign to the next, each is informed by the previous sign’s energy and contributes a part of its dynamic into the sign that follows. Please see the end of this post for recommendations about learning more about the Tree of Life.

Aquarius and Uranus (Saturn) on the Tree

Astrologically, we have learned that Aquarius is ruled by the planet of electrical, rebellious and dynamic flow, Uranus. We have experienced the focus of an astrological energy that is quick and resolute in its forward moving direction, blazing the way for what will follow. This is the energy of the water-bearer and when we consider the archetypal image that is associated with Aquarius is one of continual flow and disbursement, its planetary ruler is the perfect system of support. Although an Air sign, Aquarius acts very much like water and the symbol of glyph that are two wavy lines are evocative of that nature to move in wave pattern. The secondary ruler of Aquarius is Saturn. We know of Saturn’s ability to bring structure and order. This is the directive of Aquarius when its energy begins to heat up and move in ways that establish a new set of order.

Within the Qabalistic Tree, Aquarius and Uranus hold their power in the Sphere of Chokmah and the Paths of the Tree – 28th and 11th. When we speak of the energy of Aquarius as an experience of great vision, the reference is to the ability to arrive at conclusion via the shortest and most concise route. As an Air sign, Mind is of the highest priority and the Illumined Mind is the ultimate goal.

This is the way of the Tree itself; to provide a vision of the potential. To provide a vision of what could be improved upon and to provide a vision of how by informed collaborative effort, the sheer brilliance of Divinely inspired Will shall prevail. These are the Cosmic ideals that flow through all of the zodiacal energies, the starry patterns, the planets and more. This is the great expanse of Chokmah, the sphere of wisdom that is born of the Universe’ knowingness.

Chokmah (Uranus) and Tiphareth (Sun)

Chokmah

Tiphareth and the Sun

Each of the Sephiroth and connecting Paths of the Tree of Life holds correspondence with a planetary and/or zodiacal energy. The physical Sun stands centrally within our solar system, providing light and heat. Tiphareth provides the space of transformation and the full force generator that distributes what is processed so it may be utilized and transmuted by whatever it emanates its energy into. This is the sacrificial aspect of this sphere. This is the action of enlivening within its own source to ensure the continuation of the creative process begun within the other components of the Tree. So we begin in this central hub of universal energy and move up towards the flow of energy represented by the essence of Wisdom found in the sphere of Chokmah.

Chokmah: The Sphere of the Cosmic Father’s Wisdom

The swirlings of cosmos
And the dust of galaxy
Wind around me
Drawing my being
Into the vortex
Of formless unity.

He looks upward
And the light
Of a million stars
Pointedly glare back.
Each flowing into
Its own rhythm of
Celestial course.

He looks downward
And form moves
And stirs beneath
The scrutiny of HIS gaze
All is quickened by this
This illumined SELF-awareness.

Formless brilliance flashes
Its point of beacon
Drawing HIS gaze
Upwards
And in response
The path is opened.

The singular eye of
The primal void
Focuses as droplets
Of soul filled
Tears issue forth.

This torrent of force
Now having seen
Its vision of SELF
Becomes a floodgate
Of potentiality.

The sphere of Chokmah is part of the Supernal Triad – Kether – Chokmah and Binah. These are the spheres of creation.

Chokmah is the Second Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of the number 2 is the finding of collaboration and relationship. The singular 1 (Kether- The Source) has moved beyond itself and formed alliance with another in order to create. At the level of the supernals, all flows in harmony; each path, each sphere working in tandem with one another in the creative effort. 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.

Chokmah is assigned the element of Root of Fire. Each of the elements has the attribute of containing essences of the other three elements contained within and being reflected in varying degrees in accord with their power of exertion. In keeping with this thought, fire is expressed as Air of Fire, Water of Fire, Earth of Fire and in its most pure essence Fire of Fire. The three Supernal spheres of Binah, Chokmah and Kether are all ascribed the pure essence of the element they represent, as they themselves are of the Highest and most refined nature of all the sephiroth of the Tree.

Within the energy of Chokmah we find the Father/Stimulator. His is the seed that ensures that the egg of potential will not remain inert and unviable. It is the nature of the male to provide the seed of life. Without this outpouring, the feminine principle that gives it life and provides the space for gestation and release into a manifest form of existence (or being) would never occur. It is from this principle that the Wisdom of Chokmah is made evident. This is Wisdom of the cyclical and continued nature of energy, life and the Universe. It is pure unadulterated “knowing” that simply exists because it knows no other way “to be”. In descent from Kether, Wisdom is the first attribute of the great Divinity received by Chokmah. On ascent from the manifest plane of Malkuth, Wisdom is the last gift that is received and as such this all knowingness destroys the boundaries and limitations of the world, as we know it, including our perceived notions of ourselves. It is for this reason that in discussion of these Higher Supernals, metaphor and analogy that resonates and is comprehensible to us as human beings is all that can be used; for these are the spheres and energies that cannot be articulated or described in any manner that one in physical incarnation could comprehend. They are the ideals we are striving towards as translated into a human experience.

The Sphere of Active Flow

The energy of Chokmah is one of Consciousness that radiates out the pure essence of consciousness in its primal state of illumined activity. Just as Binah is the origin of the form of the idea of consciousness and as such is the essence of that form as well as a state of that consciousness, Chokmah is the product of pure consciousness unrestricted and flowing freely from Creator to Creation. Its consciousness is not bound by time or space as it resides in all time and all space. It is in this way that true wisdom is reflected. A state of being that encompasses all and holds the key to the manifest world waiting to be used in opening as it flows towards Binah.

The 28th Path: Aquarius and Uranus (Saturn)

28th Path

I remember the grace of mastery
I remember how it felt to create
I remember the joy of expression
I remember the victory of my efforts
I remember the thrill of final selection
I remember the beauty that surrounded
I remember the pain of being deceived.

The 28th path is considered the Natural Intelligence. It is our natural state to produce beauty and to be creative in our expressions. The fact is that our existence and the forms we have constructed for ourselves that are ever changing, renewing and sustaining is a creative act in itself. Opening to the Higher intelligence that works in preservation of the physical forms that we hold, the Divine essence of our Soul and the lessons we are to master in these forms is our natural state of being. In this manner of acknowledging our true connection to the Divine and the birthright we have access to claim, we show a form of intelligence that transcends mere mind and intelligence. This is the work of Aquarius. It is mind that shows the truth of our Divinity.

The Planetary/Zodiacal Energy
Uranus/Saturn/Aquarius

Uranus and Saturn are co-ruling planets of the astrological sign of Aquarius. Uranus is the great electrifying current that rebelliously stirs up whatever its force is put upon. This planet is considered the higher octave of the planet Mercury, the great communicator. The communication set into motion with Uranian energy is that of blazing its way through the circuit boards and enlivening and quickening instantaneously.

The planet Saturn is the great organizer and structure, time management and order are its directive. Saturn is considered the Gatekeeper of time and as such what passes through in accord with time’s perceived progression is strictly and rigidly monitored for its efficacy in application.

In numerology the 28th Path, or 2+8 reduces to the number 10/1+0. The number Ten represents the beginning of a new cycle that has crossed the threshold of death and reinvented itself from the past experience. In the spirit of Aquarius and collaborative effort, the 1 + 0 could be considered in the context of the singular 1 and the limitless all of 0 standing side by side, each informing the other.

Tarot Key XVII – The Star

Tarot Star
Image: Thalia Took

Note: Each of the Paths of the Qabalistic Tree has the assignation of a Tarot key placed upon it as further correspondence to its energy. The Paths 11-32 are represented using the Major Arcana cards.

Tarot Key XVII – The Star, is placed on the 28th Path. The reference is one of comfort within the realms of manifest form and remembrance of the cosmic connection and stellar birthright we carry within us. The stars of the Pleiades shine brightly above and the feminine principle pours the waters of life upon the ground of foundation and in return to the sourced of its taking. She is naked under a celestial sky.

The energy of this Tarot Key on the 28th Path is one of connection to the source of our creation. This is the reminder of our access to the creative impulse that gave birth to the heavens and our ability to call that into creation in the manifest world.

Another Path of Expression: Uranus on the 11th Path
The 11th Path: A Path of Emanation

11th Path

The 11th Path is the first point of connection of two spheres in emanation from the Godhead of Kether. This is the space of the point of the One and its awareness of its singularity becoming the first of what become the two of creative outpour. This path is the first of the Lightening Flash of involution moving in flow downwards towards it ultimate goal of manifestation. This Path is the conduit of Life and Death. In this case, the death is that of the spiritual self now enfolded as a part of the singular whole. It is also the place of beginnings. The first seed of action that prepares the way for what will be birthed in the sphere of Malkuth.

The Planetary Energy

Uranus

Alone, the Singular One cried out
Seed of potential and the flow
Of brilliant Light issued forth.

Cosmos of stars and planets
Worlds of dark and light all
Drawn toward the one point
Of Divine Creation’s Mind.
What will be offered up to the
Downpour of Spirit’s intent
What will become of this
Dynamic flow of becoming?

Trust in the process
Step into the unknown
The Light of All-knowing
Guides and illuminates all
Who stand in the dynamic
Flow of Its creative potential.

Uranus is the great electrifying current that rebelliously stirs up whatever its force is put upon. This planet is considered the higher octave of the planet Mercury, the great communicator. The communication set into motion with Uranian energy is that of blazing its way through the circuit boards and enlivening and quickening instantaneously. Place upon the first path of emanation from the Source of Kether into the vessel of Chokmah as the Divine Father insures that the seed will be potent and the flow will be dynamic in its outpouring.

In Conclusion:
As we consider the attributes of Aquarius and its ruling planet Uranus and their impact on the Tree of Life the prominent focus is one of inventive mind. Being able to use this raw inspiration and creative process of what can be as a springboard for what will become is the natural flow of emanation that is inherent within the Tree. Aquarius provides the stuff of dreams, and Uranus electrifies the atmosphere so that like will attract like and the circuit of energy sparks into brilliance.

As the light of Tiphareth (Sun) shines brightly and radiates its vision of magnetic attraction throughout the multilayered branches of a tree that reaches far and wide in its expanse and impact we are reminded that in this vision of light extending towards light and darkness forming the paths of the space between, we realize the gift of humanity that continually connects us the higher aspiration of Divinity.

Resources:

If you are not familiar with the Qabalistic Tree of Life, I would recommend reading through the article posted in my other blog, The Magickal Pen entitled “Geburah’s Might” to give you the necessary overview for an introductory base of working knowledge about the Tree. It can be found here:
WitchVox: 13 Keys- The Wisdom of Chokmah
The Magickal Pen: Geburah’s Might
13 Keys to the Qabalistic Tree of Life
Reading:
The Inner Chamber Series. R. Fennelly
Volume One: It’s Written in the Stars (2013)
Volume Two: Poetry of the Spheres (2013)
Volume Three: Awakening the Paths (2014)
Order at author’s website: Robin Fennelly

 

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On the Prowl-Full Moon in Leo

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon, Jupiter, Lunar, Mercury, The Temple of the Sun on February 1, 2015 by themagickalpen

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Full Moon in Leo
February 3.2015
6:09 pm (EST)

Sun in Aquarius

Retrogrades: Jupiter in Leo and Mercury in Capricorn

The Moon waxes Full Tuesday evening at 6:09 pm (EST) in the astrological sign of Leo (Fixed Fire). The opposition of astrological energy that naturally occurs during a Full Moon phase is the tug of war between what appear to be opposing energies. In this lunation that thought is best expressed using the imagery of a big cat on the prowl, moving with stealth and hidden in the darkness of the night sky- until it walks into the rays of moonlight. The strength of Solar energy is mid-point in the visionary sign of inquisitive Aquarius; this is the energy that seeks its information in all spaces, both overt and occult. As the creative waters of Mother’s Moon are strengthened with the Leonine dynamics and skill of Leo; Aquarius often presents its insights and all the while those recipients of these bytes of info, had no clue these were part of the skill set for that individual. When Aquarius goes on the prowl for knowledge, nothing is off-limits for what it seeks out intuitively (Lunar). The quality of Fixed Fire is that of applying the necessary heat that will force movement and thus catalyze to active synthesis and expansion of whatever that heat makes application to.

Fixed signs are the source of stability primarily through their ability to gather everything that is relevant, stir til just right and then allow natural expansion to occur moving towards something entirely unexpected. As such when applied to water the action is one of forming boundaries and creating suitable container to distribute the flow in a viable manner. Add to this the Solar expression of Leo, that finds its greatest strength in the sheer magnetic appeal of placing itself in the center of any situation and you have the necessary fires of magnetic attraction that serve to quicken as the womb of creation becomes a fertile container for whatever may be birthed.

The caution however is one of making that container one that is driven by ego and action that is only directed towards self-gratification. Being in the spotlight and the strength and courage that is acquired from adoration and accolades is very seductive. Having the potential for great leadership can go terribly wrong when it becomes domination rather than collaborative and caring interaction. No great leader has become so without recognition that without having mutual respect between themselves and those they lead is the first and foremost ingredient to success.

Drawn to the Light…
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The challenge in this Full Moon’s energy is one of balance and finding just the right amount of claiming your place in the spotlight (Leo) and doing so for the sake of humanity’s uplifting (Aquarius). Like the moth attracted to the light, a swift demise in what your initial altruistic intention was may occur with too much attention and light that reveals your vulnerabilities. If we draw on the Sun’s energy of strengthening Aquarius’ natural detachment from singular human needs, the potential to remain strong and determined in what will benefit all concerned is much more likely.

From a perspective of elemental correlate, we have the opposition of Sun in Airy and cerebral Aquarius and Moon in Fiery and fiercely protective Leo. Water fans the flame of Fire if appropriately and gently applied. If too much force of air is released that same flame may be extinguished if it has not been allowed sufficient time to build in intensity. Mind and Will to Action are great bedfellows that produce the most amazing and accomplished of children when each is willing to give a part of themselves in sacrifice to other. If not approached with mutual respect, all those wonderful inventive thoughts dissipate and never take form and the will to act burns itself out moving without informed direction in a chaotic and unproductive way.

This is an excellent Full Moon configuration for finding that place within that inspires you to move, act, think, and fuel a future that exemplifies the higher vision of your most creative self.

Retrogrades of Potential:
Mercury in Capricorn and Jupiter in Leo

You may have wondered why I did not post about the Mercury Retrograde that occurred on January…. If you have been following these Temple explorations, you know that I like to think outside the box, and push the standard interpretation to reveal a more intuitive expression. I waited for the mid-point of both the Mercury and Jupiter retrogrades for this Full Moon and the mid-point of the Solar energy of Aquarius.

Mercury is mid-point in its retrograde energy of Capricorn; the astrological sign we explored last month that holds the keys to dipping into what will ground and anchor and reaching up towards what connects us to the cosmos. Capricorn relates to the “human” experience and manifest reality, so those communications will be practical mundane in orientation. Although Mercury retrograde has the bad rap of miscommunication, what if we thought instead of this dynamic as opportunity to be more precise and deliberate in our communications. Add the range of Capricorn’s experience and its sure-footed style and we have optimum time for really taking our time in what and how we communicate. Add a Full Moon that is in Leo and this deliberate pacing can be applied to those passions (heated (leo) water (moon)) that we act impulsively on and then regret that impetuosity later.

Jupiter acts as the expansive ingredient. Retrograde, that expansion takes the form of density and amplification of what would normally flex and contract easily and smoothly. In the astrological sign of Leo- and with the Moon being in Leo- this amplification could be used as the electromagnetic field that draws to itself quickly and easily.

Combine Mercury and Jupiter’s dynamics as a working tool and the potency of this Full Moon kicked up several notches and what we seek to attract is drawn from the depths of what me MOST desire and are passionately and emotionally engaged in. Magickal work requires intention fueled by desire (and what fires us up). This is the perfect combination for fueling an intention that requires extra magnetism and concrete, deliberate communication sent into the aethers.

The mid-point of Sun in Aquarius adds the dynamics of probing the future and intuitively rationalizing an outcome that is inventive and creative. A skill of Aqaurius is being able to see the bigger picture- apply that to the working of Mercury and Jupiter described above- and you have the possibility for having a stable container (Fixed Air) that thought (Aquarius) and heart (Moon) can co-create.

Read more about Retrogrades:

Mercury
Mercury Stations Retrograde Tomorrow AM
Meet Me at the Station

Jupiter
Expanding Spaciousness

On the Prowl…
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Silently under full moon’s light I move seeking the all that I most desire. Emotions well up and I envision a future that holds all in the embrace of God and Goddess. I feel the weight of this future’s responsibility and think on how I may step into the spotlight and shout to all of the world that this is the plan that will change everything that we believed not possible.

Quietly I seek out all that I need to know to bring this future into reality. Stealthily I inquire and dive deeply into the emotional reserves of all I meet to see what it is that will quicken their creative fires towards this goal.

Mother Moon lights the way and the need to fuel this desire and intention grows and expands within my beating heart that connects me to all of humanity. Soon the Sun will rise and I will emerge from my night on the prowl, sated from my informed capture and strong enough to courageously act upon the work that is at hand.
Resources and Reflections

Leo in Related Posts:
Temple of the Sun: Leo
New Moon in Leo: Standing in the Spotlight

 

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The Motherboard – Sun in Aquarius

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Retrogrades, The Temple of the Sun, Uranus on January 20, 2015 by themagickalpen

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Sun in Aquarius
4:44 am (EST)

New Moon in Aquarius
7:59 am (EST)

Waters flow within the
Circuitry of electric form
The aperture opens to
Let in more light and
Macrocosm stretches
Beyond the horizon of gaze.

Borne on wings of creative endeavor
And fervor for the unimagined
The space of physical being
Soars above the fields
Of that which is only
Seen by the keenest of eyes.

Fixed and unshakable
The swirlings of mind
Coil out from the lower
Reaches of the Divine
Returning upon themselves
Upwards towards the apex
Of more refined Light.

And, Man in all his
Glory embraces the
Light body of another
Yet to be realized, but is
Seen through the lens
Of the visionary as
The word ‘namaste’
Is uttered in the
Sacred Silence.

The Sun transited into the astrological sign of Aquarius in the wee hours of this morning at 4:44 am (EST) and 3 1/4-hours later the Moon waxes New into the same sign. A double dose of mind and new beginnings of an astrological sign that brings the Flame of inspired Mind (Sun) of will and the Visionary heart (Moon) of detailed foresight into alignment.

In accord with the subtle irony that permeates an astrological sign that is most at home in the communication of its mental explorations, today is the set-up for Mercury (communication) to station Retrograde tomorrow at 10:54am.(EST) and remain so until February 11th.

I told my tales and spoke my truths
Words taking form quicker than
Tongue could send them forth.

I shared my visions
Of a world and people
Guided by Thought’s greatest gifts.

And on the day when all
Would be seen and the
Visions would come to life
Breath hovered mid-air
Waiting for breeze of forward flow

And all remained silent held

In Mercury’s ecstatic embrace.

Aquarius – The Water Bearer

The astrological sign of Aquarius is one of the Element of Air and the Fixed Modality. Its planetary ruler is Uranus; the dynamo of electrical charge that catalyzes and prods change from the status quo. The natural energy of the Sun, that of shedding great light on whatever is in its spectrum, now has the assistance of stable mind that is expressed in lightening thought and creative invention. The Sun in Aquarius goes about its work of inspiring everyone to think outside of the box and explore the nether reaches of the vision of what could be. This is the opportunity to embrace technology, science and the Cosmos as you find your place of inspiration within it.

The caution with Aquarius is moving so far from the human experience as the mind reaches further and further away from the perceived limitation of human form that a cold and detached demeanor can develop. Aquarius is considered the great the humanitarian; but the truth of that humanism lay in the ability to willingly sacrifice the one for the greater good of the all. Uranus’ emphasis on an electric like style of communication further complicates this tendency as each new experience lights up the individual continually piquing an already ever seeking curiosity. In this way, the impression becomes one of a knowledge “junkie” ever seeking the next fix in new experience, new book and new world’s to greedily assimilate.

Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius. Its quality is that of pure energy and catalytic stream that pulses life into everything it encounters. In Aquarius this manifests as having the ability to act as a catalyst to spur humanity on towards its highest expression. Thoughts move through the Aquarian mind like downloads of information, often making it difficult to articulate in an emotional and meaning-filled way. With the energy of Uranus, Aquarius becomes the “Motherboard “ of the master computer without whose components the computer would not work nor be able to bring to light the varied forms of communication and information needed for advancement.

Saturn is the co-ruler of Aquarius which brings the dimension of self-discipline and great structure to the energy that Aquarius offers. Saturn’s aspect of time gives the overshadowing that in the Aquarian expresses as being conversant of all time- past-present and future- concurrently and in a way that can extract the best and most viable material that is gathered into the next great invention. The regimented approach of Saturn’s energy expressed through Aquarius gives the appearance of being unwavering in their stance and opinion and having total disregard for others input. The Aquarian sees this structure as a necessary means towards a goal that is yet unrealized by most.

The Element of Air

Aquarius is an Air sign. The quality of air expressed in Aquarius is a mind that has the ability to absorb great amounts of information and then analyze, organize, sort and glean exactly what is needed for the solution. We saw mind expressed as Gemini and the ability to circumnavigate and change course instantaneously as its communicative style. And, we experienced the balanced and harmonious mind of Libra seeking to refine all that enters into the equation. Now, we have arrived at the place of synthesis of both of these styles and their conversion in a product with greater potential for expression that reaches far and wide in its impact.

A Fixed Modality

As we have already experienced with the Fixed signs their primary directive is that of taking all that lay on either side of its stability- the initial catalyst and the flexible ending- and provide the structure and boundaries that will allow them to interact and interweave their singular strengths. The first Fixed sign we encountered was one of Earth- Taurus- and provided the ultimate container of strength and stability in manifest form.

The second of the Fixed signs was expressed through a Fire sign, Leo and served to bring into the spotlight what needed restructuring and what would act as the magnetic source attracting to itself more of this brilliant light. This energy stood strong in its convictions and had the strength of will and the courage to defend its actions required to develop the necessary discipline to hold true to the course.

The third of the Fixed signs was expressed as Watery Scorpio. This is an energy, whose goal is one of dipping deeper into the hidden motivations that are the seedings of an inspired heart. These are the waters that seek appropriate boundary on the shores of one’s own experience and carve the inlets that will quench the thirst of a desire to become and to know more of one’s true nature.

Arriving in the space of Aquarius and the inventive mind, the Fixed quality is expressed in being able to direct the flow of thought both an involutionary and evolutionary flow. This circuit is the basis of retrieving information that is both relevant in the present and cutting deeply into the emerging future. The experience of the past serves as background reference, having been retrieved from Scorpio’s probing in the unconscious self, and is quickly left behind as warp speed carries the Aquarian towards future plans.

Strength and stability
Are the footprints left
On earth’s foundational
Form and I stamp my foot
In acknowledging my
Own presence.

The Sun beats down hot
And un-relentless in what
It will extract from my essence
And calls me to be courageous
As I move forward on my path.

I step into the cool waters
To soothe a burning heat
That has held me strong
And secure in my determination
The waters rise in recognition as I 
Sink into their inly black depths.

I rose from the turbulent surface
Up towards the heavens and into
The blackness of time and space
My thoughts the constant companions
That guide me across star filled sky.

I dream and see the visions of a
Newly dawning day and now
Ablaze with information’s light
Descend to answer humanity’s call.

The New Moon in Aquarius

The Moon waxing New in Aquarius provides an extra bolster of energy to explore the recesses of your thoughts and inventive inspirations. Brainstorming and problem-solving with creative outlook as the primary directive are well suited to Aquarian energy. Calling upon Uranus can expedite the mental pursuits, although overload can also result much like the flow of electrical current that is too strong for what the amps can withstand. Let your imagination take center stage knowing that this is often the greatest source of “thinking outside the box”. Although the emphasis is on the “I” with Aquarian energy, that “I” can be experienced as the Higher Self and the information sought and received that of illumined mind.

The Next Step

Knowing how each sign moves to the next and the interaction between each as they evolve towards completion (and threshold of renewal) of the wheel in Pisces tells its own unique story of the astrological wheel. Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac. Capricorn acted as the testing ground for what could become reality and served as the affirmer of the resilience and sure-footedness that can be achieved in the steepest of heights and the deepest of depths.

Aquarius’ image is that of the water-bearer; pouring its life giving waters out for humanity to drink. The mystery lies not in the water being poured, but in the empty space left in the vessel now awaiting the filling of water that will next sustain. Nature abhors a vacuum so the implication is that we must freely give of our resources so that we may receive what will be needed anew.

If we look at the dynamics of energy thus far, beginning with the cardinal sign of Aries, we could think of the three signs that begin the astrological wheel as the quickening Fires (Aries- Fire) within the body of manifestation (Taurus- Earth) that gives rise to aspiring towards the heavens (Gemini- Air). Now enlivened by the desire to “know”, the healing and nurturing (Cancer- Water) of what no longer serves this goal is brought front and center into the Light of Day (Leo-Fire) to be strengthened as it is readied for the detailed analysis of Virgo (Earth) that seeks to create a new form for its manifestation. Libra (Air) applied the finishing touches to what Virgo had reduced to the most essential components. Using the adaptability and deftness of a mind that could easily calculate and mentally weigh both benefits and detriments, Libra moved with skill and grace to accomplish what was made ready.

The energy of Scorpio provided the necessary prodding to explore the deeper aspects of the emotions and access the hidden keys of memory that has been hidden and within the fires of Sagittarius, the forging of what was tempered in the waters of transmutation into a more flexible and expansive form is at hand. Sagittarius looked out at the night sky and did not see only darkness, but imagined the beauty of what lay beyond sparkling from the heat of stellar light that are the wishes, hopes and dreams released to be share by the Cosmos. This vision shone brightly within the realm of the human experience as Capricorn moved through terrain that is unforgivable, yet still finds its place of acclaim atop the highest mountain. Now, having gathered all that is needed to proceed fully informed and ready to reach new levels of understanding, Aquarius releases its inventive spirit and visionary insight for all to make use of.

The Motherboard

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This solar month is one of focus on the steps taken towards achieving each goal. This energy relates directly to what and how the Mind processes information and then provides all that is needed to create anything from it. Aquarius rules the 11th House of the Zodiac. This is the house of alliances, partnerships and organized community. Aquarius serves as the glue that continually shifts the direction of those alliances and organizations prodding them always forward towards future goals. This is the Solar month of identifying where your inventive skills lie and being open to the possibilities as technology advances and new products and ways of communicating develop at a rapid pace. Aquarius loves the future and all that is available to enhance the process of retrieving information.

In the chronology of the Zodiac, this phase of this Solar journey carries us into Aquarius and the opportunity to envision a brighter future and then support its creation with fact, formula and sound information. This is the energy of the maturing man or woman who leads by example and provides the blue print for what soon will be. The knowledge achieved in Aquarius is what carries forward next into the final sign of the Zodiac- Pisces. Having placed the final touches on what can be achieved by seeing more, the heart opens to an understanding of all loving compassion and the wisdom of humanity serving humanity as a collective and Divine whole.

And, so with the innovative vision of Aquarius, we call forth the energy of the Sun as it continues its zodiacal cycle. Once again we repeat the invocation that opened the Gate to this Temple. As you read through it think back to a point in time when you were amazed by a scientific finding or received your first computer, tablet or smart phone. The excitement and the power you felt in having this information readily available and the joy in being able to share what you had learned. This is the gift of Aquarius.

As you read through the invocation, think about what each line of reference evokes within you and stimulates your own desire to hold as mystery that only you can reveal as you seek its deeper meaning. What goals are stirred as you read of RA’s power as expressed within the heart felt words put to paper. This is the power of planning and standing strong in your humanity as you pursue these goals. Use this gift wisely this solar month as we invoke the Solar month in Aquarius and awaken those fires of RA to quicken your surrender to the death of false perception and the rebirth of who you truly are.

Hymn to RA

All Hail to Thee, Mighty RA
Blaze of noon day sun.
Your fiery orb high in the
Sky above as we kneel
Beneath the heat of
Your radiance.

All the Gods bow to your radiance
All the Goddesses sing hymns of praise
To Your glory and man
Lays prostrate in humility
And devotion at the altar of
Your making.

Sweet music of adoration and offerings
Brought forth from the Black Land
Rise up in praise and thanks for
Your Sustaining Light.

All darkness flees at the touch of Your hand
All ceases its movement as Your expansive
Rays stretch across the morning sky.

The lotus opens to receive Your Touch
And the sands glisten as rare jewels
As You gaze upon each grain washed
Clean in the boundless ocean that
Reflects the brilliance of your face.

All Hail to Thee
Amun-RA
All Hail to Thee
Who sits high
Above the world.

Khepra in the East
Atum in the West
Whose eye holds the
Point of Life and the
Trifold Arc of Power.

Your eyes see all and
You are the place of return
Within the glowing blackness
Of the Midnight Sun.

All Hail to Thee
All Hail to Thee
Amun, Amun, Amen!

Sun in Capricorn- A Tree of Highs and Lows

Posted in Qabalah, The Temple of the Sun on January 10, 2015 by themagickalpen

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A Tree of time
Stretches deep into
The fertile soil
Of earth’s core.

A Tree of reach
Lifts a face of
Challenge and stone
Up towards heaven’s
Sunlit sky.

A Tree of order
Weaves its spell
Of Great Mother’s
Womb of birth.

A Tree of highs
And lows promises
The gift of understanding
That will scale the
Depths of our Soul’s
Return to its Source
Of limitless Spirit.

As we enter the Temple of the Sun, Qabalistically we are entering into connection with the central sphere on the Tree of Life, Tiphareth. The name given this sphere is Beauty and the energy is one of synthesis through sacrifice and integration through refinement of the sum of all of its parts. This is much the same energy that we experience in the course of a Solar year. The energy of each of the Zodiacal signs, their element and modality are modified and expressed through the brilliance of the Sun. And, in keeping with the evolutionary process of movement from one sign to the next, each is informed by the previous sign’s energy and contributes a part of its dynamic into the sign that follows. Please see the end of this post for recommendations about learning more about the Tree of Life.

Capricorn and Saturn on the Tree

Astrologically, we have learned that Capricorn is ruled by the planet of structure, regimented order and time itself, Saturn. We have experienced the energy of an astrological energy that disrupts with purpose as it slowly and steadily scales great heights in search of its ultimate goals. This is the energy of the sea-goat and if we think of the nature of the mountain goat; each placement of its hoof along the craggy mountain face sends gravel and stone tumbling downward. In effect this action is reshaping the face of the mountain. This is the same principle of Capricorn as its reshapes and reforms even the most well worn of paths.

Within the Qabalistic Tree, Capricorn and Saturn hold their power in the Sphere of Binah and the Paths of the Tree – 32nd and 26th. When we speak of the energy of Capricorn as an experience of Highs and Lows, the reference is to the sheer expanse that Capricornian energy flexes towards. As an earth sign the grounding and anchoring of earth’s manifest form is Capricorn’s greatest strength, but the desire to know the origins of that manifestation (and time-line –Saturn) tempt the seeker towards great aspirations.

This is the way of the Tree itself; to provide the structure and rungs of a ladder that extend deeply in the human experience while still offering a glimpse of the celestial realms from which this experience emanated. From this perspective the return begins in the womb of the great Mother Herself. This is the body that gives formlessness the potential towards form and the Highs of giving birth begin in the contractions of the Qabalistic sphere of Binah.

Binah (Saturn) and Tiphareth (Sun)

Binah

Tiphareth and the Sun

Each of the Sephiroth and connecting Paths of the Tree of Life holds correspondence with a planetary and/or zodiacal energy. The physical Sun stands centrally within our solar system, providing light and heat. Tiphareth provides the space of transformation and the full force generator that distributes what is processed so it may be utilized and transmuted by whatever it emanates its energy into. This is the sacrificial aspect of this sphere. This is the action of enlivening within its own source to ensure the continuation of the creative process begun within the other components of the Tree. So we begin in this central hub of universal energy and move up towards the flow of energy represented by the essence of Understanding found in the sphere of Binah.

Binah: The Sphere of Mother’s Understanding

The Great mother
Sighs and oceans
Tremble and swell
Filled with her breath.

The Bright mother
Opens her eyes
Gazing with expectation
And the world is suddenly
Ablaze with illumined gaze.

The Dark mother
Stretches out her hand
And you are left
Exposed and vulnerable

Your darkest secrets
Laid bare.

The Creatrix moves
And life awakens
As the fabric of form
Is woven gently within
The folds of her embrace.

The sphere of Binah is part of the Supernal Triad – Kether – Chokmah and Binah. These are the spheres of creation.

Binah is the Third (Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of the number 3 is the structure of harmony and the triune nature that forms the three-sided triangle of fire, action and will. At the level of the supernals, all flows in harmony; each path, each sphere working in tandem with one another in the creative effort. 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.

Binah is assigned the element of Root of Water. Each of the elements has the attribute of containing essences of the other three elements contained within and being reflected in varying degrees in accord with their power of exertion. In keeping with this thought, water is expressed as Air of Water, Fire of Water, Earth of Water and in its most pure essence Water of Water. The three Supernal spheres of Binah, Chokmah and Kether are all ascribed the pure essence of the element they represent, as they themselves are of the Highest and most refined nature of all the sephiroth of the Tree.

The sphere of Binah holds the space of the primordial waters from which all of creation was birthed. It was the within the purest form of the element of water that Life was enlivened. This Divine birthing could only be achieved in the most refined and rarified state of elemental essence; the summation of all emotional urge folded in upon itself from the spring of pure source. The pure expression of the intuitive nature that is both creator and receiver of this Divine communication; and the heart of hearts that released upon the path of manifestation becomes the waters that heal, consume and transform.

The Sphere of Gnosis

The energy of Binah is one of Consciousness that understands the concepts that have gone into the creation of all manner of things. This is the consciousness that is the Church that holds the life of the church; the Temple that contains the essence of the beliefs and foundations of that belief; the Holy of Holies and the force that has consecrated and has raised the sacred energy to a place of sacredness. Binah is the origin of the form of the idea of consciousness and as such is the essence of that form as well as a state of that consciousness. This is a knowledge that is not merely wisdom but such a deep understanding of the state required to achieve wisdom that becomes a gateway that opens the truths of all knowledge in all of its forms and becomes a place of gnosis.

The 32nd Path: Capricorn and Saturn

26th Path

I step across the threshold
Of Magick dream and space
Weave the webbing of truth
And lift my soul in greeting.

I stand at the Gate of creation
And memory of my True Self
Forms its persona as mundane
And magick become as One.

The 32nd Path is that which is travelled as we rise on the planes in ritual space to do the prescribed work. It is the corridor we walk as we enter our dream or deeper oracular state. And, it is the space of building our astral Temple and our magickal persona.

This path guards, guides and protects the energy offered upward from the denser realms; maintaining it in a steady stream much like the nature of the fixed modality of astrology. It offers the necessary amount of constriction to allow for the maximum amount of expansion (when primed and ready) towards the flexibility of mutable flow. This is the manner in which we approach the sacred space of our making in moving upwards from our place of Malkuth and physical experience towards the storehouse of collected metaphor and vision that forms the foundation of our Yesod.

The Planetary/Zodiacal Energy
Saturn/Capricorn

The planet Saturn is the great organizer that calls into action order and structure. This planet is also considered the Gatekeeper of Time. Placed upon the 32nd Path the energy here is reminder of the need for order and structure to maintain spiritual presence in rising towards a space that holds no time, no boundary and has its own laws of order. Discipline and practice cultivated the appropriate energy to navigate the mind-touch of the astral world of Yesod. Knowledge of self cultivates the mind to be vigilant in the ability to filter through what is delusion and what is real.

To read more about Saturn’s energies, review the post in:

The Womb of Light: A Personal Reflection on the New Year

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

In numerology the 32nd Path, or 3+2 reduces to the number 5. 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.

Tarot Key XXI – The World

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Image: Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

Note: Each of the Paths of the Qabalistic Tree has the assignation of a Tarot key placed upon it as further correspondence to its energy. The Paths 11-32 are represented using the Major Arcana cards.

Tarot Key XXI – The World is placed upon the 32nd Path. If we consider the symbols and meaning of Tarot Key #21- The World, there is deeper insight into the energy that serves as gateway to the Astral and dream state of Yesod. The depiction of the Four Holy Creatures of the Fixed Cross (zodiacal signs of Taurus-Leo-Scorpio and Aquarius) and the evolved nature of their Being- The Winged Bull or ascended form of Earth; The Winged Lion- accessing our Higher Will/Fire; The Eagle- Water elevated to a place of all encompassing perspective and keen sight and the Winged or Perfected Man who is the breath of creation itself. These four elevated elements surround the central focus of the Fifth element; that of Spirit. This Spirit being that of the Divine feminine, naked and poised with grace and fluidity, encircled by the fertile and verdant ovum of time eternal. There is also the sense of constructive limitation placed around the central figure. It is housed in a container that allows for both filtering in and issuing out of the flow of energy offered towards reaching its highest expression.

The natural energy that flows from these depictions is that of structure and anchor. The Kingdom of Malkuth that we reside within builds its form up in reach towards the Foundation of Yesod’s realm of spirit. Much is in support of our moving up this path and many are supporting our desire for interface with the Divine.

Another Path of Expression: Saturn on the 26th Path
The 26th Path: A Path of Illuminating Mind

32nd Path

The 26th Path is one of illuminating mind. The light of analysis shines brightly into the depths of pure mind and decision is made as to what will be drawn back into the center of the Tree to be synthesized and distributed to inform. This path seeks to investigate and find rationale for the creative process. This fosters the clear and acute mind that gathers to itself decisive action and intent fueled from a source that understands the logic of sacrifice to insure all flows in accord with the primary plan.

The Planetary Energy
Saturn

I have seen aeons pass and know each
of the secrets that have been carefully hidden from view.

I am record keeper and guardian of destiny
and those who are not mindful of the depth of
my perception will remain forever on the wheel.

I speak the sacred words~ the unutterable~
heard only by those who have remained constant
and vigilant throughout the tests of time.

I am held tightly within the womb of the Great Mother
and stand as witness at humanity’s rebirth ~ the final mystery
is revealed and mind and heart shall be one.

The planet, Saturn is placed upon the 26th Path. This is the planetary energy of organizing and the deliberate pacing of application of Tiphareth’s generating energy and Hod’s pure mind. The synthesis of action within this path is one of structure and order passing through a temporary state of stasis created by each stream of flow being carefully paced and distributed to insure that neither overloads the other with its intensity. This is the action of moving slowly and carefully so that just the correct amount of heated flow and receptive thought interact in productive goal.

In Conclusion:
As we consider the attributes of Capricorn and its ruling planet Saturn and their impact on the Tree of Life the prominent focus is one of navigation. Knowing when and where to place emphasis and having the sure-footedness to face the challenges and obstacles that will pull you off course are the keys to understanding where your strengths and weaknesses lay. Capricorn provides the balance of understanding of what it means to be human and Saturn issues the template of the form that experience will take.

As the light of Tiphareth (Sun) shines brightly and radiates its vision of magnetic attraction throughout the multilayered branches of a tree that reaches far and wide in its expanse and impact we are reminded that in this vision of light extending towards light and darkness forming the paths of the space between, we realize the gift of humanity that continually connects us the higher aspiration of Divinity.

Resources:
If you are not familiar with the Qabalistic Tree of Life, I would recommend reading through the article posted in my other blog, The Magickal Pen entitled “Geburah’s Might” to give you the necessary overview for an introductory base of working knowledge about the Tree. It can be found here:

WitchVox: 13 Keys- The Understanding of Binah
The Magickal Pen: Geburah’s Might
13 Keys to the Qabalistic Tree of Life

Reading:
The Inner Chamber Series. R. Fennelly
Volume One: It’s Written in the Stars (2013)
Volume Two: Poetry of the Spheres (2013)
Volume Three: Awakening the Paths (2014)
Order at author’s website: Robin Fennelly

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