Net-Work It! New Moon in Sagittarius

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, New Moon on December 6, 2018 by themagickalpen

December 7.2018
2:20a.m. (EST)

Sun – Moon – Jupiter
Let Those Arrows Fly with Mercury’s Blessing!

New Moon = fresh it up; open to what could be; start over

Sagittarius = seeking community’s desire; actions reaching beyond; action’s tiny embers of flexibility

Sun = strength; electromagnetic charisma; lighting it all the way

Moon = emotion’s gates; tides of experience; healing in mother’s embrace

Jupiter = expansive contraction; contracted breath; empowering the threshold of rebirth

Mercury = communication’s call; adaptability of expression; the truth that connects

Mercury stationed direct last night on the 6th, and is ready to carry all of the active fire of Sagittarius’ calling in its Scorpion waters of the phoenix fires. So, let those arrows of seeking fly into the light of electromagnetic resonance as you stand at the fresh start of expansive healing. You’ve got this! And, everything is lined up for you to take a step in a direction of creating new experiences and new alliances….

I dreamed in the darkness
Dreams of what could be
Dreams of what had been.

I breathed in the Light
And exhaled a sea of stars
All pulsing with the ebb and flow
Of crossing a threshold of fire’s grace.

I create
I destroy
I wait
I charge ahead
All lights on me.

I seek
I struggle
I surrender
To everything
I want to be
Everything I hope to be.

I am called into the light
I am pulled into the dark
I am the ebb and flow

I am the moon
I am the sun
I am the power of change

And in the darkened light
Of New Moon’s beginnings
I launch my arrows of fiery rebirth!

Blessings of the holiday season and blessings of this New Moon!

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Full Moon in Gemini: Deep in Conversation

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon, Gemini, Mercury, Retrogrades on November 21, 2018 by themagickalpen

Full Moon in Gemini
November 23.2018
12:39a.m. (EST)

Mercury Retrograde
November 16 – December 6

Neptune Direct
November 16.2018

Sun in Sagittarius
November 22.2018

 

Wow! Lots going on and lots to talk about! This early morning Full Moon bathes in the energy of astrological Gemini, the quintessential archetypal energy of communication and mental agility. Father Sun has transited into the solar month of astrological Sagittarius, the direct opposite (on the zodiacal wheel) as usual of Mother Moon’s flowing waters of lunation. In this case, astrological Sagittarius fires up the solar energies and begins the process of sending out those electromagnetic bursts (think Sagittarian arrows) seeking collaboration, community and networks. Both Moon and Sun are in signs of the Mutable Modality which gives the necessary ebb and flow required of outreach that is potent and active inits intention(Sun in Sagittarius) and the rising waters  that adapt and change (Moon in Gemini) all the while reflecting an intuitive light held within.

As if that isn’t enough, we have….

Mercury Retrograde in Astrological Sagittarius
(mutable)Fire of Air(mutable)

It just so happens that Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini, giving this Full Moon in Gemini an additional level of intensity. This planet holds the archetypal energy of messengers, tricksters and to a large degree shape shifters able to turn on a dime in their conversational manner and redirect it in whatever way serves their intellectual fancy. The bad rap Mercury Retrograde gets is based in its deftness at demanding a slower response in all communication endeavors. Just as it operates at lightning speed in its normal flow of orbital energy, the retrograde “slow down” reflects the call for more scrutiny. This causes great frustration, particularly in the fast-paced setting of today’s society. Quick decisions are prized and misunderstandings run rampant as a result of not allowing pause to contemplate and reflect on all the possibilities available.

The energetic connection between this Full Moon’s mantle and its occurrence during a Mercury Retrograde provide the opportunity to allow what arises in the fullness of the Moon’s emotive light to be fully examined and the adaptability of Gemini’s grace to inform what is revealed. In other words, slow down, pause and really digest the intentions and concepts presented to you within the lunarscape of your intuitive and flowing (Moon) mind (Airy Gemini). This becomes the Intelligence of the Heart. Mind and heart aligned and informed by one another.

And….

Neptune Direct in astrological Pisces
(Mutable) Planetary Water in its Ruling Sign

Water of another sort flows as the underpinning of this Full Moon. Neptune stations direct after a bit of a slowing in astrological Pisces, its natural astrological sign. Neptune swells with tides that plunge deeply into waters that hold mysteries and await the courageous diver who seeks the treasure of deep gnosis. This direct movement pushes all that flows from Full Moonlight and revelation and carries it forward to become the deep and crashing waves affecting change.

In alignment with the Gemini’s spark of mental acuity, Neptune’s energy boasts flexibility that enables the stretch and contraction required to set deeply informed and introspective communication in motion. The inherent Mutability cloaking each (Gemini Moon and Pisces Neptune) is the gift of creating thresholds of endings that become the quick start for rebirth.

Solar light in mutable Sagittarian Fire

The transition, on the 22nd into a solar month of Sagittarius sets the stage for Gemini’s Full Moon waters. The fire of the Sun changes its intensity and mutable Sagittarius prepares its arrows to be launched, the goal one of setting ablaze new means of action and lighting the way for what will support the subsequent endeavors.

Deep in Conversation

Where do we go from here and what intentions will we set along the way? Technology is a wonderful thing and allows us to stay connected and reach further than we were able prior to cell phones, social media and more. It has also become a way to remain detached, overly brief in our communications and missing out on the intimacy of conversation that is reflected in a heartfelt gaze and thoughtful response -the cornerstones of being more deeply connected.

This full moon allow the depths of feeling that flow from Neptune’s waters; the experiences that have built up as Neptune paused in its retrograde to move you to a state of compassion. Embrace the light of the full moon’s grace to enhance a more heart-felt communicative style as Mercury’s retrograde takes hold in calling you to take time to reflect, ask questions, and get to know those whom you choose to interact with. Put down the cell, and just show up for a face-to-face conversation. Step away from the computer and make memories and new experiences in person and not vicariously through the pictures of other’s activities.

And, finally use the entirety of the Sagittarian solar month to network, connect and seek out community. Reach out actively to quicken some new alliances and allow Mercury Retrograde’s slowing to let those small fires burn more deeply rooted as new paths and experiences are set ablaze in your newly found strength of engaging in deep and fulfilling conversation.

Read More:

Gemini

The Magick of Gemini
Full Moon in Gemini-Keep It Simple and Speak the Truth

Neptune

Under Pressure, Again! Neptune Stations Direct

Mercury Retrograde

The Temple of Mercury-What’s Up?
Speak Slowly and Clearly into the Microphone-Mercury Retrograde

Sagittarius

Sun in Sagittarius: Aim High, Breathe Deep and Just Let Go!
Let..er Fly-The Magick of Sagittarius

 

Samhain’s New Moon: Return From the Veils

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, New Moon on November 7, 2018 by themagickalpen

November 7.2018
astrological Samhain
6:18a.m. (EST)

New Moon in Scorpio
11:02a.m. (EST)

Today is astrological Samhain and boasts a New Moon in mystical Scorpio. What an auspicious event! What a power-filled day!

Samhain celebrates the parting of the veils and opportunity to reach into the world of the Ancestors as we seek their wisdom, blessings and more. Astrological Scorpio enables dipping into a watery well of mysticism, intuition and transformation. The New Moon provides a quickening that catalyzes all that stands as opportunity for rebirth, emergence from the source of its creation and seeding towards the future.

I love the dynamics of this New Moon/Samhain combo! And, I am choosing to dive deeply into those fixed dark waters of Scorpio. Scorpio is the only astrological sign that boasts three (3) levels of expression- the scorpion-the eagle and the Phoenix.

As the scorpion, the energy is covert and strikes out of nowhere with a certain amount of brooding and self-directed reflection. When this energy reveals itself, we stand back, silently observe and assess, taking it all in. We don the masks that are designed to provide the world with the image we wish to project and when the time is right we reach out spilling our emotive truths, often stinging as we move our course.

As the eagle, Scorpio’s energy approaches from the heights. Again, much surveying and observation, and just like the eagle, when the precise prey is detected, the energy swoops in, filling the vessel to the brim with waters that are purposeful and emotions that are pointed and directed.

And, finally as the Phoenix, the energy of water behaves as the quickening fires of a womb of transformative creation, that must first burn to purify, render down to ash before it can be made manifest once again and arises anew, similar , et dynamically transmuted.

These three visions align quite beautifully with the penultimate Goddess of Samhain, Hecate. SHE who dons the three faces of maiden, mother and crone-creatrix, bone mother and necromantor of the dead. Hecate is also a Goddess of the Moon and HER heart beats within the waters of Lady Moon’s faces.

Hecate’s Maiden hides her true face as she hones her skills and assesses how she will decide to move through her life. She holds her emotions close to heart and when betrayed or otherwise provoked, can lash out, stinging un-relentlessly, and just as the scorpion itself, is often oblivious to what its object of attention is.

Hecate’s Mother feeds and nurtures her children, the unloved-the unwanted and in keeping with a Mother’s love, provides ruthlessly and with precise intent what is needed for survival. The Eagle hunts because it must. The Eagle ascends into the skies to protect  and hold vantage point of dominant sight. And, Hecate the Mother exerts her care with the pointed talons that have been sharpened by life’s experience.

Hecate’s Crone calls to those who have passed beyond the veils. Hecate, the crone shares HER wisdom only with those who lay themselves bare and render themselves to ash, willingly awaiting her transformation and blessing. The Phoenix of Hecate’s underworld passes through the Gates of Death, to be born anew flaming and glorious in its Light.

Returning From the Veils

I call to the wisdom of this New Moon to begin the work of self. I will scry deeply into the waters that hold the waxing reflection of SHE who has welcomed my beloved ancestors; those whose blessings  I seek on this day of honoring those beyond the veils.

I have stepped through the gates and called out to those who have come before me and in the darkness I have felt the love and joy of communion. The mystery of these Veils holds the keys to all that I may bring into my life. I will forever feel the grace of my ancestors and know that they are guiding a newly honed will that has emerged from devotion and work towards rising strong and potent in the fullness of my light.

Tonight will begin a new journey of honoring myself as I shed what clings to me of death’s decay and rise transformed, wings beating fiercely with passion and new life. Tonight I return from the veils carrying the gifts of my ancestors as we blaze a path of new birth..

More about Samhain:

We are also at our final and 30th-day of postings for 30-Days of Samhain. Enjoy this as a compliment to this New Moon’s energy….

30 Days of Samhain: Day Thirty and the Final Meeting at the Crossroads

October 2018-The Hunter’s Full Moon!

Posted in Astrology, Full Moon on October 24, 2018 by themagickalpen

Photography by John Entwhistle

October 24.2018
Full Moon in Taurus
12:45p.m. (EDT)

Todays Full Moon is called the Hunter’s Moon and marks the second of the Fall Full Moons; September’s Harvest Moon being the first. Lady Moon waxes Full in the astrological Fixed and Earthy sign of Taurus, the Bull. I’ve written much about this astrological energy and although, I don’t normally use the “names” given to the moons, in this case it felt natural to use that as the focus for exploring the potential of this energy.

I just finished teaching a series of classes entitled Ma’at and Order in the Chaos. The focus was on use of the Hermetic Principles (aka: Universal Laws) that provide the template for creation’s action and the need for the balance of chaos and order for the cycles of existence to continue. We talked about having intentional transparency in working with these principles in all of our experiences, mundane and spiritual/magickal such that they are aligned so seamlessly with how we move and act in this world that they become enabled as needed by the direction of intentional awareness. And, in the general climate domestically and internationally that is playing out, we are awash with chaos and the struggle to find some sort of order.
…….Stay with me now!

So, my next stream of thought went to the name of this spectacular Moon – The Hunter’s Moon. Success for the hunter is never assured; but the odds can be greatly tipped by intention, practice, knowing the landscape, the behaviors of the animal hunted and most importantly, knowing yourself and responses when finally being able to make a clean kill, offer gratitude for the sacrifice and feed your family. This integral act for survival is fraught with chaos and the resultant feeling of even with best laid plans, not having control. Until the goal is obtained, structure and chaos interweave in their seductive dance and the hunt may feel never ending or over in a split second.

It feels to me that we have been in the midst of many hunts lately. Hunting to find the right in what has been wrong action. Hunting to find our voices and speak out and up about the small things as well as the large. Hunting to find our place in an ever changing world that may often feel distanced and unwelcoming of who we are. Hunting to find home and belonging. Hunting to extend beyond what is presumed and assumed and create what is reality.Hunting to find love and hunting for those who are worthy of our precious gift and will honor and give in return. I’m sure you could add to this list and it would stretch well beyond what we would hope to be the understanding and grace of humanity at this evolutionary stage.
……..Ok, just breathe….

What I am proposing for this Moon’s light is not over analysis of the astrology or the names given. I am saying simply take that name and this Moon at face value. Use its huge fullness to provide the light as you decide what in your life you have hunted for long enough and now you wish to capture and use as the nourishment for your heart, your mind, your Soul. This requires patience, ethical action and honoring what will allow its energy to serve you in your growth and sustenance. It also requires acknowledgment that this “hunt” is guided by your desire to be successful in achieving and willing to the catalytic energy of chaos to stimulate you towards a new hunt fed by the last. Mother Moon looks down upon you giving of her light and expertise and the cosmos steadies your course as the Universal Laws inform your actions.

Stay with me! Just breathe and step into the light of the Hunter’s Full Moon!

 

For those who want to know more of the astrology:
A Fiercely Beating Heart: The Sun in Taurus
The Magick of Taurus

Very cool resource I subscribe to for the astronomy:
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New Moon in Libra-Walking the Tightrope

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days on October 8, 2018 by themagickalpen

October 8.2018

New Moon in Libra
11:47p.m. (EDT)

An excerpt from my post at Sage Woman Blogs.

It is truly beautiful!
There is a certain aura
Of refinement and grace.

The craftsmanship is expertise
And one can tell that
Great skill and thought
Went into its creation.

You know, they say
That the finest of gold
Was used and each pan
Was polished and leveled

Its inner workings were
Calibrated to the most
Exact measure.

As I think on it and if, I pause
Too long on either extreme
Of matters the agility of my
Mind usually steps in to set
The course straight and bring
The tangential stream back
To center point…….

 

Read the Full Article  Here:
Womb of Light on Sage Woman Blogs

 

Read more:
Astrological Libra

The Beauty of a New Darkness
The Sun in Libra
The Magick of Libra

 

 

Full Moon of Tears-Aries Birthing

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days on September 24, 2018 by themagickalpen

September 24.2018
Full Moon in Aries

The aura of this Full Moon was held in the glow of yesterday’s Autumnal Equinox. Harvest of giving. Harvest of release. Harvest of all that wells up deep within as the seeking of balance and the harmonious Gates of Emotion’s birthings can flow as tears in the fiery waters of healing.

Yesterday’s Equinox heralded the Sun’s transit into Libra. Balance of mind and the heart coerced by the cloaking of the Full Moon in Aries fiery energy and newness. These are the core of this season of the harvest and the hope that lay within the triad of Sun and Moon-Air and Fire moving across the face of earthy and manifest acquisition.

We have been in the stream of intensity, challenge and change for a while now and I see this moon’s energy as one of being able to relax into the potential that Aries, as the first sign of the zodiacal wheel, offers in its gentle flames and child-like joy.

Keeping this simple and sweet, use this energy to reconnect to home, family and yourself. Sit quietly and reflect on the harvesting of you as the youth-filled being that still sees a world through eyes of wonder. Let the balance of beauty and your vision within it fill all of the spaces of what you have planted in the months prior. And, if nothing else, take in the breath of a fire that is illuminated in the fullness of heart’s light. Let yourself be reborn!

Pop the Cork! Mars Goes Direct…..

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Neptune, Pluto, Retrogrades, Saturn on August 27, 2018 by themagickalpen


Image: Nasa.org

August 27.2018
Mars Direct

The tension has been building. The energy of forward motion has been building. And, now the champagne is ready to celebrate as we pop the cork on a rare vintage of Mars retrograde.

Mars stationed Retrograde on June 26.2018 in the astrological sign of Aquarius. This astrological mantle gave an additional visionary perspective to an already very palpable and aggressive flow from Mars bringing an intellectual and and very mental approach to any action taken. This retrograde occurred within the day prior aura of a Capricorn Full Moon, which ensured that as Mars entered into this stationary state of appearance Air (Aquarius) and Earth (Capricorn) stood in the spotlight of the Full Moon’s watery and emotional glow.

Now, as Mars propels forward it ends its retrograde in a 28th (latter) degree of astrological Capricorn; earth finally having caught up with the intensity of Mars need to act and exert its will. Any retrograde brings an opportunity for introspection. Mars offers the gift of taking a deep look at how much force we exert as we move through the world. Are we coming from a state of aggression or assertiveness? And, learning how to modulate the intensity of this action to produce the most productive (negative or positive) outcomes. The bolster to this came from last night’s Full Moon in astrological Pisces; compassion filled water enhanced by its ruling planet Neptune’s retrograde and Mother Moon’s ebb and flow.

This Mars retrograde has been no less intense, and the astrological events that we have weathered during this retrograde have been transformative, to say the least. Rare eclipses, 6 retrograde planets and more have amped up everyone’s physical,mental and spiritual states. The recent Mercury retrograde and direct (Aug. 17-18) pattern put a halt on frivolous communication, allowed time to slow time and review before reaching and with the direct action, to carry forward what we have learned of the lessons of meaning and intention-filled dialogue.

Now, with the release of Mars’ stronghold, we are slingshot into action honed by a temporary fencing in provided by the Fixed Air of Aquarius (think and then think again-before acting) and flowing into the Cardinal (quickening) Earth energy of Capricorn’s sure footed goat; hopefully being able to navigate the heights and the depths from a place of stability. What began as the active vision of mind’s vision of the ascended human was brought into more palpable and tangible action to be en-acted in the manifest world, by one of spiritually corporeal form.

So, raise a toast and pop that cork as you celebrate a new found ability to move in accord with all parts of your being. Another layer of energy refined as we remain under the spell of a foundational four planetary retrograde of Saturn-Uranus-Neptune and Pluto…

Read More:
The Healing Waters Flow: Full Moon in Pisces
It’s Elementary Intense:Six Planetary Retrogrades and the Lion’s Light
The Motherboard: Sun in Aquarius
As Above, So Below: Sun in Capricorn
 

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