Analyzing the Light: Full Moon In Virgo

Posted in Astrology, Full Moon on March 1, 2018 by themagickalpen

March 1.2018
Full Moon in Virgo

As Mother Moon makes Her way from the fiery sign of Leo and transits into fullness later this evening in the earthy sign of Virgo, we too, are trying to make sense of the trauma and recent tragedies that have occurred far too frequent lately. These unsettling events stir up our emotional sensibilities and actions towards safeguarding what we hold dear rises on those waters to the foreground. But, first and foremost we have to take a deep look at what is not working as we sort through what should be a better way. This is the energy of this Full Moon’s experience.

We can use this month of March to begin the process of sorting through our beliefs, philosophies and culling down to manifest actions taken that are rooted and grounded in the collaborative place we share in this world. Jupiter stations retrograde on March 8th in the watery and transformative astrological sign of Scorpio and the month concludes in the same phase in which it began, a second Full Moon in the airy balance of Libra. What happens in between, is your story to create. Let’s start with today!

The astrological sign of Virgo is that of the Element of Earth; manifest, palpable, anchoring and grounding in how it expresses itself. This out-pictures as attention to the nuances and details of any endeavor and a very structured and orderly manner in which everything becomes accounted for and “accountable to” what has begun this process of making intentioned change. Virgo is also of the Mutable Modality which gives this energy the possibility of flexibility, be and flow and the choice of expansion or contraction in accord with the outcome desired. Applying these basic principles to the Moon’s gifts and emotions inner and outer seas provides the tools for heightened awareness and the demand for a greater level of detail in where and how we place our efforts.

If this energy is used to its fullest, we can prepare the vessel of our physical and spiritual being to receive the expansive Jupiterian energy that continues to support that flexibility and ebb and flow. Jupiter stations retrograde on march 8th, so the intensity of feeling the pressure to reach further and into the deepest corners of our being builds. Jupiter will be garbed in the energy of astrological Scorpio, which means that the opportunity to reach into the recesses of our sub-conscious self (the Scorpion attribution of Scorpio) and initiate the natural order of contraction from that expansion as we draw up to the surface of our consciousness those pearls that may be exactly the assertive and dynamic energy required to put into place our plan determined by Virgo’s hand.

This contractive (and retrograde) gift breathes out the wisdom derived from analysis and carried on the wings of the Eagle (the second attribution of Scorpio) fills the space that we occupy as part of humanity.

As this expansion continues and at the time of the Vernal Equinox on the 20th, Father Sun transits into the first sign of the Great Wheel- Aries. This exuberant and newly born fire becomes the transitional ash of the Phoenix (the last attribution of Scorpio) that rises renewed and reborn, ablaze with and eager to quick start those new paths of understanding and plans for change that Virgo set into motion back at the beginning of the Month.

The second Full Moon heralds the end of March’s transition into new beginnings set by the hand of analysis, and detailed scrutiny and Mother Moon stands cloaked in Libra’s dynamic Air as She holds the scales of measure that are the bounty of what has been created as a plan of action. Astrological Libra is of the Air element and the opportunity to conceptualize and bring into harmony what the waters of our moon-filled emotions and the analytical logic of mind wish to bring into fruition. What flowed through these fertile waters filtered and guided by Virgo’s “no-nonsense” attitude receive their final test of merit in Libra’s grace of balanced and orderly plan. Virgo provided the “what”, Libra offers the “how”.

Whew!I know that was a lot to take in. So, here is another How.

Spend some time tonight or tomorrow and offer up peace and healing to those who are grieving loss. Envision your collective intentions filling and extending into the moon-lit sea of emotions that are over-filling right now and do not necessarily have a viable course plotted. Envision these thoughts, responses, frustrations, plans all moving within this larger sea and now envision the light of Mother Moon streaming down and drawing from this sea those beliefs and ideas that are yours. See each scooped out of these waters as a shell, laid on a sandy beach of shoreline.

And, now as the Sun rises and Dawn heralds a new beginning, you look with clarity and intention at each of those shells. Breathe into what you see laid before you and pick up only those that call to you for a closer look. As each is picked up engage all of your senses in the experience and when you have gathered what are of purpose, sit on the sun warmed beach, lay them out before you and allow your inner wisdom to identify each as a palpable piece of a larger plan that reveals your strength of action in holding the light in the darkest of times.

This is a month of change. This is a month of becoming a haven of stability and clarity that may be offered to the collective whole. What that offering looks like is up to you. It may be a prayer sent out each morning and evening that right action and the highest good for all prevail. It may be volunteering at a shelter or speaking up ion behalf of someone who has lost their voice. It may be extending gratitude and appreciation to those who are tasked with our safe keeping. You will know where your efforts will be of most use.

Many blessings on this month’s journey… Robin

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Super Blue Blood Moon of January 2018

Posted in Astrology, Full Moon on January 31, 2018 by themagickalpen

Image: Oceanside, CA.

January 31.2018
Full Moon in Leo
8:27am (EST)
Total Lunar Eclipse

This morning’s Full Moon was the second full moon of 2018-two in January! Additionally, the red coloring f this beautiful moon was the result of a Total Lunar Eclipse.

According to the NY Times Science section…

…There’s a lot packed into that phrase “super blue blood moon.”

• A BLUE moon happens when there are two full moons within a single calendar month.

• A supermoon occurs when the moon orbits closer to planet Earth than usual. There was a supermoon on Jan. 1 to start off the year, too. That’s how we get a “SUPER blue moon.”

• Now comes the “blood part.” During a lunar eclipse, Earth passes between the moon and the sun, and the planet casts its shadow over its lunar satellite. It’s nothing like the spectacle of a total solar eclipse, but the red tinge the moon takes on is striking. And it gives us the “super blue BLOOD moon.”…

Everything aligned for this supermoon in Leo, especially since Leo is the most charismatic and attention seeking sign of the Zodiac. It’s planetary ruler is the Sun, so the blood red and huge presence in the morning sky are right in keeping with this companion luminary.

For me, inspiration flowed with the beauty of the eclipse and thoughts were not on the astrological energy behind what was witnessed….

Milky white and crystal 
Clarity of craters etched 
Into Alabaster orb.

Night sky holds
You in its grasp
Black and rich
As any fine velvet.

Moving across night sky
Readying for the great
Reveal that will bring
Silence and awe.

Red glory rises
Alabastor dipped in
Blood orange red.

Blackness deepens as
If to showcase this
Sight of changing orb.

Breathe in the beauty
Breathe in the power
Breathe in the light
Crafted from Sun and Earth.

Welcome in the New Year with an Astrological Tarot Spread!

Posted in Astrology, The Temple of the Sun on January 1, 2018 by themagickalpen

About this spread:

With the dawning of a New Year, there are many ways to welcome this fresh start. This astrological spread is a way of accessing information that can be used throughout the year as the Sun transits from one astrological sign to the next. The emphasis is on you standing at the center of the Great Wheel as the Sun and Moon. I’ve chosen to share and use this spread as the start of the New Year, but you can begin the process or start anew at any point in time during the year.

To read more and access the spread, click here…
January 2018: A New Year’s Spread

Enjoy and many blessings with this New Year!

The Dawn Rises on Middle Ground

Posted in Astrology, capricorn, Mercury, New Moon, Sagittarius, Solstice on December 18, 2017 by themagickalpen

December 18 – December 20
New Moon in Sagittarius into Capricorn

December 21.2017
The Winter Solstice
Sun in Capricorn
Waxing Moon in Aquarius

Yep, there’s a lot going on over the next few days. We’ve seen the patterns before, but each iteration of a new year offers subtle nuances; meaning that every New Moon is Sagittarius is not alike. There are core similarities but, even despite the transits and planets retrograding, there are gradients of color that express themselves.

I’ve been writing a series entitled 19 Days of Illuminated darkness that is a countdown to the Winter Solstice and some old and new ways of engaging the potency of this time. So I decided to add this into the mix as the Sixteenth (16) Day. An interesting note there is that numerologically, the number 16 reduces to 1+6=7. Seven (7) a number relating to the harmonious balance and interaction of polarized energy that is the double trinity of 6 and moves forward from that foundation to explore, reach out and pursue new paths of expression and learning. So, using this as the 16th post is a subtle nod to the power of delving a bit more deeply into everything that flows into that singular day of astrological event, in this case the New Moon flowing into the Winter Solstice.

New Moon in Sagittarius
December 18
1:30a.m. (EST)

The Moon waxed new this morning in the wee hours and didn’t remain long in this fiery astrological sign before moving on to Capricorn at 8:30a.m. This may seem like a very short hiatus but Sagittarius had been courting the Lady Moon for the two days prior (16th and 17th), stirring up waters and emotions that sought a place of quickening as Sagittarius released its arrows of catalytic action. This energy is particularly useful at this juncture just prior to the Winter Solstice and the reclaiming of the Sun in dominion over the night in growing length of duration in any given day. As with any fire, the beginnings of it taking hold and building a formidable light are dependent on the striking of a match, or some form of kindling and the tiny spark that becomes the glowing flame.

This starting of the fires presents itself well at this time of the year with holidays and family and friends in the foreground as we seek to deepen and show appreciation for those relationships we have grown and kept warm and active. The New Moon reinforces this building and creative collaboration in that another aspect of Sagittarius is one of networking and becoming the bridge to bring people together. You may be familiar with the saying “burning the candle at both ends”. It reference meaning that someone is overextending themselves and has not place to anchor in. I don’t see this as a negative thing depending on how those “ends” are co-creating. Everything requires a sacrifice of sorts so having the ability to quicken the fires of action and will using all parts of yourself, will most definitely result in a mid-point of blaze, but do not have to be lost in the equation. Remember the Phoenix and the gift of rendering down to ash, only to be reborn more powerful, beautiful and stronger than ever in a new more resilient form.

This New Moon today, moves a few hours later into earthy Capricorn. The astrological sign of having the gift of being able to scale the heights and the depths, sure-footed and successfully if only the initial inertia and uncertainty doesn’t stop everything in its tracks. This is the sea goat and the placement of our emotional seascape in this astrological energy can produce great staying power for those embers that were cast about from Sagittarius’ bow. As we move towards the Winter Solstice and the birthing of a new light it is the caution that is inherent in Capricorn that can be used to spend a little more attention in stoking the fires that will birth your Sun of strength and renewed light.

The Winter Solstice
Moon in Aquarius
Solar Month transit into Capricorn

The Winter Solstice heralds the dawning of the sun’s renewed energy and readiness to grow in power incrementally with each dawn’s rising. This will remain so until it reaches its peak at the Summer Solstice and the Northern Hemisphere returns once again to the embrace of the Dark Mother’s mantle. This is the bursting forth from the womb of Goddess’ light as her waters hold the vision of Aquarius’ concept of humanity’s evolution. Aquarius is an air sign and as such thought and concept, ideal and vision are keywords for its energy. Place this energy in the womb that will bring forth a dawn of sustaining heat and light and the blueprint is indellibly marked in every pursuit, most especially those matters of intuition and insight. This combination if accessed without reserve opens the intelligence of the heart; the concept of wisdom flowing from the inner chamber of heart and mind truly beating as one.

And, with this year’s Winter Solstice being able to harness the communicative style of Aquarius’ MoonDance helps to push Mercury from its stationary transit of retrograde as it moves direct on December 22nd.

The Dawn Rises on the Middle Ground

These next few days can be the priming of your engines for movement, clarity and emerging from what may have felt oppressive as the days were cloaked in night. Being mindful of all that has brought you to this point and what you may carry forward or leave behind when you arise and welcome the sun’s light at the Winter Solstice will give you the vantage of standing at middle ground. You are the Capricornian seagoat and its most comfortable place to begin its decent or ascent is in that sweet spot of the middle. Use this as your place of anchor and as the sun rises, and the days stretch forward with growing light, place one foot in front of the other with assurance that you have laid the necessary foundations and you are indeed not only capable but more than ready to scale new heights.

And, do not forget that “up” is not always the desired vantage point. That being able to sense and intuit when to shift course and begin the dive into fertile and flowing waters is part of the process as the sun’s light becomes intense and the coolness of shade and soothing waters of healing are required.

May these last few days of this calendar year bring you joy and may the New Year send you forth (much like Sagittarius’ arrows) renewed and fueled by the quickening of blazing your own trails of connection…..Robin


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Photo: Curbar Edge in Derbyshire

New Moon in Scorpio: The Waters of a Fiery Creation

Posted in Astrology, New Moon, Scorpio on November 17, 2017 by themagickalpen

November 18.2017
New Moon in Scorpio
6:42a.m. (EST)

Sun in Scorpio

The Moon waxes New in the watery astrological sign of Scorpio tomorrow morning at 6:42a.m. The Sun is in its last days of solar Scorpio and all of this potent occult energy emerges from the recent parting of the veils at Samhain.

Scorpio is unique in that it is the only of the twelve (12) astrological signs that expresses itself three very distinct ways; the Scorpion, the Eagle and the mythical Phoenix. Many mistakenly think of Scorpio as being a Fire sign, rather than water, largely because of its active and catalytic nature. And, this assignation is not that far off, since all of the elements contain within themselves each of the other three (3) as modifiers of their energy, such as Water of Water, Fire of Water, Earth of Water and Air of Water. Think if it this way, the actor (Water) wears different costumes (the other 3 elements moving through the primary element/actor) to portray different characters, archetypes and energies. Underneath it all, the actor (water) remains who and what its dominant and core energies are, but adapts that core to model a portion of what overlays it (one of the other elements).

Scorpio, displays this beautifully in its three forms. The Scorpion is earthy and deeply rooted in primal instinct. Its foundation is one survival and this includes remaining hidden in its actions so as not to attract the attention of what would consume it. Earth of Water provides the container for the water to remain or to flow. If the earth container is too rigid, the water will evaporate (survival instinct!) and become stagnant in the process. If the earth provides flexibility, the active flow of the water’s need to move and remain enlivened creates new pathways and the beginnings of a flowing body of healing waters can emerge. You could consider this model as the metaphor for shadow work. That which flows in the deep waters below and carries the sting of the Scorpion, can become the healing waters that stir us to movement in creating new pathways of understanding and intuitive nature.

The Eagle soars in the light, and because of its keen sight and ability to fly above what could destroy it, the Eagle has the benefit of both land and air. Air of water can be placed here. This is the breath of inspiration. The currents that carry the seeker towards its pinnacle and its goal. And the brilliance of a plan that will ensure success in finding and capturing the prey needed to survive. This is the survival of the Scorpion refined and honed in its enacting and rising above as the Eagle.

The Phoenix is the final result of the scorpion’s healing waters and the eagle’s keen sight aloft. These are the Fire-filled waters that render down what no longer serves and from the ashes (another return to earthy wisdom)something of beauty that is both hidden and in plain sight is born.

Beyond the traditional astrological assignations of Scorpio, wherever Scorpio has its imprint, change and opportunity is at hand. Another aspect of Scorpio’s energy is that of its waters being of the Fixed modality. This fixed nature is ready to receive from what has been catalyzed (Cardinal energy) and to expel what has been synthesized and given structure from its fixed container into the adaptive and flexible expansion of Mutable energy.

I’m going to add another layer to the triune nature of Scorpio, so just breathe! The qualities of those three modalities I just referenced – Cardinal (beginnings and initial catalyst) – Fixed (synthesis and structure) – Mutable (expansive and flexible) – also describe the potential held in Scorpio.

The nature of Scorpio as the scorpion is one of cardinal energy in the organic process of transformation offered. We use the scorpion to cloak and hide ourselves from the light. It is of no matter why we are doing this, the intention is still the comfort and safety felt when you don’t reveal too much of yourself and your emotional nature for fear of exposing the soft underbelly. Control and primal instinct are often not good bedfellows, but by learning to navigate in the recesses of our emotional earthiness, we are able to jumpstart movement into the light.

The nature of Scorpio as the eagle is one of fixed energy. We now are ready to synthesize our experience as the scorpion and our fear of flying. Flying out into the light where all can look up and see the glory and beauty of our wings carried within the container of sky and earth. We breathe in the air and the light and the transformation and integration of survival and discernment now are available. From the vantage point of rising above we can be discerning and accurate in what our next actions will be and where and how we choose to expose our emotions to the world.

And, finally, the nature of Scorpio as the Phoenix is complete transmutation that is mutable. The need to expand beyond what was thought to be capable, and to reach across the threshold of death (endings are also of the mutable nature) as manifest form is quickened. This is also the synthesis emanating from the Eagle’s fixed form, allowing the dissolution of limitation. No longer are the emotions and the desires held at bey, they now become the healing flames that ebb and flow in waters that have been purified and consecrated by trial and error for the express purpose of rebirth.

The New Moon of Quickening

This New Moon is an opportunity to set a new course. To dive deeply into the waters of emotion that lay hidden and allow a more intuitive way of navigating those dark waters to emerge. That initial burst of energy can be used as you visualize how much more discernment you will have as you make choice of which of these drops of dark waters can be carried into the light and used to form new rivers and streams that will eventually fall from the heights, cascading down as waterfalls. And, most importantly, allow the possibility for change to seep into every cell of your body. The possibility of rising in beauty and power, all because you willingly let drop the guard that held the most useful of those emotions and intuitive gifts to remain hidden.

Wax towards the fullness of your own lunar potential as you emerge catalyzed by the fiery waters of Scorpio’s creation! Blessings on this auspicious day….

Read more About Scorpio:

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Sun in Scorpio: Open the Floodgates and Lift the Veils
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The Beauty of a New Darkness-New Moon in Libra

Posted in Astrology, Esbat, Libra, New Moon on October 19, 2017 by themagickalpen

New Moon in Libra
3:12p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Libra

The moon waxes new this afternoon in the astrological sign of Cardinal (beginnings and catalyzing) Libra. Libra is of the Air element and its symbol is scales of balance. Its focus is that of balancing and harmonizing the mental process through the vision of beauty and refinement; think of image of Venus on the half shell.

I decided to do something a little different for this writing and placed the energies available for this moon’s phase in the context of astrological fiction. The piece is entitled, “The Beauty of a New Darkness”, an astrological tale in 3-parts.

As the solar energies are in their very last potency aligned with Libra and readying to transit into a new solar month of Scorpio on October 23rd. and we are nearing Samhain’s gates, it seemed like an appropriate expression of creativity to offer. Enjoy…

The Beauty of a New Darkness

Prelude: Part One
Act One: Part Two
Act Two: Part Three

Rekindling Hope! Full Moon in Aries

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Esbat, Full Moon, Libra, Retrogrades, Uranus on October 4, 2017 by themagickalpen

October 5.2017
Full Moon in Aries

The Harvest Moon glows brightly and large in the night sky on Thursday in the astrological sign of Cardinal Fire, Aries. This moon brings with it the fires of new beginnings (Cardinal) around how we choose to act ( or react) and exert our will. And, it also brings the gift of refreshing the fires that hold us strong in our power.

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest in date to the Autumnal Equinox (September 22.2017, this year). So, we might say that esoterically, this Full Moon brings with it the energy of a balanced point of space (the Equinox) allowing for the synthesis and integration of what has preceded it and flowing into what will come. This is also bolstered by the annual transit of the Sun into Libra, balance of mind and refinement of what evolves and flows into the next solar month of Scorpio.

We are all feeling charred and dampened down in spirit after the events of these past two months. Natural disasters, irrational and deadly behaviors and everywhere loss of life and or the security of home. We have all been effected by these, whether we have been in the midst of the crisis or safe and secure watching from afar; we are all part of the human experience and condition. And, so we feel the rippling out of waves of fear and loss of hope.

This full moon is an opportunity to revisit the enthusiasm and unstoppable hope that the innocence of childhood brings. Aries, is the first sign of the Great Wheel and being Cardinal Fire is the catalytic first spark that sets into motion the story woven through each of the astrological signs and stages of development that occur from there forward. It is exactly this energy that we can use to reset our emotions and feed and reignite the flame of hope we carry within.

Uranus Retrograde

The planet, Uranus, carries the full pulse of electrical charge that is the higher amplification of Mercury’s communicative flash. Its energy is one of pure impulse and works directly on the neural pathways. The Uranus retrograde ( since August 2nd – January 2.2018) has methodically exposed the raw nerve that electrifies our neurological system and the resultant flight or fight instinct. As events have been amping up in intensity and impulsiveness, our autonomic responses have also been heightened. Let’s scale that electrical impulse back a bit and allow the Moon in Aries to cancel out some of the overwhelming charge.

Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, another reactionary energy whose prime directive is that of action and movement. What is often overlooked with Mars energy is that we have choice as to whether we move forward, charging blindly ahead and without a plan or take the time to fuel the fires of its action in a planned and intention-filled way that will pull us forward and out of the mire that weighs us down without simply spinning our wheels in futile anxiety driven effort. So, what I am proposing is to allow Uranus to open the pathways and then fill them with the inspiration of Aries’ fires of renewal and let them flush through the darkened emotion ladened waters (Moonscape) bringing light and a vision of hope that is guided by youth’s undaunted spirit.

The Sun in Libra

The Libran Sun seeks balance and the restoring of harmony filtered through the conceptualization of thought (Libra is an Air sign). Add this to the mix of renewed hope and clarity and let the strengthening of the Sun restore balance and allow you to see with clarity and purpose. In this way, we are able to choose our battles, speak on behalf of those who have lost their voice, contribute our energy to restoring hope to those who have lost the most and much, much more. In other words, refill your storehouse so that you have the reserves needed when you are called upon to help another.

I stand outside bathed in a warm glow of light and the Harvest Moon whispers to me…

I know your secrets
I know your joys
I know your sorrows
I know who you are.

I have seen all that
Has been is and will be.

I have seen evolution and growth
Devolution and decay
And the ebb and flow of
My waters have brought from
The sea of creation life that
Will begin the cycle anew.

Peace and community
War and famine
Building and destruction
Wisdom and arrogance.

I have know all of these
Things and yet I remain
Watchful and filled with hope
For the potential I see.

The land is filled with
Potential for what the next
Planting and harvest will bring.

You are filled with potential for
What your next actions and offerings
Will bring.

I know your secrets and now
You know my mysteries and the
Gift of your place within them.

I invite you to take 25 minutes and join me in a pathworking to stabilize and refuel as the Harvest Moon looms large and glows with the warming orange light of renewal.

Rekindling Hope! A Pathworking of Renewal

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