The Complexity of a Simple Question

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2018 by themagickalpen

June 13.2018
New Moon in Gemini

and I’m feeling talkative…

The Magickal Pen


Just because today is a new Moon in Gemini, an astrological sign where words get tangled in the web of communication and expression, I am sharing a writing about something that I keep returning to, unsettled and anxious about the reply….

…..Where Are You Going?

Such a simple question for an answer that is deep and complex. If you’d asked me that question last year I would have said, “I’m moving forward. I’m making progress in my endeavors and I am spending my time and energy wisely.” Very articulate statement and optimistic answer. Seems to be a straightforward and simple answer, but nothing could be further from the complexity of truth.

If you’d asked me the same question three months ago, I would have paused in my response, turning my thoughts to what I had perceived as growth and progress as I weighed and measured the validity of those statements…

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In the Afterglow…Waning Full Moon

Posted in Full Moon, Waning Moon on May 31, 2018 by themagickalpen


Waning Gibbous in Capricorn
May 31.2018

Full Moon in Sagittarius
May 29.2018

 

…The arrows arc and carve deep paths
Etched in the growing shadows.

Tiny beacons of flame and light
Seeking the fertile ground of breath
That will fan and fuel their permanence…

Traditionally within magickal workings, the phases of the Moon and their specific energies may be accessed over the course of a 3-day period. This is the day prior, the actual date itself and the day after. In fact, it is most desirable to initiate the working on the day prior using the Cardinal or catalyzing kick-start of the astrological energy to serve as the surfboard that moves along the crest of the fullness/newness or darkness of wave towards its destination.

The day of the event integrates and synthesizes what has begun, much like the Fixed nature of providing the necessary container for productivity. And, the day after, I call the afterglow of energy exerted. Much like the Mutable energy of coalescence and balance found and now the space of breathing into what has been and will be the sustained creation. This not being a stopping point, but just as Mutability offers the threshold of endings and beginnings, so too, this afterglow signals work now complete and ready to flow into the new beginnings of what has been created.

I have used the analogy of astrology’s three modalities- Cardinal-Fixed and Mutable to broaden your perception of these as they relate to the energy of the astrological signs, but not limited to these concepts alone. So how might this apply to our recent Full Moon?

The astrological mantle Mother Moon  was draped within was that of Sagittarius. This is the energy of the Archer, its symbol one of preparedness to am, shoot and set forth flames of expansive and communal visions. Sagittarius is a sign of the Mutable modality, so its work is one of expansion, as the natural result of an initial contraction in setting the intention of where that expansion will find its mark. The cocking of the bow, the tension and concentration, the inhale and the release that is in rhythm with the exhale of creative sight set the arrow of flame into the inspiration of air as it interacts with and repels the currents that flow organically in this atmosphere into which it has been released to find its way.

Take A Long Drag…..

Moon Conjunct (retrograde) Saturn and (retrograde) Pluto

Sagittarius flows into the next sign of Capricorn. Fire finds its way into the enlivening of earth, and if precise in its impact the quickening of seeds awaiting the heat of manifestation. Capricorn is the Cardinal/catalzying push from a grounded and manifest place that provides the building blocks of what  “foundation” may become. Capricorn as an earth sign feels the weight of its endeavors and takes its time in navigating both emotion and mind to ensure that each step is taken rooted and anchored in the surety of the one prior.

This waning Moon is conjunct (in the same astrological sign within a few degrees of one another) two retrograde planets, each powerful in their directive and all three in Capricorn’s foundation. Saturn conspires to regain order and structure with no regard for the “why”. Pluto holds the key to the eternal, past-present and future all converging as information and experience create the new form that emerges from the death of what is required to compost the new. And, all plays out in a very concrete and manifest way.

Time to get your affairs in order (Saturn) and really engage in how you wish to embrace a new (Pluto) way of Being in this world, at this time. Even if there was no intention for this Full Moon’s energy, you can still bask in the mutability (flexibility) of the afterglow. Envision where and what you would like these embers of sacred flame to find their mark. What do you wish to connect to that will provide you with the stable foundation.

As for me, I am going to breathe deeply into being fully present in the trajectory of what has been set free on fiery arrows of changes both personally and in the world I inhabit. The beauty is that the work never ends in refining and honing your skills as part of humanity. Every thought and every action, every intention and every hope are like those Sagittarian arrows, seeking a home where the fires can take hold and in the rendering down to ash, the Phoenix can arise in all of its beauty.  Now in the afterglow and as the light appears to wane, a new fire illuminates the way…

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The Raging Bull: Full Moon in Scorpio

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon, Jupiter, Pluto, Retrogrades, Saturn, Scorpio on April 27, 2018 by themagickalpen


April 29.2018
Full Moon in Scorpio
8:58p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Taurus

The moon waxes full on Sunday, April 29th in the astrological sign of Scorpio. So, you may be wondering why my title for this post alludes to the bull of Taurus. This reference is made because there are a whole lot of dynamics occurring between elemental water and earth right now and many are getting stuck in the mud as you struggle to break free….

The moon is Full wearing the garb of watery Scorpio and is in opposition to a Sun that burns hotly in earthly and robust Taurus. Both are signs of a Fixed modality which means that there is staying power to whatever/wherever their energy is applied. The annual solar month of Taurus inherently offers the ability to stand strong in what you have created as your foundational and earthy realm; finances, possessions, relationships and anything that provides grounding and anchor to you thrive in Taurus’ light. The flip side is that this stalwart and very earthy energy can also encourage you to remain stuck in what has become outworn and “comfortable” but not necessarily productive. We are almost at the mid-point of this energy, which means that we may also access a more mature level of understanding as to how and what we choose to acquire as manifest space in our lives, and what should be left behind. These thoughts are the first layer of this current earth-water dynamic.

The Moon, already ripe and full with emotion and watery flow, is in Fixed Scorpio’s waters that ebb and flow through multi-layers of transformative outpouring. We have choice to remain guarded, hidden and introspective as the Scorpion of this sign’s energy; rise upwards into the light as the Eagle choosing a path that is more discerning in how those waters flow; or take the leap of faith required as the Phoenix renders to ash what it has laid bare and rises anew as a the stable current of fiery waters that carves out its own emotional landscape. Scorpio has always been one of those astrological signs that presents more like Fire than true Water; but then again, all of the elemental energies carry varying amounts of each of the other within them. This Fixed water of Scorpio can flow in a directed course or enter into stagnation o the desire to move is not appropriately placed. This provides the second layer of the current earth-water dynamic.

I mentioned earlier that the Sun and Moon are in opposition to one another. This is the traditional configuration of a Full Moon in alignment with the Solar Sign. Many hear opposition and identify this with conflict and avoidance. I have never perceived it that way. In fact, I view any opposition as an organic and healthy dialogue between polarized energies that seek a state of tension so that one or the other may find resolution at the appropriate point of interchange. Depending on the intention and what outcome may be needed, one may reach across and almost touch that id-point of equilateral balance, but this never quite happens in a moving state- the perfect mid-point actually meaning a stagnant place of stillness where neither receives the neutrality of a catalyst to transform the other. In the case of this Taurus and Scorpio exchange, the tension is one of manifest foundation (Taurus) striving towards the adaptability of transformation at multi-levels of being (Scorpio), and with each iteration of the application of tension, a newly created form emerges. A good analogy is to consider the birth of a Butterfly emerging from the cocoon, having shed the foundational blueprint of it caterpillar form.

Assistance from the Retrogrades:
Any retrograde is an opportunity to give more scrutiny and care to the energies emanating from that Planet. It is typified as a slowing down of the planetary orbit and as such provides a closer look at what could be tweaked, reshaped and reformed. Three (3) planets are currently Retrograde- Two in Earth signs and One in Water

Jupiter is Retrograde in Scorpio, so we have a resonance between the Great Expander and the Full Moon. Jupiter is noted for its expansive quality and much like the ebb and flow of the Moon’s tides, Jupiter also breathes in a rhythm of contraction and expansion. This is why Jupiter is often used for financial matters. There is an organic flow that moves through what we consider to be prosperity and the times of contraction (or lack) are necessary to allow for the bounty and prosperity to fill the coffers of what you desire. The gift here is one of harnessing this expansive nature as with each incremental striving towards the transformative power of Scorpio’s Phoenix, we provide time to rest and integrate within the “in breath/inspiration” gift in the contraction back to itself.

Saturn and Pluto are Retrograde in Capricorn, the earth sign of potential. Potential to reach deeply into the depths of emotions waters and the ability to retrieve and bring to the surface and higher what has been made manifest and revealed as the Sea-Goat navigates the heights of breath and mind. Saturn provides structure and orderly guidance as it oversees the process of pitfalls and failures. Unfortunately it can also become stuck and sluggish in advancement, not trusting that what is provided is enough.

Pluto is the planet of regeneration and concerns itself with death so that life may continue. I also seePluto’s energies as those of being able to reach into the far past, bring forward the necessary experiences and lessons as a new future is being created from the point of synthesis that wraps and enfolds the present. It too is in earthy Capricorn, and the potential for use this energy in a lateral way to further guide your efforts is potent in a retrograde focus.

The Raging Bull

In all of these cases, there is a pulse of rhythm, a natural ebb and flow/contraction and expansion/descent and ascent that is flowing through these solar charged waters. This is the Bull of the Taurean Sun, that is not content to stand still and in its movement causes upheaval and what appears to be collateral damage, but in so doing affirms life in its most manifest and passionate way. This is also a call to allow your primal nature to light the way, as the intuitive waters of Scorpio’s heart fuel your course with passion. Breathe into this ability to be adaptable (Moon in Scorpio) and stretch and reach (Jupiter in Scorpio) towards the Gates that hold the keys (Pluto in Capricorn) to what has been learned and what can be created with your intention. These are the Gates that provide the foundational structure Saturn in Capricorn)that may become the blueprint of success as you navigate these challenging times.

Lest you have the image of negative connotation in the word, “raging” my hint to you is held in the protective nature that is held in Taurus energy. Protective of home, family and those things that are the manifest image of that state of security and comfort. The raging bull is the guardian of all you hold dear and spiritually, it is the keeper of a wisdom that gifts its user with anchors that reach deeply into a manifest reality of your own highest creation.

Blessings of this Full Moon… Robin

Lean Back…Full Moon in Libra

Posted in Astrology, Full Moon, Libra on March 30, 2018 by themagickalpen

Full Moon in Libra
March 31.2018
8:37a.m. (EDT)

Sun in Aries

I lean back into the healing waters of the Great Mother. Light that is filled with purpose and intention shines down on my upturned face and I am at peace. The waters that hide the tears of my sorrow and pain rise up around me, now transformed into the gentle caress of joy and comfort. I am whole in these waters. I am free.

The waters rock gently and I, cradled as the most beloved child am carried under star and moonlight’s beauty. Ebb and flow, undulating and moving like the pans of a scale finely calibrated and holding the most precious of gems to be measured. Pain and comfort, sorrow and joy each filling one of the two and in their own time and space each becomes the dominant as the other quietly acquiesces to harmonious balance.

This balance is one of the Great Mother’s promises. The gift offered at the birthing of new life that would in time succumb to death. The gift offered with each challenge that would stimulate the necessary growth to continue on in this journey of life. The gift of beauty where most would see none and the discernment of what lay hiding in the shadows, thinking itself not worthy.

My mind floats on this sea of light and my heart surrenders to the imminent waterfall that lay at thee most unexpected of turns. Just around the bend. Just in the line of sight, yet ever unnoticed and unheeded until the leap of faith and plunging of great depths calls its seeker home. I open my eyes and the light of fullness is more than I can bear, its all consuming beauty swaddling me in what cannot be articulated and measured by these graceful hands.

Just breathe I tell myself and the waters flow into a thirsty mouth and throat longing to be bathed in the purity of its healing light. And, filled with the buoyancy of this light I arise, holding the scales of healing. I arise reaching into the expanse of the Great Mother’s heavens.

This is the night of my be-coming. This is the re-making of myself in wholeness and strength. This is the ocean I will seek at each turning of the Full Moon as I lay beneath a surface that reflects the Love of my Mother’s comforting embrace.

A Time to Re-group

The Moon waxes full in the Cardinal Air sign of Libra tomorrow morning and restoration of the balance and healing is needed. These short weeks between the last full moon and this have seen sorrow and loss rising like tidal waves with barely a breath caught in between. Nationally, locally and personally death has reached out taking with it unexpected loss. Perhaps at the rising of this Full Moon we can reset and find healing.

The astrological sign of Libra desires that beauty be found in all places and the resultant gift is one of balance. I am not speaking of a balance that is equilateral in nature; nor is it bound to our human desires for “fairness”. Balance includes those states that are uncomfortable as well as those that bring pleasure; for without the predominance of one at any given time, the other will never rise in its due time. Libra is Cardinal Air; cardinal being the action of catalyzing and motivating and air being the element of movement, perception and the “idea” that becomes the result. All of these attributes and archetypal energies when placed in the fullness of the Moon’s Feminine principle of form and creation provide the tools for beginning the process of healing.

Will you lean back into these healing waters with me? Will you hold the intention of seeking the place of balance that is born of challenge as well as ease? Beauty is found in your surrender….

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
7:51p.m.

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!

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