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Meeting on Solid Ground-New Moon in Scorpio

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, New Moon, pathworking on October 30, 2016 by themagickalpen

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October 30.2016
New Moon in Scorpio
1:38p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Scorpio
Mercury in Scorpio

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces

If you celebrate Samhain during the Traditional time of the year, today we are mid-point between a 3-day aura of Samhain’s energies. The 29th heralded the transition into the Scorpio Moon at 10:01p.m. and today’s New Moon shifts the gears from waning towards waxing at 1:38 p.m. All this carried forward into tomorrow, October 31st traditional Samhain. You could stop the Samhain revels there , if you like, but consider this. The 31st is the appetizer served to whet the appetite for the most potent and nourishing of energies that occur on the date of Astrological Samhain (Sun in Scorpio); usually somewhere around Nov. 6-7 or 8th.

Why, this second date? Technically these celebrations were calculated in accord with the mid-point (of days) between the Equinoxes and Solstices. The same holds true for Imbolc (Feb. 4/5-Aquarius); Beltane (May 5/6-Taurus) and Lughnasadh (Aug. 5/6-Leo). Additionally, each of these Sabbats fall within the Solar month of one of the four Fixed astrological signs during the Solar year. The Sabbat, or Solar/Fire Holi-day occurs when the Sun is 15-degrees in the fixed sign; that being the mid-point or height of potency for that sign’s energy. (More about this in a later post)

For now, let’s make use of the New Moon on this auspicious day as we greet our Ancestors.

Scorpion, Eagle and Phoenix

Father Sun and Mother Moon dance in the dark deep waters of Scorpio. And, Mercury-the communicator extraordinaire, also in Scorpio, joins the party of mystery and deep insight. All systems are go for seeking interaction with our beloved ancestors. Scorpio, as the astrological sign of Fixed water provides a stable container that may serve as the filter of what has come before and what will emerge in the future while remaining fully present in the now. Mercury eases and opens the gates of communication, much like the international liaison between two lands (living and departed) that may not speak the same language so that exchange can be made. This communication takes on the expression of Scorpio, so whatever comes through will most likely be what has lain in wait in the subconscious and now the time is ripe to draw it up to the surface. Don’t be surprised at the bluntness of what is communicated, however. This is the “sting” of the scorpion’s tail that awakens you to what lurks deeply below the surface.

The beauty of astrological Scorpio is that what is hidden beneath has the ability through its naturally transformative quality to allow a rising high above as it takes the form of the Eagle (a second attribution to Scorpio); keen of sight and able to see precisely what is needed to be sacrificed to feed and nourish. And, once that state has been mastered, the Phoenix (the third of attributions) stands center and strong in rendering down the last of our resistance and re-generating from the ash a {w}holly changed being! This phase of metamorphosis is the blueprint for seeking ancestral wisdom, taking it in-challenges and all-and letting this new knowledge transform how we walk within our world of the living and share the gifts of our deeper gnosis.

Retrograde Neptune in astrological Pisces

An additional cosmic boon is the energy of Neptune, now retrograde in its ruling astrological sign of Pisces. Pisces is the last of the water signs as well as holding the auspicious place of being the 12th and last of the astrological signs of the Zodiacal Wheel. Pisces expresses itself in compassion and self sacrifice that is honed by extraordinary natural empathetic and intuitive sight. Neptune, as mythical God carries the Trident that parts the seas (of emotional outpouring) as the three pronged staff directs a triad of energetic power towards higher aspirations. The triune quality is one that is Spiritual in nature and calls forth the Divine spark, each prong much like flames of will, action and desire. Holding the knowledge of this planetary energy in heart as we seek audience with our beloveds creates a space of intuitive insight and receptivity that is of Spirit to Spirit (our Highest self) meeting in the common seas of creation itself. This sea being one that is not bound by time or space an one in which all that was, is and shall be converge as a singular point of meeting.

Now,we are ready to pen our heart and minds to those we wish to commune with at this most sacred of times. Now, the place of meeting will be awakened as we step through the veils…

Meeting on Solid Ground

This pathworking can be used at anytime, but will be particularly potent today because of the preliminary work that has been set in motion with the previous posts. We will be using it again on November 7th, as the final post for the intention begun on October 16th.

Click here for the recorded pathworking….

Calling to the Ancestors

The Lion and the Scorpion

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days on October 22, 2016 by themagickalpen

4th Quarter Moon

Last Quarter Moon in Cancer
3:14p.m. (EDT)
3:34p.m. Moon Transit into Leo
3:34p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Scorpio
7:46p.m. (EDT)

Croning Moon enters the dark…

Her waters rise leaving the
Last of home and family behind.

Waters soon to be heated by
The Lion’s charismatic touch.

Father Sun carries the scales
Into the Dark underworld as
Scorpion flicks its pointed tail.

What slithers forth and lifts into
Solar Light soon to soar keen of sight.

The time is at hand
The mysteries revealed.

The Lion and the Scorpion
On this day move in accord
Bringing the Ancestors home.

Croning Moon wanes into its Fourth Quarter phase mid-afternoon bringing the energies of home centered astrological Cancer in its latest degree (and fullest impact) and shortly after transits into Leo. We can use this to set our intention on those ancestors of home and family that we desire most to bring into the emotional light of Leo’s magnetism.

We also leave the Solar Light of Libra’s balanced ways (weighs) and ready ourselves for the mysteries of astrological Scorpio. Three layers of power to draw from- the hidden nature of the scorpion/serpent; the precise and accurate intent of the Eagle and the final transformation of the Phoenix arising.

Time to explore Scorpio and take from it the tools we will bring to our space of meeting our Ancestors at the New Moon on the 30th. Follow the link below for the recorded pathworking. Sit at the ancestor altar you created at the Full Moon. Light your candle, take a few moments to connect with your ancestor and then breathe into your highest intention….

The Hall of Scorpio

Speak The Silence of Creation

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days on October 18, 2016 by themagickalpen

October 18.2016
Full Moon Aura
Transit into Gemini
10:30a.m. (EDT)

Mother Moon bathes us in Her Light
The edges of her cloak gently
Pulling up as they will quietly
Surround her draping her in
the Mystery of Darkness.

She is pregnant in Her fullness
And new life awaits the outpourings
Of creation’s emotive flow.

She stood resolute and strong emerging
From Aries’ act of new beginnings and anchoring
Herself in the depths of a manifest stream
The Bull breathed through Her.

Now on this day she gives birth to
A heart that is Divinely inspired
And ready to open to speaking the
Words of connection.

Today we are nearing the 4th Quarter Moon and the Sun’s transit in Scorpio on Saturday, the 22nd. With the Moon in communicative Gemini we can use this energy as messenger of our intention. Intention to soon stand at the Gates between the worlds and seek the wisdom of our ancestors. For now, the words that are issued as call are those held in the space of silence and in that silence, the creation of desire and will that will lend clarity and focus in our space of communing with our beloveds is heard.

A Simple Ancestor Altar of Connection:

There are many ways to create an Ancestor Altar and begin the dialogue. This is a very simple method that has proven very successful and satisfying for me. Feel free to adapt as is in accord with your practice and/or previous successes.

This altar will serve as the anchor of intention for the Ancestor that you wish to commune with in future workings. Although you may dedicate it to more than one, it may prove overwhelming and lack clarity in communication, much like a group conversation. If you still feel that you wish to dedicate the space to multiple ancestors, you will need to formulate clear intention that you wish to receive the answers from whomever can assist and a specific question(s) that will narrow that down.

If you have not already done so, select a small space that may be used as an Ancestral altar of connection. This should be placed somewhere that objects on it will not be disturbed and you will feel free to place personal items out. Place a white cloth on first and a smaller black cloth on top. These are the mirror reflections of the worlds of Light and Shadow.

Place a picture and/or something that your beloved ancestor cherished most. This may be a type of candy, pice of jewelry, cigar, etc… As you do so, greet your loved one as you have done in life and pour the energetics of your Love and desire to commune into the objects selected.

Next, place a candle next to the picture. The candle should be large enough to be able to be relit for several times and may be of any color. I prefer to use white, but color does not matter.

Take a few moments to look at what you have chosen to place on this altar. For now, keep it simple, as you will be adding treasured (of the beloved) objects in future sessions. Breathe in deeply acknowledging the life that flows through you and as you exhale, light the candle; envisioning it as beacon for your beloved as he/she crosses the veils.

Sit or stand for several minutes envisioning a wooded space of sacred ground that will be your meeting place to commune with your ancestor. Don’t worry about the detail, just allow the images to arise as you quietly breathe into what is being created in this silence.

Do not be surprised if you feel the presence of your loved one. Simply offer up love and gratitude to them; holding off on questions and guidance for now. Simply “Be” in this space surrounded by what you need most at this time. Feel the light of Mother Moon shining in the flame of the candle and Her waters of creation in dialogue with your heart-felt intention. These are the waters that will carry to the Source your desire to deeply connect to the wisdom of your Ancestors.

When you feel complete, extinguish the candle and offer up gratitude for what you have created. Give thanks to Mother Moon and the blessing of your intention carried in the silence to the unseen as Her mantle is drawn beyond the Veils.

Blessings on this journey….

Full Light into the Dark…

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days on October 16, 2016 by themagickalpen


Full Moon in Aries
:23a.m. (EDT)

Sun in Libra

Blessings of the Full Moon in Cardinal and Fiery Aries. Today is a good day for beginnings that are fired up with active intention and the will to enter into a new journey, eyes wide open and enthusiastically. This is also a Full Moon that heralds the a path that leads into the Light of the Underworld as the planes of the Living, the yet to be born and the Ancestors converge. So, I’ve decided to honor the season of the Ancestors this year with multiple posts as preparation towards astrological Samhain on November 7.2016. These will be pathworkings, thoughts and mini rituals that will carry those who seek deeper communion to a sacred space of meeting.

As we move from today’s lunation, Mother Moon will phase from this point of fullness, through a New Moon in Scorpio on October 30th and wax towards First Quarter on November 7th in Aquarius. Father Sun lends his light and strength leveling out the striven for harmonious balance of Libra and enter from that place of “beauty is held in the eye of the beholder” into the depths of Solar Scorpio on Mother Moon’s Last Quarter day of a Leo Moon, October 22nd.

Each step along the way holds promise of Light and Dark and the potential for deep interactions and new insights gifted by both the Living and those emerging from beyond the Veil.

The first of these posts will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 18th when the last energy of the three day aura of Full moon is carried forward in the astrological sign of Moon in Gemini. This is the dialogue that will open the way as the Moon wanes and the veils thin…..

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