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Posted in Esoteric Studies, The Inner Chamber, Youtube Channel on August 29, 2017 by themagickalpen


Stay tuned for the launch of a new Youtube Channel

The Inner Chamber will explore studies in Western Hermetics, Magick, Practical Spirituality and Eastern Philosphy.

Topics include these and more for the seeker on the Path:

Astrology
Hermetic Qabalah
Energetic Anatomy
Lunar and Solar Magick
Consciousness and the Parts of SELF
In Devotion to the Divine
Ritual and Creating Sacred Space
Pathworkings and Meditations
Developing a Personal Spiritual Practice

More info to follow and official launch date in September! I hope you will join me in 

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Electric Light-A Gift From the Eclipse, Today..

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2017 by themagickalpen

Pictures and Inspiration from the Eclipse. Enjoy!

The Magickal Pen

Drexel Hill, PA
1:34 – 2:44 peak

Electric Light heated
By growing anticipation.

Cloud in sky becomes
The backdrop for dramatic
Celestial design.

My body stands ready
To receive the electromagnetic
Charge of completion.

I will not fuel my
Inner Sun for this
Is a time for holding
What is steady within.

Instead I will breathe
In a Light that as the
Heart passes will gather
To itself that which
Flares unproductively
In my solarscape.

I/We are children of
The Sun and Moon and
We move in the cyclical
Paths of heated waters.

Will and Action
Heart and Tides
Filling the cofers
Of our cosmic Soul.

Minutes pass and
The Light seemingly
Dims shrouded by
The shadow of its
Consorts veiling.

I am a daughter
Of the Sun and
I am a Priestess
Of the Moon.

I embrace the
Birthrite of
Their power
Filled Union.

And what has been
Hidden…

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The Solar Eclipse of Great Shadow

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Lunar, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto, Retrogrades, Saturn, Solar, Uranus on August 17, 2017 by themagickalpen


August 21.2017

New Moon in Leo
Total Solar Eclipse in Leo

Many are primed and focused on this upcoming Eclipse and much has already been written about it. And, given many of the recent events both nationally and internationally, more has been written about the connections, etc. So, for what it is worth, here is a very simple take on how this energy has potential to be used and the far more long reaching impact of other astrological occurrences that will carry forward what is taken from the eclipse.

The astrological energy of Leo is one that can be particularly challenging, especially if applied to raw and exposed neurological matter. Meaning that we have all been amped up neurologically in a very deliberate and evolutionary way for some time now. Think technology and how much has progressed in such a short amount of time, almost to the point where we are unable to keep pace with the advancements. Now, think about everything within you that responds in much the same way as technology and requires upgrading and modification to keep pace with the increasing pressures we feel to meet all of the demands of a fast-paced society and its expectations.

Leo is the Lion who when on the hunt, will mercilessly take down its prey fueled by a heat and intensity that is ferocious, primal and self-centered. Add to this emotional landscapes (Lunar) that are either overflowing or severely depleted from the parching of heated reaction and the boiling point is soon reached. Neurons fire and we lash out taking down whatever lay in front of us- primal, instinctual. I am not making these observations as good, bad or neutral. They just simply are and how they are rallied and used determines the identification that is placed upon them as being of one kind or another.

With that being said, I view this Eclipse as a space to be used for moving into the shade offered by the cloaking of our intuitive/emotional (Moon) as we wrap its density around, for many, what feel like battered (energetically, physically or metaphorically) bodies (Earth). And, in opposition to ramping up and drawing from the potency of the Sun, I am suggesting dimming your fires, pulling them within and allowing the shadow of the Moon to pass uneventfully, carrying forward none of the precious Light that we will need in the months (perhaps years) ahead.

Nothing occurs in isolation and this is especially true of the energy being emitted by five (5) planets as they are in varying progress in their Retrograde stations. Five (5) is the number of change. CHANGE that occurs through radical measures and pushing the boundaries of we we believe to be our carefully laid foundations. This is change that reaches deeply when applied to ourself. And, given all of the choices and changes occurring in our world, our beliefs, values and ethics are being pushed to their boundaries daily.

In that regard, the power of this infrequently occurring Eclipse and the additional planetary energies at play are demanding that find the courage of the Lion and master and hone our instinctual nature to be of service for the greater good of all.

Whether we choose to align that energy in a partnership of bolstering and stabilizing is entirely up to the individual and what you are hoping to achieve of strength and stability moving forward…..

Retrogrades of Contractive Focus

Saturn in Astrological Sagittarius  (Mutable FIRE)
(Flexible and Expansive) Order and Structure casting a Broad Net
End Stage Intensity (Mutable-Cardinal) Direct: August 25

Mercury in Astrological Virgo   (Mutable EARTH)
(Flexible and Expansive) Communication that is Analytical and Orderly
Retrograde – 3/4 Stage (Mutable) Direct: September 5

Uranus in Astrological Aries   (Cardinal FIRE)
(Initiating) Electromagnetic Catalytic Beginnings
Beginning (Cardinal) Direct: January 2.2018

Neptune in Astrological Pisces   (Mutable WATER)
The (Flexible and Expansive) Illusory Depths of Compassionate Grace
Mid Stage (Fixed) Direct: November 22

Pluto in Astrological Capricorn   (Cardinal EARTH)
(Initiating) Death and Rebirth Converging into An Anchored Center
Mid Stage Direct: September 28

In this configuration of planetary astrological signs, we have all but AIR (which would add the ration of reason and logic) represented within the intense focused energy of the retrograde planets. And, the modality that provides stability and a vessel of synthesis of what in Cardinal (beginning) flow enters into it and what as Mutable (flexible, and connective) receives its more refined product is represented by the Major players of Sun and Moon in Fixed Leo (Fixed and un-relentless Fire).

 

Find your place of shade and peer at the sun through well protected glasses…
The natural inclination when something is trying to hide your light (voice, will, fill in the blanks) is to stoke those fires even more. This generally out-pictures as reactionary defense. This shadow of passing will eclipse the light for its duration regardless of how you struggle to amplify your fires of re-action. Remain steady and as the shadow moves in place, look deeply and introspectively into what lay in the depths of your inner fire. And, offer up freely to this shadow what you wish to have it absorb from you that will encourage a greater clarity (and appreciation) of where the fiery tendrils of your Will need to be extended.

And, The Day After….

August 22.2017
Sun and Moon Transit into a Solar Month of Virgo (Mutable Earth)

This is the month to sort through, analyze and get all of your ducks in a row in the areas of Will and action (the Solar Principle) and Heart and emotion (The Lunar Principle). If you have emerged from the shadow of the Eclipse and did not allow its flares to overheat and agitate, you can make good use of this time to take a closer look at any rough surfaces and imperfections that can be refined and reshaped to be more closely in alignment with what your beliefs and values truly are. Think of a jeweler with magnifying eyepiece and forehead lamp, scrutinizing very carefully the rough stone that will become the gem of great worth with further polishing and refinement. You are that gem and the light of the Sun and your honest evaluation of all you are and who you wish to become are just waiting to be smoothed and polished.

A Visionary Full Moon and the Eclipses

Posted in Auspicious Days, Full Moon on August 7, 2017 by themagickalpen

August 7.2017
Full Moon in Aquarius
2:11 p.m. (EDT)

Lunar Eclipse
Peak of the Eclipse 2:20 (EDT)

The Moon waxed full today at 2:11p.m. in the Airy astrological sign of Aquarius. Additionally a lunar eclipse is in the works as the Moon passes behind the Earth in its orbit leaving earth center point between it and the Sun.

For most, today’s events pale in comparison to the hype surrounding the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse during the New Moon phase on August 21st. Nonetheless, you have to start at point A to reach point B. So, here we are cloaked in the fullness of a Moon that is visionary and strives towards the highest good for all.

Each Full Moon stands directly across (or in opposition to) from the the Solar month’s astrological sign. There is an organic tension that occurs between these signs of opposition, but there is also more similarity underpinning their true energy than is commonly noted.

In this case, we have the Sun’s strength found in Leo, the Lion; which is also the ruling astrological sign of the Sun. The pure force of leonine energy and its instinctual drive towards claiming its king(queen)ship is un-relentless in its intention-filled action towards that end goal. This is a Sun that is pure magnetism and the well-noted charismatic quality of astrological Leo shines fully in this highly individual pursuit of reigning supreme. This is a sign of Fire.

Now, here is the beauty of its opposing Moon in Aquarius. Aquarius possesses the vision and ability to see all paths leading to an intended goal and with the speed of light, process, analyze and sort the solution and the result- for the highest good of all. The needs of the individual are not the directive, and therefore there is no desire to achieve individual glory and power from what Aquarius sees as a narrow lens of perspective. This is a sign of Air; which either feeds the individuality of Leo and makes it all that more charismatic or extinguishes its power as objectivity reveals the pitfalls of that charismatic Leo ruler.

In the case of the Full Moon in Aquarius emotions make the third partner in a dance between Fiery (willful and active) Sun and Airy (head strong) Moon. The fullness of the Moon’s waters join Fire and Air, Will and Mind to align with the heart-scape; soothing and cooling what overheats of prideful action and non-attached thought.

The Partial Lunar Eclipse:

A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth as it is lit from behind by the Sun. The usual orbit of the Moon is just far enough off the Earth/Solar plane that the Moon makes its journey avoiding the shadow of the Earth casts.  The eclipse places the Sun directly behind the Earth as the Moon moves into the position within Earth’s shadow. This afternoon’s eclipse will be a Partial Eclipse meaning that the Moon passes through the an edge of the Earth’s shadow from 1:22pm to 3:18pm (EDT).  The refraction of light occurring from the filtering of earth’s atmosphere as light shines directly from the Sun behind the earth causes a natural progression of changing the moon’s coloring from the creamy white of a normal Full Moon to a reddish brown coloring of the moon as the eclipse event takes place. The Moon returns to its milky whiteness as She basks in the full shining of Sun upon her face.

For lots of great information about eclipses and, in particular this eclipse go to: mreclispse.com.  This site has everything you want to know about the astronomy of Solar and Lunar Eclipses.

If we consider the spiritual implications of the eclipse energy we are able to call upon the energies of Will (Sun), Manifestation and Foundation (Earth) and intuitive Heart (Moon). In the placement of the Lunar Eclipse, Earth receives the direct outpouring of the sun’s energy as its reflective back light of emanation towards the Moon’s surface. Divine Will (our Spiritual Sun) is brought to a place of manifest and practical use as we, as physical beings, are especially enlivened by its solar principle and dynamic of energy.

The reflection of this shadow of light emanates out towards the moon in her phase of fullness through the filter of Earth (and opportunity to bring it to manifestation). This refraction of sun’s light refines the matters of heart and quickens in a subtle yet profound way of application as it passes through the earth shadow of our form imbuing the Full Moon energy with the hidden resources of what lay at our inner sun’s core. Drawing this light shadow that holds the mysteries of our internal lunarscape into the intuitive waters that flow in the intermittent dimming (the frequency of the Lunar Eclipses) of its full potential provides the space of accessing those qualities that strengthen the aspects of our manifest nature that lay in the shadows and enliven these by emotional and intuitive insight so they may be used in a more practical manner as they are brought to the fullness of their potential. Who we are in the strength (Sun) of our manifest form (Moon) and the will we call forth empowers these deep waters of our intuitive nature (Moon).

Given the astrological signs that Sun and Moon are in, this eclipse and the addition of Earth’s energy creates a perfect quad of elemental energy:

Sun’s Fire in the Fire of Leo
Moon’s Waters reflected in the Air of Aquarius
Earth‘s manifest Being amplified as the center point of receipt

Fire and Water – Air and Earth; Will/Action –  Mind – Heart  received within the vessel of Manifest Earth…

all aligned and strengthened by the pure flow of energy and light of exchange! Pretty cool, huh!

And, of course all of this energy waning towards the New Moon and a Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st…

NASA has a really cool app and desktop version of a 3D simulation of the Total Solar Eclipse….

Welcome to Eyes on the 2017 Eclipse! In this interactive, 3D simulation of the total eclipse of August 21st, 2017, you can see a view of the eclipse from anywhere on the planet.

Click Here...Eyes on the 2017 Eclipse

I leave you with this meditative writing on this powerful day…

Mother Moon reached out Her hand
And cradled the the vessel of form
Soothing its unsettling changes.

Father Sun stretched fiery strands
Reaching deep into the vessel of form’s
Core reminding it that strength and
Light are its birth right.

The dance of tension between
Mother and Father
Sun and Moon
Will and Heart
Wove its energy
Around the form that
Contained all life.

When all was complete
And the waters of the Mother
Rippled from the breath of vision
A new blueprint was crafted
That affirmed the Divine gifts
That flowed through the Spirit
And lives of Earth…..

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