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Hidden Equilateral Refinement! The Autumnal Equinox

Posted in Astrology, Equinoxes, Libra, Lunar, New Moon on September 20, 2017 by themagickalpen

September 20.2017
New Moon in Virgo
1:30a.m.

September 22.2017

Fall Equinox
Sun Transits into Solar Month of Libra
4:02 p.m. (EDT)

Waxing Moon in Scorpio
1:40 p.m. (EDT)

The Moon began its waxing journey at 1:30a.m. (EDT) this morning, in the astrological sign of earthy Virgo. This New Moon heralds the Autumnal Equinox and a solar month that offers the wisdom of seeking balance and harmony, having come from the analytical breaking down of Virgo and reaching towards its future of Scorpio’s intensity.

Every New Moon resets the stage for what hopes, dreams, intentions and more that we wish to give a rebirthing energy. Essentially 12/13 moons of first quickening potential and reawakening to what that potential may be. Every effort that is put into this burgeoning phase is not wasted. Which also means that we have choice of being pulled along by the gathering force of stream or being proactive in where we choose to set our course.

Because of the cycles and natural rhythm of these events, our New Moon is in the last degrees of Virgo, rather than the usually anticipated same moon sign as solar sign. This also means that we can make use of the most developed of Virgo’s analytical skills and the first primings of Libra’s scales as the New Moon transits into the sign of its soon to be solar companion (at the Equinox on the 22nd), Libra at 6:06a.m., just a few hours later.

The Natural Order

The Equinox is noted as a time of (almost) equal day and night. In the cycle of annular time; the Equinoxes occur twice as do the Solstices. Four points in a given year where the laws of cause and effect, rhythm and polarity play out.

The Winter and Summer Solstices tip the scales in the burgeoning of increased light (Winter) and the necessary effect of rescaling with the expansion of darkness (Summer). The Equinoxes provide the point of active equilibrium mid-point between the weighing pans of the scales as the arm moves towards its final outcome of increased light or increased darkness. There has to be that point of transition and proof the scales have been calibrated to precisely measure what is placed on the pans.

In this case, the Autumnal Equinox is the opportunity to calibrate your own units of measure regarding how you will make use of the increasing darkness that was the product of June’s Summer Solstice. The weight has reached its mid-point and with the boost of Solar Libra, we can make use of the solar strength and electromagnetic charge to attract what we wish to contribute to our internal call towards balance. With the proximity of the New Moon energy and its final checks and balances (Virgo), we can choose where and what we wish to refine and re-define.

And, on the date of the Equinox, the Moon will have moved into the astrological sign of Scorpio. Scorpio navigates three worlds of expression – that of the Scorpion, hidden and cloaked until provoked. Soaring above as the Eagle, keen-sighted and precise in obtaining the smallest of prey. And, that of the mythological Phoenix; rendering itself to ashes so that a more powerful and radiant bird may be reborn with each iteration.

Let’s break it down a bit more. The Scorpion is primal instinct that is cloaked in the comfort of darkness. The Eagle rises from this primal darkness and, still maintaining its primal instinct also employs a masterful level of discernment, in being able to see clearly what lay below and what will serve to feed its survival.  The Phoenix transmutes and moves through the darkened ash to bring forth the brilliant light of its flames. These occult (hidden) energies flow through the Moon’s waters as the Equinox provides the transition of active equality of all levels of Scorpio’s intensity. Which of these emerges as the dominant, is up to you.

What weighs heavy on the scales of Light!

The three outer planets are currently retrograde, being the furthest away and thus the slowest to travel a complete circuit of orbital return. These three are also traditionally mapped as the higher vibrations of the personal planets (also Elder Seven, if you include the Luminaries of Sun and Moon):

Uranus = Mercury/Neptune = Venus/Pluto = Mars

Uranus Retrograde in Aries
Direct Jan. 2018

Uranus is the higher vibration of Mercury, the communication master. With Uranian energy that Mercurial gift transforms into pure electrical impulse and directly affects the nervous system at a physiological level. This retrograde energy is focused intention of amping up your sensitivity at both the overt and subtle levels. Additionally, wearing the mantle of fiery Aries first striking of the match, impulse control, agitation and re-action versus response are feeding very nicely from this pairing. Temperance is the cooling balm. Pausing and taking time to gather all the energetic sparks into a useable and suitable movement towards action will assist the scales of Libra’s mental processes to stabilize and dole out the correct measure of your revved up response.

We still have several months to go before the intensity of Uranus lets up. It will be the harbinger of change for the upcoming New Year and we can use that energy to open up pathways of communication and expression that would otherwise lay dormant. Just as technology advances (a Uranian tool) and our choices are becoming fewer regarding not making use of it, the technological upgrade we are receiving as evolutionary growth and spiritual change will continue to advance regardless of our active engagement in the process.  Temperance provides the precise amount of allowing the circuitry to open and receive the outpourings and allowing for time to “reboot” for integration.

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces
Direct on Nov. 22

Neptune is the higher vibration of Venus, whose refined manner seeks the harmonious “natural order” to flow. Neptune is also the planetary ruler of Pisces, the sign of well-honed compassion, understanding and heart. Where Uranus has been short-circuiting, Neptune has provided both the healing waters and the watery conduit that supports an even larger flare-up. Think exposed wire (Uranus) placed in water (Neptune)! Additionally, the dual impact of these watery energies (Pisces and Neptune) can muddy the waters making it extremely difficult to find the true sight of what lurks below the deepest depths of your personal emotions. The effect can be one of feeling as though you are drowning, held inert and weighed down by feelings and reflections of goals and philosophies that now appear hazy in what their worth is to your well-being. Breathe through this. Yeah, I know the caution is that we, as humans are unable to breathe under water. But we, as divine Beings are able to inhale what is needed to sustain from the healing waters of our own dark abyss. Remember that within the darkest of the ocean’s waters, bioluminescent life glows beautifully!

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn
Direct September 28

Pluto is the higher vibration of Mars, the wielder of active engagement. The armor of Capricorn’s earthy anchoring holds steady and protected the manifest form. Capricorn, the fables sea-goat who is sure footed on the steepest of terrains as well as navigating the depths of waters below, provides Pluto with the tools to claim its power as a manifest being and with Mar’s energy of asserting itself actively, to navigate the rough terrain that would otherwise make unsteady the ability to speak and seek your truths and values. Pluto holds in its domain the gifts of the past, knowledge of the potential of the future as the present remains the mid-point of current expression. The trick is claiming that perspective and calling up some of the Mars energy held within Pluto as you assert/insert yourself into being actively engaged in your life’s journey- past-present and future. Move with Confidence, assured that you will not fall. You may falter but recovery of the inner balance that you possess, will right you if you allow it.

So, during this Solar Month of counter weigh and balance, be Temperate in what you place on the scales. Move with Confidence, release your added weight of perceived outcome and just Breathe into the final measure of what can “be”.

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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.

Intention! Intention!Intention!

Posted in Astrology, Full Moon on June 8, 2017 by themagickalpen

What’s Retrograde-What’s Standing Still-What’s Hovering Intently? And, Then There’s the Full Moon!Full Moon in Sagittarius
June 9.2017
9:10a.m.

Sun in Gemini

The moon waxes Full in the astrological sign of Sagittarius in the morning of June 9th. And, these past few months have crowded in shifting and stirring everyone at all levels of being. It would be easy to blame politics, but there is more than that causing unease than that. This has been a year of redefining beliefs, actions and what we found as our true source of courage, faith and strength.

Each month and the turing of the Great Astrological Wheel has brought challenges as well as gifts and perhaps, because of politics and the general uncertainty in the world, we have been called to stand more securely in who we are and what we believe.

The status quo is no longer good enough and we must call upon the deep reserves that are not always our usual “go to” as we reveal more about ourselves. Retrograde planets serve up a potent dose of focused energy that can booster us energetically and sustain with lasting effects. Additionally, this Full Moon in Sagittarius allows for us to connect and network within our communities and beyond.

The opposition of astrological signs that occurs between Sun and Moon when waxing Full can, in this case, be the tension of the arrow pulling back before launch. Sun in Gemini lights the way for communication and dialogue and Moon in Sagittarius, sets the course and aims the fiery arrows of outreach bourne on communication’s wings.

Retrograde Planets:

Saturn in astrological Sagittarius
Pluto in astrological Capricorn

And, for a hot mili-second- Jupiter finishes its last stretch and reach as it stations direct today. Jupiter has been reaching to the extremes of everything during its retrograde hiatus that began February 5th. The natural contractive efforts of Jupiter have been particularly intense, strong as labor pains and what is now ready to be birthed as this planet of growth moves forward is entirely up to you!

What’s Up with the remaining Retrogrades?

Structure and order (Saturn) that reaches back into past experiences (Pluto)…

And,with the overlay of their astrological garb, Saturn‘s Libra influence is an order that struggles with balance and harmony. Libra strives towards an ease of perfection that results in beautiful collaboration. At a mental level-Libra is Cardinal Air-it presents in structuring and organizing-at all cost-our mental creations and pursuits.

Pluto in astrological Capricorn is going to dig deeply into what we buried of our past and refuse to acknowledge as the anchor and foundation that has made us who we are in the present. Pluto’s craft is one of release and transcending . Capricorn aids with that pursuit as the earthy platform from which you can safely reach deep into the past and move forward with assurity towards the future.

Putting It All Together..

This Full Moon use the flexibility of Jupiter’s movement as your bow. Allow your light and strength to become the dialogue between you and become the extension of the arrow of will and action you wish to launch as you seek new connections.

Mother Moon offers her light and in that fullness the flame of what you truly desire and seek will light the way.

Aim precisely, as you let go of an arrow that will flow through the Gates of Time, order and structure. They will remain open for you.

The arrow arcs high and as it reaches the pinnacle of its mark it gently arcs downward, piercing through the past and plunging deeply into what will arise as your new anchor of foundation.

Blessings on this Full Moon..

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New Moon in Taurus-Calling the Four Holy Creatures

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Esbat, New Moon on April 26, 2017 by themagickalpen


April 26.2017
New Moon in Taurus
8:16am.

Sun in Taurus

 The Moon began its waxing journey New this morning a 8:16am (EDT) in the astrological sign of earthy Taurus, The Bull. Beyond the usual astrological attributions of Taurus, a deeper meaning and energy of Taurus can be accessed as one of the Four Holy Creatures.

Read More about the gifts of astrological Taurus:
A Fiercely Beating Heart: The Sun in Taurus

The Four Holy Creatures

The Four Holy Creatures are the expression of those parts of self that live in corporeal form, yet remain always as points of connection and aspiration towards our Divine nature. Those parts of our being that align with the elements, both in their alchemical and metaphysical states form the cross points within and from which we engage the process of evolving and reaching beyond our physical form and consciousness.
These Fixed signs of the astrological Great Wheel represent sustainability, longevity and permanence; each of the four holding the blueprint of one of the elements:

Taurus- The Bull/Earth
Leo- The Lion/Fire
Scorpio- The Scorpion:EAGLE:Phoenix/Water
Aquarius- The Water-Bearer (Human)/Air

In their evolved states, as the Four Holy Creatures, they encompass the necessary foundations and components to produce Form (manifest life) from that which is Form-less (Spirit).
In their designation as the Four Holy Creatures, each is winged, denoting elevation or an arising of their core energies to a state of higher awareness and use. They are represented as:

The Four Holy Creatures
Ox/Bull Lion Eagle Man
Strength Courage Swiftness Intelligence
Patience Nobility Aspiration Devotion

We could think of these energies in this way:

In It’s Mundane State….

Taurus, the Bull represents the strength, fecundity and anchoring of an animal that is large and sturdy in its presence. It will charge if provoked, and is ruled by its instinctual needs for survival.

The Winged Bull has now taken those instinctual directives and elevated them to be used in the building and anchoring of the Spirit. We tend to cast aside what we consider to be our “baser” nature as a human when on the quest for spiritual growth, which, given that we have chosen corporeal, human (animal) form is another way we disconnect and see our spiritual nature as being something separate from our physical drives. Each are vital to the whole of the experience we have chosen this lifetime and cultivating the higher forms of what serves our survival in this realm will allow the manifestation of survival in the realms of Spirit.

In It’s Mundane State….

Leo, the Lion represents courage and responsibility for its community. The Lion is a fierce hunter and even fiercer guardian of its pride and lands. It commands attention and the bellow of its roar speaks of its dominion as a predator.

The Winged Lion commands its place as master of its spiritual nature; having gained mastery over predicating what no longer serves and weakens the needs of the collective. This energy is one of claiming, through effort and skill, the Divine Kingship that is our birthright. These are the Spiritual Fires that electrify and magnetized all that we are as human and Divine.

In It’s Mundane State….

Scorpio, as the Scorpion is its most traditional assignation. The creature that lurks below and issues a deadly sting if disturbed; and at times, stinging itself in the process. Scorpio is the only astrological sign that overtly has 2 other levels of expression. The second being the Eagle.

The Eagle, as one of the Holy Creatures, offers the space of keen awareness of all that has transpired in the efforts to reach the heights finally achieved through hard work and laying bare all that would keep us below the surface. The Eagle soars on the currents of water that is breath and air itself and the elevation and lifting of the Spirit that results from this freedom to move, unsupported or tethered to earth, reminds us of the true lightness of our Being.

In It’s Mundane State….

Aquarius, the Water-Bearer represents the flow of mind poured out in a continued stream of return back to its source of acquisition. Aquarius is often mistaken as a water sign , because of those flowing waters, but the true mystery lay not in the waters, but in the empty and air-filled space of the vessel. This is the container of potential and much like the flow of thoughts and ideas, they must be routinely shared and communicated so that space is created for others.

The Winged Man is the reconciliation of conscious awareness of our Divine potential and nature. Many have heard the phrase that we are “Divine Beings having a Human Experience”, but, try as we might we often forget how profound that statement truly is. More importantly we fail to acknowledge its correctness at all levels of our being. The Winged Man (aka. The perfected Man) is one who walks in all of the worlds give more credit to neither the Spiritual or Physical form he/she holds because the consciousness of gnosis has been achieved and both are at once a tiny drop in the cosmic sea and the sea itself.

These images of the Four Holy Creatures of spiritual perfection are held in the aethers; accessible yet easily transparent in their energies unless conscious awareness and action is taken towards clarifying their purpose. Taken as a whole, each a polarity and resonance of the other, it is fitting that these Four Holy Creatures also represent the Ages of Humanity. For Humanity, as a collective whole itself , must transit through the elements of evolution before coming full cycle back to the primordial place of its collective creation.

Now at this time of the New Moon in Taurus, I call to the strength and awareness of manifest and physical form. The Bull, that guards and protects and holds strongly anchored in who and what it is. I call to the energy of allowing what is steeped in instinctual and physical response to become a creature of elevated form and nature. This is the aspiration of what is driven by the desire to survive that lifts that desire to the space of manifesting and individual who is instinctually attuned to the Divine and moves in accord with a higher purpose. And in this calling al of the Holy Creatures shall answer for their nature is one of wholeness…

Entering the Temple of the Moon

Please enjoy this special live recording of our work in the Temple of the Moon last night as part of the Under the Veil of Night:Lunar Magick series. We called to the Four Holy Creatures to enliven our new beginnings and offered in return the light of our awakening. Click below…

New Moon in Taurus
(a) Calling to the Four Holy Creatures

How To:
Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed (and would be able to move a bit). If you wish to set up an altar, do so in whatever style is aligned with your practice; a simple white candle will suffice, as well. And, when you are ready and have settled in, take a few deep breaths and begin the recording. 

Blessings on your Work…Robin

Harmony of the Creative Mind-Full Moon in Libra

Posted in Astrology, Full Moon, Jupiter, Libra, Mercury, pathworking, Retrogrades on April 10, 2017 by themagickalpen


April 11.2017
Full Moon in Libra
2:08a.m.

In the early hours of the morning tomorrow, the Moon will wax full in the airy sign of Libra. Libra bears the gift of the cardinal/quickening modality and as an air/mental sign what blossoms are the seed thoughts that can be woven with will and desire in all efforts of creation.

Libra is known typically as the astrological sign of harmony (at all costs), beauty and refinement. Its ruling planet is Venus and so harmony of relationships is naturally interwoven into the expectations of Libra’s outpouring. Being of the Air element, these foci are ones of concept, rather than action (Fire), heart (Water) or physical (Earth) endeavors.

Now, let’s scale back the stereotypical attributions and think more clearly on what the definition of “beauty” and those scales of balance, that are the symbols of Libra, can become. We know the saying that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and no where does this hold more true than in the endeavors of Libra. The natural strivings towards harmony achieved by the weighing of all possible outcomes is held most often not in the idealized image of beauty but the state of refinement and clarity that is achieved when all is working harmoniously-that is truly a beautiful thing. Balance, particulalry when we have the image of scales, typically is perceived of as equality. Each scale in perfect balance with the other and a center line of equilibrium achieved!

But, balance is most productive when discernment and selectivity are in play. In every equation there will be times when something must be more than (weigh in heavier) than its opposing directive. And, as the scales begin to tip too heavily and what was originally dominant becomes overly exerted, the other must rise up, take hold and bring “balance” to what is no longer on point. If, at anytime during this process, both equally exert the same amount of force, inertia set’s in and what may appear to be blissful, soon runs its course and nothing new can be created. So, Libra’s scales that refine and calibrate to create the most harmonious state of mind that sees the beauty held in everything.

From that realization of beauty’s many visions, the potential for creation from a mind that is able to envision, weigh and refine what its wishes to bring into manifestation, exponentially becomes more powerful and ultimately more palpable.

This Full Moon, with the assistance of some creative allies holds the potential for beginning the work of drawing from the mind, applying the law of vibration through envisioning and recording that vision, and seeing with clarity the codifying of what is a viable product for manifestation.

Allies and Such

Venus, the planetary ruler of Libra has been retrograde since March 4 and is gearing up to loosen the intensity and station direct on April 15th. This retrograde has heightened the emotional responses and the seeking for justice and refinement of the status quo. Currently, Venus is in the watery sign of Pisces. So that beauty and justice sought after is laden with compassion and idealism regrading how this may be achieved.

Applying this intensity to the Libra basking in the full waters of emotive heart can enable heart and mind working together as the creative merging flows.

Additionally, Mercury stationed retrograde yesterday, April 9th. Mercury is the planetary ruler of Gemini, part of the Libran, Aquarius and Gemini triad of mental process and breath. Mercury is in the astrological sign of Taurus, giving an earthiness and rooting in of its communicative style. Here we have the ability to communicate (through Mercury’s gifts) what it is that we are called to create as Libra’s scales weigh and measure as each idea is created anew.

Jupiter has been retrograde since the early part of February and is currently in the astrological sign of Libra. Partner up with the expansive flexibility of Jupiter and create “big”. Now is not the time to limit your potential. Instead, allow this energy to blossom and expand in a flexible way and the ebb and flow that is the natural expansive and contractive nature of Jupiter will aid the process of bringing into balance all the components necessary for a “beautiful” outcome.

The Book of Creative Mind

The Book of Creative Mind is a pathworking I wrote many years ago and have used and shared many times since. this Full Moon is the perfect opportunity to begin your book; light up what you want to create and realize the power of creation contained within each of us. Once you have experienced the beauty of your mind’s creation and the heart-felt strength generated you will know the true meaning of balance and beauty.

Blessings of this Full Moon!

Click here for the pathworking….
The Book of Creative Mind

 

Reset-Firing Up New Beginnings! New Moon in Aries

Posted in Astrology, New Moon, Solar, The Temple of the Sun on March 27, 2017 by themagickalpen


March 27.2017
New Moon in Aries
10:57p.m.

Sun in Aries

The moon waxes New later today in the cardinal sign of Aries. Aries is the first sign of the Great Wheel and brings with it Cardinal (catalyzing and initiating) energy that is filled with the potential for enthusiasm and optimism. Two things that we are sorely in need of.

I know for many of us the weight of politics, philosophies, daily expectations and the effort required to bring all of these things in accord with your spiritual nature and practices has left us feeling worn out and depleted. This new moon offers the respite and renewal to reset and reclaim the catalyzing fires that inspire us to action and movement.

Urging You to Start Your Engines and Drive It Home for Change

In fact, we have the bolstering of 5 (Five, the number of change and pushing through the status quo)
that are in the astrological sign of Aries:

Sun
Moon
Mercury
Venus (Retrograde)
Uranus

Think of it this way:

Father Sun stands central, the place of magnetic and communal Spirit
And, on four pillars square sit:

Mother Moon – ready to push the young hatchling out of the nest, knowing that instinct will take hold and the action of flying will begin.

Mercury – talkative and the director of global communication that heats up the incentives and generates the necessary buy-in for active and collaborative engagement.

Venus – stretches and reaches; it’s impact hyper-focused and dynamic in wanting to stir up passion for what will be refined and honed in balanced form and essence. Note: Venus has been retrograde since Mar. 4th and will remain so until April 15th. This creates a very focused and intense ability to peel away what has become lackluster and revel in the fresh start of newly charged passion for whatever sights are set upon. Relationships-of all manner-not simply human are ready to be seen from a new perspective that is not jaded by “what has been” and ready to re-write “what will become”.

Uranus – the hot-wire that sends enough power, charge and motivation to ensure that a circuit of action, will and communal inspiration will be magnetically charged as the wheels of Father Sun revolve and we start our engines towards change.

A Journey Through the Solar Year

A project that I began in 2015 was once of attunement to the Solar Year and exploration of each Sun’s transit through the astrological signs:

The Temple of the Sun


I offer this suggestion now as a new beginning and a reset for your Spirit. We have changeable times ahead and we are not only subject to the energies of our mundane experiences and the life on this planet. Cosmically, we are continually responding to planetary and astrological energy that reaches deeply into who and what we are at the level of our natal blueprint.

Although, our natal chart highlights the heavens at the exact moment we were born, the beauty is that nothing is set in stone. I always tell my students to think of their charts as holding the pre-dispositions for specific archetypical energy, and those “suggestions” are subject to change and re-writing as we formulate our will to become.

So, with these thoughts in mind, perhaps you will find just what you need in the gifts of a changeable Solar Year.

Full Moon in Leo and Lunar Eclipse:Receptive Ground

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon, pathworking, Retrogrades on February 9, 2017 by themagickalpen
wednesday-moon
Image: Holly Sierra

February 10.2017
Full Moon in Leo
7:33p.m. (EST)

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
5:34p.m. (EST)

Sun in Aquarius

Tomorrow evening the Moon waxes full in the astrological sign of Leo. We remain in the solar month of Aquarius and the earth will cast its shadow on the Moon in the first eclipse of 2017. This auspicious event is considered a penumbral eclipse which occurs when the outer (or penumbral) shadow of the Earth blocks part but not all of the Sun’s rays from reaching the Moon. And, in terms of the cosmic line-up, Earth stands midpoint as the Moon travels behind and the Sun is in front.

Apart from the astronomical/astrological import, the spiritual nature and metaphysical overlays of these archetypal energies can be accessed most effectively in aligning Strength and Will to Action (Sun) – Manifest Form (Earth) – and, Intuitive Flexibility (Moon). If we take this approach to the work at hand, we become the midpoint as earthy representative and call into ourselves the polarized aspects of Father(Sun) and Mother (Moon); Aquarius (Air/Mind and Vision) and Leo (Fire/Will and Guardianship).

If we choose to be the central conduit for these palpable energies, we are making conscious decision to open to the strength we have as human/manifest which is very much earth like in our composition and to take in waters of healing that are heated from a fire that burns brightly and magnetically. This is the Leo Moon heating the waters that lay without creative catalyzing and although healing and intuitive sight may arise, the process lacks the flame of spark that will set the waters in agitation (think boiling water) and make ready the space for new life to begin. And, for many of us, given the start of this 2017 year and the uncertainty and imposing change that is at each turn, claiming our place as catalyzers of birthing waters that are heated by the fierce and protective action of Leo’s will is a good place to begin the work of standing strong.

The Solar impetus to be  received is that of broad vision and electrical charge that moves at the speed of  cosmic light; inspiring and informing all that lay in its path. This is a Sun that strengthens and lights up the neurons and neurological pathways that produce the blueprint and ideologies of pure thought. Aquarius occupies its intention with the greater good for all, and although the individual is frequently left out of the equation, the outcome is one of future potential. Having reached the mid-point of a Solar month in a sign of inspired vision is a gift of clarity. Being able to synthesize and stabilize (this is the action of the Fixed signs) our will towards Highest Expression while being mindful of the impact for all concerned, amps up the charge of what we are compelled towards, rather than what we randomly are agitated and unproductively stimulated by.

We also have the additional and rare event of Comet 45p coming very near to earth. Icy particles, gasses and dust comprising the stuff of the solar system light the sky as trails of what is burnt off are dispersed throughout. This is the lesson of action requiring disruption and the necessary fall-out that may occur as a by-product as the path is pursued and the course is scripted whatever it “will be”.

Jupiter is Retrograde

Adding some expansive energy to the cosmic recipe,  the planet, Jupiter stationed retrograde on the 5/6th of this month.  Jupiter is wearing the mantle of Cardinal Air, Libra, so the nature of this expansive introspection is one of seeking refinement of what is balanced and harmonious. The mental aspect of this energy will play out in the areas of what you “perceive” to be in balance with what is reality and where you draw inspiration to cull away what is not in accord.

Jupiter gives pause to allow us to inhale the dynamic energies of Sun and Moon. Think of an hourglass. Each end is expansive in fanning out as base for whatever comes into it. But at the center point all is contracted and narrowed to allow the precise amount of flow in a timely fashion that is regulated by the diameter of opening. What we pull in from our outer experience/world is filtered/regulated by the space of receptivity we allow and what passes through is breathed out to fill all that is (the widened base of) our inner state of being. Jupiter is both the ebb and the flow; and in the astrological sign of Cardinal (initializing energy) Libra, each is important for a specific outcome; and each will ultimately be lesser and/or more on the scales in accord to what is needed for the most refined product. The goal being one of organized existence that can flex and expand regardless of the extent of chaos that naturally exerts its force.

Receptive Ground
The opportunity at this lunation is one of becoming the receptive ground that coalesces and anchors into itself the lights of Higher Purpose (Solar Aquarius) and Healing Quickening (Lunar Leo). And, from the fixed (and focused) nature of Mind and Will, manifest form aligns with awareness that stewardship and the power of our planet is also the measure of our Great Work of stewardship and the power of our corporeal form.

Please enjoy an audio pathworking that may be used as catalyst for sustaining the work of this auspicious day:

Receptive Ground

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