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Mercury Transit 2019 and Full Moon in Taurus: Knock! Knock! Who’s There?

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Mercury on November 11, 2019 by themagickalpen

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November 11.2019

Today (retrograde) Mercury will transit the Sun in a rare and auspicious event. We are also in the aura of a Full Moon in Taurus (Nov. 12 @ 8:34a.m. EST), giving this already powerful alignment even more potential for communication between the physical and spiritual nature of our being.

The Astrological Impact:

Mercury retrograde in Scorpio
Solar Month of Scorpio
Lunar Phase of the Full Moon in Taurus

The Mercury transit will occur over a 5.5 Hr. period, beginning at 7:34a.m. (EST) – peaking with the greatest contact at 10:34a.m.(EST) and having final contact around 1:04p.m.  (EST).

Read more here:

Space.com

Knock! Knock! Who’s There?

Mercury is the quintessential planet of communication and is of the mental (Airy) realm. It guides the flow, quality and depth of how interaction occurs at all levels and assists in formulating the construct of thoughts, blueprint of experience and what we think can be. How we process the world and our experience within it are directly influenced by Mercury’s potency, albeit often transparency as we tend to consider communication from the perspective of social dialogue. This is part of the equation, but the most effective communication occurs at multi-levels of expression-how we move and displace energy through that movement-the verbage left unsaid, yet thundering through our thoughts-a look, a glance and every visual moniker that offers expression of what cannot be said, and more – you get the picture.

The Sun has been moving through the astrological sign of Scorpio, intense, intuitive and holding the power to transform at deep levels if we allow the shedding of the Scorpion’s stinger and take on the winged aspirations of the Eagle and the final rendering down and re-creation of the Phoenix reborn (all symbols of Scorpio’s waters. The Sun is our strength of being, the Divine spark of our spiritual essence and the power we emanate as corporeal beings carrying the memory of our own Divinity as spiritual foundation. Wearing the mantle of Scorpion allows for growth that is palpable and transformative in a way that out-pictures in all of our expressions.

Mercury’s transit will amp up the level of communication in a way that opens the doorway to those aspects of ourselves that lay deeply hidden below the surface.A new network is now flooded with the strength of Solar light and the tempering of heat and fiery will to “become” How we choose to respond to what is gifted us and what we turn away from is entirely of our free will, but, what needs adjusting and closer inspection will be persistent and will “sting” in its efforts if we struggle and resist.

As if this were not enough, Lady Moon waxes Full in astrological and earthy Taurus with peak tomorrow. Taurus is of the Earth Element and is the embodiment of manifestation and stability (a sign of Fixed Modality) that provides the foundation for our expression as physical beings. The Full Moon wears this mantle lending boundary to the watery outpourings of gnosis and heart. Think-the boundaries of shoreline that provide container for the vastness and depths of ocean.

Putting it Together:

We stand at the doorway of opening to a greater expression of who we are-at all levels of our being. Mercury transits and moves between Sun (the generator that provides life, light and the fires of will) and Earth (manifest form and physical foundations). The Moon waxes and builds in preparing the vessel that will become the meeting place of dialogue between mind (Mercury) and will (Sun).

We knock on this doorway, seeking entry into a most sacred sanctuary of our inner being. A place that has been uninhabited for some time and now is ready to receive its guest seeking deeper understanding and knowledge of self. What we find beyond may not be what we wish to encounter, just relax and know that if you knock on these doors, and speak truly your identity they will be flung open wide, for they are of your creation.

Blessings of this auspicious opportunity!

Read More:

Mercury Retrograde
Full Moon in Taurus
Sun in Scorpio

Aries Full Moon-Lets Play

Posted in Astrology on October 13, 2019 by themagickalpen

October 13.2019
5:08p.m. (EDT)

We welcome the Aries Full Moon and the playful energy that can be harvested if we allow ourselves to partake of the mysteries and beauty of the Samhain season. There is power and strength as we prepare to honor the ancestors and our beloved departed and as we remember their lives, we can also appreciate the bounty and beauty of the life we now enjoy and for the moment allow cynicism and negativity to fall away. As we ride the crest of Mother Moon’s full bounty we can use this freedom to simply “be” and carry it into the deep recesses of our being to illuminate and inform how we move forward.

This full moon is one of Fire and holds the energy of beginnings in the Cardinal astrological sign of Aries. The opportunity for a fresh perspective unencumbered by pre-conceived notions abounds. Aries is the first of astrological signs and as such brings a youthful and certain naivete to all that it touches. Think back to the enthusiasm and limitless energy and visions you had as a young child. Nothing was unachievable. Nothing was impossible and everywhere offered a new adventure. All of this is what is needed desperately now, and using it as a tool to simply enjoy the catalyzing effects of fires newly begun can light the pathway of bringing a fresh start to anything you wish.

Some things you could allow to arise from this moon:

**Allowing yourself the gift of child-like wonder and applying it to something that has become tired and worrisome to you;

**Setting the intention of allowing the adventure of life to unfold and be guided by your deepest desires;

**Becoming the loving parent that kindles confidence and unconditional love to your younger self;

**Giving yourself permission to run and dance and sing in pure joy and freedom;

**Honoring that “play” is the opportunity to try out a new way of being, and to savor the “playful” energy that is continually reaching out to us to pull us from the lethargy of assumption.

So, in the glow of this Aries Full Moon, when you look up at the beauty and light that fills everything,call out to HER and issue the invitation…“Lets Play”

Read More:

Astrological Aries:
Birth Rite: The Sun in Aries

About Samhain:
The Wheel of the year-Samhain

A Countdown of All Things Samhain:
Index:30-Days of Samhain Index
Current Day:30-Days of Samhain

The Longest Day! The Deepest Healing…

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, capricorn, Jupiter, Magick, Neptune, Pisces, Pluto, Retrogrades, Sagittarius, Saturn, Solstice on June 20, 2019 by themagickalpen


Summer Solstice
11:54a.m. (EDT)

Waning Moon in Aquarius

Sun Transits into Astrological Cancer
11:54a.m. (EDT)

Neptune Retrograde in Astrological Pisces (d. Nov. 27th)
10:36a.m. (EDT)

Tomorrow morning we welcome the Summer Solstice and the longest day before light gives way to darkness. There is a lot going on with the solar transit into Cancer and a Neptune Retrograde that will remain through November 27th. The Moon wanes in astrological Aquarius and we are already in the throes of Jupiter (Sagittarius), Saturn (Capricorn) and Pluto (Capricorn) Retrogrades taking hold in April. Everybody wants in on the party and everyone wants to be the focus of attention. So, what to do with all of this palpable energy?

To begin with, just breathe! Take a load off and if you are able and the weather accommodates, spend some quality time outside tomorrow reveling in the light. Better yet, find a natural setting-beach, woods, mountains-and drink in the power and splendor of our world unadorned and embraceable and ready for the reciprocity of healing. Feeling better now? Okay, let’s get to the magick.

We have all of the elements represented in this line-up and the ability to connect these energies to align with the alchemical and elemental nature of our being. Saturn and Pluto have been hanging out in earthy Capricorn, ensuring that every step of the way has been carefully executed just as the goat navigates t he steepest of cliffs. Saturn naturally strives towards structure and a timestamp that is of no world’s making. Pluto heralds the death of what should be relegated to the past to serve s as the inspiration of the futures endeavors. This earthiness directly impacts our physical state of being and all that we relinquish in the transformation of rendering from the past, seeking the vision of the future while solidly anchored to a present that is instantaneously becoming the past that informs our future.

Jupiter and the Sun lend their own vision of Fire. Jupiter’s fire being the expansive quality that is the lighter fluid necessary for the flames to take hold and the control and contraction needed to maintain a product burning. The Sun moves of its own accord, in this case just stepping into the mantle of Cancer’s healing and homey waters. There is a natural soothing nature that occurs with the gentle warming of emotions (Cancer is ruled by the Moon) and intuitive gnosis vs. the full blaze onset that occurs with the Sun in any of its resonate Fire signs.

And, the Neptune Retrograde in its ruling sign of Pisces. For the time of the retrograde the tides will be still and the action that plays out will occur deep in the darkest and most hidden recesses of the emotional psyche. Compassion will be submerged and transformed to deepening discernment that comes only from love that has been drained of its original need to possess and is transformed into complete surrender to simply being. These are waters that have potential to heal.

The Lady of the Moon boasts the sliver of her waning as the aquarian airy nature of the cosmos flows through her streams of silvery hair. The vision is beautiful and powerful and the sense of the bigger picture and plan for the Universe is etched in the streams of moonlight.

The Longest Day! The Deepest Healing….

I would like to suggest that you take this day as a day for celebrating you and simply be in the warmth of the longest day with no concerns about what comes next. We’ve had that play out as a common theme for several months now and everyone is frayed and worn from the efforts. Even joyous events take their toll, so honor that as well. Access the peak of solar energy and the promise it holds for renewal and replenishment to draw into every cell of your being for use in whatever comes ahead.

So, here’s the metaphor and visual. Your favorite swimming spot. Sumer Solstice’ balmy heat as the light of the day’s sun slowly begins to give way. You reach out to grab onto the rope that has been your access to the cooling and deep waters below. And, just as the last of the day’s light colors the sky crimson, you swing out, let go and fall into deep and darkened waters. The water envelopes you like a soft shell ready to receive and cushion. The sun has almost fully set and the water is very dark and you feel the rushing of so many millions of tiny beads of water around you, you relax and allow yourself to sink as deeply as needed. These waters are exactly what was needed to cool and begin the healing of your body that was exposed for too long in the peak of this Solstice’ Sun. You reach the apex of depth and the ascent begins. No effort, just surrender to the natural physics of the dive and the rise. You reach the surface, breathe in the fresh air and swim to shore. Darkness surrounds you and the sign of renewal glistening in shiny droplets on your skin under the vision of Mother Moon’s waning sliver.

Tomorrow is another day, another opportunity. The day will be shortened ever so slightly, but this favorite place of diving deeply will be accessible. Time will stand still in this sacred space of your making and the tender and burned skin from the day prior will begin its healing.

Read More:

Neptune Retrograde
Lifting the Veil- Neptune Retrograde

Saturn Retrograde
Time to Clean House: Saturn Retrograde 2015

Pluto Retrograde
You’ve Been Served! Pluto Retrograde

Jupiter Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde-Expanding Spaciousness

Astrological:

Cancer
Take Me Home- The Sun in Cancer

Pisces
Sun in Pisces – Compassion Flows

Sagittarius
Sun in Sagittarius: Aim High, Breathe Deep and Just Let Go!

Capricorn
As Above, So Below- Sun in Capricorn

Aquarius
The Motherboard – Sun in Aquarius

The Full Moon of Spring’s Promise

Posted in Astrology, Equinoxes, Full Moon on March 19, 2019 by themagickalpen

March 20.2019
Full Moon in Libra and the Vernal Equinox
9:43p.m. (EDT)

This Spring Equinox holds the power of a Full Moon in astrological Libra, a sign of elemental Air and Cardinal modality. Mother Moon is shining brightly, radiant in her mantle as Spring Goddess and Mother Creatrix and in the beauty and harmony of astrological Libra. This energy holds the potential of being able to see not only the beauty that is held in the potential of Spring’s grace but also in the mantle and cloak that is presented. Whether it be the care and nurturance of the Mother or the youthful exuberance of the Maiden, life flows strong and abundantly this time of the year. The Equinox provides the pause to “smell the roses” that will be and to see the first shoots of what is pushing up through cold ground.

The time of the Vernal Equinox is represented as the Maiden Goddess moves and awakens the fertile energy of the green world’s seed of potential for enlivening. An Equinox occurs at the mid-point between Solstices and the space of equal day light and night. This can be used as the point of integration and synthesis of the work and effort offered beginning at teach of the Solstices.

The Vernal Equinox holds the product of renewal and the stirrings of the increasing state of awareness illuminated by the potential that is held within the fertile space of manifest form. We find the space of balance within ourselves and seek out the opportunity to shine that light more brightly as it has strengthened and we open to taking in more of the light that surrounds us.

Astrological Libra supports these efforts of seeking harmony and balance. Libra is concerned with the mental process, that identifies what is beauty and how that beauty translates in terms of what we consider to be balance. Not equality, but a more subtle and refined balance that occurs only when the mind (consciousness) allows the veil of illusion to be lifted and all can be discerned with clarity. Libra is of the Cardinal modality, which means that its primary directive is one of beginnings and “quick” starting if need be whatever is needed in the chain of process that produces new life.

The fullness of this moon’s grace sheds its light on the fertile soil of seedlings quickening. The harmony flows in what will take root and what is not viable, no matter ow beautiful in its visage. Remember that weeds, arise from this fertile soil, as well. Weeds, considered as the ugly harbingers that crowd out the beautiful flower and food. But, consider that without these weeds to activate the soil, and to bring our attention into actively nurturing what we wish to cultivate and grow, those tender, beautiful seedlings may wither from neglect.

For those who are so inclined, I suggest that you read through the article I posted on A Witch;s Sacred Journey and scroll through to the pathworking that concludes it. This will give you all that you need to know about how to most effectively use this Full Moon’s blessing on the first day of Spring’s light…

Happy Equinox…

The Maiden’s Breath

Read More About Libra:

Lean Back…Full Moon in Libra
The Magick of Libra

February’s Super Full Moon-Pulling at the Tides

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon on February 19, 2019 by themagickalpen

February 19.2019
10:54a.m. (EST)

Super Full Moon in Virgo

 

This morning the moon waxes Full in the astrological sign of Virgo, and holds the auspicious designation of being a “Supermoon”. Virgo is of the earth energy and as a Mutable Modality, that structure and strength of manifest strivings out-picture as analytical scrutiny and filter of whatever comes into the purview of Virgo’s application. In this case, the watery depths of emotion’s gate-Mother Moon in her glorious fullness-receives the potent restraints and filters of earth’s shorelines.

Additionally, this moon is a “Supermoon”. A supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth and in this case when Full it appears (to the naked eye) slightly larger and its effects on the tides is felt more significantly particularly, 2-4 days after the Full Moon occurrence.

On my way into work this morning (still dark) I came out of my house to greet a beautiful, bright and huge moon that remained along my route to work. It was a surreal moment of almost feeling as though I was able to drive straight into the Moon herself. This image alone, pulled at my emotions and a welling up of response from the beauty, sheer mass and radiance of this celestial body reminded me of my place in the cosmos and the privilege of seeing such a sight.

Read here about the astronomy of a Supermoon:
EarthSky: World’s Biggest Supermoon February 19th

 

Althought eh emphasis is on the brightness and light of the Full Moon there is the antithesis to this that lay more occultly cloaked as the Black Sun that polarizes this Full Bright Moon. The Black Sun has many things assigned to its use, qualities and meanings, but in this case I am calling on its energy to stand as the counter weight – Sun and Moon in constant dance with one another – as feminine and masculine, form and force – play out their dynamics.

Add to this a polarity of Light to what lay in the darkness (the Moon has no natural light of its own) and Darkness of what blazing in the light of Sun’s grace. And, the time is ripe for Virgo to weave the magick of sorting through what can be drawn together, refined and ultimately remade and readied for manifest expression. This Moon’s potential lay in refining and enhancing what and how we feel.

Pulling at the Tides

I propose that we dive deeper into the waters that lay hidden beneath this full moon of light. The resultant pulling on the tides of the waters we hold within and our floodgates of heart and intuitive gnosis have the opportunity for a clearing away and filtering of what will provide the composting of wisdom that lay within the Light of the Sun and its dark reflection on a Moon of potential.

How To:

The recording is approximately 30 minutes, Be sure to select a space where you will not be disturbed. Headphones will make the experience more personal. Have your space dark and have some water and a small snack, chocolate or coffee to ground following.

Access the pathworking (on bandcamp) here:
Into the Black Sun of Moonlight

Many blessings on your journey…R

Read More About Virgo:

Let Me Break It Down: Sun in Virgo
The Magick of Virgo
Analyze This! Full Moon in Virgo

4th Qrt Moon in Scorpio-Descent

Posted in Astrology, Bonus Posts, pathworking, Scorpio on January 28, 2019 by themagickalpen


January 28.2019

I chose to wait for today to post, rather than join in the plethora of posting regarding the recent Super Full Moon. Today the Moon wanes in 4th Qrt. and astrological Scorpio is ever present in the world’s affairs. Scorpio promises an opening of your senses, both psychic and physical, but you must first be willing to surrender to those darker waters and descend into a realm of complexity and mystery. This, of course is only one aspect of the trinity of Scorpio’s assignations- the Scorpion (much darker and unpredictable)- the Eagle (more selective and discerning in its energy) and the Phoenix (the rendering of resistance and the blazing energy that heals and conquers).

What I have chosen for today is the much darker aspect, the space of allowing yourself to surrender and dissolve into the darkness of your nature, so that healing and reconciliation may begin, rendering you empowered and strengthened in the Light of your being. I am proposing that you engage all of your senses in this exploration and release all expectations of what you will find on thus journey of descent into the core of your being.

Lady Moon is donning the mantle of her 4th/Last Qrt. phase. A time of release and rest. A time of gathering all that will be needed to actualize and fulfill her promise of burgeoning brightness when next she dons her cloak of Newness. We too are in the midst of this cycle. And, we as children of this Divine presence are capable of biding our time; pulling the darkness closer around and trusting that the Light that we are infused with will blossom into the path of productivity and hope we desire.

I am offering you two pathworkings to begin this work. One, which provides the keys towards your descent into becoming the fertile darkness that holds the mystery of renewed and regenerated life. And, the second is one of rekindling the spark and allowing the space of hope and healing to become the synthesized YOU ready to begin anew at the next New Moon. May your journey be full and enriching and may what you create from those efforts inform all of your actions….

Access the pathworkings on Bandcamp…
Teachings on the Path with Robin

 

Descent
A pathworking of surrender

And, to allow the Healing and Synthesis to Begin:

Rekindling Hope

A Pathworking of Renewal and Healing

 

To read more about astrological Scorpio:

Sun in Scorpio: Open the Flood Gates and Lift the Veils

 

 

New Moon in Capricorn-Take it Slow

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, capricorn, Eclipses, New Moon, Uranus on January 5, 2019 by themagickalpen


January 5.2019
8:28p.m. (EST)

Partial Solar Eclipse
8:41p.m. (EST)

We stand in the shadow of a New Moon in earthy astrological Capricorn, fired in the backdraft of Uranus stationing direct on January 2nd. New Moons flow abundantly in the potential of what can be. We have the additional support of the Solar Month cloaked in the strength of Capricorn; the energies of Mother Moon and Father Sun holding the power and cardinal energy of scaling the heights as you plunge into the depths (the Sea-Goat of Capricorn).

Uranus is a planet of electrical impulse. It is the higher amplification of Mercury’s communicative style. Mercury aligns as the phone’s switchboard and Uranus is the motherboard of a computer that is instantaneous and lightning speed in relay. When this planet stations retrograde, the build up of neuro-electric energy is palpable. People become short tempered and irritable as information pulses through at speeds that are not easily traversed. So, this New Moon is directly in the line of Uranian energy that provides the backdraft to light things up as new trails are blazed.

Capricorn’s energy is one of slow and precise placement. As an earth sign, this lends a heavier action to all that proceeds from this Sea-Goat’s movement. The tendency is often to remain solidly anchored in place’ hesitant and unsure of the footing, despite having the innate and organic balance and stability much like the goat traversing a very steep slope.

Partial Solar Eclipse

In the waxing light of the New Moon, a partial Solar Eclipse is underway at 8:41p.m.

In the dance Divine, the Sun and Moon line up (see diagram) with the Moon passing through Earth and Sun. We have a triad of earth energy flowing. Fire (Sun) of Earth (Capricorn)- Water (Moon) of Earth (Capricorn) and Earth of EARTH (our planetary home).

What a grounded way to launch the first New Moon of 2019! This night will launch beginnings that are solid and filled with the power of manifest form. This night will gather the enlivening of the Sun-flowing into the healing of the Moon as we stand in bounty of Earth and all of her glory. Take it slow and ease into what you wish to bring into fullness as the Moon waxes Full in Leo on January 21st…

Many blessings in this New Year!

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