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Keeping It Real! Full Moon in Taurus

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Esbat, Full Moon, Lunar, Magick on October 27, 2015 by themagickalpen

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October 27.2015
Full Moon in Taurus
8:05am (EDT)

Sun in Scorpio

The moon waxes full in the astrological sign of Taurus this morning bringing an opportunity to explore what grounds us as the waters run deep and passionately. Taurus is an Earth sign of the Fixed Modality. Earth provides stability and a place from which to grow, inclusive of all that is physical and manifest in quality.  The Fixed Modality provides an energy of structure, being able to synthesize what seeks to contribute more of its energy and drawing that into a space that can transform and make more useable the by product as it flows out to a more flexible state. The symbol of the Bull is associated with Taurus and that selection alone gives rise to understanding of how strong this foundation can be.

Taurus is the strength that stands its ground secure in the sheer power it knows it can exert in holding steady whatever its focus may be. Apply this to the lunarscape of emotions and you have the recipe for staying the course and a certain predictability of response.  It is for this reason that workings using the energy of a Taurus Moon benefit the most when they involve a shoring up of what we consider out foundations of heart to be.

You know the proverbial image of the bull in the china shop reeking havoc on the delicate collectibles? I like to think f this scenario not so much as a representation of the awkwardness and lack of grace held in an animal that is far too large and solidly built to be in such refined spaces; but rather as an idea of how strength and girth carves out new boundaries for its impact when inhibited by what is far too fragile in the first place. What is in this situation is not the bull, who by the way, is simply doing and moving in the same way it would in any setting. The objects that are held static and on display to be appreciated, simply for their beauty rather than the actual function they may serve are what provide the setting for chaotic dismantling.

As with each Full Moon alignment, the Sun is directly opposite the Moon; in this case the astrological energy of this solar month is that of Scorpio. Scorpio is a Water sign of the Fixed Modality and has the infamous identification as the sign of excess, addictions, uncontrolled passions and seeking into the depths of shadow and the occult, never to return to the real world again. And, as with each of the signs of the Zodiac, these are only the predispositions towards imbalance in what Scorpio has as its gift.

Scorpio is also one that has the ability to truly transform. The symbol of usual reference is that of the Scorpion, hidden and ready to strike out whether provoked, or not. There are also two other associations. One being the Eagle and having the keenest of sight, perched above and able to select that which is appropriate prey to nourish and sustain. The third is the Phoenix, the creature that purposefully cleanses with the Fires it has created of its own free will and rises from the ashes, stronger, more beautiful and wiser than in its previous iteration. And, during this solar month, the Sun is shining brightly into those areas that need some of that energetic housecleaning and transformation. This becomes the funeral pyre that burns away the dross of emotional baggage that inhibits growth and forces the death and rebirth of something better than before.

Traditionally, these two points of alignment between Sun and Moon are considered oppositions and the implication is one of a tug of war; each pulling on the other in an effort to upset the status quo. This opposition is precisely what is needed to draw the best from both and force each to play nice with one another. I use the word force here in that the process often begins with resistance and the need for will and desire to take hold and set the right intention that will attract what is needed from the energy of both.

Keeping It Real!

I see this Full Moon as a rare opportunity to allow the freedom to explore, indulge and fuel my passions while holding the intention of remaining firmly anchored in the strength of my manifest power. Scorpio is highly intuitive and as such, it is not always easy to sort out what is reality, fantasy or something else altogether. But, if I make use of Taurus’ deep connection to all that constitutes the physical world I live in, I can allow the tether line to reach a little further into the astral and etheric realms, bringing back that which is needed.

Both Moon and Sun are providing the light that illuminates the emotional landscape that is held in the deepest parts of self. Taurus provides the vessel of physical form that Scorpio may work its magick of transforming the desires of heart that are both intuitive and real in their actions.

Mother Moon sits high
In darkened starlit sky
Body strong and full
Guardian and protectress
Of earth’s lands that she surveys.

Sun reaches deep into
Waters dark and thick
Pulling to the surface
The mysteries of the heart.

Moon and Sun each light
Illuminating what is to be.

Moon and Sun companions
Birthing what is to be.

I sit in the light of both
Dipping deep into my desire
Passion rises like waters
Boiling up and form gives way
To visions and on lofty wings
I soar and fly.

Sun my raging passion and
Moon the healing balm that
Quiets the pain of change.

I strain and resist the truth
Of my inner sight and wings
Beat furiously carrying me
High into the unknown night.

In the arms of Mother Moon
I find quiet – rest and rebirth
The flames have risen
The ashes been rendered
And to earth and form
I now return.

The labors of my journey
In the fullness of Moon
Heart’s orb now held within
My body of strength as Sun
Commands the day.

Many Blessings of Taurus Full Moon’s Strength……

 

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A Writing for the New Moon

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Bonus Posts, Esbat, Lunar, New Moon on October 12, 2015 by themagickalpen

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October 12.2015
8:06pm (EDT)

The Moon is New in the astrological sign of Libra.  Cardinal Air and the balance and refinement needed to bring into the aethers those thoughts that will lift and inspire. Maiden Moon is hidden from view but Hers is the energy that tests the waters of faith. Faith that she shines brightly despite her dark veil. Faith that she will come to Her fullness as the days pass and in that fullness the splendor of her beauty will shine down. Faith that as is the cycle of all things She will pass into her mantle of wisdom and deep gnosis. Read more …..

The Healing of Maiden Moon

My Beloved! The Full Moon in Pisces

Posted in Astrology, Esbat, Full Moon, Lunar, Magick, Mercury, Neptune, Waxing Moon on August 29, 2015 by themagickalpen

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August 29.2015

Full Moon in Pisces
2:35 p.m.

Sun in Virgo

Step softly into my arms
Feel the feathery brush of my kiss
For you are my Beloved
And I tremble within your embrace.

Our hearts beat strongly as one
Our bodies no longer defined and
I rest in the sweet breath of your exhale
Gazing back into your loving face.

Our union in rapture complete
Soul’s yearning finally at peace
The Illuminated One my beloved
Mirror of SELF in Divinity released.

The Moon waxed Full just a few hours ago and the atmosphere is filled with a quiet and gentleness that has not been so for some time now. It is a momentarily reprieve from some very dynamic and charged astrological energy and much like the solace found in the arms of a loved one after the battering of the world; this is a time to renew and languish in the healing waters. Mother Moon is in the astrological sign of Pisces, the mistress of compassion and healing;  and although She squared off with Saturn in Scorpio early this morning, the tension between the two is offset by Retrograde Neptune also in Pisces, the astrological sign it Rules.

Water is everywhere, Pisces and Scorpio- the Moon and Neptune – and Saturn has a part to play in the order it is striving towards much like the Mother that accepts nothing but the best for her beloved and will stop time itself to provide what is needed. The intuitive heart of Scorpio (Saturn) guides this process but what it reveals may not be what you feel is needed. Put aside fear of reaching into those dark waters and remember that change and ultimately transformation are the same components needed to heal a wound or repair a heart that has been broken.

There is a great depth to felt with this Full Moon; Neptune supporting that deeper reach into waters that are filled with unseen potential, but carry the gift of bioluminescence to protect and to light the way. Saturn in Scorpio provides the Gate to probe into those deeper mysteries of our emotions and intuitively seek what is needed to bring structure to a compassion that flows freely and strongly (Pisces) often without regard to its own nurturing. This is the tension of a conflict (square) that is balanced by foundational sides that are not so dissimilar in nature; each having a valid point and perspective in a tug of war between giving too much and holding back. 

We can call upon the aid of clarity from the Sun in Virgo. Here we will find the balance of will and strength that has practiced long the work of analyzing, sorting and finding the best that can be had towards productive result. Here we have informed (Virgo being ruled by Mercury, the master communicator) Will that stimulates this flow of waters that rise high and reach deeply. Compassion, for self and others, loosened the hardest of hearts. Deep and abiding love for self and others, unblocks any challenge that wish to pull us away from a path of understanding. And, a heart that knows what lay on the surface as well as what remains in the abyss below can bring resolution to what prevents us from seeing the truth of the world.

Tonight I will hold my beloved
Tonight I will honor my ability to feel deeply and strongly
Tonight I will allow the hand of the Divine to guide me
Tonight I will breathe deeply into the gentle light of my compassionate self

Tonight I will hold my beloved
And the illusions of the world will fall away

 

Speak! Speak Not!-New Moon in Gemini and Retrograde

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Esbat, Gemini, Mercury, New Moon, Retrogrades, The Temple of Mercury, The Temple of the Sun, Waxing Moon on May 18, 2015 by themagickalpen

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May 18.2015

New Moon in Gemini
12:13am

Mercury Retrograde
May 18 @ 9:50pm – June 11

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The Moon waxed New in the early hours of the morning in the astrological sign of Gemini. Gemini is the sign of mind and communication. So, this New Moon brings with it the opportunity to re-craft how we communicate and more importantly build in a waxing effort the creative expression of that communication. As the New Moon also announces the soon to be transition of Sun into the same sign, beginnings and fresh starts are additionally enhanced when the Sun spends a complete solar cycle in that sign’s energy giving it the strengthening and support that began as the gentle flow of Mother Moon’s caress.

In this cycle, the Moon arrives at Gemini prior to the Sun moving into place. This means that Father Sun is in its last burst of the fertile and firmly anchored Taurean energy before it transits into its astrological Temple of Gemini on Thursday, May 1st. This energy lights the way for a more structured and manifest foundation and forging the connection between heaven’s ebb and flow  and earth’s cradle of solidarity.

Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury and the deft hand and agility in moving from one expression to the other typically opens the way for interactions and the sharing of thoughts, ideas and creative efforts is in peak form. The day’s energy began that way, but the Mercury Retrograde that will take hold tonight will slow things down and make clarity a bit more tenuous to achieve.

The general feeling for this Moon and the next few weeks ahead will be one something like the conversation that occurs when bits of information randomly slip out and the speaker catches themselves quickly and abruptly shutting up so as not to spill more details that should remain in unsaid. This is largely because of the Mercury Retrograde that tends to slow down the normally rapid processing of Gemini’s style of communication and it is this slowing down that is the caution of communications being  misunderstood and left to shoddy translation.

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Mercury Retrograde

Astrologically, when a planet changes direction in its normal path of progression through the zodiac, this is called a “station”.  The planet’s progress slows down in is orbit until it appears to pause in its motion giving the appearance of moving backwards. The Retrograde Station occurs when the planet begins this slowing down and seeming movement backwards.  The Direct Station occurs when the forward motion of the planet begins again.

Whatever astrological sign the planet retrogrades in gives added emphasis and more intensity to how the planet expresses its own energy now given a full and prolonged dose of the sign’s own specificities.  These highly potent effects can be building or waning (depending on which end of the station you find yourself) for days prior or after. Much like, the concentrated effort needed in slowing down to come to a traffic light, pausing, and then having to carefully and incrementally apply enough gas to reach your top speed again.

Mercury remains retrograde through June 11th. which is approx. half of the Solar cycle of Gemini. The usual ability to strengthen and give more clarity to communication in all of its styles will be dimmed a bit by the focus on reiteration and further digesting of what has already been said and done. And, although many bemoan the dreaded Mercury Retrograde, this can be a truly rewarding time to give more attention to what is being presented to you.

We live in a highly active society where barely a second can pass before that text is answered and another is on its way. We are bombarded with video and audio stimuli continually and even in the quiet of our rest at night, if there is reliance on the cell phone for  a waking alarm, the subtle waves of technology are communicating with sleep cycles and more. With these statements being made, I will also suggest that a mercury Retrograde is exactly the hiatus much needed to re-tune us to a place of greater observation and deeper connection simply by listening more intently to what is being said, communicated or otherwise expressed.

So, as we enter this ebb and flow of waxing moon kicking us off in the direction of “speak not-unless it be profoundly filled with attention and presence in the moment” I will honor this New Moon as one that allows me to breathe into my communications in preparation for the lessons to be learned in the space of silence created y Mercury’s pause.

Other Readings:

Temple of Mercury
Temple of the Sun: Gemini

Let …er Fly – The Magick of Sagittarius

Posted in Astrology, Esbat, Jupiter, Lunar, Magick, The Temple of the Sun on December 18, 2014 by themagickalpen

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The Magick of Sagittarius
The Power of Reach Fueled by Seeking

The Magick of Sagittarius is complex and deeply layered with potential for multiple outcomes. Whatever we apply Sagittarian energy towards will have the signature of the traveller who is continually seeking new experience and action. This is change that encompasses everything in its grasp and then stretches to include even more.

Sagittarius’ strength lay in its flexibility and resilience as its changes course of action in accord with where the strongest current will carry its explosive arrows of catalyst. Accessing this energy is exhilarating and those seeds that catch the fires of Sagittarian intent will blossom strong and fully enlivened. Sagittarius is as much about the “journey” as the final destination. Workings that strive to keep the energy moving as decisions are made and action is taken thrive under Sagittarius’s enthusiastic nature.

The caution here is that of over extending. There can be a tendency towards having too many irons in the fire and although all are adequately heated and ready for the work at hand, each is diluted in intent as focus and will are spread too thinly. Having come from the intensity of Scorpio the action of Sagittarius lays claim to what has been excavated in those deep dark scorpion waters. However, if Sagittarius lingers too long in the emotional drama of Scorpio, those fiery embers die out and become too water soaked to ever catch fire again. To counterbalance this, Sagittarius may tend towards impulsive action trying to escape the floods but not being fully focused on where those new steps are taking them.

Sagittarius is the first sign of the third cycle of quadrant of Elements in progression around the zodiacal wheel. This is the third and last of the Fire astrological signs and in the order of progression, Sagittarius gathers to itself all of the creative and pent up energy and force that the other two Fire signs have generated. This is the progression from the first steps of Aries, looking out with fresh perspective and energy that is exuberant and youthful in its output. This exuberance is tempered and rallied into a space of blazing magnetism as Leo commands and ignites anything that comes close. This is charismatic will in its most dynamic expression. By the time we arrive at the third of the Fire signs, Sagittarius, the engines have been warmed up, the fires have been stoked, and Will to Action is pushing at the gates of expansive expression as the arrows fly seeking new goals to enliven.

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Sagittarius is Mutable Fire. Flexible and quantitative in quality, this active principle is expressed as sending out multiple streams of activity in diverse directions and hoping that something will take root. The flexible nature of a mutable sign also gives way to crossing beyond its boundaries and thus releasing what needs to be left behind so the next step towards advancement can be made. In Sagittarius this is typified by the beginning of many new projects, most of which will be left unfinished as desire urges them on towards something new.

Solar Month Magick

Enhances the creative will and creating a broader community of interaction:

Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the Zodiac. The energy of Sagittarius is that of distribution. It is a sign of action. Sagittarius not only walks the path but blazes the trail and lights the way as it moves through new experiences. There is an underlying goal of expanding horizons while remaining within their comfort zone.

The Solar Month of Sagittarius is an excellent time to begin the work of networking and seeking out different paths of experience. Although Sagittarius is a Fire sign, there is much that relies on the creative mind as action takes hold and stirs the desire to explore and create new paths of connection. Think on the image of the Archer as the symbol of Sagittarius. There is a requirement of careful and thought-ful aim as the archer sets the arrow aloft. Calculation and precise intention are the only way the intended target will be hit. Desire and Will framed within the context of inspired mind create the strongest and most assured blaze.

The energy of this Solar month of Sagittarius next flows into the foundation of Earthy Capricorn. This is the astrological sign of slow and deliberate pace and it is this energy that guides the arrows shot freely from Sagittarius’ bow.

The Sagittarian approach can be used for short-term projects, but is most effective for long-term workings. A goal, such as expanding your work collaborations or plotting a new course towards achieving a specific outcome make use of Sagittarian Fire well. Similar to the New, Full and Waning cycles of the Lunar Month, beginning the working in the Solar Month of Sagittarius would be the first phase of exploring the options. Casting your net a little broader and remaining open to whatever you catch. As you move through the Solar month you will begin to recognize what will feed and nourish the desire to act and what should be tossed back- not being wholesome enough. A downfall and boon of Sagittarius is being able to generate excitement about multiple things simultaneously. As a downfall, this can distract away from the primary intent. But, used a benefit, it also can provide a very productive way of attracting multiple options and thus creating more choice for Free Will to be acted upon.

Using the cycle of Fire and those astrological signs of that element the next point of bolstering the energy would be during Aries’ Solar Month. The Solar Month of Aries provides the uncensored excitement that can be used to further what action has been decided upon. These are the energies that fully ignite the passion of trying without any limitation. This is the fuel that is precisely needed as Sagittarius opens the paths of choice that require pure joy and faith.

Having finally arrived in the energy of the Solar month of Leo, what has been reduced and refined as the finest of broths will attract far and wide those that seek its enlivening. Leo as a Fixed sign puts the finishing touches of structure and form to what has caught fires blazing strongly and fully and from this foundation the goal of aim may rise assured that it will reach its mark.

Lunar Magick: Time to Experi(ment)ence

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Engages the will to action through exploration…

Use of Lunar energy in the astrological sign of Sagittarius provides the energetic principle of gently and slowly, if applied appropriately, those emotional waters that produce creative and stimulating action. Appropriate use of fiery emotions becomes the passion of great love that will give up life itself for the object of its love. Anger, when used to foster pro-active behavior can bring about change that transforms the lives of it touches.

Workings that require action that is infused with desire towards change, healing and growth make use of the outreach of Sagittarius. Causes that bring about the betterment of humanity can be catalyzed to reach a broader audience at the level of the heart. Workings that encourage movement beyond one’s own small world of identification and comfort are pulled within the tension of the archer’s bow and when released from an intent that is sure and steady take root as they pierce through the veil of illusion and self-centeredness.

The New Moon of Sagittarius would be used to seek out what stirs your passions and encourages you to commune with others of similar intent. Explore different scenarios and settings that relate to what you have set as your intention of reaching towards. The Full Moon of Sagittarius allows for igniting the flame of commitment and firing up the Will towards taking broader and more inclusive steps towards the intended goal. The energy of the Waning Moon in Sagittarius provides the cooling and setting period for what has been ignited. Opportunity to reach just a little further into what motivates your action allows the dross to burn away leaving the ash behind. And, even in this state of purging and reduction to ash there is the potential for it to protect and shield the small and tender shoots of new life that are quickening beneath.

Some Additional Astrological properties of Sagittarius
Keywords: Distribution, Interconnectedness, Expansion

The Archetype: The Explorer is the archetype associated with Sagittarius. Sagittarius thrives in what is new territory. The misconception here is that all this exploring is a preference to settling down and not heeding the call of wanderlust. The truth is that this is exactly how Sagittarius defines home. As family expands and becomes more inclusive and diverse from all of these great explorations, Sagittarius digs even more deeply into the joys and pleasures of being part of a community. The Explorer thrives in their explorations when the roots of their origins are the most firmly entrenched and reach broadly in support.

The mantra of Sagittarius could easily be-

“To boldly go ….”

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Rules Astrological House:
The 9th House of the Zodiac, the House of Philosophy and Values

Moving through the Zodiacal Wheel’s energy, the First House is the singular “you” identified by your personality and who you are presently and who you who hope to become. The second House holds the possessions and things you have acquired that further define you. The Third House represents how you express yourself based on what you have learned of yourself (1st House) and what you have chosen to surround yourself with in the material world (2nd House). The Fourth House has taught the lessons of home and family; commitment and unconditional love for who we are now and who we hope to become. Arriving at the Fifth House we are now ready to emerge from the security of friends and family and stand courageously in the Light of the choices we have made, that have contributed to the crafting of this self. Moving on towards the Sixth House we are ready to give, to serve, to cultivate and to learn the lessons of harmonious interaction. Moving next into the Seventh House we stand ready to gather to ourselves all that we have learned on the journey thus far and use it to explore new paths, learn new ways of being and open to the partnerships forged on a new chosen path. The Eighth House of Scorpio brings passion and emotional attachment to the equation. Awareness of the physical pleasures of being human underscores the journey.

As we enter the Ninth House we are ready to initialize what those experiences have been as we load our bows with all that we hope to share and stir the will to action wherever the sights have been set. Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius stands at the ready to push the extremes and encourage stretching to the limits of what we perceive to be possible. The number Nine relates to endings and serves as the threshold towards new beginnings. As we mature and add to the many people and experiences we encounter our philosophies change and grow as well. Some are elaborated upon and expand I their perspective and others wither and die, being left behind as we pass into a new way of being.

Color:
The colors of Red, Orange and Yellow are those that I see when I think of Sagittarius. These are the colors of a flickering candle flame. Blue lies at the core and is the hottest place of the flame and is also the color of healing; expansive sky and flowing oceans. The flash of blue contained within the surface of fire speaks of the healing nature of reaching out to others. The Fires of Will when acted upon have potential of burning uncontrollably or under the watchful eyes of a community being productive in their outreach.

The Hunger: Scorpio into Sagittarius

I stand on the horizon with my senses
Keen to the rhythm of life all around me
I breathe in the world’s offerings and
Send the experience outward, always
Looking towards the sun and sky
And that which is said to be beyond my grasp.

It is this reaching and straining that
Feeds my hunger to explore and extend
Beyond my limitations
And, once my will takes hold
All that lay within in my sight
Narrows to a single point of focus.

Restrained tension pulls against
The strength of carefully placed
Goal and the final pause of release
Is that which achieves its apex beyond
The keenest of sight.

Once again, the archer sets the course
As movement becomes dynamic
And primal urge bursts into the flames
Of desire and enthusiasm.

Tension gives way to flexibility of
Intent and directed will issues
Forth from that which has been
Carefully ignited.

I fan the tiny embers
That expand and become
Torches that are held towards
The highest of aspirations.
And just as sharpened arrows
Carefully aimed hit the core of
Their determined mark; these
Fires I set to burning within
You will give birth to spontaneity
And finely tempered form.

My paths are many and each is lit
By the embers I have set to
Smoldering deep within.

I am the teacher and the student
Who waits eagerly to blaze a new trail
I am the place from which the Phoenix
Arises and mine is the expanse that
Lights the way as the
Sea goat begins his journey.

Sagittarius is the Ninth sign of the Zodiac:

Seasonally, Sagittarius stands as space of pause from the celebrations of Samhain and Beltane in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, respectively and the longest night of the Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) and the Summer Solstice (Southern Hemisphere). This is reflected again in the number nine and the space of pause between what is ending and what will newly be started.

We stand at the precipice of focus in the Light and the intention of its waxing and waning. This opening requires calling out to what will be, expanding the horizons of what we know and seeking the insight of what we hope to be.

We have crossed the mid-point in the Solar Year and the 12 Houses of the Astrological signs. Each prior to this point has concerned itself with those aspects of our being that cultivate sense of self (Aries); sense of others (Taurus); expression of ourselves (Gemini); nurturing what we hold close to our hearts (Cancer); moving into our place of power (Leo) and claiming responsibility for taking a closer look at who we have become (Virgo); and finding that place of refinement through interaction. Scorpio marked the advent of self-knowledge and re-forming of what had come before as it is transformed. Sagittarius is now ready to shine and forge new connections as it moves purposefully beyond its comfort zone.

As we move through each of the Solar Temples in the coming year, it will become more apparent how interconnected they are. The story that is woven is one of growth and evolution that is just as relevant today as it was to the ancients. We learn from these natural cycles and their application is profound mundanely and spiritually.
Resources
Other Posts to Re-read:
Temple of the Sun: Sagittarius

Sun in Sagittarius-Aim High, Breathe Deep and Just Let Go!
The Hall of Sagittarius- A Pathworking
Full Moon in Sagittarius- Ready, Aim, Shoot!
Waning Moon in Sagittarius- 4th Quarter Anchoring
Temple of the Moon:

Day Twelve: Networking – Waxing Moon in Sagittarius
Day Eleven: Reaching Out – Waxing moon in Sagittarius

 

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Sun in Sagittarius-A Tree of Fiber Optics

Posted in Astrology, Esbat, Lunar, Magick, The Temple of the Sun on December 13, 2014 by themagickalpen

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A Tree of rare form
Lights the sky
Expanding and
Reaching in fiery
Limb and leaf.

In the early morning light
My beauty is graced by
Song bird’s beating wing
And awakening of leaf and life.

The noon-day sun cascades
Over my upstretched limbs
Heating and refining the
Visage of my furrowed bough.

Dusk descends and I strain
And stretch reaching up
Towards last Sun’s light.

And as darkness falls the
Memory of the day’s renewal
Lights the Paths that awaken
Community and expands
All that I know.

As we enter the Temple of the Sun, Qabalistically we are entering into connection with the central sphere on the Tree of Life, Tiphareth. The name given this sphere is Beauty and the energy is one of synthesis through sacrifice and integration through refinement of the sum of all of its parts. This is much the same energy that we experience in the course of a Solar year. The energy of each of the Zodiacal signs, their element and modality are modified and expressed through the brilliance of the Sun. And, in keeping with the evolutionary process of movement from one sign to the next, each is informed by the previous sign’s energy and contributes a part of its dynamic into the sign that follows. Please see the end of this post for recommendations about learning more about the Tree of Life.

Sagittarius and Jupiter on the Tree

Astrologically, we have learned that Sagittarius is ruled by the planet of expansiveness and abundance, Jupiter. We experienced the energy of an astrological energy that seeks, sets trails ablaze and then seeks some more; ever expanding its boundaries.

Within the Qabalistic Tree, Sagittarius and Jupiter hold sway in the Sphere of Chesed and the Paths of the Tree – 21st and 25th. When we speak of the energy of Sagittarius as lighting up the Tree in a very specific and technological way, we are considering the natural tendency of Sagittarius to use its skills of networking and forming enlightened collaborations. This energy is expressed as the networking within the Tree itself relies on lightning speed and it is exactly this “light” that enables a brilliant network to emerge.

The lessons learned from this type of exploration are those that encourage deeper probing of human motivation and desires. From these are crafted the tools that enable the seeker to know when to be merciful in judgment and when they are spot on about less than positive catalysts. This expansive outreach in a judicial way is found in the waters of the Qabalistic sphere of Chesed.
Chesed (Jupiter) and Tiphareth (Sun)

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Tiphareth and the Sun

Each of the Sephiroth and connecting Paths of the Tree of Life holds correspondence with a planetary and/or zodiacal energy. The physical Sun stands centrally within our solar system, providing light and heat. Tiphareth provides the space of transformation and the full force generator that distributes what is processed so it may be utilized and transmuted by whatever it emanates its energy into. This is the sacrificial aspect of this sphere. This is the action of enlivening within its own source to ensure the continuation of the creative process begun within the other components of the Tree. So we begin in this central hub of universal energy and move out towards the flow of energy represented by the essence of Mercy found in the sphere of Chesed.

Chesed: The Sphere of Merciful Authority

Take my hand child
You have come far
And your journey has been
Treacherous.

Come sit beside me
And feel the weight
Of expansion as it moves
Through your being.

Open your eyes
And look down
From the great heights
You have scaled as all
Comes to a precise point.

What once was unfocused
Has sharpened to a gaze of
Crystal clarity.

I offer you sanctuary
But you must walk through the
Heat of transformative
Change before
You come to me.

Chesed is the Fourth (4th) Sphere. Within the energy of the number 4 is the basis of foundation, solidity of form and function and endurance or permanence. Four indicates change (as in the four seasons), versatility (as in the four elements) and a nice solid equi-sided base upon which to build from those changes a versatile nature of enduring qualities. Four also relates to the planet Mercury; the planet of communication. The essence of the fourth sphere, Chesed, is the ultimate form of communication and then dissemination of that synthesized communication through the vehicle of compassion, mercy and grace.

Chesed is assigned the element of Water, and in making use of this watery nature healing, deep insight and an infinite “sea” of possibilities opens to the seeker in revelation of the greater purpose. These are the waters that have been quickened within the womb of Binah is its downpour towards Chesed. These are the electrified waters that have been infused with unconditional love and are in receipt of the fires of the Cosmos from Chokmah. These are the waters of inspiration and depth of intuitive nature that guides the course of those who choose to cross the perilous Abyss of Da’at.

The Sphere of Self-Awareness

The energy of Chesed is one of Consciousness that has received informed and generative spiritual powers from the Supernals and thus in turn emanates these in an expansive nature towards those Sephiroth that follow in order. In this state of being, consciousness has transcended beyond simple awareness of its Higher nature to awareness of how and where the point of origin of that Higher nature has evolved. It has in a way settled into the natural order and state of things and is at one with all, seeing itself part of all.

The 25th Path: Sagittarius and Jupiter
25th Path

Shine the light in the darkness
Of my illusory dreamscape
So I may see the veiling of
What has been falsely created.
A closer look and now what I
Perceived as illusion is the
Raw makings of profound truth.

Another look again and what I
Concluded has slipped through
My mind like ephemeral strands
Of astral debris.

The 25th Path is considered the Testing Consciousness. This process of proving validity and dispelling illusion comes about through the expression of anger and wrath. The necessary doubt of what is anchor more solidly was is true and verifiable by way of experience. The Middle Pillar is called the Mystic’s Way. The paths upon it represent the challenges and crisis that occurs as rapid and direct ascent to the Source is desired. These paths are not easy in their navigation for this reason and exponentially each step of progress made towards deepening the seeker’s spiritual path and presence becomes more laborious in its efforts. It is on this path that anger is transformed into surrender and wrath is transmuted into compassion.

The Planetary/Zodiacal Energy
Jupiter/Sagittarius

The ruling planet of the astrological sign of Sagittarius is Jupiter. Jupiter is the planet of expansiveness and this state is the energy that flows through Sagittarius’s goal of collaboration. This is a state of expansiveness that can withstand the pulling back of the archer’s bow exerting just the appropriate amount of force so that the bow will not snap in two as the arrows of intent are haphazardly and dangerously flung about. Placement of this combined energy on the 25th Path provides the required focus of intent and will in an expansive way that fosters collaborative effort between Tiphareth and Yesod.

To read more about Venus’ energies, review the posts in:
The Magickal Pen: Jupiter’s Abundance

In numerology the 25th Path, or 2+5 reduces to the number 7. Seven is the number of possibilities accessible as a result of the efforts and work that preceded it. Seven relates to higher learning, and the actions taken in coalescing what you already know. This action provides the basis of having discernment about the choices made in exploring further pursuits and is the winning strategy of Sagittarius successfully engaged.

With this thought in mind, contemplate the choices that are available to you at this time on your spiritual path. Think about the products that each will provide and how these are in support of the realistic goals you have set for yourself in spiritual pursuit. Look at each choice as a path to be explored, asking for guidance as to which you should set out upon. Carefully weigh and measure each and finally calling upon the energy of temperance in all things, embark on a new journey towards the illumined fulfillment of your true heart’s desire.

Another Path of Expression: Jupiter on the 21st Path
The 21st Path: A Path of Merciful Grace
21st Path

The 21st Path is one of opportunity for grace. The state of grace has many meaning but within this path it is the reflection of the beginning of refinement of self and surroundings to become in alignment with the spiritual aspiration of selflessness and greater perspective. The lens of the camera opens and the world in which we claim our victories is seen for its narrow view. As the lens opens wider the expanse and truth of what we have claimed falls away and the real worth and value of those experiences is revealed as part of a larger whole that encompasses the victories of much more than ourselves. What happens in the stages between as each of the extremes coalesce on central ground determines the outcome of ascent to claim the Higher Self or descent for further refinement and accumulated experience.

The Planetary Energy
Jupiter

Vast expanse of space and time
Cyclic agent that holds the rhythm of
Universal Law within its domain
Builder and bridge of ever growing and
changing faith and mighty giant in
whose energy all are pushed towards growth
The thundering rumble of your cosmic song echoes
and reverberates within the core of my being
the pulse and push of life ever moving outward
seeking that which is beyond the perceived confines
of my grasp.

A moment in time where all is suspended in
A vast sea of potential and growth~ the horizon ever, and always
changing and moving just beyond ~
Forcing me to move further, deeper, more carefully into
the limitless temple of the mysteries.

You are the seat of moderation, giving form
the flexibility of the outreach
You are the wheel of transformation between whose flaming
spokes the arrows of the archer seek safe passage
You are the Light and the ferocity of the proud lion within
my heavenly home~ protector~ regal lord who
surveys and keeps watchful eye
as I walk the Path of Spirit.

The planet Jupiter is placed upon the 21st Path. Jupiter is the planet of expansiveness and inclusiveness. It is one of abundance and the magnetic attraction of prosperity of what is needed collectively. This quality of energy in connection to Chesed and Netzach maintains a constant supply of balanced and fertile inspiration. Chesed has the depth of experience that are the materials used in the process of creative outpour. The application of Jupiter’s energy works to bring these attributes to their fullest expression so that the maximum potential is held within the union of these two.

Tarot Key X – The Wheel of Fortune

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Image: Shadowscapes Tarot Deck

Note: Each of the Paths of the Qabalistic Tree has the assignation of a Tarot key placed upon it as further correspondence to its energy. The Paths 11-32 are represented using the Major Arcana cards.

Tarot Key X – The Wheel of Fortune is placed upon the 21st Path. This key is attributed as the Wheel of Destiny and also the Wheel of Life and Death. Considering this tarot key in that light the Law of Cause and Effect comes to mind and the role of karma and past actions that strongly relate to the sphere of Chesed. The energy of this key provides the opportunity for the victory of Netzach to take form. The quest for perfection and the overcoming of personality that would mar that process of refinement are the prime directives. The 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.

In Conclusion:
As we consider the attributes of Sagittarius and its ruling planet Jupiter and their impact on the Tree of Life the prominent focus is one of active engagement that seeks to broaden its horizons. This action is vital to the health and functionality of the Tree and its primary goal of interconnection. As we begin the process of stepping outside of our comfort zone, we rely on the hospitality of others. We seek counsel and advice from those we trust and then, and only then do we find within our newly expanded area of comfort the confidence to begin the search anew.

As the light of Tiphareth (Sun) shines brightly and radiates its vision of magnetic attraction throughout the multilayered branches of a tree that reaches far and wide in its expanse and impact we are reminded that in this vision of light extending towards light and darkness forming the paths of the space between, we realize the gift of action that extends the first hand of communion.

Resources:
If you are not familiar with the Qabalistic Tree of Life, I would recommend reading through the article posted in my other blog, The Magickal Pen entitled “Geburah’s Might” to give you the necessary overview for an introductory base of working knowledge about the Tree. It can be found here:

WitchVox: 13 Keys- The Mercy of Chesed

The Magickal Pen: Geburah’s Might

13 Keys to the Qabalistic Tree of Life

Reading:
The Inner Chamber Series. R. Fennelly
Volume One: It’s Written in the Stars (2013)
Volume Two: Poetry of the Spheres (2013)
Volume Three: Awakening the Paths (2014)
Order at author’s website: Robin Fennelly

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Full Moon in Gemini- Your Call Cannot Be Connected As Dialed…..

Posted in Esbat, Full Moon, Gemini, Jupiter, Lunar, Magick, Sagittarius, The Temple of Mercury, The Temple of the Sun with tags , , , , , , on December 5, 2014 by themagickalpen

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Full Moon in Gemini
December 6.2014
7:27am (EST)

Sun in Sagittarius

The Moon waxes Full tomorrow morning at 7:27am (EST) in the astrological sign of Gemini (Mutable Air). The opposition of astrological energy that naturally occurs during a Full Moon phase is the tug of war between what appear to be opposing energies. In this lunation that thought is best expressed as the “party line” or shared phone line where two conversations are vying for attention at once. Each is communicating in their own unique style, but the bits and pieces of detail are lost in the gaps between who is listening to who. The strength of Solar energy is mid-point in dynamic Sagittarius; expansive in its outreach and continually seeking new trails to blaze. Now, the cooling waters of Mother Moon are ready to talk it up and stimulate the mind as She finds her voice in communicative Gemini.

The quality of Mutable Air as catalyst in stirring up the emotional seas and the Fires of expansive Sagittarius seeking to spread out and claim their own path of networking and communication can produce a highly emotive and combustible effect. Whenever Mind comes on line, particularly the Gemini mind that can change direction as easily as a chameleon adapts to its surrounding’s color we have a potential for emotions being expressed that were fleeting and pertinent in the moment but dissipate as soon as rationale enters the picture. Add to this the Solar expression of Sagittarius, that seeks and seeks and seeks to find suitable burning ground and you have the dynamics for kindling sparks of idea, fueled by a desirous heart that may overextend and burn out before any real progress is made. Using the analogy of a phone call, imagine several lines of connection that get tangled in the transmission causing miscommunication to ensue with neither party reaching the intended recipient.

Please Hang Up and Try Again…..

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The solution lies in the effort of trying. For each and every bright area that courses through the night sky of fully lit waters, just breathe and allow it to move of its own accord and land where it may. Although intent is the key ingredient in successful magickal work, so is knowing when to simply allow the desires to flow and let them blaze their own paths of connection. This also means standing firmly in a place of trust, that all will be communicated in the way that it should.

From a perspective of elemental correlate, we have the opposition of Sun in Sagittarius or Fire of Fire and Moon in Gemini- Air of Water. Water is the natural opponent of Fire as it extinguishes and heals what has been burnt. Air both feeds and extinguishes Fire; one setting the blaze higher and the other by its blustery gust creates lights out. So how do we use this info? My favorite analogy and one that I apply frequently to this particular astrological set-up is setting an exposed wire (Fire) in a pan of water (Water) and Electricity (Air and communication) sparks and sputters creating light.

This is an excellent Full Moon configuration for creating new pathways of thought pattern and using the emotional to guide the current of electrified charge that runs through it. Brainstorming and then passing these ideas through the filter of how they “feel” and what desires to bring them to life (Light) get fired up can go a long way towards reaching out a little further beyond what your normal selective process would be.

So plug in, and let those calls flow from mind to heart. Be receptive to what is communicated and then continue to leave that line open as you move through the waning of the Moon. What is viable and a stable and reliable connection will establish itself as that which is frequently called for insight and clarity. You may get a few busy signals as you tap into the greater network of other’s similar seekings, but keep the line open and try again.   With persistence you will soon have all of the circuit board lit up, effectively networking and beginning new ways of dialing in.

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Image: Switchboard Operator. Yes this was how phone calls were relayed way back when!

Resources and Reflections

Gemini in Related Posts:

Temple of the Sun: Gemini
The Temple of Mercury
New Moon in Gemini:Brainstorming
Waxing Moon in Gemini:Talking Waters

The Temple of the Moon:
Day Twenty-Five: The Epiphany of Silence: Waning Moon in Gemini
Day Twenty-Four: Talk It Up: Waning Moon in Gemini

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