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A Gift of the Heart: New Moon in Pisces

Posted in Auspicious Days, Neptune, New Moon on March 8, 2016 by themagickalpen

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March 8.2016
New Moon in Pisces

8:54pm (EST)

Sun in Pisces
Total Solar Eclipse

The Moon begins its waxing towards fullness tonight entering its time of the New Moon. This March moon aligns with the astrological sign of Pisces, mirroring its Solar companion also in its Solar month of watery and compassionate Pisces.  Additionally, we have the auspicious event of the first Solar Eclipse of 2016.

The overall effect for this activity is one that can be gathered towards healing, a deepening of compassionate and empathetic understanding and flexibility to navigate changes that are coming. In its less than positive nature, non-productive self sacrifice and/or becoming entangled needlessly in another’s drama hoping to change what cannot are also expressions  of this configuration. Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces and as such the depths to which we have access are often murky and clarity is difficult to come by. This requires a sensorial experience that is much more than just physical sight and what can be tangibly observed, hence the mystical and dreamy nature that flows through all things Piscean.

As usual, the New Moon phase heralds a cycle of fresh beginnings. At this time of the year, as well as this year in particular, for many, opening up the heart center in a way that promotes healthy discourse and interactions is vital to maintaining calm and focus despite the storms that may circulate, pulling us off course.

 The Solar Eclipse

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Credit: Space Telescope Science Institute

A Solar Eclipse occurs only at the time of a New Moon and when the Moon passes between Sun and Earth, partially or fully blocking the sun’s light. I think of this as a veiling of the Sun’s Light with the Moon’s energies acting like the polarized lenses of glasses. You are aware that the sunlight is strong and intensely bright, but the glare has been filtered and the shading serves to bring out the deepest and richest colors and details that would otherwise be lost in the brilliance of the light.

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Credit: MrEclipse.com

New Beginnings

A Total Solar Eclipse means that the Sun is fully covered by the Moon and for some this is seen as a deprivation of the much needed Sun’s light on the body of Earth. I have always viewed the Solar Eclipse as a time when my emotional bodies (the moon) and intuitive senses are strengthened and illuminated by the Sun’s direct potency. This energy then can be drawn into my physical forma and manifest experience (Earth).

With both Sun and Moon in Pisces, the opportunity at this time is one of heating and strengthening the flow of waters that can be both healing to others as well as restorative to oneself.  This is further supported by the energy of the Spring Equinox, later this month and a space of balance of sunlight and darkness. This is the potential for harmonious flow between what would ordinarily be the extremes and the promise of fertile growth and flowering of what seeds are planted in these rich deep watery (Moon) beds of body (Earth).

A Gift of the Heart

At this time of celestial flow, I offer a pathworking that I recorded for another purpose much like this. Find a space of quiet,  light a candle if you wish, and allow the words to wash over you as you remain flexible and receptive to the message. Because of space constraints, teh recording is accessed on my other site. Click here for the audio….

A Gift of the Heart

May the richness and flexibility of this Moon flow through you…

All Systems, Go!

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon, Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Retrogrades, Saturn, Uranus, Venus on December 26, 2015 by themagickalpen

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December 21.2015
Winter Solstice
Sun enters Capricorn
11:49p.m.

December 25.2015
Full Moon in Cancer
6:11am (EST)

Uranus Direct
10:53pm(EST)

These past few days have been packed with celestial events that punctuate the soon to be ending of a year of highs and lows. The Solstice of December 21st. marked the longest night of the year and as the Sun transited in Capricorn at 11:49p.m., once again we entered the quickening of new Light and the hope that is birthed with that awakening. The Moon waxed in another Earth sign, Taurus and provided a triad of Fire (Sun)-Water (Moon) and Earth (Capricorn and Taurus). The Cardinal(new beginnings and first flow) energy of Capricorn’s Sun moved into position to feed its outpouring of new light into Lady Moon’s birthing waters that stood ready in the Fixed (stabilization and structure) energy of Taurus. Earth is the sign of manifestation, so the potential of what was begun at this Solstice is one of stable and manifest creation.

A few days of synthesis and continued expansion culminated last night as the Moon waxed Full in its native sign of Cancer at 6:11am (EST). What was birthed at the Solstice now has the nurturing of a heart filled with the fullness of unconditional love. The watchful and gentle light of Mother Moon shines brightly on her creation and the beauty of that creation is front and center for all to see.

Light reigned supreme in its return. Mother Moon and Father Sun stood proudly in revealing their creation and Uranus brought all to a culminating point of blasting the bounty of this energy into the far and greater reaches of cosmic connections…

Uranus Stations Direct

Uranus, was the last of six(6) planets that stationed Retrograde in 2015 to station Direct on the 25th. Each of these planets had a very specific flow of energetic change to weave into the stories we co-created in this year’s journey.

Jupiter in Leo heralded in its expansive wisdom at the start of 2015 (having been retrograde from December 8.2014). Leo expressed itself as the burner, whose flames rose and fell in accord with wherever the intention for increased flexibility that provoked change was focused. April 8th brought relief from this intensity as Jupiter stationed Direct.

Read More:
Jupiter Retrograde-Expanding Spaciousness
Under Pressure-Jupiter Stations Direct

Saturn in Sagittarius took up the work of Retrograde Focus on March 14th. The Master of Time and Mistress of the Primordial Womb, let fly the arrows of fiery connection and seeding that sought its place of catalyzation. All the while, time stood still and opened up the space of re-organization that would become a more viable structure for strong intentions. Saturn stationed Direct on August 1/2.

Read More:
Time to Clean House-Saturn Retrograde 2015
Loosening Its Hold- Saturn Stations Direct

Pluto in Capricorn called us to reach deeply into the stores of memory that hold the key to the best and worst of our manifest efforts. Its Retrograde on April 16th marked the point of linear time that provided the first careful stepping into the synchronicity of our past and future experiences. Appropriately, within a few days of the Autumnal(Vernal) Equinox, Pluto stationed Direct, gathering with it a balance of all that had been revealed at the mid point of the present.

Read More:
You’ve Been Served-Pluto Retrograde
Back to the Middle and Around Again-Pluto Direct

Neptune Stationed Retrograde in its Native sign of Pisces on June 12th. Waters ran deep and the depths of our feeling nature flowed strongly in all of our endeavors. The intensity of this focus pulled us into a heartscape that pulled to the surface what had been long buried and forced choice of either drowning or swimming more strongly in all that motivates us at the very core of our being. As the last push of tidal waters beat against a newly etched shoreline, Neptune stationed Direct on November 18th leaving the treasures of the deep seas on sands freshly bathed.

Read More:
Lifting the Veil-Neptune Retrograde
Under Pressure, Again!-Neptune Stations Direct

Venus in Capricorn turned heads as her grace and refinement poured abundantly, stationing Retrograde on July 25th. This Venus was one of earthy beauty and a call to exploring how we balance our mundane and spiritual selves. Where do we seek beauty and how we create that which exceeds expectations, keeps us grounded and moves into the depths of what our Soul desires. These were difficult lessons and the defining moments of what we truly desire in our manifest life were often unexpected. Venus stationed Direct on September 6th carrying into the time of Harvesting (or Seeding) a new vision of what a more harmonious potential.

Read More:
But I Thought You Were My Friend?-Venus Stations Direct

Electrical Beginnings:

Uranus in Aries stationed Retrograde hot on the heels of Venus on July 26th. And in keeping with the dynamic and stimulating electrical impulses that are the process of Uranian change, this focus has been one of extreme intensity and un-relentless pursuit in refining and reformatting our electrical systems. The neural system was the recipient of this intensity, making for some very challenging months depending on your responses to being primed for amping up.

Read More:
Uranus Retrograde-Deflecting the Light

All System’s, Go! and The Blasted Tower

As we stand at the brink of crossing into the New Year of 2016, all systems are GO! for the changes that are yet to come. Challenge goes hand and hand with change, so there is no avoiding what will provide a year of change-and growth. How we respond to these changes; whether we choose to go kicking or screaming or to move with resilience of intention is a matter of how we express our free will.

What lay in the great beyond of worlds we have only imagined is just on the horizon and we are rapidly developing the tools required to gain sight of a loftier vision of what is possible. Science and Spirituality are no longer disparate streams, but do require that we broaden our personal perspectives, seeking the threadings of connection that run through each.

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I leave you with the image of the Tarot Key: The Tower

Imagine the Tower as the construct of your mind’s opinion, beliefs and boundaries of perception. The lightening bolt of Uranus’ electrical charge flashes and splits open that fortress you have built that, in reality, has held you captive in your own self-imposed limitations. Those that form the polarized conflicts (and mental debates) and allow entry only to those they find to be in accord with and non-threatening to their fortress are now cast out, no longer viable stewards of this newly changed structure. And, what remains is the foundation, unscathed, and perhaps stronger, that now may be rebuilt upon and re-inhabited with the creative potential of the unknown.

All systems, Go! Blast that tower! Open that mind! and Build high and strong into lands awaiting discovery!

Many blessings of this stellar ending to 2015 and abundance, prosperity in the coming year…. Robin

Under Pressure, Again!: Neptune Stations Direct

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Neptune, retorgrades on November 12, 2015 by themagickalpen

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November 18.2015
Neptune Stations Direct
11:32am (EST)

Moon in Aquarius
Sun in Scorpio

Neptune stations direct, tomorrow on the 18th late morning and the pressures that have been building as it held focus and attention on all aspects of emotion and the intuitive nature is ready for full force release. This planet of the deep and hidden depths of our waterscape has been retrograde  since June 12th and remains in its ruling astrological sign of Pisces. It is the third of the four furthest planets to have been retrograde this year and spent some time in overlap with two others – Pluto (stationed Direct on Sept. 24/25) and Uranus which will bring a burst of electrically charged light December 25th, hot on the heels of the Solstice of the 21st.

The planet Neptune’s energies are those of a higher resonance of planet Venus. Venus concerns itself with relationship, refinement and beauty as a source of emotional gratification and desire. But, Neptune takes these qualities and brings them to the truly refined and beautiful place of unconditional love honed by deeper understanding of the true nature of the qualities it seeks to form lasting relationship with.  This is one of the reasons why the Neptune Retrograde has churned the waters as it seeks its source far deeper into the comfort of the reserves that we normally cling to for fear of lack. Everything we thought we believed to be true about our expectations of relationship and matters of the heart has had an extra dose of scrutiny and intensity infused into it under the steady and potent energy of Neptune.

In  Mythos, the God Neptune is ruler of the seas and his Trident pierces through the deepest and darkest of waters as he rises from the depths and surveys the land of man. Whatever is in proximity of his rising will either withstand the turbulence of changing waters or be drowned by the sudden movement and shift in the current. Because of energies of the other Retrograde planets and timing within the Solar Year of Neptune’s, the peaks of rising have been far less substantial than the depths of submerging. This action has resulted in forming a vacuum of contraction and a veiling of highly pressurized surface which is now ready to be released.

This damming up has presented itself in outbursts of emotion that would have otherwise been controllable and the heartfelt expression of any and all those things that are near and dear to us. Tears have flooded and pushed to the surface of even the most stoic of logical mind and what we believed to not be of concern to us, was found to be precisely the thing to stir up our feelings.

Sun in Scorpio

This solar month of Scorpio has encouraged a particularly deep response in resonation with Neptune nearing the final stages of its retrograde. Scorpio is intense, deep and often mysterious in how its affections are expressed and doled out. The Scorpion is placed as one of three symbols of Scorpios energy and can be quick and painful in its sting, rising from beneath the soil unexpectedly. This dynamic has lent itself to uncovering what lay buried beneath the ocean’s floors of our emotional seascape. All that we have kept submerged and hidden, particularly from ourselves now has the potential to be brought to the surface and flushed free as Neptune open’s its gates of release.

Moon in Aquarius

The Moon transits into the astrological sign of airy Aquarius on the date of Neptune’s stationing direct. Mind will finally have its say, but because it is mantled in the cloak of watery Lady Moon, the product will be one that is filled with the rationale about “Why I feel this way”. Within the scope of Aquarius’ gifts is that of vision. Being able to see many outcomes and zero in on what is most needed for the greater good. We can hold this intention in directing the force of Neptune’s release towards its waters being received where they will be of most benefit. When vision and heart collaborate the result can be much like the pressurized watery cleansing of an edifice that has accumulated the grime of years of neglect, yet stands strong and beautiful in the potential of all who will benefit from its purpose.

Under Pressure

So, how do we navigate these waters of force? Ride the current and relax into the freedom of a heart flowing freely and unencumbered. The year is nearing its end and we will soon also be released from the highly electrical charge of Uranus and its retrograde, so for now enjoy a flow that is powerful and potent in what it may be redirected towards. Hold the intention that those areas and people in our lives that need a strong and power flow of love, compassion and understanding will feel the healing waters that we may now offer. Hold the intention that you will be both generator and recipient of the back flow of waters that reveal the limitless depths of expression that you may call upon within your own Neptunian waters. And, as the Moon transits into the astrological sign of Pisces on the 19th, it’s ruling planet, Neptune will carry you to the shores of unconditional love and the deep wisdom of heart-felt compassion.

Read More at:

Lifting the Veil: Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde: Deflecting Light

Enjoy a Pathworking:
The Hall of Pisces

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

 

Destiny Calling, Again! The Blue Moon of July

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon, Neptune, Pluto, Retrogrades, Saturn, The Temple of Pluto, The Temple of Venus, Uranus with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2015 by themagickalpen

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July 31.2015
6:43am (EDT)

Sun in Leo

The Blue Moon of July waxes full tomorrow morning at 6:43a.m. This is the second full moon to occur this month. The first punctuating the first day of July and this one underscoring the last. And, these two full moons were held in Father Sun’s mantles of polarity calling forth the power of Nurture (Sun in Cancer) and Nature (Sun in Leo).

The Full Moon of July 1 set the stage for healing at both the emotional and the levels of will. The foundations and earthiness of Capricorn provided the structure for those lunar waters to flow strongly and productively. Father Sun gently warmed those Cancerian waters to bolster, strengthen and nurture what lay within and provide just enough electromagnetic stream to attract what would serve.

Curtain up and lights full blaze as this Full Moon steps into the spotlight calling to itself what it requires-what it demands and what it will claim as its own to ensure success. Father Sun now wearing the brilliance of Leo’s power sets the waters of an Aquarian Full Moon ablaze as the emotional landscape opens itself to uncharted streams and rivers that lead out to a sea of new vision. The will to survive and to create is fueled by the desire to know and the instinctual actions taken to sustain.

This Full Moon offers a date with destiny as solar will attracts to itself the tools and emotional adjustments required to allow the revelation and truth of your power at all levels of your being. We, as a collective whole have been changing and evolving just as surely as the planets and stars have been moving into dialogue and positioning themselves just so in their orbital paths. Individually, the increased dynamics of cosmic energy we have experienced, this year alone, has affected even the most stable and grounded of persons; taking them outside of their comfort zones.

As we embrace the fullness of this moon’s dynamic, remember to reach back into the space of nurturing and honoring oneself that has been established. Then, allow yourself to be open to the experience of seeing beyond the horizon of what you believed yourself to be capable of achieving.

The Fantastic Four (FIVE)

There have been some very interesting events over the past few months that have stirred the underpinnings of life as we know it. Potent Solar flare activity electrified our planet’s energy fields at multiple levels and those sensitive to the solar fires felt the amplification up of neurological function.

And, with the retrograde of Venus last week on the 25th and Uranus the next day, we currently have five planets in “pause”. Saturn will station direct on August 1st., but the Lord of Time’s impact has been felt as boundaries of linear time and the resultant shattering of an outdated structure have re-assembled and reconfigured to maximize our greatest potential for growth.
                             Read more …..Saturn Retrograde- Time to Clean House

As Saturn loosens its point of focus, four planets will remain in retrograde:

Venus in Capricorn- July 25 through September 6
 Venus Retrograde- Stop in the Name of Love!

Pluto in Capricorn April 16 through Sept. 25
Pluto Retrograde- You’ve Been Served!

Neptune in Pisces June 12 through November 18
Neptune Retrograde- Lifting the Veil

Uranus in Aries July 26 through December 25
Uranus Retrograde- Deflecting Light

As we move through the next several months the place of emphasis and potential for reshaping these areas will relate strongly to what we have crafted as our foundations of past effort and the relationships cultivated in our current world of manifestation (Pluto and Venus in Capricorn), boundaries of compassionate and healing flow (Neptune in its natural ruler of Pisces) and stimulating enough disruption to the status quo to create the fires of will that are undaunted by challenge (Uranus in Aries).

Being mindful that these dynamics are at play and spurring us on towards healing our past and accepting accountability for our future will add the component of intention to each challenge we face. Intention that knows when to surrender to our Higher Will and nurture all that is the best and the worst in us. And, intention that realizes the need to act and follow our natural and instinctual drives that make us uniquely human and connected to all of life on this planet.

Time to Simply Be…

In the fullness of this Moon of Aquarius. I will simply “Be”
I will not script out a ritual or working. I will simply “Be”
I will allow the energy of the day to move through me. I will simply “Be”
I will sit in the evening’s light looking up to the fullness of my Lady. I will simply “Be”

And, in this space of quiet, surrender and communion
I will simply “Become”

Join me in the Temple of Uranus
Beginning August 2015

A Tree of Loving Return – Sun in Pisces

Posted in Astrology, Jupiter, Magick, Moon Tide, Neptune, Qabalah, The Temple of the Sun on March 16, 2015 by themagickalpen

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I dreamed that I was whole 
I dreamed that the word was at peace
I dreamed that all of life understood love
I dreamed that mind knew its own power
I dreamed that wisdom was plentiful
I dreamed that injustice loosened its hold
I dreamed that humanity knew its worth
I dreamed that the work of this world
Called me into the seas of the next
I dreamed that I was whole and complete
As the running waters that ebb and flow within
A loving Tree ran through me

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.

Pisces and Neptune (Jupiter) on the Tree

Astrologically, we have learned that Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of depth, emotion and quickening within birthing waters that are charged with life force. We have experienced the focus of an astrological energy that is loving in its nature and seeking always the place of harmonious interaction. This is the energy of the final sign of the Zodiacal Wheel and it is the vision of the Twin Fish that hints at the mystery and synchronicity to be achieved when heart is attuned to another.

Pisces is the quintessential water sign. Neptune as its ruler is aptly paired with a sign that reaches so deep into the seas and seeks the treasure of a golden heart that beats gently in every creature it encounters. Pisces is the dreamer and through the veiling of murky waters those dreams can take on a vastly different vision, which when brought to the surface does not glitter quite so brightly. The imperfections that are found are forgiven within a Piscean approach, but the level of discernment that is often needed is not as keen in some instances as it should be, leaving Pisces to pick up the pieces of those broken dreams.

The secondary (or original) ruler of Pisces is Jupiter. This is easily envisioned as the ebb and flow of waters that spread themselves too thin at times and go too far out into the ocean’s depths at others. Jupiter puts some of the illusory nature of those deep waters into perspective, allowing Pisces to see into those depths from the vantage point of seeing clear the way through as it parts the waters to reveal a seabed that is alive and rich in life and the nutrients that sustain it. But, that has to be the desired outcome, otherwise Jupiter remains contracted and tightly guarding what needs revealing.

Within the Qabalistic Tree, Pisces and Neptune hold their power in the Sphere of Kether and the Paths of the Tree – 29th and 23rd and Jupiter flows expansively in the 21st. Although, traditionally Kether is given no planetary attribution – the swirlings of creation being one of its assignations- I have also seen Neptune placed here and with it the endings and beginnings that lay within the creative potential of Pisces. When we speak of the energy of Pisces as an experience of compassion, non-judgment and great intuitive sensitivity we are calling forth those waters that run deep and forever cause lasting change wherever their path may lead.

This is the way of the Tree itself; to provide the necessary compassion to understand something more than itself and catalyze its ability to emanate and to do so as a purposeful and intended act of love for what it aspires to know. This is the loving creator/creatrix who willingly splits itself into the necessary components to ensure that new life will begin.

This is the desire for Creation that flows through Kether as the Godhead and is reflected down and through itself in the depths of refined emotions and the sensuous tides of seas that hold the experiences that are the source of the desire to BECOME.

Kether (Neptune) and Tiphareth (Sun)

Pisces Tree

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 up the Mystic’s Path towards the Godhead or Crown of Source and the Limitless All of Kether.

Kether: The Sphere of the Limitless All

Nothing and everything
The endless void fills all time
Until…

One moves in the silence
Stretching and reaching
Towards the other as two
Swiftly take flight.

They mingle and join
Each claiming their own side
So three may point the way.
Each base stretched far and wide.

Foundations are laid
By another close at hand
Who opens the four sealed gates.
Disruption and creative force
Issues forth as the skillfully crafted
Shield of focus reflects the five.

The light is fixed
The seeker is found
As outpour of healing grace
Gives way to the
Harmonious six.

Each walks a path of experience
Pulling and gathering from
Vista’s extremes.
Wisdom and lessons hard won
Fill what moves within.

As six expands to become seven
The meandering web that
Connects becomes entwined.

A continuum of dual
Portal opening and eight
The final climax of force contained.

Like amoebas they move and
Wiggle and stretch and pull
And strain until the
Tension and release
Catapult them over
The initiatory threshold of
Death’s nine gates.

All scatter and disperse
Once again seamlessly
Part of the void of the all
Until…

Once again the singular one rises
Reaching out towards its
Newly quickened mate.

Upon entering Kether on the Tree you have reached the Source or the singular prime point of creation in its descent towards manifest form. Using the analogy of the flood-lights in a theater this is the process of Kether in emanation and creation. The lights themselves are pure white, but with the addition of colored gels that cover the lights something new is created. Specific moods and nuances are evoked. Each light appears to be different, yet if you strip it back to its core state, they are all singular white lights.

Kether is at once the most complex of the spheres and the most simple. This is reflected in its many names and attributions. To some degree these are influenced by the essence of its energy as much as the cultural and occult clues to the nature of the sphere that are contained within. Below is a listing of some of the more widely used names:

• Existence of Existence
• The Concealed of the Concealed
• The Ancient of the Ancient Ones

As you see from the semantics of the three above, the duality or doubling causes a unique polarity to arise. It is also a greater emphasis that is given to the attribute described, which alludes to the timelessness of the energetic construct of Kether. This is the construct of both the Primordial Point and the Point within the Circle.

Kether is the First Sphere on the Tree of Life. This is the place of both beginnings and endings; for in order that something may be born, something must be released to allow for its growth. Kether is assigned the Root of Air as element. And it is Pure Mind that is free to experience all loving compassion for it sees the imperfection of perfection and holds no judgment of what should be. One is the singular place of being that carries with it the hidden space that is more than just itself alone.

The space above and beyond the sphere of Kether is considered The Three Veils of Negative Existence.

What Lives in the Great Above
The Three Veils of Negative Existence

Three Veils

The veils reside above the tree and represent the levels of non-existence just prior to creative force. This is the space of the Great Unmanifest Universe.

Ayin is translated as “nothing” and is the highest and furthest away from Kether. It is the complete absence of existence.

Ayin Soph is the middle veil that emanates in turn from Ayin and is the space of no limit. It is force that is formless and without container or restraint of limitation.

Ayin Soph Aur is the closest veil to the Tree itself and emanates from the limitless nature of Ayin Soph. It means “limitless or eternal light”.

In consideration of the sphere of Kether, it is these Three Veils that create the stimulation, urge and subsequent action towards the Great emanation that is the downpour of Kether, the Crown itself reaching towards matter. We could think of this as the primordial waters that hold the mystery of life, much like the deep waters of the seas of Neptune and Pisces that hold the potential for creation of a new Zodiacal Wheel as Pisces flows into the birthing of a newly (in)formed Aries.

The 29th Path: Pisces and the Moon (A Celestial Reflection of Neptune’s Seas)

29th Path

My Soul seeks the beauty of
Your refined and elegant grace.

My body yearns for the wisdom
Of love and creative fires.

My Spirit hungers for the lessons
Found in the bliss of exquisite form.

The 29th Path is considered the Physical Intelligence. This energy is one of actualizing what the heart desires most. It is the form of intelligence that only finds completion of its nature through physical expression and the will to create and craft. Organization and refinement of what that creation will become are important guides for this energy.

The Planetary/Zodiacal Energy
Moon/Pisces

The Moon is placed upon the 29th Path. Pisces is the astrological sign placed upon this path and represents the completion of the zodiacal wheel. Both of these energies are the fullness of emotional expression and intuitive sight. We are all familiar with the energy of the Moon, the waxing and waning of her phases and the power of her tides. Pisces adds the intensity of intentioned compassion and a grace of flow that signals the endings of one phase and the birthing waters that will signal the next.

This energy is what will stir the passions towards greater and deeper expression of what is refined and beautiful. This is the energy that fuels the soul’s need and inspires the outpouring of this emotional state of pure joy into a state of victorious expression.

Tarot Key XVIII – The Moon

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Image: The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

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 XVIII – The Moon is placed upon the 29th Path. The beasts howl at Lady Moon the queen of ebb and flow and emotional expression. All are attentive to her form and all are held under the sway of her impact. Earth bows to her grace and dreams flow freely as we dip into the oceans that reveal the pearls of great price. Placement of this tarot Key on this path offers encouragement to the power of dreams, visioning, intuitive sight and what is created from our forays into these realms. Music soothes the savage soul, so to the outpouring of creation in phase and cycle of the moon restores man’s connection to the creative effort anchored in the physical and germinated in the spiritual.

Another Path of Expression: Neptune on the 23rd Path

23rd Path
The Sustaining Consciousness

The 23rd Path is considered the Sustaining Consciousness. Thought is sustained by the continual effort of sifting through what is abstract and what can become concrete in clarity and conception. This is the space of brainstorming, so to speak and flexibility and adaptability of mindset in thinking outside of the box is required as the process of selectively weeding through begins. This space of consciousness is one that begins with the precursor of bliss. The pure joy of interface with the Divine and the mental image of that interface that emerges. This is the experience of the Divine as blueprint of what it desires to create in manifest form. The specifications of the blueprint may change in accord with the modifications made, but the basic shape form and energy that created it remains a constant and sustained underlying schematic.

The Element of Water

The element of the 23rd Path is that of Water. These are the waters whose currents run strongly to reshape the shorelines. These are the waters that flow continually carrying within life and potential of the spawning of new form. These are the evolutionary waters that set the process of human form into action. The element of water runs strongly through the 23rd Path. Hod is considered the water temple although its attribution is one of mind and intellect (normally attributed to air). In this respect the flow and intuitive response of water is the deciding factor in what passes through the gates of mind. These waters run deeply into the caverns and recesses of lingering thoughts and flush out what is useless in its creation.

The Planetary Energy
Neptune

The planet Neptune is placed on the 23rd Path. Neptune’s energy is one of deep insight. The image of the trident suggests the trifold nature of mind, will and the fires that catalyze and create the electrical discharge of brilliant pure thought. Neptune offers the promise of visionary dreams and floods of idea and creative image to inspire and further inventiveness. Geburah’s will sets forth the mandate of viability and Hod’s brilliance fills the watery depths with the fires of deep gnosis.

Read more about Neptune in the Temple of the Cosmic Spheres:
Neptune Retrograde- Lifting the Veil

 

Secondary Ruler Jupiter on the Tree
The 21st Path

21st Path

The 21st Path is one of opportunity for achieving 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 greater 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. This Path is also one of Water.

The Planetary Energy
Jupiter

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.

Read More about Jupiter:
Jupiter Retrograde- Expanding Consciousness

Union of Mind and Heart

Pisces Combined Paths

We see within the nature of Pisces the union of Mind and Heart reflected within the Tree. The 23rd Path is place of Pure Mind (Hod) tempered by Action (Geburah) and the 21st Path, directly opposite is that of Heart (Netzach) balanced by Mercy (Chesed). The space held between these two that flow both upwards and downwards is the Middle Pillar of those spheres that are the direct route of communication between the Divine and the Manifest. It is both the place of endings and beginnings and just as the current of flow moves within the heart and mind of Pisces, its union is the return to wholeness informed by compassion and grace.

In Conclusion:

We have come full circle around the Zodiacal Wheel and the Solar Year and have looked at the Tree of Life as more than essence and form. We have come to know the astrology of the Tree as one of many currents flowing through its branches and reaching up into the Cosmos as it anchors itself in the body of the Earth’s bounty. This however, is just the beginning of a journey that sees many lifetimes of expression and in acceptance of this truth we also realize the inter-connectedness that all of life shares.

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 humanity that continually connects us the higher aspiration of Divinity.

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:

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

Lifting the Veil- Neptune Retrograde

Posted in Auspicious Days, Neptune, Pluto, Retrogrades, Saturn with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by themagickalpen
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Graphic Image by: Allstar3061

Neptune Retrograde
June 9- November 15
3:51 p.m.

We are currently in the holding pattern of 4 planets that have stationed Retrograde in the past few months:

Saturn (structure and discipline) March 2 – July 20
Pluto (regeneration and transformation) April 14 – September 22
Mercury (communication) June 7 – July 1

And, the latest planet, Neptune that began its retrograde on June 9th. Each of these planets has their own particular intensity in the normal progressions, so when they retrograde in their cycles and hold strong for the duration of that transit, everything is magnified and enabled for deep and potentially very productive inner dialogue.

We are several weeks into the Saturn and Pluto retrogrades and no doubt you have sensed an underlying need for change (Pluto) that would bring order (Saturn) to certain areas of your life. At times this push was most likely unavoidable and the emotions generated were bubbling under the guise of detachment and apathy (Pluto) as you struggled to hold tight to the (chaotic) status quo. If you have been actively working with the Saturnian and Plutonian energies, although there is still much work to be done in shoring up those aspects within your life that need greater control and regimen (Saturn), you have made efforts towards revitalizing and transforming (Pluto) what could be saved as you sought out to find the weak points and bolster (Saturn) them with more disciplined action and intent.

Mercury’s recent retrograde added to the mix offers the opportunity for deeper scrutiny and a pause on charging ahead. Think of it as a filter to be sure that everything is truly in the correct state of affairs and ready to be expressed (Mercury) in the best possible light when the dust clears and Mercury moves direct. Add to this mix a retrograde of Neptune and you have the potion of change at all levels of self.

Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces (the most compassionate of the Zodiacal signs) and is considered the deepest waters of emotional expression. At this level of submersion the outcome of successful navigation is finding those treasures buried deeply within the subconscious and finding all of those beautiful aspects of self that light the deep abyss with bioluminescence. This light is the heightened awareness that intuitively guides you through the darkness, trusting its course. As Neptune stationed retrograde, the Moon was waxing in the astrological sign of Scorpio. This added a deeper complexity to the start of this retrograde, both being of water, hidden resources and the mysteries of the subconscious.

In Esoteric astrology, Neptune is considered the higher octave of the Moon and is most closely linked to the work of the Soul as it manifests its purpose through our physical form. These are the emotions that have been drawn into the Soul level and have been infused with a deep and mystical understanding of all compassionate Love. This burgeoning of compassion produces a sensitivity to others that during the retrograde may become more pronounced. Try to take nothing “personally”, but instead allow these feelings to move easily along simply acknowledging them and then letting them pass. Part of the work in being human is learning that we can be attuned to others, but do not need to wear the mantle of their sorrows as our own.

The Moon provides the flow of understanding and intuition that create the space for healing and compassion. The waxing and waning of this energy, carefully carving the pathway of opening, much like the shoreline’s redefinition with the ebb and flow of the tides, that changes the way in which we interact and present ourselves to the world. This is the aspect of “humanity” within that connects us to the collective condition of the human race. This is where understanding and compassion lives within and it is from the vista of this inner temple that we can safely dive into the surrounding waters that hold the keys for expression. If we amplify this energy moving deeper into the mysteries of our emotional seascape, Neptune (Archetypically, The King of the Sea) awaits us ready to guide that journey.

Neptune comes as an initiator into the deeper mysteries of the Soul’s work. Much of this work is brought to the surface through our dreams and the intended focus of allowing ourselves to be receptive to the insights offered. Traditionally, Neptune is attributed with holding a veil of illusion that clouds the true sight. It is true that the deep waters of the ocean’s depths can be murky and lack the clarity that is needed in seeing what lay ahead. But, this so called “veiling” is also what encourages us to rely on our inner sense of sight and visioning that is the truer course. The lifting of this veil is also the threshold we pass through as we enter into the dream state and deep visioning.

When Neptune retrogrades our dreams often become richer and more active as the intuitive senses open to the deeper reserves that are Neptune’s domain. Entering into the dream state with questions posed or a problem to be solved during this time will often provide the necessary keys for answer and resolution. If we approach this work wielding the Trident of King Neptune we can make use of the specific type of energy it represents. This triad emanates will, love and intellect working cohesively through its pointed directive. This interaction pierces the waters of our deepest nature and the result is one of active creation and transformation of what rises to the surface. We require the will of desire to accomplish our intended goal. The emotional engagement (love) fuels that desire and the inventive mind allows us to see the task from all perspectives and reach viable conclusion. The cycle begins anew with the seed of thought (intellect) acting as catalyst to inspired the newly informed will to love.

So, dive deeply into the dreamscape. Hold the intent of seeing with a deeper sense of what will support your spiritual journey and light the way towards moving intuitively and organically through all of your actions. Envision a space of deepening that is your inner Temple of insight that allows you to lift the veil of what you feel yourself to be. Look out on the vastness that is the ocean of your dreams, hopes, creations and all things that add the “humanity” to your physical expression.

A Little Numerology:

Neptune retrogrades on the Ninth (9) day of the Sixth (6) month. Nine is the number of initiations, thresholds, death and rebirth. Six is the illumined trinity of harmonious action. The 3 parts of selves elevated in dialogue with the 3 higher parts of Being. And, the entire year we re held under the number 7 (2014= 2+1+4=7). Seven is the number of new paths taken carved from the experiences and lessons learned previously. It is the space of higher education and new trails to be blazed.

 

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