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New Moon in Scorpio: The Waters of a Fiery Creation

Posted in Astrology, New Moon, Scorpio on November 17, 2017 by themagickalpen


November 18.2017
New Moon in Scorpio
6:42a.m. (EST)

Sun in Scorpio

The Moon waxes New in the watery astrological sign of Scorpio tomorrow morning at 6:42a.m. The Sun is in its last days of solar Scorpio and all of this potent occult energy emerges from the recent parting of the veils at Samhain.

Scorpio is unique in that it is the only of the twelve (12) astrological signs that expresses itself three very distinct ways; the Scorpion, the Eagle and the mythical Phoenix. Many mistakenly think of Scorpio as being a Fire sign, rather than water, largely because of its active and catalytic nature. And, this assignation is not that far off, since all of the elements contain within themselves each of the other three (3) as modifiers of their energy, such as Water of Water, Fire of Water, Earth of Water and Air of Water. Think if it this way, the actor (Water) wears different costumes (the other 3 elements moving through the primary element/actor) to portray different characters, archetypes and energies. Underneath it all, the actor (water) remains who and what its dominant and core energies are, but adapts that core to model a portion of what overlays it (one of the other elements).

Scorpio, displays this beautifully in its three forms. The Scorpion is earthy and deeply rooted in primal instinct. Its foundation is one survival and this includes remaining hidden in its actions so as not to attract the attention of what would consume it. Earth of Water provides the container for the water to remain or to flow. If the earth container is too rigid, the water will evaporate (survival instinct!) and become stagnant in the process. If the earth provides flexibility, the active flow of the water’s need to move and remain enlivened creates new pathways and the beginnings of a flowing body of healing waters can emerge. You could consider this model as the metaphor for shadow work. That which flows in the deep waters below and carries the sting of the Scorpion, can become the healing waters that stir us to movement in creating new pathways of understanding and intuitive nature.

The Eagle soars in the light, and because of its keen sight and ability to fly above what could destroy it, the Eagle has the benefit of both land and air. Air of water can be placed here. This is the breath of inspiration. The currents that carry the seeker towards its pinnacle and its goal. And the brilliance of a plan that will ensure success in finding and capturing the prey needed to survive. This is the survival of the Scorpion refined and honed in its enacting and rising above as the Eagle.

The Phoenix is the final result of the scorpion’s healing waters and the eagle’s keen sight aloft. These are the Fire-filled waters that render down what no longer serves and from the ashes (another return to earthy wisdom)something of beauty that is both hidden and in plain sight is born.

Beyond the traditional astrological assignations of Scorpio, wherever Scorpio has its imprint, change and opportunity is at hand. Another aspect of Scorpio’s energy is that of its waters being of the Fixed modality. This fixed nature is ready to receive from what has been catalyzed (Cardinal energy) and to expel what has been synthesized and given structure from its fixed container into the adaptive and flexible expansion of Mutable energy.

I’m going to add another layer to the triune nature of Scorpio, so just breathe! The qualities of those three modalities I just referenced – Cardinal (beginnings and initial catalyst) – Fixed (synthesis and structure) – Mutable (expansive and flexible) – also describe the potential held in Scorpio.

The nature of Scorpio as the scorpion is one of cardinal energy in the organic process of transformation offered. We use the scorpion to cloak and hide ourselves from the light. It is of no matter why we are doing this, the intention is still the comfort and safety felt when you don’t reveal too much of yourself and your emotional nature for fear of exposing the soft underbelly. Control and primal instinct are often not good bedfellows, but by learning to navigate in the recesses of our emotional earthiness, we are able to jumpstart movement into the light.

The nature of Scorpio as the eagle is one of fixed energy. We now are ready to synthesize our experience as the scorpion and our fear of flying. Flying out into the light where all can look up and see the glory and beauty of our wings carried within the container of sky and earth. We breathe in the air and the light and the transformation and integration of survival and discernment now are available. From the vantage point of rising above we can be discerning and accurate in what our next actions will be and where and how we choose to expose our emotions to the world.

And, finally, the nature of Scorpio as the Phoenix is complete transmutation that is mutable. The need to expand beyond what was thought to be capable, and to reach across the threshold of death (endings are also of the mutable nature) as manifest form is quickened. This is also the synthesis emanating from the Eagle’s fixed form, allowing the dissolution of limitation. No longer are the emotions and the desires held at bey, they now become the healing flames that ebb and flow in waters that have been purified and consecrated by trial and error for the express purpose of rebirth.

The New Moon of Quickening

This New Moon is an opportunity to set a new course. To dive deeply into the waters of emotion that lay hidden and allow a more intuitive way of navigating those dark waters to emerge. That initial burst of energy can be used as you visualize how much more discernment you will have as you make choice of which of these drops of dark waters can be carried into the light and used to form new rivers and streams that will eventually fall from the heights, cascading down as waterfalls. And, most importantly, allow the possibility for change to seep into every cell of your body. The possibility of rising in beauty and power, all because you willingly let drop the guard that held the most useful of those emotions and intuitive gifts to remain hidden.

Wax towards the fullness of your own lunar potential as you emerge catalyzed by the fiery waters of Scorpio’s creation! Blessings on this auspicious day….

Read more About Scorpio:

Meeting on Solid Ground-New Moon in Scorpio
Sun in Scorpio: Open the Floodgates and Lift the Veils
Flaming Sea-New Moon in Scorpio

Audio:
Astrological  Gifts– Scroll down to:

April 22.2016- Full Moon in Scorpio
Light Arising from the Moon

October 22.2016- 4th Qrt. Moon in Leo-Sun in Scorpio
The Hall of Scorpio

To Learn More About the Alchemical Elements and the Sub-Elements:
The Elemental Year-Aligning the Parts of SELF
R. Fennelly.February 2013

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The Beauty of a New Darkness-New Moon in Libra

Posted in Astrology, Esbat, Libra, New Moon on October 19, 2017 by themagickalpen

New Moon in Libra
3:12p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Libra

The moon waxes new this afternoon in the astrological sign of Cardinal (beginnings and catalyzing) Libra. Libra is of the Air element and its symbol is scales of balance. Its focus is that of balancing and harmonizing the mental process through the vision of beauty and refinement; think of image of Venus on the half shell.

I decided to do something a little different for this writing and placed the energies available for this moon’s phase in the context of astrological fiction. The piece is entitled, “The Beauty of a New Darkness”, an astrological tale in 3-parts.

As the solar energies are in their very last potency aligned with Libra and readying to transit into a new solar month of Scorpio on October 23rd. and we are nearing Samhain’s gates, it seemed like an appropriate expression of creativity to offer. Enjoy…

The Beauty of a New Darkness

Prelude: Part One
Act One: Part Two
Act Two: Part Three

Hidden Equilateral Refinement! The Autumnal Equinox

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

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

September 22.2017

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

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

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

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

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

The Natural Order

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

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

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

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

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

What weighs heavy on the scales of Light!

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

Uranus = Mercury/Neptune = Venus/Pluto = Mars

Uranus Retrograde in Aries
Direct Jan. 2018

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

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

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces
Direct on Nov. 22

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

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn
Direct September 28

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

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

What If? New Moon in Cancer

Posted in Auspicious Days, Lunar, Magick, Neptune, New Moon, Pluto, Retrogrades, Saturn on June 22, 2017 by themagickalpen

June 23.2017
New Moon in Cancer
10:31p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Cancer

This New Moon is hot on the heels of Wednesday’s Summer Solstice (6.22.2017) and Solar Transition into the astrological sign of Cancer. Cancer is all about family, home, security, feeling valued and feeling safe. Everything that we all hope for in our earthly existence and much of how those things play out in our lives are based on the nebulous balance of control and surrender.

We have emerged from the day of the Summer Solstice, basking in the longest day of light and feeling the sun’s warmth wrap around us like a soothing blanket welcomed in coming in from a cold blustery day. The Solstice energy is one of over abundance of one energy so that the other may take its hold and ultimately do the work of preparation necessary to achieve the balance and momentary equilibrium that will follow at the time of the equinox.

How we use that over abundance is framed by our perspective of what is safe, what is of value, what will provide security and where will we find the solace of home and family if everything does not go as planned. But, what if we could take hold of all that is of benefit and unconditionally trust that all will proceed “as it should”. Mind, I did not say, positively, negatively or other. Each of those states has both boons and failures. That’s where trust comes into play. Knowing that regardless of the semantics we use to identify a situation as beneficial or negative there is a fair amount of the other in each. We are able to celebrate the longest day, despite the knowledge that it also heralds the descent into lessening light and colder weather.

We know that this will continue until it peaks and then we begin the process of calling to ourselves the light that we “trust” will glow brightly with the Sun’s strengthening and return at the Winter Solstice. In the meanwhile we are called indoors and seek the warmth and comfort of home, cuddle in with family as we “wait out” the darkness and redefine what these things truly mean to us. All very Cancerian pursuits prompted by a singular point on the Great Wheel and astronomical time that became the inspiration for diving more deeply into those places and people that offer security.

What if we allowed these re-defining moments to become a continuous flow of wave and current? The emotional sea that keeps us afloat regardless of the stormy seas of outer conflict and disappointments. The safe haven in which we could find the comfort of healing and loosen our fear of drowning in the dark abyss of waters that lay beneath the surface. What if we stopped struggling to rise above the waters and instead embraced them in all of their fullness as they crest and recede in the wake of our life’s journey?

Retrogrades:

Saturn in Sagittarius (April – August 25) – Mid-point
Neptune in Pisces (June 16 – November 22)
Pluto in Capricorn (April 20 – September 28)

We have our planetary family of allies in our journey of ‘What if”. The focus and intention of the retrograde slowing calls out, “What if you heeded my lessons and drank deeply from the introspective wisdom I offer? “.

In this lunation and Solar month of Cancer’s Cardinal (initializing energies that catalyze the first beginnings) Waters of life (and light) all that gives structure and organization to what we value and hold dear as our space of sanctuary is held in the wisdom of Saturn’s regimentation. Saturn is in the Fiery sign of Sagittarius-Mutable and flexible in its contractive and expansive desire to reach beyond and act. This Saturnian wisdom holds the light of fires that seek out others of like-mind and intention and its gift for this Cancerian New Moon is in the “What if, I trust in myself and allow my heart and my emotions to seek out a broader family of those I treasure and who treasure me? What might I learn about love, and my ability to love and be loved? And, how will that change the structure I have built for myself of what can be? “.

Retrograde Neptune in its ruling sign of Pisces allows for a depth of exploring what has been buried deep in the seas of our willingness to trust. Mutable and flexible Pisces gives of itself unconditionally; no ocean is too deep, no lake to long and no sea too stormy to get to the place of love and compassion that transcends its needs for that of the other. This is the ultimate giver, supporter and nurturer of each individual, seeing all as an extension of the beauty and Divinity of what is the source of its creation. What if you allowed this unconditional love to flood through you? What if you surrendered to its gifting you with the peace and sanctuary of forgiveness, hope and the truth of this beauty flowing through all despite the angry seas of emotion that we may encounter? This sea’s gift for this Cancerian New Moon calls to you to “Sink into my healing waters. Have no fear, you will not drown. I will gently support your descent as we move down deeper than you have braved alone. What is seen as murkiness and illusion in the refracting of my light in these depths, is simply a mirror reflecting back the beauty of your Soul. The clarity that you seek is the real illusion, for only that which is rigid and unyielding will produce that image. You are the flow of this sea itself and what you fear in my depths, is of your loving creation. So, fear not and instead see the beauty of my bioluminescent life below and the sanctuary found in this watery home.”

And, finally the ally of Pluto, master of the unknown and keeper of the mystery of re-membering the past and future as a gift to the present. Pluto in earthy Capricorn forms the foundation and acts as the scaffolding of confidence to explore what cannot be seen; proceeding from a place of security that has upheld on every occasion of doubt. What if, we stood at the gates of the unknown and called out to what lay beyond trusting that what answered would be precisely where and what we would need to grow. Capricorn allows for growth that spans the depths and reaches the heights, all the while being held in safety and surety that you will not falter. This is only true, if you take those first steps and if you allow the “What if, I don’t succeed?” become the “What if I excel?”.  Pluto’s gift for this Cancerian New Moon dares you “to try. To trust in the process. To recognize all (and who) that supports and upholds your heart’s desires. And, in that moment of allowing your heart to sing and move in the beauty of its birthright, you will draw from the lessons of the past, and use them to anchor yourself in the present as you look towards a future that becomes the Cancerian space of home, family and security.” 

What If..

So, on this day of the New Moon of Beginnings in the Watery Seas of Cancer I return to the question I posed at the start…

“What if we allowed these re-defining moments to become a continuous flow of wave and current? To become the emotional sea that keeps us afloat regardless of the stormy seas of outer conflict and disappointments. The safe haven in which we could find the comfort of healing and loosen our fear of drowning in the dark abyss of waters that lay beneath the surface. What if we stopped struggling to rise above the waters and instead embraced them in all of their fullness as they crest and recede in the wake of our life’s journey?”

What if?….

New Moon in Taurus-Calling the Four Holy Creatures

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


April 26.2017
New Moon in Taurus
8:16am.

Sun in Taurus

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

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

The Four Holy Creatures

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

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

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

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

We could think of these energies in this way:

In It’s Mundane State….

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

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

In It’s Mundane State….

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

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

In It’s Mundane State….

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

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

In It’s Mundane State….

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

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

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

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

Entering the Temple of the Moon

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

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

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

Blessings on your Work…Robin

Reset-Firing Up New Beginnings! New Moon in Aries

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


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

Sun in Aries

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

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

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

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

Sun
Moon
Mercury
Venus (Retrograde)
Uranus

Think of it this way:

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

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

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

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

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

A Journey Through the Solar Year

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

The Temple of the Sun


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

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

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

New Moon in Aquarius: Build the Vision of What Could Be!

Posted in Astrology, New Moon on January 27, 2017 by themagickalpen

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January 27.2017
New Moon in Aquarius
7:07p.m. (EST)

Sun in Aquarius

The last post, Scry Deeply For Your Vision of Change, issued a call to reaching into those deep waters of self to explore who you are and what your core beliefs and philosophies reflect. And, now 8 days later, the Moon begins Her phase of new journey, potential and HOPE in the astrological sign of Aquarius. The work that was claimed and shed during that 4th Quarter phase on the 19th is ready for the quickening of its energy as we enter the dynamics of an Aquarius Moon and Sun opening the Gates to what an inspired mind can produce.

The Moon transits New this evening in the astrological sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is sign of elemental Air and Fixed (synthesis to create a stable foundation from which to draw) modality. With its placement as the 11th sign (of 12) on the Zodiacal Wheel there is a sense of cumulative understanding that has progressed from the first thoughts of Gemini’s agility and ease with communication (Mutable:flexible and expansive Mind:air) and found its refined and balanced expression in Libra (Cardinal:catalytic new beginnings of Seed Thought:air). Libra is the space of awareness of what new products may be created from the inpouring of Gemini’s mental explorations. Aquarius being the last and 3rd of the Air (mind and communication) infused signs takes from its predecessors and gathers all of the extraneous information and varied styles of communication as the blueprint to be created for a vision that will electrify and propel all who can understand the nuances and complexities of that vision into the future carried on the breath of change. Think of the change and potential for new creations that occurred with the realization of electricity as an alternative source to the limitations of candle light.

This electrical capacity is driven by its ruling planet, Uranus- the higher amplification of Mercury. We all know of Mercury’s mysteries and the infamous retrograde where communication slows and/or stalls and misunderstanding abounds. Now envision that communication and deftness of ease in moving from topic to topic and upgrade it to lightspeed. Or, in other words, Mercury is the beautiful letter that arrives several days later via mail courier and Uranus is the text that is instantaneous and can reach across the seas! This also means that when we call upon Uranus to inspire and inform the work of synthesis that Aquarius exerts on all matters of the mind, intellect, communication and flow of exchange – the result is a think tank that can envision all sides of a possibility and spit out at will a suitable outcome in half the time, to boot!

Unfortunately, most of this is done using logic and the tendency is to neglect the human equation in the formula. Pure thought can be a beautiful tool for building the constructs of what could be and if that construct is infused with the nurturing of a heart based action, the vision becomes one that can be built upon grace as what is devised in the realm of air takes form in the manifest world. This is also the pivotal point of trust. Trust that what is abstract can be applied in practical fashion to the benefit of All, not just a few. Fear feeds into this lack of trust, as the mind can derail the most heartfelt plans when over analysis and withdrawal into the imagined rather than what is possible become a distraction.

And, perhaps the greatest fear is that of success. Of being able to breathe life into what you envision and then ultimately also being responsible for its care and feeding to sustain that breath. Using the energy of Uranus as a means of keeping that electricity flowing pulls from a cosmic source that has no fear and is ripe and full with the potential of new action.

This New Moon can begin to turn the tides of what you fear into what you will create for yourself, and ultimately, each in turn  who claim that power of self-directed change add to the collective spirit of what can be built for all. Aquarius is the breath of innovation and solution. It can then communicate that solution in a way that reaches into the networking of energy that we are all part of. The right mindset that flashes on that neon billboard can’t help but be noticed and what results from that display of light and expression is like attracting like, one inspired action, one inspired thought, one inspired place of new beginning-at a time.

Claiming Your Power 
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The day after this New Moon, and still in its aura of waxing, the planet Mars transits into Aries, its ruling astrological sign. Mars is raw energy and action, which is why it often gets the negative reputation of aggression and war like posturing. Yes, I used the word posturing, because in many cases, this rebellious and war like sign is a facade for misdirected enthusiasm and the inability to remain still. Aries, being the youth and first sign of the zodiac is aptly served by Mars. Think about the boundless energy that a child has. And, sometimes that over-the-top excitement causes havoc and stirs up the emotions in the parent who has to be the one in charge. But if guided well, that Mars like energy can strengthen that child’s resolve in working hard towards their goals and facing challenges head on.

As we continue to build that vision of what could be and we anchor into the power of Mars in its most natural state of being, we can tap into an unending supply of determination and determined-action that will break down some of the feelings of powerlessness we may have.

Use this New Moon to craft a dynamic blueprint of how you will move through the year ahead. Be as the place of synthesized inspiration, drawing into yourself what you know of yourself to be your strengths and honoring those places of weakness that you perceive. Let the vision unfold, pixel by pixel, as you allow the inspired spark of electrified wisdom stabilize the vision of what can be. Draw from that spark the fires of asserting yourself fueled by a vision that is not diminished by the challenges that will unfold as the vision grows and gains in might. And, with each breath taken allow yourself to be open to the bigger picture of you as a singular yet unique and vital piece of a much larger community that together can build the vision of what will be…

A Ritual Pathworking to Sustain

On Saturday Afternoon I will be posting a Ritual Pathworking that corresponds to a very special ritual our coven will be doing live on Sunday- Lighting Our Torches! All Hail, Columbia! You may use this as a resource of continued working as we move through the remainder of Solar Aquarius and greet the charismatic heat of the Full Moon in Leo and a Lunar Eclipse on February 10th.

Click Here:  Lighting the Torch! A Ritual Pathworking…

Blessings of vision on your sacred work….Robin

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