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Sun in Aquarius – A Future Tree

Posted in Astrology, Qabalah, The Temple of the Sun, Uranus on February 11, 2015 by themagickalpen

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A Tree of vision
Reached far beyond
What was known.

Its roots spun down
Into stardust as the descent
Into the mundane
Was Begun.

All shifted in the chaos
And new life was
Spawned in the
Inventive mind.

A Tree of Vision
Pours its heart
From a vessel
Deep and strong.

And what issues from it
Is birthed from a mind
That seeks solace in
The loving embrace of
Its Creatrix.

A Tree of Vision
Shows the blinding light
That flashes as dreams become
Manifest reality and guide

The way of the seeker.

A Tree of Hope holds the key
That created the worlds of
Starlight in a
Velvety black sky.

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.

Aquarius and Uranus (Saturn) on the Tree

Astrologically, we have learned that Aquarius is ruled by the planet of electrical, rebellious and dynamic flow, Uranus. We have experienced the focus of an astrological energy that is quick and resolute in its forward moving direction, blazing the way for what will follow. This is the energy of the water-bearer and when we consider the archetypal image that is associated with Aquarius is one of continual flow and disbursement, its planetary ruler is the perfect system of support. Although an Air sign, Aquarius acts very much like water and the symbol of glyph that are two wavy lines are evocative of that nature to move in wave pattern. The secondary ruler of Aquarius is Saturn. We know of Saturn’s ability to bring structure and order. This is the directive of Aquarius when its energy begins to heat up and move in ways that establish a new set of order.

Within the Qabalistic Tree, Aquarius and Uranus hold their power in the Sphere of Chokmah and the Paths of the Tree – 28th and 11th. When we speak of the energy of Aquarius as an experience of great vision, the reference is to the ability to arrive at conclusion via the shortest and most concise route. As an Air sign, Mind is of the highest priority and the Illumined Mind is the ultimate goal.

This is the way of the Tree itself; to provide a vision of the potential. To provide a vision of what could be improved upon and to provide a vision of how by informed collaborative effort, the sheer brilliance of Divinely inspired Will shall prevail. These are the Cosmic ideals that flow through all of the zodiacal energies, the starry patterns, the planets and more. This is the great expanse of Chokmah, the sphere of wisdom that is born of the Universe’ knowingness.

Chokmah (Uranus) and Tiphareth (Sun)

Chokmah

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 towards the flow of energy represented by the essence of Wisdom found in the sphere of Chokmah.

Chokmah: The Sphere of the Cosmic Father’s Wisdom

The swirlings of cosmos
And the dust of galaxy
Wind around me
Drawing my being
Into the vortex
Of formless unity.

He looks upward
And the light
Of a million stars
Pointedly glare back.
Each flowing into
Its own rhythm of
Celestial course.

He looks downward
And form moves
And stirs beneath
The scrutiny of HIS gaze
All is quickened by this
This illumined SELF-awareness.

Formless brilliance flashes
Its point of beacon
Drawing HIS gaze
Upwards
And in response
The path is opened.

The singular eye of
The primal void
Focuses as droplets
Of soul filled
Tears issue forth.

This torrent of force
Now having seen
Its vision of SELF
Becomes a floodgate
Of potentiality.

The sphere of Chokmah is part of the Supernal Triad – Kether – Chokmah and Binah. These are the spheres of creation.

Chokmah is the Second Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of the number 2 is the finding of collaboration and relationship. The singular 1 (Kether- The Source) has moved beyond itself and formed alliance with another in order to create. At the level of the supernals, all flows in harmony; each path, each sphere working in tandem with one another in the creative effort. Additionally, each component offers a different perspective or dynamic to contribute to that outpour. Three faces, each in support of the other yet one in the same and emanating from the One.

Chokmah is assigned the element of Root of Fire. Each of the elements has the attribute of containing essences of the other three elements contained within and being reflected in varying degrees in accord with their power of exertion. In keeping with this thought, fire is expressed as Air of Fire, Water of Fire, Earth of Fire and in its most pure essence Fire of Fire. The three Supernal spheres of Binah, Chokmah and Kether are all ascribed the pure essence of the element they represent, as they themselves are of the Highest and most refined nature of all the sephiroth of the Tree.

Within the energy of Chokmah we find the Father/Stimulator. His is the seed that ensures that the egg of potential will not remain inert and unviable. It is the nature of the male to provide the seed of life. Without this outpouring, the feminine principle that gives it life and provides the space for gestation and release into a manifest form of existence (or being) would never occur. It is from this principle that the Wisdom of Chokmah is made evident. This is Wisdom of the cyclical and continued nature of energy, life and the Universe. It is pure unadulterated “knowing” that simply exists because it knows no other way “to be”. In descent from Kether, Wisdom is the first attribute of the great Divinity received by Chokmah. On ascent from the manifest plane of Malkuth, Wisdom is the last gift that is received and as such this all knowingness destroys the boundaries and limitations of the world, as we know it, including our perceived notions of ourselves. It is for this reason that in discussion of these Higher Supernals, metaphor and analogy that resonates and is comprehensible to us as human beings is all that can be used; for these are the spheres and energies that cannot be articulated or described in any manner that one in physical incarnation could comprehend. They are the ideals we are striving towards as translated into a human experience.

The Sphere of Active Flow

The energy of Chokmah is one of Consciousness that radiates out the pure essence of consciousness in its primal state of illumined activity. Just as Binah is the origin of the form of the idea of consciousness and as such is the essence of that form as well as a state of that consciousness, Chokmah is the product of pure consciousness unrestricted and flowing freely from Creator to Creation. Its consciousness is not bound by time or space as it resides in all time and all space. It is in this way that true wisdom is reflected. A state of being that encompasses all and holds the key to the manifest world waiting to be used in opening as it flows towards Binah.

The 28th Path: Aquarius and Uranus (Saturn)

28th Path

I remember the grace of mastery
I remember how it felt to create
I remember the joy of expression
I remember the victory of my efforts
I remember the thrill of final selection
I remember the beauty that surrounded
I remember the pain of being deceived.

The 28th path is considered the Natural Intelligence. It is our natural state to produce beauty and to be creative in our expressions. The fact is that our existence and the forms we have constructed for ourselves that are ever changing, renewing and sustaining is a creative act in itself. Opening to the Higher intelligence that works in preservation of the physical forms that we hold, the Divine essence of our Soul and the lessons we are to master in these forms is our natural state of being. In this manner of acknowledging our true connection to the Divine and the birthright we have access to claim, we show a form of intelligence that transcends mere mind and intelligence. This is the work of Aquarius. It is mind that shows the truth of our Divinity.

The Planetary/Zodiacal Energy
Uranus/Saturn/Aquarius

Uranus and Saturn are co-ruling planets of the astrological sign of Aquarius. Uranus is the great electrifying current that rebelliously stirs up whatever its force is put upon. This planet is considered the higher octave of the planet Mercury, the great communicator. The communication set into motion with Uranian energy is that of blazing its way through the circuit boards and enlivening and quickening instantaneously.

The planet Saturn is the great organizer and structure, time management and order are its directive. Saturn is considered the Gatekeeper of time and as such what passes through in accord with time’s perceived progression is strictly and rigidly monitored for its efficacy in application.

In numerology the 28th Path, or 2+8 reduces to the number 10/1+0. The number Ten represents the beginning of a new cycle that has crossed the threshold of death and reinvented itself from the past experience. In the spirit of Aquarius and collaborative effort, the 1 + 0 could be considered in the context of the singular 1 and the limitless all of 0 standing side by side, each informing the other.

Tarot Key XVII – The Star

Tarot Star
Image: Thalia Took

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 XVII – The Star, is placed on the 28th Path. The reference is one of comfort within the realms of manifest form and remembrance of the cosmic connection and stellar birthright we carry within us. The stars of the Pleiades shine brightly above and the feminine principle pours the waters of life upon the ground of foundation and in return to the sourced of its taking. She is naked under a celestial sky.

The energy of this Tarot Key on the 28th Path is one of connection to the source of our creation. This is the reminder of our access to the creative impulse that gave birth to the heavens and our ability to call that into creation in the manifest world.

Another Path of Expression: Uranus on the 11th Path
The 11th Path: A Path of Emanation

11th Path

The 11th Path is the first point of connection of two spheres in emanation from the Godhead of Kether. This is the space of the point of the One and its awareness of its singularity becoming the first of what become the two of creative outpour. This path is the first of the Lightening Flash of involution moving in flow downwards towards it ultimate goal of manifestation. This Path is the conduit of Life and Death. In this case, the death is that of the spiritual self now enfolded as a part of the singular whole. It is also the place of beginnings. The first seed of action that prepares the way for what will be birthed in the sphere of Malkuth.

The Planetary Energy

Uranus

Alone, the Singular One cried out
Seed of potential and the flow
Of brilliant Light issued forth.

Cosmos of stars and planets
Worlds of dark and light all
Drawn toward the one point
Of Divine Creation’s Mind.
What will be offered up to the
Downpour of Spirit’s intent
What will become of this
Dynamic flow of becoming?

Trust in the process
Step into the unknown
The Light of All-knowing
Guides and illuminates all
Who stand in the dynamic
Flow of Its creative potential.

Uranus is the great electrifying current that rebelliously stirs up whatever its force is put upon. This planet is considered the higher octave of the planet Mercury, the great communicator. The communication set into motion with Uranian energy is that of blazing its way through the circuit boards and enlivening and quickening instantaneously. Place upon the first path of emanation from the Source of Kether into the vessel of Chokmah as the Divine Father insures that the seed will be potent and the flow will be dynamic in its outpouring.

In Conclusion:
As we consider the attributes of Aquarius and its ruling planet Uranus and their impact on the Tree of Life the prominent focus is one of inventive mind. Being able to use this raw inspiration and creative process of what can be as a springboard for what will become is the natural flow of emanation that is inherent within the Tree. Aquarius provides the stuff of dreams, and Uranus electrifies the atmosphere so that like will attract like and the circuit of energy sparks into brilliance.

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:
WitchVox: 13 Keys- The Wisdom of Chokmah
The Magickal Pen: Geburah’s Might
13 Keys to the Qabalistic Tree of Life
Reading:
The Inner Chamber Series. R. Fennelly
Volume One: It’s Written in the Stars (2013)
Volume Two: Poetry of the Spheres (2013)
Volume Three: Awakening the Paths (2014)
Order at author’s website: Robin Fennelly

 

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On the Prowl-Full Moon in Leo

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Full Moon, Jupiter, Lunar, Mercury, The Temple of the Sun on February 1, 2015 by themagickalpen

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Full Moon in Leo
February 3.2015
6:09 pm (EST)

Sun in Aquarius

Retrogrades: Jupiter in Leo and Mercury in Capricorn

The Moon waxes Full Tuesday evening at 6:09 pm (EST) in the astrological sign of Leo (Fixed Fire). The opposition of astrological energy that naturally occurs during a Full Moon phase is the tug of war between what appear to be opposing energies. In this lunation that thought is best expressed using the imagery of a big cat on the prowl, moving with stealth and hidden in the darkness of the night sky- until it walks into the rays of moonlight. The strength of Solar energy is mid-point in the visionary sign of inquisitive Aquarius; this is the energy that seeks its information in all spaces, both overt and occult. As the creative waters of Mother’s Moon are strengthened with the Leonine dynamics and skill of Leo; Aquarius often presents its insights and all the while those recipients of these bytes of info, had no clue these were part of the skill set for that individual. When Aquarius goes on the prowl for knowledge, nothing is off-limits for what it seeks out intuitively (Lunar). The quality of Fixed Fire is that of applying the necessary heat that will force movement and thus catalyze to active synthesis and expansion of whatever that heat makes application to.

Fixed signs are the source of stability primarily through their ability to gather everything that is relevant, stir til just right and then allow natural expansion to occur moving towards something entirely unexpected. As such when applied to water the action is one of forming boundaries and creating suitable container to distribute the flow in a viable manner. Add to this the Solar expression of Leo, that finds its greatest strength in the sheer magnetic appeal of placing itself in the center of any situation and you have the necessary fires of magnetic attraction that serve to quicken as the womb of creation becomes a fertile container for whatever may be birthed.

The caution however is one of making that container one that is driven by ego and action that is only directed towards self-gratification. Being in the spotlight and the strength and courage that is acquired from adoration and accolades is very seductive. Having the potential for great leadership can go terribly wrong when it becomes domination rather than collaborative and caring interaction. No great leader has become so without recognition that without having mutual respect between themselves and those they lead is the first and foremost ingredient to success.

Drawn to the Light…
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The challenge in this Full Moon’s energy is one of balance and finding just the right amount of claiming your place in the spotlight (Leo) and doing so for the sake of humanity’s uplifting (Aquarius). Like the moth attracted to the light, a swift demise in what your initial altruistic intention was may occur with too much attention and light that reveals your vulnerabilities. If we draw on the Sun’s energy of strengthening Aquarius’ natural detachment from singular human needs, the potential to remain strong and determined in what will benefit all concerned is much more likely.

From a perspective of elemental correlate, we have the opposition of Sun in Airy and cerebral Aquarius and Moon in Fiery and fiercely protective Leo. Water fans the flame of Fire if appropriately and gently applied. If too much force of air is released that same flame may be extinguished if it has not been allowed sufficient time to build in intensity. Mind and Will to Action are great bedfellows that produce the most amazing and accomplished of children when each is willing to give a part of themselves in sacrifice to other. If not approached with mutual respect, all those wonderful inventive thoughts dissipate and never take form and the will to act burns itself out moving without informed direction in a chaotic and unproductive way.

This is an excellent Full Moon configuration for finding that place within that inspires you to move, act, think, and fuel a future that exemplifies the higher vision of your most creative self.

Retrogrades of Potential:
Mercury in Capricorn and Jupiter in Leo

You may have wondered why I did not post about the Mercury Retrograde that occurred on January…. If you have been following these Temple explorations, you know that I like to think outside the box, and push the standard interpretation to reveal a more intuitive expression. I waited for the mid-point of both the Mercury and Jupiter retrogrades for this Full Moon and the mid-point of the Solar energy of Aquarius.

Mercury is mid-point in its retrograde energy of Capricorn; the astrological sign we explored last month that holds the keys to dipping into what will ground and anchor and reaching up towards what connects us to the cosmos. Capricorn relates to the “human” experience and manifest reality, so those communications will be practical mundane in orientation. Although Mercury retrograde has the bad rap of miscommunication, what if we thought instead of this dynamic as opportunity to be more precise and deliberate in our communications. Add the range of Capricorn’s experience and its sure-footed style and we have optimum time for really taking our time in what and how we communicate. Add a Full Moon that is in Leo and this deliberate pacing can be applied to those passions (heated (leo) water (moon)) that we act impulsively on and then regret that impetuosity later.

Jupiter acts as the expansive ingredient. Retrograde, that expansion takes the form of density and amplification of what would normally flex and contract easily and smoothly. In the astrological sign of Leo- and with the Moon being in Leo- this amplification could be used as the electromagnetic field that draws to itself quickly and easily.

Combine Mercury and Jupiter’s dynamics as a working tool and the potency of this Full Moon kicked up several notches and what we seek to attract is drawn from the depths of what me MOST desire and are passionately and emotionally engaged in. Magickal work requires intention fueled by desire (and what fires us up). This is the perfect combination for fueling an intention that requires extra magnetism and concrete, deliberate communication sent into the aethers.

The mid-point of Sun in Aquarius adds the dynamics of probing the future and intuitively rationalizing an outcome that is inventive and creative. A skill of Aqaurius is being able to see the bigger picture- apply that to the working of Mercury and Jupiter described above- and you have the possibility for having a stable container (Fixed Air) that thought (Aquarius) and heart (Moon) can co-create.

Read more about Retrogrades:

Mercury
Mercury Stations Retrograde Tomorrow AM
Meet Me at the Station

Jupiter
Expanding Spaciousness

On the Prowl…
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Silently under full moon’s light I move seeking the all that I most desire. Emotions well up and I envision a future that holds all in the embrace of God and Goddess. I feel the weight of this future’s responsibility and think on how I may step into the spotlight and shout to all of the world that this is the plan that will change everything that we believed not possible.

Quietly I seek out all that I need to know to bring this future into reality. Stealthily I inquire and dive deeply into the emotional reserves of all I meet to see what it is that will quicken their creative fires towards this goal.

Mother Moon lights the way and the need to fuel this desire and intention grows and expands within my beating heart that connects me to all of humanity. Soon the Sun will rise and I will emerge from my night on the prowl, sated from my informed capture and strong enough to courageously act upon the work that is at hand.
Resources and Reflections

Leo in Related Posts:
Temple of the Sun: Leo
New Moon in Leo: Standing in the Spotlight

 

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The Motherboard – Sun in Aquarius

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Retrogrades, The Temple of the Sun, Uranus on January 20, 2015 by themagickalpen

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Sun in Aquarius
4:44 am (EST)

New Moon in Aquarius
7:59 am (EST)

Waters flow within the
Circuitry of electric form
The aperture opens to
Let in more light and
Macrocosm stretches
Beyond the horizon of gaze.

Borne on wings of creative endeavor
And fervor for the unimagined
The space of physical being
Soars above the fields
Of that which is only
Seen by the keenest of eyes.

Fixed and unshakable
The swirlings of mind
Coil out from the lower
Reaches of the Divine
Returning upon themselves
Upwards towards the apex
Of more refined Light.

And, Man in all his
Glory embraces the
Light body of another
Yet to be realized, but is
Seen through the lens
Of the visionary as
The word ‘namaste’
Is uttered in the
Sacred Silence.

The Sun transited into the astrological sign of Aquarius in the wee hours of this morning at 4:44 am (EST) and 3 1/4-hours later the Moon waxes New into the same sign. A double dose of mind and new beginnings of an astrological sign that brings the Flame of inspired Mind (Sun) of will and the Visionary heart (Moon) of detailed foresight into alignment.

In accord with the subtle irony that permeates an astrological sign that is most at home in the communication of its mental explorations, today is the set-up for Mercury (communication) to station Retrograde tomorrow at 10:54am.(EST) and remain so until February 11th.

I told my tales and spoke my truths
Words taking form quicker than
Tongue could send them forth.

I shared my visions
Of a world and people
Guided by Thought’s greatest gifts.

And on the day when all
Would be seen and the
Visions would come to life
Breath hovered mid-air
Waiting for breeze of forward flow

And all remained silent held

In Mercury’s ecstatic embrace.

Aquarius – The Water Bearer

The astrological sign of Aquarius is one of the Element of Air and the Fixed Modality. Its planetary ruler is Uranus; the dynamo of electrical charge that catalyzes and prods change from the status quo. The natural energy of the Sun, that of shedding great light on whatever is in its spectrum, now has the assistance of stable mind that is expressed in lightening thought and creative invention. The Sun in Aquarius goes about its work of inspiring everyone to think outside of the box and explore the nether reaches of the vision of what could be. This is the opportunity to embrace technology, science and the Cosmos as you find your place of inspiration within it.

The caution with Aquarius is moving so far from the human experience as the mind reaches further and further away from the perceived limitation of human form that a cold and detached demeanor can develop. Aquarius is considered the great the humanitarian; but the truth of that humanism lay in the ability to willingly sacrifice the one for the greater good of the all. Uranus’ emphasis on an electric like style of communication further complicates this tendency as each new experience lights up the individual continually piquing an already ever seeking curiosity. In this way, the impression becomes one of a knowledge “junkie” ever seeking the next fix in new experience, new book and new world’s to greedily assimilate.

Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius. Its quality is that of pure energy and catalytic stream that pulses life into everything it encounters. In Aquarius this manifests as having the ability to act as a catalyst to spur humanity on towards its highest expression. Thoughts move through the Aquarian mind like downloads of information, often making it difficult to articulate in an emotional and meaning-filled way. With the energy of Uranus, Aquarius becomes the “Motherboard “ of the master computer without whose components the computer would not work nor be able to bring to light the varied forms of communication and information needed for advancement.

Saturn is the co-ruler of Aquarius which brings the dimension of self-discipline and great structure to the energy that Aquarius offers. Saturn’s aspect of time gives the overshadowing that in the Aquarian expresses as being conversant of all time- past-present and future- concurrently and in a way that can extract the best and most viable material that is gathered into the next great invention. The regimented approach of Saturn’s energy expressed through Aquarius gives the appearance of being unwavering in their stance and opinion and having total disregard for others input. The Aquarian sees this structure as a necessary means towards a goal that is yet unrealized by most.

The Element of Air

Aquarius is an Air sign. The quality of air expressed in Aquarius is a mind that has the ability to absorb great amounts of information and then analyze, organize, sort and glean exactly what is needed for the solution. We saw mind expressed as Gemini and the ability to circumnavigate and change course instantaneously as its communicative style. And, we experienced the balanced and harmonious mind of Libra seeking to refine all that enters into the equation. Now, we have arrived at the place of synthesis of both of these styles and their conversion in a product with greater potential for expression that reaches far and wide in its impact.

A Fixed Modality

As we have already experienced with the Fixed signs their primary directive is that of taking all that lay on either side of its stability- the initial catalyst and the flexible ending- and provide the structure and boundaries that will allow them to interact and interweave their singular strengths. The first Fixed sign we encountered was one of Earth- Taurus- and provided the ultimate container of strength and stability in manifest form.

The second of the Fixed signs was expressed through a Fire sign, Leo and served to bring into the spotlight what needed restructuring and what would act as the magnetic source attracting to itself more of this brilliant light. This energy stood strong in its convictions and had the strength of will and the courage to defend its actions required to develop the necessary discipline to hold true to the course.

The third of the Fixed signs was expressed as Watery Scorpio. This is an energy, whose goal is one of dipping deeper into the hidden motivations that are the seedings of an inspired heart. These are the waters that seek appropriate boundary on the shores of one’s own experience and carve the inlets that will quench the thirst of a desire to become and to know more of one’s true nature.

Arriving in the space of Aquarius and the inventive mind, the Fixed quality is expressed in being able to direct the flow of thought both an involutionary and evolutionary flow. This circuit is the basis of retrieving information that is both relevant in the present and cutting deeply into the emerging future. The experience of the past serves as background reference, having been retrieved from Scorpio’s probing in the unconscious self, and is quickly left behind as warp speed carries the Aquarian towards future plans.

Strength and stability
Are the footprints left
On earth’s foundational
Form and I stamp my foot
In acknowledging my
Own presence.

The Sun beats down hot
And un-relentless in what
It will extract from my essence
And calls me to be courageous
As I move forward on my path.

I step into the cool waters
To soothe a burning heat
That has held me strong
And secure in my determination
The waters rise in recognition as I 
Sink into their inly black depths.

I rose from the turbulent surface
Up towards the heavens and into
The blackness of time and space
My thoughts the constant companions
That guide me across star filled sky.

I dream and see the visions of a
Newly dawning day and now
Ablaze with information’s light
Descend to answer humanity’s call.

The New Moon in Aquarius

The Moon waxing New in Aquarius provides an extra bolster of energy to explore the recesses of your thoughts and inventive inspirations. Brainstorming and problem-solving with creative outlook as the primary directive are well suited to Aquarian energy. Calling upon Uranus can expedite the mental pursuits, although overload can also result much like the flow of electrical current that is too strong for what the amps can withstand. Let your imagination take center stage knowing that this is often the greatest source of “thinking outside the box”. Although the emphasis is on the “I” with Aquarian energy, that “I” can be experienced as the Higher Self and the information sought and received that of illumined mind.

The Next Step

Knowing how each sign moves to the next and the interaction between each as they evolve towards completion (and threshold of renewal) of the wheel in Pisces tells its own unique story of the astrological wheel. Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac. Capricorn acted as the testing ground for what could become reality and served as the affirmer of the resilience and sure-footedness that can be achieved in the steepest of heights and the deepest of depths.

Aquarius’ image is that of the water-bearer; pouring its life giving waters out for humanity to drink. The mystery lies not in the water being poured, but in the empty space left in the vessel now awaiting the filling of water that will next sustain. Nature abhors a vacuum so the implication is that we must freely give of our resources so that we may receive what will be needed anew.

If we look at the dynamics of energy thus far, beginning with the cardinal sign of Aries, we could think of the three signs that begin the astrological wheel as the quickening Fires (Aries- Fire) within the body of manifestation (Taurus- Earth) that gives rise to aspiring towards the heavens (Gemini- Air). Now enlivened by the desire to “know”, the healing and nurturing (Cancer- Water) of what no longer serves this goal is brought front and center into the Light of Day (Leo-Fire) to be strengthened as it is readied for the detailed analysis of Virgo (Earth) that seeks to create a new form for its manifestation. Libra (Air) applied the finishing touches to what Virgo had reduced to the most essential components. Using the adaptability and deftness of a mind that could easily calculate and mentally weigh both benefits and detriments, Libra moved with skill and grace to accomplish what was made ready.

The energy of Scorpio provided the necessary prodding to explore the deeper aspects of the emotions and access the hidden keys of memory that has been hidden and within the fires of Sagittarius, the forging of what was tempered in the waters of transmutation into a more flexible and expansive form is at hand. Sagittarius looked out at the night sky and did not see only darkness, but imagined the beauty of what lay beyond sparkling from the heat of stellar light that are the wishes, hopes and dreams released to be share by the Cosmos. This vision shone brightly within the realm of the human experience as Capricorn moved through terrain that is unforgivable, yet still finds its place of acclaim atop the highest mountain. Now, having gathered all that is needed to proceed fully informed and ready to reach new levels of understanding, Aquarius releases its inventive spirit and visionary insight for all to make use of.

The Motherboard

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This solar month is one of focus on the steps taken towards achieving each goal. This energy relates directly to what and how the Mind processes information and then provides all that is needed to create anything from it. Aquarius rules the 11th House of the Zodiac. This is the house of alliances, partnerships and organized community. Aquarius serves as the glue that continually shifts the direction of those alliances and organizations prodding them always forward towards future goals. This is the Solar month of identifying where your inventive skills lie and being open to the possibilities as technology advances and new products and ways of communicating develop at a rapid pace. Aquarius loves the future and all that is available to enhance the process of retrieving information.

In the chronology of the Zodiac, this phase of this Solar journey carries us into Aquarius and the opportunity to envision a brighter future and then support its creation with fact, formula and sound information. This is the energy of the maturing man or woman who leads by example and provides the blue print for what soon will be. The knowledge achieved in Aquarius is what carries forward next into the final sign of the Zodiac- Pisces. Having placed the final touches on what can be achieved by seeing more, the heart opens to an understanding of all loving compassion and the wisdom of humanity serving humanity as a collective and Divine whole.

And, so with the innovative vision of Aquarius, we call forth the energy of the Sun as it continues its zodiacal cycle. Once again we repeat the invocation that opened the Gate to this Temple. As you read through it think back to a point in time when you were amazed by a scientific finding or received your first computer, tablet or smart phone. The excitement and the power you felt in having this information readily available and the joy in being able to share what you had learned. This is the gift of Aquarius.

As you read through the invocation, think about what each line of reference evokes within you and stimulates your own desire to hold as mystery that only you can reveal as you seek its deeper meaning. What goals are stirred as you read of RA’s power as expressed within the heart felt words put to paper. This is the power of planning and standing strong in your humanity as you pursue these goals. Use this gift wisely this solar month as we invoke the Solar month in Aquarius and awaken those fires of RA to quicken your surrender to the death of false perception and the rebirth of who you truly are.

Hymn to RA

All Hail to Thee, Mighty RA
Blaze of noon day sun.
Your fiery orb high in the
Sky above as we kneel
Beneath the heat of
Your radiance.

All the Gods bow to your radiance
All the Goddesses sing hymns of praise
To Your glory and man
Lays prostrate in humility
And devotion at the altar of
Your making.

Sweet music of adoration and offerings
Brought forth from the Black Land
Rise up in praise and thanks for
Your Sustaining Light.

All darkness flees at the touch of Your hand
All ceases its movement as Your expansive
Rays stretch across the morning sky.

The lotus opens to receive Your Touch
And the sands glisten as rare jewels
As You gaze upon each grain washed
Clean in the boundless ocean that
Reflects the brilliance of your face.

All Hail to Thee
Amun-RA
All Hail to Thee
Who sits high
Above the world.

Khepra in the East
Atum in the West
Whose eye holds the
Point of Life and the
Trifold Arc of Power.

Your eyes see all and
You are the place of return
Within the glowing blackness
Of the Midnight Sun.

All Hail to Thee
All Hail to Thee
Amun, Amun, Amen!

Sun in Capricorn- A Tree of Highs and Lows

Posted in Qabalah, The Temple of the Sun on January 10, 2015 by themagickalpen

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A Tree of time
Stretches deep into
The fertile soil
Of earth’s core.

A Tree of reach
Lifts a face of
Challenge and stone
Up towards heaven’s
Sunlit sky.

A Tree of order
Weaves its spell
Of Great Mother’s
Womb of birth.

A Tree of highs
And lows promises
The gift of understanding
That will scale the
Depths of our Soul’s
Return to its Source
Of limitless Spirit.

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.

Capricorn and Saturn on the Tree

Astrologically, we have learned that Capricorn is ruled by the planet of structure, regimented order and time itself, Saturn. We have experienced the energy of an astrological energy that disrupts with purpose as it slowly and steadily scales great heights in search of its ultimate goals. This is the energy of the sea-goat and if we think of the nature of the mountain goat; each placement of its hoof along the craggy mountain face sends gravel and stone tumbling downward. In effect this action is reshaping the face of the mountain. This is the same principle of Capricorn as its reshapes and reforms even the most well worn of paths.

Within the Qabalistic Tree, Capricorn and Saturn hold their power in the Sphere of Binah and the Paths of the Tree – 32nd and 26th. When we speak of the energy of Capricorn as an experience of Highs and Lows, the reference is to the sheer expanse that Capricornian energy flexes towards. As an earth sign the grounding and anchoring of earth’s manifest form is Capricorn’s greatest strength, but the desire to know the origins of that manifestation (and time-line –Saturn) tempt the seeker towards great aspirations.

This is the way of the Tree itself; to provide the structure and rungs of a ladder that extend deeply in the human experience while still offering a glimpse of the celestial realms from which this experience emanated. From this perspective the return begins in the womb of the great Mother Herself. This is the body that gives formlessness the potential towards form and the Highs of giving birth begin in the contractions of the Qabalistic sphere of Binah.

Binah (Saturn) and Tiphareth (Sun)

Binah

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 towards the flow of energy represented by the essence of Understanding found in the sphere of Binah.

Binah: The Sphere of Mother’s Understanding

The Great mother
Sighs and oceans
Tremble and swell
Filled with her breath.

The Bright mother
Opens her eyes
Gazing with expectation
And the world is suddenly
Ablaze with illumined gaze.

The Dark mother
Stretches out her hand
And you are left
Exposed and vulnerable

Your darkest secrets
Laid bare.

The Creatrix moves
And life awakens
As the fabric of form
Is woven gently within
The folds of her embrace.

The sphere of Binah is part of the Supernal Triad – Kether – Chokmah and Binah. These are the spheres of creation.

Binah is the Third (Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of the number 3 is the structure of harmony and the triune nature that forms the three-sided triangle of fire, action and will. At the level of the supernals, all flows in harmony; each path, each sphere working in tandem with one another in the creative effort. Additionally, each component offers a different perspective or dynamic to contribute to that outpour. Three faces, each in support of the other yet one in the same and emanating from the One.

Binah is assigned the element of Root of Water. Each of the elements has the attribute of containing essences of the other three elements contained within and being reflected in varying degrees in accord with their power of exertion. In keeping with this thought, water is expressed as Air of Water, Fire of Water, Earth of Water and in its most pure essence Water of Water. The three Supernal spheres of Binah, Chokmah and Kether are all ascribed the pure essence of the element they represent, as they themselves are of the Highest and most refined nature of all the sephiroth of the Tree.

The sphere of Binah holds the space of the primordial waters from which all of creation was birthed. It was the within the purest form of the element of water that Life was enlivened. This Divine birthing could only be achieved in the most refined and rarified state of elemental essence; the summation of all emotional urge folded in upon itself from the spring of pure source. The pure expression of the intuitive nature that is both creator and receiver of this Divine communication; and the heart of hearts that released upon the path of manifestation becomes the waters that heal, consume and transform.

The Sphere of Gnosis

The energy of Binah is one of Consciousness that understands the concepts that have gone into the creation of all manner of things. This is the consciousness that is the Church that holds the life of the church; the Temple that contains the essence of the beliefs and foundations of that belief; the Holy of Holies and the force that has consecrated and has raised the sacred energy to a place of sacredness. Binah is the origin of the form of the idea of consciousness and as such is the essence of that form as well as a state of that consciousness. This is a knowledge that is not merely wisdom but such a deep understanding of the state required to achieve wisdom that becomes a gateway that opens the truths of all knowledge in all of its forms and becomes a place of gnosis.

The 32nd Path: Capricorn and Saturn

26th Path

I step across the threshold
Of Magick dream and space
Weave the webbing of truth
And lift my soul in greeting.

I stand at the Gate of creation
And memory of my True Self
Forms its persona as mundane
And magick become as One.

The 32nd Path is that which is travelled as we rise on the planes in ritual space to do the prescribed work. It is the corridor we walk as we enter our dream or deeper oracular state. And, it is the space of building our astral Temple and our magickal persona.

This path guards, guides and protects the energy offered upward from the denser realms; maintaining it in a steady stream much like the nature of the fixed modality of astrology. It offers the necessary amount of constriction to allow for the maximum amount of expansion (when primed and ready) towards the flexibility of mutable flow. This is the manner in which we approach the sacred space of our making in moving upwards from our place of Malkuth and physical experience towards the storehouse of collected metaphor and vision that forms the foundation of our Yesod.

The Planetary/Zodiacal Energy
Saturn/Capricorn

The planet Saturn is the great organizer that calls into action order and structure. This planet is also considered the Gatekeeper of Time. Placed upon the 32nd Path the energy here is reminder of the need for order and structure to maintain spiritual presence in rising towards a space that holds no time, no boundary and has its own laws of order. Discipline and practice cultivated the appropriate energy to navigate the mind-touch of the astral world of Yesod. Knowledge of self cultivates the mind to be vigilant in the ability to filter through what is delusion and what is real.

To read more about Saturn’s energies, review the post in:

The Womb of Light: A Personal Reflection on the New Year

Change will only occur when the foundation is disrupted
and pushed to its limits of growth

In numerology the 32nd Path, or 3+2 reduces to the number 5. The number Five (5) represents the regenerative process and the potential for directing that energy towards a specific and defined goal of new creation. When we arrive at the number five, we have opened up the stable base of four; visualize a square. Something has disrupted the order of that four and made way for a new form to appear. We see also the number five as represented by the Pentagram. Five points, each reflective of a quality of an element (fire, water, air and earth) and at the pinnacle or point, the element of Spirit.

Tarot Key XXI – The World

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Image: Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

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

Tarot Key XXI – The World is placed upon the 32nd Path. If we consider the symbols and meaning of Tarot Key #21- The World, there is deeper insight into the energy that serves as gateway to the Astral and dream state of Yesod. The depiction of the Four Holy Creatures of the Fixed Cross (zodiacal signs of Taurus-Leo-Scorpio and Aquarius) and the evolved nature of their Being- The Winged Bull or ascended form of Earth; The Winged Lion- accessing our Higher Will/Fire; The Eagle- Water elevated to a place of all encompassing perspective and keen sight and the Winged or Perfected Man who is the breath of creation itself. These four elevated elements surround the central focus of the Fifth element; that of Spirit. This Spirit being that of the Divine feminine, naked and poised with grace and fluidity, encircled by the fertile and verdant ovum of time eternal. There is also the sense of constructive limitation placed around the central figure. It is housed in a container that allows for both filtering in and issuing out of the flow of energy offered towards reaching its highest expression.

The natural energy that flows from these depictions is that of structure and anchor. The Kingdom of Malkuth that we reside within builds its form up in reach towards the Foundation of Yesod’s realm of spirit. Much is in support of our moving up this path and many are supporting our desire for interface with the Divine.

Another Path of Expression: Saturn on the 26th Path
The 26th Path: A Path of Illuminating Mind

32nd Path

The 26th Path is one of illuminating mind. The light of analysis shines brightly into the depths of pure mind and decision is made as to what will be drawn back into the center of the Tree to be synthesized and distributed to inform. This path seeks to investigate and find rationale for the creative process. This fosters the clear and acute mind that gathers to itself decisive action and intent fueled from a source that understands the logic of sacrifice to insure all flows in accord with the primary plan.

The Planetary Energy
Saturn

I have seen aeons pass and know each
of the secrets that have been carefully hidden from view.

I am record keeper and guardian of destiny
and those who are not mindful of the depth of
my perception will remain forever on the wheel.

I speak the sacred words~ the unutterable~
heard only by those who have remained constant
and vigilant throughout the tests of time.

I am held tightly within the womb of the Great Mother
and stand as witness at humanity’s rebirth ~ the final mystery
is revealed and mind and heart shall be one.

The planet, Saturn is placed upon the 26th Path. This is the planetary energy of organizing and the deliberate pacing of application of Tiphareth’s generating energy and Hod’s pure mind. The synthesis of action within this path is one of structure and order passing through a temporary state of stasis created by each stream of flow being carefully paced and distributed to insure that neither overloads the other with its intensity. This is the action of moving slowly and carefully so that just the correct amount of heated flow and receptive thought interact in productive goal.

In Conclusion:
As we consider the attributes of Capricorn and its ruling planet Saturn and their impact on the Tree of Life the prominent focus is one of navigation. Knowing when and where to place emphasis and having the sure-footedness to face the challenges and obstacles that will pull you off course are the keys to understanding where your strengths and weaknesses lay. Capricorn provides the balance of understanding of what it means to be human and Saturn issues the template of the form that experience will take.

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:

WitchVox: 13 Keys- The Understanding of Binah
The Magickal Pen: Geburah’s Might
13 Keys to the Qabalistic Tree of Life

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

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As Above, So Below- Sun in Capricorn

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, The Temple of the Sun on December 19, 2014 by themagickalpen

Capricorn Sun

Sun in Capricorn
6:03 p.m. (EST)

New Moon in Capricorn
8:36 p.m. (EST)

Lens of Sight

Matter of continuum
Depth and breath
Of thin air
One step taken
Carefully and slowly in pace.

Diving deep to feel the
Sting of new beginnings
Structure and form
Taking shape as
Pause recoils.

The Master waits at the
Gate and the Adept
Reaches out gingerly-
The hand withdraws.

And the steepness of drop
Reverberates at the base
Of darkened well
Gold coins falling as leaves
Carried within the
Space of airy breath.

Once again, the ascent begins
The space of time claiming
The continuum of earthy
Strength and will.

One step taken
Carefully and slowly in pace.

The Sun transits into the astrological sign of Capricorn early this evening at 6:03pm (EST) and 2 1/5-hours later the Moon waxes New into the same sign. A double dose of earthiness and new beginnings of an astrological sign that brings the Fires (Sun) of will and the Heart (Moon) of great emotional depths into alignment.

The potency of this transition of interaction between Sun and Moon become the public stage of light for two other auspicious events that occur today- The Winter Solstice and the stationing direct of Uranus….

A beautiful dance of light and dark as the polarities move
through the heavenly ballroom of the Wintry Sky.

I see the brilliant orb of the Sun moving into Capricorn as his consort Lady Moon waxes New wearing her veil of darkness. The Winter Solstice heralds the shortest day of the year as night consumes Sun’s brilliance and we wait for the re-birthing and turning of this tide at Dawn’s light. And, Uranus, the phosphorescent holder of the Fohat (aka. electrical light charge) stations Direct, propelling us into a less intense focus of the interrogators’ light.

Capricorn’s Sea-Goat

The astrological sign of Capricorn is one of the Element of Earth and the Cardinal Modality. Its planetary ruler is Saturn; the supreme organizer and keeper of time. The natural energy of the Sun, that of shedding great light on whatever is in its spectrum, now has the assistance of foundation that is expressed in manifest form and the collaborative efforts of the below and the above. The Sun in Capricorn goes about its work creating from a solid foundation and then works its way through every challenge with deliberate and precise action. This is the opportunity to scale the heights of potential while remaining firmly anchored and grounded in the human experience.
The caution with Capricorn lay in the potential for inertia. The same slow and methodical approach that is accessed in aspiration for a goal can leave the aspirant lingering far too long in the comfort of surety of foot. Saturn’s input of organizing and restructuring lends a hand as the intended goal is plotted out, plotted out again and then still labored over with not much progress being made.

Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn. Saturn is the Lord of Time and the energy of structure as held by the Gates of Time. This gives Capricorn a seemingly expansive perspective on time and using that broad view to set goals and with organized deliberation go about achieving them. There is the feeling that all of time is on their side and they are willing to spend inordinate amounts of time in pursuit of their goals. The additional quality of Saturn is that of regimented structure. This can sometimes lead to having a very narrow perspective about what the best course of action is, but can also serve to bring all the stray bits of resources into a useable well-defined unit.

The Element of Earth

Capricorn is an Earth sign. The quality of earth expressed in Capricorn is strength and agility in navigating the paths of life and material existence, both pleasurable and challenging. They are firmly rooted and anchored in whatever their life’s goal becomes and remain steadfast in acquiring the necessary resources to remain solvent and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

A Cardinal Modality

As we have already experienced with the Cardinal signs their primary directive is that of catalyzing and initiating new beginnings. The first Cardinal sign we encountered was appropriately one of Fire and served to begin the cycle of the Zodiacal wheel and Solar Year. The initiating quality of this sign was one similar to that of striking a match, setting fire to the will to create and providing the fuel to carry that intent forward.

The second of the Cardinal signs was expressed through a Water sign, Cancer and served to stimulate the emotions in a way of pushing the boundaries of these waters out beyond what would hold them hidden in the subconscious. This energy was expressed in the yearning and need to identify what is defined as home and family and that which supports loving and loyal relationships.

The third of the Cardinal signs was expressed as Airy Libra. This is an energy, whose goal is one of stimulating mind and creating new visions of what is possible to be made manifest in the world. Grace and beauty stand at the helm and the scales of balance weigh and measure what is worthy of creative mind.

Arriving in the space of Capricorn and the foundation of earth, the Cardinal flow of catalyzing is achieved in the manifest realm and the products are those that serve as a new source of anchor that provides a stable point of origin from which to move.

I bubble up from
Earth’s strengthening core
My intention filled with
Seeking what is held in
The great above.

I reach deeply into
The very heart of the
Midnight Sun of
Earth’s molten core.

Strong and stable from
A surface that is finely
Crafted and etched with
My many paths of pursuit.

The New Moon in Capricorn

The Moon waxing New in Capricorn provides the energy to lay claim to those things that provide anchor. If we use the flow from Sagittarius and the areas of networking we have forged and select those that are most viable calling into manifestation we can use the shoring up of Capricorn as each step of planning is created from solid ground. Calling on the energy of Saturn as ruler of Capricorn and its organizing skill offers the potential for not getting waylaid by inertia and indecisiveness; now not only having a solid foundation but also the necessary scaffolding and structure for ascent towards the pinnacle of goal.

The Winter Solstice

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The night is cold and I stand facing the darkness; thick and almost opaque in its veiling. I think on all that has brought me to this point of the Great Wheel and call to myself the memories of lessons learned and shadowy places uncovered needing nurturance and cultivation. Each memory is illuminated from within and I feel the heat of my Inner Sun flaring out from center’s core; extending light filled streams of connection to each treasured sensation and image.

Tingling energy moves across my back affirming my growing anticipation of the promise held in the rising sun as I await the dawning of the Solstice Sun. I think on the moments of waiting I have seen at this same cycle of time the many years before and how each has held its own joy of new expression. I breathe into these thoughts, envisioning the flame of sunlight growing within myself. I breathe deeply into the joy of being able to turn the focus of that light outwards as the sun gains strength in the sky above and I attune to that same solar cycle within.

I look ahead and see rays of filtered light flowing around and through me casting their long slim finger-like beams on the snowscape in front of me. The time is now. One more deep breath in affirming the strength of the dark that has come before, and I turn to face the rising sun. Dawn of the Winter Solstice has come and with its rising so too does the rising of my illuminated self; forever changed…

 Tonight marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. The polarity of Dark and Light is engaged in the space of one relinquishing its control so the other may gain momentum. This is much like the energy of Capricorn as its skill lay in the ability to move between light and dark, the above and the below, mind and the watery depths of heart.

 Read More of the excerpt above at WitchVox:

The Gift of Yule: An Illuminated Wheel

AND, Uranus Stations Direct
5:45 p.m. (EST)

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Image: Nasa.org

Electrical Uranus stationed retrograde in July and has done its work of amping up the neural pathways, and general state of electrical energy for these past months. Irritability, instability and nervousness have been the undercurrents that many have been navigating as sparks flared with Uranus receiving the additional bolster of being in the astrological Fire sign of Aries. Aries, as we have learned is enthusiasm unbridled and place that energy in the field of Uranus and enthusiasm becomes agitation.

 

As the energy of Uranus peaked and has come to its waning point of release from its stronghold as it stations direct at 5:45 pm (EST) today, the effects of a thorough and precise pass through of maximum electrical current are readied to begin the process of integration and change, much like a rewiring and upgrade to greater wattage.

 

For more about the Uranus Retrograde read:

Uranus Retrograde-Deflecting Light

The Next Step

 

Knowing how each sign moves to the next and the interaction between each as they evolve towards completion (and threshold of renewal) of the wheel in Pisces tells its own unique story of the astrological wheel. Capricorn is the tenth sign of the Zodiac. Sagittarius acted as the initiator, propelling through the Gates of Transformation and new growth as the archer sought the goal of maximum reach.

 

Capricorn’s image is that of the sea-goat; equally at home in the depths as well as being able to deftly and precisely scale the steepest of cliffs.  Capricorn’s energy lends itself towards being ambitious in nature with a fixed determination to achieve. Because they have often had to climb steep hurtles, once achieving success they are able to use the lessons learned in the ascent to hold them securely at the top. Numerologically, the number 10 fits well in this definition. Ten is the beginning of a new cycle- one that is dual in nature and relies on the relationship of two numbers and their energies working collaboratively. One (1) is the singular nature- the “I”- whose awareness is solely within its own creation. Zero (o) is the limitless cycle (circle) of eternal birth, death and re-birth; one of the many cycles of the cosmos. Now, go back to the image of Capricorn. It’s sure-footed nature is dependent upon its own singular skill and persistence working in collaboration with the forces of nature, the cycles of season and time. What was inference in Sagittarius’ initiation of Nine is now the reality of endings that forge new beginnings that are stronger and more assured with the collaborative efforts of another by your side.

 

If we look at the dynamics of energy thus far, beginning with the cardinal sign of Aries, we could think of the three signs that begin the astrological wheel as the quickening Fires (Aries- Fire) within the body of manifestation (Taurus- Earth) that gives rise to aspiring towards the heavens (Gemini- Air). Now enlivened by the desire to “know”, the healing and nurturing (Cancer- Water) of what no longer serves this goal is brought front and center into the Light of Day (Leo-Fire) to be strengthened as it is readied for the detailed analysis of Virgo (Earth) that seeks to create a new form for its manifestation. Libra (Air) applied the finishing touches to what Virgo had reduced to the most essential components. Using the adaptability and deftness of a mind that could easily calculate and mentally weigh both benefits and detriments, Libra moved with skill and grace to accomplish what was made ready.

The energy of Scorpio provided the necessary prodding to explore the deeper aspects of the emotions and access the hidden keys of memory that has been hidden and within the fires of Sagittarius, the forging of what was tempered in the waters of transmutation into a more flexible and expansive form is at hand. Sagittarius looked out at the night sky and did not see only darkness, but imagined the beauty of what lay beyond sparkling from the heat of stellar light that are the wishes, hopes and dreams released to be share by the Cosmos. This vision shines brightly within the realm of the human experience as Capricorn moves through terrain that is unforgivable, yet still finds its place of acclaim atop the highest mountain.

 

At this time of the year, the emphasis is one of celebrating the Light and Dark as co-creators of how the months ahead progress as the Solstices (Winter and Summer) demand their share of Light and Dark. In the Northern Hemisphere, the holiday season is underway and communing and sharing the light of gratitude and expression of appreciation are the intent. The Wintry weather drives the celebrations indoors where friends and family gather, each having their own personal hurdles to cross in finally arriving at this place of love and light on the longest night of the year.

 

In the Southern Hemisphere everyone has been enjoying the heat of the Summer Month’s and the holidays we celebrate are those of vacation and a break from the daily routine of work. The Sun has shone brightly and now on the day of the Summer Solstice we linger outdoors in celebration of the Longest Day.

 

Although the celebrations of the season and the time in the Greater Outdoors pass, as the Solar Month progresses the lessons gained from being fully in the physical world and subject to its cycles of Light and Dark acknowledges the greatest goal of having an experience as a being of light in the world of physical incarnation.

 

As Above, So Below

 

This solar month is one of focus on the steps taken towards achieving each goal. This energy relates directly to what the Mind (Above) and the Heart (Below) can collaboratively manifest as each step of aspiration is carefully and orderly placed. Capricorn rules the 10th House of the Zodiac- the Midheaven. This is the venue where all the successes/failures are exposed for all the world to see. This is the House of personal acclaim and in the cycle of the Zodiac would be likened to the promotion or recognition for your vocation or avocation by those outside of your immediate family. This is the Solar month of retrieving all that has supported who you have become in your life’s journey.

 

In the chronology of the Zodiac, this phase of this Solar journey carries us into Capricorn and the results of all the hard work and effort are gathered in a place of recognition for work accomplished and reprimand for stones left unturned. This is the energy of the mature man or woman who has the confidence in their abilities to clearly see where they should affirm their loyalties and take action. The acclaim achieved in Capricorn is what carries forward next into defining our place within the greater community of Aquarius and its work of visionary synthesis.

 

And, so with sure footedness of the Sea-Goat of Capricorn that is the symbol of Capricorn, we call forth the energy of the Sun as it continues its zodiacal cycle. Once again we repeat the invocation that opened the Gate to this Temple. As you read through it think back to a point in time when you received public recognition for a job well done. Now, think back to all the steps that went into reaching that point; most importantly all the points of slipping and falling backwards, as you persevered nonetheless. And, in the end, the scrapes and bruises, the healing and the regrowth of any wounding that occurred was forgotten in the glory of pride and success. This is the gift of Capricorn.

 

As you read through the invocation, think about what each line of reference evokes within you and stimulates your own desire to hold as mystery that only you can reveal as you seek its deeper meaning. What goals are stirred as you read of RA’s power as expressed within the heart felt words put to paper. This is the power of planning and standing strong in your humanity as you pursue these goals. Use this gift wisely this solar month as we invoke the Solar month in Capricorn and awaken those fires of RA to quicken your surrender to the death of false perception and the rebirth of who you truly are.

 

Hymn to RA

 

All Hail to Thee, Mighty RA
Blaze of noon day sun.

Your fiery orb high in the
Sky above as we kneel
Beneath the heat of
Your radiance.

 

All the Gods bow to your radiance
All the Goddesses sing hymns of praise
To Your glory and man
Lays prostrate in humility
And devotion at the altar of
Your making.

 

Sweet music of adoration and offerings
Brought forth from the Black Land
Rise up in praise and thanks for
Your Sustaining Light.

 

All darkness flees at the touch of Your hand
All ceases its movement as Your expansive
Rays stretch across the morning sky.

 

The lotus opens to receive Your Touch
And the sands glisten as rare jewels
As You gaze upon each grain washed
Clean in the boundless ocean that
Reflects the brilliance of your face.

 

All Hail to Thee
Amun-RA
All Hail to Thee
Who sits high
Above the world.

 

Khepra in the East
Atum in the West
Whose eye holds the
Point of Life and the
Trifold Arc of Power.

 

Your eyes see all and
You are the place of return
Within the glowing blackness
Of the Midnight Sun.

 

All Hail to Thee
All Hail to Thee
Amun, Amun, Amen!

 

 

 

Let …er Fly – The Magick of Sagittarius

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

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The Magick of Sagittarius
The Power of Reach Fueled by Seeking

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

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

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

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

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

Solar Month Magick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lunar Magick: Time to Experi(ment)ence

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Engages the will to action through exploration…

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

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

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

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

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

The mantra of Sagittarius could easily be-

“To boldly go ….”

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

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

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

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

The Hunger: Scorpio into Sagittarius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sagittarius is the Ninth sign of the Zodiac:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sunday, December 21.2014
Temple of the Sun: Transit into Capricorn
New Moon in Capricorn
and
The Winter Solstice

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Sun in Sagittarius-A Tree of Fiber Optics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sagittarius and Jupiter on the Tree

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

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

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

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Tiphareth and the Sun

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

Chesed: The Sphere of Merciful Authority

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sphere of Self-Awareness

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

The 25th Path: Sagittarius and Jupiter
25th Path

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

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

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

The Planetary/Zodiacal Energy
Jupiter/Sagittarius

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

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

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

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

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

The Planetary Energy
Jupiter

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

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

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

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

Tarot Key X – The Wheel of Fortune

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Image: Shadowscapes Tarot Deck

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

Tarot Key X – The Wheel of Fortune is placed upon the 21st Path. This key is attributed as the Wheel of Destiny and also the Wheel of Life and Death. Considering this tarot key in that light the Law of Cause and Effect comes to mind and the role of karma and past actions that strongly relate to the sphere of Chesed. The energy of this key provides the opportunity for the victory of Netzach to take form. The quest for perfection and the overcoming of personality that would mar that process of refinement are the prime directives. The images of the Four Holy Creatures of spiritual perfection are held in the aethers; accessible yet easily transparent in their energies unless conscious awareness and action is taken towards clarifying their purpose.

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

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

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

WitchVox: 13 Keys- The Mercy of Chesed

The Magickal Pen: Geburah’s Might

13 Keys to the Qabalistic Tree of Life

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

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The Magick of Sagittarius
December 17.2014

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

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

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

Sun in Sagittarius

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

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

Please Hang Up and Try Again…..

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

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

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

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

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

Resources and Reflections

Gemini in Related Posts:

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

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

Bonus Post
December 8.2014
Jupiter Retrograde

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

Posted in Astrology, Auspicious Days, Bonus Posts, New Moon, Sagittarius, The Temple of the Sun on November 21, 2014 by themagickalpen

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Sun in Sagittarius
11.22.2014
4:38 AM (EST)

New Moon in Sagittarius
7:32 AM (EST)

Planetary Ruler: Jupiter

The Hunger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sun transits into the astrological sign of Sagittarius in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow at 4:38am (EST) and 3-hours later the Moon waxes New into the same sign. You cold think of this as the double reverberation. The archer draws back its bow, lit with the solar arrows in the midst of night’s hold and the emotions built up from holding back in release allow the arrow to shoot forth, determined and carried on the freshness of Dawn’s light.

The astrological sign of Sagittarius is one of the Element of Fire and the Mutable Modality. Its planetary ruler is Jupiter; expansive in its abundance, prosperous in its outpouring and huge in its impact. The natural energy of the Sun, that of shedding great light on whatever is in its spectrum, now has the assistance of something of weight and substance that can deliver the 1-2 punch of Solar enlightenment. And, if that is not enough to get you going and stirred to action, dodging those carefully place flares of Sagittarius’ fiery arrows set forth will call you to a more aware state, if for no other reason than defensive measures. The Sun in Sagittarius is the ultimate networker. This is the opportunity to engage everything and everyone who you think will be supportive in helping you achieve those loftily aimed goals of action and dynamic will.

Just as our last solar month of Scorpio had maximum potential for reinventing ourselves and transforming all these little known treasures that make us who we truly are, Sagittarius is now ready to stretch and grow expanding upon what was brought from the fuels of intense desire and try out all the new ways this transformed self can make use of what it has learned. The attribution of the Archer to Sagittarius speaks of the control and preciseness in aim required to be successful in what it sets out conquer. That is also not to say that in the trying, there will be many failed attempts, but that is after all how we learn, grow and become more malleable and flexible in the actions we follow through with.

The caution with Sagittarius lay in overextending and flexing muscles that are not quite ready to stand the true weight of what it seeks. This presents in spreading so many seeded areas over so much ground that the effort taxes the seeder and the quantity lays waste to the successful quality of a much more limited seeding fueled by selectivity and discernment.

Jupiter is the Ruling Planet of Sagittarius. It is the largest known planet in our Solar System and has long been associated with abundance and in particular manifest gain and prosperity. If we apply this action to that of action-seeking Sagittarius we could liken it to the speculator who makes no gain unless the necessary funds are supplied. There will be the flexible contraction and expansion of inflation and deflation that occurs and if, just as the Archer carefully plots his course, the gains are cashed in at just the appropriate time, prosperity will ensue. If not, all will be lost in reckless aim. Calling upon this energy in a productive manner and bolstering it with the energy of the Sun can produce results that increase the results of any endeavor in a manner of steady and smooth growth.
The Element of Fire

The overwhelming energy of Fire is that of transformation through change. Expressed through the action of Sagittarius, this Fire is one that sends its sparks out in many directions with the aspirations that one or two will energize, take root and ultimately become the bonfires that quicken and transform. If actively engaged and passionate about whatever change is set into motion the catalytic fires of “will” travel far, fast and wide. Like a brushfire this fast moving energy can raise everything in its path, but if tempered by a strongly framed boundary of Higher Will, the fires will blaze with discernment and affect positive and productive outcome.

Although Sagittarius is a Fire sign; there is an underlying nature of air that supports the efforts of this action. Air fans or extinguishes the fires in accord with the degree to which it flows. Air as mental activity, can override an impulsive nature towards action or feed it exactly the correct calculations to make it blaze even higher.
A Mutable Modality

As we have already experienced with the Mutable signs their primary directive is that of flexibility and creating the necessary boundaries that permit endings of what is no longer needed so that the flow towards new life may begin. Think of the receding shoreline that is carved in suitable manner by the ebb and flow of the tides. With each drawing in of tidal breath, life is pulled from the expanses of the sea’s depths and with each exhalation of flow some is left behind and some is carried out towards new horizons and new beginnings.

The first Mutable sign we encountered was appropriately one of Air (Gemini) the essence of expansion and flexibility where it weaves its course. The mutable quality of this sign was one of adaptability of mid, thus allowing for the torrent winds of communication to form rhetoric for all that it touched.

The second of the Mutable signs was expressed through an Earth sign, Virgo. Here the emphasis was one of growth through analysis, sorting and putting everything through the trial and filter of what would anchor and serve as base to built and expanded upon. Virgo took hold of the reins and the control exerted crafted the appropriate boundaries for each thing it was called to.

We now have arrived at the third of the Mutable signs, Sagittarius, and having received the blessings of regeneration and rebirth for the preceding sign of Scorpio, stretching the limits and contracting to spring forth what can only be imagined on horizons yet to be birthed are the actions to be taken. Fire blazes the trail, destroying much in its path, but also providing the ash of composting that protects the new life already stimulated into growth beneath the surface. What energies may be raw, vulnerable and unfinished, but as it reaches in seeking its supports everything is nourished from its efforts along the way.
Fires burn hot
Between loins
Ready to give
Birth.

Life spills forth new
And unblemished by
The ravage of time and
Structured restraint.

Embers smolder from
The after birth of form
That has been called
To seek more of its kind.

Expansion seeks to complete
The action it has catalyzed
And from this desire borne
On the arrow of the seeker’s
Will the seeding begins anew
And Fire burns hot between
Loins ready to give birth.
The New Moon in Sagittarius

The Moon waxing New in Sagittarius provides the energy to catalyze all of those dreams, hopes and goals that have lain dormant. Reaching out and interaction, networking and researching what tools and people will be of the most help are intentions well served by this Moon. A traditional use for this New Moon’s energy is one of seeking financial prosperity; largely because of the support of Jupiter. This is a goal that all would benefit from; but I also like to think more globally and seek those things that will make me more abundant in all of my life’s workings. Prosperity in all endeavors brings more to each of the layers that encompass that larger self.

The Hall of Sagittarius: A Pathworking of Expansive Reach

To begin your process of sifting through what you wish to accomplish, spend some time with the Pathworking below. When you have completed this contemplation, record in your journal what you wish to actively seek during this Waxing of the Moon and the Solar Month. Click Here…

Neptune Stationed Direct

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The intensity of the waters have receded and we are seven (7) days into the forward motion of Neptune in Pisces. During this time of retrograde, there was much illusion to be found as the murky waters can be deceiving in what the precise and accurate location of anything is. Emotions were raw and vulnerability was at an all time high causing many to shut down emotionally, so deep was the pain and suffering that was so profoundly experienced. Now we have the ability to see more clearly and to allow ourselves to be guided once again by our emotions – tempered by mind. The timing of this forward motion is using its lessons to guide our hand (heart) as we ready ourselves to actively seek our will through the light of Sagittarius. Neptune offers the place of deep insight and holds key to the mystical realms of knowingness crafted by compassion. The intent of wielding mastery of a sharp and pointy object (the arrows of spiritual truth) is in the knowing of when and where to aim and discerning what must be slain for nourishment and what must be allowed to thrive and grow more fully until the time is right.

Wash your hands of aiming in waters of healing and trust your instincts before you propel yourself and your will forward. Heed the warning of being submerged too long in what serves you not and clouds your vision and steals the breath of your determination. Arise to the surface holding the trident of flame, air and water and pierce through what would keep you fearful of acting upon your desires. The power is held within the drawing back of the bowstring of your heart’s gnosis and the release of action pure of intent and true of aim that emboldens anything lacking the fullness of its expansive reach.

The Next Step

Knowing how each sign moves to the next and the interaction between each as they evolve towards completion (and threshold of renewal) of the wheel in Pisces tells its own unique story of the astrological wheel. Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the Zodiac. Scorpio offered mystery and the taste of initiatory experience, but Sagittarius is the true initiator, putting it all on the line in search of community. Numerologically, the number Nine (9) heralds the ending of a singular nature and the threshold that passes into dual relationship- 10 being the next in line. The inference is one of endings that forge new beginnings that are stronger and more assured with the collaborative efforts of another by your side.

If we look at the dynamics of energy thus far, beginning with the cardinal sign of Aries, we could think of the three signs that begin the astrological wheel as the quickening Fires (Aries- Fire) within the body of manifestation (Taurus- Earth) that gives rise to aspiring towards the heavens (Gemini- Air). Now enlivened by the desire to “know”, the healing and nurturing (Cancer- Water) of what no longer serves this goal is brought front and center into the Light of Day (Leo-Fire) to be strengthened as it is readied for the detailed analysis of Virgo (Earth) that seeks to create a new form for its manifestation. Libra (Air) applied the finishing touches to what Virgo had reduced to the most essential components. Using the adaptability and deftness of a mind that could easily calculate and mentally weigh both benefits and detriments, Libra moved with skill and grace to accomplish what was made ready. The energy of Scorpio provided the necessary prodding to explore the deeper aspects of the emotions and access the hidden keys of memory that has been hidden. Now, moving into the fires of Sagittarius, the forging of what was tempered in the waters of transmutation into a more flexible and expansive form is at hand. Sagittarius looks out at the night sky and does not see only darkness, but imagines the beauty of what lay beyond sparkling from the heat of stellar light that are the wishes, hopes and dreams released to be share by the Cosmos.

At this time of the year, the emphasis is on collaboration, making new friends and spending time with family and those we treasure. The holiday season fast approaches in the Northern Hemisphere and the wintry weather drives people indoors, seeking warmth and refuge in the arms of loved ones and at the hearth fires of home. This is the time of offering freely of yourself and seeking out the most appropriate gift to express your feelings. This is the time of action as the business of the season moves us from party to home to work to shopping and in this business we generate our own sparking heat from the efforts taken and the love shared.

In the Southern Hemisphere the focus is on the warmer weather and getting outdoors once again to visit with and enjoy the activities of Spring and Summer. We take holiday and set aside extra time to enjoy relaxed time with those we cherish. The Sun shines brightly growing in its strength and the longer days seduce us to remain longer in the heat. We feel energized, alive and a willingly participant in the glory of life and all the new adventures we set off upon.

Although the celebrations of the season and the time in the Greater Outdoors pass, as the Solar Month progresses the lessons gained from seeking out others to come play and join in the experience is one of expanding what and who you know. This is the true growing of an abundant and prosperous life, filled with joy and the people who catalyze that joyful state within you as you pass it along to those you interact with.

Aim High, Breathe Deep and Just Let Go!

This solar month is one of focus on striving actively towards reaching our goals, expanding our circle of community, resources and talents and seeing where all of this takes us. This is the Solar month of adventure, exploration and trying on something new to see how it fits.

In the chronology of the Zodiac, this is the space of time to prepare to step into your full glory. To assess your strengths and weaknesses and than put them out there for reaction and response from others. The next phase of this Solar journey carries us into Capricorn and the results of all the hard work and effort are gathered in a place of recognition for work accomplished and reprimand for stones left unturned. This is the energy of the mature man or woman who has the confidence in their abilities to clearly see where they should affirm their loyalties and take action.

And, so in the spirit of adventure that is Sagittarius, we call forth the energy of the Sun as it continues its zodiacal cycle. Once again we repeat the invocation that opened the Gate to this Temple. As you read through it think back to the first time you were social and accepted for who you were without question. Think back to all the plans, goals and desires to be a mover and a changer, carving your own paths and inspiring others along the way. This is the gift of Sagittarius.

As you read through the invocation, think about what each line of reference evokes within you and stimulates your own desire to hold as mystery that only you can reveal as you seek its deeper meaning. What passions are stirred as you read of RA’s power as expressed within the heart felt words put to paper. This is the power of creativity and its ability to transform all that it touches. Use this gift wisely this solar month as we invoke the Solar month in Sagittarius and awaken those fires of RA to quicken your surrender to the death of false perception and the rebirth of who you truly are.

Hymn to RA

All Hail to Thee, Mighty RA
Blaze of noon day sun.

Your fiery orb high in the
Sky above as we kneel
Beneath the heat of
Your radiance.

All the Gods bow to your radiance
All the Goddesses sing hymns of praise
To Your glory and man
Lays prostrate in humility
And devotion at the altar of
Your making.

Sweet music of adoration and offerings
Brought forth from the Black Land
Rise up in praise and thanks for
Your Sustaining Light.

All darkness flees at the touch of Your hand
All ceases its movement as Your expansive
Rays stretch across the morning sky.

The lotus opens to receive Your Touch
And the sands glisten as rare jewels
As You gaze upon each grain washed
Clean in the boundless ocean that
Reflects the brilliance of your face.

All Hail to Thee
Amun-RA
All Hail to Thee
Who sits high
Above the world.

Khepra in the East
Atum in the West
Whose eye holds the
Point of Life and the
Trifold Arc of Power.

Your eyes see all and
You are the place of return
Within the glowing blackness
Of the Midnight Sun.

All Hail to Thee
All Hail to Thee
Amun, Amun, Amen!

The Magick of Scorpio

Posted in Magick, The Temple of the Sun with tags , , , , on November 17, 2014 by themagickalpen

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The Magick of Scorpio
Deep, Passionate and Thoroughly Transforming

The Magick of Scorpio is fueled by desire, will and all of the emotions that are associated with a nature that is intense and complex in its expression. Whatever we apply Scorpion energy towards is going to receive the opportunity to reach deeply into he introspective and intuitive self and draw from those depths what is needed to completely change everything.

Scorpio’s strength lay in being able to reshape by will and transform through the power of emotion. This means that the process itself will be intense and at times extremely uncomfortable.

The caution here is that of obsession and fixation that keeps those emotional waters from moving in a productive way and instead reek havoc on everything that is in their raging path. In Leo we found the place of drama that can ensue when too much of the “me” becomes the focused obsession. With Scorpio, the drama that ensues is One that remains in the shadows, intensely brooding and when it does erupt appears to come out of no where with no clear definitive source.

Scorpio goes straight for the heart of the matter. Workings that strive to change or transform are most successful under Scorpio’s energy. The same attention to refinement and balance to craft the most beautiful of expression now has potential to become the object of desire and with that implication everything originally assigned to the Libran beauty will now take on a different quality of life as they are adored and worshiped intensively and deeply.

Scorpio is the fourth sign of the second cycle of quadrant of Elements in progression around the zodiacal wheel. This is the second of the Water astrological signs and in the order of progression, Scorpio brings an emotional state that has ability to express itself in either state of extreme. This is the progression from the home seeking Cancerian who forms attachments by what it defines as worthy of its trust in exchange for the security achieved. By the time we arrive at the third of the Water signs, Pisces, all experience is held within the moving waters of compassion for others and self-sacrifice as an expression of that compassion.

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Scorpio as a sign of the Fixed Water Modality provides the quality of synthesis and structure of a suitable vessel to contain the potential overflow. Libra’s gift of change through inspired mind set the stage for collaboration between mind and the heart of Scorpios desire. When Scorpio opens its gates of insight what is released are all of the ingredients necessary for birthing something transformed. The recipe is one that has been forged through introspection and the silent observation. Taking it all in, processing it at a deep level of understanding and then formulating a response based entirely on the motivations of feeling.

Solar Month Magick

Enhances the intuitive and emotional process of transformation:

Scorpio as the Eighth sign of the Solar Year concerns itself with the cycles of endings and beginnings. Think of the number 8 and the possibility of either entering through the gates of the two circles atop one another or leaving from those Gates; drawing the experience held in that space of between as the synthesized action.

The Solar Month of Scorpio is an excellent time to begin the work of change. Although Scorpio is a water sign, many of the ways in which it works it magick is in a fiery way. Passion, drama and intensity of feeling blaze their way through any working burning off the steam and leaving dynamically changed waters that provide a clarity despite the depths into which they reach.

The energy of this Solar month of Scorpio next flows into the Fires of Sagittarius and the arrows of networking and stimulation that are shot from that archer’s bow need the softening of Scorpio’s waters of self-knowledge to ensure that their aim is true.

The Scorpion approach can be used for short-term projects, but is most effective for long-term workings. A goal, such as opening your intuitive gifts more fully benefit from Scorpio’s solar energies.

Similar to the New, Full and Waning cycles of the Lunar Month, beginning the working in the Solar Month of Scorpio would be the first phase of testing and exploring how you interact with the world in a purely organic and intuitive way. This would require some “soul” searching to find what your hidden desires are and what motivations are driven by those desires and which are informed by a Higher Self. As you move through the Solar month you will begin to recognize what are primal urges and needs and what are actions that align with a path of growth and productivity. One of the detriments of Scorpio is addictive behavior. The light of Solar energy can reveal those areas that are habitual and keep you stuck emotionally.

Using the cycle of Water and those astrological signs of that element the next point of bolstering the energy would be during Pisces’ Solar Month. The Solar Month of Pisces provides the place of forgiveness and self-compassion. Healing and the comfort of knowing that what you have revealed of a nature that is not intuitively guided is the focus of this solar month. Pisces also has the gift of empathy. When empathy and compassion align being driven by the best interest for all concerned, we are truly listening and opening to our deeper insight.

Having finally arrived in the energy of the Solar month of Cancer, all that has been drawn from previous experience can now be shared as the seeker can now acknowledge his/her part in the world family of humanity. The scorpion has risen to the place of the Eagle, keen sight and able to see where there is need and offer the emotional supports that foster growth.

Lunar Magick: Time for Change

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Engages the transformation of those feelings and perceptions we have about ourselves that lay beneath the surface.

Use of Lunar energy in the astrological sign of Scorpio provides the energetic principle of providing the tools needed for permanent transformative change. When we explore the motives behind the actions and concepts we cling so fiercely to we have the opportunity to reveal not only to the world, but to ourselves what we have that is useful and what we affirm of our truths that are unfounded.

Workings that require a cleansing of false beliefs and emotions that hold us prisoner make use of the intensity of Scorpio. Workings that encourage deeper exploration of those aspects of yourself that you hide and bring you needless pain can be brought to the surface for a closer look. When we reveal those things that make us feel vulnerable, we are taking the first steps towards changing the ways we feel, think and express ourselves.
Using the Triune nature of Scorpio lends itself well doing a working that will access the triple phase of the Moon.

The New Moon of Scorpio (The Scorpion) could be used diving into those deep waters of your emotional “stuff” that you try to hide from others (and at times shun away from yourself). Call upon the opening and awakening of the intuitive self and begin a process of descent into looking at the shadows of cobwebs that hold your secrets. Look at each thing that arises and remain detached from them. Breathe deeply, taking in all that presents itself. One thing will stand out above the others. This is the focus of work for the next phases. After making selection, set the intention that you will allow yourself the space of embracing this aspect in all of its energy, but it will hold no power over you. A you move towards the Full Moon, allow more and more of this thing to come to the light of scrutiny and each time engaging the feeling and intuitive part of self.

The Full Moon of Scorpio (The Eagle) would be used to see and feel the fullness of this thing and to rise above its power over you, seeing now that it has none other than what you have given it. Allow the healing waters of Mother Moon to cleanse and soothe the efforts of your work during the waxing. Now, soar above as the Eagle, seeing what has been cleared from you and opening to a broader perspective of who you really are.

The energy of the Waning Moon in Scorpio (The Phoenix) would serve as the final point of release and the allowance of new growth from that release. Spend some time in the dark and a place of quiet. Recall what you have learned of yourself as you drew to the light what you had kept hidden. Recall the feeling of healing and weight removed in clearing away what held you captive. Recall the pain of this release and breathe into it deeply and fully. See that pain ignited by the passion for change and the need for regrowth. Allow the flames to rise burning away any last ties to what you have released. See the ashes smoldering and call forth the power of your inner desire, the flame of your spiritual self and see the fires burning anew, strong and vibrant from those ashes. See them rising into the darkness of night sky and allow your gratitude for this space of regeneration.

Some Additional Astrological properties of Scorpio
Keywords: Introspection, Passion, Emotional Power

The Archetype: The Actor is the archetype associated with Scorpio. Scorpio is the master of disguise and personas. The hidden and keeping everything “close to the heart” are natural tendencies of Scorpio. In the Actor we see one who has command of the stage, the character to be played and the audience captivated by the illusion created. So too, Scorpio crafts the projection of what it wishes, largely in effort tot protect emotions and feelings that are intense and deep. The actor slips easily from the shadows of the wings, preparing for the grand entrance, just as Scorpio emerges from the depths, soaring in the glory of the fullness of brilliant light and if successful, finishes off in a blaze of glory, the likes of which very few have seen.

Rules Astrological House:
The 8th House of the Zodiac, the House of Relationships and Sex

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

When we enter the Eight House we have the necessary experience to form emotional attachments that are passionate in their intensity and seeking the fulfilling of a yearning for more. Experience, however does not necessarily bring wisdom. With that being said, the eight House with the ruling of Scorpio is often considered the House of Sex. Scorpio is considered the most sexually aware of the signs of the zodiac. When we engage sexually the intent is to give oneself fully over to another as we feed our own needs and desires.

Just as the number eight refers to the cyclical nature of life, so too, sex ensures the potential of life having continuation. The physical act itself is the death of a singularity and the rebirth of a unification of dual forms. At a spiritual level the act of procreation is that of the replication of the holographic light of each being of humanity regenerated and renewed as it passes through its varied forms lifetime to lifetime.

Color:
The color Red in its darkest and richest hue is well suited to Scorpio’s energy. This is the color of life’s blood when exposed to the breath of life. This is the flush of cheek in sexual ecstasy. This is the burning flame of passion so fierce in its intensity as it flames in raging need. The red of Scorpio’s intense passion and desire of will flows through the healing blue waters of emotion. As they blend and merge creating new pathways of expression, rising from the depths and soaring clear and free of inhibition, passion and healing become the unified purple of spiritual gift and healing form.

Taking it All: Libra into Scorpio

Beauty came to rest in the
Depths of my Soul.

I yearned for its gentle caress
And desired it fill my hunger.

Balance had no place in
My desire to possess it
And excess took hold.

What I hoped to have as my own
Demanded I learn the truth
Of myself.

I sought a place of refuge
And in my yearning still
I arose renewed as I took
The beauty of my gentle
Self within.

Scorpio is the Eighth sign of the Zodiac:
Scorpio takes up the work of testing the limits of what Libra strove to balance and refine. Scorpio seeks to find the definition of itself in the emotional experiences it has. This seeking often becomes a passion to give so fully that when similar response is not received, drama and heartbreak ensues.

Seasonally, Scorpio heralds the lifting of the veils as Samhain and Beltane are the focus of celebrations in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, respectively. This is reflected again in the number eight and the eternity of endings and beginnings. The veils of Samhain reveal the mysteries of those ancestors and loved ones who have passed from human form. The call is one of receipt of wisdom and the awakening of the intuitive waters to hear the messages gifted.

The veils of Beltane welcome those soul’s that seek incarnate life and the realms of the greater Earth. The fecundity and revelry of Beltane often produces the offspring that enter this world of human form having passed through the veils and become the seeds of conception.

We have crossed the mid-point in the Solar Year and the 12 Houses of the Astrological signs. Each prior to this point has concerned itself with those aspects of our being that cultivate sense of self (Aries); sense of others (Taurus); expression of ourselves (Gemini); nurturing what we hold close to our hearts (Cancer); moving into our place of power (Leo) and claiming responsibility for taking a closer look at who we have become (Virgo); and finding that place of refinement through interaction. Scorpio marks the advent of self-knowledge and re-forming what has come before as the utterly transformed Being rises from the ashes of that self-analysis.

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

Resources
Other Posts to Re-read:

Temple of the Sun: Scorpio

Sun in Scorpio- Open the Flood Gates and Lift the Veils
Full Moon in Scorpio (May 2014)
Fiery Waters- New Moon in Scorpio (2013)

Temple of the Moon:
Day Ten: Rise Like the Phoenix-New Moon in Scorpio
Day Nine: Entering Deep Waters-Waxing Moon in Scorpio

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