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Available Now! Lighting the Torch-Ritual Pathworking

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2017 by themagickalpen

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Continue the work of the New Moon and please enjoy a ritual pathworking of empowerment…

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Let the Healing Begin…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2016 by themagickalpen

Enjoy a recorded meditation.. The Healing Temple…

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New Moon in Leo
4:44p.m. EDT

Sun in Leo

Fire erupts from
Water’s cool embrace.

Flames of liquid light
Reaching out from healing
Chakras centerpoint.

I claim the healing
That flows organically.

I claim the strength
That moves from the Source.

I claim the life that
That pulses with every
Heart’s beat.

I claim the wholeness
That was my birth rite.

I claim the Goddess and
God that create within me.

Let the healing begin
In waters under darkened
Moon’s light.

Breathe in the liquid
Light of rainbow’s hue.

Let is bubble up from you
And let the healing begin
In the flames of Leo’s sun.

The Moon is new today in the astrological sign of Leo. King of the heavens, dynamically charged and demanding attention and recognition. These fires now being applied to the watery nature of a moon that flows with the seeds of catalytic change ripe and…

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The New Moon of Nuit’s Creation

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2016 by themagickalpen

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May 6.2016
New Moon in Taurus
3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Taurus

I breathe out exhaling
And thousands of fiery
Stars burst forth.

Each light is the pulsing
Of my celestial body.
Each silently issues the
Sacred sound of universal
Sky held in timeless magick.

I inhale and all of Earth’s
Fertility is drawn into me
Moving in ecstatic joy as
The starry heaven of my body
And the fecundity of earth
Join as one.

I breathe and my lover stretches
Upward in embrace seeking the
Perfection of our profound union.

I breathe and the Cosmos speaks
My Name and the star-filled
Breath of its calling becomes the
All of creation.

We just celebrated the Sacred Union of Beltane’s Lord and Lady, so it is fitting that this New Moon in the astrological sign of Taurus is one of beginnings that may flow through all of our manifest endeavors. I have chosen the Egyptian Goddess Nuit as the image and energy for this New Moon. She is an ancient Goddess of the Heavens and her brother, Geb lay beneath her as the embodiment of the Earth. Her body is that of the blackened starry night and within that mantle lay the potential of planet and luminary to shine as they will adorning her form.

The union of Geb/Earth and Nuit/Sky held the space of the between from which life and the quickening of form drawn down into fertile space of ground could become. The cloak of Taurus calls us to be present in all of our physical workings.; and as it adorns the strength of the Solar God it illumines the way for what this bull of longevity and commitment chooses as its focus of protection. Nuit wearing the veiling of Taurus provides the promise “as above, so below” that bodes the nurturing of the cosmos and the life contained within her.

The Moon lay hidden; embedded in Nuit’s creative waters. Sun and Moon find their way, entwining and moving in the ecstasy of promised union. This is the calling of a new moon’s beginnings. This is the space of breath just before the exhale that gently feeds what will blossom forth in fullness in the weeks ahead. Look up to the blackness of the night sky, knowing that Nuit’s Moon surrounds you. You, who stand on the form of her lover, Geb and for a moment in time, seed and womb becomes as one. What will you manifest this night?

Please enjoy a recorded meditation honoring Nuit’s New Moon of Creation…

Nuit’s Moon of Creation

All Hail the Maiden of Fire and the Youth of Earth!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2016 by themagickalpen

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All Hail to Astrological Beltane and the Parting of the Veils of New Life!

A little background..

In many traditions the date of celebration for Beltane is May 1st and that of its counterpart, Samhain is Oct. 31 or Nov. 1. Although these dates have accumulated much astral energy from repeated use, if you wish to follow the astronomical approach, which is where the origins of the cross-quarter days lay, those dates are premature.

Beltane falls mid-point between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Each of the cross-quarter Sabbats – Beltane, Lammas, Samhain and Imbolc fall within that half way point between an Equinox and a Solstice. And, for those ancient practitioners who strongly followed the correlate of Solar tides, this placement provided very specific energy in relationship to the line of the Sun’s outpouring onto Earth, its placement during these times between and what was called into action in celebration, ritual and devotion.

If you look a bit closer at the timing of the astrological correlates and know, even a bit, about the energetics of the zodiacal signs as they move through the Solar Year, there is a wellspring of underlying meaning that can be drawn from as you open to new levels of connection that deeply inform how you construct your personal ritual or celebration of these cross-quarter days. Read more here…

Speak Slowly and Clearly Into the Microphone-Mercury Retrograde

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2016 by themagickalpen

35cee37bee37735ef85638ec17ed0bfaMercury Retrograde in Taurus
April 28.2016
1:20 p.m.

Mercury stationed Retrograde this afternoon and adds its energy to a retrograde hit list of 4 other planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Pluto. Five is the number of change and abrupt transformation. It is also the space of creation; having envisioned the point of newness that pushes through a 4-sided wall of foundation and becomes something more than a static base.

My Mars Retrograde  post was entitled “Stand Down”. Now, with the addition of a Mercury retrograde, the need for observation, non-resistance and being patient takes on more meaning. Any retrograde intensifies the baseline energy of that planet’s gifts. Mercury is one we are most familiar with, since its frequency is generally 2-3 times per year. The stereotypical Mercury Retrograde involves failed communication, technology glitches, tongue stumbling and the attempts at expressing oneself, being misunderstood, misconstrued and generally frustrating.

However, the plus side to these inconveniences is the opportunity to check and double-check what you say, how you proceed and generally slow down the frantic communication strategies we have come accustomed to in this highly “connected” age.

The Mars Retrograde on Apr. 18th amplified the need to step back from the natural push of this planet in asserting its willful action. Saturn’s retrograde is holding in check the exuberance of Mar’s energy; both being in the fiery sign of Sagittarius. And, Pluto stationing Retrograde the day after Mars in the earthy sign of Capricorn required slow and careful footing as travels into the great “beyond” of what we perceive as the most distant of planet’s energy.

The stage is now set, the microphone readied and communication that is deliberate and clear is asked to be the star of the show. The intensity of Mercury will play out in a very physical and concrete way. Taurus is a sign of the Earth element. This is the strength of the bull that establishes his territory and holds firm in protecting. Mercury in Taurus means that the intellect and style of communication will be very deliberate and abundantly clear in its purpose. Again, think of the bull and the “no mistaking” active communication when you venture into its territory and perceived a threat. Additionally, Taurus as a sign of the Fixed modality applies structure and synthesis. Now, add the complexity of this stalwart approach as a focus of intensified application to Mercury, the quintessential sign of communication and you will soon understand the need to speak slowly and clearly into the amplifying mic.

Staying with the stage analogy, the Sun is currently in its Solar month of Taurus! Spotlight (Sun) on the communicative star (Mercury) on opening day of a highly theatrical run that will engage its cosmic audience through May 22nd.

“Fire in the Hole”

Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius – Fire
Jupiter in Virgo – Earth
Mercury in Taurus – Earth
Pluto in Capricorn – Earth

An interesting occurrence is that 3 of the 5 Retrograde planets are in Earth signs; and together represent the trinity of modalities Cardinal – Fixed and Mutable. We began this trinity in the space of Mutable Virgo acting as the vehicle for Jupiter. Mutability is flexibility; the flexibility that allows for endings to flow into new beginnings. Pluto in Cardinal Capricorn, laid the ground work for those new reachings to take hold and the Cardinal intentions of new growth to bubble up. Mercury in Fixed Taurus, provides the container that draws from the Cardinal outpourings; mixes and refines the product as it stabilizes in preparation for the next cycle of Mutable action to begin. All the while, this action is taking place with the intentions of manifestation and palpable effect in the physical realms.

Mars and Saturn add Fire to the mix. Not just any fire, but that of the Mutable kind; hoping to spread its seeds of will to action and making full use of its catalytic nature. Here we find the friction of Mars, wanting to charge full speed ahead and Saturn, demanding that everything be ordered and structured in a lasting and durable way. These are the volatile fires that if not carefully balanced detonate in a blinding burst of chaos and upheaval.

So, think of all the efforts towards manifestation having aptly applied expansion (Jupiter),  and the seeding of the unknown (Pluto) into a carefully constructed vessel that clearly communicates its intention (Mercury). The fires have settled in and if not handled with the utmost of care, attention, observation and proceeding with caution, the sparks will fly and what foundations may have been laid will soon be blown apart, only to have to rebuild again.

Go Gently Into These Times…

The words, “be gentle with yourself”, are those to follow this year. Take time for yourself. Take time to be with those you love. Use the energy of this year’s astrology to find out more about who you are. What things are your passion and what things will you willingly release in finding the path back to “you”. Think of these (and the others that occur later in the year) as times to slow down and to sit with all the gifts of humanity that allow you to experience the changes, challenges and joys of having the “time” to be fully present in the moment.

Sink Deep Into the Moon….

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2016 by themagickalpen

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April 22.2016
Full Moon in Scorpio
1:24 a.m. (EDT)

In the early hours of this morning, the moon waxed full in the astrological sign of watery Scorpio. This sign of the Fixed modality is noted for its mystery,unpredictable emotion and hidden gifts. The waters of Scorpio flow deeply and are naturally at home in the darkness. Scorpio is at its more perceptive level is represented by the Eagle. Keen of sight and able to soar the skies and deftly swoop down grabbing into talons that are sharp and piercing precisely what it has set as its prey.

A third attribution to Scorpio’s energy is that of the Phoenix; rising from the ashes in a flame of transmuted will, beginning life anew resplendent in all of its power, strength and brilliance. The choice is one of what you wish to access as your support when the Moon (or Sun) are garbed in this resilient sign.

We have been under the duress of very potent planetary influences that have urged us towards change. These retrogrades have stirred within us much that has lain dormant and hidden; some of which requires additional excavation to reveal the points of weakness and the beauty that remains. This will be the theme of much of the year and, we are much in need of a bit of respite and reflection; taking it as we can and reveling in what it produces as new tools of strategy and greater flexibility.

So, my offering to you this month is a meditation that will support your work of growth and change. Although, it is specific to the Full Moon in Scorpio, you may use it at anytime the moon makes its monthly return into Scorpio’s grace….

Light Arising from the Moon

Read more about Scorpio here: The Temple of the Sun

Sun in Scorpio

My New Book! Temple of the Sun and Moon: Luminous Devotionals

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2016 by themagickalpen

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Didn’t think I would be able to finish this book in time. But…… I am pleased to announce my newest book just in time for Sacred Space and other conferences this year!

Temple of the Sun and Moon is a book of pathworkings, poetry, prose and theory with focus on the luminaries of the Sun and Moon and devotional writings to deepen the reader’s connection to their gifts. Enjoy this excerpt from the book’s Introduction:

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the Temple of the Sun and Moon. You hold in your hands a unique and very personal book. Many of the lessons I have returned to throughout my years as both a teacher and seeker of occult wisdom were those that stood right in front of me. They were not the imagined hidden stores that I had to procure exactly the right key to gain access to. Rather, they were part of…

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