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Mercury Stations Direct Today! Go Slowly!

Posted in Auspicious Days, Mercury with tags , , , on July 1, 2014 by themagickalpen

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Mercury stationed direct today at 8:50am. Breathe into this release of pressurized communication, but go slowly as you open up the gates that have held at bay what you “really” wanted to say. Although, Mercury is Airy in elemental quality, its natural tendency towards expression moves in bursts and flow, much like water. Think Water of Air and its quality of ebb and flow, contraction and expansion as it carves its way through the atmosphere. This is also the application of air is creating the tsunami that overtakes everything in its path.

The moon moves into the astrological sign of Virgo at 5:24pm, so emotions will be put under the scrutiny of Virgo’s earthy analytical order through Friday at 12:21 am when the moon transits void. Virgo’s action is to create the solid ground that has been crafted and tested to ensure its viability. These are the points of anchor and the bouys that keep you afloat in the turbulence of the sea.  And, we continue to navigate these seas as there is still an abundance of watery energy with the Sun in Cancer, Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio and Neptune Retrograde in Pisces.

So, go slowly as you navigate these varying levels of seascapes lest you get caught in the undertow. Think before you speak. Feel your way through the loosening up of communication’s back log and ease into the flow of expression and style that typifies the best you can communicate.

Day Twenty-Nine: The Midnight Flame

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2013 by themagickalpen

August 5

Dark Moon Enters Leo

Sun in Leo

12:58 pm

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Posted during the planetary hour of the Sun in preparation for the New Moon’s energy in Leo tomorrow afternoon

The Moon entered the transition of void at 2:49am and enters the astrological sign of Leo at 12:58pm.  The early morning hours held a steady flow and integration of what will be in the solar light of center stage shortly after the noonday hour.

There is already a change in the atmosphere and the soft flow that I noted yesterday gave way to a pricklier dynamic.  The ritual last night had the feel of loss, but more of the nature of a great weight being lifted than sorrow at what was left behind.  The dual energies of both Sun and Moon being in their signs of rulership (noted on previous day’s post) worked collaboratively and what non-productive emotions that were stirred into action, flowed in a gentle stream into a place of release.  The trick is to not reabsorb and draw up the mist of that release, but to let it move steadily and smoothly into the belly of the great deep.

With the completion of this cycle, and the movement of the Moon into Leo through the hours of sleep, I am reminded of the midnight sun, or flame of reflection of sunlight that penetrated the darkness of night.  This is another of my favorite pictures (of an eclipse) that I use as a frequent reminder of the merging of the energies of water and fire, heart and will, Soul and Spirit.  It also speaks of the exchange of the polarities of light and dark and their powerful expression in the uniting of the two extremes, each acting upon the other, to create a third that is the sum of their combination.

As you light your candles this evening and enter your final post of the journey, take a moment to meditate on this picture.  Remain open to what more you can receive with its visualization and how its energy has streamed like black and golden strands of alchemical blood throughout this journey.  Blessings of the Midnight Flame!

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A Point of Numerology: 

Today is the 29th day or 2+9= 11

11 is considered a master number; resonating with the energy of the iteration of itself. One is the singular form, the prime from which having been manifested all else flows.  The  double 1’s could be considered the point of self and SELF, i and I in communication and support of one another.

In fact, if you reduced the 11 to:  1+1= 2

you would have the number 2 of collaboration with another. It is this energy that establishes transformation and clarity of intent and purpose.

Applying these thoughts to this 29 day journey offers insight into how we started – self/i  and the end goal we have moved closer towards- SELF/I

Tomorrow will be the final daily post to wrap up this journey to the Temple of the Moon.

Day Twenty-Six: Your Number’s Up

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2013 by themagickalpen

August 2

Waning Moon Void of Course

Sun in Leo

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The Moon has been void today and will transit into the astrological sign of Cancer tomorrow morning at 12:30am.  It is also a Friday so everyone is winding up for the weekend.  The day’s energies seemed like the quiet before the next great emotional outpouring would begin. Everything is gearing up for the floodgates to open through the next two days leading up to the new moon.  A lot has been brought forward with the waning of the moon’s energy and now what is occurring under the surface is preparing to begin the cycle anew with this next new moon cycle.  It makes me think of the slow boil of the water in a pan, that begins to accelerate more rapidly as more heat is applied.  Moon will be in Cancer as the last sign before it begins anew and flows into the heated waters of Leo Moon and Leo Sun.

As promised, here is the information about numbers and the application of numerology.

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Some Basics of Numerology:

The Poem below is one I routinely use in my workshops.  The application of numerology lends itself to multiple systems and I always have this as an adjunct tool to point out something more than what is on the surface of understanding. This poem was written several years ago and each time I pull it out for use and reread it there is something new to be revealed. In fact one of its uses was to describe the energy of the Qabalistic Sphere of Kether which serve as the Godhead or Source from which the remaining nine spheres receive the outpouring of its creation.

~ The Continuum ~

Nothing and everything
the endless void fills all time
until…

One moves in the silence
stretching and reaching
towards the other as Two
swiftly take flight.

They mingle and join
each claiming their own side
so Three may point the way.
Each base stretched far and wide.

Foundations are laid
by another close at hand
who opens the Four sealed Gates.

Disruption and creative force
issues forth as the skillfully crafted
shield of focus reflects the Five.

The light is fixed
the seeker is found
as outpour of healing grace
gives way to the
harmonious Six.

Each walks a path of experience
pulling and gathering from
vista’s extremes.
Wisdom and lessons hard won
fill what moves within.

As six expands to become Seven
the meandering web that
connects becomes entwined.

A continuum of dual
portal opening and Eight
the final climax of force contained.

Like amoebas they move and
wiggle and stretch and pull
and strain until the
tension and release
catapult them over
the initiatory threshold of
Death’s Nine Gates.

All scatter and disperse
once again seamlessly
part of the void of the All
until…

Once again the singular One rises
reaching out towards its
newly quickened mate.

This gives you an idea of how the energy of one number flows into the next having been informed by the previous. Numerology is the study of numbers, and the occult manner in which they reflect certain aptitudes and character tendencies, as an integral part of the cosmic plan. Each letter has a numeric value that provides a related cosmic vibration. For example, the sum of the numbers in your birth date and the sum of value derived from the letters in the name provide an interrelation of vibrations. It is thought that these numbers show a great deal about an individual’s character, purpose in life, what motivates, and where talents may lie. Experts use the numbers to determine the best time for major moves and activities in life.

Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician who live from 569-470 B.C., is said by many to be the originator of much of what we call numerology today. Although, if we look back at the emphasis placed on the numbers related to the Qabalah, the use of numerology in some form dates back to being a very ancient art of interpretation.

Most every counting system in the world is based upon the numbers 1 through 9. Each of those digits has its own particular meaning. Numerology is the method of reducing names and dates to special numbers that reveal character, quality and cycles of the person or thing being examined.  I use numerology to define many of my magickal workings as you can see with the references I have made to the numeric value of a particular day’s date.

This is a very basic listing of the general attributes if each of the numbers from 1-9

0 – Cycles, void, the limitless ALL, womb of creation and the Gate of the Divine

1 – The singular “I”, the individual, the line of continuum, energy held and gathered back to itself

2 – Collaborative effort- moving beyond the “I” to “we”- duality and polarity that results

3 – The point of trinity or third that is created from the friction and combined effort of the two

4 – Opening the point of support to a place of foundation, equanimity and force in a balanced state

5 – The shield whose tip may be directed by Will to disrupt, change and set in motion

6 – Doubled trinity, intersecting energies of descent and ascent, mirrored image of creative product

7 – Carrying forward the lessons learned, the paths taken and the reconvening of the triune

8 – The lemniscate, foundation (4) uplifted to become the container, receipt and release

9 – Threshold /gate to endings and completion with potential for new fully in-formed beginnings

Day Twenty-Five: The Epiphany of Silence

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by themagickalpen

August 1

Waning Moon in Gemini

Void of Course @ 12:48pm

Sun in Leo

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Moon’s energy has lessened outwardly, but  is flowing deeply internally spreading into every cavern of our being.  This is preparation and necessary for the birthing of the Moon anew in the next cycle of her potent phase.  It has felt  like there has been a definite change in where the thrust of energy has been directed since the peaking of the Full Moon and the days prior as it was waxing.  The energies have been a bit more subdued, not really any less potent if you really pay attention, but a definite sense of inner refining and tweaking.  As we are nearing the next New Moon cycle there is a feeling of slow and steady pressure building from the inside out.  Nothing you can concretely put your finger on, but palpable nonetheless.

The last vestiges of Gemini’s presence was felt this morning and there seemed to be a slowing down in the communication venue.  This would be the later stages of Gemini’s outpour so I guess people are all talked out and the pace is relaxing into that space of void at 12:48p.m.  Today marks the Sabbat of  Lammas, the first harvest of the Great Wheel.  So, I am thinking about how this harvesting could be applied to the work that has been done so far on this journey.

The timing is ripe in that we are also in the Moon’s harvesting stage as it wanes; releasing and letting go of Her outward potency.  Emotionally and intuitively, what has been nurtured and analyzed in moving through this lunar cycle would have been overwhelming and unproductive if it had been left to expand any further.  Leaving Gemini’s constant chatter is similar to reaping what has reached maximum.  After the cutting down of the exhaustive noise of communication comes a deep and satisfying silence that holds the keys of what cannot be articulated.

I had mentioned ion an earlier post about an analogy of these energies going though their own individual stages of beginning, peak and ending.  The solar energy of its astrological sign of Leo will be hitting is peak point at the New Moon next Tuesday when Moon and Sun are in the same sign.  This means that as the Sun’s energies have been waxing the Moon’s have been waning.  I am thinking about what effect this could have on the lunar work done; especially since the Sun is in its ruling sign with the potency of draconian fire.  The image I have is one of the potency of the Sun’s energy drying up what is left of the lunar waters.  (again something similar to Harvest).  And, if those waters do not find safe heaven and deeper integration, perhaps those emotions we wish to cultivate will wither and dry up.

So, perhaps moving into the deeper recesses and the space where silence informs and draws gnosis to itself is the safe heaven of integration I will explore. Entering this calming flow of transition is what I will try to do. The Moon will remain void until it enters it’s astrological sign of rulership- Cancer on Saturday morning at 12:29a.m.   Until then, I am going to listen deeply to the silence of this void and bring with me those select parts of my emotional self that need more tending.

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Words fell like rain
Spilling out and overflowing
Waters that had been dammed
Up and held secure.

Sound rumbled and roared
Like a sleepy lion
Awakened too soon
And ready to pounce.

Movement flowed
And clanged about
Noisily looking for
What path it had left behind.

Silence descended and
All that had raged
Uncontrolled and unanswered
Now rested cloaked in
The wisdom of its sound.

Day Twenty-Three: Go Quietly into the Night

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2013 by themagickalpen

July 30

Waning Moon/Void of Course Day

Sun in Leo

Posted during the Planetary Hour of the Sun

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The moon went void today at 11:58am leaving the sign of Taurus behind and preparing to enter the astrological sign of Gemini tomorrow morning at 11:42am. Going with the flow today and not expecting anything, nor pushing anything to happen.  The tides will flow as they may and sink in where they need to make new inroads.

As promised today, I am going to use the Sun’s light of Leo and offer some information about the Planetary Days and Hours.

For the most part these references are used most frequently for enhancing magickal workings.  The thought being that each of the days has a planet whose energies are in abundance, more easily accessible and align with one of the seven days.  Additionally, the day is further broken down into approx. hourly segments with each of the seven planets holding sway on a particular hour during that day.  Using both may seem like a lot of trouble to coordinate but if you have a goal that needs an amped up boost of specific energy knowing the order and energies associated throughout and on a given day can further along the energetic flow.

This formulary is based upon the ancient Chaldean system of ordering what are considered the Seven Elder planets. These Elder were those planets that were acknowledged before the discovery of the three newer planets- Uranus- Neptune and Pluto and include:

Sunday = Sun

Monday = Moon

Tuesday = Mars

Wednesday = Mercury

Thursday = Jupiter

Friday = Venus

Saturday = Saturn

The Planetary Hours:

The planetary hours follow the same order of the planets with the first (aprox.) hour of each day ruled by the same planet that rules that day.  The remainder of the hours follow the order of those planets that follow sequentially and repeat until arriving at sunrise of the next morning.  You’ll note that I have approximate for the hours as they begin at the time of sunrise for each day.  Therefore, the times vary from day to day rather than being a concrete 5:00am – 6:00am, 7:00am – 8:00am and so on.

The order would look something like this, with variations in time:

Sunday: Sun – Moon – Mars – Mercury – Jupiter – Venus – Saturn…. repeat all

Monday: Moon – Mars – Mercury – Jupiter – Venus – Saturn – Sun… repeat all

Tuesday: Mars – Mercury – Jupiter – Venus – Saturn – Sun – Moon… repeat all

Wednesday: Mercury – Jupiter – Venus – Saturn – Sun – Moon – Mars… repeat all

Thursday: Jupiter – Venus – Saturn – Sun – Moon – Mars – Mercury… repeat all

Friday: Venus – Saturn – Sun – Moon – Mars – Mercury – Jupiter… repeat all

Saturday: Saturn – Sun – Moon – Mars – Mercury – Jupiter – Venus… repeat all

This can make it a bit tricky to calculate and keep track of, although not impossible to do. I use an online calculator.

The Planetary Energies:

So, how would you use these planetary energies?  This will be the topic of future focus Temples of the specific planets, but to get you started here are a few key words that are associated with each planet’s energy and influence.

SUN:  WILL- Strengthening, illuminating, masculine in dynamics (not necessarily in form hence Solar Female Deities), enlivening and catalytic spark.

MOON:  EMOTIONS- Nurturing, intuitive, feminine in dynamics (not necessarily in form hence Lunar Male Deities), flowing, forming and deepening.

MARS:   ACTION- Assertiveness, aggression, change, release, renewal, active healing.

MERCURY:   MOVEMENT- Communication, duality, exchange, reasoning and capacity for understanding.

JUPITER:   FLEXIBILITY- Expansion, growth, abundance, prosperity  and visionary.

VENUS:   REFINEMENT- Balance, relationships, agreement, beauty and aesthetics.

SATURN:   ORDER- Structure, control, time, rigidity and change through force of pressure.

Putting it all together:  This probably seems a bit complex if you are not familiar with some of the basics, but there is great benefit in taking the time to attune to these energies and then applying as needed.  This is a little story I wove for myself when learning about the planetary days and their energies.

Sunday is my day for preparing for what needs to be accomplished for the week. I will rest and relax to strengthen myself for the demands of the week and allow those things that will need my attention to be brought to light.  Monday is the start of my work week and therefore needs me to be at my best emotionally and to be attentive to how I want my week to flow.  I will be flexible in what tasks present and remain open to the opportunities for me to refine my emotional engagements.  Tuesday I feel primed and ready to tackle whatever comes my way.  I already have one day of work behind me and successfully navigated, so I will assert myself where necessary to ensure that extra responsibilities are not unfairly put upon me.  Wednesday is mid-week and now I am ready to socialize. Wanted the shelter of easing into my work week on Monday.  Tested out the waters of speaking up on Tuesday. So, now I am ready to communicate and make sure that everyone is on the same page in what remains to be one for a successful week. If managed well, I won’t be overbearing or ineffective! Thursday starts the point of total flexibility and ease of shifting into what may have gone overlooked in the first part of the week. I am going to breathe into each task at hand and see how much flexibility it and I have. If possible, I will also try to look ahead at what may creep up unexpectedly and plan a course of action.  Friday is here! Last day of the work week and still need to maintain the balance of remaining focused on my work duties and eagerness for the weekend.  So, I am going to fine tune how I proceed through this day- don’t want to have to work overtime and don’t ant to rush through and be counting down those last hours or minutes.  Slow and steady with grace and ease, that’s my plan to have a beautiful end of the week. Saturday! Woo hoo I made it through the work week. But, only two days to kick back. Ah actually only 1 and three-quarters since I will be planning my next week on Sunday evening.  I need to make some fun plans for today.  And, then have a back-up if they don’t work out and I feel like I’ve wasted my day off.  There is never enough time to relax before I’m thinking about work again. OK, loosen up the reigns a bit and let the day flow of its own accord. Maybe time will stretch if I do this.  LOL!

A Simple Beginning:

Prosperity and Abundance:

To draw abundance and prosperity to you, find the planetary hour of Jupiter on a Thursday (Planetary day of Jupiter).  During that time, light a candle, visualize yourself as having the prosperity needed for positive outcome. Hold that image concretely in your mind and allow that energy to expand and include all of your endeavors. Note that although Jupiter is often associated with financial prosperity, the expansive quality of Jupiter works upon all manner of things you wish to grow; relationships, creative endeavors, and more.

Bolstering and Renewing Your Physical Strength:

Find the planetary hour of the Sun on a Sunday, the Planetary day of the Sun.  Light a candle or sit in the light of sun and draw that energy into your central core.  Envision yourself as lit by the Sun from within and see that light of health and vitality expanding outward like rays of the Sun.

Be creative and let intuition be your guide.  The brief descriptions I gave about each of the planets barely scratches the surface and with all things magickal there are hidden modifiers and subtleties that don’t always make for hard and fast rules about assignment.

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Image: National Parks

Resources:   Planetary Hours Calculator

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Based in the UK, so be sure to change the location every day.  Good because you can plan ahead and print out the days hours in advance.

They also have an app called Hours that is available for Android and Iphone

Day Twenty-One: Entering the Void

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2013 by themagickalpen

July 28

Waning Moon

Void of Course

Sun in Leo

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The Moon remains void all day today and until 12:43am Monday Morning. We’re leaving the energy of Fire (Aries) and transiting into the Earthy foundations of Taurus. I variety of images and analogies came to mind as the day progressed.  My initial thoughts were that of the earth, transparent on the surface to the intensity and nature of heated transformation that is taking place below.

This period of transition is one of moving from the Cardinal or initial outpour of energies that was Aries into what will wrangle it into structured form in the Fixed modality of Taurus.  Additionally, the movement is from the element of Fire to Earth.  The slow and steady burning of a fire that is fueled by wood reducing it down and giving way to the remaining manifest form of ash that is the byproduct.

Emotionally, kinda feels like staring into blackened waters. You know that there is light in there and  you sense some sort of structure forming, but it is not yet clear and you are unsure about what the resulting product will be. Not much to do today other than to hold steady as a new foundation is crafted.

I spent some time just looking deeply into the flame of the white candle I had lit at the full moon as I connected to the energies of the day. The words of the poem below rose up as I was writing and I surrendered to the stillness of pause before the moon took its place in the energy of Taurus.

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I looked into
The Great deep
And black inky
Waters flowed.

I looked into
The Great deep
And eyes wide with
Wonder peered back.

I looked into
The Great deep
And tiny sparks
Of red flame flickered.

I looked into
The Great deep
And saw the
Newly formed
Foundation of my making
Rising up from flowing
Flame filled waters
to greet me.

Day Twenty: It’s Getting Hot in Here

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2013 by themagickalpen

July 27

Waning Moon in Aries

Sun in Leo

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The Moon remains in Aries all day until it goes void at 10:29pm tonight. Our coven held its Lughnassadh ritual today and the enlivening and energy of the small group who attended was palpable.  Overall the energy has an underlying current of electricity running through.  People seemed more alert today and overall spirits of those I engaged with were positive and responsive in nature.

Astrology 101:

Sun and Moon are both  of the Fire Element.  Remember yesterday that I described the life cycle of the Zodiac?  Let’s add another overlay.  The twelve signs are also divided into the four elemental energies; Air- Fire-Water and Earth.  Today we have both the Sun and Moon in different astrological signs, but both in Fire. Fire equates with will and action.   The Moon is in Aries – the first sign of the Zodiac and the Sun is in Leo- the  5th sign of the zodiac.  So, the Fire of Aries (childhood and youth)  is a little gentler and a little less pervasive and intense  than the Fire of Leo ( young adult ).  Because each of the Elements is assigned to three signs you could also think of the energy of that element being expressed as Dawn- the peak of Noon and Dusk. Each has their own magnitude of intensity although each are components of the same day. 

It seemed very easy to navigate today’s energies, allowing myself to simply go with the flow and be fully present in my actions.  I have some new ideas that came to the surface today and I am feeling enthused and encouraged that putting forth the effort will produce something worthwhile, whether positive or negative, there will be lessons to be gained.

I’m going to use the strength of the Leo Sun to bolster  with the controlled Fire of Will to light the way for emotional energy that is just forming its way of responding and acting.  I am going to draw up the memories of my youth and the passion and excitement I had for my dancing.  This was fueled, not only by my actions but, my emotions and all the mental planning for the fullness of a career doing what I loved.  I am going to harness those emotions to be applied to what my passions, yearnings and goals are now and then sit back and enjoy the view.

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Day Nineteen: A Quick Step

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2013 by themagickalpen

July 26

Waning Moon Enters Aries

Sun in Leo

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The Moon was void most of the day and entered the Fiery sign of Aries at 5:29pm this afternoon.  Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and is often characterized as the impetuous of youthful exuberance.  The energy is less experienced in how it could be distributed and sees potential at every turn. Everything is new and fresh, with focus on self experiences just as a young child centers on his own insular world.  It is not from a selfish view point; but rather just simply because they are just beginning the process of expanding out, exploring other avenues and realizing that there is a much larger world awaiting them.  This freshness gives birth to enthusiasm and a certain speed in energetic outpour,  that again youth can lay claim to.

A little Astrology 101:

The Zodiacal wheel is divided into twelve astrological signs beginning with the sign of Aries and ending the cycle with the sign of Pisces. One way to look at this energy is to compare it to the life cycles we experience in the course of our lifetime.  If we divide the twelve signs into groups of three- the first three signs (Aries-Taurus-Gemini) represent our growth from birth through childhood and into very late teens (birth-18).  The next three signs (Cancer-Leo -Virgo) would be roughly our young adult to adult years (19-30). The next (Libra-Scorpio-Sagittarius) could equate with our experiences as we mature, have families, stable jobs and move from the peak of our life’s towards elder years (31-60). And the last three  (Capricorn-Aquarius-Pisces)  bring us to that stage in our lives where our accumulated experiences are available to guide the next generation of youth and our eventual passing (61+).  This is why I gave the designation yesterday to Pisces as being often considered the most mature of the signs, having come to a place of compassion from a lifetime’s experience.  

We crossed that threshold today and as the Moon enters Aries, that life cycle is beginning anew.  But, more about Aries tomorrow. The interesting thing of note is the polarity that is present now.  We are, with the moon moving into the sign of Aries initializing the beginning of the energy of expansion and movement towards growth during a time when the lunar cycle itself is in the waning or contracting phase.  If we think of these two dynamics working one on the other, we have a potential here for applying that naivete and youthful energy (Aries)  to the deepening (contracting or waning moon) stages of our emotional flow.

After the sluggishness of the morning, it felt like a jump start into Aries.  The energy seemed crisper and emotionally I felt more attentive to what was being presented to me.  I think this will be a great opportunity to take a new look at some of the tired and less productive emotions and responses I have to certain things.  A little charge of new energy and a large dose of enthusiastic intent will go a long way towards shaking up some of the staleness.  And, as the moon wanes I am going to move further into that landscape and my emotional bodies.  It reminds me of walking on sand in bare feet that is unexpectedly hot and the expanse you have to traverse seems that much longer before being able to dip them into cool, flowing waters.

 

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Day Eighteen: Meet Me at the Water’s Edge

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by themagickalpen

July 25

Waning Moon in Pisces

Sun in Leo

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Today the Moon remains in the sign of Pisces until 2:43pm this afternoon when it goes void until 5:29pm tomorrow afternoon. I am not one who regularly dreams, but last night my dreamscape was full with emotionally charged images and scenarios.  I woke up feeling a bit drained.  The earlier part of the day felt waterlogged and sluggish and despite my usual morning high amp coffee I felt like I was moving through thick liquid.

This is that flexible, expansive mutable quality of Pisces.  You push and it pulls you back a bit.  You push harder still and the rebound is even greater. You surrender and push ever so slightly and you find yourself making headway in a productive way.  I feel like I’m pushing too hard and the push back is a bit overwhelming.  The moon is nearing the end of the three day energy on either side of fullness and the waning and subtlety of its impact is beginning to reveal itself.

I am feeling pressured today to make some choices, all of which I can’t rely exclusively on my mental agility to carry me through.  I will need to bring my heart into the equation and try to make decisions that are based on what are the best options for all concerned.  My thoughts are that I should be cautious about how much of my emotional self I lend, because I feel as though that is the level that I will be holding as we move into the void this afternoon and through  several hours tomorrow.  I’m feeling the same anticipation that is felt when you are standing at the edge of the beach.  The tide brings water in and you stand just far enough forward on the drying sand to feel the coolness of the water splash over your feet but not so far that the water covers you more than you wish. And, if you go just a few feet more, the sand holds you captive as the tide rushes back to the sea.  Not knowing how to swim, this is not in my comfort zone and always feels as though the bottom is falling out underneath me.

Similar to the feeling I’ve had all day.  Like there is no anchored bottom of support underneath.  Just muddiness and a sinking feeling.  This makes me think more deeply abut what I have noticed of my Piscean relatives and colleagues about getting stuck in the stickiness of your own emotions.  You mean well, but the outpour is simply more than could be handled and the result is no where to go but down. So, deep breath in to create the needed buoyancy, lay back into the current and let it support you without struggle or you directing the course.

Take a look at the picture below and read through the poem as you sit in the glow of your full and new moon candles tonight. They are a reminder of the ebb and flow of the cycle and the need for the withdrawal of the waters back to their source, often leaving dryness and emptiness where they had so deeply touched. But always, with the promise of return, for there is nothing else they can do but surrender to their natural state of being.

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Seeker Through the Veil

A Poem of the Energy of Pisces

Compassion spills and overflows
the oceans of my Soul
Each drop moving through
rivulets of prismatic depths.

A cadence of virtuosity as
fingers move in pizzicato
rhythm across ephemeral strings~
the sounds of empathetic release.

Seeker of that which is
just beyond the grasp
slips like sand through
the funnel of glass measured time.

And Devotion pools at the base
of sun-parched throats
that willingly endure the pain
to spare another the distress.

Martyr and miracle
Saint and sacrifice
each flow in opposition
until the water clears
and the darkened path
of return is revealed
in the depths of mysterious
waters as compassion
fills my thirst-quenched
Soul.

Day Seventeen: Looking For Compassion

Posted in Esbat, Lunar, Magick, Moon Tide, The Temple of the Moon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2013 by themagickalpen

July 24

Waning Moon Enters Pisces

Sun in Leo

July 24

The morning holds the moon void before it transits into the astrological sign of Pisces at 2:22pm this afternoon.  Pisces is the last sign on the zodiacal wheel and in the cyclical nature and flow of the zodiac, if compared to the human stages of development would be the Elder of the zodiac.   Pisces is of the Mutable (flexibility, endings and the threshold of beginnings) modality and of the Water element.  And, since one sign informs and flows into its new form as the next, the visionary mind of Aquarius now pours into the murky depths of intuitive and emotional waters in the most compassionate and empathetic of the signs- Pisces.  The symbol for Pisces is that of the Fish which gives some insight into the nature of this sign and the veil through which Pisces must try to reach a point of clarity. For those born with Pisces as a driving force of their natal charts there is great capacity for compassion, empathy and depths of human interaction that causes transformation, but if they are controlled solely by their emotions and see only the murky perspectives that looking through water can produce, they can become the victim that gives all but never really is productive being unnecessarily drained. More about the energy of Pisces tomorrow.

My focus for today is on flowing with my emotions, but also doing the work needed to reserve judgment and assessment of where to spend my emotional energy until I can see more clearly.  These thoughts are percolating as I wait out the void of the morning and I am allowing all sorts of images and memories to just move through my consciousness as they will.

My biggest challenge for this moon’s placement is a personal one.  My natal sun is Aquarius and I have been surrounded by Pisceans continually throughout my life.  My husband, my mother, 3 of our 5 children, 3 bosses and an assortment of others are all natal sun Pisces. Being very logical by nature has presented some discord, learning the art of compromise and major work to balance head and heart to  ensure that these relationships are productive for all concerned.  With the waning of the moon’s energies and the opportunity for letting go of so tightly holding onto the reins, I want to “feel” my way through these two days.  The urgency that was felt as the moon waxed is lessening and there is a kind of calmness that is moving in.

Some of the people that I routinely encounter seem a bit softer around the edges than normally; or perhaps its my intent of projecting from a more compassionate and understanding place that is evoking these responses.  Regardless, it also reminds me of the great power we hold in our affect on others.  It also reminds me that having a softer side does not necessarily imply weakness or loss of control, but is actually the stronger and more courageous approach.  I have seen this repeatedly in my Mother, as well as the extreme of  overwhelming misplaced compassion that makes one the victim.  I am looking for the balance of light and dark, fullness and void to reshape and remake the foundations I have so rigidly clung to. I am looking for just enough compassion to forgive myself for charging ahead when I should have placed myself in the other’s shoes and speaking my opinions before feeling my way through the consequences of the harshness of those words.

This was the only entry in my journal for today as I stared deeply into the flames of Silver and White candles and envisioned their beams as the twin fish of Pisces.

Open my Soul
To the understanding
Of my heart’s hunger.

Open my Mind
To the intelligence
Of a gentle embrace.

Open my Spirit
To the wisdom
Of a compassionate
Life well lived.

1ff0fae7ccb36b8e77dcf40c6c7af5e6Artwork:  Michael McGloin

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