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Preparing for the Journey of the Shadow

Today’s post is a reminder that the work of Samhain is not only about connecting with the Ancestors, but also one of entering into the darker spaces we hold within. This is the work of the Shadow and the way in which this work is achieved varies from tradition to tradition, psychoanalytical practice, beliefs and philosophies and everything that makes us human and spiritual in nature. When we become aware of this aspect of ourself, we are claiming the mantle of walking in both light and dark and recognizing the polarized state of Being that we are. I’ve posted below Part One of a three-part article exploring the shadow I wrote several years ago. We’ll revisit this work later in the month…. Enjoy!

Down the Rabbit Hole– Part One

The Dark Side of the Light

At some point in the journey on our…

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Thoughts on Friday’s New Moon in Cancer. Enjoy…

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Art: The Titan’s Cup by Thomas Cole (1833)

New Moon in Cancer
July 9.2021
9:16 (EDT)

Sun in CancerRetrogrades Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces Saturn in Aquarius Pluto in Capricorn

Mother Moon waxes New in astrological Cancer on Friday, July 8.2021 at 9:16 (EDT). Cancer is an elemental sign of water, ruled by the Moon and as such emotions, who we call family and the spaces of sanctuary we have created may feel as though they are surrounding us in deep waters of healing-or of overload. A New Moon is an opportunity for a fresh start, bolstering what has been put into place through previous cycles or just simply a time to allow to arise what needs to be actuated. This particular New Moon gains the support of astrological Cancer and the tides of its waters of foundational home and support from those you have chosen as family. The…

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As we flow into this 4th of July weekend and the reopening of many states it feels appropriate to remember the space of pause, slowing down and finding the sweet spot of serenity that abides within all of us.

I created this video as an online offering and had the privilege of being joined by others as we committed a space of time to simply Being in the state of stillness and calm. I hope you will take time for yourself amidst the activities of this weekend and the months ahead. My wish for you is one of self-appreciation and joy as you find renewal and strength in the Temple of Serenity…

Please enjoy this and other videos on my Youtube site: A Journey to the Inner Chamber

About this spread:

This is a favorite spread that I created back in 2015 and have used every year as a new year begins and new opportunities abound. I am paying particular attention for this year’s draw as we move into 2021 and so much is still in the pending phase. Just as 2020 brought unexpected events, I want to be as prepared as possible for what 2021 may hold and how I can navigate the inevitable changes in a more self-informed way. And, if nothing else, there is a certain comfort in allowing the intuitive self to take a peek into the possibilities.

With the dawning of a New Year, there are many ways to welcome this fresh start. This astrological spread is a way of accessing information that can be used throughout the year as the Sun transits from one astrological sign to the next. The emphasis is on you standing at the center of the Great Wheel as the Sun and Moon. I’ve chosen to share and use this spread as the start of the New Year, but you can begin the process or start anew at any point in time during the year.

Although the Sun transits into the next astrological sign around the third week of each month and extends into the next, for simplicity I am using the calendar month as the place of focus:

January – Capricorn
February – Aquarius
March – Pisces
April – Aries
May – Taurus
June – Gemini
July – Cancer
August – Leo
September – Virgo
October – Libra
November – Scorpio
December – Sagittarius

Something that I like about this spread is the longevity and opportunity each month to use what has been drawn as I carry forward from the previous Solar Months and look forward to what is coming ahead, by way of preparation through the current month’s choices.

What You Will Need:

  • Your favorite Tarot deck
  • A journal to record each month’s card and impressions and outcomes for that month*
  • Solid Colored cloth to lay your cards on
  • Your Natal Information:  Sun sign and Moon sign**

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Lay out your cloth and thoroughly shuffle your Tarot deck. Sit for a moment and breathe into the deck you are holding. Formulate the intention of seeking guidance for the upcoming year and each of the Solar Months that will occur.

As in the picture….

Place your cards face down, beginning in the Center.
Lay one down-this is your Natal Moon Card.
Lay a second car on top – this is your Natal Sun Card.

Then, in the order as pictured place your 12 (twelve) cards face down in the pattern of the Great Wheel of the Zodiac, beginning at Capricorn.

Reading Your Cards:

When all of the needed cards have been placed, take a moment to breathe into what you have out-pictured and hold the intention that you have created the vision of cosmos and the energy that flows as each Solar Month takes on the mantle of its astrological ruler.

When you are ready, turn each of the cards over and face up, until all are revealed. You want to have a preview of the year as represented in its entirety. Allow yourself to be open to what your first instincts tell you about the story out-pictured in the 12 cards of the Zodiac.

TIP: Take a picture of your spread. This is an easy reference tool that recreates the energy and allows the feelings you had around the spread to resurface with each viewing.

Using this spread throughout the year and setting up Your Journal:

In the journal you have chosen:

Use the front page and write your name(s)-magickal, mundane, whatever you wish and dedication of this journal towards an informed and healthy 2021.

Then, use the next page to paste a picture-or write in order- the cards that were drawn initially in your spread. You will refer to this throughout the year as you move through each month.

Next: Title your page: My Natal Sun Card and write the name (or pic) of the card drawn. Record your interpretations. Each month you will refer to this and your Moon card as they give the overall flavor to whatever card for the month has been drawn. Leave 2-3 blank pages before your next entry.

Your next entry will be your Natal Moon Card you drew. Follow the same procedure for its entries and the 2-3 blank pages following. Again this card will be one referred to each month.

And, finally set aside 3-blank pages for each of your astrological months. On the first page of each, write the name of the card in that spot on the spread. ie: My card : Capricorn-January was the Hermit. I will write The Hermit at the top of the page and record my impressions and interpretations of how I believe that card will play out during the month of January. Throughout the month, I will record any experiences or impressions that I have had that may relate to this card’s energy and how I may interpret it.

Of course the above are just suggestions. The important thing is to arrange your journal in a way that makes sense to you. You will be using it the entire year, so personalize it to your resonance.

To get you started, these are some basic keywords that will help in your interpretation. To read a little more about each check out the link at the bottom of this page for a good resource..

Card 1 – January – Capricorn
Manifest earth energy that has the ability to reach towards its highest aspirations as well as diving deeply into the stores of experience and foundations. Whatever is placed here has potential for slow-moving firmly rooted growth. This is a solar month of reaching and stretching as you seek those sure-footed capabilities that are yours to claim.

Card 2 – February – Aquarius
Visionary communication of airy mind that can see a broader and far reaching out-picturing of what can be conceived. Whatever is placed here will stimulate the creative process by thinking outside of the box and being aligned with the good for “all” not the the individual. This is a solar month of thinking outside the box and creating the vision of your place in the greater world.

Card 3 – March – Pisces
Compassionate waters that expand and contract as needed to serve the greater whole. Whatever is placed here has ability to heal and to course correct but only if care is taken not to allow yourself to drown in the overflow of emotion. This is a solar month of forgiveness and compassion for yourself so that you may be the buoy in the storm that others may need.

Card 4 – April – Aries
Enthusiasm and fresh perspective that imagines all is possible. Whatever is placed here is renewed by the Fire of Youth and optimism that any thing can be accomplished,. This is the exuberance of the child that sees no limitation. This is a solar month of reinventing yourself and seeing the possibilities.

Card 5 – May – Taurus
Strength and stability that is loyal and steadfast. This is a formidable energy that will hold strong and steady. Whatever is placed here deserves a closer look at what deserves protection and safe guarding. This is a solar month of identifying what in the material and manifest world is worth your safeguarding.

Card 6 – June – Gemini
Communication extraordinaire flows like the winds as the course of direction changes swiftly and with agility. Whatever is placed here needs to be communicated in all manner of ways. This is the opportunity for dialogue and creating new lines of communication. This is a solar month of not shying away from connection and interaction. Speak from the heart and be open to the dialogue that ensues.

Card 7 – July – Cancer
The emotive ebb and flow of the Moon flows through this space. Home, family and the definition of what feeds our soul is the desire. Whatever is placed here, highlights where you will find solace, comfort and support. This is a solar month to offer up appreciation for those people and things that are your unconditional support. Gratitude births more of its kind.

Card 8 – August – Leo
Charismatic Fire that is stable and unrelenting in its outpouring. This is the electromagnetic quality of the Sun itself. Whatever is placed here will shine front and center in the spotlight. This is a solar month to allow your gifts to shone and to become comfortable in being the leader and light of your destiny.

Card 9 – September – Virgo
Manifesting what is desire through analysis and detail. This is the energy that calculates, plans and reassesses in order find the most productive outcome. Whatever is placed here can be refined and retooled as excess and the unnecessary components that prevent strong foundations can be released. This is a solar month to look closely and long at what you have gathered to yourself, and be ruthless in leaving behind what no longer serves.

Card 10 – October – Libra
Harmonious balance that is beautiful and refined in its construct. This is the blueprint for having just enough without the need for more. Whatever is placed here can be brought to a state of equanimity that is not bound by equality. It is the concept that create the beauty of harmony, not the desire to over reach superficially. This is a solar month of finding the beauty in everything simply because you have changed the thought of what true “beauty” is and where it may lie.

Card 11 – November – Scorpio
Transformation that is catalyzed by intuitive and deeply held revelation within the waters of rebirth. Whatever is placed here has ability to offer choice of drawing into the light what has lain dormant and hidden perhaps even from you. This is the opportunity of the Phoenix rising from the ashes reborn. This is the solar month to remove the mask that you have become accustomed to as it burns in the flames of beauty reborn.

Card 12 – December – Sagittarius
Connection and networking through the reaching out of actions fiery striking of the match. Whatever is placed here calls to community and the will-filled action of pausing, taking precise aim and then letting loose of control trusting that these extensions of yourself will take hold. This is the solar month to seek out community, become the catalyst for change and hope and step into your gifts as a bridge of connection.

Your Natal Sun represents the light that you show to the world. It is your place of strength and could be equated to Inspired Mind of action.

Your Natal Moon represents the space of your emotions, feelings and what you desire. This card is the heart-felt energy that is intuitive and sensorially based.

For each solar month and the dynamics that are represented by the Card for that month, your natal Sun and Moon cards will describe how this energy may be used to align Mind and Heart as the gnosis of wisdom and intelligence of the heart are synthesized.

Natal Sun Card – The Top Center Card
Natal Moon Card – The Bottom Center Card

Pay particular attention to the Solar Month Cards that correspond to the astrological signs of your Natal Sun and Moon in your birth chart!

Dig Deeper?

To add an additional layer, you can draw a single new card for each astrological month. This card would be used as the support towards showing what may have changed from the initial date of the original New Year Spread draw and/or confirm more deeply what you previously interpreted for that month’s energy and focus.

Blessings for a spectacular Solar Year!

Resource for your Reading:

Temple of the Sun
Begin with Capricorn-As Above, So Below:Sun in Capricorn

** You can obtain this information online easily. There are several free sites like:

Cafe Astrology
Astrodienst Natal Chart
Astrolabe

The Sun has risen and light spills into the world heralding the burgeoning Light!

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A Simple Contemplative Ritual

Today the offering is a simple ritual you may wish to use on day after the Winter Solstice. We have been seeking the light within; we have called forth that light and as we stand in the first day towards the increase of Light, all comes to this sweet point of hope and promise.

What you will need:

  • A quiet space where you will not be disturbed and is or can be darkened;
  • Something comfortable to sit on;
  • Any color candle and holder;
  • Matches (preferably the long ones)-not a lighter;
  • A warm cup of cider, hot chocolate or tea.

Establish your space in whatever way aligns with your practice, calling it forth as a sacred, safe and quiet space for your working.

Settle in to whatever chair or other bodily support you have chosen. Make note of the strength of it as it supports the contours…

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The Winter Solstice is Here!

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All Hail the Winter Solstice!
December 21.2019

Sun in Capricorn

Today is the final countdown and we welcome the longest night, now knowing that we carry the flame of newborn light within. This day is marked astronomically by the moment the Sun  reaches its southern most point in the sky, its orbit aligning with the earth’s horizon at the astrological demarcation of Capricorn. Mercury and Pluto also share the Capricornian energy of this day and the energy of earth is more pronounced.

Mercury in astrological Capricorn brings deliberate and rooted style of communication that cals us to become more anchored in our beliefs and ideologies.   And, if we are resistant, Pluto reminds us of the necessary endings so that what lay in the future may be birthed from what has past before. In fact, Pluto has been working on this agenda at the level of our earthy perceptions for…

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Today’s post includes a video version of a special Tarot Spread for the Winter Solstice. Enjoy!

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A Tarot Spread for the Winter Solstice

Today’s post is a call to opening to your intuitive nature and standing in the power of what this Solstice can bring into your life and being moving forward. This tarot spread was create specifically for the energies and circumstances we find ourselves surrounded in this year-2020.

No worries if you don’t have or use Tarot cards. This spread can also use runes, crystals or any other divination tool you may have. And, in keeping with the power of the magickal worker, sitting in contemplative opening and simply posing the questions of focus aligned within this spread and listening to what the Higher Self and the Divine will share with you is all that is needed. You are the instrument of divination, wisdom, and all that is needed for any inquiry.

Blessinsg of this spread and the bounty of gifts that the light…

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The countdown is almost complete! Today’s post includes a link to a course of awakening the fires of the solstice within. Enjoy!

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Waking Up

Breathe deeply. The time is almost here. We stayed out in the sun’s full light and knew that the days would shorten and the time for quiet and rest would be ticking down to the day that soon will be.

We’ve waited through the first harvest, as wheat and grain were cut and the grain lord nourished and filed our bellies. We’ve waited through the second harvest and the last of the root and sacrifice of the animal gave promise that we would survive the increasing darkness ahead.

We called to the ancestors and stood at death’s gate seeking the way and offering up plates of food and drink to those beloveds long past. The veils parted and their gossamer form billowed out in the chill of purposeful winds. And, the cry of the banshee cut sharp and strong like shards of ice.

We settled in deeply to…

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The Light Within the Shadow of the Solstice
The Work of Self
This is Part 1 of a 2-Part Post

For most of us the turning of the Greater Wheel to the Winter Solstice is one of welcoming the return of the Light of renewal and strength, the promise of increasingly longer hours of daylight and anticipation of warmer weather and a more outer world focused time. This change is subtle in physical form as this is also when the cold of the Winter will remain for a few months more prompting us to retreat indoors as the early arrival of evening’s darkness envelopes and calls us into the warmth and light of home.

Each year, I do my work of Self, both within my Tradition (The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel) and personally to call forth this return of Light. And, I also find myself retreating…

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The countdown continues as the Seagoat marks the lunar day….

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In the Aura of the Winter’s New Moon

As we move towards the Winter Solstice and the return of Light, today, the moon has now progressed into astrological Capricorn and, as I like to say, stands in the aura (I usually consider this to be the time of approx. 2-3 days on either side of its actual phase) of the recent New Moon.

The moon waxed New in the astrological sign of fiery Sagittarius on Monday, December 14th. This winter moon and its timing near to the date of the Winter Solstice holds the promise of connectivity and reaching beyond your comfort zone as you seek new trails to “blaze” (no pun intended). This is the energy of lighting the match (the Fire element of Sagittarius) just before and to ensure that a warm and blazing fire can be started. This is the light that shines throughout the dark and…

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