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Blessings of the Autumnal Equinox
September 22.2016

The Great Wheel has turned once again and we find ourselves at the time of the Autumnal Equinox. The air is cooler, the leaves are turning and beginning to fall from brittle branches and all of life is giving pause to prepare for what changes lay ahead. This is the second of the three harvests and the fields are already beginning to brown as the day’s light gently wanes and we are enveloped in the quickening darkness of the setting sun. It is at this time we begin to gather our stores of ripened summer foods and draw the remainders of outdoor activities into ourselves to carry us through the winter months ahead. Soon the time for introspection and the gentle quickening of the light that will be birthed at Yule will be at hand.

Many will celebrate this Sabbat as Mabon and give honor to the God as the wild lord of the hunt and Green Man of the forests. The Goddess becomes Gaia, the great earth mother who offers up her lands as sacrifice in the cycle of life and death and to that, which will be prey and those that must be predator. In her form as Lady of the Beasts she will guide and protect her animals to insure that new life will come from those that survive the harshness of winter.

If we look to the astronomical energies that are occurring we celebrate the space of balance between the waning light of the year and the waxing of the dark. The energy of Virgo readies itself as bridge and gateway to the opening of Libra as the transition is made from one solar month to the other. This is the action of the Mutable (Virgo) flexibility reaching out towards the Cardinal newly formed growth that is the balance of Libra. And for those moments in time when the midpoint of transfer of these energies is achieved we stand at the center of the Autumnal equinox; each being in balance with the other; equal day and equal night.

One of the ways I use this turning of the Great Wheel is to reaffirm my connection to the greater world and the deeper exploration of the Anima Mundi- the World Soul. I reflect on my place in this world and on what helps to sustain that presence. I reflect on the connection that I have with all that surrounds me and the actions that I will put into motion to strengthen and deepen that connection at all levels. Using the energy and balance of the equinox offers the space of intent that establishes a closer relationship between man and animal and the acknowledgement of the collective consciousness of the world soul that is informed by both.

By definition, the Anima Mundi is considered to be the pure ethereal spirit that is contained and disseminated throughout all nature. This spirit was thought to animate all matter of the natural world in the same sense in which the soul is thought to animate the human form. If we reach back in time, our ancestors had great understanding of this premise and perceived all of life as interconnected with no separation between the human and natural world. Each was dependent upon the other for its survival and the cycles of planting and harvesting flowed smoothly and in harmony. Gaia, the goddess as Mother Earth holds within her being the essence of this animating spirit and is the sustainer of all life that is enfolded in her body.

If we use the dynamics of this concept of a World Soul, we can draw on the energy of this cycle to bring about a balance of animal and man; humanity and the natural world in which we are all participants. The potential is in the opening to a wholistic state of consciousness that is inclusive of the collective awareness of all levels and streams of existence that comprise our Greater Earth.

So, how do we reaffirm our connection? Being guided by an ecological conscience is a given expectation of all who consider themselves pagan and follow an earth-based spirituality. The actions that are in support of living lightly and respectfully on our planet is a commitment made because it is the right thing to do. This mindset is the beginning of making personal commitment to remain in balance with our world. We must also consider the natural world as inclusive of city streets, malls, the urban sprawl and clutter as well as the preserved forests, protected lands and spaces of wildlife and clean air. All are alive and all are part of the greater whole each having its own dynamics, rules, detriments and positives. That which we consider as polluted and over trafficked are the result of man’s creation and as such are connected to the spirit of man and therefore also that of nature.

One very concrete and tangible effort is volunteering at an animal shelter. My daughter walks dogs for the local shelter and has fostered kittens. Food, blankets and carrier donations are gratefully accepted by most. Spending time in a nature preserve and observing animals in their natural habitat gives a greater sense of the beauty and complexity of exchange between nature and her inhabitants. At a spiritual level, spending some time in meditation to connect with your own power (or Totem) animal will open up other pathways of understanding. Regularly working with this animal and asking it to share its mysteries and place among all of the wild can help to guide you towards those physical steps you can take in the manifest realm.

If you are so inclined, planting a garden and dedicating it as green space with emphasis on those plants that attract butterflies and birds gives sanctuary to the animals in your neighborhood. Working with medicinal herbs and plants and getting to know the energies of the Devas and land spirits will connect you more deeply with the green world. Their healing and opening properties will offer opportunity to feel the potency of their energy and listening to the wisdom of the land spirits will guide you in living in a manner that is in support of sustainability and maintenance.

And, a key component to all of these is the work we do for ourselves to align and balance those parts of ourself that act as interface for this exchange. When we work in balance with our parts of self, we are working in accord with the world around us. In order to connect with our natural world we must first find those places of connection to the wild within our selves. The Lower Self is the place of direct connection with our instinctual and basic survival nature. This is the place of the animal and of the wild that makes decision propelled by its basic needs. Those things within us that stir the desire to interact with others, to form community and to create safe haven are part of the order of the natural world.

The Middle Self draws that basic instinct up to a place of balance so that the excess of these things is in agreement with our place in the world as we know and perceive it to be. It, in effect acts as the gatekeeper allowing what is productive at any given moment to be given the pass-go so we may remain effective in our work as part of a larger whole.

The Higher Self is the point of connection with the Divine and the Higher mind. It is this self that streams information from the collective conscious and informs the actions that will ultimately be taken by the Middle Self. It is the connecting point of the highest levels of understanding of the unity and thread of commonality in all things and the source from which they originated. The work that we do in aligning these aspects of our true nature eventually brings us to the center point of balance and it is from this point that we find our place in the natural world as participant and guardian of the life that is contained therein. This is the space where our perceptions broaden and we sense the entirety of the world and can then be effective in all of our workings within it.

I invite you to join me at this time of the Autumnal Equinox and celebration of the wild. I offer a solitary ritual that you may use to quicken the memory of your place and purpose in opening to the Anima Mundi as you restore the balance of man and animal; beginning with the restoring of that balance within yourself. Blessings of the Equinox!

A Simple Ritual of Balance

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Although this ritual was written for the Equinox, it may also be used at any time throughout the year when you are feeling out of sync.

This article was originally featured on WitchVOX.9.2013

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You will need:

1-White and 1-Black candle
An object that represents your concept of yourself (a ring, lock of hair, picture, etc.)
An object that represents your concept of the natural world (a leaf, stone, flower, herb, etc.) and
An object that represents your concept of the animal world (picture, feather, tooth, etc..)

Place the white and black candles approximately 5-8” apart from one another envisioning them as representing the extremes of humanity and the natural/animal world. Place your object of self in front of the black candle and the objects of animal and natural world in front of the white candle.

Center and ground yourself in preparation for this ritual. Visualize yourself as a tree, reaching roots deep into the earth and drawing up the energy of the core of Mother Earth below into the center of your solar plexus. Visualize yourself as reaching upward, full-leaved and branches extended in anticipation of Father Sun’s potent kiss. Draw this energy down into the center of your solar plexus. Breathe into these two streams of energy, light and dark, sky and earth and see them co-mingling and entwining, one into the other. Breathe into the synthesis and harmonious balance of what has become a singular stream and feel yourself anchored in earth and sky, strong and resilient, ready to begin the work at hand. So Mote It Be.

Call the energy and protection of the your space of working into being in whatever manner is in accord with your spiritual practice. Call to witness any spirit guide, patron, deity or power animal that you wish to aid the work.

Make declaration of intent in witness of those seen and unseen:

“At this time of balance held within the Autumnal Equinox I call to the balance within myself and that of the natural world. I call to the world soul and all of its inhabitants as intrinsically interwoven creating the rich tapestry that is the living soul of this world. “

Come to stand in front of the black candle. As you look into the flame envision all that you are. See all the aspects and titles you carry as you move through your daily responsibilities. See yourself as a distinct and separate individual and what that individuality means to you. Fill this vision with your thoughts, emotions and will defining as clearly as possible. Look upon the object you have chosen as representation of yourself and fill it with all that you have envisioned. Breathe this picture into that object; enlivening it with your individuality and uniqueness.

Move to stand in front of the white candle. As you look into its flame, envision the many layers that comprise the natural world. Look upon the landscape of the earth as though soaring high above. Look upon the life that takes the form of the animals; mammal, fowl, amphibian and fish. Look upon the varied shapes, sizes and structure of the buildings, streets, cities and shopping areas that are scattered on the living land. See them as part of this natural world, as well; each being anchored in the earth. Breathe into what you see and envision this space as a kaleidoscope of diversity. Look upon the object you have chosen as representation of the natural world and fill it with all that you have envisioned. Breathe this collage of nature into that object; enlivening it with the energy of the world.

Move to stand directly at midpoint between these two candles. Pick up the object of Self and place it at this mid-space; front and centered at what would be the point of a triangle, with the candles as its base. Pick up the object of the natural world and place it next to and touching the object of self. Both now centrally held at a triangular point between the two candles. This is the triangle of will that holds the flame of the Divine spark. It is from this space that our souls yearn and hunger to be at one with all of life and strive towards quickening those links of connection. Soften your gaze, and breathe deeply envisioning a line of energy drawn from each of the candles towards this center point of balance held by self and the natural world. Allow this energetic strand of connection to build and become stronger and stronger in clarity. As you continue to breathe into this flow see yourself and the natural world as one. Envision yourself as part of this fabric of life and allow this vision to take the form that its wishes.

You may find yourself swimming in the ocean surrounded by sea otters, whales or dolphins. You may find yourself soaring high above a cityscape as you migrate to warmer weather. You may find yourself in the forest, deeply rooted and standing tall and strong amidst the mighty oak and grove of ancient trees. You may find yourself standing before Gaia, herself as she holds you gently within the valleys and peaks of her body. Breathe deeply and fully in this vision and allow it to move in and through you. Enlivening and informing all that you are. Allow a circuit of energetic flow to open between you and the vision held within the union of the objects of self and the world. Each inhalation receiving the gifts of this state of balance and union and each exhalation, returning the transformed synthesized form back to its origins.

When you have received all that is needed at this time, breathe deeply and allow the streams of connection to withdraw, each returning to their own source. Breathe deeply and see with renewed clarity each of the candles distinct in their individual form and each of the objects also distinct in their individual forms. This is your reminder that it is only through the union of the individual parts that the whole of its creation may be achieved. Turn your awareness to the balanced and connective energy now running through you. Offer up thanks for this experience and know that at any time you may quicken this connection and make use of the energy to heal and enliven yourself and the world around.

Give thanks to those patrons or guides that you called into your space of working. Give thanks and ground the energy of your space of working. Blessed Be!

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This article was originally featured on WitchVOX.9.2013

Information and recording of a guided meditation to release the Wild Divine….

Temple of the Cosmic Spheres

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September 16.2016
Full Moon in Pisces
3:05p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Virgo

These are wild times! A major and controversial election in the USA, increasing civil unrest internationally, natural disasters and more; and everyone is finding themselves in some way impacted by these unsettling events. At personal levels loss has increased for everyone; loss of family, friends, jobs, stability and all in all it has been a very challenging year.

Most have tried to remain optimistic and although maintaining a positive attitude can go a long way, there are times when we simply have to surrender to the pain and uncertainty and allow our emotions to flow organically as a way of release. The energetic build up that has led to this Full Moon and the astrological sign that She is cloaked in can explore and create a state of primal release towards stability and shoring up.

On Friday, September 16th

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This article is an excerpt from a 3-part series posted in Musings From the Mystic Path Newsletter….

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In Search of the Divine – Part Three
Where Do I Go From Here?
by Robin

” ….we forget that the road less travelled is the one that moves into the space of knowing who and what we are.”

Take a step on the Path
Where do I go from Here?

The road less travelled…
Of course!

Last month, I invited you on a journey back to yourself and the challenge of taking a path that was not the routine. All wound back to the same revelation! The seeking of the Divine is no further away than your own reflection. So, where do you go having arrived at that space of understanding? Is it really that uncomplicated and easy? Is it truly that anti-climatic?

The answer to those questions unfolds in your ability to remain open to the possibilities and to hold a pattern of gratitude for each new bit of information that you uncover. Looking out with the enthusiasm of a child who knows no limitation and believes that he/she can be or do anything. Remember those years? When playing pretend was as real to you as sitting at your work station or driving home from a long work day has become in your current reality. We become dull to the wonder that surrounds us as we settle more deeply, year after year, into our routine. And, in that settling we often miss those precious opportunities to embrace a new way of interacting with the Divine. Read more here…    (scroll down)

Links to the Full Series..
Part One: A Place of Beginnings
Part Two: Roads Less Travelled

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August 18.2016
Full Moon in Aquarius
5:26 a.m. EDT

Sun in Leo

 

Blessings of the Full Aquarian Moon. Please enjoy an excerpt from my post and recorded meditation celebrating the gifts of the Water Bearer…

The Moon waxes full in the electric sign of Aquarius early tomorrow morning. The atmosphere is filled with tiny charged particles of an electric stimulant that typifies the Aquarian thought process. The ruling planet of this airy sign is Uranus, whose impact moves full force with a strong pulsing current that provokes radical change and heightens the neurological system as it prods the entirety of the being to evolve.  Read more….

Recorded Meditation:

The Electrified Mind: A Vision of Self

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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 ready to re-program them towards the desired goal as the energy builds and gains steam in preparation for the big reveal at the Full Moon on the 18th.

Fire is abundantly represented now, with five of the luminaries wearing the astrological garb of the catalyst:

Sun, Moon and Venus in Leo

Saturn and (at 1:49pm EDT) Mars in Sagittarius

(newly)Retrograde Uranus in Aries

Each of the modalities, or expressions of flow represented:

Cardinal Aries ushering in the seeds of potential and the enthusiastic vision of hope

Fixed Leo standing strong and steady in a blaze of fire that organically transforms and purges what has become dross

Mutable Sagittarius that seeks community and reaches broadly wherever its arrows of active intention set alight a new path

What began as a simple day of the New Moon has now become the recipe for allowing the waters that flame to heal, transform and begin the work of new growth. But, you must be willing to step out of the worry and dread that has permeated much of the worldview lately and set the intention of moving forward, bolstered and prepared for what may still lay ahead. The soothing waters of a correctly heated hot tub soothe achy joint and muscle. And, taking the time to lovingly and purposefully prepare the ambiance of the environment in support of those soothing waters calms the mind and feeds the heart. Settling deeply into the sacred vessel(s); physical body and tub itself- eases the strain of standing and having to fully support the weight accumulated from stress, dis-ease and worry. But, the emergence from this getaway! Ah, that is the sweet spot of choice where you can intentionally arise with renewed hope and energy about how the body can heal and the serenity in outlook. Or, you can arise, distraught that you must leave this sanctuary, dreading the return of ache and stress and undoing all that was released to the healing waters.

This New Moon offers choice at a time when we sorely are in need of feeling empowered, whole and strong. We are not alone in this endeavor. Seek out your family and support systems. Cry, scream, dance, move, write! Let the waters move through you and then allow what does not serve to burn away in the exertion of your will and efforts. We are primed and ready to let the healing begin and the luminaries that move with us are also ready to offer the support and need to navigate this shift in perception.

Wired For Healing Change

Mars (action and assertion) transits into the social sign of fiery Sagittarius, leaving behind the Scorpio’s intensity.  And, retrograde Saturn, the great organizer remains in Sagittarius. Let these fuel your actions towards healing as you reach out (Sagittarius) to those closest to you allowing the structure(Saturn) to steady the arrows of your intention as they fly freely moving through the  inspirational air that feeds those flexible flames. Uranus, the planet of impulse, electrical discharge and master of the neurological system, stationed Retrograde on the 29th of July in another sign of fire, Aries. Gather that electrical impulse(Uranus) that kickstarts the new and direct it towards a change in your response to enthusiastically (Aries) embraces hope.

The Healing Temple

Many years ago I wrote a pathworking entitled the Healing Temple. I have returned to the space I created on many occasions and have shared its construct with others who were in need of claiming their own space of healing and, more importantly, their active role in creating it. On this night of the New Moon I offer this pathworking to you. Fill it with your intentions, desires and needs and then let it expand to encompass all that you interact with. Your energy will change in in so doing, the seeds of hope and renewal will spread, uplifting all….

Please enjoy The Healing Temple recorded meditation in the Astro Gifts section of Teachings on the Path… Click here

Please enjoy the recorded meditation that accompanies this post. Many blessings on this Full Capricorn Moon…

Temple of the Cosmic Spheres

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July 19.2016
6:57p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Cancer

Matter of continuum
Depth and breath
Of thin air.

One step taken
Carefully and slowly
Marking each in pace.

Diving deep to feel the
Sting of new beginnings.

Structure and form taking
Shape as carefully calculated
Pause instinctively recoils……

Tonight the Moon waxes full in the astrological sign of Capricorn-Cardinal Earth. We need a space of strengthening after the recent events of several month’s worth of injustice, hate, violence, terror and words spoken that reek of content that is neither honorable nor truthful. Now, the need for sure-footedness and graceful navigation on an earth that is shifting and changing in response to humanity’s cries for change!

Although Sun and Moon are in opposition (the usual aspect for a Full Moon), the sweet spot is the ability to refine and navigate the emotional landscape with the ease of the Sea-Goat; the astrological symbol for Capricorn…

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