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This past year has been filled with change and adjustment to those changes that were not in my control. I would like to think that I have been resilient through these changes, but I realize that I most probably was more resistant than I should have been. And, so now I sit here on New Year’s Eve and am contemplating how to move out of that resistance.

The usual prescription that many and I have followed is formulating resolutions for the upcoming year. And, although this resolve seems empowering, for me, this year it feels more like promises that will not be kept and the added pressure of having to achieve.

Dutifully, I order my astrological report(s) for the upcoming year, vowing to plot out every nuance of the year in transits and time. And, again best laid plans are created to be more attentive and present in “scripting” my year. This year, life took hold and those reports have not been ordered and most likely will not. Best intentions fade a few months in and these carefully compiled binders are impressive on my shelf but of no value if not used.

My mother always drew 3 runes on New Year’s day for the coming year. This is a practice that I often engaged in with her since she would spend the day with us and now with her passing, the copies she made of the rune meanings and dated for each year are something I cannot yet part with; although a practice I myself will not continue now that she is gone.

My style has normally been to do a Tarot reading for the upcoming year. Part of this exercise and experience for me is in the creation of a new spread each year. The tactile and intellectual engagement opens the proper pathways for me to receive what is needed. This I will most likely hold on to as tradition.

This year I keep coming back to the question of “where do I go from here?” What do I really want to bring from my lessons of this past year into the next?More importantly, where do I want to spend my energy as this year moves forward; each year seeming to quicken its pace?

I think that this year, I will make a bigger change. Something that takes me out of my comfort zone of control, scripting and insane expectations. This year I am going to allow myself to be surprised by the potential of what can be. This year I am going to have goals but allow those goals to move with flexibility and course correct as needed. This year I am going to allow my roots to reach deeper which will allow me to reach higher.

These may sound like resolutions, but the difference is that this year I think I’ve surrendered to not knowing where I go from here…. Blessings on your own journey…. Robin

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Tarot for Troubling Times

About this spread:

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 –…

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A Witch's Sacred Journey

All Hail the Winter Solstice!
December 21.2018
11:28a.m.

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. Saturn and Pluto also share the Capricornian energy of this day and the energy of earth is more pronounced.

Saturn, having just transited into Capricorn today, calls us to beginning the process of re-structuring what we have claimed as our baggage or our gifts.  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…

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A Simple Contemplative Ritual

Today the offering is a simple ritual you may wish to use on this eve of the Winter Solstice or tomorrow. We have been seeking the light within and now we are ready to call forth that light and as we call to the Solstice and the longest day of darkness.

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 of your body…

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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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Just Breathe…

The Light Within the Shadow-Part Three

Read Part One here..
Read Part Two here..

Now, is an excellent time to begin a practice of meditation and reflection. Meditation can take many forms, not just the traditional pattern of sitting quietly in contemplation. Any time we spend in reflecting on our inner nature can become an act of meditation. Be sure to breathe deeply into these moments….

In meditation, I allow my breath to slow and deepen into the darkness and move along the paths of my own creation that I have tended to in the previous months in preparation for this time of going within. These paths are often mired with the thorns and treacherous roots of inertness, illusory thoughts and judgments that I have used as the trappings of who I am in the world. My Shadow has nurtured each and knows the weakness and strength of…

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The Light Within the Shadow of the Solstice
The Work of Self
This is Part 1 of a 3-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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