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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 the most mundane of my activities and had travelled with me throughout the cycles of days, seasons and years. I had but to look upwards and see the beauty of the Sun and the Moon reflective and radiant in their downpour.

The most profound of these lessons was found in connecting more fully to the Sun and the Moon as part of my daily devotional practice. This connection reached deeper than my usual honoring of them as luminaries of spiritual and magickal expression. To enter into a more complete relationship with them, I had to also come to know the greater potential that lay within each dawn or new moon. As I began to reveal these deeper meanings, an intricate webbing of inter-connectedness became my own unique tapestry. Each space of devotion and acknowledgement of my connection to the dynamic energy of the Solar and the flowing movement of the Lunar produced another thread of weaving, changing this luminous tapestry in response to the changes within myself.

What I Have Chosen to Include:

As I sat down to write this book it was apparent that there were many approaches I could take to this vast topic of the Sun and Moon. At first glance it may be assumed that this is a book about astrology and although that discipline weighs heavily into the work of the Sun and the Moon I want to show you something more.

Part One begins with a simple pathworking of reminder about our home in this greater Cosmos. This lifetime’s experience is played out on Earth and we are the recipients of all that is physical and manifest that comprises that human existence on this very much alive planet. As you progress through the book you may wish to return to this section and see how your thoughts about what your true connection to this planet is after spending some time in the Temple of the Sun and Moon.

Parts Two and Four explore the energy of the Sun and Moon in their physical and spiritual forms. These writings include pathworkings and experiential practices using the assigned alchemical elements for each, their specific phases and cycles, flow of their energies through our subtle anatomy and more.

Parts Three and Five are poetic and prose renditions of devotionals that arose from experience, ritual, meditation and communion with the Sun and the Moon. These are the writings that were gifted as I sat in the Temple of these luminaries and surrendered to the wisdom they offered.

An additional perspective I’ve included is the Qabalistic attributions of the Sun and the Moon on the Hermetic Tree of Life. This may appear to be a random inclusion and not really relevant when taken out of context from a very complex system. But, what often appears to be random is precisely the bridge needed to get from one body of knowledge to another. Once you stand at that mid-point of crossing, a panoramic view opens before you, allowing more to be seen and more to be appreciated. The randomness now has become the intentional new path to be explored. To assist in the understanding of these correlates I’ve included in Appendix One an overview of the Qabalah that will give just enough information for you to draw the necessary conclusions.

How to Use This Book:

You will find some theory, but only just enough to whet your appetite for finding what will feed our hunger for more. Most of what is contained, however, is words that will stimulate your creative nature. The combination of prose, poetry and pathworking is a style I have been using for quite some time. And, has been successful in creating a richer, more sensorial experience in working through any information provided. As you read through the various sections, explore the feelings and imagery that arises. Breathe into the space of what is between the words and hold the intention that this is as much a journey into the mind as one of strengthened will and emotional flexibility. Most importantly, be open to the possibilities of seeing the Sun and the Moon in a new light of understanding.

Luna looks down
And the spell is cast.

Father Sun fuels the intent
And sustains the
Creative flow.

Weave Your Magick of Light

Build your Temple of Quickening Flame
That strengthens
A call to informed Will
Forged on the anvil
Of
Spirit’s heated intent.

Dream your Temple of Waters
That ebb and flow
As the tides reach towards
The rocky shores
Of
Soul’s return.

For you are the blessed child
Of
Sun and Moon
And hold the gifts of
Their kingship.

And the heavens offer up
Devotion to your birthright
And await your
Gentle hand of creation.

For more information:

Robin Fennelly/Books

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I am pleased to announce that two of my writings are part of this anthology newly released. More information and contents can be found using the link below.

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Seasons of Grace

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The post this week is an excerpt from my book- A Weekly Reflection. I thought it was an important and timely post for this week. I’ve noticed the crescendo of agitation that many are experiencing and the changes that result as a product of these irritations and disruptions adds a new layer of stress and anxiety.

For me personally these past 15 months have brought so many changes that I can barely name them all. The smaller ones became the foundation from which the larger ones fed and there was many a time that I felt like I was drowning and being pulled down into waters that went so deep that there would never be hope of recovering air. That word “air” was a very subtle key and allowing myself the pause of space to just breathe before encountering the next challenge or making the next decision often brought greater clarity to the decided upon outcome. It was not always an easy outcome, but the control I exerted in “owning” it made all the difference.

And, I suppose one of the most valuable lessons I learned was the very fine balance of knowing how to get out of my way and when to stand strong and firm in what my boundaries were. I believe for most people this is a slow to be learned lesson. We want to feel powerful and in control yet some part of us also just wants to curl up and hide from the inevitabilities of our actions chosen. And, we usually call up the courage of the one when in fact the other is what would produce the better outcome and a change that is lasting and positive in its final product.

My heartfelt wish is that you receive the exact measure of change and respond in the best way to come to a place of strength and beauty in the lessons achieved by seeing the greater opportunity in every change that presents itself. 

WEEK 19: Changes

Most of us resist change. Change is something to be feared. The unknown is disquieting and uncomfortable.

The very word itself brings an overwhelming desire to dig in and hold on firmly to whatever is about to change. The irony is that most times after the change has occurred and time has settled in to bring a new perspective, we feel liberated from the old ways that held us inert. The fact of the matter is that change is continually occurring both within and without our being. The cells of our physical bodies shed, regenerate and change daily; transparently and without pain or discomfort. If they did not, our quality of health and life would be impaired.

Our environment changes daily. We encounter different people in different settings hourly. Even what we consider the routine of our job, changes in the scope and intensity that we bring to the task at hand; as well as what the contents of that task are.

Moving with the flow of these changes that are unnoticed, yet prevalent, is what moves us through one day to the next with minimal (if any) discomfort or fear at what lay in wait around the bend. This attitude also allows us to become active observer of what is close at hand that could be used to stabilize and inform us more fully as we proceed. If we see the obstacle ahead we can then shift ever so slightly and avoid being caught unawares and causing damage. The challenge is bringing this level of acceptance to those obvious “changing” moments.

For this week, take note of how you respond to the subtle changes that occur daily. Formulate a plan to respond in the same way to those unexpected changes. Acknowledge each small step that you take that moves you towards this state of change and the feeling that taking control of your circumstances brings to you. 

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My post this week is a collection of several articles I have written over the years about Earth. These are a reflection of some of the ways I perceive earth. Enjoy…

ASTROLOGY
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The Astrological Signs associated with Earth are:

Taurus
Virgo
Capricorn

THE ELEMENTAL CONNECTION

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Earth as an alchemical element is expressed as strength of foundation and stable support:

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QABALAH

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Earth is expressed as The Sphere of Malkuth

The Kingdom of Malkuth on WitchVox Article

EARTH AS GODDESS

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The Goddess – Gaia

Gaia’s Mantle

Starlight and brilliance of
Sun’s solar flare
White and golden red
Woven tapestry of
Jet black Cosmos.

Green and brown
Of fertile land
Blue of sun kissed
Watery basin
Rainbow of color
Spread across
Pattern of cloth
Textured and etched
In crystal and stone.

Blackness of heated striation
Of rock’s core as gentle bud
Pushes upward towards sun’s
Radiant blessing as Gaia sheds
Her skin and dons Spring’s
Celestial mantle of fertility.

Excerpted from my new book: Sleeping With the Goddess: Nightly Devotions

The Goddess: Hestia

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Hestia: The Lamp of Hestia

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I am pleased to announce that I have just completed two new books.

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The Magickal Pen: A Collection of Esoteric Writings  spanning a decade of writing, ritual and magickal practice.

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Awakening the Paths-Qabalah: The Inner Chamber Series Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths is the companion to Volume Two: Poetry of the Spheres.

I will be bringing copies of these and my other books to Sacred Space Conference this weekend.

As donation to the New Alexandrian Library Project of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, I will match up to $200 in pledge for receipts from sales of any of my books. For more information about these and my other books please visit my website at: Robin Fennelly Books.

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My favorite movie when I was younger was the 1950’s classic-  Bell, Book and Candle with Kim Novak and James Stewart. It was the story of a witch who loses her powers because she falls in love with a mortal.  The happy ending is that she ends up with the object of her love and they live happily ever after. I was intrigued by the movie and the workings of witchcraft and have often thought back to this first exposure to the concept of the tools and books of spell work.

These next two posts will explore the uses of the tools of the Craft (the Bell), the necessary Books that support the work and finally a brief over view of Candle Magick (next week).

Bells and other Tools

There are many and varied tools that are used in the Wiccan practice of magick. These, in and of themselves are not inherently the “source” of magickal power, but work as conduits and points of focus for the magickal practitioner.  You may often hear it said that there is really no need for any tools other than yourself in working magick; and this statement would be both true and false.

The energy and focus and intent are specifically your products, so if you did not have your tools with you and needed to perform a magickal working, improvisation on finding suitable “stand-ins” or using nothing but your own devices would be necessary.

On the other hand, we are symbol driven beings. The kinesthetic, tactile and engaging of the senses in connecting to and working with a specific tool are vital components to pulling the wholeness of the working or intent together. The tools serve to stimulate and place your consciousness in alignment with what the intent and focus of the working is.  Your personal energy which becomes a vested part of the tools you calm as your own, works in resonance with the energetic state in which you are when the ritual or working is begun. You could think of it in terms of the tools holding your energetic imprint and memory of all the workings you have done previously.

Because your tools become so much a part of your magickal being, it is not unusual to see a witch bring their athame into the ritual space and are worn on the person of the witch; even if coven or another’s tools are present that will be actively used. The athame is carried in a sheath that can be attached to the cords worn and should be at the ready should someone need to be “cut in or out” (using the athame to scribe (or cut) a doorway in the energetic fabric of the cast circle) of the circle during ritual. The wand may be placed twined within the cords worn over the ritual robes and readied to direct and focus a stream of energy towards a specific point during the ritual or working; if called upon. It is for these reasons that often an amulet in the shape of a pentacle is worn by the witch. In some group rituals, everyone is asked to bring their own chalice to be used by themselves in the ritual celebration or working. Having your own specific tools and then using them regularly strengthens their intent.

So, what are these tools and how do you go about acquiring them? The basic set of tools for the working witch align with the elements:

Air/Intellect/Mind = Athame, Swords or Daggers *

Fire/Will/Desire = Wands and Staves *

* in some traditions these tools are switched in their elemental assignment

Water/Emotion/Intuitive Nature = Cauldron and Chalice

Earth/Body/Foundation = Pentacle

Bells

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I’m sure many of us remember standing on the sidelines as a parade went by and the feeling of resonance within our bodies when the band would pass with the thumping beat of the big bass drums. We responded from the core and felt completely shaken from the vibrations of this massive instrument.

Sound is all around us; albeit transparent to most as we go about our busy days. But certain levels of sound and certain vibratory frequencies within that resonance can transport us from a harried pace to a clam peaceful setting. From a place of inertia to involuntarily making us move and finally transporting us to a place of altered consciousness and ecstatic experience.

The ringing of a clear bell just prior to ritual, cuts through the energy and with intent serves to clear the space to be used of negative energy. It also gets our attention; and signals that something is about to happen. The same toning of a crystal singing bowl can, in addition to clearing space also help to raise the level of response and vibration within our own energetic fields.  We feel the energy rising within and consciousness moves in accord with that elevation. Sound creates different energetic patterns and states of consciousness. Incorporating sound into ritual and workings adds another layer of awareness and potential for opening and manifesting. I often use a singing bowl prior to workshops and at times within ritual.  The gentle crescendo of sound and the resonance of higher pitch lend themselves nicely in actively rising on the planes in an auditory sensorial experience.

 A Book is not Just a Book

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Books are the staple of magickal practice, teaching and learning. Access to what in past years had been only shared among initiates and those who had committed to coven, lodge or grove is not only prevalent in all venues but at times difficult to sort through selecting what is bonafide and usable information.  Technology has made reading in any venue as simple as turning on a phone, tablet or computer.  Still, there is nothing like the tactile sensation of holding a book, read it slowly and digesting each new thought allowing it to nourish and feed the hunger to learn.

Books from reputable and respected authors within the community serve to enrich and enhance our learning process and inspire us to debate, question and formulate our own conclusions.  As we continue to gather more information and fill our personal libraries there comes a point when you will want to begin a Book of Shadow and Light. This is essentially a journal or guide that holds special Quarter Calls, rituals, information and results of herbs used , incense recipes, spell work, etc. It is your own personal record of your magickal workings and progress and represents you actively engaging in the creative process.  It is called a Book of Shadow and Light to correspond to the polarity of all magickal workings; that which is overt and that which is hidden from plain sight. This journal should be dedicated to holding your magickal process and not used for mundane or other purposes.

A Book of Shadows may also contain journal entries that relate to the work done and the after effects.  I prefer to keep these entries in a separate journal, since I often will go back and review them and it is more portable to carry a smaller journal.  You will also want to bring your Book of Shadows intro sacred space with you; especially if there is a specific call, invocation or order of ritual that you wish to repeat precisely as done previously.

Generally, your BOS is not something to share with others, hence the mystery that often surrounds such a record.  It is your own personal journey and committing that journey to writing gives power and intent to the works that you do. It is also a history of your beginning steps on the Path of the Wise and can be used as a treasured and valuable resource as the years progress, your skills and knowledge increase and truly living a magickal life has become a 24/7 experience.

What Should it Look Like ?

There are no set and fast rules about what form or how your BOS should look. Some prefer an actual journal type book; others prefer to use electronic files and keep everything on the computer. One is not more effective or better than the other. The important thing is to make it your own. Personalize it in your own unique style. If it is an actual book handle it frequently. You are then also imprinting your energy into it in a physical, manifest way. If it is electronic, BACK UP your files regularly. Open them regularly and as you are typing establish a flow of energy that moves with intent from your hands and fingers into the keys as you type. Remember, as with all magickal working and practice, INTENT is the basis of movement forward on your desired path. With that thought in mind, your BOS can be as simple as a spiral bound notebook or as elaborate as a finely decorated handcrafted journal.

Journaling Your Entries

If you have a space available that you routinely use for your personal rituals or daily meditation, this is an excellent space to also dedicate for the writing in your BOS. Information is freshest just after completing a ritual. So, if you are working a personal ritual, remain for whatever time is needed to record your experiences and make note of what worked what didn’t etc.  You can even incorporate this into part of the working so this act becomes part of the ritual itself. If attending a public ritual, there is usually time and space after to jot down a few notes before leaving. I have often sat in my car after a potent ritual and committed everything to my BOS before I started my journey home. And, then I always completed more the next day as other insights revealed themselves.

Be sure to record your experiences in meditation and divination practice as well. These entries form the foundation of a timeline of your progress. Looking back and marveling at how far you have come in your spiritual progress encourages you to be confident in how you process energy, ritual experience and meditative guidance.

Next week…  Candles, Spellwork and Magick

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Hope you enjoy this excerpt from my new book: The Enchanted Gate

Majesty of the Trees

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They held court in glen and grove

Standing tall and stately the oldest held the rings

Of age and withered bark that had seen much of life’s wear.

Branches reaching one to the other

Their finger tips entwined as leaf overlapped leaf

And vines wrapped around trunks that held their mass.

A webbing of green on upward glance

And the furthest branch reaching high into the heavens

What glory the birds have witnessed who sat perched

On arms of strength and expanse.

Roots digging deep into Mother Earth’s core

Enlivened by the falling of the leaves and the rotting of excrement

Roots spreading out and forming carpet on forest floor.

The tiny grooves home to creatures thrilled by

The pulsing of life from earth to sky.

Wind brought the whispering of stories of times past

And rustled through leaf as it gently bent

Branches that bowed to its touch.

Silence of snow and Spring’s new green buds

All birthed in a nursery of green.

The trees are now long gone.

Cut down with only the smallest now left.

Their royal presence defeated by the sprawl of urban greed.

The stories of their glory and the truth of their majesty

Now held only in the penning of my hand.


The concept for this book arose from my fascination with Trees and the varied forms and faces I recognized in each.  I started taking pictures with my cell phone of these strong creations and the poetic meaning of each seemed to flow from the Tree itself in what it wanted expressed. This opening spilled over into the taking pictures of all manner of natural scenes and settings.

Plans are in the works for a second volume dedicated in focus to the many trees that I did not place in this book. So, take a walk outside. Look up, look around and open your self to the messages of nature that are all around us.

Please visit my  Books  page for more information and a listing of other available titles.

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