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This year I am using the wisdom of the Major Arcana to offer inspiration and perspective to what will most probably be a challenging year at all levels. Please enjoy the excerpt below from my new blog..

Tarot for Troubling Times

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….What is the theme for this year?

Every year on January 1st, I draw a card from the Major Arcana selection to ask the question that will set the tone for your year. Woke up this morning and sat quietly thinking what that question should be to begin this year’s work. So many things in flux this year and so much work needed, both on myself and within the larger community.

And, so I settled into the question of what the theme of the year would be. Shuffle the cards, deep breath, reach out with anticipation and draw from the pile. I hold the card face away just for a moment and then turn it over….

Tarot Key VIII – Strength…. Yep, that’s about right. Strength is exactly what will be needed to navigate this new year.

Solid foundations must be crafted upon which to stand;
Trust in the process, resolve is at hand;
Rise above limitation and learn from your peers;
Empower yourself with wisdom honed from your fears;
Notice the strides that have been taken and make note of missteps;
Gather to you all your courage and worry not about safety nets;
The answers that you seek are those that you already know;
Honor what you have created and stand in truth as……
The Strength within you grows.

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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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If you breathe deeply
You can smell the
Damp soil holding
The seeds of new life.

If you breathe deeply
The subtle fragrance
And the promise of
Flowering fields
Fills the senses.

If you breathe deeply
Taking in the energy
Of potent and fertile
Space you can feel
What is awaiting the
Awakening.

If you breathe deeply
You will see the power
Of what is exhaled out
From the Maiden’s breath
Of promise and light
Is the template of form
For what will be
The act of creation.

Read more and enjoy the pathworking on my Sage Woman blog- Womb of Light..

The Greening of Gaia

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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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A Blizzard Tale

As the snow falls, a story to warm you spirit….

The Butterfly’s Kiss

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The birds woke me early this morning! Their insistent chirping sounded like a chorus of excited children calling me to come out and play. I stretched and sat up looking out through my small window; its glass reflected with morning’s first light. I could see the small wooden gate of the garden I had planted earlier in the Spring. This was my refuge. I had spent months poring over seed catalogues and I had lovingly selected each flower that would grace its landscape. The design had come easily and the natural placement of tall trees offered just the correct amount of shade and light.

I dressed quickly in my favorite tank top and shorts. The light was streaming in through the window of the front door and caught me in a shaft of its golden light as I stepped out onto the grassy lawn. I was eager to see what new blossom might have emerged as I slept dreaming in my bed and ran down the little hill that led to the entrance to my green world. I pushed the gate open and stepped onto the path I had laid of round stones surrounded by thyme. I stood perfectly still taking in the fragrant aroma of flowering trees and a tapestry of assorted flowers that lined the path. I feel safe in this small space of my own. The trees and flowers are like old friends who welcome me as I come to visit and spend time in their green home. And, I never tire of the new stories that unfold with each visit.

I breathed in deeply and walk deeper into the maze of this green and beautiful world. I begin to hum a little tune in rhythm as my feet make a gentle tapping sound on the stony path. This is my own composition inspired by what I have helped to create. The sun is warm and strong and this is the grand spotlight as I continue my song of voice and foot on stone. The sounds of birds and insects join in and the rustling of the leaves create the chorus for my beautiful garden melody. When I am in this space, time seems to stand still and nothing else matters except the warm sun on my face and the life that is all around me.

I’ve finally arrived at my favorite and most magical space in the entire garden. I call this my dreaming place. This is where I come to sit and dream; to create and to be just myself. It had not always been such a special place. In fact, it was the one area that was the most densely covered with weeds and bramble. It took forever to clear and I was sore for days after. It was well worth the effort, and I remember the excitement and joy I felt when I first saw the chair in the window of the thrift store. It was crafted of wood and had rounded graceful corners that wrapped comfortably around torso and limbs.

I sit down and relax into the support of the chair and close my eyes, feeling the warm sun on my face and body and am glad to be alive on such a beautiful morning. I take a few deep breaths and suddenly feel the gentle brush of wings against my cheek and open my eyes just in time to see a beautiful blue butterfly right in front of me. It hovers over the tips of several of the flowers, stopping here and there and fanning wings open and closed. I follow the pattern of this beautiful creature as it moves from flower to flower and finally comes to rest directly beside me on a tall coneflower. I remain perfectly still, not wanting to disturb it and it goes about its work of busily gathering what it needs.

I remember how long I waited for some of these flowers to reach full bloom and waited even longer still for the birds and butterflies to find their way to this space. I realize how much I love my garden and the joy from that feeling is indescribable. I lean back, settling deeper into the comfort of my chair and close my eyes. The image of the butterfly fills my mind’s eye and I feel myself lifted on gossamer blue wings as a new adventure begins and the vision of this garden warms the bitter chill of the long dark Alaskan winter’s night.

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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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Mosaic:Nikki Ella Whitlock

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2016!

2015 was filled with change. Some welcome, other necessary and other still completely out of the individual’s control. It was a difficult year for many and the word saw glimpses of humanity at its worst. This increased anxiety caused many to retreat and remove themselves from the company of community, seeking solace in the theories of peace, joy, health and prosperity. For some, the experience of real life was too painful and hard as we tried it was not always easy to see the world as a safe place to allow ourselves to be fully open to the lessons to be experienced and growth to be gained.

Now, we welcome a New Year and new opportunities to explore and a “clean slate”. Each year has a numerologic energy associated with it. 2016 (2+1+6) resonates to the number Nine (9) and with that resonance the promise is one of endings and new beginnings. More importantly, it is one of crossing thresholds and the potential to step more fully into a newly catalyzed “you”. The number nine holds the potential of initiatory experience. The key word here being, experience. And, experience is my intended focus for this brand new year!

As a Witch, High Priestess and walker on a path of service within my community and beyond, I have studied and read and filled my mind with everything I could get my hands on to pass this information on to my students and community. Theory has been the Deity I worshipped and practical experience evolved slowly, and at times painfully, as I realized the need to leave the Hermit’s ways of theoretical hoarding. There have been some years when I could not pick up another book for months at a time; so sated was my storehouse of mind and information. The irony is that it was during those times that my most palpable and transformative experiences had the time and space to reveal themselves. What I had desired and sought so fervently in teachings, was surrounding me all the while!

For me personally, 2015 slowed many of my mental acrobatics and theoretical expressions as I was called to the action of practical workings and experiences that would bring about the successful birthing of a new Coven. Readings and writings that were in support of the blogs and projects that had begun in 2014 took a back seat to organizing, stretching and reaching out with more of myself in its entirety to attract membership. And, unequivocally, what everyone wanted was to experience the magick I so fervently spoke of for themselves as a palpable thing. This is after all, exactly what attracted me to the Path in the beginning. The feeling evoked in the midst of ritual. The thoughts that rose to the surface as I watched fascinated by the grace and ease of magick flowing from the practitioner. The high that stirred me to action to try the same magick and experience my own result.

Two passes of my second Saturn return helped me maintain the space of structure in a timely fashion and provided the opportunities to engage more in community, ritual and the very physical experiences I so passionately teach, but don’t give enough of my own time to. Had I not slowed the stream of theory, the course would have been fraught with my own mental roadblocks and the distraction of a head buried in a book would have shut down the receptivity of acquiring the wisdom of experience in a different way.

In this year of the Nine of new beginnings I am taking the advice of a very dear friend and making it one of experience. My classes will be infused with practice experience and palpable gifts that can be applied readily and freely. I’ll be posting more audio of pathworkings, meditations and ritual for those who want more than simply rhetoric. For our coven this is a planned year of physical and manifest experience that includes engagement with the natural world, and more importantly engagement with each other.

How will you make 2016 a Year of Experience?

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