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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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 The Hebrew Letters and The Qabalistic Tree

The Hebrew alphabet is called the Aleph-Beth and each of 22 letters is assigned to a specific Path on the Tree of Life. Each letter has multiple meanings associated with it and carries the energy of the specific word associated with it. When used in conjunction with the attribute and energy of the Path of connection on which it is placed, there is a greater depth of esoteric knowledge to be gained about the inner keys and workings of that Path.

It should be noted that this is merely an extract of a much larger process of study and should only be considered as a piece of the greater puzzle of a Hermetic system that has its roots in Jewish Mysticism and has stood the test of time in its efficacy and use as a tool of deeper gnosis within the Western Hermetic Mysteries. I encourage you to look at the references at the end of this writing and formulate your own opinions about its fuller application to your own spiritual path. This post will provide some basic information about Kaph and its work on the Path of Opening.

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Kaph is the Hebrew letter placed on the 21st Path connecting the spheres of Chesed and Netzach. Kaph means open hand, or specifically the “palm of the hand” in English. An open hand invites participation. The open hand indicates offering and receptiveness to what is offered or what is to be received. The center point of the hand is the palm. This is where all pools and accumulates in its fullest form and it is from this central space that what was accumulated flows freely out when the hand is opened and flattened. This energy speaks of the receptiveness to work co-creatively and in harmonious collaboration. In divination, the palm of the hand reveals ones destiny and choice is then offered by free will as to what will actually come of that pre-determined fate. This energy moves through this path of creative expression. The anticipated outcome from the influx of flow of each of the connecting spheres would be a product of elevated form. The test lay in what course is chosen as each has desire for its own dominance.

In order to understand the work of Kaph and its path, you need the point of reference of the connecting spheres that lay at either side of this path.

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The Sphere of Chesed is also known as Gedulah or the sphere of majestic authority expressed through the refined Power of Love. The love of Chesed is one that has the ability to see well beyond what is ego driven desire and what is the correct alignment of heart infused by Higher Will. Chesed is known as the Mercy. Love and the broad perspective that is all inclusive becomes the merciful action that can justifiably wield its power in a place of Divine authority.

The Sphere of Netzach is the place of establishing the balance of hedonistic and aesthetic ideals. Love is the primary focus, but not at the expense of over indulgence in physical pleasure. This is also the place of expression of Love of Nature in all her forms and the creativity that is called forth to fulfill that task. Netzach is known as the sphere of Victory. The principle of victory here is not one of wanton take-over and infringement of another’s space, but rather victory that is found within the triumph over oneself.

The 21st Path is one of opportunity for grace. The state of grace has many meaning but within this path it is the reflection of the beginning of refinement of self and surroundings to become in alignment with the spiritual aspiration of selflessness and greater perspective. The lens of the camera opens and the world in which we claim our victories is seen for its narrow view. As the lens opens wider the expanse and truth of what we have claimed falls away and the real worth and value of those experiences is revealed as part of a larger whole that encompasses the victories of much more than ourselves. What happens in the stages between as each of the extremes coalesce on central ground determines the outcome of ascent to claim the Higher Self or descent for further refinement and accumulated experience.

The same may be said of the clenched fist that inflicts pain in its expansive thrust or the choice of reaching out with hand open to gently caress and comfort. The energy of Kaph is the choice of remaining in a state of openness. Of trust that all will be well when receptivity is available and also knowing that there are times that call for the harsh fist that crushes what it grasps. This is the ultimate lesson of Victory and Mercy and what measures will be taken towards the balance of each in accord with what is right action.

Each of the Paths of the Tree has the attribution of an element. The 21st Path is one of water. If we think of the properties of water and the image of the open hand the invitation is one of flowing and graceful movement. As we move our hands, currents of energy flow, move in response and are made to be responsive in a variety of ways. The great works of art created by the hand move the emotional waters within the individual.

Kaph is the path of opening. Kaph is the human expression of physical form reaching towards another. Kaph is victory that is birthed from the creative hand that gently holds the fragility of beauty in its palm. Kaph is the mercy that draws to itself ability to preserve life and then release it so it may soar.

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Excerpted in part from:

The Inner Chamber Series: Volume 2
Poetry of the Spheres
R. Fennelly. February 2013. Serpent’s Gate

The Inner Chamber Series: Volume 3
Awakening the Paths
R.Fennelly. March 2014. Serpent’s Gate

For More Information: Robin Fennelly Books

To Find out More about the Hermetic Qabalah:

Qabalah Basics
The Might of Geburah(The Magickal Pen)

A Special Event Held Every 4+ Years

To Experience the Qabalistic Tree of Life:

Climbing the Tree (Weekend)
Hosted by The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
Georgetown, Delaware
September 26-28.2014

About:
This is an immersive experience in the Hermetic Tree of Life taught with Pagan sensibilities. There will be workshops, pathworkings, a ritual, and evening discussions. The ritual involves literally walking the Lightening Flash from Malkuth to Kether with the experience of a mini-ritual within each Sphere. The glyph of the Tree is laid out in 9 foot circles connected by paths covering a large field. Climbing The Tree is an incredible experience to plant the tree deep with yourself. Pre-Registration is required.

In Preparation for Climbing the Tree I am teaching:

An Introduction to the Qabalah
Sunday, August 17.2014
5-Hr Intensive
Springfield, PA
Pre-registration is required

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The Sphere of the Creation of Form

Having crossed the Abyss of Da’at, there is now a distinct and clear separation between the Supernals of Kether, Chokmah and Binah and all that lay below them. The Supernals are the creators of what is given form, essence, personality and life in the subsequent spheres below it. The final product of this creative emanation flows downward into the sphere of Malkuth and the physical manifest form.

A New Installment of “13 Keys” on WitchVox: The Understanding of Binah. Enjoy!

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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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Take my hand, child
You have come far and
Your journey has been
Long and treacherous.

Come sit beside me
And feel the weight
Of expansion as it moves
Through your being.

Open your eyes and
Look down from the
Great heights you
Have carefully scaled.

All comes to a precise
Point and what once
Was unfocused has
Sharpened to crystal clarity.

I offer you sanctuary but
You must walk through the
Heat of transformative change
Before you come to me.

And, if you stand before me
Having declared your
Intent to service
The threshold shall be opened
And the leap of ultimate faith will
Be your new course.

Chesed is the place of cosmic memory. This is the refined aspect of the sphere of Yesod (the storehouse of images) having been filtered, synthesized and finalized by the spheres acting upon this Yesodic energy in the ascent towards Chesed. Having arrived at this state of full access to memory of the aeons and creation itself, work may begin towards incorporating and using that memory where choice and Free Will are called to action. Chesed teaches and demands obedience to the laws of nature and the cosmic laws……. Read the Full Article at WitchVox

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Geburah Sphere

I sit shivering in the dark
Eyes closed and all of my being
Filled with fear that I will
lose my most valued possession.

Flame and heat surround
yet the air is dense with
energy that moves like
cold steel wielded by a
forceful hand.

What I cling to so fiercely
I have long ago outgrown
But the comfort and safety
provided are like soothing
ointment on wounds that have
yet to be opened.

I want to be free of these chains.
I want to be whole.
What I carry are bits and pieces
of my own folly and the thought of
excision sends me into retreat.

As reason gives way to desire
and understanding stands at the
threshold with outstretched hand
I rise from this place of cowering.
I open my eyes to see what lay
ahead and a cold dark hand
grasps my own as I look into
the eyes of myself.

The only demons I had to fear is what
lay within the spectre of my shadow.
With the single act of embrace
all that is to be discarded
falls from me.

I am free. I am strong and
what I had feared losing the most
has only been transformed and
forged anew.
The dark gives way to light and
I step forward to greet the
final outcome.

This poem was inspired by study of the Qabalistic sphere of Geburah. Read more about the strength of this Sphere at the links below:

The Might of Geburah: WitchVox Article

The Inner Chamber:Poetry of the Spheres.R.Fennelly

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Remember the place of beginnings
Remember when the All was One
Solar flame and lunar tides
Contained within manifest core

Remember the great divide
Vibration of form and formless
Remember the volume of time
Friction stirring the belly of outpour
Waters blackened, womb and seed issue forth

Remember the softness of skin
The strength of sinewy limb
Remember the Great Mother and
The secrets her womb carries within
Remember the Father’s golden orb
His body re-membered by magick of Will
Remember the place of separation
And hold sacred the celestial bodies of Light

The Principle of Gender 1.

Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.

Gender and polarity are often points of confusion. Although gender is an aspect of polarity it is a dynamic point of differentiation in its own right. Gender spans more than the physical dissimilarities that separate a man from a woman. Its energetic principle is one of expansion and contraction moving in a rhythmic force of release and receipt.

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life the Pillar that provides Form is the Feminine Gender. This is the gender of receipt, contraction and boundary. The Pillar that provides Force is that of the Masculine. This is the gender of release, expansion and expulsion of formlessness. Both working rhythmically are the necessary actions for the eventual manifestation in Malkuth, the physical world. It is the container of the feminine egg that receives the insemination of the masculine sperm; the two quickening into the first stirrings of human life.

We don’t have to look too far to see these concepts running through every level of our existence. Recognizing them is just the first step. As we explore their deeper meanings, formulate our own definitions and begin to apply the dynamics of their energies, the magick and mysteries of our place in the mind of the All will begin to reveal itself affirming that we are co-creators in the Great Work.

Reference Post:
1. The Universal Laws

Image Credit:
Holy Union by ap0str03 (DeviantArt)

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