A Well Worn Path

pathways
The new journey you are about to embark upon follows a Path which has been traveled by many before you and will be traveled by many who follow you. Perhaps, you may even serve as example and lead for someone who is new to the Craft and looking to find their way.  Each has left their individual and unique imprint and markers that have helped them along the way.  Tracking those footprints can often lead to revealing more information about the nature of the particular inroad you’ve chosen.

You will find that many times your interests will take you to the streams that follow along this Path.  These contain the wisdom that runs fluidly and in conjunction with the philosophies and practices of WICCA, as well as those that move in a course and direction of their own, but for a time share the common waters. These may include Ceremonial Magick, Shamanism, Buddhism, Druidry, Heathenism and others.  All drinking from the same waters of common knowledge at one time or another and then finding their own patterns and creating their own paths of movement.

One of these common threads is the call to service and devotion to the work at hand. Take a look back at:

Lesson 8: The Path of Devotion

Read and re-read what was written and then take these words and craft them into your own experience and current understanding.  The choosing of this particular way will be fraught at times with doubt, uncertainty and challenges. At times it may seem an uphill climb that sets you back with each step you feel you have taken forward. But, with persistence and dedication you will reach that summit and the true nature of our magickal world will stretch out before you.

The Path to the Heart of the Goddess
is trod upon by those who
take up the mantle of devotion
and strive towards the 
retelling of Her Mysteries

As you do more reading, research and engage in the larger community, those luminaries who have walked and helped to create this road will move to the foreground. People and their body of works such as Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Ivo Dominguez, Jr., T. Thorn Coyle, Starhawk, Dion Fortune, Herbie Brennan, Israel Regardie and W. Butler to name a few will light the way. Their experience and credibility of ethics and teaching are cornerstones of the Craft today.  Most importantly, the thing to remember is that they too walked this very same Path with similar beginnings, questions and the burning desire to serve the Old Ones, pave the way for the future of the New Ones and live by example the teachings of the Divine.   

Ethics of the Craft

About themagickalpen

Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path. Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and theWestern Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers. Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition. As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work. Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience. Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 43-year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education. Robin's esoteric writings can be found on her blogs.
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