19 Days of Illuminated Darkness-Day Nineteen

All Hail the Winter Solstice!
December 21.2018
5:23p.m.

Sun in Capricorn
Sunset is 4:39p.m.(EST)

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 perceptions for several years.  The returning strength and duration of the Sun’s light provides the highly illuminated backdrop for what we wish to bring into this changing of the waning and waxing solar year and chronologically what we wish to renew and carry forward into the New Year.

And, the earthy quality that is abundant is that of manifestation. This is the opportunity to use the manifest gifts of corporeal form to create your own space of light and growth that naturally evolves from that source. This turn of the year, after all, points us towards Spring and Summer’s verdant splendor. Now, on this day, we create the structure that will use what lessons have been crafted in the past and can become the new life that springs forth in our future endeavors.

We have moved as the Hermit within and sought the blessings of a lantern that remains ever lit; our breath of intent fanning its light that it may show us the path. This is the walking between the pillars of the High Priestess’ Throne and wielding a magick that weaves its light drawn from a source of Divine inspiration and the bounty of a manifest and purposeful life.

Carrying the Flame into the Dawn

If you are able set your your alarm for 30-60 minutes before sunrise tomorrow morning. Plan to go outside where you can see the first rays of the sun’s light. As you wait in those last 30-60minutes of darkness, recall the work you have done these past 19+ days. Call up the energy of thought and feeling that bubbled to the surface as you began to respond in an illuminated way.

Give some reflection on what may have changed within you, as well as deepened as you stand in anticipation of this morning’s dawning. And, I take you back to the start of these days…

….The night is cold and I stand facing the darkness; thick and almost opaque in its veiling. I think on all that has brought me to this point of the Great Wheel and call to myself the memories of lessons learned and shadowy places uncovered needing nurturance and cultivation. Each memory is illuminated from within and I feel the heat of my Inner Sun flaring out from center’s core; extending light filled streams of connection to each treasured sensation and image.

Tingling energy moves across my back affirming my growing anticipation of the promise held in the rising sun as I await the dawning of the Solstice Sun. I think on the moments of waiting I have seen at this same cycle of time the many years before and how each has held its own joy of new expression. I breathe into these thoughts, envisioning the flame of sunlight growing within myself. I breathe deeply into the joy of being able to turn the focus of that light outwards as the sun gains strength in the sky above and I attune to that same solar cycle within.

I look ahead and see rays of filtered light flowing around and through me casting their long slim finger-like beams on the snowscape in front of me. The time is now. One more deep breath in affirming the strength of the dark that has come before, and I turn to face the rising sun. Dawn of the Winter Solstice has come and with its rising so too does the rising of my illuminated self; forever changed….

And, as the last of these words and images fade, the Sun is rising, the Dawn of Light renewing all that it touches and your illuminated light in the darkness has lit the way!

Friday December 21.2018
Sunset at 4:39p.m. (EST)

Many blessings of this new journey into the waxing year…. Robin

Need a little refresher about Sun in Capricorn?
As Above, So Below: Sun in Capricorn

The Hermit, The High Priestess and the Magician..

19 Days of Illuminated Darkness: Day Nine
19 Days of Illuminated Darkness: Day Ten              and….

Tarot for Troubling Times:The Magician
Tarot for Troubling Times: The Magus (Toth)

Although about Pluto Retrograde, information in general about the mantle of Capricorn..
Back to the Middle and Around Again

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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2 Responses to 19 Days of Illuminated Darkness-Day Nineteen

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