30 Days of Samhain: Day Two

The (basic) Astrology of Samhain

The astrological imprint of Samhain is one of an energy of mystery, intuitive gifts, secrets, passion and more. The solar month of Scorpio holds the space for the parting of the veils and the celebration of Samhain on either date, October 31st or November 6-7th. Scorpio is a Water sign of the Fixed modality, and is also the only astrological sign that has three (3) levels of experience available to it. All of these attributes very juicy for the hallows of Samhain.

The traditional assignation of the Scorpion to Scorpio as its image is only one of the three forms this sign may take. The other two are that of the Eagle and the Phoenix; giving scorpio layers of dimensional energy that serve this time of interaction with the layers of the veiled worlds and our own. Additionally, Scorpio is of the Water element with access to the emotional and deep intuitive seascapes that call forth visionings and communing by way of divinatory or perceptual tools. This is water that is of the fixed modality, “fixed” indicating the directive towards providing a vessel or container of synthesis for what flows in from those signs of the Cardinal (beginning) modality and what becomes the synthesized expansive Mutable (flexibility) creation of outpouring from its fixed state.

The scorpion as image for Scorpio acknowledges the desire to remain cloaked and hidden in those pursuits and undertakings that would reveal the more vulnerable nature of Scorpio. Prone towards being the silent observer this often gives Scorpio the bad rap of being secretive, deceitful and treacherous (the stinger of the Scorpion that comes as a surprise). Most times the intention is not one of malevolence; rather, it is an intuitive and instinctual response to feeling threatened.

The image of the Eagle as a Scorpio gift heralds the process of synthesis that can occur when you leave the shadows of the scorpion’s den, rise above what you fear and take your place in the fullness of sky and adapt to the keen sight that allows greater discernment and intention regarding where your talons strike. This is also an aspect of being able to responsibly strike out taking only what is needed for sustenance and survival, and nothing more.

And, the final image is that of the Phoenix. Having conquered the fear that develops from cloistering oneself away in the darkness (scorpion) and experienced the freedom of riding the waves of air’s current, what remains is ready to be purified and rendered to ash in the fires of light and be reborn as the bird of flame that can re-form itself as needed.

So, given the dynamics and possibilities of this solar month, Samhain has the additional gift of a solar light that is infused with change and transformation. The Sun’s energy providing the strength and illumination desired to navigate worlds that are a little less brightly lit.

Scorpio is a sign that naturally allows access to those endings and beginnings that mark the cycles of life. Now is the time to practice and open to your psychic perception. Much that normally lay hidden can be more easily perceived now. Reach out to the ancestors, call to that part of you that seeks more clarity and discernment and don’t be afraid to allow the Season of the Witch to ignite within you a new found adaptability and resilience as we enter the winter.

See you tomorrow…

Read More  About Scorpio here:
The Temple of the Sun: Scorpio Solar Month

General Astrology 101: Back to Basics

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30 Days of Samhain: Day One

This time of the year, more than any other, is steeped in celebration of the occult. Occult in this sense meaning that which is hidden – although I would add, in plain sight. Spirits, witches, supernatural creatures and being mindful of the convergence of the ancestor’s realm and the living come to life in a tableau that is magickal, mundane and commercial. The penultimate day is October 31st. and the celebration of Halloween, or Samhain as it is commonly known as a spiritual observance.

The name Samhain (pronounced: SAH-win/SOW-in/SAH-wen) is derived from a Gaelic celebration that marked the final harvest. The celebration heralded Winter and the imminent darkness and often lack of stores if the harvest had not been as productive as possible. Death could potentially be waiting for those who found difficulty in surviving the harsh winter. Many who follow the Wheel of the Year use Samhain as the marking point of the (Witch’s) New Year and a time when the veils between the worlds of life and death thin making communication and crossing more accessible.

Halloween, or “Hallowed Eve” is traditionally observed on October 31st; the eve before All Saint’s Day or Hallowmas observed in the Catholic Church. Samhain also heralds the start of Dia de Los Meurtes, celebrated throughout Mexico and ends on November 2nd. A more ancient version of Samhain’s timeline is an astrological marker of mid-point between the autumnal equinox and the Winter Solstice and falls somewhere between Nov. 6-8th (Northern Hemisphere).

Our coven uses the astrological date of Samhain as our celebration. So, with that thought in mind, the 30 days of Samhain will take you on a daily journey of thoughts, info, pathworkings, ritual ideas and more through November 6th into just after midnight on November 7th. , this year’s astrological date

More tomorrow…

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Coming Soon! 13 Days Walking the Witch’s Path

Samhain is fast approaching…

Join me on October 10th for 13 days of video blogs about the Wiccan practice. I’ll be talking about Deity, Personal Practice, the Natural World and more. And, why I chose 13 days 🙂

See you soon at my Youtube Channel:
A Journey to the Inner Chamber

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A Simple Ritual of Balance for the Equinox

Artwork: Cynthia Re Robbins

Blessings of the Equinox!

September 22nd marks the Autumnal Equinox. This post is a reprint extracted from an article posted in WitchVox-September 2013. Enjoy! Read the full article here: Opening to the Anima Mundi

..I invite you to join me at this time of the Autumnal Equinox and celebration of the wild. I offer a solitary ritual that you may use to quicken the memory of your place and purpose in opening to the Anima Mundi as you restore the balance of man and animal; beginning with the restoring of that balance within yourself. Blessings of the Equinox!

A Simple Ritual of Balance:

You will need:

1/White and 1/Black candle
An object that represents your concept of yourself (a ring, lock of hair, picture, etc.)
An object that represents your concept of the natural world (a leaf, stone, flower, herb, etc.) and
An object that represents your concept of the animal world (picture, feather, tooth, etc..)

Place the white and black candles approximately 5-8” apart from one another envisioning them as representing the extremes of humanity and the natural/animal world. Place your object of self in front of the black candle and the objects of animal and natural world in front of the white candle.

Center and ground yourself in preparation for this ritual. Visualize yourself as a tree, reaching roots deep into the earth and drawing up the energy of the core of Mother Earth below into the center of your solar plexus. Visualize yourself as reaching upward, full-leaved and branches extended in anticipation of Father Sun’s potent kiss. Draw this energy down into the center of your solar plexus. Breathe into these two streams of energy, light and dark, sky and earth and see them co-mingling and entwining, one into the other. Breathe into the synthesis and harmonious balance of what has become a singular stream and feel yourself anchored in earth and sky, strong and resilient, ready to begin the work at hand. So Mote It Be.

Call the energy and protection of the your space of working into being in whatever manner is in accord with your spiritual practice. Call to witness any spirit guide, patron, deity or power animal that you wish to aid the work.

Make declaration of intent in witness of those seen and unseen:

“At this time of balance held within the Autumnal Equinox I call to the balance within myself and that of the natural world. I call to the world soul and all of its inhabitants as intrinsically interwoven creating the rich tapestry that is the living soul of this world. “

Come to stand in front of the black candle. As you look into the flame envision all that you are. See all the aspects and titles you carry as you move through your daily responsibilities. See yourself as a distinct and separate individual and what that individuality means to you. Fill this vision with your thoughts, emotions and will defining as clearly as possible. Look upon the object you have chosen as representation of yourself and fill it with all that you have envisioned. Breathe this picture into that object; enlivening it with your individuality and uniqueness.

Move to stand in front of the white candle. As you look into its flame, envision the many layers that comprise the natural world. Look upon the landscape of the earth as though soaring high above. Look upon the life that takes the form of the animals; mammal, fowl, amphibian and fish. Look upon the varied shapes, sizes and structure of the buildings, streets, cities and shopping areas that are scattered on the living land. See them as part of this natural world, as well; each being anchored in the earth. Breathe into what you see and envision this space as a kaleidoscope of diversity. Look upon the object you have chosen as representation of the natural world and fill it with all that you have envisioned. Breathe this collage of nature into that object; enlivening it with the energy of the world.

Move to stand directly at midpoint between these two candles. Pick up the object of Self and place it at this mid-space; front and centered at what would be the point of a triangle, with the candles as its base. Pick up the object of the natural world and place it next to and touching the object of self. Both now centrally held at a triangular point between the two candles. This is the triangle of will that holds the flame of the Divine spark. It is from this space that our souls yearn and hunger to be at one with all of life and strive towards quickening those links of connection. Soften your gaze, and breathe deeply envisioning a line of energy drawn from each of the candles towards this center point of balance held by self and the natural world. Allow this energetic strand of connection to build and become stronger and stronger in clarity. As you continue to breathe into this flow see yourself and the natural world as one. Envision yourself as part of this fabric of life and allow this vision to take the form that its wishes.

You may find yourself swimming in the ocean surrounded by sea otters, whales or dolphins. You may find yourself soaring high above a city-scape as you migrate to warmer weather. You may find yourself in the forest, deeply rooted and standing tall and strong amidst the mighty oak and grove of ancient trees. You may find yourself standing before Gaia, herself as she holds you gently within the valleys and peaks of her body. Breathe deeply and fully in this vision and allow it to move in and through you. Enlivening and informing all that you are. Allow a circuit of energetic flow to open between you and the vision held within the union of the objects of self and the world. Each inhalation receiving the gifts of this state of balance and union and each exhalation, returning the transformed synthesized form back to its origins.

When you have received all that is needed at this time, breathe deeply and allow the streams of connection to withdraw, each returning to their own source. Breathe deeply and see with renewed clarity each of the candles distinct in their individual form and each of the objects also distinct in their individual forms. This is your reminder that it is only through the union of the individual parts that the whole of its creation may be achieved. Turn your awareness to the balanced and connective energy now running through you. Offer up thanks for this experience and know that at any time you may quicken this connection and make use of the energy to heal and enliven yourself and the world around.

Give thanks to those patrons or guides that you called into your space of working. Give thanks and ground the energy of your space of working. Blessed Be!

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Hidden Equilateral Refinement! The Autumnal Equinox

Temple of the Cosmic Spheres

September 20.2017
New Moon in Virgo
1:30a.m.

September 22.2017

Fall Equinox
Sun Transits into Solar Month of Libra
4:02 p.m. (EDT)

Waxing Moon in Scorpio
1:40 p.m. (EDT)

The Moon began its waxing journey at 1:30a.m. (EDT) this morning, in the astrological sign of earthy Virgo. This New Moon heralds the Autumnal Equinox and a solar month that offers the wisdom of seeking balance and harmony, having come from the analytical breaking down of Virgo and reaching towards its future of Scorpio’s intensity.

Every New Moon resets the stage for what hopes, dreams, intentions and more that we wish to give a rebirthing energy. Essentially 12/13 moons of first quickening potential and reawakening to what that potential may be. Every effort that is put into this burgeoning phase is not wasted. Which also means that we have choice of being pulled along by the gathering force of stream or being…

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Coming Soon! The Inner Chamber Youtube Channel…

Stay tuned for the launch of a new Youtube Channel

The Inner Chamber will explore studies in Western Hermetics, Magick, Practical Spirituality and Eastern Philosphy.

Topics include these and more for the seeker on the Path:

Astrology
Hermetic Qabalah
Energetic Anatomy
Lunar and Solar Magick
Consciousness and the Parts of SELF
In Devotion to the Divine
Ritual and Creating Sacred Space
Pathworkings and Meditations
Developing a Personal Spiritual Practice

More info to follow and official launch date in September! I hope you will join me in 

The Inner Chamber

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A Visionary Full Moon and the Eclipses


August 7.2017
Full Moon in Aquarius
2:11 p.m. (EDT)

Lunar Eclipse
Peak of the Eclipse 2:20 (EDT)

The Moon waxed full today at 2:11p.m. in the Airy astrological sign of Aquarius. Additionally a lunar eclipse is in the works as the Moon passes behind the Earth in its orbit leaving earth center point between it and the Sun.

For most, today’s events pale in comparison to the hype surrounding the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse during the New Moon phase on August 21st. Nonetheless, you have to start at point A to reach point B. So, here we are cloaked in the fullness of a Moon that is visionary and strives towards the highest good for all. Read the full article here…

Temple of the Cosmic Spheres

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