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30-Days of Samhain Offered by Robin Fennelly

October, 2018

30-Days of Samhain Offered by Robin Fennelly

A Witch’s Sacred Journey

The final harvest calls, the Ancestors await and the veils between the worlds have thinned offering the gifts of healing, transformation and deeper communion with the cycles of nature.

Last year I decided to explore the mysteries of Samhain using a daily format of postings and suggestions to deepen your awareness of this sacred time of the year. I am sharing this again for this year’s celebrations and will be adding some other material as we move through the 30-Days of Samhain. Let the journey begin…

The countdown ends with Astrological Samhain, so Day One begins on October 9th and Day Thirty ends on November 7th. Enjoy…

Day One begins here… Welcome and Introduction

For Quick Links visit: 30-Days of Samhain-Index

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

 

The Inner Chamber Volume One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2)

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1)

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

The Three-Storeyed Universe

July, 2017

 

Notes on Our Cosmos 

 

I am collecting notes about our cosmos which seem suggestive and relevant.

The first thing to note is that our cosmos is local. A cosmos is an ordered habitation, and does not mean everything within reach of our telescopes. It is still under construction and goes through cycles of birth, growth, decay, dissolution and incubation. We shall understand what these cycles mean when we understand how life, evolution and intelligence fit into the dynamics of a cosmos.

The Sun is the principal deity and world of our local cosmos, while the Earth is its principal ‘field’ of nurture. The Moon, which is the same apparent size as the Sun, serves as a circuit breaker for solar energies and governs the cycles of reincarnation.

The Watchers are the Suns or principal deities of four other cosmoses who provide astral cross-fertilization to the Earth through the agency of elementals: sylphs, salamanders, undines and gnomes, from the stars Aldebaran, Regulus, Antares and Fomalhaut, respectively.

The astral Earth is a higher dimension of our physical world, where our root souls reside and gradually grow to maturity through many incarnations. The point of growth of our current incarnation is our everyday identity, where we look out through our eyes at the physical world and inward at the thoughts and feelings in our astral world. Ordinarily our awareness of the two alternates rapidly, but we can learn to look out and in at the same time, serving as the Threshold Guardian of our inner cosmos. When we succeed in learning to do this, sudden noises will not frighten us. This was noted by the heathen Ainu of Sakhalin, who warned their anthropologist that sudden fright opens one up to the ingress of malicious spirits.

Records from many ancient civilizations, such as the Hittite, Sumerian, Mongolian and proto-Voodoo (Vodun), indicate that the Sun is the Threshold Guardian of our local cosmos, or that the Threshold Guardian resides in the Sun.

The dissolution phase of our local cosmos does not necessarily involve the destruction of the physical globe itself, but initiates a general dying-off of life on the land and in the sea. The greatest extinction was in the Permian event, about 252 million years ago, which separated the late Palaeozoic from the Triassic /Mesozoic eras and destroyed about 95% of all species. Dinosaurs evolved during the latter period. The great ecological crisis we are currently in may well lead to another such extinction, as predicted in the Volva’s prophecy in the Elder Edda.

A dissolution phase may or may not affect the astral Earth dimension, but incarnation activity would cease until conditions favoring life are re-established.

When root souls in the astral Earth have matured sufficiently, they will undergo a transmutation and travel to the Sun to receive bodies of light, as taught by both Italian stregheria and the Hindu Prasna Upanishad. Thereafter the transmuted soul lives in the solar world, that is, the local starry world, and assists the Gods in their labors.

The Caucasian mystic Gurdjieff taught that in order to take account of everything that can be contained in a cosmos, three cosmoses must be considered together. This fits in with what has been said above about the structure of our local cosmos. Each of us contains an inner cosmos, with an inner cosmic pillar or tree by which our dream soul 1 can descend to the root soul and then reascend to the physical Earth. Each of us serves as the Sun of his / her inner cosmos and can become its effective Threshold Guardian by means of maintaining simultaneous awareness of outer perceptions and inner thoughts and feelings, as already mentioned above. This is the first cosmos.

By means of the sacred household and the offices of household spirits and demigods, including the house’s Threshold Guardian, we are put into contact with the local physical cosmos, and can receive energies from the Sun through the crown chakra, which is open at birth and can be re-opened through special exercises. This teaching is so widespread it is well-nigh universal. By connecting with the Sun and the root-soul and spirits and elementals in our physical world, we help to construct the second cosmos, or cosmic level.

Finally, by undergoing transmutation in the astral Earth (or more rarely, and formerly, on the physical Earth), we travel to the Sun and are there given a body of light. Thereafter we dwell in the solar or third level of our local cosmos.

The Gods, it would seem, are developing and building the local cosmos on three levels in imitation of a pattern established by higher Gods, perhaps in the galactic world. So they, too, have Gods.

1 The reincarnating bud-soul is dual in nature, with the dream-soul able to travel to the root-soul and back, while the bud-soul proper keeps watch over the body. Only the dream-soul rejoins the root-soul after death.

New To The Craft

March, 2009

The Moon & Lunar Cycles

Last month I explored the function of the sabbats in attuning oneself with the rhythms of nature with the solar cycle.  This month I will turn to the moon and the significance of its phases.  This luminous body both mystifies and haunts us in the inky darkness of the night sky.  When full it gleams as a brilliant silvery-white orb which dwarfs even the brightest star to seeming insignificance.  Month after month it comes and goes from our perspective, growing to full and once again waning back to darkness.  Yet it always returns as does the sun, and for that reason becomes another powerful symbol of immortality and rebirth.  The sun is vital to life and makes sustenance possible, but it cannot be there to light the way for us in the night and the darkest of times.  That is when we call to our closest companion of all the celestial bodies – the moon.

The moon orbits our planet hundreds of thousands of kilometers away.  It is sometimes mistakenly said to be about a quarter of the size of earth when in fact its diameter is about a quarter that of earth’s.  In terms of comparing two spheres the moon is much smaller than our planet.  We can usually only see it during the night when the sun isn’t overwhelming our view.  The moon does not produce its own light, but instead reflects the sunlight it receives.  The relative positions of the sun, moon and earth are what determine the amount of the moon’s surface that is visible to us, thus creating what we refer to as the “phases” of the moon.  For instance, when the bodies are aligned in the order sun-moon-earth we experience the new or dark moon.  This is because at night we are facing away from the sun and the moon does not appear anywhere in our sky.  When the alignment is sun-earth-moon we likewise see the full moon.  Waxing and waning phases are the transitions between these alignments as the moon rotates around the earth.  Sometimes when the alignment is just right we get what is called an eclipse, when one of the bodies blocks the light from the sun in a temporary but awe-inspiring phenomenon of nature.

Those in the Craft honor the cycles of the moon in several ways.  Just as the eight sabbats mark the solar year and aid us in attuning with the sun, the celebration of what is termed the esbat brings us into alignment with lunar forces.  Esbat traditions vary from group to group and even from individual to individual.  In a lot of ways it is mostly what you make of it.  Many witches choose to do magical workings, spells, and matters of practical concern.  Others hold a special ritual to mark the occasion.  Most select the full moon as the point of the esbat but there is no rule that says it can’t be held at the new moon or even multiple moon phases instead.  Whether focused on magic or simple observance, the purpose of the esbat is attunement with natural cycles via the moon.

The moon completes a full revolution every 29.5 days and therefore esbats are typically monthly affairs.  This is a natural connection for women whose own monthly cycles mimic this pattern.  Indeed, women in particular are frequently able to harness lunar energy and use it to great effect.  The period from new moon to full is referred to as the waxing phase, and is associated with increase and growth.  The waning phase is from full to new and is used for decrease or banishing of negative influences.  Both the full and new moon are times of great power and are culminations of the energies leading up to them.  To be in tune with the moon is to know at any one moment what the current phase and energies are.  Observing and learning the moon’s phases is one of the easiest and most immediate ways to connect with nature.  It is also interesting to note that when trying to begin a new habit or replace an old one people frequently recommend maintaining the activity for about one full moon cycle for the habit to take root.  Lunar cycles and humanity share an intimate connection with deep roots in our psyche.  As the tides rise and fall from the pull of the moon’s gravity, so do our spirits feel the allure of our silent companion, and sit enchanted beneath its pale light.

Journal for the Month of February:

As I write this the new moon has arrived, and it’s time for me to commit to new goals and eliminate useless clutter and stress.  I personally love observing the moon; maybe it’s leftover from picking out constellations in the night sky as a child.  There is something absolutely mesmerizing about it, and for me it has been much easier to connect with lunar cycles than solar ones.  I think that’s partially also because a year is so much longer and a day is just too quick.  A moon cycle is the perfect length of time to plan things, work on them, and bring positive change to any area of life.  For me this month it’s going to be getting on that pre-spring cleaning that so desperately needs to be done!

In this column and the last you may notice that I haven’t really delved into God or Goddess associations with the sun and moon in much depth (or at all).  Deity is such a broad and personal subject that I would rather save that for its own separate entry to give it justice.  These past couple of months I have been giving so much thought and meditation to what God/dess means to me.  I expect it will take me a lifetime to come up with any true answers, but I refuse to take it at face value and leave it at that.  The symbols and correspondences we work with point to deeper meanings that cannot be understood by grazing the surface.  Nor can they be understood using only the intellect.  I think that all of us who began a spiritual journey started it in order to come to more than just book knowledge – we want to experience deity.  We want to awaken the deepest levels of our consciousness and feel something.  Union with the divine.  Realizing our higher selves.  God.  Goddess.  What that something is we find hard to define in words, but we seek it nonetheless.  I am only taking the first steps in that journey, but I hope that one day it will come together.  And I hope that we may all find that which we seek.

Until next month, blessed be! )O(