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What Are the Magickal Arts?


… As magickal practitioners we are all “artists” in our own ways, honing our skills of creating magick, weaving patterns of energy that affect change and calling to the most Divine of our natures as we align with cosmos, greater earth and all of the many Beings that inhabit those realms. And, I like where this trend is taking us in exploring the craft in all of forms….


Spring is awakening and we honor The Magickal Art of Creation and Manifestation!



For many of us the turning of the Greater Wheel to the Spring Equinox (aka. Ostara) is one of anticipation of Spring’s growing warmth and fertile space of seeding all manners of manifest possibilities. This space of fertile energy is ripe with creation’s spark – remember that Divine Spark of the Winter Solstice? – and awaits our inspired mind to envision what we wish to create.

Manifesting” is a popular term these days and is used regarding every level of self-awareness exercise, self-improvement program, self-actualizing protocol and runs seamlessly the gamut of the spiritual-magickal and the mundane. Everyone wants to “manifest” something, whether it be a slimmer body, the love of their life, more money a better job, more energy… you fill in the blanks. And, in its organic and simplest form manifestation is an inherent ability that we have. We simply get in the way of our manifesting abilities by over complicating and/or reaching for what we want rather than what we need and what is aligned with who we truly are.

Creation is a more nebulous semantic. We create biologically, mentally, emotionally and physically all of the time. Each breath we inhale and each exhalation is a creation of vibration being sent into the vast field of energy. Every keystroke we make is a creative effort that transfers from finger to screen to page or e-destination. When we think of creation, we automatically put boundaries around what that creation will be, even if unintentionally, by the simple fact of naming or defining it. In contrast when we desire to manifest something, the sky is the limit, again even if it seems to be reined in by the specifics of the intention.

I’m sure that for some of you this will sound like a contradiction, when in reality it is merely a statement of fact that often goes unnoticed in the desire for outcome. So, what then are the rules of Creation and Manifestation? Essentially, it is less about “rules” per se and more about how we engage our active mind to inspire the work needed to succeed in what is needed.

There are no magickal spells and there is no specific formula or mantra that will spontaneously allow you to create your heart’s desire. That ability is, as I said, already there, but we step around that reality and stuck in the “what if I am successful at this?” or “I know I will fail” muck and mire. I have often said that the scariest thing about striving to manifest something or create is the thought of actually succeeding. That may sound strange to say, but if you succeed than you have to maintain and you have just set higher expectations on what the next grand achievement will be.

The words “Creation” and Manifestation” are one in the same. When we are our most creative, we are manifesting whether overtly or simply be the act of changing the energetic setting and providing fertile space for something to arise. The by-product of Creation is that which is “manifested”. And, yes that term does not have to imply a physical visage of what has been created. All the visible and manifest occurrences we experience began their life as etheric and intangible substance.

When we manifest we are creating and when we are creating we are manifesting. If we think in these terms, the learning curve of them being separate entities fades away. If I wish to manifest that better job, I must create the space and mindset for it to grow and express itself as a manifest form. If I wish to deepen my knowledge of my magickal gifts, I must create the space of open-ended acceptance of what these are in order for them to manifest in my greater work. If I wish to refine my art of Creation’s Manifestation, I must surrender to the innate power I already have and be receptive and open to that which is for my highest good with harm to none.

Join for the Beltane Issue as we explore the Magickal Art of Standing in Your Power!


About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. 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 the Western 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 a 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, 3rd and 4th (Elder) degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of two ASW covens since Samhain of 2001 and the Winter Solstice of 2015.

As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she uses 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. Her most recent projects include a channel on youtube: A Journey to the Inner Chamber. She also shares audio pathworkings and ritual on her bandcamp site: Teachings on the Path with Robin.

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 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.


Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW:

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For more info

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 1 It’s Written in the Stars-Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 2 Poetry of the Spheres-Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 3 Awakening the Paths-Qabalah

The Light of SELF: Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Learning to Breathe

Magickal Verse: A Collection of Poetry and Prose

A Year of Gaia: The Eternal Cord

The Elemental Year: Aligning the Elements of SELF

Temple of the Sun and Moon: Luminous Devotions

Sleeping with the Goddess: Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection: Musings for the Year

The Magickal Pen: A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

The Temple of the Sun: An Astrological Solar Year

Writings in the Shadow: An Exploration of the Shadow Nature