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Current Astrology Using Hermetic Applications


Welcome Back to Stellar Applications….

In this issue of PaganPagesOrg we are celebrating Litha, the abundance of summer’s peak and the brilliance of light that fills this space of transition. Astronomically this is the date of the Summer Solstice and sits as one of two points on the Witch’s Wheel where the scales tip in balance towards the growing of light or darkness, as the sun waxes or wanes, respectively.


This year the Summer Solstice occurs on June 21st at 10:38am (EDT)and astrologically, Cardinal energy abounds creating the product of what has been quickened and set on the path towards manifesting in its fullest state.

Astrologically, the Summer Solstice aligns with the transition from Airy astrological Gemini into Watery astrological Cancer. We discussed the nature of the elemental impact on the astrological signs and in this case, that transition is one from Mind and intellectualization (Gemini) to a more heart-centered and intuitive (Cancer) space of being. If we overlay this on the traditional ways in which the Summer Solstice is celebrated, it could be equated in this way…

. The ease of focus, intention and adaptable preciseness (Gemini) required to seed what will become front and center in its full bloom of light and the quickened heat of the Divine stirs the heart and space of inquisitive intuition towards gathering what will be needed of hearth and home (Cancer) in the waning of light held in the months ahead…


The Major Arcana of the Tarot and the Summer Solstice

In Tarot-speak, the keys of the Major Arcana that align with the Summer Solstice are the High Priestess and the Chariot.

Key II, The High Priestess aligns with the Lunar qualities of astrological Cancer and the seasonal tides of the Summer Solstice. Key VII, The Chariot gives image to the balance and stability that is achieved in return from those pursuits that endow power and strength. As we transition from the solar month of Gemini, the activities achieved and flexibility required to course correct steer the direction of resting in the “fruits of the spoils”, so to speak. The High Priestess speaks to the balance achieved through wisdom of choice and reaching a certain spiritual maturity and the Chariot is one of more mundane endeavors. Both images picture the main character poised between pillars of polarity. The High Priestess- the pillars of Dark and Light and the same iteration in the image of the Chariot in the form of the sphinxes of Light and Dark. And, each stands strongly in the ripeness of their power and the brilliance of a light that has not quite begun to fade.


Natal Applications

Beyond the sheer joy of celebration of another turn of the Witch’s Wheel of the Year, these astrological and tarot energies can be applied to your natal chart.

    1. Identify which house on your natal chart is aligned with astrological Cancer. This is the energy of the solar month for you. Are there any planets in this house?

ie…. Astrological Cancer is in my Fifth House, the House of Service and Creative Efforts. So, during this solar month and celebration of light that has reached its peak, requires that I use it to light the eternal spark of Light within to carry me through the winter. Being in this 5th House provides the opportunity for me to hold this light as the inspiration for those creative efforts that may be cloaked in the waning light and remain undiscoverable.

Pluto is also in this Fifth House of Cancer, indicating that I must release and let die what does not serve my creative efforts and embrace the new life that emerges from that.

Here are some keywords to get you started……


The Houses

First house/Ascendent – Personal self, status in society, ego, the head

Second house – the family assets, the lineage, family history, the shoulders

Third house – the neighborhood, extended family, brothers/siblings, your arms and your boldness

Fourth House – the mother, landed property, emotional security, comfort zones, the chest specifically heart

Fifth house – the education, the children, the expressions of creativity, the lungs and diaphragm

Sixth house – disease, debts, enemies, arguments, the digestive system

Seventh house – partnerships, wife/husband, agreements, the back

Eighth house – death, routes into the unknown sub-consciousness, organs of reproduction

Ninth house – the external religious behavior, the deceased ancestors, the thighs

Tenth house – the father, the profession, the knees

Eleventh house – the networking of people, the sources of gain, luck, the calves

Twelfth house – the deep subconscious, the internal spirituality, the losses, the ankles


Planetary Energies

Sun: Strength – Light – Electromagnetic Reciprocity

Moon: Intuitive Gnosis – Emotions – Heart-Centered

Mercury: Communication – Agility – Intellect

Venus: Beauty – Harmony – Fertility

Mars: Assertiveness – Power – Fealty

Jupiter: Expansion – Ebb and Flow – Growth

Saturn: Order – Structure – Boundaries

Uranus: Amplified Mercury – Electricity

Neptune: Delusion – Illusion – Amplification of Venus

Pluto: Death – Past Retrieval – Transmutation


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,

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For more info

Coming in the Fall 2023: It’s Written in the Stars Workbook and Self-Guided Course of Study

Previously Published Titles:

Acorns of Wisdom From the Hermetic Tree of Life

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