My world is one of ritual and magick. Part of magick is learning to work with subtle energy and to approach everything in a sacred way. Ritual and magick interconnect when we use ritual to activate the magickal forces by working with the Divine. To honor the cycles of nature supports the human to connect with their knowing heart. This is the way of the Dream Walker and those who follow the Earth Religion of harmony with nature and all conscious beings. A true magician is one who has knowledge of the universe and the cycles of time, walking the Earth with the awareness that we are all connected. To walk in this world, as a fully awake and balanced human is an incredible adventure that creates greater spiritual, mental and physical health – allowing us to live with wisdom, love and power in balanced energy. For me this is the true holy trinity. By connecting with the energies of the Realms of Sky, Sea and Land we are stronger as we access the power of the universe. Following the movement of the planets and the seasons helps us to navigate the journey of the unknown.
There are certain times a year when we have an opportunity to celebrate the earth mother and receive her blessings. Gateways open at these times giving us moments when our connection to the unseen world allows us to view the rhythm and timing of the goddess in her form as mother nature. In the Northern Hemisphere the Wheel of the Year begins to shift from a growing time to a harvest time. We celebrate Llamas, known as the Festival of First Fruits or First Breads. It is the point in time when the first grains are collected and ritualistically sacrificed to ensure the continuance of the cycle of life both physically and spiritually. In the Southern Hemisphere, the sacred wheel turns for the first time since the Winter Solstice and we are gifted with one of these magickal moments with the celebration of Imbolc. Imbolc is the first of three solar ceremonies celebrated to invite the sun back from the shadow. This Mid Winter celebration is a festival of spiritual purification and dedication in preparation for the birth of spring. Imbolc is a Gaelic word meaning ‘in the belly’ (of the Mother). Celebrated on August 2nd, this day honors the Celtic sun/fire Goddess Brigid known as the triple Goddess of healers, poets, writers, artists, blacksmiths, and craftsman. As the Goddess of Inspiration, she blesses those who bring beauty into the world through music, story and visual expression by gifting inspiration on this night. The Llamas and Imbolc rituals have now been posted for our online subscription members. Click Here to log in.
August 2nd – New Moon in Leo
A New Moon provides a night of powerful manifestation magick. Thought-seeds planted at the New Moon will grow, so be careful what you wish for. New Moons are a blank page on which to speak your dreams out loud. New Moons have to do with creation, manifestation, birth, and rebirth. The new moon phase is an optimal time for planting and seeding your intentions. Seedlings need a period of gestation before they break through the soil and reach for the sunlight. This is also true for our ideas and our desires. Leo energy is about expressing yourself in your truth. A powerful night to ask yourself if you are living from your heart? Are you ignoring the creative aspect that wishes to be expressed through you? What makes you stand out as your own unique self and what is getting in the way of it? These are examples of the types of themes that need to go into your intentions at this New Moon. A powerful ritual for the Leo New Moon has been posted for those who are members of our Sacred Sabbat and Moon Cycle Ritual Series. Please click here to log in.
Saturn Goes Direct August 13th
The Planet of Karma goes direct after being in retrograde since December 19th. This is the final phase where you put into practice what you have learned over the last six months. Use the magick of Leo New Moon to assist you in gaining clarity as you set intentions to step forward as the true expression of your heart.
Full Moon August 18th
The August Full Moon is dedicated to Crystal Woman, the mythical goddess of the crystal skulls. She is said to transmit information between the dimensions, especially to healers, teachers, earth walkers and medicine people. She is said to have once possessed thirteen crystal skulls with magickal powers, but they were separated and are now protected by shaman throughout the world until the time comes for them to be rediscovered. The full moon of August is in Aquarius. In astrology Aquarius represents the realm of the higher mind, so Aquarius Goddesses are connected to the sky and stars, celestial realms, and ancient wisdom. A powerful Full Moon Ritual dedicated to Crystal Woman has been posted. Please click here. I will also be posting a guided meditation to work with the Full Moon and the essence of Crystal Woman. For those of you who have been with EB, the obsidian skull this will be quite powerful to connect with the knowledge stored within your own crystalline structure.
Mercury goes retrograde August 30 — September 21, 2016
Any Mercury Retrograde cycle creates the time to re-think, re-do, re-define, re-organize, re-assess, rejuvenate and re-plan without taking action on anything new until after Mercury Retrograde ends. It is the time for completions; i.e., cleaning up paperwork, paying old debts, doing what we’ve promised that hasn’t been completed or otherwise handling those matters responsibly. While Mercury can create difficulty with communication it can also enhance our ability to receive information and to catch details ordinarily missed in our daily lives if we work with this energy effectively. Journal, meditate, this is an excellent time to take classes on developing your intuitive skills. The second week of Mercury Retrograde is the most challenging but also the week we have the opportunity to really fine-tune our ability to receive guidance from our teachers and guides if we take the time to open those lines of communication. When Mercury is retrograde this is the time to do all the things we classify, as I will do this later when I have time. Take the time because nothing else is going to move forward.
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Wishing you a magickal month of clarity and wisdom.
Love and crystal light, Robbyne