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Oh No Not 2012!
I join up on Wiches & Pagans Pagan Square Blog, and then I disappear! I have to admit that blogging is not necessarily the best format for me. I have lots of projects in the works, some writing, some not, and they often distract me. Since my last post, the Temple of Witchcraft has obtained land with a few buildingsg and in order to help support and caretake this space, I've moved from my home to it and trying to settle in. No sooner did I move, then went to teachin Seattle. Came home and had a bit of a fender-bender. Thankful for good shields and reflexes, but still a lot of car damage, insurance companies and car rentals. All this led into the seven day a week vortex of Samhain, and my November and December are not particularly light this year with a trip to St. Louis to teach at Pathways (pathwaysstl.com/) , Faerycon (http://faeriecon.com/) and Between the Worlds Conventions (http://www.sacredwheel.org/BTW/Between_The_Worlds/Home.html)
One of the project that has me busy before and after is the creation of four free meditations based upon the popular and not so popular topic of 2012. It's like the election. We don't want to hear another word of it. I understand. Really I do. But here it is again anyway.... gotta follow the spirits who guide me. Thought my work is not particularly based upon the Mayan calendar myself, my guides requested that I do this work, and through some ritual, some inspiriation and some spirit contact, created these guided meditations. While they are fully recorded, and available at
I thought it would be nice to have them written out for those who might not want to listen, but want to read the short class portion before each meditation. So my next three posts will be about these past meditations, to help prepare those lovelies who want to try the full meditation and riutal for the Winter Solstice. Thus far the feedback on the experiences has been great and I look forward to sharing the last one with you.
Vernal (Spring) Equinox
Hello and welcome to the first of a series of four 2012 Guided Vision Workings to help enter into a conscious relationship with the shifting energies associated with this year. As many of you know, we're entering the end of the Mayan Calendar and there is a lot of fear, joy and honestly, misinformation, around this event. Some believe it will automatically usher in an etheric paradise where we ascend out of the physical world. Others believe it will be doomsday by some cataclysm or war. The idea that this complex calendar says the world will end is true, but it all depends on how you define the word “world.” To many ancient people, the world refers to an age, an epoch. Most occult teachings and native traditions have mythic lore in their sacred calenders relating to various stages of spiritual and physical evolution on the planet. You find it among the Mayan, as well as the Aztec and the Hopi, but also in the lore of the Greeks, with ages named after metals, and the Hindus, with the ages called Yugas. Modern occultism and New Age practices draw from Theosophical teachings, with lore regarding lost continent such as Atlantis and Lemuria, ruling in ages far past. Some think of these stories as literally truth, while others focus on their poetic truth. Most of the lore described a descent from a paradise, a golden age, into a time of darkness and ignorance, with a rise back out into another Golden Age of light. Many believe these calenders and signaling a time to rise back into a golden age, and the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012 is the end of a cycle, and the entry into a new world.
From the path of the Witch, I see every moment as an end and a beginning. We are constantly ending and starting cycles, with the opportunity to renew ourselves and be reborn into something better. Life is a process of continually rebirthing. So I am hopeful and optimistic about our shifts in 2012, if so many people are focusing their energy on this particular cycle shift, but at the same time, not naïve to think that all our problems will go away without work, effort and planning. Just as the winter solstice does not automatically mean ten inches of snow everywhere, 2012 does not mean an automatic utopia. It is simply a shift.
The cycle I follow in watching these shifts is the procession of the equinoxes. If you've ever heard the phrase “Age of Aquarius” you were hearing about the procession of the equinoxes, but didn't know. It's an interesting, but tough concept for a lot of us. Essentially, there is a greater pattern, a cosmic year, that has twelve months to it, like our yearly cycle of twelve zodiac signs. Instead of lasting roughly thirty days, these months last roughly 2000 years. And unlike our typical Zodiac cycle where Aries is followed by Taurus, then Gemini and so on, the Procession of the Equinoxes occurs backwards to our normal yearly pattern. Each cosmic month outlines a theme in our consciousness and evolution.
The procession occurs because there are two zodiacs. One is known as the tropical zodiac, based upon the seasons and the space around the Earth. When the Earth is at the Spring equinox point it is cycle, the location of the Sun is always zero degrees Aries. All signs have thirty degrees, marked 0-29. The pattern continues for the year. It is the series of dates we use to determine your Sun sign in the Western world, what most magicians and Witches follow as astrology.
The second zodiac is the sidereal, or star, zodiac. It is the constellations in the sky. It is the zodiac used by Hindu, or Vedic, astrologers. Most people assume the tropical and sidereal are the same, but due to a wobble in the earth's axis, which actually causes the North Star to change over time, the perception of the Sidereal and Tropical Zodiac have moved out of synch. The sidereal zodiac is processing backwards through the signs. Right now, on the Spring Equinox, while the Sun is entering Tropical Aries, in the Sidereal Zodiac, it is just entering Aquarius, from previously being in Pisces. This is why people say we are entering the Age of Aquarius.
If you follow the cycle of the previous cosmic months, you can see a pattern in history. Our understanding of the hunter gather civilization culminates with the Age of Cancer. Cancer is the Great Mother and the great concerns are food and shelter, and a strong relationship with the Earth, animals and plants. Lunar calenders and cycle of life are prominent. Those who believe in the dominance of matriarchal stone age cultures see them in power during this age of the Great Mother. During the age of Gemini, abstract writing, formal language and more developed commerce is added to human civilization. In the Age of Taurus, we have buildings, temples, structures and the first cities. The Age of Aries brings forth the great empires, particularly the Roman Empire. The Age of Pisces dawns with the birth of Christ and focused on the sacrificial nature of religion, and the model of above-below, and the power over structure.
Aquarius' hallmarks are lateral relationships, brotherhood and sisterhood, ecology, social justice, equality, sudden change, revolution and technology. While the Water Bearer, it is an air sign depicting the flow of ideas and inspiration from the heavens upon the Earth. Each sign is said to have three manifestations, corresponding to a higher, middle and lower plane. We choose how we express an energy, in it's contracted or expanded form. That is why you can meet many different people of the same sun sign and they manifest those qualities in different ways.
So when the Sun is at the Vernal Equinox point, the Sidereal Sign will be Aquarius. The spring is associated with the East and new beginnings. To follow that pattern, with a fixed zodiac sign in each quarter, the star signs would be Taurus, an Earth sign, in the South for the summer, Leo, a fire sign, in the West for the fall and Scorpio, a water sign, in the North or winter. When working with stellar energies, as many of the ancient mystery schools and temples did, this orientation of elements, energies and signs, can be most appropriate for the New Age of Aquarius.
In this series of four meditations, we'll be working with the four energies at each solar festival. We will align with them to bring together the powers of this great New Age and harmonize with them, so we can manifest the best qualities of Aquarius. We can manifest its most expanded and exalted state, and choose not to manifest violence, war or catastrophe, externally or internally. And we can do so by calling upon the guardians and teacher of the four directions. I was guided to this process by my own spirit allies and I hope its as helpful to you as it has been to me. Be aware these our not season Wheel of the Year meditation, but specific to the
Vernal (Spring) Equinox
Start by relaxing all the muscles in your body. Breathe deep, in and out. Relax the muscles in your head and neck. Relax the muscles in your shoulders and arms. Relax your chest. Relax you back. Relax your belly and your lower back. Relax your hips. Relax your legs, down through to your feet, down to the tips of your toes. Allow all of your body to relax and be at peace with each breath.
Relax your thoughts. Allow all unwanted thoughts to float away like white wispy clouds.
Relax your heart. Open your heart to love.
Relax into your soul. Feel the spark of divinity aligned within you.
Count Down from 12 to 1 visualized, then 13 to 1, without visuals.
We call upon the Goddess, God and Great Spirit to guide this work and protect us from all harm.
We call this work be for the highest good, harming none.
So mote it be.
Alignment with the Three Selves
Breathe in through the three selves. Breath in through the heart. Say, “I am the Namer.”
Breathe in through the feet and base of the spine. Say, “I am the Shaper.”
Breathe in through the crown. Say, “I am the Watcher.”
Connect all three breaths at the Heart
“I am the three in one
I am the one in three.
As it was, as it is, as it always shall be.
Alignment with the Three Rays
Invoke the three primal forces into the three selves.
By a Straight Line
By the First Ray
By the Red Ray
I call forth the Red Angelic Fires
I invoke Power and Will
All is possible.
Feel the straight red line descend from the stars through your body and into the depths of the world.
By a Bent Line
By the Second Ray
By the Blue Ray
I call forth the Blue Faery Flame
I invoke Love and Trust
All is one.
Feel the blue spiral of light descend from the heavens around the red ray filling you and grounding into the underworld.
By a Crooked Line
By the Third Ray
By the Yellow Ray
I call forth the Golden Witch Fire
I invoke Wisdom and Cunning
All is Known.
Feel the yellow lighting strike descend from the realm above and run through your spine, descending into the realm below.
So mote it be.
Facing the Direction
Face the East, the direction of the Spring Season.
East, the rising dawn and the Morning Star.
It is the Spring, or Vernal, Equinox. It is a time of new beginnings.
It is Ostara, the time of the blooming flowers and when the Sun enters the tropical zodiac sign of Aries. But in the New Aeon, the stars of the Spring Equinox are those of the Aeon itself, Aquarius, the Water Bearer.
Evocation of the Sign and Element
We evoke you, power of Aquarius, ruler of the next Aeon. The fixed Signs of Aquarius are ruled by the element of Air. Aquarius is the waves of information on the Voice of the Wind. Aquarius is the flow of electrical charge, carrying knowledge from the heavens to the Earth. Aquarius is the Cup Bearer and the Eagle, pouring blessings of inspiration and light upon the Earth. Aquarius is the rebel, the fire stealer, the light bearer, the Promethean seeking to go beyond the bounds of all limitation.
By the power of elemental Air and the stars of Aquarius, we welcome you.
By the Watcher Star Fomalhaut
We call to you.
Hail and welcome.
Opening of the Gateway Pentagram
Draw a five pointed star, envisioned in blue light, starting in the upper right point, going horizontally across to the left point.Move down to the bottom right, up to the top point, then down to the bottom left point, Complete the star returning to the upper right point. Draw a clockwise circle around the star, creating the pentacle. Open the Gate of Air.
Bathing in the Element and Season
Through the stargate, feel the blessings of the wind. Feel the fresh warm, moist air of the spring reach you, bearing the seeds of new life, of the new aeon. Feel waves of true inspiration and knowledge flow to you, flow around and over you, and into you. Feel the Voice of Knowledge come through the breath of the winds. Receive the blessings of inner awareness, inner light. This light will serve you, burning like a star within you, guiding you like a lantern, in the coming age. We must all hold our own light in the New Aeon. Accept and bear this light upon waves of inspiration. In that knowledge you shall find your truth.
Vision of the Past/Future Age of the Sign
As the knowledge comes over you, you think of the last age of Aquarius. It predates even speculated human history and into our ancient past. As we go forward into this next Age of Aquarius, we can only imagine what it will bring. The importance of the individual, the unique entity here upon the planet with a unique and important mission is vital, as is the importance of the society, of the community, of the all, creating a paradox. Through the resolution of the paradox, where we realize we can only serve society by being our unique self, can the true mystery be understood. We seek a world where everybody “wins” and get what they desire.
As the waves of inspiration flow over you through our eastern spring stargate, allow yourself to envision what world you wish to co-create. What is important to you? What are your ideals for a new aeon? What are your wildest utopian dreams?
Communion with the Guardian
Through the gate you'll see and feel the light of the star Fomalhaut. Allow that light to flow to you. You might fell it enter your throat chakra, clearing the way to true communication and divine knowledge. Through the light, a figure can take shape. Who or what is guarding the gate of Aquarius? What guardian of the air portal will commune with you, teach you, heal you? The classic archangel is Raphael, the divine physician, though totems of the air, deities of the sky and guides of knowledge who flow with the blessings of Fomalhuat might manifest. Commune with the guardian.
Alignment with the Galactic Center
As we move closer to the Galactic Center, find yourself coming into alignment with this vast storehouse of blessing. You are a medium, a channel for this blessing to be grounded into the world, into the consciousness of humanity and beyond. You can help channel this blessing into the realm of animals, plants, minerals and the etheric vibrations that support all the gardens of the Earth. Prepare your channel for this flow of blessings, for this power, wisdom and love. Feel all that does not serve, all that would block this flow, being dissolved away now in preparation. Be in your truth and inspiration. Follow the true knowledge within and you will be prepared.
Symbol or Key Word
Through this process, the alignment, the guardian, the visions and the healings, you might receive a key to bring into your consciousness, to guide you for this season, and to share with others. What key word or phrase, symbol or image to you divinely receive to prepare for the New Aeon?
Thanks and Release
When you feel the process is complete, thank all entities and energies that have worked with you at this time.
Closing the Gateway Pentagram
By the power of elemental Air and the stars of Aquarius, we thank and release you.
By the Watcher Star Fomalhaut
We thank you.
Hail and farewell.
Envision over the star gate drawing another five pointed star. Start at the upper left point and move horizontally across to the upper right, down to the lower left, up to the top point, down to the lower right and complete the star moving up to the upper left point. Drawn a counterclockwise circle around the star, closing the gate to the East.
Count Up from 1 to 13 then 1 to 12, no visuals for either.
We thank the Goddess, God and Great Spirit for this blessings.
Ground yourself as needed. Feel the energies flowing in you enter and store in the blood and bones, but any excess that is unnecessary for your well being, flow down through your feet, your roots, into the earth, for the earth's own alignment with the Galactic Center.
For the recording, click http://www.templeofwitchcraft.org/Freefiles_files/2012%20Spring.mp3.
Photo Credits by M. Cantone
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