Womb of Light: The Alchemy of the Goddess

Womb of Light is an exploration of the Sacred Feminine and the application of Her transformative energies. These writings will have the intent and focus of inspiring and quickening within the individual a thirst for deeper connection and opening to the magick and gnosis of the Goddess in all of Her forms. She is the Mother, the Uraeus, the Muse, the Warrior, and the Healer, to name a few. SHE is the cycle of life and death and all that is held between; and my goal is to share the wisdom of her Womb of Light that all may claim their Divine birthright.

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Alone in the Dark?

The past few weeks have found me focused on a personal project of connecting to the lunar energies.  As a practicing witch I have worked with the lunar energies regularly for many years.  I have worked ritual, written poetry and offered up praise to Her in all of her phases.  So, it would seem that my connection is very deep already.  The beauty of this Path, however, is that there is always something more that can be learned.  Something new that can be experienced and a deeper level of knowing that can be brought into your work.  

I have been on a mission to fully experience the energies of the Moon in all of her cycles and through the lunation of travel through the Zodiacal Wheel.  Having a good working knowledge of astrology and planetary magick helps this journey, but the intent of connection to the phases of cycle is not dependent on it.  I am also an Air sun sign, so analysis comes more readily than the emotional and feeling nature.  This is precisely why I felt this work would be very productive. 

I know of the potential held in the newness of Maiden Moon, but do not always fill myself with the enthusiasm and joy of that growing energy.  I go through the (mechanical) routine of ritual and specified working to bring the successful start to the desired goal and fail at times to infuse its energy with the burgeoning spring of potential that the Maiden’s gift holds.  As we mature chronologically, we often forget what it was like to be just beginning our lives and adventures and the “nothing will hold me back” attitude that typifies youthful exuberance. Everything and anything is possible and change is just taking another road. In the simplicity of re-engaging the wonder of seeing with fresh eyes and new perspectives my working grows and seeks out what will encourage and support its maturation. 

The Full Moon brings to me the product of what has been nurtured and tenderly crafted.  The wonderlust of youth now stabilized and foundations anchored more fully. Just as the mother looks on with pride at the raising of her child to a place of maturity, I craft a working that will celebrate what was not so long ago simply the seed of the idea.   I light my candle in honor of Mother Moon and offer up gratitude for the blessings of its expansion and growth.  But, Mother Moon holds the quiet secret that all Mothers know.  The secret of when you must let go and allow what you have nurtured to take flight in its fullness and find its own way of being.  I want to cling tightly to the success of my working, but the tighter I hold the more constricted the energy becomes, smothered by misplaced emotion.  So, I am reminded to breathe into the sigh of what must be and the knowledge that the imprint of what has been created lives within me. 

The darkness crowds in as the Moon wanes and the yearning to see the brilliance of her light growing and showing the way for productive passage fills every fiber of my being.  I feel alone and abandoned by the face of She that I have seen come to glory.  I draw upon my courage and sit under the Dark Moon sky, seeking out the truth of what I must relinquish and offer to the hunger of the night.  I mourn what I have left behind and sit alone in the silence, the darkness moving deeper and deeper into what had been lit.   I breathe in deeply and sigh into the release of the last vestiges of what I held dear to me in the full blooming of my working.  I breathe deeper still and remember the promise of the Dark Goddess. The mystery that she holds in her womb of darkness and the potential for newness as the cycle begins once again.  I breathe deeper still and am within those birthing waters carried gently and cradled in the womb of Her making.   

I look up at blackened sky and see the future that soon will be brought forth as she reveals herself in her many and eternal phases. Clouds part, the Goddess opens her eyes and light shines through.  The floodgates of my heart open and waters of light fill the darkness.  Another of her great mysteries revealed and I am at peace with deeper understanding of Lady Moon’s gifts.  And, so the cycle begins anew; this time more deeply informed and with new or restructured and refined goals. 

At the next cycle of the Moon, take a deep breath and move deeper into the space of your own connection to Her mysteries.  It is as simple as opening yourself to the wonder and awe of the Maiden; the strength and fullness of the Mother or the surrender of release to the Crone.  Offer up the intent of feeling more, seeing more, and being more fully present in your own light.  Just breathe and know that you are never alone in the dark.

I sat alone in the dark
And the heaviness of
Its mantle cloaked my form.

I cried out in fear that I
Would be drawn down
Into the depths of my
Own dark waters of making.

Silence answered and spoke
My long ago name and bid
Me to step sure footed.

I rose from my place
Of hiding and the waters
Of my heart flowed as
Trust took hold.

I walked in the dark
And the truth of its
Nature cloaked my form.

I cried out in joy at
The peace I had found
And, the hand of the
Goddess gently moved
Across my illumined brow.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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