CLASS II: SUN & MOON

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During this session we continue with the recalibration of our internal compass 

and begin our cosmic journey through the celestial spheres.

This class speaks to the esoteric sciences informed by the wisdom of the cosmos 

and how we can work with planetary influences to enhance our magical capability for effectively achieving our goals.

CLASS PREP: Please come prepared with your smudge, oil, amulet, candle, notebook and pen. 

(You don’t need to have your special M.A.P. magic pen and book present for this class, 

however we will be working with them next week, so hopefully you will have them in time for class on the 16th).

HOMEWORK:

1 – Continue with your daily hour of power and incorporate the 9 cleansing breaths technique, as well as the wide gaze (peripheral), and empty gaze meditation practices once you have anchored your physical body and subtle body in all 3 realms.

2 – Return to your astral temple and awaken the Lunar plant allies on your altar by communing with them, blowing on them, 

breathing them in and speaking to them:

Mugwort, Blue Lotus & Star Anise

3 – Begin calling in your Animara Avatar: Your Daemon of the Dao:

Seek out their symbolic companions (colors, spirits, aesthetic, plants, modalities etc.)

Vision board & begin to muse on music that could be their anthem.

Envision them in your ideal setting and call it in.

Journal what you are consciously leaving out of the equation that is your Avatar:

JOURNAL PROMPTS:

What are you consciously leaving behind?

What doesn’t make the cut?

What is limiting you from your fullest potential?

Write these things down on a piece of paper and continue to make your list over the next couple of weeks while you cleanse.

GATHER:

– Your Solar and Lunar Plant Allies for your magical apothecary and making daytime and evening potion teas to work with intentionally.

– Monotomic Gold (Ormus) – For decalcifying the pineal gland.

– Symbolic items that no longer serve, that you are willing to consciously sacrifice as an offering to the divine & spirit of this work.

Because we are living beings with higher consciousness rather than existing simply as dense matter; survival charges us with the task of mastering ourselves and our environment or circumstances in order to thrive. The Daoist explanation of this is “we must learn to be in harmony with the cosmos as well as master the various aspects of the universe::: Living in harmony with the universe.”

WE ARE NATURE

Reclaiming this alignment and resetting our own internal clocks to the rhythm of nature not only empowers us, it brings about 

a harmonic synchronization within our practice, our Dao, which is therefore 

felt and experienced through how the world responds to us in turn.

Aligning with, and venerating Mother Earth is our birthright and Original Religion.

In the eyes of Mother Gaia we are all equal and we are all sacred.

The reason why there is a tree at the center of the Animara seal is to signify our unity with nature as our greatest

embodied Dao. This practice and path is a reclamation of our true nature. We are as much a part of the earth as plants are. 

Plants touch us and speak to us and teach us in different ways. They are wisdom keepers. 

The natural healers of the world.

WHY RETURN TO THE OLD WAYS?

They are not old – they are eternal.

The spokes on the wheel of the year are there for us to realign, recalibrate, and recharge with along on our souls path.

They are sacred mile markers and ancient portals to the divine in all of its facets. 

Choosing to prioritize aligning with the Wheel of the Year in a deeply intentional way, with the Dao of Nature 

is an act of rebellion in this day and age, and the earth needs us to prioritize this recalibration.

The more distance we create between ourselves and the roman calendar slavery machine, the more we are aiding our own 

species in realigning with the Dao of the Earth. Reclaiming our power and reclaiming our precious time to ultimately break the machine.

The Solar and Lunar cycles are our most vital and valuable companions along this path.

::: The Dao of Nature :::

YULE – Longest night | New Moon – Go inward, reflect, listen, be with nature, the deep quiet and even deeper remembrance.

IMOLC – Seeds Stir | Waxing Crescent Moon – Clarify intentions, prophecy, protection, aim your arrows true.

OSTARA – Spring Equinox | First Quarter Moon – Persephone’s return, balance, recalibrate, amplify, celebrate.

BELTANE – Crowning of Spring | Waxing Gibbous Moon – Divine Union, Courts of the Fey, Spirit Activity, All magic is amplified

LITHA – Longest Day Apex | Full Moon – Commune with nature, make love, tune into the World Tree, Gratitude, Abundance, Completion

LUGHNASADH – First Harvest | Waning Gibbous Moon – Celebrate the task at hand, prosperity, the first reaping, essentials.

MABON – Autumnal Equinox | Last Quarter Moon – Second Harvest, Demeter, aging, death, balance, divination, academia, underworld.

SAMHAIN – Witches New Year | Waning Crescent Moon – Ancestors, spirit world, thinning of the veil, banishing, renewal.

::: SOLAR PLANT ALLIES :::

~ ST. JOHNS WORT ~

-Folk Names: Amber, Fuga Daemonum, Goat Weed, Herba John, Klamath Weed, Sol Terrestis, Tipton Weed.

Masculine | Ruled by the Sun | Fire Element

Powers: Health, Protection, Strength, Love, Divination, Happiness

Magical Uses: St Johns Wort wards off fevers and colds, makes soldiers invincible and attracts love If it is gathered on Midsummero r on a Friday and work it is said to keep mental illness at bay and will also cure melancholy. When placed in a jar and hung by a window St. Johns Wort protects the home against thunderbolts, fire and evil spirits. Both flowers and leaves are used for this purpose. It is also dried over the Midsummer fires and hung near the window to keep ghosts, necromancers and other evildoers form the house and is burned to banish spirits and demons. Any part of the herb placed under your pillow allows those who are single to dream of their future lovers. Used in rituals or carry it to detect other magicians. A powerful ward.

~ BAY LAUREL ~

–  Folk Names: Baie, Bay Tree, Daphne, Grecian Laurel, Laurel, Laurier d’Apollon, 

Laurier Source, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel, Sweet Bay.

Masculine | Ruled by the Sun | Fire Element

Deities: Aesculapius, Apollo, Ceres (Demeter), Faunus, Eros

Powers: Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength

Ritual Uses: The ancient priestesses of Apollo at Delphi chewed bay leaves to induce a prophetic state, and also inhaled their fumes. 

Bay leaves are used for decorations at Yule to celebrate the returning of the sun.

Magical Uses: Bay is used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews, although its taste is strong. 

Bay leaves are placed beneath the pillow to induce prophetic dreams, and are also burned to cause visions.

It is a protection and purification herb par excellence and is worn as an amulet to ward off negativity and evil, 

burned or s mattered during exorcism rituals, placed in the windows to protect against lightning, 

and hung up to prevent poltergeists from working any mischief in the house.

A sprig of bay is used to sprinkle water during purification ceremonies 

and the tree planted near the home protects its inhabitants against sickness. 

Bay leaves mixed with sandalwood can be burned to remove curses and evil spells.

To ensure that a love will stay, a couple can break off a twig from the tree, then break this in two – each keeping a half.

Bay leaves give strength to those engaged in athletics, and are worn at times of competition 

Wishes are written on bay leaves which are then burned to make them come true, and a bay leaf held in the mouth wards off bad luck.

~ ROSEMARY ~

Folk Names: Compass Weed, Dew of the Sea, Elf Leaf, Guardroom, Incensier, Libanotis, Polar Plant, Sea Dew

Masculine | Ruled by the Sun | Fire Element

Powers: Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Power, Exorcism Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth.

Magical Uses: Rosemary, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and so’s shouldered to rid a place of negativity, 

especially prior to performing magic It is one of the oldest incenses.

When placed beneath the pillow rosemary ensures a good sleep and drives away nightmares. 

Laid under the bed it protects the sleeper from all harm. Rosemary is also hung on the porch and doorposts to keep 

thieves away and is carried to remain healthy. When placed in the bath, it purifies.

A chaplet of rosemary aids the memory when worn, while the wood, smelled often preserves youthfulness.

To ensure the latter add a rosemary infusion to your bath water.

Rosemary has long been used in love and lust incenses and other mixtures, and healing poppers are stuffed with rosemary to take advantage of its curative vibrations. Rosemary infusion is used to was the hands before healing work, and the leaves mixed with juniper berries are burned n sickrooms to promote healing.

If you wish to receive knowledge or the answer to a question burn rosemary on charcoal and spell its smoke. Rosemary is also grown to attract elves, and the powdered leaves wrapped in linen cloth and bound to the right arm dispels depression and uplift the emotions.

Rosemary is generally used as a substitute for frankincense. 

9 BREATHS PURIFICATION:

After you have anchored your awareness in the 3 realms with the tree breath, you can move on to cleansing the vital channels through the 9 Breaths of Purification To do this draw in a deep conscious breath, filling yourself up from belly to chest. As you do so consider that the air comign in is pure and cleansing. As you inhale draw your right arm up at your side so that it is held straight out: this will open up the right channel that handles solar and masculine forces. With the arm still held out at the side, bend your elbow so that your hand is in front of your face, and block your right nostril with your finger. Exhale forcefully through your left nostril, visualizing all impure energies and tendencies leaving the body through the left side. Do the exact same thing again, but using the left arm and blokng the left nostril this time, exhaling through the right nostril. Repeat the process 4 more times on each side making six breaths in total.

For the last three breaths simply breathe in and out through both nostrils, cleaning out the central channel. You should again visualize pure air being inhaled and impure air being exhaled. As you exhale, lean forward as far as possible to force the last bit of air out of the channel.

GAZES:

 The gaze of a Sorcerer is a powerful thing. Many of the fabled magicians and witches of old were said to be able to peer into the spirit world at a glance, or to bless or curse someone with just their gaze alone.

THE WIDE GAZE:

The wide gaze is a very simple technique where you simply relax your eyes and take in as much of the periphery as you can without actually changing your focus. Try for a full 180 degrees. The trick is to pay attention to everything that is happening, especially at the edges of the periphery, as it is here that you will begin to see spirits and astral forms that are out of the ordinary. You must not refocus your eyes to see what appears on the edges of vision; simply pay attention and allow the information to be processed without looking straight at it.

THE EMPTY GAZE:

The empty gaze is a slightly more radical version of the wide gaze. In the wide gaze, though you are paying attention to the full 180 degrees of vision before you, your eyes will still naturally focus on an object in front of you. The empty gaze is exactly like the 180 degree gaze except that you will be focusing your eyes on empty space rather than letting your vision rest on a physical object.

To accomplish this, hold your finger an arms length in front of you and focus your eyes upon it. Now withdraw your finger but keep your eyes focused on the space where our finger was. Your eyes will want to focus on whatever objects were directly behind your finger, but you must keep your vision focused on empty space. Now, start to pay attention to the whole of your gaze as you did previously, and you will see that  your perception shifts even easier than it did before. Because your eyes are not focused on a physical object, you will find that the astral and psychic perceptions will move closer to the center of your vision and not be as difficult to perceive.

It will take a bit of work to be able to do this gaze, because the muscles in your eyes have the habit of focusing on physical objects. It may even hurt a bit, but with practice it will become second nature. In time, you will be able to shift your gaze easily whenever you want to. It is a useful skill when you are visiting a power spot, or for scanning someone’s aura.

::: LUNAR PLANT ALLIES :::

~ MUGWORT ~

Folk Names: Artemis Herb, Artemisia, Felon Herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Old Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailors Tobacco, St Johns Plant.

Feminine | Ruled by The Moon & Venus | Element of Earth

Deities: Artemis / Diana

Powers: Strength, Psychic Power, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection

Magical Uses: Place Mugwort in the shoes to gain strength during long walks or runs. 

A pillow stuffed with mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams. Mugwort tis also burned with sandalwood or wormwood during saying rituals and a mugwort in fusion is drunk (sweetened with honey) before divination.

The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors and mugwort leaves raw placed around the base of the ball or beneath it to aid in psychic workings

When carrying mugwort you cannot be harmed by poison, wild beasts, or sunstroke, according to ancient tradition In a building, mugwort prevents elves and evil things from entering and bunches of mugwort are used in Japan by the Ainus to exorcise spirits of disease who are thought to have the order In china, it is hung over doors to keep evil spirits from buildings and used as the primary ingredient for acupuncture treatments. Mugwort is also carried to increase lust and fertility to prevent backache and to cure disease and madness. 

Placed next to the bed, it aids in achieving astral projection.

~ BLUE LOTUS ~

Folk Names: Baino, Egyptian Lotus

Feminine | Ruled by the Moon | Element of Water

Powers: Protection, Lock-Opening, Luck, Second Sight.

Ritual Uses: The lotus has long been revered in the East as a mystical symbol of life, spirituality, and the center of the universe. The ancient Egyptians considered the plant to be sacred and the lotus was used as an offering to the gods.

Magical Uses: Anyone who breathes the scent of the lotus will revive its protection. 

Place the root of a lotus under the tongue and say the words “SIGN, ARGGIS” toward a locked door. It is said to miraculously open.

Lotus seeds and pods are used as antidotes to love spells, 

and any part of the lotus carried or worn ensures blessings by the Gods and good luck.

~ STAR ANISE ~

Folk Name: Badiana

Feminine | Ruled by the Moon | Element of Air

Powers: Psychic Power, Luck and the Fey.

Magical Uses: The seeds are burned as incense to increase psychic powers and are also worn as beads for the same purpose.

Sometimes star anise is placed on the altar to give it power; one is placed to each of the four directions It is also carried as a general 

bringer of luck, and the seeds make excellent pendulums. Fill a small pillowcase with anise seeds and sleep on it. This will you ensure that y you have no nightmares. Use in protection and medication incenses. Fresh anise leaves placed in a room will drive off evil and they are sometimes placed around the magic circle to protect the magician from evil spirits. It also averts the evil eye.

Anis seed is also used in purification baths, especially with bay leaves. 

It is used to call forth spirits to aid in magical operations and a sprig hung on the bedpost will restore lost youth.

 

::: Have fun aquiring your new allies! :::

See you next week for Mercury and Venus.

Love T.