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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A Personal Reflection on the New Year

On this last day of the year, many of us will reflect on what has transpired in these months prior. We leave behind many things as we joyously embrace a “clean slate”.  Every year on this date I review and analyze the failures and successes of the year and make plans to bring new light and a fresh perspective into the upcoming year. 

For me personally, the year began as a year of challenge and unavoidable growth from what loomed large in expectation. So it is fitting that the end of this year marks another phase of challenge and growth, my second Saturn return.  A Saturn return occurs when the planet transits or moves in direct alignment with the astrological sign and degree it was in when you were born. The importance of this event lies in the opportunity to steer course in an entirely different direction as you restructure your life. I began the 1st Cycle of my Second Saturn Return this month. I have diligently done the work to prepare for this and the result has been productive at many levels and the Dark Mother has been watchful and vigilant in her demands. 

The “dreaded” Saturn return occurs every 29-32 years and is marked by dramatic change, upheaval and the shedding of what is outworn and the attempt to find the suitable mantle that will be flexible enough to support these changes.  For most of us we will experience at least two Saturn returns during a lifetime. The smaller increments of time that set the stage for the main event occur approximately every seven years.  These would be age 7 (no longer a toddler), 14 (puberty and middle school), 21 (young adulthood), etc.  The planet, Saturn is typified as Time itself and supreme master of the order and structure that impose the limits of time. The greater mystery of a Saturn return is held in the limitless nature of Time itself and the disruption is usually one of resistance and straining in trying to keep things rolling along the time line you have grown accustomed to. 

Anything that is out of order is pulled and stretched into what and where it should be; thus the discomfort of a Saturn return. I am purposely omitting the semantics of negative and positive, because there lies excess in each that quickly becomes unstructured chaos. 

From a Qabalisic perspective Saturn is the energy of the Supernal sphere of Binah- the Dark Mother from whose womb creation emanates into manifestation- if, and only if it is found to be viable.  This is the Dark Mother I have sought and it is She who has been witness to the rendering of what I have clung so desperately to.  With each step taken,  She has offered just the precise amount of challenge to push me towards growth and just enough flexibility to allow me to make mistakes. 

I sought her in the fits of rage and anger that I have carefully kept hidden because they would have left me too vulnerable. And, just as with any mother, the curtains were pulled open and that anger was displayed for all to see. This taught me the lesson of control.

I sought her solace in the deep pools of tears that have been shed this year. The discomfort of this state almost unbearable at times for one whose heart and emotions have been carefully shielded from the sight of others. A sign of weakness and lack of resolve , the rules to bide  so that none will know how deeply I feel.

I have sought her strength when fatigue and the overwhelming sense of simply not having anything more left to offer. Her reply was one of increased demand of service and time and seeing how well I could build the necessary boundaries and limits that would keep me whole and able to serve. 

Time passes, each birthday another marking of another year of life and experience.  The decades pass and Saturn notes the passing rising on waves of that agitate the waters every seven years or so. The Dark Mother stays her hand; waiting until the time is just right. She has observed and only interceded when called.  And, now as the wizened Mother of Time stares back at the reflection of herself,  I stand  in the middle of that reflection; raw, vulnerable and ready for re-birthing. 

And, so it begins as the new year is just hours away and I enter it riding the waves of Saturn’s ordered  time and the Dark Mother’s wisdom. This journey will leave me cracked and battered as a ship thrust upon the shores. But in that moment of splitting open and allowing the truth of my being to spill out freely, new flesh, new bone, new heart and new mind will be birthed from a womb that quickens, reshapes and reforms what lays within Her dark waters. 

 

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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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