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1 ~ Winter/Samhuinn, 7 Universal Principles & Right View...

Winter


The 8 Sabbaths, is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals consisting of the year's solstices and equinoxes and the midpoints (cross quarter days). They are marker points to help remind us we are part of nature, mother earth AND the cosmos. The 7 Universal Principles helps the thinking mind and the intuitive mind ground and create from a more conscious awareness of time, space, dimensions, consequences and how the cosmos works. The Noble Eightfold Path is a practical tool to implement and assist in living a healthier, happier life in the physical/material world of everyday living with a greater innerstanding of how to live your life.


There are many paths on the spiritual healing journey. No one way is wrong and no one is right. Hence Mystic Pathways.


An Initiate's Path has been my practice and will continue to be my practice with deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks for all the teachers, guides and initiates before me, with me and after me.


And So It Begins....

“Sabbaths” -

Also known as the Wheel of the Year, is not only a spiritual practice but a practical practice that connects you back in with nature, earth and the age old cycle of seasons.


The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, consisting of the year's main solar events and the midpoints between them. Solstices and Equinoxes are the main solar events and the midpoints or cross quarter days are the start of the seasons and begin midway point between the solstices and the equinoxes.


Please note these Sabbaths are relative to living in the southern hemisphere. For the norther hemisphere they need to be swapped.


As this is a natural calendar, the Wheel of the Year does not begin on the 1st January, but rather the beginning of Winter and flows from there. To find the exact date the solstices, equinoxes and cross quarter days will fall on, besides the traditional days, please check this link for details:


"The Kybalion.” -

“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open” The Kybalion, is a study of the Hermetic Philosophy. “The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding” – The Kybalion.


Studying and applying the 7 Principles of the Hermetic Philosophy is like comprehending the Universe at a sub atomic level. The Laws behind the Principles help us to walk through life forewarned. It is a guide on how to change at a fundamental level, not just a surface level. The alchemical process of change, the transmutation of matter.


The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows: The Principle of Mentalism, The Principle of Correspondence, The Principle of Vibration, The Principle of Polarity, The Principle of Rhythm, The Principle of Cause and Effect, The Principle of Gender.


“The Noble EightFold Path” -

The Buddhist Path for the Cessation of Suffering, and the fourth of The Four Noble Truths. The application guide for living a spiritually purposeful life.The Eightfold Path, although referred to as steps on a path, is not meant as a sequential learning process, but as eight aspects of life, all of which are to be integrated in every day life.


The Eightfold Path consists of Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.



May 1st

Winter / Samhuinn

The 7 Universal Principles

Right View

This Sabbath:

Winter / Samhuinn

The beginning of a new cycle. The time of the void. Reflecting on what was and what will carry us through the winter months. What was my harvest and what was my reaping.


What can I ask myself where did I let myself down and where did I lift myself up?


From the 1st May to 21st June we are in the Winter process of refining and defining.


Refining and defining who we truly are behind the pains of our past, the stories of suffering we unconsciously hold onto and tell ourselves every day, the false narratives attached to memories and experiences.


Refining and defining what we would like to experience in the days to come. Refining and defining how we can be of service to assist in humanities conscious re-evolution. Refining and defining from within the deep void of not knowing.


Winter ~ is the time when what we have sown, we have reaped and harvested. No more can be done.


Time to stop looking back, stop keeping track and surrender to what is. We take stock of what we did, we let go of what we didn’t, and sit in the space of what is here.


Samhuinn ~ meaning Summers End, is considered a time of change, a transitioning from one way of living to another. From a sunlit outdoor life to a time where light and warmth is to be found by the hearth.


This is the time of transition. Where normal reality is disturbed as the earth moves through a 'joint' in time. Chaos is felt. Supernatural powers are seen to break through the 'joints' between the two great seasons of the year. Samhuinn as Winter begins, and Beltane as Summer begins.


Samhuinn is the time where the veil which divides subtle realms and worlds is thinnest. It is also a time for divination, as the subtle realms ~ the realms of spirit, intuition, higher awareness & senses ~ are closer at hand to guide the seer. If only we remember to connect and listen.


In some ancient tradition this time is seen as the ‘new’ year. And as with all beginnings there to is an ending.


Winter is when we dream of those seeds of change we have been tuning into, we begin to set-up the blue-print of our life for ourselves, each year, each cycle beginning with Winter.


When considering celebrating this time, take some time and connect and honour the ancestors and loved ones who have passed on before you. Say goodbye to the old and prepare for the new. Create a sacred fire and release into the flames grievances and blessings from the past year.


The Kybalion:


The 7 Universal Principles

The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possess the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open” – The Kybalion.


I sit in contemplation every year at this time ~ the completion of yet another cycle and the coming void where a new cycle is seeded. Winter. Samhuinn.


I have been feeling that humanity has been sitting at crossroads for sometime now, old ways changing, new ways forming, a crazy dance of old moves and new. What will be let go of in order to heal? What will be let go of in order to evolve and mature?


And I muse as to what to share with you. And I most times feel inadequate to even attempt at assuming I know any answers to offer your questions. I am human. I have old stories of my own, ripe for rewriting. I am on a journey of my own. But I do feel confident in knowing that I won’t stop stepping up.


I can say that I do find hindsight to be an amazing teacher. Reflection assists in direction. What could you do different, what new ways’ time has come? What has the past 12 months showed you? What new direction is calling?


If you could make a promise, to yourself but for something bigger than you, what would it be? What would you promise to do? How could you keep that promise? How would you keep stepping up to the plate, honouring that promise?


We are creator beings, while we truly do not fully understand what that exactly means, we are nonetheless creator beings. And life has a way of bringing to light that which needs to be healed. So when dreaming in this winter void for your prayers make sure you know what it is you are praying for.


Use this powerful time to go within and clear the chatter, take time out more often to sit and breathe and keep focused on your intent. Whatever that deep heartfelt prayer, know that you will have to also step up and partake in the magic to make it manifest.


As Winter marks the beginning of a new cycle this is the perfect time to introduce the 7 Universal Principles that we will work and apply with the remaining Sabbaths.

Learning and comprehending how to create magic is based on the following several universal principles. The application of the magic is in the every day life, The Noble Eightfold paths shows us it is in the practice that is the way.



The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:


  1. The Principle of Mentalism – ‘THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.’ 'THE ALL, (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of “The Material Universe”; The “Phenomena of Life” : “Matter” : “Energy” : and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses”.

  2. The Principle of Correspondence – ‘As above, so below; as below, so above.’ This principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life.

  3. The Principle of Vibration – ‘Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.' This principle embodies the truth that “everything is in motion' : “every vibrates” : “nothing is at rest” : which modern day science endorses and verifies.

  4. The Principle of Polarity – ‘Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.’

  5. The Principle of Rhythm – ‘Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.’

  6. The Principle of Cause and Effect – ‘Every Cause has its Effect, every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognised; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.’

  7. The Principle of Gender – ‘Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.’ The Principle of Gender works ever in the direction of generation, regeneration, and creation.


During the coming 7 Sabbaths, we can apply these 7 principles to them. We begin now to use the knowledge of the 7 Universal Principles for further study and applications in the coming months.


The Noble EightFold Path:


Right View

The Buddhist Path for the Cessation of Suffering, and the fourth of The Four Noble Truths. The application guide for living a spiritually purposeful life. The Eightfold Path, although referred to as steps on a path, is not meant as a sequential learning process, but as eight aspects of life, all of which are to be integrated in every day life.


The Eightfold path consists of Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.


Seeing the 8 Rights as a guiding light along the path to self-mastery. As a tool to remind us to come back into balance, knowing and direction.


Right View is to clear one's path from confusion, misunderstanding, and deluded thinking. It is a means to gain right understanding of reality.


Right view explicitly includes karma and rebirth, and the importance of the Four Noble Truths (1.the truth of suffering, 2. the truth of the cause of suffering, 3. the truth of the end of suffering, and 4. the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering). That our actions have consequences, that death is not the end, that our actions and beliefs also have consequences after death. The energy footprint that we create and leave behind.


This is a significant step on the path as it relates to seeing the world and everything in it as it really is, not as we believe it to be or want it to be. Just as you may read the directions on a map, and then make the journey, studying, reading and examining the information is important, but only the preparation for the journey. At a deeper level, direct personal experience will then lead us to Right Understanding.


Knowing reality is of very little value if we don’t put it to personal use in our lives.


Weaving them all together...

This time of Winter grants us an opportune time of self-reflection. To check back over the last 12 months and acknowledge and reconcile all that occurred. Learn from what worked and what didn't work. Grow from what manifested and what did not.


Check within yourself that whatever blocked you in the past 12 months is recognised and cleared. Then rest.


Begin to create a practice each day of either journalling or inner reflecting on where you are at and what dreams may lay ready for realisation. Learn to pause and listen. Practice shifting your awareness to a perspective that sees things from a higher point, not just an emotional reaction, a fear response or conditioned mundane belief.


The tool of a higher perspective assists in adjusting your attitude and beliefs so that your vibration is a match for the dreams ready for realising, approaching your life like it matters.


And as we rest and dream this Winter, keep in mind (thinking mind and intuitive mind) choices have consequences, actions have repercussions. That what we do do not only impact our stories and experiences but others as well.

Blessings,

Mim WhiteWind


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