Take a few moments to visually orient yourself to the Yesod Temple; and at the same time, notice the presences of the other participants and your hand-held connection to them.
At the appropriate moment, I will bring our focus together and we will then release the hands we have been holding. I will direct each of you individually to the very center of the Yesod Temple and ask you to call out your name. [Note: This will happen for you all individually and simultaneously, so you needn't visualize yourself having to stand in line, awaiting your turn, etc.]
As you speak your name, the Temple darkens and your awareness of the other participants disappears. Suddenly, a ray of bright sunlight descends from directly above you and strikes the crown of your head. It passes down and into you, then bursts forth from your heart center as nine differently colored rays. Each one of these rays reaches out and strikes one of the nine darkened mirrors, illuminating them all with your own refection.
These are the nine faces of your own unique personality. Take your time now to investigate the image reflected in each of the nine mirrors. I recommend that for your first experience of Yesod, you work your way clockwise around the Temple and focus primarily upon identifying each of these aspects of yourself. You will naturally be tempted to deny certain parts of yourself and to embrace others, but I urge you to avoid this sort of judgmentalism for the moment and adopt a more objective attitude. You can always return to the Yesod Temple and pursue a more thorough self-examination later. For now, your objective is to begin the process by learning to recognize the faces of your personality.
If you encounter something that either frightens you so much that you feel yourself needing to escape, or pleases you so much that you find yourself entranced, immediately distance yourself from it. Take note of it and identify it, but nonetheless distance yourself from it. Approach your first encounter with Yesod systematically and without any dallying.
At the appropriate time, I will call everyone away from their private explorations and back to a group focus at the center of the Yesod Temple. We will take a moment to again join hands and to notice the presences of the other participants.
Then together, as with a single voice, we speak the word "Malkuth" and we find ourselves suddenly transiting back through the archway into the Malkuth Temple. Again we stand together in the center of the Malkuth Temple, holding hands in a circle.
After a few moments of re-orientation, I will release the circle casting. Participants will then exit the way they came: down the stairs, along the Tunnel, and out the Cave Entrance, ultimately returning to normal physical awareness.
Follow-up Work --
As before, immediately write down a few notes outlining the key points of your experience.
Then try to remember each of the nine faces you saw and write a brief description of the ones you recall. This particular information should not be shared with anyone else -- the exploration of your personality is to be conducted in privacy. This will foster a sense of security and will aid you in your work with your personality by providing you a safe space within which to exercise the radical self-honesty such work will require of you.
In the days immediately following your Yesod meditation, take note of the faces you recognized as they show themselves in your actions. At different points during this time, something you say or do will remind you clearly of one of the faces you saw during the meditation. Take a mental note when this occurs and compare the real-life manifestation with the remembered face. In this way, you will experience connection between the Yesodic symbol and the material reality.
Return regularly to the Yesod Temple and thoroughly familiarize yourself with each of the nine faces mirrored there. Work your way carefully past/through your natural self-judgmentalism till you come to a place of self-acceptance and self-love.
This place of self-acceptance is another "place of great power". From this dynamic place you can begin to safely and effectively change the personality you see manifest. When you can stand in the center of the Yesod Temple, stare each mirror in the face, and accept with love everything you see as the raw material you must work with, then you are certainly ready to begin self-crafting.
In the Yesod Temple, I advise that you support your self-crafting efforts by visualizing appropriately symbolic tools. For example, when I work with self-crafting my personality in Yesod, I envision a simple throne stationed at the exact center of the Temple. I sit myself down in the throne and speak my name. As the ray of sunlight descends into me, I accept conscious control of it. I then turn my throne (it's on a lazy-susan sort of thing I guess) to the aspect/mirror of my choosing and consciously emit the ray that emerges from my heart center. I look at the reflection, ask myself how clearly it reflects the incoming light, and decide the ways in which I desire to change it. I visualize these changes occurring and I take very, very careful note of what actions are required to manifest these changes in my day-to-day life.
Please take note here: As I stated earlier, the astral is crystallized only by the passage of mind into specific-matter. Modification of the astral crystallization (i.e., astral-body/personality) can only be accomplished if specific changes are brought all the way down into material manifestation. In other words, visualization alone (i.e., bringing the mental down into the astral) does not suffice to effect genuine change in your personality. You must consciously integrate those intended changes into your daily life (i.e., bring the astra-mental down into the material). Otherwise they will remain only aspirations, never becoming fully permanent, reliable aspects of your manifest personality.
The goal of Yesodic self-crafting is to consciously crystallize the astral substance -- to manifest a personality that clearly reflects the individual mental influx. Yup, that is a never ending, lifelong process! It is also the conscious use of Nature's own ways, so we are always supported by the universe in such work.
Astrological Considerations --
Since it moves so quickly around the zodiac, the Moon will be in aspect with another planet for only a couple of hours at a stretch. It usually makes two or three such aspects, with different planets, during every 24 hour period. In effect, the Moon plays the strings of the solar system, plucking each one as she comes into aspect with the planets.
Furthermore, she passes into a new sign of the zodiac every 2 1/2 days (approximately). And with each new sign, she changes the tempo and style of music she plays upon the planet-strings.
The physical Moon shares an essential resonance (I know of no other way to say it) with the human personality and with the astral matrix of all things physical. Her phases and her aspects with the other planets directly affect our lives. Most often we feel her touch emotionally as she sets the tone of our responses to life's events.
If you don't already have one, I recommend that you purchase a calendar that lists each day's astrological aspects. Make sure the calendar is calculated for your local time zone.
Looking at such a calendar, you will see how frequently the Moon comes into aspect with the other planets, or changes signs. Instead of going into detail here as to the possible meaning of these aspects, I will leave that to your own investigation. Most astrological calendars will give you a brief description of the effects of the lunar aspects. Take these with a grain of salt -- they are oversimplifications and generalizations that have no way of taking into account your own unique set of responses to life. Only by observing the effects of the aspects upon yourself and your environment in real-time, and then comparing them to the descriptions you'll find in books, will you come to a personal understanding of their significance.
A discipline I recommend is, at the end of each day, review what specific astrological phenomena occurred that day and then compare your day's events with that information. Try to discern how (if) the individual aspects affected you or your surroundings. Over time, these personal observations will teach you the true meaning of the astrological symbols.