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New Moon in Aquarius January 21, 2023 3:53 pm EST

The Tower Smith Waite Tarot deck

Last weekend I spoke to my brother who lives in San Francisco. He was in the middle of a rare experience: lightning, thunder and a hail storm in an area where this does not happen. His dog was listening and found the whole thing disquieting. Animals often see the whole of a situation which we hide beneath.

So I wasn’t surprised when I read the Sabian Symbol for the degree of Sun and Moon when they conjoin this Saturday to begin a new lunar cycle and a new year for the Chinese. ‘AN UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM. KEYNOTE: The need to develop the inner security which will enable us to meet unexpected crises.

The unexpected thunderstorm connected me to the Tower Card in Tarot, which has a connection with Mars, who is important player in this chart. Mars is at 8 degrees of Gemini, at this moment the same degree and sign where it was located at the moment when America was founded.

The message of The Tower card is about the end of isolation. We are blown out of a situation which has become constrictive. When I see The Tower card, I think of the story of Merlin, and Vortigern’s Tower.

The British prince Vortigern had been at war with the Picts (pre-Celtic tribes), and had invited Saxons to come into his territory as a way to defend his castle and lands. He decided to build a tower for himself and his family in case either group should take over. This was in violation of his responsibilities to defend all of his people.

The tower would not stand over night, but kept tumbling down after three attempts. He asked his magicians for help. They recommended the sacrifice of a virgin child.

Merlin was fourteen years old. His mother was a noblewoman who had born a mysterious child out of wedlock. Her story was of a demon who had entered her bedroom without permission. The young Merlin had no father to defend him and his mother was disgraced, so he was clearly marked for sacrifice.

He was taken to the site of the tower, and prepared for sacrifice. Instead, he began to ‘see.’ “Because you are ignorant of what it is that hinders the foundation of the tower, you have recommended the shedding of my blood for cement to it, as if that would presently make it stand. But tell me now, what is there under the foundation? For something there is that will not suffer it to stand.” The magicians began to be afraid, and made him no answer.

THEN said Merlin, who was also called Ambrose,  command your workmen to dig into the ground, and you will find a pond which causes the foundation to sink.” 

This accordingly was done. They found a pond deep under ground, which had made it give way. Merlin after this went again to the magicians, and said, “Tell me, ye false sycophants, what is there under the pond.” But they were silent. Then said he again to the king, “Command the pond to be drained, and at the bottom you will see two hollow stones, and in them two dragons asleep.”

And it was just so. Two dragons burst from the stones, one white and one red. They rose and twisted in the air and became symbols for the struggle between the Celtic and Saxon people. When Merlin saw them, he broke into tears, and at that moment, he became the great magician of the British people forever after. Now the tower could be built to last, but it did not save the coward Vortigern, who was soon overthrown by the Saxons.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This moment of the new Moon in Aquarius has a connection to the Merlin-Vortgern story. The destruction of the Vortigern’s tower and Merlin’s projection into his magicianship came in a bolt of energy, so powerful it released two dragons on the land. World wide weather events continue to roll out over the land like booming thunder. These events mark the end of the industrial age. What has been built upon the Earth since Western culture went into a tower of destructive isolation cannot stand. The tower will tumble and a new relationship, which acknowledges the earth as a living entity will form, or, we will cease to exist as a species, just as humans have sent so many other species into ‘the great extinction.’

Once again we see a pattern of constriction in this chart of the new Moon moment. Asmall bowl is formed with Mars and Mercury on the rim. Mars is in the sign of Mercury, Gemini. There is a lot of mental energy released between them, because they are in aspects (angles of relationship), which cannot see each other well. Mercury went direct on Wednesday.

This year, the planet Uranus, a co-ruler of Aquarius goes ‘direct’ the day after the new Moon. Sun and Moon are very close to the planet Pluto, a representation of all that cannot be avoided, hidden or denied. Open to what cannot be postponed or denied and light a candle to represent something which must be seen in a new way, an Aquarian way.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

You might choose to light that candle on February 2nd, Groundhog’s Day…..Imbolc, the celebration of the goddess Brighid. She is goddess of poetry, childbirth and craft, specifically the craft of the blacksmith. Imbolc this year, will be in the sign of Cancer, the sign of the home, the mother, the sea. Find the dark corner, which needs light, attention.

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality. http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   
For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

The very beautiful ’23 Lunar Calendar is available now at www.thelunapress.com or call:617-327-8000

A Sprouting Seed

In Honor of the Full Moon in Cancer, January 6, 2023, 6:08 PM EST

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Special notice must be paid the full Moon in Cancer each winter! Cancer is the Moon’s sign of ‘dignity’ and the full Moon is especially bright, large and beautiful in the Winter months. The Sun had abandoned us for warmer climes in the Southern Hemisphere, and the Moon rises higher and seems to shine brighter as we see her through bare branches. And even if she does not warm us like the Sun, she reminds us that her light is full of Lunar conversation. We are poets under her beams, and we connect to our ancestral roots, to the honor paid the Moon, and the power of women to continue life.

Clay Tile of Moon Woman: Sarah Fuhro

This particular full Moon seems especially important, for if we look at the chart we see that the Moon and Sun create a pattern which resembles a bowl. The Luminaries (Sun and Moon) are the rim, the boundary of this bowl. Within the vessel they create (visually) are the planets and the North Node of the Lunar cycle in Taurus….another sign favored by the Moon, her joy.

Moon and Sun might represent our parents of this moment. Both are in signs, Sun in Capricorn and Moon in Cancer considered feminine, and Cardinal. Cardinal signs stand at the change of each season. Their energy is magnetic and creative and they stand as markers for dynamic changes which we feel on Earth. Capricorn is Earthy and solid and demands outer manifestation of inner vision. The Winter Solstice is the entry of the Sun into Capricorn. Cancer is Watery and full of movement. Cancer marks the constellation the Sun enters at the Summer Solstice.

Look at the chart above. Even if many of the symbols are unfamiliar, you will probably recognize the glyphs for Sun and Moon. Understand that this bowl will look ‘right side up’ in other time zones, but the pattern of this full Moon is the bowl with Sun and Moon creating the outer edge. They hold this moment between them as they stand in perfect opposition at this moment.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

If we look at the pattern in the chart of the full Moon in Capricorn, we see the bowl pattern, but perhaps this is not a simple bowl, but actually a mortar and pestle. Mortar and pestle are the tools of the herbalist, and Chiron, the healer is at right angles to the Sun and Moon. Perhaps Chiron is the pestle. What is that needs healing in your life which can be called from this beautiful moment of healing pattern? So much we hear from the world outside us seems to beg for the healing kindness of a good physician. Each of us can access this moment of Chiron as pestle to the full Moon’s mortar.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Cancer stands in for the mother in each of us who knows what we need at a time of fever and chills. Earth opens her arms to us with plants who are the basis of all medicine. This is old knowledge, to which we each have access. The Lunar cycle in itself is medicine. To be in rhythm with Moon and Sun is a form of rehabilitation. Let the Moon in Cancer, the Sun in Cancer dance you into a new year with joy.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   
For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

Desire

Winter Solstice December 21, 2022 4:48 pm EST and New Moon in Capricorn December 23, 2022 5:17 am EST

photo: Robert Fuhro Solstice Sunrise at Pegan Hill, Natick Massachusetts December 21, 2022

More than 350 years ago, Pegan Hill marked the southern edge of the 4,000-acre “Praying Indian” village of Natick, established in 1651 at the urging of the Reverend John Eliot. Here the ‘praying’ Indians of Natick sought refuge from the destruction of their culture and way of life. That ended with King Philip’s War in 1675 when they were shipped off to Deer Island in Boston Harbor without food, blankets or hunting weapons in the middle of winter. Most died; those who returned were lost in this new colonial culture which had no place for them.

Pegan Hill has become an informal cosmic watch area. People come here to view comets, Moon events, asteroids, and sunrise. As I watched the Sun rise this morning of the Winter Solstice, I felt the deep potential of a new relationship to Earth, which may be in development. During the morning I noticed how many people greeted me with ‘Happy Solstice!’ And wonder if, we are, at last, feeling at home here, acknowledging we are part of this beautiful body, immersed in this beautiful cosmos.

Friday, when we experience the New Moon in Capricorn, we have entered the early degrees of a zoodiacal sign which is all about structure, organization, business, leadership, power and government. Like the people who lived on this land for thousands of years, and who, in a few short years saw disease and invasion decimate their culture, we may be on the verge of total or partial destruction, not from the invasion of an alien culture, but because we have alienated ourselves from the ground and the sky above us.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

When I look at this picture of ice crystals, I wonder if the very technology which is destroying the earth, also has the potential to turn our hearts back to the infinite beauty of the world around us, the moment we live in and the sacred place where we stand.

One day before the Winter Solstice, Jupiter entered the sign of Aries. He is now at 0 degrees, the moment where the Zoodiac begins with the entry into the Spring equinox. This sends a message of alignment with new beginnings. Jupiter in Aries and the Sun and Moon in Capricorn are in a square consisting of two seasons. They are in Cardinal signs pushing on the energy of structure.

Here is the Sabian Symbol for Jupiter’s degree: “A WOMAN JUST RISEN FROM THE SEA. A SEAL IS EMBRACING HER.  KEYNOTE: Emergence of new forms and of the potentiality of consciousness. IMPULSE TO BE.”

Painting: Amelia Leonards Instagram@amelialeonardsart.

When I saw this image yesterday, I knew it was the symbol of the Solstice/New Moon which is lighting our way into a new season. Jupiter is associated with lightning. The Moon marks time on this planet and says it is time for the earth to awaken to the energies Western culture has ignored. We are learning the role of fungi, and the mushrooms are alive and singing. They are singing with us, not of a distant heavenly power, but of the beauty and wisdom visible and beyond our vision all around us.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Amelia Leonards works with watercolor and graphite to create fantastical imagery.  She draws upon world folklore, mythology and her imagination  to create pieces imbued with sensitive and emotive storytelling. Throughout her work you will find an emphasis on feminine and natural elements, along with a hefty dose of humor and antlers. Instagram@amelialeonardsart.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Time To Speak Up

Full Moon in Gemini December 7, 2022, 11:08 pm EST

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Gemini is about thinking and talking and selling and teaching. Gemini is about small children, the kind of small children who are curious and uninhibited, and ask questions. Moon in Gemini believes that emotions (Moon) can be turned into thoughts and words (Mercury) to make them safe. Gemini is also about the child in each of us, and the children around us: our siblings, our biological children and the children who ask us for explanations. Gemini moves about quickly, like the god Hermes, so the sign rules our everyday journeys….errands, restlessness, and our neighborhood and neighbors. Yesterday I was selling my pottery and a neighbor who remembered me from the days when I owned a toy store came to my sale. Many years before he had sold me tapes with songs for each letter of the alphabet, which were popular in our store. That was Gemini wrapped up in a reunion…a neighbor, children, the alphabet and the marketplace.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

If we look at the Sabian Symbol for this Moon, it is about heads….’The head of a robust youth turns into a mature thinker. Mental metamorphosis’ They are illustrated by two stone heads in the woods of Carlisle by the sculptor Joseph Wheelwright. There is always the aspect of youth and mental development in the sign of Gemini. Nothing stays still with this sign of the Zodiac, and yet the moment demands articulation.

Mars is in perfect conjunction with the Moon. He’s been in Gemini since October 30 and won’t leave until next March. It’s been a long period for Mars to stay in one sign. Now, in retrograde he is conjunct the full Moon and it’s as if he must have the last word, or say one more thing. The whole mess with Twitter seems somehow associated with this energy of Mars, retrograde and in the blabby sign of Gemini. And, just for fun, I looked up the natal chart for Elon Musk. His Mars is retrograde and at 17 degrees of Gemini. He’s back where he started at a crisis moment in his life.

Bruce Lhuillier

As we admire the full Moon on Wednesday (or Thursday) we might not notice that Mercury has recently moved into Capricorn. Mercury is the ruler of all of this Gemini energy, and Capricorn is an Earth sign, with strong connection to structure of all kinds. During this Lunar cycle, the Sun will also enter Capricorn and we will celebrate the Sun’s return to the Northern Hemisphere at the Winter Solstice. The entry of Mercury into this sign says change is in the offing. Will the Earth speak? Will you speak for the Earth? Take inspiration and heart from Jupiter who has been brilliantly shining in the early night sky. He is in cahoots with Mercury and Venus. Jupiter is the planet of joy (Joviality) and might inspire you and me to speak not in gloom, but in the ecstasy of Earth’s beauty and bounty.

Sarah Fuhro https://sarahfuhro.wordpress.com/

Season of Water and Air

new Moon in Sagittarius on Wednesday November 23, 5:57 pm EST

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Wednesday’s Saggitarian new Moon begins the day before America’s feast day of gratitude, and ends with the Northern Hemisphere’s first day of Winter Solstice. This is the Month sacred to Ruis, Elder, the healer. Elder provides us with the medicine found in her blossoms, and then again in her berries. Each heal in different ways. The Elder grows close to water, at the edge of meadows and streams. Each June I gather the flowers to make a healing liquere. In July I watch for the berries which I cook into sauce to add to teas when friends or family are sick with flu or colds. With both, I know I must be slow to take what belongs to this beautiful, graceful small tree/bush.

Tile: Sarah Fuhro

This is the season of festivity and and isolation. Where I live in New England, water conspires with air to take many forms and shapes: frost, ice, snow. The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Sun and Moon have their meeting in Sagittarius reads: ‘White capped waves display the power of wind over sea. The mobilization of of unconscious energies under the pressure of superpersonal motives.’ We are part of a planet where mood is often reflected in weather, emotions are illustrated in the changes of wind and water. We are blown about by seasonal changes, and the cosmic drama of the planets as they dance together and apart

Each new Moon is the opportunity to weave a new tapestry in our lives. We can bring together our hopes and concerns for the future, yet feel the stillness of the moment. For it is on each occasion when Moon finds Sun and disappears completely from our vision of her in the sky. We can feel the two within. They are whole. It is a new Moon, and is honored in many traditions where sky was still part of Earth. This is a season of celebration. Sagittarius is ruled by the ‘jovial’ planet, Jupiter. Enjoy the gifts of the ancestors who felt the encroaching darkness much more than our over illuminated culture. Feel the depths of the darkness, even as we know there is a turnabout before this Lunar cycle is finished. Welcome the Solstice with food, and fire, and song and dance, and the love and poetry of Venus and Mercury in Sagittarius as well.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality. http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   
For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

The very beautiful ’23 Lunar Calendar is available now at www.thelunapress.com or call:617-327-8000

Full MOON on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 6:02 am EST

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The full Moon in Taurus is also a total Lunar eclipse. This year it occurs on the day of America’s national election. Everything about this moment suggests balance or stasis, power so equally divided that it is locked up. As I looked at the chart, I thought of the few times I have paddled in a kayak. The paddle rises and falls, but must be held in equilibrium. The visual impact of the chart is also reflected in the Sabian Symbol for the Moon/Uranus degree. ‘A Symbolical battle between Swords and Torches. Salvation is attained through the emergent individual’s readiness to face all issues as if there were only two opposed sides. a stage of POLARIZATION OF VALUES.’

But as I read this I yearn for another way to look at the chart and the potential for some other way of dealing conflict between equally matched sides. The Sun in Scorpio, sandwiched between Mercury and Venus has a different approach: ‘This is the transpersonal way of existence…the way that leads to creative mutations.’ Like the paddle of the kayak, it is not in conflict but rather forms the mode of movement. The visual effect of this ‘opposition’ might also be the look of a dragonfly.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

And who might be the one to paddle this full Moon/Lunar eclipse in Taurus? I think Saturn in Aquarius looks like the pilot. He squares the paddle ends, and is the pilot who has: the skill and courage necessary to bring under control the destructive potential of carelessness. Saturn must make the paddle into a means of transportation rather than a weapon or an ‘either or’ proposition.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

This week I traveled in the Berkshires. I marveled at the beauty which was everywhere as we clambered up and down the steep edges next to waterfalls. Several times I found stones to balance on the ledges which make up the mountains of New England. The way I was taught to balance rocks was to hear inside my head: ‘this is impossible, but we (the stone and I) can do it.’ I was thinking of the beauty of the world around me, and the terrible damage my species and my nation have done to Earth. The rocks I balanced held a new place in the landscape. Might you and I also find a balance which seems ‘impossible’?

photo: Sarah Fuhro

May this full Moon, this tender moment of balance and imbalance, inspire a new relationship between my culture and the natural world. After all, Taurus, the Moon’s sign is all about beauty and Earth, value and love. Scorpio, the Sun’s sign, is about radical depth of feeling, of internal exploration and facing the cost of action. The figures above are created by artist, Rose B. Simpson, a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. The figures watch over this meadow high in the Berkshire mountains. They remind me a bit of the balancing rocks. They seem to see the land as it once was. They each have holes in the back of their heads, like eyes which see forward and backward. I felt their presence as both a reminder of the people of the Mohican tribe who once lived in these mountains, but where removed, and the Earth spirits of this land, who cannot be removed.

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality. http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Three Stripped Bare

A new Moon in Scorpio with a partial eclipse of the Sun on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:49 EDT

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sun, Moon and Venus are at the same degree of Scorpio Tuesday morning as the Lunar Cycle begins anew. Scorpio has a traditional ruler, Mars and a modern ruler, Pluto. The Sabian Symbol for Mars is ‘Frost Covered Trees Against Winter Skies.’ This degree of the ruler of the new Moon speaks to ‘The revelation of archetypal form and essential rhythm of existence.‘ This is a new Moon with a deep commitment to what is ‘essential.’

And, according to the symbol for the three who have gathered for this new Moon in Scorpio, Sun, Moon and Venus, what is essential is cooperation. So is this a contradiction? Mars wants us to strip down to ‘what is essential about ourselves, our archetypal form, ‘ but the three main characters in this cosmic drama are involved in ‘a house raising party,’ and their placement and degree speak of community cooperation.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Scorpio is a season when the Northern Hemisphere is stripped bare. It is associated with the fire festival of Samhain, a time to take stock of the growing year which has ended and prepare a banquet for the ancestors: for the dead who no longer walk and feast among us. It is a time to feel ‘stripped bare’ and yet to feel connected and grateful for those who lived before us, and prepared a place for us.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The ancestors are not only our immediate family members, but all who left clues for us to live a deep and sacred life on this beautiful planet. In that way, when we consider the meaning of this degree where the Sun, Moon and Venus are placed at this particular moment, we know ‘the feeling of community demonstrated in basic joint effort.’ We look through the eyes of this long departed community.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Mercury, Mars, Neptune and Pluto are intertwined in this chart at this moment. They too are building something in community. Perhaps they are there to hold up torches, for this is a partial eclipse of the Sun. Venus who warms us with love, is part of this monthly rendezvous between Sun and Moon. Maybe this old etching of the Luminaries at a tender moment might give us the best image of what is happening Tuesday. Scorpio is a Water sign, it is a sign of going deep into what is essential, but maybe this image reminds us we come back from depth (or eclipse) ready for a tender hug.

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   
For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

The very beautiful ’23 Lunar Calendar is available now at www.thelunapress or call:617-327-8000

In all Fairness

Full Moon in Aries will manifest Sunday, October 9, at 4:55 pm EDT

Yes, this full Moon is in Aries! The Aries Moon looks across at the Sun in Libra and together they provide balance to the qualities of both signs. The full Moon in Aries, might have a quality of fiery indignation to upset the concern for balance of the Libra Sun. The challenge is to create something of alchemical value at the moment of opposition. I notice as the Moon has fattened toward Aries, my own heat (anger) has risen to meet that orb. I hope I will also take notice of the loving Venus in Libra close on to the Sun; and incorporate Chiron, the healer, who lies next to the Martian Moon. Alchemical formulas always depend upon the marriage of opposites. Each side must give over certain qualities in order to create something new, which will benefit them both! There seem to be lessons about human marriage in this transformation!

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Libra is under the rulership of Venus, Aphrodite, Love in all its forms. Mars is the ruler of Aries and is associated with battle and sexuality. Libra is the sign of marriage, partnership, but there is a strong aspect of karma to Libra as well. Both sides must feel their relationship is in balance, ‘fair’ or it will crumble. Aries provides the fire to keep the marriage magnetic, or heat will be sought elsewhere and the hearth will grow cold. Aries is the sign of the ‘first’ house in the astrology chart, and this is where each of us gets to know our most essential self. Libra is the ‘seventh’ house of partnership, marriage, and one to one relationship in the astrology chart. Somehow at this full Moon, both sides must have a place at the marriage feast.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Their companions, Venus with the Sun and Chiron with the Moon want to us to pay special attention to the potential of this full Moon for deep transformation through the dance of opposites. Of course, every year there is a full Moon in Aries, but each one has a slightly different flavor or melody. Venus is close to Libra Sun. And, while it’s true, Venus is never far from the Sun, this is an especially tight companionship. The emphasis is upon love and balance and the deepest appreciation of beauty. Gratitude is the word that might be even more important than love. In the Northern Hemisphere this moment is the time of rest after harvest, of a deep appreciation for all that has been given to us by Earth. The Sabian Symbols for the degree of both Sun and Venus have to do with healing and recuperation with the emphasis on an objective and calm mind.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Meanwhile the full Moon in Aries is in close company with Chiron who was the healer on the battlefield, and who was deeply wounded by his close friend, Hercules. Chiron in the astrological chart speaks of the wound which will not heal, but which gives us the insight to understand the wounds of others. Chiron and Venus have their own conversation at this moment of luminary opposition. As you watch the Sun set and the full Moon rise on Sunday, don’t forget Venus and Chiron are rising and setting as well! Jupiter will be brightly visible as well if the skies are clear. It will be a very special evening, no matter what the visibility because the energy of these cosmic dancers will be felt in our core!

photo: Eleanor Bigham Miller

There is more to this moment which we can also absorb into our lives and consciousness from the sky. Neptune, Mars, and Mercury are in a bowl pattern which might be a reflection of the chalice photo above. Pisces, the dreamer, Mercury the communicator and Mars the activist will come together to create something powerful and new. Perhaps this will be a piece of art, a song you will share with others, an idea, a poem. Look for it as the Aries Moon rises and the Libra Sun sets, and let it permeate your life and your consciousness.

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

New Moon in Libra….for all of us…on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 5:55 pm EDT

photo: Sarah Fuhro
Mandela for The Autumn Equinox created by the Mystic River Druid Grove

“Each of us comes from people who were once indigenous. We can reclaim our membership in the cultures of gratitude that once formed our old relationships with the living earth.

Gratitude is a powerful antidote to Windigo psychosis.

A deep awareness of the gifts of the earth and of each other is medicine.

It celebrates cultures, where wealth is understood to be having enough to share.

…Besides, it makes us happy.

It’s easy to write that, harder to do. “

Robin Wall Kimmerer wrote these brilliant words in Braiding Sweetgrass. She gives me a talisman to carry with me in daily interactions internal and external with my environment, my family and friends, and my own body. Our culture does not often reference our relationship to the earth. It is only in extremes of hot cold wet dry, we notice where we are and acknowledge our complete dependence upon this beautiful, plentiful, mysterious home. We are of the earth, but cannot easily feel and see ourselves that way, because, like adolescents we want to cut off our roots and fly around in space. It is very parallel to our ignorance of our human bodies, which we never thank or acknowledge; unless we experience illness or threats of death.

St. Louis Museum of Art

Scary things often take the form of imbalance. Like this mask: we feel something outside of us is in imbalance, but there is internal imbalance as well. Over the past few months I hear often from friends and clients who look to rebalance in their life and work. This new Moon, which also ushers in Rosh Hashanah- Jewish New Year, might be the moment to find some equity of time and effort and money and need.

It takes a pause. Maybe in that pause, we can offer gratitude for what we already have, take a deep breath (Libra is an Air sign), and look towards a harmonious way to live life. It will come undone again, but it can call us back to rebalance, when it does!

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Balancing rocks provides a moment of balance and gratitude for something which is both impossible and beautiful. Those with Libra Moons or Sun know this equilibrium well. They are able to take something out of whack and reharmonize it with the larger environment, to say: at least this is OK. The larger implication of this Libran gift is Justice.

A nation must also find balance, and in balance, justice. There is only one Druid Prayer, and it is universal to all Druids. It speaks to what Justice truly is:

Grant, oh Spirit, thy protection,

and in protection, strength,

and in strength, understanding,

and in understanding, knowledge,

and in knowledge, the knowledge of justice,

and in the knowledge of justice, the love of it,

and in the love of it, the love of all existences,

and in the love of all existences,

the love of Spirit and all goodness.

A new Moon in Libra gives us a perfect opportunity to begin anew, with all relationships, with a deep sense of gratitude, and from gratitude, justice and balance. Libra is a sign of rebalance. The first degree is the moment of the Autumn Equinox, when light and dark are in perfect harmony. We have to opportunity to remember and deeply appreciate the wonder of this planet, which is tilted to just the perfect degree for equity between dark and light, Sun and Moon.

The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon says it very succinctly: ‘The Dawn of a new day reveals everything is changed. The ever present possibility of beginning again on a new foundation of values.’ And perhaps we are ready for this new foundation to be: balance, justice, and gratitude.

photo: Sarah Fuhro Sun Rise at Heard Farm

It’s interesting that many issues of Justice are central to our country’s internal dialogue at this moment. There is also much about Justice in the world’s reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These events are reflected in the chart of this new Moon. Directly across from the Sun and Moon in Libra is Jupiter in Aries. Jupiter is associated with Justice, Aries is a sign of fiery energy. This can turn into righteous indignation, which has a place, but needs balance, Libra. In our desire for Justice we need, as the Druid’s prayer suggests: strength (not acting from fear), understanding, being willing to listen to the other side, knowledge, but also love and gratitude for those wise ancestors who created a system based upon the principles of Justice, even though these principles have often been neglected or abused.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Gratitude has deep connections to love. The ruling planet of Libra is Venus, she who represents love and beauty in all its forms.

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   
For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Robin Wall Kimmerer Braiding Sweetgrass 2013

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Full Moon in Pisces, Saturday, September 10 at 5:59 am EDT

photo: Sarah Fuhro

It might be better to say about this full Moon in Pisces: What I learn from ‘Inner Guidance’ (the Ouija board) I share in a ‘Gigantic Tent.’ These are the two Sabian Symbols for the degree of the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces. The full Moon Saturday might be the perfect moment to listen to, and then share our inner vision. Mars in Gemini stands in ‘square’ to the two luminaries. He may demand the communication we have received in quiet times, in meditation, in dreams be put out into the world in direct conversation, or the written word, or in music or visual art. Please consider giving your wisdom the freedom to explore reception!

The Planet Uranus has some influence in the chart as well. He is still at a degree of Taurus (18) which was recently the location of a powerful combination he made with Mars and the North Node. By retrograde, Uranus is back at that degree. It seems our attention is pulled to his Sabian message: A new continent rising out of the ocean.’ This leads us back to the potential for new ideas about the crisis we all face in the environment and our human, political response.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier Chateau Pierrefonds, France

Maybe we are always in crisis? A gargoyle in the medieval village of Pierrefonds might agree. And is there such as thing as Time? Jupiter and Mercury are in a hurry to talk to us about this at the full Moon. Mercury in Libra says something about balance, and reminds us we come soon to the Equinox when dark and light will keep the scales in perfect harmony. Jupiter in Aries speaks of our responsibility to take action. Today is primary election day in Massachusetts and the polls are uncharacteristically mobbed with people who take democracy more seriously than usual. Action and balance…always an interesting pair and not just for a tightrope walker.

painting by Katherine Bradford

There is another contrasting pair to notice at this moment. Neptune is in a sextile relationship with Pluto. Sandwiched between them is Saturn. This image of swimmers and a large sailing boat suggests the interplay between these heavy outer planets. Neptune who is dreamer and master of sea mysteries seems oblivious to the presence of the ominous double masted vessel (Pluto?) on the horizon. Is this a mirage (Neptune) of the powerful ship from another time? Saturn in Aquarius does not cling to images of the past but rather reminds us that the Sabian Symbol of the ‘new continent arising from the sea’ is imminent.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

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A New Moon in Virgo, Saturday, August 27, 2022 4:17 am EDT

photo: Sarah Fuhro

This is the Moon of Muin, the Vine. Muin is associated with ‘exhilaration, joy, and wrath’ according to Robert Graves*, and this must have something to do with grapes and wine, which come ripe in this season. Wine gives emotions of pleasure which can easily turn to melancholy and wrath. But this Moon also begins the cycle with harvest festivals, passes through a perfect balance of light and dark (Autumnal Equinox) and then descends into a new season marked by the loss of the Sun’s warmth and comfort.

And speaking of wrath, at this moment, there is a perfect square in the relationship between Mars (the warrior) in Gemini, and Sun/Moon in Virgo. Both Gemini and Virgo are ruled by Mercury, and quick emotional turnarounds are associated with this planet named for the god of swift communication, magic and healing. Like the description of Vine (Muin) this could be a time of lightning quick transformation from joke to anger, from joy to wrath. But with awareness this could also be a moment of wit, wisdom and clarity around complicated feelings. Mercury is a reminder of the many traditions of spirits who live on yet are not an accepted part of Christianity. They are neither good nor evil but, like wine can be joyful, mischievious, or dangerous.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The betwixt and between aspect of this Moon in the ‘mutable’ sign of Virgo is deepened by aspects to other planets. Jupiter in the sign of Mars (Aries) almost exactly opposite Mercury in Libra, both in contact with the new Moon pair. Mercury in Libra, specializes in diplomatic communication. Libra Mercury trines Mars in Gemini and this may help bring balance, kindness and consideration to any battles you may enter this weekend.

Painting: Amelia Leonards

But now, let’s explore the exact degree of this new Moon moment, this conjunction of Sun and Moon in Virgo. The Sabian Symbol for the new Lunar cycle is: ‘A MAN BECOMING AWARE OF NATURE SPIRITS AND NORMALLY UNSEEN SPIRITUAL AGENCIES. KEYNOTE: The opening of new levels of consciousness.‘ This new Moon allows us to look at how we perceive the ever changing energies and emotions associated with Muin, the Vine.

Emotions are constructed from past experiences, but often create future experiences and how we perceive them. I believe humans need the assistance of ‘nature spirits’ as did our prehistoric ancestors. The many realms of Fae have no interest in our emotional history, they suggest another level of reality. Perceptions can be widened with the energies of this new Moon. Don’t be afraid to enter new territory, by releasing old constructions.

*Robert Graves The White Goddess

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Amelia Leonards works with watercolor and graphite to create fantastical imagery.  She draws upon world folklore, mythology and her imagination  to create pieces imbued with sensitive and emotive storytelling. Throughout her work you will find an emphasis on feminine and natural elements, along with a hefty dose of humor and antlers. https://www.amelialeonards.com  and https://www.etsy.com/shop/amelialeonards.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

Full Moon in Aquarius: Thursday, August 11, 2022, 9:36 pm EDT

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Thursday the full Moon will rise on many parts of the world after a crisis in Heat or Water. Here in New England we are in recovery from many days of extremely high temperature on top of a long drought. But this Aquarius Moon comes with a promise: ‘A LARGE WHITE DOVE BEARING A MESSAGE. KEYNOTE: The answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained and victorious individual efforts.The individual who has gone courageously and with indomitable spirit through (a) crucial crisis receives, as it were, a deep spiritual blessing from the Soul-realm, Every real spiritual step a man takes in his development is the result of a victory over forces of inertia or destruction. ‘ Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s degree.

The full Moon in Aquarius has a close connection to the planet Saturn, and it is the promise of Saturn which is so well expressed in the Sabian Symbol for the Moon at this time. .

For me, Astrology is the opportunity fo find patterns, relationships, messages from the arrangement of the planets and stars at a particular moment. In this chart I am intrigued by the close relationship between the two planets who are considered the ‘rulers’ of Aquarius to the Aquarius Moon. Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius. He is cheek and jowl with the Aquarian Moon. Uranus is the ‘modern’ ruler of Aquarius and he is making a tight square to the Moon and to her companion, Saturn. The Uranus square also relates to the Leo Sun as well, and is like a finger plucking a guitar string to make a song which can be heard very clearly at this moment of full Moon opposition. Saturn’s proximity to the Moon also means he is opposite to the Leo Sun. All of this feels alchemical to me….something new is created from the recipe of their design. At this moment when our beautiful Earth so needs our love and attention, the White Dove referenced in the Moon’s degree, speaks to each of us.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Uranus always is ready for a new start. His Sabian Symbol reaffirms the Moon’s message: ‘A NEW CONTINENT RISING OUT OF THE OCEAN. KEYNOTE: The surge of new potentiality after the crisis. A new release of life can emerge out of the infinite Ocean of potentiality, the Virgin SPACE. What will it be used for? ‘  When you combine the strong constructive power of the Aquarian Saturn with the Earthy power of electrical Uranus in Taurus, a new element may emerge. And here is the process of Alchemy, a new element emerges from a mixture of other sources.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Any form of evolution, revolution or alchemical process contains male and female elements. The relationship between Sun and Moon creates the lunar cycle which is the measure of time the world over. It does not matter that the Sun is a star and the Moon is a small satellite of Earth. Distance and size are not what they represent. With these two mismatched bodies of light, and their monthly (Moonthly) dance we understand mystery. All attempts to minimize or ignore this mystery ends in confusion. As the full Moon rises on Thursday night, feel the pull of what you will create in this beautiful moment, which happens all over Earth at the same moment, but in different times. Hear the message of the White Dove of the Moon and Saturn, and look in wonder at the emergence of the new continent held in Uranus. All the ingredients are available to turn the Lead of Saturn into the Sun’s element of Gold.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

Speak, your lips are free.
Speak, it is your own tongue.
Speak, it is your own body.
Speak, your life is still yours.

See how in the blacksmith’s shop
The flame burns wild, the iron glows red;
The locks open their jaws,
And every chain begins to break.

Speak, this brief hour is long enough
Before the death of body and tongue:
Speak, ’cause the truth is not dead yet,
Speak, speak, whatever you must speak.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz

I chose this poem because the moment of the new Moon in Leo features a strong link between Mercury and Uranus. Mercury is about words and thought and speech and the magic and power of our words. I chose it because Uranus, sometimes called the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury is a revolutionary and a shape shifter, a magician on a whole other level. The two of the them: Mercury and Uranus are held in a square at this moment and they will not be silent. They are located in constellations represented by two animals, Lion and Bull found in so many stories and songs. Mercury is in Leo and Uranus is in Taurus. These are fixed signs. By the nature of their Mode, they will not move on until their work has been accomplished.

Uranus is poised between the North Node of the Moon and Mars. There is more than enough energy in this position to feed the blacksmith’s fire referred to in the poem. Mercury is in a Fire sign and has further fuel from Chiron, who is in the Fiery sign of Aries.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Chiron is the healing power of nature, the animal within who knows what we need to move into this new Moon. Look carefully around you today. Tomorrow you will have the urging of the new Moon in Leo to speak, and indeed as the poem reminds us that chance to speak is not yet disappeared. Is there a poem of joy and freedom waiting to flower from your tongue or pen? The freedoms now being threatened with extinction were not given to us. They were forged by those with the courage to speak and speak no matter what the price.

Smith Waite Tarot Deck

Helping us to speak from a new revelation is Jupiter at 9 degrees of Aries. His Fire is in trine to the new Moon and Sun as they begin their journey into Leo. Have courage and know the words will come if you honor the generosity of Jupiter. His Sabian Symbol adds to the fire of this lunar moment: ‘A crystal gazer. The development of an inner realization of an organic wholeness.’

Merlin’s Moon

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Ambience

The nymph of the forest, only in whose honour

These birds perform, provides an ambience

But never leads the chorus: …… Robert Graves

photo: Robert Fuhro Warbler

Wednesday, the full Moon will be big, because she is leaning down, close to Earth, with small but, powerful Pluto close by her side. If we see Moon as a barren rock satellite, waiting to be mined for precious metals, we make a terrible mistake of her power. Her connection to tides of the Earth, our internal tides, and our ever changing emotions, is not to be trifled with or Earth may perish. She is big because, she is, like the tiny wren, who fills the garden with sweet sounds at dawn. Pluto is so small he was ‘demoted’ from planet status, yet any one who knows the story of Persephone’s journey into Pluto’s realm of Hades grasps his power. When do we learn that size and power have no direct connection?

Saturn and Venus make an interesting trine in the full Moon chart. Their trine (relationship) is in the element of Air. I believe they may be co-conspirators in a plot to bring nature spirits into higher visibility. They recall the mysterious story of Merlin and Nimue. Saturn might be the aged magician and teacher, Merlin, while Venus may represent, the equally magical and powerful fae, Nimue. They travel together to Forest of Brocéliande and Merlin enters a tomb or cave from which he will emerge in a future time, when most needed by humanity. This is often told as a sneering comment on his aged folly, an old man’s foolish love of a young woman. Yet, there is nothing in this story to say what their relationship was, or might be. Was Nimue stealing his magical powers? Or was there an exchange of wisdom between the human and fairy realms? Does the Venus Saturn trine at this full Moon, suggest a possible alliance? Was Merlin lured into the cave by Nimue or was this his ultimate power, the survival of human/nature spirit connection which we desperately need now?

Nimue and Merlin Gustave Doré

Saturn in Aquarius represents the teaching of the future….what we need to know to transform the desperate condition of the planet. Saturn rules Capricorn, the sign of this very powerful full Moon. Venus in Gemini is a good representation of Nimue who speaks (Gemini) to us of magical powers, the ‘technology’ of the the Nature Spirits.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Arthurian legends hold a clue, perhaps a map to the last vestiges of a culture still in touch with the spirit of the land. Merlin and the Ladies of the Lake are a reminder that Earth does not belong only to the human realm of warriors and kings, but is shared with another, parallel realm. Human survival may depend upon reconnection to that other side of the human/fae connection.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This full Moon and the next, in August are in signs ruled by Saturn. He is well represented by Merlin, ever renewed with no permanent loyalty to either the human or Sidhe side of his story. Like the planet Saturn who is the last visible planet in the solar system, Merlin links us to what is beyond the obvious and accepted notions of our moment in time. He brings us a gift from this delicious full Moon.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier
Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

Moon, Moon, Sun

Today, June 28 10 :52 pm EDT

photo: Sarah Fuhro

This is the Sun’s moment to disguise his light and imitate the Moon. He is in her sign, Cancer, a water sign and the gate to Summertime. Next Lunar cycle will begin with the Moon and Sun in Leo, and each will shine with solar strength, and fire. The astrological year begins at the Spring Equinox in the sign of Mars (Aries) and then as the seasons changes from spring to summer, there is a period of balance between solar and lunar light during these two new Moons. The Sun and Moon are called the luminaries. They are our lights, each powerful in particular ways. And they may also light our deepest notions of male and female power and archetype.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

They are lights which are contained within each of us and the more we can move between them, the happier and and more whole we become. In the image above we see the feminine in a solar light and the masculine in a lunar light…each reading from a sacred manuscript, and held within a mirror, the symbol of Venus.

Jupiter and Venus share a position also at 7 degrees. Jupiter squares the new Moon/Sun from Aries. Venus is in Gemini. They might be a promise of cosmic care in this new beginning, this new Moon. The cycle of the Moon is a spiral, which circles inward and then outward. Each of us is given this opportunity to begin at this seed moment to begin the spiral with the luminaries.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Full Moon on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:52 AM EDT

photo: Robert Fuhro

Each degree, each moment in the zodiac has a verbal image, called a Sabian Symbol. They were gathered in 1925 by the psychic Elsie Wheeler and the astrologer, Marc Edmund Jones. Another astrologer, Dane Rudhyar, groomed them. I am often jolted by the clarity they provide in a chart. They open a visual gate to the esoteric meaning of a planet’s degree, but use very concrete images.

Kind of delightful to discover the Sabian Symbol for this full Moon: “A BLUEBIRD PERCHED ON THE GATE OF A COTTAGE. The reward which meets every effort at integrating into a social environment for those who remain true to their own selves.  The bluebird is a symbol of happiness, but also it refers to what one might call a spiritually oriented mind – to which the color blue relates, especially when a ‘bird’ is mentioned. A cottage is normally a part of a community, and the implication is that its inhabitants are well-adapted, either to the life of the community, or to their’ more or less isolated togetherness, and it suggests that the essential technique for successful living is the development of a consciousness in which peace and happiness dwell. There is also a hint that GOOD FORTUNE is going to bless your life.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The news of the day does not often mention the reward for remaining true to one’s self. Nor is it concerned with ‘the development of a consciousness in which peace and happiness dwell.’ Yet listening to the news gives each of us the chance to feel compassion, admiration or disdain for other people, and to wonder if and how we can make a difference in perilous times.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Looking at this chart, and this photo, it seems complexity calls for resourcefulness. That is the universal lesson of the pandemic which has swept the world in the last two years. There is no way to resist change.

Neptune, a planet of water, of feeling squares the Sun and Moon at this moment of lunar fullness. The Sabian Symbol for his placement might push us to new conclusions about this moment in time.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

WATCHING THE VERY THIN MOON CRESCENT APPEARING AT SUNSET, DIFFERENT PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS‘ The first few days of the new Moon are spent in darkness, at last the tiny crescent at sundown says: we may begin. But the message from Neptune says this is moment is different for each of us, and we may not comprehend the projects of other people, nor they, ours. Neptune reminds us of the power in all that is not categorized, not accepted, not comprehended. ‘THE FALLACY OF TOTALITARIANISM: at times we can all act like despots, demanding that others react to any situation exactly as we do.’

The Visionary Hare from The Sidhe Oracle of the Fleeting Hare John Mathews
image by Will Kinghan

And now, this is my crescent Moon project given energy and encouragement at this full Moon in Sagittarius. The Sabian Symbol for a conjunction between Mars (the warrior) and Chiron (the healer) is an image that gives me great hope and encouragement. Here is the Sabian Symbol for Mars and Chiron: ‘NATURE SPIRITS ARE SEEN AT WORK IN THE LIGHT OF SUNSET.  Attunement to the potency of invisible forces, of nature.‘    At the time of the new Moon in Gemini, I was struck with an inspiration for a seminar: Earthspirit Astrology. Over the last two weeks, I have puzzled….what is this? Will it be acceptable to the other realm? Where do I begin? I have no sources from those who have gone before me. But encouraged by the this very powerful full Moon, and the Sabian Symbol of ‘Nature Spirits’ of Neptune, I will dive into this project as best I can, hoping the Blue Bird will favor my cottage.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

New Love

New Moon in Gemini, May 30, 2022, 7:30 am EDT

photo: Robert L. Fuhro

I always write new Moon blogs, when the Moon is in a phase of dark release. A new cycle will begin soon, but I have to imagine birth through the veil of death. Intimacy with the Moon’s cycle gives each month, a beginning, a swelling bud, a blossom and a release of seeds for the next lunar adventure.

The chart for the new Moon on Monday looks compacted, like a tightly rolled bud or a fiddlehead. Each new Moon is an event which takes place when Sun and Moon are located at the same degree of the Zodiac. They meet and plan the new cycle. The Moon is invisible to us for a day or two, until she is spotted at sunset shining like a ‘jewel in the sky.’

photo: Robert L. Fuhro

As an astrologer my eye is drawn to Mercury in this chart. He is considered the ‘ruler’ of Gemini. He sets the rhythm for the dance ahead. Mercury is the Roman name for the Greek god, Hermes. He is the planet associated with communication, magic and healing Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun and so is considered the messenger, he who knows the will of the god. He is also a trickster, an androgenous figure who does not play favorites. At this moment of the new Moon, Mercury is petitioned by three powerful outer planets, who all want to have their say. Pluto, Saturn and Neptune each have a strong aspect (relationship by degree) to Mercury. They want to integrate their wisdom into this moment of new beginnings.

photo: Robert L. Fuhro

One of these planets is Pluto, who makes a trine to Mercury. He is located in an Earth sign, Capricorn. The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Pluto is located: “A WOMAN READING TEA LEAVES. The ability to see the Signature of hidden meaning in every occurrence drawing one’s attention.“* We have help from all around us to find meaning in events. Pluto is speaking to the right planet. Mercury takes information from this powerful outer planet and speaks it back to those willing to listen. It seems as if this is encouragement to those who read what is all around them.

photo: Robert L. Fuhro

Next, aligned to Mercury is Saturn. He is not strictly an ‘outer planet’ but he is definitely ‘out there’ in Aquarius. He might like to apply the ancient laws of which he is a master to new constructions. He is ready to work in group settings with new technologies. Groups seeking new solutions might find this a good time to reconfigure.

photo: Robert L. Fuhro

And then there is the dreamer, Neptune in Pisces. The Sabian Symbol for the communication between Neptune and Mercury seems almost too perfect. “WATCHING THE VERY THIN MOON CRESCENT APPEARING AT SUNSET, DIFFERENT PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS.”

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

New Territory

May 16, 2022 12:14 AM EDT

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Astrologically and culturally much has happened since the new Moon in Taurus began on April 30. Astrologically, the Sun and Mercury have moved out of the cauldron pattern of the past many months, which suggests a freedom of action and possibility not available before this. Culturally, we know the Supreme Court plans to jettison Rove v. Wade after 50 years of safe abortion. The leak was released on May 2 as the Moon entered Gemini, a sign of information, communication and the location where Mercury went into retrograde on Tuesday. Retrograde, we roll back our thoughts, our words. We edit and think about where we have been and where we are going.

There will be a blood red Moon visible as a total lunar eclipse occurs on Sunday night. The Moon is close to perigee (cosest to Earth) for this eclipse making it even more intense. The second total lunar eclipse will occur at 7:00 am on midterm election day. What difference will it make to our country and each of our lives? Looking at this chart, It would seem as if this is a moment to focus on community, and what we each contribute to community. Saturn is in Aquarius, the sign of community, groups, future vision. He is square (equidistant) from Sun and Moon at the time of this lunar eclipse.

photo: Robert Fuhro

Each degree of the zodiac has been assigned a verbal image, called a Sabian Symbol. The symbol for Aquarius is: ‘A BUTTERFLY WITH THE RIGHT WING MORE PERFECTLY FORMED. A strong process of conscious individualization is suggested, perhaps at the expense of the instinctual-emotional aspect of the personality (its “left side”).’ At this moment Saturn, the builder may remind us that we have a responsibility to work with every possible structure we can mobilize to create the community we believe we want.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Ah, but as always there is a balance to this urge from Saturn to get mobilized politically and structurally. My eye is drawn to Venus in Aries with Chiron (healer of warriors) close by her side, also in Aries. This is warrior energy, and Venus has some interesting allies. According to her Sabian Symbol: ‘NATURE SPIRITS ARE SEEN AT WORK IN THE LIGHT OF SUNSET.  KEYNOTE: Attunement to the potency of invisible forces, of nature.    

Venus represents the feminine, and this powerful lunar eclipse is set off with Sun in Taurus, a feminine sign, ruled by Venus. And with Moon, feminine, and ruled by Mars. A collective energy has been awakened and, as the title of this piece suggests: we are in new territory. ‘(PEOPLE) MAKING CAMP AFTER MOVING INTO A NEW TERRITORY. KEYNOTE: The ability to adjust swiftly to a new situation by tuning in to its requirements. He who lives in harmony with nature, moving on as new needs arise, finds himself intuitively at home everywhere. He does not make demands upon life, for he has identified himself with the great rhythms of the biosphere and he functions at peace with what they produce.’ Dane Rudhyar: An Astrological Mandala.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Perhaps this photo sums up the Venus in Aries theme. The Rose is the symbol of Venus. In this photo, the Rose is constructed of metal (Mars, ruler of Aries) and lies over a stone with the Labyrinth of Crete painted upon its surface, symbol matriarchal times. Those who would dismiss the feminine in themselves, in the political world or in the natural world, will not survive the changes demanded by cosmic rhythms.

Hope you all get to see this Moon her lunar eclipse!

I will teach an online seminar on Sunday May 15 2-4 in celebration of this full Moon and the deep connection between Astrology and Plants. $35 You can register at sarahfuhro@gmail.com .

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Saturday’s new Moon in Taurus asks us to ponder what ‘flowers we water in our garden’. And is it ‘our’ garden? Or does it belong to the universal energies of life, which flow and enfold us in this season of growth and beauty?

There will be a partial eclipse as a special emphasis to this lunar new beginning. It will be seen by only a few human beings in the Southeast Pacific, but felt deeply by creatures as a reminder of our deep connection to the cosmos.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Planets in Earth and Water elements predominate at this moment. Uranus is in close contact with the luminaries, Sun and Moon. With Uranus in Taurus, the unexpected manifestation of the energy of Pan and other nature spirits is mixed into this moment of vibrant fertility. Mercury has just entered his home sign of Gemini. There is a message and it cannot be ignored. Uranus and Mercury are linked in their powers to arrive at the most unpredictable moment. Hermes is the magician, the messenger, the one who forces us to see what is around us in entirely new ways.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The eclipse takes place on the eve of the fire festival of Beltane. Venus is the queen of Taurus and universal love flow can be felt as the Earth opens and blossoms, inviting pollinators and breezes and ancient deities to do the work, which the gardener might think is hers. The verbal image (Sabian Symbol*) for this degree of the Sun and Moon is ‘A WOMAN WATERING FLOWERS IN HER GARDEN.‘ ‘Not so fast’ says Uranus, in the form of Pan. He steps into the vision of the woman from beneath a small blossoming peach tree.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

In this moment of new Moon energy. Pan embodies the very beautiful combination of Neptune, Venus and Jupiter all in Pisces. We could read this combination as abundance of love, beauty and the mysteries of the invisible. Yet Saturn and Pluto are there with a reminder pain and war and hunger and sadness are also present. They too are transformational energy.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

photo: Sarah Fuhro

At the full Moon in Libra, Mars and Venus face off. The fiery Mars Sun warms and awakens the Venusian blossoms of the Northern Hemisphere. Aries Sun is the fire in this moment, and Libra Moon pulls us into the sweet words we want to hear.

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Jupiter and Neptune are snuggled up in Pisces. This is their first meeting in this sign of the fish, since 1856. It’s a reminder that what is firmly in place at the moment is not permanent. What looks strong and implacable, is not flexible enough to survive change. Jupiter/Neptune reads: much spirit, much water, much inflation, much illusion, and much love. Jupiter is the big boss of Olympus; Neptune is king of the Sea. It’s a big deal that they are once again meeting in Pisces. At their last meeting there was an increased interest in abolition of slavery, women’s rights, and the spiritualist movement bloomed. There is an embrace of what cannot be seen, or grasped or put into words. Compassion is more real than material connection in this wet sign of Pisces.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

The energy at the moment of the full Moon is intense. Pluto makes a square to the Moon and Sun, pressuring us to choose what we want to construct, what side we might take, and how best to express love. Saturn, who teaches us from our weakest corner, also pushes the energy in this moment of intense lunar light. But what first caught my eye about this chart is the combination of Uranus and Mercury, two magicians who are sextile to Venus, with Chiron, the healer between them. This seems like a good combination for an artist or a lover who needs a new vision, a fresh injection of patience and love, and a promise that healing doesn’t take away the wound, only the pain. Uranus and Mercury in earthy Taurus are a pair who can be highly creative, another way of saying: quirky, unpredictable, indefinable. Their connection to Venus and Chiron adds a sweet and hopeful note.

Easter and Passover are celebrated with food and ritual at the full Moon . Together the Sun and Moon set the date. With the intensity of a full Moon, Spring arrives and ancient stories and traditions usher in a season of new growth.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

I teach a class on the Elements in Tarot and Astrology: Sunday, April 24 from 2-4 pm at my house in Natick. We will look at how Earth, Air, Fire and Water structure the Tarot deck, and look at our natal charts to see how much each of the elements play a role in our life. I will need to know your birth date, time and place before the class. register at sarahfuhro@gmail.com $35

Cosmic Order

A new Moon in Aries Friday, April 1, 2022 at 2:24 AM EDT

photo: Robert Fuhro

                          Millet Seed Moon 

Dark spotted sparrow,

fluffs against the cold,

finds and eats

the last tiny millet seed

she finds in the feeder.

And now, round seed

inside cold little sparrow

becomes the dark  Moon,

and sleeps for one day. 

In the sky,

Sun eats Moon,

embraces Moon to warm her,

and Moon is gone, like seed,

till third day, awakened,

she stands renewed in twilight.  

A new Moon in Aries is the beginning of the beginning! The Spring Equinox, when the Sun entered Aries opened a gate to the fire of spring and then the new Moon in Aries puts our lunar self into darkness so we can see in an entirely new way. The beginning of all that is new takes place in this lunar darkness. We call the cosmic order.

photo: Robert Fuhro

The new Moon puts us into a cave. The complete and total darkness of a cave might mean a new way to envision. Just like the animals who live deep in caves or in great depths of the ocean, we might see not with physical eyes, but with some other senses.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Aries rules the head and so the eyes and ears. As we wait for the shape of the New, we might imagine the possible ways to discover the world in darkness, through other senses: smell, touch, intuition. A very important conjunction between Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces, may force this upon each of us. Neptune is never clear in the material realm. Confusion and kindness and are at sea together. Chiron rows the boat, and in the way of a healer, lets the ocean do its work.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Which Way?

photo: Robert Fuhro Witch Hazel

It’s time to prepare for fiery Spring by sinking into deep water. It’s going to be a time when the value of tears will be the only power against falling bombs. Moon and Sun light play upon water. The Virgo Moon stands alone, witness to the watery Sun and Neptune, Jupiter and Mercury in PIsces. Like Witch Hazel and Skunk Cabbage, Spring sprouts in water. Witch Hazel blossoms during Pisces and is an herbal medicine for the skin. Skin is considered under the ‘rulership’ of Pisces.

photo: Robert Fuhro Skunk Cabbage

Virgo and Pisces play doctor and nurse in the Zodiac…Doctor Virgo analyzes and prescribes, Nurse Pisces consoles and binds the wounds. At this time of a war which illustrates all the brutality and misery of every war, there is plenty of work for both of them.

Ukraine Beata Zawrzel | Nurphoto | Getty Images

Yet the Moon fills and empties and starts over again. Nothing She hasn’t seen so many times before. Moon in Earthy Virgo while across the sky Jupiter and Neptune prepare to meet Watery Pisces, a sign they co-rule. They haven’t met in Pisces since 1856 so this is something to watch and celebrate! The last time Jupiter and Neptune met in PIsces, abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage could no longer be ignored. Mystical religions were gathering converts, spiritualism and progressive politics combined their power, and truly changed the political conversation. Pisces, is the power of the weak and the wounded. How strong is feeling? Only water can reflect the image of the Moon back to her.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Except for the spectator Virgo full Moon, all the planets are huddled in a tight bow. Their message is condensed but clear to those who heed the signs of spring. Water in the form of spring rain and tears washes over the land, cleaning and preparing for Aries’ warrior energy to begin anew.

We are a reflection of the the sky. The potential for poetry in this chart is palpable. But so are tears and floods and the heavy hand of Pluto who is getting ready to shift into another, and very different sign, Aquarius. Pluto in Capricorn is connected by close degree to Sun, Moon, Neptune and the Lunar Nodes. Pluto entered Capricorn just as the 2008 financial meltdown occurred. In February Pluto returned, for the first time, to the degree he held at the founding of America. We have felt that heavy Plutonic hand as the country feels torn into ragged pieces. And the world feels that heavy hand with the invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s Russia

Painting: Brian Gabriel O’Leary

A huge choice lies before us. That choice might be held in the Mars, Venus, Saturn trio, which has gathered in Aquarius. Aquarius represents future vision. It is about humanity rather than tribalism. Each sign has a messed up aspect, and I suspect the down side of Aquarius is too much technology and not enough flesh and blood. But the signs next to each other balance one another. Pisces has a high score in this chart.

I think the addition of Chiron the healer in the sign of Aries, might suggest the cure may come through spring energy.

photo: Sarah Fuhro
Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Brian Gabriel O’Leary is an artist in Portland Maine. You can find his work on Instagram @brian.gabriel.o.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

Turning Point

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Easter is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. The timing is a mishmash of Solar and Lunar, Sun and Moon cycles. Ash Wednesday, a day of mourning arrives 48 days before Easter, and begins Lent, when it is traditional to give up meat and other treats. And this year the new Moon in Pisces will take place on Ash Wednesday, the seventh day after the Russian invasion of her neighbor, Ukraine. Maybe it’s the cosmic timing of this particular crime, not much different than so many others, but it feels as if the world is truly fed up, and pissed off, and in tears. Pisces.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Is it inevitable that men will go on murdering women and children, always with the declared intention to murder each other, and prove who’s right? There are other wars happening simultaneously with this one, so why focus on it? Could it be some larger cosmic impulse to say: ‘No more’? But hasn’t that been said over and over, with each new miserable violation a slap in the face of that resolution? Many astrologers have been promising a bright impulse toward peace and new, more evolved ways to be human for several years now. This has to do with the energy of the ‘dawning’ Aquarian Age, but since we didn’t seem very compassionate during the last two thousand year of the Age of Pisces, the sign of compassion, what can we hope for as we enter a sign of humanism, technology, and future visions.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

There are some interesting markers in the chart for this new Moon, which could suggest how we might direct our desire for peace in powerful and united ways. Ritual energy needs the right astrological moment in time to be effective.

Look at the Venus, Mars and Pluto in a Capricorn conjunction, which happen at the moment of the new Moon on Wednesday. These three planets represent, love, action and deep transformation. What if the many people on earth who are disgusted by yet another war could unite in the energy (Mars) of love (Venus) to transform (Pluto) this invasion into something singular, something new, with no winner or loser, no revenge, just a deeply felt shift, where ‘never again’ applies to everyone. The three planets are in Capricorn, the builder, organizer, the one who knows how to take a concept and turn it into structure.

Sun and Moon in Pisces, carry a Sabian Symbol* with the perfect image for this moment: ‘AN ANCIENT SWORD, USED IN MANY BATTLES, IS DISPLAYED IN A MUSEUM.‘ War unites people, and is often cynically used by leaders who know this to prop up their thrones. But maybe, just this once, may war unite us in peace.

May all weapons of war new and old be found rusting in glass cases.

Or maybe we should just remember those who tested their courage, and forget swords all together.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Jupiter is just a few degrees from the luminaries. He is the ruler of Pisces and it is his divine compassion that imbues the sign with a sacred hopefulness. Much of Pisces is about water. And whatever ritual can express this moment of a new lunar cycle on Wednesday will carry water from a deep inner spring. Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Neptune are all located in the watery sign of Pisces. A salve might be found in the fiery sign of Aries where Chiron is located. This chart promises medicine for the eternal presence of war might be found in each of the four elements. Mercury and and Saturn are working on the words of peace in airy Aquarius. The symbol of their degree: ‘A LARGE WHITE DOVE BEARING A MESSAGE. The answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained and victorious individual efforts.’

Candle and water are the natural companions in every ritual for change. All of us who are done with war, might unite on the day of new Moon, March 2 around noon to travel to an inner or outer shrine, light a candle of hope and feel the beginning of a new way to live and love on our beautiful planet.

photo: bruce Lhuillier

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes text 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

Mermaid and Butterfly

At this full Moon in Leo, we can see the Moon as the handle of a bucket, as the stirring spoon in a bowl, as a pestle in a mortar, as the stem of a flower, as a string on a balloon, as the stick of a lollipop. Sun and Moon, always in exact opposition at a full Moon are also in an almost perfect square to the Lunar Nodes. Do you think this might be a powerful cauldron of energy? The cauldron is also the womb. What stirs in the womb of this moment, when Sun and Moon are in perfect opposition?

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The phenomenon of a full Moon is always a mystery…a tiny ‘barren’ satellite of Earth, becomes a powerful balance of lumination to the huge star at the center of the solar system. Maybe she does this each month to remind us that we each carry a light which can never be extinguished. Or perhaps, like the eternal and uneven battle between Seth and Horus, it is the reenactment of light and dark locked in conflict. But there is a deep sense with this full Moon that the issue of balance is central to a gift we may or may not understand.

painting and photo: Amelia Royce Leonards

Leo is the most Solar sign in the Zodiac. He is fiery, fixed, and masculine, yet the Sabian Symbol for this full Moon on Wednesday is: “A MERMAID EMERGES FROM THE OCEAN WAVES READY FOR REBIRTH IN HUMAN FORM. KEYNOTE: The stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rising from the unconscious is about to take form as a conscious thought. YEARNING FOR CONSCIOUS FORM AND SOLIDITY.”

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Mermaid in transition is the symbol for the Moon’s degree. And for the Sun? A BUTTERFLY EMERGING FROM A CHRYSALIS.….METAMORPHOSIS.” The symbolism of this moment is transition, but we are always in transition, and the Moon is a visual reminder of that process. Each moment is tender and sacred, full of appearance and disappearance.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Amelia Leonards is a painter/illustrator who lives in Gloucester Massachusetts. You can find more of her beautiful work at: http://www.amelialeonards.com, or on ETSY, Instagram, Facebook or Tumbler. 

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

The Star

I write each new Moon blog during the dark of the Moon. For many of us the last days of the waning Moon can be difficult. Is it because the Moon is our emotional mirror? And when that reflection is missing, we can feel that we are in the grip of some new territory where we don’t have a map. The dark Moon is non verbal, and often works only as a rear view mirror. Still, it’s a prelude to a new Lunar cycle, a time to be Moonless, guided by the stars, the sky no longer, lit by a full Moon.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon is A Barometer. Seems right for today as I am watching the first big snow storm of the winter through the window. The Barometer says what to expect in weather, just as an astrology chart tells us something about universal energies let loose to be available to all who follow the travels of planets through the sky. The explanation of the Barometer: ‘This … symbol tells us that it is most important to seek — by whatever means and at whatever level of consciousness — a knowledge of causal progression, an awareness of cyclic processes, and this includes astrology. The Keyword is ANTICIPATION.’ *

Sun and Moon snuggle together in Aquarius, a sign which is future oriented and very much connected to astrology. Saturn, ruler of Aquarius is close by, the captain of this ship. Seems a perfect moment to put some dreams into form. A first step to make something happen might be to make a wish. Wishes often arise from our heart at the first sight of Venus, the Evening Star. Venus and Mars and Mercury and Pluto are nearby in Capricorn at this new Moon moment. Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn. The combination of daring (Mars), beauty (Venus), magic and thought (Mercury), deep commitment (Pluto) and dedicated work (Saturn) promises, we can create something quite wonderful in this season of Aquarius. The co-ruler of Aquarius is Uranus. He’s in a square to the Sun and Moon so let’s expect a few twists and turns from his revolutionary energy.

Interesting that the Tarot card for Aquarius is The Star. This may portray a soul who makes a promise just before incarnation. And this promise may be more accessible now because of the energy of the planets in their combination.

from the Smith-Waite Tarot deck

There’s something abstract and universal about the sign of Aquarius. That may be why the planet Uranus was assigned as co-ruler after he was discovered at the time of the French revolution. Like all the constellations of the Zodiac, Aquarius contains contradictions. The sign is dedicated to humanity, yet it is such a universal humanity that feeling for individual people may left out. Astrology is associated with Aquarius as is science and technology. Both can be ‘impersonal’ because of their broad sweep of understanding. As an Air sign, Aquarius can be more interested in thought than in feeling, more interested in solution of a problem, than in compassion for those caught in the grip of a painful situation.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Aquarius is a ‘fixed’ sign. Within it falls the Fire Festival of Imbolc, celebrated in America as ‘Groundhog’s Day.’ It is the return of the Light, the first of three spring festivals. Imbolc means ‘ewe’s milk’ and in southern England this is when the lambs are born and Snowdrops begin to bloom. The Chinese Lunar New Year always begin at this new Moon in Aquarius and from many directions and traditions, there is a sense of newness, and a sweet flavor to the air. Imbolc became Candlemass in the Christian tradition, marking the day that Christ was presented to the temple, and the blessing of candles. It’s a festival dedicated to Bridie Bridget, the goddess of poetry, craft (especially black smithing) and childbirth. In the Northern Hemisphere we notice earlier sunrise and later sunset. Daylight expands, water breaks free from ice.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

We are always in transition, moving from dark to light and light to dark. Each moment is a fragrant candle of awareness to be treasured and shared. This new Moon falls on such a precious and tender moment of the year. Maybe my favorite. May you feel the blessing of the Imbolc moment, the light at a new angle, the song of Bride.

Bridgid Painting: Amelia Leonards

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com. I will teach an 8 week astrology class this week which begins on February 1. 

Amelia Leonards is a painter/illustrator who lives in Gloucester Massachusetts. You can find more of her beautiful work at: http://www.amelialeonards.com, or on ETSY, Instagram, Facebook or Tumbler.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at https://www.thelunapress.com/

A Mortar and Pestle

photo: Jada Yvette Willard

Monday at 6:48 pm EST is the moment of the Cancer full Moon for this new year. The constellation Cancer is the Moon’s domain and says much about her light and powers. Cancer and the Moon have much to do with our origins…the sea (Cancer is the crab) and our mother (who puts her arms around us, and may, occasionally be a crab). Cancer sits at the bottom of the ‘natural chart’, the place of our ancestors, and is opposite, Capricorn, the Earth’s sustenance. During the fall and winter months, the Moon becomes extremely bright and appears to be larger than in the summer. Bare trees help to frame her beauty.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

We have a clear visual design in the chart for this moment of full Moon in Cancer. The planets are aligned in a Bowl shape. Where I am located the Bowl arrangement of the planets is tilted on the Western side of the chart, ready to tip out the contents. But this Bowl might be a Mortar with the Lunar Nodes marking the Mortar’s edges, and the full Moon as the Pestle.

Mortar and Pestle are the means of transport for the witch, BABA YAGA. She flies through the air comfortably seated in the Mortar (a grinding surface) and steering her vehicle with the Pestle. The witch also keeps a broom to sweep away her tracks through the sky. I love the stories of her terrible treatment of the poor orphan Vasilisa, who always triumphs with with help of a doll given her by her mother as the poor woman died. Baba Yaga, despite all attempts to make her cruel and evil is the goddess in charge of the waters of life, and has three aspects as does the Moon, as does the triple goddess in every story. The mortar and pestle are the tools of the herbalist, who is dependent upon the Moon to time the planting, gathering and preparing of plants for medicinal concoctions.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Let’s look at some other aspects of this full Moon chart. Pluto is conjunct the Sun, and therefore, also making a strong opposition to the Cancer Moon. Pluto is Hades, the Lord of the Underworld. He will not let the truth remain hidden. He’s working with the luminaries, Sun and Moon to shine light on what has been buried. Is that why I’m cleaning out my attic? Is that why the January 6 committee is presenting its finding during this time? Hades doesn’t let much get past him….his light is dark but penetrating.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

But to add a lighter touch to this chart, Jupiter, Pluto’s brother is making a strong square to the Lunar Nodes, the rim of the cauldron. So he, who rules Pisces is there to bring some light of a different kind to Earth in all her sorrow and joy. He might be the medicine at the bottom of the cauldron. It’s a kind and loving remedy in Pisces with a vision of a peaceful world.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

It’s back to the powerful Moon in Cancer. She is the pestle in this moment of manifestation. She is Cardinal Water that most powerful of all the elements. She reminds us we are an oceanic planet, and that water is rising as we melt the ice which held the seas in check. Over the next few days the Cancer Moon will fill the skies with the blue light of her powerful beams. She reminds us there are many kinds of power, and we each need to find our own light.

photo: Sarah Fuhro
Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com. I will teach an 8 week astrology class this winter which begins on February 1. 
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains of New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.
Enjoy The 2022 Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at www.thelunapress.com .

Winter is the perfect time to dig deep into the fascinating subject of astrology! Register for an 8 week class I am teaching on line (Zoom) which starts on February 1. sarahfuhro@gmail.com

Sky Bowl

photo: Sarah Fuhro

On Sunday January 2nd, there will be a new Moon to celebrate the new year of 2022. The placement of planets, Sun and Moon is arranged in a perfect bowl shape with edges held by the Lunar Nodes… markers for Sun and Moon eclipse. Where I live, the bowl is located perfectly on the horizon of the chart. It looks like a vessel releasing its contents on all below. Where you live it might be at a different tilt, but still a perfect half circle! Central in the chart is Saturn in his sign of rulership, Aquarius. He is also the ruler of Sun and Moon’s Zodiac sign, Capricorn. Saturn is the teacher who helps us to do the hard work of this planet. We have once more found ourselves in a place of renewed pandemic. The construction of a safe environment for everyone on Earth was circumscribed and short changed, and the price for that is continued illness and isolation.

What does this bowl hold, or spill for our planet, weary with plague, and fear blind to the beauty around us? Each moment has the potential to change how we see everything. Ice changes to water droplets, and then to fog. On a December morning in New England, I found honeysuckle blossoms, decorated by jewels of ice, which quickly turned to drops of moisture, each a tiny world.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The dark of the Moon in Capricorn has the potential to be emotionally complicated. We have experienced the winter solstice. The Sun is returning to the Northern Hemisphere, yet the cold days of winter have only begun. Solstice festivities and New Year warm us with food and light if we are fortunate. The Sun is busy elsewhere. The Moon, our emotional body is dark and only visible as a sliver in the early morning sky as she prepares to disappear into Capricorn, a sign where the Moon is weak and uncomfortable, traditionally. She will sail into fullness in Cancer, her sign of rulership in two short weeks, filling the winter sky with light.

photo: Jada Yvette Willard

Chiron, the doctor is poised to help the Sun/Moon combination to plant their new cycle in health and consciousness. Uranus, says: Try something new, something revolutionary and Earth centered. Mars promises his fiery energy to assist in whatever the luminaries might dream up in their wedding chamber.

The Sabian Symbol for this moment suggests we have everything we need to crystallize the creative power of this moment : ‘A fire worshiper meditates on the ultimate realities of of existence.’

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This morning a friend, Jean Svizzero sent a poem, which I found so powerful, and so expressive of this moment of dark Moon, and I want to share it with you.

‘Don’t be deceived by the sun.
It is made of dark matter
veiled in fire,
just as you are.
Conspire with the roots
that clutch your life down
into burnt umber loam.
All bodies are spun from this hunger
for the pit of sweetness.
What are a thousand yellow petals
in your cerebellum
or the scent of frangipani garlands
in the back of your throat
compared to the yearning
of the shadow for its cause?
Find your sap in hollow places
where larvae dream of rainbow wings
and seeds lie awake in their tombs
witnessing the luminous breath
of Winter.
When you are very quiet
you will hear them throbbing
through the long thin night,
and you will be healed
by your loss.
__________

Poem and mandala from our book, The Fire of Darkness, by Rashani Réa and Fred LaMotte.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com. I will teach an 8 week astrology class this winter which begins on February 1.

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at www.thelunapress.com.

Photo: Robert Fuhro

Saturday’s full Moon in Gemini (Air mental) urges us to cross an emotional (Water) barrier, Pisces. Someone (earthy Virgo) in another time built a bridge to make this easy, , but it will take the Fire of intuition in Sagittarius to urge each of us across, like goats going to a new pasture….Capricorn, and the Winter Solstice. .

There is a powerful angle of tension between what is old and what is new at this full Moon. Uranus and Saturn are in a square, which gives us energy from two very different planets and signs. Yet they are located in territory where they may have more understanding and sympathy of each other’s plans and goals. Uranus, who loves the shake up of revolution is in the steady earth sign of Taurus, while Saturn who supports and admires the past and a firm foundation is in Aquarius, the sign of future vision.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

You might find this is a time of return, a return to passions which you had forgotten and now are beckoning to you with fresh energy. You may be involved in a deep transition, and now find that everything around you has undergone Metamorphosis….the key word for Jupiter’s location. It’s as if you have been led, blindfolded in an initiation rite. Now in an unknown location, you are face to face with a huge change in your environment and your daily life… ‘In spiritual terms, this implies entering a higher realm of conscious existence and there joining a sacred Company.’ Sabian Symbol for 28 degrees of Aquarius.

Even familiar objects and people may seem unfamiliar in this new environment, because of the transformation which has taken place. There is the influence of Neptune in all of this as well…The Sea God reminds us that we really don’t know this planet and move through life ‘as a stranger in a strange land.’

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Seen in the context that this is humanity’s transformation, not just yours, you may feel more at home. Spiritual development implies a greater identification with all of humanity and the natural world on this very beautiful planet. Everything seems run on the energy of coincidence, synchronicity, the helpfulness of the universe.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at www.thelunapress.com.

Interested in learning more about astrology? I teach classes online monthly. In January I will offer an 8 week class for beginners and intermediate students.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This is a time of focused light travel. Sagittarius is that period when we leave our dance and appreciation of darkness in Scorpio and enter the focused journey towards the light of the Solstice. We carry our actions and words in a large bundle on our back, like Santa Claus! Whatever we wanted to discard comes along, and like the crisis we have with the trash from our civilization has to be looked at, acknowledged and dealt with or it will overwhelm and define us.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

For many years I thought this stone sculpture at Halibut Point in Rockport was a king. But the last time I visited I noticed, he was a peddler, with a heavy sack on his back. And so also this new Moon which takes place in a solar eclipse is both bright and dark. Sagittarius is a fire sign, the light which guides us towards the crack of light which is the moment of the Solstice, 0 degrees of Capricorn. It is a sign during which we can take stock of the load we carry, but cannot see, because it is held behind us.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is ‘a widow’s past brought to light.’ ‘It is possible to joyously herald the dawn from high above the actual stresses of existence, but the new day may be found loaded and darkened by the unfinished business of many a yesterday.’*

Sagittarius is the shaman, the priestess, the peddler who brings us to the light of new insights, but then it never stops there. Each of us is a channel for the light we have forgotten. We all have Sagittarius in our chart, and where it is located and which planets live there, will help us understand this period of dark and light healing.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Let the soul banish all that disturbs; and let the body that envelops it be still, and all the fretting of the body, and all that surrounds it; let earth and sea and air be still; and heaven itself. And then feel the Spirit streaming, pouring, rushing into you from all sides, while you are quiet in this Peace.’ Plotinus

photo: Sarah Fuhro

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living in New York.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

I am informed and enlightened by The Lunar Calendar. You can find this source of Moon wisdom and delight at www.thelunapress.com .

I teach a monthly seminar, and this Sunday, the day after the Sagittarian Solar eclipse we will discuss the connection between Tarot and Astrology. Tarot is a visual warehouse for astrology archetypes. register at sarahfuhro@gmail.com

photo: Sarah Fuhro

There is a great deal of attention to love at this full Moon in Taurus. Not surprising, since Taurus is the sign of Venus in her full glory. But there is also the energy of Uranus in Taurus which is in an exact trine to Venus. So much about this moment is bursting with energy…..and that is before we even get caught up in an almost total Lunar eclipse, which happens in the early morning of Friday, the 19th at 3:57 AM EST.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

We are gifted to a full Moon bursting with high energy, which goes dark and then lights up again. Taurus is the Moon’s place of ‘exaltation’, but the only time she is Full in Taurus is when the Sun is in Scorpio. So there is a deep and yearning quality to this moment each year. Scorpio is the haunted, never satisfied aspect of love. Taurus is the joyous, fertile, celebratory nature of love. And to make this moment even more expansive and energized, Jupiter is shouting at Sun and Moon from a square in Aquarius…can you hear what he’s saying? Something about adventure into new and unexplored territory of human consciousness (Aquarius)

All of which suggests we might get caught up in energy which has no place to go. That’s why earthquakes and volcanoes often occur in eclipse season! And we are not done yet! Pluto is involved in this moment as well. Lord of the Underworld, he will not stand for lies, or even half truths. He prefers to bury himself deep within the Earth and shake our foundations. It might be best to meet him where he reigns, as so many have done in the past!

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

And then there is Saturn who is in league with Chiron, the healer; Uranus, Mr. Revolution, and Demeter, the mother of our planet. They want to see some changes, and it is under the direction of our hearts and spirits what those changes may be. Fear is not helpful and neither is despair. The Sabian Symbol for this degree of the Taurus Moon is ‘a woman, past her “change of life” experiences a new love.’ This a very Scorpio-Taurus image, a love based not on fertility (Beltane), but on a new beginning after the finish of an old experience (Samhain).

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This Lunar cycle began in Scorpio, and quickly grew into a tiny sickle in the late afternoon sky! All that was gathered during the last few weeks of travel, and will be released bit by bit after the fullness has been reached on Friday. Are you going to get up predawn to watch the eclipse, and recovery of the Moon’s light?

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Try Something New

photo: Sarah Fuhro

This is a photo I found in the woods yesterday, placed on a grave in a pet cemetery which once belonged to the estate, now conservation land. This photo has been floating around this cemetery for months, but yesterday began the days of Samhain, dark season, when the Earth rests. I looked at it once again and snapped this photo, to remind myself that Samhain is the season of No Time. But how do we, as humans, experience No Time?

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

It seems we are always ‘marking’ time, so a vacation during the dark days between the end of one lunar cycle and the beginning of another is a good time to try something new. Because this is a time of experimentation, a new Moon cycle, the corridor into a Lunar Eclipse, the dark days of Samhain, and because the new Moon takes place exactly opposite Uranus…. you may expect with absolute certainty, you won’t know what is coming next, so don’t bother guessing. Since we don’t know what is around the next corner, we step out in a new way to meet Uranus on his own ground.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The place to try something new might be in the very old arena of Anger…Mars is close to Sun and Moon and not far from an opposition to the revolutionary, Uranus. It’s interesting to feel anger and then contemplate what feels old about it and what expression of it might open new avenues. Mars in Scorpio is at home. He wandered through Libra and picked up some Venusian concerns, maybe not so much about love and beauty, but certainly about justice. Now in trine with Saturn in Aquarius he might want to incorporate what ever looks like justice with the positive energy of out going Mars

photo Bruce Lhuillier

Because Mercury (speech and thought) and Mars are quite close to one another, there is a good possibility of speaking in anger and righteous indignation without enough time to think about what impact the words might have. Saturn would then imprint that those words into a long lasting form, much more than Mars and Mercury had contemplated. Above is a picture of trapped anger in an abandoned insane asylum, a place of trapped anger, and old forms of reaction to that anger.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Scorpio is a Water sign. Water has the lasting, but invisible power to make changes that hardly seem possible except when it is in flood. Samhain, Hallowe’en is the marker for the end of an old year and a dark interim before the Sun returns at the Solstice. Things fall apart with this combination of Water (Scorpio) and Fire (Mars). Words may come pouring out which were never meant to be to be felt with such force. Unless, and here’s where Uranus might be a help instead of a fuse lighter. Mercury in Libra, love and justice, in partnership with Mars in Scorpio, strategic warrior, could stop just long enough to say, what would an alternative to battle look like? Saturn in Aquarius stirs the mix with the spoon of future vision.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Community Light

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

When I looked at the astrology chart for the full Moon this morning, I noticed how many planets are in tight contact with Sun and Moon. ‘This is is about community, ‘ I thought. Then I read the Sabian Symbol for the Sun’s degree in Libra: ‘A MAN BECOMING AWARE OF SPIRITUAL FORCES SURROUNDING AND ASSISTING HIM. KEYNOTE: The realization, at any level of existence, that one is never alone, and that the “community” — visible or invisible — is sustaining one’s efforts.‘ And even though it happens to us all the time, I was stunned by parallel promise of community, as so clearly illustrated in the chart of this full Moon moment.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The symbol goes on: ‘At the animal level, the whole biosphere is the community; for the ordinary human being, it is the tribe or family, the village community, the nation. As the individual expands his consciousness, he may become aware of a spiritual community…this produces a state of strong inner assurance.’

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Who are these planetary supporters of the Libra Sun and Aries Moon? There is the warrior Mars in tight connection to the Sun. Does he have something to learn from the Libra Sun who shines with harmonious intentions? Is he a decorative guard, or a fierce proponent of this moment? This is especially balanced because the Aries Moon keeps Eris as her right hand companion. Eris is the sister of Aries (Mars) and loved to stir up excitement and chaos in the name of family honor. This might not bode well for peace and harmony in the world, but it may be the opportunity each of us has to look at our anger, and how we deal with conlict, especially conflict in the name of honor.

Pluto, the lord of the Underworld, squares the the two lights and their guards. I think he is actually a steadying force. Perhaps he speaks for Earth, and the ‘biosphere which surrounds us.’ The UN climate change conference is in preparation. Pluto may send some environmental reminders that this is no longer someone else’s problem. Pluto cannot be dodged or covered over. He, like death is unavoidable.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Next is Jupiter. He is not as threatening as Pluto in his approach, or position in the chart, but may be offering some Aquarian insight on the structure of human residence on the planet. Both Pluto and Jupiter are in signs ruled by the planet Saturn. Saturn makes a neat trine to Mercury, and to the Earth goddess Ceres (Demeter). It’s time for the human community to listen to an emergency gathering of the forces of change. The UN conference on climate change begins on October 31, a date when all that no longer supports life is swept away with Scorpionic vigor.

Interesting how the Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s position sums this up: ‘Great hopes, excited expectations cannot be sustained. What is implied here is the need to be more than “obsessed by potentiality”. The objective results have to be considered. The individual is not alone concerned, for in a sense mankind as a whole will be affected. What is required, therefore, is an objective inclusiveness of the whole environment; thus a sense of RESPONSIBILITY for what one’s actions will produce in people who have been made to expect significant results. ‘ The actual verbal image of the Moon’s degree is ‘A large audience confronts the performer who has disappointed its expectations. ‘

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This is where ‘Community Light’ comes in. At this full Moon all who know we are part of the Earth, not her inhabitants, must speak in our own way. With the unmoveable strength of Pluto, we must take the light of the community both ‘visible and invisible,’ into our hands and demand responsibility from ourselves, and our leaders to treat our home and body with deep love and respect.

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Take a Breath

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sun, Moon and Mars are shacked up at the thirteenth degree of Libra. A new Moon is always the opportunity for a new start, a seed, a conception. Sun and Moon, our luminaries, are, as always in this precious moment, cloistered in the same place, but they are not alone.

Mars, who is all energy and out ward bound force is with them in the same degree. It’s like naptime in a day care center…’.you will rest,’ Mars says, ‘whether you think you need it or not.’

To enforce this further, seven planets are in retrograde, i.e. appearing to move backward in time and space.

And to further this theme, the Sabian Symbol for this degree of new beginning reads this way:  ‘IN THE HEAT OF THE NOON HOUR A MAN TAKES A SIESTA. KEYNOTE: The need for recuperation within the social pattern of everyday activity. the need for techniques of RELAXATION, and the need to allow the functions of body and psyche to “digest,” free from external pressures, the complex experiences of social living and particularly of business.’

There’s a promise of healing in this chart. Chiron, the physician is directly across the sky from Sun, Moon and Mars. He’s in Aries a sign Mars ‘rules’ and delights in. His prescription is clear: ‘take a deep breath, and see what happens next.’ Like Merlin’s initiation into prophetic power, we are all on the verge of a sacred moment. ‘Thereupon he (Merlin) straightway burst into tears, and drawing in the breath of Prophecy, spake saying….’ Geoffrey of Monmouth The History of the Kings of Britain

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

I feel the wind,  which is not air, and not my breath.

It is the internal great respiration,  not my own.

The breath breaths me and creates new structures.

I let the wind discover routes and tunnels

I did not know existed within me.   

I am yours.  I take your breath to be mine.

Sarah Fuhro

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Light Through a Prism

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac. Like a seedpod, it contains all the aspects of the plant at the end of the its growth cycle and contains the next cycle held within a cradle.

photo: Robert Fuhro

This particular full Moon in Pisces comes at the end of the Sun’s journey through Virgo, and so the end of the Moon’s stay in Pisces. We all know that in the end is the beginning, and in the beginning is the end.

Several powerful planets are witness to this transitional moment. Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces is close to the Moon, and the two are considering the fate of the seas. After all, Pisces is fish, and Neptune is the Lord of the oceans. I spent several days this week camping and walking by the Gulf of Maine…..a perfect combination of Virgo’s connection to the Earth and Pisces to the Water. Less than a century ago, people lived on the islands of this beautiful place, not as vacationers, but in deep life and death partnership with sea creatures, fish, stone, boats, and the sky’s light.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Pluto is also keeping watch over the luminaries, just as the lighthouses of the coat kept sailors in a conversation with the contours of stone, sand and water: life and death, the boundaries of Pluto’s kingdom. The Gulf of Maine is marked by lighthouses which spoke through light to sailers and fisherman on the sea. Often the message was ‘don’t come any closer.’ Perhaps Pluto’s message at this moment in time is also a warning to Earth’s ‘luminaries.’ You must pay attention to the disaster you have created….don’t come any closer.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Jupiter has a large role in this chart as well. Jupiter is the sky god, just as Pluto rules the Underworld. They are brothers, and Pluto saw Jupiter as having all the fun. In Monday’s chart, Jupiter has a very direct access to Mercury, who, because he is the planet and god of communication, is also a trickster. Our mental powers are a double edged sword and our inner dialogue swings us easily from despair to ecstasy….from belief to cynicism. I think in this case we might need the two of them to fully immerse our bodies and minds in the natural joyousness of being alive. In a few days we celebrate the point of equal light and dark over all the Earth. To be in balance, we must dance in night and day.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Quirky Virgo!

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Start off Monday evening with a celebration of the new Moon in Virgo, a new Moon flavored by the quirky energy of Uranus! The romantic couple (Virgo Sun and Moon) are in close quarters with Virgo Mars! AND there is a Plutonic/Neptune connection to Mars: action with karmic ties to the past and future can be expected.

Uranus is in perfect trine to VIRGO Sun and Moon. Uranus provides an off beat and unexpected rhythm to Virgo’s love of harmony and reliability. But Uranus is just Mercury pumped up and tilted. And Mercury is Virgo’s ruler, so maybe this is not so off beat after all.

At sundown the horn will sound to welcome Rosh Hoshanah. A new year begins for Jews around the world, with a new and quirky Moon for everyone to celebrate! No sight of the new Moon to be seen for a day or two, but it’s a celebratory moment when that first crescent can be seen at twilight! Our ancestors kept close watch for that tiny sliver, and to see her that first evening still rings in our hearts.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Uranus is in a Earthy trine to Sun and Moon. The celebration of Virgo’s power as ritualist and Earth priestess is at a high peak on this special occasion. And, since Virgo relishes the whole concept of work, craft, busyness, and service to others, what better way to celebrate Labor Day, and to honor of all those who keep the world turning with their daily endeavors?

Eight of Pentacles Smith-Waite Tarot deck

The new Moon begins a fresh cycle after a month of flood, fire, wind and pandemic. Mars’s interconnection to Pluto and Neptune, suggests that medical action (Mars in Virgo) is thwarted in a variety of ways. Pluto tells Mars this crisis is not over yet, Neptune blurs any kind of united action. And all of this is reflected in the Earth response to our disconnect. Without a deep vision of planetary health, we cannot begin the task of healing. Virgo new Moon says: this is still possible if we honor the healing power of the planetary body.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

But this may be the eternal message of the new Moon. A new cycle begins with disappearance, darkness and a tiny seed. This Virgo Moon with its close contact to the messenger, Uranus, has a far fetched message. Earth is stronger than our neglect and poison. The odd combination of Mars and Neptune might be called Butterfly magic, strength not in iron but in gossamer wings that fly thousands of miles to meet at a destined community. Here’s hoping we can travel with brave Virgo Moon through the next 28 days, reflecting light from the Sun and visiting each sign of the zodiac, just as the butterfly visits flowers in a meadow!

photo: Bruce Lhuillier
Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

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Chalice Search

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Long ago a chalice was lost,

misplaced during battle,

kicked over by metal clad boots.

No long caring who won or who lost,

the chalice searched all the lands

where he had ever traveled, old boats, old roads

he filled himself with what he found.

He had been important,

but now, he no longer cared.

What importance was there to the past?

The chalice needed a new start.

He knew somewhere, someone was waiting.

He would have to find the new partner,

and begin the slow and measured

process of fill and reflection.

He left memory behind and found

a closet filled with all the things

people don’t quite know what to do with.

He smelled the newness of everything,

he became part of tarnish and renewal.

Rooted in the Past

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

It’s very special to have two full Moons in the same sign, a chance to revisit the polarity which occurred a month past. We think of astrology as about the future, but the future is built upon the past, and this is a time to contemplate all that came before. It’s not just the rerun of an Aquarian full Moon, but many planets are ‘retrograde.’ They appear to travel through old territory. At this full Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto revisit old issues. Afghanistan seems a perfect example.

Of, course, there is no return to the past, which the Taliban will discover, just as America will have to admit violence doesn’t solve problems, but instead wastes lives, time and focus to solve the dilemmas we face together. There is one planet here and deeply unified consciousness will have to emerge from all inhabitants.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sun in the final degree of Leo lies across the sky from the Moon in the final degree of Aquarius. Later in the day The Sun will move move into Virgo as Moon moves into Pisces. Leo represents the monarchial form of leadership, Aquarius represents democratic structure. The Sun represents the shining Self and the Moon represents the people.  The Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s degree mentions: ‘The ability for the person with an open mind and a deep feeling for self-transcendence to come in contact with higher forms of existence.’

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Moon has a close companion at this moment. Jupiter, also in Aquarius adds an ingredient of joyful optimism. He may be the source of the Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s degree: ‘Deeply rooted in the past of a very ancient culture, a spiritual brotherhood in which many individual minds are merged into the glowing light of a unanimous consciousness is revealed to one who has emerged successfully from his metamorphosis. ‘

photo: Robert Fuhro

This full Moon carries some of the energy of a new Moon, a new beginning, a new day. Sun and Moon hover on the last degree of their signs to give us the chance to look backward, before sailing forward. It also reassures: we are not alone. We have the deep connection to all forms of existence, which can be forgotten in a moment of fear.

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Together

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Darkness and a well-worn path for humanity to navigate together is the message of this moment. This is the season of Lughnasadh, which is often tricky, even tearful. Lughnasadh marks the transition between hunter-gather and agriculture cultures, and carries in it a certain melancholy or nostalgia for a nomadic life, lost when folks settled into one place to raise crops and animals. It’s the season when we in the Northern Hemisphere notice the return of Orion the Hunter, and his dog, Sirius (Dog Days of August), the brightest star left to us under smoke darkened skies. Lughnasadh contains celebrations of harvest, bread, tribal gatherings, and weddings. It might be a time to feel the pulsating connection to our bodies. Maybe it’s a time to lie down and look up, not just to the sky, but in chorus with all the green growth, which is rampant at this moment of lunar renewal! This is the marriage of light (Lugh) and Earth (Eire).

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This new Moon is the Moon of (Coll) Hazel, the tree who grows in and near water. Hazelnuts feed the Salmon of Wisdom, who swims in the ancient Pool of Segais. But Hazel feeds our wisdom as well, if we keep one foot on land and one in water, like the Heron.

photo: Robert Fuhro

Prominent in the chart of the new Moon is Uranus….He often seems to move into strong focus at this time of year. Uranus, that unpredictable rebel connects to Sun and Moon and to Venus, essence and love. He is in Taurus, the sign of Earth, and the Moon’s favorite haunt. Uranus with his close embrace of important players in the astrology chart of the moment, brings about total and sudden disruption, like the Greenville, California fire, yesterday, like the explosion in Beirut last August 4, like the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Or maybe it’s just our focus on destruction, at this time, for the world is always suffering sudden change.

AP photo: Noah Berger Greenville California today

Chiron is also connected to Sun and Moon at this seed moment. He’s in the fiery sign of Aries, just as Sun and Moon occupy the Fire sign Leo. The theme of this new Moon is ‘togetherness,’ and Chiron seems ready to manifest and then heal wounds caused by separation. The issue of vaccines, public health, eviction, injustice, climate disaster never go away until we acknowledge the pain of our shared situation and then remember this vision of heaven and hell:

In each location, the inhabitants are given access to food, but the utensils are too unwieldy to serve oneself with. In hell, the people cannot cooperate, and consequently starve. In heaven, the diners feed one another across the table and are sated

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sabian Symbol for Friday’s full Moon: ‘An Unexpected Thunderstorm’ says we have to prepare for the consequences of the damage we create in our home, our self, our body, the Earth. The only strategy is to ‘develop the inner security which will enable us to meet unexpected crises.’ I believe this ‘inner security’ is the deep knowledge that we are of Earth and not residents. The fires and floods are the consequences of our extended separation from this beautiful planet. If there is no conversation with our body, do we know we have a body?

The Sun recently entered the sign of Leo, where he shines the brightest, even after he was vanquished in his battle at the Summer Solstice with the Holly King. We can all begin to feel darkness nibbling at the edges of the day, while the heat of summer grows in the Northern Hemisphere. Leo is the sign of the Sun, the star and monarch of our visible cosmos. But, as with all full Moons, Aquarius, ‘the people’ Moon is in the opposite sign and holds a revolutionary balance to Leo’s monarchy. Leo has Sun as ruler, Aquarius is under the guidance of Saturn, who is presently visiting Aquarius, and Uranus in the Earth’s sign: Taurus. They are called, co-rulers and jockey between Saturn’s absolute and final word on everything and the quirky, experimental nature of Uranus.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This moment asks for focus. Focus on the Earth. Uranus, the sky god, is deeply immersed in the Earth sign, Taurus. No diverting his center of attention. Saturn is in the Air sign Aquarius. He might have political or scientific solutions to the painful writhing of our planet, but to focus on solutions may remove us even further from immersion with the Earth, our bodies. The thunder bolt held in this degree of the full Moon will keep all our senses fixed on the present moment. The next step is love, deep and passionate commitment to Earth. Venus and Jupiter say that in the chart. They also stand across the circle, like Sun and Moon. Jupiter is immersed in the oceanic love of Pisces, Venus is in earthy, practical, Virgo, the physician who loves her patient back to health.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

I Like My Body e.e.cummings

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body.  i like what it does,
i like its hows.  i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones,and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the,shocking fuzz
of your electric furr,and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh….And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.
PHOTO: Bruce Lhuillier

With each new Moon there is the opportunity to find a new facet in ourselves and our world. We find that new angle in darkness, alone, and with no apparent help. But as the days roll on, and we begin to see the Lady’s crescent at sundown, we notice the stage where we perform our drama is populated with many other figures: human, animal, plant, and spirit. We are always surrounded by sources of light, dark and bright, and like the Lilly in the photo above, we create a light for others as well.

Here we have the chart for the new Moon moment. You’l notice that Sun and Moon and Mars and Venus form two couples in close connection. The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Sun and Moon meet is ‘a priest performing a marriage ceremony.’ The priest in this chart is the planet Uranus. Uranus is not a traditional priest. He is an interloper with a goal of interjecting a revolutionary angle to ‘marriage.’ He sanctifies not continuity, but revolution. This moment is a time to explore the combined and separate energies of Sun and Moon, Venus and Mars, male and female, not as convenient social divisions, but as dynamic forces of creativity.

PHOTO: Bruce Lhuillier

Here in stained glass is an image of this new Moon in Cancer. The Moon upholds and tenderly displays a shield with the Sun and the rays of the Sun engraved upon it. The new Moon in Cancer occurs at or soon after the Summer Solstice, when the Sun (in the Northern Hemisphere) is wounded by the Holly King, and enters the Moon’s house, Cancer. Despite the fact that this is a time of great Sunshine and heat, we know we are headed toward cold and darkness. Cancer is the sign of the Moon, and is followed by Leo, the sign of the Sun. The two play a roiling combination of direct and reflected light each lunar cycle, they are especially apparent at high summer. Then the Moon begins a new cycle in Cancer and they meet up somewhere in that crabby constellation, with claw arms which look like a waxing and waning Moons. Looking at this stained glass depiction of Moon holding Sun in her arms I wonder: does the Sun recover in the sign of Cancer from his Solstice wounds and then go on to shine forth brighter than ever in Leo, his special sign? What does this mean for the energies within each of us? The Lunar Cycle is the oldest marker of time. To begin each of her monthly journeys around the zodiac, the luminaries reunite and begin a dark and tender new cycle in recluse.

PHOTO: Bruce Lhuillier

Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   You can find them online at http://www.mindfire.ca/.

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Artist: Abraham Anghik Ruben Passage of Spirits photo: Sarah Fuhro

This canoe is a beautiful representation of the expression ‘all in the same boat,’ the meaning of the Sabian Symbol for this Capricorn Moon. ‘The ability to use natural resources and basic skills in order to achieve a group-purpose.‘ This moment of full Moon, so soon after the Summer Solstice, suggests a new start for humanity, a determination to create a vessel ‘at the start of a journey by water.’ Cooperation is the theme of this full Moon with a joint effort between humans, animals and spirits. And with each full Moon, there is the opportunity to find cooperation between opposite signs, elements and impulses. Just as the Sun reaches his height in the Northern Hemisphere, he moves into the sign of the Moon, Cancer as if to create a balance in the power of the two luminaries.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Capricorn (the sign of the Moon) is the Earthy, wooden aspect of the expedition which is proposed by the Cancer Sun. Water is the means of movement for the proposed journey, wood is the material of the boat. With each full Moon we feel the excitement of that challenge which proposes we see opposites in a dance rather than a battle. It’s that palpable sense of being torn apart in order to become larger and more accepting of opposing parts of ourselves, situations and other people.

Love is associated with the element of Water. We can see that Venus (she of love), is also in Cancer in a tender Water trine with Neptune, love’s highest expression. But it’s Capricorn, who creates a vessel to carry love with earthy knowledge and determination. I can’t help but think of a Capricorn friend and sister Druid, Catriona McDonald, who recently took hold of problems I had with this program and with absolute concentration and determination (Capricorn) tried and finally succeeded in repairing my relationship (Cancer) to WordPress.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

At the new Moon two weeks ago Mars and Pluto were were in opposition and there were a many war drums pounding in our ears, which needed to be transformed into an embrace of life force energy. Now Mars is in Leo and has set an opposition to Saturn in Aquarius. If we think about these two signs, they are the King (Mars in Leo) versus the scientist….Saturn in Aquarius. Once again we can feel and hear political voices or our own mental conversation, which can be ready to take on ‘the expert,’ and still needs the deep knowledge of the ‘master.’

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Now it is Venus who is in ‘opposition’ to Pluto. Venus who will argue for love over tradition, or organization or patriarchal principles. And because she is also in the elemental connection of Water with Neptune, she can be the irresistible force which wears down the immoveable object.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Jupiter is the great turtle in this chart. When you watch the summer skies for the full Moon in Capricorn, look for Jupiter as well. He’s in a relationship with both Sun and Moon from the seas of Pisces. He may be a companion and guide in the ‘Passage of Spirits’ canoe above.

photo: Jean Svizzero
 Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Fox paininting BL

painting: Bruce Lhuillier

I chose the Fox as a theme for this new Moon, because this animal represents so much about the sign of Gemini where the new Moon is located on Thursday. Mercury is also there, where he likes to be….Gemini is mental and versatile, with a keen sense of irony and humor. Mercury is at the top of his game when he is in Gemini. He appears and disappears much like the fox who lives all over the world, and allows his natural curiosity to take him to strange locations, urban, desert, forest. He is at home everywhere, and does not let human interference keep him away.

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Reynard the Fox is a character with various names from stories around the world. He is not muscular, but he is always clever. Since this new Moon is a solar eclipse, we might see how these stories and their illustrations are also about the cosmos. We know the monarchial Lion, the Sun, will be partially devoured by repentant Reynard, but we already know, it will not stop him from the next act of trickery.

But there may be a more celestial purpose in this trickery we call foxiness! Neptune is in square to the Sun and Moon and Mercury in Gemini. This is the planet of universality, of new insights, of total confusion. As much as we all know Reynard will never change his ways, we always fall for his charm and his tears of repentance! So much going on in the patterns astrologers love to peruse!

So much going on at this moment of newness. Mars, who is almost at the end of the journey in Cancer, where is more chef than warrior, is in a face-off with menacing Pluto. Yet Earthy Capricorn Pluto is in sloshy relationship not only with watery Mars, but with Neptune. Pluto is, of course, about the Underworld and all that is dark, hidden and transformative, but he is also headed backward along with Saturn and Mercury. Perhaps they have a sacred rendezvous, a meeting which will take place as the Moon becomes embraced in the Sun’s beams, the Sun is partially devoured in eclipse. And foxy Mercury will visit the hen house!

A Moon of Plenty

Wild geranium

photo: Sarah Fuhro 

You’ve already heard a lot about this full Moon: a total eclipse, a Super Moon (close to Earth at this moment in her cycle). I chose the picture of a Wild Geranium, because the forest and meadows are full of them at this moment. What does it feel like for a Wild Geranium as the Moon fills and spills her lunar light on dark woods? I’ll be camping under the full Moon Wednesday night, I’ve been dancing under the waxing Moon in my garden as it fills, but a Wild Geranium deep in the oak and pine woods where I found her might have a very different experience!

Rosa Medievalis BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Also I chose this flower because it is clearly related to the number 5, the degree of the Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius at the moment of fullness. Five has a connection to Jupiter, and to Venus, to a sense of joy and fulfillment. It is the Pentacle, the Rose, the Apple! Jupiter is in a sign he likes because he is the ‘ruler’ of Pisces. The Moon is in Sagittarius, the other sign Jupiter rules. Jupiter is in a tight relationship to both Sun and Moon. This moment may be as much about Jupiter and his bounty as it is about the full Moon. There is a feeling of blessing.

Every blade of grass has its Angel who bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.” ~The Talmud.

Full Moon in Sagittarius '21

Sun in Gemini is in the sign of the Zodiac associated with our hands, our five fingered hands. Our hands can speak for us and for the deaf they are the voice. And whatever our hands touch or transmute is the form our life force takes as it passes through us.

shadow hand – Version 2

photo: Sarah Fuhro   

And,  speaking of the Life Force,  there is an interesting axis of opposition in this chart, at this moment.  Mars in Cancer (the Moon’s natural sign) is  across the circle from Pluto in Capricorn. Mars and Pluto share a forceful outgoing energy.   Saturn and Uranus are in a close square.  All this suggests a shake up and lots of loose energy.  Imagine a journey you might choose to take, with all kinds of events, all beyond your control, as you make this pilgrimage.  You can’t plan ahead.  You have to deal with each challenge as it arises. 

path through the light in the woods BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

Jupiter’s influence on the moment of the full Moon is felt when the path feels like the photo above.

But the Mars Pluto opposition can feel like this:  as if a sinister force is channeling your journey in ways you don’t have any control over it. Choice feels blocked.     

gothic corridor BL photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

And another square between planets may give you the way through. Neptune in Pisces squares Venus and Mercury in Gemini. Neptune promises universal love, Venus and Mercury might be our friends to whom we turn when we need conversation, comradeship and and laughter. What a moment and what a chart! But one hand, with five fingers is enough to hold it all.

IMG_2352photo Bruce Lhuillier  

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an astrology consultation,  or to be notified of classes, email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.   You can also follow her at: https://sarahfuhro.wordpress.com

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

comorant flying

photo: Robert Fuhro   

So this is what the new Moon will bring on Tuesday: a way to wing your way over troubles…to see your crisis in a new way, to feel anxiety fall away as you trust your long forgotten wings.  Neptune is in close connection to Sun and Moon, a clue there is more than one reality.  Whatever the circumstances,  walk into this other reality, and know it is just as valid as any other.    

tulip and Queen   BL

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Here is the Lady, who wears the horns of Taurus, the crescent Moons which begin and end each miraculous lunar cycle.  Taurus is the place where the Moon finds joy, her ‘exaltation.’ The sign of Taurus is ruled by Venus, and that planet will accompany the new Moon as she sets, a tiny crescent with a jeweled companion.  

 Neptune, ‘the higher octave’ of Venus won’t be visible, but makes an almost perfect trine to Sun and Moon.   With that tight  contact experience this new Moon in a transcendant state.  Open the windows of your heart to this beautiful moment.  This is a season of aroma, when flowers open and call to us to fall into a fragrant embrace.      

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This is the lunar month of Hawthorn. This sacred tree reminds us that there is more than one realm. Hawthorn is associated with the kingdom of Fae, whom humans scorned and forgot, but which has always been here. There are rules to interaction between the two folk. We each carry some piece of the consciousness which is Earth. Hawthorn is one of the many plants which connect us.

Hazel Brook orchard

photo: Robert Fuhro        OK, it’s not a Hawthorn, but it beckons us in so beautifully, I had to use it!   

 

Hawthorn         Sarah Fuhro   

Dear Hawthorn,

I remember you best, as I saw you climb the hill to the sky

in your angry, thorn black stockings and gloves.

You were clad in white blossom gown,

guardian of the sweet spring,

where water swells from granite lips.

You mark the place and your white foam

marks the time of cleansing and seclusion

before the madness and power,

of the Oak Moon at Midsummer.

As the crescent Moon of Taurus slides into the West,

Hawthorn retreats to her lonely hill,

where she shines like the star of evening.

IMG_4573photo: Sarah Fuhro      Shakespeare performance at twilight in Portland Maine   

Shakespeare is a link to the connection between the two realms, human and fairy, each with their own rules and territory.   But there is also deep acquaintance with the woods and fields and orchards around us still. Mars and Chiron will be in perfect square at the new Moon. This is a healing combination.  Mercury is powerfully positioned to speak of the medicine they might offer us. Mercury is both physician, magician, salesman and speaker.   The old wisdom of Saturn is in perfect sync with the inventiveness of Uranus.  This is a potent Moon. Imagine some new path over uncharted waters, lift from your  for your weary feet, and fly.  

Sabian Symbol (verbal image for each degree of the Zodiac)  for the Sun and Moon conjunction is:  

‘White dove flying over troubled waters. The spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crisis.’    An Astrological Mandala..Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of the 360 degrees of images channeled by Elsie Wheeler and transcribed by Marc Jones.   .  

Sarah Fuhro, astrologer and teacher. for appointment and class information: sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Willow Wands

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What will the full Moon in Scorpio see?   It’s very hard to keep Scorpio in the dark.  A   full Moon in Scorpio sheds light like no other, dark light.  

At this moment of fullness there seems to be a concordance of planets in chorus with the Luminaries (Sun and Moon)

 How will a watery Mars  energize  the Sun in Taurus (Earth) and Moon in Scorpio (Water)?  

Chiron, may hold the key to the way we feel Mars energy clearing blocks.   Saturn has his own plans for future visions.  Let’s hope a world conference on climate is awake.  The Teacher is making a powerful square to Sun, and the quirky Uranus.  Saturn also squares Venus and Mars.   Is this a damper on the joy of this season or a promise to give structure to a worldwide wake up to climate change?   

Beltane comes at the end of this week and the Taurus Sun will warm our circle of celebration for the fertility of this moment of blossom and new green shoots, but Scorpio Moon also celebrates the cleansing power of death.    

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Tonight is the full Moon of Saile…Willow,   The Moon’s most powerful expression.   Willow grows near water and is the original source of the pain killer, aspirin. Yet Saille, Willow is sacred to the goddesses of death, Hecate,  Circe,  Caileach.   

Willow Wand

When the wind sweeps

the basket of my body,

I feel each of the ribs,

once Willow’s wands,

which bent and swayed

near water, under Moon.

I know myself water,

tears and sparkling smiles,

laughter and shadow,

the form transformed,

pushed by the torrent

or held in the trickle. 

(Sarah Fuhro)   

Polish_20210207_110901668     photo: Bruce Lhuillier:   https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone   

Somewhere there is a spring, water coming from out of the earth, where the celebration of this Moon begins. Find your source of water, to heal, to celebrate to refresh you. There is no sacred moment without the presence of water. The process of birth begins when the waters break loose and flow.

And then, even if it is midday and no full Moon is yet visible, give honor to the source of renewal, Water, the Moon, the joy of Taurus, the depth of feeling, Scorpio as they dance across the circle from one another.

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photo: Sarah Fuhro

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an astrology consultation,  or to be notified of classes, email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

A Pregnant Moment

‘The only cats worth anything, are the cats who take chances’  

                                                                  Thelonious Monk  

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photo: Robert Fuhro  

 For each degree of the zodiac there is a verbal image called, a Sabian Symbol.   This moment of conjunction between Sun and Moon, which begins the next lunar cycle is full of creative energy: ‘A pregnant woman in a light summer dress. Inner fullfilment.‘ 

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The Aries new Moon, which takes place on Sunday, shines with the energy of spring fire.  A line up of planets in the sign of Aries tells us that fire and courage, anger and ebullience are are in the air.   Taste! Take a deep breath of that energy and know it is yours.  In New England, where I live, the leaves are still tightly rolled, and the shape of the land is clearly visible beneath a green and red haze.  Each moment is another step in the spring dance.   

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier     

There are many planetary fingers pointing at this new Moon. The Sun and Moon are not alone in Aries. Chiron, Mercury and Venus are there, but so are some interesting asteroids, Ceres, the Earth goddess and Eris the mischief maker are in the Aries mix. When I think of mixtures of disparate pieces, I think of swamps, the hidden source of life. Swamp is in us. Fire is in us.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Mars, the planetary ruler of Aries, where the Sun and Moon are meeting, is in a helpful angle.  Since Mars is in Gemini, an Air sign, he is like a bellows blowing the flames higher.   Jupiter is in sync as well with Airy Aquarius.  He could help us make new discoveries during this Aries new Moon.   And we have Pluto adding his deep underworld intensity to what is going on.   Enjoy this energy and go further with something creative, as suggested by Monk: ‘take chances!’  like all the budding plants around you!                                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

 

With each new Moon, we glimpse something invisible yet potent, the fiery seed planted in darkness. And, like the Sabian Symbol for this moment of newness, it is about ‘inner fulfillment.’ A pregnant woman carries something within which has no visible form. Her summer dress speaks of the vulnerability of all creative moments. Aries is always out there in front. The Sun delights to occupy Aries; he is associated with warrior energy because what he represents needs protection. A pregnant woman feels her power and her fragility, as in this new Moon moment on Sunday.

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Aries: painting by Amelia Leonards

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an astrology consultation,  or to be notified of classes, email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Amelia Leonards: https://www.amelialeonards.com

Bruce Lhuillier:   https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

The Crystal Gazer

‘Come away, O human child!

To the waters, and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than

you can understand.’

W.B. Yeats The Stolen Child

Full Moon in Libra 2020photo: Sarah Fuhro       Full Moon in Libra 2020   

Libra full Moon marks the Venus side of spring, for she is the ‘ruler’ of Libra. This particular Venus is in Aries, at the same degree as the Sun and Chiron, heated with the Fire of Aries, cooled with Air of Libra. These are the days when the Lady of Love wanders through the meadows and forests, streams and rivers as they open in the Earth and in ourselves. The Sun enters Aries at the moment of the Spring Equinox and a great burst of Mars energy begins the cycle of a new astrological year. As always, the full Moon provides balance and integration to the astrological equation.

A moment in time to an astrologer is a recipe with a little bit of this energy, and maybe, a lot of another. Mars and Venus, Aries and Libra, male and female oppose and balance. To read the message of an astrology chart is to be the crystal gazer, to feel the music written in the pattern of the glyphs.

Libra Full Moon 2021

Libra is represented by a set of scales, and has the planetary, ruler, Venus. Saturn is also delighted to be in Libra, because any sign associated with love and art is going to involve rules and discipline, Saturn’s special domain. Ruler Venus is love and beauty, but Libra is a measured love (Saturn), and not even the natural frenzy of the full Moon energy can take away that impulse toward balance. Saturn is in connection to both Sun and Moon, so expect more than frenzy from this large and beautiful spring Moon. Aries Sun, Chiron the healer and Venus dance to love and beauty in the same degree. And that degree is about crystals, clarity, focus.

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                                             photo:  Bruce Lhuillier     https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

It’s true, this moment, the three: Sun, Chiron and Venus are in the same degree of Aries. The verbal image (Sabian Symbol) for the trio is a beautiful reminder of Libra’s power. ‘A Crystal Gazer. ‘the development of an inner realization of organic wholeness.’ This may be the impulse of this powerful spring Moon. The moment of fullness represents, ‘concentrated attention.’ Does it seem inspiration is available in huge scoops? Seeds are ‘concentrated attention’. They carry a map of where and from whom they came, and what they will become, if they are given the opportunity.

What shall I plant first? As the Moon wanes, it will release all she learned since the last new Moon. We are on a monthly journey, where each step is significant and powerful.

 

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier   https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

This full Moon will be large, for it is close to the Earth, and invites intimacy.   After many months of chaotic events, it is only natural to turn away and focus inward, like the Crystal Gazer.  Venus reminds us of the Earth’s beauty and mystery.  Libra is the artist who stands apart from the fiery energy to create an image, a sound, the words, which will take me, and you towards the center, to begin anew.    

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Chiron whispers to all who will listen: our wounds are only soothed when we accept our wholeness, and the physician within.  As I listen to the news, I might hold my head in sad reflection on what is carried in Yeats’ poem, ‘For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.’    Then I hear the poet’s voice tell me, take the faery’s hand and travel to the ‘waters and the wild!’  

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier     

Sarah Fuhro is an astrology consultant, and tarot reader.  She teaches both.  You can reach her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  The next online class will focus on Aries, where it is in your chart, the role of planets in Aries  and the flavor of Mars.  
 
  Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.

New Moon in Pisces March 13, 2021 5:21 AM EST

Pisces is the edge of the cliff, the end of our options. Or, so it seems. Now we are ready for something entirely different,  a new country where we sink below the surface of the Sea to find dry land on which we can stand. This involves surrender, acknowledgement of defeat, before we take a new journey on another road. As the world turns toward hope for the end to a long and painful period of plague and isolation, we have a new Moon in the last sign of the Zodiac, Pisces. As is often true, this new Moon, occurs after the full Moon. There is an occult saying, ‘In the end is the beginning, and in the beginning is the end,’ a way of explaining the Moon’s strange journey. This is a form of ‘dreamtime’, which can remove us from mechanical logic, the necessity to take shelter in non linear time.
painting:Pisces Amelia Royce Leonards   https://www.amelialeonards.com  
The verbal image (Sabian Symbol) of the degree of the Sun and Moon reflects a deep seated lesson… our day to day choices have consequence. ‘ON A SMALL ISLAND SURROUNDED BY THE VAST EXPANSE OF THE SEA, PEOPLE ARE SEEN LIVING IN CLOSE INTERACTION.  The need to consciously accept one’s own personal limitations in order to concentrate one’s energies and to live a centered and fulfilled life.’  After a year of separation from our friends and family, most of us have a very deep appreciation for community.  By separation, and the need to isolate, we might have a better appreciation of how connected we all are.  

At this new Moon moment, there is a great crowd of planets in Pisces along with Sun and Moon. Venus and Neptune are in close company with Sun and Moon. Venus in Pisces is a deep, celestial love, and appreciation of beauty.  Neptune is the co ruler of Pisces and a higher octave of Venus. So there is potential for a universal love energy at this time. How will we feel and express this wave of divine love?

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The pattern of this moment can be seen in the embrace of the Lunar Nodes.  Maybe these are the arms of protection necessary to create new forms of love, to accept the new forms of resourcefulness we have developed.   The Nodes of the Moon mark the location for the eclipse of the Sun and Moon.   North Node is in Gemini, with Mercury in Gemini and South Node is in Sagittarius, with his ruler in Jupiter, also in Aquarius.   This chart demands new ways of looking at the world and the problems we face.   

Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac. It is an arena of compassion and deep feeling in each person, the source of poetry, whether we translate those feelings into words or leave them in their watery form. The constellation of Pisces is seen as two fish swimming in opposite directions. Is this the source of compassion, when we can feel something that is not our experience at the moment, but can be felt as if it were. The two fish in the Pisces symbol are linked as each go their own way, always tethered to one another.

We can go our own way, but we are never alone. Pisces creates a sensitivity to the movements of everything else. This is the sign of the artist, and medium, the dreamer and the fisherman. The fisher feels the fish on the line before it is visible above the water, and recognizes the life energy of the ‘catch.’ I went fishing for bass on a late summer afternoon. Suddenly, as happens often in August, a dark sky ate up the bright blue of the afternoon. I felt the strong twitch of a large fish on the line. I pulled it up just as a stroke of lightning came down into the water, exactly in line with the bass on the fishing line. In that moment I was the fish, the lightning bolt and the fisher. I have never fished since.

Sarah Fuhro    sarahfuhro@gmail.com    

 

Wet and Dry

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photo: Robert Fuhro rlfuhro@yahoo.com 

Each sign in the Zodiac is assigned one of the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire, or Water. The element  gives us a clue to the basic nature of  the constellation and the way it operates.   Pisces is wet and mysterious, slippery and wet, impossible to pin down.  The Virgo Moon is earthy and dry, ready for service, yet secretive and shy.  Like all full Moons, Sun and Moon face off, and we feel it inside as we ricochet between these elements: Water and Earth, the rising of the Moon, the setting of the Sun.  Sun and Moon are luminaries. We see by their very different lights, our sky parents.  Pisces dissolves, Virgo picks up the pieces.   Earth and Water are the feminine elements, the basic necessity for plant growth.   But they are also contradictory in their nature and the nurture they provide the land long frozen in the Northern Hemisphere and hotly baked in the South.   

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

The combination of Pisces and Virgo are two aspects of health and healing.  Virgo, the doctor has much to do with prevention of illness, nutrition and a healthy life style are part of this sign’s energy and gift.   The Earth element of Virgo Moon reaches out for plants and simple ingredients in food and a deep understanding of the healing power of the natural world.   Pisces is  the compassion we need from others and from ourselves to heal.  We are in the season of Pisces, preparing for a new zodiacal year which begins when the Sun enters Aries at the Spring equinox in March.  

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The time has come to walk to the window

as the house darkens, as the trail fades to forest.

A mystery can be felt bulging from the rooftops.

A candle is lit to say: I know you are there.

Saturn gives his energy to the Moon,

and Chiron adds his to the appearance

of the mysterious stranger, ancient

battered and triumphant, she rises.

Full Moon in Virgo 2021

Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

A Barometer

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Here we are at a new Moon in Aquarius, a fresh beginning which celebrates the Chinese New Year of the Ox! The chart of this moment also contains important planets in Taurus, the Ox of the Zodiac. There is a  huge crowd of cosmic players in Aquarius at this new Moon.  After a long year of Capricorn emphasis, we have moved on.   After a year devoted to pandemic, on December 21 Jupiter and Saturn marched into Aquarius (science) and the long awaited Covid  vaccines became an actuality!  2020 put the whole world in the same quandary, and united us in isolation!

New Moon in Aquarius

Aquarius is associated with astrology and science, oriented to the future, and curious to know ‘why’. I like the combination of Saturn and Uranus as partners in Aquarius. Saturn reveres the past, Uranus is open to the future. Together they create an excellent combination for research and curiosity. A barometer is an instrument to measure the future also. And as the photo above illustrates, air pressure is an indicator of what the sky plans next. All astrology signs have an element attached to them. Aquarius is without doubt an Air sign.

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photo: Sarah Fuhro 

Peering into the future is the work of scientists, astrologers and meteorologists.   And, strange as it may seem, all these people also draw their conclusions about the future from looking closely at the present moment and the past.   There has to be a deep love of the past (Saturn) and a great passion for the future  (Uranus).  

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painting:  Amelia Leonards        https://www.amelialeonards.com  

As we move ahead from a terrible period of pandemic and a national history of terror against those who dream of a better future, we can use this huge cornucopia of Aquarian energy. Saturn and Uranus are square to one another at this new Moon. We need both of these planets to create the energy of the future, which includes the dreams of those who have gone before and those who will come after us, and the patience to carry them through. An Aquarian statement: ‘ I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free. Rosa Parks. Ms Parks put herself in the hands of Saturn (arrest) in order to embrace Uranus, the freedom to ride on any seat in the Birmingham bus.

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Mug Shot of Rosa Parks Arrested Because She Would Not Give Her Up Her Seat on the Bus to a White Man 

Venus and Jupiter are in a perfect conjunction in Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol of their degree gives us the name of this Moon blog: A Barometer. ‘The ability to discover basic natural facts that allow us to plan in advance for action.‘ Whoever we are, wherever we are, we have access to the energy of this new Moon in February. Mercury is in this sign as well. He’s the communicator and the magician of the solar system. How to turn a dream into an actuality? Aquarius is known for ‘quirkiness’ and unexpected conclusions from chaotic situations. And let’s not forget, there are competing dreams being injected with this same Aquarian energy. Qanon is very Aquarian as well. It has a vision of some alternative reality based on the superiority of white people and the imagined saintliness of Donald Trump. Perhaps are living in the finale emerging from the Pluto in Capricorn challenge to government and business, which began with the financial meltdown of 2008, and will continue until 2024. In 2022 Pluto will return to the degree it held when the country was founded. This is a period of deep reckoning for the United States. The violent history of our country has to be acknowledged over and over. This is why Saturn (looking back) and Uranus (looking forward) are part of every revolution, every Aquarian impulse..

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Photo: Bruce Lhuillier https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Class to Celebrate Aquarius!

Sarah Fuhro, Instructor  

In depth on line class for any level of astrology knowledge 

Saturday, February 13, 2:00-4:00 pm EST $35 or whatever

Let’s talk about Aquarius….your experience with this sign and mine.

Where is Aquarius in your astrology chart?

Any planets in that sign ?

Register at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  When you register send your birth date, time and place.  Your chart, and all the class charts will go out to you with the Zoom link.  

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