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Light through the shade                            photo: Mona Thaler

A New Moon is a time of great delicacy! An old Moon releases all she gathered during the last cycle, and rests in darkness, before joining the brilliant light of the Sun to begin anew! The last bit of crescent Moon rises at dawn and is lost in daylight. She does not belong to us, but to the process of her cycle!

Sun and Moon Seal BL                     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Here the two luminaries, Sun and Moon peruse an ancient volume! Interesting that the Sun is a woman in this seal, the Moon is male. Are they Beatrice and Dante pouring over the Divine Comedy?   Dante had a Gemini Sun, and wrote a masterpiece of heaven and hell, which follows no orthodox doctrine of good or evil. And so it is with Gemini. Polarities are always of interest for this sign, which loves to follow the path of curiosity. Gemini enjoys trying out one side and then the other, bi-sexual energy.

But the chart of this new Moon suggests there may be a certain amount of danger in this playful attitude towards opposites. The Sabian Symbol for Sun and Moon as they begin a new cycle suggests the human desire for easy solutions, taken with no thought for those who are the target. ‘A revolutionary magazine asking for action.  The explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions.’ Today three men arrested in Kansas planned to attack an apartment building of Somali refugees. Tonight nineteen people died from an explosion at a concert in Manchester. Where is the imagination to feel the pain of the ‘enemy.’

Astrologically this theme continues in the opposition between Ceres, the Earth Mother who is traveling with the Moon and Sun, and Black Moon Lilith, the rebellious first wife of Adam. These are two indicators of angry feminine energy poised on opposite sides of the chart. The energy of their anger is directed at each other. Frustration mounts until they become allies to solve mutual problems.

And what of Mars in Gemini? He makes a perfect sextile to Eris, Lady Chaos, in Aries, the logic of violence as a way to win an argument. Yet a Gemini Mars would rather make friends than win battles. He quickly loses sight of his own anger and is on to the next way he can release his abundant energy.

Saturn is opposite Mars, in Sagittarius, and in trine to Eris. This has potential for fundamentalist violence, cloaked in high minded beliefs. His Sabian Symbol: ‘A flag bearer in battle.’

knight and lady tapestry BL                                  photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sometimes it can feel as if the machine of anger and violence is already constructed and is always ready to spring into action.

car screw BL                                photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Gemini is a mental sign ruled by Mercury. The mind wanders like the wind. It uses words to sooth and to give pain. Gemini rules the hands, so full of craft and cunning, compassion and harm.  Finally it must be something within us, which chooses to use the power of thought, and the works of our hands for kindness or cruelty.

dolly on beach BL                              photo: Bruce Lhuillier

In the days before the New Moon occurs on Thursday, May 25 at 3:44 pm, we could release the blind fury of anger, of the misunderstanding that arises from polarity.

“When we embrace anger and take good care of our anger, we obtain relief. We can look deeply into it and gain many insights.’   Thich Nhat Hanh   Anger: Wisdon for Cooling the Flames

Anger, the energy of Mars is one expression of the life force. It is the same energy we feel in creativity, enthusiasm, joy, the growth of the plants and animals around us in the spring.

Fern whirl with cinnamon stalk                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

 

Sarah Fuhro             sarahfuhro@gmail.com
Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

greenman from Newport BL                                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Is it possible the three horned animals who parade around the zodiac each year are telling us something about light? about transformation? about horned gods?

The astrological year begins with Aries the Ram, at the moment of the Spring Equinox, moves with expanding daylight into Taurus the Bull and celebrates the return of the Sun to the Northern Hemisphere with Capricorn the Goat. There is a definite sense of horned light in this parade of the animals. The first horned beast, Aries the ram is sacred to the Sun and Mars. The second Taurus the Bull is sacred to Moon and Venus. Sun and Moon are the two ‘luminaries’ of the chart. The astrological year begins, as do our lives with the light of Father and Mother, Sun and Moon.

Full Moon in Scorpio 2017Taurus the Bull marks the celebration of the festival of Beltane. The Pleiades, the stellium which decorates the Bull’s neck make this constellation especially important to those who live under the sky. At the season of Taurus the Seven Sisters arise with the Sun. This was the beginning of the sailing season on the Mediterranean. In Northern countries, Taurus marks the arrival of the Green Man, bursting with greenery and light where green has been absent for the winter months!

green man drawing BL                                                            Bruce Lhuillier

If you look at the picture on the krater below, you see the image of Taurus the Bull on the right, and a strange looking man? god? on the left.   The man or god has horns, and a light and a dark side. The decorations on one side are straight, on the other side wavy. Is he the dark and light side of the year, an ancestor, a shaman who can traverse dark and light places?

Krater from Hala Sultan Tekke featuring a horned god, c. 1200 BCE. Sarah Fuhro

             Krater from Hala Sultan Tekke featuring a “horned god”, c. 1200 BCE.  Thank you: Catriona McDonald!

The strange horned figure on the krater, the Green Man, Pan, Satyrs, Cernunnos,  and Dionysius are all clues to the potential for radiance. These are creatures integrated into the natural world. Are the horns simply a way of saying that light streams from those who are connected to the spirit of the woods and their own wildness? And how is it that Christianity reflects back the image of Satan, the Devil, a horned angel with the desire to drag us into evil, even though he was once Lucifer, the light bringer?

bearded figure with spirit light BL                                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This human embraces his horned companions. He knows his animal nature, and allows the natural rhythm of life to be his teacher.  We have lost a tradition of continued transformation beyond physical maturity.  The horned gods and godesses remind us of the potential for continued growth.

Satyres (1) BL                                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The satyrs wear the crescent of the Moon goddess.   The Moon in Taurus is in her ‘exaltation’. Animals with crescent horns are often considered sacred because they remind us of the Moon in her myriad forms.

Inanna BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Scorpio Moon belongs to people who are intensely emotional; yet find it difficult to share their emotions.   There is often a lack of trust they will be understood.   They must learn over time how to communicate the intensity of their thoughts and feelings and not shut them down. A creative form must be found for this Moon sign to release the dark light of what it knows and feels. The Sabian Symbol for this full Moon gives a picture of the ‘inner freedom’ of an evolved Scorpion Moon. ‘Obeying his conscience, a soldier refuses to obey orders.’

weird elf head in tree                                       photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Each year at this time, Scorpio rises in full Moon to shine upon the beauty of the spring. This is a time of great sexual energy as animals start new families and plants blossom to invite pollinators. Taurus and Scorpio opposite one another in the wheel of the year are both involved in sexuality. Taurus is about fertility, birth and new life. Scorpio is about the power of sexuality to touch our emotional and spiritual centers.

Mandrag BL                                      photo: Bruce Lhuillier

In the chart of this full Moon for Wednesday, it is Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld with his companion Juno, who celebrate both ends of the Taurus/Scorpio axis. The Sun visits Taurus at a season of peak fertility and life. Scorpio is the sign of change; sexuality, death, the transformation of the fields and woods, when the harvest is over; the hunt is on. Taurus is ruled by the Lady Venus, warrior Mars rules Scorpio.   These energies can be pitted against each other or they can combine to wholeness. Dark and light dance together

leaves on moss                                    photo: Robert Fuhro
Sarah Fuhro       sarahfuhro@gmail.com     Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

New Moon in Taurus   April 26, 2017 8:15 am EDT

twisty tree sepia                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This is the New Moon of Saille, the Willow, a tree most sacred to the Moon. She drinks the sacred waters through her roots; she is wet and yet heals illness caused by too much water…arthritis, inflammation. It is from Willow bark that aspirin is derived. Baskets are made from the Willow, containers for food and for the dead. The Willow can take you to lands undiscovered, her connection to water and to dreams, is one reason she is both honored and feared.

Glowing heron BL         photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Dreams and visions belong to this tree and to the Moon, but especially the Moon in Saille. The Moon loves to be in the sign of Taurus, where she combines with the Earth and Venus to remind us of the lovely planet where we live.  Look deep into the Willow for wisdom from the cycles of the Moon, which are in a dance with the Sun. The lunar cycle is the twisting path around the straight road of the Sun.

Cooper's hawk copy                                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

It seems this tree, and this time of the year is also connected to the planet Mercury, because Saille is called the ‘Hawk on the Cliff.’ Hawk has a long connection to Mercury, and to King Arthur’s nephew: Gawain, or Gwalchmai, the ‘Hawk of May.’ This Moon embraces the fire festival of Beltane, May Eve, the mysteries of fertility and height of Spring energy. We have reduced Mercury to the rational, verbal side of the brain, and forgotten that he was also the magician, the messenger of the Sun. Mercury brings us dreams; he is ‘quicksilver,’ the trickster, the thief, the healer.

Goat Bruce BL                        Bruce Lhuillier

The chart for the moment of the new lunar cycle on Wednesday has some powerful combinations of planets. While Sun and Moon are exploring new territory in green and sensual Taurus, old business in the realm of Aries and Pisces trails behind. The combination of Mercury, Uranus and Eris in the fiery sign of Aries, suggests aggression, and impulsive choices. Mercury and Uranus can be a combination for original and revolutionary ideas, but there is so much impatience in the mix that nothing much will come of it without patience. However, Saturn watches from another fiery sign, Sagittarius. His energy can turn the impulsive, aggressive energy of the Aries trio into formal belief systems for the future. Don’t be afraid to plant the seeds of ideas you have during this period in the earthy soil of Taurus, so they can become gifts for the future.

New Moon in Taurus 2017

The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon gives further encouragement to our vision of future possibility. ‘The Woman of Samaria at the Ancestral Well. The meeting of the traditional past and the creative spirit point to the future.’ A New Quality of Being.This symbol refers to an important episode of the Christ story.

Early on, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at an ancient well. Samaritans were a group in conflict with the Jews, and she is not married. She lives on the fringe of her own society. But it is to this woman, that Jesus says: ‘I am He,’ (the Messiah). This is something he has not yet told his disciples, at least not in these words because they are not prepared for them. Jesus came to replace the old tribal order with a new order based on universal love. The woman of Samaria who was not of his tribe and who was not accepted as a full person in her own tribe could hear this message of evolutionary possibility.

The highest meets the lowest when the lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first where order has become chaos. The old order is never open to new revelation until it has accepted disorder in the name of Love.

I have adapted this from Dane Rudhyar: An Astrological Mandala.

“So the question today is: ‘What is this beauty that can save the world?’

It is in us.

The beauty that will save the world is generosity, it’s sharing, it’s compassion. All these values we think of as outdated, and yet, where do they lead to?

They lead to a tremendous energy,
the energy of love: And without love, there can be none.”

trans. from a TED talk given by Pierre Rabhi, Algerian-French, organic farmer and specialist in reversing the process of desertification.

fiddleheads                                 photo: Sarah Fuhro

This new Taurus Moon in this fiery moment sets a challenge for us to take a step forward into a new season, a new season of the heart. So many others are ready to take that step. if we reach out we can feel their hands grasp ours in a great circle of courage.

Sarah Fuhro     Sarahfuhro@gmail.com        Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive

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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

Aries bahhh relief BLPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sun is in Aries, the Warrior King. The Sun likes to be in this sign of spring energy. He shines well from Aries, and it’s not surprising that this is the full Moon, which marks Easter and Passover, holidays of rebirth which take place after containment and suffering. The symbol for Aries is the Ram’s horns. This is a full Moon often associated with war as we have seen over the last days. We entered the war with Iraq (March 20, 2003) just as the Sun entered Aries at the time of the full Moon.   But that war energy can always be transformed into other more constructive forms of life energy, if we have the patience and consciousness.

The Sun is jostled and pressured by Eris and Uranus, or Chaos and Revolution. They are a potent combination for a shake up, both collective and personal. Like clay and bread dough, our Sun is everywhere being pummeled, kneaded, wedged into new shapes.

‘There is no place where those striving after consciousness could find absolute safety. Doubt and insecurity are indispensible components of a complete life.’ (Carl Jung)

knotted wood and mossPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Like this much-weathered bit of wood, the forces at work on the Sun, and so our consciousness are many. Yet this is the basis for new life forms like the moss to flourish.

Libra Full Moon

Uranus is not the only revolutionary in the chart of the full Moon. Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, is in a square to this spring time Sun. He turns over the soil to expose what is buried beneath, because that is where his kingdom is located. Pluto doesn’t let us forget what we can’t see or would rather not see. Bugs and grubs are probably feasting on this log where it still has moisture and life. The waves and tides of what shaped the bones of a living tree remain in a beautiful design.

A complete life does not consist in a theoretical completeness, but in the fact that one accepts, without reservation, the particular fatal issue in which one finds oneself embedded, and that one tries to make sense of it or to create a cosmos from the chaotic mess into which one is born.’ (Carl Jung)

pebbles in the StreamPhoto: Robert Fuhro

Venus, traveling in reverse is feeling the power of Saturn. These two are often in conflict and many stories tell the repressive power of Saturn (patriarchy) upon Venus. Yet the signs of these two planets might tell of another story, perhaps the basis for Merlin and Nimue. Each taught the other their style of magic, which gave immortality to both.

Merlin and Nimue

Saturn in Sagittarius is the wise philosopher. Venus in Pisces so very close the Chiron the healer, might actually be an expression of love at a higher level of expression. Pisces and Sagittarius are in charge of universal love, a steadfast love that exists from one lifetime to another, but always in a different form.

Pomme star BLUEPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

This is the season when the Maiden, Persephone returns from Pluto’s kingdom in the Underworld.   Held captive by the Lord of Darkness, she is now Queen of the Dead, except when she returns to greet her mother the Earth.

Aphrodite   Sarah Fuhro

In the core of our apple,

we call the planet earth,

dwells the great polestar

of the underworld-

Lord of Change,

Transformer eternal,

Hades himself.

With each breath

he draws into his lungs

the Universe is born anew.

His trumpet voice penetrates

where justice has been forgotten.

Hades alone has the key

to every rusted lock.

Why then,

did Lady Aphrodite,

bright and beautiful

among all the gods,

so lightly appoint

dark scowling Hades

for the maiden,

Persephone–to be her

chosen spouse?

Whoever has walked

across a freshly plowed

field at twilight

and raised loving eyes

to see the crescent

Moon adorned

by the evening star,

you are entering

the drama which

has no beginning

and knows no end.

Once more the Maiden

returns pure and slender

to be gathered like wheat

in the brown arms

of her grieving mother.

Once more we are freed

from the dark shelter

of womb and grave,

because the Maiden has

risen to embrace and dance

upon the greening earth.

leaf heartPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

But what of this full Moon in Libra? She is more than a reflection of the beleaguered Sun in Aries. She watches with Jupiter from across the chart and across the sky. If the sky is clear they will be visible as they travel together the next few days.

golden jupiter BLPhoto: Bruce Lhuiller

Jupiter like the Lady Venus is also in retrograde. He went retrograde in February opposite those two change agents, Uranus and Eris, who at this full Moon nestle up to the Aries Sun. Jupiter in Libra, ‘Cosmic Optimism’ for the besieged Aries Sun has kept some balance in a world of uncertainty. But now the Moon must hold that balance.

finger to the Moon BLPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

The Moon is the point of an astrological pattern called a Yod or Finger of God.   Creating the energy for this Yod are the Venus/Chiron combination and Mars and Demeter in Taurus. This powerful combination of Venus in conjunction with the healer, Chiron and Mars in partnership with the earth mother, has the potential for a very focused ritual of Earth love and healing.

ravens in skyPhoto: Robert Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for this lovely Libra Moon is: ‘A child giving birds a drink at a fountain.’

It seems like a perfect combination with the Symbol for the Sun in Aries: ‘The gate to the Garden of all fulfilled desires. Abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation. Cosmic optimism.’

gate colorPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

With each turn of the cosmic sky we have the opportunity to enter a new gate, and discover new worlds of possibility!

Sarah Fuhro  sarahfuhro@gmail.com               Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

Wind and a new Moon

Skunk cabbage in snowPhoto: Robert Fuhro

Have you noticed the March wind this week? Has it wrenched you to the bones, invaded your coat, and kept you tightly wrapped like these optimistic skunk cabbage spears? In New England we have tasted the gusty mood of the weather ever since the Sun entered the sign of Aries on Monday, the moment of the Spring Equinox. So it’s a lovely coincidence to look at some of the Sabian Symbols for prominent degrees in this chart and find the theme is Wind!

The Sabian Symbol for Sun and Moon in Aries: ‘A large woman’s hat with streamers blown by an East wind.’ The degree of placement for Uranus and Eris in Aries: ‘Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window takes the shape of a cornucopia.’ What does the wind theme in this chart represent for each of us?

The wind is a sculptor of trees and water.   The wind is a musician who plays the harp of leaves and sand. The wind is a poet whose song fills us with terror or hope.

tree and water                                 Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Perhaps Chiron, the healer holds the clue to what the wind brings us. The degree of his Sabian Symbol: ‘Watching the very thin moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realize that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects.’ Is the theme of this new Moon, Transformation?

Ice splash                 photo: Robert Fuhro

This seems to be a new Moon reminding us we have the opportunity to begin again. The wind blows away the past. It is the voice of spirit to remind us we cannot see everything at work in a situation.  The life energy of Aries, the sign of the spring equinox says we can leave old failures behind.

The Aries Venus in this chart speaks romantically: ‘Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk.

New Moon in Aries 2017

Through the communication of the degree of the Aries Mercury, we learn that the cornucopia of Uranus and Eris contains: ‘more gifts than we can hold’!

clemintines                                         Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Maybe we focus too much on the war-like energy of Aries and not enough on the courage, creativity and spring energy this constellation offers us. Here is the fire of Desire, which in the Western Mystery Tradition is the spark, which begins all manifestation. Venus, Moon, Sun, Eris, Uranus and Mercury are dancing to the Aries tune.

Three tarot cardsWild Unknown Tarot Deck

The Wild Unknown Tarot deck illustrates this alternative view of Aries. The Emperor is the card associated with the sign of Aries. In this deck, The Emperor is a coniferous tree with an eclipsed Sun.   The Empress (Venus) is the consort of The Emperor. A deciduous tree and a waning crescent Moon represent her. Both luminaries (Sun and Moon) who light up our earth are in some way compromised in these cards.

The Tower represents Mars, the ruler of Aries. There is a special relationship between Mars and Venus at this moment of the new Moon. Venus is in the sign of Aries, ruled by Mars, and Mars is in the sign of Taurus ruled by Venus. This is called ‘mutual reception’ in astrological language. It is a form of integration between these two planets, between two polarities, male and female, Sun and Moon.   Whenever we find a way to marry contradictory energies, we have access to creativity, to greater understanding and insight.

ferns on log                                   Photo: Robert Fuhro

The Green Man who sprouts green shoots from every orifice symbolizes this powerful green energy. He has no religious affinity with Christianity yet he appears in many old churches. His energy does not imply conquest, only fertility.

Next Monday evening, March 27 around 10:57 EDT, when the Moon is invisible in her dark chamber with the Sun, step out under the stars and remember Chiron’s promise to us:‘Watching the very thin moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realize that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects.’ Three days after the New Moon, each of our visions will be ready to plant, and to grow with the waxing Moon. What plan do you have to plant in your Moon garden?   What will the Green Man bless for you this season of wind and fire?

 I am here to live out loud’   Emile Zola

Once again, Moon in the sky fills with light as she lines up opposite the Sun to offer us the energy of full tides, and the dark lantern of night travel. She is no longer the crescent canoe, but now is a full masted ship ready to set sail for places we only dream to travel.

Inuit boatAbraham Anghik Ruben (Inuit)   Passage of Spirits   ‘Caribou Antler Sails represent either swirling firmament or smoke that issues from lamps, lighting the way in a dark universe.’ photo: Sarah Fuhro from the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.

Moon and the Sun are once more at the ‘Master Builder degree of 22°.   This is a degree of fulfillment, available to those who grasp their mission in life, to those who have the courage to reach out and transform their talents into gifts of creative imagination and mastery.

The Sabian Symbol for this full Moon is: ‘ A Lion tamer displays his skill and character. The need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny. Resoluteness and Patience. This is the degree of the artist, who must take raw energy, talent, life force and turn it with great resolve and patience into a gift on the material plane.

The Lion Tamer                  Photo: Sarah Fuhro from the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco

As with the Moon’s degree symbol, the degree of the Sun at this moment also connects to ‘vital energies:’ ‘ A ‘materializing’ medium giving a séance. The ability to give of one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires. Substantiation. ‘ Again we are asked to dive into the spiritual/non material world and return with a material gift.   Is this the role of the Moon in our lives? Her light does not work in the way of sunlight, but she marks and teaches time, tide, yearning, and the inspiration of mystery. Poetry comes from her.

The Medium                   Nicolas Africano (Untitled)   DeYoung Museum, San Franciso photo: Sarah Fuhro

Is this the Moon who tells us that to manifest something we need ‘resolve’ and ‘patience’? That seems clear enough, but what is ‘vital energy’? The Moon degree is suggests that we have to take charge of our life force. The Sun’s degree is about the need to utilize that vital energy! The character of Virgo and Pisces are in a strange dance at this degree. Virgo must tame and polish vital energy; Pisces must give it away!

And we are not done with the Master Builder degree in this chart!   Uranus and Eris, revolution and chaos, are also at a 22° point. They stand at 22° of Aries, the constellation of ‘vital energy’.  The Sabian Symbol for this delicate point in the chart is:  ‘A pregnant woman in a light summer dress. Fecundity. Inner Fulfillment.’ How do we handle revolution and chaos?   Can we see its fecundity?   Or do we get lost in the anxiety of travel in a strange land? Blessed Jupiter lies opposite this pair. He optimizes the potential of this vital life force through his tilt of the scales (he is in Libra) towards light and balance.

Pregnant woman                Rudy Autio   Electric Beach   DeYoung Museum   photo: Sarah Fuhro

And there are other forces at work as well.   Chiron (the healer) and Pallas Athena (the wise one) snuggle up to the Sun in Pisces. This full Moon offers the gift of focus, resolve and patience as the healing force in the midst of drastic change. Venus moves away in retrograde motion towards old dreams, values; love that was left behind.

Full Moon in Virg 2017

Saturn, makes a square to Sun, Moon, Chiron and Pallas Athena. He holds the reins between their opposition.   Here is his Sabian Symbol, and the resolve of what may feel like oppositional forces: ‘An old bridge over a beautiful stream is still in constant use.’ Beautiful Necessity.’

Bricge at NOLA                photo: Bruce Lhuillier     Bridge in New Orleans Municipal Park

When Saturn and Chiron are in square. there is a great conflict between authority (Saturn) and authentic healing (Chiron). The old Saturnic way of dealing with trauma is to bury it, and to move onward. Authority has demanded this on the grounds of survival, but now that route is visible as a blind alley. We can feel this in the political theater around us. The wounded economy, ecology, health and justice system are bleeding. Repression will not solve the problems we face. Those entrusted with leadership display deep wounds, the first step towards healing. The necessity for authentic response becomes a matter of life and death. Chiron square Saturn hits us in a volley between what we know we each can do and the price we might have to pay for taking a leadership position. Saturn stands over us, daring us to move out of our comfort zone into the transformative mode of self-healing.

Saturn                            Viola Frey Man Observing Series   DeYoung Museum photo: Sarah Fuhro

Sarah Fuhro             sarahfuhro@gmail.com

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

This is a new Moon chart crowded with planets and other cosmic objects located at the end and the beginning of the zodiac. It feels as if we are all on a stellar journey of deep significance. We must end one cycle before we begin anew. But astrology charts, just like life are never that neat.

Lots and lots of planets in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac are crowded together next to a multitude at the very beginning of the Zodiac (Aries). Like all adjoining signs, Pisces and Aries are quite unlike. The signs next to each other are teachers to one another. Pisces teaches Water, teaches universal love, teaches martyrdom and the erasure of personal identity. Aries teaches Fire, teaches the thrusting energy of the individual, and the anger of the warrior. But like a family, like a community, like our own inner complexity, every chart contains contradictions, which must be embraced, in order to be whole.

rendition-of-a-triskel-celtic-ornament-bronze-iron-age                                                    Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

About this time, Neptune swallows Sun and Moon. The Moon is already invisible because of her proximity to the Sun. An annular eclipse of the Sun visible in the Southern Hemisphere, will darken the Sun except for a gold ring! Neptune opens our spiritual senses, we have to feel what is happening in the sky.

mesopotamian-disk.                        Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces. He is the opportunity to see beyond the material world, and to feel the oceanic tides in our system. Neptune’s energy blurs sharp focus in waking hours, and makes dreams vivid at night.

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The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this new Moon is ‘A jockey spurs his horse, intent on out distancing his rivals. Self quickening.’ This is an image of competitive energy with a focus on recognition. How do we get noticed, and what is the impulse to be noticed? And what is the recognition allowed a Pisces Sun and Moon, in eclipse and swallowed by Neptune?

During the winter so much is underground, hidden, presumed dead. All that was in hibernation wakes to a fiery call. The compression of most of the planets into these two signs is like a spring, which has been pushed down, but is now ready to burst into freedom. The watery Pisces energy is about to combine with the volatile combination of Mars, Uranus and Eris in Aries. This year we had no somnolent winter. The political theatre in America and elsewhere reflects the Aries direction of this new Moon in Pisces chart.

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Uranus and Mars are in the service of the goddess Eris. Eris, is the scorned and rejected woman; she who is not invited to the party. It was Eris who concocted the test of the Golden Apple, and thus began the Trojan War. Eris is the sister of Mars-Ares. She has been slowly moving through the sign of Aries since 1927. Now she is aligned in fiery Aries with the always disruptive, Uranus and her brother, Mars the god of War. What to do with this powerful trio if we know their potential for damage?

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                                                                  The Judgement of Paris   Rubens

The last time Uranus and Eris met in Aries, was between 1426-1517, a time of upheaval and war all over Europe, and the period of violent ‘discovery’ of North and South America by Europeans.   The Hundred Years War took place as did the ‘War of the Roses.’ Joan of Arc might be the significant symbol for Eris at this time. She took up arms against the English invasion, yet was burned as a witch, and then sanctified as a saint.

Anything crystalized during the Middle Ages was thrown open by Uranus and Eris in devastating spasms of change, and the development of new cultural forms. This was a period of religious and spiritual experimentation and yet it was also the time of great religious repression, a flowering of new sects and mystical vision, and the Inquisition.

Now it is our turn to experience the combination of anger and creativity, spirituality and destruction held in this chart.

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The Second Coming     W.B. Yeats  

 Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Perhaps it will be Jupiter who holds the key to a hopeful outcome. Jupiter is in the sign of balance, Libra. He is the traditional ‘ruler’ of Pisces, the sign of the new Moon and Sun. His Sabian Symbol at 22°Libra is ‘Chanticleer’s voice heralds sunrise. A creative and joyous response to life processes.’

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For all who fear ‘The blood-dimmed tide’ take heart with Jupiter’s position in the chart, opposite Uranus, Eris and Mars. Their energy and creativity and courage are available when we accept our part in the drama of these times into which we were born. We might remember the courage of Jeanne d’Arc: ‘I am not afraid. I was born to do this.’

 Sarah Fuhro     sarahbeagl@aol.com
Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

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