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‘A VERY OLD MAN FACING A VAST DARK SPACE TO THE NORTHEAST.’

the Sabian Symbol* for the Sun in Cancer, July 4/5

Sunset through gate of trees BL                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Fulfillment in transcending and changeless wisdom.    

This beautiful picture  of a sunset looks toward the Northwest, but if you turn from that setting Sun, and face the darkness of the Northeast on this day, you will look into the ‘transcendent and changeless wisdom’ of the moment.  ‘The Wise Old Man faces the great Void, that apparent Darkness which is an intense Light invisible to our senses.’  This is the Sabian Symbol for the Sun as he faces the Moon in eclipse.  How do we find the inner light, unless we are brave enough to go into the dark?

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Cancer, The sign of the Sun, celebrates home and family, Capricorn, the sign of the Moon is about order and structure.  This might  be a reflection of the political dynamic  in America as the country ricochets between forces of repression and the long overdue cry for justice and compassion.  A vision of a better way to structure our society and a long hard look at our country’s history of terrorism is finally being heard.   The powerful combination of Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter and Pallas Athena, all in Capricorn, the builder,  and all in retrograde screams for reparation.  Some say a deep and irreversible change is in process.  Clearly nothing works any more under the old system.  And it will take the powerful dreams of everyone to find the new way, which allows our species to survive our own destruction.

Tiny bird egg                              photo: Sarah Fuhro

This combination of retrograde planets is not going away any time soon.  I haven’t even mentioned Eris, Queen of Chaos, who is in square to all this slow moving  heavies in Capricorn.  This time of deep transformation will continue with new twists and turns form a long time yet. A new vision must look back to what has been, and understand: a choice between money and human life; the ‘bottom line’ and the Earth is not a choice.

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Mars and Chiron have combined in Aries….the new warrior is the healer, the doctor, nurse, the epidemiologist.  How did it happen that a pandemic which takes our breath away coincided with the strangulation of a man by the authorities supposed to protect human life?   And since black life has been strangled and repressed in every way  since America was founded, why was this outrage finally seen and notated and resisted, at this time?    The warrior healer combination of Mars and Chiron are tightly connected to Mercury, communication.   The voice of pain and outrage will be heard.   The light cannot be extinguished.

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This full Moon in eclipse takes place on our country’s birthday, July 4.  Seems like the right mix of old reckoning and new vision is the gift.  The weather may be unkind, but I plan to climb a hill not far from my house in Natick to watch this Capricorn Moon rise and then have a bite taken out of her.  The hill is where a ‘praying Indian village’ was located in 1630.  Indians were ‘allowed’ to farm here, if they acknowledged Christianity.  How quickly the native people, who were first decimated by a plague brought by white explorers and then overrun by colonials, were swallowed into this strange vision of a New World. If we don’t learn the ways of this land, we will destroy the only home we have.

Yet the road has taken a turn.   

Sunset road BL                                     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The outer structure may look the same, but nothing is the same anywhere.  And here we might want to take a close look at Capricorn, the sign of the Moon and her ominous companions, Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter and Pallas Athena…the retrograde quartet of movers and shakers.  Strangely, the symbol for this very solid, earthy, cardinal sign is a fish goat.   Or is it a goat fish?   How did water get into this mix? Here is the illustration for Capricorn from Amelia Leonards.  It’s part of the astrology oracle cards we are hoping to finish this year of wonders!

Capricorn Amelia                                        painting: Amelia Leonards

Capricorn is the capitalist system, which could not, or would not take care of the American people during an epidemic. We’re just not the priority of those who have the power to make deep change for all.  By refusing to create a health system which includes everyone, the most vulnerable sicken and die in greater numbers than any other country.  The dark water,  full of piranas, represents the underside of an economy built on greed.  Every sign has a place of blindness, but the shadow side of Capricorn often affects a great many people.  The injustice of racism creates a  huge burden of sickness and death for black citizens, devalued old people, prisoners, and those institutionalized for mental illness.  The pathetic response to the virus, which includes confusing messages, corruption around masks and protective equipment  has shut down the economy, which was supposed to be invincible.  How quickly we got out of our cars, which seemed so indispensable.  The streets were empty for several months  and foxes roam suburban neighborhoods.  In a very short time, we have discovered how we kneel before necessity.   And, since Capricorn rules the knees, we can feel the Capricorn energy, which is one of blunt reality.   When things get rough,  a Capricorn Moon does not waste much time with tears , but rather, will say: What are we going to do about this?

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   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 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.
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby skunkphoto: Anna Oakflower

Cancer is the sign (constellation)  where the Moon is ruler…interesting because it is also the  place where the Sun is at his height just before he stands still (Solstice) and heads South to warm other lands. This new Moon falls within minutes of the Summer Solstice, which is at the first degree of Cancer, and if that is not enough, the Sun will go into a partial eclipse. All this feels like a powerful combination of cosmic events!  Will you feel it?   How will you feel it?   I love this picture of a baby skunk, because her little white cap is like the eclipsed Sun and the dark of the Moon in Cancer.  Cancer is the sign of children, all children.   Little skunk looks curious, but tentative about  this new and strange place where s/he has emerged.  This is our opportunity at this powerful new Moon to see new possibilities around us.

New Moon in Cancer 2020

The verbal (Sabian Symbol)  for this this the first degree of Cancer, the Summer Solstice is: on a ship the sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one.  A radical change of allegiance exteriorized in a symbolical act: a point of no return.   Reorientation*

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The change of season that takes place at the Solstice is not immediately felt.  A new Moon does not appear in the sky for three days.  An eclipse can often be felt in months not moments.  The changes so long overdue in our country, in our culture are held in the imagery of this Solstice/New Moon/ Eclipse which happens on Sunday.   But only we as human beings can make justice happen.

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It’s interesting to notice that on May 5 the Lunar nodes changed from the Cancer/Capricorn axis to  Gemini/Sagittarius.  During the Cancer/Capricorn node period we made decisions about the structure (Capricorn) of our health (Cancer)  system as we faced a world wide epidemic.  We heard arguments over the importance of care for the well-being of our population (Cancer) vs the importance of our financial structures  (Capricorn).  It is clear that the people who care for the sick and dying are getting sick and dying in greater numbers.  People with no health insurance and no ‘work at home’ jobs were sacrificed to drive buses and clean grocery stores. As the nodes shifted into Gemini/Sagittarius,  which is about communication and courts, whites  finally noticed the huge and history long injustice in the story of how black people might feel about life in America.   Unfortunately it will take more than astrological shifts to turn this racist ship around.  But the astrological energy is there to help.

Lichen rings on stonephoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Today (18 June) Mercury joined Venus, Saturn, Pallas Athena (asteroid), Jupiter, Pluto in retrograde motion. Time to look at what we have been through as a species since the winter Solstice.  Retrograde is the opportunity to check where we are and remember where we want to go.  It’s the quiet moment of stillness at twilight, when the day’s heat and passion settle, and many animals feel free to pick up where they left off at dawn.   Since Mercury is in Cancer, we might wonder about the concerns of Cancer.

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Cancer

Here is the illustration by Amelia Leonards for the sign of Cancer.  We continue our series which we hope will soon become a set of astrological oracle cards, to illustrate the signs and planets and houses which make up the basis of this ancient art and science.

Cancer is the reminder that we have a home.   The home was once the sea, and most of our planet is still an ocean filled with plants and animals who move through the water as we move under the sky.  The Moon is the ruler of Cancer.  She watches over our planet like a loving mother, sister, aunt.  She pulls the tides of the ocean and the blood in our veins.  Cancer is a Water sign, and Cardinal because she marks the turning point of the season from spring to summer.  At the first degree of Cancer, the Sun appears to turn from his Northern journey to begin his apparent journey South.  The lengthening days of Summer slow and begin to shorten.

Cancer represents a crab.   The arms of the crab are the symbol of the sign   cancer sigil. They are the arms of the Mother around her child.   Cancer is the reminder that we are loved by an eternal presence, which does not care about our accomplishments or our treasure or our power.  The Moon rises and sets to shine and diminish in light. She lends fertility to our planet through her connection to water.  Cancer delights in food and children, the family and friends.  Her house in the astrology chart is at the base of the wheel.  Here the ancestors feed us information and we enter the world as children who find a home in a new body and then create and inhabit homes over our lifetime.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   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 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.
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.
Anna Oakflower is a German Druid who is visiting in the United States.  Her photography of wildlife is stunning!

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

An Eye of Light

light rings on stonePhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

A Lunar eclipse brings a strange kind of energy with it.  The Earth blocks the light between Sun and Moon, just at the highest point of the Moon’s cycle. The Eclipse on Friday won’t be visible in America, but eclipse energy is everywhere.  Instead, Mercury is out ahead in the sign of Cancer the Mother, shouting for justice in the streets, as a way of speaking for this Moon.

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During an eclipse of the Moon, there is a death and then rebirth of light.   This moment in time gives a beautiful illustration of the possibility of deep change.   People have chosen to kneel in order to be allowed to stand upright.  The Light of the Moon is diminished by the shadow of Earth. The Earth is held in the suspense of an epidemic and the irresistible knowledge that ‘enough is enough.’

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An eclipse has a veil of discomfort around it.  Even non astrologers use the word  this way….’she was eclipsed by the sudden arrival of her sister.’   Comfort and discomfort can be felt by planets as well.  Planets work best in the signs of their ‘rulership’, ‘exaltation’, and ‘joy.’  They can’t express themselves at their in best when they are in signs of  ‘detriment’ and ‘fall.’   Think about how you feel talking to someone through a mask, or when you have discomfort with a person or place.   Of course, there are fruitful moments to these places and periods of discomfort as well.

Dandelion amid stones                                            photo: Sarah Fuhro

Three important players in the astrological drama since January are in a state of discomfort in this moment.   That tight trio, is Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn.   They also have as companion, Pallas Athena, the asteroid of immunity and health support.   All are in retrograde, which means they are must revisit the last few months.   That means we are not done with Corvid 19.  But perhaps it also means that those working on prevention will find new solutions as they roll back, and dig deeper into the truth about this virus.

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Saturn is retrograde, but not in detriment.  In Aquarius, which he rules, he will continue to explore new constructions.  Pluto is so often in retrograde that he hardly notices the difference.  But Jupiter is in pain.  He is in Capricorn, the sign of his ‘fall,’ where he takes on many of the characteristics of his rival Saturn.   His optimism and expansive nature is tied up in fear and anxiety.  On the other hand his serious and patient expression in this sign might be needed as we try to understand the world’s pandemic.   To understand how a retrograde,  Jupiter in Capricorn might feel, here is a perfect illustration by Amelia Leonards!

Jupiter-Retrograde                                Painting: Amelia Leonards

Mars is the arrow to the drawn bow of Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius.   He is exactly ‘square’ to the Luminaries (Sun and Moon).   In the watery sign of Pisces, Mars is sometimes called the ‘spiritual warrior.’   He is not far from Neptune who is in his sign of rulership.   What is a spiritual warrior?   Is it someone who will not cease to protect those who have no one else to protect them?

“I’m beginning to believe that there are angels disguised as men who pass themselves off as such and who inhabit the earth for a while to console and lift up with them toward heaven the poor, exhausted and saddened souls who were ready to perish here below.”
George Sand, 

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It may be this full Moon will be in tune with the Sabian Symbol* for the degree of the Sun: A WOMAN ACTIVIST IN AN EMOTIONAL SPEECH DRAMATIZING HER CAUSE.    Venus is in retrograde, moving backward to remember and feel injustice in all its forms. Under the combination of Uranus and Mercury, those who have been silenced will find the right words for change.

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*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   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 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.
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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photo: Sarah Fuhro

As Sun and Moon enter Gemini together and begin a new lunar cycle, we may feel a tangible shift from the winter’s weight of all those planets in Earthy Capricorn.  Pluto and Jupiter remain in Capricorn to help us create new organizations, but Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Vesta and the North Node are now positioned in Gemini, which is fresh and bright like the spring air. Breath deeply of that spring air,  because we still need to support our lungs (Gemini) which have been  under attack from Covid 19.

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photo: Sarah Fuhro

Capricorn, has sent us Earth antidotes to the disease which has rocked our world.  My yard is full of Mullein, an herb with medicinal properties to support the lungs. Plants speak to us through their presence in our environment, and the astrological signatures they carry.    The soft furry leaves of Mullein are like the interior of a healthy lung, with lots of surface openings.

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But of course the moment is not just a breath of fresh air.   Saturn with his insistence on structure and timing is in close connection to the Sun and Moon.   I wonder: is Saturn linked to the mental powers of Gemini to help us  transform after the siege from the Corona Virus?  This was a world wide plague.  No humans were left untouched, and now there is the question of where do we go from here.   Gemini is vision, and Saturn, now in his sign of Aquarius is the new form it will take.  Very close to Saturn is the asteroid Pallas Athena, she who supports and protects the immune system, and we might hope to have some medical breakthroughs during this period.

chapel with font and buttercups

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The plague has not retreated and will continue to be felt with Neptune at the center of this bowl shaped astrology chart.  There is the spirit aspect of this time.  We are traveling a barely lit path, and need to turn inward for the guidance as to where to take our next step.

sunny staircase Jeanphoto: Jean Svizzero

The Sabian Symbol of the degree for this Sun and Moon at this moment says it very clearly….’Les Garden des Tuileries, The formalization of collective ideals through the application of reason and order to newly discovered aspects of nature.’   What can we make of this moment in time?  The potential for chaos is also clearly delineated in this chart.   What do we want our new world to look like?

circular fern photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Gemini

And now for the illustration of the sign of Gemini illustrated by Amelia Leonards.  This will be part of the Astrology Oracle Deck we have been creating together since January!

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painting: Amelia Royce Leonards

Gemini is Airy and Mutable, changeable and yet always a good friend.  Ruled by Mercury nothing stays the same for long  in Gemini’s realm.  And, yet, the symbol of Gemini, the delicate butterfly migrates for thousands of miles over land and sea to arrive at a destination of ancestral community. Gemini is sociable and interested in many flowers, much like the butterfly.  Our thoughts are received and then expressed through Gemini’s ruler, Mercury.  Gemini urges us to explore through words, thoughts, messages, and communication, and most of all: curiosity.   The Air element is felt in the wind, but the wind itself is invisible, only the effects can be seen and experienced.    Castor and Pollux, the constellation of Gemini, the twins are the special protectors of sailors. And this may be the best way to understand  the role of Gemini in our chart.  Gemini does not drown in the mutability of the deep sea.  Air is associated with our mental, windy, ever changing thoughts, but Air, like the suit of Swords in the Tarot deck seeks clarity, sharpness, the final word. Thoughts create action, dreams, visions, speech, poetry.  But try to meditate, and you quickly learn about the Gemini twins and Mercury.  They will not stay still, and they do not want to be classified and filed away. Our thoughts can be ruthless in their fixity or flighty as memories we cannot recall. This constellation represents the twins Castor and Pollux.  The twins had two fathers, but were hatched from a single egg.  Castor, the son of King Tyndareus was mortal, Pollux  the son of Zeus was a demi god.  This represents our own dual nature.  We are mortal, but are filled with immortal spirit.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   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 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.
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.
Jean Svizzero is massage therapist with a specialty in Myofascial Release, and an excellent photographer.

beech trees at mainstone

photo: Robert Fuhro

‘A PATH THROUGH WOODS BRILLIANT WITH MULTICOLORED SPLENDOR’   is the Sabian Symbol* for the degree of the full Moon in Scorpio, which has been rising each night with the growing excitement of a large and energetic ‘Super’ Moon.  The   elation and promise of each full Moon is balance, or opposition, or synthesis, depending on how we receive the energy of contrast.  It’s having everything, amalgam, or feeling conflicted and torn limb from limb.  Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Taurus Sun  shines on new leaves and blossoms.  In the blossoming beauty of Taurus, the seeds of the next year are forming which will be ready for harvest in the time of Scorpio.  With the full Moon we dance in both seasons.  Taurus carries the beauty and sexual excitement of Venus, and Scorpio has the intensity of the dark mysteries of Pluto and the powerful male energy of Mars.

apple blossoms at Heard Farmphoto: Sarah Fuhro

This is a Moon of transfiguration and of seeds. Now we see buds, but they will swell, blossom, unfurl into leaves, swell as fruit and then drop as seeds.  We are living in a whirl of hope and despair as our world dances to the music of the pandemic which sweeps across our earth.  The relationship of the planets to the Sun and Moon are constructing the new forms of organization as the solid Earth power of Capricorn transmutes into the visionary nature of Aquarius, an Air sign.   I think humanity’s efforts to stop the plague of Covid 19 will will take new form and direction over the next few weeks, as the inventiveness of Aquarius takes hold.  Something new and unknown wants to be born in this moment of  peak energy.

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In this mysterious etching we see someone who has passed head and hand through the borders of one orderly cosmos into another.  The plague has imposed an alternative existence on the human species, just as we have imposed our reality on many others. We have entered a state of universal transformation.  Each person experiences this in a particular way, but we are united by our experience of metamorphosis.

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Since January, and the first appearance of the virus, which rocks our lives, there has been a crowd of planets gathered  in Capricorn.   Capricorn is organizational, structured, conservative and structured.  Now the crowd migrates into Aquarius, a very different sign.  Capricorn and Aquarius are traditionally ruled by Saturn, but two very different versions of Saturn.    Saturn is the guiding principle of life on earth, the karmic scales.   As the ruler of Capricorn, Saturn teaches the principles of architecture:  organization, financial and government structures.   In Aquarius, Saturn teaches vision, technology, and structures, we cannot yet fully grasp.

This morning a friend told me about a dream he had of a three eyed Raven.  Since he is a Celtic language scholar, and the Raven is a bird of magic and speech, this might be a symbol of thought and alternative communication,  more accessible to him during this period.  The symbol of Aquarius is The Star card  in the Tarot deck.  Aquarius has a message about soul purpose, and is an illustration of our spirit before birth making a promise.  In a matter of a few months, all of humanity has been faced with a vision we did not see coming.  Our Third Eye, mental communication,  like the Raven is now open.    

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There are eight, eight-pointed stars in the picture.   This is not a sky we see from the planet earth.  What takes place here is a combination of the material and spiritual  shape which the soul will take in the form of a human being.   The number 8 is the symbol for eternity.  We bring our eternal and our ever-changing nature into our incarnation.

tree star                                              photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Star is a symbol of hope.  Have you noticed the brightness of Venus the past few weeks?   She is in Gemini,  where the North Lunar Node recently entered after a year of tussle  between Capricorn…Business, the Bottom Line, and Cancer, the home, the people, the loving care of the Mother.   We are all at home now…and ready to learn new forms of communication, whether on line (Aquarius) or just shouting over the fence to our neighbors (Gemini).

I think we have to be very aware of a perfect square between Eris, lady of conflict and chaos and Pluto, lord of death, rebirth, and the underworld.  We might also look to Neptune (misty confusion, mysticism, illness) in Pisces her sign of rulership. She is in an exact aspect to Mercury in Gemini, his sign of rulership.  This makes the healer and communicator, Mercury and the  mysterious Plague (Neptune) equally powerful.  It doesn’t look as if quarantine (Jupiter and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn) will clear quickly.   But the Earth continues to offer us love and beauty.  A thousand Taurus Suns blossom in the meadows, as the humble Dandelion opens to cleanse us of fear and sorrow.

dandelion in tree crotch                     photo: Catriona McDonald 

There is one planet who will not move into Aquarius this year. Pluto  stays in Capricorn until 2024.    He is partnered with Mars as ruler of the Moon’s sign, Scorpio.

Amelia Leonards and I have been at work on a series we hope will become astrology oracle and teaching cards.   Each new Moon she designs an illustration for the sign of the Sun and Moon.  At the full Moon she illustrates the ruler of the Moon’s sign.  This full Moon is dedicated to Pluto.

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 Illustration of Pluto, Lord of the Underworld- Amelia Leonards.

Pluto rules an underground kingdom where the dead gather and meander. As an outer planet with a large orbit, he moves through each sign for twelve  to thirty one years, and so becomes the marker for a generation of people born while he is in that sign.    His placement and aspects to other planets in the natal chart mark deep and recurring issues which must be faced.   Like Death, he is transformational, intense, the crisis which cannot be ignored.  Pluto can best be understood and felt through the story of Persephone and Hades.  Earth Mother, Demeter’s daughter, Persephone is taken into the underworld kingdom of Hades.   Her mother is distraught and does not know where she is.  The Earth begins to die in Demeter’s grief and the other gods agree to intervene.   Persephone  is returned to her mother, but because she ate pomegranate seeds in Hades, she must return each year at the fall equinox.   She is the queen of the Underworld, but a queen in exile.  Through facing dark Plutonic issues,  losing our ‘maiden’ innocence, we come into our powers, take a hand in our fate, and are reborn to many new aspects of our life.   The poppys in the illustration symbolize the old notion of death as a sleep from which we awaken to new life.

 

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   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 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.
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.
Catriona McDonald is writer and artist with a powerful background in archaeology and Druidry. https://druidryblog.wordpress.com
During this time of great uncertainty and revealed world patterns, astrology is a powerful tool for guidance, healing and courage.  As a professional astrologer, I want to offer my services to any one who feels they would be helpful.  Please know that you can ask for astrological guidance at whatever price is right for you now

 

 

 

 

 

 

This chart promises the potential for both Neptune’s mysterious plague and Pluto’s creaking death cart.  They are in connection for the moment.   But it also promises the construction (Saturn) of a new healing (Chiron).  Perhaps the Earth will benefit from enforced quarantine, perhaps we will make new discoveries around the immune system, but, whatever else, we will never be the same planet or people.   We know we can change everything we take for granted, our work, our social structure, our ability for sudden transformation and potential for infinite resilience.

No surprise, the worldwide wonder of each day continues, as a new Moon begins in Taurus.  The Lunar cycle begins each month when Sun and Moon meet at the same degree.  This particular degree in Taurus has a strong image, a promise we have heard before.

gold in the stream             Photo: Robert Fuhro

‘The Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow.   Riches that come from linking the celestial and the earthly nature.  ….the bridge used by divine beings to communicate with mortals.   Man need not be overawed by the celestial display of power, for it leads to a fruitful contact with beings of light. ‘  Sabian Symbol for the degree of Sun and Moon in Taurus. * 

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                                                                Painting: Amelia Leonards

A Plague and ‘a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow’ is an interesting combination.  How would that look?    Perhaps like this image by Amelia Leonards.

New Moon in Taurus 2020

Astrology, at its best, communicates the connection between ‘celestial and the earthly nature.’   A quick look at this chart shows a ‘bowl’ (or a pot of gold?) pattern with only six houses (segments) of the circle occupied by planets and luminaries.  Looking at the form of the pattern here we see a very clear rainbow (crescent) shape in the placement of the planetary occupants.

at Lake Waban                   Photo: Robert Fuhro 

Cheek and jowel with the Luminaries is the planet of surprise, and upset, Uranus.  Expect more shaking of your world.  But no one is alone in this place of shock and awe. It is a universal phenomenon.   The Biblical rainbow came after a huge flood, and could be interpreted to mean: Cosmic forces offering peace.  What form will the next message take?

runes tablette BL                                            Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

There is an interesting combination of planets in this moment which might give us a clue.    Mars,  shape and form of energy; Mercury, the messenger and healer; and Venus, the expression of love are in a crescent shaped relationship.  Venus in Gemini loves clever rapport, and friendly banter.  Since Gemini is ruled by Mercury, and Mercury is in a sign ruled by Mars, the three seem to be united in their message.   Don’t be afraid to move in new ways, says Mars in Aquarius….think and speak with courage and bravado says Mercury in Aries, respect  the rules of love and friendship says Venus in Gemini.   This recipe spells political courage and activism, new alliances between all those who have been most deeply hurt by this extraordinary challenge to human existence. Maybe it’s time to ask: How do we listen (Mercury) to the passionate (Mars) love (Venus) of each other instead of the powerful interests of those who benefit from our disarray.

Three Moons                                            Photo:  Sarah Fuhro

But now it’s time to take a close look at the sign of Taurus.  Sun and Moon meet here  every year at this delicious time of spring beauty in the Northern Hemisphere, final harvest Moon in the  South.

Taurus-Web.jpg                                           Painting: Amelia Leonards

When the Moon is in Taurus, she is in her exaltation.  This is a mirror to the last sign, Aries, when the Sun was in his exaltation in Aries.  The Bull is chosen as a sacred symbol of the Moon because his horns are the crescents which mark waxing and waning.  Moon is joyful in a sign ruled by Venus, and loves the mystery of fertility which this symbol honors.  For the Druids Taurus was a sacred time, and the bull was a sacred animal. It’s interesting that Saturn, the great teacher is powerful when located in the two signs, ruled by Venus, Taurus and Libra.  There is some sweet connection between this feared and ancient magician, and the power of the Queen of Love.  The illustration is also connected to the Three of Cups Tarot card. Celebration and gratitude are part of the season. The constellation is connected to the labyrinth of Crete and the sacrifice of a white bull each spring in the Celtic lands. Taurus is one of three Earth signs in the zodiac, and Beltane, the Fire Festival of this element falls on the fifth day of May.   Taurus is ‘fixed’ upon the unfolding of each blossom and the opening of the season of Green.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   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 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.
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.
During this time of great uncertainty and revealed world patterns, astrology is a powerful tool for guidance, healing and courage.  As a professional astrologer, I want to offer my services to any one who feels they would be helpful.  Please feel that you can ask for astrological guidance at whatever price is right for you now.

 

 

 

 

Full Moon in Libra 2020 hug

The pattern of the planets at the moment of the full Moon on Tuesday is stark in its power and simplicity.   Except for the Moon herself, all other planets and the Sun are held within the crescent of the Lunar Nodes.  This basic pattern is known as a ‘bucket’, with the Moon as the ‘handle.’   You don’t have to know much astrology to see  a tremendous amount of energy is pouring  towards and from the Moon.  The whole chart is focused on her high and solitary  place in the sky holding balance with the rest of the planets, and pouring the love of Venus (Libra)  into a cauldron of destruction and blessing (Pluto/Jupiter),  and construction and healing  (Saturn/Mars/Chiron).

cloudy moon through branches                                              Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

At this moment, she appears closest to the earth during her monthly journey.  Her size and brightness are a celebration of light, called a ‘super Moon, the largest of 2020.  The Moon is in an apparent conversation with our planet,  and in this time of plague, stillness and quarantine, her message of beauty and balance is palpable, a cosmic conversation!

figure with scales color.jpg                                            Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Moon’s position in the sky is in Libra, the Scales.  Libra is a sign of balance, and those blessed with a Libra Moon learn early in life to find a safe place between extremes. Delicate  and difficult work,  diplomacy is an art, with a fateful teacher!  Venus ‘rules’ the sign of Libra in beauty and with a loving nature, but the teacher Saturn finds his  ‘exaltation’ in this sign as well. The Saturnic presence is a reminded that Libra is deeply connected to karma as well as romance and beauty in partnership and marriage.   Libra  demands separation and balance in relationships. Each partner must have space to breath, with a commitment to justice. When that sense of fairness and balanced separation is trampled, there is explosive psychic pain for Libra Moon.

Rug and table in consulting room                                              Photo:  Sarah Fuhro

The ‘Sabian Symbol’* for the degree of the Aries Sun offers a surprisingly accurate and positive spin on the worldwide disruption and quarantine thrust upon us.  The many relationships (aspects) between planets in this chart  weaves a powerful tapestry felt worldwide.

‘THE “MAGIC CARPET” OF ORIENTAL IMAGERY.  KEYNOTE: The use of creative imagination. A way of life refusing a hectic involvement in social competition and waste-producing overproduction allows for the development of unattached and transcendent understanding…. The period of rest from outwardly directed activity bound to collective normality presents the creative mind with the possibility of surveying in dreams the totality of the present-day social situation, thus “to see whole.”‘ 

IMG_6365 - Version 2                            Photo: Robert Fuhro 

The picture  above of a Skunk Cabbage spadex (seed) is eerily similar to diagrams of the Covid-19 virus.  We could look at the astrology chart to ask what is the soul purpose of this entity which has isolated and united us all?   And if we don’t fear, but attempt to understand, what can we hope to accomplish together?   Will our quarantine remind us we are part of the larger design, (Venus/Chiron)  or just make us fear each other?  Might America finally acknowledge that health and food and home security belong to everyone?

fungus Moon                              Photo:  Bruce Lhuillier 


For those of us with shelter and food enough to take advantage of this enforced time of reflection, it is a gift of communal opportunity.  Nature has become a place of solace and healing for throngs of people.  As I wander deeper and deeper into the woods, everything  seems more and more beautiful, strange and magical.  Today I met a black water snake, who was probably about to leave her old skin for a new one.  On my return journey s/he had formed an ouroboros, in preparation for transformation.

                                   
Ouroboros

I had great difficulty in writing this Moon blog. I wrote, erased  and rewrote over three days. I so wanted to speak about the clarity and possibility I see here, but it all sounds like platitudes.   The astrology chart is a pattern of a moment in time.  We are told by the wise to live deeply in the present moment. The new and full Moons are moments when we are united the world over in a particular visual pattern of time.  When astrology is used to feel the depth and import of a moment, it is truly a gift from the cosmos.  This chart is a  perfect mirror to the moment we dwell in today.  At this precious hour as the Moon fills and lights the night sky, we can honor what animals and plants all over the globe feel and see together. We can see what our ancestors saw, and hope our children will continue to see– our beautiful sister in the sky.   .

                           Venus

Venus is the ‘ruler’ of Libra.  Here we continue with the series of beautiful paintings by Amelia Leonards to illustrate what this planet offers us, and how we can meet her in conversation.   How potent,  that at this moment of worldwide fear, illness and death, the full Moon is under the rule of Love, the planet Venus.

Venus-1200                                           painting: Amelia Leonards

Love and beauty,  money and sensuality are associated with the goddess Aphrodite, the planet Venus in an astrology chart. Venus is known as the ‘ruler’ of two signs: Taurus and Libra at two very different seasons of the year!  Venus as she dances in Earth sign Taurus is sensual, spring-like and fertile. Libra Venus is aesthetic and balanced, an Airy  Venus who designs and appreciates beauty in the season of harvest.  The full Moons of Taurus and Libra balance out that seasonal polarity.  We have a full Moon in Libra at springtime to balance the Aries Sun, and a fertile Taurus Moon as the growing season ends during the time of Scorpio.

Whatever her sign, Venus is never far from the Sun.  This sparkling diamond, so beautiful at twilight or dawn  can awaken us to her power,  enchant us, break open our heart with deep feeling, and initiate us into her transformative powers, with no rules but her own.  She is associated with the  pentacle because she seems to move across the sky on a five step journey over eight years. She moves from  evening star to dawn light and  for a part of the cycle disappears completely.  Her pentacle is found in the heart of the apple, and  in our form as human beings.  The star shape of the pentacle is protective and part  of most magical rituals.

Venus in our chart speaks of how we love, whom we love, and what we find beautiful.   Venus is associated with all five-petaled flowers, but especially the Rose,  an eternal symbol of love, with thorns, and, like love, can hurt us even as we embrace the Venus experience.  But Love takes many shapes and has numerous special plants and animals sacred to her.  Myrtle, doves, dolphins, swans and the pomegranate are among her symbols.  The Cypress tree is hers because she was born in the Sea off the island of Cypress.  To bring her presence fully into our life, we must look for her at the edges of the day, sunrise and sunset, in sources of water, springs sacred to her presence, wherever beauty is found, and walk willingly through a thorny hedge to find her.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by Laura Wheeler and transcribed by Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   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 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.
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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun and Moon are locked in the fiery embrace of Aries, but they are not alone.  At a time of world wide emergency, Chiron, the healer watches over them.    The body of the earth is in crisis, and because we are of the earth, our bodies are in crisis as well.  Only two weeks ago, at  the full Moon in  Pisces, the Sun was bathed in Neptune’s fog, a warning that the illness, which had sickened some, might soon become a pandemic. This is universal, and no amount of denial, will keep any community safe.   The earth has opened beneath our feet.

3/21/20 rock cleft *

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sabian Symbol* for the new Moon is: ‘A Triangle with Wings:   The capacity for self-transcending…A NEW DIMENSION of being is envisioned mobilizing creative endeavors.’

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                                                        Three of Pentacles from the Thoth Tarot deck

If you look closely at this card you will see the symbols for Mars and Capricorn.  And indeed at this moment Mars is in the sign of Capricorn in the close company of Pluto, Jupiter and Pallas Athena.   Mars is considered ‘exalted’ in Capricorn, it works well in this sign.  Mars is the ruler of Aries.  It is in action (creative endeavors) that the human community may come through this with a deeper appreciation of how close we always are to death (Pluto), recognition of spirit (Jupiter) and deep wisdom (Pallas Athena).

New Moon in Aries 2020

We cannot love, honor and care for own human bodies more than we care for the body which is all of us,  the Earth.  In the picture below the Sun is setting on a quartz torso lying on a hilltop.  The beauty and vulnerability of the planet and our bodies is on the line.

3/21/20 Quartz body at sunset

                                         photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Chiron in Aries, says action must be taken to heal.  An injury has been sustained, now it must be mended by Chiron’s loving attention.  Chiron was a centaur who could heal everyone, but not his own wound.  The planetoid (?) Chiron was discovered in 1977,  recently  moved into Taurus (healing the earth).  People born between 1968 and 1976 have Chiron in Aries as our children born now.  Chiron in Aries children were born into a huge cultural turmoil which they had to navigate by themselves, like warriors (Aries).  Now we are back to a Chiron in Aries period where children will have to fend for themselves.  I think of all the refugee children separated from parents at the American border,  and there may be children who must care for adults during this epidemic.  Whatever the challenge, those born with Chiron in Aries, shake off their wounds and begin anew.  Chiron has the meaning of ‘hand’.  We heal by laying our hands on a wound.

3-21-20 hand on moss.jpgphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

This chart has many hopeful aspects to it, if we want to use them.  The proximity of Chiron to the seed of the Lunar cycle speaks of a wound, but at the same time of a healing presence.  Mars, the action we must take to stop the spread of this disease, is strong and eager to create new forms of healing.   Pluto and Jupiter in almost the same degree as Mars offer dismantlement of the old forms (Pluto) and reorganization (Saturn). Mars and Jupiter work well together and are a very creative combination.    I love the photo below, a ‘dead’ tree reveals an inner crystalline structure, a new form.

3/21/20 wood in crystalized form

                                            photo:Bruce Lhuillier

There is another very important pattern in this chart which offers the dynamic of creative solutions.   The New Moon and Chiron are in a square pattern to the Lunar Nodes.  The Nodes are in Capricorn and Cancer.  With North Node in Cancer effort must be made to take the organizational prowess of Capricorn and turn it towards the great maternal, family aspect of Cancer.   A business (Capricorn) which does not support the human needs  of its workers and consumers does not meet Cancer’s demands.  Too many businesses exist to support stock holders without regard for workers or customers and are now in free fall.   This chart offers many tools for ways to turn our pandemic into a higher state of consciousness.  It all depends on our outlook.  The Sun sets behind the wooden arch of a fallen tree.  The tree has taken the form of a horse’s head and neck.

3:21:20 cleft rock

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 Aries

And now for Aries…For we have entered a new season, SPRING, as well as a new Lunar cycle.   Amelia Leonards has illustrated this constellation with her deep and powerful talents and intuitions as illustrator and story teller.

Aries-1200-1.jpg                                          painting: Amelia Leonards

The astrological year begins with the entry of the Sun into Aries,   The Sun is exalted in Aries and we can all feel the power of this fire dance.  There is thrust in Aries, a warrior and who does not hesitate to use his light saber to wake up the Northern Hemisphere.   Energy, sexuality, outward flowing and positive energy is everywhere around us.  We can see it as birds sing and preen, and in the crocus, who does not push away an oak leaf, but cuts right through the old leathery surface.  Wherever Aries is located in your chart is where you are energized, and unstoppable.   Sexual energy and anger belong to Aries, and they are often found in close proximity. Aries is also a deep commitment to justice, to our notions of what is right and wrong. The warrior relationship is based on trust between comrades, and the desire to prove one’s courage.   Aries rules the head. The ram who is the symbol of this constellation, goes head first into battle.   His planetary ruler is Mars, the god of war, but he represents vitality, stamina, ardor as well as military action.   The poet with a head on fire is an ancient symbol of creative inspiration.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by Laura Wheeler and transcribed by Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   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 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.
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.

 

 

 

 

 

Interconnection

Virgo and Pisces are the physicians of the Zodiac.    You’re not surprised this chart for the full Moon has strong connection to the news which unites the world….contagion!   An epidemic says we are linked, in sickness and in health.  But how will be react to a crisis and the interconnection of our species?

IMG_2369photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Neptune who moves in  confusion, fog, disease, dreams and spiritual revelation is right on the Pisces Sun.  Doctor Virgo Moon across the chart is trying to keep things sanitary and under control.  How effective will she be.   She does get a lot of help from the orderly and effective Capricorn crowd.  Jupiter, Mars and Pallas Athene are lined up as public health workers.  Pluto says the old structure has to be cleared away.

IMG_2368

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This is a moment of deep signifcance seen in the symbolism of the astrological chart reflected on the earth’s surface.   The opposition of Sun and Moon at each full Moon is the challenge to dance into harmony. The expression of how the astrological pattern will play out is where we all come into this.

Full Moon in Virgo 2020

The Sabian Symbol for the Pisces Sun contains this promise :  ‘A TABLE SET FOR AN EVENING MEAL.    An indication that in the end and at the appointed time the individual’s needs will be met among those to whom he is linked by a spiritual (or biological) web of energies.   The significant element in this scene is not only the meal, but the fact that it is an “evening” meal. The Soul returns to its spiritual home at the close of the day-of-manifestation. There it finds that which renews and amply sustains; the happiness of the “beyond of existence” is experienced — if all has gone well. NOURISHMENT.’

dragon flies on a tee shirt moon

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Mercury

Mercury is the physician, the magician, the messenger and the thief.  He is found in one form or another in every gang of deities.  He is Hermes, and Thoth and Lugh, all associated with swiftness, deftness and communication.  Anyone who has tried to meditate, knows that Mercury is always present, and always transforming.

When Mercury is in an Air sign, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, he is quick in thought and word, always one step ahead of the rest of the class.  When he is in Water, Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, he has a good memory. You might think water would wash away memory, but instead stores it, just as pollution never leaves a stream.    Mercury in Fire; Aries, Leo and Sagittarius is intuitive and forceful. He may jump from subject to subject with a connection, which not everyone follows.   Mercury in Earth; Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn can be weighed down in facts, and what is absolutely true.  Speech may be slow and very thorough.  Mercury in Earth walks rather than flies.

Mercury Amelia

painting: Amelia Royce 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. For an appointment call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  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.   
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.
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.
*Sabian Symbols are images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by Laura Wheeler and transcribed by Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Crescent in the Sky

crescent ice caligraphy .jpg          photo: Robert Fuhro 

New Moons and Old Moons are crescents, and here on a cold day is a crescent of ice  held over what looks like Arabic writing.  The beauty of the Earth repeats patterns in many ways.  The Astrological chart for the moment of the birth of the new Moon on Sunday contains a crescent in the pattern of the placement of the planets.   And here is the most amazing part of all: the exact center point of the arc is the degree of the new Moon, the place where Sun and Moon are located…4 degrees of Pisces!!

 

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The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon in Pisces is A Church Bazaar.   This  symbolizes the intertwine between what is considered ‘spiritual,’ and what is ‘material’ or even ‘commercial’!   Pisces has a strong connection with attempts to separate the spiritual from the material.  During the last two thousand years, the Age of Pisces, monasteries, hermitages, convents were a worldwide human concern.  People entered these institutions to separate themselves from the material world.   They are now largely disappearing as we move into a new Aquarian phase, where community is seen in an entirely different light.

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Mars and Uranus are the two ends of this crescent.  They are both in astrological signs which  belong to the Earth element.  So in astrological language they are ‘trine,’ which means they understand one another.   This gives us all a very good opportunity to direct energy towards recognizing our kinship to the Earth, and to direct energy towards some practical gift or effort we might make to our home.   This means that Uranus and Mars are in sync with the new Moon.   Take a moment to ask what beautiful and daring effort in your life might begin with this new lunar cycle.

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A beautiful photo from a newly returned traveler to Paris.  This image expresses some eternal yearning we have for perfection and beauty, the deep sigh of Pisces.

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Pisces

The finish, the end, the finale is found in Pisces.  This is the eternal, wet, foggy place of the zodiac.  It is here where Venus finds her exaltation, where Jupiter Lord of the high mountain, Olympus rules with Neptune of the deep sea. Nothing keeps form here, and all is expressed in contradiction, divinity and addlement.  For the two fish who symbolize Pisces demand choice: will you go this way or that way, are you male or female, are you feathered or finned?  This is the sign of the monastery and convent, of the ocean, of the dream.   Nothing will remain when you awaken from this dream.  And so you drink more, or search for a powder of power or a god or the source of a great river.  Pisces rules the feet, and we all know, ‘Wisdom comes through the feet.’  Pisces is also great compassion and sweetness, the tender release of all material forms, the end of battles for right and clarity.  And the soul is now in charge; plans and ambitions are forgotten, lost in the eternal swamp, where new life begins.  

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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. For an appointment call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  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.   
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.
*Sabian Symbols are images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by Laura Wheeler and transcribed by Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.

 

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