Archive for November, 2013

Header photo by Robert Fuhro


The New Moon of Ruis gives the opportunity many of us need to rest and start anew after the whirlwind of the Thanksgiving/Hanukah celebration, the comet Ison’s journey to (or is it around) the Sun, and our collective reaction to the winds the earth has stirred up to remind us we live not only in our houses, but on a planet with powerful responses.

Sun and Moon are in the sign of Sagittarius, the seeker, who remembers that what we see is only a tiny slice of what exists. ‘Reality’ and ‘practicality’ are not meant to be the final judge of our life choices.  It is the Sagittarian part of ourselves, which has a vision larger than that which we have been handed by our particular culture.   We live in the midst of a vast mystery, and whatever tiny segment we observe is as large as a universe.

Sagittarius reminds us to shine our souls, a process not taught or respected in our culture.   The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Sun and Moon meet on Monday is: ‘In the left section of an archaic temple, a lamp burns in a container shaped like a human body.’  If no time is allowed for the process of shedding our light, we begin to flicker and fade no matter how successful we appear.  Each soul yearns for the opportunity to shine in her unique manner in our particular body. Each of us, when we live beyond the circumstances of our birth and past history, know where our truth lies, when our way is lit by our soul’s light.

Uranus, the lightening bolt of perception, makes a trine to Sun and Moon.  And wherever, Uranus is found, Pluto is connected as well by their enduring square to one another.  In this case Pluto makes an inconjunct to sun and Moon, perhaps challenging our perceptions, and demanding we look ever deeper.

Chiron the healer squares the two, and asks if our look within is of benefit to the world at large.

When we can truly feel that our soul’s health and freedom is the source of our peace, we will find the way we can best serve others as well.

new moon in Ruis


Ruis the Elder is a plant of healing. You can find her easily when she is in bloom, often in wet areas.  Each time we go to the depths of darkness, we find the inner light we had thought lost.  Elder offers us care and protection from infection.   Here is a recipe for elder syrup which I make each fall to keep away winter colds and flues:

Herbalist Terry Anya Hayes:

As an herbalist, the finest remedy I know for flu is elderberry syrup. It stops many viruses from replicating (including Avian Flu). Sambucol is the pricey, commercially available version, but it is as easy to make your own as to make a pot of soup. Here’s my recipe. Add a few squirts of Echinacea tincture and you’ve further upped your chances against invasion. Raw garlic is a good antiviral also, for those who can take it without upset; elderberry tops everything I know of for flu virus, though.

Recipe: Elderberry Ginger Syrup

from Herbal Syrups and Remedies
© Terry-Anya Hayes 2007


3/4 cup dried elderberries

1 thumb-size chunk of fresh ginger, thinly sliced

1 quart spring water or filtered wate

2 cups honey (preferably raw & unfiltered)


Place elderberries, ginger, and water into a non-reactive pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat  and barely simmer until liquid is reduced to half its original volume. This takes time; be patient! Strain out solids, squeezing spent herbs to reclaim as much liquid as possible.Cool strained liquid to lukewarm, measure it, and add an equal amount of honey, stirring until dissolved. Refrigerate syrup in clearly labeled glass bottles. It will stay fresh 6 months or more.


Elderberry is a food, not a medicine, and is exceptionally high in antioxidants. For support, traditional herbalists suggest that at the first sign of flu adults take 2 teaspoons every 2 hours, and 2 teaspoons 3-4 times per day when symptoms lessen. As a preventive, the recommendation is a tablespoon every morning. Children love elderberry syrup; adjust the amount according to age. DO NOT GIVE products containing honey to infants under 1 year of age.

carolin wren

photo by Bob Fuhro all rights reserved

November Wren

Three thirty– afternoon

of dark and light November,

the voice of the wren

lifts me from my book

to turn and kneel

before the window’s shining altar.

In the pear tree, just outside,

a tiny messenger,

no bigger than a baby’s fist,

leaps like a beating heart,

her tail, a lever

of sweet uncounted notes,

her throat a channel

for the sound of liquid silver.

She dances to keep her place secure

wedged within the crotch

of the dark branch,

a tiny burst of  voice

who sings of interruption,

the piping hymn to the god

who arrives unbidden

in  smiling silence, spirit insistent,

a star’s spark in silver twilight.

Wren is the voice of initiation,

and where she leads

beyond the pear tree,

is land uncharted.

She is the last pear left

upon the winter tree,

where next May

a tower of white blossom

will celebrate  her visit

from the world of song.

November 29, 2008                         Sarah Fuhro

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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Full Moon in Reed (Ngetal)

Winter approaches the Northern Hemisphere, and the Sun is low in the sky.  The Moon rises ever higher and seems so much brighter than she did in spring and early summer!   The full Moons of autumn light the sky even as the Sun withdraws to the South, leaving us with short days and long nights.

Last night, as the almost full Moon shed her enchanting blue light on all the world, I saw a deer dance across the road in front of my car. Her beauty and celebratory mood were a perfect representation of the Taurus Moon. On Sunday, November 17, 10:16 am the Moon will reach her perfect full pulse, but until then we will see her each night, beating her great sky drum,  already in Taurus, ready to celebrate the joys of the earth.  Taurus is under the rulership of Venus, and the Moon is ‘exalted  (fully expressive) in this sign.  Once a year the full Taurus Moon marks a time to celebrate our planet’s beauty and joy reflected in her sister the Moon’s bright light.

Moon is in ‘detriment,’ not comfortable, in the opposite sign, Scorpio, ruled by Mars. While Taurus celebrates all that is sensual and earthy, Scorpio teaches us to look behind, beneath and beyond the visible world into the realm of darkness and mystery.  This full Moon teaches us to dance between these opposing signs and impulses, to celebrate the beauty and generosity of the earth and the deeper mystery of what cannot be seen, felt, or touched.   Each full Moon we have the opportunity to bridge a polarity of signs and season, while appreciating each end of the opposition.

During the Ngetal Moon cycle, our lunar lady goes from detriment at the new Moon, when she is in Scorpio, to her sign of exaltation in Taurus when she is opposite the Sun.  Here’s a cosmic lesson for us all!

Since we are on the subject of rulership and oppositions, this TaurusMoon/Scorpio Sun  moment has a tight conjunction between Pluto (the co-ruler of Scorpio) and Venus the ruler of Taurus.  Together they are in the sign of Capricorn, the builder.  Is this a potent moment for understanding between widely diverse impulses and points of view?  Venus and Pluto would seem to have nothing in common.  Venus is about love, beauty, art, sensuality and relationship.  Pluto is the lord of death, the implacable truth teller of dark secrets bubbling to the surface.  Both guard their kingdoms jealously.  Yet they are cheek to cheek in the sky, even as the Taurus Moon reflects the Sun’s Scorpionic light.   Both are in a square (90 degree relationship  to revolutionary Uranus and sextile (60 degrees)  to the healer Chiron.   This may be the moment to understand your enemy’s point of view, to create unification between polar opposites.  If we turn to Chiron’s healing arts as we listen to each other, we can create a world more humane for everyone.

Mercury is in this mix with Pluto, Venus, Uranus and Chiron.  He is the messenger from the Scorpionic kingdom, ruled by Mars and Pluto.  Mercury can be the neutral force in many oppositions.    He is the messenger, and not the message.  He’s the voice that neither side of an argument wants to hear.

full moon of Ngetal 2013

Now look at this further message about polar opposites: the Sun’s magnetic field is about to flip!  ‘This reversal happens every 11 years and is tied to the sun’s cycle of activity, now near its peak. The effects of the reversal will ripple throughout the solar system.’ http://earthsky.org/space/suns-magnetic-field-poised-to-reverse-polarity-scientists-say

A youtube video explains this phenomenon in greater depth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34gNgaME86Y.   This is expected to happen in the next few days. What was happening in your life 11 years ago, when the last solar flip occured?   The 911 attacks took place at the beginning of this cycle, we began a series of wars in the Middle East,  the omnipresence of the internet was about to change every moment of our lives.  As we bring these cosmic events into our consciousness, we can find balance in a period of readjustment, fueled by powerful forces of polarity.                         Happy Full Moon and Sun Flip!

Sarah Fuhro www.sarahfuhro.com  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.starfloweralchemy.com.

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