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Imagine! The New Moon in Aries 2014


 Imagine there is no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion, too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you will join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world

You, you may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you will join us

And the world will live as one

John Lennon

In a yoga class this week, I listened to  Imagine.  The voice of John Lennon felt powerfully alive, and I knew the song must be a key to the present moment.  When I returned home, I looked at the chart for the new Moon in Aries, which will take place Sunday, March 30,  It feels as if this is a chance  to reconsider the song, or perhaps to hear it again in the light of this moment!   http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/johnlennon/imagine.html. The Sabian Symbol for the Sun and Moon reads:   ‘A Teacher Gives New Symbolic Forms To Traditional Images.  Revision of attitude at the beginning of a new cycle of experience. ‘   Once again we have the opportunity to start anew!  Each new Moon is a fresh start, and Aries is the beginning of the astrological cycle—a double opportunity!  A new cycle begins with an inner change of ‘attitude.’


 This new moment features the Sun and Moon in close company with Uranus, the electric communicator, change factor, and revolutionary.  He is often compared to Prometheus who brought fire from the heavens to human beings on earth, a new technology.  In astrology Uranus is considered a higher manifestation of Mercury, and is a planet associated with astrology and computers.



Uranus showed up in Herschel’s telescope just as European culture was experimenting with a whole new concept, the Rights of Man.  There was a revolution in colonial America with a new Constitution, even while it juggled slavery.  France was in the throes of insurrection, which overthrew a divine king, soon to be replaced by a military master.  But the old ways were crumbling.  It was a ‘change of attitude,’ if not of substance.  What would have been our role in those tumultuous times, and what is our place under the Sun, Moon and Uranus in the present moment?

New Moon in Aries 2014

Juno, the asteroid of marriage, is cheek and jowl with Uranus, Moon and Sun. This revolution plays out in the most basic unit of human society,  the family.   ‘Four in 10 American households with children under age 18 now include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census and polling data released Wednesday. This share, the highest on record, has quadrupled since 1960.’http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/30/business/economy/women-as-family-breadwinner-on-the-rise-study-says.html?_r=0.   Marriage between same sex couples is part of the revolution, and is legalized all over the world, often with much less controversy than in the United States.  But all this has deep implications for attitudes towards what is possible, for men and women and for the future of what constitutes a marriage.

Jupiter and Pluto are in square to the stellium in Aries.   They lie opposite one another.  Jupiter is in the Moon’s sign of Cancer, which touches upon family, children, and nurturance.  Pluto continues his journey through Capricorn, which began in 2008 with the world wide financial earthquake.  The family is also represented by Capricorn, but more as an institution and unit of society. The financial inequality between those at the very top and the rest of the population in America has a huge impact upon the family unit.  More families are suffering from homelessness after the real estate melt down. Unemployment and underemployment means hungry people, and families under tremendous stress to provide basic sustenance.   The two forces of Jupiter and Pluto make a square to our chart’s Sun and Moon, Uranus and Juno.   The only direction out for this square is towards Libra, a sign of justice, harmony and balance.

And that brings us back to John Lennon whose birthday, October 9th, features Mars, North Node, Pallas Athena and the Sun all in Libra, the very sign, which would provide stability to this moment in time.   As always, we have choices to make as we live these energies in the best way we know how!






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 Full Moon of March 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM EDT

            I have just returned from ten days of travel in Southern California, desert, and blossoms.  A gentle snow greets me home in Massachusetts so I can better orient myself to the transformation of spring we all await!

This full Moon belongs to Queen Esther; it is the Purim Moon.   Esther was chosen queen to replace a rebellious wife of the Persian King Ahasuerus.  She was able to save her people from a plot to destroy the Jews by Haman, jealous vizier to the King.   Instead the villain was strung up and Esther, and her uncle Mordecai, who kept her in touch with what was happening on the ground were honored.


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             Purim refers to the drawing of lots, to gambling, fate, The Wheel of Fortune.  It is a day to remember we don’t always know who, or what is ‘good.’ and who is ‘bad.’ The tale is told in the Book of Esther, and is celebrated with the reading of the story, costumes, cookies and the suggestion that it is good to drink liquor until you cannot tell the difference between pious Uncle Mordecai and the evil villain, Haman.   And here are the cookies called Hamantashen, named for his hat?  Or is there some other imagery for this special treat!


            And doesn’t Esther sound very much like Ishtar, goddess of fertility, love, sex and war, all associated with the planet Venus!  And could Easter and the soon to arrive spring equinox have anything to do with all of this?!    Please note Ishtar’s wonderful feet!



            Now let’s look at the chart of the Purim full Moon!   Since we are discussing Venus, lady of the night, Ishtar and the brave Queen Esther, let’s look at the location of the planet Venus on this special day.   Venus is in the constellation Aquarius, a rather quirky love goddess.   Freedom in relationships is important when Venus is in Aquarius.  The Sabian Symol for the degree of this Venus works very well for the Purim story: A Man Who Had For A Time Become The Embodiment Of A Popular Ideal Is Made To Realize That As A Person He Is Not This Ideal. 

Like Haman, who had once been the favorite of the King, the mighty have fallen.  The key to this symbol and perhaps one of the lessons of the Purim story is ‘self-reevaluation.’

Mars and Saturn are in retrograde motion.  We may have to go back over old territory.  Saturn is in trine to the Sun and is trine to Moon.  This may slow the progress of something we want, but also offer that opportunity to look carefully at motive and detail.   Like Queen Esther, we have to move strategically and patiently to reach our goal.  Patience is the lesson we learn from Saturn.  Saturn and Mercury are square so that we have to especially careful with our communication.  Senator Feinstein’s angry confrontation of the CIA over destruction of electronic records of torture, and her accusation that they spied on the Senate oversight committee is a good model of what  happens when Saturn in Scorpio (dark matters—both torture and spying) goes retrograde, reawakening an issue of the past, and electronic communication (Mercury in Aquarius).

Full Moon in Virgo 2014


The Full Moon is, as always, the cosmic reminder that we are both particular (Virgo Moon) and universal (Pisces Sun).  There is a story of a rabbi who carried a piece of paper in his left pocket which said: the universe was created for you.  In the other pocket, was another paper upon which was written: You are a speck of dust in the cosmos.  This particular polarity of Sun and Moon can be felt at this level of magnitude.   The Sun in Pisces is about faith, compassion and releasing all that separates.  The Moon is Virgo is about analysis, the appraisal of differences and service.  Feel and honor them both during this full Moon period!

Sun and Moon square the Galactic Center, connecting us to the heart of the Milky Way and the transmissions that emanate from the cosmos.   The Sabian Symbol for the Sun suggests we are all trying to do the best we can: The Harvest Moon Illumines A Clear Autumnal Sky. With the keynote: The light of fulfillment that blesses work well done.  Consummation.

Best wishes on your journey!    Celebrate the arrival of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and the arrival of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, which will happen Thursday.  I’m always happy to hear your thoughts and comments!   Sarah Fuhro    Sarahbeagl@aol.com

I Search the Moon for the Meaning of Life

And what is life?

and  what, I wonder,  death?

And who is the full Moon of Esther?

She, who shines her light

through the  grey trees

like a dentist peering

into a black mouth

of Alpine teeth

with a tiny flashlight.

She, who casts the net

of shadow branches

upon the icy road

where I walk, leashed

to my old,

and, I suppose,

dying dog.

My old and distant dog,

no longer his once

insistent self, but

private, searching,

for the answer:

what is life?

and what is death?

Sarah Fuhro March 2007


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