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   An Invisible Moon Casts her Shadow!

This Friday, March 20, take some time to slow down and listen, to feel energy unfold in a beautiful series of earth and sky events. These Sun and Moon markers of a cosmic dance are experiences we share over the entire earth. If we focus on them they have the power to unite us, worldwide, in wonder and gratitude for their beauty and synchronicity.   And this day is full of wondrous delights.

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At 5:36 am EDT there will be a new Moon in the last degree of Pisces, the last sign in the circle of the zodiac. Both Sun and Moon will put the finishing touches on the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere and say goodbye to summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Something new begins at the very last moment of something old.   We have all heard the saying: ‘In the beginning is the end, in the end is the beginning,’ this new Moon will embody the wisdom and power of this statement.

This new Moon creates a total eclipse of the Sun. The Moon will be close to perigee –closest point to the earth in her monthly cycle.  This is also called a Super Moon.  The Moon will cast her shadow on the Sun, obscuring the view of the Sun here on earth. Isn’t it amazing that the Moon’s shadow, our tiny satellite, is just the right size, and just the right distance from the earth to cover the Sun?!

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Those of you who read this blog in Europe, Eurasia, and Northern and Eastern Africa will be able to see at least part of the eclipse. This will be the last total eclipse visible in Europe until 2026! The rest of us will have to feel the energy of the eclipse, which will take place before the Sun is visible to us Friday morning.

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What is the human significance of a solar eclipse? Our source of light, the Sun is blocked. This can terrify us…..or open awareness to our interior light. It may help us remember the invisible is also powerful. The Tarot card called The Moon gives a picture of what we may feel during a solar eclipse, even if we can’t see it.   Sun and Moon have combined. Are they in conception of something new? This card corresponds to the sign of Pisces, which is the constellation where the new Moon and solar eclipse take place! The tiny lobster creature ventures forth from his safe home in the water to follow a path full of danger. She must confront her own wild and domestic nature (the dog and wolf), move into higher visibility (the towers) and then move beyond what others may or may not think.

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The Sabian Symbol for 29 degrees of Pisces suggests we can grow into something we visualize as ideal. Many of us tremble for the future of our planet.   We mourn the extinction of species, war and hatred, and the despoiling of the earth. Perhaps on Friday we can visualize a place of peace and kindness where all have something to offer.

A MAJESTIC ROCK FORMATION RESEMBLING A FACE IS IDEALIZED BY A BOY WHO TAKES IT AS HIS IDEAL OF GREATNESS, AND AS HE GROWS UP, BEGINS TO LOOK LIKE IT.

KEYNOTE: The power of clearly visualized ideals to mold the life of the visualizer.

But the story does not end here. This same day, March 20th is the second new Moon in Pisces this year. The last new Moon was at the first degree, and this new Moon begins at the last degree. Just as we had a new Moon on the same day as the Winter Solstice, this new Moon and eclipse takes place at the Spring Equinox, a triple celebration!   Pisces is about endings, is devoid of clear boundaries, is compassionate, yet forgetful; eager to connect to the Universal and the Universe.

This new Moon creates a total solar eclipse, and, eleven hours after the new Moon and eclipse, the spring equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere, fall equinox in the Southern! This will be a busy day for those of us who acknowledge that we are connected to earth and sky.

Spring equinox 2015 Hub with Asteroids    If that is not enough energy bouncing around for you, it should also be noted that Uranus (the revolutionary, the surprise agent, and the wild card in any chart) has just finished his final of seven squares with Pluto. That last square took place Monday evening. Pluto is deep and heavy, insistent upon his power, repressive, transformative, and the lord of all that is hidden from sight.   Pluto and Uranus in square have kept us busy over the past few years with lots of strange twists and turns in the road, many of which are reminiscent of their last meet up in the 60’s.   Uranus in Aries, has also been cheek and jowl with Mars, the ruler of Aries, the warrior god, who drives with unrelenting speed towards who knows what destination.

THE SECOND COMING       by: 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.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming!

Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

The Moon enters Aries soon after her newness, at 6:29 am EDT. The South Node, which marks the location of the eclipse, greets her entry into the fiery sign of the Zodiac. The newly eclipsed Sun will enter Aries at 6:45 pm EDT and whether we live North or South we enter a new season with the light held in exquisite balance.

For Iranians, and other Persian people this is an important holiday to celebrate with fire. It is the beginning of the new year, and is traced back to the Zoroastrians and Mithraism. As I write this Moon blog, there are fire jumping celebrations to usher in the holiday. The Zorostrians have been in the news lately because of their persecution by ISIS. They developed many of the basic constructs of astrology as practiced in the Western world.

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The White House has joined the celebration for Norooz with this beautiful presentation of traditional Iranian goodies:

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Can we take the gifts of Aries; fire, fertility, courage, and apply them to something in our lives, which needs a fresh start or renewal?   Spring here in New England is a world of melting snow and ice, but the birds are building nests in our birdhouses and singing their morning songs.   For those in the Southern Hemisphere, this is a season of harvest, and often the beginning of the rainy season. Whether we stand knee deep in snow, have begun spring activities, or are gathering in crops, this is a moment to stop and give thanks for the beauty and mystery which surrounds us.

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 or find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Fuhro-Star-Flower-Alchemy-Astrology-Flower-Essences-and-Tarot/71299491502.

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Thursday’s full Moon in Virgo has grown from the Aquarius new Moon on February 18. The Sun at that moment was still minutes away from Pisces. So instead of learning about Pisces from inception, the Moon has grown from an Aquarian seed, to arrive at a perfect opposition to the Piscean Sun. She will experience her ‘newness’ in that sign at the next new Moon (March 20) as the Sun is about to depart from Pisces. This will take place moments from the Spring Equinox during a solar eclipse.

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Like this squirrel in my back yard, are you confused? Surely this has happened to you at some point. It reminds me of learning how to use a new computer program just in time for it to become obsolete, scrambling to mesh what I was doing, and back tracking to understand the new program after using it. Or maybe, as a child, you learned one language, but now must think and speak in another without a formal introduction from the home front. Each sign is a language with its own flavor and emphasis. Virgo is always ready for analysis, for differentiation. Pisces delights in tearing down the boundaries between all things and floating in space. Since the full Moon is always in the sign opposite the Sun, there is an integration of elements that must take place. Perhaps this is the source of the excitement associated with a full Moon.   Of course, no full Moon takes place in a vacuum. There are other players who add interest, or mischief, or emphasis as the Sun and the Moon face off. RCI_Jewel_DancingCouple Small Web view The seventh and final square between Uranus and Pluto will take place on March 16.   The Uranus Pluto square has been in effect since 2012.   During this time we have felt the tension between these two powerful outer planets in a variety of ways personal and global. Many of the outer issues are a return to unfinished business from the late 60’s when Pluto and Uranus were cheek and jowel in Virgo. Revolution, evolution, transformation and repression are themes we experience inside and outside when these planets come into contact. In the case of this full Moon the square between Uranus and Pluto is powerfully felt by both Sun and Moon because they are close connected by degree. Uranus will make discomforting angles to both Sun and Moon.   And he’s nestled between Venus and Mars like the bold intruder who disrupts a harmonious couple.   Or perhaps he’ll learn the fine points of love and action from the two.   There may be some hard lessons in this mix for they are all poised in close proximity to the South Node in Aries, a suggestion that self reliance has its limits, and the power of partnership opens new possibilities. Full Moon in Virgo 2015 Pluto is in a comfy trine to the Moon, but doesn’t have clear a relationship to the Sun. He’s getting a lesson or two from Ceres, the Earth Mother Goddess, who hasn’t forgotten that her daughter Persephone was swallowed up in the Otherworld of Pluto. Perhaps they are once again discussing the terms for spring and the return of the Maiden. 220px-FredericLeighton-TheReturnofPerspephone(1891)

Kore     Sarah Fuhro 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.

Jupiter is in the mix as well and can be seen in the picture below through cherry blossoms a few nights ago.   No cherry blossoms here in New England, but the Moon and Jupiter have been very beautiful in the clear night sky as the Moon passed through Leo on her way to Virgo. Jupiter, like Uranus is also in an off beat relationship to Moon and Sun. moon-jupiter-Masaaki-Shibuya-3-2-2015-e1425328808277

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       We are in the Moon of cycle of Nuin, Ash Tree. The Ash tree is associated with water, and was considered a suitable wood for oars as it was believed to be a charm against drowning.   Ash connects the three worlds, Abred, Gwynedd and Ceugent. Another way to look at the place of the Ash is to understand that it represents macrocosm and microcosm, as above, so below. With mighty banks of snow, I wait for the rush of water, which even with the cold weather is beginning to work its way into wall and cellar. A pipe broke and swamped our kitchen. Ash is a reminder of the mighty forces at work in the world, to transform solid material into flowing form. 1879905_f5b04a6b

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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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