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Once again, the new Moon falls at the final degrees of the Sun’s sign, in this case Taurus. It illustrates the saying: ‘In the end is the beginning; in the beginning is the end. ‘   Moon and Sun come together just before the Sun leaves Taurus, and so offers each of us the opportunity to wrap up old projects, and concerns and to prepare for new perspectives. Taurus is the world in slow motion as, here in New England, we watch the unfurling of green life all around us!

Mayapple and Solomon Seal

photo: Sarah Fuhro

 In my garden, May Apple and Solomon Seal, two local wildflowers open to the Sun, while hardy pansies thrive in their shade. The earth explodes with unleashed fertility.  Taurus is ‘ruled’ by Venus, the lady of love and beauty.   You can see her footprint everywhere in the green that now covers what only recently was buried in a deep layer of snow. So too, our bodies, brains and hearts are connected to the moods of the seasons. The Sun’s journey through the constellations of the zodiac, takes us along. We experience the deep sensuality of Taurus, and as we approach the airy mental realm of Gemini, we can express and communicate what we have learned in earthy Taurus.

New Moon in Taurus

The Moon is ‘exalted’ when she is in Taurus. It’s the perfect Moon to work in the garden! The power of the Moon was fully acknowledged during the Age of Taurus, 5,000 years ago. The Lunar mysteries were ritualized and imaged. Time was measured by the cycle of the Moon, and the fertility of the Moon and earth were acknowledged with deep gratitude!

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The new Moon will take place on the cusp between Sunday and Monday May 16-17. Here in the Eastern time zone the moment will be at in the first few minutes of Monday morning, another message about the end and the beginning.   Later in the day on Monday, Mercury will turn retrograde in the sign of Gemini. Whatever you been hearing as chatter in your inner ear, may take on an even more powerful voice, as Mercury revisits old territory.   When he stands direct he will have traveled back to the degree where he was around May 3rd. Issues left to dangle have a second chance to be resolved.   With both Mars and Mercury in airy Gemini, the desire to ‘do something’ is powerful.   But sit a moment in this Taurus new Moon and contemplate what stillness might bring.

Taurus

 Jupiter and June are conjunct on May 17-18. They are husband (Zeus) and wife (Hera). Although renowned for their marital battles, this configuration might represent a moment of sweet peace. We are in the process of moving into new notions of sexuality as we enter the Age of Aquarius.   Our culture is more open to understanding sex as a spectrum rather than a polarity, with the knowledge we are all a mixture of male and female.   Juno and Jupiter form a ‘Yod’ (planetary relationship) with Pluto and Mercury. Mercury is a kind of unisex character himself. The outlet for the Mercury and Juno/Jupiter combination is Pluto who represents a threat or repression when ignored, but empowerment when acknowledged and honored. As the new Moon grows, we may hear more (Mercury’s contribution) about marriage, same-sex marriage, or the role of men and women within marriage.

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 For each of us, this Yod with the conjunction of Juno and Jupiter represents  the opportunity to consider whether we are ready for the sacred marriage (Hieros Gamos) within. This takes place when we release our Plutonic fears of what we would be if we acknowledged male and female elements in equal parts. The Sacred Marriage was a pursuit of the alchemists and of Carl Jung. They followed an ancient path left by the imagery and stories of the marriages between the ancient gods, and between gods and humans. In the alchemical picture below we see the symbol of Gemini. This is the next sign the Sun will enter. Gemini is the location of Mercury and Venus in this chart.  Venus, ruler of Taurus is located evenly between the Juno Jupiter pair and Mercury. Through love, will we discover the unifying principle of this process? There are clues here that our bodies are constructed to be both male and female and that the nervous system, ruled by Gemini moves back and forth between positive and negative energies.

sacred marriage for text

The Lovers card from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck is a simplified version of this card. It represents ‘choice,’ and corresponds to the sign of Gemini.   At every moment we are given the chance to acknowledge the divinity within and around us.

The Truth About May  

Where will the line begin

to tell the truth about May?

Under the wand of the Lady

we are led to deep joy

by way of the road of sorrow.

Sarah Fuhro       1 May 2015

Sarah Fuhro

sarahbeagl@aol.com

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive

The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

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protestors in baltimore

Is this a picture of protestors protecting police from protestors? Or is it protestors protecting protestors from police? Whatever happened on this street yesterday, it illustrates the high pulse of the full Moon. Perspective is everything, and each full Moon allows us to see things in two very different ways at the same time. The Sabian Symbol for this Scorpio Moon is a further illumination of this moment in time: ‘Telephone Linemen at Work/The need to establish new channels of communication.’ Are these men ‘Linemen’ at work?

fiddlehead

photo: Bob Fuhro

The Full Moon in Scorpio falls at Beltane this year!  Beltane! the fire festival that cleanses our souls and releases spring energy of growth and joyful greeness aligns with the heartbeat of the dance between the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio.  And,  like the Aries/ Libra full Moon of last month we have the opportunity to explore feminine (Venus) and masculine (Mars) energies as they swirl within and without. Are they pitted against one another,  or are they woven into our psyches and how we view the world?  The tradition of the Maypole dance to celebrate Beltane is a reminder  how intricate this process can be! Maypole dancing is a moving meditation on the spring energies, and the fertile mix of male and female. The dance around the Maypole involves the intricate pattern of the spiral, like the fiddlehead of a fern in the picture above.  The dancers weave in and out, up and down  with the ribbons from the pole which reaches up to the sky.  Having made a Maypole for my Druid Grove, I know how complicated this spring tradition of weaving and dancing can be. The picture below is of the woven ribbons around a Maypole when the dance is finshed.

Maypole wrapped

photo and Maypole by Susan McNeil Spuhler

At this moment, when Sun and Moon watch each other across the zodiac, we are reminded that the earth, our mother, our home, our body celebrates spring (Beltane) and autumn (Scorpio) at the same time. Northern Hemisphere is full of the budding and opening of new life, while the Southern Hemisphere is releasing the seeds for the next spring as winter approaches. This particular full Moon on the Taurus/Scorpio axis falls close to the 15th degree of Taurus, the Fifth Day of May, the moment of Beltane fullness.

‘I married Isis on the fifth day of May

But I could not hold on to her very long

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away

For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong.

I came to a high place of darkness and light

The dividing line ran through the center of town

I hitched up my pony to a post on the right

Went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down.’

Bob Dylan, Isis, 1976

Willow Full Mon 2015

Beltane in the North is celebrated as the Pleiades rise at sunset. The Pleiades are a group of stars to be found in the constellation of Taurus, a decoration on the neck of the Bull.   This was the time cattle were moved to summer pastures, and new life was bursting into flower. Here are pictures of spring flowers (Blood Root) from my garden:

blood root

photo: Sarah Fuhro

and from the woods: (Trout Lilly) .

Trout lily

photo: Bob Fuhro

Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere the celebration of Samhain bids farewell to a year of growth and expansion, and begins a new cycle in the darkness of short days and harvest. The World is united in celebration of the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter.   Like this full Moon, we are also in the midst of the joys of Taurus and the sorrows of Scorpio.   Taurus is happy with stability and comfort and beauty. Scorpio demands truth and transformation. We swing back and forth between these two poles and at the full Moon we embrace them both!

Ginger's full Moon

photo: Virginia McEachern

 April’s flowers celebrate Beltane as we too flower At this moment of the full Moon, Jupiter makes an exact square to the Moon and Sun. Like an archer who uses the energy of both luminaries, Jupiter is ready to integrate the earth loving values of Taurus and Scorpio’s deep recognition of the Underworld. His Sabian Symbol for his position in Leo helps us to understand the potential in this moment of opposition and high manifestation:   ‘A Human Soul Seeking Opportunities for Outward Manifestation/ the yearning for self-actualization.‘   Could we ask for a more powerful voice of support than this!

willow in scorpio phase

Willow, for this is the Moon of Willow is a cauldron of ancient spells and healing medicine. She is both tender and fierce like this full Moon of Taurus and Scorpio, and like our hearts at springtime as they dance to the Beltane beat!

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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