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The Oak tree (Duir in Welsh) is a symbol of Druidry. Some say, the word Druid means: ‘those who know the wisdom of the Oak.’ Druids have been called ‘piglets,’ for pigs love acorns, the seeds of the mighty Oak. Some say the Oak is such a sacred tree because it draws lightning, and lightning is the wand of the top dogs in the God world…..Jupiter, Thor, Shaddai. When we draw what feels like lightning in our own lives, it doesn’t always feel like a blessing. The Tower card in the Tarot illustrates the overwhelming power of the lightning bolt as it throws the two residents of the Tower out of their isolation, and into the abyss of uncertainty.

Tower cardWednesday night, July 1st at 10:20 pm, is the full Moon of Oak here in New England. The Sun is in Cancer. At the Summer Solstice, when the Sun reaches his highest point, he enters the sign of the Moon (Cancer). The two luminaries and the energies of male and female are integrated and intertwined at the moment of high green in the Northern Hemisphere. The Lunar Calendar celebrates this time of light with the king of the trees, Duir, the Oak.

The Sun in nurturing Cancer is closely accompanied by Mars, the planet, which corresponds to the Tower card. The Moon, ruler of Cancer is opposite in the sign of Capricorn, accompanied by Pluto, considered the ‘higher octave’ of Mars. All this to say, there is a lot of powerful energy in this full Moon, which can be expressed both in the constructive energy of Capricorn, and the highly critical energy of Pluto–‘you must tell the truth,’ in polar opposition to the maternal strength of the Cancer Sun, deeply energized by Mars. This could be the time of ‘tough love’ action. This includes the powerful speech given by President Obama at the funeral of Senator Clementa Pinckney, for it was both tender and tough. And in response to the pain and suffering of the congregation, four black churches were burnt to the ground, perhaps driven by fear of the love and forgiveness expressed by families of the murdered prayer circle.

burnt church in Ohio

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The full Moon participants, Sun, Moon, Mars and Pluto make a square to the Lunar Nodes. They are in Aries (ruled by Mars) and Libra (ruled by Venus).   The message might be one that Obama stressed in the eulogy, it’s time to stop and listen to how our enemy feels.   Aries helps us to understand how we feel, but Libra asks us to take our feelings to the next level of understanding how someone else might feel. I struggle to understand the feelings of those I don’t agree with, and I suppose I shall have to ask those who have suffered much more than I to lead me to that ‘reservoir of kindness,’ which Obama spoke about.SAVE_THE_FLAG_RALLY_06

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The benefics, Venus and Jupiter have been in close conjunction during this time of love and hate. Every night after sundown Venus and Jupiter have been sparkling in the sky, bright beyond all comprehension.   They are in Leo, perhaps that makes for their dazzling beauty of self expression in the sky.   In the chart for the full Moon, they are in a fiery trine to Uranus, the revolutionary. If we read a Venus/Jupiter as much love, or the love of god, then how do we understand the impulsive Uranus in the mix, or the sextile, which chatty Gemini makes to Uranus and to Venus/Jupiter.   This could suggest a breakthrough (Uranus) in some form of communication (Mercury) by artists (Venus) inspired by a love of justice or spiritual experience (Jupiter). I recently saw a video production by Sarah Bliss and Rosalyn Driscoll called Blindsight. Images of people touching and moving together in a mysterious water environment were projected on cowhides and translucent fabrics in a labyrinth. Feeling the inside and the outside of this experience brought me back to some kind of ancestral experience in cave rituals. This might be a perfect description of how this group of planets in the chart feels. https://www.facebook.com/events/431539427007343Blindsighthttp://rosalyndriscoll.com

Blindsight

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The Water element in the videos brings up the presence of Neptune in Pisces, an oceanic participant trine to the wet Cancer Sun/Mars and sextile to the earthy Moon and Pluto.   Neptune is the ‘higher octave’ of Venus.   Are we approaching a time when we will become more attuned to the outer planet energies? It seems as if both art and astrology are attempting to do this.

And now let us return to the ancient dignity of the oak.   His wide reaching limbs are home to innumerable other plants and animals, large and small. Here is a poem I wrote when I first became a Druid, in homage to Duir.

Black Face

Eat out of my hand, little wild soul,

crazy squirrel, black face singer.

The singer who is my sister is dark, dark.

The hand I extend to the wild animal

is white, white.

I hear the sound of the tinkling bell.

It cracks the silence.

I am like the baby chick

who knows when to break

the perfect architecture

of my isolation.

And I peck my way out,

but not until I am strong enough

to break through can I break through.

The acorn is also an egg.

The chick inside is the king

of the forest.

The oak climbs to the heights

that equal the journey of the sun.

I am looking for the acorns

that feed the wild pigs

in the forest,

and I am black of face.

and white of hand,

and my bell calls my animals.

I make a fire.

and from the charcoal,

the burnt bones of the oak,

hatched from my acorn,

I blacken my face once again .

Sarah Fuhro 1992

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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Peony

photo: Bob Fuhro

A new Moon begins a new lunar cycle on Tuesday, June 16. The dark days of the Moon, which lead up to this are often difficult emotionally. Even if we don’t know we are about to finish one cycle and begin another, there can be a sense we are a ‘Motherless Child…’

‘Sometimes I feel like a motherless child

A long ways from home…

True believer
…

A long ways from home…

 

Sometimes I feel like I’m almos’ gone

Way up in de heab’nly land…..

True believer……

Way up in de heab’nly land’

from « American Negro Spirituals»

by J. W. Johnson, J. R. Johnson, 1926

 

For a long time we have denied the Mother part of our consciousness…..The Christian trinity, which was the cultural norm, and remains so for many people, contains a Father, a Son, and a Holy Ghost.   Mother and daughter are missing. Yet all ancestral religions have strong connection to the feminine…to the mother and to the feminine life force, with visual links to the Moon and the Earth.

Moon disk

 

The Moon’s astrological symbol, the crescentMoon Glyph symbolizes receptivity.   When we listen to the Moon and ally with her cycles we become open to new consciousness and new realities. There is a conversation between the Earth and the cosmos, which begins with the Moon. From her ever-changing face we learn the principle of change. Her fluctuations remind us we must leave behind what is no longer vital in order to explore and receive what is new, and to understand every point in the cycle has its beauty and opportunity.

new Moon in Gemini chart

 

Cheek and jowl with the Sun and Moon in their wedding chamber is Mars, the warrior. The glyph for Mars Mars glyphrepresents Spirit, the circle:glyphcirclefocused on a goal, the arrow.glypharrow Too often Mars is constricted into the expression of anger in our personal lives, and anger on a larger scale…war.   This Mars is in the sign of Gemini; we have the opportunity to communicate anger, or high energy in words. Or we can use the outward moving energy of Mars as a form of clear communication without the necessity to find a source of anger to fire us up. The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this Mars is: ‘A Gardner trimming a large palm tree. Bringing under control the power of expansion, pruning.’ This is a time when the entire world has to question the quest for never ending expansion; time to look for mastery of our relationship with the earth instead,

This chart with four important cosmic players, Sun, Moon, Mars and Mercury in Gemini.  this mutable sign  is full of opportunity to see old problems in a new way. The Sabian Symbol for the Sun/Moon conjunction is: ‘Frost covered trees against winter skies. The revelation of archetypal forms and essential rhythms of existence.’  We are now, perhaps have always been, at a point of great potential transformation. The dark forms of winter trees lay bare their essential nature to us. Each has a stance unique to its species and particular to its individual existence. When we look at each other and ourselves in this way, a kind of X-ray vision, we begin to see the essential nature of everything around us!

med. Black Cat winter trees

Photo by Bob Fuhro

Mercury, no longer in retrograde is in the early degrees of Gemini where he rules.   However, he has a square aspect to Neptune, who communicates through music, through mist and through visionary, non verbal, messages. This is an interesting and difficult combination for us all to balance and juggle. We may feel ourselves all ready to make some kind of very clear statement and end up in a kind of blithering blather. Or, we might write the most amazing poetry, but forget an important appointment. Neptune, at his highest manifestation can be the understanding of universal love. Perhaps, as we begin this new cycle of lunar light and clarity of speech (Gemini) we will perceive the power of peace and love working in the world.

 

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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Trillium

Carl Jung used the elements of astrology to delineate four ways we learn about the world and ourselves. He called these the four functions. They connect as well to the four suits of the Tarot deck, and form the basis for the Meyers Briggs personality test.

He connected intuition with the element of Fire. He noted that intuitive thought leaps from point to seemingly unconnected point much in the way a fire will travel from place to place through a forest or meadow. Intuition, like fire is quick and often impatient with the need for ‘proof.’

 fire dance

 Water, on the other hand, is all encompassing and formless, much like emotion.   When we use our water nature to understand what is happening, there may be no words, but there is a tremendous power, which cannot be denied or blocked. Water, like emotion, will wear away any surface, it contacts over time.   Even granite is carved by water’s force.

 Sage's Ravine Waterfall

    photo by Bob Fuhro

The Air element describes the process of thought, which comes and goes like the wind. We are blown about the continuous deluge of words in our heads, and must learn to sort through and defend ourselves from the onslaught of constant dialogue, both helpful and destructive.   Like wind, thought shifts and changes. Intellectual thought is what is taught us in school, even though it is only one mode of learning.

Wind in the leaves of trees 3

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And then there is the element of Earth. Here the connection is made to our sensory perceptions. We learn from our physical contact with the earth and nature. The five senses, sight, sound touch, smell, and taste are the basis of our interactions with the earth element. Loss of any of these makes us vulnerable and very aware of our physical form.

man in a circle

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The chart for the full Moon on June 2nd features three of these elements in an equilateral triangle. This triangle involves the opposition between the Sun and Moon, the relationship between the luminaries, which define a full Moon.   But the third point on the triangle is Neptune, particular to this moment.

full Moon in Sag

The Sun is in the airy sign of Gemini. Mars and Mercury are also in Gemini close to the Sun.   The butterfly who flutters from flower to flower, is the symbol of Gemini, and expresses both the transformative power of this sign, and the airy source of constant movement.    Gemini has a connection to curiosity and a wide love of learning, with no real interest in specialization.   The ruling planet for this sign is Mercury, or Quicksilver, who, like our thought process transmutes from one moment to the next. To continue and deepen the Gemini theme are the companions to the Sun, Mercury and Mars. The Sabian symbol for this degree of the Gemini Sun sets the stage for the drama of this particular full Moon:   ‘A Negro girl fights for her independence in the city, liberation from the ghosts of the past.’ Like this Sun in Gemini, Alicia Garza, the activist who coined #Black Lives Matter has used both Mercury in Gemini (powerful communication) and Mars in Gemini (a verbal warrior) to puts words to a revolution.

Alicia Garza

The full Moon is in the Fire sign of Sagittarius, ready to jump, like our intuition into the fray. Sagittarius would like to explore through the search for meaning.   Both Gemini and Sagittarius are students, but their styles and purpose are quite different. Gemini loves to learn for the sake of learning, curiosity. Sagittarius pursues learning to explore beliefs and ideals. Gemini represents a young child’s eagerness for school, while Sagittarius is the focused older student, who pursues knowledge with a passionate framework, a scholar who eats up knowledge with a fiery passion. The Sagittarius Moon represents adventure and a thirst for new horizons.   The Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s degree in Sagittarius is: ‘ A flag turns into an eagle, an eagle into a chanticleer. The spiritualization and promotion of great symbols of a New Age by minds sensitive to its precursory manifestations.‘  

rooster-crowing-at-dawn

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Now we come to the third side of the triangle, a feature of this moment in time: Neptune in Pisces. Water is the element of Pisces and Neptune is Poseidon, who rules the Seas. Here we have the emotional angle in this triad of the elements and modes of knowledge.   Pisces has a message for Gemini and Sagittarius: do not over look the power of feeling. Our emotions have an equal role with the intellect and intuition. Neither water nor feeling can be ignored or there is the probability of all structures (the Earth element) will be washed away.

india_flooding

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The missing element is Earth, the function of sensory perception. Perhaps there is a message here about our culture’s loss of contact with the body and the earth.   Today as the Moon culminates in Fire in opposition to the Sun’s large helping of the Air element, we can embody the fourth function of physical awareness, with deep appreciation for our sight, hearing, touch and smell, our representation of human form, and the Earth element.

hawthorn

In honor of this full Moon in Hawthorn, I dedicate this poem to Her white presence in the sky.

Hawthorn               Sarah Fuhro

Dear Hawthorn,

I remember you best

as you climb the hill

to the sky, in your

angry thorn black

stockings and gloves,

foaming in white

blossom gown,

and guarding

the spring where

water swells

from granite lips.

You mark the place

and your white foam

marks the time

of cleansing

and seclusion

before the madness

and power

of the oak moon

at midsummer.

Hawthorn retreats

to her lonely hill

where she shines

like the star of evening.

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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