Archive for August, 2015

When the time of the new Moon approaches, I watch the sky in the early morning for that last sight of her as she prepares to rise with the Sun, soon to be lost in his bright arms.

waning Moon

waxing moon                                                                                                                     (both Moon photos by http://photo.accuweather.com)

But in the evening, I mark the progress of the almost full Moon, as she sails off on her own.

Saturday, August 29, the full Moon will culminate at 2:35 pm on the East Coast of North America. She will rise at 7:17 in New England, as the Sun sets. This is the full Moon of the month of Coll, Hazel, the dowser, the intuitive, the healer.

Full oon of coll 2015The Moon will be in the sign of Pisces; the Sun is in Virgo. The Moon is in close company with the planet Neptune, while the Sun is cheek and jowl with Jupiter. Jupiter and Neptune are the planetary ‘rulers’ of the sign of Pisces. This gives a tremendous emphasis to Pisces, the sign of the Moon.  It will mean this full Moon will express the energy of these two planets in opposition, just as the luminaries (Sin and Moon) are in opposition.   And opposition begins in tension, but evolves into integration of different impulses and priorities.

Both Virgo and Pisces have connection to healing, and especially to the diagnostic and intuitive aspect of healing. This would be an excellent time to take stock of your health and your relationship to your body, and to the planet, which is our larger body.   The Moon is a mirror for each of us in the sky. As she enters Pisces Saturday afternoon, we might meditate on our health and the love and care we extend our own person.

An opposition between the planets associated with Pisces, Jupiter and Neptune comes to full expression in this bright Moon in Pisces.   The watery expression of Pisces and Neptune in Pisces can be put into earthy form with the Virgo Sun and Virgo Jupiter. We could say this is not only the fullest expression of the Moon’s cycle, but is also a culminating moment for the sign of Pisces….because the planetary rulers can each convey their contribution to this watery archetype.

VIII of CupsPisces is all about art, and about music especially. Illusion, delusion are possible side effects here. Yet a concern about ‘reality’ is often a barrier to full artistic expression. I often see clients struggling with a deep desire to develop and find support in an artistic or spiritual field but who fear putting their faith in their ability to find support in the vocation they yearn for. Strangely, when people jump into the work they love, money seems to take on another character. They may not make as much as they did in a job they hated, but their life has different flavor, one of deep satisfaction. Is this part of the Piscean promise? If you let go of certainty, will you will find yourself on a road with no visible endpoint, but with the gift of wholeness, much like the VIII of Cups

Virgo’s season is the time of the harvest, while Pisces’ season is early spring. We are at the transition point just before the equinox, where the change of season stirs around us. And with each full Moon, we get a hint of where all this began, as we prepare for autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, the full Moon in Pisces reminds us of the sweet hopes of early spring as she rises in the late summer sky.

There is another pair of planets who will mark the character of this full Moon. Mars and Venus are conjunct in the sunny sign of Leo. Mars and Venus are a pair at this time though often seen as opposite forces.  Venus attracts what she wants, Mars moves out into the world to get what he wants.  Both are concerned with how we use our energy and our sexuality.  At the full Moon they are singing in harmony adding charm and vital attraction to Moon’s powerful manifestation.  Venus is moving in retrograde motion, i.e. backwards these days and Mars is moving in direct motion, and on September 1st they will form a perfect conjunction. The Sabian Symbol for their meeting point is ‘A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.’Keynote: The more or less sensational release of energies in a form dramatizing the unconscious aspirations of man’s primitive and instinctual nature.

What are these ‘unconscious aspirations of man’s primitive and instinctual nature’?   Might they be, like the voices of the Inland - Street Parade 2011August insects, unified in praise of all of life, and will they swell with the full Moon’s appearance on the horizon as she rises over the trees?   Is a parade part of humanity’s ‘primitive and instinctual nature’ to be in unity with the whole    of humankind? The Ridgeways of England and the huge highways leading into Chaco Canyon were once used for festival processions to celebrate high points of the year.   They provided the opportunity for tribal reunions, for courtship, for trading, and for sharing news. At this time of year as harvest showers us with gifts, we naturally can feel the ‘sensational release of energies.’

Tomato basketapple basket

photos by Sarah Fuhro

Summer Chant  Sarah Fuhro

Summer evening chant
begins with the heart beat
of the blood rhythm drum.
A shrill chorus and refrain
join the song, strike the notes
of harmony with the pulse,
as the high voices reach out
and become united in praise.
Suddenly the vastness
of all things grips me.
If I thought wildness
could now, or ever
be destroyed,
by the harsh familiar,
here, or anywhere,
in this ravaged, wounded world,
I understand all in a moment
why that can never be.
Because the song of praise
for her, she, who rises above the trees,
returns the trampled earth
to dust and bone and water
here all begins anew,
called forth, called out
in insect throat and rattle.
Sarah Fuhro

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.

If you love Moonlore as much as I do, you will want to have the 2016 Lunar Calendar from The Lunar Press http://www.thelunapress!

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Surprise! Surprise!

The new Moon in Leo begins today with a trine (120°) to Uranus, who always has a surprise, a turn in the road, an alternative viewpoint to offer. Sun and Moon are in their special place of reunion, of marriage, of birth, of starting over. Uranus is always focused on the future, and perhaps that is why he is so full of surprise!

Lovely Venus is keeping them company. Perhaps the visual world has a special gift to offer in the way of beauty, expression of beauty, art, love. Venus is naturally at home in Leo, for Leo rules the heart and the issues of the heart. Leo also rules the spine, and heart and spine, love and courage are intertwined. Even the word ‘courage’ contains heart (cour). Venus is moving in reverse, giving her and us the opportunity to revisit Leonic issues of heart and soul.

pigeon-flyingThe Sabian Symbol for the degree of this new Moon is ‘A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission.   Spirituality in terms of training for mankind…World Server. ‘ And how are each of us involved in service to the World?   Leo is often seen as most interested in self expression. Perhaps, this is one way we serve the world. When we are truly ourselves, and communicate that self to all around us, we are like the Sun…Leo’s ‘ruler’ who shines and offers light and growth and joy to the whole world.

New Moon of HazelSun, Moon, Venus and Uranus are all in fire signs: Leo and Aries. Saturn  makes a square (90°) to the trio from a water sign, Scorpio.   He might have a modifying effect on the flame of Leo and Aries. The meaning for his Sabian Symbol is ‘Love as a principle of redemption.’ Here is another side to the fiery nature of love, this is Love as action to intercede for those who may be lost in their own angry expression. Today I heard the story of two mothers, one whose son was murdered by the son of the other. They have become friends and partners in the work of trying to ‘intercede’ in the violence around them. Is that the Saturnic side of love for this Moon?

This is the Hazel (Coll) Moon in the Celtic Lunar Calendar. It is a time of fiery intuition, yet the Hazel wand is the traditional trispiraltool to discover underground water.   Here is the entrance stone to New Grange with its clue about the power of the water that runs under the earth’s surface, and the reverence our ancestors held for the pattern of these subterranean currents.  We are now in a crisis of interruption of these veins and arteries with mining, fracking, and oil pipelines. As we search beyond the obvious for meaning, we discover the rich pleasures of what lies in our own deep water.

Hazel grows near water, and there is a connection to poetic wisdom as well as intuition. The oldest animal in Celtic lore is the SaumonSalmon. His wisdom comes from the nuts of the Hazel which shade his pond. The nine nuts of poetic wisdom fell into the River Boyne where he lived, and he absorbed their inspiration.   Here is the card for the Salmon from the Druid Animal Oracle, illustrated by Will Worthington.

Hazel, Coll, tells us there is a connection between poetry, divination, meditation and mediation. The Druids were trained in all of these skills, and saw the connection between them. They were also the repository of measurement and calculation. If we look at the Long Man of Wilmington, he holds two staves used to measure and dowse, much as the priests of Egypt were equipped with measuring rods to know the depth of the Nile.   The Fool card shows the fool with this rod over his shoulder as he begins his journey into unknown territory.


long man of wilmington

The Moon of Coll

Coll Moon has me by the ear,

so tight the grip,

my eyes begin to tear.

What’s this torture

locked up in me?

Breaks my bones

grinds me down.

And this twisting, is it Ivy?

Is it the Vine of the grape?

No, it’s Coll,

the Moon of Hazel.

You grapple with me,

like a dog with a bone.

Hazel wand can divine water.

To find water underground

is to dowse, to witch, to twitch.

So Coll finds me out, witches me.

Hazel nourishes my salmon

hidden deep in the dark pool,

under the broken leaves,

where the blue heron wades.

Don’t let me drown in here.

As I twist and turn, nothing right,

until I leap into the air

caught at last in the net

of Coll Moon’s tight snare.

Sarah Fuhro

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.

The Moon of Coll marks the emergence of the 2016 version of the Lunar Calendar, edited and published by Nancy Passmore of Roslindale. This will be the 40th annual edition of this beautiful offering, dedicated to ‘the Goddess in her many guises.’ You can get a preview of the thirteen Moons with illustrations and poetry for each of the trees, which mark their passage!   http://www.thelunapress.com

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