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‘Ah, faeries, dancing under

the Moon,

A Druid land, a Druid tune!

While still I may, I write

for you

The love I lived, the dream I

knew.’ WB Yeats

September 27-28 there will  a total lunar eclipse, visible to most of North America and all of South America after sunset September 27. From eastern South America and Greenland, the greatest eclipse happens around midnight September 27-28. In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the total eclipse takes place in the wee hours of the morning, after midnight and before sunrise.  Let’s hope we have clear skies for this wonderful opportunity to see the whole eclipse. 

eclipseIt’s a ‘super Moon,’ which means the Moon is closest to the earth at this moment.  It’s the Harvest Moon in the Northern Hemisphere and the Spring Moon in the Southern Hemisphere. and the full Moon of Muin, the Vine!  It’s a ‘blood Moon’ as  the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: four straight total eclipses of the Moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart.  This should bring out the dancer in all of us!    

     The Sabian Symbol for the full Moon in Aries on September 27th is dramatic and powerful…’A Triangle with Wings’!   ‘The capacity for self-transcending.’

How do we self-transcend,  as a planet, as a species,  as islands of individual consciousness?      I tried to find the perfect image for ‘A Triangle with Wings’  on the internet treasure box we all share, but it was thoth triangle with wingsquite disappointing. Suddenly, the 3 of Pentacles from the Thoth deck, came into my mind’s eye….seems perfect. ‘  What are we all building, as a planet, a species on the planet, and each of us in our buzzing heads? And how do we transcend3 of pentacles what we have created?
The Three of Pentacles in the Rider Waite deck, might give us a clue, for it is about the confluence of three parties to creativity, Inspiration, the Monk’s vision, Mental Design, the Architect’s plan, and Manual Skill, the Craftsman’s ability to put Inspiration, and Design into physical manifestation. The great cathedrals, pyramids, temples  of Europe, Asia, South America and Africa have transcended the people who built them.  What will we leave to the Earth’s children who come after us. What will transcend our times?

Full Moon in Muin 2015

The Chart for this very exciting Moon is built upon a ‘seesaw’ pattern with a Libra Sun, North Node and Mercury pitted again an Aries Moon, Uranus, South Node, Chiron and Neptune.   Aries/Libra opposition presents us with a basic polarity, which both energizes and confuses us….for we are always weighing the Aries urge toward the desires and needs of the self against the Libran  desires and needs of the other.   But like a child’s see saw, if either side abandons the process, the balance falls apart and we fall with a thump!  How do we fully integrate our outward drive (Aries) with our inward pull (Libra).  Under this Moon we get to experience both with a tremendous power, and perhaps feel it not as conflict, but as rhythm, like the beat of the heart or the breath in and out.

Interesting that the North Node, where we need to travel to evolve and grow has just entered Libra, a sign of balance and concern for others.   The South Node in Aries holds us back to say:  I can do it myself.   Aries is the sign of the warrior in our psyche, the drive to ‘go it alone’ while Libra represents our urge to partner, to share space with another.  As you reach out to the Moon on the night of September 27/28 feel the push and pull of these two drives, and allow them each the space they need to be expressive.        

‘Thursday a small war broke out between those who worshipped the Mother Goddess in her aspect of the Moon, and those who worshipped her in her aspect of a huge fat woman with enormous buttocks.’   Terry Pratchett   Pyramids

The Full Moon of Muin (the Vine)  brings up some interesting ideas about vines.  Grape Vines are usually associated with this Moon, for it is the harvest time of the grape, and time to make wine.  But a sister Druid’s blog on vines caught my attention on the subject of Vines.  rampant vineshttps://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2015/09/.  I will quote a few ideas from her article: ‘The vines teach a similar lesson on a personal and interpersonal level. Sometimes we get into situations or have people in our lives that begin wrapping themselves around us—they have that uncontrolled vine energy. At first, it might not be a big deal, because they are just a small vine, but if they are there long enough, they can hurt us possibly beyond repair. Sometimes, it takes a third party to come in, cut the vine at its source, and help you recover. But this work is never easy—and it can be really draining and difficult…….Not all vines do what these vines poison ivydo–and that too, is an important lesson from nature. I’ll draw your attention to poison ivy vine, which is a plant that has evolved in this part of the world (read = native), and a plant which lives in perfect harmony with healthy trees that it climbs.  Poison ivy climbs up a tree in order to reach sunlight, not to choke and strangle, and the trees rarely suffer ill effects of having a vine. I’ve seen trees and poison ivy vines growing together for very long periods of time, the ivy sometimes blending into the leaves of the tree.  Now while most humans may not like poison ivy, the trees have a different relationship with it.  I see this vine as awareness medicine, a plant that tells us to pay attention and be mindful. Many times, I have found poison ivy to be a great defender of the forest–keeping the people out and protecting sacred spaces.  People leave the trees, or forests, alone when it is near.  And for that reason, I have always seen poison ivy as an ally.’

As a Flower Essence practitioner I have given Poison Ivy essence to those who need to put boundaries around their lives, and to reach their own heights in their own way.

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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A New Moon Eclipses the Sun

Grape-sWe enter eclipse season with a tender new Moon in Muin (the Vine) on September 13. There will be a partial eclipse of the Sun visible only in the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere. To understand that the Moon, invisible to us when she is ‘new’ blocks our view of the Sun during a solar eclipse is stunning, and a clue to our own limits and possibilities of perception.partial eclipse of the Sun                                                                  According to the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon and Sun meeting, this new Moon will be about ‘group integration.’ Since the conjunction takes place opposite Chiron the ‘wounded healer.’ we know this is a special moment to consider what powers we have to heal those around us and to contemplate what heals our wounds.

While Virgo is often described as a sign that likes time alone, the degree of the new Moon reminds us that Virgo is also a tribal treasure, involved in ‘group integration.’ The Virgo talent for ‘discrimination,’ can be traced

Hands holding wheat

to her season, which precedes the moment of the fall equinox. Imagine those who have the task to search the community’s grain at harvest season. Virgo must choose which seeds will be made into bread for the long winter, and which will be kept aside for the   next spring’s planting. These were the early plant geneticists. The picture below, is of the group activity of harvest, and the circle of threshing which releases the seed from the shell.harvest threshing

Nutrition and natural healing are associated with Virgo energy, and the house that Virgo rules.   Like the digestive system of the body, Virgo takes in nourishment, determines where and how each molecule will be distributed. But the intestinal track, which Virgo rules is also a highly ‘wired’ network of nerves.   We receive information from our gut, which warns about unhealthy food and dangerous situations.

New Moon in Muin 2015The Virgo Pisces axis illustrated in this chart is one of deep compassionate concern and focus upon the issue of health. The planet Uranus is also involved in the mix. He brings the electric excitement of his own nature and the fiery sign of Aries where he is located. He adds a touch of novel investigation into the issue of health and nutrition. Aside from what you have been told, what is your relationship to ingestion and digestion, both in the realm of food, and the realm of thought and feeling?

Mercury is the planet which lies opposite Uranus, and this is significant, especially since Uranus is considered the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury, and Mercury ‘rules’ Virgo. Mercury will go retrograde on September 17, allowing greater access to our non-rational brain, and a reminder to be aware of each moment and how we are living that moment.

Mercury is in the sign of Libra, the next sign in the zodiac after Virgo, and the symbol of the scales continues the theme of the harvest, with gathering, threshing, differentiating the grain and then weighing the harvest in the scales of Libra, what has been gained or lost.

Uranus is associated with society’s ever evolving thought process. We have seen a revolution in a very short time around the issue of gay marriage and gay rights. These transformative movements are part of the ‘work’ of Uranus.   First it must be the few brave individuals who speak out….the Prometheus aspect of Uranus.   These people face of the wrath of the old forms of societal organization and beliefs.   But then the ‘unthinkable’ acceptance of new ways of life become the norm.

Virgo and Pisces, the opposition between Sun/Moon and Chiron speak of boundaries. Virgo is careful of boundaries. Pisces would dissove them. Both processes are important in our lives.    Europe at this moment is going throrefuge childrenugh a crisis of boundaries. It seems inevitable that Europe will include a larger and larger mixture of people from around the world. The refugees knocking at European doors are from countries colonized in the last century or two. The photogragh of a small child dead in the waters that separate one group of people from another may have brought the European nations to their senses. And what photo of a Honduran or Mexican child will finally open the hearts of America?

This is the new Moon of Rosh Hoshannah, which begins at sunset on September 13. The New Year is marked with the blowing of the ram’s 240px-Liten_askenasisk_sjofar_5380horn, the shofar. Perhaps Uranus in Aries, the sign of the ram, will have a powerful message for us, as individuals and as humanity, bringing us one step closer to the ‘group integration’ mentioned in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon.

Cottontail

Rabbit
A rabbit is leaping about in me,
now in my heart, now in my throat.
This rabbit is the moon rabbit,
and she is covered in blue, white fur.
The rabbit tells me summer
is finished and harvest is next.
The sound of her little forest feet
is like the beating of my heart.
Sojourner rabbit,
moves like the wild grape vine
travels in a zig zag rythm.
So soon, the dusty grape
takes precedence over the berry,
Meanwhile the troubled salmon
bumps his anxious nose
along the narrow drying stream
near the bunny’s retreat
and remembers the deep pool
bowed over by hazel nuts,
which has called out his spiral return.
Sarah Fuhro

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive    Sarah Fuhro

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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