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A Bovine Full Moon

Tuesday we celebrate the full Moon in Taurus. It is said that the Moon loves to be in the sign of Taurus.  Those born with Moon in Taurus take comfort and wisdom from the Moon, and their mothers.  It’s only when the Sun is in Scorpio that the Moon is FULL in Taurus. This is nice prelude to Samhain or Halloween!  We have a beautiful full Taurus Moon to take us into the dark side of the year!

South Sudanese children from the Dinka ethnic group pose at cattle camp in the town of Yirol, in central South Sudan on February 12, 2014. UN leader Ban Ki-moon condemned on February 12 what he said was the use of cluster bombs in the war in South Sudan, a day after the opening of peace talks between South Sudan's government and rebels. Troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and renegade soldiers who support his former vice president Riek Machar have been battling since mid-December. AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI

What makes the MOON so comfortable in Taurus, you might wonder!   If you look at this picture of cows and young herders in Africa, you will get a clue. The horns of cows look like the waxing and waning crescents of the Moon!

glyph for Taurus

The glyph for Taurus is a cow’s head and horns. This is a sign, which honors the Moon goddess and her sacred bull, the constellation Taurus.  When the Moon is full in Taurus, it is the season of Samhain when the constellation Pleiades rises at the time of sunset.   When the Sun is in Taurus, it is the season of Beltane when the Pleiades set in the evening.  This rising and falling of the Pleiades was of tremendous significance to many ancient people.

Egyptians pictured the sign and the crescent in their crown when the Upper and Lower Kingdoms were united.   The Rider Waite Tarot deck has decorated the High Priestess’ headdress in the same way.   The High Priestess represents the Moon.

crescent head dress

the High Priestess

Taurus is an Earth sign, but the full Moon of Taurus is always across the chart from the water sign of Scorpio. They are signs ‘in opposition.’  Yet they work together as fresh rain on the dry earth!  Or a bath for a thirsty cow!

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Melissa Sinclair livestock apprentice and Matt Auld stockman, prepare seven year old Maisie the Highland cow ahead of the International Highland Cattle Show being held at Pollock Country Park on September 15, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 17th in the grounds of the park, with 30 breeders from across the UK attending with more than 100 head of cattle competing in 12 classes, to win the supreme champion. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Mars is the ruler of Scorpio, while Taurus has Venus as ruler. Mars and Venus are represent contrary forms of energy. Mars pushes out, Venus draws in. All of this reminds us that with each full Moon we have the opportunity to receive and accept oppositions, and to see them as halves of whole. Scorpio gives us the opportunity to explore death, to dig deep, and to face mystery and truth.   Scorpio energy is relentless, often obsessive in its goals. Here we can really see the energy of Mars as ian outward inclined force in water.

Full Moon in Taurus 2015In the chart of the full Moon moment on October 27th we can find the theme of Venus vs. Mars developed further in the Libra/Aries Lunar Nodes which look like this:lunar nodes

The nodes mark the site of eclipses and we just experienced a very exciting total lunar eclipse with a Libra (Venus ruled) Sun-Aries (Mars is ruler) Moon.

And further into this male female polarity, we have a Venus/Mars conjunction, which, along with Jupiter has been a stunning sight just before dawn for many weeks.

When Mars and Venus are in conjunction in a natal chart, there is tremendous charm set into the character. This would be even more visible with Jupiter’s presence.   And to further the theme, we have an exact opposition from Chiron to Venus the central figure of this trio. Mars and Venus were lovers, but often on opposite sides of controversy.   Which brings us back to the issue:what will a Taurus full Moon feel like to those of us who watch from below?

In ancient times all the gods had to be honored, even though one or two might be celestial patrons. To overlook or worse yet,Aphrodite and Aries to insult one of them could bring heavy consequences. This is where Chiron, who watches Mars, Venus and Jupiter from across the chart, might come in. He was not visible to the ancient world, but he is named after the great physician, the centaur, Chiron. And in the tradition of homeopathy, he often cured with herbs or rituals which might seem oppositional to the goal of healing. In order to identify and reconcile our Venus/Mars imbalance we need to have the objectivity of Chiron, the healer. Do we have too much of one kind of energy (outgoing or inner movement), do we disdain the values of one and constantly return to the methods and focus of the other? Societies and individual humans tend to favor one side of the equation over the other. Honor the male and female aspect of your psyche and you give free reign to both Aries (Mars) and Aphrodite (Venus) who offer unique responses and resources in times of trouble and confusion.  Below is a picture of Venus and Mars celebrating their marriage with a pleased cow looking on, and with an elderly man (Saturn?) approving in the background!

Japanese bridal couple Arisa Chi (2L) and her new husband Kenji Yoshida standing behind a cow after their wedding ceremony on the foggy Mount First (2168m/7113ft) in the Swiss Alpine resort of Grindelwald August 6, 2010. In Grindelwald, the small town below the gray crag of the Eiger North Face, shop signs bear Kanji characters, the train station's main platform is bustling with Japanese tourists, and a chalet is even called Nagano, the same name as the mountainous region of Japan that hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998. Japanese are among the most numerous overseas tourists in Switzerland, and their presence has given rise to businesses catering to their tastes -- including weddings. Picture taken August 6. To match Reuters Life! SWISS-JAPAN/TOURISM REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) - RTR2H6CY

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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A Moment in Balance!

New Moon in Libra

waning moon with Jupiter

If you have been up at dawn over the last week you saw the waning, but not faded, old Moon as she danced with Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Soon she is in seclusion with her Libra Sun, a conjunction which will become exact on Monday, October 12th at 8:06 PM EDT. Libra has much to do with marriage or any one to one relationship and the balance (note the symbol of the scales) between the needs of the self to develop and blossom, while honoring the particular talents and quirks of the other person. This is not blending but rather walking side by side. And, as in this picture the scales are not always in perfect balance!

You might expect or hope for a peaceful moment for the two luminaries as they stand in the same degree, a sign ruled by libraVenus, the lady of love, but across the chart from them is Uranus who always presents a shake up in the status quo.   Will our experience of the new Moon be peaceful or full of the electrical energy of the eccentric Uranus?   He’s in retrograde; perhaps old issues will arise to remind us that any close relationship takes work.   I wonder if the presence of Juno in the Libra mix will indicate old injustice done in the name of dominance of one partner or one sex over the other….usually couched in the word ‘traditional,’ or ‘how things have always been.’

The other noted player in this chart is Pluto who took marriage into the Underworld by force. He is square to Uranus and to Sun and Moon. His presence always suggests that the whole truth has to be told, before freedom in attained.

New Moon in Libra 2015Pluto is also making a very tight trine to Jupiter.   The two are brothers, one who ruled the skies and the life giving lightning bolt (Jupiter/Zeus) and one whose kingdom was in darkness and the mystery of Death.   As an astrological player, Pluto is quite new on the scene. But his influence is powerful. Anyone who has had a close passage with him, knows how agonizing that transit may be upon the all the structures of a life, but also how often wonderful are the transitions that may arise from the destruction.

The Sabian Symbol for this moment of the new Moon is about ‘Inherited Wisdom.’   The image is ‘A Rabbi performing his duties. the ability to draw on the power of an ancestral tradition in order to serve and inspire one’s fellowmen.’


moon farmer

Each of us has received some form of wisdom from the past, which we can share with those around us.   My first inkling of astronomy came from my father’s showing me the starry skies, the constellations and planets, and telling me the Greek myths, which they record in the night sky. When we moved to the country, our neighbor, an old farmer, told me about planting by the Moon, root vegetables in the dark of the Moon, above ground harvests must be planted when the Moon is waxing.

This is the Gort Moon cycle according to the Robert Graves’ interpretation. Gort is Ivy, and since Ivy grows in a spiral, she teaches that to grown upwards, we must turn inwards as well. Chewing Ivy is a way to ecstatic vision, yet Ivy is also an antidote to drunkenness. The Bacchanals of Dionysios were celebrated with Ivy as headdress and as psychedelic. This was a time (October) of death, but with the promise of resurrection, for the Ivy stays green all year round. Ivy and Holly are female and male partners, used in a number of rituals for finding love, marriage, fertility.

Ivy Tavern 


I will pluck the tree-entwining ivy

As Mary plucked with her one hand

As the King of life has ordained. 

To put milk in udder and gland

With speckled fair female calves

As was spoken in the prophecy. 

On this foundation for a year and a day

Through the bosom of the God of life, and of all the powers.

from the Carmina Gaedelica


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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