Archive for November, 2015

child-learning-to-walk2The Sabian Symbol for the Sun’s position (Sagittarius 3°) speaks of a need we feel during a time of confusion. ‘A little child learning to walk with the encouragement of his parents. The natural assistance of superior power during a crises of growth.’ It’s not an easy task to learn to walk, but once on two feet, a child’s view of the world  changes radically.

Oceanic Neptune watches the opposition between Sun and Moon from a square in Pisces his favorite location. He has just turned direct, and perhaps like the encouraging parent, watches the faltering steps of the children who stumble in their attempt to stand tall and see the world in a new way. Neptune, takes us to a higher realm, which we may not be ready to interpret, just as a small child bursts upon the mysteries of a whole new landscape, and takes time to process what she sees.

Here is a design from the American Indian Museum illustrating the 18+ year cycle of the Major and Minor Lunar lunar-standstill-calendar-indian-museumstandstills. This was closely watched by people who lived beneath the sky on this continent and in Stone Age Europe.
We are now at a Minor Lunar Standstill period. If you keep a close watch on the rising and setting of the Moon across a familiar horizon you will notice a journey over the (almost) 19 year period. This is built into Avebury and many other stone circles. It is also the way people have learned to predict eclipses.
As the lunar nodes begin and end their 19 year cycle at the Major Lunar Standstill at 0° Aries for the North Node. At the Minor Lunar Standstill where we are this year, the North Node is at 0° Libra.

lunar standstills diagramAll this beautiful and mysterious action of the Moon is due to the tilt of the Earth. Off kilter we spin creating a number of earth/moon/sun cycles that speak to us and our ancestors about the potential for interaction between us and the cosmos.



Here is the chart for Wednesday’s full Moon. The Moon in Gemini stands alone watching Sun, Saturn and Fulll Moon in Gemin 2015Mercury across the way. Gemini Moon is chatty and full of mental observations. Sagittarius Sun/Saturn/Mercury, like to attach a ‘higher’ meaning to life. This is the full Moon of the spritual seeker! Many of us have had the opportunity to ask what role we play in the pain and joy of the planet over the last few weeks. This combination of Sagittarius Sun and planets opposed by Gemini Moon interlaces spiritual forms communicated in mental and verbal forms. The Moon must pit her observations against the authority of the Sun, Saturn, who sets the rules, and Mercury who is the lord of Gemini. The Moon must, like the child learning to walk, check her bright new observations of the world in light of those who who would define her new experiences. Sagittarius carries the weight of ‘higher education,’ ‘the law, (spiritual and secular) and established belief. The Gemini Moon speaks ‘truth to power,’ like the little child who saw, and said: ‘the emperor has no clothes.’

This full Moon shines upon a very old battle. Further clues as the to meaning of this pre Solstice full Moon can be found in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Gemini Moon: ‘Holly and Mistletoe reawaken old memories of Christmas.’ The explanation for this symbol which goes back to celebrations long before Christmas is ‘A longing for the preintellectual state of consciousness.’
druids and mistletoeHolly and Mistletoe play a big role in Druid rituals for the Winter Solstice. Mistletoe is cut on the 6th day of the new Moon after the Solstice with a Golden Sickle and is supposed to land untouched by human hands on a linen sheet. How Mistletoe is cut with a golden sickle, is a bit of a mystery, but gives us a clue about the Sun’s return! Mistletoe berries are passed out in our present day Druid ritual here in the New World. The seeds look like little Moons and are a symbol of  the sperm of the gods, promising the return of the Sun and fertitlity for animals and humans alike. Another name for Mistletoe is All Heal. It was used in several forms for healing, spasms, nervous disorders, especially epilepsy. At Christmas time it remains a symbol of fertility where kisses are exchanged.Mistletoe_Berries_Uk

Holly is the tree who battles with Oak for the crown of the year. At the Summer Solstice, the Holly King spears the Oak (the Sun) and, at the height of his journey, he is wounded. The battle of light and dark turns, even as the heat and feritility of summer grows stronger. At the Winter Solstice, the Oak King regains his strenth and wounds the Holly King. Winter closes in, but light cannot be turned back, and the days grow longer.


The Oak King and the Holly Kingoak king and holly king

A battle rages
in the silver skies,
rattle of dry Oak leaves
as they tremble on the branch.

A battle commenced
at midsummer,
when Oak dies
on Holly’s spear,
even as his kingdom
grows in strength.

Oak returns in stealth.
restored to his crown
Holly holds back his arm,
withdraws his thorny point.

Oak rises up
in the red blood
of Holly’s berries,
in the red sunset
of a winter afternoon,
as the sharp thorns
of frost and ice
cut us to the core.

Oak is king again
even on the darkest day,
while Holly.
sharp and thorny,
brightens bleak halls
of winter twilight.

Sarah Fuhro, 6 December 2005

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 http://www.sarahfuhro.com.

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A New Moon from the Darkest Regions

You might think the next New Moon (in Sagittarius), the one that falls before the Winter Solstice would be the new Moon of greatest darkness. But I think the new Moon in Scorpio is about exploring and honoring darkness, not releasing it as at the Solstice.   Scorpio has the potential to invite us to ‘Plunge ahead into the Unknown.’ This is the season where we can delight in early, twilight with time to feel darkness. Just as the new Moon, the invisible Moon is always about darkness because the Moon is tightly embraced by the Sun’s light, so too, Scorpio gives us the opportunity to explore darkness in a brightly lit society. Hallowe’en is the season when we turn to look at what we fear is traveling, just behind us, death, dissolution, decay. And Hallowe’en lingers around us in November.

   “Like one, that on a lonesome road

            Doth walk in fear and dread,

            And having once turned round walks on,

            And turns no more his head;

            Because he knows, a frightful fiend

            Doth close behind him tread.”

                        Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The new Moon in Scorpio falls on the 11th of November this year; the same day we honor veterans in America. This is St Martin and the beggerMartinmas in Europe and the British Isles. St. Martin was a Roman soldier who became a monk, and was famous for cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar in a snowstorm. St Martin’s day saw the slaughter of cattle and poultry in a time before refrigeration, and was the final harvest of the year. It’s a day of feasting and bonfires, a thanksgiving feast day before food becomes scarce. In Medieval times folks were ordered to fast three days a week between St. Martin’s Day and Epiphany. Did this apply to the rich and powerful, to the Bishop who sent down the order?

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Sun and new Moon of November 11th is: ‘A Woman Draws Away Two Dark Curtains Closing The Entrance to a Sacred Pathway.’ We always stand at the lintel of the Other World. This moment in time gives us the opportunity to move beyond polarities we have all created for ourselves:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing

and rightdoing there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.”   Rumi

Alec's Pumpkins

photo: Alec Mayer

New Moon in Scorpio 2015The speaker, thinker, messenger, Mercury stands close to the new Moon and Sun. Will we hear what is held in this moment of time? If there can be a place and moment of silence, perhaps we can hear the voice, particular to each of us.

Scorpio is a watery sign ruled by Mars. Messages written in water are often missed until they become a flood that carries away what was familiar. Mercury in a water sign takes his role as dream ambassador seriously, because our dream are written in water, and it takes the a psychopomp, like Mercury to carry them.

The Celtic tree calendar, as designed by the poet Robert Graves, gives this lunar cycle to Ngetal, the Reed. This continues a theme of wetness, swamp mysteries.

The Reed bends with the wind, but has roots that go deep beyond the reeds at mainstonecold water of the swamp, into the earth. Swamps are a place where the boundaries between Earth and Water are in flux.   We avoid them because they are not clearly earth or water.   Yet they are wombs for much new life; bugs, birds, creatures live there, lay their eggs there and return to hibernate in the murky water. We can’t see to the ‘bottom’ of the swamp, just as we can’t see into our own unconscious impulses and stories. Yet, compare the dark

(photo by Robert Fuhro )                      swamp, full of life to a clear swimming pool, which supports very little in the way of living potential!

Chiron, the healer makes a watery trine from Pisces to the Sun/Moon/Mercury trio.  Like Scorpio, Pisces, is a sign of giving way to a new season and an appreciation of change, mobility.

Pluto is in the mix as well, with a sextile to both Chiron and the new Moon/Sun combination. Pluto has his feet firmly planted in the earth (Capricorn). He demands new forms and structures and enough with all of this watery formlessness. Jupiter agrees with this as he faces off with Chiron from Virgo, earthy and practical.   Out of the falling leaves comes the soil of next spring, and so in our own lives we are given the opportunity to dissolve, and then rebuild.

Chant for 7 Ghosts

First for the five Oaks–
A Pentacle of trees,
One for North,
South, East and West.
One for Earth,
Fire, Air and Water,
And a fifth for spirit.
All removed by a neighbor,
For the leaves they shed.
Next the great Oak
Who dropped acorns.
Torn of his mighty arms,
And cut down to earth.
And last, sweet lady,
A black-limbed Hawthorn,
Wore a cloud of white each May,
But to no avail,
She was in the way.
Sing for them!
Do they find root
In some other realm?
Do we? with them?
Plant them in your heart,
Where their leaves,
Acorns, shade, presence
Take root and spread.
Sarah Fuhro October 23, 2015    

In the meantime, don’t miss the 2016 Lunar Calendar filled with new possibility, beautiful artwork and poetry.   http://www.thelunapress.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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