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A Full Moon for Walt Whitman

‘I celebrate myself, and sing myself,

And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.’ Walt Whitman

 

Cooper's hawk copySaturday the full Moon in Leo will offer us another pair of contradictory impulses, we each struggle to integrate.   The Moon in Leo urges us to develop our powers of self expression, to gird our self in courage, and to sing a song of our own creation. Pride and warm feelings for others mingle in the heart of the Moon as she rises skyward to shine on us all. A Leo Moon is all fire and theater, and we may feel a drive to sing in the moonlight!

The Aquarian Sun sees this preciousRed-tailed hawk moment from another point of view.   Creative energy finds an outlet in creating a better society for all of humanity. Aquarian energy is often eccentric and ‘far out,’ even while trying very hard to make things better for everyone, because there is a natural tendency to live in a vision of the future.   Aquarius is an air sign; a place of mental chatter with an intellectual’s drive to find out what is ‘the truth’.

 

There is something about this combination, which reminds me of Walt Whitman. His chart has Jupiter in Aquarius “I am large, I contain multitudes” His religion is joyful freedom of expression (Leo). He included everyone in his spiritual family (Aquarius), “Whoever you are, now I place my hand upon you/ That you may be my poem/ I whisper with my lips close to your ear/ I have loved many women and men, but I love none better than you.”

His Moon is in the opposite sign of Leo, “Do anything, but let it produce joy.” And, “That you are here—that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.” He gives us clues, so many, as to how to integrate Leonic and Aquarian impulses, and celebrate both ends of this full Moon event.

Full Moon of Leo 2016The Leo Moon gets a large dose of energy from a sextile between Venus and Neptune. These two make a bracket around the Aquarian Sun and release their energy from a Yod to the Moon. A Yod is an astrological relationship between planets, which takes difficult relationships to a new level of creative understanding.

Neptune is sometimes called the higher octave of Venus; despite this cold weather outside in the Northern Hemisphere, this full Moon is all about love, love, love!

 

So the Two: Venus who has just entered earthy practical Capricorn, and Neptune who is fully manifest in the sign of mystical, watery Pisces, bracket the Sun likes arms of a lover.   Whoosh goes their energy into the highflying Leo Moon!

 Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes, /I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it/ The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it.   Walt again.

Neptune can be a place of illusion and addiction in the chart when he is not fully realized as an invitation to the deepest and highest form of universal love.

Walt Whitman's chart

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people,..go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

Photos of hawks by Sarah and Bob 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Slow Dance of the Capricorn New Moon

January 9 at 8:30 PM EST

 

BIrch Grove

Little Birch Moon          Sarah Fuhro

This little birch Moon

is slipping out into dark

night, stepping away

from the lights and music

of the bustling cabin.

 

When the Moon

has her darkness,

she takes it in silence.

 

Going out she leans against

the great dark tree,

and looks straight up,

as she recalls

how she sailed

in that tree top

as a full and flying moon.

 

Moon feels the bark

against her tired spine.

 

In the dark,

and all alone, by herself,

she gives birth

to the next little Moon

 

As I write this, the waning Birch Moon is slipping away and a new Moon of Rowan is about to be born.

This new Moon will teach us how to dance to earthy Capricorn. Sun, Moon, Pluto, Mercury and the asteroid Pallas Athena are visiting this sign, which is not noted for fun, but rather for structural concerns, although careful craftsmanship can be also be fun.  Yet if we don’t see and feel the dance of Capricorn’s materialization, our world collapses around us. We are stuck in ‘what was’ and forget to hear the rhythm of the present and the siren song of the future.

The ‘ruler’ of Capricorn, Saturn sits so very close to Venus in this chart, and they are in the jolly sign of Sagittarius. Saturn, often visualized as an old man, ‘Chronos’ and the lovely Venus work well together. Saturn and Venus in relationship to each other in

an astrology chart often indicate an artist (Venus) willing to take part in the hard work and the hours (Saturn) necessary for success.

The World CardAnd look at this: the Tarot card for Saturn is The World card….she who dances eternally to keep the Universe in movement!   But wait, the dancer is not ‘she’; this is an Edwardian version of a hermaphrodite, a mixture of male and female in one body. This is the final card in the Major Arcana, and hints at the work of the Magician, which must include a sacred marriage between the sexes in one human.   Like The Magician card, the dancer carries yarrow sticks….the communication device between spirit and oracle. This is how the Delphic soothsayer received the word from the gods, through yarrow sticks. These were the original I Ching prognosticators. Listen carefully for the word that comes to you from simple sources.

This new Moon is the first of the New Year 2016. Capricorn gives us the strength to carry out goals we have identified as we entered 2016.

The tradition of setting New Year resolutions makes sense in the spirit of Capricorn Sun and Moon, which are always present at this time of year. It is taking the tide to begin a journey by sea. The Venus Saturn conjunction adds a extra note of potential for each of us to create something tangible.

Give yourself some time alone, in nature, in the dark of this dark season to see what is the next step in your soul’s journey. Mercury is taking this time to retrograde back into Capricorn from a momentary journey into Aquarius…a sign of the future, while Capricorn would like us to be well seated in the present. Give yourself some retrograde permission to revisit your most heartfelt goals for the future.

New Moon in Capricorn 2016

The Sagittarian couple, Venus and Saturn will help you. Saturn in Sagittarius will help you (and me) establish ambitious goals based on our deepest held values.   You can see how this can work for good and misery.   It’s important not to identify self existence with beliefs and goals, which can shift and change. But there’s a necessity for focus that eludes many. This is a moment of focus, Capricorn, Saturnic, Venusian focus.

Uranus and Pluto continue their grinding square only one degree off from each other. They offer us the chance to integrate two positions in the realm of transformation.   Pluto is very tightly associated with the Sun and Moon giving them (and us) the power to be true to our highest intentions. Uranus demands we communicate our own story beyond the old forms we have tried before. What way will you create something that breaks out of the molds you use over and over?

Jupiter is in an interesting position as well. He is conjunct the North Node in Virgo. The North Node is the direction we must travel to evolve in this lifetime. Jupiter who blesses and expands our capabilities is there to help us all turn towards the direction of the future, a Virgo future of earthy honesty.  Jupiter in Virgo is helpful and responsible, humble yet determined.   Jupiter’s sign and position on the North Node is another assistant to our development as individuals, and as a society. Beaver--MainstoneThe beavers who work in a pond near my house are a good illustration of this chart, full of plans and work ethic (Capricorn) …always perfecting their lodge and their dams.. They build beautiful mud and stick lodges which they enter under water. Their work from the simplest stick to the largest dam is done with the greatest perfection of craft. They survived human greed for their fur, but have become nocturnal as a result of caution. Their work changes the landscape around them. They are tireless in pursuit of their plans to make the best possible environment for their families

How do we know when our interaction with the material world harms or renews the earth? Perhaps by fully identifying with the earth as earth beings we will gain the consciousness to know how to build in harmony.

Now we enter the new Moon cycle of the Rowan whose symbol is the pentacle found at the bottom of the Rowan berry.

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photo of birch grove and beaver Sarah and Robert 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.

 

 

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