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It looks as if the Sun in this chart is lost in a dream with Neptune (the Dreamer) and Ceres the Earth Mother. The Moon will have to hold her own in practical, earthy, Virgo. But this is not necessarily about contradiction, even though the luminaries are in that full Moon position of opposition. The agitation we feel at the time of the full Moon is the excitement of contradiction, which is attempting wholeness.

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Pisces Sun might ‘envision’ (Neptune), a dream of the Earth Mother (Ceres) honored and acknowledged. The Pisces characteristics of victimization and martyrdom dissolve in the full Moon’s light, much as The Hermit, The Hermitwho corresponds to Virgo in the Tarot deck, shines his light on weary travelers as they make their way to the place he holds for them. For humanity to survive on the planet, we need both the dream of Pisces/Neptune/Ceres, and the practical work of Virgo.

Pisces is the dissolver of old forms, in preparation for the new beginning which will take place in Aries at the spring equinox.

We are not separate from this preparation. Both hemispheres of the earth are ‘greening up.’   The process of change can be felt in our bodies and spirits. There is so much work to do before we start the building process of spring.

The Pisces-Virgo axis is further demonstrated at this time with the Lunar nodes and Jupiter and Chiron in opposition.   The Lunar nodes mark the location of the eclipse cycle.   Jupiter and Chiron speak of the wound and the healing we all experience. Pisces is represented in the Tarot deck with The Moon card.

We see the armored creature who is about to begin a long journey of evolution. He is soft Moon cardon the inside, and encased in armor on the outside. She is about to leave the watery womb to travel a dry road through what looks like treachourous territory. He will have to deal with the overly domesticated dog self and his wild and untamed interior wolf.   She must travel past the ever seeing eyes represented by the towers. Will she be able to withstand the opnions of society, as she must, to continue onwards until she reaches the mountain in the distant future, when she will meet The Hermit, and recognize herself?

Watching all this is the mysterious image of a full and crescent Moon who sheds Yods upon the path, which our little creature is about to travel.   The Yods represent the participation of spirit upon all of this. They are the Hebrew letter which is first in the spelling of G-d’s name. For those of us who live in areas of the globe which have highly volatile seasons, this image is reflected in the constant transformation of the natural world around us.

pond at Mainstone

I took this picture of a small pond near my house in January. It shows, the interlacing of open water, snow, ice, a bit of green grass, the dead leaves and branches of the year before. They are all folded in together just as our astrology charts reveal the diverse impulses and talents which energize our lives.

Full Moon in Virgo 2016

I think the squeeze of the Uranus Pluto square has clues for the meaning of this tumultuous time. Within the arms of this womb, we feel the pressure of birth pangs.   Uranus demands swift and radical change; Pluto requires depth and honesty.   Each of us dances to this pressure in our unique way, but it cannot be ignored.   Fear and courage, love and anxiety mark our journey.

This morning I found a favorite poem posted on a friend’s blog http://lindayaelschiller.com/blog.  I was reunited with the beautiful imagery of Machado at the perfect full Moon moment. It was a gift to me, which I would like to share with you! It is about dreaming (Pisces) and formation of imagery (Virgo).   Hope you like it as well!

Last Night As I Was Sleeping

By Antonio Machado (translated by Robert Bly)

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a spring was breaking

out in my heart.

I said: Along which secret aqueduct,

Oh water, are you coming to me,

water of a new life

that I have never drunk?

 

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that I had a beehive

here inside my heart.

And the golden bees

were making white combs

and sweet honey

from my old failures.

 

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a fiery sun was giving

light inside my heart.

It was fiery because I felt

warmth as from a hearth,

and sun because it gave light

and brought tears to my eyes.

 

Last night as I slept,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that it was God I had

here inside my heart.

 

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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New Moon in Monkey

 

The Celebration of the Yang Fire Monkey Year begins with the new Moon on February 7th. This picture says a lot about how a monkey would celebrate a new Moon in the sign of Aquarius. There’s that ever present technology, which has changed our way of interacting with one another as we enter the ‘Aquarian Age.’

aquariusAquarius is a constellation in the zodiac with two ‘rulers, ‘ Saturn and Uranus.  Both are very active in this chart.   Rulers give a clue as to the nature of the energy for the signs. Aquarius has a Saturnic, i.e., manifesting talent, but unlike the previous sign, Capricorn, also ‘ruled’ by Saturn, Aquarius is more likely to create something in a new way or new realm. Saturn, as ruler of Aquarius is influenced by the quirky and revolutionary nature of Uranus. He’s not his Capricorn solid and traditional self. It’s as true with planets as it is with humans that our companions change our rhythms viewpoint.

Saturn in the chart for this new Moon is working in Sagittarius and makes a sextile to the luminaries (Sun and Moon). He is watching them from a Sagittarian vantage point, perhaps suggesting that this is a time for asking what we carry as belief. When our beliefs become too Saturnic our life can turn into a burden of responsibility and ‘shoulds.’ We can no longer see any potential for new perceptions.

IX of WandsThe IX of Wands has a picture of this state of affairs. This manIX wands has successfully fought off all attacks and has neatly arranged the trophies of his victories in a protective wall around him. Yet the protective wands keep out friends as well as enemies. He is waiting for the next attack, rather than looking for new possibilities. He might need to add some of the hospitable warmth of the IX of Cups to his expectations. Maybe we could all learn to forget the source of our bruises and focus on generosity at this new Moon.

The Sabian Symbol for Saturn’s degree at this new Moon day is quite astonishing!   It refers to the festival of Imbolc, which is traditionally celebrated on February 2nd, just a few days before:    ‘The Ground Hog Looking for his Shadow on Ground Hog Day, February 2nd!

Imbolc         Sarah Fuhro

Full Moon is buried in our lungs.

She breathes with us.

Heart beats in a hurry

to keep in time,

with the passage of sweet fog.

The cold air fills and empties

the magic chest,

treasure box
held within,

the holy ghost,
the spirit place,

the temple,
the toolbox,

the home sweet home.

 

The White Lady draws nigh,

twilight fills in her footsteps.

Feel her furry breath,

as she approaches.

 

She leaves muddy tracks

in the new snow,

and promises that someday,

one day,

when she consents, spring will be here,

hot, with chill overtones.

 

Soundless, the Lady is the moss under crystal,

thin February glass on small ponds.

She is the bird of early arrival,

the fox,
as he leaves his lair

to venture forth

on a cold morning

with breakfast in mind,

after long hunger.

Star VoyagerUranus is also making a friendly sextile to Sun and Moon. This means Saturn and Uranus, the planetary rulers of Aquarius are in trine; they share the Fire element, but express it quite differently. Fire from the Jungian point of view is the element of intuition. It jumps from place to place, and cannot be contained.

Uranus is the unexpected part of Aquarius, the far out aspect.  Uranus is in Aries and so we know his nature is fiery as well as unpredictable.   He’s hanging out with the virginal Vesta. This may be one reason the stock market is so erratic. Vesta seems to have some connection to the way we handle money and ‘investments.’

Uranus goads the new Moon (and the Sun) to put some passion into those Sagittarian beliefs Saturn is channeling for us.  The Star, is the Tarot Card associated with Aquarius. This collage version is from the Voyager deck by James Wanless.

Aquarius is the sign of a universal or group kindness. There a promise of great healing in this moment of the new Moon in Aquarius. Jupiter and Chiron are in opposition across the Lunar Nodes’ axis.   Each of us has the opportunity to find a place to offer kindness to a world in pain.   Kuan Yin is the light within, the source of universal compassion.

 

Sarah Fuhro

sarahfuhro@gmail.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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