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It’s tonight! A Full Moon Caught in a Willow Tree…

willow at night

“At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press her face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window.”  Rumi

This full Moon in Scorpio promises us our heart’s desire, if we are ready to harvest.   The Taurus Sun is at the Moon’s highest degree of exaltation: natural steps lead to a lawn of clover in bloom.KEYNOTE: The gradual expansion of the individual consciousness after a fecundating experience. Natural fulfillment.

How is it that we are offered harvest at the moment of conception? This can only come with contentment with the way of the world, with the Scorpionic promise of death and rebirth. At this season of Beltaine, a fire festival of fertility, we are bound by the full Moon in Scorpio to remember Samhain, which celebrates the end and the beginning of the agricultural year. The seeds we harvested in late October are now planted and sprouted in the fertile earth.

This is the Moon of Saille, the Willow. Willow loves water and so  is sacred to the Moon. ‘The Moon owns it.’ The bark of White Willow is used for stiff joints, because she is filled with water, and brings mOrpeus and the Willow treeovement to what has forgotten how to bend.  Laundry baskets are still made of willow, and once it was willow who was bent into funeral baskets.  But water and willow are also sacred to the poet, to Orpheus who was allowed to enter the land of the dead to fetch back his beloved Euridice and who received his poetic gift by touching a willow tree.  ‘Burn not the willow, a tree sacred to the poets.’
And then there is the old tradition of wearing a willow garland around the of hat of rejected lover.   Here’s the song that tells about that:

All around my hat I will wear the green willow
All around my hat for a twelve-month and a day
And if anyone should ask me the reason why I’m wearing it
It’s all for my true love who’s far far away          steeleye span

The chart for this full Moon contains an earthy triangle.   The participants are Jupiter in Full Moon in Scorpio 2016
Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn and Vesta in Taurus.   They give a home to the ‘fecundating experience’, mentioned in the Sabian Symbol for the Sun’s degree. They focus the energy of this moment.   Jupiter in Virgo represents ‘root power’ something every plant must have to construct, stem, leaf, vine and fruit.

Pluto proffers ‘political power,’ something we must each seize from the crumbling institutions around us.

Vesta offers us ‘the awareness of spiritual forces at work, blessings.’   This is a reminder that we are never alone.

 

Five-ElementsThe alchemists use the symbol of the triangle for each of the elements. Earth has a direct connection to spirit in this diagram. What spirit teaches us must be ‘earthed’ in order to exist.

With the combination of a Taurus (Earth) Sun and a Scorpio (Water) Moon, in the signs of this full Moon, we have the formula for a garden.

So says the Ace of Pentacles in the Tarot deck as well.    What are you about to plant and harvest in the garden of your heart. Where do you find the voice of spirit in your life?

RW Ace of Pentcles

 

Venus and Uranus have combined in fire (Aries) for this night of full Moon.   This could spell electrical love or, the love of revolution, transformation, high vibrations, a unique art form. And since the love and beauty lady and the high tech genius also combine with Mercury and Vesta, who are only a sextile away, creativity demands some form of deep commitment and communication.

The full Moon in Scorpio rises

like Venus from the waves.

They are the waves of sweet chorus,

of a day of green praise.

 

She is triumphant and proud

her beauty unchallenged.

I wash my face in her light.

I wash my body in her beauty.

 

In agreement with her rule,

I am her citizen, her subject

who shouts her praises.

But she does not need me.

 

She is her own invincible,

self and rises in time

with froggy voices.

They who know

much better than I,

all the songs of praise.               May 3, 2015   Sarah Fuhro

Photo credit Willow in Moonlight: http://www.lostatseaphotography.com/mephotos/weeping-willow-tree-3-1600.jpg

Orpheus and and the willow tree http://www.ecoenchantments.co.uk/images/Ogham%20trees/willow_orpheus_corot.jpg

Sarah Fuhro 
sarahbeagl@aol.com 

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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 should be a time of quiet reflection, a moment to pull back and contemplatevolcanoes-orig what seeds will be planted to blossom at the time of the full Moon. Yet this new Moon has full Moon energy to agitate us and keep us moving!

Sun and Moon are meeting in Aries on April 7th at 7:23 AM EDT. Aries is already fiery and full of spring energy. The Sun is Exalted in Aries (more of that in a moment).

They are not alone in their conjunction. Revolutionary Uranus is there, two degrees away. Uranus makes demands upon us to move, to shake it up, to feel the courage to explore new territory. Yet somehow we know we must get off the spinning top of electronic demands that Uranus communicates to us.

ErisThat would be enough excitement, but Eris, dwarf planet named after the Goddess of chaos is mixed in this as well. Discord and confusion are tempting when there is more energy than we can handle. The Sun will make an exact conjunction with Lady Eris on April 12. This gives us time to focus where the courage needs to be applied in our life!

The day before the new Moon, there is a square to Pluto, who doesn’t let anything go unnoticed. He may travel incognito, but we may not. This is continued reverberation from the Pluto/Uranus square we have experienced over the last seven years. The lessons of push and pull are deeply embedded in us by now.

Aphrodite   

In the core of our apple,

the planet earth,

dwells the great polestar

of the underworld-

Lord of Change,

Transformer eternal,

Hades himself.

 

With each breath

he draws into his lungs

the Universe begins anew.

He alone has the key

to every rusted lock.

 

Whoever has walked

across a freshly plowed

field at twilight

in spring’s season,

and raised loving eyes

to see the crescent

moon adorned

in diamond earring,

you are entering

the drama which

has no beginning

and knows no end.

 

This is also a ‘Super’ Moon, because the Moon is closest to the earth during this instant of new beginning. We are offered a gift of high energy and new spring potential in this poignant moment, which calls for retreat into a place of stillness!

Sun is considered exalted in Aries, which means he can work at his highest potential. It is the season of the spring equinox when the Sun enters the sign of Aries. It is the beginning of a new astrological cycle. 18° of Aries is considered an especially auspicious moment in the Sun’s journey through the ecliptic. If you have a gift of art, of clarity, a new dance to give, do not hold back.

magic carpet

The Sabian Symbol for this degree is ‘A Magic Carpet : The use of creative imagination.

A way of life refusing a hectic involvement in social competition and waste-producing overproduction allows for the development of unattached and transcendent understanding. The period of rest from outwardly directed activity bound to collective normality presents the creative mind with the possibility of surveying in dreams the totality of the present-day social situation, thus “to see whole.”

The fourth stage of the fourth five-fold sequence of symbols invokes the possibility of developing a new technique of perception, a strife-transcending and unattached outlook upon everyday reality.’

In the middle of all this fiery excitement we are at a degree of newness that suggests we pull back and meditate in a way that allows us to see things in a new way…’to see whole!’ How do we do this?

This is an especially condensed set of planets. Where do they fall in your chart? This willnew moon april 2016 be the theater of activity where you will feel this fiery rush of energy and drama. Give yourself the ‘Magic Carpet ‘ of Creative Visualization.

 

For me it takes place in my 9th House of philosophy, the search for meaning, for spiritual connection, for a world view that gives hope. No wonder I am suddenly devouring Gurdjieff! He calls for a personal revolution based upon self observation. This causes chaos and a deep commitment to ‘creative imagination,’ which Sun and Moon give us in their residence at the 18th degree of Aries.

This will be a new Moon of the Dandelion. I will take Dandelion flower essence from the ‘little Sun’ which bloomed from a crack in the cement dandelionnext to my house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: Volcano   http://s.hswstatic.com/gif/volcanoes-orig.jpg
   Eris   http://pre00.deviantart.net/436a/th/pre/f/2010/096/b/9/eris__goddess_of_strife_by_vp_manips.jpg
   Magic Carpet  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Vasnetsov_samolet.jpg
   Dandelion   Sarah Fuhro

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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