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You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens‘   Rumi

Desert pathThe Full Moon on Saturday is the first of two in Sagittarius. The issues of Gemini and Sagittarius will be open to us over the next twenty-eight days. This doesn’t happen often, so it must be a way to keep our attention on the issues of these two constellations, occurring again June 20th with another full Moon in Sagittarius.

Gemini can be summed up as our words and thoughts, Sagittarius as our beliefs.

The Gemini Sun scintillates in the double energy of twins.Hawk of Dawn Once again the hawk rises and sails. Mercury is the messenger of the Sun and ‘rules’ Gemini. It takes tremendous courage and discipline to hear the message coming from the solar center.   At the moment of this full Moon, Mercury is traveling in retrograde motion, but on Sunday, the 22nd, he will station direct at 14° Taurus. The theme of hawk and falconer, so strong at the new Moon in Taurus is ready to soar again as Mercury returns to direct movement.

THE SECOND COMING WB Yeats                

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

 

Sagittarius is often full of ‘passionate intensity,’ and Gemini tends towards mental babble.   What about these next two full Moons is offered in the way of balance?

Perhaps it will be the asteroid Vesta, nestled next to the Sun, who can give us some real guidance at this time.   If the full Moon energy makes you feel dizzy with chatter, think of the cleansing and purifying aspect of this goddess who represents the hearth and the need to cleanse and reorganize our spiritual home.   Venus is there as well, still in her sign of Taurus, in a degree dedicated to adjustment and adaptation.

Full Moon in Sag 5:21:16But the Moon is less sanguine.   Mars is her companion, their Sagittarian arrows pointed toward the Sun. What beliefs can justify violence?   We all contain the passion of beliefs; political or spiritual. Where do we point our barbs? What ideas do we defend rather than explore?   This all reminds me of the last days of Arthur’s Court when friend turned against friend to destroy what they most wanted to defend.

Meanwhile, lest we get dragged down into too much air and fire there is an earthy trine in this chart, which promises a way out, the potential for stability. Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, manifest the possible energy for new structures. Is there a third way in some ‘either or’ Gemini conundrum you face at this time? Must the Sagittarian arrow be let loose during an endless replay of Game of Thrones.   What might the earth energy of Jupiter/Mercury/Pluto create?

In Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck, the Thee of Discs speaks of the Alchemical marriage. The three of discscard contains the symbol of Mars in Capricorn, but this time we have Pluto in Capricorn. Since Pluto is sometimes called the higher octave of Mars, we can look for some divine energy to build a pyramid of creative effort.

three of pentaclesThe Rider Waite deck inserts human endeavor into the process. The vision of the cleric, the design of the architect and the craft of the mason combine to create a cathedral, which will last for thousands of years. What does the cathedral hold? It is a reflection of the earth, which is our home cathedral.

Over the next few days as the Sagittarius Moon fills our window with the light of reflection from the Gemini Sun, we might find a way to become visionaries, designers and masons of our deepest soul desires.

 

Picture of the desert path     Sarah Fuhro
Picture of the Hawk of Dawn   Robert Fuhro
Three of Discs from the Thoth Deck illustration by Lady Frieda Harris
Three of Pentacles from the Rider Waite Deck illustration by Pamela Coleman Smith

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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apple blossomsThis new Moon would be a perfect moment to reaffirm vows to the Earth. It takes place at 16° Taurus, close to the astrological degree of Beltane, 15° Taurus. The Sun and Moon are embraced by Mercury and Venus and twirl in a earthy grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto.   Take a moment to celebrate the sweetness of the unfolding spring fire in earthy form.

Friday (Venus’ Day), May 6 is the day of all this earthy and Venusian energy. If you take a moment to join in the chorus of bird, beast and flower you will never feel ‘alone’ again!

Mercury in Taurus, represents Gwalchmai, ‘the Hawk ofGawain and the Green Knight May’, Gawain in the Arthurian stories. He is a powerful yet compassionate knight, Arthur’s nephew, and one of the sons of Lot from Orkney. His most famous story is Gawain and the Green Knight, when his honesty is tested, and although not perfect, proves who he really is.

And the new Moon tests our mettle; we travel through darkness and even after Sun and Moon have met, the darkness continues, so we don’t always recognize a beginning when we are already there! We often have to launch our boat in the dark of the Moon so that when she can be seen setting at twilight as a crescent, we are already on our new voyage.

The Moon is ‘exalted’ in Taurus. She likes it there! Taurus is under the rule of Venus so to have Venus in Taurus in close proximity showers us with the beauty and power of love, which this planet represents. The degree for Venus in this chart is associated with ‘The ability to create inner happiness in dark hours. Faith in cyclic renewal.’  By watching the cycle of the Moon and the seasons wherever we live, we gain a tremendous power to be regenerated. Holidays are an important way to be aware of the continuous change, which marks our lives, and which has the power to give us a sense of hope in discouraging times.

Taurus New Moon 2016Mercury’s Sabian Symbol is ‘white dove flying over troubled waters. The spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crisis.‘ Again, as with Mercury, we are offered a hand during a time of crisis. Perhaps these symbols of hope are offered by the embracing arms of Mercury and Venus to the conjunction of Sun and Moon because their symbol represents a crisis, personal or societal, or both: ‘A symbolical battle between “swords” and “torches.”  Refusing to depend upon the past, the seeker turns warrior, fighting anew the eternal “Great War,” a polarization of values.’   It feels as if we are given world wide view of the those who favor swords, and those who favor torches. People are in a struggle to understand which will bring us closer to peace.

Each of us must battle to understand and make a connection to our soul through each lifetime. We are bodies of light, yet struggle with illusion.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.’     Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

It is the Earth element, which might come to our aid.   If we look at the the EmpressJupiter/Pluto/Sun/Moon trine in Earth, we can get a glimpse of hope in troubled times.

Our feet walk the Earth. Like The Empress, the Tarot card who represents Venus. We are at home here, when we take time to lie back in the arms of the Beloved Mother. We are given a triskele of Earth on this new Moon day. Jupiter opens and blesses, Pluto deepens and empowers. There is constant motion in this shape, whirling and moving through space in a shape reminiscent of a galaxy.

triskele   galazy spiral

 

Beltane

With the quickening of the year,

I too, catch fire,

and go up in flames,

and come down in rain.

 

And I know now

what the ancients knew’

we are born to burn out,

and to return as light.

 

This all happens in a flash.

In a frog’s mantle,

as we leap and dance,

in the Beltane flame.

 

Sarah Fuhro April 30, 2016

 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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