Archive for June, 2016

root personThis is the second full Moon in Sagittarius this year.   When the full Moon visits the same sign twice, it gives us a moment to pause and look more deeply at the energies of the signs involved.   Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius are about two very different ways we perceive the world. Gemini wants to explore with rational Mercury. Sagittarius has the certainly of Jupiter behind his beliefs. Words, like swords can cut cleanly and find clarity, but they can turn and become double edged. Gemini can be delightfully curious, and articulate or descend into gibberish.   Sagittarius can be philosophical, optimistic, tolerant or rabidly dogmatic and inflexible.


We seem to be in a place where the Moon and Sun offer us the opportunity to look at our mental processes, and, to observe how we listen to each other and to the mental dialogue, which occupies our head.

When we are in the season of the full Moon we experience contradiction and the desire to
integrate opposing impulses and desires. This can lead to a sense of lunacy, a feeling that we can’t understand some part of our self which is wordless, and which can be ecstatic or destructive or both.

We associate the power of the full Moon to pull us apart mentally. But the integration of new material in our life can only come through the process of accepting contradiction.  Society has to accept what seems chaotic in order to evolve.  Asylum

Here is the entry to a discarded mental hospital, a place for those who had ‘abandoned hope’ and for those who were abandoned because they could not be integrated into sanity. Even the growth of trees and plants around the grand entrance, a temple to madness, seem to be in chaos. The laws of nature which usually follow a path towards harmony and balance, are overcome by chaos. The huge Moon is the illumination of this place, a place the Sun abandoned.

An important player in this full Moon moment is Chiron, the wounded healer, the centaur who could mend all wounds but his own. Chiron makes an important square to the Sun/Moon opposition. He holds the reigns of this chart. And I believe his Sabian Symbol is the one which holds the key to this moment: ‘Watching the very thin moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realize that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects.’   ‘keynote: A keen appreciation of the value of individualized responses to any challenge of life.’

The potential for new understanding after disorder is available to us, if we don’t panic and Sag full Moon #2 '16pull away from the depths, but rather look more closely as what is really happening.
To increase the mental and physical tension of this full Moon, the planetary rulers of Sagittarius and Gemini (Jupiter and Mercury) are involved in a square formation along with Neptune and Saturn, two very contradictory forces. Jupiter is traveling through earth sign Virgo, a practical, critical deity. Neptune, located in his home base of watery Pisces drownsMagician Jupiter’s desire to preserve some semblance of order. The potential for a war between religions and spiritual outlooks is reflected in the astrology of the moment. Jupiter and Neptune are exactly opposite one another and are in tight connection to the Lunar Nodes, which mark evolutionary paths across the sky. Mercury’s card in the Tarot deck is the Magician. He knows the tools and tarot-wheeloffortunethe secrets of communication between the worlds. Jupiter, located in Mercury’s realm of Virgo also would use the tools of the Magician, but he offers us something beyond our ability to comprehend in this card, the movement behind the scene.  The Magician represents Mercury, The Wheel of Fortune, Jupiter.

Squares have trouble seeing each other’s point of view. There is a blind spot between Mercury and Jupiter and between Neptune and Saturn. Only by accepting all four sides of the square can understanding be reached, and stable new formations arise from the dust. In this Tarot card people have left the confines of the walled city to celebrate a new wholeness they are building.

four of wandsThis full Moon takes place just hours before the Summer Solstice.   The Solstice is a threshold moment, which marks the shift between growing and lessening light. This gives an extra significance to this very powerful full Moon. We live on a planet tilted to just the right degree so that every place on earth receives the same number of dark and light hours over a year’s time, but distributed in several very different ways. At the equator there is very little change of season, the day is half light and half dark. As we move South and North, the light varies by season with a dark and a light half. This may be why polarity is built into our thinking.   We want to see things as dark or light, right or wrong.

If you are feeling torn in several contradictory directions at this time, it might be an opportunity to take a moment of non judgmental self observation. It definitely feels as if our nation could use this. Silence and meditation are beautifully illustrated in this stone head found in the Castle Rock conservation land of Carlisle, Massachusetts. The challenge of the moment seems to beg for tender contemplation without words or mental constructs.

stone headSarah 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.

Photo credits:

Sarah Fuhro, root person

Bruce Lhuillier, Asylum (MacLean Hospital in Waltham Massachusetts)

Bruce Lhuillier, Stone Head, Carlisle Massachusetts.

Tarot cards from the Rider Waite deck


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New Moon Woven into a Square of Time

“My soul, where are you? Do you hear me? I speak. I call you—are you there? I have returned. I am here again. I have shaken the dust of all the lands from my feet, and I have come to you again.” –Jung, The Red Book, p. 232

New Moon in Gemini 2016A new Moon involves a meeting between the Sun and Moon, and begins a new cycle of association between the two luminaries of our sky.   Whatever our personal story, they represent cosmic ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ and their relationship is a monthly journey we all take together.

It begins in the darkness of the Moon. She leaves behind the pleasures and pains of the past twenty eight days, and offers us the same possibility.

We can take a moment Saturday, June 4th to put down our luggage and look around at the place where we stand. The Moon’s disappearance midway through chatty, mental Gemini is a breathing point, a tender moment of silence, before she rolls on, busy about her business of new beginnings.

We need to honor this moment, which falls at 11:01 pm EDT because the tension in the sky zodiac crossis palpable. The planets are in a tight square between Sun, Moon and Venus in Gemini, opposite Saturn in Sagittarius, in square to Neptune in Pisces, opposite Jupiter in Virgo.   This gives full Moon tension and excitement to a new Moon moment. These four signs, Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces and Virgo are called ‘mutable.’   They are open to possibility. The planets involved carry a message about love with many possible expressions and facets.

Venus who is in the same degree and sign with Sun and Moon says this is all a love song, if we want to take it that way. Saturn in Sagittarius across the way asks about what our beliefs hold with ‘love.’ He is the master of choice and manifestation. He asks: Is love central to our lives, a source of disappointment and pain, a place of solace, a miasma of illusion, or does the word hold all of these? What do we love, and what kind of lover are we?

Jupiter and Neptune stare across the chart at one another. Together they are the rulers of Pisces, the sign where Neptune is currently camped.   Pisces is about a ‘love supreme.‘ ‘God breathes through us so completely…so gently we hardly feel it… yet, it is our everything.’ John Coltrane

Jupiter in Virgo guards the North Lunar Node, the direction of evolution, the head of the sky dragon. . The Sabian Symbol for this degree is ‘A Ouja Board. INNER GUIDANCE.’   Neptune, keeps the faith with the South Node the treasures of the past which includes many spiritual traditions we can draw upon.

 carljungredbookEarth based spirituality is symbolized in the equal armed cross with the four elements and the four directions acknowledged and called upon for their particular gifts. This chart like every moment has all twelve signs in the four elements. This particular moment, a time of new beginnings contains this powerful cross within the circle of the ecliptic.

A grand cross can make you feel torn apart or deeply integrated. By acknowledging the complexity of the cross currents of energy in this chart and in our inner makeup, we can perhaps leap over the watery boundary which keeps us limited to only one side of a question.

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.

images   Jack in the Pulpit   Bob Fuhro

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