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greenways-pathThis New Moon takes place with many planets near the end of their stay in a sign.   It’s as if they are all packing up to move on at the same time. Since this is also the Moon of the Chinese New Year. We can expect, a kind of crazy luckiness, which is also reflected in a year of Jupiter (luck) opposite Uranus (crazy)!

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Sun and Moon are an exception as they rendezvous in early Aquarius The degree of the Sun and new Moon has a special connection to the activism felt on all sides through out the country:

‘A flag is seen turning into an eagle   Keynote: The dynamic incorporation of new social values in individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and greatest significance of these values.’

 

 

new-moon-iin-aquarius-2017There is a theme of opposites in harmonious connection at this time. Venus and Mars nestle together at the end of Pisces. Mars is at the very last degree of Pisces, the very last degree in the very last sign of the zodiac. Venus is not far from him and Chiron the healer is trailing close behind. They are ready to head into the high energy of zone of Aries. It feels as if spring is here before January is over, yet we who live in Northern lands know that winter and spring can dance in each other’s territory.

Jupiter and Saturn, another pair of opposing planets are also in a friendly relationship to one another. ‘Use us both!’ they seem to say….Saturn is in the sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is in Libra, where Saturn finds a lot of satisfaction. Perhaps the planets are teaching us how to negotiate to get what we want.

This day begins the Moon of Rowan, called ‘Luis’ in the Celtic Moon Calendar. Rowan is a tree of magic, and of protection from enchantment. Runes were inscribed upon staves cut from the Rowan tree. And the name ‘rune’ comes from the name of the tree. Further protection can be found on the red berry of the Rowan which is marked on the bottom with a pentacle, the symbol of protection.

Tice-jewelshe festival of Imbolc follows this new Moon and sacred to the Rowan tree. This is the celebration of newborn lambs. Imbolc means ewe’s milk and is a holiday dedicated to the goddess Bride. It’s about light, growing light, about the strength of the green beneath the February snow. If you walk into the woods there is a mysterious coolness without wind. It comes from the white garments of Bride as she prepares the earth for new life.

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.

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    Path at Greenways

Robert Fuhro   Bald Eagle

Robert Fuhro   Ice Drops

 

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Birch marks the first month of the Lunar Tree Calendar. The trees of this calendar are also an alphabet, Ogham, used by Druids as a secret form of communication. By learning about trees that grow where we live, and spending time alone with trees, we can learn so much about how to maneuver in life. Our ancestors did this. Now we are here, amongst trees who share the earth with us. Trees will answer our most difficult questions. That is why Ogham is also a form of divination, a way to deepen our communication with tree knowledge.

Birch is sometimes called a ‘pioneer’ tree. It was one of the first trees to appear after the Ice Age, and is often the first tree as meadow transitions to forest.   So it seems only natural that Birch is the first Moon of the Lunar calendar. She can be used herbally and symbolically for cleansing! Birch is a fresh new start.

The full Moon on January 12 is Birch at her moment of full manifestation, an opportunity see the world with the fresh eyes of this graceful, maidenly tree. Her bark often seems to have eyes, which look back at us!  She is full of the magic power of the Shaman.  Birch is one of the first to leaf out in springtime.  Below is Queen Puabi’s  necklace from Ur decorated with gold birch leaves!

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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 looking straight up,

recalls sailing 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.

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What will this Birch Full Moon in Cancer show us?   Lots of contradictory gifts are offered, but that is the nature of a full Moon! We can feel that energy surge through us and pull the tides along as well!    Can we dance through the contradictions with respect for all sides of the chart?

There are six cosmic objects at 22° in the chart for this full Moon in Cancer.  In numerology, twenty two is called the Master Builder, and is a number of great potential. There are twenty two letters in the Hebrew Alphabet. There are twenty two cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. Why does 22 have such a powerful reputation? How can we embrace the potential for creating the life and community we want, and become ‘Master Builders’?

The Sun is at 22° Capricorn, a sign of the builder and organization. Moon is at 22° Cancer. Cancer is the sign of the home and the family. Moon in Cancer opposite Sun in Capricorn might represent the cosmic transformation of a building into a home, a place for people who call themselves ‘family.’ That could mean our whole planet for the astrology chart is universal!

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Jupiter, also at 22° holds the reins to the opposition between Sun and Moon. Jupiter is the BIG God. He is expansive, a bright planet in the sky, who fills us with optimism and surety, when we let him into our hearts. His bird is the Eagle, and he is pictured here, from a Mesopotamian bas relief as the powerful force behind the Universe. Because he is in the sign of Libra, the Scales, he represents Justice and judgment. At this perfect moment of balance between Sun and Moon he offers the insight and wisdom we need to be fair and to see all sides of an issue.   Only a keen sighted eagle can do this!

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Opposite Jupiter, Eris that feisty goddess of Chaos is also square to Sun and Moon. She is in the sign of her brother Aries. She is in the close company of Uranus, the Revolutionary and Demeter, Earth Mother.  Aries is the sign and energy of the warrior, but also the Life Force. Aries rules our head and eyes. Eris might represent new insight or blind fury. This snakey Celtic Triskelion from the Musee Saint Germaine de Laye illustrates the whirling energy of Eris, Uranus and Ceres in the Full Moon  chart.  How does the rest of the chart, Sun, Moon and Jupiter react to this deep stirring in the fourth arm of their Grand Cross?

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Here is the image to represent our psyche or the astrology chart of this full Moon moment. The Master Builder of the Sun in Capricorn, the deeply emotional creative force of the Moon, the balance of Jupiter and the chaos of Eris, are all part of the moment.

But I think Saturn might be the best planet to explain the how we can use the churning messages of this chart . He is truly the ‘Master Builder,’ and rules the Sun’s sign of Capricorn.   Saturn often has the final word on the subject. He is also at 22° in the philosophical sign of Sagittarius!

The Sabian Symbol of his place in the chart seems very apt for this moment in time when refugees are :   ‘A group of immigrants as they fulfill the requirements of entrance into the new country.  Keynote: Consciously accepting the ways of a new stage of experience, in readiness for the opportunities it will present.     Transition’

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.

Photo Credits

 

Robert Fuhro: Four Birch Trees

Bruce Lhuillier: Birch Leaf Necklace from Ur

Bruce Lhuillier: Mesopotamian God

Bruce Lhuillier: Celtic Triskelion

Bruce Lhuillier: Celtic Cross from Mt. Auburn Cemetary’

The 2017 Lunar Calendar is available from http://www.thelunapress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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