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Silver and Gold, a Full Moon in Leo!

On the night the Moon was a tiny crescent in the sky, I had a dream. The dream was at dawn, and was a voice and big letters, which said: ‘Au’ and ‘Ag.’  Hey, I’m not a chemist, but those are the elemental letters for Silver and Gold! ‘Why,’ I asked the Dream guys, ‘do I need to remember the elemental letters for Silver and Gold?’   No answer.

Gold stones in stream                                             Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver is the Moon, Gold is the Sun.

Last month the full Moon was in Cancer, the Moon’s sign. The metal of the Moon is Silver, Ag, Argentum  This month the full Moon is in Leo, the Sun’s sign. Gold is the metal of the Sun, Au, Aurum, Gold.

And this is true at this season every year. Is this the year to awaken to the Silver and Gold of Cancer and Leo? Is this about Male and Female polarity? Is the Moon female, the Sun, male?

Not always.

Here is a picture of the lunar god Mên, worshipped in Asia Minor. He bears the crescents of the Moon on his shoulders, and treads the cow head of Taurus, a Moon loving zodiac sign under his horse’s hoofs. Was there a war between Male and Female lunar deities? Is there a war inside ourselves and perhaps in the evolution of culture that debates whether the Moon is male or female? It may be necessary for each of us to experience our interior self, our reflective self, our ever changing self as male and as female.

Mên on horseback bas relief BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier                                      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Below is a picture with a woman wearing a solar halo, and a man with crescent Moon horns.

Sun and Moon Seal BL                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier   Hammond Castle

This Wednesday’s full Moon is a total eclipse of the Moon, a dramatic moment suitable to Leo, who loves theater. People often saw an eclipse as an attack on the Sun or Moon, a disappearance and reappearance of the light we live by night and day. We still experience this kind of anxiety at the time of an eclipse. It’s important to be aware of the eclipse cycle even if we can’t see it, because we can always feel it in our bodies and psyches.

This Leo Moon will also dramatically affect the tides of the ocean, because the Moon is close to the earth–a Super Moon. The Sabian Symbol for the eclipse says it very clearly: ‘A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.’ Something, carefully planned is coming together to be expressed on a huge stage. It’s the season of Mardi Gras! This Lunar Eclipse has that feeling of unlimited excess, followed by a truth we already know. The feasting of Mardi Gras is followed by Ash Wednesday, and the traditional forty days of fasting.

Full Moon in Leo 2018

 

The Moon and the asteroid Ceres (Demeter, Earth goddess) are in a perfect conjunction at this moment. Demeter’s grief for her stolen child, Persephone, gave us the seasons. This year, the Leo full Moon is situated close to the festival of Imbolc, Candlemass, Groundhog’s Day, February 2. For those of us who search for a way to reconnect to the rhythms of the earth and sky, Imbolc is the time to gather and embrace the growing light. At Imbolc, the light is a crack in the darkness of winter. Imbolc is sacred to the goddess Bride, mid-wife, poet and black smith.  When the doctor told me, my baby would be born on February 2nd, I was ecstatic. My son showed up on that sacred day, and, fortunately, did not see his shadow!

Here, in the frozen or muddy North, we know the light of candles reflected in melting snow has divinatory power. Winter is not over in the North, but is touched by the Sun’s return.

candle in water                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver and Gold, Sun and Moon, light and dark play out in our lives, moment by moment. What illumination will this Sun/Moon moment hold for you? Wednesday’s total Lunar eclipse is the balance to the total Solar eclipse in Leo last August. Hold a moment to honor the ritual of this cosmic and earth time. It is like a heart we can hear beating in our throats.

Sarah Fuhro

sarahfuhro@gmail.comKeeping 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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A Herd of Goats   The New Moon in Capricorn     Sarah Fuhro

Goat with horns *                                      photo: Sarah Fuhro

My Capricorn grandmother gave me this little brass goat,  symbol for the constellation Capricorn.   He nuzzles my pottery in a sunny corner of my house. I had always planned to give him away, yet he remains with me.   I don’t know where his original was made. Maybe he is from one of the places and people we call Babylon: Iraq, Persia, Iran, places where Western Astrology was born.   And, even though, I don’t have any Capricorn planets in my birth chart, this new Moon will offer me, and all of us, the energy of his powerful place in the ecliptic.   There is a crowd of planets, like a herd of impatient goats meeting in this location.

New Moon in Capricorn 2018

As well as the Sun and Moon, we have Saturn, King of Capricorn, Black Moon Lilith, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus all in the sign of the goat!  Seven heavenly bodies teaching us the rules of Capricorn, who suggests that we do things responsibly, and that we do them well, step by step.

It was a lesson my Capricorn grandparents tried to teach me, but I wasn’t very interested. Those steep stairs looked grim and could only lead to something not relevant to me, or to my generation. I wanted to leap forward, unprepared, but full of inspiration. I could see what I wanted, why climb a lot of stairs to get there?

The vision upwards BL      photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon refers to the rules of Capricorn: Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine. This tells us about the inevitability of the stairs.  Saturn is the inevitable.   He is the teacher at the beginning of this parade of Capricorns, which ends with Venus, the reward for the journey. The goat loves to climb to the highest point in the environment. The courage and patience it takes to keep climbing is not always acknowledged, but the rewards are very high.

Stairs at Wellesley b&w BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Capricorn has everything to do with organizations; business, government, family, community. At the moment we are watching the destruction of those slow moving but secure institutions.   Bureaucracy, something we all find ridiculous, out dated or stupid doesn’t look so bad when think about the Environmental Protection Agency or the National Park Service or even the State Department decimated by those who would ‘drain the swamp.’ And what’s wrong with swamps?   They are the source of new life and the last refuge of wildlife in a ravenous world.   I think this stellium in Capricorn may have some consequences for those who want to sweep away protection for air and water, the climate and those who live in desperation. Capricorn is about the material world, but it is also a warning to understand the spiritual consequences of the material world, which demands karmic balance, and is eternally in flux.

The Devil is the card which corresponds to Capricorn in the Tarot deck.  The message of this card and this new Moon is the huge source of energy available to us from whatever we fear most.  The woman and man chained to The Devil’s throne could easily escape their chains, but they are imprisoned by old beliefs which keep them enslaved.   Fear of nature, and of their  power to manifest their soul’s potential is represented by The Devil, an angel once called Lucifer, ‘the light bringer.’ At any time they could turn around and see what is available to them in freedom.

The Devil

There are other players in this chart of the new Moon, which will be felt in powerful ways. Square to the Sun and Moon and Venus are Uranus, Eris and Pallas Athena in Aries. This is like adding some cayenne pepper to a very heavy stew.  The demands of the Capricorn stellium are not going to be patient with this extra fire added.   And to continue the theme, we have Mars, ruler of Aries, also present to add a little Scorpionic juice. If you made some kind of projected map for the year ahead,  begin the journey with this new Moon.   You will have a lot of cosmic help to guide you to new territory.

relief on goatphoto: Sarah Fuhro

On both sides of my Capricorn goat there is a bas relief which seems to tell the tale of a royal court, or perhaps illustrates seven stages of a regal story. There are seven figures, just as there seven cosmic elements to the Capricorn theme of this new Moon. While most are passive, the first, or is it last, shows a crowned figure who wrestles with a lion.   The nationwide eclipse of 21 August 2017 was in Leo close to the degree of this Moon/Sun and Venus combination. The Lion must never be conquered, but only channeled for he is the symbol of mastery, of the king’s close relationship to the Sun (Leo). What if this combination of earthy Capricorn to manifest, the dynamic influence of Uranus and Mars and the prophetic power of the Leo eclipse were to be directed to development of solar energy!?   And what is the equivalent to switching to renewable energy in your life?

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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