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Imbolc

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Imbolc

 

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,

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,

breakfast in mind,

after long hunger.

 

poetry: Sarah Fuhro

photo: Robert Fuhro

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ice with drops                  photo: Robert Fuhro

In one way or another everyone on earth has felt the Capricorn energy of the last few weeks.  The need to establish, organize, or define has whispered in our ear.  After the riotous Sagittarian energy of holiday fun, it seems only natural to create resolutions for new forms in the new year!   Here in the North, cold has stilled the flow of water into sculptural forms.  In America we have decided to stop everything until we can define our country with a wall of concrete.  In Britain, the task of separation has frozen that nation into cold isolation.  Perhaps an eclipse with the full Moon in fiery Leo can melt some hard hearts or reshape ‘firm’ resolutions.

The four fixed signs in detail .jpg            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Aquarius and Leo, signs of the Sun and Moon for this Sunday’s lunar eclipse are ‘fixed,’  Each ‘fixed’ sign, Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio, their symbols pictured above in this Armenian rood screen, contains an ancient festival of the  turn of the year.  At the very end of this Moon cycle we celebrate Imbolc, the first sign of spring after the winter solstice.  We have a vague memory of this old and very important sacred moment, and call it, Groundhog’s Day!   A subterranean  animal  comes out of the winter earth, checks for signs of spring, usually ‘sees his shadow,’ and returns to sleep for six more weeks.

Imbolc candles .jpg                                            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Here’s another portrayal of the ‘fixed signs’ from a church screen.   The symbol for Aquarius is the human being.  Here he looks like a cool Aquarian guy from the 60’s with ‘shades.’  This year we enter the sign of Aquarius with a full lunar eclipse, a stormy introduction to a mysterious sign.   Aquarius promises  the evolution of humanity into something kinder and egalitarian.  Leo, the Moon’s sign values the expression of the individual and is symbolized by  Lion, King of the Beasts!

fixed sign cross copy                         photo: Bruce Lhuillier

A full Lunar Eclipse is always exciting. An eclipse when the Moon is closest to the earth is especially breathtaking, and an eclipse with crazy Uranus making a close square to Sun and Moon will catch our attention for sure.   And once more we have a full Moon which takes place at the first degree of a new sign.   The Sabian Symbol for this degree refers to ‘conflagration.’   The Fire of Leo is Solar Fire by occult tradition.  The Solar Fire integrates heart and mind.   When the Sabian Symbols were envisioned by a psychic and astrologer in the 1920’s there was no concept of harnessing solar energy for electricity.   The sign of Leo is ruled by the Sun, and challenges us to shine, but to shine from the heart, not from the ego.

full moon in leo 2019

 

The world awaits the expressions of this powerful and total lunar eclipse.   The frenzy these events cause on earth often include extraordinary weather, earthquakes, tsunamis. Because of the placement of Uranus in relationship to the Moon and Sun, it would not be surprising for anyone who listens to feel they are receiving messages from a source outside of themselves.  Mercury and Uranus are in square to one another, and higher and lower frequencies may take on a personal expression.  The message from the degree of Uranus suggests this:       ‘The message to the seeker for meaning which is implied in this symbol is TO LISTEN TO THE INNER VOICE; to listen without personalizing this Voice in a glamour-producing manner. It is the Voice of the Whole, of which one begins to realize that one is a tiny little part – yet a significant part, for every note of the universal Chord has its place and its ineradicable meaning. ‘   

From The Astrology of Personality, Dane Rudhyar’s reinterpretation of the 360 Sabian Symbols of Marc Edmund Jones and Elsie Wheeler.

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. For an appointment call 508 652 9880 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  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.

 

 

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Yesterday  I watched as Venus and the last sliver of the Moon had a conversation in the dawn sky.  Many days I get up early to go to a yoga class, and when the Moon is almost finished with her journey, she rises with me.  If Venus is in her morning phase, we all three rise together.   I took a picture from my phone to record the beauty of their dawn rendezvous, but all you can see is the intense relationship between these two gems.

Moon and Venus January 2, 2019                                               photo: Sarah Fuhro

The New Moon on Saturday will feature an eclipse of the Sun visible in Asia.   The big excitement for most of us will come at the full Moon, when there is a total lunar eclipse, the Moon huge in perigee, a ‘blood Moon!’  visible to North and South America, Europe, Middle East, most of Africa, and part of Asia.

New Moon in Capricorn

The morning I watched the little Moon and sparkling Venus I received  a clear message about the new Moon: the word was ‘sensuality’.  I could feel that sensuality in the yoga class.  I felt my body become integrated with a larger body, the human body!   All this makes sense with the huge amount of Capricorn stacked up in this chart.   Form, structure, organization, materialization, embodiment, are all characteristics of Capricorn.  The sign is usually associated with government or business, and this new Moon takes place as a new Congress is sworn in, after a complete breakdown of government function.  The ‘body politic’ needs some embodiment!

leaves in ice          photo: Robert Fuhro

Maybe the ice of the winter season after the Solstice is part of that Capricorn structure.  Water stilled in the form of ice is reflected at this new Moon moment in the position and degree of Neptune, King of the Waters, in the Water sign of Pisces.   Does Neptune work to wash away the Capricorn organization?  Or does Capricorn freeze up the watery nature of Neptune in Pisces.  This next week should be interesting!!

This much Capricorn, especially with Saturn, ruler of Capricorn in the crowd of planets can create a sense of stillness,  felt as depression.  Daylight is short.   Yet  there is also a message of quiet possibility.    This is a time  to begin to manifest whatever wishes, dreams, visions  you have held for many years or lifetimes.   Do some magic to focus on the possibility of creation!  Put a message into a bottle and send it out into Neptune’s deep waters, beyond the ice jam!

warm bottles on buffet bl                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Saturn is the planet of bones, Capricorn is in charge of the joints of our body,  structure which holds us together.  This new Moon gathering of Capricorn planets includes Sun, Moon, Mercury, Pluto and the South Node, the eclipse point in the chart, what was learned and used but is the tail end of experience, all that which is used up, ready to be left behind!

charnel heap                                               photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sometimes

Sometimes
if you move carefully
through the forest

breathing
like the ones
in the old stories

who could cross
a shimmering bed of dry leaves
without a sound, 

you come
to a place
whose only task

is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests

conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,
and

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,

questions
that can make
or unmake
a life,

questions
that have patiently
waited for you,

questions
that have no right
to go away.

– David Whyte

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