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photo: Sarah Fuhro

As Sun and Moon enter Gemini together and begin a new lunar cycle, we may feel a tangible shift from the winter’s weight of all those planets in Earthy Capricorn.  Pluto and Jupiter remain in Capricorn to help us create new organizations, but Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Vesta and the North Node are now positioned in Gemini, which is fresh and bright like the spring air. Breath deeply of that spring air,  because we still need to support our lungs (Gemini) which have been  under attack from Covid 19.

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photo: Sarah Fuhro

Capricorn, has sent us Earth antidotes to the disease which has rocked our world.  My yard is full of Mullein, an herb with medicinal properties to support the lungs. Plants speak to us through their presence in our environment, and the astrological signatures they carry.    The soft furry leaves of Mullein are like the interior of a healthy lung, with lots of surface openings.

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But of course the moment is not just a breath of fresh air.   Saturn with his insistence on structure and timing is in close connection to the Sun and Moon.   I wonder: is Saturn linked to the mental powers of Gemini to help us  transform after the siege from the Corona Virus?  This was a world wide plague.  No humans were left untouched, and now there is the question of where do we go from here.   Gemini is vision, and Saturn, now in his sign of Aquarius is the new form it will take.  Very close to Saturn is the asteroid Pallas Athena, she who supports and protects the immune system, and we might hope to have some medical breakthroughs during this period.

chapel with font and buttercups

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The plague has not retreated and will continue to be felt with Neptune at the center of this bowl shaped astrology chart.  There is the spirit aspect of this time.  We are traveling a barely lit path, and need to turn inward for the guidance as to where to take our next step.

sunny staircase Jeanphoto: Jean Svizzero

The Sabian Symbol of the degree for this Sun and Moon at this moment says it very clearly….’Les Garden des Tuileries, The formalization of collective ideals through the application of reason and order to newly discovered aspects of nature.’   What can we make of this moment in time?  The potential for chaos is also clearly delineated in this chart.   What do we want our new world to look like?

circular fern photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Gemini

And now for the illustration of the sign of Gemini illustrated by Amelia Leonards.  This will be part of the Astrology Oracle Deck we have been creating together since January!

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painting: Amelia Royce Leonards

Gemini is Airy and Mutable, changeable and yet always a good friend.  Ruled by Mercury nothing stays the same for long  in Gemini’s realm.  And, yet, the symbol of Gemini, the delicate butterfly migrates for thousands of miles over land and sea to arrive at a destination of ancestral community. Gemini is sociable and interested in many flowers, much like the butterfly.  Our thoughts are received and then expressed through Gemini’s ruler, Mercury.  Gemini urges us to explore through words, thoughts, messages, and communication, and most of all: curiosity.   The Air element is felt in the wind, but the wind itself is invisible, only the effects can be seen and experienced.    Castor and Pollux, the constellation of Gemini, the twins are the special protectors of sailors. And this may be the best way to understand  the role of Gemini in our chart.  Gemini does not drown in the mutability of the deep sea.  Air is associated with our mental, windy, ever changing thoughts, but Air, like the suit of Swords in the Tarot deck seeks clarity, sharpness, the final word. Thoughts create action, dreams, visions, speech, poetry.  But try to meditate, and you quickly learn about the Gemini twins and Mercury.  They will not stay still, and they do not want to be classified and filed away. Our thoughts can be ruthless in their fixity or flighty as memories we cannot recall. This constellation represents the twins Castor and Pollux.  The twins had two fathers, but were hatched from a single egg.  Castor, the son of King Tyndareus was mortal, Pollux  the son of Zeus was a demi god.  This represents our own dual nature.  We are mortal, but are filled with immortal spirit.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.
 Sarah Fuhro      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.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Amelia Leonards works with watercolor and graphite to create fantastical imagery.  She draws upon world folklore, mythology and her imagination  to create pieces imbued with sensitive and emotive storytelling. Throughout her work you will find an emphasis on feminine and natural elements, along with a hefty dose of humor and antlers. https://www.amelialeonards.com  and https://www.etsy.com/shop/amelialeonards.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.
Jean Svizzero is massage therapist with a specialty in Myofascial Release, and an excellent photographer.

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beech trees at mainstone

photo: Robert Fuhro

‘A PATH THROUGH WOODS BRILLIANT WITH MULTICOLORED SPLENDOR’   is the Sabian Symbol* for the degree of the full Moon in Scorpio, which has been rising each night with the growing excitement of a large and energetic ‘Super’ Moon.  The   elation and promise of each full Moon is balance, or opposition, or synthesis, depending on how we receive the energy of contrast.  It’s having everything, amalgam, or feeling conflicted and torn limb from limb.  Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Taurus Sun  shines on new leaves and blossoms.  In the blossoming beauty of Taurus, the seeds of the next year are forming which will be ready for harvest in the time of Scorpio.  With the full Moon we dance in both seasons.  Taurus carries the beauty and sexual excitement of Venus, and Scorpio has the intensity of the dark mysteries of Pluto and the powerful male energy of Mars.

apple blossoms at Heard Farmphoto: Sarah Fuhro

This is a Moon of transfiguration and of seeds. Now we see buds, but they will swell, blossom, unfurl into leaves, swell as fruit and then drop as seeds.  We are living in a whirl of hope and despair as our world dances to the music of the pandemic which sweeps across our earth.  The relationship of the planets to the Sun and Moon are constructing the new forms of organization as the solid Earth power of Capricorn transmutes into the visionary nature of Aquarius, an Air sign.   I think humanity’s efforts to stop the plague of Covid 19 will will take new form and direction over the next few weeks, as the inventiveness of Aquarius takes hold.  Something new and unknown wants to be born in this moment of  peak energy.

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In this mysterious etching we see someone who has passed head and hand through the borders of one orderly cosmos into another.  The plague has imposed an alternative existence on the human species, just as we have imposed our reality on many others. We have entered a state of universal transformation.  Each person experiences this in a particular way, but we are united by our experience of metamorphosis.

full Moon in Scorpio 2020

Since January, and the first appearance of the virus, which rocks our lives, there has been a crowd of planets gathered  in Capricorn.   Capricorn is organizational, structured, conservative and structured.  Now the crowd migrates into Aquarius, a very different sign.  Capricorn and Aquarius are traditionally ruled by Saturn, but two very different versions of Saturn.    Saturn is the guiding principle of life on earth, the karmic scales.   As the ruler of Capricorn, Saturn teaches the principles of architecture:  organization, financial and government structures.   In Aquarius, Saturn teaches vision, technology, and structures, we cannot yet fully grasp.

This morning a friend told me about a dream he had of a three eyed Raven.  Since he is a Celtic language scholar, and the Raven is a bird of magic and speech, this might be a symbol of thought and alternative communication,  more accessible to him during this period.  The symbol of Aquarius is The Star card  in the Tarot deck.  Aquarius has a message about soul purpose, and is an illustration of our spirit before birth making a promise.  In a matter of a few months, all of humanity has been faced with a vision we did not see coming.  Our Third Eye, mental communication,  like the Raven is now open.    

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There are eight, eight-pointed stars in the picture.   This is not a sky we see from the planet earth.  What takes place here is a combination of the material and spiritual  shape which the soul will take in the form of a human being.   The number 8 is the symbol for eternity.  We bring our eternal and our ever-changing nature into our incarnation.

tree star                                              photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Star is a symbol of hope.  Have you noticed the brightness of Venus the past few weeks?   She is in Gemini,  where the North Lunar Node recently entered after a year of tussle  between Capricorn…Business, the Bottom Line, and Cancer, the home, the people, the loving care of the Mother.   We are all at home now…and ready to learn new forms of communication, whether on line (Aquarius) or just shouting over the fence to our neighbors (Gemini).

I think we have to be very aware of a perfect square between Eris, lady of conflict and chaos and Pluto, lord of death, rebirth, and the underworld.  We might also look to Neptune (misty confusion, mysticism, illness) in Pisces her sign of rulership. She is in an exact aspect to Mercury in Gemini, his sign of rulership.  This makes the healer and communicator, Mercury and the  mysterious Plague (Neptune) equally powerful.  It doesn’t look as if quarantine (Jupiter and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn) will clear quickly.   But the Earth continues to offer us love and beauty.  A thousand Taurus Suns blossom in the meadows, as the humble Dandelion opens to cleanse us of fear and sorrow.

dandelion in tree crotch                     photo: Catriona McDonald 

There is one planet who will not move into Aquarius this year. Pluto  stays in Capricorn until 2024.    He is partnered with Mars as ruler of the Moon’s sign, Scorpio.

Amelia Leonards and I have been at work on a series we hope will become astrology oracle and teaching cards.   Each new Moon she designs an illustration for the sign of the Sun and Moon.  At the full Moon she illustrates the ruler of the Moon’s sign.  This full Moon is dedicated to Pluto.

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 Illustration of Pluto, Lord of the Underworld- Amelia Leonards.

Pluto rules an underground kingdom where the dead gather and meander. As an outer planet with a large orbit, he moves through each sign for twelve  to thirty one years, and so becomes the marker for a generation of people born while he is in that sign.    His placement and aspects to other planets in the natal chart mark deep and recurring issues which must be faced.   Like Death, he is transformational, intense, the crisis which cannot be ignored.  Pluto can best be understood and felt through the story of Persephone and Hades.  Earth Mother, Demeter’s daughter, Persephone is taken into the underworld kingdom of Hades.   Her mother is distraught and does not know where she is.  The Earth begins to die in Demeter’s grief and the other gods agree to intervene.   Persephone  is returned to her mother, but because she ate pomegranate seeds in Hades, she must return each year at the fall equinox.   She is the queen of the Underworld, but a queen in exile.  Through facing dark Plutonic issues,  losing our ‘maiden’ innocence, we come into our powers, take a hand in our fate, and are reborn to many new aspects of our life.   The poppys in the illustration symbolize the old notion of death as a sleep from which we awaken to new life.

 

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.
 Sarah Fuhro      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.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Amelia Leonards works with watercolor and graphite to create fantastical imagery.  She draws upon world folklore, mythology and her imagination  to create pieces imbued with sensitive and emotive storytelling. Throughout her work you will find an emphasis on feminine and natural elements, along with a hefty dose of humor and antlers. https://www.amelialeonards.com  and https://www.etsy.com/shop/amelialeonards.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.
Catriona McDonald is writer and artist with a powerful background in archaeology and Druidry. https://druidryblog.wordpress.com
During this time of great uncertainty and revealed world patterns, astrology is a powerful tool for guidance, healing and courage.  As a professional astrologer, I want to offer my services to any one who feels they would be helpful.  Please know that you can ask for astrological guidance at whatever price is right for you now

 

 

 

 

 

 

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