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According to the Celtic Lunar Calendar, this is the Full Moon of Ivy..Gort!  Ivy winds around trees and posts and walls in a double helix pattern, which says: creation does not follow a straight line.  

IMG_5700photo: Robert Fuhro   Bowl and Doily Spider Web

To Celebrate Hallowe’en, we will have the full Moon in Taurus, security, the gifts of the Earth, ruled by the lovely lady, Venus, with deep desire to hold and enjoy life. But the Sun is in Scorpio and says: Transformation! It’s time to jettison what is no longer vital, and death is a balance to the life force of Taurus. The planet Mars is in charge of Scorpio, Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, as well.  They love excitement, action, the darkest of bright truth and change. 

Full Moon in branches             photo: Robert Fuhro     Full Moon in branches 

With each full Moon, we begin to leave behind what we don’t need any more.  This full Moon takes place on Halloween, when we take leave of the usual rules of living and contemplate the rules of death. We embrace what frightens us and acknowledge our past and future in order to live more fully in the present. 

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier Salem Cemetery

One day my grandson asked me if there are more dead people or alive people in the world. We were driving past a large cemetery, and I felt his deep understanding and connection to the dead. This is the season we set aside our natural embrace of life and value death as a way to clear away and store what is no longer vital. This Moon with its promise of life (Taurus) in the season of death (Scorpio Sun) is perfectly situated on a holiday to honor Death and the Ancestors. Scorpio’s Palace is a crowded place.

IMG_3030Photo: Bruce Lhuillier       

But this won’t be just another Halloween, or even just another full Moon in Scorpio.   Death is stalking us with a pandemic, which won’t go away.  Halloween, Samhain begins a traditional round of holidays which lead up to the return of the Sun at the Winter Solstice.   But we must now weigh the pleasure of family and friends gathered around the table with the threat of illness.  Add to this, for the United States, a contentious election which seems to ask: ‘which way are you going?’ over and over and over…

Full Moon in Scorpio trad

But this chart has some extra information about the moment.  The Taurus Moon is in the company of the planet Uranus.  He is the ‘Booo’ of this Halloween, the surprise we cannot prepare for, the shock, which will offer a chance to delve into our store of creative resilience.  A shock in the Earth sign of Taurus might mean an upheaval like an earthquake or a shock to our sense of security.    

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier  

But this moment holds so much more!  Venus, the planet of Taurus is in Libra, where she is also queen, but with a very different kingdom! Her Sabian Symbol might be the clue to this chart:   ‘A man revealing to his students the foundation of an inner knowledge upon which a ‘new world’ could be built.’*  This potent Venus has an opposition with Chiron, the healer. Together they challenge our view of healing, of what is possible.   But surely it must begin with love, for Venus is all over this chart.  With the help of a candle, we light the way of connection between love and healing.   

Candle in bowl
photo: Sarah Fuhro  

Taurus is the Sign of the Moon and here is the illustration from Amelia Leonards which will become a set of astrological Oracle cards.

Taurus painting: Amelia Leonards

When the Moon is in Taurus, she is in her exaltation.  This is a mirror to the last sign, Aries, when the Sun was in his exaltation in Aries.  The Bull is chosen as a sacred symbol of the Moon because his horns are the crescents which mark waxing and waning.  Moon is joyful in a sign ruled by Venus, and loves the mystery of fertility which this symbol honors.  For the Druids Taurus was a sacred time, and the bull was a sacred animal. It’s interesting that Saturn, the great teacher is powerful when located in the two signs, ruled by Venus, Taurus and Libra.  There is some sweet connection between this feared and ancient magician, and the power of the Queen of Love.  The illustration is also connected to the Three of Cups Tarot card. Celebration and gratitude are part of the season. The constellation is connected to the labyrinth of Crete and the sacrifice of a white bull each spring in the Celtic lands. Taurus is one of three Earth signs in the zodiac, and Beltane, the Fire Festival of this element falls on the fifth day of May.   Taurus is ‘fixed’ upon the unfolding of each blossom and the opening of the season of Green.

*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.
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 feel that you can ask for astrological guidance at whatever price is right for you now.
   

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As the Dark of the Moon arrives each lunar month, people and animals seek out dark and still places. There is a sense of isolation, the need to find a quiet and secluded sanctuary. Something new is coming, but is not accessible yet. This is a very powerful new Moon, with huge potential for change in the way you and I respond to challenge. The pandemic and the pandemonium continue, and a tremendous divide shakes not just my country but many.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

There is a cave shaped design to the astrology chart for the New Moon on Friday. Sun and Moon, cosy as always at the start a new Lunar cycle are in Libra, ruled by Venus the goddess of love. The heart of Sun and Moon beat together in the same degree, yet are directly across the circle from Mars in Aries, the warrior activator. Sun and Moon in Libra, the sign of the Scales provide a gentle balance to the anger and chaos which we may all feel stirring in our perception of the world, and reflected in our bodies and minds. Aries can be Life Force or vengeful destroyer.

photo: Bruce Lhuilier

A third side of the triangle in the chart connects the Libra Sun and Moon to three planets who have been symbolic of the current predicament of a world pandemic and instability in the social contract. They are also the potential architects of a new form of social contract between humans and between humans and the rest of the environment. Saturn, Pluto and jupiter have been conjunct in Capricorn since January. Capricorn is about organization and responsibility. When responsibility is missing from organization, it begins to collapse.

The theme of the ‘Cave of the Heart’ gives us a chance to look closely at our ways of relating to each other. By withdrawing into our own seclusion we can imagine a better way to interact.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Our ancestors did not live in caves, but they used them for ritual and incubation. A cave may be where we need to go to relate with the equality Libra years for.

photo: Robert Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon is ‘A Butterfly with a third wing on its left side. The ability to develop, new modes of response to basic life situations. ‘ And here is where the ‘cave of the heart’ might be a symbol we can use over the next few days as we pass into a new Moon cycle. To survive in peace with each other and the environment, we may need to go into the cave, or, like the butterfly, acknowledge that the time spent in the chrysalis is growing time.

Libra

painting: Amelia Leonards

Libra has an interesting relationship with both Venus and Saturn. Venus is considered the ruler of Venus, but she is a subdued autumnal Venus, more involved in the beauty of refinement and tenderness than the wild springtime Venus of Taurus. She is an older and wiser Venus with a deep commitment to social arts, partnerships–relationships built on equality. Libra is considered the sign of Karma, or the notion that ‘as you sow, so shall you reap.’ Justice is a theme for Libra illustrated in the Tarot deck as her card. Libra wants to be known as fair and impartial. A lot of Libra in a chart can mean it takes a long time to make decisions. All sides must be considered and balanced. Fairness is essential. The Air element of the sign means there is further reason to be indecisive, but because Libra is Cardinal, there is a little more form to the decision process. The desire for balance can bring about new forms of relationship. Libra is the master/mistree of relationship, and does not want to let go of an old friend in exchange for a new one. Libra Venus takes form in tasteful decoration, a sense of good design, and the ability to make simple forms into elegant artworks.

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.

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