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How wonderful! The Sabian Symbol for Monday’s full Moon in Gemini is ‘A quiver full of Arrows’ And the Sun, in opposition to that Gemini Moon is in Sagittarius, an archer who aims high… The Moon has been growing and glowing. Lots of fog and swirling clouds make her look like a swift moving centaur galloping across across the night sky. The Moon is quite close to the North Node. This will be a Lunar eclipse, but a slight one. Here in New England we might be able to seen that eclipse at 4:30 AM, just before she sets and the Sun rises. The Luminaries take turns lighting our way at a full Moon. The excitement is already palpable!

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Chiron, the great healer makes a fiery trine to the Sun, and a warm and friendly sextile to the Moon. It would be wonderful if Chiron’s aspects means healing is on the way. Chiron, present in everyone’s chart, means we must all find our method of healing, for ourselves and healing for those around us. Chiron is a centaur with a quiver full of arrows, and Sagittarius is another, half man, half beast with a bow and arrow! What is the target of this moment, as the bow is drawn back and the arrow is precisely aimed?

John Singer Sargent mural: Chiron and a Youth from the The Boston Public Library
photo: Bruce Lhuillier

We are in a period of endings, and beginnings. This long strange year is ending, and a twenty year cycle, which began in 2000 will end on the Winter Solstice. All full Moons are a completion which begins a give away time. The Moon has been gathering light and fullness, and, at the full Moon, she will give it all away until she is a tiny cusp seen at dawn before she becomes completely invisible in the arms of the Sun.

This is the chart of the last full Moon before a cosmic marker which takes place on the Winter Solstice, December 21. Jupiter and Saturn represent a matched set of oppositions. Jupiter is expansive, Saturn concentrates. Together, like the opposing signs of each full Moon to the Sun, they present a wholeness of some aspect of energy and creativity. December 21, as we celebrate the return of the Sun to the Northern Hemisphere, Jupiter and Saturn come together in the first degree of a new sign, Aquarius, after a year long journey spent in Capricorn with Pluto and Pallas Athena. Jupiter and Saturn meet every twenty years and we often date historical periods from these conjunctions. Last time they met was May of 2000. Since then the world has deeply embedded the computer in every aspect of our lives. The conjunction this December will also mark the first time Jupiter and Saturn have met in an Air sign (Aquarius) for hundreds of years. This will shift the world wide culture in some deep way. The meeting of Jupiter and Saturn has taken place in an Earth sign every twenty years since 1802, when the industrial age began. They will continue to meet in Air signs until 2159.

photo: Robert Fuhro

Before you begin something new you look back on what you are leaving behind. There may be much about this year of 2020 which we will need to look at again. . Perhaps the ‘quiver full of arrows’ which marks this full Moon is the precision and focus we need to create a future which includes all of us, in a joyful reunion with the Earth.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Gemini is the constellation of communication, curiosity and conversation. It’s an Air sign, Mutable, ruled by Mercury, in charge of the lungs. It is the chatter in our head, and the constant possibility for words to give us pleasure, poetry, song, jokes. Gemini is an expert at ‘fixing’ difficult emotions with intellectual constructs. But there is another side to Gemini as well: Magic and transformation. Gemini’s ruler, Mercury is a magician, a healer, a shape-shifter, much like a butterfly, who moves from, egg, to caterpillar to fully formed flying creature who can sail across thousands of miles of ocean to reach a destination totally unlike the one she was born into. Gemini is a ‘double’ sign. It’s about twins, so it can always, with Mercurial speed see both sides of an issue and spend a lot of time with decisions. Choice is a tough place for Gemini. Why not include both sides of the argument?

photo: Robert Fuhro

Thanksgiving Day I walked into the wet and twilight woods with friends. The light was filtered by leaves left on the trees. The sky was reflected in the puddles left by a day of rain.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The interaction between water and light was everywhere in a mysterious mixture of clarity and fog. This is is a wet and borderless place where a wild wood behind an industrial park. .

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Everything in that environment seemed to be speaking, which left us in awe and almost whispering in order to hear the messages. As I wandered in the darkening woods with my friends, I felt the speech which is all around us in the natural world.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

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.   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, 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 emotional 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, like the ‘quiver full of arrows’ 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.

There’s always more to be said about Gemini! Here is the image for that sign created by Amelia Leonards. This will be part of an astrological oracle deck when it is finished.

painting: Amelia Leonards
*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   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.

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woman with blindfold

photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

Oh, Moon and Sun, together at last in Scorpio, you have chosen courage as your theme, the courage to face the unknown.

At this moment, the Luminaries are connected to Eris (dwarf planet), she who stirs the pot. And we need ERIS because it is her degree in Aries which promises ‘openness to the influx of spiritual energies.’ The degree of Eris in Aries is the same as the Sun and Moon in Scorpio, two signs where Mars rules..

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

Eris is waiting to enter the window of our consciousness. ‘ The wind (pneuma, spirit) blows through the open mind and brings into the house of personality a promise of more-than-material potency.’  BLOWN INWARD BY THE WIND, THE CURTAINS OF AN OPEN WINDOW TAKE THE SHAPE OF A CORNUCOPIA.’*

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

It takes courage to accept a journey towards a new definition of prosperity. In my own life and, as an astrologer, I hear and feel this many times as we all struggle with questions of what road to take which will support us, and yet feed our creative appetite.  Each month the New Moon gives us all a fresh start to look at what is really our desire in this lifetime.  

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

And what happens when you choose the path which leads to the clarity of transformation, the illuminated journey, and then you return home to the everyday reality of life?   It’s not easy to bring what you found in the sacred pool into the moment by moment challenges and responsibilities of life.  

New Moon in Scorpio 2020

The intensity of this new Moon is furthered by the connection Sun and Moon make to Pluto, Jupiter, Pallas Athena and Saturn in Capricorn.  These four have been together in various configurations since January when we first had news of an approaching pandemic.   They have arranged themselves in various configurations, moved in and out of retrograde and direct motion, but they are not finished with their pressure on us.   Capricorn is a place of construction, deconstruction and organization.  Since we were having trouble with new patterns of being, the pandemic came along and created a predicament for all the world. Together we turn our heads toward a shared new reality.  

CANYON RINGS

photo: Sarah Fuhro  

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.  This time it is Scorpio!  

painting: Amelia Leonards

Walking under a cold November sky this afternoon was the perfect way to contemplate Scorpio. A fierce truth is in the nature of this sign, which is about endings, death, and the dark compost of next year. Scorpio, which keeps much under wraps. does not expect to be understood or even liked, it is the power we forget is there, until confronted by cold reality. There! I have used ‘cold’ twice, but there is fire in this water sign. Mars ruled Scorpio until Pluto, a more deadly god was added to the pantheon of planetary rulers. Yet there is much to be admired in Scorpio and much to be desired. Scorpio knows what is behind the curtain. There is very little which will escape notice or be forgotten by Scorpio’s truthful gaze. Scorpio does not vaunt her power, she keeps score, and works quietly behind the scene, just as November prepares us for spring, with a rich layer of leaves and long dark nights.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   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.

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