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A Bolt From the Blue

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sabian Symbol for Friday’s full Moon: ‘An Unexpected Thunderstorm’ says we have to prepare for the consequences of the damage we create in our home, our self, our body, the Earth. The only strategy is to ‘develop the inner security which will enable us to meet unexpected crises.’ I believe this ‘inner security’ is the deep knowledge that we are of Earth and not residents. The fires and floods are the consequences of our extended separation from this beautiful planet. If there is no conversation with our body, do we know we have a body?

The Sun recently entered the sign of Leo, where he shines the brightest, even after he was vanquished in his battle at the Summer Solstice with the Holly King. We can all begin to feel darkness nibbling at the edges of the day, while the heat of summer grows in the Northern Hemisphere. Leo is the sign of the Sun, the star and monarch of our visible cosmos. But, as with all full Moons, Aquarius, ‘the people’ Moon is in the opposite sign and holds a revolutionary balance to Leo’s monarchy. Leo has Sun as ruler, Aquarius is under the guidance of Saturn, who is presently visiting Aquarius, and Uranus in the Earth’s sign: Taurus. They are called, co-rulers and jockey between Saturn’s absolute and final word on everything and the quirky, experimental nature of Uranus.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This moment asks for focus. Focus on the Earth. Uranus, the sky god, is deeply immersed in the Earth sign, Taurus. No diverting his center of attention. Saturn is in the Air sign Aquarius. He might have political or scientific solutions to the painful writhing of our planet, but to focus on solutions may remove us even further from immersion with the Earth, our bodies. The thunder bolt held in this degree of the full Moon will keep all our senses fixed on the present moment. The next step is love, deep and passionate commitment to Earth. Venus and Jupiter say that in the chart. They also stand across the circle, like Sun and Moon. Jupiter is immersed in the oceanic love of Pisces, Venus is in earthy, practical, Virgo, the physician who loves her patient back to health.

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

I Like My Body e.e.cummings

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body.  i like what it does,
i like its hows.  i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones,and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the,shocking fuzz
of your electric furr,and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh….And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

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.   You can find them online at 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.
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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PHOTO: Bruce Lhuillier

With each new Moon there is the opportunity to find a new facet in ourselves and our world. We find that new angle in darkness, alone, and with no apparent help. But as the days roll on, and we begin to see the Lady’s crescent at sundown, we notice the stage where we perform our drama is populated with many other figures: human, animal, plant, and spirit. We are always surrounded by sources of light, dark and bright, and like the Lilly in the photo above, we create a light for others as well.

Here we have the chart for the new Moon moment. You’l notice that Sun and Moon and Mars and Venus form two couples in close connection. The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Sun and Moon meet is ‘a priest performing a marriage ceremony.’ The priest in this chart is the planet Uranus. Uranus is not a traditional priest. He is an interloper with a goal of interjecting a revolutionary angle to ‘marriage.’ He sanctifies not continuity, but revolution. This moment is a time to explore the combined and separate energies of Sun and Moon, Venus and Mars, male and female, not as convenient social divisions, but as dynamic forces of creativity.

PHOTO: Bruce Lhuillier

Here in stained glass is an image of this new Moon in Cancer. The Moon upholds and tenderly displays a shield with the Sun and the rays of the Sun engraved upon it. The new Moon in Cancer occurs at or soon after the Summer Solstice, when the Sun (in the Northern Hemisphere) is wounded by the Holly King, and enters the Moon’s house, Cancer. Despite the fact that this is a time of great Sunshine and heat, we know we are headed toward cold and darkness. Cancer is the sign of the Moon, and is followed by Leo, the sign of the Sun. The two play a roiling combination of direct and reflected light each lunar cycle, they are especially apparent at high summer. Then the Moon begins a new cycle in Cancer and they meet up somewhere in that crabby constellation, with claw arms which look like a waxing and waning Moons. Looking at this stained glass depiction of Moon holding Sun in her arms I wonder: does the Sun recover in the sign of Cancer from his Solstice wounds and then go on to shine forth brighter than ever in Leo, his special sign? What does this mean for the energies within each of us? The Lunar Cycle is the oldest marker of time. To begin each of her monthly journeys around the zodiac, the luminaries reunite and begin a dark and tender new cycle in recluse.

PHOTO: Bruce Lhuillier

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.   You can find them online at 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.
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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Artist: Abraham Anghik Ruben Passage of Spirits photo: Sarah Fuhro

This canoe is a beautiful representation of the expression ‘all in the same boat,’ the meaning of the Sabian Symbol for this Capricorn Moon. ‘The ability to use natural resources and basic skills in order to achieve a group-purpose.‘ This moment of full Moon, so soon after the Summer Solstice, suggests a new start for humanity, a determination to create a vessel ‘at the start of a journey by water.’ Cooperation is the theme of this full Moon with a joint effort between humans, animals and spirits. And with each full Moon, there is the opportunity to find cooperation between opposite signs, elements and impulses. Just as the Sun reaches his height in the Northern Hemisphere, he moves into the sign of the Moon, Cancer as if to create a balance in the power of the two luminaries.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Capricorn (the sign of the Moon) is the Earthy, wooden aspect of the expedition which is proposed by the Cancer Sun. Water is the means of movement for the proposed journey, wood is the material of the boat. With each full Moon we feel the excitement of that challenge which proposes we see opposites in a dance rather than a battle. It’s that palpable sense of being torn apart in order to become larger and more accepting of opposing parts of ourselves, situations and other people.

Love is associated with the element of Water. We can see that Venus (she of love), is also in Cancer in a tender Water trine with Neptune, love’s highest expression. But it’s Capricorn, who creates a vessel to carry love with earthy knowledge and determination. I can’t help but think of a Capricorn friend and sister Druid, Catriona McDonald, who recently took hold of problems I had with this program and with absolute concentration and determination (Capricorn) tried and finally succeeded in repairing my relationship (Cancer) to WordPress.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

At the new Moon two weeks ago Mars and Pluto were were in opposition and there were a many war drums pounding in our ears, which needed to be transformed into an embrace of life force energy. Now Mars is in Leo and has set an opposition to Saturn in Aquarius. If we think about these two signs, they are the King (Mars in Leo) versus the scientist….Saturn in Aquarius. Once again we can feel and hear political voices or our own mental conversation, which can be ready to take on ‘the expert,’ and still needs the deep knowledge of the ‘master.’

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Now it is Venus who is in ‘opposition’ to Pluto. Venus who will argue for love over tradition, or organization or patriarchal principles. And because she is also in the elemental connection of Water with Neptune, she can be the irresistible force which wears down the immoveable object.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Jupiter is the great turtle in this chart. When you watch the summer skies for the full Moon in Capricorn, look for Jupiter as well. He’s in a relationship with both Sun and Moon from the seas of Pisces. He may be a companion and guide in the ‘Passage of Spirits’ canoe above.

photo: Jean Svizzero
 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.
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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A Moon of Plenty

Wild geranium

photo: Sarah Fuhro 

You’ve already heard a lot about this full Moon: a total eclipse, a Super Moon (close to Earth at this moment in her cycle). I chose the picture of a Wild Geranium, because the forest and meadows are full of them at this moment. What does it feel like for a Wild Geranium as the Moon fills and spills her lunar light on dark woods? I’ll be camping under the full Moon Wednesday night, I’ve been dancing under the waxing Moon in my garden as it fills, but a Wild Geranium deep in the oak and pine woods where I found her might have a very different experience!

Rosa Medievalis BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Also I chose this flower because it is clearly related to the number 5, the degree of the Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius at the moment of fullness. Five has a connection to Jupiter, and to Venus, to a sense of joy and fulfillment. It is the Pentacle, the Rose, the Apple! Jupiter is in a sign he likes because he is the ‘ruler’ of Pisces. The Moon is in Sagittarius, the other sign Jupiter rules. Jupiter is in a tight relationship to both Sun and Moon. This moment may be as much about Jupiter and his bounty as it is about the full Moon. There is a feeling of blessing.

Every blade of grass has its Angel who bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.” ~The Talmud.

Full Moon in Sagittarius '21

Sun in Gemini is in the sign of the Zodiac associated with our hands, our five fingered hands. Our hands can speak for us and for the deaf they are the voice. And whatever our hands touch or transmute is the form our life force takes as it passes through us.

shadow hand – Version 2

photo: Sarah Fuhro   

And,  speaking of the Life Force,  there is an interesting axis of opposition in this chart, at this moment.  Mars in Cancer (the Moon’s natural sign) is  across the circle from Pluto in Capricorn. Mars and Pluto share a forceful outgoing energy.   Saturn and Uranus are in a close square.  All this suggests a shake up and lots of loose energy.  Imagine a journey you might choose to take, with all kinds of events, all beyond your control, as you make this pilgrimage.  You can’t plan ahead.  You have to deal with each challenge as it arises. 

path through the light in the woods BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

Jupiter’s influence on the moment of the full Moon is felt when the path feels like the photo above.

But the Mars Pluto opposition can feel like this:  as if a sinister force is channeling your journey in ways you don’t have any control over it. Choice feels blocked.     

gothic corridor BL photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

And another square between planets may give you the way through. Neptune in Pisces squares Venus and Mercury in Gemini. Neptune promises universal love, Venus and Mercury might be our friends to whom we turn when we need conversation, comradeship and and laughter. What a moment and what a chart! But one hand, with five fingers is enough to hold it all.

IMG_2352photo Bruce Lhuillier  

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 astrology consultation,  or to be notified of classes, email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.   You can also follow her at: https://sarahfuhro.wordpress.com

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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comorant flying

photo: Robert Fuhro   

So this is what the new Moon will bring on Tuesday: a way to wing your way over troubles…to see your crisis in a new way, to feel anxiety fall away as you trust your long forgotten wings.  Neptune is in close connection to Sun and Moon, a clue there is more than one reality.  Whatever the circumstances,  walk into this other reality, and know it is just as valid as any other.    

tulip and Queen   BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier     https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

Here is the Lady, who wears the horns of Taurus, the crescent Moons which begin and end each miraculous lunar cycle.  Taurus is the place where the Moon finds joy, her ‘exaltation.’ The sign of Taurus is ruled by Venus, and that planet will accompany the new Moon as she sets, a tiny crescent with a jeweled companion.  

 Neptune, ‘the higher octave’ of Venus won’t be visible, but makes an almost perfect trine to Sun and Moon.   With that tight  contact experience this new Moon in a transcendant state.  Open the windows of your heart to this beautiful moment.  This is a season of aroma, when flowers open and call to us to fall into a fragrant embrace.      

New Moon in Taurus 2021 adv

This is the lunar month of Hawthorn. This sacred tree reminds us that there is more than one realm. Hawthorn is associated with the kingdom of Fae, whom humans scorned and forgot, but which has always been here. There are rules to interaction between the two folk. We each carry some piece of the consciousness which is Earth. Hawthorn is one of the many plants which connect us.

Hazel Brook orchard

photo: Robert Fuhro        OK, it’s not a Hawthorn, but it beckons us in so beautifully, I had to use it!   

 

Hawthorn         Sarah Fuhro   

Dear Hawthorn,

I remember you best, as I saw you climb the hill to the sky

in your angry, thorn black stockings and gloves.

You were clad in white blossom gown,

guardian of the sweet spring,

where water swells from granite lips.

You mark the place and your white foam

marks the time of cleansing and seclusion

before the madness and power,

of the Oak Moon at Midsummer.

As the crescent Moon of Taurus slides into the West,

Hawthorn retreats to her lonely hill,

where she shines like the star of evening.

IMG_4573photo: Sarah Fuhro      Shakespeare performance at twilight in Portland Maine   

Shakespeare is a link to the connection between the two realms, human and fairy, each with their own rules and territory.   But there is also deep acquaintance with the woods and fields and orchards around us still. Mars and Chiron will be in perfect square at the new Moon. This is a healing combination.  Mercury is powerfully positioned to speak of the medicine they might offer us. Mercury is both physician, magician, salesman and speaker.   The old wisdom of Saturn is in perfect sync with the inventiveness of Uranus.  This is a potent Moon. Imagine some new path over uncharted waters, lift from your  for your weary feet, and fly.  

Sabian Symbol (verbal image for each degree of the Zodiac)  for the Sun and Moon conjunction is:  

‘White dove flying over troubled waters. The spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crisis.’    An Astrological Mandala..Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of the 360 degrees of images channeled by Elsie Wheeler and transcribed by Marc Jones.   .  

Sarah Fuhro, astrologer and teacher. for appointment and class information: sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier:   https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone 

What will the full Moon in Scorpio see?   It’s very hard to keep Scorpio in the dark.  A   full Moon in Scorpio sheds light like no other, dark light.  

At this moment of fullness there seems to be a concordance of planets in chorus with the Luminaries (Sun and Moon)

 How will a watery Mars  energize  the Sun in Taurus (Earth) and Moon in Scorpio (Water)?  

Chiron, may hold the key to the way we feel Mars energy clearing blocks.   Saturn has his own plans for future visions.  Let’s hope a world conference on climate is awake.  The Teacher is making a powerful square to Sun, and the quirky Uranus.  Saturn also squares Venus and Mars.   Is this a damper on the joy of this season or a promise to give structure to a worldwide wake up to climate change?   

Beltane comes at the end of this week and the Taurus Sun will warm our circle of celebration for the fertility of this moment of blossom and new green shoots, but Scorpio Moon also celebrates the cleansing power of death.    

Full Moon in Scorpion 2021

Tonight is the full Moon of Saile…Willow,   The Moon’s most powerful expression.   Willow grows near water and is the original source of the pain killer, aspirin. Yet Saille, Willow is sacred to the goddesses of death, Hecate,  Circe,  Caileach.   

Willow Wand

When the wind sweeps

the basket of my body,

I feel each of the ribs,

once Willow’s wands,

which bent and swayed

near water, under Moon.

I know myself water,

tears and sparkling smiles,

laughter and shadow,

the form transformed,

pushed by the torrent

or held in the trickle. 

(Sarah Fuhro)   

Polish_20210207_110901668     photo: Bruce Lhuillier:   https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone   

Somewhere there is a spring, water coming from out of the earth, where the celebration of this Moon begins. Find your source of water, to heal, to celebrate to refresh you. There is no sacred moment without the presence of water. The process of birth begins when the waters break loose and flow.

And then, even if it is midday and no full Moon is yet visible, give honor to the source of renewal, Water, the Moon, the joy of Taurus, the depth of feeling, Scorpio as they dance across the circle from one another.

spring in Hamlen Woods

photo: Sarah Fuhro

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 astrology consultation,  or to be notified of classes, email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

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‘The only cats worth anything, are the cats who take chances’  

                                                                  Thelonious Monk  

daffodils

photo: Robert Fuhro  

 For each degree of the zodiac there is a verbal image called, a Sabian Symbol.   This moment of conjunction between Sun and Moon, which begins the next lunar cycle is full of creative energy: ‘A pregnant woman in a light summer dress. Inner fullfilment.‘ 

New Moon in Aries hub

The Aries new Moon, which takes place on Sunday, shines with the energy of spring fire.  A line up of planets in the sign of Aries tells us that fire and courage, anger and ebullience are are in the air.   Taste! Take a deep breath of that energy and know it is yours.  In New England, where I live, the leaves are still tightly rolled, and the shape of the land is clearly visible beneath a green and red haze.  Each moment is another step in the spring dance.   

Fire through the roots BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier     

There are many planetary fingers pointing at this new Moon. The Sun and Moon are not alone in Aries. Chiron, Mercury and Venus are there, but so are some interesting asteroids, Ceres, the Earth goddess and Eris the mischief maker are in the Aries mix. When I think of mixtures of disparate pieces, I think of swamps, the hidden source of life. Swamp is in us. Fire is in us.

Swamp and sky    BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Mars, the planetary ruler of Aries, where the Sun and Moon are meeting, is in a helpful angle.  Since Mars is in Gemini, an Air sign, he is like a bellows blowing the flames higher.   Jupiter is in sync as well with Airy Aquarius.  He could help us make new discoveries during this Aries new Moon.   And we have Pluto adding his deep underworld intensity to what is going on.   Enjoy this energy and go further with something creative, as suggested by Monk: ‘take chances!’  like all the budding plants around you!                                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

 

With each new Moon, we glimpse something invisible yet potent, the fiery seed planted in darkness. And, like the Sabian Symbol for this moment of newness, it is about ‘inner fulfillment.’ A pregnant woman carries something within which has no visible form. Her summer dress speaks of the vulnerability of all creative moments. Aries is always out there in front. The Sun delights to occupy Aries; he is associated with warrior energy because what he represents needs protection. A pregnant woman feels her power and her fragility, as in this new Moon moment on Sunday.

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Aries: painting by Amelia Leonards

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 astrology consultation,  or to be notified of classes, email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

Amelia Leonards: https://www.amelialeonards.com

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New Moon in Pisces March 13, 2021 5:21 AM EST

Pisces is the edge of the cliff, the end of our options. Or, so it seems. Now we are ready for something entirely different,  a new country where we sink below the surface of the Sea to find dry land on which we can stand. This involves surrender, acknowledgement of defeat, before we take a new journey on another road. As the world turns toward hope for the end to a long and painful period of plague and isolation, we have a new Moon in the last sign of the Zodiac, Pisces. As is often true, this new Moon, occurs after the full Moon. There is an occult saying, ‘In the end is the beginning, and in the beginning is the end,’ a way of explaining the Moon’s strange journey. This is a form of ‘dreamtime’, which can remove us from mechanical logic, the necessity to take shelter in non linear time.
painting:Pisces Amelia Royce Leonards   https://www.amelialeonards.com  
The verbal image (Sabian Symbol) of the degree of the Sun and Moon reflects a deep seated lesson… our day to day choices have consequence. ‘ON A SMALL ISLAND SURROUNDED BY THE VAST EXPANSE OF THE SEA, PEOPLE ARE SEEN LIVING IN CLOSE INTERACTION.  The need to consciously accept one’s own personal limitations in order to concentrate one’s energies and to live a centered and fulfilled life.’  After a year of separation from our friends and family, most of us have a very deep appreciation for community.  By separation, and the need to isolate, we might have a better appreciation of how connected we all are.  

At this new Moon moment, there is a great crowd of planets in Pisces along with Sun and Moon. Venus and Neptune are in close company with Sun and Moon. Venus in Pisces is a deep, celestial love, and appreciation of beauty.  Neptune is the co ruler of Pisces and a higher octave of Venus. So there is potential for a universal love energy at this time. How will we feel and express this wave of divine love?

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The pattern of this moment can be seen in the embrace of the Lunar Nodes.  Maybe these are the arms of protection necessary to create new forms of love, to accept the new forms of resourcefulness we have developed.   The Nodes of the Moon mark the location for the eclipse of the Sun and Moon.   North Node is in Gemini, with Mercury in Gemini and South Node is in Sagittarius, with his ruler in Jupiter, also in Aquarius.   This chart demands new ways of looking at the world and the problems we face.   

Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac. It is an arena of compassion and deep feeling in each person, the source of poetry, whether we translate those feelings into words or leave them in their watery form. The constellation of Pisces is seen as two fish swimming in opposite directions. Is this the source of compassion, when we can feel something that is not our experience at the moment, but can be felt as if it were. The two fish in the Pisces symbol are linked as each go their own way, always tethered to one another.

We can go our own way, but we are never alone. Pisces creates a sensitivity to the movements of everything else. This is the sign of the artist, and medium, the dreamer and the fisherman. The fisher feels the fish on the line before it is visible above the water, and recognizes the life energy of the ‘catch.’ I went fishing for bass on a late summer afternoon. Suddenly, as happens often in August, a dark sky ate up the bright blue of the afternoon. I felt the strong twitch of a large fish on the line. I pulled it up just as a stroke of lightning came down into the water, exactly in line with the bass on the fishing line. In that moment I was the fish, the lightning bolt and the fisher. I have never fished since.

Sarah Fuhro    sarahfuhro@gmail.com    

 

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photo: Robert Fuhro rlfuhro@yahoo.com 

Each sign in the Zodiac is assigned one of the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire, or Water. The element  gives us a clue to the basic nature of  the constellation and the way it operates.   Pisces is wet and mysterious, slippery and wet, impossible to pin down.  The Virgo Moon is earthy and dry, ready for service, yet secretive and shy.  Like all full Moons, Sun and Moon face off, and we feel it inside as we ricochet between these elements: Water and Earth, the rising of the Moon, the setting of the Sun.  Sun and Moon are luminaries. We see by their very different lights, our sky parents.  Pisces dissolves, Virgo picks up the pieces.   Earth and Water are the feminine elements, the basic necessity for plant growth.   But they are also contradictory in their nature and the nurture they provide the land long frozen in the Northern Hemisphere and hotly baked in the South.   

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone

The combination of Pisces and Virgo are two aspects of health and healing.  Virgo, the doctor has much to do with prevention of illness, nutrition and a healthy life style are part of this sign’s energy and gift.   The Earth element of Virgo Moon reaches out for plants and simple ingredients in food and a deep understanding of the healing power of the natural world.   Pisces is  the compassion we need from others and from ourselves to heal.  We are in the season of Pisces, preparing for a new zodiacal year which begins when the Sun enters Aries at the Spring equinox in March.  

fern and swamp

            Photo: Bruce Lhuillier  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone  

The time has come to walk to the window

as the house darkens, as the trail fades to forest.

A mystery can be felt bulging from the rooftops.

A candle is lit to say: I know you are there.

Saturn gives his energy to the Moon,

and Chiron adds his to the appearance

of the mysterious stranger, ancient

battered and triumphant, she rises.

Full Moon in Virgo 2021

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 email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

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Winged Amelia in cornfield

photo: Julie Church   

Morning dew is mysterious and fleeting.   The Sun takes those droplets back into his breast, but the memory of a new beginning gives us hope. According to the Sabian Symbol for the degree of this full Moon: ‘EARLY MORNING DEW SPARKLES AS SUNLIGHT FLOODS THE FIELD.  KEYNOTE: The exalted feeling that rises within the soul of the individual who has successfully passed through the long night which has tested his strength and his faith. …dew is blessed with the light of significance by the rising sun of the new day. Even tears can be transformed into jewels in the light of victory over night and sorrow.’     The U.S.  presidential unauguration, which ushered in the waxing half Moon of this lunar cycle gave us the fresh start we yearn for, and now, in the season of Imbolc,  Groundhog’s Day, Candlemass gives us the hope to celebrate the early morning of a new season!    

Four candles for Bride

photo: Sarah Fuhro 

Full Moon tomorrow issues in the season of Imbolc, when the snow is touched by the goddess Bride and becomes the promise of spring,  Snow Drops and Skunk Cabbage  Here in New England we’ve had our first real snow to test Brighid’s candles.  And one of the beautiful aspects of living in the frozen North is the hope that is held in this ancient holiday, the first sign of spring.  

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

The Earth knows Bridget is here, even though she must be seen through a heart shaped keyhole of icy branches on a cold day!  In the tree limbs and roots is the hidden warmth of the fiery Leo full Moon.  But this image might also refer to how much we can see of any moment in time.  The picture of the future is always partial and open to misinterpretation.     

heart shaped view of spring BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier 

The Aquarian Sun who shines upon the full face of the Leo Moon is squeezed between Jupiter and Saturn.   Much like the season, this suggests hot and cold, expansion, contraction, hope and the hard work of attaining something solid we might dream of attaining as the Earth opens to warmth and growth.   Saturn is the original ruler of Aquarius, but not to be left out the newly assigned planet co-ruler, Uranus in the company of Mars and Black Moon Lilith,  makes a neat square to the Sun and Moon.   Don’t expect this full Moon  moment to be simple.  On the Winter Solstice, Jupiter and Saturn conjoined in a great conjunction to begin a series of cycles which we all have a hand in creating.   While it feels hopeful to experience the new cycle in the realm of Airy Aquarius, much of the years suffering and suppression under Corvid 19, remains to be dealt with.   

Full Moon in Leo 2021

What might a square to the Sun and Moon from Uranus and Mars and Black Moon Lilith symbolize?   Is there an unexpected danger from unexplored anger lurking in the wings?  Sun and Moon are called the ‘luminaries,’ the lights.  We feel their very different forms of light first in an astrology chart. But we know there are other actors in the dark.  Perhaps this is why we call upon the lights of the local gods to protect us from what is difficult to see.  A square in astrology is between planets who cannot see each other well, yet are connected by degree and so tend to overlook or fear, what is not easy to visualize.   

Face with Lantern BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier  

The woundedness of women, and the feminine is  symbolized by Black Moon Lilith and Eris,  new additions to the astrology chart.  Imbolc is a festival particular to women and the goddess, Bride.  It is sacred to child birth and to milk of new born lambs.  Chiron is another who reminds we are all wounded in some form or another.  The world of trauma is studied in depth and is reflected back in the astrology chart.  As much as our trauma has wounded, it has also given us a view of how we might heal ourself and others, and how strong we are.    Chiron who is located in warrior energy Airies in this chart makes a close connection to Sun and Moon.  Crying doesn’t work well with Chiron in Aries.  Those born with this particular configuration were not heard when they complained, and so they learned to move on quickly. Now that Chiron is back in Aries,  we are given the opportunity to focus on the healing promise of Bride in this moment of bright winter light.    

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Brighid    

painting: Amelia Leonards   https://www.amelialeonards.com 

‘I bath thy palms in showers of wine, In the lustral fire, In the seven elements, In the juice of the rasps, In the milk of honey, And I place the nine pure choice graces In thy fair fond face.   

Dark is yonder town, Dark are those therein, Thou art the brown swan, Going in among them.  Their hearts are under they control, Their tongues are beneath thy sole, Nor will they every utter a word To give thee offense. 

Thine is the skill of the Fairy Woman, Thine is the virtue of Bride the calm, Thine is the faith of Mary the mild, Thine is the tact of the woman of Greece, Thine is the beauty of Emir the lovely, Thine is the courage of Maebh the strong.’ 

from Carmina Gadelica  Collected by Alexander Carmichael    

Sabian Smbols 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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