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

                                                                  Thelonious Monk  

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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.‘ 

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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.

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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

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

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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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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.   

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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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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.  

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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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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.

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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.   

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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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All Summer, Jupiter and Saturn have been very bright in the Eastern sky. Both are teachers, but with very different styles. On December 21, they will meet at the moment of the Winter Solstice. Jupiter and Saturn come together every twenty years, and when they do, they are seen as the beginning of a new twenty year cycle.

The Wheel of Fortune/Jupiter The World/ Saturn

The last meeting of Jupiter and Saturn was May, 2000. Soon after, the attack on the World Trade Center shifted American attention and led to ten years of United State combat in the Middle East. On a personal note, it marked the month and year I began my study of Flower Essence Therapy at a professional level and could then incorporate a healing modality with the pattern of plants into my astrology practice. The conjunction took place in Taurus, a sign of powerful Earth energy.

The conjunction this December will be the closest since 1623. This is a date which marks the beginning of European settlement of North America. We are now at a point of environmental crisis, which is worldwide, but has many roots in this date. The values and relationship of indigenous human beings to the Earth was lost during this colonial period. I don’t mean that this all started in 1623, but it was certainly a turning point on this continent.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

I mention the long anticipated Jupiter-Saturn meeting because this full Blue Moon is preparing us for the change ahead. The Aries Moon, who rises as the Libra Sun sets carries an interesting message in the Sabian Symbol for the moment of fullness: ‘A TEACHER GIVES NEW SYMBOLIC FORMS TO TRADITIONAL IMAGES. Revision of attitude at the beginning of a new cycle of experience. Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

Part of the ‘revision of attitude’ is carried by the presence of Chiron close to the Moon. Chiron represents the power of healing. In this case the healing may have to do with waiting. There is a great deal of Aries (Fiery) energy at this time. Aries is the warrior, ready to do battle, but a masterful Aries is willing to wait until the perfect moment to strike. This full Moon has the potential to turn anger into well focused life force. The Libra energy of the Sun, and Chiron’s healing power may be able to channel the Aries impulsive fire of the Moon and Mars to relief and stability.

photo: Sarah Fuhro

The fiery Aries energy of Moon, Mars, Chiron is linked to the earthy manifesting Capricorn energy of Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter and Pallas Athena. I wonder if Uranus in Taurus, close to the fiery Aries planets is expressed in the fires of the West Coast. They are the unheard voice of the Earth out of balance, suffering from drought and exploitation, but still capable of fighting back, even while ignored. For the warrior in each of us, may this full Moon bring patience and focus. Since there are two full Moons in the month of October, we have twice the fun….thank you, Blue Moon!

A closer look at Aries. This is the continuation of the series of illustrations by Amelia Leonards for an Astrology Oracle Deck we hope to finish next year.

painting: Amelia Leonards

Aries is the energy of the Spring Fire we can feel in our feet in March and April if we live in the Northern Hemisphere.  When it shows up in Autumn at the time the Harvest Moon…the biggest, most energized Moon of the year, we cannot ignore it.  This Moon is large and intrusive, yet because of the Libra energy pouring in from the Sun’s position, this is not about impulse, but more about gathering and refinement.   Mars rules Aries, and Mars is presently in the sign of Aries, moving in reverse, retrograde.  A time to rethink and reimagine.  

Aries is Cardinal and Fiery in every possible way.   The Spring equinox takes place at 0º Aries and marks the beginning of the astrological year.  The head is where Aries is especially powerful, that includes teeth and eyes.   People with a lot of Aries energy tend to go ‘head first’ into whatever they do. Aries is the ram, the male sheep who uses his head to battle his way to leadership of the flock.  

The Life Force of Aries is developed and refined by his opposite, Libra, ruled by Venus at the time of the full Moon in Aries.    With each choice we make in life we channel our life force towards construction and destruction.  Embrace the Aries in your chart, notice if there are planets in that sign, and which house carries that energy of Fire and of new beginnings.    

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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photo: Sarah Fuhro

Today is a new Moon in Virgo, which appears after the full Moon in Virgo on September 2nd. That’s confusing, but not uncommon. The sequence feels out of order.  It’s natural to think of the new Moon as the seed or the egg form of the full Moon.   But that is just to let us know that sequence and time are at the will and the whim of the Moon and her relationship to the Sun.  The Sun sets the entry into each sign on or about a certain date on our solar calendar. But the Moon begins her own cycle with her arrival at the Sun’s degree.  She is the calendar in the sky which predates solar reckoning and is still retained as the marker of time by Jews, Muslims and all who feel the pulse of her journey.  

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The light has shifted since we moved into Virgo. Long shadows walk in earlier each day, and fall upon the quiet fields in strange patterns. The Sabian Symbol for this this new Moon, A BOY WITH A CENSER SERVES THE PRIEST NEAR THE ALTAR, suggests that we are in the presence of a great mystery. Twice a year dark and light come into balance over all the Earth, and celebration is natural to any who feel the living pulse of the planet, our body. Earth energy is abundant at this moment so it’s easier to create a tangible expression of how you feel….. like the altar in the picture above.   

The Luminaries (Sun and Moon) are in close contact with many other planets at this moment. When the Moon joins the Sun to begin a new Lunar cycle, she is hidden from sight. But the power of the moment is felt through out the Earth and is reflected in human affairs. Over the next few days, we can feel the tide ready to carry us into new waters. Saturn is ready to help with any form of material creation. Pluto promises to make it last and carry weight. Mars and Black Lilith and Eris buzz around like bees on the last blossoms of the year. And since this is a world wide event, feel the spring energy of the Southern Hemisphere, awakening to fire and the advancing light of the Sun’s return.

photo: Robert Fuhro

Yes, we are in Virgo, the season of Harvest in the Northern Hemisphere, the season of Spring awakening in the Southern Hemisphere.  Mercury is the planetary ruler, and he sets the pace of this sign.  Mercury/Hermes, always close to the Sun is associated with message and movement.  Messenger, magician, healer is Hermes.  He comes and goes with no fixed residence, quicksilver. The element Mercury it does not hold a shape, but is always breaking apart or coming together, interacting with whatever is near.  In Virgo, Mercury acts to diagnose and analyze.  The sign is dedicated to the element of Earth, and like Mercury, mutable, ever shifting like this season of change.  Because Virgo falls at the time of the harvest, that ability to mentally sort and choose is useful to determine which seeds will be food during the winter months and which will be stored for  new plants in the spring.

Virgo: painting by Amelia Royce Leonards

This beautiful image of Virgo by Amelia Leonards expresses the special light of the season and contains many clues about the nature of this sign of the Zodiac. The painting ispart of a series to become an astrological oracle deck over the next year. I dedicate the fertile energy of this new Moon to that project, which began last January!

The wren is a tiny bird with a loud song. She is sacred to many stories and songs in the Celtic and other traditions. She builds her nest in cavities: holes in trees and walls and between stones. Her size does nothing to diminish her presence because her singing is her real nature. In the same way, Virgo is often an artist/crafter, making beautiful objects for use and pleasure. Virgo enjoys the whole process of work in many forms. She is the busy bee of the Zodiac.

Virgo is the physician with an excellent ability to diagnose what is needed and apply it. Herbs and diet are a specialty. Mercury, the ruler of the sign is often pictured with the double serpent wand which we call the cadeusus, the symbol of medicine. The serpent connection is important, because like the snake, Virgo has the ability to renew herself, she is always ‘virgin.’ That may account for her ability as physician as well. She knows the body is not fixed but her like her sign, is mutable, available to healing from wounds and sickness. Virgo is ever young because of the quicksilver nature of Mercury. He is never pictured with a beard, neither is he a boy, but a manly youth, with a quiver full of skills.

Foxes are Virgo because they are secretive, but curious. They are dedicated to their family, yet do not live in packs like wolves and coyotes. Virgo renews herself by solitude, even in small doses, yet with a deep commitment to community and her service to whatever group she joins. Like the ‘boy with the censer’ in the Sabian Symbol for this degree of the Virgo Moon, the nature of this sign is is to serve, and to serve wholeheartedly.

Sabian Symbols are the verbal images which were first notated by the astrology Marc Edmund Jones through the psychic channel, Elsie Wheeler. These were then notated and edited by Dane Ruhyar and can be found in the form I use in his book An Astrological Mandala.

Today’s new Moon in Virgo is associated with this symbol: A BOY WITH A CENSER SERVES THE PRIEST NEAR THE ALTAR.KEYNOTE: The first stage of actual participation in the great ritual of planetary evolution.

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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A powerful new Moon is born on the degree of my Leo Ascendant, so I had better pay attention! The fiery aspect of the array of planets, reflects the heat of the  moment where I live and the political passions in the culture.   Here is the Sabian Symbol* for that degree where Sun and Moon have their rendezvous.

‘THE LUMINESCENCE OF DAWN IN THE EASTERN SKY.’

dawn on the Sudbury River                                        photo: Sarah Fuhro

Is it really possible  humanity has entered a period of dawn?  This is a conversation I hear around me from many friends in many quarters.   Are we indeed at ‘The exalting challenge of new opportunities at the threshold of a new cycle.’   What do we make of a promise held at this degree:

While the rainbow marks the end of the crisis, early dawn indicates the real beginning of the new period of activity… After the “peak experience” in which we touch our “divine” potentialities comes the struggle with everyday problems. But at first the state of deep inner exultation remains within us. We are aglow with its promise.

The crisis and the blessings it has brought to us are relatively unusual events; every day has its dawn, which we should meet with a pure heart and a clear mind. Alpha (dawn) and omega (the concluding peak experience) are opposites, yet the same. The Keyword here is ILLUMINATION.      Dane Rudhyar  The Astrology of Personality.  

steps and mask                                             photo: Sarah Fuhro

But something about this time looks more like this to me:   steps leading to… the sea.  A mask dropped too early at the base of the stairs.  Are we about to go back to our marine roots? I saw a seal last night in this place.  I have been here hundreds of times, but have never seen a sea mammal.   The waves pound on the shore and make it dangerous for all but sea birds and fish.  I have trouble envisioning the radical change promised in this moment.

new Moon in Leo 2020

This is a fiery chart at a very fiery season.  The explosion in Lebanon might be the best illustration. A huge stockpile of chemicals used to force fertilization in the soil, or make bombs blew apart the port, the place of entry and exit for the country.    It took place the day after the full Moon,  quickly followed by Mars and the planetoid Eris making contact in the fiery sign of Aries, very close to my own Aries Mars, to make this very personal. Until I understood my Aries Mars, and the powerful role it plays in my chart, I could not use the abundance of energy I received and must channel into useful energy.

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It would be easy for any of us to become a torch and go up in flames with the energies of the present moment.   But the same energy can turn to appreciation and creation.  With a crisis comes a reconsideration of everything that was held in place with string and spit.

watching the waterphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Saturn, our planet’s  teacher pushes us to ‘witness the rise of the human consciousness…It is man’s supreme task to rise like fire, impelled by a vision they share with their companions.’  (Sabian Symbol for this Saturn) .    I would like to think our ‘companions’ are not only human  beings, but every form of animal, plant and mineral.   But maybe the way forward, must be exactly that.  If we look back we will be turned to salt as in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, or we will lose our beloved as did Orpheus when he turned to see Eurydice.  We can’t go back, we can only move into new territory as in the sea side stairs I climbed yesterday.  This is all about light, visible day/night light and light of the inner wisdom and where they meet in the middle.

Leo-1500                                 painting: Amelia Leonards

This is the illustration for the constellation Leo as designed by Amelia Leonards for our projected deck of Astrology Oracle cards..

Leo

Almost everybody imagines it would be wonderful to be born a Leo!   Here it is: The Sun’s very own sign, filled with light and life.    The lion is this sign’s symbol,  King of the Beasts, a noble and beautiful monarch!   Fiery, Fixed and Sun kissed, Leo is known for theatrical gestures, for lare acts of generosity, for forgiveness (after a few roars).   Leo has a mane and a mighty and expressive tail, claws to tear you apart,  and a nobility which lets you know who is the boss.  Leo often has a wonderful way with children and adolescents because Leo has no desire to ‘grow up.’   Yet Leo has a task assigned only to those with a huge heart, Leo rules the heart.  Leo also is the sign of rulership for the spine.   The heart plus sign the spine add up to Courage!   Leo has chosen a very particular and difficult soul assignment: to crack the ego, while retaining all the gifts which go with Leonic ego.  How do you release the false shell of ego, when you need to be constantly noticed and appreciated?   How can you be free of pride, when you have the fiery vitality of the Sun?  Yet after awhile the requirements of the ego becomes burdensome, and a crafty Leo will gently leave ego behind, while still shining a bright light in the world.

*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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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