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c1738c704a9df517ff1cd66535c2d86a                                                   from the Arthurian Tarot  Anna-Marie Ferguson

 

One of the adventures of the Quest for the Holy Grail,  takes place when Percivale, Galahad and Bors are guided to a ‘Miraculous Ship’ by the sister of Percivale, Dindrane.  In the ship they discover a beautiful bed. Upon it lies a crown of gold and silver. Across the bed is a magnificent sword with a jeweled handle, partly drawn from a  rich and mysterious scabbard, which looks as if it was made of snakeskin. However, the belt of the sword is of very poor quality. It is the belt which will connect the sword to the rightful owner.   Dindrane looks at the sword,  and says only one person is allowed to carry it.  She then repairs the belt with her hair.  Now she girds the sword around Galahad, and explains that he is now truly a knight and the only one who who might carry this ‘Sword of Strange Hangings.’

Sun and Moon Seal BLphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Libra is about partnership, about male and female polarities in balance, as light and dark are in balance at the equinox.  It is Dindrane who guides the three knights to the ship and Dindrane who knows the answer to the riddle of the bed, the crown, and the sword.  The Arthurian stories have strange partnerships between men and women which allow the action of the story to take place.   This story resonates with the Sabian Symbol for the degree where the Sun and Moon are located in Libra.

A MAN WATCHES HIS IDEALS TAKING A CONCRETE FORM BEFORE HIS INNER VISION.  The need to visualize clearly one’s dreams or ideals in order to make them truly effectual.

Galahad saw his vision of true grail knighthood take form, through the action of Dindrane based upon her internal vision of the ship, the bed and the sword, which must be repaired by the visionary before it can be united with its rightful keeper.

 

New Moon in Libra 2019

Across from the Sun and Moon in Libra is Chiron, centaur and healer.   The centaur is both divine and animal.   The symbol for Chiron’s degree  is ‘Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk.’  Chiron is the challenge which begins every grail journey, the labyrinth to the center of the self. If I accept this challenge, I will face the crisis which marks my deepest fears about myself, and what I try to hide.  The struggle to accept and shine light on my wound, finally opens me to new light.   Maybe it is not some fearful weakness which will be revealed, but rather strength.  Like Galahad I must then take responsibility for my gift, and carry the sword into the world.

The vision upwards BL                photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The new Moon in Libra is a challenge to take up a vision, which may have languished, and in the darkness repair what keeps the dream from taking form.  It was always waiting for us!

                           She of my love is the new moon,

The God of love illumining her;

Be mine a good purpose

Towards each creature in the creation.

—Carmina Gadelica            collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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.

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“Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.”
~Rumi

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The light of the full Moon is the reflection of the Sun’s light, when she is farthest from him.  They are always in perfect opposition at this bright moment of fullness, reflecting love back and forth between them, but with lovers’ taunts thrown in!   Saturday night we will see their brilliance combined, and if we feel into that light, we may open doors of perception and pleasure which are not easy to forget or override.

Full Moon in Pisces 2019

This is a moment of powerful opposition between astrological signs Pisces and Virgo, both feminine, both Mutable. The challenge of each full Moon is to take pleasure in opposition, to dance between the poles and to combine the treasures offered from opposite sides of the sky! Mentally, Virgo offers analysis and the magic of poetry and word, images with messages.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Pisces sends messages with no verbal construction, built of feeling, water, powerful intuition, images with no translation.

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  photo: Luis Rosado

To make the dance even more tangible, we have another opposition,  a powerful face off between Mars and Neptune.   We could experience this as: ‘Make a movie!’ or ‘Put your dreams into action.’ or ‘Fight about nothing, and then burst into tears.’

Oh, but the Sabian Symbol for Mars in Virgo is ‘A ouija board’.  This must be urging us to channel all those Neptune in Pisces messages!  Mars in Virgo can keep us afloat so as not to drown in our own tears.  Maybe this is a definition of art…we take the intangible, that which touches us deeply and turn it into something which is tangible and shares the unspeakable.

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photo: Sarah Fuhro

Chiron is healing some issues with love and communication.  He is, according to the Sabian Symbol for his degree, ‘a triangle with wings.’  Like the vibrant flowers in the photo above, Iris and Sunflower growing in a granite quarry, he knows no limits to his power to mend and celebrate life.  This seems like a good time to turn to silence, to turn to intuition, to listen to music.   Let Mars show you the action that your Moon and Neptune nature wants to take.  Don’t brush away what seems too fantastical, for the fantastic may be the future we are all waiting for.

The need to bring down to the level of everyday existence the clear realizations made manifest in a great “peak experience.” *  This is what this full Moon in Pisces promises.  “Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.”    ~Rumi

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

* commentary on the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Moon, Dane Rudhyar.

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. For an appointment call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  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. https://wordpress.com/post/sarahfuhro.wordpress.com/4856

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The new Moon in Virgo is positioned in a crowd of other planets who wait for explanation.  Why are all these planets here together?  What is their desire to be together and what will they accomplish?  The symbol for the degree of Sun and Moon is A Harem.   ‘The individual finds himself one with a number of other individuals all seeking or being subjected to the same type of experience or fate.’  (Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

 

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There they are: Sun and Moon creating a new cycle of experience, in the close company of Mars and Venus, Juno and Mercury all in the sign of Virgo.

New Moon in Virgo 2019

What to do with all of this Virgo energy?   Virgo is a sign of harvest…of discrimination between what is needed now and what must be stored for later.   Virgo is by necessity self contained, and values secrets which give depth to her experience.   Like the girl in this painting, this is a lunar cycle of both equanimity and mystery.   Harvest is the feast of completion and storage of seeds for next spring’s growth.   Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury and Juno have come to share in the banquet, yet have plans for the future.

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But there is another aspect to this moment.   Sun and Moon make a ‘trine’ to the planet Uranus.   This is the planet of surprise, of electrical energy, of sudden revelation and the demand for individual growth.   Uranus has recently moved into the Earth sign, Taurus. Taurus is an extremly important place in the sky to people who hunt or who cultivate cattle. All over the world, cattle represent wealth, and Taurus is associated with prosperity.   The horns of the cow (Taurus) represent the waxing and waning crescents of the Moon.  Taurus is considered the Moon’s place of exaltation!

Stone and skull BL                                       photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This new Moon might be the opportunity to make a creative breakthrough.   Like the artist or craftsperson (Virgo) who has carefully and patiently learned and perfected her technique, when touched by the triangular energy of Uranus in Taurus, bursts the bounds of that craft to create something unique to herself.   This is perfectly expressed in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of Uranus:

THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA AT THE ANCESTRAL WELL.

KEYNOTE: The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future. A NEW QUALITY OF BEING is revealed which renders the old patterns obsolete.

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. For an appointment call 508 652 9880 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  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.

 

 

 

 

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IMG_0631                          photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sun celebrates in Leo, and there are a lot of others at the party for the full Moon!  Venus is right under the Sun’s beams, and his light diminishes her light, but not her beauty.   Love and Sun might look something like this: a Venusian altar!

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Traditional Astrologers say planets this close to the Sun are ‘burnt up’ and so can’t function, but maybe it’s more like extra fuel for both, Sun and Venus.  Maybe it is like singing in harmony, weaving the melody between two voices.

Wren                                      Image from the Druid Animal Oracle, illustration by William Worthington

All spring and Summer, a  pair of wrens have ruled over my yard.  Extremely tiny and extremely loud, they sing even when carrying a tasty insect to the babies, now on their second batch.  Their happy song is like water over a stony brook, but when angry, it is like a tiny machine gun!   The wren seems oblivious of size.  They are almost as small as humming birds, but extremely feisty!  They might stand in for Mars and outraged Hera,  also in Leo, close to the Sun’s degree, hard to see in bright light but easy to hear!

Full Moon in Aquarius 2019

If the Moon carries our emotions, an Aquarian Moon has a unique method of transport.         Like a dream I once had where I had a yoke with only one pail, the Aquarian Moon is ready to balance whatever Leo and his party is missing.

moon crescent and angel                         photo: Bruce Lhuillier

A friend recently suggested that autism is an expression of angel emotion. What if this is true?  Perhaps more and more angels are incarnating ‘on the spectrum’ of autism.  Difficult for them, but many of them are attempting to reach a wider definition of humanity this way.   No connection between Aquarius Moon and autism, but the characteristics and goals of angels and  autism read like the Aquarian Moon’s description:   unpredictable, eccentric, detached, yet altruistic.   Angels have no particular gender, and this is also true of androgynous Aquarius.  As the spring equinox moves into this sign, we feel the shift in the majority culture towards a sexual spectrum, instead of a clear delineation, male or female.

fbbe58536843fc269261c8cd5982e4d9--the-fool-fur                                            Painting: Jake Baddeley  The Fool

Uranus, the eccentric planet discovered during the French Revolution is assigned to the Fool card in the Tarot, and is a co-ruler of Aquarius.   During this period of his discovery, the King, represented by Leo,  was overthrown and the idealistic fanaticism of Aquarius became the despot.

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                                                           Wild Unknown Tarot: The Star and Strength

So this is not an easy Moon to dance under or integrate.   Yet they both have this in common.  They demand from each of us some form of self expression.  The Sun  in Leo is kingly, ready to roar, a little deaf to other voices around him.  The Moon in Aquarius has no fear of new expression, new feelings, new insights. She hears what has not been accepted as expression before.   Maybe this is the Moon to howl under, to recite poetry in her light, to search the stars for new adventures.   It’s definitely a Moon to release what is no longer vital.

Sarah Fuhro,  Astrologer

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‘Hail to thee, thou new moon,

Beauteous guidant of the sky;

Hail to thee, thou new moon,

Beauteous fair one of grace.’

from the Carmina Gadelica 

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Two of Swords from the Smith-Waite Tarot deck

When people speak of the new Moon, they usually mean the visible crescent of two or three days as it sets in the West in the company of the Sun.   But when I write these Moon thoughts, it is a day or two before the moment of New, and the Moon is a barely visible sliver of light at dawn. I’m working in the dark,  blindfolded like the Two of Swords above

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Two of Swords from the Wild Unkown Tarot deck.

At the moment of this new Moon, there is a fiery triangle whirling in the sky, and in our bodies.  Here where I live in New England, the heat of summer is turned up to reflect the power of the Moon and Sun in the fiery majesty of Leo; Chiron, the healer, in the Fire sign of Aries, and the Earth mother (Demeter)  in the hot sign of Sagittarius.

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The Symbol for the degree of this new Moon speaks so beautifully of the art of transforming one element to another.

GLASS BLOWERS SHAPE BEAUTIFUL VASES WITH THEIR CONTROLLED BREATHING.   KEYNOTE: The need to involve one’s most spiritual and vital energies in the creative act, if it is to produce significant and beautiful new forms.  CREATIVE INTENSITY.

It seems we are always involved in transformational Alchemy and meditation, stasis and refinement.   To be an artist requires  persistence, with patience to balance our fiery desires.   Just as the glass blower uses fire to melt sand,  so must he also carefully control his breath to create something of beauty and fragility.  Nature does this all the time!

lilly closeup

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

In my work as a clay artist I must cooperate with all the elements, and I have probably learned nothing else from this, except how to treat frustration with patience!    Earth is worked on with Water and Air to be the perfect consistency and then the piece is turned over to Fire, not once but twice to be finished.

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Clay tile: Sarah Fuhro

This new Moon falls close to the Fire festival, Lughnasadh, the first harvest celebration!  The fiery triangle will heat up our ritual and feast. Bread is celebrated at Lughnasadh, another slow and complicated process…with the harvest of grain, the growth of yeast, the mixture with salt and water and then the offering to Fire to make bread to sustain our bodies.  The careful control of breath (patience), is needed here as well.

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Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

A few days from now, the crescent of the new Moon, seeded tomorrow, will be shining in the evening sky. Lovely  Venus will be nearby.   Celebrate your own ‘creative intensity’ as you look up to hail the Moon.

‘She of my love is the new moon

The God of life illumining her;

Be mine a good purpose

Towards each creature in the creation.

from the Carmina Gadelica,   Collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland by Alexander Carmichael.

Sarah Fuhro

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Stone Face

desert stone facephoto: Sarah Fuhro

Desert spirit of the mystery.

The stone,

who returned my glance,

and said:

you dare not look again.

 

But then he is there,

aroused,

waiting for me,

eyes turned,

breathing his world.

 

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Stone and water                                             photo: Sarah Fuhro

This full Moon is about Water and Stone….Cancer Sun and Capricorn Moon.   Moon will be in a partial eclipse,  visible in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and South America.  For those of us in North America,  she will rise after her initiation,  after her disappearance and reappearance into the shadow of the Earth.

rebirth photo                                             from the DruidCraft Tarot deck: Will Worthington artist.

Emerging from the dark shadow of the eclipse, our own full Moon may feel renewed, ready to reflect the bright light of the Cancer Sun in a dark Capricorn sky.  The journey to this place of fullness has planetary challenges as well.

full Moon in Capricorn

Tonight (Saturday)  the Moon rose with bright Jupiter as companion.  She will roll along and meet with Saturn and Pluto before her assignation opposite the Sun on Tuesday.  Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn urge transformation.  The security of Saturn takes us by the hand to go deep into the mysteries of Pluto.

panther god statue BL .jpg                                photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Many of the planets in this celestial moment are in retrograde, they appear to move backwards.  This is an opportunity to mend old wounds and take care of long postponed projects.  But perhaps we will also feel a new strength we didn’t know we had.   The Moon’s symbol for this degree of bright fullness and eclipse is: ‘a store filled with precious oriental rugs.’   A treasure is held in this moment.

gold in Mainstone                        photo: Robert Fuhro

When I walked in the woods today, there were brightly painted stones along the path.  Some had messages: ‘Be Kind;’ some were designs with bright colors.   Here is one that looks like a full Moon.  I plan to celebrate the full Moon with friends on Tuesday night. There will be water and earth….fireflies and mosquitoes, food and drink.  The sky always gives us a reason to party!

Sparkle               photo: Sarah Fuhro

At a quiet moment,  there can be an offering to the Moon.  A friend suggested a Tibetan ritual of gratitude for the senses at the full Moon.  On a special altar stone in the woods:

Sight.  A small mirror.

Sound. A bell or other instrument.

Smell: Incense or perfume

Taste: Food

Touch: a silk ribbon or fabric.

A small crystal ball for the sixth sense, which is formless.

crystal eggs and smudge pot                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 

 

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