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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.

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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!

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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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cloud spirit

 

 

If I had feathers,

I could let the sky

take me to your nest.

 

If I had fur,

Nothing could keep me

from your cold castle.

 

But I am naked,

and deeply

wounded.

 

Claws and fangs

will never win

your steely heart.

 

Sarah Fuhro June 7, 2019

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Heron feeding young

photo: Robert Fuhro

Over the last few weeks I have been watching some herons as they build nests, sit on their eggs, and now feed their chicks.  Each visit to their swamp, I am awestruck by these huge birds who gracefully use the Air element as if it were as solid as Earth, or as supportive as Water.  Yesterday food was transferred to ravenous babies with wide open beaks.  This Gemini new Moon might mean we are all hungry for food from the teacher, Hermes/Mercury.  This is an opportunity to focus on what is available to nurture us, and what we have to share with someone who might need nurturance from us.

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                                            Clay tile: Sarah Fuhro

Mercury the planet who directs Gemini, is known as a trickster.  Teachers come in a variety of forms.   Some teach as directly as the heron feeds her chick, some teach through painful illusions.  At this time, as Saturn approaches Pluto, we can expect some very powerful lessons.   The old question of what to wish for, becomes paramount.

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Neptune is in a square to the new Moon in Gemini.  The image for this planet’s degree in the chart is: A MASTER INSTRUCTING HIS DISCIPLE.   In the beautiful photo above,  water has a chaotic lesson to teach.  There is no clear direction or flow.  Gemini energy is often like this, with ‘yes’ and ‘no’ bouncing back and forth through the brain.  Our teacher pushes us in opposite directions with equal force.

New Moon in Gemini 2019

Maybe the one lesson we can absorb right now is Liberation from the Past.  Tomorrow as the Moon begins her new cycle we will see only the light of the Sun.  The seed Moon in Gemini will be lost in the brilliant light of her companion until  she moves out from under his beams and travels on her own, and one clear twilight evening we will see her set in the West….

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clay tile: Sarah Fuhro

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Each full Moon propels us to rock between two contrary seasons and ‘opposite’ signs!  For me, this spring has been an endless ricochet between the beauty of the earth held in the horns of Taurus,

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and the deep wet chasm of death, Scorpio, washing through me,  which ties me up each spring between joy and despair!

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                                            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The desire to hold on to the beauty of this moment, this time, is the the Taurus Sun.

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                                            photo: Sarah Fuhro

But the profound desire of Scorpio to understand mortality, to plunge into the depths of our spiritual nature held in this full Moon.   This is the measure of the art of Alchemy, which arises each spring in my heart:

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.’ August Wilson

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As an angel, Michael seems to have an ethereal approach to his battle with a snarky demon, but for most of us, it’s not so easy.   This battle is reflected in the astrology chart for the full Moon with Saturn and Pluto in friendly relations with both Moon and Sun.  They demand our attention, perhaps to say:  ‘you are making to much of your demons.’

Full Moon in Scorpio 2019

All this reflected in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Moon:   The King of the fairies approaching his domain. …..beyond both outer nature and the realm of the proud ego, a spiritual world exists to which the intuitive consciousness of man can pay allegiance.  This is the deep work of Scorpio.   And this is the Desire body which all Western mystery traditions hope to develop in us.  It is our ability to sense spiritual messages in the material body, which is part of this tradition.   Scorpio is often associated with sexuality because in moments of intense love making we understand, through the body’s pleasure,  that our spirit has no boundaries.

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                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Taurus Sun and season is talking of Desire for something, someone outside of ourselves. Love in the spring season (Taurus); when everything is about love, is ruled by the Lady of Love herself, Venus.  At this moment Venus is also in the sign of Taurus, and she is in the company of that crazy planet, Uranus, who says there are always new ways to be yourself.  Venus and Taurus make a nice aspect to Mars, Scorpio’s ruler.  So it seems that the desire of Taurus and the desire of Scorpio speak to each other at this moment of full expression!

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                                               photo: Robert Fuhro

Mercury, the magician, the healer, the speaker is whispering in the ear of the Taurus Sun on Saturday evening.   The full Moon opens us to greater depths of communication.  Scorpio Moon asks us to explore what moonlight has to offer in familiar places.  Instead of holding tight to the days of spring unfolding, I will try to open my hand to the message of wider light and meaning…

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                                   photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 

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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On Saturday we begin a lunar cycle in the sign of Taurus.   Taurus is about love, and especially love of the Earth.  It marks a time sacred to the goddess, she who made all things beautiful!  The planet Venus is the ‘ruler’ of this sign.  Taurus in the sky takes the form of a bull with crescent horns.  Astrology calls Moon in Taurus ‘exalted.’  And while the Moon visits Taurus each lunar cycle, it is only at this beautiful time of year that the Moon is ‘new’ in this sign.

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                                 Terra Cotta Bird Woman from Egypt..3500 BCE Brooklyn Museum

The celebration of Beltane, the fire festival of joyous love comes just at this precious degree (14º-15º) of the new Moon.  Taurus is often associated with wealth, but this Beltane, I feel the poverty we have created here on our planet.  It is not just the poverty of large portions of humanity, our sisters and brothers, but the poverty we have created through the determined destruction of our beautiful home.

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                                                      painting: ©Bruce Lhuillier

My feeling of sadness during this season of beauty and fertility, is perfectly described in a passage from Philip Carr-Gomm’s book, The Druid Tradition.*

the rise and fall of the blackbird’s song drew me back to my everyday state of consciousness, and as this happened a great despair overwhelmed me, and I looked into the blackbird’s eyes and I knew why he looked so sad. This world, this everyday world exists too, and it is the only one of its kind. The essence of all that has lived here can never be destroyed and it will live forever in the inner world and perhaps on other planets and at other times, but here, now, it is unique and it can be destroyed and it is being destroyed. The world is mortal too, like us. ‘

New Moon in Taurus 2019

When I look at the chart of this moment of birth for the new Moon, I see we have passed beyond the crazy shaking energy of Uranus, which was  focused on Sun and Moon  at the moment when fire dislodged the protective aura of Nôtre Dame de Paris.  Neptune is the planet which creates a secondery theme for this new beginning in Taurus.   Neptune is the mystery we can only grasp through image, and vision.   Here is the passage from Philip’s book,  which preceded the one above.  In this passage, he paints a picture of a place where all the species decimated and made extinct by our indifference live on.

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                                               painting: ©Bruce Lhuillier

The blackbird paused in his singing, looked directly into my eyes, and then began a song that rose and fell in a way that led me into a peculiar trance-state I had never experienced before. And there, in that state, I just knew his answer. He did not speak or tell me – his song simply took me there. And there was here, only different…..there were dragonfly and butterflies everywhere: chequered skipper, large blue and Adonis blue danced their way over flowers only my grandparents would have seen. Mother Shipton moths competed with pretty chalk carpet and dark brocade moths in the undergrowth of cowslips. Stone curlews, lapwings, hawks and falcons flew high and free in the sky above.’

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                                     painting: ©Bruce Lhuillier

Over the years since I first read this passage, I have thought back to it many times.  There is no way to heal the Earth through despair, nor can I shrug my shoulders and say, somewhere  the essence of this damaged world exists whole and repaired.   And so I look to this new Moon in the sign of Earth-Love, Taurus,  and ask for a celebratory heart.  I think of the Great Blue Herons building their nests in conservation land not far from my house.   They cannot afford to stop to weep for the swamp drained and ‘developed.’  Those few who are left build in what remains.

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               Photo: Robert Fuhro

This new Moon chart has most of it’s planets in a bowl shape with a handle made of the asteroid, Pallas Athena, she of the ancient wisdom tradition.  Wisdom is often built from mistakes made and mistakes acknowledged.

The passage on extinction continues: And we are the first generation to know this. To know that our Mother can die. Might die. For a child this realisation will, all things being well, lead to an increasing maturity. Let us hope that our understanding of our Mother Earth’s mortality will lead us to a sober maturity rather than a nihilistic despair or an insane attempt to actually ensure her death.’

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And so as we circle and dance at Beltane, we weave our love and joy for the Earth’s beauty and bounty into our fear and hope for the future.

*Philip Carr-Gomm, The Druid Tradition, Element Books, 1991

Philip Carr-Gomm is the Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.  His book are many, and he created a course in Druidry which has enriched the lives of thousands of people around the world.  Philip lives in Lewes, Sussex. https://www.philipcarr-gomm.com.

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.

 

 

 

 

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A full Moon pulls excitement from the Earth into the light of  travel and wonder, and reflects it back to earth.  The opposition of the Aries Sun and Libra Moon is charged with the full power of Mars and Venus, but other players add to the tumult as well.  

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In New York, visiting  friends and art exhibits, the light and dark of this moment were everywhere.  I visited the Miro exhibit and saw his range of Venus and Mars expressed in a very particular alphabet he invented, almost as notes on a scale!

Miro alphabet                                              Joan Miro

The next day I wandered through the Tolkien  exhibit to see his play with a language he retrieved from the Elves, and images of magical power of the forest.

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What are we to do with in this time of blossom and new green leaves?  With a chart so full of contradictions, and the energy of upheaval, and sudden reversal, we can rejoice  in the note of harmony, love and balance of the harmonious Libra Moon.

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The most perilous forms of balance are the feats I perform to go deep into new and unknown territory,  while I try to keep a firm hold on the Earth’s tender brown hands.   At this full Moon, Uranus shakes the Sun from a few steps away.  Uranus has just recently moved into the sign of Taurus.  Taurus is an Earth sign with sacred connections to the age of the goddess, the feminine.    The destruction of Nôtre Dame feels like a deep wound  to the energy of the earth and to the Lady who inspired this masterwork.  The beautiful beams of the cathedral were made of wood from Beech trees. Those beams were constructed to recall forest groves in  which  people gathered to celebrate and worship.  Beech trees this size no longer exist in the forests of Europe or America.

Beech trees in color          photo: Robert Fuhro

A few degrees from the Sun, is the asteroid,  Eris. She is a point  of chaos and opportunity.    Nôtre Dame in flames– I know full well that nothing this deeply embedded in our hearts and psyches can be be ‘replaced! or ‘renovated.’ I am left with the terrible realization that through this loss, the earth is changed forever in ways we cannot fathom. Pluto, the great transformer,  conspires with Eris to to shake the foundation of this moment.  Our fears can devour our creativity if we are not aware of them.

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Moments after the full Moon in Libra, the ‘silver wheel’, moves into the sign of Scorpio.   After an attempt to balance a very difficult trio, Sun, Uranus and Eris, the Moon stands on the threshold of an exact opposition to revolutionary Uranus.  This may be the moment  when we see through a veil we have constructed.   In Scorpio we give up on pretense. In cosmic wisdom,  Scorpio follows Libra in the zodiac.  The Libran effort to make everything beautiful and balanced is cast off. The Moon will begin the long journey towards a new cycle, releasing all she accumulated from the past two weeks.  A Scorpio Moon is a good time to clean and sort what is to be kept and what is no longer needed.

Demon Wars

Many battles won or lost,

take place in moonlight,

when the big hoop

is caught in a tree top.

 

Tonight was my battle,

into the morning hour,

when birds mark location,

and speak of their intention.

 

These battles end in draw,

no end,  no beginning.

No winner will be

announced to the world,

yet all is changed.

Sarah Fuhro  April 2018

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