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We are half way through the astrological year which begins in March with the Sun’s entry into Aries.  Monday, Sun and Moon meet in the 15th degree of Libra, half way through that sign.  We are once more at a place of balance between dark and light, but headed towards the darkest moment of the year.  We feel it in our bodies, and in the rapid approach of evening.

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Persephone, the wife of Hades returns to her kingdom in the Underworld.

Hades

Upon her sudden entrance

to the Kingdom of the Dead,

the childlike Persephone

was transformed,

her light stripped away.

 

For no maiden

may walk the halls of Hades.

Yet the story does not end here,

in shame and loss.

 

While the gateway was harsh,

the castle was full of pleasures,

and Persephone came to cherish

the shadowless towers,

the rolling dark meadows,

and strange fruit and flowers.

 

Those who have not traveled these lands

should not speak of their imagined gloom.

 

She who had once run carefree,

a flower by her mother’s side,

now walked with purpose,

her household in awe

of her quiet gaze.

 

poem: Sarah Fuhro

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Today Venus begins to travel in retrograde.  She starts the journey in Scorpio, a location full of deep feeling and intensity, and then reenters Libra, a place of balance.  She visits a sign ruled by Mars (Scorpio), and then settles back into a sign ruled by Venus (Libra). With Venus in retrograde we all have an opportunity to see ourselves in  relationships as our lovers and partners see us.  Venus retrograde holds the mirror up to us.

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new moon in Libra 2018

 

Persephone’s mother, Demeter/Ceres is one degree from the new Moon.  Perhaps the relationship we must reflect upon during this Venus retrograde is a connection to our mother, the Earth.  But we are interwoven with Earth.  How can we ‘relate’ to her?   Perhaps through the relationship of the Moon and the Sun we can understand the way to live in harmony with our planet.  The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Ceres is located is:  ‘Circular Paths.’   ‘It is only when the individual has become fully attuned to, and in a sense identified with the vast planetary and cosmic rhythms of the universe, and thus free from emotional and group tensions, that he can act serenely and at peace along ‘circular paths.'” Dane Rudhyar, The Astrology of Personality.

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Sarah Fuhro is an astrologer, flower essence practitioner and Tarot reader.  She consults with clients and teaches these ancient arts as well. You can reach her at Sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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‘A veiled prophet speaks, seized by the power of a god.’

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This is the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Capricorn full Moon. Who is the ‘veiled prophet,’ and which god is speaking?   Perhaps the god is Saturn, one degree away from the Moon. Saturn’s degree image: ‘ten logs lie under an archway leading to darker woods.’

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He invites us into the darkness of the woods at midnight when the Moon will be exactly full (Wednesday in the Eastern zone of the United States). We need that darkness in order to fully experience the light of the Moon!

Full Moon from Ginger                          photo: Virginia McEachern

Saturn is very comfortable in Capricorn. The Moon in Capricorn does not feel at home, because the sign, which she rules is Cancer, on the opposite side of the chart.   She is out of her ‘element, ‘ alone with Saturn, and to further the discomfort, she is partially eclipsed. The chart has many dramatic possibilities.

Full Moon in Capricorn 2018

The degree of the Sun has this beautiful image:   ‘Two nature spirits dancing under the moonlight’! And Saturn’s degree: ‘Ten logs lie under an archway leading to dark woods,’says we must go deeper to find the magical circle where the spirit dance takes place.

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Capricorn, where the Moon is in her full form this month is an Earth sign.   The Earth element is about manifestation, what we experience with the five senses. The symbol for the Earth element is a pentacle, held in the star at the heart of an apple, the pattern of the cycle of Venus. The pentacle is also a reminder that that there are four elements and spirit. And the pentacle is a reminder of our human form. We are made of the five elements and five senses.

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Most occult traditions insist on our participation in the earth dance.   To be a magician is to be involved in the everyday work of this planet. Before we can step deeper into the forest under the full Moon at midnight, we must attend to the Capricorn business of earning a living in some form. We have to wash the dishes, and live with our family and community in a responsible way. We are under the rules of Saturn on this planet, but he keeps his promise: Manifestation of your desire awaits the completion of the task you have undertaken.

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Chiron is also in the mix of this chart. He will heal our wounds, if we accept our contradictions. We are strong and vulnerable, angry and loving, responsible and ready to run from what we know is required of us.   Chiron in Aries is the wounded warrior. He might be our impulse to seek excitement rather than the focused attention on our task we have pledged through Saturn.

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And I cannot ignore the role of Uranus, the revolutionary, the unexpected, the disrupter and transformer.   He is at a degree in Taurus, which connects him to the Moon and Saturn. They are all in earth signs, but he is the god who strikes from the sky. His Sabian Symbol is ‘an electrical storm.’

Halibut Pt storm clouds                   photo: Robert Fuhro

A full Moon with everything…a message from a god through a veiled prophet, nature spirits to be found if we go deeper into the dark woods and just as we are ready to grasp this promise of manifestation, an electrical storm!

This full Moon and this astrology chart belong to the whole world.   The pain inflicted on refugees fleeing terror only to have their children snatched away and lost, is not an isolated event. Each of us has a veiled prophet within who speaks truth to us, so that we can go deeper into darkness and find the route to actions, which will manifest in justice and kindness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Vast Public Park!

Taurus Sun and Moon are meeting in a ‘vast public park’, according to their Sabian Symbol!   There they will celebrate the shared joys of May, the pleasures of Taurus energy, earthy, sensual, imbued with the beauty and love of Venus, ‘ruler’ of this sign. Taurus is fixed, marks the fire festival of Beltane,  and keeps an ancient reverence for the feminine, celebrated all over the ancient world 5,000 years ago, during the ‘Age of Taurus.’   This was a period of huge public processions and gatherings, when tribes met in peace during the season of Beltane to find love and comfort in each other’s presence.

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The constellation Taurus marked the two halves of the year for many ancient people. Taurus contains the Pleiades and the Hyades, two important and highly visible star clusters.   At Beltane the Pleiades rise at dawn. At Samhain (late October), they rise at sun set. It’s hard for us to see these great wheels turn in the sky from season to season, but when we do they enrich our understanding of the meaning of change in our lives. Astrology, which came from ancient observation is one way to enjoy and interact with the turn of the cosmic wheel, and to remember that nothing stays the same, but is always in process of transformation.

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Sun and Moon feel the action of Mars, Pluto, and Black Moon Lilith, from their position in another Earth sign, Capricorn.   Mars and Pluto make demands upon the luminaries in their Taurus embrace to manifest their love, because Capricorn demands material evidence.   We may also feel that strong energetic push to make something visible during this season of Venus, whether a new child or piece of art.   Black Moon Lilith is always a reminder of whatever we might choose to forget or ignore. Pluto is also the revealer of truth as we see week after week during this time of revealed sexual secrets.

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But the planet most energized at the new Moon is Uranus.  Always on the move, electric, rebellious,  Uranus will move into the sign of Taurus later this day.   This might have a huge impact on earth energy since Taurus is very associated with the element of earth and there is the extra impact of a new Moon cycle. On the day Uranus went into the sign of Aries in 2011, Fukushima was struck by a huge tsunami, and nuclear plant melt down.   But Taurus is a sign of love of the earth. What if the entry of Uranus into Taurus on May 15, hours after the new Moon, becomes a moment of intense victory for the earth, a joyous appreciation shared by enough people to turn our self destruction into passionate appreciation of the beauty and grace of our home?

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Despite all the heavy interaction between planets, asteroids and luminaries, between cosmic bodies visible and invisible, this new Moon, embraced and hidden in the light of the Taurus Sun contains the potential for a new way of seeing the world.  Love and kindness are always there, waiting for us to notice.

It’s Almost Time

It’s almost time.

almost time for the change in the light,

but almost time for the poor and weak

to reach out their trembling hands

to each other and to grasp.

It’s almost time for the kind to smile

and be seen

in all their glory,

for the shift in power.

 

It’s almost time for the silenced to sing,

and for the earth to receive the sweet rain

of justice as it falls on ploughed fields.

 

It’s almost time to be brave,

and to go the next step

without knowing how.

 

It’s almost time for the Moon

to rise in the dark sky and let us know

there is more than one way

to see the road ahead.

 

– Sarah Fuhro

 

 

 

 

 

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We know scorpions have a sting which can bring pain and death. Taurus, the bull is filled with the life force of the Earth element, which celebrates growth and vitality.   It is easy enough to feel the sting of the scorpion, but the courage to face into the full presence of what is positive about life, is more elusive. The spadix held in the blossom of a skunk cabbage, reflects the beauty of potential, but what moves a seed or something within us, beyond seed to plant?

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I recently learned a new word from the teacher and writer, Jean Houston: entelechy.   The Scorpio full Moon, which takes place each spring while the Sun is in Taurus gives meaning to this word.   Entelechy means full existence. It means going beyond the acceptance of potential reality into actuality. It means the fullest realized aspect of ourselves, our soul in form.

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I look forward to watching this full Moon rise at a Beltane ceremony on Saturday evening.   There is a powerful force lined up from the Grand Cross of Sun/Moon and Lunar Nodes. The Lunar nodes mark the site of eclipse paths, and they make an almost perfect cross with Sun and Moon. It gives emphasis to the ‘fixed’ signs where each of the Fire Festivals is celebrated and where the season is most fully celebrated. (Ceres) Demeter, the Earth Mother is embedded with the north node in Leo where Lughnasadh is celebrated. What is the ‘entelechy’ of the Earth?   Do we know how the seed of our planet will develop? For it seems as if this full Moon in Scorpio will give us a vision of that potential. This Sun-Moon square to the Lunar Nodes creates a ‘Moon Wobble’, similar to the energy of an eclipse. The next few days could make us feel unsure of the ground under our feet, and overly reactive, unless we enjoy the ride and react with compassion to whatever is going on around us!

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Mars, and Pluto, co-rulers of Scorpio are conjunct in the sign of Capricorn. Here is another opportunity to take a very powerful Earth urge for manifestation and full acceptance and apply it to your life. If there is something from your ‘entelechy,’ your potential, which seems out of reach, now is the perfect moment to have the courage to carve it, to make it visible, to ‘form’ it. It takes tremendous courage to go from possibility to manifestation.  The combination of Mars, Pluto presents us with the need to transform or wither.

Apple Tree at heard Farm              photo: Sarah Fuhro

Saturn, the great manifester, is in harmony with the Sun and Moon. It’s much easier to feel potential than to turn it into form. The Scorpio-Taurus axis is all about seeds harvested at Scorpio’s season and the bursting forth of those seeds into every form of living plant in the time of Taurus!

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Wherever you are, I hope you reach your arms out to salute this full Moon on Sunday evening. Fill yourself with the Moon’s love for the Earth. We are that earth, not separate beings…press the beauty of the season to your heart.

 

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Apple blossoms

Aphrodite

In the core of our apple,

the planet earth,

dwells the great polestar

of the underworld-

Lord of Change,

Transformer Eternal,

Hades himself.

 

With each breath

he draws into his lungs

the Universe begins anew.

He alone has the key

to every rusted lock.

 

Whoever has walked

across a freshly plowed

field at twilight,

in spring’s season,

and raised loving eyes,

to see the crescent Moon,

adorned in her

diamond earring,

you are about to enter

the drama which,

has no beginning,

and knows no end.

 

Poem: Sarah Fuhro

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

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