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Like a new continent BL                                             Mixed Media: Bruce Lhuillier

This is the second New Moon in the sign of Cancer.  The first fell almost exactly at the  Summer Solstice and was a solar eclipse.  It was a highly energized start to a frenetic period culminating in a lunar eclipse on July 4th.      This new Moon cycle begins at the very end of the Sun’s journey through Cancer (28 degrees).   A new Moon is at the apparent ‘meeting’ of Sun and Moon, the two luminaries join to share experience and birth a new cycle of activity.  The energy at the beginning of the Sun’s cycle is very different than it is at the end.  The Moon has to do a lot of work here, because the Moon ‘rules’ the sign of Cancer.   What is left of the Sun’s energy in this sign is like a guttering candle, yet we begin a new cycle which will very quickly transform into  the fiery energy of Leo.

tinted St. John's wort                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The picture above is St. John’s Wort, a wildflower which blooms at the time of the Summer Solstice, named after John the Baptist.  His day is June 24th when John observed the Holy Spirit in his cousin Jesus.   Over the last week I have seen an unusual number of these flowers still in bloom.   Are they celebrating a second Solstice, a second lunation in the sign of the Solstice, Cancer?

tinted Ghost Pipe.jpg                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

But Ghost Pipe seems more the light of this new Moon in Cancer.  Instead of full Solar light, we may be adjusting to Lunar light, which these flowers represent.  They have no chlorophyl, no receptors specific to the Sun.   The light is shifting in the Northern Hemisphere.  At the full Moon on Monday,  we will celebrate the holiday of  Lughnasadh, a ‘fire’ festival to mark the shift from nomadic to agricultural life, a celebration of harvest, of  marriage, of bread.  All involve the transformative process.

Newt from Royalston.jpg                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Watching from across the chart are Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, a powerful mix of planets in the organizational sign of Capricorn, who have been mixing it up together since January, when the crisis of the pandemic became visible.  At the moment of the new Moon, Saturn is in exact opposition to the to the new Moon.   There is an alchemical process going on here.  We could say these three powerful planets, all in retrograde, are the bellows to the fire which will bring transformation during the next twenty eight days of the Moon’s cycle.   The little newt is the ‘salamander’ who who emerges unscathed from the alchemical flames.

New Moon in Cancer July 20, 2020

The Sabian Symbol* for this lunation is:  ‘A Greek Muse weighing new-born twins in golden scales.   The intuitive weighing of alternatives.’   It does seem as if human society is weighing alternatives.  Everywhere I turn,  people see this as a point of no return…. The pandemic, which could be represented by the confluence of Saturn,  Pluto, Jupiter and Pallas Athena in Capricorn is not  ready to disappear.  The retrograde planets are going back for more work.  But worldwide we have developed new skills.  our crisis has closed doors (literally) and opened new perceptions.    We know that at any moment, we will have to be resourceful about another challenge.   It will be the light of the Moon which will open our imagination to new directions.

Cancer-1500.jpg                                      Cancer                                             painting by Amelia Leonards

The figure in this painting is pregnant with the fecundity of the sea.  Like the jellyfish who are her companions, she moves by way of an inner propulsion in rhythm with the sea.  Please enjoy new forms of motion over the next few weeks!

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

tree reflected in River

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.

curving stairs

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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

Amelia in water Luis Rosado

  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

flower with four bees.jpg

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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fiery furnace #2                                    painting: Sarah Fuhro

In each of us there is a fiery furnace. It is the place of transformation, the heart. The element of transformation is Fire.  This Sagittarius full Moon gives the gift of that fire. What may have been burning embers is now a roaring blaze. Alchemy, the ancient art and science of transformation was never without the action of fire. Sagittarius is a sign associated with the transformation of the spirit through fire and joy.  In the Tarot card, Temperance, which corresponds to Sagittarius, the angel Michael, mixes essence of old and new to create an alchemical state, which has no further need for ego.

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The story of the Fiery Furnace in the Book of Daniel tells a tale of the three Jewish ‘children’ who would not worship the Statue of Gold erected by the King of Babylon. The three, including the prophet Daniel were flung into a fiery furnace and the heat turned up, yet they remained untouched by the flames and a fourth figure was seen in their midst.

All this suggests the nature of this moment of Full Moon, when Moon, Chiron and the North Node are arranged in a fiery triangle, a Wheel of Flame.

full Moon in Sagittarius 2018

Healing (Chiron) and evolution (the North Node) is the message of this configuration of the Fire Signs. It seems perfectly illustrated by the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Moon, ‘a Mother leads her small child, step by step up a steep stairway.’

We are here to help each other with healing and transformation, which can bind up the wounds in the human condition and our relationship to the Earth. Evolution into a new form of humanity can only be accomplished through group intention rather than the old way of attempting to progress one soul at a time.

Stairs at Wellesley sepia BL                                       photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sagittarius is open to spiritual adventures and new territory, travel, optimism, and an open embrace of diversity. This is a full Moon of possibility, curiosity and hunger, greater than our fear which keeps us locked in old ways.  Sagittarius is a free spirit, open to the impulse of the fiery furnace of the heart.    In the photograph above there is a chain across the bottom of the staircase, an impediment to those who would be held back, but no real barrier to any who are determined to explore those stairs.

It’s strange I could not find images of a woman ascending a staircase, only descending!

I found a painting by Burne-Jones of musicians descending a winding staircase.

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There is Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase:

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And Rembrandt shows a woman with a small child, but also descending the stairs:

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What does it take to imagine a woman ascending the stairs? With the Sabian Symbol of a woman, her child and the step by step ascent of a steep staircase, we can look up to the Moon and imagine ourselves climbing a golden ladder to reach her. We can be like Jacob as he slept, homesick in the desert, he saw the angels ascending and descending a golden ladder.  I don’t like to think that ascending is somehow better than descending, but like the waxing and waning of the Moon, there must be equal appreciation for the special gifts of both!

images-1                                    William Blake, Jacob’s Dream

This full Moon and Mars point to Venus in the sign of Cancer. Perhaps she is the mother of the small child in us, ready to climb the next step in a steep staircase.   Cancer is the Moon’s sign, and opens the door to the season of summer.  Yet even as Cancer marks the highest point in the Sun’s journey North, it is also the turning point to Sun’s return South, and the slow growth toward darkness for our hemisphere.

Where is the Sun in this moment of opposition to the Moon? He has a Sabian Symbol very connected to Sagittarius: A quiver full of arrows! Sagittarius is the archer in the sky, the centaur with drawn bow. We are given the gift of potential.   Will the arrow find its mark or stay in the quiver?

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Artemisia, the goddess of the Moon is often shown with bow and arrow. She is a hunter, and a full Moon light’s the hunter’s way to prey.   Her arrows are the thoughts, which pierce the darkness, and invite us to dance under the full Moon!   In Moonlight we see the world in a new way. Let this full Moon open your heart and mind to a  new version of reality.

Strange old town BL                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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