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Moon Snake       Sarah Fuhro

Moon snake hangs like a ripe crescent

from a tropical branch, over my pillow.

Creamy white fur, white feathers,

stacked like tiny leaves,

a white rope in the clean wind,

a sickle, ready to harvest,

a dream, a Moon snake.

 

Moon snake sways

over the bed where I lie asleep.

 

Moon snake lowers

a leafy white body.

 

Fangs bite me sharp upon the sternum.

Poison sweeps through me.

The toxic potion excites my heart,

but stills my body. Paralysis: the river

where my blood flows is stopped.

I can’t move. I am done and undone.

 

In the morning I begin again.

While Moon snake, like the wind

has moved on.

 

Triskelion Drawing with birth goddess BL                          Bruce Lhuillier

Saturday, the New Moon in Scorpio offers a huge dose of potential creativity. Five celestial players in Scorpio will teach us to go deeper, beyond death, beyond birth, through the gates of chaos, through darkness and brilliant light. When challenged by Scorpionic forces we can always pull the blankets over our head, sit very still and see what happens, or take part in the action. The creativity of Scorpio is held in the seeds of the plants, which die in this season.   We cut down the plants in our garden and so we scatter the seeds.

                                sepia cattails                              photo: Sarah Fuhro

This is the lunar month of Ngetal, the Reed. Ngetal stands knee deep in cold muddy water. He is not afraid of the chaos of transformation, where he lives. A swamp is a place of tremendous creativity and potential.   Trump’s call to ‘drain the swamp’ should warn us of how dangerous it is to be fearful of what cannot be named or categorized.   Swamps start the life process over and over. Sometimes they smell funny or harbor swarms of insects, but they are also a banquet for birds and mammals. They hold water during drought and absorb water in times of flood.   They are places of refuge for the hunted beast, the runaway slave, the child Moses in his basket of reeds.

bird in swamp                  photo: Robert Fuhro

The creative potential of this chart deepens when we look at the role played by Saturn. Saturn continues his fiery connection to the catalyst Uranus. This combination is one of the planetary signatures of this time, when the world seems to be in constant crisis. Saturn is traveling through the sign of Sagittarius where he wants to solidify spirit. The Sabian Symbol for Saturn’s degree is ‘A Sculptor at his Work. The ability to project one’s vision upon and to give form to materials.’ Amidst all the energetic sparks from the intense combination of planet energy, there is a focus upon a beautiful form, which is held in the collective but expressed through the individual.

big head in Carlisle                                  photo: Sarah Fuhro

New Moon in Scorpio 2017

 

Sarah Fuhro         sarahfuhro@gmail.com
Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

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The door BL                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

At the moment of the full Moon on Saturday, we stand before a door, which will open into an experience of deep examination. This is a moment of initiation into a new life perspective. What is our qualification to enter this portal and begin a journey? Neptune, the planet of waters will test us. He represents our guide into the depths of our work on the material and spiritual plane.   Do we qualify to enter the door?   Nothing in our culture prepares us for this step; this is the work of the cosmos in a dance with our planet’s soul.

dancing petroglyph              photo: Sarah Fuhro

Ceres, the Earth Mother stands on the other side of the chart. in Leo.   What is our responsibility to the planet, never mind the cosmos?   She too will examine us before we enter the door and begin our membership in this new community. Like the figures in this petroglyph, which I saw in a desert canyon, we are dancers in a huge circle of interconnected life. Travel in the desert jolted me between the worlds of spirit and material forms.   The full Moon in Taurus drags us into the vibration of this alternating current.

Full Moon in Taurus 2017

 

The symbols of plus and minus which decorate the magical door in the picture above tell us that balance is the way into this new world. Venus, who is the ruler of the Taurus full Moon is exactly opposite Uranus. planet of the the sudden change.   Uranus is in a degree symbolized as ‘A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold.’   It is a warning about becoming overcome by consciousness of our own potential.   When we come through a difficult transition and are faced with a new set of possibilities, there is a danger of falling into confusion.

ghost tree                                                   photo: Sarah Fuhro

Scorpio, the sign of the Sun and Taurus, the sign of the Moon are both associated with sexuality, but two different kinds of sexuality.   The Moon’s sign Taurus is about fertility and associated with the festival of Beltane (May Day) when babies are conceived and all the world is full of flowers and love.   The Sun sign Scorpio is about the dark side of sexuality and its association with death.   Mars, life force and sexuality rules this sign. It is sexuality with consequences. Samhain, (Hallowe’en) is celebrated in this sign. Death is recognized. The ancestors who journeyed before us are honored.   Yet there is dark potential here as well as death. For this is the season of seeds, and next year’s Beltane is held in what can sometimes look like a shroud or a casket!

Milkweed - Version 2                          photo: Robert Fuhro

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive

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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘There are moments when the soul takes wings: what it has to remember, it remembers; what it loves, it loves still more: what it longs for, to that it flies.’ 

Fiona MacLeod

Triskelion in storm cloudsPhoto: Sarah Fuhro

It’s true that every full Moon features the luminaries in opposite signs, but this one is especially a tug of war between many contrary impulses and energies.   But there is a clue to integration in this chart as well.

rocks in balance                    Photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sun is in the constellation Libra, a place of balance, ruled by the Lady Venus. Moon is in Aries, full of smoke and fury and ruled by the warrior, Mars. Both Libra and Aries mark the time of equal light and darkness, the equinox of spring and fall. The degree of the Aries Moon carries the image of ‘an unexploded bomb’, and ‘adolescent frustration.’ The Libra Sun’s degree is about children ‘blowing soap bubbles’, with the dream of ‘perfect fulfillment.’

Owl and Bob Cat                      Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Confrontation seems to be the theme; the opposing signs use wildly different methods, soap bubbles versus bombs. Yet both are convinced they have the key to human evolution. The rulers of these two signs, Mars and Venus are off on a tryst together, unconcerned about the opposition between Aries and Libra. The symbol of their shared degree in Virgo may hold the key to how these energies will transmute from bombs and soap bubbles into ‘a caravan of cars headed to the West Coast….’ There will have to be ‘cooperative effort’ to reach a ‘New World of experience.’

Alina Gallo Schoolyard incendiatry attack                     Alina Gallo: Al Ghouta Chemical Attack

We are witness to both violence and acts of tremendous kindness. We feel both creative and destructive impulses mixed within our own person. How do we go on from here?   It seems as if a daily scenario of horror and miraculous joy plays out before us, and within us. My hope for something better comes from two books I read recently.

books

Both books are written by people who have woven together the wisdom of gratitude and connection to earth, and especially plants, the genius of indigenous people, with scientific knowledge and method.   Each comes from a background of heartbreaking destruction to their native culture and way of life. Yet they have created a new culture with very hopeful and deep roots.

pokeweed                      Photo: Robert Fuhro

Perhaps it is the Pokeweed who will give us a clue to where we need to go with the chaos and transformation we experience. This is a plant native to the Eastern United States. It can grow up to eight feet tall and has long stems of berries. As a Flower Essence practitioner I was intrigued with the way these berries develop because the flowers, the green unripe berries and the dark purple berries remain together all on one stem.   This is a wonderful essence for those in transition, because we are never transformed completely and in an instant. All the steps of development are present in the process of growth.

Full Moon in Aries 2017

Much about this chart is akin to the stories of King Arthur, where there is strange mingling of constant combat (Aries) and never ending romance (Libra). Mix into that two planes of existence, human and fairy, and you have the dynamics of Thursday’s full Moon!   There is a funnel of energy called a ‘Yod,’ which brackets the Aries planets and empties out into the Libra Sun. Expect a strong dose of mysterious turns of fate, and enjoy the illusions and insights all of this may bring you as a gift!

View of clouds from causeway                     Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Sarah Fuhro    sarahfuhro@gmail.com
Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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oak leaf on groundPhoto: Sarah Fuhro

As I look at the chart of the new Moon, I can feel momentous power gathering to shake us all to the core. This lunar cycle begins at the end of the Sun’s voyage through Virgo. We are almost at the fall equinox. Darkness takes the upper hand in the Northern Hemisphere, yet we have the impulse to burst old bonds and move into new territory.

Snake tree.jpg BL                           Photo; Bruce Lhuillier

This power is available to enliven us as we face the challenges of the next few weeks.   Events and reactions to events demand our creativity  as we are stirred by the fiery power of Uranus, the lightning bolt who is in exact relationship to the Sun and Moon. We are asked to confront our performance in every aspect of our life.

‘A large audience confronts the performer who disappointed its expectations. ‘   Responsibility at a soul level is called for. The disappointed audience is not outside, but inside of us.   It takes tremendous effort to speak kindly to our own potential for transformation, and to be kind to our disappointment at what we have been able to manifest.  The critical eye in our head must converse with us in a way we can see the next step, and not pull the rug out from under us.

Feather eye.jpg BL                         Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This is one of those moments when we feel our life come into focus. Just as the plants around us offer up their berries and seeds and nuts for new beginnings in the spring, we are also asked to show our harvest in a new light….the light of the fading sun.

Intense sky.jpg BL           Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

It seems that during this period of hurricanes and earthquakes, Ceres (Demeter) is part of the story.   She is in Cancer, the sign of the Moon and the sign of the sea.   She makes a 90° angle with nutty Uranus in the fiery sign of Aries. Know the two are shaking the earth like dice in the barrel. We can crouch down and hope to keep our lives the way they are, or we can ask them how we too can play this cosmic game. This new Moon is especially powerful for all who know themselves as ‘magician.’

Magic circle.jpg BL                         Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

And here, under the dark skies of autumn, we come to Chiron, the healer. He is opposite the chart from the new Moon and the Sun. We must experience the wound which will define our source of healing, our medicine. Speak of the wound, and then see it everywhere, and know you hold the key to turn the pain to balm. It’s not you; it’s a tear in the fabric of the universe which will hold a star.

HArvest.jpg BL .jpg         Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

And what a surprise, the Sabian Symbol for the degree of Chiron reads: ‘The Harvest Moon illumines a clear Autumnal sky, the light of fulfillment that blesses work well done. Consummation’

New Moon in Virgo, 2017

Sarah Fuhro                  sarahfuhro@gmail.com

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

 

 

 

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This full Moon in Pisces arrives to mend some of the painful heat of the solar eclipse.   The angry, hot fire of the Mars Sun combination in Leo, cools down in earthy Virgo and watery Pisces, soothed by a Pisces Neptune as a healing companion to the Moon.

Two Water Lilliesphoto: Robert Fuhro

The best effects of the Leo Solar Eclipse, are held in Neptune, the healing companion. Neptune’s Sabian Symbol is: ‘An ancient sword, used in many battles is displayed in a museum.’ Will Power, is the key to this degree. It was will power channeled through the loving heart of Leo, which kept the heat from burning into destruction. So many people spoke to me of the glowing cinders left from this eclipse. Fire and a sword seemed inevitable, but the sword seems to have been the surgeon’s blade, and the fire cauterized the wound.

Connor with swordsphoto: Sarah Fuhro

The warrior Mars who was close companion to the Sun at the time of the eclipse has moved into quiet, earth-bound Virgo.

Venus, lady of love is at an exact degree of Leo to be in sync with Sun and Moon and Neptune, yet at a strange angle, where you have to search to find her.

Mercury remains in Leo, newly released from his retrograde motion at the exact degree where the eclipse took place. Perhaps he will give us further information about the significance of this nationwide event that held so many of us enthralled, watching the sky. It’s a nice synchronicity that the degree of the eclipse, and of Mercury’s entry into direct motion tells a story of a ‘mermaid who emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form.’ Now we have a full Moon in close connection to Neptune, king of seas.

Full Moon in Pisces

The Leo Venus is at a degree, which is about the self-actualization of the human soul.   The message is to ‘let the soul speak out!’   There are consequences to be paid when the true nature, power and desire of the soul are obstructed. How can you let some part of yourself be expressed at this time of fullness?   Where can you find a deep reflection of your soul’s singular message in nature?

winter clematisphoto: Sarah Fuhro

When you follow the Moon’s cycle and the seasons of the year, a deep and pervasive alignment with creativity takes place.   Magical events occur when there is a conversation with the mystery of the world. Perhaps the heavy hand of Pluto in earthy trine to the Sun will help us to see the weight of this and each precious moment of the Moon’s journey each month. The asteroid Pallas Athena in earth sign Taurus makes the third point of this triangle which speaks of the earth’s bounty and graciousness.

grapesphoto: Sarah Fuhro

 

Rabbit       Sarah Fuhro

Rabbit tells me that summer

is finished and harvest

comes next.

All the burnt offerings

to the sun paid off in results

no one could predict in springtime.

 

This bunny bounds over the dead logs

that block the forest path. The bushes

that have ripened each week stop rabbit

not at all from her crazy zig-zag.

The sound of her little forest feet

is like the beating of my heart,.

Her excietement is in my stomach,

in my guts and loins as I pick up

my scattered traveling trunk.

 

Little rabbit leaps

like the wild grape vine,

now here and now there.

Tiny green witch hands

of the vine grasp hooks

which spell out in the end: spiral.

 

Seems so sudden, the dusty grape

takes precedence over the berry,

and the Salmon thinks–return.

 

The Salmon remembers the pool

of the hazel nuts, still far away,

but available for renewal, to heal

a worn out journey, taken in heat

that now seems so wearisome.

 

Bunny in leavesphoto: Robert Fuhro
Sarah Fuhro      sarahfuhro@gmail.com
Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

 

 

 

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Solar Eclipse Lily Pad

Photo: Robert Fuhro

This Solar Eclipse has turned our heads in America. We will look up and catch sight of Sun and Moon in an intimate moment of visual contact. Our attention will shift away from domestic drama to celestial dance. How wondrous is it, that our Moon, the Earth and Sun are so perfectly sized, so perfectly placed in the cosmos, to create these yearly events in the sky, solar and lunar eclipse! Our Moon casts her shadow on the Sun, and from where we watch, the stars come out in mid-day! We can hope to see Jupiter, Venus and Mars during the darkest period.

mushroom with stick

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Each new Moon is about the end, and the beginning. The Moon has made her journey through all the constellations of the zodiac, and caught up with the Sun to start the journey again. This is the second new Moon in Leo, as if to emphasize this sign or perhaps the Sun himself, because Leo is the place the Sun shines most brightly! This second round of new Moon in Leo, Sun is eclipsed, darkened, shut down!   What does it mean for all of us here on this beautiful planet? Can we keep our balance in a way that feels impossible to imagine?

Dark face stone balance

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the eclipse speaks of great potential for transformation:   ‘A Mermaid emerges from the Ocean Waves ready for rebirth in human form. The stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rising from the unconscious is about to take form as a conscious thought.’   It is what we ‘know’ is impossible which begs for existence. Over the past week I have learned to balance rocks in positions, which defy gravity. As I draw away my hand, and the rock stays perched, I understand how I limit my thoughts, how I neglect the impossible.    ‘Yearning for conscious form and solidity’ is the meaning of this eclipse.  It will require our deep meditative attention to visualize what does not exist.

Thoth three of disks

Thoth Deck: Three of Disks

If you have noticed a lot of explosive energy over the last few weeks, it might be the planetary  triangle in the Fire element as it rolls through the skies. Sun and Moon are in trine to Uranus in fiery Aries. Uranus is an electrical charge all by himself. His Sabian Symbol in the eclipse drama is ‘The Music of the Spheres!’ Can you hear it? Will it embed itself in you on Monday as you open yourself to the cosmic energy of the new Moon? Saturn is the third point in the triangle, and he is in perfect alliance with Dark Moon Lilith, the angry first wife of Adam, undomesticated female energy.

harp and dancer samhain

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Pholus shares the third point in this fiery triangle. He is a centaur connected to the ancestral realms and generational healing. This seems particularly poignant as our nation begins to look at the unrelenting, unchecked violent racism, which exists in the United States. Not just during four hundred years of bitter slavery, but in the terrorism, which continues to the present moment for people of color. The Sabian Symbol for the location of Pholus is another image of artistic vision and form: ‘A sculptor at his work.’ But what are we sculpting?

spider web sculpture

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

This solar eclipse takes place one degree from the Ascendant of the President of the United States….and two degrees from my Ascendant! The Ascendant is the most sensitive point in a chart. It is the gate we enter when we take on a physical form at birth.   It will take place someplace in your chart as well, and bring attention to any planet it touches. The location in a particular zone of your chart, even it there are no planets nearby will give special emphasis to this area of your life over the next several months.   The effects of an eclipse take several months to materialize. It may be when Saturn reaches the eclipse degree (28° Sagittarius) this December! That will ‘perfect’ the Fire triangle created during Monday’s eclipse.

elder berry constellations

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

The stars and planets are reflected here on earth.  This branch of Elderberry looks like  a constellation.  Our ancestors lived under the stars and were constantly aware of them.  We are awed when we occasionally get a glimpse of a star filled sky if we can get away from night light.  This eclipse, which will be visible across the United States could be an opportunity to see the whole picture instead of a fragment.  We share the sky with everyone, with plants and animals and the stones and earth around us.  Let’s drink  in this eclipse not just as a marvel but as a message.   Will the wonder of the eclipse remain within us, as we attempt to materialize the impossible?

New Moon in Leo Eclipse 2017 

Sarah Fuhro  sarahfuhro@gmail.com   Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

 

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A partial lunar eclipse on August 7th won’t be visible in the United States, yet it carries the energy of Sun and Mars in Leo. This explodes the power of the element of Fire and the Life Force. The combination, which has been in effect for the last few weeks, brings a huge surge of energy.   But like all energy, it requires consciousness, a channel for the drive towards action, which it triggers.

Gold in brook SFphoto: Sarah Fuhro

Give this eclipse a moment of your time and awareness. It takes place at 2:11 pm EDT on Monday, August 7, daylight hours here in North America. But the view of the full Moon has already begun to light up the night sky. As with each full Moon, the Lunar Lady comes out of the bright orb of the Sun and shines in her own light. This can represent for us, the lunar aspect of ourselves: the side, which knows without words, the intuitive, visionary and dreamtime portion of our soul.

Visage.jpg BLphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

‘The storm over, all Nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine. The surge of life and love after a major crisis. The joy and power of new beginnings.’

 This is the verbal image of the Sun’s degree, the  Sabian Symbol for his position at the time of the eclipse. If times have been difficult over the last year, this is a moment of reconfiguration.   The Sun in Leo offers you a new outlook, or even a breakthrough on the material plane at this Lunar eclipse.

sunset profiles
photo: Sarah Fuhro

Leo, the Sun’s sign is the joy and expression of the self.   Aquarius, the Moon’s sign is about community, about visions of the future.   Here is the tension for this combination….how does the individual thrive amidst the needs and expectations of the larger group?   How do we find balance between responsibility towards organization and responsibility to hear and follow free flowing inspiration? Long ago, at this time of year, I had a dream in which I was carrying water in a pail hooked on a yoke across my shoulders. But the yoke was impossible to carry this way, because it needed another pail for balance.   When I went back and filled a second pail with water, I could now carry it up the hill. I took the dream to be about Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Aquarius full Moon needs the joyous balance of Leo, the Sun.

aquarius full Moon 2017

This Lunar eclipse chart reflects a very old story in the rivalry between Jupiter (Zeus) and Pluto (Hades). The two planets make an exact 90° angle to one another called a ‘square.’ Jupiter rules Mt. Olympus. He is the king of the gods, the ruler above ground, but his brother, Pluto, governs the Underworld. Hades is full of resentment. Zeus is oblivious. Zeus had a gorgeous wife and innumerable sexual conquests.   Hades ruled alone, until the entry of Persephone in his subterranean kingdom. His jaws open wide for mortal flesh.

Blossom head scary face

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Jupiter had to deal with the limitations imposed by Pluto. Mortality and immortality play back and forth between these two mighty brothers.   Life on earth cannot continue without Death. But neither life nor death is satisfied with this arrangement.   Somehow this moment in time is a reminder of that conflict and all the power it holds over us. This is the season of Lughnasadh or Lammas, of harvest, which means death for the grain, but life for animals and humans. It’s a strange time of year. Sun and heat throb around us, yet the diminishing daylight and the harvest are reminders of approaching fall and winter.

Lughanasadh celebration.jpg BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

And then there is Neptune who rules another kingdom, that of the Sea.   With Pluto he creates a Yod in this chart, a powerful finger pointing at the Sun. ‘Take it seriously, Leo,’ Pluto and Neptune say. ‘You are the playful, fun-loving sign of the zodiac, but we have deep secrets and deep treasures, only accessed by those who stop to listen.  Only the compassionate ones who hold life tenderly in their hands make it through this perilous time.

figure with bird

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Take a moment to hear and feel the full Moon in this season of eclipse. The August insects sing praises to our Lady Luna as she rises in the sky during the next few nights. Feel her reflection in your throat.

Sarah Fuhro      sarahfuhro@gmail.com    Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

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