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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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Quirky

Let’s honor the quirky;
the Moon half eaten
by ragged cloud  mouths,
the child thrown from home,
by chaos and ashes.

Who would remember
Hansel and Gretel had
the step mother been kind,
or the witch less hungry.

And who is not Hansel,
not Gretel, cruel mother,
cowardly father, ravenous witch,
All singer of songs!

poem: Sarah Fuhro
photo: Sarah Fuhro

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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.

apple blossoms                      photo: Sarah Fuhro

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.

New Moon in Taurus 2018

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.

gnome face in the woods BL                                    photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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?

Gingko Leaf with Dew BL                      photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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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Northern cardinal -                          photo: Robert Fuhro

‘Me ‘n’ You, Me ‘n’ You, Me ‘n You,’ I hear Cardinals call as the full Moon in Libra shines on spring hopes!   This full Moon is always about the self and the other. The ‘self’ is the Sun in Aries. He’s surrounded by the healing presence of Chiron, the physician, and the communicator, Mercury. But the ‘other,’ the Moon in Libra floats alone on the opposite side of the chart, rising as the Sun sets.

Flute player MFA BL                                            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Aries is the joy of existence, of new beginning, of sexual exuberance, and the spring energy that pours through every fiber of our body.

Tender gift bringer BL                                                  photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Libra is the balance, the knowledge of payment due, of concern for others, which tempers Aries at the full Moon.

swirling wood BL                                            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Aries demands we know who we are. Libra insists there are others as well. The Capricorn Mars and Capricorn Saturn say we can build something long lasting from the tension between these two powerful impulses.

full Moon in Libra 2018

 

This is the full Moon, which sets the date for Easter and Passover. As I walk through the spring woods and meadows, I feel the tremendous surge of creativity and imagination, which comes from the energy of this moment.

Birch trees and meadow                                             photo: Sarah Fuhro

Venus, the Lady of Love and all green things has just entered the sign of Taurus where she rules with delicious abandon.   It is she who leaves a green footprint on the land wherever she walks.

Pomme star BLUE. BL                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Apple Star        Sarah Fuhro

Somewhere in the apple

we call the human heart,

in the soft place,

next to the crisp place,

is a tiny star,

a star, which is the start,

of a long and ancient love story.

 

This is the love of magic

of Green Lady Venus,

and her pentacle step,

which touches

upon the spring soil,

which opens to the sky

above her mantle.

What will come from this joyous combination of Aries and Libra in your life?  The Creativity of the moment awaits your imagination!   Fiery energy and patient balance is the theme as you manifest your spring growth.
Sarah Fuhro is a consulting astrologer and teacher.

 

 

 

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Moon talks to the fishes.

troutphoto: Robert Fuhro

Each year at this time, the full Moon in Virgo is  opposite the Sun in Pisces.  Virgo Moon refines and rearranges emotions.  She needs a sense of order in the environment to be comfortable and at ease, and then she gets the work done. Pisces is a water sign, any form of organization is based upon the fluid memory of water.   Pisces is known for fog, illusion, spiritual impulse.  Virgo gathers in the harvest,  Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, releases what is finished from the year’s cycle.  But here’s how they work well together: Virgo Moon can materialize the spiritual impulse of Pisces, and communicate it to the world at large.

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                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This year the Sun is very close to Neptune, her modern ruler. A little further on we have Mercury, Venus and Chiron also in this mystic sign. Whatever luminosity was available from a Pisces Sun is fogged over with Neptune’s sea foam. To speak with Pisces is to release expectation.  Fish talk is wet and confusing. If Virgo Moon tries to hold a rational exchange with this mystical crew of planets in Pisces, she might do better with poetry.

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                   photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Journey by Water       Sarah Fuhro

At night I ride my coracle,
to the dark shore, silver Moon

of the tree filled island,

where I will meet my dreams.

 

The last notes of twilight play out,

as I approach,
push myself forward,
in my round leather boat,

into the slender reeds,
the dark water washed shore.

I put aside the slender pole
no further use for rudder, for oar.

First I lower my human foot

into the cold wet,
sharp fanged swamp,
in a moment,

pause to recollect:
I carry with me, fish shoes,

silver scaled, soft as silk.

With these I know myself,

amphibious, and supple!

Both feet touch bottom,
and I push my coracle to shore.

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                       photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 The full Moon in Virgo is a good time to analyze the dreams of Pisces. This is especially true this time because Neptune is close to the Sun, and the power of dreams, mystical experiences, music and poetry is doubly abundant. This degree of Virgo has a Sabian Symbol with the keyword: Unveiling. Neither beauty nor ugliness can be hidden during this full Moon. But to know which is beauty and which ugly is a task for the trained initiate.

Virgo is very much about hidden secrets, which allows the soul to work in seclusion.  Pisces is the perfect partner to penetrate the engima.  This full Moon become a visionary, a seer, a mystic, a poet, a channel to the hidden realms.

The Visionary                                            photo: Sarah Fuhro

 An enigmatic figure, Black Moon Lilith, watches both Virgo Moon and Pisces Sun. She demands we give up expectation in exchange for letting wonder happen. Lillith is the frustration of women and the feminine in palpable form, when out of balance with the masculine. At this moment, there is a world wide transformation of the feminine in each of us and in social structures which are in a state of positive chaos.

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                                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Virgo full Moon is already very beautiful several days in advance. Bask in her light; know that she is a harbinger of spring. The seeds of which Virgo gathered in the harvest season now fall upon the receptive wet earth of Pisces.  The mystery and poetry of this Moon will give us the key to the new season. The Sabian Symbol for the degree of Chiron explains what is happening behind the scene: ‘A fertile garden under the full moon reveals a variety of full-grown vegetables.’

Full Moon in Virgo 2018

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Silver and Gold, a Full Moon in Leo!

On the night the Moon was a tiny crescent in the sky, I had a dream. The dream was at dawn, and was a voice and big letters, which said: ‘Au’ and ‘Ag.’  Hey, I’m not a chemist, but those are the elemental letters for Silver and Gold! ‘Why,’ I asked the Dream guys, ‘do I need to remember the elemental letters for Silver and Gold?’   No answer.

Gold stones in stream                                             Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver is the Moon, Gold is the Sun.

Last month the full Moon was in Cancer, the Moon’s sign. The metal of the Moon is Silver, Ag, Argentum  This month the full Moon is in Leo, the Sun’s sign. Gold is the metal of the Sun, Au, Aurum, Gold.

And this is true at this season every year. Is this the year to awaken to the Silver and Gold of Cancer and Leo? Is this about Male and Female polarity? Is the Moon female, the Sun, male?

Not always.

Here is a picture of the lunar god Mên, worshipped in Asia Minor. He bears the crescents of the Moon on his shoulders, and treads the cow head of Taurus, a Moon loving zodiac sign under his horse’s hoofs. Was there a war between Male and Female lunar deities? Is there a war inside ourselves and perhaps in the evolution of culture that debates whether the Moon is male or female? It may be necessary for each of us to experience our interior self, our reflective self, our ever changing self as male and as female.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier                                      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Below is a picture with a woman wearing a solar halo, and a man with crescent Moon horns.

Sun and Moon Seal BL                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier   Hammond Castle

This Wednesday’s full Moon is a total eclipse of the Moon, a dramatic moment suitable to Leo, who loves theater. People often saw an eclipse as an attack on the Sun or Moon, a disappearance and reappearance of the light we live by night and day. We still experience this kind of anxiety at the time of an eclipse. It’s important to be aware of the eclipse cycle even if we can’t see it, because we can always feel it in our bodies and psyches.

This Leo Moon will also dramatically affect the tides of the ocean, because the Moon is close to the earth–a Super Moon. The Sabian Symbol for the eclipse says it very clearly: ‘A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.’ Something, carefully planned is coming together to be expressed on a huge stage. It’s the season of Mardi Gras! This Lunar Eclipse has that feeling of unlimited excess, followed by a truth we already know. The feasting of Mardi Gras is followed by Ash Wednesday, and the traditional forty days of fasting.

Full Moon in Leo 2018

 

The Moon and the asteroid Ceres (Demeter, Earth goddess) are in a perfect conjunction at this moment. Demeter’s grief for her stolen child, Persephone, gave us the seasons. This year, the Leo full Moon is situated close to the festival of Imbolc, Candlemass, Groundhog’s Day, February 2. For those of us who search for a way to reconnect to the rhythms of the earth and sky, Imbolc is the time to gather and embrace the growing light. At Imbolc, the light is a crack in the darkness of winter. Imbolc is sacred to the goddess Bride, mid-wife, poet and black smith.  When the doctor told me, my baby would be born on February 2nd, I was ecstatic. My son showed up on that sacred day, and, fortunately, did not see his shadow!

Here, in the frozen or muddy North, we know the light of candles reflected in melting snow has divinatory power. Winter is not over in the North, but is touched by the Sun’s return.

candle in water                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver and Gold, Sun and Moon, light and dark play out in our lives, moment by moment. What illumination will this Sun/Moon moment hold for you? Wednesday’s total Lunar eclipse is the balance to the total Solar eclipse in Leo last August. Hold a moment to honor the ritual of this cosmic and earth time. It is like a heart we can hear beating in our throats.

Sarah Fuhro

sarahfuhro@gmail.comKeeping 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 Herd of Goats   The New Moon in Capricorn     Sarah Fuhro

Goat with horns *                                      photo: Sarah Fuhro

My Capricorn grandmother gave me this little brass goat,  symbol for the constellation Capricorn.   He nuzzles my pottery in a sunny corner of my house. I had always planned to give him away, yet he remains with me.   I don’t know where his original was made. Maybe he is from one of the places and people we call Babylon: Iraq, Persia, Iran, places where Western Astrology was born.   And, even though, I don’t have any Capricorn planets in my birth chart, this new Moon will offer me, and all of us, the energy of his powerful place in the ecliptic.   There is a crowd of planets, like a herd of impatient goats meeting in this location.

New Moon in Capricorn 2018

As well as the Sun and Moon, we have Saturn, King of Capricorn, Black Moon Lilith, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus all in the sign of the goat!  Seven heavenly bodies teaching us the rules of Capricorn, who suggests that we do things responsibly, and that we do them well, step by step.

It was a lesson my Capricorn grandparents tried to teach me, but I wasn’t very interested. Those steep stairs looked grim and could only lead to something not relevant to me, or to my generation. I wanted to leap forward, unprepared, but full of inspiration. I could see what I wanted, why climb a lot of stairs to get there?

The vision upwards BL      photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon refers to the rules of Capricorn: Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine. This tells us about the inevitability of the stairs.  Saturn is the inevitable.   He is the teacher at the beginning of this parade of Capricorns, which ends with Venus, the reward for the journey. The goat loves to climb to the highest point in the environment. The courage and patience it takes to keep climbing is not always acknowledged, but the rewards are very high.

Stairs at Wellesley b&w BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Capricorn has everything to do with organizations; business, government, family, community. At the moment we are watching the destruction of those slow moving but secure institutions.   Bureaucracy, something we all find ridiculous, out dated or stupid doesn’t look so bad when think about the Environmental Protection Agency or the National Park Service or even the State Department decimated by those who would ‘drain the swamp.’ And what’s wrong with swamps?   They are the source of new life and the last refuge of wildlife in a ravenous world.   I think this stellium in Capricorn may have some consequences for those who want to sweep away protection for air and water, the climate and those who live in desperation. Capricorn is about the material world, but it is also a warning to understand the spiritual consequences of the material world, which demands karmic balance, and is eternally in flux.

The Devil is the card which corresponds to Capricorn in the Tarot deck.  The message of this card and this new Moon is the huge source of energy available to us from whatever we fear most.  The woman and man chained to The Devil’s throne could easily escape their chains, but they are imprisoned by old beliefs which keep them enslaved.   Fear of nature, and of their  power to manifest their soul’s potential is represented by The Devil, an angel once called Lucifer, ‘the light bringer.’ At any time they could turn around and see what is available to them in freedom.

The Devil

There are other players in this chart of the new Moon, which will be felt in powerful ways. Square to the Sun and Moon and Venus are Uranus, Eris and Pallas Athena in Aries. This is like adding some cayenne pepper to a very heavy stew.  The demands of the Capricorn stellium are not going to be patient with this extra fire added.   And to continue the theme, we have Mars, ruler of Aries, also present to add a little Scorpionic juice. If you made some kind of projected map for the year ahead,  begin the journey with this new Moon.   You will have a lot of cosmic help to guide you to new territory.

relief on goatphoto: Sarah Fuhro

On both sides of my Capricorn goat there is a bas relief which seems to tell the tale of a royal court, or perhaps illustrates seven stages of a regal story. There are seven figures, just as there seven cosmic elements to the Capricorn theme of this new Moon. While most are passive, the first, or is it last, shows a crowned figure who wrestles with a lion.   The nationwide eclipse of 21 August 2017 was in Leo close to the degree of this Moon/Sun and Venus combination. The Lion must never be conquered, but only channeled for he is the symbol of mastery, of the king’s close relationship to the Sun (Leo). What if this combination of earthy Capricorn to manifest, the dynamic influence of Uranus and Mars and the prophetic power of the Leo eclipse were to be directed to development of solar energy!?   And what is the equivalent to switching to renewable energy in your life?

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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