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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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spadex peeking out of skunk BL                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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?

light in the stones                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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!

two fat skunks in a hot tub BL                              photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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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Strange, isn’t it,

how the dark earth

grows in spears of light.

 

And it’s strange,

how a child of crystal,

bends light into words.

 

But it’s very strange,

when the messenger

appears at my door.

 

Stranger still when

she tells me,

I must listen.

 

Tells me I must hear,

the Light of the Earth,

tender words of spring eternal.

 

Poem: Sarah Fuhro

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 

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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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greenman from Newport BL                                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Is it possible the three horned animals who parade around the zodiac each year are telling us something about light? about transformation? about horned gods?

The astrological year begins with Aries the Ram, at the moment of the Spring Equinox, moves with expanding daylight into Taurus the Bull and celebrates the return of the Sun to the Northern Hemisphere with Capricorn the Goat. There is a definite sense of horned light in this parade of the animals. The first horned beast, Aries the ram is sacred to the Sun and Mars. The second Taurus the Bull is sacred to Moon and Venus. Sun and Moon are the two ‘luminaries’ of the chart. The astrological year begins, as do our lives with the light of Father and Mother, Sun and Moon.

Full Moon in Scorpio 2017Taurus the Bull marks the celebration of the festival of Beltane. The Pleiades, the stellium which decorates the Bull’s neck make this constellation especially important to those who live under the sky. At the season of Taurus the Seven Sisters arise with the Sun. This was the beginning of the sailing season on the Mediterranean. In Northern countries, Taurus marks the arrival of the Green Man, bursting with greenery and light where green has been absent for the winter months!

green man drawing BL                                                            Bruce Lhuillier

If you look at the picture on the krater below, you see the image of Taurus the Bull on the right, and a strange looking man? god? on the left.   The man or god has horns, and a light and a dark side. The decorations on one side are straight, on the other side wavy. Is he the dark and light side of the year, an ancestor, a shaman who can traverse dark and light places?

Krater from Hala Sultan Tekke featuring a horned god, c. 1200 BCE. Sarah Fuhro

             Krater from Hala Sultan Tekke featuring a “horned god”, c. 1200 BCE.  Thank you: Catriona McDonald!

The strange horned figure on the krater, the Green Man, Pan, Satyrs, Cernunnos,  and Dionysius are all clues to the potential for radiance. These are creatures integrated into the natural world. Are the horns simply a way of saying that light streams from those who are connected to the spirit of the woods and their own wildness? And how is it that Christianity reflects back the image of Satan, the Devil, a horned angel with the desire to drag us into evil, even though he was once Lucifer, the light bringer?

bearded figure with spirit light BL                                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This human embraces his horned companions. He knows his animal nature, and allows the natural rhythm of life to be his teacher.  We have lost a tradition of continued transformation beyond physical maturity.  The horned gods and godesses remind us of the potential for continued growth.

Satyres (1) BL                                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The satyrs wear the crescent of the Moon goddess.   The Moon in Taurus is in her ‘exaltation’. Animals with crescent horns are often considered sacred because they remind us of the Moon in her myriad forms.

Inanna BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Scorpio Moon belongs to people who are intensely emotional; yet find it difficult to share their emotions.   There is often a lack of trust they will be understood.   They must learn over time how to communicate the intensity of their thoughts and feelings and not shut them down. A creative form must be found for this Moon sign to release the dark light of what it knows and feels. The Sabian Symbol for this full Moon gives a picture of the ‘inner freedom’ of an evolved Scorpion Moon. ‘Obeying his conscience, a soldier refuses to obey orders.’

weird elf head in tree                                       photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Each year at this time, Scorpio rises in full Moon to shine upon the beauty of the spring. This is a time of great sexual energy as animals start new families and plants blossom to invite pollinators. Taurus and Scorpio opposite one another in the wheel of the year are both involved in sexuality. Taurus is about fertility, birth and new life. Scorpio is about the power of sexuality to touch our emotional and spiritual centers.

Mandrag BL                                      photo: Bruce Lhuillier

In the chart of this full Moon for Wednesday, it is Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld with his companion Juno, who celebrate both ends of the Taurus/Scorpio axis. The Sun visits Taurus at a season of peak fertility and life. Scorpio is the sign of change; sexuality, death, the transformation of the fields and woods, when the harvest is over; the hunt is on. Taurus is ruled by the Lady Venus, warrior Mars rules Scorpio.   These energies can be pitted against each other or they can combine to wholeness. Dark and light dance together

leaves on moss                                    photo: 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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Let me speak for the Star,
Let me speak for the Moon,
May I hear Mercury,
May I love with the passion of Venus,
And fight with the fire of Mars,
Jupiter, fill me with joy,
Saturn keep me in truth.

 This is the full Moon of Ngetal. Ngetal is the Reed, which grows in the place of the hidden yet powerful border between water and earth. Ngetal comes at the season of mystery, and dark renewal.

Ngetal is the Moon of chaos and yet Reed is the arrow, a highly directed weapon.  Ngetal bends, seems more grass than tree, but is still considered a tree in the lunar calendar and Ogham alphabet.

Reed is ancient, yet always new.  Ngetal grows in and by the water, swamps, places ignored and feared because they are impenetrable.

They are sharp, and wild, part of the Scorpio season of endings and beginnings, death and fertility

We are back to the powerful degree, which created so much energetic chaos at the last full Moon. This time Sun and Moon are at 22° degrees of Scorpio and Taurus. They are in contact with the Uranus/Eris/Demeter combination at 23° Aries of the October 15 full Moon. And to add a bit more to the mix, the Scorpio Sun is in close contact with Lilith who carries the long brewing anger of women.

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The Moon is in Perigee, closer to the earth than she has been since 1948. Another time of great national transformation.   Huge tides can be expected because of this Super Moon, and these high tides are felt within our emotional bodies.

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The combination of Reed (Ngetal) and Lilith as companion to the Scorpio Sun reminded me of the Japanese woman warrior weapon Naginata, which I heard about yesterday from my woman warrior friend, Catriona Hughes.

naginata The opposition of Scorpio and Taurus is a powerful urge to combine Death (Scorpio) and Fertility (Taurus). These signs contain within them two powerful Druid festivals: Samhain (Scorpio) as the Pleiades rise at Sundown and Beltain (Taurus) as the Pleiades rise at dawn.   Taurus is the sign where the Moon is most joyful.   Although the Moon passes through the constellation Taurus each month, only with Sun in Scorpio, is the Taurus Moon at her highest powers. This full Moon has so many connections to the interplay between male and female energies, and that brings us back to the election, and the powerful angers released. The ruler of Scorpio is Mars, The ruler of Taurus is Venus. The joyous outburst of spring in the sign of Taurus, and the great mystery of death and rebirth held by Scorpio are intertwined.

.Mars and Venus, rulers of the Scorpio/Taurus opposition have the Sabian Symbol degrees which best explain what is going on here.

Mars: ‘Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk.’

The progressive polarization of energies needed for fulfilling one’s life function

Venus: ‘A human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment.’

A powerful yearning for whatever will increase the scope and depth of one’s contacts with other living beings. 

 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 tender 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.

 Photos:  

Reeds and photographer     Bruce Lhuillier

Ocean Waves   Sarah Fuhro

Naginata women   http://www.naginata.org/ncnf/ncnfPhotos/senseisOutdoorDemo.jpg

Joyous birch     Bruce Lhuiller

Faces in beech   Bruce Lhuillier

 

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The Full Moon in Pisces arrives Friday, September 16, with a healer, Chiron the centaur. If this Lunar Eclipse has a strong connection to your chart, you may experience an up swelling of pain from past experiences, but the remedy comes with the pain. We are not left to doctor ourselves, yet we must be partners in the healing process.

Mars is in square to the Sun and Moon and he has his own centaur companion, Pholus. Both Pholus and Chiron are visitors, possibly temporary visitors from outside the solar system. Each offer healing and transformation of some deep, dark aspects of our shared human experience. They seem to be connected to the ancestral realms and generational healing. They challenge us to look at tyranny, in the family, and inner dialogue.

Physical punishment, shame, and humiliation, were accepted methods of teaching children, in the home, in the school, and in religious doctrine.  They  now seem traumatic. Patriarchy and its rules of how and whom to love have begun to crumble.   Chiron and Pholus tell us there is a wound, but it must be observed, and not judged for it to heal. Will we dissolve into the tears and fears of Pisces, offering ourselves as victim and martyr, or, like the serpent in the picture above, come to accept our whole Self?  That means allowing our less beautiful, less developed facets to be included in the circle.

two-of-cupsThe serpent is part of the symbol of healing as we see in the Two of Cups. It is a reflection of our nervous system and way it wraps around the spine. But healing can only happen when there is balance. This morning a quote in French arrived in my email. The quote was by Dr. Edward Bach, the English physician who developed flower essence therapy. I was startled because it seemed so much in tune with this full Moon chart. ‘La santé dépend de notre état d’harmonie avec notre âme.’ (Health depends upon upon our harmony with our soul.)

 

 

How can harmony with the soul be depicted? The square between Saturn and Neptunefull-moon-in-pisces suggests both imagination (Neptune) and focused effort (Saturn) are involved. And then there is love, and with Venus in the sign of balance, Libra, we can take what we have learned from pain (Chiron and the Moon) and transform it through our own creativity and love. This Venus is opposite the energized combination of Uranus and Eris. We must heal our own way, despite what may feel like chaos.

 

Here is a friend’s message from the morning’s mail:  

twisty-tree-sepia“It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.”       Wendell Berry 

 This chart contains the pain and the remedy, the wound and the balm. In this way we come to know ourselves as wise healers. A doctor studies disease in order to heal it, but we may have to study health in order to heal as well.

edward-bachEurope, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica will see this lunar eclipse. But we all know its power to make us feel wounded and vulnerable (Pisces Moon) and powerfully healed (Virgo Sun).   The Virgo Pisces Lunar Nodes are found in the charts of many healers, Dr. Bach was one of them. He gave up a powerful practice and reputation to go into the countryside and developed the healing power of flowers, something simple and available to the poor folk of depression eara Britain.  He believed all illness began at the etheric (emotional) level, and must be healed through the soul power of flowers and sunshine.

The theme of vulnerability and creative response  is repeated in the Saturn /Neptune square, exact at this time.  We can experience this combination as fear and anxiety or creative opportunity put into tangible form.

Jupiter (ruler of the Pisces Moon) has recently entered Libra.   The Sabian symbol for his degree speaks of the themes of this chart:

‘The transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed-realizations of the forever creative spirit.’     keynote: ‘A repolarization of inner energies leading to a creative centralization of consciousness.’

enigmebody Like the sphinx we are heart and head, lion and lady.

Don’t feel just part of this full Moon chart, feel all of it, pain and healing! The Lunar Eclipse will devour the Moon, our feeling receptacle, but she will emerge triumphant and beautiful at the end The lemniscate over the Lady’s head offers the same process we began with, in knowing and acceptance of our whole person, we are eternal.

All Photos: Bruce Lhuillier

Sarah 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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