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4 crystals and a butterfly BL

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

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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.


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.


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.


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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apple blossomsThis new Moon would be a perfect moment to reaffirm vows to the Earth. It takes place at 16° Taurus, close to the astrological degree of Beltane, 15° Taurus. The Sun and Moon are embraced by Mercury and Venus and twirl in a earthy grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto.   Take a moment to celebrate the sweetness of the unfolding spring fire in earthy form.

Friday (Venus’ Day), May 6 is the day of all this earthy and Venusian energy. If you take a moment to join in the chorus of bird, beast and flower you will never feel ‘alone’ again!

Mercury in Taurus, represents Gwalchmai, ‘the Hawk ofGawain and the Green Knight May’, Gawain in the Arthurian stories. He is a powerful yet compassionate knight, Arthur’s nephew, and one of the sons of Lot from Orkney. His most famous story is Gawain and the Green Knight, when his honesty is tested, and although not perfect, proves who he really is.

And the new Moon tests our mettle; we travel through darkness and even after Sun and Moon have met, the darkness continues, so we don’t always recognize a beginning when we are already there! We often have to launch our boat in the dark of the Moon so that when she can be seen setting at twilight as a crescent, we are already on our new voyage.

The Moon is ‘exalted’ in Taurus. She likes it there! Taurus is under the rule of Venus so to have Venus in Taurus in close proximity showers us with the beauty and power of love, which this planet represents. The degree for Venus in this chart is associated with ‘The ability to create inner happiness in dark hours. Faith in cyclic renewal.’  By watching the cycle of the Moon and the seasons wherever we live, we gain a tremendous power to be regenerated. Holidays are an important way to be aware of the continuous change, which marks our lives, and which has the power to give us a sense of hope in discouraging times.

Taurus New Moon 2016Mercury’s Sabian Symbol is ‘white dove flying over troubled waters. The spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crisis.‘ Again, as with Mercury, we are offered a hand during a time of crisis. Perhaps these symbols of hope are offered by the embracing arms of Mercury and Venus to the conjunction of Sun and Moon because their symbol represents a crisis, personal or societal, or both: ‘A symbolical battle between “swords” and “torches.”  Refusing to depend upon the past, the seeker turns warrior, fighting anew the eternal “Great War,” a polarization of values.’   It feels as if we are given world wide view of the those who favor swords, and those who favor torches. People are in a struggle to understand which will bring us closer to peace.

Each of us must battle to understand and make a connection to our soul through each lifetime. We are bodies of light, yet struggle with illusion.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.’     Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

It is the Earth element, which might come to our aid.   If we look at the the EmpressJupiter/Pluto/Sun/Moon trine in Earth, we can get a glimpse of hope in troubled times.

Our feet walk the Earth. Like The Empress, the Tarot card who represents Venus. We are at home here, when we take time to lie back in the arms of the Beloved Mother. We are given a triskele of Earth on this new Moon day. Jupiter opens and blesses, Pluto deepens and empowers. There is constant motion in this shape, whirling and moving through space in a shape reminiscent of a galaxy.

triskele   galazy spiral



With the quickening of the year,

I too, catch fire,

and go up in flames,

and come down in rain.


And I know now

what the ancients knew’

we are born to burn out,

and to return as light.


This all happens in a flash.

In a frog’s mantle,

as we leap and dance,

in the Beltane flame.


Sarah Fuhro April 30, 2016

 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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It’s tonight! A Full Moon Caught in a Willow Tree…

willow at night

“At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press her face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window.”  Rumi

This full Moon in Scorpio promises us our heart’s desire, if we are ready to harvest.   The Taurus Sun is at the Moon’s highest degree of exaltation: natural steps lead to a lawn of clover in bloom.KEYNOTE: The gradual expansion of the individual consciousness after a fecundating experience. Natural fulfillment.

How is it that we are offered harvest at the moment of conception? This can only come with contentment with the way of the world, with the Scorpionic promise of death and rebirth. At this season of Beltaine, a fire festival of fertility, we are bound by the full Moon in Scorpio to remember Samhain, which celebrates the end and the beginning of the agricultural year. The seeds we harvested in late October are now planted and sprouted in the fertile earth.

This is the Moon of Saille, the Willow. Willow loves water and so  is sacred to the Moon. ‘The Moon owns it.’ The bark of White Willow is used for stiff joints, because she is filled with water, and brings mOrpeus and the Willow treeovement to what has forgotten how to bend.  Laundry baskets are still made of willow, and once it was willow who was bent into funeral baskets.  But water and willow are also sacred to the poet, to Orpheus who was allowed to enter the land of the dead to fetch back his beloved Euridice and who received his poetic gift by touching a willow tree.  ‘Burn not the willow, a tree sacred to the poets.’
And then there is the old tradition of wearing a willow garland around the of hat of rejected lover.   Here’s the song that tells about that:

All around my hat I will wear the green willow
All around my hat for a twelve-month and a day
And if anyone should ask me the reason why I’m wearing it
It’s all for my true love who’s far far away          steeleye span

The chart for this full Moon contains an earthy triangle.   The participants are Jupiter in Full Moon in Scorpio 2016
Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn and Vesta in Taurus.   They give a home to the ‘fecundating experience’, mentioned in the Sabian Symbol for the Sun’s degree. They focus the energy of this moment.   Jupiter in Virgo represents ‘root power’ something every plant must have to construct, stem, leaf, vine and fruit.

Pluto proffers ‘political power,’ something we must each seize from the crumbling institutions around us.

Vesta offers us ‘the awareness of spiritual forces at work, blessings.’   This is a reminder that we are never alone.


Five-ElementsThe alchemists use the symbol of the triangle for each of the elements. Earth has a direct connection to spirit in this diagram. What spirit teaches us must be ‘earthed’ in order to exist.

With the combination of a Taurus (Earth) Sun and a Scorpio (Water) Moon, in the signs of this full Moon, we have the formula for a garden.

So says the Ace of Pentacles in the Tarot deck as well.    What are you about to plant and harvest in the garden of your heart. Where do you find the voice of spirit in your life?

RW Ace of Pentcles


Venus and Uranus have combined in fire (Aries) for this night of full Moon.   This could spell electrical love or, the love of revolution, transformation, high vibrations, a unique art form. And since the love and beauty lady and the high tech genius also combine with Mercury and Vesta, who are only a sextile away, creativity demands some form of deep commitment and communication.

The full Moon in Scorpio rises

like Venus from the waves.

They are the waves of sweet chorus,

of a day of green praise.


She is triumphant and proud

her beauty unchallenged.

I wash my face in her light.

I wash my body in her beauty.


In agreement with her rule,

I am her citizen, her subject

who shouts her praises.

But she does not need me.


She is her own invincible,

self and rises in time

with froggy voices.

They who know

much better than I,

all the songs of praise.               May 3, 2015   Sarah Fuhro

Photo credit Willow in Moonlight: http://www.lostatseaphotography.com/mephotos/weeping-willow-tree-3-1600.jpg

Orpheus and and the willow tree http://www.ecoenchantments.co.uk/images/Ogham%20trees/willow_orpheus_corot.jpg

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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