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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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protestors in baltimore

Is this a picture of protestors protecting police from protestors? Or is it protestors protecting protestors from police? Whatever happened on this street yesterday, it illustrates the high pulse of the full Moon. Perspective is everything, and each full Moon allows us to see things in two very different ways at the same time. The Sabian Symbol for this Scorpio Moon is a further illumination of this moment in time: ‘Telephone Linemen at Work/The need to establish new channels of communication.’ Are these men ‘Linemen’ at work?


photo: Bob Fuhro

The Full Moon in Scorpio falls at Beltane this year!  Beltane! the fire festival that cleanses our souls and releases spring energy of growth and joyful greeness aligns with the heartbeat of the dance between the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio.  And,  like the Aries/ Libra full Moon of last month we have the opportunity to explore feminine (Venus) and masculine (Mars) energies as they swirl within and without. Are they pitted against one another,  or are they woven into our psyches and how we view the world?  The tradition of the Maypole dance to celebrate Beltane is a reminder  how intricate this process can be! Maypole dancing is a moving meditation on the spring energies, and the fertile mix of male and female. The dance around the Maypole involves the intricate pattern of the spiral, like the fiddlehead of a fern in the picture above.  The dancers weave in and out, up and down  with the ribbons from the pole which reaches up to the sky.  Having made a Maypole for my Druid Grove, I know how complicated this spring tradition of weaving and dancing can be. The picture below is of the woven ribbons around a Maypole when the dance is finshed.

Maypole wrapped

photo and Maypole by Susan McNeil Spuhler

At this moment, when Sun and Moon watch each other across the zodiac, we are reminded that the earth, our mother, our home, our body celebrates spring (Beltane) and autumn (Scorpio) at the same time. Northern Hemisphere is full of the budding and opening of new life, while the Southern Hemisphere is releasing the seeds for the next spring as winter approaches. This particular full Moon on the Taurus/Scorpio axis falls close to the 15th degree of Taurus, the Fifth Day of May, the moment of Beltane fullness.

‘I married Isis on the fifth day of May

But I could not hold on to her very long

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away

For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong.

I came to a high place of darkness and light

The dividing line ran through the center of town

I hitched up my pony to a post on the right

Went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down.’

Bob Dylan, Isis, 1976

Willow Full Mon 2015

Beltane in the North is celebrated as the Pleiades rise at sunset. The Pleiades are a group of stars to be found in the constellation of Taurus, a decoration on the neck of the Bull.   This was the time cattle were moved to summer pastures, and new life was bursting into flower. Here are pictures of spring flowers (Blood Root) from my garden:

blood root

photo: Sarah Fuhro

and from the woods: (Trout Lilly) .

Trout lily

photo: Bob Fuhro

Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere the celebration of Samhain bids farewell to a year of growth and expansion, and begins a new cycle in the darkness of short days and harvest. The World is united in celebration of the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter.   Like this full Moon, we are also in the midst of the joys of Taurus and the sorrows of Scorpio.   Taurus is happy with stability and comfort and beauty. Scorpio demands truth and transformation. We swing back and forth between these two poles and at the full Moon we embrace them both!

Ginger's full Moon

photo: Virginia McEachern

 April’s flowers celebrate Beltane as we too flower At this moment of the full Moon, Jupiter makes an exact square to the Moon and Sun. Like an archer who uses the energy of both luminaries, Jupiter is ready to integrate the earth loving values of Taurus and Scorpio’s deep recognition of the Underworld. His Sabian Symbol for his position in Leo helps us to understand the potential in this moment of opposition and high manifestation:   ‘A Human Soul Seeking Opportunities for Outward Manifestation/ the yearning for self-actualization.‘   Could we ask for a more powerful voice of support than this!

willow in scorpio phase

Willow, for this is the Moon of Willow is a cauldron of ancient spells and healing medicine. She is both tender and fierce like this full Moon of Taurus and Scorpio, and like our hearts at springtime as they dance to the Beltane beat!

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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Moon Mad

The Moon loves to inhabit Taurus! She is at her highest form of visible manifestation during the year, as she reflects the Sun in Scorpio. Taurus is a sign of value, and this Moon reminds us of our self worth and the knowledge that we too are here to shine in some way. Taurus is the playground of Venus, the planet of love, and wealth. What is value? What is the source of your wealth? What we value is the key to our happiness.

moonlight circle

When we turn to the earth and sky for celebration, we dance to the rhythm of Taurus for this constellation celebrates the earth element, and the goddess who animates all earthy life. This is the perfect moment to fully appreciate our bodies, home to our spirits, and to sing songs to our home the earth. Dance under the light of this full Moon. Wherever you are, as she rises at sundown on Thursday night, and even in rain or snow, your body, sacred to her, will provide a pounding heart of gratitude if you listen to her song.


This is the Moon of Ngetal, the Reed.   Reed provides homes for many, and music. There is the music of the wind in the reeds and the music that reeds provide as instruments. Reed grows in places where water and earth meet, just as the full Moon in Taurus is a meeting between the earth sign Taurus and the water sign, Scorpio.  Ngetal Moon is about direction, and finding the way to our goal. The Reed bows where other may break, but is always a source of new life and action.


The Pleiades are also in Taurus. They mark the garlands on the Bull, and their appearance at sundown marks the season when we honor the Ancestors. For Druids, the rising and setting of the Seven Sisters is a reminder of two important holidays, Beltane and Samhain. Beltane is the celebration when this star cluster sets at sundown. It is the time of fertility and new growth. The Sun dwells in Taurus and smiles upon the earth as we celebrate Mother’s Day, and our mother planet. At Samhain as they rise with Taurus at sundown, we know it is the time of release, and the return to the earth, the mother, the celebration of death. The gates between the daylight world and the Otherworld are open to allow us to come and pass freely between life and death.


Like all full Moons we have this opportunity to integrate and weave opposite seasons and signs with very different impulses. This is what Moon has worked on during the last two weeks since she was embedded with the Sun in Scorpio. We learned about the deep exploration of Scorpio. I recently heard an interview with a therapist (Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk) who has developed a practice and a center devoted to trauma.   The necessity to look at our wounds would be the Scorpio part of the healing process, but he has become more and more convinced that the body must be brought into the work he does.   Trauma is embedded in the body, and that is where Taurus comes into the picture. Even as we attempt to ‘understand’ our sorrows, we must also learn to trust and reassure our body, and give it room for expression.

reed dance in moonlight

Looking at the chart for this particular full Moon in Taurus, we discover Saturn, Venus and the asteroid Pallas Athena are close to the Scorpio Sun. This suggests that work, love, and wisdom function best when we clear away old treasures. The Taurus Moon may resist this work of ruthless transformation. Yet Taurus is the cauldron where the alchemical process of Scorpio takes place. A meeting between Mars and Pluto, which becomes exact on November 10th has the potential for powerful energy release whether in destruction and/or construction of social and financial forms. Mars will then make a square to Uranus on November 12th. The impetus for truth telling with this combination is strong. Fortunately the power of healing represented by Chiron is in this mix (a sextile to the Moon and a trine to the Sun).

Full Moon in Taurus 2014

As always, I wish you a joyous celebration of this Moon in her full expression,     Sarah

And don’t forget the 2015 Lunar Calendar available at: https://www.thelunapress.com/ !!


Sarah Fuhro    sarahbeagl@aol.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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