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Birch marks the first month of the Lunar Tree Calendar. The trees of this calendar are also an alphabet, Ogham, used by Druids as a secret form of communication. By learning about trees that grow where we live, and spending time alone with trees, we can learn so much about how to maneuver in life. Our ancestors did this. Now we are here, amongst trees who share the earth with us. Trees will answer our most difficult questions. That is why Ogham is also a form of divination, a way to deepen our communication with tree knowledge.

Birch is sometimes called a ‘pioneer’ tree. It was one of the first trees to appear after the Ice Age, and is often the first tree as meadow transitions to forest.   So it seems only natural that Birch is the first Moon of the Lunar calendar. She can be used herbally and symbolically for cleansing! Birch is a fresh new start.

The full Moon on January 12 is Birch at her moment of full manifestation, an opportunity see the world with the fresh eyes of this graceful, maidenly tree. Her bark often seems to have eyes, which look back at us!  She is full of the magic power of the Shaman.  Birch is one of the first to leaf out in springtime.  Below is Queen Puabi’s  necklace from Ur decorated with gold birch leaves!

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Little Birch Moon     Sarah Fuhro

This little birch Moon

is slipping out into dark

night, stepping away

from the lights and music

of the bustling cabin.

When the Moon

has her darkness,

she takes it in silence.

Going out she leans against

the great dark tree

and looking straight up,

recalls sailing in that tree top

as a full and flying Moon.

 

Moon feels the bark

against her tired spine.

 

In the dark,

 and all alone, by herself,

 she gives birth

  to the next little Moon.

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What will this Birch Full Moon in Cancer show us?   Lots of contradictory gifts are offered, but that is the nature of a full Moon! We can feel that energy surge through us and pull the tides along as well!    Can we dance through the contradictions with respect for all sides of the chart?

There are six cosmic objects at 22° in the chart for this full Moon in Cancer.  In numerology, twenty two is called the Master Builder, and is a number of great potential. There are twenty two letters in the Hebrew Alphabet. There are twenty two cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. Why does 22 have such a powerful reputation? How can we embrace the potential for creating the life and community we want, and become ‘Master Builders’?

The Sun is at 22° Capricorn, a sign of the builder and organization. Moon is at 22° Cancer. Cancer is the sign of the home and the family. Moon in Cancer opposite Sun in Capricorn might represent the cosmic transformation of a building into a home, a place for people who call themselves ‘family.’ That could mean our whole planet for the astrology chart is universal!

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Jupiter, also at 22° holds the reins to the opposition between Sun and Moon. Jupiter is the BIG God. He is expansive, a bright planet in the sky, who fills us with optimism and surety, when we let him into our hearts. His bird is the Eagle, and he is pictured here, from a Mesopotamian bas relief as the powerful force behind the Universe. Because he is in the sign of Libra, the Scales, he represents Justice and judgment. At this perfect moment of balance between Sun and Moon he offers the insight and wisdom we need to be fair and to see all sides of an issue.   Only a keen sighted eagle can do this!

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Opposite Jupiter, Eris that feisty goddess of Chaos is also square to Sun and Moon. She is in the sign of her brother Aries. She is in the close company of Uranus, the Revolutionary and Demeter, Earth Mother.  Aries is the sign and energy of the warrior, but also the Life Force. Aries rules our head and eyes. Eris might represent new insight or blind fury. This snakey Celtic Triskelion from the Musee Saint Germaine de Laye illustrates the whirling energy of Eris, Uranus and Ceres in the Full Moon  chart.  How does the rest of the chart, Sun, Moon and Jupiter react to this deep stirring in the fourth arm of their Grand Cross?

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Here is the image to represent our psyche or the astrology chart of this full Moon moment. The Master Builder of the Sun in Capricorn, the deeply emotional creative force of the Moon, the balance of Jupiter and the chaos of Eris, are all part of the moment.

But I think Saturn might be the best planet to explain the how we can use the churning messages of this chart . He is truly the ‘Master Builder,’ and rules the Sun’s sign of Capricorn.   Saturn often has the final word on the subject. He is also at 22° in the philosophical sign of Sagittarius!

The Sabian Symbol of his place in the chart seems very apt for this moment in time when refugees are :   ‘A group of immigrants as they fulfill the requirements of entrance into the new country.  Keynote: Consciously accepting the ways of a new stage of experience, in readiness for the opportunities it will present.     Transition’

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.

Photo Credits

 

Robert Fuhro: Four Birch Trees

Bruce Lhuillier: Birch Leaf Necklace from Ur

Bruce Lhuillier: Mesopotamian God

Bruce Lhuillier: Celtic Triskelion

Bruce Lhuillier: Celtic Cross from Mt. Auburn Cemetary’

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The Slow Dance of the Capricorn New Moon

January 9 at 8:30 PM EST

 

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Little Birch Moon          Sarah Fuhro

This little birch Moon

is slipping out into dark

night, stepping away

from the lights and music

of the bustling cabin.

 

When the Moon

has her darkness,

she takes it in silence.

 

Going out she leans against

the great dark tree,

and looks straight up,

as she recalls

how she sailed

in that tree top

as a full and flying moon.

 

Moon feels the bark

against her tired spine.

 

In the dark,

and all alone, by herself,

she gives birth

to the next little Moon

 

As I write this, the waning Birch Moon is slipping away and a new Moon of Rowan is about to be born.

This new Moon will teach us how to dance to earthy Capricorn. Sun, Moon, Pluto, Mercury and the asteroid Pallas Athena are visiting this sign, which is not noted for fun, but rather for structural concerns, although careful craftsmanship can be also be fun.  Yet if we don’t see and feel the dance of Capricorn’s materialization, our world collapses around us. We are stuck in ‘what was’ and forget to hear the rhythm of the present and the siren song of the future.

The ‘ruler’ of Capricorn, Saturn sits so very close to Venus in this chart, and they are in the jolly sign of Sagittarius. Saturn, often visualized as an old man, ‘Chronos’ and the lovely Venus work well together. Saturn and Venus in relationship to each other in

an astrology chart often indicate an artist (Venus) willing to take part in the hard work and the hours (Saturn) necessary for success.

The World CardAnd look at this: the Tarot card for Saturn is The World card….she who dances eternally to keep the Universe in movement!   But wait, the dancer is not ‘she’; this is an Edwardian version of a hermaphrodite, a mixture of male and female in one body. This is the final card in the Major Arcana, and hints at the work of the Magician, which must include a sacred marriage between the sexes in one human.   Like The Magician card, the dancer carries yarrow sticks….the communication device between spirit and oracle. This is how the Delphic soothsayer received the word from the gods, through yarrow sticks. These were the original I Ching prognosticators. Listen carefully for the word that comes to you from simple sources.

This new Moon is the first of the New Year 2016. Capricorn gives us the strength to carry out goals we have identified as we entered 2016.

The tradition of setting New Year resolutions makes sense in the spirit of Capricorn Sun and Moon, which are always present at this time of year. It is taking the tide to begin a journey by sea. The Venus Saturn conjunction adds a extra note of potential for each of us to create something tangible.

Give yourself some time alone, in nature, in the dark of this dark season to see what is the next step in your soul’s journey. Mercury is taking this time to retrograde back into Capricorn from a momentary journey into Aquarius…a sign of the future, while Capricorn would like us to be well seated in the present. Give yourself some retrograde permission to revisit your most heartfelt goals for the future.

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The Sagittarian couple, Venus and Saturn will help you. Saturn in Sagittarius will help you (and me) establish ambitious goals based on our deepest held values.   You can see how this can work for good and misery.   It’s important not to identify self existence with beliefs and goals, which can shift and change. But there’s a necessity for focus that eludes many. This is a moment of focus, Capricorn, Saturnic, Venusian focus.

Uranus and Pluto continue their grinding square only one degree off from each other. They offer us the chance to integrate two positions in the realm of transformation.   Pluto is very tightly associated with the Sun and Moon giving them (and us) the power to be true to our highest intentions. Uranus demands we communicate our own story beyond the old forms we have tried before. What way will you create something that breaks out of the molds you use over and over?

Jupiter is in an interesting position as well. He is conjunct the North Node in Virgo. The North Node is the direction we must travel to evolve in this lifetime. Jupiter who blesses and expands our capabilities is there to help us all turn towards the direction of the future, a Virgo future of earthy honesty.  Jupiter in Virgo is helpful and responsible, humble yet determined.   Jupiter’s sign and position on the North Node is another assistant to our development as individuals, and as a society. Beaver--MainstoneThe beavers who work in a pond near my house are a good illustration of this chart, full of plans and work ethic (Capricorn) …always perfecting their lodge and their dams.. They build beautiful mud and stick lodges which they enter under water. Their work from the simplest stick to the largest dam is done with the greatest perfection of craft. They survived human greed for their fur, but have become nocturnal as a result of caution. Their work changes the landscape around them. They are tireless in pursuit of their plans to make the best possible environment for their families

How do we know when our interaction with the material world harms or renews the earth? Perhaps by fully identifying with the earth as earth beings we will gain the consciousness to know how to build in harmony.

Now we enter the new Moon cycle of the Rowan whose symbol is the pentacle found at the bottom of the Rowan berry.

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photo of birch grove and beaver Sarah and Robert Fuhro

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 ladyThe full Moon in Cancer of December 25, will fill the sky on Christmas Eve, and be exact at 6:11 am EST on Christmas Day.  She is in her most comfortable sign, oceanic, while dedicated to home; moody, yet focused on feelings of maternal compassion. Cancer Moon vibrates to ancient cycles, and still hears the ancestral lunar wisdom.

This particular Moon Lady holds a crescent Moon in the form of a bison horn. Taurus, the Bison, is the Moon’s sign of exaltation. Scratched on the horn/crescent she holds are thirteen lines for the number of lunar cycles in a year.  This is a reminder that the Moon is the calendar.

This delight in the Moon and her cycle continued into Christian times, butvirgin with snake and crescent the Moon lady now wears clothes…..and always  seems to be shown standing on the Moon, as if to over come lunar power. Snakes are wrapped around the crescent in this painting to warn of the danger of the Moon’s power.

The Tarot card which corresponds to the Moon is pictured in this same way, with the crescent Moon underfoot. Yet this High Pristess card is symbolic of the reserves of ancestral wisdom available to those who follow the Moon’s course..

What was it like when the Moon was fully expressed in the stone age world and the female body?

What does it mean for feminine energy to be constricted into purity rather than overflowing with fertility, creativity,    abundance?

Cancer is deeply invested in finding the right moment for the right action. After all, the Moon is the first timepiece. With the Cancer full Moon opposite the Capricorn Sun, we have the opportunity to feel the rhythm of our life in the here and now (Cancer), connected to earthy Capricorn’s intuitive knowledge of how to create what we know comes next. During the quiet time that follows the Solstice, and the full Moon excitement of Christmas, we all get some space for contemplation. Do we like what we are constructing (Capricorn Sun)? Does it feel as if our life expresses some special task or responsibility, unique to ourselves and in alignment with the tides (Cancer Moon)?

‘Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?’ The Summer Day.

—Mary Oliver

Full Moon of Dec 25, 2105We are living in a time of tension, a reflection of the Uranus Pluto square.   On Christmas Day, the planet Uranus stands direct after many months of retrograde motion.   The pressure of this combination continues to be felt, much like being caught between a huge argument by angry giants. Yet this often gives the hero in fairy tales, the opportunity to run off with the treasure, so we must find the opportunity in these tumultuous times to find a new way under the noses of the angry giants who tell us there is only one right way.    Uranus is in Aries, the sign of the rebel warrior, Pluto, like the Sun, is in Capricorn, and is pointing out the flaws in the construction of business and government. Sometimes it is easier to be destructive than constructive. Perhaps it’s actually part of the plan like the waxing and waning Moon.

Enjoy this full Moon. It comes at a time of change, the world over, as we experience the return of light or the diminishment of the day.   Jupiter and Venus are in sextile so we are showered with generosity in a season dedicated to generosity.   Don’t be afraid to enjoy the largesse!

Here are two little musicians to play dance music for you! One plays the flute, the other a clarinet.

Here are the Moon rise times for next few days of full Moon:

December 23 4:05pm

December 24 4:58pm

December 25 5:54 pm full moon

December 26 6:54 pm

 

Solstice by the Sea  Sarah Fuhro

Upon the sheer high cliff,

over the sea,

dancing, running in place,

shouting names,

rain streaming down in torrents,

in walls, like the walls

around old seaside villas,

rough as stucco,

blank, haughty.

No entry.

 

My dog runs by my side,

wet through,

ears in motion
with his exertion,

blinded by the down pour.

Solstice almost here.

Dawn on the first day of Return.

 

Transformed to icy pellets,

rain shoots
through me and doggy.

Shoots in arrows,

arrives in spears.

 

Clothes mean nothing.

Turn in place and run backwards,

face averted from the icy blast.

Turn to face again.

The sea and the shore are one.

 

In the last day
of triumph over light,

Darkness
retains her power,

to pierce,
to cleanse.

to declare winter shall begin.

 

Sarah Fuhro sarahfuhro@gmail.com…………..Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive

The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Birch Full Moon

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Whether or not you believe humanity is perched upon a moment of transition, this full Moon offers you an opportunity to embrace your daily life with the deep intensity of conscious choice.

Full Moon in Cancer 2015

This special event takes place at the midpoint of two Cardinal signs, Cancer and Capricorn. The Cardinal signs mark the beginning of a new season, with powerful connection to the elements they represent, in this case Water for the Moon’s sign of Cancer, and Earth for Capricorn, where the Sun resides. Both of these signs and elements are feminine.

FULL MOON INSFUSED WATER

     Honor the full Moon in Cancer with consciousness that we are made of water. We can join the water within to the water in the visible world through meditation in Moonlight, and through placing a container of water for the rising full Moon to reflect upon and ‘charge.’

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     The Capricorn Sun stays low on the horizon. He rises late and sets early. This is the Moon of Beith (Birch), a winter tree with her white and black bark. Honor the Sun as you watch sunrise and sunset, during the Earth element sign of Capricorn.

Owl Song

The sun is the only face I see

as I travel deeper and deeper

into the snowy black-spoked

wheel of the woods. My feet

were swift in the marked path,

but then it was time to curve off,

crunch into the silent depths,

lift each step back to the surface

until I plunge in again, blade

into stone and blade into air.

A song was taking place here

in the birch grove where

I interrupt the order

of all the others,

with my thrashing steps,

and I am ordered into silence.

I look across to the sun who

is teaching at such close range

that I am drenched in radiance,

pierced with the promise of gold.

Suddenly and for all time

I am the hooded owl

who sits guardian over a path

and selects who may travel

further unnoticed and who

must be plucked and groomed

for greater attention.

Sarah Fuhro

Sun and Moon are, as always at the full Moon, poles apart with Moon powerful in her rulership sign of Cancer. This year the Sun began his return to the Northern Hemisphere (the Solstice) just hours before the new Moon in the sign of Capricorn. Saturn rules Capricorn, and teaches us how to manifest in the physical world, but reminds us of the limitations we will face if we take the material world as the only reality.

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And speaking of another reality, the Sun is cheek and jowl with Pluto who rules the invisible world, and demands light, visitation and notice from the visible world. Cultures around the world tell stories of the necessity to go down into the dark Underworld, and discover what has been overlooked. Yet the return from this place where the Sun does not shine is equally important.   In the VIII of Cups Tarot card we have an image of this journey, into darkness and the unknown; what we don’t know, but are about to explore. The eight cups left behind on the familiar shore hold what we have developed and value, but are willing to leave behind. The Sun and Moon shine down in a promise of integration.

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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.

The Lunar Calendar for 2015 is created in the spiral design of the movement of the Moon. You can order one of these beautiful timekeepers at http://www.thelunapress.com.

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Return of the Sun AND,  the First New Moon of the Lunar Cycle!

 photo: Bob Fuhro

       Align a vision for the world and yourself with this momentous opportunity presented by our planet’s luminaries, the Sun and the Moon!   The Sun stands still (Solstice) at 6:04 pm, Sunday, December 21st. The Moon conjoins with the Sun to begin a new Lunar journey through the zodiac at 8:35 pm EST the same evening. This is also considered the first new Moon of a new year according to Robert Graves’ Celtic tree Calendar! Let us celebrate this gift of a fresh start, new season, new Moon, new lunar year in whatever way feels brightest (Sun) and deepest (Moon) for each of us!

Birch Trees

photo by Bob Fuhro

Little Birch Moon– Sarah Fuhro

This little birch moon

is slipping out into dark

night, stepping away

from the lights and music

of the bustling cabin.

When the moon

has her darkness,

she takes it in silence.

Going out she leans against

the great dark tree,

and looking straight up,

recalls sailing in that tree top

as a full and flying moon.

Moon feels the bark

against her tired spine.

In the dark,

and all alone, by herself,

she gives birth

to the next little moon.

Beith (Birch) is a ‘pioneer’ tree, the first to grow after clearing by fire, by ice, by the farmer. ‘Birching,’ hitting children or miscreants with a switch of birch wood was considered a way of driving out evil spirits so that a new way of looking at the world could begin. In a spiritual mode, we need to clear out the old before we can begin the new.

Saturn, disciplinarian of the planetary system has offered us the opportunity to release the old over the last two years while he resides in Scorpio. Like so many friends and clients I have cleaned out my cupboards and closets, and found ways to release old stories and resentments that have blocked joy and growth. Saturn will enter the sign of the Solstice (Capricorn) to join the stellium gathered there. During these last days of Saturn’s Scorpionic expression the United States has taken a new approach to our neighbor, Cuba. Prisoners accused of spying (Scorpio) have been exchanged and now there is the opportunity to build (Capricorn) diplomatic, trade and human relationships. I also hope the focus on police brutality and deadly reaction will shift into new structures of consciousness, and those who are sworn to protect us know they must be responsible for their actions (Capricorn).
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     Another important astrological event will take place on December 21st. Minutes before the Solstice, the planet Uranus will turn direct. His square to Pluto has colored much of the last few years: revolution (Uranus) has exposed (Pluto) the unavoidable consequences of neglect. With both of these powerful transpersonal planets in direct motion we will better understand the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the New Moon and Solstice: ‘An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe; the power and responsibility implied in any claim for leadership.’ Maybe this symbol is about our own inner ‘tribal’ relationships….this might be time to understand and accept all parts of our selves and to take kind, but conscious responsibility and leadership for all of our psyche.   If possible take time to breath in these few hours and minutes of opportunity to welcome new seeds into the dark earth of winter’s mysteries so that a slender birch tree may sprout and grow…a pioneer in a new space.

Winter Solstice 2014 Beth New Moon 2014

Teddy runniing

Solstice by the Sea

Upon the sheer high cliff,

over the sea,

dancing, running in place,

shouting names,

rain streaming down in torrents,

in walls, like the walls

around old seaside villas,

rough as stucco,

blank, haughty.

No entry.

My dog runs by my side,

wet through,

ears in motion

with his exertion,

blinded by the down pour.

Solstice almost here.

Dawn on the first day of Return.

Transformed to icy pellets,

rain shoots through me and doggy,

shoots in arrows,

arrives in spears.

Clothes mean nothing.

Turn in place and run backwards,

face averted from the icy blast.

Turn to face again.

The sea and the shore are one.

In the last day

of triumph over light,

Darkness retains her power,

to pierce,

to cleanse,

to declare winter shall begin.

Sarah Fuhro       December 2004

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.

The Lunar Calendar for 2015 is ready for a new start of the Moon’s cycle: www.thelunarpress.com.

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