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Each year the full Moon in Cancer marks the anniversary of my mother’s death. As I flew into San Francisco to say good-bye to her, the full Moon was rising at my back. As I kept watch with her through the night, the Moon watched with me.

spaghetti tree knots BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

My mother and I share a natal Moon in Cancer. This is the sign of mothers, and children, home, ancient tides and rituals, full-throated emotions, blood and tears and sweat, the saltiness of the oceans. Cancer is the sea, the place from where we emerged, our mother’s womb. Cancer Moon loves to cook and share food, so it’s a perfect full Moon for New Year’s Day. As the Sun sets on January 1, 2018, look to the East and raise a cup to toast the full Moon in Cancer.

Sol invictus talking tree BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Moon ‘rules’ the sign of Cancer. She visits this sign each month, but only in the darkest days of winter does she enter her fullness and shine most brightly in her home sign! This year, the full Moon’s Sabian symbol is a reflection of the connection to motherhood, which the sign of Cancer represents: ‘A Chinese woman nursing a baby whose aura reveals him to be the reincarnation of a great teacher.’ Our children are our teachers. Each child born comes with a lesson plan. While we were in the womb, an eclipse marked us with purpose. One way to access what each of us came here to share is to look to the sign of the zodiac and placement of your pre-natal solar eclipse. Each prenatal eclipse sign gives us a clue to that impulse. You can find your pre natal solar eclipse at https://cafeastrology.com/eclipsessolarlunar.html

Aries teaches courage

Taurus teaches good values

Gemini teaches communication

Cancer teaches emotional expression

Leo teaches accepting love

Virgo teaches clarity

Libra teaches balance

Scorpio teaches responsibility

Sagittarius teaches higher consciousness

Capricorn teaches reputation

Aquarius teaches detachment

Pisces teaches sensitivity

Full Moon in Cancer 2018

Neptune has a special relationship to this full Moon. His degree is the same as the Sun and Moon. His Sabian Symbol gives us a clue as to what he might contribute at this moment.    ‘In the sanctuary of an occult brotherhood, newly initiated members are being examined and their character tested.’   Neptune’s exact connection to the Sun and Moon urges spiritual responsibility for the groups we belong to. He is the boat which floats upon the Cancerian seas, the transport to deeper waters.

ruined ship on beach BL                                      photo: Bruce Lhuillier\

Mars is the third arm of the water wheel. He pushes the Sun and Moon boats out into the long deep drink of inspiration, Awen.   Awen is to say: everything, the wheel of the year and the Sun’s journey. Everything we do, say, think can be done with deep creative intent.   The inspiration behind each moment can be felt this day and this year of 2018.   Here is the symbol of Awen carved upon a piece of river borne wood, perhaps Sycamore. Like the Water trine in the chart it has three branches. It grew upon the earth, was dispersed upon water, transformed by fire, and transported  through airy distance to arrive at my house as a gift for the winter solstice!  May you feel the blessing of this powerful full Moon at the New Year each day.

Awen                                                                artwork by Dana Driscoll
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 sky is filled with Sagittarian energy!   Mercury, Venus, Moon, Sun and Saturn are all there at a party for the Solstice.   Sagittarius is fiery and full of joyful vigor, or righteous anger or spiritual bliss.   The Moon, hides at her farthest point from the Earth, invisible to us as she cozies up to the Sun.

sagittarian new moon for 2017Feel the energy of Uranus, the electric and erratic revolutionary in his elemental connection to the Sun and Moon!  Surprise!

Guy with conical hat BL                       photo: Bruce Lhuillier

And what wound might heal, or open up, as Chiron challenges all that Sagittarius party energy from the place of compassionate Pisces?

The Sabian Symbol for this degree where Sun and Moon have met is:’A Sculptor at His Work. The ability to project one’s vision upon and to give form to materials.      Self Projection into a Work.’

sculptured rock with leaves                photo: Robert Fuhro

On a trip this fall to the desert and cañon lands of the West, sculpture of the land was visible everywhere. Home in New England, what is visible is the daily change of light on ice and snow formations.

water sculpture           photo: Sarah Fuhro

 I wish you the joy of this Sagittarian gathering. The next full Moon will be January 1. Meanwhile, Saturn, the cosmic sculptor will move into his sign of greatest power, Capricorn. Over the next two weeks it will be possible to sculpt the entry to the New Year, 2018.   How will we each touch our environment to express our inner gifts?

better ice colums         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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                                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Strange, isn’t it? This full Moon feels more like a beginning than a culmination.  What is about to hatch?

 There is a strong illusory element in this moment as Neptune, the dreamer, located in watery Pisces, makes a perfect square with Sun and Moon. The missing fourth member of this design is in Virgo, and is called a degree of ‘unveiling.’ The past few weeks have been caught up in revelations of male dominance used to humiliate and diminish women. At the full Moon on Sunday, we might use these revelations to ‘unveil’ the ancient mystery of male and female powers.

II of Cups                                      Pamela Colman Smith/Two of Cups, Rider-Waite Deck

Sun, Moon and Neptune are all at the same degree in three different signs. Jupiter also at the same degree, in another water sign, Scorpio connects to Neptune. The degree held by all these players is 11. Numerologists consider 11, a ‘Master’ number, a number which can be taken in many directions. 11 has a connection to the healer, the psychic and the creative artist. Those two 1’s look like the astrological symbol for Gemini, II, the sign of this full Moon.   And the symbol for Gemini could also be read as the Roman numeral for two, II.

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                       Niobid Painter – Jastrow (2008), https://commons.wikimedia.org/

The constellation Gemini represents the twins Castor and Pollux,  hatched from the egg of Leda, their mother, who tried to escape the sexual advances of Zeus. He disguised himself as a swan and overcame her. In some versions of the story, Castor was mortal, Pollux immortal. In this way they represent all of us, all of creation, for we are both mortal and immortal. In the picture above we see Castor in his egg shell hat. It’s perfect that he’s standing next to a horse looking almost like a centaur! The Sun is in the sign of Sagittarius, the centaur. The sign opposite is Gemini. On this Greek krater they are combined in one image.

Leda and the Swan   W.B. Yeats

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still

Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed

By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,

He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.

How can those terrified vague fingers push

The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?

And how can body, laid in that white rush,

But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?

A shudder in the loins engenders there

The broken wall, the burning roof and tower

And Agamemnon dead.

Being so caught up,

So mastered by the brute blood of the air,

Did she put on his knowledge with his power

Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?

 

leda-and-the-swan-michelangelo                         https://upload.wikimedia.org/

Yeats’ poem tells us what it’s like to be impregnated by a divine force. Michelangelo presents a more erotic version. From this came two eggs. One was the egg of Castor and Pollux and the other contained Helen and Clytemnestra. The whole drama of the Trojan War hatched from Leda’s egg.  Swans are sacred to Venus, and Venus in this chart is in Sagittarius with the Sun.

To up the energetic charge of this full Moon, Mercury, ruler of Gemini goes retrograde the same day. Mercury is in the last degree of Sagittarius, the Sun’s sign. Interesting that he stations direct on the fixed star, Etamin, the ‘Right Eye of the Dragon’, and turns direct (December 22) on the ‘Left Eye of the Dragon’ (Restabin), both in the Constellation Draco. So we begin a journey back in time, revisiting both eyes of the great dragon. Dragons guard treasures. Since Mercury’s reverse journey takes place in Sagittarius, I imagine he is a Fire Dragon, like the one in the picture below from the swamplands of New Orleans.

NOLA the dragon tree BL                                               photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 

‘With vast convolutions Draco holds

The’ ecliptic axis in his scaly folds.

O’er half the skies his neck enormous rears,

and with immense meanders parts the Bears.’

Erasmus Darwin, The Botanic Garden, The Echo Library, 2007,

Around five o’clock last night,  I looked up and saw the almost full Moon. She looked down upon me and delicately pulled back her veil.   The Moon is whole and accepts her wholeness no matter what her lunar phase. When we follow her through the seasons, we understand our own wholeness.  This full Moon sings of mastery, of deep integration, possible amidst the dragon’s swirling scales.  All of us will experience the powerful forces at work during this full Moon.  Everyday we are given gifts by the cosmos. Like spoiled children we can cast away our treasures, or embrace the depths of what is offered!

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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Moon Snake       Sarah Fuhro

Moon snake hangs like a ripe crescent

from a tropical branch, over my pillow.

Creamy white fur, white feathers,

stacked like tiny leaves,

a white rope in the clean wind,

a sickle, ready to harvest,

a dream, a Moon snake.

 

Moon snake sways

over the bed where I lie asleep.

 

Moon snake lowers

a leafy white body.

 

Fangs bite me sharp upon the sternum.

Poison sweeps through me.

The toxic potion excites my heart,

but stills my body. Paralysis: the river

where my blood flows is stopped.

I can’t move. I am done and undone.

 

In the morning I begin again.

While Moon snake, like the wind

has moved on.

 

Triskelion Drawing with birth goddess BL                          Bruce Lhuillier

Saturday, the New Moon in Scorpio offers a huge dose of potential creativity. Five celestial players in Scorpio will teach us to go deeper, beyond death, beyond birth, through the gates of chaos, through darkness and brilliant light. When challenged by Scorpionic forces we can always pull the blankets over our head, sit very still and see what happens, or take part in the action. The creativity of Scorpio is held in the seeds of the plants, which die in this season.   We cut down the plants in our garden and so we scatter the seeds.

                                sepia cattails                              photo: Sarah Fuhro

This is the lunar month of Ngetal, the Reed. Ngetal stands knee deep in cold muddy water. He is not afraid of the chaos of transformation, where he lives. A swamp is a place of tremendous creativity and potential.   Trump’s call to ‘drain the swamp’ should warn us of how dangerous it is to be fearful of what cannot be named or categorized.   Swamps start the life process over and over. Sometimes they smell funny or harbor swarms of insects, but they are also a banquet for birds and mammals. They hold water during drought and absorb water in times of flood.   They are places of refuge for the hunted beast, the runaway slave, the child Moses in his basket of reeds.

bird in swamp                  photo: Robert Fuhro

The creative potential of this chart deepens when we look at the role played by Saturn. Saturn continues his fiery connection to the catalyst Uranus. This combination is one of the planetary signatures of this time, when the world seems to be in constant crisis. Saturn is traveling through the sign of Sagittarius where he wants to solidify spirit. The Sabian Symbol for Saturn’s degree is ‘A Sculptor at his Work. The ability to project one’s vision upon and to give form to materials.’ Amidst all the energetic sparks from the intense combination of planet energy, there is a focus upon a beautiful form, which is held in the collective but expressed through the individual.

big head in Carlisle                                  photo: Sarah Fuhro

New Moon in Scorpio 2017

 

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 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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‘There are moments when the soul takes wings: what it has to remember, it remembers; what it loves, it loves still more: what it longs for, to that it flies.’ 

Fiona MacLeod

Triskelion in storm cloudsPhoto: Sarah Fuhro

It’s true that every full Moon features the luminaries in opposite signs, but this one is especially a tug of war between many contrary impulses and energies.   But there is a clue to integration in this chart as well.

rocks in balance                    Photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sun is in the constellation Libra, a place of balance, ruled by the Lady Venus. Moon is in Aries, full of smoke and fury and ruled by the warrior, Mars. Both Libra and Aries mark the time of equal light and darkness, the equinox of spring and fall. The degree of the Aries Moon carries the image of ‘an unexploded bomb’, and ‘adolescent frustration.’ The Libra Sun’s degree is about children ‘blowing soap bubbles’, with the dream of ‘perfect fulfillment.’

Owl and Bob Cat                      Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Confrontation seems to be the theme; the opposing signs use wildly different methods, soap bubbles versus bombs. Yet both are convinced they have the key to human evolution. The rulers of these two signs, Mars and Venus are off on a tryst together, unconcerned about the opposition between Aries and Libra. The symbol of their shared degree in Virgo may hold the key to how these energies will transmute from bombs and soap bubbles into ‘a caravan of cars headed to the West Coast….’ There will have to be ‘cooperative effort’ to reach a ‘New World of experience.’

Alina Gallo Schoolyard incendiatry attack                     Alina Gallo: Al Ghouta Chemical Attack

We are witness to both violence and acts of tremendous kindness. We feel both creative and destructive impulses mixed within our own person. How do we go on from here?   It seems as if a daily scenario of horror and miraculous joy plays out before us, and within us. My hope for something better comes from two books I read recently.

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Both books are written by people who have woven together the wisdom of gratitude and connection to earth, and especially plants, the genius of indigenous people, with scientific knowledge and method.   Each comes from a background of heartbreaking destruction to their native culture and way of life. Yet they have created a new culture with very hopeful and deep roots.

pokeweed                      Photo: Robert Fuhro

Perhaps it is the Pokeweed who will give us a clue to where we need to go with the chaos and transformation we experience. This is a plant native to the Eastern United States. It can grow up to eight feet tall and has long stems of berries. As a Flower Essence practitioner I was intrigued with the way these berries develop because the flowers, the green unripe berries and the dark purple berries remain together all on one stem.   This is a wonderful essence for those in transition, because we are never transformed completely and in an instant. All the steps of development are present in the process of growth.

Full Moon in Aries 2017

Much about this chart is akin to the stories of King Arthur, where there is strange mingling of constant combat (Aries) and never ending romance (Libra). Mix into that two planes of existence, human and fairy, and you have the dynamics of Thursday’s full Moon!   There is a funnel of energy called a ‘Yod,’ which brackets the Aries planets and empties out into the Libra Sun. Expect a strong dose of mysterious turns of fate, and enjoy the illusions and insights all of this may bring you as a gift!

View of clouds from causeway                     Photo: Sarah 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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Solar Eclipse Lily Pad

Photo: Robert Fuhro

This Solar Eclipse has turned our heads in America. We will look up and catch sight of Sun and Moon in an intimate moment of visual contact. Our attention will shift away from domestic drama to celestial dance. How wondrous is it, that our Moon, the Earth and Sun are so perfectly sized, so perfectly placed in the cosmos, to create these yearly events in the sky, solar and lunar eclipse! Our Moon casts her shadow on the Sun, and from where we watch, the stars come out in mid-day! We can hope to see Jupiter, Venus and Mars during the darkest period.

mushroom with stick

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Each new Moon is about the end, and the beginning. The Moon has made her journey through all the constellations of the zodiac, and caught up with the Sun to start the journey again. This is the second new Moon in Leo, as if to emphasize this sign or perhaps the Sun himself, because Leo is the place the Sun shines most brightly! This second round of new Moon in Leo, Sun is eclipsed, darkened, shut down!   What does it mean for all of us here on this beautiful planet? Can we keep our balance in a way that feels impossible to imagine?

Dark face stone balance

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the eclipse speaks of great potential for transformation:   ‘A Mermaid emerges from the Ocean Waves ready for rebirth in human form. The stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rising from the unconscious is about to take form as a conscious thought.’   It is what we ‘know’ is impossible which begs for existence. Over the past week I have learned to balance rocks in positions, which defy gravity. As I draw away my hand, and the rock stays perched, I understand how I limit my thoughts, how I neglect the impossible.    ‘Yearning for conscious form and solidity’ is the meaning of this eclipse.  It will require our deep meditative attention to visualize what does not exist.

Thoth three of disks

Thoth Deck: Three of Disks

If you have noticed a lot of explosive energy over the last few weeks, it might be the planetary  triangle in the Fire element as it rolls through the skies. Sun and Moon are in trine to Uranus in fiery Aries. Uranus is an electrical charge all by himself. His Sabian Symbol in the eclipse drama is ‘The Music of the Spheres!’ Can you hear it? Will it embed itself in you on Monday as you open yourself to the cosmic energy of the new Moon? Saturn is the third point in the triangle, and he is in perfect alliance with Dark Moon Lilith, the angry first wife of Adam, undomesticated female energy.

harp and dancer samhain

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Pholus shares the third point in this fiery triangle. He is a centaur connected to the ancestral realms and generational healing. This seems particularly poignant as our nation begins to look at the unrelenting, unchecked violent racism, which exists in the United States. Not just during four hundred years of bitter slavery, but in the terrorism, which continues to the present moment for people of color. The Sabian Symbol for the location of Pholus is another image of artistic vision and form: ‘A sculptor at his work.’ But what are we sculpting?

spider web sculpture

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

This solar eclipse takes place one degree from the Ascendant of the President of the United States….and two degrees from my Ascendant! The Ascendant is the most sensitive point in a chart. It is the gate we enter when we take on a physical form at birth.   It will take place someplace in your chart as well, and bring attention to any planet it touches. The location in a particular zone of your chart, even it there are no planets nearby will give special emphasis to this area of your life over the next several months.   The effects of an eclipse take several months to materialize. It may be when Saturn reaches the eclipse degree (28° Sagittarius) this December! That will ‘perfect’ the Fire triangle created during Monday’s eclipse.

elder berry constellations

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

The stars and planets are reflected here on earth.  This branch of Elderberry looks like  a constellation.  Our ancestors lived under the stars and were constantly aware of them.  We are awed when we occasionally get a glimpse of a star filled sky if we can get away from night light.  This eclipse, which will be visible across the United States could be an opportunity to see the whole picture instead of a fragment.  We share the sky with everyone, with plants and animals and the stones and earth around us.  Let’s drink  in this eclipse not just as a marvel but as a message.   Will the wonder of the eclipse remain within us, as we attempt to materialize the impossible?

New Moon in Leo Eclipse 2017 

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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