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fiery furnace #2                                    painting: Sarah Fuhro

In each of us there is a fiery furnace. It is the place of transformation, the heart. The element of transformation is Fire.  This Sagittarius full Moon gives the gift of that fire. What may have been burning embers is now a roaring blaze. Alchemy, the ancient art and science of transformation was never without the action of fire. Sagittarius is a sign associated with the transformation of the spirit through fire and joy.  In the Tarot card, Temperance, which corresponds to Sagittarius, the angel Michael, mixes essence of old and new to create an alchemical state, which has no further need for ego.

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The story of the Fiery Furnace in the Book of Daniel tells a tale of the three Jewish ‘children’ who would not worship the Statue of Gold erected by the King of Babylon. The three, including the prophet Daniel were flung into a fiery furnace and the heat turned up, yet they remained untouched by the flames and a fourth figure was seen in their midst.

All this suggests the nature of this moment of Full Moon, when Moon, Chiron and the North Node are arranged in a fiery triangle, a Wheel of Flame.

full Moon in Sagittarius 2018

Healing (Chiron) and evolution (the North Node) is the message of this configuration of the Fire Signs. It seems perfectly illustrated by the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Moon, ‘a Mother leads her small child, step by step up a steep stairway.’

We are here to help each other with healing and transformation, which can bind up the wounds in the human condition and our relationship to the Earth. Evolution into a new form of humanity can only be accomplished through group intention rather than the old way of attempting to progress one soul at a time.

Stairs at Wellesley sepia BL                                       photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sagittarius is open to spiritual adventures and new territory, travel, optimism, and an open embrace of diversity. This is a full Moon of possibility, curiosity and hunger, greater than our fear which keeps us locked in old ways.  Sagittarius is a free spirit, open to the impulse of the fiery furnace of the heart.    In the photograph above there is a chain across the bottom of the staircase, an impediment to those who would be held back, but no real barrier to any who are determined to explore those stairs.

It’s strange I could not find images of a woman ascending a staircase, only descending!

I found a painting by Burne-Jones of musicians descending a winding staircase.

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There is Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase:

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And Rembrandt shows a woman with a small child, but also descending the stairs:

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What does it take to imagine a woman ascending the stairs? With the Sabian Symbol of a woman, her child and the step by step ascent of a steep staircase, we can look up to the Moon and imagine ourselves climbing a golden ladder to reach her. We can be like Jacob as he slept, homesick in the desert, he saw the angels ascending and descending a golden ladder.  I don’t like to think that ascending is somehow better than descending, but like the waxing and waning of the Moon, there must be equal appreciation for the special gifts of both!

images-1                                    William Blake, Jacob’s Dream

This full Moon and Mars point to Venus in the sign of Cancer. Perhaps she is the mother of the small child in us, ready to climb the next step in a steep staircase.   Cancer is the Moon’s sign, and opens the door to the season of summer.  Yet even as Cancer marks the highest point in the Sun’s journey North, it is also the turning point to Sun’s return South, and the slow growth toward darkness for our hemisphere.

Where is the Sun in this moment of opposition to the Moon? He has a Sabian Symbol very connected to Sagittarius: A quiver full of arrows! Sagittarius is the archer in the sky, the centaur with drawn bow. We are given the gift of potential.   Will the arrow find its mark or stay in the quiver?

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Artemisia, the goddess of the Moon is often shown with bow and arrow. She is a hunter, and a full Moon light’s the hunter’s way to prey.   Her arrows are the thoughts, which pierce the darkness, and invite us to dance under the full Moon!   In Moonlight we see the world in a new way. Let this full Moon open your heart and mind to a  new version of reality.

Strange old town BL                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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A Vast Public Park!

Taurus Sun and Moon are meeting in a ‘vast public park’, according to their Sabian Symbol!   There they will celebrate the shared joys of May, the pleasures of Taurus energy, earthy, sensual, imbued with the beauty and love of Venus, ‘ruler’ of this sign. Taurus is fixed, marks the fire festival of Beltane,  and keeps an ancient reverence for the feminine, celebrated all over the ancient world 5,000 years ago, during the ‘Age of Taurus.’   This was a period of huge public processions and gatherings, when tribes met in peace during the season of Beltane to find love and comfort in each other’s presence.

apple blossoms                      photo: Sarah Fuhro

The constellation Taurus marked the two halves of the year for many ancient people. Taurus contains the Pleiades and the Hyades, two important and highly visible star clusters.   At Beltane the Pleiades rise at dawn. At Samhain (late October), they rise at sun set. It’s hard for us to see these great wheels turn in the sky from season to season, but when we do they enrich our understanding of the meaning of change in our lives. Astrology, which came from ancient observation is one way to enjoy and interact with the turn of the cosmic wheel, and to remember that nothing stays the same, but is always in process of transformation.

New Moon in Taurus 2018

Sun and Moon feel the action of Mars, Pluto, and Black Moon Lilith, from their position in another Earth sign, Capricorn.   Mars and Pluto make demands upon the luminaries in their Taurus embrace to manifest their love, because Capricorn demands material evidence.   We may also feel that strong energetic push to make something visible during this season of Venus, whether a new child or piece of art.   Black Moon Lilith is always a reminder of whatever we might choose to forget or ignore. Pluto is also the revealer of truth as we see week after week during this time of revealed sexual secrets.

gnome face in the woods BL                                    photo: Bruce Lhuillier

But the planet most energized at the new Moon is Uranus.  Always on the move, electric, rebellious,  Uranus will move into the sign of Taurus later this day.   This might have a huge impact on earth energy since Taurus is very associated with the element of earth and there is the extra impact of a new Moon cycle. On the day Uranus went into the sign of Aries in 2011, Fukushima was struck by a huge tsunami, and nuclear plant melt down.   But Taurus is a sign of love of the earth. What if the entry of Uranus into Taurus on May 15, hours after the new Moon, becomes a moment of intense victory for the earth, a joyous appreciation shared by enough people to turn our self destruction into passionate appreciation of the beauty and grace of our home?

Gingko Leaf with Dew BL                      photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Despite all the heavy interaction between planets, asteroids and luminaries, between cosmic bodies visible and invisible, this new Moon, embraced and hidden in the light of the Taurus Sun contains the potential for a new way of seeing the world.  Love and kindness are always there, waiting for us to notice.

It’s Almost Time

It’s almost time.

almost time for the change in the light,

but almost time for the poor and weak

to reach out their trembling hands

to each other and to grasp.

It’s almost time for the kind to smile

and be seen

in all their glory,

for the shift in power.

 

It’s almost time for the silenced to sing,

and for the earth to receive the sweet rain

of justice as it falls on ploughed fields.

 

It’s almost time to be brave,

and to go the next step

without knowing how.

 

It’s almost time for the Moon

to rise in the dark sky and let us know

there is more than one way

to see the road ahead.

 

– Sarah Fuhro

 

 

 

 

 

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interior of stone chamber BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

With this new Moon in Pisces we experience the end (Pisces) and the beginning (Aries). The door closes on one cycle, opens to another.   Water and fire are everywhere. Like all astrology charts, this new Moon pattern lays out a cosmic message, a sentence made of planets, and the space between them, which can sooth us or spur us on.

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We live on a planet of dark and light, night and day. As magicians we are taught to embrace polarity and then release it. Each sign of the Zodiac lies next to one of deep contrast.   This way we are constantly shown one side of things, and then the other. To be able to dance with both feet to this drumbeat is a reason to study astrology!   And the best teacher of astrology, of cycles and polarity is the Moon.

Moon Face                         photo: Bruce Lhuillier Peabody Essex Museum

Born with the Moon in Cancer, the Lady’s home sign, I measure everything with her divining rod. I travel in her boat.

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 slender 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.

And you, who are also the Moon’s child, and the child of this dark and light planet, where will you be at this new Moon moment?   Will you feel that shift from the dark Moon to the seed of new light?

The last few degrees of Pisces are momentous in occult tradition. Take this opportunity to truly feel: ‘in the end is the beginning and in the beginning is the end.’ We can be shaken by the sense of walking a swaying bridge over a deep gorge, or a bridge between two seasons, one wet, one fiery.

Bridge in winter        photo: Robert Fuhro  Erving, Massachusetts

I think the Bridge in this chart is Chiron. He is at 28° degrees of Pisces and has a most beautiful symbol from this degree. ‘Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism.’   Chiron is the wound we cannot heal in our chart, but the wound is the way we learn to heal others. In this picture of him he carries a youth, the Life Force, Aries on his back. This is a good illustration of this chart which is a link between Pisces, the end of the of the Zodiacal year, and Aries, the fiery introduction to Spring and new energy.

chiron and youth BL                         photo: Bruce Lhuillier  John Singer Sargent mural in the Boston Public Library

In this image of Chiron there is a hint of Sagittarius, the centaur, for Chiron was a centaur. It’s not surprising that Mars, the embodiment of the Life Force is in Sagittarius square to Chiron, giving a hot spur to this watery moment in time. His degree represents ‘Personalized Worship.’ It is the act of courage when we find our own way to connect to spirit.

Llewellyn Temperance                                             Llewelyn Tarot  Temperance Card

Jupiter, who rules Sagittarius is also a connected to the action in this chart. From Scorpio, he makes a water connection to Moon, Sun, Chiron in Pisces and pressures Uranus and Eris in their location of fire.   As a centaur, Sagittarius is related to Chiron. The connection of man and beast, man as part of the animal kingdom, is beautifully illustrated in this card, with overtones of Pisces and Neptune.  Pisces is the healing water of the Zodiac.

Ravens in the sky                     photo: Robert Fuhro   Ravens in the sky

Give this moment in time your attention. We enter the Celtic Moon of Alder on this day. There is potential for the magic of the Alder to open your eyes to something you might want to manifest. Alder is the wood of wet places, yet strong enough to keep the city of Venice above water! It is the Month of Bran, the Raven, who made himself a bridge, between Ireland and Britain. This Pisces new Moon is the link between Water, and Fire, between the last days of Pisces and the moment of the spring equinox when the Sun moves into the sign of Aries.  Stay between seasons, between signs of the Zodiac, and listen to the prophecies of that magical bird the raven.

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 talks to the fishes.

troutphoto: Robert Fuhro

Each year at this time, the full Moon in Virgo is  opposite the Sun in Pisces.  Virgo Moon refines and rearranges emotions.  She needs a sense of order in the environment to be comfortable and at ease, and then she gets the work done. Pisces is a water sign, any form of organization is based upon the fluid memory of water.   Pisces is known for fog, illusion, spiritual impulse.  Virgo gathers in the harvest,  Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, releases what is finished from the year’s cycle.  But here’s how they work well together: Virgo Moon can materialize the spiritual impulse of Pisces, and communicate it to the world at large.

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                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This year the Sun is very close to Neptune, her modern ruler. A little further on we have Mercury, Venus and Chiron also in this mystic sign. Whatever luminosity was available from a Pisces Sun is fogged over with Neptune’s sea foam. To speak with Pisces is to release expectation.  Fish talk is wet and confusing. If Virgo Moon tries to hold a rational exchange with this mystical crew of planets in Pisces, she might do better with poetry.

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                   photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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 slender 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.

Sphinx in Fogg BL

                       photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 The full Moon in Virgo is a good time to analyze the dreams of Pisces. This is especially true this time because Neptune is close to the Sun, and the power of dreams, mystical experiences, music and poetry is doubly abundant. This degree of Virgo has a Sabian Symbol with the keyword: Unveiling. Neither beauty nor ugliness can be hidden during this full Moon. But to know which is beauty and which ugly is a task for the trained initiate.

Virgo is very much about hidden secrets, which allows the soul to work in seclusion.  Pisces is the perfect partner to penetrate the engima.  This full Moon become a visionary, a seer, a mystic, a poet, a channel to the hidden realms.

The Visionary                                            photo: Sarah Fuhro

 An enigmatic figure, Black Moon Lilith, watches both Virgo Moon and Pisces Sun. She demands we give up expectation in exchange for letting wonder happen. Lillith is the frustration of women and the feminine in palpable form, when out of balance with the masculine. At this moment, there is a world wide transformation of the feminine in each of us and in social structures which are in a state of positive chaos.

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                                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Virgo full Moon is already very beautiful several days in advance. Bask in her light; know that she is a harbinger of spring. The seeds of which Virgo gathered in the harvest season now fall upon the receptive wet earth of Pisces.  The mystery and poetry of this Moon will give us the key to the new season. The Sabian Symbol for the degree of Chiron explains what is happening behind the scene: ‘A fertile garden under the full moon reveals a variety of full-grown vegetables.’

Full Moon in Virgo 2018

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Silver and Gold, a Full Moon in Leo!

On the night the Moon was a tiny crescent in the sky, I had a dream. The dream was at dawn, and was a voice and big letters, which said: ‘Au’ and ‘Ag.’  Hey, I’m not a chemist, but those are the elemental letters for Silver and Gold! ‘Why,’ I asked the Dream guys, ‘do I need to remember the elemental letters for Silver and Gold?’   No answer.

Gold stones in stream                                             Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver is the Moon, Gold is the Sun.

Last month the full Moon was in Cancer, the Moon’s sign. The metal of the Moon is Silver, Ag, Argentum  This month the full Moon is in Leo, the Sun’s sign. Gold is the metal of the Sun, Au, Aurum, Gold.

And this is true at this season every year. Is this the year to awaken to the Silver and Gold of Cancer and Leo? Is this about Male and Female polarity? Is the Moon female, the Sun, male?

Not always.

Here is a picture of the lunar god Mên, worshipped in Asia Minor. He bears the crescents of the Moon on his shoulders, and treads the cow head of Taurus, a Moon loving zodiac sign under his horse’s hoofs. Was there a war between Male and Female lunar deities? Is there a war inside ourselves and perhaps in the evolution of culture that debates whether the Moon is male or female? It may be necessary for each of us to experience our interior self, our reflective self, our ever changing self as male and as female.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier                                      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Below is a picture with a woman wearing a solar halo, and a man with crescent Moon horns.

Sun and Moon Seal BL                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier   Hammond Castle

This Wednesday’s full Moon is a total eclipse of the Moon, a dramatic moment suitable to Leo, who loves theater. People often saw an eclipse as an attack on the Sun or Moon, a disappearance and reappearance of the light we live by night and day. We still experience this kind of anxiety at the time of an eclipse. It’s important to be aware of the eclipse cycle even if we can’t see it, because we can always feel it in our bodies and psyches.

This Leo Moon will also dramatically affect the tides of the ocean, because the Moon is close to the earth–a Super Moon. The Sabian Symbol for the eclipse says it very clearly: ‘A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.’ Something, carefully planned is coming together to be expressed on a huge stage. It’s the season of Mardi Gras! This Lunar Eclipse has that feeling of unlimited excess, followed by a truth we already know. The feasting of Mardi Gras is followed by Ash Wednesday, and the traditional forty days of fasting.

Full Moon in Leo 2018

 

The Moon and the asteroid Ceres (Demeter, Earth goddess) are in a perfect conjunction at this moment. Demeter’s grief for her stolen child, Persephone, gave us the seasons. This year, the Leo full Moon is situated close to the festival of Imbolc, Candlemass, Groundhog’s Day, February 2. For those of us who search for a way to reconnect to the rhythms of the earth and sky, Imbolc is the time to gather and embrace the growing light. At Imbolc, the light is a crack in the darkness of winter. Imbolc is sacred to the goddess Bride, mid-wife, poet and black smith.  When the doctor told me, my baby would be born on February 2nd, I was ecstatic. My son showed up on that sacred day, and, fortunately, did not see his shadow!

Here, in the frozen or muddy North, we know the light of candles reflected in melting snow has divinatory power. Winter is not over in the North, but is touched by the Sun’s return.

candle in water                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver and Gold, Sun and Moon, light and dark play out in our lives, moment by moment. What illumination will this Sun/Moon moment hold for you? Wednesday’s total Lunar eclipse is the balance to the total Solar eclipse in Leo last August. Hold a moment to honor the ritual of this cosmic and earth time. It is like a heart we can hear beating in our throats.

Sarah Fuhro

sarahfuhro@gmail.comKeeping 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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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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