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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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A partial lunar eclipse on August 7th won’t be visible in the United States, yet it carries the energy of Sun and Mars in Leo. This explodes the power of the element of Fire and the Life Force. The combination, which has been in effect for the last few weeks, brings a huge surge of energy.   But like all energy, it requires consciousness, a channel for the drive towards action, which it triggers.

Gold in brook SFphoto: Sarah Fuhro

Give this eclipse a moment of your time and awareness. It takes place at 2:11 pm EDT on Monday, August 7, daylight hours here in North America. But the view of the full Moon has already begun to light up the night sky. As with each full Moon, the Lunar Lady comes out of the bright orb of the Sun and shines in her own light. This can represent for us, the lunar aspect of ourselves: the side, which knows without words, the intuitive, visionary and dreamtime portion of our soul.

Visage.jpg BLphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

‘The storm over, all Nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine. The surge of life and love after a major crisis. The joy and power of new beginnings.’

 This is the verbal image of the Sun’s degree, the  Sabian Symbol for his position at the time of the eclipse. If times have been difficult over the last year, this is a moment of reconfiguration.   The Sun in Leo offers you a new outlook, or even a breakthrough on the material plane at this Lunar eclipse.

sunset profiles
photo: Sarah Fuhro

Leo, the Sun’s sign is the joy and expression of the self.   Aquarius, the Moon’s sign is about community, about visions of the future.   Here is the tension for this combination….how does the individual thrive amidst the needs and expectations of the larger group?   How do we find balance between responsibility towards organization and responsibility to hear and follow free flowing inspiration? Long ago, at this time of year, I had a dream in which I was carrying water in a pail hooked on a yoke across my shoulders. But the yoke was impossible to carry this way, because it needed another pail for balance.   When I went back and filled a second pail with water, I could now carry it up the hill. I took the dream to be about Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Aquarius full Moon needs the joyous balance of Leo, the Sun.

aquarius full Moon 2017

This Lunar eclipse chart reflects a very old story in the rivalry between Jupiter (Zeus) and Pluto (Hades). The two planets make an exact 90° angle to one another called a ‘square.’ Jupiter rules Mt. Olympus. He is the king of the gods, the ruler above ground, but his brother, Pluto, governs the Underworld. Hades is full of resentment. Zeus is oblivious. Zeus had a gorgeous wife and innumerable sexual conquests.   Hades ruled alone, until the entry of Persephone in his subterranean kingdom. His jaws open wide for mortal flesh.

Blossom head scary face

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Jupiter had to deal with the limitations imposed by Pluto. Mortality and immortality play back and forth between these two mighty brothers.   Life on earth cannot continue without Death. But neither life nor death is satisfied with this arrangement.   Somehow this moment in time is a reminder of that conflict and all the power it holds over us. This is the season of Lughnasadh or Lammas, of harvest, which means death for the grain, but life for animals and humans. It’s a strange time of year. Sun and heat throb around us, yet the diminishing daylight and the harvest are reminders of approaching fall and winter.

Lughanasadh celebration.jpg BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

And then there is Neptune who rules another kingdom, that of the Sea.   With Pluto he creates a Yod in this chart, a powerful finger pointing at the Sun. ‘Take it seriously, Leo,’ Pluto and Neptune say. ‘You are the playful, fun-loving sign of the zodiac, but we have deep secrets and deep treasures, only accessed by those who stop to listen.  Only the compassionate ones who hold life tenderly in their hands make it through this perilous time.

figure with bird

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Take a moment to hear and feel the full Moon in this season of eclipse. The August insects sing praises to our Lady Luna as she rises in the sky during the next few nights. Feel her reflection in your throat.

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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‘Sound the ram’s horn at the time of the new Moon and Full Moon!’      Psalm 81

A new Moon begins a new cycle. We all get a fresh start. And, because this new Moon occurs at the very first degree of Leo, it is also the beginning of a new astrological sign on the Sun’s yearly journey. The next new Moon will also be in Leo. It’s the very large Solar eclipse, visible all over North America.   Enjoy the mysteries and pleasures of this new Moon, which has a lot of fire. Whoever your ancestors, they celebrated the Moon and the stars. They stood in a circle around a fire and felt the loving arms of the sky above them.

stone circle with mushroom                               Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Fire is the first element in the Western occult tradition. It is associated with ‘desire, ‘ with intuition with the direction South and with the Suit of Wands in the Tarot deck.   The occult tradition lists three kinds of fire: There is the ‘electric’ fire of Aries and Mars. Leo is the Solar fire of the Sun. And then there is the fire of friction. The is the fire of social connection, the fire of the ancestors around the communal fire. This is the social friction of Sagittarius. All three play a prominent role in this new Moon moment.

New Moon in Leo 2017

 

The chart of the New Moon on July 23 features lots of heat from Aries, the head, Leo, the heart, and Sagittarius, the hips and sacrum. A beautiful triangle of fire! The Symbol for Fire is an upright triangle. The fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius in this chart form a ‘Grand Trine.’ All three must be integrated to provide wisdom and a key to the mystery of who we are and why we are here. As we trudge up the hill toward light, we often forget the mysterious darkness and conflagration which was our source.  The vision upwards BL         photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Even the Sabian Symbol for this new Moon features heat!   ‘Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition.   Conflagration. ‘ The fire of the heart (Leo) rushes to the head (Aries), expressed in the fire of Sagittarian passions. Give this new Moon your attention on Sunday.   What is your vision of the future? Take note of your personal vision and your vision for human existence on the planet as it heats up. The notion of endless growth doesn’t seem wise. Ambition can be inspiration or cold fire.

spirit bust in crypt at MA BL                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

A Fire trine spins and creates new life forms. But at what price? Something is always forfeited with each twist of the road. As the nomadic life is lost, the connection to the earth spirits is also lost. We can see the pain of people all over the world only recently ripped from their traditional life. They were keenly aware of their relationship to the earth, as were our ancestors. Now we must relearn that relationship. As we follow the Moon’s cycle we take a step towards the reconnection. Now as we feel the damage to our earth, we turn back to the nerve, blood and bone connection we once had as children of the earth.

Tree hugger BL                                       photo:Bruce Lhuillier

 

It’s Almost Time   Sarah Fuhro

It’s almost time,

almost time for the change in light,

almost time for the poor and weak to reach out

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 knowledge of the Moon

to rise in the dark sky and let us know

there is more than one way

to see the road ahead.

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

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Sun Face .jpg BL                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

We have a very powerful full Moon on July 9, when Sun and Moon face off across the chart with formidable companions. The Sun in Cancer is fast approaching Mars. The Moon in Capricorn is about to contact Pluto.   The energy available from this combination will reverberate in different ways for each of us, but when we know the intensity of the moment in this lunar cycle, we can embrace and apply the power of the drama played out in the sky, reflected here on earth.

Full Moon in Capricorn 2017

The Capricorn Moon’s close connection to Pluto is about the truth which cannot be buried. Pluto is the god of the Underworld. He alone did not dwell on Mt. Olympus. He had his own kingdom, sometimes the home of the Dead, or else the place of dark mysteries. Only those ready to do battle with the dark side of themselves might enter.   Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 when the financial system in much of the world collapsed due to the games played by those in charge of money matters. As Pluto has continued his slow grind through Capricorn, a zodiac sign enmeshed with business and government organization, we are all learning a lesson in the power of greed to destroy whatever we love most. At this time we face proposals to take the thin medical coverage from those who have the least, in order to give tax breaks to those who have the most. These are Pluto’s and Capricorn’s themes. Pluto and Moon show us the terrible truth (Pluto) of who we are on the home front (Moon).

Car bits beast BL     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Capricorn is an earth sign and the truth of what we have done to our home planet is also wrapped up in Pluto’s slow passage through the sign.   Damage to the earth by humans did not begin in 2008 and will not end by 2024, when Pluto moves on, but the truth cannot be hidden during these times. The disarray in finances, governments and earth matters is in the dark spotlight of Pluto’s passage. People born during this time will be extremely sensitive to these issues and from the children of this generation, we can expect those who will find new solutions to the problems that are Pluto in Capricorn concerns.

Wood Elf in Sunglasses         photo: Megan Fisklements

And what about the Sun and his close connection to Mars?   Both Sun and Mars represent the vital force, which keeps the earth and each of us alive. As the Sun moves closer to Mars over the next few days, we can feel that pounding excitement moving through us.   The Sun shines both bright and long during this season. Mars gives it an extra boost of courage and energy. But energy and courage are neutral.   Mars is also our anger, another source of life force. Whether we recognize and embrace our anger, bury it, or turn it on those who anger us, the energy is always there.

horizontal oak leaf   photo: Sarah Fuhro

This is the month of Duir, the Oak from the Celtic lunar cycle. The word for Oak is also connected to Druids who called themselves ‘piglets’ because they at the wisdom of the Oak.  And it may also refer to the word ‘door.’ The Oak is a place to enter into the realm of plant wisdom and spirit. The Moon of Duir  falls during the Summer Solstice each year, as the Sun, in the Moon’s sign of Cancer begins his retreat from the Northern Hemisphere. At his height, the Sun withdraws from us, but leaves heat and light for the long days of summer.   Each of us is a reflection of the Sun and we contain a piece of that bright star held in our solar plexus. We can shine and share or bury our light. The light from others can be seen or ignored. The dance of the Sun and the Moon, the stars and the planets is a beautiful reflection of who we are.

Light through the tree BL                                     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Jupiter is the activator for this full Moon. He is 90° degrees, from Sun and Moon. He is like the charioteer who holds the reins of two very powerful horses, the luminaries. The Tarot card, The Chariot corresponds to Cancer, the sign of the Sun. He is the powerful young prince who has conquered through balance, combined male and female elements within himself, released his judgment of polarities, and now he can travel anywhere even while remaining in place.   His steeds are the dark and light wisdom of the past, which is always with us. He is decorated with the Sun, the Moon in her phases, and the stars. He is victorious but never separated from Nature and his mother, the Moon.

The Chariot

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of Jupiter is ‘Circular Paths.’ This refers to the ‘vast planetary and cosmic rhythms of the universe.’ Jupiter is reminding us that when we attune ourselves to the cycles of nature and the Sun and the Moon we free ourselves from ’emotional and group tension.’ We are at peace amidst ‘circular paths.’

Circle of stones 1 BL  photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sarah Fuhro  searhfuhro@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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A few days before the new Moon, we see her rise as a wisp in the light of dawn.   Hard to catch her on a morning so close to the Summer Solstice when light begins early and stays late. Yet this is the new Moon in Cancer, the sign most associated with Moon, and the qualities of Moon: flux, cycles, emotions, the sea, security, family. Friday, the day of the new Moon, she rises in Massachusetts just before 5:00 am and is entirely lost in the brightness of her partner the Sun.   There is a way in which the new Moon in Cancer is a secondary Solstice.   It’s all about merging with a light much brighter than her own.   Yet she is luminary quite as important in astrology as the Sun.

bas relief king musician and stars BL                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sun has reached his highest point at the Solstice. We are filled with light and heat. Animals and plants celebrate.

Sunset on Provincetown dunes                photo: Sarah Fuhro

Mercury is lost in this light, so he must speak in Moon language.   Perhaps he is the young prince in the Tarot card which represents Cancer. The Chariot is a good metaphor for the Moon who represents  constant movement and the passage of time.

The Chariot.jpg

The Sabian Symbol for the degree shared by Sun and Moon is a strange one for the gateway  of Sumer! Maybe it marks the Solstice moment with a reminder that we now enter six months of fading light. ‘ A man bundled in fur leads a shaggy deer. The need to overcome stagnation and cold during a test of endurance.’

While the season is lighthearted, the mood of this new Moon cycle is quite serious. Venus arrives in a degree of Taurus, which says the ‘test of endurance’ has been passed. She is ‘A new continent rising out of the ocean, A surge of new potential after the crisis. Spontaneity.’

Sea and Stickphoto: Robert Fuhro

Birth never comes out of nowhere. There is always a season of gestation. Will I be able to see and embrace what wants to be born in my life? Will you?

Eastern comma           photo: Robert Fuhro 

At the moment of the Solstice, the Moon occupies the same degree of Taurus where Venus stands to greet Sun and Moon. The power of the feminine reverberates throughout this chart, and Venus holds the reins.  But the feminine is always more difficult to see and comprehend. Her light is the Moon, not the bright Sun.

Burney relief.jpg

                                           Queen of the Night1800 and 1750 BCE Mesopotamia

Venus  is in a relationship with the lord of the Underworld, Pluto. She is the recipient of the rage and glee of Black Moon Lilith, she points to Jupiter in his sign of marriage and karma. She shakes the isolation of Vesta, queen of the hearth, and dances with Mars. She is indeed the new land arising from the water of mystery. She takes form in  those who have the power to see her.

faerie hands BL
                                                photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Neptune who rules the seas relates to Venus as well; the mystery of the boundless love, which holds all of creation. There is a song of gratitude held in this chart, the beginning of an awakened relationship between the distracted human mind and the unbending focus of the planet.

Assateague sun rise:set?              photo: Robert Fuhro

Summer Solstice 2107

 

New Moon in Cancer 2017Sarah 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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dried earth        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

An Alchemical Full Moon in Sagittarius

 Here  is a story I heard yesterday. It was used by Jung to explain the synchronicity of our inner and outer being.

There was a great drought in the Chinese village where Jung’s friend lived.  For months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic.

Finally the local people said, ‘We will fetch the rain-maker.’ And from another province an old man appeared. The only thing he asked for was a quiet little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days.   On the fourth day the clouds gathered and there was a great rain-storm, an unusual amount, and the town was so full of rumours about the wonderful rain-maker that Wilhelm went to ask the man how he did it. ‘They call you the rain-maker; will you tell me how you made the rain?’

‘I did not make the rain; I am not responsible.’

‘But what have you done these three days?’

‘Oh, I can explain that. I come from another country where things are in order. Here they are out of order; they are not as they should be by the ordinance of heaven. Therefore the whole country is not in Tao, and I also am not in the natural order of things because I am in a disordered country.

So I had to wait three days until I was back in Tao and then naturally the rain came.’”

 

Blindfolded statue                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

My soul, my planet.

The symbols for the degrees of this full Moon are earth shaking.   Is there indeed a planetary human mind, a human heart to listen?   Hear what was said of this moment when these images were divined (1920). The Moon, which will be full on Friday, carries this warning, a weary reality:

‘Pelicans menaced by the behavior and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their young. The need for people concerned with the future to discover a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings.’ Pelicans symbolize the love of one generation for the next because in legend, they give of their own flesh and blood to feed their young. Human behavior has caused the extinction of innumerable species since these words were written, but now our own survival is on the line.

Brown pelicanphoto: Robert Fuhro

But everyone who reads this knows we are in a cataclysmic situation. What can be the balance to the horror we have created on our beautiful earth? How can we find our way out? The degree for the Sun in Gemini offers us a way beyond despair if we are willing to go deeper into consciousness. ‘A large Archaic volume. Contacting the all human planetary Mind underlying any cultural and personal mentality. Seed knowledge.’ If only there is some way in which we can access these ancient books of papyrus at the right moment!   How may be found through other clues in the chart for this full Moon. Each horoscope is a text for living in that moment of time. In this volume, perhaps it says: when we are in balance, the earth will be in balance as well!!

Grimoire halo BLphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

.Earth Mother, Demeter is at the same degree with the Sun. Is She the Planetary Mind? Does the medicine for a damaged planet lie in our mind’s connection to the earth? We have used our mind for the technology, which has so, ravaged our home, can we use the same mind to find the way to wholeness?  Gemini is about mental constructs, the mind.   The Moon offers the result of our constructs in the form of the animal and human refugees who scatter over the earth trying to find the Mother again.

Caducephoto: Bruce Lhuillier

 

This chart also offers us a Venus newly arrived in Taurus. This is her happiest location!   She is like a bee amongst the Roses. For this five petaled flower is her special signature. Venus has five stations in her cycle through the sky. Those who live beneath the sky know this and trace her journey as a pentacle, as a rose, as an apple blossom! The Sabian Symbol for her degree: ‘The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Riches that come from linking the earthly and the celestial nature.’

Full Moon in Sagittarius 2017

Rose border BLphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Venus is in a perfect sextile with Mars, the life force of outward motion, just as she is the life force, which draws the world inward. Mars in the sign of Cancer has the Moon in him. He is sensitive, moody and tentative unless he is defending those he loves. Venus in Taurus and Mars in Cancer together create a recipe for feminine forcefulness and male passivity.

St. Denis BL Notre Dame Angel et pople BLphotos: Bruce Lhuiller

 

In a love affair these roles are always in flux, because there has to be transformational energy at work when two people are brave enough to mix their elements, and this ever changing formula is fired in the furnace of Alchemy.   So it is in the sky with the planets who act out our dramas for us, and reflect it back to us on earth!

Alchimist BL                                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier
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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Light through the shade                            photo: Mona Thaler

A New Moon is a time of great delicacy! An old Moon releases all she gathered during the last cycle, and rests in darkness, before joining the brilliant light of the Sun to begin anew! The last bit of crescent Moon rises at dawn and is lost in daylight. She does not belong to us, but to the process of her cycle!

Sun and Moon Seal BL                     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Here the two luminaries, Sun and Moon peruse an ancient volume! Interesting that the Sun is a woman in this seal, the Moon is male. Are they Beatrice and Dante pouring over the Divine Comedy?   Dante had a Gemini Sun, and wrote a masterpiece of heaven and hell, which follows no orthodox doctrine of good or evil. And so it is with Gemini. Polarities are always of interest for this sign, which loves to follow the path of curiosity. Gemini enjoys trying out one side and then the other, bi-sexual energy.

But the chart of this new Moon suggests there may be a certain amount of danger in this playful attitude towards opposites. The Sabian Symbol for Sun and Moon as they begin a new cycle suggests the human desire for easy solutions, taken with no thought for those who are the target. ‘A revolutionary magazine asking for action.  The explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions.’ Today three men arrested in Kansas planned to attack an apartment building of Somali refugees. Tonight nineteen people died from an explosion at a concert in Manchester. Where is the imagination to feel the pain of the ‘enemy.’

Astrologically this theme continues in the opposition between Ceres, the Earth Mother who is traveling with the Moon and Sun, and Black Moon Lilith, the rebellious first wife of Adam. These are two indicators of angry feminine energy poised on opposite sides of the chart. The energy of their anger is directed at each other. Frustration mounts until they become allies to solve mutual problems.

And what of Mars in Gemini? He makes a perfect sextile to Eris, Lady Chaos, in Aries, the logic of violence as a way to win an argument. Yet a Gemini Mars would rather make friends than win battles. He quickly loses sight of his own anger and is on to the next way he can release his abundant energy.

Saturn is opposite Mars, in Sagittarius, and in trine to Eris. This has potential for fundamentalist violence, cloaked in high minded beliefs. His Sabian Symbol: ‘A flag bearer in battle.’

knight and lady tapestry BL                                  photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sometimes it can feel as if the machine of anger and violence is already constructed and is always ready to spring into action.

car screw BL                                photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Gemini is a mental sign ruled by Mercury. The mind wanders like the wind. It uses words to sooth and to give pain. Gemini rules the hands, so full of craft and cunning, compassion and harm.  Finally it must be something within us, which chooses to use the power of thought, and the works of our hands for kindness or cruelty.

dolly on beach BL                              photo: Bruce Lhuillier

In the days before the New Moon occurs on Thursday, May 25 at 3:44 pm, we could release the blind fury of anger, of the misunderstanding that arises from polarity.

“When we embrace anger and take good care of our anger, we obtain relief. We can look deeply into it and gain many insights.’   Thich Nhat Hanh   Anger: Wisdon for Cooling the Flames

Anger, the energy of Mars is one expression of the life force. It is the same energy we feel in creativity, enthusiasm, joy, the growth of the plants and animals around us in the spring.

Fern whirl with cinnamon stalk                    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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