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Oak leaves                                                photo: Robert Fuhro

Wednesday we enter the Celtic Lunar month of Duir, the Oak! Duir means ‘door,’ the entry into another season when the Sun stands still, and turns South at the Summer Solstice. In the Druid ceremony at the Solstice, the Holly King triumphs over the Oak King, until the winter Solstice, when Holly is wounded by Oak, and the light of the Sun returns to the North.  And so here we stand at the Door of Oak, ready for new beginning as at each new Moon, but also a turn from the expansion of light to the expansion of darkness.

sun splash                                             photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Oak is the king of the forest, and is sacred in many traditions because he draws lightning, the attention of the sky gods. Even when struck by lightning, the Oak endures, marked by fire but still vital.   He is tall and solid; his branches provide protection from Sun and rain. Oak is sacred to Druids who call themselves ‘piglets.’ Like piglets, who eat acorns from the Oak, Druids gather wisdom from this mighty tree.

wild board                      pottery: Sarah Fuhro

There’s an eclipse of the Sun at this new Moon, and if feels as if this is a reflection of the Solstice, when the Sun stops for a moment and then turns Southward. Immediately after the perfect moment of newness, the Moon becomes ‘void of course,’ that is, has no further connection to other planets until early Thursday morning. As I write this, the Moon is in her dark phase. Invisible in the sky, we can only intuit her meeting with the eclipsed Sun, which takes place Wednesday at 3:43 pm EDT.

New Moon in Gemini 2018

 

The Moon seems to be in some danger from all of this. Moon is our emotional body.   She is our sense of security, our mother, our home, the sea from where we emerged. How does all of this ‘feel’ when she disappears into the Sun’s embrace? While all of the cosmos is in constant flux, it is the Moon, deeply embedded in our hearts and psyches who communicates, with out words, the truth of change, the necessity to embrace transformation.

moon face copy                      sculpture: Joseph Wheelwright

The new Moon takes place with the Sun at 22° of Gemini.   Gemini is a chatty, airy, flexible sign for the Moon.   But because of other tensions in the chart, this new Moon seems more subdued, or withdrawn. However we grew up, we had to gauge our mother’s moods and intentions. Like the Moon, she was not always focused on us. She had her own internal and external life, and we had to share her attention. There is a direct but uncomfortable relationship between the Moon in Gemini and Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld. Death, as an emotional truth may make his way into our consciousness. The old truth: ‘the end must come before the beginning is felt here.’ Death as a constant even in the green world of Summer leers at us.

Boots and skull in window BL                                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Ah, but change from this place of dark eclipse happens quickly! It all depends upon how you look at things!   The Sun comes out of his shadow. The joyful green world of June and Gemini is apparent everywhere. Gemini who loves to see things, now this way and now that way, is the perfect balance to eclipse and Pluto energy.

panorama Crane estate BL                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Moon moves into the sign of Cancer on Thursday at 3:20 am. Here she is once more the all-embracing Mother! The same day marks the entrance of Venus into Leo, where she celebrates love and beauty with Solar abandon!

roses                                              photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for this moment of new Moon is one of potential for new life and growth:   ‘Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree’   This is the triangle of manifestation, the trine in astrology. This is new Moon is about the process of ‘creative integration.’ The three elements of Visionary, Designer and Craftsman work in harmony to build an eternal chapel in the Three of Pentacles Tarot card.

three of pentacles                                                           Three of Pentacles-Waite-Smith Tarot deck

 

 

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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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