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And Rabia replied

I am eating the bread of this world and doing the work of that world .’ Poet Rabia of Basra, born around 717 CE

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The quote from the Sufi poet of Persia, Rabia says much about this season and, the opportunities it offers.  It is a season of earthy pleasures, the sensuality of the earth is opening all around us, this world.  At the same time, it promises a deep connection the world we have forgotten, that world, where we come from and to which we will return.

             This is a busy time in the cosmos. We have just experienced (Wednesday, April 23rd) an exact square of four powerful planets.   We are still in range of that combination during this new Moon which is also a solar eclipse. This eclipse will be visible in Antarctica, Australia and the Southwestern Pacific and Indian Oceans. For the moment the light and influence of the Sun is cut off from the earth. This makes a new Moon during a solar eclipse especially a moment of new beginnings, a chance to start over from the point of view of both Sun and Moon. We are cut off from our source of light and life and then come back into the stream of the Sun’s rays, which fertilize our plans and our gardens.

Solar eclipse in Taurus

   We are in the lovely season of Taurus, and the song of birds and our own hearts can be heard here in the Northern Hemisphere where spring is firmly anchored. Beltane celebrations welcome the fire of the earth element. Beltane is the link between this world and the world of Faerie, nature spirits, devas. In order for the earth to be fruitful, it is necessary to work in alliance with this other world.   Because the earth has been so injured and ignored by the human realm, many of the invisible world have given up hope, and have retreated to another dimension and time. The Fire Festivals, especially Beltane, provide gates between our two worlds of existence. In the Southern Hemisphere, this is the season of Samhain, when the otherworld is most accessible to those who listen and feel for the earth’s heartbeat. Beltane festival takes place as the Pleiades rise at dawn. The sisters have returned to daylight.

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  ‘… the grey Dawn and the Pleiades before him danced, Shedding sweet influence.’ — John Milton

The full Moon of Scorpio on May 14th will occur quite soon after the Beltane degree (15° Taurus) has been reached. Now is the time to begin the song and dance of earth praise and connection, and I will further explore the cosmic powers of Beltane at the full Moon.   It is a time of appreciation for our bodies, for the food we eat, for the natural world into which we are interwoven. It is the season of the Lady who walks the land and where her foot falls, spring up the white flowers of the trefoil.

I married Isis on the fifth day of May

But I could not hold on to her very long

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away

For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong. — Bob Dylan

You may experience, or continue to experience the powerful energies of the Grand Cross in Cardinal signs. Uranus and Mars continue to provide the shock and surprise element in the signs of the Self (Aries) and the other (Libra).   Pluto and Jupiter continue their exploration of opposite signs; one to remake the workplace, and the other to deepen our connection to home life.   Mercury is pressed close to the Taurus Sun and Moon and may sing lyrics never heard before. The potential of this time opens our eyes to the choices we make moment by moment to remake the world, a kinder and ever more creative place, where all are aware of their interconnection.   The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon and Solar eclipse is: ‘ A fully decorated Christmas tree; the ability to create inner happiness in dark hours.’

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Libra full Lunar Eclipse 2014 Can you feel the excitement and deep creativity arising at this moment?   The chart for the lunar eclipse, which takes place Tuesday, April 15 at 3:42 am is a clear picture of the energy and possibility available to us all! The eclipse will be visible for those of us who live in the Americas, if we have clear skies.

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            This total lunar eclipse is the first of four total lunar eclipses over the next two years. You can find out more about the astronomical and traditional significance of these eclipses at this site: http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-2014-2015. But this tax day eclipse is a cornucopia of excitement and action contained within its planetary patterns. It can already be felt as I write this and will reverberate long afterwards as well. The Moon has several companions, who give an earth consciousness message to this full Moon and eclipse. Ceres is exact to the degree of the Moon and represents the earth as mother, our home and provider. Her Greek name is Demeter, and, she has been involved in the pattern of new and full Moon charts over the last few months and year. She is the mother who mourns for her daughter, Persephone, and who brought winter to the earth in her sorrow.

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             The other very close companion to Moon and Ceres is Vesta. She is goddess of the hearth, the place where the law of women is found no matter how repressive the outer society.   She represents the mysteries of women, which were squashed and supplanted by patriarchal invaders of the Mediterranean region five thousand years ago.   In Roman society the vestal virgins were priestesses who kept the fires sacred to Vesta, and performed secret rites as students, and teachers of her mysteries. After thirty years service they could leave, marry and own property. Presently we are in the middle of a conversation about the role of women in society, government and as head of the family. Vesta and Demeter represent two personae that women play everywhere. They are in charge of fertility, food, and new life, but they are also seen as the arbiters of societal relationships and the mystery of the human body and the body of the earth. The crisis around the health of the planet, and our relationship to the earth becomes central as they take center stage with the full Moon this month.

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            Across the way, the companion of the Sun is Juno, Jupiter’s wife, she who has rule over the relationships between men and women. She represents the revolution ongoing between us.

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            And of course, Moon, Mars, and the two deities, Ceres and Vesta are all located in the sign of Libra, which is about balance, about relationship, about marriage, about justice. Venus, presently sandwiched between Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, rules Libra. The healing power of Chiron is perhaps through the path of universal love (Pisces) and the spiritual power of music and release (Neptune). And now we must look at the very powerful energies of the planetary squares underway. Uranus, the revolutionary, is about to make another perfect square to Pluto—he who will not be ignored or turned back. Uranus is quite violent in Aries, and is at this moment, conjunct Mercury. We have seen a series of angry confrontations between demonstrators, counter demonstrators, police and world leaders. Pluto in Capricorn exacerbates whatever tension exists in corporate and political spheres. From clients and friends I hear of angry clashes in the work place, Capricorn. Mercury, conjunct Uranus in Aries, is not diplomatic, and war talk, between individuals and nations can be expected. Perhaps the fact that Mars (ruler of Aries) is in Libra will balance out the quick and hostile anger that can arise from all this Aries energy! In a few days, Mars, in retrograde, will form an exact grand cross with Uranus, Pluto, and Jupiter. The potential for manifestation of good and bad is great. Jupiter is opposite Pluto in the sign of Cancer. There is an expansion of family concerns. Pluto and Jupiter are brothers. Jupiter rules the upper world; Pluto ruled the underworld. They are equal in power, although not always in visibility. Once again we are given the opportunity to contemplate our relationship to opposite forces. The more we can absorb difference in ourselves and society, the more likely that this can be a time of deep human evolution. With our huge population, we have no choice but to move as lightly as possible, to dance together.   This Aries Sun and Libra Moon are symbolic of the forces to harmonize and to differentiate, which we all experience, and must finally move beyond. The Sabian Symbol for the Sun speaks to the moment, and is beautifully illustrated by the Rider-Waite X of Wands: ‘A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold: obsession by potentiality.’

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  The Sabian Symbol for the Moon can sum up this chart, which ricochets between Aries and Libra, Venus and Mars: ‘An eagle and a large white dove change into each other.’   Sabian Symbols are from An Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar.

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A New Moon in Pisces, March 1, 2014

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 Saturday morning at 3:00 am, we will have the birth of a new Moon cycle.   Pisces Sun and Moon snuggle between Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in Pisces.  The potential for the dream, the vision, the healing power of meditation are all present, so is confusion, illusion, and mystification. Pisces is the realm where the spiritual is as tangible as the material, but for those of us locked into a material viewpoint, it can be a place of foggy confusion.

To put this all into words from the wordless ocean of Pisces, Mercury stands by in Aquarius.  He has only recently turned direct, and so has visited these watery shores, and will revisit them as he goes forward through Pisces.  Here he is looking over his shoulder to recall his journey in reverse from Pisces into Aquarius.

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We need his Aquarian mental clarity to translate the poetry of this particular Moon event.  Neptune is a ruler of Pisces and so deepens the message of Sun and Moon adrift in a sea of oneness. The healing nature of this sign is compassion, an opportunity to feel our deep connection with all.  Vulnerability becomes a means to deepen our understanding; Pisces is the ‘give away’ sign before the noisy entrance of the Sun into Aries and the Spring Equinox.

The Pluto/Jupiter opposition is in this mix as well.  Pluto in Capricorn with his powerful work of breaking down the old structures of government and business is in a sextile with the Piscean players.  His contact is most exact with Chiron, the healer.  Perhaps we will begin to envision a new and more compassionate form of healing.  As we remember that our bodies are the healers, we can trust the process of recovery, rather than see it as a battle to be won or lost.  Chiron, the great healer of the ancient world was a centaur, part man, part horse, and his connection to body recalls this animal part of our self, who knows what it needs to be healthy.

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This is the Moon of Fearn, the Alder, a water loving tree, just as Pisces is a water loving sign!

Alder trunks are the pilings under the older sections of Venice and many medieval cathedrals.  The tree is linked to Bran the Blessed, who used his body as a bridge for his followers to cross the river Linon to safety.  He is a bridge between the worlds, and, after his death, his tribesman carried his head for seven years while he sang and prophesied. The head of Bran was then buried under the White Tower of London and is guarded by ravens, his special bird. The Alder can be used as a blood purifier and lymph cleanser.   It can guard the body as Bran guarded his people.

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Jupiter in Cancer makes an exact trine with Sun and Moon as well as spilling over onto Neptune and Chiron, while standing in opposition to Pluto.  Uranus makes a square to both Pluto and Jupiter, creating a triangle with revolutionary potential.  During this ongoing square between Pluto and Uranus we have seen a number of revolutions seem to crumble into chaos, rather than open to possibility.  Is there another way to create change?

The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon is seems to refer to this quandary:   Men traveling a narrow path, seeking illumination.   The capacity inherent in every individual to seek, at whatever cost, an entrance to a transcendent realm of reality.   Walk ON!

New Moon in Pisces 2014

Sarah Fuhro

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A Full Moon in Leo on Valentine’s Day has the potential to open our hearts to love and more love.  The pattern of the planets on this day creates a message of love, a valentine to all of us on earth.  We need only look up to that Leonic Moon, full at 6:53 pm EST, to feel the smiling face of the Lion who rules our heart, to feel the cosmic passion of the moment.   Leo rules heart and spine; do we have the courage to expand the limits of our love to include all of humanity (Sun in Aquarius) and all the beings who share this planet?

As always with the Full Moon, the luminaries are in signs with quite opposite flavors.  When it comes to love, Aquarius is focused on the universal, while Leo sees the particular.   Together they challenge us to love those who are close to us while keeping the larger picture in view.

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon in Leo makes a perfect Valentine message:  The Luminescence of Dawn in the Eastern Sky.  The exalting challenge of new opportunities at the threshold of a new cycle.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun in Aquarius gives us the give gift of an image of beauty:An ancient pottery bowl filled with fresh violets.  Here is something very new and fresh held in a traditional container!

Pluto (intensity!) and his companion Venus (love) rise in the morning at dawn this Valentine morning to welcome the Sun.  Pluto is the invisible force behind Venus. Both are in opposition to Jupiter (largesse), with a sextile to the healer, Chiron.  Jupiter, Venus and Pluto are included in the powerful squeeze from Uranus, who demands revolution, or at least, shake up.  This has been the message of the last several years, and will continue into the next several.  This gives us earthlings the opportunity to be creative in our approach to intractable problems, our own and our societal structures.  Give a pause next time you feel critical of the way we humans go about our lives, and ask how we might be more in tune with the birds and bees, the stones and the trees!

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The waxing Moon has been traveling through the night sky with Jupiter in Cancer over the last few days. The bright beauty of Moon and Jupiter has created a sight worth watching under cold winter skies!

Saturn squares the luminaries (Sun and Moon) from Scorpio.  Saturn in Scorpio attempts to control whatever threatens long established emotional security.  The transformation of the role of love from something reserved only for those closest to you,  into a more universal mode of relationship challenges our interior Saturn, but Saturn when used at his highest note of evolution helps us manifest a future we cannot even imagine with his ability to embody vision in material form.  Saturn in Scorpio can bring us into a place where we can jettison what does not help us evolve into greater wholeness.  We might find it easier to eliminate material objects, clean out closets and choose only what is necessary to accompany us on our next step.  This is the esoteric image in the Rider Waite Tarot image of the World, the card which represents Saturn at his highest manifestation, in an eternal dance, amidst the fixed signs of the zodiac, Taurus, Leo Scorpio and Aquarius.

The World

Full Moon in Leo 2014

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Photo of ponies on Assateague Island by Bob Fuhro

The Year of the Horse gallops closer. At his approach, we can feel the thump of his hoofs in tune to our heart’s rhythm.    The horse is no longer our daily companion.  Yet his size, and power are still reflected somewhere inside us.  He arises like the Sun on a winter morning.  He is the waves pounding on the shore. Nothing can stop him, yet we have the power to rein him in. He is our transport to the Otherworld.  Horse represents both the power of life and the inevitability of death.

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On Thursday, January 30th at 4:38 pm, the Year of the Horse begins with the moment of the new Moon in Aquarius.   Don’t be afraid to feel the horse you ride, and to let him have his freedom to take you into the future.

The Chariot

Sun and Moon are in the sign of Aquarius, a constellation connected to the future or to whatever in the present feels: ‘futuristic,’ modern, high tech, scientific, in interesting contrast, both individualistic and humanistic.   Aquarius is the special province of science and astrology and computers.  It is the vision we have of our potential as individuals, and as a society, or species.   The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Sun and Moon have met asks us to take a moment to meditate and listen to our guides and to our own potential for growth and inspiration ‘During a silent hour, a man receives a new inspiration which may change his life.  The need to rely upon inner inspiration and guidance at the start of new developments.’  (Dane Rudhyar,  An Astrological Mandala).  

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This chart of the new Moon has a number of powerful relationships between planets, which challenge us to remember there is a difference between power and force.  The ongoing square between the Uranus (a co-ruler of Aquarius) and Pluto, lord of the Underworld is a case in point.  This aspect is the signature of the exciting times we are sailing through, with ties to the period of the 1960’s when Uranus and Pluto were in conjunction.   Once more we are feeling the ground shake under our feet as these two outer planets demand change.

Venus and Jupiter are also involved, with Jupiter in opposition to Pluto and Venus as well as square to Uranus. Here we have a mixture of highly influential planets all lined up to tell us we must question the way we look at the world and how we react to challenge.  This combination may raise our vibratory level  (Uranus) to the point where we feel we are about to take off for outer space, while Pluto and Venus pin our hopes and aspirations to the sweet earth (Venus) and to the Underworld (Pluto), so that we are forced into introspection The combination of the planet of love (Venus), and the planet of whatever cannot be avoided (Pluto), spells out the power of love to overcome what looks impossible to conquer.

Jupiter in Cancer at the third angle of this T-square is there to remind us we are all one family.  We must use gentle power (Mars in Libra) to open the complicated lock on the door to the future we are about to enter. The door cannot be forced; it must be entered with gentle care.

Mercury is about to leave rational Aquarius to enter heart felt Pisces with a visit to Neptune in the next few days. Communication may take a turn for the mystical, the universal or the illusory.      Saturn moving through the sign of Scorpio, continues show us our darkest fears are only a reflection in a mirror.

Strength Card

The Strength Card from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck is a good illustration of this moment in time.  We are ready for a next step in accepting and using our power, but it must channeled into a loving partnership with our animal fire, or, we will destroy ourselves.   The Woman and the Lion pictured here are Virgo and Leo.  The tempering finesse of Virgo and the powerful heart centered Leo come together to create the Sphinx, the ancient symbol of wisdom and eternity.

Where do poems come from?

They come from the Stygian depths,

arise from cracks in the earth,

where the words awaited

the deep winds to blow their way.

And who are we who wait

for these words?

Wait for the vapor

of their charcoal black appearance.

We who cannot eat or sleep

unless we visit the cracks where they arise.

Sarah Fuhro December 13, 2013

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Full Moon of January 15, 2014

With the bitter cold of early January, we felt the full impact of the Capricorn Sun accompanied by Pluto and Mercury, the keynotes of the January 1st new Moon.  That new Year, new Moon chart illustrated the theme of intense communication.  Did you find yourself embroiled in debate, or in poetic inspiration, or conversing with friends at a deep level of passion and honesty?  Did you begin a project that will take you into deep waters of emotion expressed in words:  a book, a letter long postponed, an important conversation?   And, while we may all have become wary and weary of resolutions to begin a new year, perhaps the energy from this particular fresh start, may actually carry us towards the goals we have envisioned.

Two weeks later, at the full Moon, the Sun has his eye clearly focused on his queen.  The Moon is in Cancer, the sign she rules and illuminates.  She rides high as full Moon each year opposite Saturn’s Capricorn Sun.  The Sun in Capricorn is considered in ‘detriment,’ but perhaps we can transcend the ‘ruler’ and ‘detriment’ labels to see the luminaries sharing their combined wisdom. The full Moon is always the opportunity to develop our ingenuity in bipolar understanding.  The sensitivity and feeling nature of the Moon in Cancer sheds light on Capricorn’s urge to be grounded in earthy manifestation.  The Capricorn Sun is all about institutions and structures; Cancer suggests we try to treat each other as members of an ever-evolving family.

The low lying winter Sun in Capricorn sometimes seems extremely bright because he never rises very high in the sky and may be reflected off the white snow.   The high flying Moon in Cancer speaks of the frozen seas of the Northern Hemisphere, while blessing Southern beaches with her mysterious light.   Both are in square to Vesta and Ceres, two asteroids who have come to our attention as we awaken to the shared pain of our earth, who reels from exploitation, greed and neglect, and strikes back with powerful surges of extreme weather conditions. How have we come to separate ourselves from our matrix, planet earth?   Vesta asks: what is our commitment to our body, our home, our hearth.   Ceres is Demeter, the mother who lost her daughter to the realm of Pluto and mourned winter into existence.  As modern people we may have forgotten the power of Ceres, but we are a part of her and her suffering is felt by us all.

While the Sun and Moon are in counter balance so are Jupiter in Cancer, opposite Pluto and Venus in Capricorn.   Pluto entered Capricorn at the same time as the financial ‘meltdown’ in 2008, and travels slowly, but relentlessly through that sign.  When Senator Markey, born in the sign of Cancer, says in front of Congress that Capitalism does not support our population, you know the times are changing. Since Capricorn is very much about corporate and government structures, and Pluto always shows us the malfunction of whatever sign he visits, all this makes perfect sense. Capricorn knows how things should be built to last, but Pluto demands that the teardown of old structures has to take place before new foundations can be laid. Capricorn builds the house, Cancer turns it into a home.  Cancer is about the eternal structure of the family, which as banks and government institutions appear to be floundering, becomes the support system of all those who have been abandoned by the contract between worker and employer, while at the same time, the social safety net is threatened. The problem is that families may also be highly dysfunctional with Pluto in Capricorn.  This may be the opportunity to remember that as earth’s children, we always have a home, complete with a huge extended family.

Much of the chart is involved in an ongoing grand cross in the cardinal signs.  A shift is pushed in these signs, the locations of the seasonal changes. Uranus in fiery Aries (sign of the spring equinox)  demands  we listen to the transformational possibilities all around us.  Jupiter and Moon in Cancer (sign of the summer solstice) balance Uranus’ fiery rhetoric with the emotional truth that resides in the element of water.  Mars, Vesta and Ceres dwell in airy Libra (the fall equinox) and remind us of balance and justice.  And of course, Sun Venus and Pluto in Capricorn (the winter solstice) are there for responsible and well-grounded earth element stability.

We can’t finish without a look at Saturn, the power behind the throne.  Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn and is in trine to Cancer Moon and in sextile to the Sun.  He’s in the depths of Hades in Scorpio, reminding us that there are important layers below, or beyond those visible on the physical plane.  He injects the mystery of the underworld, a place as busy and full of evolutionary impulse, as what we call our world.

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How all the animals become nocturnal—

Nocturnal happened when there was no room

by day for foxes, for owls for moles or voles.

All the daylight was consumed by people,

who stay in at night, watch TV and sleep.

In the daytime folks rush here and there,

digging, spraying, cutting, and pointing.

They drive cars, pedal mountain bikes

and walk well worn paths with their dogs.

But they have no truck with darkness.

Animals are now best able to roam under stars.

Even beavers, those busy engineers,

work silently all the night long shift.

Coyotes turn in at dawn, dark shadows,

who work the quiet suburban street in lamplight.

Deer may venture out in sunlight,

but they save their important work for night.

While possum is the ghost who reminds us

that we don’t know the half of it.

Sarah Fuhro January 2014

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Full Moon in Gemini 2013Full Moon image for 12:17:13

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On Tuesday, December 17 at 4:28 EST, we have a full Moon in Gemini face to face with Sun in Sagittarius. The Sun is conjunct Gemini’s guiding planet, Mercury.  So these opposing signs are working together quite nicely. The full Moon takes place with the Sun a few degrees from the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius), a natural focus upon the earth at this moment.  This is an opportunity for spiritual messages, and communication about spirit! It’s an opportunity to take stock of beliefs and their impact.   Sagittarius and Gemini love to explore and express their beliefs, but in quite different ways. Sagittarius likes to explore by participation, while Gemini may be more involved with the intellectual construct of those beliefs.   Sagittarius can be the very essence of particular beliefs, and for that reason is sometimes called the sign of the priest.   When this sign is working well, there will be great curiosity about, and tolerance of other people’s beliefs.  When Sagittarius gets dangerous, it is because the very enthusiasm of Sagittarius has lost connection to the spirit, which was the attraction in the first place.  Spirituality needs to offer a structure but not a strait jacket to our lives.

The Gemini Moon, which like all full Moons is exactly opposite the Sun, challenges the Sagittarius sureness about core beliefs and says: ‘what if……, and, can’t we explore this from an intellectual point of view.’  Gemini is quite often the spiritual butterfly (a symbol of Gemini), fluttering from one spiritual practice to another.   Now they are working together to remind us that our spirit needs sustenance as much as our body.

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 26 Gemini is very much in tune with the weather where I live in New England: ‘Frost covered trees against winter skies: the revelation of archetypal form and essential rhythm of existence.’

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Juno is involved in this opposition.  She is in Aquarius with a sextile to the Sun and a trine to the Moon.  The position of women in society, in marriage, in the work place is once more under discussion.  Juno, was Jupiter’s wife, and some say her supplanter. Her blessing position in relationship to this Sun and Moon, suggests the importance of women’s role in the world will not stay fixed, but has evolutionary energy to expend.

There is another important opposition in this chart of the full Moon.   Mars in Libra is opposite Uranus, who is still in square to Pluto.   This combination can be quite a powerful force for destruction or construction, or both.   Mars in Libra may be conflicted in terms of what needs to be done for he is in a sign Venus rules, while Uranus in Aries is in a sign Mars rules.  It would be wonderful if the departure of Nelson Mandela during this phase shows us a new way to settle conflict in the world.  Mandela never backed down from the fight that was necessary to create a just society in his country. He also loved boxing, and like Mohammed Ali he spoke out for the truth about what was happening in an unbearable situation.  Mandela’s Mars is also in the sign of Libra. He was a loving (Venus/Libra) warrior (Mrs).   The restoration of justice and human rights was modeled in an entirely new way in South Africa.  At the time of Mandela’s election to prime minister, Mars was in Aries close to the degree Uranus now inhabits. Uranus will station direct after a period of appearing to move backwards. This is always a time of intense focus of action.  Is it possible that Uranus can now be the impetus to see this model of human relationship spread to other places of what looks like intractable conflict?

Full Moon in Ruis 2013

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

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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The New Moon of Ruis gives the opportunity many of us need to rest and start anew after the whirlwind of the Thanksgiving/Hanukah celebration, the comet Ison’s journey to (or is it around) the Sun, and our collective reaction to the winds the earth has stirred up to remind us we live not only in our houses, but on a planet with powerful responses.

Sun and Moon are in the sign of Sagittarius, the seeker, who remembers that what we see is only a tiny slice of what exists. ‘Reality’ and ‘practicality’ are not meant to be the final judge of our life choices.  It is the Sagittarian part of ourselves, which has a vision larger than that which we have been handed by our particular culture.   We live in the midst of a vast mystery, and whatever tiny segment we observe is as large as a universe.

Sagittarius reminds us to shine our souls, a process not taught or respected in our culture.   The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Sun and Moon meet on Monday is: ‘In the left section of an archaic temple, a lamp burns in a container shaped like a human body.’  If no time is allowed for the process of shedding our light, we begin to flicker and fade no matter how successful we appear.  Each soul yearns for the opportunity to shine in her unique manner in our particular body. Each of us, when we live beyond the circumstances of our birth and past history, know where our truth lies, when our way is lit by our soul’s light.

Uranus, the lightening bolt of perception, makes a trine to Sun and Moon.  And wherever, Uranus is found, Pluto is connected as well by their enduring square to one another.  In this case Pluto makes an inconjunct to sun and Moon, perhaps challenging our perceptions, and demanding we look ever deeper.

Chiron the healer squares the two, and asks if our look within is of benefit to the world at large.

When we can truly feel that our soul’s health and freedom is the source of our peace, we will find the way we can best serve others as well.

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Ruis the Elder is a plant of healing. You can find her easily when she is in bloom, often in wet areas.  Each time we go to the depths of darkness, we find the inner light we had thought lost.  Elder offers us care and protection from infection.   Here is a recipe for elder syrup which I make each fall to keep away winter colds and flues:

Herbalist Terry Anya Hayes:

As an herbalist, the finest remedy I know for flu is elderberry syrup. It stops many viruses from replicating (including Avian Flu). Sambucol is the pricey, commercially available version, but it is as easy to make your own as to make a pot of soup. Here’s my recipe. Add a few squirts of Echinacea tincture and you’ve further upped your chances against invasion. Raw garlic is a good antiviral also, for those who can take it without upset; elderberry tops everything I know of for flu virus, though.

Recipe: Elderberry Ginger Syrup

from Herbal Syrups and Remedies
© Terry-Anya Hayes 2007

Ingredients

3/4 cup dried elderberries

1 thumb-size chunk of fresh ginger, thinly sliced

1 quart spring water or filtered wate

2 cups honey (preferably raw & unfiltered)

Procedure

Place elderberries, ginger, and water into a non-reactive pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat  and barely simmer until liquid is reduced to half its original volume. This takes time; be patient! Strain out solids, squeezing spent herbs to reclaim as much liquid as possible.Cool strained liquid to lukewarm, measure it, and add an equal amount of honey, stirring until dissolved. Refrigerate syrup in clearly labeled glass bottles. It will stay fresh 6 months or more.

Notes

Elderberry is a food, not a medicine, and is exceptionally high in antioxidants. For support, traditional herbalists suggest that at the first sign of flu adults take 2 teaspoons every 2 hours, and 2 teaspoons 3-4 times per day when symptoms lessen. As a preventive, the recommendation is a tablespoon every morning. Children love elderberry syrup; adjust the amount according to age. DO NOT GIVE products containing honey to infants under 1 year of age.

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photo by Bob Fuhro all rights reserved

November Wren

Three thirty– afternoon

of dark and light November,

the voice of the wren

lifts me from my book

to turn and kneel

before the window’s shining altar.

In the pear tree, just outside,

a tiny messenger,

no bigger than a baby’s fist,

leaps like a beating heart,

her tail, a lever

of sweet uncounted notes,

her throat a channel

for the sound of liquid silver.

She dances to keep her place secure

wedged within the crotch

of the dark branch,

a tiny burst of  voice

who sings of interruption,

the piping hymn to the god

who arrives unbidden

in  smiling silence, spirit insistent,

a star’s spark in silver twilight.

Wren is the voice of initiation,

and where she leads

beyond the pear tree,

is land uncharted.

She is the last pear left

upon the winter tree,

where next May

a tower of white blossom

will celebrate  her visit

from the world of song.

November 29, 2008                         Sarah Fuhro

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


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Full Moon in Reed (Ngetal)

Winter approaches the Northern Hemisphere, and the Sun is low in the sky.  The Moon rises ever higher and seems so much brighter than she did in spring and early summer!   The full Moons of autumn light the sky even as the Sun withdraws to the South, leaving us with short days and long nights.

Last night, as the almost full Moon shed her enchanting blue light on all the world, I saw a deer dance across the road in front of my car. Her beauty and celebratory mood were a perfect representation of the Taurus Moon. On Sunday, November 17, 10:16 am the Moon will reach her perfect full pulse, but until then we will see her each night, beating her great sky drum,  already in Taurus, ready to celebrate the joys of the earth.  Taurus is under the rulership of Venus, and the Moon is ‘exalted  (fully expressive) in this sign.  Once a year the full Taurus Moon marks a time to celebrate our planet’s beauty and joy reflected in her sister the Moon’s bright light.

Moon is in ‘detriment,’ not comfortable, in the opposite sign, Scorpio, ruled by Mars. While Taurus celebrates all that is sensual and earthy, Scorpio teaches us to look behind, beneath and beyond the visible world into the realm of darkness and mystery.  This full Moon teaches us to dance between these opposing signs and impulses, to celebrate the beauty and generosity of the earth and the deeper mystery of what cannot be seen, felt, or touched.   Each full Moon we have the opportunity to bridge a polarity of signs and season, while appreciating each end of the opposition.

During the Ngetal Moon cycle, our lunar lady goes from detriment at the new Moon, when she is in Scorpio, to her sign of exaltation in Taurus when she is opposite the Sun.  Here’s a cosmic lesson for us all!

Since we are on the subject of rulership and oppositions, this TaurusMoon/Scorpio Sun  moment has a tight conjunction between Pluto (the co-ruler of Scorpio) and Venus the ruler of Taurus.  Together they are in the sign of Capricorn, the builder.  Is this a potent moment for understanding between widely diverse impulses and points of view?  Venus and Pluto would seem to have nothing in common.  Venus is about love, beauty, art, sensuality and relationship.  Pluto is the lord of death, the implacable truth teller of dark secrets bubbling to the surface.  Both guard their kingdoms jealously.  Yet they are cheek to cheek in the sky, even as the Taurus Moon reflects the Sun’s Scorpionic light.   Both are in a square (90 degree relationship  to revolutionary Uranus and sextile (60 degrees)  to the healer Chiron.   This may be the moment to understand your enemy’s point of view, to create unification between polar opposites.  If we turn to Chiron’s healing arts as we listen to each other, we can create a world more humane for everyone.

Mercury is in this mix with Pluto, Venus, Uranus and Chiron.  He is the messenger from the Scorpionic kingdom, ruled by Mars and Pluto.  Mercury can be the neutral force in many oppositions.    He is the messenger, and not the message.  He’s the voice that neither side of an argument wants to hear.

full moon of Ngetal 2013

Now look at this further message about polar opposites: the Sun’s magnetic field is about to flip!  ‘This reversal happens every 11 years and is tied to the sun’s cycle of activity, now near its peak. The effects of the reversal will ripple throughout the solar system.’ http://earthsky.org/space/suns-magnetic-field-poised-to-reverse-polarity-scientists-say

A youtube video explains this phenomenon in greater depth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34gNgaME86Y.   This is expected to happen in the next few days. What was happening in your life 11 years ago, when the last solar flip occured?   The 911 attacks took place at the beginning of this cycle, we began a series of wars in the Middle East,  the omnipresence of the internet was about to change every moment of our lives.  As we bring these cosmic events into our consciousness, we can find balance in a period of readjustment, fueled by powerful forces of polarity.                         Happy Full Moon and Sun Flip!

Sarah Fuhro www.sarahfuhro.com  sarahbeagl@aol.com

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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.starfloweralchemy.com.

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Solar Eclipse/ New Moon of Ngetal, November 3, 2013.

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