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On October 18 the end of the Lunar Eclipse will be visible here in eastern North America as the Moon rises at 7:45 pm.  The moment of fullness is at 9:38 pm EDT.  Of course we need clear skies to see this special event, but all those who are attuned to cosmic energies will feel the full Moon and lunar eclipse consciously, and can meet the powerful forces at work with an open embrace.

Moon and forest http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2064/2691204264_1c23169a6a.jpg

            As always at the full Moon we have the opportunity to integrate the opposing energies of the Sun and Moon.  The Libra-Aries polarity is always at work on a moment-by-moment basis in our lives.  We have move back and forth between a relationship to ourselves and our relationship to other people.   The Sun in Libra is focused outward towards friends and partners, while the Moon in Aries yearns to feel safe and solid inwardly.   A friend recently spoke to me about the use of Perseus and the slaying of Medusa as a tool we have to observe and change what is fixed and habitual in our response to the world.   Someone steps on our ego, and we respond in a way, which has become a pattern, either to withdraw or lash out in anger.  But then the Gorgon, Medusa turns us to stone, because we cannot transform our reaction, nor can we see our own monster within.  If we turn our ‘shield’ into a mirror to look into ourselves, like Perseus, we can slay the Gorgon who would paralyze us, and we become free.


Medusa by Caravaggio

            Mars and Venus are rulers of the Moon and Sun this full Moon, and represent opposite forms and use of energy.  Mars pushes outward, Venus draws inward.  The universe does not exist with only one of these polarities.  The in breath and the out breath are equally necessary to life; the journey outward becomes the return home.   The period of the two equinoxes, followed by their full Moon, in spring and fall, give us the opportunity to feel, in equal measure Mars and Venus at work in our lives.  While looking for images of Venus and Mars, I discovered that they are always shown in the arena of Venus, a love scene, rather than a scene of war.  The two are always lovers, but never husband and wife, each must retain their individual power.


            This full Moon/ Penumbral lunar eclipse will fall at 25° Libra and Aries.  The Sun’s position is within minutes of the brilliant fixed star, Arcturus, sometimes called a doorway to other dimensions. With Arcturus aligned to an eclipse, we have the potential to experience new insights, but they may not always feel welcome.  Like the earthquakes which have shaken the Philllipines and New Guinea over the last few days, new consciousness, can be devastating.

Full Moon of Gort 2013

   The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Sun is ‘An eagle and a large white dove change into each other.  The interaction of the spiritual Will and of the Love principle when critical needs arise.’    And for the Moon: ‘A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold.  Obsession by potentiality.’   From An Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar.

This chart also contains the Uranus Pluto square which will, once again, become exact on November 1st.   The continued tightening of these two planets revive the issues which surfaced at their conjunction in the 1960’s.   Their riveting demand for change, and then the repression of change, colors everything around us.  Speaking of squares you might want to follow this thread which has a creative exercise for searching out our own ‘squared’ issues in depth.  It’s not from an astrological perspective, but the principle of how a square works in astrology is explored in depth here: http://www.corelight.org/resources/marriage-of-spirit/chapters/chapter-eleven/.

It is the lesson we learn from Gort, from Ivy, which will take us to the next stage of the Moon’s journey.   She is halfway, only halfway through her Gort cycle.  After the full Moon she will release all that she has gathered during the last few weeks.   The Sun will enter Scorpio and the fire festival of Samhain (Hallowe’en) will take place.  On November 3, still within the season of Samhain, the Moon will return to new again and we will have a total eclipse of the Sun.  Until then, enjoy the beauties and mysteries of this harvest Moon as she fills and then empties and While looking up on these beautiful fall evenings say ‘hello’ to Venus who is decorating the Western sky.  Here she is decorated in Ivy.

ivy  crown

Sarah Fuhro Mystic River Grove       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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ivy Celtic tree oracle

From the Celtic Tree Oracle by Liz and Colin Murray, illustrated by Vanessa Card

This is the Moon of Gort, the Ivy plant.  A close companion with Muin (Vine) of last Moon,

Ivy represents the spiral search for the self.  Chewed by the followers of Dionysus as a source of ecstatic release, Gort continues the connection with wine/vine because she was believed to relieve the worst effects of wine, and was often included in signs for taverns.

ivy pub sign

Ivy grows on trees, walls, and stones but is not a parasite and does not harm plants where it seeks support.  In Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Watertown are several gravesites with the husband’s headstone is decorated with Oak leaves, while the wife’s stone has Ivy carved into it. This speaks of two kinds of power and knowledge.  The Oak grows straight upwards reaching for the Sun and often the conduit for lightning; Ivy grows in spirals, moving in a variety of directions and holding earth and wall in place.

Gort, like the labyrinth shown on this card, brings us into our center, and leads us out as well.  As with each new Moon we are offered the moment when we can begin again, when we can draw a vision from the energy of the shared sign of the luminaries (Sun and Moon).  This Moon cycle offers us the opportunity to use the balanced and harmonious energy of Libra as a moment of contemplation.   Except that…….

Gort New Moon 2013

the chart for this Libra new Moon contains a mounting sense of excitement and tension. There is very little ‘rest for the weary’ to be found here, unless perhaps we surrender our struggles and our deeply held vision of the future might hold.

Across from the Moon and Sun in the harmonious sign of Libra is the planet Uranus, he who brings revolution and sudden, unexpected outcomes, new information of an inflammatory sort, and high excitement.   In a square to both ends of this opposition is Pluto, the lord of the underworld, implacable in his demand for the truth, and ruthless in his judgment. Perhaps, this might be associated with Ivy who sometimes acts as archaeologist and bares old bones in what she covers. Pluto offers rewards of power and manifestation to those willing to be fully true to themselves.

The Uranus Pluto square has been a part of the action on our planet since it began in 2012 and will continue into 2015.  Many themes of this square are echoes from the conjunction of these two planets in the mid 60’s.

weighing the heart

In order to understand this moment in time, we need to go back to the original symbolism of the scales of Libra.  Egyptians believed that the souls of the dead are judged on a scale (the symbol of Libra).  A feather was placed on one pan and the heart of the deceased on another.  If the heart was heavier than the feather, the soul must go back into the world for another lifetime.  The heart which was ‘light as a feather’ had finished the journey.

If we are to use this time for meditation and the journey inward, we must (with a light heart) be ready for the Minotaur who lies at the center of the labyrinth, and other surprises (Uranus) along the way.  The Sabian Symbol for the new Moon and Sun seems perfect for this chart!  ‘Miners are surfacing from a deep coal mine.  The need to carry on at ever deeper levels the quest for knowledge which keeps burning the fires of the collective mind of a society’.   Dane Rudhyar: An Astrological Mandala

ivy tile                                                                                                                     My Tile for Ivy in the Moon series

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 Muin Moon grape vinesI can taste the gift of my neighbor’s grapes in my mouth as I write this.  The taste is neither sour nor sweet, but rather, musky, tangy, and full of memories.  They are the taste of Septembers in the past, when I gathered wild Concord grapes from vines that hung over stone walls on the narrow roads of small New England towns.

Muin, the Moon of the Vine, celebrates Dionysus, the ecstatic god of wine and music.  It is the Moon of joy, exhilaration and wrath just as wine brings us to each of these states.  The vine must be pruned to bear abundant grapes and this symbol has much to do with the astrology of this season.  It is time to sort and choose what will continue with us through the fall and winter months, and what will be released as chaff.  Saturn continues his journey through Scorpio, which makes this process easier then usual.


In a few days we celebrate the moment of the autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern half of the planet.  The days and nights are of equal length, balance is emphasized as the Sun enters Libra. This pleasure in balance is something we celebrate in the fall, but seldom mention in the passion of the spring equinox, when once again light and dark of equal length..  We walk a narrow plank between the harvest festival and the approach of darkness and chill.

Pluto has been traveling in apparent reverse motion since April.   September 20th,  Pluto who rules the Underworld, will roll forward, slowly approaching  another exact square with the planet of revolution and evolution, Uranus.  Persephone returns to her underworld kingdom as his queen, and Demeter mourns her child.

Full Moon in Muin takes place in Pisces, the sign opposite the Sun in Virgo.  The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this Moon (26° Pisces) reads: ‘The Harvest Moon illuminates a clear Autumnal sky.   The light of fulfillment that blesses work well done.  Keyword: Consummation.’  May you attune yourself to something which you have created in the material, spiritual, or mental realm.

Virgo loves craftsmanship and is often found in abundance in the charts of those who work with their hands.  The Eight of Pentacles in the Tarot deck represents the Sun in Virgo.  The patient workman inside us continues the long process of learning to manifest our gifts.

eight of pentaclesFull Moon of Muin 2013

The Chart for this lovely Harvest Moon is neatly balanced between Virgo and Pisces.  Sun and Moon are the main oppositional players, but there is an oppositional chorus in this chart.  Neptune in Pisces is opposite the asteroid Vesta in Virgo, and Chiron in Pisces is opposite the asteroid Ceres in Virgo.  Like all full Moons we reverberate, with energies from opposite seasons and signs, with opposing passions, goals and methods.  Virgo likes to have tidy and particular boundaries around herself and her activities, while Pisces is aware of the boundless nature of the universe.  Sun in Virgo is focused on the harvest, gathering seeds for the spring, focused on the particular, while the Moon revels in Pisces’ release of all that has been held tightly, in preparation for the arrival of a new zodiacal cycle.  It is an art is to do this simultaneously!

Sun and Moon have no further relationships with other planets and so the Moon goes void of course as soon as the moment of fullness has been accomplished.  If you rise early and focus on the moment of fullness at 7:13, you may also be able to feel the Moon slip into her unaspected journey, which lasts until 12:59.  During this void of course period, you have the opportunity to let go of expectations, and to see what shows up.   Each time you bath yourself in the Moon’s light you acknowledge that there is more than one way to look at the world.

Autumn Path

photo by Bob Fuhro

Late Summer Chant

Summer evening chant

begins with the heart beat

of the blood rhythm drum. 

A shrill chorus and refrain

join the song, strike the notes

of harmony with the pulse,

as the high voices reach out

and become united in praise. 


Suddenly the vastness

of all things grips me. 

If I thought wildness

could now, or ever

be destroyed,

by the harsh familiar,

here,  or anywhere,

in this ravaged, wounded world,

I understand, all in a moment

why that can never be.

Because the song of praise

for she, who rises above the trees,

returns the  trampled earth

to dust and bone and water

where all begins anew,  

called forth,  called out

in insect throat and rattle.

 Sarah Fuhro, 2012

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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photo by Bob Fuhro

photo by Bob Fuhro

The new Moon takes place in darkness yet begins a new cycle of growth and experience.   This Moon is the gate to the Jewish new year, Rosh Hoshannah.  It begins a

period of contemplation and remembrance, a time to take stock of what has happened during the past year, and to measure what our words and actions have created.  The opportunity for new beginnings is always available us. The spring equinox is the zodiacal, solar New Year, celebrated in many places.  January 1st, an acknowledgement of the return of the Sun to the Northern hemisphere has become a world wide New Year.  And each of us has a ‘birthday’ to celebrate the return of the Sun to the celestial location of our birth.  Each month the new Moon gives us a new start, or we can celebrate the ‘Moon return’ of the lovely lady each month as she revisits the sign and degree when we were born.



The traditional spiral of the holiday challah is symbolic of the journey inward we take at the time of the new Moon.  And, having reached a center place, we spiral outward as the Moon fills and faces the Sun’s light.



Virgo, the constellation where the Sun and Moon reside on this day, is a harvest queen.  The fruits of the earth are gathered and counted, analyzed and divided into what will be eaten during the winter months, and what will be seeds for the next season.  Perhaps this is why people with lots of Virgo energy in their charts are called ‘discriminating, analytical and detail oriented.’

For those of you in the Southern hemisphere, this will be the time of planting those seeds from last fall’s harvest!

new moon in Muin 2013

Opposite the Sun and New Moon is Chiron, the healer, who promises that from pain we can learn the remedy.   He is in the sign of Pisces.  Because Pisces and Virgo are opposite signs, he offers the reminder that all is one and that the boundaries and categories so dear to Virgo’s heart are for convenience, not for permanence.  Chiron offers his intuitive compassion to the Sun and Moon in their analytical search for the truth.

Jupiter is in an easygoing relationship (sextile) to the Moon/Sun pair.  He is giving his blessing to their union.  Begin a new project today with the knowledge that Jupiter’s expansive optimism will help you through the rough spots.

Muin Vine

Muin the Vine from my tile series on the Moon

Muin is the Moon of the grape vine in the Celtic Moon cycle of Robert Graves. The Grapes are ripening now, ready for their transformation into the mysteries of wine.   There is always a hidden aspect to the new Moon period because we cannot see her.   Is there something we don’t expect, which will appear by the time of the full Moon?  The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon is:  ‘ An aristocratic family tree.’  What are the deep roots of our ancestral origins?   As we lean upon our treasures of technology have we overlooked what the past has to offer each of us?  We are cosmic dust, like the stars and can draw upon these universal gifts at any time.

No Moon, No Sleep      

 In day time,

I hum my tunes,

a bee in the flowers.

At night, when I awake,

I am afraid.

The dark familiar

room is my coffin.

My husband is a mystery,

lying next to me.

My dog is mortal.

And I am mortal as well.

I stir under the covers.

I think of the computer,

a friendly flower

to visit in solace.

I have lost track

of my mother.

She is busy

with her marriage

to the Sun. 

In a few days,

She will be a child,

and I will be able

to sleep

in her bright arms.     


Sarah Fuhro

March 30, 2011         

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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