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Carl Jung used the elements of astrology to delineate four ways we learn about the world and ourselves. He called these the four functions. They connect as well to the four suits of the Tarot deck, and form the basis for the Meyers Briggs personality test.

He connected intuition with the element of Fire. He noted that intuitive thought leaps from point to seemingly unconnected point much in the way a fire will travel from place to place through a forest or meadow. Intuition, like fire is quick and often impatient with the need for ‘proof.’

 fire dance

 Water, on the other hand, is all encompassing and formless, much like emotion.   When we use our water nature to understand what is happening, there may be no words, but there is a tremendous power, which cannot be denied or blocked. Water, like emotion, will wear away any surface, it contacts over time.   Even granite is carved by water’s force.

 Sage's Ravine Waterfall

    photo by Bob Fuhro

The Air element describes the process of thought, which comes and goes like the wind. We are blown about the continuous deluge of words in our heads, and must learn to sort through and defend ourselves from the onslaught of constant dialogue, both helpful and destructive.   Like wind, thought shifts and changes. Intellectual thought is what is taught us in school, even though it is only one mode of learning.

Wind in the leaves of trees 3


And then there is the element of Earth. Here the connection is made to our sensory perceptions. We learn from our physical contact with the earth and nature. The five senses, sight, sound touch, smell, and taste are the basis of our interactions with the earth element. Loss of any of these makes us vulnerable and very aware of our physical form.

man in a circle


The chart for the full Moon on June 2nd features three of these elements in an equilateral triangle. This triangle involves the opposition between the Sun and Moon, the relationship between the luminaries, which define a full Moon.   But the third point on the triangle is Neptune, particular to this moment.

full Moon in Sag

The Sun is in the airy sign of Gemini. Mars and Mercury are also in Gemini close to the Sun.   The butterfly who flutters from flower to flower, is the symbol of Gemini, and expresses both the transformative power of this sign, and the airy source of constant movement.    Gemini has a connection to curiosity and a wide love of learning, with no real interest in specialization.   The ruling planet for this sign is Mercury, or Quicksilver, who, like our thought process transmutes from one moment to the next. To continue and deepen the Gemini theme are the companions to the Sun, Mercury and Mars. The Sabian symbol for this degree of the Gemini Sun sets the stage for the drama of this particular full Moon:   ‘A Negro girl fights for her independence in the city, liberation from the ghosts of the past.’ Like this Sun in Gemini, Alicia Garza, the activist who coined #Black Lives Matter has used both Mercury in Gemini (powerful communication) and Mars in Gemini (a verbal warrior) to puts words to a revolution.

Alicia Garza

The full Moon is in the Fire sign of Sagittarius, ready to jump, like our intuition into the fray. Sagittarius would like to explore through the search for meaning.   Both Gemini and Sagittarius are students, but their styles and purpose are quite different. Gemini loves to learn for the sake of learning, curiosity. Sagittarius pursues learning to explore beliefs and ideals. Gemini represents a young child’s eagerness for school, while Sagittarius is the focused older student, who pursues knowledge with a passionate framework, a scholar who eats up knowledge with a fiery passion. The Sagittarius Moon represents adventure and a thirst for new horizons.   The Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s degree in Sagittarius is: ‘ A flag turns into an eagle, an eagle into a chanticleer. The spiritualization and promotion of great symbols of a New Age by minds sensitive to its precursory manifestations.‘  



Now we come to the third side of the triangle, a feature of this moment in time: Neptune in Pisces. Water is the element of Pisces and Neptune is Poseidon, who rules the Seas. Here we have the emotional angle in this triad of the elements and modes of knowledge.   Pisces has a message for Gemini and Sagittarius: do not over look the power of feeling. Our emotions have an equal role with the intellect and intuition. Neither water nor feeling can be ignored or there is the probability of all structures (the Earth element) will be washed away.



The missing element is Earth, the function of sensory perception. Perhaps there is a message here about our culture’s loss of contact with the body and the earth.   Today as the Moon culminates in Fire in opposition to the Sun’s large helping of the Air element, we can embody the fourth function of physical awareness, with deep appreciation for our sight, hearing, touch and smell, our representation of human form, and the Earth element.


In honor of this full Moon in Hawthorn, I dedicate this poem to Her white presence in the sky.

Hawthorn               Sarah Fuhro

Dear Hawthorn,

I remember you best

as you climb the hill

to the sky, in your

angry thorn black

stockings and gloves,

foaming in white

blossom gown,

and guarding

the spring where

water swells

from granite lips.

You mark the place

and your white foam

marks the time

of cleansing

and seclusion

before the madness

and power

of the oak moon

at midsummer.

Hawthorn retreats

to her lonely hill

where she shines

like the star of evening.

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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Two Guardian Angels: invisible help and protection in times of crisis.’  

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of Sun and Moon on August 25.    

future cloneFuture Clone by Fritz Scholdner

New Moon in Virgo, August 25, 2014

            With each new Moon we are given the opportunity to take stock of our journey and ask in the darkness of the Moon, ‘where am I?’ Are we aware of all our levels of consciousness? Do we listen to our bodies, heads, our hearts, and, when possible, the soul who connects us to greater forms and messages. The Sun and Moon in Virgo might offer the opportunity to look at our work life, our occupation. Do we love what we do on a daily basis, or is it time for a change of attitude or employment? What does it mean to have a well loved job taken away, to be unemployed?   What happens when the world is full of people who are told there is no use for them?  

New Moon August 25, 2014

           Sun and Moon in practical Virgo are opposite Neptune, the planet of the ineffable, mystery, music, art, imagination, addiction and illusion.   Virgo integrates. She is placed in the sixth house of the ‘natural’ zodiac, where we practice our daily rituals, and harvest what we have sown all spring and summer.   She is the healer and the messenger of truths we cannot avoid, earth element truths, and, despite her connection to Mercury, she is a point of stillness in a whiling world. As the luminaries stare across the chart at Neptune, they must integrate the power of the god of the Oceans, just as we who live on this planet must deal with the rising tide of sea.   


            Dawn, if you are up and about at that time, has been spectacular for the last few days. Jupiter, the ‘greater benefic’ and Venus, the ‘lesser benefic’ are traveling together and rise with the waning Moon into daylight, where they are lost to view! To see them is to love them, and it’s not surprising they were revered as beautiful and powerful influences for good, a blessing for the eye and heart.   Yet not everyone felt that way about these shining lights. Venus, as a morning star was often considered an omen for war and chaos by Mesoamerican astrologer/astronomers.

2004            The concern for people over time has been what happens to Venus when she disappears? Where does she go, when she is neither rising at dawn nor setting at twilight?   She is a lovely evening star then she disappears and later shows up as a morning star, rising with or before the Sun. Venus has an eight year cycle of five steps which may be the source of the figure we call a pentacle or ‘star’ shape.   The pentacle is a symbol of the human form and is used as a protective sigil by many pagans. 


            Pentacles is also a suit of the Tarot deck, and represents issues of manifestation, stages of work and craft, and prosperity.   The card reminds us that the material world is a gift, which leads us on a long adventure of the soul. Like Virgo, Pentacles are a suit of the earth element, and require attention to practical realities and how they are tied to invisible forces. Virgo uses her power to pick and choose among the grains of the harvest. What will be eaten during the winter to sustain life and what will be stored for seed in the spring.   What will you take with you into the next season?      

ace of pentcles

            The fixed star Formalhaut is opposite the Sun and Moon. This star is one of the four royal stars of Persia, called ‘the Watchers.’   Formalhaut presides over the South and fire, and is connected to Archangel Gabriel, who blows his trumpet to awaken us to realities beyond those of the material world.      

BlackAngel5             Along with the companionship of the two ‘benefics,’ this new Moon chart also features a tight conjunction between the two ‘malefics,’ Saturn and Mars.   Venus on this particular day is in a close square to their position. They must take her into consideration when they delve into the mysteries of Scorpio.   Mars and Saturn are in a sextile to Mercury to create a Yod whose outlet is Uranus.   We might be puzzled about what do with insurmountable conundrums in our life, new or all too familiar problems, but the suggestion here would be to allow totally new thoughts (Mercury) into the formula (Uranus) in order to find better solutions!    

May you find your guardian angels this new Moon, and journey with them into new territory…………

terrier angel Sarah Fuhro           Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive              sarahbeagl@aol.com

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.      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Fuhro-Star-Flower-Alchemy-Astrology-Flower-Essences-and-Tarot/71299491502.   

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