Archive for the ‘Ground Hog Day’ Category

Teddy rolling in grass                          photo: Sarah Fuhro

Each new Moon offers a fresh start, as does each new breath! But there is something doggedly universal about dragging our old stuff around with us, and holding our breath when we are stressed. Dogs offer us an alternative. They greet new opportunity with delight, and humor, forgive themselves and their people for bad behavior, and go on to take full advantage of the moment. This new Moon is the entry to the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. The best way to celebrate the new Moon and New Year might be to take on the energy of a dog on a spring morning and roll in the grass of contentment.

New Moon in aquarius 2018

The chart for the new Moon in Aquarius features the Sun and Moon (the luminaries) in the center of a wide swath of planetary relationships. Like a scene from King Arthur  in happier days, court members, Venus, Hera, Mercury are in close attendance, and visitors from afar: Uranus, Eris, Jupiter Chiron and Pluto send messages to the royal couple.

Expect that the next lunar cycle may bring a hundred opportunities for friendship and community, love and appreciation with every excuse to celebrate! If you dance with this Sun Moon combination, you will absorb the pleasures of all the planetary energy focused upon you.

rabbit in the leaves                            photo: Robert Fuhro

Jupiter is in a degree of Scorpio with a beautiful image:   A Rabbit Metamorphoses into a Nature Spirit! Here’s a transformation we might all embrace at this season of change.   I have a garden full of rabbits, but even as they eat everything I plant, they give me a tingle of delight with their company. Animals offer a gift of vision with their presence. They say their wildness is safe with us. They remind me that spirit, as well as rabbits, are all around me.

primose and light BL delicate                                            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

New England winter takes a pause after Imbolc (Groundhog’s Day) is celebrated. Twilight has extended into the palpable magic of promised change. It is a time when we can look, and then look deeper to find the wheel of the year spinning around us.   This is why I love the month of February with its undercurrent of new life beneath the mud and ice and snow of winter as it revolves into a flirtation with spring. We experience a warm promise and then a cruel setback. Yet our houseplants tell us they know the change is irreversible. And the festival of Imbolc is the energetic jolt of spring no matter how deep the snow may be piled.

Imbolc    Sarah Fuhro

Full Moon is buried in our lungs.

She breathes with us.


Heart beats in a hurry
to keep in time,

with the passage of sweet fog.


The cold air fills and empties

the magic chest,

treasure box 
held within,

the holy ghost,
 the spirit place,

the temple, 
the toolbox,

the home sweet home.


The White Lady draws nigh,

twilight fills in her footsteps.


Feel her furry breath, as she approaches.

She leaves muddy tracks 
in the new snow,

and promises that someday, one day,

when she consents, spring will be here,

hot, with chill overtones.


Soundless, the Lady is the moss under crystal,

thin February glass on small ponds.

She is the bird of early arrival,

the fox,
as he leaves his lair to venture forth

on a cold morning with breakfast in mind,

after long hunger.

Green God BL                                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Uranus also makes an angle to Sun and Moon on their royal thrones. He offers the vibrational energy of new visions, but always, always in ways unexpected. His electricity is necessary to jolt us all into the season of growth, new possibility and gives the voltage enough to carry us into the audacity of some crazy hopes and dreams, a future we can embrace rather than fear. Like Mercury, Uranus is a messenger, but unlike Mercury, emissary of the Sun, Uranus seems to speak for another deity, a different form of organization of the universe.   His Sabian Symbol at this moment is:    A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold.

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.








Read Full Post »

Silver and Gold, a Full Moon in Leo!

On the night the Moon was a tiny crescent in the sky, I had a dream. The dream was at dawn, and was a voice and big letters, which said: ‘Au’ and ‘Ag.’  Hey, I’m not a chemist, but those are the elemental letters for Silver and Gold! ‘Why,’ I asked the Dream guys, ‘do I need to remember the elemental letters for Silver and Gold?’   No answer.

Gold stones in stream                                             Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver is the Moon, Gold is the Sun.

Last month the full Moon was in Cancer, the Moon’s sign. The metal of the Moon is Silver, Ag, Argentum  This month the full Moon is in Leo, the Sun’s sign. Gold is the metal of the Sun, Au, Aurum, Gold.

And this is true at this season every year. Is this the year to awaken to the Silver and Gold of Cancer and Leo? Is this about Male and Female polarity? Is the Moon female, the Sun, male?

Not always.

Here is a picture of the lunar god Mên, worshipped in Asia Minor. He bears the crescents of the Moon on his shoulders, and treads the cow head of Taurus, a Moon loving zodiac sign under his horse’s hoofs. Was there a war between Male and Female lunar deities? Is there a war inside ourselves and perhaps in the evolution of culture that debates whether the Moon is male or female? It may be necessary for each of us to experience our interior self, our reflective self, our ever changing self as male and as female.

Mên on horseback bas relief BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier                                      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Below is a picture with a woman wearing a solar halo, and a man with crescent Moon horns.

Sun and Moon Seal BL                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier   Hammond Castle

This Wednesday’s full Moon is a total eclipse of the Moon, a dramatic moment suitable to Leo, who loves theater. People often saw an eclipse as an attack on the Sun or Moon, a disappearance and reappearance of the light we live by night and day. We still experience this kind of anxiety at the time of an eclipse. It’s important to be aware of the eclipse cycle even if we can’t see it, because we can always feel it in our bodies and psyches.

This Leo Moon will also dramatically affect the tides of the ocean, because the Moon is close to the earth–a Super Moon. The Sabian Symbol for the eclipse says it very clearly: ‘A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.’ Something, carefully planned is coming together to be expressed on a huge stage. It’s the season of Mardi Gras! This Lunar Eclipse has that feeling of unlimited excess, followed by a truth we already know. The feasting of Mardi Gras is followed by Ash Wednesday, and the traditional forty days of fasting.

Full Moon in Leo 2018


The Moon and the asteroid Ceres (Demeter, Earth goddess) are in a perfect conjunction at this moment. Demeter’s grief for her stolen child, Persephone, gave us the seasons. This year, the Leo full Moon is situated close to the festival of Imbolc, Candlemass, Groundhog’s Day, February 2. For those of us who search for a way to reconnect to the rhythms of the earth and sky, Imbolc is the time to gather and embrace the growing light. At Imbolc, the light is a crack in the darkness of winter. Imbolc is sacred to the goddess Bride, mid-wife, poet and black smith.  When the doctor told me, my baby would be born on February 2nd, I was ecstatic. My son showed up on that sacred day, and, fortunately, did not see his shadow!

Here, in the frozen or muddy North, we know the light of candles reflected in melting snow has divinatory power. Winter is not over in the North, but is touched by the Sun’s return.

candle in water                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver and Gold, Sun and Moon, light and dark play out in our lives, moment by moment. What illumination will this Sun/Moon moment hold for you? Wednesday’s total Lunar eclipse is the balance to the total Solar eclipse in Leo last August. Hold a moment to honor the ritual of this cosmic and earth time. It is like a heart we can hear beating in our throats.

Sarah Fuhro

sarahfuhro@gmail.comKeeping 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.



Read Full Post »

The Rowan tree celebrates the festival of Imbolc (Ground Hog’s Day, Candlemass Day) and offers us the protection of her pentacle on each berry. The birds are grateful for these berries, and feed on them until spring comes with new food.

bird and rowan berries

The full Moon in Leo is the opportunity to feel our own creative power, balanced with the needs and creativity of the community (Aquarius Sun). This particular full Moon is in the company of Jupiter, who expands the already generous and creative energy of the Leo Moon. This warms and stimulates the cool, airy Sun and retrograde Mercury in Aquarius. Traditionally, Sun in Aquarius is considered diminished because he is opposite the Sun’s home sign, Leo. And, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, his rays are feeble during Aquarian days in January and February. Yet when Aquarian Sun and Leo Moon face one another, as they will this Tuesday there is an excitement and growing sense of light and heat returning! Aquarius Sun/Leo Moon dazzles with new ideas, innovation. Jupiter with the Moon and Mercury with the Sun increase the desire to communicate in a generous way.


This year the Rowan full Moon takes place during the celebration of Imbolc, one of the most important holidays in the Druid’s calendar. This is a celebration of the goddess Bride, midwife, healer, poet and smith. It is a holiday dedicated to feminine energy, but on a very wide spectrum. Perhaps, since this celebration takes place during the time Aquarius, a masculine, but androgynous sign, we can better understand ‘the feminine’ as a symbol of humanity.

Dorothy McLean, one of the founders of Findhorn speaks for the Snowdrop in her Seeds of Inspiration:

I am glad that you have to contact, mfor although my forces here are tenuous, the contact is one that I am glad to renew……A tender regard from humans means much in our worlds.

Imbolc means ewe’s milk. At this time lambs are born in the dark barn of winter. The Snowdrop pushes her way through the snow to celebrate this turning point in the year, when we at last begin to collect daylight with later sunsets and earlier sunrise. Imbolc is the chance to give thanks for a glimpse of faraway spring, it’s Groundhog Day, and winter is on the way out the door.


Here’s my Imbolc poem!


The Full Moon is buried in our lungs,

she breathes with us. Our heart’s in a hurry

to keep up with the passage of sweet air

as it fills and empties from the magic chest

held within, the holy ghost, the spirit place

the toolbox, the home sweet home.

The White Lady draws nigh,

evening comes later. Feel her

breath as she approaches,

leaves muddy footprints in the new snow,

and promises that someday, one day

spring will be here, hot, with chill overtones.

Soundless, she is the moss under crystal,

treasure of February glass on small ponds,

a bird of early arrival, the fox,

as he leaves his lair to venture forth

on a cold morning with breakfast

in mind after long hunger.

Uranus in Aries makes a fiery trine to the Moon and a helpful sextile to the Sun. He continues to square Pluto and we continue to feel the déjà vu of issues fought out in the late sixties when these two were in conjunction. Mars and Chiron are sextile to Pluto and Ceres and they form a Yod to the Moon-Jupiter combination. A Yod is a finger of energy focused upon a point in the chart where we might overlook the significance of a planet(s) placement.   This Yod furthers the powerful drive towards a shift in consciousness, which must occur in each of us if we are to imagine, and then manifest, beyond dualism towards unity. .   The challenge of this time is in Rumi’s famous quote: ‘Out beyond ideas of wrong and right, there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.’

Leo Full Moon 2015`

Leo rules the heart and the spine, love and courage, Aquarius, the ankles and the circulation system, support and movement within. Aquarius moves our perceptions beyond gender, race or nationality. As we enter the ‘Age of Aquarius,’ which lasts around two thousand years, we see a deep shift from the duality of two sexes to a spectrum view of male and female. Our culture’s change of view on gay, lesbian and trans gender realities is a reflection of this.   Leo gives the joyful experience of self-acceptance and full expression. We are about to experience our own creativity as it intertwines with the larger Aquarius/Leo experience.

lunar bone

This is a very old lunar calendar.   But a newer version, the 2015 Lunar Calendar is still available at www.thelunapress.com

2015 lunar calendar coover

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.

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: