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I saw you there at the station.

That was the first time.

As your train pulled away,

your eyes filled with tears.

And, there was no doubt,

we could never walk

along the same sweet path.

 

Now in the fire of summer,

I have lost the thread,

there is no path out,

I only go deeper and darker.

My train and yours have

have devoured the tracks.

 

poetry: Sarah Fuhro   photo: Sarah Fuhro

 

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The Full Moon in Pisces arrives Friday, September 16, with a healer, Chiron the centaur. If this Lunar Eclipse has a strong connection to your chart, you may experience an up swelling of pain from past experiences, but the remedy comes with the pain. We are not left to doctor ourselves, yet we must be partners in the healing process.

Mars is in square to the Sun and Moon and he has his own centaur companion, Pholus. Both Pholus and Chiron are visitors, possibly temporary visitors from outside the solar system. Each offer healing and transformation of some deep, dark aspects of our shared human experience. They seem to be connected to the ancestral realms and generational healing. They challenge us to look at tyranny, in the family, and inner dialogue.

Physical punishment, shame, and humiliation, were accepted methods of teaching children, in the home, in the school, and in religious doctrine.  They  now seem traumatic. Patriarchy and its rules of how and whom to love have begun to crumble.   Chiron and Pholus tell us there is a wound, but it must be observed, and not judged for it to heal. Will we dissolve into the tears and fears of Pisces, offering ourselves as victim and martyr, or, like the serpent in the picture above, come to accept our whole Self?  That means allowing our less beautiful, less developed facets to be included in the circle.

two-of-cupsThe serpent is part of the symbol of healing as we see in the Two of Cups. It is a reflection of our nervous system and way it wraps around the spine. But healing can only happen when there is balance. This morning a quote in French arrived in my email. The quote was by Dr. Edward Bach, the English physician who developed flower essence therapy. I was startled because it seemed so much in tune with this full Moon chart. ‘La santé dépend de notre état d’harmonie avec notre âme.’ (Health depends upon upon our harmony with our soul.)

 

 

How can harmony with the soul be depicted? The square between Saturn and Neptunefull-moon-in-pisces suggests both imagination (Neptune) and focused effort (Saturn) are involved. And then there is love, and with Venus in the sign of balance, Libra, we can take what we have learned from pain (Chiron and the Moon) and transform it through our own creativity and love. This Venus is opposite the energized combination of Uranus and Eris. We must heal our own way, despite what may feel like chaos.

 

Here is a friend’s message from the morning’s mail:  

twisty-tree-sepia“It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.”       Wendell Berry 

 This chart contains the pain and the remedy, the wound and the balm. In this way we come to know ourselves as wise healers. A doctor studies disease in order to heal it, but we may have to study health in order to heal as well.

edward-bachEurope, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica will see this lunar eclipse. But we all know its power to make us feel wounded and vulnerable (Pisces Moon) and powerfully healed (Virgo Sun).   The Virgo Pisces Lunar Nodes are found in the charts of many healers, Dr. Bach was one of them. He gave up a powerful practice and reputation to go into the countryside and developed the healing power of flowers, something simple and available to the poor folk of depression eara Britain.  He believed all illness began at the etheric (emotional) level, and must be healed through the soul power of flowers and sunshine.

The theme of vulnerability and creative response  is repeated in the Saturn /Neptune square, exact at this time.  We can experience this combination as fear and anxiety or creative opportunity put into tangible form.

Jupiter (ruler of the Pisces Moon) has recently entered Libra.   The Sabian symbol for his degree speaks of the themes of this chart:

‘The transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed-realizations of the forever creative spirit.’     keynote: ‘A repolarization of inner energies leading to a creative centralization of consciousness.’

enigmebody Like the sphinx we are heart and head, lion and lady.

Don’t feel just part of this full Moon chart, feel all of it, pain and healing! The Lunar Eclipse will devour the Moon, our feeling receptacle, but she will emerge triumphant and beautiful at the end The lemniscate over the Lady’s head offers the same process we began with, in knowing and acceptance of our whole person, we are eternal.

All Photos: Bruce Lhuillier

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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The Moon in Coll (Hazel) is almost full. The connection of a sacred tree to each Moon cycle offers us time during the year to remember the beauty, the sustenance and the power we receive from their way of being in the world.

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On Sunday, August 10 the full Moon will celebrate Hazel, and the constellation Aquarius. Hazel is the tree favored by those who dowse for underground water sources because it is pliant and has an association to water. This tree is the guide to poetic inspiration, divination and leads us to our source. In Celtic Lore, the Salmon of Wisdom, known as the oldest animal eats the hazel nuts which fall into his pool, the Well of Segais. Within each of us is a still pool where we can draw wisdom and poetry fed by sources of nature.

Hazel illustration

This full Moon’s sign of Aquarius is the Water Bearer. It is an airy sign despite the connection to water. Moon in Aquarius in a natal chart drives an urge to be an individual, to move out of stereotypes of the culture of birth, and to find home and sustenance in the groups and organizations that feel most simpatico. The sign of the Moon signifies how we like to be nurtured and how we nurture others. An Aquarian Moon encourages freedom, and works best when given autonomy. If your Moon was in Aquarius at birth, this full Moon gives you the joyful opportunity to react to the world around you in whatever way feels most authentic. Since Aquarius is the sign connected to astrology, we can all revel in the ancient and still vibrant combination of art and science of the stars and planets.

full Moon in Aquarius 2014

Saturn, the planet who sometimes represents ‘social rigidity’ is square to the Sun and Moon’s line of opposition. Yet, when we fully embrace Saturn’s demands for responsibility, we gain his power to manifest our talent and truth. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is ‘A Path Through Woods Brilliant with Multicolored Splendor.’

beech tree pathphoto by Robert Fuhro

Uranus the revolutionary spark is trine to the Sun and sextile to the Moon. Expect his flow of energy to be part of the full Moon’s impact on all of us. A full Moon on a summer night will always pull us into a cosmic dance, and this Moon further explodes with Uranus energy. Saturn and Uranus are the traditional rulers of Aquarius, the Moon’s sign. The contradictory themes of Saturn and Uranus that describe Aquarian energy, and which are active in this chart of the full Moon will be felt by each of us in our own way.
Don’t ignore the contradictory messages of this moment. Saturn speaks of stability and the need to be consistent and well grounded. Saturn in Scorpio is scrupulous about what is important and what must be jettisoned. Uranus in Aries wants to establish revolution through forceful action

The Sun in Leo has just passed the season of Lughnasadh. The fires of Lughnasadh are reflected in the Sabian Symbol for the Moon: ‘A Forest Fire is being Subdued by the Use of Water,Chemicals and the Sheer Muscular Energy.’ The meaning of this image is our potential to face unexpected reactions from our most innocent acts. This chart of the moment of the full Moon speaks to our need to be conscious of our power to create change in situations, which may seem to be out of our control.
We are in the height of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, yet know we are moving towards the loss of light day by day. Mercury, the messenger and magician speaks for the creative energy of the Sun on this day and in this moment. It is time to speak truth as we see it. The Sabian Symbol for this degree of the Sun is ‘A Houseboat Party,’ Freedom from social rigidity.’

I have just returned from a location where the tides were woven into the daily pattern of life. This full Moon is also at the moment of perigee, when the Moon is closest to the earth. This provides an especially powerful pull on the tides within each of us as well as the ocean’s tides. When the Moon is at perigee on a full Moon she is called a Super Moon and she is felt as a powerful source of inspiration. This will compete with the Perseaid meteor belt which will peak August 10-13. Early morning when the Moon has gone off to bed will be the best time to see them. Thursday night I watched the stars around 3:00 am. The Moon had set and the sky was clear. A large meteor burst across the sky in front of me and filled me with awe.

starry night

Each full Moon we ricochet between two signs traditionally in ‘opposition.’ But this is what gives the full Moon its energy and potential for evolutionary insight. This is the time of the month when we do not have to choose between contradictory needs and impulses, but can discover how to integrate them.

Sarah Fuhro
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 http://www.sarahfuhro.com.

 

The 2015 Lunar Calendar is now available at:  https://www.thelunapress.com!! 

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A New Moon in Leo for 2014

bee and sunflower(Bob Fuhro) 

            The  new Moon at 03 degrees of Leo arrives as a beautiful open Sunflower. This is the sacred plant of Leo, and both are ruled by the Sun. The birds planted this one in my garden from the seeds I fed them all winter. Each new Moon is a seed planted in dark moist soil, a secret at the moment of conception, but a plan is already held in its design. The pattern of the Sunflower is both an invitation to open and shine, like the Leonic Sun, and a call to walk the circular path to the inner Self.   This new Moon celebrates the arrival of the Sun to Leo where he is most at home. For those of us on the East coast of North America, the new Moon will take place at 6:41 pm on Saturday, July 26th.

New Moon in Leo 2014

We have just finished a lunar cycle in the Moon’s sign of Cancer, now we celebrate the Sun in Leo. Cancer rules the fourth house in the astrology chart. This is the location of issues around the home of origin, where and how you grew up as well as the place where you live in this part of your life.   Leo is located in the fifth house of creativity, love affairs and self expression. The House of the Moon and the House of the Sun are next to one another. We need a safe home to be creative and self expressive.

These are the days of heat and sunshine for the Northern Hemisphere. Leo celebrates our ability to shine no matter what season or where we live, and invites us to acknowledge our creative spirit, to give off light, and to be courageous in our life expression. The heart and spine are ‘ruled’ by Leo, and we all know that Leo the Lion is the ‘king of the beasts.’

Like the Sun, Jupiter has also recently moved from Cancer (the Moon’s sign) to Leo (the Sun’s sign). The three, Sum, Moon and Jupiter are in a rendezvous of joyous optimism and self confidence. This is our opportunity to feel the difference between egotism and self expression! The ego is always in a defensive position, while true self expression is a celebration of our gifts to share and the ability to appreciate the gifts of others.

Jupiter’s optimism is boundless. He is the largest planet in the solar system, and promotes expansion and the energy to carry out what might otherwise look impossible.   Jupiter has a huge magnetic field, and transmits more radio emissions than our Sun. After all, he is Zeus, the King of the Gods!

I’ve had several astrology clients this week who were born with their Uranus close to this same degree of early Leo where the Sun Moon and Jupiter are located.   This includes those born between 1955-7. The excitement and creative possibilities with Jupiter and a new Moon bouncing off your natal Leo Uranus (electric excitement, revolutionary possibilities) will provide the music for a cosmic dance!

Jupiter and earth TheSun            Just to make the mix even more powerful for all of us, Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon make a square to Mars who has recently entered Scorpio, which he rules from an underground station.   He adds a hint of mystery and depth to this trio of great ones in the sunshine of Leo. Mars in Scorpio is very powerful in a behind the scenes way. His square to the bright light of Leo suggests that there is more than sunshine to this aspect.   At his highest level he will give that lovely sense of possibility a focus to the powerful creative urges that are at work at this time.

Pluto, lord of the underworld and Venus in Cancer eye each other across the chart. Like all oppositions they challenge us to think beyond polarities. To help that cause Mercury, also in Cancer is lined up to square Uranus, suggesting a unique way to think about old divisions. Most of us have our own black and white, positive and negative pillars we might consider in a neutral light like the High Priestess. Her power comes from her integration of opposites. She sits between the pillars of dark and light, with the symbols of male and female on the curtain behind her, while she wears the crown of new, full and waning Moon.   All steps of the cycle are open to her because she values the entire process.

High Pristess            Lughnasadh or Lammas is celebrated around the 1st of August.
better bread

This is the time of the first harvest festival and commemorates the change from hunter gatherer tribal societies always on the move to settled agriculture. It is the season of bread and is the name for the month of August in Ireland, where traditional games are held in the honor Lugh’s foster mother who died as she plowed the hills for agriculture.   It is a traditional time of weddings, but there is a sadness held in these days of harvest and sunshine. Perhaps it is a shared sadness with the cutting down of the grain, which has grown all summer. The light is beginning to retreat and there is a nostalgia for what was lost as the old paths of the ancestral migrations were forsaken, in exchange for the security of village life.

mill wheel

Lughnasadh   is the opportunity to see the soul as a grain of corn.   We can feel its cycle from seed to sprout to full grown grain, ground by the mill wheel, and turned into flour, which is mixed with yeast and water and fire to make bread!   Here is a poem I wrote for Lughnasadh this year:

Nameless

How to speak of it:

the bramble path to the heart,

the wind as it rolls flat all that

grew in the sweet fields of May.

As we cut away the dead branches

small green whiskers grow out

in such unexpected places.

The season of bread and sorrow

fast approaches. Lughnasadh

casts a shadow in the hot and golden

fields of summer, where cicadas thrum.

Unspeakable how, the Moon, as she rises

catches the light of the run away Sun,

who lies hidden beneath the earth.

Sarah Fuhro     July 12, 2014

May you dance under the Leo Sun with pleasure, and feel your unique expression unfold in whatever form it may take in your heart.

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.

At Lughnasadh, like a loaf of fresh bread, the 2015 Lunar Calendar will be ready for you to order.   This is the best way to keep in touch with the Moon throughout the year! Potry and art celebrate each cycle of the Moon with lots of lunar information!   https://www.thelunapress.com/


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The Labyrinth is my theme for this new Moon.

copper labyrinth

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At the moment of the Solstice on June 21, the Sun entered the sign of Cancer to begin a new season, and to turn once again to the South.  Sun and Moon will meet at 5° Cancer on Friday, June 27. We are all poised at the entrance to a new labyrinth, a new Moon cycle and a new season. Friends in the Southern Hemisphere welcome the Sun back and feel the approach of winter; we in the North bask in the light and warmth of summer days, even as we begin to lose daylight.   The labyrinth takes us closer, then farther from our goal of self knowledge.

 New Moon in Cancer 2014

 

Across the chart from Sun and Moon in Cancer, Pluto watches the new couple with Capricorn’s ever cautious perspective, and Pluto’s passionate insistence that we pay attention!   As we enter the labyrinth, we don’t know what devouring monster might lurk within. The Minotaur, Asterion was at the center of the Cretan labyrinth.   He is portrayed as a cruel monster, but he was also once the beloved child of queen Pasiphae! Here he is as a cute little baby Minotaur on her lap. In this light we see him as one of many portraits of a mother and child, symbol of the sign of Cancer.

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     The story, as it has been told is that Pasiphae fell in love with a white bull, a gift from Poseidon (Neptune) to her husband Minos, king of Crete. She gave birth to Asterion who was later placed in the center of a labyrinth built by Daedelus.   Note that in the chart for this new Moon, Neptune is making a close aspect to the Sun and new Moon. Neptune erases our usual boundaries of time and space. At this moment of new beginnings, we look at the ancient roots of the Minotaur story with the understanding that there is no time except the present!

When the spring equinox took place in the sign of Taurus the bull, (5,000 years ago) agriculture and alphabets appeared on the scene, and this may also have been the birth of astrology as we know it   The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which developed during this age of Taurus is Aleph, the ox.

Aleph

The Egyptians built the pyramids and refined the use of papyrus as a writing surface during this period. The Ankh, Egyptian symbol of life has been compared to the cross section of the thoracic vertebra of a bull.

ankhthoracic vert of a bull

The Age of Taurus seems to have been a cooperative and peaceful period, which ended with the Age of Aries, when war like cultures, e.g. the Mycenean, overthrew matriarchal civilizations like Crete.

This is a period when the Moon goddess was honored in many places. The Moon is delighted to be in the sign of Taurus. Because the horns of the bull are like the crescent moon, there are many connections to horned deities in lunar symbolism. Here is Isis decked out in her crown of full and crescent moons.

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            But how does all of this ‘bull’ relate to the new Moon in Cancer on Friday? How does the ancient power of the Moon in Taurus and Cancer have any bearing on our lives at this time?   The Moon is a symbol of joyful renewal. In Cancer the Moon is at her most powerful. We are given the opportunity to apply the wisdom of her cycle to our lives. Like the High Priestess Tarot card, she offers us the wisdom of the ages. For even though there are powerful and noisy forces at work in the world, and in this chart as well, we are held in a moment of balance and peace, the end and the beginning.   Like the High Priestess who represents the Moon, and wears the Moon crown of Isis, we do not have to take sides. For this moment, we do not have to act upon the fiery impulses of the Mars and Uranus opposition or listen to Mercury in Gemini chattering away, or take the stern advice of Saturn in Scorpio. We can stand in a moment of stillness at the entrance to the labyrinth, draw a deep breath and know we are always at home.

High Pristess

Thank you, to my sister Moon celebrant, Eleanor B. Miller who planted the seeds of these lunar  ramblings, and has supported and watched over them ever since.  May the Moon lady shine her light and reveal her darkness to us all!

 

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.

 

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