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A partial lunar eclipse on August 7th won’t be visible in the United States, yet it carries the energy of Sun and Mars in Leo. This explodes the power of the element of Fire and the Life Force. The combination, which has been in effect for the last few weeks, brings a huge surge of energy.   But like all energy, it requires consciousness, a channel for the drive towards action, which it triggers.

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Give this eclipse a moment of your time and awareness. It takes place at 2:11 pm EDT on Monday, August 7, daylight hours here in North America. But the view of the full Moon has already begun to light up the night sky. As with each full Moon, the Lunar Lady comes out of the bright orb of the Sun and shines in her own light. This can represent for us, the lunar aspect of ourselves: the side, which knows without words, the intuitive, visionary and dreamtime portion of our soul.

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‘The storm over, all Nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine. The surge of life and love after a major crisis. The joy and power of new beginnings.’

 This is the verbal image of the Sun’s degree, the  Sabian Symbol for his position at the time of the eclipse. If times have been difficult over the last year, this is a moment of reconfiguration.   The Sun in Leo offers you a new outlook, or even a breakthrough on the material plane at this Lunar eclipse.

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Leo, the Sun’s sign is the joy and expression of the self.   Aquarius, the Moon’s sign is about community, about visions of the future.   Here is the tension for this combination….how does the individual thrive amidst the needs and expectations of the larger group?   How do we find balance between responsibility towards organization and responsibility to hear and follow free flowing inspiration? Long ago, at this time of year, I had a dream in which I was carrying water in a pail hooked on a yoke across my shoulders. But the yoke was impossible to carry this way, because it needed another pail for balance.   When I went back and filled a second pail with water, I could now carry it up the hill. I took the dream to be about Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Aquarius full Moon needs the joyous balance of Leo, the Sun.

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This Lunar eclipse chart reflects a very old story in the rivalry between Jupiter (Zeus) and Pluto (Hades). The two planets make an exact 90° angle to one another called a ‘square.’ Jupiter rules Mt. Olympus. He is the king of the gods, the ruler above ground, but his brother, Pluto, governs the Underworld. Hades is full of resentment. Zeus is oblivious. Zeus had a gorgeous wife and innumerable sexual conquests.   Hades ruled alone, until the entry of Persephone in his subterranean kingdom. His jaws open wide for mortal flesh.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Jupiter had to deal with the limitations imposed by Pluto. Mortality and immortality play back and forth between these two mighty brothers.   Life on earth cannot continue without Death. But neither life nor death is satisfied with this arrangement.   Somehow this moment in time is a reminder of that conflict and all the power it holds over us. This is the season of Lughnasadh or Lammas, of harvest, which means death for the grain, but life for animals and humans. It’s a strange time of year. Sun and heat throb around us, yet the diminishing daylight and the harvest are reminders of approaching fall and winter.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

And then there is Neptune who rules another kingdom, that of the Sea.   With Pluto he creates a Yod in this chart, a powerful finger pointing at the Sun. ‘Take it seriously, Leo,’ Pluto and Neptune say. ‘You are the playful, fun-loving sign of the zodiac, but we have deep secrets and deep treasures, only accessed by those who stop to listen.  Only the compassionate ones who hold life tenderly in their hands make it through this perilous time.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Take a moment to hear and feel the full Moon in this season of eclipse. The August insects sing praises to our Lady Luna as she rises in the sky during the next few nights. Feel her reflection in your throat.

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.

 

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‘Sound the ram’s horn at the time of the new Moon and Full Moon!’      Psalm 81

A new Moon begins a new cycle. We all get a fresh start. And, because this new Moon occurs at the very first degree of Leo, it is also the beginning of a new astrological sign on the Sun’s yearly journey. The next new Moon will also be in Leo. It’s the very large Solar eclipse, visible all over North America.   Enjoy the mysteries and pleasures of this new Moon, which has a lot of fire. Whoever your ancestors, they celebrated the Moon and the stars. They stood in a circle around a fire and felt the loving arms of the sky above them.

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Fire is the first element in the Western occult tradition. It is associated with ‘desire, ‘ with intuition with the direction South and with the Suit of Wands in the Tarot deck.   The occult tradition lists three kinds of fire: There is the ‘electric’ fire of Aries and Mars. Leo is the Solar fire of the Sun. And then there is the fire of friction. The is the fire of social connection, the fire of the ancestors around the communal fire. This is the social friction of Sagittarius. All three play a prominent role in this new Moon moment.

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The chart of the New Moon on July 23 features lots of heat from Aries, the head, Leo, the heart, and Sagittarius, the hips and sacrum. A beautiful triangle of fire! The Symbol for Fire is an upright triangle. The fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius in this chart form a ‘Grand Trine.’ All three must be integrated to provide wisdom and a key to the mystery of who we are and why we are here. As we trudge up the hill toward light, we often forget the mysterious darkness and conflagration which was our source.  The vision upwards BL         photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Even the Sabian Symbol for this new Moon features heat!   ‘Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition.   Conflagration. ‘ The fire of the heart (Leo) rushes to the head (Aries), expressed in the fire of Sagittarian passions. Give this new Moon your attention on Sunday.   What is your vision of the future? Take note of your personal vision and your vision for human existence on the planet as it heats up. The notion of endless growth doesn’t seem wise. Ambition can be inspiration or cold fire.

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A Fire trine spins and creates new life forms. But at what price? Something is always forfeited with each twist of the road. As the nomadic life is lost, the connection to the earth spirits is also lost. We can see the pain of people all over the world only recently ripped from their traditional life. They were keenly aware of their relationship to the earth, as were our ancestors. Now we must relearn that relationship. As we follow the Moon’s cycle we take a step towards the reconnection. Now as we feel the damage to our earth, we turn back to the nerve, blood and bone connection we once had as children of the earth.

Tree hugger BL                                       photo:Bruce Lhuillier

 

It’s Almost Time   Sarah Fuhro

It’s almost time,

almost time for the change in light,

almost time for the poor and weak to reach out

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 knowledge of the Moon

to rise in the dark sky and let us know

there is more than one way

to see the road ahead.

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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A Full Moon, a Blue Moon on July 31!

This little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine

Oh, this little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine…

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

http://www.negrospirituals.com/songs/this_little_light_of_mine.htm

With Sun in Leo, the power of self-expression is at its height! With Moon in Aquarius art and expression are a community activity. Leo loves to show the soul’s purpose through joyous expession. Aquarian energy shows us our kinship with all of humanity and with plants and animals as well.   This is not on a mystical basis, but rather on a scientific platform.

Two famous Aquarians Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same date (February 12, 1809), . In quite different ways these astrological ‘twins’ changed the outlook of Western culture to embrace a more holistic view of who we are.

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Lincoln led a nation at war  over slavery. Those who believed that humanity is one race, won the war, transformed the economy, and the political structure. The rejection of slavery and the embrace that ‘ALL men are created equal’ has continued to be elaborated with evidence of our common humanity through scientific (Aquarian) evidence of DNA.

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Darwin in his exploration of evolution turned the Western mindset from a Biblical story of man’s special place in God’s universe, to a common understanding of humanity’s place as a part of an ever changing creation. Again scientific evidence from Darwin and other naturalists, and studies of DNA taught us we share most of our genetic material with grasshoppers and bananas.   The conclusion that everything alive on the planet is made from the same basic material, and developed from single cells of living material is an Aquarian world view.

Yet Aquarius is also the sign of technology and the development of machines, which are destroying the natural world. There seems to be a strange contest between an expanding consciousness of our interconnected fate, and a thoughtless race to destroy the very fabric into which we are woven.

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July 31st is the eve of Lughnasadh, the first harvest festival of the Druid year. It is the time to give thanks for harvest of the Northern Hemisphere, and to acknowledge the sacrifice that plants and animals make to our well being. It is also the time to remember the changes that took place as ancestors went from hunter gatherer, nomads to settled farmers with secure food sources. It is a day of bread and of fire, games, and weddings.

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This is when the chorus of insects is heard on summer evenings.  Their voices life in praise of summer nights and the mother who feeds us.

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.

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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

This is the second full Moon of the month, and so is called a ‘Blue Moon.’ Some say this is because the Maine Farmer’s Almanac circled the second full Moon of the month in blue. There is no astrological significance in a Blue Moon, it is the endless task of fitting a 13 Moon lunar cycle into a 12 month Solar cycle. Every nineteen years there is a blue Moon in the same month, on or close to the same date. Nineteen is the Sun’s number in relationship to the Moon.

And why not celebrate this abundance of two full Moons, this time of ripening harvest, and pulsing heat. This is Leo, with Sun as ruler dancing across from bright Luna! This is the full Moon when Samhain herbs are gathered to bring light into a dark season.

July 31 Full MoonSaturn will turn direct on August 1st.  Time to get back to work, but only after cleaning out (Scorpio) treasures of deep exploration in the closet of old truths.   Saturn rules boundaries, fences, edges. Jupiter in Leo will square this Saturn on August 3rd. The Saturnic desire for limits must be woven with Jupiter in Leo’s limitless enthusiasm.   Jupiter enters Virgo on August 11 where will he and we put our energies in this earth element sign?

As the Moon in Aquarius fills, and rises at sunset opposite Leo Sun, we might look at the symbolism of Cecil the lion, and the Aquarian Internet fury his death has aroused. Each full Moon offers us the opportunity to integrate oppositional forces within us and around us.   Cecil grass

One of the symbols of Aquarius is the human being.  Aquarius does not value the privilege money can buy. The voice of thousands of people who are hurt and outraged by Cecil’s death, spoken via electronic means is a perfect expression of this sign.Leo honors the monarch and the expression of powerful gifts shared in the community.

Each of us has both Aquarius and Leo in our charts. Dance to the music of their full Moon!

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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