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Let me speak for the Star,
Let me speak for the Moon,
May I hear Mercury,
May I love with the passion of Venus,
And fight with the fire of Mars,
Jupiter, fill me with joy,
Saturn keep me in truth.

 This is the full Moon of Ngetal. Ngetal is the Reed, which grows in the place of the hidden yet powerful border between water and earth. Ngetal comes at the season of mystery, and dark renewal.

Ngetal is the Moon of chaos and yet Reed is the arrow, a highly directed weapon.  Ngetal bends, seems more grass than tree, but is still considered a tree in the lunar calendar and Ogham alphabet.

Reed is ancient, yet always new.  Ngetal grows in and by the water, swamps, places ignored and feared because they are impenetrable.

They are sharp, and wild, part of the Scorpio season of endings and beginnings, death and fertility

We are back to the powerful degree, which created so much energetic chaos at the last full Moon. This time Sun and Moon are at 22° degrees of Scorpio and Taurus. They are in contact with the Uranus/Eris/Demeter combination at 23° Aries of the October 15 full Moon. And to add a bit more to the mix, the Scorpio Sun is in close contact with Lilith who carries the long brewing anger of women.

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The Moon is in Perigee, closer to the earth than she has been since 1948. Another time of great national transformation.   Huge tides can be expected because of this Super Moon, and these high tides are felt within our emotional bodies.

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The combination of Reed (Ngetal) and Lilith as companion to the Scorpio Sun reminded me of the Japanese woman warrior weapon Naginata, which I heard about yesterday from my woman warrior friend, Catriona Hughes.

naginata The opposition of Scorpio and Taurus is a powerful urge to combine Death (Scorpio) and Fertility (Taurus). These signs contain within them two powerful Druid festivals: Samhain (Scorpio) as the Pleiades rise at Sundown and Beltain (Taurus) as the Pleiades rise at dawn.   Taurus is the sign where the Moon is most joyful.   Although the Moon passes through the constellation Taurus each month, only with Sun in Scorpio, is the Taurus Moon at her highest powers. This full Moon has so many connections to the interplay between male and female energies, and that brings us back to the election, and the powerful angers released. The ruler of Scorpio is Mars, The ruler of Taurus is Venus. The joyous outburst of spring in the sign of Taurus, and the great mystery of death and rebirth held by Scorpio are intertwined.

.Mars and Venus, rulers of the Scorpio/Taurus opposition have the Sabian Symbol degrees which best explain what is going on here.

Mars: ‘Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk.’

The progressive polarization of energies needed for fulfilling one’s life function

Venus: ‘A human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment.’

A powerful yearning for whatever will increase the scope and depth of one’s contacts with other living beings. 

 Journey by Water     Sarah Fuhro

At night I ride my coracle,

to the dark shore, silver Moon

of the tree filled island,

where I will meet my dreams.

 

The last notes of twilight

play out, as I approach,

push myself forward,

in my round leather boat,

into the tender reeds,

the dark water washed shore.

I put aside the slender pole

no further use for rudder, for oar.

First I lower my human foot

into the cold wet,

sharp fanged swamp,

in a moment,

pause to recollect:

 

I carry with me, fish shoes,

silver scaled, soft as silk.

With these I know myself

amphibious, and supple!

 

Both feet touch bottom,

and I push my coracle to shore.

 Photos:  

Reeds and photographer     Bruce Lhuillier

Ocean Waves   Sarah Fuhro

Naginata women   http://www.naginata.org/ncnf/ncnfPhotos/senseisOutdoorDemo.jpg

Joyous birch     Bruce Lhuiller

Faces in beech   Bruce Lhuillier

 

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   An Invisible Moon Casts her Shadow!

This Friday, March 20, take some time to slow down and listen, to feel energy unfold in a beautiful series of earth and sky events. These Sun and Moon markers of a cosmic dance are experiences we share over the entire earth. If we focus on them they have the power to unite us, worldwide, in wonder and gratitude for their beauty and synchronicity.   And this day is full of wondrous delights.

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At 5:36 am EDT there will be a new Moon in the last degree of Pisces, the last sign in the circle of the zodiac. Both Sun and Moon will put the finishing touches on the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere and say goodbye to summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Something new begins at the very last moment of something old.   We have all heard the saying: ‘In the beginning is the end, in the end is the beginning,’ this new Moon will embody the wisdom and power of this statement.

This new Moon creates a total eclipse of the Sun. The Moon will be close to perigee –closest point to the earth in her monthly cycle.  This is also called a Super Moon.  The Moon will cast her shadow on the Sun, obscuring the view of the Sun here on earth. Isn’t it amazing that the Moon’s shadow, our tiny satellite, is just the right size, and just the right distance from the earth to cover the Sun?!

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Those of you who read this blog in Europe, Eurasia, and Northern and Eastern Africa will be able to see at least part of the eclipse. This will be the last total eclipse visible in Europe until 2026! The rest of us will have to feel the energy of the eclipse, which will take place before the Sun is visible to us Friday morning.

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What is the human significance of a solar eclipse? Our source of light, the Sun is blocked. This can terrify us…..or open awareness to our interior light. It may help us remember the invisible is also powerful. The Tarot card called The Moon gives a picture of what we may feel during a solar eclipse, even if we can’t see it.   Sun and Moon have combined. Are they in conception of something new? This card corresponds to the sign of Pisces, which is the constellation where the new Moon and solar eclipse take place! The tiny lobster creature ventures forth from his safe home in the water to follow a path full of danger. She must confront her own wild and domestic nature (the dog and wolf), move into higher visibility (the towers) and then move beyond what others may or may not think.

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The Sabian Symbol for 29 degrees of Pisces suggests we can grow into something we visualize as ideal. Many of us tremble for the future of our planet.   We mourn the extinction of species, war and hatred, and the despoiling of the earth. Perhaps on Friday we can visualize a place of peace and kindness where all have something to offer.

A MAJESTIC ROCK FORMATION RESEMBLING A FACE IS IDEALIZED BY A BOY WHO TAKES IT AS HIS IDEAL OF GREATNESS, AND AS HE GROWS UP, BEGINS TO LOOK LIKE IT.

KEYNOTE: The power of clearly visualized ideals to mold the life of the visualizer.

But the story does not end here. This same day, March 20th is the second new Moon in Pisces this year. The last new Moon was at the first degree, and this new Moon begins at the last degree. Just as we had a new Moon on the same day as the Winter Solstice, this new Moon and eclipse takes place at the Spring Equinox, a triple celebration!   Pisces is about endings, is devoid of clear boundaries, is compassionate, yet forgetful; eager to connect to the Universal and the Universe.

This new Moon creates a total solar eclipse, and, eleven hours after the new Moon and eclipse, the spring equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere, fall equinox in the Southern! This will be a busy day for those of us who acknowledge that we are connected to earth and sky.

Spring equinox 2015 Hub with Asteroids    If that is not enough energy bouncing around for you, it should also be noted that Uranus (the revolutionary, the surprise agent, and the wild card in any chart) has just finished his final of seven squares with Pluto. That last square took place Monday evening. Pluto is deep and heavy, insistent upon his power, repressive, transformative, and the lord of all that is hidden from sight.   Pluto and Uranus in square have kept us busy over the past few years with lots of strange twists and turns in the road, many of which are reminiscent of their last meet up in the 60’s.   Uranus in Aries, has also been cheek and jowl with Mars, the ruler of Aries, the warrior god, who drives with unrelenting speed towards who knows what destination.

THE SECOND COMING       by: W. B. Yeats

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming!

Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

The Moon enters Aries soon after her newness, at 6:29 am EDT. The South Node, which marks the location of the eclipse, greets her entry into the fiery sign of the Zodiac. The newly eclipsed Sun will enter Aries at 6:45 pm EDT and whether we live North or South we enter a new season with the light held in exquisite balance.

For Iranians, and other Persian people this is an important holiday to celebrate with fire. It is the beginning of the new year, and is traced back to the Zoroastrians and Mithraism. As I write this Moon blog, there are fire jumping celebrations to usher in the holiday. The Zorostrians have been in the news lately because of their persecution by ISIS. They developed many of the basic constructs of astrology as practiced in the Western world.

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The White House has joined the celebration for Norooz with this beautiful presentation of traditional Iranian goodies:

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Can we take the gifts of Aries; fire, fertility, courage, and apply them to something in our lives, which needs a fresh start or renewal?   Spring here in New England is a world of melting snow and ice, but the birds are building nests in our birdhouses and singing their morning songs.   For those in the Southern Hemisphere, this is a season of harvest, and often the beginning of the rainy season. Whether we stand knee deep in snow, have begun spring activities, or are gathering in crops, this is a moment to stop and give thanks for the beauty and mystery which surrounds us.

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 or find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Fuhro-Star-Flower-Alchemy-Astrology-Flower-Essences-and-Tarot/71299491502.

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