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On Saturday we begin a lunar cycle in the sign of Taurus.   Taurus is about love, and especially love of the Earth.  It marks a time sacred to the goddess, she who made all things beautiful!  The planet Venus is the ‘ruler’ of this sign.  Taurus in the sky takes the form of a bull with crescent horns.  Astrology calls Moon in Taurus ‘exalted.’  And while the Moon visits Taurus each lunar cycle, it is only at this beautiful time of year that the Moon is ‘new’ in this sign.

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                                 Terra Cotta Bird Woman from Egypt..3500 BCE Brooklyn Museum

The celebration of Beltane, the fire festival of joyous love comes just at this precious degree (14º-15º) of the new Moon.  Taurus is often associated with wealth, but this Beltane, I feel the poverty we have created here on our planet.  It is not just the poverty of large portions of humanity, our sisters and brothers, but the poverty we have created through the determined destruction of our beautiful home.

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                                                      painting: ©Bruce Lhuillier

My feeling of sadness during this season of beauty and fertility, is perfectly described in a passage from Philip Carr-Gomm’s book, The Druid Tradition.*

the rise and fall of the blackbird’s song drew me back to my everyday state of consciousness, and as this happened a great despair overwhelmed me, and I looked into the blackbird’s eyes and I knew why he looked so sad. This world, this everyday world exists too, and it is the only one of its kind. The essence of all that has lived here can never be destroyed and it will live forever in the inner world and perhaps on other planets and at other times, but here, now, it is unique and it can be destroyed and it is being destroyed. The world is mortal too, like us. ‘

New Moon in Taurus 2019

When I look at the chart of this moment of birth for the new Moon, I see we have passed beyond the crazy shaking energy of Uranus, which was  focused on Sun and Moon  at the moment when fire dislodged the protective aura of Nôtre Dame de Paris.  Neptune is the planet which creates a secondery theme for this new beginning in Taurus.   Neptune is the mystery we can only grasp through image, and vision.   Here is the passage from Philip’s book,  which preceded the one above.  In this passage, he paints a picture of a place where all the species decimated and made extinct by our indifference live on.

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                                               painting: ©Bruce Lhuillier

The blackbird paused in his singing, looked directly into my eyes, and then began a song that rose and fell in a way that led me into a peculiar trance-state I had never experienced before. And there, in that state, I just knew his answer. He did not speak or tell me – his song simply took me there. And there was here, only different…..there were dragonfly and butterflies everywhere: chequered skipper, large blue and Adonis blue danced their way over flowers only my grandparents would have seen. Mother Shipton moths competed with pretty chalk carpet and dark brocade moths in the undergrowth of cowslips. Stone curlews, lapwings, hawks and falcons flew high and free in the sky above.’

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                                     painting: ©Bruce Lhuillier

Over the years since I first read this passage, I have thought back to it many times.  There is no way to heal the Earth through despair, nor can I shrug my shoulders and say, somewhere  the essence of this damaged world exists whole and repaired.   And so I look to this new Moon in the sign of Earth-Love, Taurus,  and ask for a celebratory heart.  I think of the Great Blue Herons building their nests in conservation land not far from my house.   They cannot afford to stop to weep for the swamp drained and ‘developed.’  Those few who are left build in what remains.

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               Photo: Robert Fuhro

This new Moon chart has most of it’s planets in a bowl shape with a handle made of the asteroid, Pallas Athena, she of the ancient wisdom tradition.  Wisdom is often built from mistakes made and mistakes acknowledged.

The passage on extinction continues: And we are the first generation to know this. To know that our Mother can die. Might die. For a child this realisation will, all things being well, lead to an increasing maturity. Let us hope that our understanding of our Mother Earth’s mortality will lead us to a sober maturity rather than a nihilistic despair or an insane attempt to actually ensure her death.’

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                                           painting: ©Bruce Lhuillier

And so as we circle and dance at Beltane, we weave our love and joy for the Earth’s beauty and bounty into our fear and hope for the future.

*Philip Carr-Gomm, The Druid Tradition, Element Books, 1991

Philip Carr-Gomm is the Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.  His book are many, and he created a course in Druidry which has enriched the lives of thousands of people around the world.  Philip lives in Lewes, Sussex. https://www.philipcarr-gomm.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. For an appointment call 508 740-7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  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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A full Moon pulls excitement from the Earth into the light of  travel and wonder, and reflects it back to earth.  The opposition of the Aries Sun and Libra Moon is charged with the full power of Mars and Venus, but other players add to the tumult as well.  

NY street                                             photo: SarahFuhro

In New York, visiting  friends and art exhibits, the light and dark of this moment were everywhere.  I visited the Miro exhibit and saw his range of Venus and Mars expressed in a very particular alphabet he invented, almost as notes on a scale!

Miro alphabet                                              Joan Miro

The next day I wandered through the Tolkien  exhibit to see his play with a language he retrieved from the Elves, and images of magical power of the forest.

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J.R.R._Tolkien_-_Fangorn_Forest                calligraphy and painting JRR Tolkien

What are we to do with in this time of blossom and new green leaves?  With a chart so full of contradictions, and the energy of upheaval, and sudden reversal, we can rejoice  in the note of harmony, love and balance of the harmonious Libra Moon.

full Moon in Libra 2019

 

The most perilous forms of balance are the feats I perform to go deep into new and unknown territory,  while I try to keep a firm hold on the Earth’s tender brown hands.   At this full Moon, Uranus shakes the Sun from a few steps away.  Uranus has just recently moved into the sign of Taurus.  Taurus is an Earth sign with sacred connections to the age of the goddess, the feminine.    The destruction of Nôtre Dame feels like a deep wound  to the energy of the earth and to the Lady who inspired this masterwork.  The beautiful beams of the cathedral were made of wood from Beech trees. Those beams were constructed to recall forest groves in  which  people gathered to celebrate and worship.  Beech trees this size no longer exist in the forests of Europe or America.

Beech trees in color          photo: Robert Fuhro

A few degrees from the Sun, is the asteroid,  Eris. She is a point  of chaos and opportunity.    Nôtre Dame in flames– I know full well that nothing this deeply embedded in our hearts and psyches can be be ‘replaced! or ‘renovated.’ I am left with the terrible realization that through this loss, the earth is changed forever in ways we cannot fathom. Pluto, the great transformer,  conspires with Eris to to shake the foundation of this moment.  Our fears can devour our creativity if we are not aware of them.

dark demon BL .jpg                                        painting: © Bruce Lhuillier

Moments after the full Moon in Libra, the ‘silver wheel’, moves into the sign of Scorpio.   After an attempt to balance a very difficult trio, Sun, Uranus and Eris, the Moon stands on the threshold of an exact opposition to revolutionary Uranus.  This may be the moment  when we see through a veil we have constructed.   In Scorpio we give up on pretense. In cosmic wisdom,  Scorpio follows Libra in the zodiac.  The Libran effort to make everything beautiful and balanced is cast off. The Moon will begin the long journey towards a new cycle, releasing all she accumulated from the past two weeks.  A Scorpio Moon is a good time to clean and sort what is to be kept and what is no longer needed.

Demon Wars

Many battles won or lost,

take place in moonlight,

when the big hoop

is caught in a tree top.

 

Tonight was my battle,

into the morning hour,

when birds mark location,

and speak of their intention.

 

These battles end in draw,

no end,  no beginning.

No winner will be

announced to the world,

yet all is changed.

Sarah Fuhro  April 2018

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