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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.

pasiphae-minos

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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.

Isis_suckling_Horus

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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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