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A stream begins in a spring underground.  The water bubbles up, and  follows a path where it becomes meshed with water from other sources. A river forms and then a human settlement is built around the river.  The city benefits from the river, but the water becomes polluted.  New sources of water are found at a distance, and soon the whole world is both connected and messed up!

Old Mill waterfall BL .jpg photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Gemini is about duality, a Mercury driven sign. Gemini Moon in a birth chart marks the tendency to scatter emotions, or to verbalize rather than feel when anxious. With a Gemini full Moon, there is always something to think about, a new idea to explore. We may all feel a special Gemini lunacy when the mind is busy at work trying to juggle contradictory concepts like hope and despair.  The United States was founded at the moment of a Gemini Moon.  We are a nation based upon the word ‘freedom’ with an economy dependent on slavery.

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

But wait!  Mercury is much more than a crazy maker.  He once was the messenger of the gods, the magician, the healer, the guide at the cross roads, Thoth, Hermes, Merlin.  He moves between our every day reality, and an enchanted vision of the material world. As my head spins with this full Moon, as my heart beats faster, I try to breath deeply and slowly, until it all slows down.  Then I begin to feel the warmth of the Sun in Sagittarius, and the magical breath of Mercury.

  black figure with black feathers .jpgphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Every full Moon in Gemini bathes in the light of a Sagittarius Sun.  While Gemini is a perfect expression of the Air element, Sagittarius is the Fire we need to keep us warm until the moment the Sun returns to the Northern Hemisphere at the Solstice.  Sagittarius is noted for optimism, a basic belief that the Universe is benign.  Both Tarot cards which represent Gemini and Sagittarius feature an angel.  The card for Gemini is The Lovers and shows the archangel Raphael, the healer.   The Lovers is called ‘the Choice card.’  Gemini energy is sometimes distraught with the weight of a decision.

The Lovers

The Lovers  Smith-Waite Tarot deck

The card for Sagittarius is Temperance, with the archangel Michael as as he pours from chalice to chalice, a soul from body to body.

Temperance

Temperance Smith-Waite tarot deck.

When the Gemini Moon and Sagittarius Sun come together, everything seems possible, but tenuous.  Air and Fire create warm flames to warm us in a cold season. These signs are called ‘mutable,’ and they express joy and sorrow around constant change.   Sagittarius honors the sacred nature of all things. Gemini is enthralled with possibility and mental movement.  May they nourish us with hope and vision.

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. 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.   sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

 

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The Swan

mute swans

The swan moves closer

to her reflection, swivels,

to see her full image.

 

She admires the perfection

of her white and black form

as she rotates under the Sun.

 

The reeds hold her picture

in their green-brown folio,

where water and earth meet.

 

The swan knows

there is more,

but leaves that for later.

 

poem, Sarah Fuhro

photo Robert Fuhro

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Sticks mark the journey of the Sun on a late October day.  The path to the faerie house is also a calendar of the year.   Each white stone might be a full Moon!  A vision of a magical realm conjures the magic of Sun and Moon.   The Moon loves the sign of Taurus, perhaps because she loves the Earth who is at the heart of Taurus…..

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

A woman draws away two dark curtains which close the entrance to a sacred pathway...this is the Sabian Symbol* for the Scorpio Sun at this moment of full Moon.   We can enter when ‘we plunge ahead into the unknown,‘ if we can move beyond dualistic thoughts.  The full Moon always gives us the opportunity to experience a polarity….the Sun and Moon opposite one another, the Sun casting light on the Moon’s face, as he sets and she carries that light into the night sky!  This is a polarity where we let go of any need to chooses sides!

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photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The High Priestess,  the Moon in the Tarot deck sits between the the two columns of black and white.  Waxing and waning Moons adorn her full Moon on her headdress.  Behind her a curtain displays female and male symbols.  She is the Moon with the law in her lap, the four directions and four elements on her breast.  Her power is her position.  She is potent between the polarities of dark and light, male and female.

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We draw closer and closer to the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto, and notice these planets  are in relationship to this full Moon/Sun.  The conjunction will be exact on January 12.   I think a party is in order.

full MOon in Taurus 2019

Saturn urges responsibility for what we create. Pluto recommends that we face our fears and see what they look like.  What is not working anymore? Pluto is connected to garbage and sewage, two things we don’t want to keep in our home, but haven’t figured out how to release without damaging the environment.  Saturn in Capricorn is in his element, and could take a vision into a reality.  Where might the vision come from?  Neptune, who is also in tune with this full Moon, might be the source of the vision, but needs Saturn’s organization and Pluto’s deep commitment to change  for the vision to manifest.  Monday night is a moment to dream (Neptune)  of what could be and dedicate the vision to the Saturn and Pluto in your chart.   The Taurus  Moon will be full on Tuesday morning (12 November 2019 8:34 am EST).

‘ Glory to thee forever, /Thou bright moon, this night; /Thyself art ever/ The glorious lamp of the poor. ‘

from Carmina Gadelica hymns and incantations from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

 

clouds at anza borredgo

photo: Robert Fuhro

This photo is a perfect illustration of the Sabian Symbol for the Taurus Moon’s degree:  ‘WISPS OF WING-LIKE CLOUDS STREAMING ACROSS THE SKY.   KEYNOTE: The awareness of spiritual forces at work, the blessings of supernatural forces at work.’  As the material world dances chaos politically and environmentally, the ‘spiritual forces at work’ bring us back to a place of peace in the knowledge that we don’t know the full story.   ‘Courage is needed to go through the veiling darkness — the courage to venture beyond the familiar and the traditionally known, to PLUNGE AHEAD INTO THE UNKNOWN.’

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 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

*Sabian Symbols are images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by Laura Wheeler and transcribed by Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.

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. 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.   sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

 

Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

Dedicated to Willy Rubin…definitely a Taurus Moon feline

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Stone and water                                             photo: Sarah Fuhro

This full Moon is about Water and Stone….Cancer Sun and Capricorn Moon.   Moon will be in a partial eclipse,  visible in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and South America.  For those of us in North America,  she will rise after her initiation,  after her disappearance and reappearance into the shadow of the Earth.

rebirth photo                                             from the DruidCraft Tarot deck: Will Worthington artist.

Emerging from the dark shadow of the eclipse, our own full Moon may feel renewed, ready to reflect the bright light of the Cancer Sun in a dark Capricorn sky.  The journey to this place of fullness has planetary challenges as well.

full Moon in Capricorn

Tonight (Saturday)  the Moon rose with bright Jupiter as companion.  She will roll along and meet with Saturn and Pluto before her assignation opposite the Sun on Tuesday.  Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn urge transformation.  The security of Saturn takes us by the hand to go deep into the mysteries of Pluto.

panther god statue BL .jpg                                photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Many of the planets in this celestial moment are in retrograde, they appear to move backwards.  This is an opportunity to mend old wounds and take care of long postponed projects.  But perhaps we will also feel a new strength we didn’t know we had.   The Moon’s symbol for this degree of bright fullness and eclipse is: ‘a store filled with precious oriental rugs.’   A treasure is held in this moment.

gold in Mainstone                        photo: Robert Fuhro

When I walked in the woods today, there were brightly painted stones along the path.  Some had messages: ‘Be Kind;’ some were designs with bright colors.   Here is one that looks like a full Moon.  I plan to celebrate the full Moon with friends on Tuesday night. There will be water and earth….fireflies and mosquitoes, food and drink.  The sky always gives us a reason to party!

Sparkle               photo: Sarah Fuhro

At a quiet moment,  there can be an offering to the Moon.  A friend suggested a Tibetan ritual of gratitude for the senses at the full Moon.  On a special altar stone in the woods:

Sight.  A small mirror.

Sound. A bell or other instrument.

Smell: Incense or perfume

Taste: Food

Touch: a silk ribbon or fabric.

A small crystal ball for the sixth sense, which is formless.

crystal eggs and smudge pot                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 

 

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cloud spirit

 

 

If I had feathers,

I could let the sky

take me to your nest.

 

If I had fur,

Nothing could keep me

from your cold castle.

 

But I am naked,

and deeply

wounded.

 

Claws and fangs

will never win

your steely heart.

 

Sarah Fuhro June 7, 2019

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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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fairy legs

photo: Sarah Fuhro

How you know it’s spring:

desire.  Desire for participation.

dance. Stepping quickly from

stone to stone at the brook.

demand. Knowing there is a question

which will soon be answered.

dumbness.  Sorting black and white

peas into separate bowls.

drama.  Hearing the phone ring

and letting it briiiing, briiing, bring.

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