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The Sun is in Aries, the Warrior King. The Sun likes to be in this sign of spring energy. He shines well from Aries, and it’s not surprising that this is the full Moon, which marks Easter and Passover, holidays of rebirth which take place after containment and suffering. The symbol for Aries is the Ram’s horns. This is a full Moon often associated with war as we have seen over the last days. We entered the war with Iraq (March 20, 2003) just as the Sun entered Aries at the time of the full Moon.   But that war energy can always be transformed into other more constructive forms of life energy, if we have the patience and consciousness.

The Sun is jostled and pressured by Eris and Uranus, or Chaos and Revolution. They are a potent combination for a shake up, both collective and personal. Like clay and bread dough, our Sun is everywhere being pummeled, kneaded, wedged into new shapes.

‘There is no place where those striving after consciousness could find absolute safety. Doubt and insecurity are indispensible components of a complete life.’ (Carl Jung)

knotted wood and mossPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Like this much-weathered bit of wood, the forces at work on the Sun, and so our consciousness are many. Yet this is the basis for new life forms like the moss to flourish.

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Uranus is not the only revolutionary in the chart of the full Moon. Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, is in a square to this spring time Sun. He turns over the soil to expose what is buried beneath, because that is where his kingdom is located. Pluto doesn’t let us forget what we can’t see or would rather not see. Bugs and grubs are probably feasting on this log where it still has moisture and life. The waves and tides of what shaped the bones of a living tree remain in a beautiful design.

A complete life does not consist in a theoretical completeness, but in the fact that one accepts, without reservation, the particular fatal issue in which one finds oneself embedded, and that one tries to make sense of it or to create a cosmos from the chaotic mess into which one is born.’ (Carl Jung)

pebbles in the StreamPhoto: Robert Fuhro

Venus, traveling in reverse is feeling the power of Saturn. These two are often in conflict and many stories tell the repressive power of Saturn (patriarchy) upon Venus. Yet the signs of these two planets might tell of another story, perhaps the basis for Merlin and Nimue. Each taught the other their style of magic, which gave immortality to both.

Merlin and Nimue

Saturn in Sagittarius is the wise philosopher. Venus in Pisces so very close the Chiron the healer, might actually be an expression of love at a higher level of expression. Pisces and Sagittarius are in charge of universal love, a steadfast love that exists from one lifetime to another, but always in a different form.

Pomme star BLUEPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

This is the season when the Maiden, Persephone returns from Pluto’s kingdom in the Underworld.   Held captive by the Lord of Darkness, she is now Queen of the Dead, except when she returns to greet her mother the Earth.

Aphrodite   Sarah Fuhro

In the core of our apple,

we call the planet earth,

dwells the great polestar

of the underworld-

Lord of Change,

Transformer eternal,

Hades himself.

With each breath

he draws into his lungs

the Universe is born anew.

His trumpet voice penetrates

where justice has been forgotten.

Hades alone has the key

to every rusted lock.

Why then,

did Lady Aphrodite,

bright and beautiful

among all the gods,

so lightly appoint

dark scowling Hades

for the maiden,

Persephone–to be her

chosen spouse?

Whoever has walked

across a freshly plowed

field at twilight

and raised loving eyes

to see the crescent

Moon adorned

by the evening star,

you are entering

the drama which

has no beginning

and knows no end.

Once more the Maiden

returns pure and slender

to be gathered like wheat

in the brown arms

of her grieving mother.

Once more we are freed

from the dark shelter

of womb and grave,

because the Maiden has

risen to embrace and dance

upon the greening earth.

leaf heartPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

But what of this full Moon in Libra? She is more than a reflection of the beleaguered Sun in Aries. She watches with Jupiter from across the chart and across the sky. If the sky is clear they will be visible as they travel together the next few days.

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Jupiter like the Lady Venus is also in retrograde. He went retrograde in February opposite those two change agents, Uranus and Eris, who at this full Moon nestle up to the Aries Sun. Jupiter in Libra, ‘Cosmic Optimism’ for the besieged Aries Sun has kept some balance in a world of uncertainty. But now the Moon must hold that balance.

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The Moon is the point of an astrological pattern called a Yod or Finger of God.   Creating the energy for this Yod are the Venus/Chiron combination and Mars and Demeter in Taurus. This powerful combination of Venus in conjunction with the healer, Chiron and Mars in partnership with the earth mother, has the potential for a very focused ritual of Earth love and healing.

ravens in skyPhoto: Robert Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for this lovely Libra Moon is: ‘A child giving birds a drink at a fountain.’

It seems like a perfect combination with the Symbol for the Sun in Aries: ‘The gate to the Garden of all fulfilled desires. Abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation. Cosmic optimism.’

gate colorPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

With each turn of the cosmic sky we have the opportunity to enter a new gate, and discover new worlds of possibility!

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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This is a new Moon chart crowded with planets and other cosmic objects located at the end and the beginning of the zodiac. It feels as if we are all on a stellar journey of deep significance. We must end one cycle before we begin anew. But astrology charts, just like life are never that neat.

Lots and lots of planets in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac are crowded together next to a multitude at the very beginning of the Zodiac (Aries). Like all adjoining signs, Pisces and Aries are quite unlike. The signs next to each other are teachers to one another. Pisces teaches Water, teaches universal love, teaches martyrdom and the erasure of personal identity. Aries teaches Fire, teaches the thrusting energy of the individual, and the anger of the warrior. But like a family, like a community, like our own inner complexity, every chart contains contradictions, which must be embraced, in order to be whole.

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About this time, Neptune swallows Sun and Moon. The Moon is already invisible because of her proximity to the Sun. An annular eclipse of the Sun visible in the Southern Hemisphere, will darken the Sun except for a gold ring! Neptune opens our spiritual senses, we have to feel what is happening in the sky.

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Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces. He is the opportunity to see beyond the material world, and to feel the oceanic tides in our system. Neptune’s energy blurs sharp focus in waking hours, and makes dreams vivid at night.

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The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this new Moon is ‘A jockey spurs his horse, intent on out distancing his rivals. Self quickening.’ This is an image of competitive energy with a focus on recognition. How do we get noticed, and what is the impulse to be noticed? And what is the recognition allowed a Pisces Sun and Moon, in eclipse and swallowed by Neptune?

During the winter so much is underground, hidden, presumed dead. All that was in hibernation wakes to a fiery call. The compression of most of the planets into these two signs is like a spring, which has been pushed down, but is now ready to burst into freedom. The watery Pisces energy is about to combine with the volatile combination of Mars, Uranus and Eris in Aries. This year we had no somnolent winter. The political theatre in America and elsewhere reflects the Aries direction of this new Moon in Pisces chart.

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Uranus and Mars are in the service of the goddess Eris. Eris, is the scorned and rejected woman; she who is not invited to the party. It was Eris who concocted the test of the Golden Apple, and thus began the Trojan War. Eris is the sister of Mars-Ares. She has been slowly moving through the sign of Aries since 1927. Now she is aligned in fiery Aries with the always disruptive, Uranus and her brother, Mars the god of War. What to do with this powerful trio if we know their potential for damage?

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                                                                  The Judgement of Paris   Rubens

The last time Uranus and Eris met in Aries, was between 1426-1517, a time of upheaval and war all over Europe, and the period of violent ‘discovery’ of North and South America by Europeans.   The Hundred Years War took place as did the ‘War of the Roses.’ Joan of Arc might be the significant symbol for Eris at this time. She took up arms against the English invasion, yet was burned as a witch, and then sanctified as a saint.

Anything crystalized during the Middle Ages was thrown open by Uranus and Eris in devastating spasms of change, and the development of new cultural forms. This was a period of religious and spiritual experimentation and yet it was also the time of great religious repression, a flowering of new sects and mystical vision, and the Inquisition.

Now it is our turn to experience the combination of anger and creativity, spirituality and destruction held in this chart.

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The Second Coming     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.

Perhaps it will be Jupiter who holds the key to a hopeful outcome. Jupiter is in the sign of balance, Libra. He is the traditional ‘ruler’ of Pisces, the sign of the new Moon and Sun. His Sabian Symbol at 22°Libra is ‘Chanticleer’s voice heralds sunrise. A creative and joyous response to life processes.’

metal-rooster                                       Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

For all who fear ‘The blood-dimmed tide’ take heart with Jupiter’s position in the chart, opposite Uranus, Eris and Mars. Their energy and creativity and courage are available when we accept our part in the drama of these times into which we were born. We might remember the courage of Jeanne d’Arc: ‘I am not afraid. I was born to do this.’

 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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This is a full Moon in total eclipse-but it’s a penumbral eclipse.   The earth’s shadow falls across the Moon, it’s visible, but very subtle. A penumbral eclipse is unusual.   There a re never more than nine in a century, and some centuries miss out on them all together.    To notice this eclipse, you need to know it’s happening. It’s like a party for the initiated!   If the sky permits you to see this delicate veil across the Moon, Friday at 7:33 pm (EST), then you are a member  of the initiated. But don’t worry, whether or not you see her physical form in the sky, the energy of this vibrant Leo Moon will still make its mark on your life.

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Once again we have a full Moon event with Sun, Moon and many planets at the powerful 22° point, the ‘Master Builder’. The last full Moon was constructed at this intense degree as well. https://sarahfuhro.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/full-moon-in-the-master-builder-degree/  .  What are you building at this time?   Here is the three of Pentacles to show us all three aspects of creation; vision, design, and craft!

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The Sabian Symbol for both Sun and Moon represent the discipline necessary to evolve without destroying natural and vital forces. The Sabian Symbol for the Moon: ‘In a Circus, the bareback rider displays her dangerous skill. Keynote: The audacity and perseverance required to control and play with the powerful energies of the vital realm in human existence. Virtuosity.’ Leo is the sign most associated with Ego and the Sun. This is the Ego in its highest form, because it has been ‘tamed’ and yet it retains the vital life force of the horse, and the Lion.

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The Sun at 22° of Aquarius has another image of evolved animal energy: ‘A big Bear sitting down and waving all its paws. Keynote: The self-discipline which results from an intelligent development of individual faculties under proper training. Discipleship.’  

 This is going to be a full Moon of focused  energy, but it requires consciousness to ride with it. The Strength card from the Thoth deck represents this degree in one way, a ride on the power of Leo, requiring mastery of the rider. The Rider Waite Strength card represents it in another way with emphasis on the gentle mastery of power.

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Sun and Moon are at this degree, but so is Vesta, she who guards the hearth, and Eris, the goddess of Chaos dwells at 22° as well. Eris  is in close company with Uranus who is electric and a master of high tech communication.  Much of the drama we see in the political waves of the moment seems symbolic of this pair: Uranus and Eris, and their conjunction in Aries, soon to be joined there by Mars.

Also at 22 degrees of Pisces,°we have Chiron, the wounded centaur who heals all others but himself. Chiron is in a square to Saturn. This guarantees that wounds will have salt rubbed into them, and probably from someone in authority. I wonder who that might be? This square lasts for a year and while it will touch everyone, it hits those with these birthdays most exactly:

December 11 through 19 of any year
March 10 through 17 of any year
June 10 through 18 of any year
September 13 through 20 of any year

A square between Chiron and Saturn guarantees old stories come back to haunt us until we learn new techniques to heal ourselves and turn those healing methods out to others. Until we become light workers, and from our experience of pain, draw balm for others, we circle around and around issues of authority, self acceptance, and leap from formless and permanent immaturity to rigid structures, until we no longer know who we are.

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But when the heart opens, and the Ego becomes the vital force of the soul, everything changes, and the Saturn-Chiron square represents the master healer, the leader who leads by example, the authority who serves others by opening her heart.   We have a year of this experience for everyone on earth. Why does it seem as if so many lessons must be learned through pain?

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Jupiter provides some balance. He is at 23° of Libra, the scales. Because he is in retrograde, he too will soon be in another 22° position. Uranus who is across the chart from him, will also move by direct motion into 22°of Aries, and the ruler of that sign, Mars will join Uranus, opposite Jupiter in 22° Aries.   Twenty-two degrees demands greatness from each of us…we are all expected to build in a ‘masterful’ way.

What if this full Moon in Leo represents harnessing the Wind (Aquarius is an Air sign) and Sun (Leo is a Fire sign) to empower our planet without destroying her? This is where Vesta, (also at 22°) might take on the meaning of the hearth and home as source of electricity. Right now my solar panels are covered in newly fallen snow, but most daylight hours, they are working to add non-polluting energy to the electric grid. The potential to use each moment of cosmic drama to joyful advantage is always with us!

Photos: Bruce Lhuillier

Header photo: Sarah Fuhro

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. Sarah Fuhro

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greenways-pathThis New Moon takes place with many planets near the end of their stay in a sign.   It’s as if they are all packing up to move on at the same time. Since this is also the Moon of the Chinese New Year. We can expect, a kind of crazy luckiness, which is also reflected in a year of Jupiter (luck) opposite Uranus (crazy)!

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Sun and Moon are an exception as they rendezvous in early Aquarius The degree of the Sun and new Moon has a special connection to the activism felt on all sides through out the country:

‘A flag is seen turning into an eagle   Keynote: The dynamic incorporation of new social values in individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and greatest significance of these values.’

 

 

new-moon-iin-aquarius-2017There is a theme of opposites in harmonious connection at this time. Venus and Mars nestle together at the end of Pisces. Mars is at the very last degree of Pisces, the very last degree in the very last sign of the zodiac. Venus is not far from him and Chiron the healer is trailing close behind. They are ready to head into the high energy of zone of Aries. It feels as if spring is here before January is over, yet we who live in Northern lands know that winter and spring can dance in each other’s territory.

Jupiter and Saturn, another pair of opposing planets are also in a friendly relationship to one another. ‘Use us both!’ they seem to say….Saturn is in the sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is in Libra, where Saturn finds a lot of satisfaction. Perhaps the planets are teaching us how to negotiate to get what we want.

This day begins the Moon of Rowan, called ‘Luis’ in the Celtic Moon Calendar. Rowan is a tree of magic, and of protection from enchantment. Runes were inscribed upon staves cut from the Rowan tree. And the name ‘rune’ comes from the name of the tree. Further protection can be found on the red berry of the Rowan which is marked on the bottom with a pentacle, the symbol of protection.

Tice-jewelshe festival of Imbolc follows this new Moon and sacred to the Rowan tree. This is the celebration of newborn lambs. Imbolc means ewe’s milk and is a holiday dedicated to the goddess Bride. It’s about light, growing light, about the strength of the green beneath the February snow. If you walk into the woods there is a mysterious coolness without wind. It comes from the white garments of Bride as she prepares the earth for new life.

Imbolc         Sarah Fuhro

Full Moon is buried in our lungs.

She breathes with us.

Heart beats in a hurry
to keep in time,

with the passage of sweet fog.

The cold air fills and empties
the magic chest,

treasure box
held within,

the holy ghost,
the spirit place,

the temple,
the toolbox,

the home sweet home.

The White Lady draws nigh,

twilight fills in her footsteps.

Feel her furry breath, as she approaches.

She leaves muddy tracks
in the new snow,

and promises that someday, one day,

when she consents, spring will be here,

hot, with chill overtones.

Soundless, the Lady is the moss under crystal,

thin February glass on small ponds.

She is the bird of early arrival,

the fox,
as he leaves his lair to venture forth

on a cold morning with breakfast in mind,

after long hunger.

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.

Photo Credits

Sarah Fuhro    Path at Greenways

Robert Fuhro   Bald Eagle

Robert Fuhro   Ice Drops

 

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Birch marks the first month of the Lunar Tree Calendar. The trees of this calendar are also an alphabet, Ogham, used by Druids as a secret form of communication. By learning about trees that grow where we live, and spending time alone with trees, we can learn so much about how to maneuver in life. Our ancestors did this. Now we are here, amongst trees who share the earth with us. Trees will answer our most difficult questions. That is why Ogham is also a form of divination, a way to deepen our communication with tree knowledge.

Birch is sometimes called a ‘pioneer’ tree. It was one of the first trees to appear after the Ice Age, and is often the first tree as meadow transitions to forest.   So it seems only natural that Birch is the first Moon of the Lunar calendar. She can be used herbally and symbolically for cleansing! Birch is a fresh new start.

The full Moon on January 12 is Birch at her moment of full manifestation, an opportunity see the world with the fresh eyes of this graceful, maidenly tree. Her bark often seems to have eyes, which look back at us!  She is full of the magic power of the Shaman.  Birch is one of the first to leaf out in springtime.  Below is Queen Puabi’s  necklace from Ur decorated with gold birch leaves!

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Little Birch Moon     Sarah Fuhro

This little birch Moon

is slipping out into dark

night, stepping away

from the lights and music

of the bustling cabin.

When the Moon

has her darkness,

she takes it in silence.

Going out she leans against

the great dark tree

and looking straight up,

recalls sailing in that tree top

as a full and flying Moon.

 

Moon feels the bark

against her tired spine.

 

In the dark,

 and all alone, by herself,

 she gives birth

  to the next little Moon.

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What will this Birch Full Moon in Cancer show us?   Lots of contradictory gifts are offered, but that is the nature of a full Moon! We can feel that energy surge through us and pull the tides along as well!    Can we dance through the contradictions with respect for all sides of the chart?

There are six cosmic objects at 22° in the chart for this full Moon in Cancer.  In numerology, twenty two is called the Master Builder, and is a number of great potential. There are twenty two letters in the Hebrew Alphabet. There are twenty two cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. Why does 22 have such a powerful reputation? How can we embrace the potential for creating the life and community we want, and become ‘Master Builders’?

The Sun is at 22° Capricorn, a sign of the builder and organization. Moon is at 22° Cancer. Cancer is the sign of the home and the family. Moon in Cancer opposite Sun in Capricorn might represent the cosmic transformation of a building into a home, a place for people who call themselves ‘family.’ That could mean our whole planet for the astrology chart is universal!

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Jupiter, also at 22° holds the reins to the opposition between Sun and Moon. Jupiter is the BIG God. He is expansive, a bright planet in the sky, who fills us with optimism and surety, when we let him into our hearts. His bird is the Eagle, and he is pictured here, from a Mesopotamian bas relief as the powerful force behind the Universe. Because he is in the sign of Libra, the Scales, he represents Justice and judgment. At this perfect moment of balance between Sun and Moon he offers the insight and wisdom we need to be fair and to see all sides of an issue.   Only a keen sighted eagle can do this!

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Opposite Jupiter, Eris that feisty goddess of Chaos is also square to Sun and Moon. She is in the sign of her brother Aries. She is in the close company of Uranus, the Revolutionary and Demeter, Earth Mother.  Aries is the sign and energy of the warrior, but also the Life Force. Aries rules our head and eyes. Eris might represent new insight or blind fury. This snakey Celtic Triskelion from the Musee Saint Germaine de Laye illustrates the whirling energy of Eris, Uranus and Ceres in the Full Moon  chart.  How does the rest of the chart, Sun, Moon and Jupiter react to this deep stirring in the fourth arm of their Grand Cross?

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Here is the image to represent our psyche or the astrology chart of this full Moon moment. The Master Builder of the Sun in Capricorn, the deeply emotional creative force of the Moon, the balance of Jupiter and the chaos of Eris, are all part of the moment.

But I think Saturn might be the best planet to explain the how we can use the churning messages of this chart . He is truly the ‘Master Builder,’ and rules the Sun’s sign of Capricorn.   Saturn often has the final word on the subject. He is also at 22° in the philosophical sign of Sagittarius!

The Sabian Symbol of his place in the chart seems very apt for this moment in time when refugees are :   ‘A group of immigrants as they fulfill the requirements of entrance into the new country.  Keynote: Consciously accepting the ways of a new stage of experience, in readiness for the opportunities it will present.     Transition’

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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

Photo Credits

 

Robert Fuhro: Four Birch Trees

Bruce Lhuillier: Birch Leaf Necklace from Ur

Bruce Lhuillier: Mesopotamian God

Bruce Lhuillier: Celtic Triskelion

Bruce Lhuillier: Celtic Cross from Mt. Auburn Cemetary’

The 2017 Lunar Calendar is available from http://www.thelunapress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Strange Gods, New Medicine   Tuesday, 13 December 2016

 

fulll-moon-in-gemini-2016It’s a full Moon; Sun and Moon are on opposites sides of the chart, and as the Sun sets, the Moon rises.   The Sun is in the fiery sign of Sagittarius. There is a strange mixture of kindness, curiosity and joyful optimism that sometimes flips and becomes fanaticism, and intolerance in Sagittarius. Perhaps this is because Jupiter, king of all the gods rules this sign, and like many monarchs, he is jolly until he is crossed.

Meanwhile the Moon is in airy Gemini, lots of talk and the ever spinning brain. Gemini Moon can think her way out of emotional turmoil, but also needs to communicate feelings in order for them to be real. Mercury rules this sign and the ‘jazziness’ of energy which he creates is often poured into multi tasking, non stop talking, and feverish excitement until exhaustion sets in. Yet there is a deep resilience and renewal to this Moon sign!

Mercury and Jupiter are very different gods…Jupiter is the king, Mercury his servant hermes-and-zeusmessenger, but like many servants, he has a kind of freedom forbidden to monarchs. Jupiter is known for his stormy marriage to Juno and endless sexual conquests of mortals and gods. Mercury is more androgynous. He is also promiscuous, and some say he has a daughter with Venus, but no marriage for him!   Notice his floppy hat!

With each full Moon we have the opportunity to integrate opposite signs, and to bridge our understanding of polarity.   We all contain these contradictions and instead of trying to repress one side or another, the full Moon says: embrace it all, and create a dance of the whole mess!

odin-in-hatThere is another opposition in this chart as well. This is one I would call the Odin pattern. Uranus and his companions Eris (chaos) and Ceres look across the chart to Jupiter.   Like the Sun and Moon they are in signs of Fire and Air. Odin, like Uranus is not about established tribal order, but more about the new ways. He is known as the ‘Wanderer.’ He wears a floppy hat, like Mercury and is missing one eye, which he surrendered in order to acquire deep wisdom. Like all interesting gods, he is full of contradiction.   His name can be translated as ‘Master of Ecstasy.’ He is concerned with war, wisdom, magic, shamanism, poetry and the dead.   His gift is the Runes, a magical alphabet. . His connection to Uranus in Aries makes him much like Prometheus, who brought fire to humanity. Jupiter is in Libra at this time. Uranus and the gang are in Aries, another god of war. Jupiter in Libra suggests a deep concern with law and order. But Uranus suggests upheaval and anger. The Shamanic process of Death, Purification and Renewal are Odin’s qualities and indicated in this full Moon chart.

The theme of Odin continues. Mercury and Pluto square this Uranus/Jupiter opposition, further emphasis on the Death (Pluto) and poetry (Mercury) aspect of Odin’s character. Here he is at Standing Rock, walking the battlefield as he was known to do.

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That battle is far from over, and most of us expect further conflicts between the people’s forces of Uranus/Eris/Ceres and the power of big business (Jupiter). Pluto is associated with oil, and he and Mercury are in the sign of Capricorn, government and corporations. The T-square in this chart opens out to the sign of Cancer, the sign of home, the wisdom of the Moon, the emotional tides.   Here we may find the healing we need, the wisdom Odin found when he hung from the World Tree, Yggdrasil, where the Runes are carved.   He pierced himself with his spear, and gazed into the Well of Urd, from which Yggdrasil grows and he learned the secret of the Runes. He says:  “given to Odin, myself to myself.”  This might be the medicine we need at this time, the ability to give away ego, in order to learn a new medicine for the World.

odin-cavalier-1Here is Odin on his eight legged horse, Sleipnir. He carries his sword, Gugnir and is accompanied by his ravens: Huginn and Muninn. He had the power to bind and unbind the human mind, symbolized in the interlocking triangles called Valknut. Like the astrology chart, this is the eternal movement of the Universe.

Hermes and Zeus http://www.theoi.com/image/K12.14Dionysos.jpg

Odin in his floppy hat: George von Rosen       https://upload.wikimedia.org

Scene from Standing Rock: Zhooniya Ogitchida

Odin Cavalier: Bruce Lhuillier

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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

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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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