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Tender Moment

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Tender moment,

between moments,

when old secrets come loose,

and fly around the room,

old secrets, like a bird,

who breaks into your house,

doesn’t know how to escape,

can’t hide, can’t flee.

 

A small bird, terrified,

and visible, with whirring wings,

a bird who has the shakes,

and doesn’t know who is friend,

and who is Death himself.

Caught with tiny talons

in the curtains,

so close to the open window,

then suddenly sky  loose,

spring adventure.

Poem: Sarah Fuhro
Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

 

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Teddy rolling in grass                          photo: Sarah Fuhro

Each new Moon offers a fresh start, as does each new breath! But there is something doggedly universal about dragging our old stuff around with us, and holding our breath when we are stressed. Dogs offer us an alternative. They greet new opportunity with delight, and humor, forgive themselves and their people for bad behavior, and go on to take full advantage of the moment. This new Moon is the entry to the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. The best way to celebrate the new Moon and New Year might be to take on the energy of a dog on a spring morning and roll in the grass of contentment.

New Moon in aquarius 2018

The chart for the new Moon in Aquarius features the Sun and Moon (the luminaries) in the center of a wide swath of planetary relationships. Like a scene from King Arthur  in happier days, court members, Venus, Hera, Mercury are in close attendance, and visitors from afar: Uranus, Eris, Jupiter Chiron and Pluto send messages to the royal couple.

Expect that the next lunar cycle may bring a hundred opportunities for friendship and community, love and appreciation with every excuse to celebrate! If you dance with this Sun Moon combination, you will absorb the pleasures of all the planetary energy focused upon you.

rabbit in the leaves                            photo: Robert Fuhro

Jupiter is in a degree of Scorpio with a beautiful image:   A Rabbit Metamorphoses into a Nature Spirit! Here’s a transformation we might all embrace at this season of change.   I have a garden full of rabbits, but even as they eat everything I plant, they give me a tingle of delight with their company. Animals offer a gift of vision with their presence. They say their wildness is safe with us. They remind me that spirit, as well as rabbits, are all around me.

primose and light BL delicate                                            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

New England winter takes a pause after Imbolc (Groundhog’s Day) is celebrated. Twilight has extended into the palpable magic of promised change. It is a time when we can look, and then look deeper to find the wheel of the year spinning around us.   This is why I love the month of February with its undercurrent of new life beneath the mud and ice and snow of winter as it revolves into a flirtation with spring. We experience a warm promise and then a cruel setback. Yet our houseplants tell us they know the change is irreversible. And the festival of Imbolc is the energetic jolt of spring no matter how deep the snow may be piled.

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.

Green God BL                                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Uranus also makes an angle to Sun and Moon on their royal thrones. He offers the vibrational energy of new visions, but always, always in ways unexpected. His electricity is necessary to jolt us all into the season of growth, new possibility and gives the voltage enough to carry us into the audacity of some crazy hopes and dreams, a future we can embrace rather than fear. Like Mercury, Uranus is a messenger, but unlike Mercury, emissary of the Sun, Uranus seems to speak for another deity, a different form of organization of the universe.   His Sabian Symbol at this moment is:    A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold.

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 full Moon in Pisces arrives to mend some of the painful heat of the solar eclipse.   The angry, hot fire of the Mars Sun combination in Leo, cools down in earthy Virgo and watery Pisces, soothed by a Pisces Neptune as a healing companion to the Moon.

Two Water Lilliesphoto: Robert Fuhro

The best effects of the Leo Solar Eclipse, are held in Neptune, the healing companion. Neptune’s Sabian Symbol is: ‘An ancient sword, used in many battles is displayed in a museum.’ Will Power, is the key to this degree. It was will power channeled through the loving heart of Leo, which kept the heat from burning into destruction. So many people spoke to me of the glowing cinders left from this eclipse. Fire and a sword seemed inevitable, but the sword seems to have been the surgeon’s blade, and the fire cauterized the wound.

Connor with swordsphoto: Sarah Fuhro

The warrior Mars who was close companion to the Sun at the time of the eclipse has moved into quiet, earth-bound Virgo.

Venus, lady of love is at an exact degree of Leo to be in sync with Sun and Moon and Neptune, yet at a strange angle, where you have to search to find her.

Mercury remains in Leo, newly released from his retrograde motion at the exact degree where the eclipse took place. Perhaps he will give us further information about the significance of this nationwide event that held so many of us enthralled, watching the sky. It’s a nice synchronicity that the degree of the eclipse, and of Mercury’s entry into direct motion tells a story of a ‘mermaid who emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form.’ Now we have a full Moon in close connection to Neptune, king of seas.

Full Moon in Pisces

The Leo Venus is at a degree, which is about the self-actualization of the human soul.   The message is to ‘let the soul speak out!’   There are consequences to be paid when the true nature, power and desire of the soul are obstructed. How can you let some part of yourself be expressed at this time of fullness?   Where can you find a deep reflection of your soul’s singular message in nature?

winter clematisphoto: Sarah Fuhro

When you follow the Moon’s cycle and the seasons of the year, a deep and pervasive alignment with creativity takes place.   Magical events occur when there is a conversation with the mystery of the world. Perhaps the heavy hand of Pluto in earthy trine to the Sun will help us to see the weight of this and each precious moment of the Moon’s journey each month. The asteroid Pallas Athena in earth sign Taurus makes the third point of this triangle which speaks of the earth’s bounty and graciousness.

grapesphoto: Sarah Fuhro

 

Rabbit       Sarah Fuhro

Rabbit tells me that summer

is finished and harvest

comes next.

All the burnt offerings

to the sun paid off in results

no one could predict in springtime.

 

This bunny bounds over the dead logs

that block the forest path. The bushes

that have ripened each week stop rabbit

not at all from her crazy zig-zag.

The sound of her little forest feet

is like the beating of my heart,.

Her excietement is in my stomach,

in my guts and loins as I pick up

my scattered traveling trunk.

 

Little rabbit leaps

like the wild grape vine,

now here and now there.

Tiny green witch hands

of the vine grasp hooks

which spell out in the end: spiral.

 

Seems so sudden, the dusty grape

takes precedence over the berry,

and the Salmon thinks–return.

 

The Salmon remembers the pool

of the hazel nuts, still far away,

but available for renewal, to heal

a worn out journey, taken in heat

that now seems so wearisome.

 

Bunny in leavesphoto: Robert 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.

 

 

 

 

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‘Sound the ram’s horn at the time of the new Moon and Full Moon!’      Psalm 81

A new Moon begins a new cycle. We all get a fresh start. And, because this new Moon occurs at the very first degree of Leo, it is also the beginning of a new astrological sign on the Sun’s yearly journey. The next new Moon will also be in Leo. It’s the very large Solar eclipse, visible all over North America.   Enjoy the mysteries and pleasures of this new Moon, which has a lot of fire. Whoever your ancestors, they celebrated the Moon and the stars. They stood in a circle around a fire and felt the loving arms of the sky above them.

stone circle with mushroom                               Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Fire is the first element in the Western occult tradition. It is associated with ‘desire, ‘ with intuition with the direction South and with the Suit of Wands in the Tarot deck.   The occult tradition lists three kinds of fire: There is the ‘electric’ fire of Aries and Mars. Leo is the Solar fire of the Sun. And then there is the fire of friction. The is the fire of social connection, the fire of the ancestors around the communal fire. This is the social friction of Sagittarius. All three play a prominent role in this new Moon moment.

New Moon in Leo 2017

 

The chart of the New Moon on July 23 features lots of heat from Aries, the head, Leo, the heart, and Sagittarius, the hips and sacrum. A beautiful triangle of fire! The Symbol for Fire is an upright triangle. The fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius in this chart form a ‘Grand Trine.’ All three must be integrated to provide wisdom and a key to the mystery of who we are and why we are here. As we trudge up the hill toward light, we often forget the mysterious darkness and conflagration which was our source.  The vision upwards BL         photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Even the Sabian Symbol for this new Moon features heat!   ‘Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition.   Conflagration. ‘ The fire of the heart (Leo) rushes to the head (Aries), expressed in the fire of Sagittarian passions. Give this new Moon your attention on Sunday.   What is your vision of the future? Take note of your personal vision and your vision for human existence on the planet as it heats up. The notion of endless growth doesn’t seem wise. Ambition can be inspiration or cold fire.

spirit bust in crypt at MA BL                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

A Fire trine spins and creates new life forms. But at what price? Something is always forfeited with each twist of the road. As the nomadic life is lost, the connection to the earth spirits is also lost. We can see the pain of people all over the world only recently ripped from their traditional life. They were keenly aware of their relationship to the earth, as were our ancestors. Now we must relearn that relationship. As we follow the Moon’s cycle we take a step towards the reconnection. Now as we feel the damage to our earth, we turn back to the nerve, blood and bone connection we once had as children of the earth.

Tree hugger BL                                       photo:Bruce Lhuillier

 

It’s Almost Time   Sarah Fuhro

It’s almost time,

almost time for the change in light,

almost time for the poor and weak to reach out

trembling hands to each other and to grasp.

 

It’s almost time for the kind to smile

and be seen

in all their glory,

for the shift in power.

 

It’s almost time for the silenced to sing

and for the earth to receive the sweet rain

of justice as it falls on ploughed fields.

 

It’s almost time to be brave

and to go the next step without knowing how.

 

It’s almost time for the knowledge of the Moon

to rise in the dark sky and let us know

there is more than one way

to see the road ahead.

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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 I am here to live out loud’   Emile Zola

Once again, Moon in the sky fills with light as she lines up opposite the Sun to offer us the energy of full tides, and the dark lantern of night travel. She is no longer the crescent canoe, but now is a full masted ship ready to set sail for places we only dream to travel.

Inuit boatAbraham Anghik Ruben (Inuit)   Passage of Spirits   ‘Caribou Antler Sails represent either swirling firmament or smoke that issues from lamps, lighting the way in a dark universe.’ photo: Sarah Fuhro from the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.

Moon and the Sun are once more at the ‘Master Builder degree of 22°.   This is a degree of fulfillment, available to those who grasp their mission in life, to those who have the courage to reach out and transform their talents into gifts of creative imagination and mastery.

The Sabian Symbol for this full Moon is: ‘ A Lion tamer displays his skill and character. The need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny. Resoluteness and Patience. This is the degree of the artist, who must take raw energy, talent, life force and turn it with great resolve and patience into a gift on the material plane.

The Lion Tamer                  Photo: Sarah Fuhro from the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco

As with the Moon’s degree symbol, the degree of the Sun at this moment also connects to ‘vital energies:’ ‘ A ‘materializing’ medium giving a séance. The ability to give of one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires. Substantiation. ‘ Again we are asked to dive into the spiritual/non material world and return with a material gift.   Is this the role of the Moon in our lives? Her light does not work in the way of sunlight, but she marks and teaches time, tide, yearning, and the inspiration of mystery. Poetry comes from her.

The Medium                   Nicolas Africano (Untitled)   DeYoung Museum, San Franciso photo: Sarah Fuhro

Is this the Moon who tells us that to manifest something we need ‘resolve’ and ‘patience’? That seems clear enough, but what is ‘vital energy’? The Moon degree is suggests that we have to take charge of our life force. The Sun’s degree is about the need to utilize that vital energy! The character of Virgo and Pisces are in a strange dance at this degree. Virgo must tame and polish vital energy; Pisces must give it away!

And we are not done with the Master Builder degree in this chart!   Uranus and Eris, revolution and chaos, are also at a 22° point. They stand at 22° of Aries, the constellation of ‘vital energy’.  The Sabian Symbol for this delicate point in the chart is:  ‘A pregnant woman in a light summer dress. Fecundity. Inner Fulfillment.’ How do we handle revolution and chaos?   Can we see its fecundity?   Or do we get lost in the anxiety of travel in a strange land? Blessed Jupiter lies opposite this pair. He optimizes the potential of this vital life force through his tilt of the scales (he is in Libra) towards light and balance.

Pregnant woman                Rudy Autio   Electric Beach   DeYoung Museum   photo: Sarah Fuhro

And there are other forces at work as well.   Chiron (the healer) and Pallas Athena (the wise one) snuggle up to the Sun in Pisces. This full Moon offers the gift of focus, resolve and patience as the healing force in the midst of drastic change. Venus moves away in retrograde motion towards old dreams, values; love that was left behind.

Full Moon in Virg 2017

Saturn, makes a square to Sun, Moon, Chiron and Pallas Athena. He holds the reins between their opposition.   Here is his Sabian Symbol, and the resolve of what may feel like oppositional forces: ‘An old bridge over a beautiful stream is still in constant use.’ Beautiful Necessity.’

Bricge at NOLA                photo: Bruce Lhuillier     Bridge in New Orleans Municipal Park

When Saturn and Chiron are in square. there is a great conflict between authority (Saturn) and authentic healing (Chiron). The old Saturnic way of dealing with trauma is to bury it, and to move onward. Authority has demanded this on the grounds of survival, but now that route is visible as a blind alley. We can feel this in the political theater around us. The wounded economy, ecology, health and justice system are bleeding. Repression will not solve the problems we face. Those entrusted with leadership display deep wounds, the first step towards healing. The necessity for authentic response becomes a matter of life and death. Chiron square Saturn hits us in a volley between what we know we each can do and the price we might have to pay for taking a leadership position. Saturn stands over us, daring us to move out of our comfort zone into the transformative mode of self-healing.

Saturn                            Viola Frey Man Observing Series   DeYoung Museum 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.

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Apollo is the god of light,but he is not the Sun.  His light is the enemy of darkness, and his names, Phoebus and Lyctus mean the ‘bright’ and the ‘life giving’. As we light candles and bonfires for the Solstice and New Year, we are calling him to brighten the dark.

The seventh day of very month (lunar cycle) was his birthday. The first day of every lunar cycle was sacred to him. He, in the form of the Sun is always with the Moon on this first day of a new month.

We have just passed through the darkest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, let us sing to him as Sun and Moon embrace in Capricorn, on Thursday morning!
candlesAt Chanukah there is the potential to connect to our inner light.  Darkness gives us that opportunity to know our own brightness.

Capricorn is a constellation with strong connection to organization and tradition, to a steadfast, but slow ascent to a goal. Maybe this is the reason we have the tradition of making resolutions  for the New Year.   The planetary ruler of Capricorn is Saturn. He likes patience, and dedication. Or as the Sabian Symbol suggests for the degree of the New Moon this week: ‘IN A SUN-LIT HOME DOMESTICATED BIRDS SING JOYOUSLY.

KEYNOTE: The wholesome happiness which subservience to the ideals and patterns of a well-established culture brings to those who accept them unreservedly’.
new-moon-in-capricorn-2016Is your interior a place of sun lit domesticity? Is Apollo your god, or do you acknowledge another deity? Uranus and Jupiter, are in opposition. Life is blessed by Jupiter, but jolted out of peaceful order by Uranus. When these two interact, as they do at this new Moon, you can expect: sudden and surprising news. Jupiter’s famous thunderbolts combine with the  electric excitement of Uranus.  It’s a great combination for a new Moon at a NewYear.   You know you must take an entirely different course in life, to dare and dream in new ways, perhaps secure in the good foundation you have built over the past year.

mainstone-blue-iceBut for these few days around the New Moon, it’s difficult to materialize the Jupiter Uranus drive because Mars, who is energy and vitality is about to mix with Neptune, the dreamer, the illusion maker, the oceanic blend. Mars and Neptune are in the same degree with Moon and Sun. The new Moon is always a great time to begin a new project, but plans sparked by Jupiter and Uranus will have to meditate, or marinate for a few days. The angry energy of Mars may  soften into a spiritual force, instead of an explosive fury.  Listen to your dreams (Neptune) as they speak through Mercury.
crown-of-vines

There is a healing theme to this new Moon.  Chiron the healer is in Pisces and
connects  to the Jupiter/ Uranus opposition. Healing always seems to involve accepting the whole of a difficult situation. Chiron has a  relationship to Saturn, who makes for a strong organization, and to Venus as she brightens the evening sky.  Her energy of love and beauty could inspire unique artistic expression and a sense of love without boundary. The whole of this crown is made from many separate strands  woven together to form a strong circle. Like the astrology chart of any moment in time, like a strong and loving community, all the planets, must be acknowledged.

Photo Credits:
Bruce Lhuillier: Through a Crown at Sunset
Sarah Fuhro: Candles
Robert Fuhro: Ice Stories
Bruce Lhuillier: Solstice Crown
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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It’s Almost Time

It’s almost time,
almost time for the change in light
but almost time
for the poor and weak to reach out
their trembling hands to each other and to grasp.

It’s almost time
for the kind to smile
and be seen
in all their glory,
for the shift in power.

It’s almost time
for the silenced to sing
and for the earth to receive the sweet rain
of justice as it falls on ploughed fields.

It’s almost time to be brave
and to go the next step
without knowing how.

It’s almost time
for the knowledge of the Moon
to rise in the dark sky and let us know
there is more than one way
to see the road ahead.

Sarah Fuhro December 2007

Jupiter, Venus and the Moon December 8th

The waning Moon in company with Jupiter and Venus

Friday will begin a new lunar cycle at 5:29 am. 19° Sagittarius is the location for the Sun and Moon meet up. Jupiter and Venus have adorned the dawn sky with the waning Moon for days. Now we shall have a Moonless sky for a few days until she comes out of the Sun’s bright beams.

A few hours into the new Moon my husband and I will drive to New Hampshire’s state capital to stand with friends and fellow Druids who oppose a gas pipeline scheduled to cut through the state. All of this plays against the backdrop of the climate meetings in Paris, which started with high hopes and now seem to be floundering in efforts by government to be FOR protecting the climate, but not for any action, which might make a difference. A new Moon in Sagittarius seems like the opportunity to begin anew with the high hopes of this sign.

Sagittarius is associated with high ideals, but it seems ideals can also be candle light vigildangerous! Famous for tolerance, Sagittarius will not tolerate disagreement! The Sagittarian spirit helps us enjoy people from other cultures and backgrounds, but will also be quick to judge difference. Perhaps this conflict between enthusiastic idealism and the potential for harsh fanaticism is reflected in the mixture of human and horse, the symbol of the sign. It is often those who are most uncomfortable with their animal self, who feel the need to crush the life out of others. (more…)

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