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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.
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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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A New Moon from the Darkest Regions

You might think the next New Moon (in Sagittarius), the one that falls before the Winter Solstice would be the new Moon of greatest darkness. But I think the new Moon in Scorpio is about exploring and honoring darkness, not releasing it as at the Solstice.   Scorpio has the potential to invite us to ‘Plunge ahead into the Unknown.’ This is the season where we can delight in early, twilight with time to feel darkness. Just as the new Moon, the invisible Moon is always about darkness because the Moon is tightly embraced by the Sun’s light, so too, Scorpio gives us the opportunity to explore darkness in a brightly lit society. Hallowe’en is the season when we turn to look at what we fear is traveling, just behind us, death, dissolution, decay. And Hallowe’en lingers around us in November.

   “Like one, that on a lonesome road

            Doth walk in fear and dread,

            And having once turned round walks on,

            And turns no more his head;

            Because he knows, a frightful fiend

            Doth close behind him tread.”

                        Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The new Moon in Scorpio falls on the 11th of November this year; the same day we honor veterans in America. This is St Martin and the beggerMartinmas in Europe and the British Isles. St. Martin was a Roman soldier who became a monk, and was famous for cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar in a snowstorm. St Martin’s day saw the slaughter of cattle and poultry in a time before refrigeration, and was the final harvest of the year. It’s a day of feasting and bonfires, a thanksgiving feast day before food becomes scarce. In Medieval times folks were ordered to fast three days a week between St. Martin’s Day and Epiphany. Did this apply to the rich and powerful, to the Bishop who sent down the order?

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Sun and new Moon of November 11th is: ‘A Woman Draws Away Two Dark Curtains Closing The Entrance to a Sacred Pathway.’ We always stand at the lintel of the Other World. This moment in time gives us the opportunity to move beyond polarities we have all created for ourselves:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing

and rightdoing there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.”   Rumi

Alec's Pumpkins

photo: Alec Mayer

New Moon in Scorpio 2015The speaker, thinker, messenger, Mercury stands close to the new Moon and Sun. Will we hear what is held in this moment of time? If there can be a place and moment of silence, perhaps we can hear the voice, particular to each of us.

Scorpio is a watery sign ruled by Mars. Messages written in water are often missed until they become a flood that carries away what was familiar. Mercury in a water sign takes his role as dream ambassador seriously, because our dream are written in water, and it takes the a psychopomp, like Mercury to carry them.

The Celtic tree calendar, as designed by the poet Robert Graves, gives this lunar cycle to Ngetal, the Reed. This continues a theme of wetness, swamp mysteries.

The Reed bends with the wind, but has roots that go deep beyond the reeds at mainstonecold water of the swamp, into the earth. Swamps are a place where the boundaries between Earth and Water are in flux.   We avoid them because they are not clearly earth or water.   Yet they are wombs for much new life; bugs, birds, creatures live there, lay their eggs there and return to hibernate in the murky water. We can’t see to the ‘bottom’ of the swamp, just as we can’t see into our own unconscious impulses and stories. Yet, compare the dark

(photo by Robert Fuhro )                      swamp, full of life to a clear swimming pool, which supports very little in the way of living potential!

Chiron, the healer makes a watery trine from Pisces to the Sun/Moon/Mercury trio.  Like Scorpio, Pisces, is a sign of giving way to a new season and an appreciation of change, mobility.

Pluto is in the mix as well, with a sextile to both Chiron and the new Moon/Sun combination. Pluto has his feet firmly planted in the earth (Capricorn). He demands new forms and structures and enough with all of this watery formlessness. Jupiter agrees with this as he faces off with Chiron from Virgo, earthy and practical.   Out of the falling leaves comes the soil of next spring, and so in our own lives we are given the opportunity to dissolve, and then rebuild.

Chant for 7 Ghosts

First for the five Oaks–
A Pentacle of trees,
One for North,
South, East and West.
One for Earth,
Fire, Air and Water,
And a fifth for spirit.
All removed by a neighbor,
For the leaves they shed.
Next the great Oak
Who dropped acorns.
Torn of his mighty arms,
And cut down to earth.
And last, sweet lady,
A black-limbed Hawthorn,
Wore a cloud of white each May,
But to no avail,
She was in the way.
Sing for them!
Do they find root
In some other realm?
Do we? with them?
Plant them in your heart,
Where their leaves,
Acorns, shade, presence
Take root and spread.
Sarah Fuhro October 23, 2015    

In the meantime, don’t miss the 2016 Lunar Calendar filled with new possibility, beautiful artwork and poetry.   http://www.thelunapress.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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‘Ah, faeries, dancing under

the Moon,

A Druid land, a Druid tune!

While still I may, I write

for you

The love I lived, the dream I

knew.’ WB Yeats

September 27-28 there will  a total lunar eclipse, visible to most of North America and all of South America after sunset September 27. From eastern South America and Greenland, the greatest eclipse happens around midnight September 27-28. In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the total eclipse takes place in the wee hours of the morning, after midnight and before sunrise.  Let’s hope we have clear skies for this wonderful opportunity to see the whole eclipse. 

eclipseIt’s a ‘super Moon,’ which means the Moon is closest to the earth at this moment.  It’s the Harvest Moon in the Northern Hemisphere and the Spring Moon in the Southern Hemisphere. and the full Moon of Muin, the Vine!  It’s a ‘blood Moon’ as  the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: four straight total eclipses of the Moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart.  This should bring out the dancer in all of us!    

     The Sabian Symbol for the full Moon in Aries on September 27th is dramatic and powerful…’A Triangle with Wings’!   ‘The capacity for self-transcending.’

How do we self-transcend,  as a planet, as a species,  as islands of individual consciousness?      I tried to find the perfect image for ‘A Triangle with Wings’  on the internet treasure box we all share, but it was thoth triangle with wingsquite disappointing. Suddenly, the 3 of Pentacles from the Thoth deck, came into my mind’s eye….seems perfect. ‘  What are we all building, as a planet, a species on the planet, and each of us in our buzzing heads? And how do we transcend3 of pentacles what we have created?
The Three of Pentacles in the Rider Waite deck, might give us a clue, for it is about the confluence of three parties to creativity, Inspiration, the Monk’s vision, Mental Design, the Architect’s plan, and Manual Skill, the Craftsman’s ability to put Inspiration, and Design into physical manifestation. The great cathedrals, pyramids, temples  of Europe, Asia, South America and Africa have transcended the people who built them.  What will we leave to the Earth’s children who come after us. What will transcend our times?

Full Moon in Muin 2015

The Chart for this very exciting Moon is built upon a ‘seesaw’ pattern with a Libra Sun, North Node and Mercury pitted again an Aries Moon, Uranus, South Node, Chiron and Neptune.   Aries/Libra opposition presents us with a basic polarity, which both energizes and confuses us….for we are always weighing the Aries urge toward the desires and needs of the self against the Libran  desires and needs of the other.   But like a child’s see saw, if either side abandons the process, the balance falls apart and we fall with a thump!  How do we fully integrate our outward drive (Aries) with our inward pull (Libra).  Under this Moon we get to experience both with a tremendous power, and perhaps feel it not as conflict, but as rhythm, like the beat of the heart or the breath in and out.

Interesting that the North Node, where we need to travel to evolve and grow has just entered Libra, a sign of balance and concern for others.   The South Node in Aries holds us back to say:  I can do it myself.   Aries is the sign of the warrior in our psyche, the drive to ‘go it alone’ while Libra represents our urge to partner, to share space with another.  As you reach out to the Moon on the night of September 27/28 feel the push and pull of these two drives, and allow them each the space they need to be expressive.        

‘Thursday a small war broke out between those who worshipped the Mother Goddess in her aspect of the Moon, and those who worshipped her in her aspect of a huge fat woman with enormous buttocks.’   Terry Pratchett   Pyramids

The Full Moon of Muin (the Vine)  brings up some interesting ideas about vines.  Grape Vines are usually associated with this Moon, for it is the harvest time of the grape, and time to make wine.  But a sister Druid’s blog on vines caught my attention on the subject of Vines.  rampant vineshttps://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2015/09/.  I will quote a few ideas from her article: ‘The vines teach a similar lesson on a personal and interpersonal level. Sometimes we get into situations or have people in our lives that begin wrapping themselves around us—they have that uncontrolled vine energy. At first, it might not be a big deal, because they are just a small vine, but if they are there long enough, they can hurt us possibly beyond repair. Sometimes, it takes a third party to come in, cut the vine at its source, and help you recover. But this work is never easy—and it can be really draining and difficult…….Not all vines do what these vines poison ivydo–and that too, is an important lesson from nature. I’ll draw your attention to poison ivy vine, which is a plant that has evolved in this part of the world (read = native), and a plant which lives in perfect harmony with healthy trees that it climbs.  Poison ivy climbs up a tree in order to reach sunlight, not to choke and strangle, and the trees rarely suffer ill effects of having a vine. I’ve seen trees and poison ivy vines growing together for very long periods of time, the ivy sometimes blending into the leaves of the tree.  Now while most humans may not like poison ivy, the trees have a different relationship with it.  I see this vine as awareness medicine, a plant that tells us to pay attention and be mindful. Many times, I have found poison ivy to be a great defender of the forest–keeping the people out and protecting sacred spaces.  People leave the trees, or forests, alone when it is near.  And for that reason, I have always seen poison ivy as an ally.’

As a Flower Essence practitioner I have given Poison Ivy essence to those who need to put boundaries around their lives, and to reach their own heights in their own way.

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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A Full Moon, a Blue Moon on July 31!

This little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine

Oh, this little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine…

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

http://www.negrospirituals.com/songs/this_little_light_of_mine.htm

With Sun in Leo, the power of self-expression is at its height! With Moon in Aquarius art and expression are a community activity. Leo loves to show the soul’s purpose through joyous expession. Aquarian energy shows us our kinship with all of humanity and with plants and animals as well.   This is not on a mystical basis, but rather on a scientific platform.

Two famous Aquarians Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same date (February 12, 1809), . In quite different ways these astrological ‘twins’ changed the outlook of Western culture to embrace a more holistic view of who we are.

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Lincoln led a nation at war  over slavery. Those who believed that humanity is one race, won the war, transformed the economy, and the political structure. The rejection of slavery and the embrace that ‘ALL men are created equal’ has continued to be elaborated with evidence of our common humanity through scientific (Aquarian) evidence of DNA.

Cjharles Darwin

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Darwin in his exploration of evolution turned the Western mindset from a Biblical story of man’s special place in God’s universe, to a common understanding of humanity’s place as a part of an ever changing creation. Again scientific evidence from Darwin and other naturalists, and studies of DNA taught us we share most of our genetic material with grasshoppers and bananas.   The conclusion that everything alive on the planet is made from the same basic material, and developed from single cells of living material is an Aquarian world view.

Yet Aquarius is also the sign of technology and the development of machines, which are destroying the natural world. There seems to be a strange contest between an expanding consciousness of our interconnected fate, and a thoughtless race to destroy the very fabric into which we are woven.

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July 31st is the eve of Lughnasadh, the first harvest festival of the Druid year. It is the time to give thanks for harvest of the Northern Hemisphere, and to acknowledge the sacrifice that plants and animals make to our well being. It is also the time to remember the changes that took place as ancestors went from hunter gatherer, nomads to settled farmers with secure food sources. It is a day of bread and of fire, games, and weddings.

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This is when the chorus of insects is heard on summer evenings.  Their voices life in praise of summer nights and the mother who feeds us.

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.

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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

This is the second full Moon of the month, and so is called a ‘Blue Moon.’ Some say this is because the Maine Farmer’s Almanac circled the second full Moon of the month in blue. There is no astrological significance in a Blue Moon, it is the endless task of fitting a 13 Moon lunar cycle into a 12 month Solar cycle. Every nineteen years there is a blue Moon in the same month, on or close to the same date. Nineteen is the Sun’s number in relationship to the Moon.

And why not celebrate this abundance of two full Moons, this time of ripening harvest, and pulsing heat. This is Leo, with Sun as ruler dancing across from bright Luna! This is the full Moon when Samhain herbs are gathered to bring light into a dark season.

July 31 Full MoonSaturn will turn direct on August 1st.  Time to get back to work, but only after cleaning out (Scorpio) treasures of deep exploration in the closet of old truths.   Saturn rules boundaries, fences, edges. Jupiter in Leo will square this Saturn on August 3rd. The Saturnic desire for limits must be woven with Jupiter in Leo’s limitless enthusiasm.   Jupiter enters Virgo on August 11 where will he and we put our energies in this earth element sign?

As the Moon in Aquarius fills, and rises at sunset opposite Leo Sun, we might look at the symbolism of Cecil the lion, and the Aquarian Internet fury his death has aroused. Each full Moon offers us the opportunity to integrate oppositional forces within us and around us.   Cecil grass

One of the symbols of Aquarius is the human being.  Aquarius does not value the privilege money can buy. The voice of thousands of people who are hurt and outraged by Cecil’s death, spoken via electronic means is a perfect expression of this sign.Leo honors the monarch and the expression of powerful gifts shared in the community.

Each of us has both Aquarius and Leo in our charts. Dance to the music of their full Moon!

Sarah Fuhro

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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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