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stone pilgrim                                                photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The New Moon in Virgo, which we  celebrate this Sunday has an intriguing Sabian Symbol: A Ouija Board!  A Ouija Board is symbol of intuitive communication, a way to connect to spirit guides.  It’s time to travel,  perhaps to travel alone, inward.  Virgo has a solitary thread which is often hard to discern in our sociable nature.  After all, the ‘ruler’ of Virgo is Mercury, lord of communication.  But a Virgo must listen to inner guides, and must do this alone on an inward spiral.

light rings on stone                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

This new Moon which takes place in Virgo marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hoshannah.  By tradition, a spiral  bread is eaten on this holiday.

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A spiral is the way of the underground water pathways.  Surely, if the earth has underground water patterns, we must as well.  And the solitary journey inward  will be very significant for this new Moon, because Sun and Moon are exactly opposite  watery Neptune in Pisces. At the last full  Moon, August 26 we celebrated the Virgo Pisces axis,  a representation of the healer and healing. https://sarahfuhro.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/medicine-of-water-and-snakes/.

The Sabian Symbol for this degree continues the theme of healing through solitary travel inward.  Neptune’s degree is symbolized by: In the quiet of his study, a creative individual experiences a flow of inspiration.’  The individual aspect of the creative process is emphasized as is the individual’s need for concentration and at least inner quiet. He must have faith in his own SUBJECTIVE STRENGTH.’    

The healing theme continues with the Virgo Sun and Moon in concert with Neptune in Pisces.  Music (Pisces)  might be an important theme as you find a quiet moment to celebrate this tender beginning.

New Moon in Virgo 2018

But why call this Moon chat, Pilgrim’s Progress?  All new Moons suggest a fresh start, a release of old stories and anxiety, a transformation of identity.  This Moon seems to suggest sacred travel.   Maybe, because the Virgo Pilgrim has to settle her affairs before she sets out?  A Pilgrim has to travel light, to be resourceful, to accept the ups and downs of travel, the need to acknowledge that he is vulnerable.  Looking at the chart, over and over again, I came upon a possible impetus for the pilgrimage, theme.  Uranus is opposite Venus.   A deep and mysterious love (Venus in Scorpio) is shaken by a Uranic thunderstorm.   The pilgrimage site is underground (Uranus in Taurus).  Here is a place of absolute renewal, a death and rebirth, which cannot be experienced except through a dynamic and electric experience with the earth!

long cavern view to trees photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sarah Fuhro is an astrologer, flower essence practitioner and Tarot reader.  She consults with clients and teaches these ancient arts as well. You can reach her at Sarahfuhro@gmail.com.

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A New Moon Eclipses the Sun

Grape-sWe enter eclipse season with a tender new Moon in Muin (the Vine) on September 13. There will be a partial eclipse of the Sun visible only in the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere. To understand that the Moon, invisible to us when she is ‘new’ blocks our view of the Sun during a solar eclipse is stunning, and a clue to our own limits and possibilities of perception.partial eclipse of the Sun                                                                  According to the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon and Sun meeting, this new Moon will be about ‘group integration.’ Since the conjunction takes place opposite Chiron the ‘wounded healer.’ we know this is a special moment to consider what powers we have to heal those around us and to contemplate what heals our wounds.

While Virgo is often described as a sign that likes time alone, the degree of the new Moon reminds us that Virgo is also a tribal treasure, involved in ‘group integration.’ The Virgo talent for ‘discrimination,’ can be traced

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to her season, which precedes the moment of the fall equinox. Imagine those who have the task to search the community’s grain at harvest season. Virgo must choose which seeds will be made into bread for the long winter, and which will be kept aside for the   next spring’s planting. These were the early plant geneticists. The picture below, is of the group activity of harvest, and the circle of threshing which releases the seed from the shell.harvest threshing

Nutrition and natural healing are associated with Virgo energy, and the house that Virgo rules.   Like the digestive system of the body, Virgo takes in nourishment, determines where and how each molecule will be distributed. But the intestinal track, which Virgo rules is also a highly ‘wired’ network of nerves.   We receive information from our gut, which warns about unhealthy food and dangerous situations.

New Moon in Muin 2015The Virgo Pisces axis illustrated in this chart is one of deep compassionate concern and focus upon the issue of health. The planet Uranus is also involved in the mix. He brings the electric excitement of his own nature and the fiery sign of Aries where he is located. He adds a touch of novel investigation into the issue of health and nutrition. Aside from what you have been told, what is your relationship to ingestion and digestion, both in the realm of food, and the realm of thought and feeling?

Mercury is the planet which lies opposite Uranus, and this is significant, especially since Uranus is considered the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury, and Mercury ‘rules’ Virgo. Mercury will go retrograde on September 17, allowing greater access to our non-rational brain, and a reminder to be aware of each moment and how we are living that moment.

Mercury is in the sign of Libra, the next sign in the zodiac after Virgo, and the symbol of the scales continues the theme of the harvest, with gathering, threshing, differentiating the grain and then weighing the harvest in the scales of Libra, what has been gained or lost.

Uranus is associated with society’s ever evolving thought process. We have seen a revolution in a very short time around the issue of gay marriage and gay rights. These transformative movements are part of the ‘work’ of Uranus.   First it must be the few brave individuals who speak out….the Prometheus aspect of Uranus.   These people face of the wrath of the old forms of societal organization and beliefs.   But then the ‘unthinkable’ acceptance of new ways of life become the norm.

Virgo and Pisces, the opposition between Sun/Moon and Chiron speak of boundaries. Virgo is careful of boundaries. Pisces would dissove them. Both processes are important in our lives.    Europe at this moment is going throrefuge childrenugh a crisis of boundaries. It seems inevitable that Europe will include a larger and larger mixture of people from around the world. The refugees knocking at European doors are from countries colonized in the last century or two. The photogragh of a small child dead in the waters that separate one group of people from another may have brought the European nations to their senses. And what photo of a Honduran or Mexican child will finally open the hearts of America?

This is the new Moon of Rosh Hoshannah, which begins at sunset on September 13. The New Year is marked with the blowing of the ram’s 240px-Liten_askenasisk_sjofar_5380horn, the shofar. Perhaps Uranus in Aries, the sign of the ram, will have a powerful message for us, as individuals and as humanity, bringing us one step closer to the ‘group integration’ mentioned in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon.

Cottontail

Rabbit
A rabbit is leaping about in me,
now in my heart, now in my throat.
This rabbit is the moon rabbit,
and she is covered in blue, white fur.
The rabbit tells me summer
is finished and harvest is next.
The sound of her little forest feet
is like the beating of my heart.
Sojourner rabbit,
moves like the wild grape vine
travels in a zig zag rythm.
So soon, the dusty grape
takes precedence over the berry,
Meanwhile the troubled salmon
bumps his anxious nose
along the narrow drying stream
near the bunny’s retreat
and remembers the deep pool
bowed over by hazel nuts,
which has called out his spiral return.
Sarah Fuhro

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive    Sarah Fuhro

The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. 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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