Archive for the ‘Rowan’ Category

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)!


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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 Rowan’s Invitation to New Realms        

24alps-blog480The ‘Step Into the Void’ enclosure in the French Alps. Robert Pratta/Reuters

“You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves…..” Mary Oliver

New Moon in Rowan 2015

Last month the new Moon began with the first degree of Capricorn, hours after the Winter Solstice. What a brilliant package of cosmic activation! Once again, the beginning of the Lunar Cycle and the entry of the Sun into a new constellation coincide. Aquarius Sun and new Moon are located at 00 degrees. Same message, but in Aquarian flavor. Celebrate the opportunity for a new start with a special ritual or song! Find someplace in your life, where you have postponed exploration. Capricorn suggests looking to the past for ancestral inspiration. Aquarius is ready for novel exploration.


Saturn guides both signs, and he makes a nice connection to the Sun and Moon from his perch in Sagittarius. When Saturn is visiting Sagittarius, he tries to make himself comfortable through orthodox belief systems, while at the same time he is fascinated with an ideal future. Saturn is closing in on a square to Mars and Neptune. This makes the frenetic desire for an agreed upon philosophical or religious truth quite messy and confusing. The impulse to get everyone in agreement runs into the vagaries of Neptune and the diffuse anger of Mars in Pisces conjunct Neptune. It may seems obvious that the terrorism of ISIL and the recent violence in France is not conducive to the cause and long term goals of those involved, but what about our own more insular desires to be ‘right’?

rowan pentacle

This is the Moon of Rowan (Mountain Ash in America) or Luis. The Rowan tree has a connection to the realm of the Fae. She is the sacred tree of Imbolc which will take place at the time of the full Moon. It suggests both enchantment (Neptune) and protection from the power of enchantment though the Star of Venus. While the earth in Northern places is frozen, The Moon of Luis is a traditional time to venture into the lands of unknown places in vision and dream, but don’t forget the way back!


Vanessa Card’s drawing of the Rowan Tree from the Celtic Tree Oracle

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.

The Lunar Calendar at http://www.thelunarpress keeps you in touch with the Moon all year long!

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