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Oak leaves                                                photo: Robert Fuhro

Wednesday we enter the Celtic Lunar month of Duir, the Oak! Duir means ‘door,’ the entry into another season when the Sun stands still, and turns South at the Summer Solstice. In the Druid ceremony at the Solstice, the Holly King triumphs over the Oak King, until the winter Solstice, when Holly is wounded by Oak, and the light of the Sun returns to the North.  And so here we stand at the Door of Oak, ready for new beginning as at each new Moon, but also a turn from the expansion of light to the expansion of darkness.

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The Oak is the king of the forest, and is sacred in many traditions because he draws lightning, the attention of the sky gods. Even when struck by lightning, the Oak endures, marked by fire but still vital.   He is tall and solid; his branches provide protection from Sun and rain. Oak is sacred to Druids who call themselves ‘piglets.’ Like piglets, who eat acorns from the Oak, Druids gather wisdom from this mighty tree.

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There’s an eclipse of the Sun at this new Moon, and if feels as if this is a reflection of the Solstice, when the Sun stops for a moment and then turns Southward. Immediately after the perfect moment of newness, the Moon becomes ‘void of course,’ that is, has no further connection to other planets until early Thursday morning. As I write this, the Moon is in her dark phase. Invisible in the sky, we can only intuit her meeting with the eclipsed Sun, which takes place Wednesday at 3:43 pm EDT.

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The Moon seems to be in some danger from all of this. Moon is our emotional body.   She is our sense of security, our mother, our home, the sea from where we emerged. How does all of this ‘feel’ when she disappears into the Sun’s embrace? While all of the cosmos is in constant flux, it is the Moon, deeply embedded in our hearts and psyches who communicates, with out words, the truth of change, the necessity to embrace transformation.

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The new Moon takes place with the Sun at 22° of Gemini.   Gemini is a chatty, airy, flexible sign for the Moon.   But because of other tensions in the chart, this new Moon seems more subdued, or withdrawn. However we grew up, we had to gauge our mother’s moods and intentions. Like the Moon, she was not always focused on us. She had her own internal and external life, and we had to share her attention. There is a direct but uncomfortable relationship between the Moon in Gemini and Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld. Death, as an emotional truth may make his way into our consciousness. The old truth: ‘the end must come before the beginning is felt here.’ Death as a constant even in the green world of Summer leers at us.

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Ah, but change from this place of dark eclipse happens quickly! It all depends upon how you look at things!   The Sun comes out of his shadow. The joyful green world of June and Gemini is apparent everywhere. Gemini who loves to see things, now this way and now that way, is the perfect balance to eclipse and Pluto energy.

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The Moon moves into the sign of Cancer on Thursday at 3:20 am. Here she is once more the all-embracing Mother! The same day marks the entrance of Venus into Leo, where she celebrates love and beauty with Solar abandon!

roses                                              photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for this moment of new Moon is one of potential for new life and growth:   ‘Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree’   This is the triangle of manifestation, the trine in astrology. This is new Moon is about the process of ‘creative integration.’ The three elements of Visionary, Designer and Craftsman work in harmony to build an eternal chapel in the Three of Pentacles Tarot card.

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   An Invisible Moon Casts her Shadow!

This Friday, March 20, take some time to slow down and listen, to feel energy unfold in a beautiful series of earth and sky events. These Sun and Moon markers of a cosmic dance are experiences we share over the entire earth. If we focus on them they have the power to unite us, worldwide, in wonder and gratitude for their beauty and synchronicity.   And this day is full of wondrous delights.

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At 5:36 am EDT there will be a new Moon in the last degree of Pisces, the last sign in the circle of the zodiac. Both Sun and Moon will put the finishing touches on the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere and say goodbye to summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Something new begins at the very last moment of something old.   We have all heard the saying: ‘In the beginning is the end, in the end is the beginning,’ this new Moon will embody the wisdom and power of this statement.

This new Moon creates a total eclipse of the Sun. The Moon will be close to perigee –closest point to the earth in her monthly cycle.  This is also called a Super Moon.  The Moon will cast her shadow on the Sun, obscuring the view of the Sun here on earth. Isn’t it amazing that the Moon’s shadow, our tiny satellite, is just the right size, and just the right distance from the earth to cover the Sun?!

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Those of you who read this blog in Europe, Eurasia, and Northern and Eastern Africa will be able to see at least part of the eclipse. This will be the last total eclipse visible in Europe until 2026! The rest of us will have to feel the energy of the eclipse, which will take place before the Sun is visible to us Friday morning.

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What is the human significance of a solar eclipse? Our source of light, the Sun is blocked. This can terrify us…..or open awareness to our interior light. It may help us remember the invisible is also powerful. The Tarot card called The Moon gives a picture of what we may feel during a solar eclipse, even if we can’t see it.   Sun and Moon have combined. Are they in conception of something new? This card corresponds to the sign of Pisces, which is the constellation where the new Moon and solar eclipse take place! The tiny lobster creature ventures forth from his safe home in the water to follow a path full of danger. She must confront her own wild and domestic nature (the dog and wolf), move into higher visibility (the towers) and then move beyond what others may or may not think.

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The Sabian Symbol for 29 degrees of Pisces suggests we can grow into something we visualize as ideal. Many of us tremble for the future of our planet.   We mourn the extinction of species, war and hatred, and the despoiling of the earth. Perhaps on Friday we can visualize a place of peace and kindness where all have something to offer.

A MAJESTIC ROCK FORMATION RESEMBLING A FACE IS IDEALIZED BY A BOY WHO TAKES IT AS HIS IDEAL OF GREATNESS, AND AS HE GROWS UP, BEGINS TO LOOK LIKE IT.

KEYNOTE: The power of clearly visualized ideals to mold the life of the visualizer.

But the story does not end here. This same day, March 20th is the second new Moon in Pisces this year. The last new Moon was at the first degree, and this new Moon begins at the last degree. Just as we had a new Moon on the same day as the Winter Solstice, this new Moon and eclipse takes place at the Spring Equinox, a triple celebration!   Pisces is about endings, is devoid of clear boundaries, is compassionate, yet forgetful; eager to connect to the Universal and the Universe.

This new Moon creates a total solar eclipse, and, eleven hours after the new Moon and eclipse, the spring equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere, fall equinox in the Southern! This will be a busy day for those of us who acknowledge that we are connected to earth and sky.

Spring equinox 2015 Hub with Asteroids    If that is not enough energy bouncing around for you, it should also be noted that Uranus (the revolutionary, the surprise agent, and the wild card in any chart) has just finished his final of seven squares with Pluto. That last square took place Monday evening. Pluto is deep and heavy, insistent upon his power, repressive, transformative, and the lord of all that is hidden from sight.   Pluto and Uranus in square have kept us busy over the past few years with lots of strange twists and turns in the road, many of which are reminiscent of their last meet up in the 60’s.   Uranus in Aries, has also been cheek and jowl with Mars, the ruler of Aries, the warrior god, who drives with unrelenting speed towards who knows what destination.

THE SECOND COMING       by: 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.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming!

Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

The Moon enters Aries soon after her newness, at 6:29 am EDT. The South Node, which marks the location of the eclipse, greets her entry into the fiery sign of the Zodiac. The newly eclipsed Sun will enter Aries at 6:45 pm EDT and whether we live North or South we enter a new season with the light held in exquisite balance.

For Iranians, and other Persian people this is an important holiday to celebrate with fire. It is the beginning of the new year, and is traced back to the Zoroastrians and Mithraism. As I write this Moon blog, there are fire jumping celebrations to usher in the holiday. The Zorostrians have been in the news lately because of their persecution by ISIS. They developed many of the basic constructs of astrology as practiced in the Western world.

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The White House has joined the celebration for Norooz with this beautiful presentation of traditional Iranian goodies:

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Can we take the gifts of Aries; fire, fertility, courage, and apply them to something in our lives, which needs a fresh start or renewal?   Spring here in New England is a world of melting snow and ice, but the birds are building nests in our birdhouses and singing their morning songs.   For those in the Southern Hemisphere, this is a season of harvest, and often the beginning of the rainy season. Whether we stand knee deep in snow, have begun spring activities, or are gathering in crops, this is a moment to stop and give thanks for the beauty and mystery which surrounds us.

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 or find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Fuhro-Star-Flower-Alchemy-Astrology-Flower-Essences-and-Tarot/71299491502.

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