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We have a very powerful full Moon on July 9, when Sun and Moon face off across the chart with formidable companions. The Sun in Cancer is fast approaching Mars. The Moon in Capricorn is about to contact Pluto.   The energy available from this combination will reverberate in different ways for each of us, but when we know the intensity of the moment in this lunar cycle, we can embrace and apply the power of the drama played out in the sky, reflected here on earth.

Full Moon in Capricorn 2017

The Capricorn Moon’s close connection to Pluto is about the truth which cannot be buried. Pluto is the god of the Underworld. He alone did not dwell on Mt. Olympus. He had his own kingdom, sometimes the home of the Dead, or else the place of dark mysteries. Only those ready to do battle with the dark side of themselves might enter.   Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 when the financial system in much of the world collapsed due to the games played by those in charge of money matters. As Pluto has continued his slow grind through Capricorn, a zodiac sign enmeshed with business and government organization, we are all learning a lesson in the power of greed to destroy whatever we love most. At this time we face proposals to take the thin medical coverage from those who have the least, in order to give tax breaks to those who have the most. These are Pluto’s and Capricorn’s themes. Pluto and Moon show us the terrible truth (Pluto) of who we are on the home front (Moon).

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Capricorn is an earth sign and the truth of what we have done to our home planet is also wrapped up in Pluto’s slow passage through the sign.   Damage to the earth by humans did not begin in 2008 and will not end by 2024, when Pluto moves on, but the truth cannot be hidden during these times. The disarray in finances, governments and earth matters is in the dark spotlight of Pluto’s passage. People born during this time will be extremely sensitive to these issues and from the children of this generation, we can expect those who will find new solutions to the problems that are Pluto in Capricorn concerns.

Wood Elf in Sunglasses         photo: Megan Fisklements

And what about the Sun and his close connection to Mars?   Both Sun and Mars represent the vital force, which keeps the earth and each of us alive. As the Sun moves closer to Mars over the next few days, we can feel that pounding excitement moving through us.   The Sun shines both bright and long during this season. Mars gives it an extra boost of courage and energy. But energy and courage are neutral.   Mars is also our anger, another source of life force. Whether we recognize and embrace our anger, bury it, or turn it on those who anger us, the energy is always there.

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This is the month of Duir, the Oak from the Celtic lunar cycle. The word for Oak is also connected to Druids who called themselves ‘piglets’ because they at the wisdom of the Oak.  And it may also refer to the word ‘door.’ The Oak is a place to enter into the realm of plant wisdom and spirit. The Moon of Duir  falls during the Summer Solstice each year, as the Sun, in the Moon’s sign of Cancer begins his retreat from the Northern Hemisphere. At his height, the Sun withdraws from us, but leaves heat and light for the long days of summer.   Each of us is a reflection of the Sun and we contain a piece of that bright star held in our solar plexus. We can shine and share or bury our light. The light from others can be seen or ignored. The dance of the Sun and the Moon, the stars and the planets is a beautiful reflection of who we are.

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Jupiter is the activator for this full Moon. He is 90° degrees, from Sun and Moon. He is like the charioteer who holds the reins of two very powerful horses, the luminaries. The Tarot card, The Chariot corresponds to Cancer, the sign of the Sun. He is the powerful young prince who has conquered through balance, combined male and female elements within himself, released his judgment of polarities, and now he can travel anywhere even while remaining in place.   His steeds are the dark and light wisdom of the past, which is always with us. He is decorated with the Sun, the Moon in her phases, and the stars. He is victorious but never separated from Nature and his mother, the Moon.

The Chariot

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of Jupiter is ‘Circular Paths.’ This refers to the ‘vast planetary and cosmic rhythms of the universe.’ Jupiter is reminding us that when we attune ourselves to the cycles of nature and the Sun and the Moon we free ourselves from ’emotional and group tension.’ We are at peace amidst ‘circular paths.’

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Sarah Fuhro  searhfuhro@gmail.com

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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 few days before the new Moon, we see her rise as a wisp in the light of dawn.   Hard to catch her on a morning so close to the Summer Solstice when light begins early and stays late. Yet this is the new Moon in Cancer, the sign most associated with Moon, and the qualities of Moon: flux, cycles, emotions, the sea, security, family. Friday, the day of the new Moon, she rises in Massachusetts just before 5:00 am and is entirely lost in the brightness of her partner the Sun.   There is a way in which the new Moon in Cancer is a secondary Solstice.   It’s all about merging with a light much brighter than her own.   Yet she is luminary quite as important in astrology as the Sun.

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The Sun has reached his highest point at the Solstice. We are filled with light and heat. Animals and plants celebrate.

Sunset on Provincetown dunes                photo: Sarah Fuhro

Mercury is lost in this light, so he must speak in Moon language.   Perhaps he is the young prince in the Tarot card which represents Cancer. The Chariot is a good metaphor for the Moon who represents  constant movement and the passage of time.

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The Sabian Symbol for the degree shared by Sun and Moon is a strange one for the gateway  of Sumer! Maybe it marks the Solstice moment with a reminder that we now enter six months of fading light. ‘ A man bundled in fur leads a shaggy deer. The need to overcome stagnation and cold during a test of endurance.’

While the season is lighthearted, the mood of this new Moon cycle is quite serious. Venus arrives in a degree of Taurus, which says the ‘test of endurance’ has been passed. She is ‘A new continent rising out of the ocean, A surge of new potential after the crisis. Spontaneity.’

Sea and Stickphoto: Robert Fuhro

Birth never comes out of nowhere. There is always a season of gestation. Will I be able to see and embrace what wants to be born in my life? Will you?

Eastern comma           photo: Robert Fuhro 

At the moment of the Solstice, the Moon occupies the same degree of Taurus where Venus stands to greet Sun and Moon. The power of the feminine reverberates throughout this chart, and Venus holds the reins.  But the feminine is always more difficult to see and comprehend. Her light is the Moon, not the bright Sun.

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                                           Queen of the Night1800 and 1750 BCE Mesopotamia

Venus  is in a relationship with the lord of the Underworld, Pluto. She is the recipient of the rage and glee of Black Moon Lilith, she points to Jupiter in his sign of marriage and karma. She shakes the isolation of Vesta, queen of the hearth, and dances with Mars. She is indeed the new land arising from the water of mystery. She takes form in  those who have the power to see her.

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Neptune who rules the seas relates to Venus as well; the mystery of the boundless love, which holds all of creation. There is a song of gratitude held in this chart, the beginning of an awakened relationship between the distracted human mind and the unbending focus of the planet.

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New Moon in Cancer 2017Sarah 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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Skunk cabbage in snowPhoto: Robert Fuhro

Have you noticed the March wind this week? Has it wrenched you to the bones, invaded your coat, and kept you tightly wrapped like these optimistic skunk cabbage spears? In New England we have tasted the gusty mood of the weather ever since the Sun entered the sign of Aries on Monday, the moment of the Spring Equinox. So it’s a lovely coincidence to look at some of the Sabian Symbols for prominent degrees in this chart and find the theme is Wind!

The Sabian Symbol for Sun and Moon in Aries: ‘A large woman’s hat with streamers blown by an East wind.’ The degree of placement for Uranus and Eris in Aries: ‘Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window takes the shape of a cornucopia.’ What does the wind theme in this chart represent for each of us?

The wind is a sculptor of trees and water.   The wind is a musician who plays the harp of leaves and sand. The wind is a poet whose song fills us with terror or hope.

tree and water                                 Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Perhaps Chiron, the healer holds the clue to what the wind brings us. The degree of his Sabian Symbol: ‘Watching the very thin moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realize that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects.’ Is the theme of this new Moon, Transformation?

Ice splash                 photo: Robert Fuhro

This seems to be a new Moon reminding us we have the opportunity to begin again. The wind blows away the past. It is the voice of spirit to remind us we cannot see everything at work in a situation.  The life energy of Aries, the sign of the spring equinox says we can leave old failures behind.

The Aries Venus in this chart speaks romantically: ‘Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk.

New Moon in Aries 2017

Through the communication of the degree of the Aries Mercury, we learn that the cornucopia of Uranus and Eris contains: ‘more gifts than we can hold’!

clemintines                                         Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Maybe we focus too much on the war-like energy of Aries and not enough on the courage, creativity and spring energy this constellation offers us. Here is the fire of Desire, which in the Western Mystery Tradition is the spark, which begins all manifestation. Venus, Moon, Sun, Eris, Uranus and Mercury are dancing to the Aries tune.

Three tarot cardsWild Unknown Tarot Deck

The Wild Unknown Tarot deck illustrates this alternative view of Aries. The Emperor is the card associated with the sign of Aries. In this deck, The Emperor is a coniferous tree with an eclipsed Sun.   The Empress (Venus) is the consort of The Emperor. A deciduous tree and a waning crescent Moon represent her. Both luminaries (Sun and Moon) who light up our earth are in some way compromised in these cards.

The Tower represents Mars, the ruler of Aries. There is a special relationship between Mars and Venus at this moment of the new Moon. Venus is in the sign of Aries, ruled by Mars, and Mars is in the sign of Taurus ruled by Venus. This is called ‘mutual reception’ in astrological language. It is a form of integration between these two planets, between two polarities, male and female, Sun and Moon.   Whenever we find a way to marry contradictory energies, we have access to creativity, to greater understanding and insight.

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The Green Man who sprouts green shoots from every orifice symbolizes this powerful green energy. He has no religious affinity with Christianity yet he appears in many old churches. His energy does not imply conquest, only fertility.

Next Monday evening, March 27 around 10:57 EDT, when the Moon is invisible in her dark chamber with the Sun, step out under the stars and remember Chiron’s promise to us:‘Watching the very thin moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realize that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects.’ Three days after the New Moon, each of our visions will be ready to plant, and to grow with the waxing Moon. What plan do you have to plant in your Moon garden?   What will the Green Man bless for you this season of wind and fire?

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This is a new Moon chart crowded with planets and other cosmic objects located at the end and the beginning of the zodiac. It feels as if we are all on a stellar journey of deep significance. We must end one cycle before we begin anew. But astrology charts, just like life are never that neat.

Lots and lots of planets in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac are crowded together next to a multitude at the very beginning of the Zodiac (Aries). Like all adjoining signs, Pisces and Aries are quite unlike. The signs next to each other are teachers to one another. Pisces teaches Water, teaches universal love, teaches martyrdom and the erasure of personal identity. Aries teaches Fire, teaches the thrusting energy of the individual, and the anger of the warrior. But like a family, like a community, like our own inner complexity, every chart contains contradictions, which must be embraced, in order to be whole.

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About this time, Neptune swallows Sun and Moon. The Moon is already invisible because of her proximity to the Sun. An annular eclipse of the Sun visible in the Southern Hemisphere, will darken the Sun except for a gold ring! Neptune opens our spiritual senses, we have to feel what is happening in the sky.

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Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces. He is the opportunity to see beyond the material world, and to feel the oceanic tides in our system. Neptune’s energy blurs sharp focus in waking hours, and makes dreams vivid at night.

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The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this new Moon is ‘A jockey spurs his horse, intent on out distancing his rivals. Self quickening.’ This is an image of competitive energy with a focus on recognition. How do we get noticed, and what is the impulse to be noticed? And what is the recognition allowed a Pisces Sun and Moon, in eclipse and swallowed by Neptune?

During the winter so much is underground, hidden, presumed dead. All that was in hibernation wakes to a fiery call. The compression of most of the planets into these two signs is like a spring, which has been pushed down, but is now ready to burst into freedom. The watery Pisces energy is about to combine with the volatile combination of Mars, Uranus and Eris in Aries. This year we had no somnolent winter. The political theatre in America and elsewhere reflects the Aries direction of this new Moon in Pisces chart.

spiral-fern                  Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Uranus and Mars are in the service of the goddess Eris. Eris, is the scorned and rejected woman; she who is not invited to the party. It was Eris who concocted the test of the Golden Apple, and thus began the Trojan War. Eris is the sister of Mars-Ares. She has been slowly moving through the sign of Aries since 1927. Now she is aligned in fiery Aries with the always disruptive, Uranus and her brother, Mars the god of War. What to do with this powerful trio if we know their potential for damage?

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                                                                  The Judgement of Paris   Rubens

The last time Uranus and Eris met in Aries, was between 1426-1517, a time of upheaval and war all over Europe, and the period of violent ‘discovery’ of North and South America by Europeans.   The Hundred Years War took place as did the ‘War of the Roses.’ Joan of Arc might be the significant symbol for Eris at this time. She took up arms against the English invasion, yet was burned as a witch, and then sanctified as a saint.

Anything crystalized during the Middle Ages was thrown open by Uranus and Eris in devastating spasms of change, and the development of new cultural forms. This was a period of religious and spiritual experimentation and yet it was also the time of great religious repression, a flowering of new sects and mystical vision, and the Inquisition.

Now it is our turn to experience the combination of anger and creativity, spirituality and destruction held in this chart.

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The Second Coming     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.

Perhaps it will be Jupiter who holds the key to a hopeful outcome. Jupiter is in the sign of balance, Libra. He is the traditional ‘ruler’ of Pisces, the sign of the new Moon and Sun. His Sabian Symbol at 22°Libra is ‘Chanticleer’s voice heralds sunrise. A creative and joyous response to life processes.’

metal-rooster                                       Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

For all who fear ‘The blood-dimmed tide’ take heart with Jupiter’s position in the chart, opposite Uranus, Eris and Mars. Their energy and creativity and courage are available when we accept our part in the drama of these times into which we were born. We might remember the courage of Jeanne d’Arc: ‘I am not afraid. I was born to do this.’

 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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The Full Moon in Pisces arrives Friday, September 16, with a healer, Chiron the centaur. If this Lunar Eclipse has a strong connection to your chart, you may experience an up swelling of pain from past experiences, but the remedy comes with the pain. We are not left to doctor ourselves, yet we must be partners in the healing process.

Mars is in square to the Sun and Moon and he has his own centaur companion, Pholus. Both Pholus and Chiron are visitors, possibly temporary visitors from outside the solar system. Each offer healing and transformation of some deep, dark aspects of our shared human experience. They seem to be connected to the ancestral realms and generational healing. They challenge us to look at tyranny, in the family, and inner dialogue.

Physical punishment, shame, and humiliation, were accepted methods of teaching children, in the home, in the school, and in religious doctrine.  They  now seem traumatic. Patriarchy and its rules of how and whom to love have begun to crumble.   Chiron and Pholus tell us there is a wound, but it must be observed, and not judged for it to heal. Will we dissolve into the tears and fears of Pisces, offering ourselves as victim and martyr, or, like the serpent in the picture above, come to accept our whole Self?  That means allowing our less beautiful, less developed facets to be included in the circle.

two-of-cupsThe serpent is part of the symbol of healing as we see in the Two of Cups. It is a reflection of our nervous system and way it wraps around the spine. But healing can only happen when there is balance. This morning a quote in French arrived in my email. The quote was by Dr. Edward Bach, the English physician who developed flower essence therapy. I was startled because it seemed so much in tune with this full Moon chart. ‘La santé dépend de notre état d’harmonie avec notre âme.’ (Health depends upon upon our harmony with our soul.)

 

 

How can harmony with the soul be depicted? The square between Saturn and Neptunefull-moon-in-pisces suggests both imagination (Neptune) and focused effort (Saturn) are involved. And then there is love, and with Venus in the sign of balance, Libra, we can take what we have learned from pain (Chiron and the Moon) and transform it through our own creativity and love. This Venus is opposite the energized combination of Uranus and Eris. We must heal our own way, despite what may feel like chaos.

 

Here is a friend’s message from the morning’s mail:  

twisty-tree-sepia“It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.”       Wendell Berry 

 This chart contains the pain and the remedy, the wound and the balm. In this way we come to know ourselves as wise healers. A doctor studies disease in order to heal it, but we may have to study health in order to heal as well.

edward-bachEurope, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica will see this lunar eclipse. But we all know its power to make us feel wounded and vulnerable (Pisces Moon) and powerfully healed (Virgo Sun).   The Virgo Pisces Lunar Nodes are found in the charts of many healers, Dr. Bach was one of them. He gave up a powerful practice and reputation to go into the countryside and developed the healing power of flowers, something simple and available to the poor folk of depression eara Britain.  He believed all illness began at the etheric (emotional) level, and must be healed through the soul power of flowers and sunshine.

The theme of vulnerability and creative response  is repeated in the Saturn /Neptune square, exact at this time.  We can experience this combination as fear and anxiety or creative opportunity put into tangible form.

Jupiter (ruler of the Pisces Moon) has recently entered Libra.   The Sabian symbol for his degree speaks of the themes of this chart:

‘The transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed-realizations of the forever creative spirit.’     keynote: ‘A repolarization of inner energies leading to a creative centralization of consciousness.’

enigmebody Like the sphinx we are heart and head, lion and lady.

Don’t feel just part of this full Moon chart, feel all of it, pain and healing! The Lunar Eclipse will devour the Moon, our feeling receptacle, but she will emerge triumphant and beautiful at the end The lemniscate over the Lady’s head offers the same process we began with, in knowing and acceptance of our whole person, we are eternal.

All Photos: Bruce Lhuillier

Sarah Fuhro              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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You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens‘   Rumi

Desert pathThe Full Moon on Saturday is the first of two in Sagittarius. The issues of Gemini and Sagittarius will be open to us over the next twenty-eight days. This doesn’t happen often, so it must be a way to keep our attention on the issues of these two constellations, occurring again June 20th with another full Moon in Sagittarius.

Gemini can be summed up as our words and thoughts, Sagittarius as our beliefs.

The Gemini Sun scintillates in the double energy of twins.Hawk of Dawn Once again the hawk rises and sails. Mercury is the messenger of the Sun and ‘rules’ Gemini. It takes tremendous courage and discipline to hear the message coming from the solar center.   At the moment of this full Moon, Mercury is traveling in retrograde motion, but on Sunday, the 22nd, he will station direct at 14° Taurus. The theme of hawk and falconer, so strong at the new Moon in Taurus is ready to soar again as Mercury returns to direct movement.

THE SECOND COMING WB 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.

 

Sagittarius is often full of ‘passionate intensity,’ and Gemini tends towards mental babble.   What about these next two full Moons is offered in the way of balance?

Perhaps it will be the asteroid Vesta, nestled next to the Sun, who can give us some real guidance at this time.   If the full Moon energy makes you feel dizzy with chatter, think of the cleansing and purifying aspect of this goddess who represents the hearth and the need to cleanse and reorganize our spiritual home.   Venus is there as well, still in her sign of Taurus, in a degree dedicated to adjustment and adaptation.

Full Moon in Sag 5:21:16But the Moon is less sanguine.   Mars is her companion, their Sagittarian arrows pointed toward the Sun. What beliefs can justify violence?   We all contain the passion of beliefs; political or spiritual. Where do we point our barbs? What ideas do we defend rather than explore?   This all reminds me of the last days of Arthur’s Court when friend turned against friend to destroy what they most wanted to defend.

Meanwhile, lest we get dragged down into too much air and fire there is an earthy trine in this chart, which promises a way out, the potential for stability. Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, manifest the possible energy for new structures. Is there a third way in some ‘either or’ Gemini conundrum you face at this time? Must the Sagittarian arrow be let loose during an endless replay of Game of Thrones.   What might the earth energy of Jupiter/Mercury/Pluto create?

In Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck, the Thee of Discs speaks of the Alchemical marriage. The three of discscard contains the symbol of Mars in Capricorn, but this time we have Pluto in Capricorn. Since Pluto is sometimes called the higher octave of Mars, we can look for some divine energy to build a pyramid of creative effort.

three of pentaclesThe Rider Waite deck inserts human endeavor into the process. The vision of the cleric, the design of the architect and the craft of the mason combine to create a cathedral, which will last for thousands of years. What does the cathedral hold? It is a reflection of the earth, which is our home cathedral.

Over the next few days as the Sagittarius Moon fills our window with the light of reflection from the Gemini Sun, we might find a way to become visionaries, designers and masons of our deepest soul desires.

 

Picture of the desert path     Sarah Fuhro
Picture of the Hawk of Dawn   Robert Fuhro
Three of Discs from the Thoth Deck illustration by Lady Frieda Harris
Three of Pentacles from the Rider Waite Deck illustration by Pamela Coleman Smith

Sarah Fuhro         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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apple blossomsThis new Moon would be a perfect moment to reaffirm vows to the Earth. It takes place at 16° Taurus, close to the astrological degree of Beltane, 15° Taurus. The Sun and Moon are embraced by Mercury and Venus and twirl in a earthy grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto.   Take a moment to celebrate the sweetness of the unfolding spring fire in earthy form.

Friday (Venus’ Day), May 6 is the day of all this earthy and Venusian energy. If you take a moment to join in the chorus of bird, beast and flower you will never feel ‘alone’ again!

Mercury in Taurus, represents Gwalchmai, ‘the Hawk ofGawain and the Green Knight May’, Gawain in the Arthurian stories. He is a powerful yet compassionate knight, Arthur’s nephew, and one of the sons of Lot from Orkney. His most famous story is Gawain and the Green Knight, when his honesty is tested, and although not perfect, proves who he really is.

And the new Moon tests our mettle; we travel through darkness and even after Sun and Moon have met, the darkness continues, so we don’t always recognize a beginning when we are already there! We often have to launch our boat in the dark of the Moon so that when she can be seen setting at twilight as a crescent, we are already on our new voyage.

The Moon is ‘exalted’ in Taurus. She likes it there! Taurus is under the rule of Venus so to have Venus in Taurus in close proximity showers us with the beauty and power of love, which this planet represents. The degree for Venus in this chart is associated with ‘The ability to create inner happiness in dark hours. Faith in cyclic renewal.’  By watching the cycle of the Moon and the seasons wherever we live, we gain a tremendous power to be regenerated. Holidays are an important way to be aware of the continuous change, which marks our lives, and which has the power to give us a sense of hope in discouraging times.

Taurus New Moon 2016Mercury’s Sabian Symbol is ‘white dove flying over troubled waters. The spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crisis.‘ Again, as with Mercury, we are offered a hand during a time of crisis. Perhaps these symbols of hope are offered by the embracing arms of Mercury and Venus to the conjunction of Sun and Moon because their symbol represents a crisis, personal or societal, or both: ‘A symbolical battle between “swords” and “torches.”  Refusing to depend upon the past, the seeker turns warrior, fighting anew the eternal “Great War,” a polarization of values.’   It feels as if we are given world wide view of the those who favor swords, and those who favor torches. People are in a struggle to understand which will bring us closer to peace.

Each of us must battle to understand and make a connection to our soul through each lifetime. We are bodies of light, yet struggle with illusion.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.’     Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

It is the Earth element, which might come to our aid.   If we look at the the EmpressJupiter/Pluto/Sun/Moon trine in Earth, we can get a glimpse of hope in troubled times.

Our feet walk the Earth. Like The Empress, the Tarot card who represents Venus. We are at home here, when we take time to lie back in the arms of the Beloved Mother. We are given a triskele of Earth on this new Moon day. Jupiter opens and blesses, Pluto deepens and empowers. There is constant motion in this shape, whirling and moving through space in a shape reminiscent of a galaxy.

triskele   galazy spiral

 

Beltane

With the quickening of the year,

I too, catch fire,

and go up in flames,

and come down in rain.

 

And I know now

what the ancients knew’

we are born to burn out,

and to return as light.

 

This all happens in a flash.

In a frog’s mantle,

as we leap and dance,

in the Beltane flame.

 

Sarah Fuhro April 30, 2016

 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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