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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.

sun splash                                             photo: Sarah Fuhro

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.

wild board                      pottery: Sarah Fuhro

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.

New Moon in Gemini 2018

 

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.

moon face copy                      sculpture: Joseph Wheelwright

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   But because of other tensions in the chart, this new Moon seems more subdued, or withdrawn.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.

Boots and skull in window BL                                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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.

panorama Crane estate BL                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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.

three of pentacles                                                           Three of Pentacles-Waite-Smith Tarot deck

 

 

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spadex peeking out of skunk BL                                             photo: Bruce Lhuillier

We know scorpions have a sting which can bring pain and death. Taurus, the bull is filled with the life force of the Earth element, which celebrates growth and vitality.   It is easy enough to feel the sting of the scorpion, but the courage to face into the full presence of what is positive about life, is more elusive. The spadix held in the blossom of a skunk cabbage, reflects the beauty of potential, but what moves a seed or something within us, beyond seed to plant?

light in the stones                           photo: Bruce Lhuillier

I recently learned a new word from the teacher and writer, Jean Houston: entelechy.   The Scorpio full Moon, which takes place each spring while the Sun is in Taurus gives meaning to this word.   Entelechy means full existence. It means going beyond the acceptance of potential reality into actuality. It means the fullest realized aspect of ourselves, our soul in form.

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I look forward to watching this full Moon rise at a Beltane ceremony on Saturday evening.   There is a powerful force lined up from the Grand Cross of Sun/Moon and Lunar Nodes. The Lunar nodes mark the site of eclipse paths, and they make an almost perfect cross with Sun and Moon. It gives emphasis to the ‘fixed’ signs where each of the Fire Festivals is celebrated and where the season is most fully celebrated. (Ceres) Demeter, the Earth Mother is embedded with the north node in Leo where Lughnasadh is celebrated. What is the ‘entelechy’ of the Earth?   Do we know how the seed of our planet will develop? For it seems as if this full Moon in Scorpio will give us a vision of that potential. This Sun-Moon square to the Lunar Nodes creates a ‘Moon Wobble’, similar to the energy of an eclipse. The next few days could make us feel unsure of the ground under our feet, and overly reactive, unless we enjoy the ride and react with compassion to whatever is going on around us!

two fat skunks in a hot tub BL                              photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Mars, and Pluto, co-rulers of Scorpio are conjunct in the sign of Capricorn. Here is another opportunity to take a very powerful Earth urge for manifestation and full acceptance and apply it to your life. If there is something from your ‘entelechy,’ your potential, which seems out of reach, now is the perfect moment to have the courage to carve it, to make it visible, to ‘form’ it. It takes tremendous courage to go from possibility to manifestation.  The combination of Mars, Pluto presents us with the need to transform or wither.

Apple Tree at heard Farm              photo: Sarah Fuhro

Saturn, the great manifester, is in harmony with the Sun and Moon. It’s much easier to feel potential than to turn it into form. The Scorpio-Taurus axis is all about seeds harvested at Scorpio’s season and the bursting forth of those seeds into every form of living plant in the time of Taurus!

circlet of green BL .jpg                            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Wherever you are, I hope you reach your arms out to salute this full Moon on Sunday evening. Fill yourself with the Moon’s love for the Earth. We are that earth, not separate beings…press the beauty of the season to your heart.

 

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Merlin Goes Underground   Sarah Fuhro

Master of Magic,

Merlin bends his silver locks,

He enters dark earth.

A tomb, a womb,

a castle underground

now his kingdom.

 

Some say lovely Ninevah

willed him there.

Foolish in his dotage,

was he easy prey to illusions

of fairy women

with their watery tricks

who wished him extinguished

in the cold, moist ground?

 

Is it true they wanted him

covered over with leaves,

compost for another age,

when powers of a new sort

might rescue him from cold storage?

 

Did he enter his cave, his tomb,

his hole in the ground

under the illusion

he was scheduled for a lover’s tryst

in some lovely castle

built of spun sugar and spite?

 

Or is this the story of a confluence?

Two streams come together,

blend their crystal waters,

deep beneath the earth

in joyous union.

 

Did they run underground together,

She of the shining eyes,

and old Merlin the wise?

Did they burble up, twined and blended

to emerge in the holy springs,

the red and the white waters

of Avalon, the Isle of Glass?

 

Was there a sacred marriage

between the magician’s highway

in the Milky Way,

and the twirling spires of Caer Sidhi,

the land of starry faery,

that circles the earth;

and marks the journey of the Sun,

through twelve sacred seasons.

 

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photos: Bruce Lhuillier

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Silver and Gold, a Full Moon in Leo!

On the night the Moon was a tiny crescent in the sky, I had a dream. The dream was at dawn, and was a voice and big letters, which said: ‘Au’ and ‘Ag.’  Hey, I’m not a chemist, but those are the elemental letters for Silver and Gold! ‘Why,’ I asked the Dream guys, ‘do I need to remember the elemental letters for Silver and Gold?’   No answer.

Gold stones in stream                                             Photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver is the Moon, Gold is the Sun.

Last month the full Moon was in Cancer, the Moon’s sign. The metal of the Moon is Silver, Ag, Argentum  This month the full Moon is in Leo, the Sun’s sign. Gold is the metal of the Sun, Au, Aurum, Gold.

And this is true at this season every year. Is this the year to awaken to the Silver and Gold of Cancer and Leo? Is this about Male and Female polarity? Is the Moon female, the Sun, male?

Not always.

Here is a picture of the lunar god Mên, worshipped in Asia Minor. He bears the crescents of the Moon on his shoulders, and treads the cow head of Taurus, a Moon loving zodiac sign under his horse’s hoofs. Was there a war between Male and Female lunar deities? Is there a war inside ourselves and perhaps in the evolution of culture that debates whether the Moon is male or female? It may be necessary for each of us to experience our interior self, our reflective self, our ever changing self as male and as female.

Mên on horseback bas relief BL

photo: Bruce Lhuillier                                      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Below is a picture with a woman wearing a solar halo, and a man with crescent Moon horns.

Sun and Moon Seal BL                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier   Hammond Castle

This Wednesday’s full Moon is a total eclipse of the Moon, a dramatic moment suitable to Leo, who loves theater. People often saw an eclipse as an attack on the Sun or Moon, a disappearance and reappearance of the light we live by night and day. We still experience this kind of anxiety at the time of an eclipse. It’s important to be aware of the eclipse cycle even if we can’t see it, because we can always feel it in our bodies and psyches.

This Leo Moon will also dramatically affect the tides of the ocean, because the Moon is close to the earth–a Super Moon. The Sabian Symbol for the eclipse says it very clearly: ‘A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.’ Something, carefully planned is coming together to be expressed on a huge stage. It’s the season of Mardi Gras! This Lunar Eclipse has that feeling of unlimited excess, followed by a truth we already know. The feasting of Mardi Gras is followed by Ash Wednesday, and the traditional forty days of fasting.

Full Moon in Leo 2018

 

The Moon and the asteroid Ceres (Demeter, Earth goddess) are in a perfect conjunction at this moment. Demeter’s grief for her stolen child, Persephone, gave us the seasons. This year, the Leo full Moon is situated close to the festival of Imbolc, Candlemass, Groundhog’s Day, February 2. For those of us who search for a way to reconnect to the rhythms of the earth and sky, Imbolc is the time to gather and embrace the growing light. At Imbolc, the light is a crack in the darkness of winter. Imbolc is sacred to the goddess Bride, mid-wife, poet and black smith.  When the doctor told me, my baby would be born on February 2nd, I was ecstatic. My son showed up on that sacred day, and, fortunately, did not see his shadow!

Here, in the frozen or muddy North, we know the light of candles reflected in melting snow has divinatory power. Winter is not over in the North, but is touched by the Sun’s return.

candle in water                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

Silver and Gold, Sun and Moon, light and dark play out in our lives, moment by moment. What illumination will this Sun/Moon moment hold for you? Wednesday’s total Lunar eclipse is the balance to the total Solar eclipse in Leo last August. Hold a moment to honor the ritual of this cosmic and earth time. It is like a heart we can hear beating in our throats.

Sarah Fuhro

sarahfuhro@gmail.comKeeping 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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Each year the full Moon in Cancer marks the anniversary of my mother’s death. As I flew into San Francisco to say good-bye to her, the full Moon was rising at my back. As I kept watch with her through the night, the Moon watched with me.

spaghetti tree knots BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

My mother and I share a natal Moon in Cancer. This is the sign of mothers, and children, home, ancient tides and rituals, full-throated emotions, blood and tears and sweat, the saltiness of the oceans. Cancer is the sea, the place from where we emerged, our mother’s womb. Cancer Moon loves to cook and share food, so it’s a perfect full Moon for New Year’s Day. As the Sun sets on January 1, 2018, look to the East and raise a cup to toast the full Moon in Cancer.

Sol invictus talking tree BL                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The Moon ‘rules’ the sign of Cancer. She visits this sign each month, but only in the darkest days of winter does she enter her fullness and shine most brightly in her home sign! This year, the full Moon’s Sabian symbol is a reflection of the connection to motherhood, which the sign of Cancer represents: ‘A Chinese woman nursing a baby whose aura reveals him to be the reincarnation of a great teacher.’ Our children are our teachers. Each child born comes with a lesson plan. While we were in the womb, an eclipse marked us with purpose. One way to access what each of us came here to share is to look to the sign of the zodiac and placement of your pre-natal solar eclipse. Each prenatal eclipse sign gives us a clue to that impulse. You can find your pre natal solar eclipse at https://cafeastrology.com/eclipsessolarlunar.html

Aries teaches courage

Taurus teaches good values

Gemini teaches communication

Cancer teaches emotional expression

Leo teaches accepting love

Virgo teaches clarity

Libra teaches balance

Scorpio teaches responsibility

Sagittarius teaches higher consciousness

Capricorn teaches reputation

Aquarius teaches detachment

Pisces teaches sensitivity

Full Moon in Cancer 2018

Neptune has a special relationship to this full Moon. His degree is the same as the Sun and Moon. His Sabian Symbol gives us a clue as to what he might contribute at this moment.    ‘In the sanctuary of an occult brotherhood, newly initiated members are being examined and their character tested.’   Neptune’s exact connection to the Sun and Moon urges spiritual responsibility for the groups we belong to. He is the boat which floats upon the Cancerian seas, the transport to deeper waters.

ruined ship on beach BL                                      photo: Bruce Lhuillier\

Mars is the third arm of the water wheel. He pushes the Sun and Moon boats out into the long deep drink of inspiration, Awen.   Awen is to say: everything, the wheel of the year and the Sun’s journey. Everything we do, say, think can be done with deep creative intent.   The inspiration behind each moment can be felt this day and this year of 2018.   Here is the symbol of Awen carved upon a piece of river borne wood, perhaps Sycamore. Like the Water trine in the chart it has three branches. It grew upon the earth, was dispersed upon water, transformed by fire, and transported  through airy distance to arrive at my house as a gift for the winter solstice!  May you feel the blessing of this powerful full Moon at the New Year each day.

Awen                                                                artwork by Dana Driscoll
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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Solar Eclipse Lily Pad

Photo: Robert Fuhro

This Solar Eclipse has turned our heads in America. We will look up and catch sight of Sun and Moon in an intimate moment of visual contact. Our attention will shift away from domestic drama to celestial dance. How wondrous is it, that our Moon, the Earth and Sun are so perfectly sized, so perfectly placed in the cosmos, to create these yearly events in the sky, solar and lunar eclipse! Our Moon casts her shadow on the Sun, and from where we watch, the stars come out in mid-day! We can hope to see Jupiter, Venus and Mars during the darkest period.

mushroom with stick

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Each new Moon is about the end, and the beginning. The Moon has made her journey through all the constellations of the zodiac, and caught up with the Sun to start the journey again. This is the second new Moon in Leo, as if to emphasize this sign or perhaps the Sun himself, because Leo is the place the Sun shines most brightly! This second round of new Moon in Leo, Sun is eclipsed, darkened, shut down!   What does it mean for all of us here on this beautiful planet? Can we keep our balance in a way that feels impossible to imagine?

Dark face stone balance

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the eclipse speaks of great potential for transformation:   ‘A Mermaid emerges from the Ocean Waves ready for rebirth in human form. The stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rising from the unconscious is about to take form as a conscious thought.’   It is what we ‘know’ is impossible which begs for existence. Over the past week I have learned to balance rocks in positions, which defy gravity. As I draw away my hand, and the rock stays perched, I understand how I limit my thoughts, how I neglect the impossible.    ‘Yearning for conscious form and solidity’ is the meaning of this eclipse.  It will require our deep meditative attention to visualize what does not exist.

Thoth three of disks

Thoth Deck: Three of Disks

If you have noticed a lot of explosive energy over the last few weeks, it might be the planetary  triangle in the Fire element as it rolls through the skies. Sun and Moon are in trine to Uranus in fiery Aries. Uranus is an electrical charge all by himself. His Sabian Symbol in the eclipse drama is ‘The Music of the Spheres!’ Can you hear it? Will it embed itself in you on Monday as you open yourself to the cosmic energy of the new Moon? Saturn is the third point in the triangle, and he is in perfect alliance with Dark Moon Lilith, the angry first wife of Adam, undomesticated female energy.

harp and dancer samhain

Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Pholus shares the third point in this fiery triangle. He is a centaur connected to the ancestral realms and generational healing. This seems particularly poignant as our nation begins to look at the unrelenting, unchecked violent racism, which exists in the United States. Not just during four hundred years of bitter slavery, but in the terrorism, which continues to the present moment for people of color. The Sabian Symbol for the location of Pholus is another image of artistic vision and form: ‘A sculptor at his work.’ But what are we sculpting?

spider web sculpture

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

This solar eclipse takes place one degree from the Ascendant of the President of the United States….and two degrees from my Ascendant! The Ascendant is the most sensitive point in a chart. It is the gate we enter when we take on a physical form at birth.   It will take place someplace in your chart as well, and bring attention to any planet it touches. The location in a particular zone of your chart, even it there are no planets nearby will give special emphasis to this area of your life over the next several months.   The effects of an eclipse take several months to materialize. It may be when Saturn reaches the eclipse degree (28° Sagittarius) this December! That will ‘perfect’ the Fire triangle created during Monday’s eclipse.

elder berry constellations

Photo: Sarah Fuhro

The stars and planets are reflected here on earth.  This branch of Elderberry looks like  a constellation.  Our ancestors lived under the stars and were constantly aware of them.  We are awed when we occasionally get a glimpse of a star filled sky if we can get away from night light.  This eclipse, which will be visible across the United States could be an opportunity to see the whole picture instead of a fragment.  We share the sky with everyone, with plants and animals and the stones and earth around us.  Let’s drink  in this eclipse not just as a marvel but as a message.   Will the wonder of the eclipse remain within us, as we attempt to materialize the impossible?

New Moon in Leo Eclipse 2017 

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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Sun Face .jpg BL                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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).

Car bits beast BL     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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.

horizontal oak leaf   photo: Sarah Fuhro

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.

Light through the tree BL                                     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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.’

Circle of stones 1 BL  photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sarah Fuhro  searhfuhro@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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