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Moon Love       Sarah Fuhro

The Moon loves the Earth,

even though,

we cover her

with shopping malls,

and oil rigs,

and misery.

 

Moon looks down

from the sky,

perfect in new crescent,

sees me, as I drive

to Home Depot for junk,

and she says:

‘I love the Earth,

and some night,

you might.

 

Some night, you

will embrace her,

as I embrace her tonight,

and leave the road,

and the oil,

and the blood behind.’

new-moon-in-libra-2016-natural-housesThe new Moon in Libra celebrates the possibility we might find new ways to relate to others. But as always the change has to come from a transformation within, a work reflected onto the outer world.

Libra rules the Seventh House, place of action where we find our partners and marriage. The Seventh House is what we don’t want to own about ourselves but often find in a close relationship. Libra is at home in the Seventh House of the astrology chart, which is also the place of ‘karma’ personified…’what goes around comes around.’ Libra rules courts and justice; the Scales of the symbol give a hint about how that works

A blindfold hides the face of Justice. It’s a lot of work to remove the blindfold from our eyes when it comes to relationship! Since Libra is ruled by the lovely Venus, we don’t always see how the way we treat ourselves will come back to bite us. Venus is not the promise in this sign; she is the consequence.

Jupiter is in the mix with the Sun and Moon in Libra. Jupiter is also involved with judges
and laws. Traditionally, Venus and Jupiter are considered the ‘Benefics.’   We breathe a sigh of relief when they show up. But they can ‘benefit’ us in strange ways…they represent our Desire nature. Desire in Western Occultism is the first step towards manifestation. It is the Fire element, the spark, which sets off the whole process of life.

metal-roosterMars is square to Sun and Moon and Jupiter.   there is a metallic taste to this chart. It is further deepened by the Venus in Scorpio, ruler of Libra, working through a sign ruled by Mars. There is talk in the news about colonizing Mars. This may be a passage in Libra which ties our relationship to anger and excessive energy.   The Sabian Symbol for the degree of Mars may be the final clue for the message of this new Moon:‘A human soul in in ists eagerness for new experience seeks
embodiment
A powerful yearning for whatever will increase the scope and depth of one’s contacts with other living beings.’

 

 

Walk in the woods and notice how trees relate to each other. They can teach us of the variety and beauty dramatized in this new Moon in Libra, where the beauty of each is reflected in the ever changing relationship they create.

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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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It looks as if the Sun in this chart is lost in a dream with Neptune (the Dreamer) and Ceres the Earth Mother. The Moon will have to hold her own in practical, earthy, Virgo. But this is not necessarily about contradiction, even though the luminaries are in that full Moon position of opposition. The agitation we feel at the time of the full Moon is the excitement of contradiction, which is attempting wholeness.

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Pisces Sun might ‘envision’ (Neptune), a dream of the Earth Mother (Ceres) honored and acknowledged. The Pisces characteristics of victimization and martyrdom dissolve in the full Moon’s light, much as The Hermit, The Hermitwho corresponds to Virgo in the Tarot deck, shines his light on weary travelers as they make their way to the place he holds for them. For humanity to survive on the planet, we need both the dream of Pisces/Neptune/Ceres, and the practical work of Virgo.

Pisces is the dissolver of old forms, in preparation for the new beginning which will take place in Aries at the spring equinox.

We are not separate from this preparation. Both hemispheres of the earth are ‘greening up.’   The process of change can be felt in our bodies and spirits. There is so much work to do before we start the building process of spring.

The Pisces-Virgo axis is further demonstrated at this time with the Lunar nodes and Jupiter and Chiron in opposition.   The Lunar nodes mark the location of the eclipse cycle.   Jupiter and Chiron speak of the wound and the healing we all experience. Pisces is represented in the Tarot deck with The Moon card.

We see the armored creature who is about to begin a long journey of evolution. He is soft Moon cardon the inside, and encased in armor on the outside. She is about to leave the watery womb to travel a dry road through what looks like treachourous territory. He will have to deal with the overly domesticated dog self and his wild and untamed interior wolf.   She must travel past the ever seeing eyes represented by the towers. Will she be able to withstand the opnions of society, as she must, to continue onwards until she reaches the mountain in the distant future, when she will meet The Hermit, and recognize herself?

Watching all this is the mysterious image of a full and crescent Moon who sheds Yods upon the path, which our little creature is about to travel.   The Yods represent the participation of spirit upon all of this. They are the Hebrew letter which is first in the spelling of G-d’s name. For those of us who live in areas of the globe which have highly volatile seasons, this image is reflected in the constant transformation of the natural world around us.

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I took this picture of a small pond near my house in January. It shows, the interlacing of open water, snow, ice, a bit of green grass, the dead leaves and branches of the year before. They are all folded in together just as our astrology charts reveal the diverse impulses and talents which energize our lives.

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I think the squeeze of the Uranus Pluto square has clues for the meaning of this tumultuous time. Within the arms of this womb, we feel the pressure of birth pangs.   Uranus demands swift and radical change; Pluto requires depth and honesty.   Each of us dances to this pressure in our unique way, but it cannot be ignored.   Fear and courage, love and anxiety mark our journey.

This morning I found a favorite poem posted on a friend’s blog http://lindayaelschiller.com/blog.  I was reunited with the beautiful imagery of Machado at the perfect full Moon moment. It was a gift to me, which I would like to share with you! It is about dreaming (Pisces) and formation of imagery (Virgo).   Hope you like it as well!

Last Night As I Was Sleeping

By Antonio Machado (translated by Robert Bly)

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a spring was breaking

out in my heart.

I said: Along which secret aqueduct,

Oh water, are you coming to me,

water of a new life

that I have never drunk?

 

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that I had a beehive

here inside my heart.

And the golden bees

were making white combs

and sweet honey

from my old failures.

 

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a fiery sun was giving

light inside my heart.

It was fiery because I felt

warmth as from a hearth,

and sun because it gave light

and brought tears to my eyes.

 

Last night as I slept,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that it was God I had

here inside my heart.

 

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 Slow Dance of the Capricorn New Moon

January 9 at 8:30 PM EST

 

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Little Birch Moon          Sarah Fuhro

This little birch Moon

is slipping out into dark

night, stepping away

from the lights and music

of the bustling cabin.

 

When the Moon

has her darkness,

she takes it in silence.

 

Going out she leans against

the great dark tree,

and looks straight up,

as she recalls

how she sailed

in that tree top

as a full and flying moon.

 

Moon feels the bark

against her tired spine.

 

In the dark,

and all alone, by herself,

she gives birth

to the next little Moon

 

As I write this, the waning Birch Moon is slipping away and a new Moon of Rowan is about to be born.

This new Moon will teach us how to dance to earthy Capricorn. Sun, Moon, Pluto, Mercury and the asteroid Pallas Athena are visiting this sign, which is not noted for fun, but rather for structural concerns, although careful craftsmanship can be also be fun.  Yet if we don’t see and feel the dance of Capricorn’s materialization, our world collapses around us. We are stuck in ‘what was’ and forget to hear the rhythm of the present and the siren song of the future.

The ‘ruler’ of Capricorn, Saturn sits so very close to Venus in this chart, and they are in the jolly sign of Sagittarius. Saturn, often visualized as an old man, ‘Chronos’ and the lovely Venus work well together. Saturn and Venus in relationship to each other in

an astrology chart often indicate an artist (Venus) willing to take part in the hard work and the hours (Saturn) necessary for success.

The World CardAnd look at this: the Tarot card for Saturn is The World card….she who dances eternally to keep the Universe in movement!   But wait, the dancer is not ‘she’; this is an Edwardian version of a hermaphrodite, a mixture of male and female in one body. This is the final card in the Major Arcana, and hints at the work of the Magician, which must include a sacred marriage between the sexes in one human.   Like The Magician card, the dancer carries yarrow sticks….the communication device between spirit and oracle. This is how the Delphic soothsayer received the word from the gods, through yarrow sticks. These were the original I Ching prognosticators. Listen carefully for the word that comes to you from simple sources.

This new Moon is the first of the New Year 2016. Capricorn gives us the strength to carry out goals we have identified as we entered 2016.

The tradition of setting New Year resolutions makes sense in the spirit of Capricorn Sun and Moon, which are always present at this time of year. It is taking the tide to begin a journey by sea. The Venus Saturn conjunction adds a extra note of potential for each of us to create something tangible.

Give yourself some time alone, in nature, in the dark of this dark season to see what is the next step in your soul’s journey. Mercury is taking this time to retrograde back into Capricorn from a momentary journey into Aquarius…a sign of the future, while Capricorn would like us to be well seated in the present. Give yourself some retrograde permission to revisit your most heartfelt goals for the future.

New Moon in Capricorn 2016

The Sagittarian couple, Venus and Saturn will help you. Saturn in Sagittarius will help you (and me) establish ambitious goals based on our deepest held values.   You can see how this can work for good and misery.   It’s important not to identify self existence with beliefs and goals, which can shift and change. But there’s a necessity for focus that eludes many. This is a moment of focus, Capricorn, Saturnic, Venusian focus.

Uranus and Pluto continue their grinding square only one degree off from each other. They offer us the chance to integrate two positions in the realm of transformation.   Pluto is very tightly associated with the Sun and Moon giving them (and us) the power to be true to our highest intentions. Uranus demands we communicate our own story beyond the old forms we have tried before. What way will you create something that breaks out of the molds you use over and over?

Jupiter is in an interesting position as well. He is conjunct the North Node in Virgo. The North Node is the direction we must travel to evolve in this lifetime. Jupiter who blesses and expands our capabilities is there to help us all turn towards the direction of the future, a Virgo future of earthy honesty.  Jupiter in Virgo is helpful and responsible, humble yet determined.   Jupiter’s sign and position on the North Node is another assistant to our development as individuals, and as a society. Beaver--MainstoneThe beavers who work in a pond near my house are a good illustration of this chart, full of plans and work ethic (Capricorn) …always perfecting their lodge and their dams.. They build beautiful mud and stick lodges which they enter under water. Their work from the simplest stick to the largest dam is done with the greatest perfection of craft. They survived human greed for their fur, but have become nocturnal as a result of caution. Their work changes the landscape around them. They are tireless in pursuit of their plans to make the best possible environment for their families

How do we know when our interaction with the material world harms or renews the earth? Perhaps by fully identifying with the earth as earth beings we will gain the consciousness to know how to build in harmony.

Now we enter the new Moon cycle of the Rowan whose symbol is the pentacle found at the bottom of the Rowan berry.

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photo of birch grove and beaver Sarah and Robert Fuhro

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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A Full Moon, a Blue Moon on July 31!

This little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine

Oh, this little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine…

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

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With Sun in Leo, the power of self-expression is at its height! With Moon in Aquarius art and expression are a community activity. Leo loves to show the soul’s purpose through joyous expession. Aquarian energy shows us our kinship with all of humanity and with plants and animals as well.   This is not on a mystical basis, but rather on a scientific platform.

Two famous Aquarians Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same date (February 12, 1809), . In quite different ways these astrological ‘twins’ changed the outlook of Western culture to embrace a more holistic view of who we are.

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Lincoln led a nation at war  over slavery. Those who believed that humanity is one race, won the war, transformed the economy, and the political structure. The rejection of slavery and the embrace that ‘ALL men are created equal’ has continued to be elaborated with evidence of our common humanity through scientific (Aquarian) evidence of DNA.

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Darwin in his exploration of evolution turned the Western mindset from a Biblical story of man’s special place in God’s universe, to a common understanding of humanity’s place as a part of an ever changing creation. Again scientific evidence from Darwin and other naturalists, and studies of DNA taught us we share most of our genetic material with grasshoppers and bananas.   The conclusion that everything alive on the planet is made from the same basic material, and developed from single cells of living material is an Aquarian world view.

Yet Aquarius is also the sign of technology and the development of machines, which are destroying the natural world. There seems to be a strange contest between an expanding consciousness of our interconnected fate, and a thoughtless race to destroy the very fabric into which we are woven.

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July 31st is the eve of Lughnasadh, the first harvest festival of the Druid year. It is the time to give thanks for harvest of the Northern Hemisphere, and to acknowledge the sacrifice that plants and animals make to our well being. It is also the time to remember the changes that took place as ancestors went from hunter gatherer, nomads to settled farmers with secure food sources. It is a day of bread and of fire, games, and weddings.

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This is when the chorus of insects is heard on summer evenings.  Their voices life in praise of summer nights and the mother who feeds us.

Nameless

How to speak of it:

the bramble path to the heart,

the wind as it rolls flat

all that grew in the sweet fields of May.

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The season of bread and sorrow

fast approaches. Lughnasadh

casts a shadow in the hot and golden

fields of summer, where cicadas thrum.

Unspeakable how, the Moon, as she rises

catches the light of the run away Sun,

who lies hidden beneath the earth.

Sarah Fuhro     July 12, 2014

This is the second full Moon of the month, and so is called a ‘Blue Moon.’ Some say this is because the Maine Farmer’s Almanac circled the second full Moon of the month in blue. There is no astrological significance in a Blue Moon, it is the endless task of fitting a 13 Moon lunar cycle into a 12 month Solar cycle. Every nineteen years there is a blue Moon in the same month, on or close to the same date. Nineteen is the Sun’s number in relationship to the Moon.

And why not celebrate this abundance of two full Moons, this time of ripening harvest, and pulsing heat. This is Leo, with Sun as ruler dancing across from bright Luna! This is the full Moon when Samhain herbs are gathered to bring light into a dark season.

July 31 Full MoonSaturn will turn direct on August 1st.  Time to get back to work, but only after cleaning out (Scorpio) treasures of deep exploration in the closet of old truths.   Saturn rules boundaries, fences, edges. Jupiter in Leo will square this Saturn on August 3rd. The Saturnic desire for limits must be woven with Jupiter in Leo’s limitless enthusiasm.   Jupiter enters Virgo on August 11 where will he and we put our energies in this earth element sign?

As the Moon in Aquarius fills, and rises at sunset opposite Leo Sun, we might look at the symbolism of Cecil the lion, and the Aquarian Internet fury his death has aroused. Each full Moon offers us the opportunity to integrate oppositional forces within us and around us.   Cecil grass

One of the symbols of Aquarius is the human being.  Aquarius does not value the privilege money can buy. The voice of thousands of people who are hurt and outraged by Cecil’s death, spoken via electronic means is a perfect expression of this sign.Leo honors the monarch and the expression of powerful gifts shared in the community.

Each of us has both Aquarius and Leo in our charts. Dance to the music of their full Moon!

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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   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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Arthur’s Round Table

’The Round Table was constructed, not without great significance, upon the advice of Merlin. By its name the Round Table is meant to signify the round world and the round canopy of the planets and the elements in the firmament, where are to be seen the stars and many other things.’ –La Quest del Saint Graal

 

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King Arthur’s Round Table, created by Merlin was a gift from Uther Pendragon, Arthur’s father to Guenevere’s father King Leodegrance. He in turn gave it as a wedding present to Arthur. As an example of how astrology has been integrated into the Arthurian mythology, there is a legend, which suggests the Round Table was designed as a circle of the zodiac with twelve of his knights, a representative of one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. This becomes tricky because there are so many variations and names of the Round Table fellowship. One of the names associated with the Zodiac is Caer Sidhe. Since Sidhe refers to the Faerie realm, this adds another dimension to the stories, and we could look at the faerie women of the Arthurian stories as members of a Round Table, which operates on another plane.

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The circle of the Zodiac is reflected on the land in several areas in Britain. The most famous is the Glastonbury Zodiac, described by Katherine Maltwood in 1935. She called this the Temple of the Stars. Laid out on the landscape which surrounds Glastonbury are the figures of the zodiac, which she traces to Sumerian colonists. Reflected upon the land in this way, the cosmos gives great legitimacy to twelve landed families who might claim to be at the root of history and mythological origins of Britain.   She makes a thorough correspondence between the zodiacal signs and characters in the Arthurian legends, which vary, for the most part from my connections. The Round Table symbolizes the equality of each of Arthur’s knights, just as the Zodiac contains twelve archetypes of equal power, although not of equal size in the sky. Arthur is the still center, the pole star around which Caer Sidhe—The Zodiac rotates.

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Gawain, Arthur’s nephew is the first to be knighted for the Round Table, and so might stand in for Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac. When the sun is rising, Gawain gains in power. After the Sun reaches its height at noon, Gawain’s strength diminishes. This would suggest his role as a solar hero. The Sun is in exaltation in this sign which Mars rules.  He is famous for his impatience and temper as well as his courage and loyalty.  He is most fully described in his bargain with ‘the Green Knight,’ a retelling of the ancient battle between the dark and light of the year.

Sir Tor

King Pellinore’s illegitimate son, Tor is my choice for the second seat at the table. Tor (Taurus) has been raised by his step-father Aries, who is a cowherd. He was raised in a family of earthy peasants who lived with cows, very Taurean, yet, perhaps with the help of Venus, the ruler of Taurus, he immediately feels at home in Arthur’s court. Despite his noble blood, he is an illustration of the equality of the Round Table.

Balin & Balan

Gemini is the constellation of twins, and Balin and Balan, seem like good candidates for this position. They are the tragic brothers destined to kill each other in error. Balin takes a sword from a damsel and becomes known as The Knight with Two Swords. He is warned that if he keeps both swords, he will kill the man he loves most in the world and bring about his own destruction. Ignoring this prophecy, he battles his brother who is in disguise and both die. The polarity of Gemini seems fatal in their case.

The Boy's King Arthur

The Lady of the Lake must be honored, perhaps in the position of Cancer, as her role is as Lunar force is as important at the Solar power of Arthur. She and the other Faerie women are a parallel to the Knights of the Round Table. The Moon rules Cancer, a watery cardinal sign. Like the Moon, the Lady appears and disappears, but is central to the story of Arthur. She gives Arthur his magical sword, Excalibur and the scabbard, which prevents fatal injury. When Arthur is mortally wounded she and other magical women take him to the Island of Avalon, memorialized in the sky as Caer Arianrhod. She rules an alternative kingdom with its own strategies and priorities a watery reflection of Camelot.

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Leo seems most likely to belong to Lancelot du Lac. Leo is fiery and fixed, ruled by the Sun and connected to the heart, to courage, and to love affairs, all very synonymous with this very important character in the later tales of Arthur. His courage and faithful heart seem to be the embodiment of Leo. Like Leo, Lancelot struggles with the transformation of ego into heart. His love of Guenevere, and his loyalty to Arthur create the theater for this process.

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Shall we try Galahad as the embodiment of Virgo? Virgo is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury and known for the ability to discern and analyze to a point of perfection. Galahad is the pure and perfect knight who successfully obtains the Grail. He is the son of Lancelot and Elaine, conceived through the trickery of Elaine’s father the Fisher King. In his birth to the virgin Elaine, his purity and solitary wanderings, he personifies the Virgo archetype. Galahad (or in other stories, Percival) is given the seat at the Round Table called the ‘Siege Perilous,’ which has been awaiting his arrival as prophesied by Merlin.

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The story of Sir Geraint and Enid is a tale of marriage reflective of Libra, the sign of partnership. The scales represents the equality necessary for a successful partnershiop . Geraint misunderstands his wife and believes her love has moved away from him. He takes her on a long journey in silent rage and battles innumerable enemies. Finally after many tests of his valor and her fidelity and love, he drops his fury and understands her faithfulness as an expression of her character, not his physical superiority.   She meanwhile has found her own strength and voice through this ordeal.

MERLIN

Scorpio belongs to Mordred who brought death and destruction to the fellowship of the Round Table. A fixed water sign ruled by Mars, Scorpio has connection to death and sexuality, the underworld and transformation, and the necessity for truth to surface. Modred’s hatred for Arthur is not without reason. Because of a prophecy that a May baby will destroy him, the king orders all babies born that month to be put into an old ship which sinks. Only Mordred is rescued and returned to Arthur’s sister Morgause and her husband Lot. Mordered is a Scorpionic survivor of infanticide, a vengeful shadow of Arthur and a reminder of the Slaughter of the Innocents in the Christ story. He is both Arthur’s incestuous son and his nephew, an unavoidable nemesis.

Merlin

Merlin takes his place in Sagittarius, for this is the sign of the priest and the shaman. Merlin, as Druid is the repository of ancient wisdom and knowledge. Like the centaur who represents the sign, Merlin is half and half, with a human mother and a spirit father. Sagittarius, a mutable fire sign ruled by Jupiter, is known to have heavenly knowledge for divination and healing powers.   Merlin is the prime mover behind much of the Arthurian action. He arranges Arthur’s conception, gives him over to his foster family, and his prophetic wisdom indicates his connection to the divine pattern behind the unfolding of the stories.

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Capricorn is an earthy, cardinal, sign, ruled by Saturn. King Pellinore fits that description. He is most famous for his endless search for the Questing Beast, an earth dragon creature, but he is pivotal from the very first in Arthur’s rise to power. Hi role is Saturnic: first he breaks Arthur’s sword, drawn from the stone, and opposes his reign. But soon he comes to be a most faithful knight and supporter of the young king. Saturn, the rule of Capricorn is associated with ancestors. Pellinore has an important blood line, tracing his family to Joseph of Arimathea, the uncle of Jesus who brought the holy grail from the last supper to Britain. Dindraine, his daughter is the Grail maiden. His son Percival is the first to see the Grail, and Galahad, his grand nephew is finally successful as Grail Knight. He is the father of at least five of the Round Table knights.

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Aquarius, also ruled by Saturn, is a fixed air sign with a very different expression of Saturn. This sign embodies new forms and expressions, like Perceval who is the first to set off on the grail quest. Raised by his mother without any contact with other men or weapons, his manhood and knighthood are very original as might be expected of the Aquarian knight. His father is usually said to be Pellinore, the very traditional version of Saturn, while Perceval is the unique and novel expression of new forms and societal impulses associated with Aquarius, the water bearer. Since the Water Bearer is often shown with a vessel for water, it seems only appropriate that he who is successful in the search for the Grail represents Aquarius.

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Lord Pelles, the Fisher King resides in the Grail Castle in the role of Pisces. He has an incurable wound in his thigh, and his kingdom has become a wasteland because of this injury.   Percivale visits his castle, but does not ask the important question, which would free Pelles from his injury and would repair the land. Pelles is called the Fisher King because, despite his injury, he can fish, a fitting connection to the sign of Pisces. Pisces is the dissolution of all form, in preparation for the beginning of the new cycle in Aries. It is a watery and mutable sign ruled by Jupiter and with a connection to spirituality, to illusion and to permeability. He is a keeper of the Grail because he too is a relative of Joseph of Arimathea.   Despite his invalid status, he arranges for the birth of Galahad, by tricking Lancelot into the illusion that his daughter, Elaine is Guenevere. She conceives the child who will be the Grail Knight. The power of water and illusion are central to this story and to the sign of Pisces.

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The stories of Arthur, of Guenevere and Lancelot and the knights and ladies of the Round Table exist on many levels of consciousness, and like the stars, they are there to be pondered. Their fascination is eternal. They come out of the land, but they belong to no one time or place or nation. Like the stars, who accompany us through the seasons, we must not lose sight of them or permit them to be forgotten, or buried by too much light, or we shall impoverish our children

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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Moon Mad

The Moon loves to inhabit Taurus! She is at her highest form of visible manifestation during the year, as she reflects the Sun in Scorpio. Taurus is a sign of value, and this Moon reminds us of our self worth and the knowledge that we too are here to shine in some way. Taurus is the playground of Venus, the planet of love, and wealth. What is value? What is the source of your wealth? What we value is the key to our happiness.

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When we turn to the earth and sky for celebration, we dance to the rhythm of Taurus for this constellation celebrates the earth element, and the goddess who animates all earthy life. This is the perfect moment to fully appreciate our bodies, home to our spirits, and to sing songs to our home the earth. Dance under the light of this full Moon. Wherever you are, as she rises at sundown on Thursday night, and even in rain or snow, your body, sacred to her, will provide a pounding heart of gratitude if you listen to her song.

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This is the Moon of Ngetal, the Reed.   Reed provides homes for many, and music. There is the music of the wind in the reeds and the music that reeds provide as instruments. Reed grows in places where water and earth meet, just as the full Moon in Taurus is a meeting between the earth sign Taurus and the water sign, Scorpio.  Ngetal Moon is about direction, and finding the way to our goal. The Reed bows where other may break, but is always a source of new life and action.

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The Pleiades are also in Taurus. They mark the garlands on the Bull, and their appearance at sundown marks the season when we honor the Ancestors. For Druids, the rising and setting of the Seven Sisters is a reminder of two important holidays, Beltane and Samhain. Beltane is the celebration when this star cluster sets at sundown. It is the time of fertility and new growth. The Sun dwells in Taurus and smiles upon the earth as we celebrate Mother’s Day, and our mother planet. At Samhain as they rise with Taurus at sundown, we know it is the time of release, and the return to the earth, the mother, the celebration of death. The gates between the daylight world and the Otherworld are open to allow us to come and pass freely between life and death.

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Like all full Moons we have this opportunity to integrate and weave opposite seasons and signs with very different impulses. This is what Moon has worked on during the last two weeks since she was embedded with the Sun in Scorpio. We learned about the deep exploration of Scorpio. I recently heard an interview with a therapist (Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk) who has developed a practice and a center devoted to trauma.   The necessity to look at our wounds would be the Scorpio part of the healing process, but he has become more and more convinced that the body must be brought into the work he does.   Trauma is embedded in the body, and that is where Taurus comes into the picture. Even as we attempt to ‘understand’ our sorrows, we must also learn to trust and reassure our body, and give it room for expression.

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Looking at the chart for this particular full Moon in Taurus, we discover Saturn, Venus and the asteroid Pallas Athena are close to the Scorpio Sun. This suggests that work, love, and wisdom function best when we clear away old treasures. The Taurus Moon may resist this work of ruthless transformation. Yet Taurus is the cauldron where the alchemical process of Scorpio takes place. A meeting between Mars and Pluto, which becomes exact on November 10th has the potential for powerful energy release whether in destruction and/or construction of social and financial forms. Mars will then make a square to Uranus on November 12th. The impetus for truth telling with this combination is strong. Fortunately the power of healing represented by Chiron is in this mix (a sextile to the Moon and a trine to the Sun).

Full Moon in Taurus 2014

As always, I wish you a joyous celebration of this Moon in her full expression,     Sarah

And don’t forget the 2015 Lunar Calendar available at: https://www.thelunapress.com/ !!

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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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