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Bob's bluebird                                                                                photo: Robert Fuhro 

‘The Gate of the Cottage’ may represent the Solstice event of December 21 when Jupiter and Saturn meet, and enter the premises of Aquarius. At this time of pandemic crisis, all of us, are, in someway, blocked from celebrations we love with people we love. So we have to celebrate with the cosmos, with Venus so bright at dawn, with Jupiter and Saturn as they draw closer and closer till they become one beautiful star of the night. We are told this meeting of Jupiter and Saturn, an odd couple with complementary characteristics will be momentous. Jupiter and Saturn meet every twenty years. They begin a new cycle of outward events which have been brewing internally. The extra excitement around this meeting, at the moment of the Solstice is the location, Aquarius. Since 1801 the twenty year cycle has been in Earth signs. Oh, there was one meeting in Libra, another Air sign, a hint of things to come. Aquarius is in a new element, Air, and Air will be the element of the next several centuries for that twenty year meeting of Jupiter and Saturn.

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Air is associated with clarity, with the East where Sun and Moon rise to light our way. It is the beginning, the Sun, the Hawk of Dawn. In rituals which celebrate the Western Wisdom tradition, Air is associated with thought, with words, and with the double edged blade of mental processes, which cut through confusion and dullness. To meditate, I must focus on my breath, which is Air, to quiet my thoughts, which are Air. At best, Air represents crystal light. Something which goes beyond words, to the essence of clarity. Crystals are also associated with computers, and no doubt the next two hundred years will see computers in myriad forms take over from human thought, just as machines took over many human and animal physical function in the last two hundred years.

photo: Bruce Lhuillier

But this new Moon, the new Moon which takes place on Monday, a week before the Solstice, what does she have to show us? This is not just any ordinary new Moon, but also a total eclipse of the Sun. The Sabian Symbol for this moment, A BLUEBIRD PERCHED ON THE GATE OF A COTTAGE‘ seems to have a happy purpose, yet the times feel ominous as we experience waves of death passing over humanity. There is a delicate balance here of what 23 degrees of Sagittarius holds for us: ‘the implication is the inhabitants (of the cottage) are well-adapted, either to the life of the community, or to their more or less isolated togetherness.’

photo: Sarah Fuhro

A Solar eclipse is another way we may begin again. The lights go out, and then turn back on again. I took this picture today at noon! It’s not an eclipse and it’s not sundown, but the Sun seemed to set at that moment, and then return. If you look into the pond, you can see the noontime Sun is still there. In past times, eclipses were feared as harbingers of evil and destruction, but I think of them more as exclamation points, a reminder that we are here and then gone and then here again.

Notice the asteroid Pallas Athena has entered Aquarius. I think this may symbolize the arrival of Covid vaccines on the world stage. Pallas Athena is the symbol of the immune system. She has been traveling with Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto through the sign of Capricorn during this whole year of pandemic. Now she has moved on into Aquarius, and I’m hopeful this might represent a greater respect for science and thoughtful care for each, rather than for the interests of business and governmental organizations (Capricorn). Chiron, the healer is aligned with Pallas Athena, and hopefully they will work together. The Sabian Symbol for Chiron is ‘two lovers strolling on a secluded walk.’

Hemlock Heart – Version 2

photo: Sarah Fuhro  

This moment feels like Pandora’s box of fear and hope. Mars and Eris trine the new Moon with their contribution of lots of dark Fire energy. Venus and Juno in Scorpio are in sextile to Saturn and Jupiter and Pluto. The Sun will disappear into the dark shadow of the Moon during the eclipse, but the Moon is always swallowed by the light of the Sun at a new Moon. What are we to make of all of this? As we stand still in anticipation of a conjunction which will begin a new 200 year cycle. Maybe we just need to focus on the ‘Bluebird Perched on the Gate of a Cottage’.

painting: Amelia Leonards 
Sagittarius! the New Moon’s location… and here is Amelia Leonards illustration for the Astrological Oracle deck.   

Sagittarius comes around at the darkest time of the year, but this sign is filled with the ebullient joy of holiday celebrations.  A spiritual warrior, with the body of a horse and the upper torso of a human, Sagittarius is also a combination of zest for life, and deep spiritual commitment.    The sign is filled with the juice of Jupiter, expansive, optimistic, easily distracted, in love with the world and whatever is exotic.  Sagittarius is both fascinated with, and open to all forms of religious practices and philosophies, but then can easily switch from a universal tolerance to dogmatic fundamentalism.   Sagittarius upholds ideals of mental and physical freedom, but can be wrapped up in promoting something so wonderful it must be universally accepted.  The athlete and horse lover are often people with Sagittarian energy.   This is a mutable Fire sign with lots of talent as  teacher, lawyer, priestess.   He shoots straight and high into the sky, anything is possible.       

Sabian Smbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac. Channeled by psychic Elsie  Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.
 Sarah Fuhro      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.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Amelia Leonards works with watercolor and graphite to create fantastical imagery.  She draws upon world folklore, mythology and her imagination  to create pieces imbued with sensitive and emotive storytelling. Throughout her work you will find an emphasis on feminine and natural elements, along with a hefty dose of humor and antlers. https://www.amelialeonards.com  and https://www.etsy.com/shop/amelialeonards.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.

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