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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.

bas relief king musician and stars BL                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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.

Assateague sun rise:set?              photo: Robert Fuhro

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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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dried earth        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

An Alchemical Full Moon in Sagittarius

 Here  is a story I heard yesterday. It was used by Jung to explain the synchronicity of our inner and outer being.

There was a great drought in the Chinese village where Jung’s friend lived.  For months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic.

Finally the local people said, ‘We will fetch the rain-maker.’ And from another province an old man appeared. The only thing he asked for was a quiet little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days.   On the fourth day the clouds gathered and there was a great rain-storm, an unusual amount, and the town was so full of rumours about the wonderful rain-maker that Wilhelm went to ask the man how he did it. ‘They call you the rain-maker; will you tell me how you made the rain?’

‘I did not make the rain; I am not responsible.’

‘But what have you done these three days?’

‘Oh, I can explain that. I come from another country where things are in order. Here they are out of order; they are not as they should be by the ordinance of heaven. Therefore the whole country is not in Tao, and I also am not in the natural order of things because I am in a disordered country.

So I had to wait three days until I was back in Tao and then naturally the rain came.’”

 

Blindfolded statue                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

My soul, my planet.

The symbols for the degrees of this full Moon are earth shaking.   Is there indeed a planetary human mind, a human heart to listen?   Hear what was said of this moment when these images were divined (1920). The Moon, which will be full on Friday, carries this warning, a weary reality:

‘Pelicans menaced by the behavior and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their young. The need for people concerned with the future to discover a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings.’ Pelicans symbolize the love of one generation for the next because in legend, they give of their own flesh and blood to feed their young. Human behavior has caused the extinction of innumerable species since these words were written, but now our own survival is on the line.

Brown pelicanphoto: Robert Fuhro

But everyone who reads this knows we are in a cataclysmic situation. What can be the balance to the horror we have created on our beautiful earth? How can we find our way out? The degree for the Sun in Gemini offers us a way beyond despair if we are willing to go deeper into consciousness. ‘A large Archaic volume. Contacting the all human planetary Mind underlying any cultural and personal mentality. Seed knowledge.’ If only there is some way in which we can access these ancient books of papyrus at the right moment!   How may be found through other clues in the chart for this full Moon. Each horoscope is a text for living in that moment of time. In this volume, perhaps it says: when we are in balance, the earth will be in balance as well!!

Grimoire halo BLphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

.Earth Mother, Demeter is at the same degree with the Sun. Is She the Planetary Mind? Does the medicine for a damaged planet lie in our mind’s connection to the earth? We have used our mind for the technology, which has so, ravaged our home, can we use the same mind to find the way to wholeness?  Gemini is about mental constructs, the mind.   The Moon offers the result of our constructs in the form of the animal and human refugees who scatter over the earth trying to find the Mother again.

Caducephoto: Bruce Lhuillier

 

This chart also offers us a Venus newly arrived in Taurus. This is her happiest location!   She is like a bee amongst the Roses. For this five petaled flower is her special signature. Venus has five stations in her cycle through the sky. Those who live beneath the sky know this and trace her journey as a pentacle, as a rose, as an apple blossom! The Sabian Symbol for her degree: ‘The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Riches that come from linking the earthly and the celestial nature.’

Full Moon in Sagittarius 2017

Rose border BLphoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Venus is in a perfect sextile with Mars, the life force of outward motion, just as she is the life force, which draws the world inward. Mars in the sign of Cancer has the Moon in him. He is sensitive, moody and tentative unless he is defending those he loves. Venus in Taurus and Mars in Cancer together create a recipe for feminine forcefulness and male passivity.

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In a love affair these roles are always in flux, because there has to be transformational energy at work when two people are brave enough to mix their elements, and this ever changing formula is fired in the furnace of Alchemy.   So it is in the sky with the planets who act out our dramas for us, and reflect it back to us on earth!

Alchimist BL                                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier
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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Light through the shade                            photo: Mona Thaler

A New Moon is a time of great delicacy! An old Moon releases all she gathered during the last cycle, and rests in darkness, before joining the brilliant light of the Sun to begin anew! The last bit of crescent Moon rises at dawn and is lost in daylight. She does not belong to us, but to the process of her cycle!

Sun and Moon Seal BL                     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Here the two luminaries, Sun and Moon peruse an ancient volume! Interesting that the Sun is a woman in this seal, the Moon is male. Are they Beatrice and Dante pouring over the Divine Comedy?   Dante had a Gemini Sun, and wrote a masterpiece of heaven and hell, which follows no orthodox doctrine of good or evil. And so it is with Gemini. Polarities are always of interest for this sign, which loves to follow the path of curiosity. Gemini enjoys trying out one side and then the other, bi-sexual energy.

But the chart of this new Moon suggests there may be a certain amount of danger in this playful attitude towards opposites. The Sabian Symbol for Sun and Moon as they begin a new cycle suggests the human desire for easy solutions, taken with no thought for those who are the target. ‘A revolutionary magazine asking for action.  The explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions.’ Today three men arrested in Kansas planned to attack an apartment building of Somali refugees. Tonight nineteen people died from an explosion at a concert in Manchester. Where is the imagination to feel the pain of the ‘enemy.’

Astrologically this theme continues in the opposition between Ceres, the Earth Mother who is traveling with the Moon and Sun, and Black Moon Lilith, the rebellious first wife of Adam. These are two indicators of angry feminine energy poised on opposite sides of the chart. The energy of their anger is directed at each other. Frustration mounts until they become allies to solve mutual problems.

And what of Mars in Gemini? He makes a perfect sextile to Eris, Lady Chaos, in Aries, the logic of violence as a way to win an argument. Yet a Gemini Mars would rather make friends than win battles. He quickly loses sight of his own anger and is on to the next way he can release his abundant energy.

Saturn is opposite Mars, in Sagittarius, and in trine to Eris. This has potential for fundamentalist violence, cloaked in high minded beliefs. His Sabian Symbol: ‘A flag bearer in battle.’

knight and lady tapestry BL                                  photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Sometimes it can feel as if the machine of anger and violence is already constructed and is always ready to spring into action.

car screw BL                                photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Gemini is a mental sign ruled by Mercury. The mind wanders like the wind. It uses words to sooth and to give pain. Gemini rules the hands, so full of craft and cunning, compassion and harm.  Finally it must be something within us, which chooses to use the power of thought, and the works of our hands for kindness or cruelty.

dolly on beach BL                              photo: Bruce Lhuillier

In the days before the New Moon occurs on Thursday, May 25 at 3:44 pm, we could release the blind fury of anger, of the misunderstanding that arises from polarity.

“When we embrace anger and take good care of our anger, we obtain relief. We can look deeply into it and gain many insights.’   Thich Nhat Hanh   Anger: Wisdon for Cooling the Flames

Anger, the energy of Mars is one expression of the life force. It is the same energy we feel in creativity, enthusiasm, joy, the growth of the plants and animals around us in the spring.

Fern whirl with cinnamon stalk                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

 

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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New Moon in Taurus   April 26, 2017 8:15 am EDT

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This is the New Moon of Saille, the Willow, a tree most sacred to the Moon. She drinks the sacred waters through her roots; she is wet and yet heals illness caused by too much water…arthritis, inflammation. It is from Willow bark that aspirin is derived. Baskets are made from the Willow, containers for food and for the dead. The Willow can take you to lands undiscovered, her connection to water and to dreams, is one reason she is both honored and feared.

Glowing heron BL         photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Dreams and visions belong to this tree and to the Moon, but especially the Moon in Saille. The Moon loves to be in the sign of Taurus, where she combines with the Earth and Venus to remind us of the lovely planet where we live.  Look deep into the Willow for wisdom from the cycles of the Moon, which are in a dance with the Sun. The lunar cycle is the twisting path around the straight road of the Sun.

Cooper's hawk copy                                    photo: Sarah Fuhro

It seems this tree, and this time of the year is also connected to the planet Mercury, because Saille is called the ‘Hawk on the Cliff.’ Hawk has a long connection to Mercury, and to King Arthur’s nephew: Gawain, or Gwalchmai, the ‘Hawk of May.’ This Moon embraces the fire festival of Beltane, May Eve, the mysteries of fertility and height of Spring energy. We have reduced Mercury to the rational, verbal side of the brain, and forgotten that he was also the magician, the messenger of the Sun. Mercury brings us dreams; he is ‘quicksilver,’ the trickster, the thief, the healer.

Goat Bruce BL                        Bruce Lhuillier

The chart for the moment of the new lunar cycle on Wednesday has some powerful combinations of planets. While Sun and Moon are exploring new territory in green and sensual Taurus, old business in the realm of Aries and Pisces trails behind. The combination of Mercury, Uranus and Eris in the fiery sign of Aries, suggests aggression, and impulsive choices. Mercury and Uranus can be a combination for original and revolutionary ideas, but there is so much impatience in the mix that nothing much will come of it without patience. However, Saturn watches from another fiery sign, Sagittarius. His energy can turn the impulsive, aggressive energy of the Aries trio into formal belief systems for the future. Don’t be afraid to plant the seeds of ideas you have during this period in the earthy soil of Taurus, so they can become gifts for the future.

New Moon in Taurus 2017

The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon gives further encouragement to our vision of future possibility. ‘The Woman of Samaria at the Ancestral Well. The meeting of the traditional past and the creative spirit point to the future.’ A New Quality of Being.This symbol refers to an important episode of the Christ story.

Early on, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at an ancient well. Samaritans were a group in conflict with the Jews, and she is not married. She lives on the fringe of her own society. But it is to this woman, that Jesus says: ‘I am He,’ (the Messiah). This is something he has not yet told his disciples, at least not in these words because they are not prepared for them. Jesus came to replace the old tribal order with a new order based on universal love. The woman of Samaria who was not of his tribe and who was not accepted as a full person in her own tribe could hear this message of evolutionary possibility.

The highest meets the lowest when the lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first where order has become chaos. The old order is never open to new revelation until it has accepted disorder in the name of Love.

I have adapted this from Dane Rudhyar: An Astrological Mandala.

“So the question today is: ‘What is this beauty that can save the world?’

It is in us.

The beauty that will save the world is generosity, it’s sharing, it’s compassion. All these values we think of as outdated, and yet, where do they lead to?

They lead to a tremendous energy,
the energy of love: And without love, there can be none.”

trans. from a TED talk given by Pierre Rabhi, Algerian-French, organic farmer and specialist in reversing the process of desertification.

fiddleheads                                 photo: Sarah Fuhro

This new Taurus Moon in this fiery moment sets a challenge for us to take a step forward into a new season, a new season of the heart. So many others are ready to take that step. if we reach out we can feel their hands grasp ours in a great circle of courage.

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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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.

ferns on log                                   Photo: Robert Fuhro

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.

mesopotamian-disk.                        Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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.

strange-old-town                                                               Photo: Bruce Lhuillier

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 Game of Beheading

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                 Gawain and the Green Knight

                              A New Moon in Sagittarius 2016

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A New The new Moon in Sagittarius ushers in the season of the Winter Solstice. Perhaps it is the promise of the Sun’s Return, which makes the theme of keeping a promise, central to this tale!  The Sabian Symbol for this degree gives a clue as to the intention of of the tale:

‘Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed.   Keynote: the alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life.’. Gawain’s steadfast honor holds up for most of the story, until he becomes afraid of his promise. .

Gawain and the Green Knight is sometimes called ‘The Beheading Game,’ another reference to the Sun’s appearance and disappearance on the wheel of the year.

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The tale give us a clue to some of the astrological and astronomical meaning of this event. The story takes place during two celebrations for Christmas and New Year.

A giant Green Knight appears on horseback (Sagittarius) in King Arthur’s Court during the extended feasting for Christmas (Solstice). In one hand is a Holly twig, a symbol for the story of the battle, which takes place between the Holly King and the Oak King at the Summer and Winter Solstices.

In the other hand he carries a huge axe!   He challenges any knight from the court to fight him; no one speaks up. Arthur steps forward to accept the invitation, but Gawain begs to take his place. The Giant steps off his horse and kneels with his neck exposed. Gawain cuts off his head, which rolls around the banquet hall.   As everyone looks on in horror, the Green Knight finds his head and claps it back on his neck. He challenges Gawain to find him next year at the Christmas season and receive a chop to his neck from the giant’s huge axe, which in this picture is decorated with images of Sagittarius!

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The year flies swiftly by, and at Samhain, Gawain sets off to find the Green Giant and receive his return chop. He straps on his shield, marked with a gold Pentacle, a symbol called ‘the endless knot.’ But know that the pentacle is also the symbol for the path of Venus through the sky.

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The giant refuses to give any location, except to look for a Green Chapel.   Gawain travels long and far to find to discover and meet the Green Knight. At last on a place on Christmas Eve, he discovers the castle of Lord Berilak, who  gives him shelter with a promise to take him to the Green Chapel in three days time.

He arrives at a castle where a friendly host, Lord Berilak  welcomes the weary traveler with feasting and music.   For the next three days the lord of the castle goes hunting, with the understanding that he will give Gawain whatever he receives that day, but Gawain must do the same with whatever he receives each day.

When the lord and his knights ride off hunting the beautiful lady of the castle comes into Gawain’s bed chamber, flirts with him and gives him a kiss. When the lord comes home he brings the deer he has killed on his hunt and receives a kiss from Gawain.   The third morning, the lady gives gives Gawain more kisses along with her silk and gem studded green belt, which she tells him will prevent injury. When the knight comes home with his hunting trophies, he receives from Gawain a kiss and a hug, but no belt, which he has hidden with hopes it will save his life from the Giant’s chop.

new-moon-in-sagittarius-2016This chart for the New Moon is a good representation of the hidden treasures in this story, as well as opportunities for the present moment.   The asteroid Juno sits at the exact degree of the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius. Juno speaks of the issues of marriage and the role of women in society, a hot issue in the United States during and after the election. This group in Sagittarius is ‘square’ the Virgo and Pisces Lunar Nodes. There is an issue of evolution here, which must be addressed. Women can take their power or fall back into martyrdom.

Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius) in Libra is a mark of the Justice, which must be met. Jupiter squares Venus and Pluto. There is great intensity around love, for whenever Venus and Pluto meet they reenact the Persephone and Hades story.  Gawain’s challenge comes in the form of his response to the Lady’s advances to him each day. Had he accepted more than a kiss from her, he would have breached the hospitality of his host, who disappears into the woods each morning.   There is a deep spiritual power (Jupiter) to the intensity and danger of love (Venus and Pluto) which the story and the chart illustrate.

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Gawain sets off to find the Green Chapel and accept his neck chop from the Green Giant. In Medieval times, the neck was seen as the connection between the head (reason) and the heart (courage and will). In the astrology chart for this moment, Mercury (reason) and Venus (heart) are ‘inconjunct,’ the right symbol for a ‘beheading game.’ because they cannot communicate even though they are in close proximity.

When the Giant appears Gawain kneels and exposes his neck, his vulnerability to the axe!

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The Giant brings down his great axe and Gawain trembles. The Giant laughs at him and calls him a coward. He swings again. This time Gawain is still, but no cut happens. Now Gawain is angry and challenges the Giant to get on with it. The Giant swings again, and this time nicks Gawain’s neck so that he bleeds. The Giant then explains that he is  Lord Berilak of the castle where Gawain stayed. Had his guest taken advantage of the Lady advances, he would have lost his head. He was honorable, but he did keep the Lady’s gift of the protective belt a secret, and for that reason he has received a small wound on his neck. Gawain is mortified by his own deception. He wears the Lady’s green belt across his chest as a symbol of his shame forever after. .

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Gawain and the Green Knight is the story of the Sun’s disappearance and appearance at the Solstice, but there is a much older story, the story of the battle for the Sun (the Head) which Gawain represents.   He is the Oak King who dies at the Summer Solstice and the Green Giant is the Holly King who is vanquished at the Winter Solstice when the Sun returns to the Northern Hemisphere.When the Green Knight appears in Arthur’s Court he carries a holly twig in his hand..Yet both are spared death.  This is a time to celebrate the Wheel of the Year with feasting and friendship. Enjoy every moment of it as we move from the dark castle of Scorpio to the Green Chapel of Sagittarius.

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.
Photo Credits:

Robert Fuhro  Heading: woodpecker

Bruce Lhuillier      Sword Hilt from the Philadelphia Museum

Bruce Lhuillier      The Snail

Battle Axe with Sagittarius images;   https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/43/d9/66/43d966314d250a00718f8c30438886ec.jpg

Bruce Lhuillier   Green Chapel

Bruce Lhuillier Axe Blade

Sarah Fuhro  Oak Leaf and Holly  Twig

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