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Each full Moon propels us to rock between two contrary seasons and ‘opposite’ signs!  For me, this spring has been an endless ricochet between the beauty of the earth held in the horns of Taurus,


and the deep wet chasm of death, Scorpio, washing through me,  which ties me up each spring between joy and despair!

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                                            photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The desire to hold on to the beauty of this moment, this time, is the the Taurus Sun.

Apple blossoms at Heard Farm

                                            photo: Sarah Fuhro

But the profound desire of Scorpio to understand mortality, to plunge into the depths of our spiritual nature held in this full Moon.   This is the measure of the art of Alchemy, which arises each spring in my heart:

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.’ August Wilson


                                                            Painting: George Hallowell     photo: Bruce Lhuillier

As an angel, Michael seems to have an ethereal approach to his battle with a snarky demon, but for most of us, it’s not so easy.   This battle is reflected in the astrology chart for the full Moon with Saturn and Pluto in friendly relations with both Moon and Sun.  They demand our attention, perhaps to say:  ‘you are making to much of your demons.’

Full Moon in Scorpio 2019

All this reflected in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Moon:   The King of the fairies approaching his domain. …..beyond both outer nature and the realm of the proud ego, a spiritual world exists to which the intuitive consciousness of man can pay allegiance.  This is the deep work of Scorpio.   And this is the Desire body which all Western mystery traditions hope to develop in us.  It is our ability to sense spiritual messages in the material body, which is part of this tradition.   Scorpio is often associated with sexuality because in moments of intense love making we understand, through the body’s pleasure,  that our spirit has no boundaries.

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                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Taurus Sun and season is talking of Desire for something, someone outside of ourselves. Love in the spring season (Taurus); when everything is about love, is ruled by the Lady of Love herself, Venus.  At this moment Venus is also in the sign of Taurus, and she is in the company of that crazy planet, Uranus, who says there are always new ways to be yourself.  Venus and Taurus make a nice aspect to Mars, Scorpio’s ruler.  So it seems that the desire of Taurus and the desire of Scorpio speak to each other at this moment of full expression!


                                               photo: Robert Fuhro

Mercury, the magician, the healer, the speaker is whispering in the ear of the Taurus Sun on Saturday evening.   The full Moon opens us to greater depths of communication.  Scorpio Moon asks us to explore what moonlight has to offer in familiar places.  Instead of holding tight to the days of spring unfolding, I will try to open my hand to the message of wider light and meaning…

fungus Moon

                                   photo: Bruce Lhuillier


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. For an appointment call 508 652 9880 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.  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.

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A full Moon pulls excitement from the Earth into the light of  travel and wonder, and reflects it back to earth.  The opposition of the Aries Sun and Libra Moon is charged with the full power of Mars and Venus, but other players add to the tumult as well.  

NY street                                             photo: SarahFuhro

In New York, visiting  friends and art exhibits, the light and dark of this moment were everywhere.  I visited the Miro exhibit and saw his range of Venus and Mars expressed in a very particular alphabet he invented, almost as notes on a scale!

Miro alphabet                                              Joan Miro

The next day I wandered through the Tolkien  exhibit to see his play with a language he retrieved from the Elves, and images of magical power of the forest.


J.R.R._Tolkien_-_Fangorn_Forest                calligraphy and painting JRR Tolkien

What are we to do with in this time of blossom and new green leaves?  With a chart so full of contradictions, and the energy of upheaval, and sudden reversal, we can rejoice  in the note of harmony, love and balance of the harmonious Libra Moon.

full Moon in Libra 2019


The most perilous forms of balance are the feats I perform to go deep into new and unknown territory,  while I try to keep a firm hold on the Earth’s tender brown hands.   At this full Moon, Uranus shakes the Sun from a few steps away.  Uranus has just recently moved into the sign of Taurus.  Taurus is an Earth sign with sacred connections to the age of the goddess, the feminine.    The destruction of Nôtre Dame feels like a deep wound  to the energy of the earth and to the Lady who inspired this masterwork.  The beautiful beams of the cathedral were made of wood from Beech trees. Those beams were constructed to recall forest groves in  which  people gathered to celebrate and worship.  Beech trees this size no longer exist in the forests of Europe or America.

Beech trees in color          photo: Robert Fuhro

A few degrees from the Sun, is the asteroid,  Eris. She is a point  of chaos and opportunity.    Nôtre Dame in flames– I know full well that nothing this deeply embedded in our hearts and psyches can be be ‘replaced! or ‘renovated.’ I am left with the terrible realization that through this loss, the earth is changed forever in ways we cannot fathom. Pluto, the great transformer,  conspires with Eris to to shake the foundation of this moment.  Our fears can devour our creativity if we are not aware of them.

dark demon BL .jpg                                        painting: © Bruce Lhuillier

Moments after the full Moon in Libra, the ‘silver wheel’, moves into the sign of Scorpio.   After an attempt to balance a very difficult trio, Sun, Uranus and Eris, the Moon stands on the threshold of an exact opposition to revolutionary Uranus.  This may be the moment  when we see through a veil we have constructed.   In Scorpio we give up on pretense. In cosmic wisdom,  Scorpio follows Libra in the zodiac.  The Libran effort to make everything beautiful and balanced is cast off. The Moon will begin the long journey towards a new cycle, releasing all she accumulated from the past two weeks.  A Scorpio Moon is a good time to clean and sort what is to be kept and what is no longer needed.

Demon Wars

Many battles won or lost,

take place in moonlight,

when the big hoop

is caught in a tree top.


Tonight was my battle,

into the morning hour,

when birds mark location,

and speak of their intention.


These battles end in draw,

no end,  no beginning.

No winner will be

announced to the world,

yet all is changed.

Sarah Fuhro  April 2018

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The door BL                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

At the moment of the full Moon on Saturday, we stand before a door, which will open into an experience of deep examination. This is a moment of initiation into a new life perspective. What is our qualification to enter this portal and begin a journey? Neptune, the planet of waters will test us. He represents our guide into the depths of our work on the material and spiritual plane.   Do we qualify to enter the door?   Nothing in our culture prepares us for this step; this is the work of the cosmos in a dance with our planet’s soul.

dancing petroglyph              photo: Sarah Fuhro

Ceres, the Earth Mother stands on the other side of the chart. in Leo.   What is our responsibility to the planet, never mind the cosmos?   She too will examine us before we enter the door and begin our membership in this new community. Like the figures in this petroglyph, which I saw in a desert canyon, we are dancers in a huge circle of interconnected life. Travel in the desert jolted me between the worlds of spirit and material forms.   The full Moon in Taurus drags us into the vibration of this alternating current.

Full Moon in Taurus 2017


The symbols of plus and minus which decorate the magical door in the picture above tell us that balance is the way into this new world. Venus, who is the ruler of the Taurus full Moon is exactly opposite Uranus. planet of the the sudden change.   Uranus is in a degree symbolized as ‘A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold.’   It is a warning about becoming overcome by consciousness of our own potential.   When we come through a difficult transition and are faced with a new set of possibilities, there is a danger of falling into confusion.

ghost tree                                                   photo: Sarah Fuhro

Scorpio, the sign of the Sun and Taurus, the sign of the Moon are both associated with sexuality, but two different kinds of sexuality.   The Moon’s sign Taurus is about fertility and associated with the festival of Beltane (May Day) when babies are conceived and all the world is full of flowers and love.   The Sun sign Scorpio is about the dark side of sexuality and its association with death.   Mars, life force and sexuality rules this sign. It is sexuality with consequences. Samhain, (Hallowe’en) is celebrated in this sign. Death is recognized. The ancestors who journeyed before us are honored.   Yet there is dark potential here as well as death. For this is the season of seeds, and next year’s Beltane is held in what can sometimes look like a shroud or a casket!

Milkweed - Version 2                          photo: Robert Fuhro

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The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.
















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Aries bahhh relief BLPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

The Sun is in Aries, the Warrior King. The Sun likes to be in this sign of spring energy. He shines well from Aries, and it’s not surprising that this is the full Moon, which marks Easter and Passover, holidays of rebirth which take place after containment and suffering. The symbol for Aries is the Ram’s horns. This is a full Moon often associated with war as we have seen over the last days. We entered the war with Iraq (March 20, 2003) just as the Sun entered Aries at the time of the full Moon.   But that war energy can always be transformed into other more constructive forms of life energy, if we have the patience and consciousness.

The Sun is jostled and pressured by Eris and Uranus, or Chaos and Revolution. They are a potent combination for a shake up, both collective and personal. Like clay and bread dough, our Sun is everywhere being pummeled, kneaded, wedged into new shapes.

‘There is no place where those striving after consciousness could find absolute safety. Doubt and insecurity are indispensible components of a complete life.’ (Carl Jung)

knotted wood and mossPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Like this much-weathered bit of wood, the forces at work on the Sun, and so our consciousness are many. Yet this is the basis for new life forms like the moss to flourish.

Libra Full Moon

Uranus is not the only revolutionary in the chart of the full Moon. Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, is in a square to this spring time Sun. He turns over the soil to expose what is buried beneath, because that is where his kingdom is located. Pluto doesn’t let us forget what we can’t see or would rather not see. Bugs and grubs are probably feasting on this log where it still has moisture and life. The waves and tides of what shaped the bones of a living tree remain in a beautiful design.

A complete life does not consist in a theoretical completeness, but in the fact that one accepts, without reservation, the particular fatal issue in which one finds oneself embedded, and that one tries to make sense of it or to create a cosmos from the chaotic mess into which one is born.’ (Carl Jung)

pebbles in the StreamPhoto: Robert Fuhro

Venus, traveling in reverse is feeling the power of Saturn. These two are often in conflict and many stories tell the repressive power of Saturn (patriarchy) upon Venus. Yet the signs of these two planets might tell of another story, perhaps the basis for Merlin and Nimue. Each taught the other their style of magic, which gave immortality to both.

Merlin and Nimue

Saturn in Sagittarius is the wise philosopher. Venus in Pisces so very close the Chiron the healer, might actually be an expression of love at a higher level of expression. Pisces and Sagittarius are in charge of universal love, a steadfast love that exists from one lifetime to another, but always in a different form.

Pomme star BLUEPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

This is the season when the Maiden, Persephone returns from Pluto’s kingdom in the Underworld.   Held captive by the Lord of Darkness, she is now Queen of the Dead, except when she returns to greet her mother the Earth.

Aphrodite   Sarah Fuhro

In the core of our apple,

we call the planet earth,

dwells the great polestar

of the underworld-

Lord of Change,

Transformer eternal,

Hades himself.

With each breath

he draws into his lungs

the Universe is born anew.

His trumpet voice penetrates

where justice has been forgotten.

Hades alone has the key

to every rusted lock.

Why then,

did Lady Aphrodite,

bright and beautiful

among all the gods,

so lightly appoint

dark scowling Hades

for the maiden,

Persephone–to be her

chosen spouse?

Whoever has walked

across a freshly plowed

field at twilight

and raised loving eyes

to see the crescent

Moon adorned

by the evening star,

you are entering

the drama which

has no beginning

and knows no end.

Once more the Maiden

returns pure and slender

to be gathered like wheat

in the brown arms

of her grieving mother.

Once more we are freed

from the dark shelter

of womb and grave,

because the Maiden has

risen to embrace and dance

upon the greening earth.

leaf heartPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

But what of this full Moon in Libra? She is more than a reflection of the beleaguered Sun in Aries. She watches with Jupiter from across the chart and across the sky. If the sky is clear they will be visible as they travel together the next few days.

golden jupiter BLPhoto: Bruce Lhuiller

Jupiter like the Lady Venus is also in retrograde. He went retrograde in February opposite those two change agents, Uranus and Eris, who at this full Moon nestle up to the Aries Sun. Jupiter in Libra, ‘Cosmic Optimism’ for the besieged Aries Sun has kept some balance in a world of uncertainty. But now the Moon must hold that balance.

finger to the Moon BLPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

The Moon is the point of an astrological pattern called a Yod or Finger of God.   Creating the energy for this Yod are the Venus/Chiron combination and Mars and Demeter in Taurus. This powerful combination of Venus in conjunction with the healer, Chiron and Mars in partnership with the earth mother, has the potential for a very focused ritual of Earth love and healing.

ravens in skyPhoto: Robert Fuhro

The Sabian Symbol for this lovely Libra Moon is: ‘A child giving birds a drink at a fountain.’

It seems like a perfect combination with the Symbol for the Sun in Aries: ‘The gate to the Garden of all fulfilled desires. Abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation. Cosmic optimism.’

gate colorPhoto: Bruce Lhuillier

With each turn of the cosmic sky we have the opportunity to enter a new gate, and discover new worlds of possibility!

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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greenways-pathThis New Moon takes place with many planets near the end of their stay in a sign.   It’s as if they are all packing up to move on at the same time. Since this is also the Moon of the Chinese New Year. We can expect, a kind of crazy luckiness, which is also reflected in a year of Jupiter (luck) opposite Uranus (crazy)!


Sun and Moon are an exception as they rendezvous in early Aquarius The degree of the Sun and new Moon has a special connection to the activism felt on all sides through out the country:

‘A flag is seen turning into an eagle   Keynote: The dynamic incorporation of new social values in individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and greatest significance of these values.’



new-moon-iin-aquarius-2017There is a theme of opposites in harmonious connection at this time. Venus and Mars nestle together at the end of Pisces. Mars is at the very last degree of Pisces, the very last degree in the very last sign of the zodiac. Venus is not far from him and Chiron the healer is trailing close behind. They are ready to head into the high energy of zone of Aries. It feels as if spring is here before January is over, yet we who live in Northern lands know that winter and spring can dance in each other’s territory.

Jupiter and Saturn, another pair of opposing planets are also in a friendly relationship to one another. ‘Use us both!’ they seem to say….Saturn is in the sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is in Libra, where Saturn finds a lot of satisfaction. Perhaps the planets are teaching us how to negotiate to get what we want.

This day begins the Moon of Rowan, called ‘Luis’ in the Celtic Moon Calendar. Rowan is a tree of magic, and of protection from enchantment. Runes were inscribed upon staves cut from the Rowan tree. And the name ‘rune’ comes from the name of the tree. Further protection can be found on the red berry of the Rowan which is marked on the bottom with a pentacle, the symbol of protection.

Tice-jewelshe festival of Imbolc follows this new Moon and sacred to the Rowan tree. This is the celebration of newborn lambs. Imbolc means ewe’s milk and is a holiday dedicated to the goddess Bride. It’s about light, growing light, about the strength of the green beneath the February snow. If you walk into the woods there is a mysterious coolness without wind. It comes from the white garments of Bride as she prepares the earth for new life.

Imbolc         Sarah Fuhro

Full Moon is buried in our lungs.

She breathes with us.

Heart beats in a hurry
to keep in time,

with the passage of sweet fog.

The cold air fills and empties
the magic chest,

treasure box
held within,

the holy ghost,
the spirit place,

the temple,
the toolbox,

the home sweet home.

The White Lady draws nigh,

twilight fills in her footsteps.

Feel her furry breath, as she approaches.

She leaves muddy tracks
in the new snow,

and promises that someday, one day,

when she consents, spring will be here,

hot, with chill overtones.

Soundless, the Lady is the moss under crystal,

thin February glass on small ponds.

She is the bird of early arrival,

the fox,
as he leaves his lair to venture forth

on a cold morning with breakfast in mind,

after long hunger.

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

Sarah Fuhro    Path at Greenways

Robert Fuhro   Bald Eagle

Robert Fuhro   Ice Drops


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lepiotaI have been waiting for this full Moon with curiosity, excitement and anticipation! It has a heavy footprint on my own chart, and will be felt by all of us as a universal moment of choice. Early Sunday morning the full Moon in Aries will shine her light on a powerful set of planetary players.

The Moon is close to the earth at this full Moon. This is sometimes called a ‘Super Moon.’ We can expect high tides in the ocean and high tides in our inner seas!

This highly energized (Aries) Moon will settle on Uranus and Eris who have come together, to set the tone for the last year, and will continue to create surprise and the need for creative response. ‘How high can you jump’? and How high can you jump, if you are not in balance?  might be the theme of this combination.

Uranus was the first planet discovered by telescope, and so has a connection to technologyfull-moon-in-aries-2016 in astrological language. The discovery took place during the French Revolution, which changed the Western mindset, from a long established agreement of feudal hierarchy to a belief in the unlimited possibility of human potential. Uranus is seen as a planet of individuation, an activator of each person’s identity, which goes beyond family, nation, religion. An occult revolution also took place around that time, and astrology transformed into a method of understanding our individual identity.

Now Uranus brings us together as a human race through the communication possible on the Internet, and astrology is once more focused on larger issues than the individual. Uranus is called the higher octave of Mercury. How will I listen to another level of wisdom, during this Uranus connection to the full Moon?

stone-headHow will we each communicate what we hear? We need both sides of this full Moon opportunity, the balance and deep understanding of Justice is the gift of the Libra Sun, and the vital energy and stamina of Aries Moon.   Sun is consciousness. Moon balances direct light with reflected light, an opportunity to see what we cannot see in the luminosity of day.

The Sun’s sign is connected to Venus, the Moon’s sign belongs to Mars. The two strands of energy, male and female, Yin and Yang bind together the Universe, and are stretched tight. The message is to combine the two impulses and reap the benefit of their combination at this precious moment in time.

The close companion of Uranus is Eris. She was discovered in 2005, and named for the sister of Aries. It was Eris who threw the Golden Apple into a gathering of goddesses and caused strife between them over who was the most beautiful.

The meeting between Uranus (the revolutionary) and Eris (goddess of discord and chaos) gives us the opportunity to think in new ways, perhaps to begin redefining what it is to be human. The full Moon turns our eyes toward the combination of these two, highly energized planets and how they can be understood and accessed for transformation, if we are conscious of their potential.

Mars and Pluto are in conjunction, another indicator of great potential for violence or for birth! Can we hold this much energy without chaos and violence? The potential for healing is indicated in the lunar nodes. They suggest we focus upon healing at both a universal and personal level.

Is it possible to empty ourselves of fear and anxiety; blocks, which do not allow us to see possibility or to live to our greatest potential?  Ceres, the Earth Mother is up there with the Moon, Uranus and Eris. The Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s degree (23° Aries) gives a clue to the gifts available to us: Blown Inward By The Wind, The Curtains Of An Open Window Take The Shape Of A Cornucopia.’   The Sabian symbol for the Sun’s degree (23° Libra) A Butterfly With A Third Wing On Its Left Side‘ says a third awakening is imminent. If we accept our energy and potential creativity from this passage towards our evolution as children of the earth, we could celebrate this time under this Moon into a dance of universal growth and peace!


Photo Credits:

Heading: Bruce Lhuillier
Lepiota: Robert Fuhro
Stone Head: Robert Fuhro
Setting Sun Dancers: 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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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
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.

heart-shaped-trees                                                                            All photos: Bruce Lhuillier

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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‘Overcoming Crises with Compassion’


la-me-ln-eclipse-observatory-20150927Do you remember that amazing full lunar eclipse, last September 27th? Were you able to watch it that bright evening?   We are about to have its mirror image, in penumbral form, on Wednesday, March 23rd.   If you live on the East coast of North America, you will see the beginning stages of the eclipse (5:30 am) before she sets as the Sun rises.

Both lunar eclipses are within a degree of each  other, but in opposite signs. We get to taste both ends of the spectrum, which ushers in the equinox season. If you combine the two charts, you get a new Moon experience in both Aries and Libra in the form of a full Moon! !

What do you remember from that period of your life? What needs to be repaired or revisited?

Both the fall and spring equinox partake of the balance between dark and light; both are a Full Moon in Libra 2016time of shift in season. Yet the spring season is full of the fire of the constellation of Aries, which the Sun entered last Saturday night, and we are ready to plant the seeds we harvested in September. Aries is a sign ruled by Mars, this particular Mars is in the more considered sign of Virgo, and is opposite Neptune. This is a far less fiery and self righteous Mars than the Sagittarian warrior of September.

Venus, the ruler of the Moon’s sign, Libra is in close connection to Neptune. Neptune is often called the higher, less personal aspect of Venus. This is universal love, the big picture, the mystic’s version of Venus.

feeding pigeonsMaybe this is where we should pay attention the identical Uranus in both charts. He is at 19° of Aries …in September he was in retrograde, and now moves in a straightforward direction. Here is the very beautiful Sabian Symbol for that potent degree, which unites these two charts at the point of individuation! ‘A young girl feeding birds in winter’ Keynote: ‘Crises in compassion.’

It feels as if we are at a crossroads, we either face our challenges with fear and loathing, or with the compassion we want for ourselves.  This seems to be a the theme of this year’s election campaign, and the latest events in the refugee crisis.

two of cups RW deckThe Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon in their moment of perfect manifestation in opposition to one another continues the theme of love and healing. The Sun at 4° Aries presents the picture ‘Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk, Keynote: the progressive polarization of energies needed for fulfilling one’s life function.’ What does this mean?

Perhaps it can better be experienced than said: The Two of Cups in the Rider Waite deck might express it visually.   Each full Moon is a moment where energies in opposition come together, not to blend, but to fulfill the promise of the polarity.

The full Moon at 4° Libra is: ‘Around a campfire, a group of young people sit in spiTemperance Arthurianritual communion. KEYNOTE: The necessity to unite with kindred spirits as one enters unbeaten paths illumined by the still-insecure light of a dawning intuition of new values.‘  ‘The still insecure light’ might be the light of this lunar eclipse!

Jupiter and Saturn are in square to each other at this full Moon.   This has the quality of expansion and compression in conflict or discomfort, when you can’t catch your breath, you have the wind is knocked out of you, asthma?   Through the gentle recall of breath, meditation, patience we return to the center. Harmony is regained in more creative form, like an accordion? like singing?

Calling All Choir with Mark Growden at St. Gregory's on De Haro

Calling All Choir with Mark Growden at St. Gregory’s on De Haro

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 Bovine Full Moon

Tuesday we celebrate the full Moon in Taurus. It is said that the Moon loves to be in the sign of Taurus.  Those born with Moon in Taurus take comfort and wisdom from the Moon, and their mothers.  It’s only when the Sun is in Scorpio that the Moon is FULL in Taurus. This is nice prelude to Samhain or Halloween!  We have a beautiful full Taurus Moon to take us into the dark side of the year!

South Sudanese children from the Dinka ethnic group pose at cattle camp in the town of Yirol, in central South Sudan on February 12, 2014. UN leader Ban Ki-moon condemned on February 12 what he said was the use of cluster bombs in the war in South Sudan, a day after the opening of peace talks between South Sudan's government and rebels. Troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and renegade soldiers who support his former vice president Riek Machar have been battling since mid-December. AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI

What makes the MOON so comfortable in Taurus, you might wonder!   If you look at this picture of cows and young herders in Africa, you will get a clue. The horns of cows look like the waxing and waning crescents of the Moon!

glyph for Taurus

The glyph for Taurus is a cow’s head and horns. This is a sign, which honors the Moon goddess and her sacred bull, the constellation Taurus.  When the Moon is full in Taurus, it is the season of Samhain when the constellation Pleiades rises at the time of sunset.   When the Sun is in Taurus, it is the season of Beltane when the Pleiades set in the evening.  This rising and falling of the Pleiades was of tremendous significance to many ancient people.

Egyptians pictured the sign and the crescent in their crown when the Upper and Lower Kingdoms were united.   The Rider Waite Tarot deck has decorated the High Priestess’ headdress in the same way.   The High Priestess represents the Moon.

crescent head dress

the High Priestess

Taurus is an Earth sign, but the full Moon of Taurus is always across the chart from the water sign of Scorpio. They are signs ‘in opposition.’  Yet they work together as fresh rain on the dry earth!  Or a bath for a thirsty cow!

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Melissa Sinclair livestock apprentice and Matt Auld stockman, prepare seven year old Maisie the Highland cow ahead of the International Highland Cattle Show being held at Pollock Country Park on September 15, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 17th in the grounds of the park, with 30 breeders from across the UK attending with more than 100 head of cattle competing in 12 classes, to win the supreme champion. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Mars is the ruler of Scorpio, while Taurus has Venus as ruler. Mars and Venus are represent contrary forms of energy. Mars pushes out, Venus draws in. All of this reminds us that with each full Moon we have the opportunity to receive and accept oppositions, and to see them as halves of whole. Scorpio gives us the opportunity to explore death, to dig deep, and to face mystery and truth.   Scorpio energy is relentless, often obsessive in its goals. Here we can really see the energy of Mars as ian outward inclined force in water.

Full Moon in Taurus 2015In the chart of the full Moon moment on October 27th we can find the theme of Venus vs. Mars developed further in the Libra/Aries Lunar Nodes which look like this:lunar nodes

The nodes mark the site of eclipses and we just experienced a very exciting total lunar eclipse with a Libra (Venus ruled) Sun-Aries (Mars is ruler) Moon.

And further into this male female polarity, we have a Venus/Mars conjunction, which, along with Jupiter has been a stunning sight just before dawn for many weeks.

When Mars and Venus are in conjunction in a natal chart, there is tremendous charm set into the character. This would be even more visible with Jupiter’s presence.   And to further the theme, we have an exact opposition from Chiron to Venus the central figure of this trio. Mars and Venus were lovers, but often on opposite sides of controversy.   Which brings us back to the issue:what will a Taurus full Moon feel like to those of us who watch from below?

In ancient times all the gods had to be honored, even though one or two might be celestial patrons. To overlook or worse yet,Aphrodite and Aries to insult one of them could bring heavy consequences. This is where Chiron, who watches Mars, Venus and Jupiter from across the chart, might come in. He was not visible to the ancient world, but he is named after the great physician, the centaur, Chiron. And in the tradition of homeopathy, he often cured with herbs or rituals which might seem oppositional to the goal of healing. In order to identify and reconcile our Venus/Mars imbalance we need to have the objectivity of Chiron, the healer. Do we have too much of one kind of energy (outgoing or inner movement), do we disdain the values of one and constantly return to the methods and focus of the other? Societies and individual humans tend to favor one side of the equation over the other. Honor the male and female aspect of your psyche and you give free reign to both Aries (Mars) and Aphrodite (Venus) who offer unique responses and resources in times of trouble and confusion.  Below is a picture of Venus and Mars celebrating their marriage with a pleased cow looking on, and with an elderly man (Saturn?) approving in the background!

Japanese bridal couple Arisa Chi (2L) and her new husband Kenji Yoshida standing behind a cow after their wedding ceremony on the foggy Mount First (2168m/7113ft) in the Swiss Alpine resort of Grindelwald August 6, 2010. In Grindelwald, the small town below the gray crag of the Eiger North Face, shop signs bear Kanji characters, the train station's main platform is bustling with Japanese tourists, and a chalet is even called Nagano, the same name as the mountainous region of Japan that hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998. Japanese are among the most numerous overseas tourists in Switzerland, and their presence has given rise to businesses catering to their tastes -- including weddings. Picture taken August 6. To match Reuters Life! SWISS-JAPAN/TOURISM REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) - RTR2H6CY

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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