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This full Moon in Pisces arrives to mend some of the painful heat of the solar eclipse.   The angry, hot fire of the Mars Sun combination in Leo, cools down in earthy Virgo and watery Pisces, soothed by a Pisces Neptune as a healing companion to the Moon.

Two Water Lilliesphoto: Robert Fuhro

The best effects of the Leo Solar Eclipse, are held in Neptune, the healing companion. Neptune’s Sabian Symbol is: ‘An ancient sword, used in many battles is displayed in a museum.’ Will Power, is the key to this degree. It was will power channeled through the loving heart of Leo, which kept the heat from burning into destruction. So many people spoke to me of the glowing cinders left from this eclipse. Fire and a sword seemed inevitable, but the sword seems to have been the surgeon’s blade, and the fire cauterized the wound.

Connor with swordsphoto: Sarah Fuhro

The warrior Mars who was close companion to the Sun at the time of the eclipse has moved into quiet, earth-bound Virgo.

Venus, lady of love is at an exact degree of Leo to be in sync with Sun and Moon and Neptune, yet at a strange angle, where you have to search to find her.

Mercury remains in Leo, newly released from his retrograde motion at the exact degree where the eclipse took place. Perhaps he will give us further information about the significance of this nationwide event that held so many of us enthralled, watching the sky. It’s a nice synchronicity that the degree of the eclipse, and of Mercury’s entry into direct motion tells a story of a ‘mermaid who emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form.’ Now we have a full Moon in close connection to Neptune, king of seas.

Full Moon in Pisces

The Leo Venus is at a degree, which is about the self-actualization of the human soul.   The message is to ‘let the soul speak out!’   There are consequences to be paid when the true nature, power and desire of the soul are obstructed. How can you let some part of yourself be expressed at this time of fullness?   Where can you find a deep reflection of your soul’s singular message in nature?

winter clematisphoto: Sarah Fuhro

When you follow the Moon’s cycle and the seasons of the year, a deep and pervasive alignment with creativity takes place.   Magical events occur when there is a conversation with the mystery of the world. Perhaps the heavy hand of Pluto in earthy trine to the Sun will help us to see the weight of this and each precious moment of the Moon’s journey each month. The asteroid Pallas Athena in earth sign Taurus makes the third point of this triangle which speaks of the earth’s bounty and graciousness.

grapesphoto: Sarah Fuhro

 

Rabbit       Sarah Fuhro

Rabbit tells me that summer

is finished and harvest

comes next.

All the burnt offerings

to the sun paid off in results

no one could predict in springtime.

 

This bunny bounds over the dead logs

that block the forest path. The bushes

that have ripened each week stop rabbit

not at all from her crazy zig-zag.

The sound of her little forest feet

is like the beating of my heart,.

Her excietement is in my stomach,

in my guts and loins as I pick up

my scattered traveling trunk.

 

Little rabbit leaps

like the wild grape vine,

now here and now there.

Tiny green witch hands

of the vine grasp hooks

which spell out in the end: spiral.

 

Seems so sudden, the dusty grape

takes precedence over the berry,

and the Salmon thinks–return.

 

The Salmon remembers the pool

of the hazel nuts, still far away,

but available for renewal, to heal

a worn out journey, taken in heat

that now seems so wearisome.

 

Bunny in leavesphoto: Robert 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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 I am here to live out loud’   Emile Zola

Once again, Moon in the sky fills with light as she lines up opposite the Sun to offer us the energy of full tides, and the dark lantern of night travel. She is no longer the crescent canoe, but now is a full masted ship ready to set sail for places we only dream to travel.

Inuit boatAbraham Anghik Ruben (Inuit)   Passage of Spirits   ‘Caribou Antler Sails represent either swirling firmament or smoke that issues from lamps, lighting the way in a dark universe.’ photo: Sarah Fuhro from the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.

Moon and the Sun are once more at the ‘Master Builder degree of 22°.   This is a degree of fulfillment, available to those who grasp their mission in life, to those who have the courage to reach out and transform their talents into gifts of creative imagination and mastery.

The Sabian Symbol for this full Moon is: ‘ A Lion tamer displays his skill and character. The need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny. Resoluteness and Patience. This is the degree of the artist, who must take raw energy, talent, life force and turn it with great resolve and patience into a gift on the material plane.

The Lion Tamer                  Photo: Sarah Fuhro from the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco

As with the Moon’s degree symbol, the degree of the Sun at this moment also connects to ‘vital energies:’ ‘ A ‘materializing’ medium giving a séance. The ability to give of one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires. Substantiation. ‘ Again we are asked to dive into the spiritual/non material world and return with a material gift.   Is this the role of the Moon in our lives? Her light does not work in the way of sunlight, but she marks and teaches time, tide, yearning, and the inspiration of mystery. Poetry comes from her.

The Medium                   Nicolas Africano (Untitled)   DeYoung Museum, San Franciso photo: Sarah Fuhro

Is this the Moon who tells us that to manifest something we need ‘resolve’ and ‘patience’? That seems clear enough, but what is ‘vital energy’? The Moon degree is suggests that we have to take charge of our life force. The Sun’s degree is about the need to utilize that vital energy! The character of Virgo and Pisces are in a strange dance at this degree. Virgo must tame and polish vital energy; Pisces must give it away!

And we are not done with the Master Builder degree in this chart!   Uranus and Eris, revolution and chaos, are also at a 22° point. They stand at 22° of Aries, the constellation of ‘vital energy’.  The Sabian Symbol for this delicate point in the chart is:  ‘A pregnant woman in a light summer dress. Fecundity. Inner Fulfillment.’ How do we handle revolution and chaos?   Can we see its fecundity?   Or do we get lost in the anxiety of travel in a strange land? Blessed Jupiter lies opposite this pair. He optimizes the potential of this vital life force through his tilt of the scales (he is in Libra) towards light and balance.

Pregnant woman                Rudy Autio   Electric Beach   DeYoung Museum   photo: Sarah Fuhro

And there are other forces at work as well.   Chiron (the healer) and Pallas Athena (the wise one) snuggle up to the Sun in Pisces. This full Moon offers the gift of focus, resolve and patience as the healing force in the midst of drastic change. Venus moves away in retrograde motion towards old dreams, values; love that was left behind.

Full Moon in Virg 2017

Saturn, makes a square to Sun, Moon, Chiron and Pallas Athena. He holds the reins between their opposition.   Here is his Sabian Symbol, and the resolve of what may feel like oppositional forces: ‘An old bridge over a beautiful stream is still in constant use.’ Beautiful Necessity.’

Bricge at NOLA                photo: Bruce Lhuillier     Bridge in New Orleans Municipal Park

When Saturn and Chiron are in square. there is a great conflict between authority (Saturn) and authentic healing (Chiron). The old Saturnic way of dealing with trauma is to bury it, and to move onward. Authority has demanded this on the grounds of survival, but now that route is visible as a blind alley. We can feel this in the political theater around us. The wounded economy, ecology, health and justice system are bleeding. Repression will not solve the problems we face. Those entrusted with leadership display deep wounds, the first step towards healing. The necessity for authentic response becomes a matter of life and death. Chiron square Saturn hits us in a volley between what we know we each can do and the price we might have to pay for taking a leadership position. Saturn stands over us, daring us to move out of our comfort zone into the transformative mode of self-healing.

Saturn                            Viola Frey Man Observing Series   DeYoung Museum 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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The Full Moon in Pisces arrives Friday, September 16, with a healer, Chiron the centaur. If this Lunar Eclipse has a strong connection to your chart, you may experience an up swelling of pain from past experiences, but the remedy comes with the pain. We are not left to doctor ourselves, yet we must be partners in the healing process.

Mars is in square to the Sun and Moon and he has his own centaur companion, Pholus. Both Pholus and Chiron are visitors, possibly temporary visitors from outside the solar system. Each offer healing and transformation of some deep, dark aspects of our shared human experience. They seem to be connected to the ancestral realms and generational healing. They challenge us to look at tyranny, in the family, and inner dialogue.

Physical punishment, shame, and humiliation, were accepted methods of teaching children, in the home, in the school, and in religious doctrine.  They  now seem traumatic. Patriarchy and its rules of how and whom to love have begun to crumble.   Chiron and Pholus tell us there is a wound, but it must be observed, and not judged for it to heal. Will we dissolve into the tears and fears of Pisces, offering ourselves as victim and martyr, or, like the serpent in the picture above, come to accept our whole Self?  That means allowing our less beautiful, less developed facets to be included in the circle.

two-of-cupsThe serpent is part of the symbol of healing as we see in the Two of Cups. It is a reflection of our nervous system and way it wraps around the spine. But healing can only happen when there is balance. This morning a quote in French arrived in my email. The quote was by Dr. Edward Bach, the English physician who developed flower essence therapy. I was startled because it seemed so much in tune with this full Moon chart. ‘La santé dépend de notre état d’harmonie avec notre âme.’ (Health depends upon upon our harmony with our soul.)

 

 

How can harmony with the soul be depicted? The square between Saturn and Neptunefull-moon-in-pisces suggests both imagination (Neptune) and focused effort (Saturn) are involved. And then there is love, and with Venus in the sign of balance, Libra, we can take what we have learned from pain (Chiron and the Moon) and transform it through our own creativity and love. This Venus is opposite the energized combination of Uranus and Eris. We must heal our own way, despite what may feel like chaos.

 

Here is a friend’s message from the morning’s mail:  

twisty-tree-sepia“It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.”       Wendell Berry 

 This chart contains the pain and the remedy, the wound and the balm. In this way we come to know ourselves as wise healers. A doctor studies disease in order to heal it, but we may have to study health in order to heal as well.

edward-bachEurope, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica will see this lunar eclipse. But we all know its power to make us feel wounded and vulnerable (Pisces Moon) and powerfully healed (Virgo Sun).   The Virgo Pisces Lunar Nodes are found in the charts of many healers, Dr. Bach was one of them. He gave up a powerful practice and reputation to go into the countryside and developed the healing power of flowers, something simple and available to the poor folk of depression eara Britain.  He believed all illness began at the etheric (emotional) level, and must be healed through the soul power of flowers and sunshine.

The theme of vulnerability and creative response  is repeated in the Saturn /Neptune square, exact at this time.  We can experience this combination as fear and anxiety or creative opportunity put into tangible form.

Jupiter (ruler of the Pisces Moon) has recently entered Libra.   The Sabian symbol for his degree speaks of the themes of this chart:

‘The transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed-realizations of the forever creative spirit.’     keynote: ‘A repolarization of inner energies leading to a creative centralization of consciousness.’

enigmebody Like the sphinx we are heart and head, lion and lady.

Don’t feel just part of this full Moon chart, feel all of it, pain and healing! The Lunar Eclipse will devour the Moon, our feeling receptacle, but she will emerge triumphant and beautiful at the end The lemniscate over the Lady’s head offers the same process we began with, in knowing and acceptance of our whole person, we are eternal.

All Photos: Bruce Lhuillier

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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‘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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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.

pond at Mainstone

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.

Full Moon in Virgo 2016

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

 

BIrch Grove

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 New Moon Eclipses the Sun

Grape-sWe enter eclipse season with a tender new Moon in Muin (the Vine) on September 13. There will be a partial eclipse of the Sun visible only in the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere. To understand that the Moon, invisible to us when she is ‘new’ blocks our view of the Sun during a solar eclipse is stunning, and a clue to our own limits and possibilities of perception.partial eclipse of the Sun                                                                  According to the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon and Sun meeting, this new Moon will be about ‘group integration.’ Since the conjunction takes place opposite Chiron the ‘wounded healer.’ we know this is a special moment to consider what powers we have to heal those around us and to contemplate what heals our wounds.

While Virgo is often described as a sign that likes time alone, the degree of the new Moon reminds us that Virgo is also a tribal treasure, involved in ‘group integration.’ The Virgo talent for ‘discrimination,’ can be traced

Hands holding wheat

to her season, which precedes the moment of the fall equinox. Imagine those who have the task to search the community’s grain at harvest season. Virgo must choose which seeds will be made into bread for the long winter, and which will be kept aside for the   next spring’s planting. These were the early plant geneticists. The picture below, is of the group activity of harvest, and the circle of threshing which releases the seed from the shell.harvest threshing

Nutrition and natural healing are associated with Virgo energy, and the house that Virgo rules.   Like the digestive system of the body, Virgo takes in nourishment, determines where and how each molecule will be distributed. But the intestinal track, which Virgo rules is also a highly ‘wired’ network of nerves.   We receive information from our gut, which warns about unhealthy food and dangerous situations.

New Moon in Muin 2015The Virgo Pisces axis illustrated in this chart is one of deep compassionate concern and focus upon the issue of health. The planet Uranus is also involved in the mix. He brings the electric excitement of his own nature and the fiery sign of Aries where he is located. He adds a touch of novel investigation into the issue of health and nutrition. Aside from what you have been told, what is your relationship to ingestion and digestion, both in the realm of food, and the realm of thought and feeling?

Mercury is the planet which lies opposite Uranus, and this is significant, especially since Uranus is considered the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury, and Mercury ‘rules’ Virgo. Mercury will go retrograde on September 17, allowing greater access to our non-rational brain, and a reminder to be aware of each moment and how we are living that moment.

Mercury is in the sign of Libra, the next sign in the zodiac after Virgo, and the symbol of the scales continues the theme of the harvest, with gathering, threshing, differentiating the grain and then weighing the harvest in the scales of Libra, what has been gained or lost.

Uranus is associated with society’s ever evolving thought process. We have seen a revolution in a very short time around the issue of gay marriage and gay rights. These transformative movements are part of the ‘work’ of Uranus.   First it must be the few brave individuals who speak out….the Prometheus aspect of Uranus.   These people face of the wrath of the old forms of societal organization and beliefs.   But then the ‘unthinkable’ acceptance of new ways of life become the norm.

Virgo and Pisces, the opposition between Sun/Moon and Chiron speak of boundaries. Virgo is careful of boundaries. Pisces would dissove them. Both processes are important in our lives.    Europe at this moment is going throrefuge childrenugh a crisis of boundaries. It seems inevitable that Europe will include a larger and larger mixture of people from around the world. The refugees knocking at European doors are from countries colonized in the last century or two. The photogragh of a small child dead in the waters that separate one group of people from another may have brought the European nations to their senses. And what photo of a Honduran or Mexican child will finally open the hearts of America?

This is the new Moon of Rosh Hoshannah, which begins at sunset on September 13. The New Year is marked with the blowing of the ram’s 240px-Liten_askenasisk_sjofar_5380horn, the shofar. Perhaps Uranus in Aries, the sign of the ram, will have a powerful message for us, as individuals and as humanity, bringing us one step closer to the ‘group integration’ mentioned in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon.

Cottontail

Rabbit
A rabbit is leaping about in me,
now in my heart, now in my throat.
This rabbit is the moon rabbit,
and she is covered in blue, white fur.
The rabbit tells me summer
is finished and harvest is next.
The sound of her little forest feet
is like the beating of my heart.
Sojourner rabbit,
moves like the wild grape vine
travels in a zig zag rythm.
So soon, the dusty grape
takes precedence over the berry,
Meanwhile the troubled salmon
bumps his anxious nose
along the narrow drying stream
near the bunny’s retreat
and remembers the deep pool
bowed over by hazel nuts,
which has called out his spiral return.
Sarah Fuhro

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive    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.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.

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