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‘The World is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.’

W.B. Yeats

Jelly fish moonAs the full Moon rises on Tuesday evening, she brings with her powerful planetary energies. If you have not felt this on a personal level, you can see it reflected in the world in general.

The choice seems to be about how we respond to fear, soul by soul, and as a woven tapestry of humanity.

Every culture has stories of the terror we hold for our own dark impulses.   In this chart we have the very unpredictable planet Uranus, who loves excitement, who demands truth from each of us, who is electrical, magnetic and full of brilliant observations holding the reins across the Cancer/Capricorn axis.

Uranus was discovered during the French Revolution, and reflects that tumultuous time. He overturns the apple cart.  Uranus is in Aries, the fiery entry point of the ecliptic. Uranus ‘squares’ Sun and Moon. His position at this time is like a puppet master behind the scene, pulling strings.

His companion the newly discovered dwarf planet is Eris, she who, ‘stirs up jealousy andFull Moon in capricorn
envy to cause fighting and anger among men.’ Eris is sister to Mars, in the old stories reflected in the sky.   And Mars, the warrior god is also in contact with the Sun and Moon at this time.

Perhaps you feel the huge amount of life force this combination churns up. It is neutral energy, and can be used, like electricity, for bright and dark purposes. This particular passage of high power planets is worth observing. The events transcribed in the chart are reflected in each of us.

Bag Noz

But there is much tenderness in this chart as well. Mercury and Venus huddle together in Leo, and speak of love and courage. They draw from Neptune’s deep well of spiritual language. This would be a wonderful full Moon for poetry that can be felt at a palpable level, the light shining through a crack in the dark sky.

‘The World is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.’   W.B. Yeats

 

 

Capricorn likes toField1 manifest in physical reality. Cancer suggests that not everything is in our hands. They each are the gatekeepers of the solstice moment, those moments of the year when the Sun stands still. Together they remind us that dark and light are in equal measure on our planet. As daylight shrinks in the Northern hemisphere, it begins to expand South of the equator.

Like this field full of Dandelions, each full Moon of our life, offers us the opportunity, to integrate opposing impulses.   As Sun and Moon face off at the time of Full Moonrise, we celebrate all that is confused and chaotic in our own psyche, in the world around us, and accept that wholeness demands contraries.

Tuesday,s  Capricorn Full Moon is about listening at a very deep level.   The Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s degree is about the evolution of the senses: ‘A large aviary, the enjoyment of spiritual values by the soul able to familiarize itself with their implications. Clairaudience.’

Dolly

Uranus, the puppet master for this Full Moon chart squares Sun and Moon and is thepower behind the drama they represent. The Sabian Symbol for his position is the challenge offered each of us at this time.

‘The possibility for man to gain experience at two levels of being.’  The revelation of new powers.   The symbol is a guarantee that man can operate successfully at two levels of consciousness..’Be open. Be able and willing to shape your translucent mind in the form revealing spiritual fulfillment. And you will be able to experience life and power on inner as well as outer planes.     It announces the possibility of a new step in evolution, but it is still only a possibility, a promise. We are  ON PROBATION.

Nameless

How to speak of it:

the bramble path to the heart,

the wind as it rolls flat all that

grew in the sweet fields of May.

As we cut away the dead branches

small green whiskers grow out

in such unexpected places.

The season of bread and sorrow

fast approaches. Lughnasadh

casts a shadow in the hot and golden

fields of summer, where cicadas thrum.

Unspeakable how, the Moon, as she rises

catches the light of the run away Sun,

who lies hidden beneath the earth.

Sarah Fuhro

  Photos:  Water Lilly  Robert Fuhro
                Moon Jelly Fish   Bruce Lhuillier
                 Ankou Nef   Bruce Lhuillier
              Dandelion Field   Bruce Lhuuillier
               Dolly  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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A New Moon from the Darkest Regions

You might think the next New Moon (in Sagittarius), the one that falls before the Winter Solstice would be the new Moon of greatest darkness. But I think the new Moon in Scorpio is about exploring and honoring darkness, not releasing it as at the Solstice.   Scorpio has the potential to invite us to ‘Plunge ahead into the Unknown.’ This is the season where we can delight in early, twilight with time to feel darkness. Just as the new Moon, the invisible Moon is always about darkness because the Moon is tightly embraced by the Sun’s light, so too, Scorpio gives us the opportunity to explore darkness in a brightly lit society. Hallowe’en is the season when we turn to look at what we fear is traveling, just behind us, death, dissolution, decay. And Hallowe’en lingers around us in November.

   “Like one, that on a lonesome road

            Doth walk in fear and dread,

            And having once turned round walks on,

            And turns no more his head;

            Because he knows, a frightful fiend

            Doth close behind him tread.”

                        Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The new Moon in Scorpio falls on the 11th of November this year; the same day we honor veterans in America. This is St Martin and the beggerMartinmas in Europe and the British Isles. St. Martin was a Roman soldier who became a monk, and was famous for cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar in a snowstorm. St Martin’s day saw the slaughter of cattle and poultry in a time before refrigeration, and was the final harvest of the year. It’s a day of feasting and bonfires, a thanksgiving feast day before food becomes scarce. In Medieval times folks were ordered to fast three days a week between St. Martin’s Day and Epiphany. Did this apply to the rich and powerful, to the Bishop who sent down the order?

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Sun and new Moon of November 11th is: ‘A Woman Draws Away Two Dark Curtains Closing The Entrance to a Sacred Pathway.’ We always stand at the lintel of the Other World. This moment in time gives us the opportunity to move beyond polarities we have all created for ourselves:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing

and rightdoing there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.”   Rumi

Alec's Pumpkins

photo: Alec Mayer

New Moon in Scorpio 2015The speaker, thinker, messenger, Mercury stands close to the new Moon and Sun. Will we hear what is held in this moment of time? If there can be a place and moment of silence, perhaps we can hear the voice, particular to each of us.

Scorpio is a watery sign ruled by Mars. Messages written in water are often missed until they become a flood that carries away what was familiar. Mercury in a water sign takes his role as dream ambassador seriously, because our dream are written in water, and it takes the a psychopomp, like Mercury to carry them.

The Celtic tree calendar, as designed by the poet Robert Graves, gives this lunar cycle to Ngetal, the Reed. This continues a theme of wetness, swamp mysteries.

The Reed bends with the wind, but has roots that go deep beyond the reeds at mainstonecold water of the swamp, into the earth. Swamps are a place where the boundaries between Earth and Water are in flux.   We avoid them because they are not clearly earth or water.   Yet they are wombs for much new life; bugs, birds, creatures live there, lay their eggs there and return to hibernate in the murky water. We can’t see to the ‘bottom’ of the swamp, just as we can’t see into our own unconscious impulses and stories. Yet, compare the dark

(photo by Robert Fuhro )                      swamp, full of life to a clear swimming pool, which supports very little in the way of living potential!

Chiron, the healer makes a watery trine from Pisces to the Sun/Moon/Mercury trio.  Like Scorpio, Pisces, is a sign of giving way to a new season and an appreciation of change, mobility.

Pluto is in the mix as well, with a sextile to both Chiron and the new Moon/Sun combination. Pluto has his feet firmly planted in the earth (Capricorn). He demands new forms and structures and enough with all of this watery formlessness. Jupiter agrees with this as he faces off with Chiron from Virgo, earthy and practical.   Out of the falling leaves comes the soil of next spring, and so in our own lives we are given the opportunity to dissolve, and then rebuild.

Chant for 7 Ghosts

First for the five Oaks–
A Pentacle of trees,
One for North,
South, East and West.
One for Earth,
Fire, Air and Water,
And a fifth for spirit.
All removed by a neighbor,
For the leaves they shed.
Next the great Oak
Who dropped acorns.
Torn of his mighty arms,
And cut down to earth.
And last, sweet lady,
A black-limbed Hawthorn,
Wore a cloud of white each May,
But to no avail,
She was in the way.
Sing for them!
Do they find root
In some other realm?
Do we? with them?
Plant them in your heart,
Where their leaves,
Acorns, shade, presence
Take root and spread.
Sarah Fuhro October 23, 2015    

In the meantime, don’t miss the 2016 Lunar Calendar filled with new possibility, beautiful artwork and poetry.   http://www.thelunapress.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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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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A Moment in Balance!

New Moon in Libra

waning moon with Jupiter

If you have been up at dawn over the last week you saw the waning, but not faded, old Moon as she danced with Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Soon she is in seclusion with her Libra Sun, a conjunction which will become exact on Monday, October 12th at 8:06 PM EDT. Libra has much to do with marriage or any one to one relationship and the balance (note the symbol of the scales) between the needs of the self to develop and blossom, while honoring the particular talents and quirks of the other person. This is not blending but rather walking side by side. And, as in this picture the scales are not always in perfect balance!

You might expect or hope for a peaceful moment for the two luminaries as they stand in the same degree, a sign ruled by libraVenus, the lady of love, but across the chart from them is Uranus who always presents a shake up in the status quo.   Will our experience of the new Moon be peaceful or full of the electrical energy of the eccentric Uranus?   He’s in retrograde; perhaps old issues will arise to remind us that any close relationship takes work.   I wonder if the presence of Juno in the Libra mix will indicate old injustice done in the name of dominance of one partner or one sex over the other….usually couched in the word ‘traditional,’ or ‘how things have always been.’

The other noted player in this chart is Pluto who took marriage into the Underworld by force. He is square to Uranus and to Sun and Moon. His presence always suggests that the whole truth has to be told, before freedom in attained.

New Moon in Libra 2015Pluto is also making a very tight trine to Jupiter.   The two are brothers, one who ruled the skies and the life giving lightning bolt (Jupiter/Zeus) and one whose kingdom was in darkness and the mystery of Death.   As an astrological player, Pluto is quite new on the scene. But his influence is powerful. Anyone who has had a close passage with him, knows how agonizing that transit may be upon the all the structures of a life, but also how often wonderful are the transitions that may arise from the destruction.

The Sabian Symbol for this moment of the new Moon is about ‘Inherited Wisdom.’   The image is ‘A Rabbi performing his duties. the ability to draw on the power of an ancestral tradition in order to serve and inspire one’s fellowmen.’

 

moon farmer

Each of us has received some form of wisdom from the past, which we can share with those around us.   My first inkling of astronomy came from my father’s showing me the starry skies, the constellations and planets, and telling me the Greek myths, which they record in the night sky. When we moved to the country, our neighbor, an old farmer, told me about planting by the Moon, root vegetables in the dark of the Moon, above ground harvests must be planted when the Moon is waxing.

This is the Gort Moon cycle according to the Robert Graves’ interpretation. Gort is Ivy, and since Ivy grows in a spiral, she teaches that to grown upwards, we must turn inwards as well. Chewing Ivy is a way to ecstatic vision, yet Ivy is also an antidote to drunkenness. The Bacchanals of Dionysios were celebrated with Ivy as headdress and as psychedelic. This was a time (October) of death, but with the promise of resurrection, for the Ivy stays green all year round. Ivy and Holly are female and male partners, used in a number of rituals for finding love, marriage, fertility.

Ivy Tavern 

THE TREE ENTWINING IVY 



I will pluck the tree-entwining ivy


As Mary plucked with her one hand


As the King of life has ordained. 


To put milk in udder and gland


With speckled fair female calves


As was spoken in the prophecy. 


On this foundation for a year and a day


Through the bosom of the God of life, and of all the powers.

from the Carmina Gaedelica

 

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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Surprise! Surprise!

The new Moon in Leo begins today with a trine (120°) to Uranus, who always has a surprise, a turn in the road, an alternative viewpoint to offer. Sun and Moon are in their special place of reunion, of marriage, of birth, of starting over. Uranus is always focused on the future, and perhaps that is why he is so full of surprise!

Lovely Venus is keeping them company. Perhaps the visual world has a special gift to offer in the way of beauty, expression of beauty, art, love. Venus is naturally at home in Leo, for Leo rules the heart and the issues of the heart. Leo also rules the spine, and heart and spine, love and courage are intertwined. Even the word ‘courage’ contains heart (cour). Venus is moving in reverse, giving her and us the opportunity to revisit Leonic issues of heart and soul.

pigeon-flyingThe Sabian Symbol for the degree of this new Moon is ‘A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission.   Spirituality in terms of training for mankind…World Server. ‘ And how are each of us involved in service to the World?   Leo is often seen as most interested in self expression. Perhaps, this is one way we serve the world. When we are truly ourselves, and communicate that self to all around us, we are like the Sun…Leo’s ‘ruler’ who shines and offers light and growth and joy to the whole world.

New Moon of HazelSun, Moon, Venus and Uranus are all in fire signs: Leo and Aries. Saturn  makes a square (90°) to the trio from a water sign, Scorpio.   He might have a modifying effect on the flame of Leo and Aries. The meaning for his Sabian Symbol is ‘Love as a principle of redemption.’ Here is another side to the fiery nature of love, this is Love as action to intercede for those who may be lost in their own angry expression. Today I heard the story of two mothers, one whose son was murdered by the son of the other. They have become friends and partners in the work of trying to ‘intercede’ in the violence around them. Is that the Saturnic side of love for this Moon?

This is the Hazel (Coll) Moon in the Celtic Lunar Calendar. It is a time of fiery intuition, yet the Hazel wand is the traditional trispiraltool to discover underground water.   Here is the entrance stone to New Grange with its clue about the power of the water that runs under the earth’s surface, and the reverence our ancestors held for the pattern of these subterranean currents.  We are now in a crisis of interruption of these veins and arteries with mining, fracking, and oil pipelines. As we search beyond the obvious for meaning, we discover the rich pleasures of what lies in our own deep water.

Hazel grows near water, and there is a connection to poetic wisdom as well as intuition. The oldest animal in Celtic lore is the SaumonSalmon. His wisdom comes from the nuts of the Hazel which shade his pond. The nine nuts of poetic wisdom fell into the River Boyne where he lived, and he absorbed their inspiration.   Here is the card for the Salmon from the Druid Animal Oracle, illustrated by Will Worthington.

Hazel, Coll, tells us there is a connection between poetry, divination, meditation and mediation. The Druids were trained in all of these skills, and saw the connection between them. They were also the repository of measurement and calculation. If we look at the Long Man of Wilmington, he holds two staves used to measure and dowse, much as the priests of Egypt were equipped with measuring rods to know the depth of the Nile.   The Fool card shows the fool with this rod over his shoulder as he begins his journey into unknown territory.

fool

long man of wilmington

The Moon of Coll

Coll Moon has me by the ear,

so tight the grip,

my eyes begin to tear.

What’s this torture

locked up in me?

Breaks my bones

grinds me down.

And this twisting, is it Ivy?

Is it the Vine of the grape?

No, it’s Coll,

the Moon of Hazel.

You grapple with me,

like a dog with a bone.

Hazel wand can divine water.

To find water underground

is to dowse, to witch, to twitch.

So Coll finds me out, witches me.

Hazel nourishes my salmon

hidden deep in the dark pool,

under the broken leaves,

where the blue heron wades.

Don’t let me drown in here.

As I twist and turn, nothing right,

until I leap into the air

caught at last in the net

of Coll Moon’s tight snare.

Sarah Fuhro

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.

The Moon of Coll marks the emergence of the 2016 version of the Lunar Calendar, edited and published by Nancy Passmore of Roslindale. This will be the 40th annual edition of this beautiful offering, dedicated to ‘the Goddess in her many guises.’ You can get a preview of the thirteen Moons with illustrations and poetry for each of the trees, which mark their passage!   http://www.thelunapress.com

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A Full Moon, a Blue Moon on July 31!

This little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine

Oh, this little light of mine

I’m going to let it shine…

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

http://www.negrospirituals.com/songs/this_little_light_of_mine.htm

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

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

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

Cjharles Darwin

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

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

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

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

Nameless

How to speak of it:

the bramble path to the heart,

the wind as it rolls flat

all that grew in the sweet fields of May.

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The season of bread and sorrow

fast approaches. Lughnasadh

casts a shadow in the hot and golden

fields of summer, where cicadas thrum.

Unspeakable how, the Moon, as she rises

catches the light of the run away Sun,

who lies hidden beneath the earth.

Sarah Fuhro     July 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Fuhro

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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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Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin, ‘all my relations,’    –Lakota prayerMitakuyeOyasinhttp://3.bp.blogspot.com /MitakuyeOyasin.jpg

Wednesday, July 15, the new Moon in Cancer will focus our attention on the home and the family. What needs to be adjusted in the home and with those we call ‘family,’ might be a clue to our responsibility to our larger home, the Earth and all who share presence here, ‘all our relations’.   In Druidry we share this concept of ‘equality.’ The mineral, the plant, the animal kingdoms, the elements, the directions, the winds, the invisible world and the world we see are woven into a fabric of exquisite beauty where there is no hierarchy of creation. What we will each do for our Mother at this poignant time of the new Moon? We cannot see her at the beginning of her cycle, yet Moon in Cancer will be felt at a deep core in each of us. Cancer reminds us we must start with our emotions. How does it feel in our heart and our stomach.   And only from there can we find the right words and actions to make our home and family truly secure.

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Wednesday, Mars and Mercury share the same degree in the sign of Cancer, sacred to the seas, which surround our blue planet. The sea calls us in one way or the other. We emerged from the ocean and carry it in our body’s liquid chemistry. Our tears, and our blood speak of our source. Our moods, like the ever changing Moon, ruler of the sign of Cancer, come and go like the tides, and the lunar cycle. Mars in Cancer is the mother as protector, and activist for her children. Mercury in Cancer speaks emotional truth combined with the warrior’s courage of his close contact with Mars. Or we could interpret this to mean: ‘Speak truth to power.’

The Sabian Symbol for the degree (14° Cancer) where Mars and Mercury meet, reminds us we are at a moment of growing awareness that even the ocean has her limits, and the necessity to grow beyond greed to develop a more concious emotional intelligence: ‘In a sumptuous dining hall guests relax after partaking of a huge banquet, The need that exists at an early stage of human growth to materialize the concept of fulfillment.’ There is a need to act decisively with this combination.

Across from Mars and Mercury we see an exact ‘opposition’ from Pluto at 14° Capricorn.pluto-farside-best-7-11-2015-e1436723277310

Pluto in opposition to Mars and Mercury would suggest a powerful urge to get to the core of the experience. There is no hiding place from Pluto’s gaze. As much as we fear him, we gain tremendous power from his contact. July 11 New Hoizons spacecraft flew on the far side Pluto and sent back this picture.   Pluto was discovered at the time atomic energy was developed. The life and death issues which that has presented to earth are reflected in his astrological impact. The Pluto opposition has to be integrated into Mercury and Mars i.e. thought and action.

The Chariot card from the Tarot is a good image for the Mars and Mercury in Cancer.  The card corresponds to cancer, and the young and active prince in his chariot driven by the wisdom of the ages (the Sphinxes) his means of movement.  chariotThe Venus Jupiter conjunction in Leo continues as a lovely sight to behold in the sky. On July 25 Venus will turn retrograde at 1° Virgo. She will turn direct on September 6. During this time she gives us the opportunity to reconsider what we value, how we deal with money and our role in relationships. The beautiful vision of the two ‘benefics’ is a message about joy and love, generosity and beauty. Saturn makes a square to the two. Don’t let him spoil the pleasure of their presence, instead make something (Saturn), a beautiful, a piece of art, an act of sincere friendship, a reflection from the garden of our souls to the summer sky.

Holly New Moon 2015

Chiron in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Sun/Moon form a water trine. This is a celebration of the water element, a spinning rhapsody to the power of love, forgiveness and emotional freedom. We are just coming into our own on a group leve with these. Healing (Chiron), manifestation (Saturn) and new beginnings (Sun and Moon in Cancer) give us the energy we need to transform suffering into creativity.

Water lily

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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