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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.’

 

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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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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!

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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.

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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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Carl Jung used the elements of astrology to delineate four ways we learn about the world and ourselves. He called these the four functions. They connect as well to the four suits of the Tarot deck, and form the basis for the Meyers Briggs personality test.

He connected intuition with the element of Fire. He noted that intuitive thought leaps from point to seemingly unconnected point much in the way a fire will travel from place to place through a forest or meadow. Intuition, like fire is quick and often impatient with the need for ‘proof.’

 fire dance

 Water, on the other hand, is all encompassing and formless, much like emotion.   When we use our water nature to understand what is happening, there may be no words, but there is a tremendous power, which cannot be denied or blocked. Water, like emotion, will wear away any surface, it contacts over time.   Even granite is carved by water’s force.

 Sage's Ravine Waterfall

    photo by Bob Fuhro

The Air element describes the process of thought, which comes and goes like the wind. We are blown about the continuous deluge of words in our heads, and must learn to sort through and defend ourselves from the onslaught of constant dialogue, both helpful and destructive.   Like wind, thought shifts and changes. Intellectual thought is what is taught us in school, even though it is only one mode of learning.

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And then there is the element of Earth. Here the connection is made to our sensory perceptions. We learn from our physical contact with the earth and nature. The five senses, sight, sound touch, smell, and taste are the basis of our interactions with the earth element. Loss of any of these makes us vulnerable and very aware of our physical form.

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The chart for the full Moon on June 2nd features three of these elements in an equilateral triangle. This triangle involves the opposition between the Sun and Moon, the relationship between the luminaries, which define a full Moon.   But the third point on the triangle is Neptune, particular to this moment.

full Moon in Sag

The Sun is in the airy sign of Gemini. Mars and Mercury are also in Gemini close to the Sun.   The butterfly who flutters from flower to flower, is the symbol of Gemini, and expresses both the transformative power of this sign, and the airy source of constant movement.    Gemini has a connection to curiosity and a wide love of learning, with no real interest in specialization.   The ruling planet for this sign is Mercury, or Quicksilver, who, like our thought process transmutes from one moment to the next. To continue and deepen the Gemini theme are the companions to the Sun, Mercury and Mars. The Sabian symbol for this degree of the Gemini Sun sets the stage for the drama of this particular full Moon:   ‘A Negro girl fights for her independence in the city, liberation from the ghosts of the past.’ Like this Sun in Gemini, Alicia Garza, the activist who coined #Black Lives Matter has used both Mercury in Gemini (powerful communication) and Mars in Gemini (a verbal warrior) to puts words to a revolution.

Alicia Garza

The full Moon is in the Fire sign of Sagittarius, ready to jump, like our intuition into the fray. Sagittarius would like to explore through the search for meaning.   Both Gemini and Sagittarius are students, but their styles and purpose are quite different. Gemini loves to learn for the sake of learning, curiosity. Sagittarius pursues learning to explore beliefs and ideals. Gemini represents a young child’s eagerness for school, while Sagittarius is the focused older student, who pursues knowledge with a passionate framework, a scholar who eats up knowledge with a fiery passion. The Sagittarius Moon represents adventure and a thirst for new horizons.   The Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s degree in Sagittarius is: ‘ A flag turns into an eagle, an eagle into a chanticleer. The spiritualization and promotion of great symbols of a New Age by minds sensitive to its precursory manifestations.‘  

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Now we come to the third side of the triangle, a feature of this moment in time: Neptune in Pisces. Water is the element of Pisces and Neptune is Poseidon, who rules the Seas. Here we have the emotional angle in this triad of the elements and modes of knowledge.   Pisces has a message for Gemini and Sagittarius: do not over look the power of feeling. Our emotions have an equal role with the intellect and intuition. Neither water nor feeling can be ignored or there is the probability of all structures (the Earth element) will be washed away.

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The missing element is Earth, the function of sensory perception. Perhaps there is a message here about our culture’s loss of contact with the body and the earth.   Today as the Moon culminates in Fire in opposition to the Sun’s large helping of the Air element, we can embody the fourth function of physical awareness, with deep appreciation for our sight, hearing, touch and smell, our representation of human form, and the Earth element.

hawthorn

In honor of this full Moon in Hawthorn, I dedicate this poem to Her white presence in the sky.

Hawthorn               Sarah Fuhro

Dear Hawthorn,

I remember you best

as you climb the hill

to the sky, in your

angry thorn black

stockings and gloves,

foaming in white

blossom gown,

and guarding

the spring where

water swells

from granite lips.

You mark the place

and your white foam

marks the time

of cleansing

and seclusion

before the madness

and power

of the oak moon

at midsummer.

Hawthorn retreats

to her lonely hill

where she shines

like the star of evening.

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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Once again, the new Moon falls at the final degrees of the Sun’s sign, in this case Taurus. It illustrates the saying: ‘In the end is the beginning; in the beginning is the end. ‘   Moon and Sun come together just before the Sun leaves Taurus, and so offers each of us the opportunity to wrap up old projects, and concerns and to prepare for new perspectives. Taurus is the world in slow motion as, here in New England, we watch the unfurling of green life all around us!

Mayapple and Solomon Seal

photo: Sarah Fuhro

 In my garden, May Apple and Solomon Seal, two local wildflowers open to the Sun, while hardy pansies thrive in their shade. The earth explodes with unleashed fertility.  Taurus is ‘ruled’ by Venus, the lady of love and beauty.   You can see her footprint everywhere in the green that now covers what only recently was buried in a deep layer of snow. So too, our bodies, brains and hearts are connected to the moods of the seasons. The Sun’s journey through the constellations of the zodiac, takes us along. We experience the deep sensuality of Taurus, and as we approach the airy mental realm of Gemini, we can express and communicate what we have learned in earthy Taurus.

New Moon in Taurus

The Moon is ‘exalted’ when she is in Taurus. It’s the perfect Moon to work in the garden! The power of the Moon was fully acknowledged during the Age of Taurus, 5,000 years ago. The Lunar mysteries were ritualized and imaged. Time was measured by the cycle of the Moon, and the fertility of the Moon and earth were acknowledged with deep gratitude!

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The new Moon will take place on the cusp between Sunday and Monday May 16-17. Here in the Eastern time zone the moment will be at in the first few minutes of Monday morning, another message about the end and the beginning.   Later in the day on Monday, Mercury will turn retrograde in the sign of Gemini. Whatever you been hearing as chatter in your inner ear, may take on an even more powerful voice, as Mercury revisits old territory.   When he stands direct he will have traveled back to the degree where he was around May 3rd. Issues left to dangle have a second chance to be resolved.   With both Mars and Mercury in airy Gemini, the desire to ‘do something’ is powerful.   But sit a moment in this Taurus new Moon and contemplate what stillness might bring.

Taurus

 Jupiter and June are conjunct on May 17-18. They are husband (Zeus) and wife (Hera). Although renowned for their marital battles, this configuration might represent a moment of sweet peace. We are in the process of moving into new notions of sexuality as we enter the Age of Aquarius.   Our culture is more open to understanding sex as a spectrum rather than a polarity, with the knowledge we are all a mixture of male and female.   Juno and Jupiter form a ‘Yod’ (planetary relationship) with Pluto and Mercury. Mercury is a kind of unisex character himself. The outlet for the Mercury and Juno/Jupiter combination is Pluto who represents a threat or repression when ignored, but empowerment when acknowledged and honored. As the new Moon grows, we may hear more (Mercury’s contribution) about marriage, same-sex marriage, or the role of men and women within marriage.

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 For each of us, this Yod with the conjunction of Juno and Jupiter represents  the opportunity to consider whether we are ready for the sacred marriage (Hieros Gamos) within. This takes place when we release our Plutonic fears of what we would be if we acknowledged male and female elements in equal parts. The Sacred Marriage was a pursuit of the alchemists and of Carl Jung. They followed an ancient path left by the imagery and stories of the marriages between the ancient gods, and between gods and humans. In the alchemical picture below we see the symbol of Gemini. This is the next sign the Sun will enter. Gemini is the location of Mercury and Venus in this chart.  Venus, ruler of Taurus is located evenly between the Juno Jupiter pair and Mercury. Through love, will we discover the unifying principle of this process? There are clues here that our bodies are constructed to be both male and female and that the nervous system, ruled by Gemini moves back and forth between positive and negative energies.

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The Lovers card from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck is a simplified version of this card. It represents ‘choice,’ and corresponds to the sign of Gemini.   At every moment we are given the chance to acknowledge the divinity within and around us.

The Truth About May  

Where will the line begin

to tell the truth about May?

Under the wand of the Lady

we are led to deep joy

by way of the road of sorrow.

Sarah Fuhro       1 May 2015

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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New Moon, Old Sign

 

When I write about a new Moon, I am always in the dark of the old Moon. And instead of the high energy of the full Moon, we have to wait for several days to see the proof of a new birth in the sky as she sets at sundown.

Unlike the full Moon where we are on a journey of greater and greater manifestation and integration, the new Moon begins a new cycle, preceded by the finish of the old–there is a sense of hurry, the light is fading. But to continue the complexity of the last few Moons, this one is in the last few degrees of the sign of Aries. The Moon will begin anew linked to the final days of the Sun in spring’s fiery initiation.

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 Like all new things, the new Moon is born from darkness.   Here in New England we have experienced a winter like no other with unending cold and storms.   The earth has been sealed shut under layers of snow. What will emerge, what plants and animals survived is still a mystery.

That most ancient of plants, the skunk cabbage is definitely up and out, unfolding in a spiral deeply rooted in dark swamps.

Skunk cabbagephoto by Bob Fuhro

This new Moon of Saille, the Willow, celebrates water, the great transformer. The Willow belongs to the Moon, and grows close by or sometimes, knee deep in water.   Willow is an herbal remedy, which cools fevers, and heals the ravages of damp diseases. White Willow bark is lovely tea for achy joints from arthritis and rheumatism, or any kind of swelling. Aspirin is Salicylic acid taken from the word Saille, Willow, and originally made from the Willow herself. Willow (Saille) is associated with the feminine energies of the earth and sky. This is a good time to stop to listen and respect your intuition, your powers of divination and your connection to ancestral spirits.

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Here is a beautiful tribute to Water from Gregory Porter: ‘Liquid Spirit’.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS6JV-veVAE.

Are we not alive in a time of water consciousness?   While the oceans fill with melting ice from both poles, many lands are turning to desert, and California, that paradise of fertility is now in crisis because water will not come when it is needed.  Water in solid form has stood three feet deep for months, holding back spring for my garden.

New Moon in Saille 2015

Moon and Sun meet at 28° Aries, and listen to the Sabian Symbol held at this degree:   ‘The Music of the SpheresAttunement of Cosmic Order. The music of the Spheres is the celestial embodiment of principles of polyphonic interplay. The individual advancing ‘on the Path’ should seek to understand and realize his place in the vast scheme of mankind’s evolution, in the immense chord of the harmony of the universe… Listen to the inner voice.’ Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala.  

dantespheres

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 The chart of this poignant moment on April 18th contains a powerful T-Square.  Venus, our lady of beauty and love, and Saturn, teacher and he who constricts spirit into material form are in opposition. This is a combination most artists know well. Venus is there to inspire, while Saturn demands the ceaseless work needed to make inspiration into form. Neptune and Vesta square them, like a bow pulled back to shoot an arrow at the Point of Fortune in the chart. Neptune is the universal form of Venus….Cosmic Music of the Spheres. And what about the virgin goddess Vesta, Hestia of the hearth? She is the companion of Neptune in this triangle of love and mutable potential. A triangle is a stable form. Take something wordless, universal, full of music (Neptune), pair it with the sweet surety of the inner voice (Vesta), and bring it into form (Saturn) as an act of love (Venus).   Take the tide of this new Moon where it wants to go!
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 I want to share the poem which celebrates this April Moon of Saille in the 2015 Lunar Calendar ( http://www.thelunapress.com).

Message: New Moon in April

Are you awake yet

and has any voice, human,

feathered or furred,

whispered to you by this lightening hour

the secrets of a new moon in April?

 

I hope so

I hope twenty messages by sunset

have let you know

that you, there under the granite cliff & the silver oak,

are held close, held warm

-and that the hills thick with sage

and the bare boulders rising above you

hold you safe in their strength

and their mighty pleasure

 

Oh, may you know

that the grey dove in her thoughtful murmuring,

the red tail hawks tilting in the wet spring wind

and behind the rough bracken’s veil, the voices,

the mountain-full of rivulets

 

all flicker and beckon and sing, brimming

with love of you

 

And I would, this ordinary morning, a continent away,

add a cool splash

and a merry whistle, if you’re still asleep,

and have you wake laughing, surprised,

spilling over

 

– Diana Rowan ©2014

 

 

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 or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Fuhro-Star-Flower-Alchemy-Astrology-Flower-Essences-and-Tarot/71299491502.

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Thursday’s full Moon in Virgo has grown from the Aquarius new Moon on February 18. The Sun at that moment was still minutes away from Pisces. So instead of learning about Pisces from inception, the Moon has grown from an Aquarian seed, to arrive at a perfect opposition to the Piscean Sun. She will experience her ‘newness’ in that sign at the next new Moon (March 20) as the Sun is about to depart from Pisces. This will take place moments from the Spring Equinox during a solar eclipse.

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Bob Fuhro photo

Like this squirrel in my back yard, are you confused? Surely this has happened to you at some point. It reminds me of learning how to use a new computer program just in time for it to become obsolete, scrambling to mesh what I was doing, and back tracking to understand the new program after using it. Or maybe, as a child, you learned one language, but now must think and speak in another without a formal introduction from the home front. Each sign is a language with its own flavor and emphasis. Virgo is always ready for analysis, for differentiation. Pisces delights in tearing down the boundaries between all things and floating in space. Since the full Moon is always in the sign opposite the Sun, there is an integration of elements that must take place. Perhaps this is the source of the excitement associated with a full Moon.   Of course, no full Moon takes place in a vacuum. There are other players who add interest, or mischief, or emphasis as the Sun and the Moon face off. RCI_Jewel_DancingCouple Small Web view The seventh and final square between Uranus and Pluto will take place on March 16.   The Uranus Pluto square has been in effect since 2012.   During this time we have felt the tension between these two powerful outer planets in a variety of ways personal and global. Many of the outer issues are a return to unfinished business from the late 60’s when Pluto and Uranus were cheek and jowel in Virgo. Revolution, evolution, transformation and repression are themes we experience inside and outside when these planets come into contact. In the case of this full Moon the square between Uranus and Pluto is powerfully felt by both Sun and Moon because they are close connected by degree. Uranus will make discomforting angles to both Sun and Moon.   And he’s nestled between Venus and Mars like the bold intruder who disrupts a harmonious couple.   Or perhaps he’ll learn the fine points of love and action from the two.   There may be some hard lessons in this mix for they are all poised in close proximity to the South Node in Aries, a suggestion that self reliance has its limits, and the power of partnership opens new possibilities. Full Moon in Virgo 2015 Pluto is in a comfy trine to the Moon, but doesn’t have clear a relationship to the Sun. He’s getting a lesson or two from Ceres, the Earth Mother Goddess, who hasn’t forgotten that her daughter Persephone was swallowed up in the Otherworld of Pluto. Perhaps they are once again discussing the terms for spring and the return of the Maiden. 220px-FredericLeighton-TheReturnofPerspephone(1891)

Kore     Sarah Fuhro 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.

Jupiter is in the mix as well and can be seen in the picture below through cherry blossoms a few nights ago.   No cherry blossoms here in New England, but the Moon and Jupiter have been very beautiful in the clear night sky as the Moon passed through Leo on her way to Virgo. Jupiter, like Uranus is also in an off beat relationship to Moon and Sun. moon-jupiter-Masaaki-Shibuya-3-2-2015-e1425328808277

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       We are in the Moon of cycle of Nuin, Ash Tree. The Ash tree is associated with water, and was considered a suitable wood for oars as it was believed to be a charm against drowning.   Ash connects the three worlds, Abred, Gwynedd and Ceugent. Another way to look at the place of the Ash is to understand that it represents macrocosm and microcosm, as above, so below. With mighty banks of snow, I wait for the rush of water, which even with the cold weather is beginning to work its way into wall and cellar. A pipe broke and swamped our kitchen. Ash is a reminder of the mighty forces at work in the world, to transform solid material into flowing form. 1879905_f5b04a6b

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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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