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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.’


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.


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 Full Moon in Gemini       December 6, 2014             

In celebration of the full Moon in Gemini, we have a Uranus/Pluto square, astrological symbol of the past few years! This will be the sixth of seven exact squares stretched from 2012-2015. It will provide an extra injection of gabby energy into the electrical Gemini full Moon. A Gemini full Moon is already full of verbal overflow, Mercurial monkey mind, wide curiosity and unfinished business. The intellect is buzzing in several directions at once.


Uranus, considered a higher expression of Mercury is in a close relationship to both Sun and Moon.   We are almost certain to hear or to take part in the rhetoric of spiritual or political concepts. Uranus was born from Chaos, and is both son and husband to Gaia, the earth mother. In our charts he plays the part of sculptor to our individuality. In the wider world he is the revolutionary, sometimes humanistic, sometimes anarchic. At the present time he is in Aries, the sign of Mars, while Mars is in his sign of Aquarius. I think this may have something to do with the deep urge towards war and the warrior’s response, whether it be the appeal of ISIS to young people from all over the world, or the ‘adult’ response to bomb and repress what looks chaotic and dangerous, each side upping the level of violence. If we are conscious of this impulse towards anger and defensive response, we may be able to transform it into actions that will be fueled by the energy of the moment, but will open new doors to understanding instead of destruction!  This will take a deep appreciation of silence and slowness which is at odds with the impulse to respond quickly and decisively.


The influence of Pluto is more difficult to discern because he stands ‘inconjunct’ Sun and Moon, but he is moving through this period with slow but deep powers of transformation. He is the god of the underworld, but it’s always important to remember he is also the god of ‘riches’ as in ‘Plutocrat’. That inexorable power that we associate with Hades/Death has treasures for us when we dare to delve into its depth.  The treasure we need on earth seems to be an unexpected appreciation of difference, which is a Sagittarian characteristic.

Fulll Moon in Gemini 2014

Mercury, who rules the sign of Gemini is cheek and jowl with the  Sun in Sagittarius. The opposition between the Moon in Gemini and Sagittarius is not as contrary as some others.   Both signs are concerned with education, travel, and a variety of communication. Both have an optimistic flavor, and perhaps that is because communication is central to human endeavor and evolution. Programs, which allow those traumatized by war or abuse to speak of their experiences, have showed amazing results to heal and transform pain into speech. Maybe that’s why the Greeks saw Hermes and Hades as natural companions.


Here’s a picture of Hades (Pluto) returning his stolen bride Persephone to the world of sunshine. He has the company of Hermes (Mercury) and Hekate, once Maiden, Mother and Crone, later demoted to goddess of magic and mystery, all things hidden from day light consciousness. This is an interesting combination of processional companions.  Mercury’s function is to help us think in new directions, rather than go round and round in obsession.  The relationship between Hades, Persephone, Hekate and Mercury is one that can open our eyes to new ways of seeing what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad.’

Chiron the healer is also closely linked in this chart to the Sun and Moon, Uranus and Pluto. Demeter (Ceres) and Hera (Juno) are in the mix as well.   Chiron, like the symbol for Sagittarius is a centaur with the archer’s desire to hit the target. His healing powers were always balanced by his wound, which never healed despite his ability to heal others. Chiron in our chart speaks of a wound which can be turned into a healing power.

I think this time (and chart) of the full Moon are a moment of integration between the material world and the spiritual underpinnings of our consciousness.   We are fast approaching the moment of the Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the South.   The play of light dark at opposite extremes seems everywhere around us.

Impossible Feat

Here in the frantic and rundown part of my life

I halt to see if I am catching up with my shadow.

I yearn to tell about the pain of silence, to speak,

but cannot form the words which howl like wolves.

Surely, I can wait long enough for the sound

to catch up with my speedy travel through space.

The fall of leaves strike me as momentous

They cover the sound of my own fall into darkness.

I was here in a workaday world,

I held myself together with sound.

I turned a corner and found

I was lost in a fog, on a rocky cliff.

Below is tied the tiny dinghy

which will be my test and trial.

She rattles against the dark stones

oarless and rudderless for me to steer.

It’s a dream, it’s a dream!

I can wake and find the path home.

Shame is banished and I am free

of the odious task I cannot attain.

Then I experience disintegration,

not at an even pace, but in heartbeats.

Most of the pieces will get put back together

but not in their original form or place.

My nose may become my bellybutton,

my legs may take the place of my ears.

I know the rules of rebirth are written

on parchment invisible to the pregnant eye.

In the meantime I ask to be a mouthpiece

for the toad I saw eaten by snake much too slowly.

By now toad is snake and snake is robust with toad.

What seemed impossible has taken place.

The woodland path, no longer their theater,

is where I enter and perform my impossible feat.

Sarah Fuhro     November 2005

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A New Moon in Pisces, March 1, 2014

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 Saturday morning at 3:00 am, we will have the birth of a new Moon cycle.   Pisces Sun and Moon snuggle between Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in Pisces.  The potential for the dream, the vision, the healing power of meditation are all present, so is confusion, illusion, and mystification. Pisces is the realm where the spiritual is as tangible as the material, but for those of us locked into a material viewpoint, it can be a place of foggy confusion.

To put this all into words from the wordless ocean of Pisces, Mercury stands by in Aquarius.  He has only recently turned direct, and so has visited these watery shores, and will revisit them as he goes forward through Pisces.  Here he is looking over his shoulder to recall his journey in reverse from Pisces into Aquarius.

Mercury retrograde


We need his Aquarian mental clarity to translate the poetry of this particular Moon event.  Neptune is a ruler of Pisces and so deepens the message of Sun and Moon adrift in a sea of oneness. The healing nature of this sign is compassion, an opportunity to feel our deep connection with all.  Vulnerability becomes a means to deepen our understanding; Pisces is the ‘give away’ sign before the noisy entrance of the Sun into Aries and the Spring Equinox.

The Pluto/Jupiter opposition is in this mix as well.  Pluto in Capricorn with his powerful work of breaking down the old structures of government and business is in a sextile with the Piscean players.  His contact is most exact with Chiron, the healer.  Perhaps we will begin to envision a new and more compassionate form of healing.  As we remember that our bodies are the healers, we can trust the process of recovery, rather than see it as a battle to be won or lost.  Chiron, the great healer of the ancient world was a centaur, part man, part horse, and his connection to body recalls this animal part of our self, who knows what it needs to be healthy.



This is the Moon of Fearn, the Alder, a water loving tree, just as Pisces is a water loving sign!

Alder trunks are the pilings under the older sections of Venice and many medieval cathedrals.  The tree is linked to Bran the Blessed, who used his body as a bridge for his followers to cross the river Linon to safety.  He is a bridge between the worlds, and, after his death, his tribesman carried his head for seven years while he sang and prophesied. The head of Bran was then buried under the White Tower of London and is guarded by ravens, his special bird. The Alder can be used as a blood purifier and lymph cleanser.   It can guard the body as Bran guarded his people.


Jupiter in Cancer makes an exact trine with Sun and Moon as well as spilling over onto Neptune and Chiron, while standing in opposition to Pluto.  Uranus makes a square to both Pluto and Jupiter, creating a triangle with revolutionary potential.  During this ongoing square between Pluto and Uranus we have seen a number of revolutions seem to crumble into chaos, rather than open to possibility.  Is there another way to create change?

The Sabian Symbol for this new Moon is seems to refer to this quandary:   Men traveling a narrow path, seeking illumination.   The capacity inherent in every individual to seek, at whatever cost, an entrance to a transcendent realm of reality.   Walk ON!

New Moon in Pisces 2014

Sarah Fuhro

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