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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.

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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.’

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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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When the time of the new Moon approaches, I watch the sky in the early morning for that last sight of her as she prepares to rise with the Sun, soon to be lost in his bright arms.

waning Moon

waxing moon                                                                                                                     (both Moon photos by http://photo.accuweather.com)

But in the evening, I mark the progress of the almost full Moon, as she sails off on her own.

Saturday, August 29, the full Moon will culminate at 2:35 pm on the East Coast of North America. She will rise at 7:17 in New England, as the Sun sets. This is the full Moon of the month of Coll, Hazel, the dowser, the intuitive, the healer.

Full oon of coll 2015The Moon will be in the sign of Pisces; the Sun is in Virgo. The Moon is in close company with the planet Neptune, while the Sun is cheek and jowl with Jupiter. Jupiter and Neptune are the planetary ‘rulers’ of the sign of Pisces. This gives a tremendous emphasis to Pisces, the sign of the Moon.  It will mean this full Moon will express the energy of these two planets in opposition, just as the luminaries (Sin and Moon) are in opposition.   And opposition begins in tension, but evolves into integration of different impulses and priorities.

Both Virgo and Pisces have connection to healing, and especially to the diagnostic and intuitive aspect of healing. This would be an excellent time to take stock of your health and your relationship to your body, and to the planet, which is our larger body.   The Moon is a mirror for each of us in the sky. As she enters Pisces Saturday afternoon, we might meditate on our health and the love and care we extend our own person.

An opposition between the planets associated with Pisces, Jupiter and Neptune comes to full expression in this bright Moon in Pisces.   The watery expression of Pisces and Neptune in Pisces can be put into earthy form with the Virgo Sun and Virgo Jupiter. We could say this is not only the fullest expression of the Moon’s cycle, but is also a culminating moment for the sign of Pisces….because the planetary rulers can each convey their contribution to this watery archetype.

VIII of CupsPisces is all about art, and about music especially. Illusion, delusion are possible side effects here. Yet a concern about ‘reality’ is often a barrier to full artistic expression. I often see clients struggling with a deep desire to develop and find support in an artistic or spiritual field but who fear putting their faith in their ability to find support in the vocation they yearn for. Strangely, when people jump into the work they love, money seems to take on another character. They may not make as much as they did in a job they hated, but their life has different flavor, one of deep satisfaction. Is this part of the Piscean promise? If you let go of certainty, will you will find yourself on a road with no visible endpoint, but with the gift of wholeness, much like the VIII of Cups

Virgo’s season is the time of the harvest, while Pisces’ season is early spring. We are at the transition point just before the equinox, where the change of season stirs around us. And with each full Moon, we get a hint of where all this began, as we prepare for autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, the full Moon in Pisces reminds us of the sweet hopes of early spring as she rises in the late summer sky.

There is another pair of planets who will mark the character of this full Moon. Mars and Venus are conjunct in the sunny sign of Leo. Mars and Venus are a pair at this time though often seen as opposite forces.  Venus attracts what she wants, Mars moves out into the world to get what he wants.  Both are concerned with how we use our energy and our sexuality.  At the full Moon they are singing in harmony adding charm and vital attraction to Moon’s powerful manifestation.  Venus is moving in retrograde motion, i.e. backwards these days and Mars is moving in direct motion, and on September 1st they will form a perfect conjunction. The Sabian Symbol for their meeting point is ‘A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.’Keynote: The more or less sensational release of energies in a form dramatizing the unconscious aspirations of man’s primitive and instinctual nature.

What are these ‘unconscious aspirations of man’s primitive and instinctual nature’?   Might they be, like the voices of the Inland - Street Parade 2011August insects, unified in praise of all of life, and will they swell with the full Moon’s appearance on the horizon as she rises over the trees?   Is a parade part of humanity’s ‘primitive and instinctual nature’ to be in unity with the whole    of humankind? The Ridgeways of England and the huge highways leading into Chaco Canyon were once used for festival processions to celebrate high points of the year.   They provided the opportunity for tribal reunions, for courtship, for trading, and for sharing news. At this time of year as harvest showers us with gifts, we naturally can feel the ‘sensational release of energies.’

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photos by Sarah Fuhro

Summer Chant  Sarah Fuhro

Summer evening chant
begins with the heart beat
of the blood rhythm drum.
A shrill chorus and refrain
join the song, strike the notes
of harmony with the pulse,
as the high voices reach out
and become united in praise.
Suddenly the vastness
of all things grips me.
If I thought wildness
could now, or ever
be destroyed,
by the harsh familiar,
here, or anywhere,
in this ravaged, wounded world,
I understand all in a moment
why that can never be.
Because the song of praise
for her, she, who rises above the trees,
returns the trampled earth
to dust and bone and water
here all begins anew,
called forth, called out
in insect throat and rattle.
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.

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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.

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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

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.  

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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.

Bob Fuhro photo

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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The Rowan tree celebrates the festival of Imbolc (Ground Hog’s Day, Candlemass Day) and offers us the protection of her pentacle on each berry. The birds are grateful for these berries, and feed on them until spring comes with new food.

bird and rowan berries

The full Moon in Leo is the opportunity to feel our own creative power, balanced with the needs and creativity of the community (Aquarius Sun). This particular full Moon is in the company of Jupiter, who expands the already generous and creative energy of the Leo Moon. This warms and stimulates the cool, airy Sun and retrograde Mercury in Aquarius. Traditionally, Sun in Aquarius is considered diminished because he is opposite the Sun’s home sign, Leo. And, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, his rays are feeble during Aquarian days in January and February. Yet when Aquarian Sun and Leo Moon face one another, as they will this Tuesday there is an excitement and growing sense of light and heat returning! Aquarius Sun/Leo Moon dazzles with new ideas, innovation. Jupiter with the Moon and Mercury with the Sun increase the desire to communicate in a generous way.

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This year the Rowan full Moon takes place during the celebration of Imbolc, one of the most important holidays in the Druid’s calendar. This is a celebration of the goddess Bride, midwife, healer, poet and smith. It is a holiday dedicated to feminine energy, but on a very wide spectrum. Perhaps, since this celebration takes place during the time Aquarius, a masculine, but androgynous sign, we can better understand ‘the feminine’ as a symbol of humanity.

Dorothy McLean, one of the founders of Findhorn speaks for the Snowdrop in her Seeds of Inspiration:

I am glad that you have to contact, mfor although my forces here are tenuous, the contact is one that I am glad to renew……A tender regard from humans means much in our worlds.

Imbolc means ewe’s milk. At this time lambs are born in the dark barn of winter. The Snowdrop pushes her way through the snow to celebrate this turning point in the year, when we at last begin to collect daylight with later sunsets and earlier sunrise. Imbolc is the chance to give thanks for a glimpse of faraway spring, it’s Groundhog Day, and winter is on the way out the door.

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Here’s my Imbolc poem!

Imbolc

The Full Moon is buried in our lungs,

she breathes with us. Our heart’s in a hurry

to keep up with the passage of sweet air

as it fills and empties from the magic chest

held within, the holy ghost, the spirit place

the toolbox, the home sweet home.

The White Lady draws nigh,

evening comes later. Feel her

breath as she approaches,

leaves muddy footprints in the new snow,

and promises that someday, one day

spring will be here, hot, with chill overtones.

Soundless, she is the moss under crystal,

treasure of February glass on small ponds,

a bird of early arrival, the fox,

as he leaves his lair to venture forth

on a cold morning with breakfast

in mind after long hunger.

Uranus in Aries makes a fiery trine to the Moon and a helpful sextile to the Sun. He continues to square Pluto and we continue to feel the déjà vu of issues fought out in the late sixties when these two were in conjunction. Mars and Chiron are sextile to Pluto and Ceres and they form a Yod to the Moon-Jupiter combination. A Yod is a finger of energy focused upon a point in the chart where we might overlook the significance of a planet(s) placement.   This Yod furthers the powerful drive towards a shift in consciousness, which must occur in each of us if we are to imagine, and then manifest, beyond dualism towards unity. .   The challenge of this time is in Rumi’s famous quote: ‘Out beyond ideas of wrong and right, there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.’

Leo Full Moon 2015`

Leo rules the heart and the spine, love and courage, Aquarius, the ankles and the circulation system, support and movement within. Aquarius moves our perceptions beyond gender, race or nationality. As we enter the ‘Age of Aquarius,’ which lasts around two thousand years, we see a deep shift from the duality of two sexes to a spectrum view of male and female. Our culture’s change of view on gay, lesbian and trans gender realities is a reflection of this.   Leo gives the joyful experience of self-acceptance and full expression. We are about to experience our own creativity as it intertwines with the larger Aquarius/Leo experience.

lunar bone

This is a very old lunar calendar.   But a newer version, the 2015 Lunar Calendar is still available at www.thelunapress.com

2015 lunar calendar coover

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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 Rowan’s Invitation to New Realms        

24alps-blog480The ‘Step Into the Void’ enclosure in the French Alps. Robert Pratta/Reuters

“You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves…..” Mary Oliver

New Moon in Rowan 2015

Last month the new Moon began with the first degree of Capricorn, hours after the Winter Solstice. What a brilliant package of cosmic activation! Once again, the beginning of the Lunar Cycle and the entry of the Sun into a new constellation coincide. Aquarius Sun and new Moon are located at 00 degrees. Same message, but in Aquarian flavor. Celebrate the opportunity for a new start with a special ritual or song! Find someplace in your life, where you have postponed exploration. Capricorn suggests looking to the past for ancestral inspiration. Aquarius is ready for novel exploration.

Saturn

Saturn guides both signs, and he makes a nice connection to the Sun and Moon from his perch in Sagittarius. When Saturn is visiting Sagittarius, he tries to make himself comfortable through orthodox belief systems, while at the same time he is fascinated with an ideal future. Saturn is closing in on a square to Mars and Neptune. This makes the frenetic desire for an agreed upon philosophical or religious truth quite messy and confusing. The impulse to get everyone in agreement runs into the vagaries of Neptune and the diffuse anger of Mars in Pisces conjunct Neptune. It may seems obvious that the terrorism of ISIL and the recent violence in France is not conducive to the cause and long term goals of those involved, but what about our own more insular desires to be ‘right’?

rowan pentacle

This is the Moon of Rowan (Mountain Ash in America) or Luis. The Rowan tree has a connection to the realm of the Fae. She is the sacred tree of Imbolc which will take place at the time of the full Moon. It suggests both enchantment (Neptune) and protection from the power of enchantment though the Star of Venus. While the earth in Northern places is frozen, The Moon of Luis is a traditional time to venture into the lands of unknown places in vision and dream, but don’t forget the way back!

celtictreeRowan

Vanessa Card’s drawing of the Rowan Tree from the Celtic Tree Oracle

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 Lunar Calendar at http://www.thelunarpress keeps you in touch with the Moon all year long!

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