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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.

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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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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.

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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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Friday, the 13th of June will begin with a full Moon just after midnight.   Thirteen is an important number in the Moon cycle for it is the number of Moons in a solar year. This issue of Moon and Sun in calendar calculation has to be solved in a number of uncomfortable ways, rather like the problems of Cinderella’s step sisters when each tried to put her foot into the glass slipper. The earliest calendars were calculated on the Moon’s cycles, and Jewish and Islamic calendars remain lunar. The problems arise when a lunar calendar must correspond with the Sun’s journey in a solar world. Below is a picture of a stone age Moon calendar.

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            The fear of thirteen as an ‘unlucky’ number may be related to the persecution of those who kept to the lunar calendar, as this was considered a sign of witchcraft.   Since Friday is sacred to the goddess, and the planet, Venus, there was further fear of the contamination of the feminine in a polarized world view. To celebrate the revival of the feminine, witches, druids, and those who love the earth, turn toward the lunar calendar to enrich our sense of the sacredness of time and season. Friday the thirteenth is a day to celebrate a lost segment of our connection to cosmic time.

The Kiss

Does Time cease to move,

Till her calm grey eye

Expands to a sky

And the clouds of her hair

Like storms go by?

—Robert Graves

 

This is the Moon of Duir the Oak. It is the Moon of the Summer Solstice when the Oak King is defeated by the Holly King, and begins his departure to the South. He will not return to us in the North, until he renews his battle at the Winter Solstice.   Oak is the king of the forest trees. The Oak’s bird is the wren, tiniest of all. She represents the sacred aspect of life, we so often miss.

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      The opportunity to harmonize rather than polarize our way of looking at the world is given with each full Moon and this one is about the power and pleasures of rational thought (Gemini) and the observance of spirit (Sagittarius). In this chart, Jupiter who rules the sign of Sagittarius is in the Moon’s sign, Cancer. We each have the opportunity to celebrate our thoughts and our intuition with this full Moon. Jupiter is the only planet with an exact relationship to the Sun and Moon face off. His degree has the Sabian Symbol, ‘The Meeting of a Literary Society. ‘ This is a perfect image for the Gemini Sun/Sagittarius Moon. It’s a book club, where the pleasures of reading are shared in communication with friends, a mixture of intellectual activity (Gemini) and a social and spiritual gathering (Sagittarius).

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We have some other interesting markers in this chart as well. Mercury is rolling backward (retrograde) and will return to his sign of rulership (Gemini) soon. Here is the opportunity to rethink commitments, ideas, strategies. You may want to edit your writing project rather than plunging ahead with it.   You, and the rest of the world have this time to change your mind!

Venus and Saturn are also in opposition like Sun and Moon. Saturn is in retrograde and moving through old material. Wouldn’t this be a good opportunity since Saturn is in Scorpio, a sign of deep and serious excavation to look at your own history with Venus, who is in her natural sign of Taurus? What is your romantic history? If you know what sign Venus occupied when you were born, you can get a flavor of your outlook on love. There is another dimension to this opposition between Saturn and Venus. This is a good combination for any kind of artistic (Venus) work (Saturn). It could also be a time when financial efforts would pay off, if looked at with deep scrutiny.   What are your resources? If we think of Merlin and Nimue, we can see how these two planets have something to offer each other.   Each is in charge of a vital part of life, love (Venus) and work (Saturn). Until we love our work and work at our love, things never go right.

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Mars and Pluto are in a tight square. They are higher and lower expressions of each other. Mars is an everyday representation of action. Pluto is the deep and fateful expression of unintended consequences from our actions. Uranus is still with range to square Pluto and oppose Mars. If we observe our actions (Mars), and their consequences (Pluto), we have the potential to create an evolutionary step towards greater understanding of who really are (Uranus).

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Read the Sabian Symbols for this  Moon and it offers a deeper insight into the potential of this moment in time. The image for the Moon is ‘A group of immigrants as they fulfill the requirements of entrance into the new country. Consciously accepting the ways of a new stage of experience, in readiness for the opportunities it will present.’   Are we ready to be immigrants to a new land, where we will no longer know the ways of our past conditioning?

The Sun in Gemini: ‘Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree. The growth of spiritually creative processes in an at least relatively integrated mind.’ So we have fledglings and immigrants as our model for this full Moon moment when Sun and Moon face each other Friday at midnight. May you enjoy what the moment has to offer.

 

Sarah

 

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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Fuhro-Star-Flower-Alchemy-Astrology-Flower-Essences-and-Tarot/71299491502?ref_type=bookmark

 

Sabian Symbols are from An Astrological Mandala. Dane Rudhyar. From the work of Marc Edmund Jones.

 

 

 

 

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 Full Moon of March 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM EDT

            I have just returned from ten days of travel in Southern California, desert, and blossoms.  A gentle snow greets me home in Massachusetts so I can better orient myself to the transformation of spring we all await!

This full Moon belongs to Queen Esther; it is the Purim Moon.   Esther was chosen queen to replace a rebellious wife of the Persian King Ahasuerus.  She was able to save her people from a plot to destroy the Jews by Haman, jealous vizier to the King.   Instead the villain was strung up and Esther, and her uncle Mordecai, who kept her in touch with what was happening on the ground were honored.

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             Purim refers to the drawing of lots, to gambling, fate, The Wheel of Fortune.  It is a day to remember we don’t always know who, or what is ‘good.’ and who is ‘bad.’ The tale is told in the Book of Esther, and is celebrated with the reading of the story, costumes, cookies and the suggestion that it is good to drink liquor until you cannot tell the difference between pious Uncle Mordecai and the evil villain, Haman.   And here are the cookies called Hamantashen, named for his hat?  Or is there some other imagery for this special treat!

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            And doesn’t Esther sound very much like Ishtar, goddess of fertility, love, sex and war, all associated with the planet Venus!  And could Easter and the soon to arrive spring equinox have anything to do with all of this?!    Please note Ishtar’s wonderful feet!

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            Now let’s look at the chart of the Purim full Moon!   Since we are discussing Venus, lady of the night, Ishtar and the brave Queen Esther, let’s look at the location of the planet Venus on this special day.   Venus is in the constellation Aquarius, a rather quirky love goddess.   Freedom in relationships is important when Venus is in Aquarius.  The Sabian Symol for the degree of this Venus works very well for the Purim story: A Man Who Had For A Time Become The Embodiment Of A Popular Ideal Is Made To Realize That As A Person He Is Not This Ideal. 

Like Haman, who had once been the favorite of the King, the mighty have fallen.  The key to this symbol and perhaps one of the lessons of the Purim story is ‘self-reevaluation.’

Mars and Saturn are in retrograde motion.  We may have to go back over old territory.  Saturn is in trine to the Sun and is trine to Moon.  This may slow the progress of something we want, but also offer that opportunity to look carefully at motive and detail.   Like Queen Esther, we have to move strategically and patiently to reach our goal.  Patience is the lesson we learn from Saturn.  Saturn and Mercury are square so that we have to especially careful with our communication.  Senator Feinstein’s angry confrontation of the CIA over destruction of electronic records of torture, and her accusation that they spied on the Senate oversight committee is a good model of what  happens when Saturn in Scorpio (dark matters—both torture and spying) goes retrograde, reawakening an issue of the past, and electronic communication (Mercury in Aquarius).

Full Moon in Virgo 2014

 

The Full Moon is, as always, the cosmic reminder that we are both particular (Virgo Moon) and universal (Pisces Sun).  There is a story of a rabbi who carried a piece of paper in his left pocket which said: the universe was created for you.  In the other pocket, was another paper upon which was written: You are a speck of dust in the cosmos.  This particular polarity of Sun and Moon can be felt at this level of magnitude.   The Sun in Pisces is about faith, compassion and releasing all that separates.  The Moon is Virgo is about analysis, the appraisal of differences and service.  Feel and honor them both during this full Moon period!

Sun and Moon square the Galactic Center, connecting us to the heart of the Milky Way and the transmissions that emanate from the cosmos.   The Sabian Symbol for the Sun suggests we are all trying to do the best we can: The Harvest Moon Illumines A Clear Autumnal Sky. With the keynote: The light of fulfillment that blesses work well done.  Consummation.

Best wishes on your journey!    Celebrate the arrival of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and the arrival of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, which will happen Thursday.  I’m always happy to hear your thoughts and comments!   Sarah Fuhro    Sarahbeagl@aol.com

I Search the Moon for the Meaning of Life

And what is life?

and  what, I wonder,  death?

And who is the full Moon of Esther?

She, who shines her light

through the  grey trees

like a dentist peering

into a black mouth

of Alpine teeth

with a tiny flashlight.

She, who casts the net

of shadow branches

upon the icy road

where I walk, leashed

to my old,

and, I suppose,

dying dog.

My old and distant dog,

no longer his once

insistent self, but

private, searching,

for the answer:

what is life?

and what is death?

Sarah Fuhro March 2007

 

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Full Moon of January 15, 2014

With the bitter cold of early January, we felt the full impact of the Capricorn Sun accompanied by Pluto and Mercury, the keynotes of the January 1st new Moon.  That new Year, new Moon chart illustrated the theme of intense communication.  Did you find yourself embroiled in debate, or in poetic inspiration, or conversing with friends at a deep level of passion and honesty?  Did you begin a project that will take you into deep waters of emotion expressed in words:  a book, a letter long postponed, an important conversation?   And, while we may all have become wary and weary of resolutions to begin a new year, perhaps the energy from this particular fresh start, may actually carry us towards the goals we have envisioned.

Two weeks later, at the full Moon, the Sun has his eye clearly focused on his queen.  The Moon is in Cancer, the sign she rules and illuminates.  She rides high as full Moon each year opposite Saturn’s Capricorn Sun.  The Sun in Capricorn is considered in ‘detriment,’ but perhaps we can transcend the ‘ruler’ and ‘detriment’ labels to see the luminaries sharing their combined wisdom. The full Moon is always the opportunity to develop our ingenuity in bipolar understanding.  The sensitivity and feeling nature of the Moon in Cancer sheds light on Capricorn’s urge to be grounded in earthy manifestation.  The Capricorn Sun is all about institutions and structures; Cancer suggests we try to treat each other as members of an ever-evolving family.

The low lying winter Sun in Capricorn sometimes seems extremely bright because he never rises very high in the sky and may be reflected off the white snow.   The high flying Moon in Cancer speaks of the frozen seas of the Northern Hemisphere, while blessing Southern beaches with her mysterious light.   Both are in square to Vesta and Ceres, two asteroids who have come to our attention as we awaken to the shared pain of our earth, who reels from exploitation, greed and neglect, and strikes back with powerful surges of extreme weather conditions. How have we come to separate ourselves from our matrix, planet earth?   Vesta asks: what is our commitment to our body, our home, our hearth.   Ceres is Demeter, the mother who lost her daughter to the realm of Pluto and mourned winter into existence.  As modern people we may have forgotten the power of Ceres, but we are a part of her and her suffering is felt by us all.

While the Sun and Moon are in counter balance so are Jupiter in Cancer, opposite Pluto and Venus in Capricorn.   Pluto entered Capricorn at the same time as the financial ‘meltdown’ in 2008, and travels slowly, but relentlessly through that sign.  When Senator Markey, born in the sign of Cancer, says in front of Congress that Capitalism does not support our population, you know the times are changing. Since Capricorn is very much about corporate and government structures, and Pluto always shows us the malfunction of whatever sign he visits, all this makes perfect sense. Capricorn knows how things should be built to last, but Pluto demands that the teardown of old structures has to take place before new foundations can be laid. Capricorn builds the house, Cancer turns it into a home.  Cancer is about the eternal structure of the family, which as banks and government institutions appear to be floundering, becomes the support system of all those who have been abandoned by the contract between worker and employer, while at the same time, the social safety net is threatened. The problem is that families may also be highly dysfunctional with Pluto in Capricorn.  This may be the opportunity to remember that as earth’s children, we always have a home, complete with a huge extended family.

Much of the chart is involved in an ongoing grand cross in the cardinal signs.  A shift is pushed in these signs, the locations of the seasonal changes. Uranus in fiery Aries (sign of the spring equinox)  demands  we listen to the transformational possibilities all around us.  Jupiter and Moon in Cancer (sign of the summer solstice) balance Uranus’ fiery rhetoric with the emotional truth that resides in the element of water.  Mars, Vesta and Ceres dwell in airy Libra (the fall equinox) and remind us of balance and justice.  And of course, Sun Venus and Pluto in Capricorn (the winter solstice) are there for responsible and well-grounded earth element stability.

We can’t finish without a look at Saturn, the power behind the throne.  Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn and is in trine to Cancer Moon and in sextile to the Sun.  He’s in the depths of Hades in Scorpio, reminding us that there are important layers below, or beyond those visible on the physical plane.  He injects the mystery of the underworld, a place as busy and full of evolutionary impulse, as what we call our world.

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How all the animals become nocturnal—

Nocturnal happened when there was no room

by day for foxes, for owls for moles or voles.

All the daylight was consumed by people,

who stay in at night, watch TV and sleep.

In the daytime folks rush here and there,

digging, spraying, cutting, and pointing.

They drive cars, pedal mountain bikes

and walk well worn paths with their dogs.

But they have no truck with darkness.

Animals are now best able to roam under stars.

Even beavers, those busy engineers,

work silently all the night long shift.

Coyotes turn in at dawn, dark shadows,

who work the quiet suburban street in lamplight.

Deer may venture out in sunlight,

but they save their important work for night.

While possum is the ghost who reminds us

that we don’t know the half of it.

Sarah Fuhro January 2014

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