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Libra New Moon of Gort 2014

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            We are at the point of balance between dark and light.   Monday night the equinox perfects that line of demarcation, and by Wednesday, the day of the New Moon, we are walking into the darker half of the year where we find what we could not see in bright light. There are other forces for change at work here as well. Pluto who has been traveling in what would seem ‘backward’ (retrograde) motion has stopped to change direction on Monday night just before the moment of the equinox. This takes place at 11° Capricorn, where the Sabian Symbol reminds us we have ‘The ability to explore unfamiliar realms and discover the laws underlying the complex processes of nature.’

Super Glalctic Center

The Sun and new Moon begin the journey of the next lunar month at 1° 07’ of Libra a hot spot in cosmic geography known at the Super Galactic Center. The Milky Way revolves around this black hole, and it is has a powerful parallel for anyone obsessively in love. Astrologer Philip Sedgewick makes a parallel to this kind of relationship to explain the power of the black hole..  Remember that Libra has much to with relationships, which are to be an act of balance.


‘As reported in Carlos Castaneda’s The Art of Dreaming, one of Castaneda’s initiations consisted of encountering a nagual, or sorcerer, known as the Defier of Death. The Defier carried a reputation as one of the oldest living sorcerers who would appear and make a deal with Castaneda. The nagual needed Carlos’ energy to continue on and would grant him something in return. It had to be an agreed deal – nothing could be surmised or assumed by presence or proximity. Castaneda persisted in just trying to “give” his energy to the sorcerer, but she (who was just recently a “he”) would have nothing of it. Don Juan, the sorcerer under whom Castaneda studied for years, warned Castaneda that this transaction could kill him and yet, was unavoidable. As the deal went down, the sorcerer granted Castaneda the ability to dream and gain total intra-dimensional perception such that he could perceive the nature of energy. Castaneda slipped into an altered state of consciousness that apparently lasted overnight. When Don Juan finally found Castaneda, he had existed in the shifted consciousness for nine days. As one in love often reports, “How time flies when you’re having ecstatic fun.” Regardless, an extreme, possibly cosmic energy transaction resulted, mutually benefiting both parties, despite the potentially doubtful appearances of the deal.’ http://www.philipsedgwick.com/Galactic/ZS.htm.

Black hole

Another powerful place in this chart is the square between Mars in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces.   Mars in Pisces knows that he is right and justice demands action. Neptune in Pisces looks into an oceanic miasma and asks how Mars can be so certain. Mars in Sagittarius can combine with Neptune in Pisces through song and meditation. This might be the combination which will change the political climate. As the righteous anger of Mars combines with the compassion of Neptune, love and deep understanding may prove to be a greater weapon than anger.

Gort is the Moon of Ivy, a vine which grows in spirals, a representation of resurrection, to return again on each spiral round of the journey.   It was ivy that Bacchanals chewed in their mad revels in honor of Dionysus. Ivy is the traditional symbol of the wine tavern in England.   it seems a suitable symbol for the astrology chart which also moves in endless circles round our earth.      ivy pub sign

Libra new Moon 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.

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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.



            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.



      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).


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.




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).


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.




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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