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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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Aries

Aries

Noble disguise:

I assert rightness and truth, not just for my self but, for everyone’s sake

Noble distraction:

I am called to take action and not sit around. I must strike first before I am struck. If I don’t get my idea out first, someone else will steal it.
I must get to the front of the line so I won’t have to wait or be disappointed because there is not enough for everyone.
My aggressive tendencies will be noticed and I will be attacked.

Underlying fear:

There isn’t a self-I don’t exist except in action or movement. Is it safe to be here?

Resolved Self:

All the Universe resounds with the cry ‘I am.’
You and I are One. Promotion of Self is promotion of ALL selves

TaurusTaurus

Noble disguise:

I assert love and devotion for the earth and all things of the earth

Noble distraction:

It’s important to stop and appreciate the road I travel. Also to make sure it’s the right road and the right way to travel. I had better be sure before I go any further. How can I be sure the future will be what I want if I can’t see, hear, touch, smell or feel it?
Is there enough?
Why doesn’t life flow more smoothly?
Is what’s happening now as good as what happened in the past or what might happen in the future?
Why can’t I have more pleasure?

Underlying fear:

I can’t have what I want.
Form and material is all there is

Resolved Self:

As above so below, as below, so above.

I am a force of Nature

GeminiGemini

Noble disguise:

I am an expert at mental flexibility

Noble distraction:

It’s important to cover every possible avenue of activity and thought.
I will be devastated if anyone points out a blind spot.
Once I commit to a decision I fear I will be trapped by the limits of that choice. I certainly don’t want to become obsessed or one sided.
I can take care of any unpleasant feelings with my powerful thought process, which comforts me with Mercurial agreement.

Underlying fear:

I may be quite mad. The ticking of my brain is what is causing my indecision.
I will cease to exist if I am not in motion between two ideas/ideals/contrasts etc. I will cease to exist if I stay still/in one place

Resolved Self

I am a thought of the great thinker
I am a microcosmic version of the macrocosmic reality of the necessity of Diversity.

CancerCancer

Noble disguise:

I give until it hurts- caring more than anyone else does.  I know what the correct emotional stance should be in this situation.

Noble distraction:

The tides must be right before I take any action. Is the Moon in the right phase and sign for me to proceed? At what time and on what day should I proceed?
Are other people out there doing this too, or will I look like some kind of oddball? Who will support me and back me up?

Underlying fear:

There is no rhyme or reason to anything. I will be left without support and nurturance.  I am not worthy of being cared for by others/the Universe

Resolved Self:

I am at home in the arms of the Great Mother.
The Universe cares for me. I am cared for by those who are capable of doing so

LeoGlyphLeo

Noble Disguise:

Known for my bravery, I do and say things others are afraid to touch.

Noble distraction:

Watch my style not what I do. I am Solar! If my style does not shine like the Sun, nothing will convince me of its worth.
If I allow you to see anything about me, I must be certain you will be aware of my chosen status as representative of the life force.
I hold up a mirror to the Sun instead of feeling the Sun within.

Underlying fear:

I can’t be sure of my worthiness. quieter.

Resolved Self:

I am part of the great radiance We are all radiant Suns

virgoVirgo

Noble disguise:

I am “less” than others- I am smaller, less radiant.   It is not necessary for me to display my Self except as a reflection in my service to others.

Noble distraction:

I perform service in a Mercurial style. Would someone please interrupt me! Doesn’t anyone else need me more than I am needed here? I am only slightly better than a beginner. I can never fully help anyone because I am not good enough at my chosen form of service. The distracted field ambulance driver races from casualty to casualty, never completing the task because of the fear of poor performance.

Underlying fear:

I can’t do this well enough so I won’t focus on it. I can’t seem to organize all the strands of my life.

Resolved Self:

Order is a preexisting condition in the Universe. I align with the natural order; I need not create it from scratch.

LIBRALibra

Noble disguise:

I have patience, moldability and am willing to dedicate myself to beauty and harmony.

Noble distraction:

I vanquish unpleasant conflicts, to bring balance to the situation. I don’t want to go toofar in any direction. I constantly try to be fair and see both sides.

Is there some way I can take this conflict to another realm of justice? Could we talk about something else?
The Beauty way is the balanced way, but where does the point of balance lie?

Underlying fear:

I may be pushed too far out to be safe. I am taking up too much time/space.

Resolved Self:

Where there is beauty there is balance, but sometimes I have to walk out to meet that place of balance.
My full presence is essential to the Other

scorpioScorpio

Noble disguise:

I wait in profound silence for others to notice the obvious.

Noble distraction:

I have an uncanny ability to get to the bottom of what others skate over.
There is always a deeper and darker reason for the appearance of all things.
I can’t look at what is before me, because that is not its true form. I may never be able to communicate what I find at these lower levels because other people seem to overlook so much of reality.

Underlying fear:

I am alone in a subterranean world.
I am truly empty- there is nothing beneath the passions, complexities- just an abyss.

Resolved Self:

I acknowledge and accept the whole spectrum of human experience. There is nothing to defend, protect or attack.

sagittariusSagittarius

Noble disguise:

Let me show you the bright, the celestial side of this!

Noble distraction:

There is so much to explore and celebrate. I won’t have time for everything I want to do in this lifetime. I will sample what I can, and imagine the rest in a perfect universal order which only I know about.

Underlying fear:

I may be missing out on something important. I may be on the wrong spiritual track.

Resolved Self:

What ever I am doing right now is part of the great plan. My vision and goals include the Totality.

capricornsymbolCapricorn

Noble disguise:

Why don’t you let me do that for you!

Noble distraction:

There is so much to be done and done well. Other people don’t seem to be able to do anything right and I have to do it for them. I see no reason for all this incompetence and I certainly start with myself in trying to stamp it out.
Even though I don’t work quickly, I work thoroughly and for some reason things just come out right.
And no, I can’t stop to meditate right now.

Underlying fear:

I may not be able to bear the burden of keeping chaos at bay.

Resolved Self:

Everything seems to be unfolding just as it should. I am bone in love with flesh.

Aquarius_svg Aquarius

 Noble disguise:

I’m just like everyone else, but with better suggestions for helping the situation.

Noble distraction:

Nothing should be accepted the way it is. There is no point in shoring up a rotting system. I’m sure with an entirely new approach to problems we can solve them. There’s no point in doing this over and over again. Let’s start anew.
I never feel as if I can get other people to see the obvious benefit of my approach, so I shall have to go it alone.

Underlying fear:

The voices I hear are not perceptible to anyone else.

Resolved Self:

I can find the balance between what I know and the universe knows. My uniqueness is assured. I need not re-create it

Pisces-GlyphPisces

Noble Disguise:

You can count on me to always be there for you.

Noble distraction:

I may be over my head any moment now so I have to find dry ground to put my feet down. Things are falling apart around here, and I have to constantly work to save those in greatest danger even if it means that I sacrifice my own existence.
I hear such beautiful music, but am fearful that it is the sound of the dissolution and I will be sucked into the vortex. I will grab any straw that comes my way.

Underlying fear:

I do not exist.

Resolved Self:

I do not have to struggle to exist. I am what I am.
In the midst of Totality, I am not lost, but am found. My presence is clear.

Written  by Sarah Fuhro, inspired by a concept from Lynn McKenna.  Published in The Mountain Astrologer 2012
Lynn McKenna is a singer-songwriter, astrologer and psychotherapist LDMDERSTAR@aol.com
Sarah Fuhro is a professional astrologer and flower essence practitioner. http://www.starfloweralchemy.com.
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