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A Grapevine New moon eclipses the sun-by Sarah Fuhro

A New Moon Eclipses the Sun

Grape-sWe enter eclipse season with a tender new Moon in Muin (the Vine) on September 13. There will be a partial eclipse of the Sun visible only in the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere. To understand that the Moon, invisible to us when she is ‘new’ blocks our view of the Sun during a solar eclipse is stunning, and a clue to our own limits and possibilities of perception.partial eclipse of the Sun     
According to the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new Moon and Sun meeting, this new Moon will be about ‘group integration.’ Since the conjunction takes place opposite Chiron the ‘wounded healer.’ we know this is a special moment to consider what powers we have to heal those around us and to contemplate what heals our wounds.

While Virgo is often described as a sign that likes time alone, the degree of the new Moon reminds us that Virgo is also a tribal treasure, involved in ‘group integration.’ The Virgo talent for ‘discrimination,’ can be traced

Hands holding wheat

to her season, which precedes the moment of the fall equinox. Imagine those who have the task to search the community’s grain at harvest season. Virgo must choose which seeds will be made into bread for the long winter, and which will be kept aside for the   next spring’s planting. These were the early plant geneticists. The picture below, is of the group activity of harvest, and the circle of threshing which releases the seed from the shell.

harvest threshing

Nutrition and natural healing are associated with Virgo energy, and the house that Virgo rules.   Like the digestive system of the body, Virgo takes in nourishment, determines where and how each molecule will be distributed. But the intestinal track, which Virgo rules is also a highly ‘wired’ network of nerves.   We receive information from our gut, which warns about unhealthy food and dangerous situations.

New Moon in Muin 2015The Virgo Pisces axis illustrated in this chart is one of deep compassionate concern and focus upon the issue of health. The planet Uranus is also involved in the mix. He brings the electric excitement of his own nature and the fiery sign of Aries where he is located. He adds a touch of novel investigation into the issue of health and nutrition. Aside from what you have been told, what is your relationship to ingestion and digestion, both in the realm of food, and the realm of thought and feeling?

Mercury is the planet which lies opposite Uranus, and this is significant, especially since Uranus is considered the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury, and Mercury ‘rules’ Virgo. Mercury will go retrograde on September 17, allowing greater access to our non-rational brain, and a reminder to be aware of each moment and how we are living that moment.

Mercury is in the sign of Libra, the next sign in the zodiac after Virgo, and the symbol of the scales continues the theme of the harvest, with gathering, threshing, differentiating the grain and then weighing the harvest in the scales of Libra, what has been gained or lost.

Uranus is associated with society’s ever evolving thought process. We have seen a revolution in a very short time around the issue of gay marriage and gay rights. These transformative movements are part of the ‘work’ of Uranus.   First it must be the few brave individuals who speak out….the Prometheus aspect of Uranus.   These people face of the wrath of the old forms of societal organization and beliefs.   But then the ‘unthinkable’ acceptance of new ways of life become the norm.

Virgo and Pisces, the opposition between Sun/Moon and Chiron speak of boundaries. Virgo is careful of boundaries. Pisces would dissove them. Both processes are important in our lives.    Europe at this moment is going through a crisis of boundaries. It seems inevitable that Europe will include a larger and larger mixture of people from around the world. The refugees knocking at European doors are from countries colonized in the last century or two. The photogragh of a small child dead in the waters that separate one group of people from another may have brought the European nations to their senses. And what photo of a Honduran or Mexican child will finally open the hearts of America?

This is the new Moon of Rosh Hoshannah, which begins at sunset on September 13. The New Year is marked with the blowing of the ram’s horn, the shofar. Perhaps Uranus in Aries, the sign of the ram, will have a powerful message for us, as individuals and as humanity, bringing us one step closer to the ‘group integration’ mentioned in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new moon.

Cottontail

Rabbit
A rabbit is leaping about in me,
now in my heart, now in my throat.
This rabbit is the moon rabbit,
and she is covered in blue, white fur.
The rabbit tells me summer
is finished and harvest is next.
The sound of her little forest feet
is like the beating of my heart.
Sojourner rabbit,
moves like the wild grape vine
travels in a zig zag rythm.
So soon, the dusty grape
takes precedence over the berry,
Meanwhile the troubled salmon
bumps his anxious nose
along the narrow drying stream
near the bunny’s retreat
and remembers the deep pool
bowed over by hazel nuts,
which has called out his spiral return.
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.