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Full Moon of Tinne-August 1, 2012 by Sarah Fuhro
The full Moon of Tinne (Holly) will cast light upon the celebration of Lughnasadh this
August 1st at 11:27 EDT. The Fire Festival of Lughnasadh is associated with the Sun in Leo and
with the Perseaid meteor showers. Lughnasadh recalls the turning point when migrating people
settled into farming communities. As the first of three harvest festivals, Lughnasadh gives
thanks for the security of stored food, which does not have to be hunted down, but also
acknowledges a sadness or nostalgia for the wandering life of the nomadic hunters and gatherers
who travel from place to place with the seasons. Grain and bread is honored at this time. The
Anglo Saxons called this time Lammas or loaf day when bread was brought to the church to be
blessed and tenant farmers owed their percentage of grain to the landlord. It is still the name for
the month of August in Ireland.
Wheels, which are set alight and roll down hills into rivers and lakes mark the
disappearance of the Sun into the long night of winter. Mourning is a theme, and sacrifice, as in
the death of the grain to the knives of our harvest. At Teltown in Ireland, funeral games
commemorate the death of Tailtiu, foster mother of the hero-god Lugh. She died plowing the
land of Ireland for agriculture. Yet it’s also a time of marriage, and ‘trial’ marriages were begun
at the ‘funeral games.’
Flowers associated with Lughnasadh (and Sun in Leo) are Sunflower and the blossom of
Angelica. The root of Angelica is gathered while the Sun is in Leo to be distributed at Samhain
as protection from the demons. The flower essence of Sunflower is used to turn clients to the
brightness of the Sun, to his love of all upon whom he shines and to the radiant pattern held in
the flower. Angelica provides protection from our fears.
This Leonic fire festival is the moment of the soul’s celebration. The process of growing
grain, cutting down the heads, separating chaff from seed, grinding the grain between millstones,
mixing it with yeast and water, cooking it in a fiery oven, and then devouring the loaf symbolize
the long story of our spirit’s development which is never finished and rarely accessible to our
understanding. Leo (the Sun’s sign) represents the ego and the soul. The process, which
separates the wheat from the chaff, is experienced as the Sun begins to weaken and thin.
This is a time of year when the planet Uranus often seems to be in charge with sudden
and unexpected events falling one after another. Perhaps this is because Uranus shares
responsibility with Saturn for the Aquarian nature of the full Moon as she shines in the opposite
sign to Leo. On this particular occasion of the full Moon, Uranus, the revolutionary, and fire
brand will be in a sextile contact to thel Moon in Aquarius and is trine to the Sun in Leo. The
creative heart must be heard and acted upon (Sun in Leo), but in a way that is unique and
contributes to community evolution (full Moon in Aquarius).
Uranus himself is in the close company of asteroid Pallas Athena, the goddess of holy
wisdom. And, of course, that square between Uranus and Pluto mentioned so many times is still
in effect, which, intensifies and powers the Uranian impulse. Think of the Fool in the Tarot
deck: The Fool card is connected to Uranus, and this full Moon chart seems to revolve around The
Fool’s journey. He is forever held at a point of taking the next step towards an unknown
destination. But he is not alone or unprepared. Wisdom from past incarnations, and experiences
is carried over his shoulder in his knapsack. He is in the company of his joyful little pal, the
white dog. The internal sun of the psyche shines from the sky, and the esoteric combination of
passion and purified desire, (the white rose), are his map to show him the way. If all else fails, he
has the red feather of intuition held over his third eye to keep him on track. At this full Moon,
Uranus connects to Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron, Pallas Athena, the
Lunar nodes, Vesta, Ceres and Jupiter. This is a highly integrated chart, a chart in which each
planet has a responsibility to work at a high level of individual expression (Sun in Leo) to bring
all of us into a new societal relationship (Moon in Aquarius), just as the nomadic people of the
British Isles once chose to transform into settled farmers and herders.
The Sun’s closest companion is Mercury who will turn direct on August 8. Sun and
Mercury are the outlet for the energy of a yod, which features a sextile between Chiron and
Neptune (alternative healing) and Pluto in his majesty as lord of the underworld. What the Sun
and Mercury tell us this full Moon will carry the weight of these three, the power of the seas
(Neptune), the ancient healing of the centaur Chiron and the deep and resonant truths of Pluto’s
The Sabian Symbol for the Leo Sun: CHILDREN PLAY ON A SWING HANGING
FROM THE BRANCHES OF A HUGE OAK TREE.
KEYNOTE: The power of tradition as it shelters the beginnings of individual self-expression.
The Sabian Symbol for the Moon in Aquarius: DURING A SILENT HOUR, A MAN
RECEIVES A NEW INSPIRATION WHICH MAY CHANGE HIS LIFE.
KEYNOTE: The need to rely upon inner inspiration and guidance at the start of new
As we gather the harvest of the season, bake and eat our bread, let’s remember the full
Moon of Lughnasadh, and hear the lively communication of the starry cosmos which spoke to
our ancestors and still speaks to us.
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.