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Purim Moon March 16, 2014 by Sarah Fuhro
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.
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!
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!
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).
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
Sarah Fuhro March 2007
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.