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A New Moon with an Old Theme by Sarah Fuhro
The Labyrinth is my theme for this new Moon.
At the moment of the Solstice on June 21, the Sun entered the sign of Cancer to begin a new season, and to turn once again to the South. Sun and Moon will meet at 5° Cancer on Friday, June 27. We are all poised at the entrance to a new labyrinth, a new Moon cycle and a new season. Friends in the Southern Hemisphere welcome the Sun back and feel the approach of winter; we in the North bask in the light and warmth of summer days, even as we begin to lose daylight. The labyrinth takes us closer, then farther from our goal of self knowledge.
Across the chart from Sun and Moon in Cancer, Pluto watches the new couple with Capricorn’s ever cautious perspective, and Pluto’s passionate insistence that we pay attention! As we enter the labyrinth, we don’t know what devouring monster might lurk within. The Minotaur, Asterion was at the center of the Cretan labyrinth. He is portrayed as a cruel monster, but he was also once the beloved child of queen Pasiphae! Here he is as a cute little baby Minotaur on her lap. In this light we see him as one of many portraits of a mother and child, symbol of the sign of Cancer.
The story, as it has been told is that Pasiphae fell in love with a white bull, a gift from Poseidon (Neptune) to her husband Minos, king of Crete. She gave birth to Asterion who was later placed in the center of a labyrinth built by Daedelus. Note that in the chart for this new Moon, Neptune is making a close aspect to the Sun and new Moon. Neptune erases our usual boundaries of time and space. At this moment of new beginnings, we look at the ancient roots of the Minotaur story with the understanding that there is no time except the present!
When the spring equinox took place in the sign of Taurus the bull, (5,000 years ago) agriculture and alphabets appeared on the scene, and this may also have been the birth of astrology as we know it The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which developed during this age of Taurus is Aleph, the ox.
The Egyptians built the pyramids and refined the use of papyrus as a writing surface during this period. The Ankh, Egyptian symbol of life has been compared to the cross section of the thoracic vertebra of a bull.
The Age of Taurus seems to have been a cooperative and peaceful period, which ended with the Age of Aries, when war like cultures, e.g. the Mycenean, overthrew matriarchal civilizations like Crete.
This is a period when the Moon goddess was honored in many places. The Moon is delighted to be in the sign of Taurus. Because the horns of the bull are like the crescent moon, there are many connections to horned deities in lunar symbolism. Here is Isis decked out in her crown of full and crescent moons.
But how does all of this ‘bull’ relate to the new Moon in Cancer on Friday? How does the ancient power of the Moon in Taurus and Cancer have any bearing on our lives at this time? The Moon is a symbol of joyful renewal. In Cancer the Moon is at her most powerful. We are given the opportunity to apply the wisdom of her cycle to our lives. Like the High Priestess Tarot card, she offers us the wisdom of the ages. For even though there are powerful and noisy forces at work in the world, and in this chart as well, we are held in a moment of balance and peace, the end and the beginning. Like the High Priestess who represents the Moon, and wears the Moon crown of Isis, we do not have to take sides. For this moment, we do not have to act upon the fiery impulses of the Mars and Uranus opposition or listen to Mercury in Gemini chattering away, or take the stern advice of Saturn in Scorpio. We can stand in a moment of stillness at the entrance to the labyrinth, draw a deep breath and know we are always at home.
Thank you, to my sister Moon celebrant, Eleanor B. Miller who planted the seeds of these lunar ramblings, and has supported and watched over them ever since. May the Moon lady shine her light and reveal her darkness to us all!
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.