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A Moon of Celebration by Sarah Fuhro


Big Blue Plate with wire and Leaves

Big Blue Moon plate made by Sarah Fuhro

April 4th, at dawn, you may be able to see a total lunar eclipse.   To find out when and if there will be visibility where you live, check here: http://earthsky.org/tonight/shortest-total-lunar-eclipse-of-the-century-on-april-4-2015 – NA.   It will be a very short eclipse, visible at Moon rise in Asia and Australia, and at Moon set for those of us who live in North and South America.

Full Moon April 4, 2015

This is the third of four total eclipses, which occur in a row– a lunar tetrad. There will be  eight tetrads in the 21st century. To put that in perspective, there were none between 1582 and 1908. The last tetrad was between 2003-4; the next will be 2032-33.

Nineteen years ago, April 3, 1996, we had an eclipse at almost the same degree. What do you remember from that period of your life? Do you remember that eclipse? On the first night of Passover I stood out under the sky, with friends and family, as we watched the eclipse that clear spring evening, a fruit tree in blossom nearby. This year, my yard is still filled with two feet of snow, no spring flowers visible in the occasional dark patches of earth!   Yet an eclipse marks a change, a new direction is possible.


This is the Moon of Passover and Easter. It takes place close to the center of the signs of Aries (the Sun) and Libra (the Moon). Now is the time to find a balance between the vitality of the self and your relationship to others. The equal length of day and night aids us in this sense of poise.   Take a moment at this still point to feel the equilibrium. Self and other are not in conflict; they are the source of the harmony, which allows for creative growth. Astrology is one way to ‘know oneself.’ And strangely, the more you know about your self, the more a sense of universal kinship with all seems to develop.


The Magician card of the Tarot wears a snake who bites his own tale. This is a ancient symbol for self knowledge. The Magician card corresponds to Mercury, the messenger of the Sun. He too is in Aries in this chart of the full Moon. The Sabian Symbol for the degree of Mercury is ‘A Crystal Gazer, The development of an inner realization of organic wholeness.’ This is a moment in time when we can all become crystal gazers, learning to trust our identity as a nexus of energy with a connection to all that is above and below us.   The card suggests that when we know ourselves, we know we are eternal (the lemniscate), and have the ability to interact with the elements as a Magician.

Mars, the warrior, drives the sign of Aries, our inner courage and sense of identity. He pushes and urges, hammers and demands. But the message of this highest manifestation of Aries is to be in a dance, not in a war.   Iran nuclear negotiations are underway during this period. May the law of self and other be acknowledged on all sides!   Nice flowers, but where are the women in this picture?   The Aries/ Libra, Mars/ Venus energy is out of balance in the room.

P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva, Switzerland

Meanwhile, back in the chart, we might also notice that the planet Uranus is within two degrees of the Sun.   The surprise element, the revolutionary impulse, the electrical current is lurking. And the square to Pluto continues with the Lord of the Underworld at 90° to both Sun and Moon. Intensity in social change continues even as this series of seven squares ends.   The scales of the Egyptian gods is a good illustration of how this chart is constructed, with Pluto the central point, and like Anubis weighs Sun to Moon, Aries to Libra, the heart to the feather. And all much balance.




Upon her sudden entrance
to the Kingdom of the Dead,
the childlike Persephone
was transformed,
her light stripped away.
For no maiden
may walk the halls of Hades.
Yet the story does not end here,
in shame and loss.
While the gateway was harsh,
the castle was full of pleasures
and Persephone came to cherish
the shadowless towers,
the rolling meadows,
and strange fruit and flowers.
Those who have not traveled these lands
should not speak of their imagined gloom.
She who had once run carefree,
a flower by her mother’s side,
now walked with purpose,
her household in awe
of her quiet gaze.
Never forget it was she,
the maiden now queen,
who allowed Orpheus,
musician to the gods,
to seek out his beloved
in the deep valleys
of the shadowy dead.
The tender heart of Persephone
prevailed upon her lord
to release the bride
to the bridegroom,
a reminder that what
cannot be mended
in this world,
may come together
in the next.
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.