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New Moon of Gort by Sarah Fuhro

:gort: Tomorrow, October 15 at 8:03 am EDT is the moment of a new Moon cycle.

The Sabian Symbol for this degree of the Moon/Sun conjunction is ‘Chanticleer’s voice
heralds sunrise.’ ‘Keynote: A creative and joyous response to life processes.
…What is at stake here is the individual's capacity of RESPONSE TO LIFE'S RENEWALS —
renewals which are cyclic, predictable, yet always new, always creative.’ (An Astrological
Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, Dane Rudhyar, Vintage Books,

This Sabian Symbol for the 22nd degree of Libra, and it’s commentary are exactly the
opportunity the new Moon offers us every 28 days. This Libra new Moon presents the
opportunity to reconnect to beginning and renewal in this sign’s lessons of balance, peace and

Venus, the ruler of Libra, was in the company of the tiny remnant of the last Moon before
sunrise at the end of last week. The beauty of the two in the dark pre-dawn morning sky caught
my breath in wonder.

Might the beauty of this old Moon and Venus foretell of the possibilities for our new Moon
cycle which begins Monday? Venus and Mercury are in sextile at the moment of the new
Moon. Venus is in Virgo, where Mercury has rulership. This offers us the potential to speak
(Mercury) of love and beauty (Venus). ‘Give peace a chance’ is the message at this potent

Retrograde moving Jupiter squares Venus in Virgo, and he also is in a Mercurial sign,
Gemini. Talk and thought, new ideas and new outlooks are in the air. Jupiter is inconjunct
Mercury. Perhaps, some of these new thoughts will sound strange, over the top or in some way
rub our rational minds the wrong way. We may have to wait until they clear. Mercury in Scorpio
is very careful about what he communicates because he does not trust his ability to be
understood. Yet Scorpio Mercury is in touch with the depths of human experience. He is at
home with what is ancient, what is forbidden to think or say and what lies beneath everyday
experience. Here is a link to a video about a woman who returned from a near death experience,
a Mercury in Scorpio theme, which has powerful implications for all of us.

The Pluto/Uranus square continues to be active, but not at the level of intensity which it was felt at the
last full Moon. It may still have a very powerful impact in your chart and life, however. The theme of
tearing down old and outmoded structures (Pluto in Capricorn) while attempting to put new visions
(Uranus is Aries) in place continues to haunt our efforts.

The Libra Sun and Moon of this day are conjunct Arcturus, a bright star in Bootes. Arcturus has been
linked to human transition. He is the link between the nomadic life style and the settled farmer and
villager. His link to this new Moon gives notice that our entire planet may be on a cusp of an evolution
for all of humanity or for the self destruction of our species. We are at a moment of great human
potential. But unlike the earlier changes, which may not have had much conscious participation by our
ancestors, this one involves choice. Will we acknowledge our link to our planet in order to become
ecological inhabitants or will we choose self destruction?

This question is linked to the rise of feminine energy. Fourteen year old Malala Yousafzai, gunned
down in Pakistan because she was a voice for girls’ education symbolizes the power and fragility of this
movement. She hovers near death, yet has turned a page for support to her cause. The asteroid Pallas
Athena, goddess of wisdom, may symbolize her courage. Malala was named after a Pakistani ‘Joan of
Arc’ who fought British occupation in the 19th century. Athena was both a warrior and a supporter of
knowledge and the arts. She sprang from the brow of her father, Zeus (Jupiter). This young girl was
supported and encouraged to speak out by her father, the principal of the girls’ school she attended. Her
father is a man marked out for murder by those who would stop the movement for women’s literacy.
They chose his daughter for death because they saw a fourteen year old girl as more dangerous.
Gort, the Ivy Moon, represents the journey of the search for the self. A maze or a labyrinth, like the the
path of the soul is not straight to the center, but rather circles inward and outward in the way ivy grows.

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