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The Full Moon of Uath (Hawthorn) May 25, 2013 12:26 am by Sarah Fuhro

The full Moon tonight will be a penumbral eclipse, but so slight as to be almost invisible.  Perhaps this will have a homeopathic effect, that is, the less there is, the more powerful the outcome.  Tonight’s Hawthorn Moon is also at perigee, i.e. closest to the earth, and in a straight line with the Sun and Earth (syzygy). This combination of effects is called a Super Moon and is often associated with earthquakes.  Today there was an 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Kamchatka, felt all the way to Moscow, and several smaller earthquakes in Northern California, which shook dishes from shelves.

Pluto and Uranus have recently (May 20) made their third of seven exact squares.  The Sabian symbols for Pluto and Uranus tell us something about the quality of this time.  We are struggling to understand where and what we are.  It would seem that both through scientific exploration and spiritual searching, we yearn to understand.  And this full Moon would emphasize that both reason and meditation are necessary.  

Pluto in this square is associated with this Sabian Symbol:(Capricorn 12°): an illustrated lecture on natural science reveals little-known aspects of life.  Keynote: the ability to explore unfamiliar realms and discover the laws underlying the complex processes of nature.

Uranus is the other half of the equation: (Aries 12°): a triangularly shaped flight of wild geese.   Keynote: an idealistic reliance upon a mental image of universal order.

This attempt to comprehend the mysteries of existence is reflected in the two contrasting signs of the Moon and Sun.  The Sun is in Gemini, which loves to cogitate and use rational methods to grasp the complexities of life.  The Moon in the opposite sign of Sagittarius is convinced there is a spiritual pattern behind the mysteries of existence.  During this full Moon, we have the opportunity to use both mind and belief in harmony to deepen and widen our consciousness.   It is a perfect description of the Sabian Symbols of the Uranus/Pluto square, which is working to wake us to our potential for greater freedom.   This is the release from our bondage to ideas which confine us, and make us focus on either the rational or the spiritual side of our existence instead of their synthesis. 

To further this analogy, Venus, planet of love and relationship and beauty is conjunct Mercury, the messenger and the message.  He is thought but also magic.  Together they remind us we need both heart and head. 

The planet Neptune makes a square to both Sun and Moon at this time.  Neptune is the great mystery which eludes us and promises rescue from the pain of the unknown. Saturn makes a trine to Neptune adding further psychic possibility or discomfort.  We are offered the temptation of easy answers to fit all questions or Neptune’s sweet addictions.  But this Saturn Neptune trine can also offer an acceleration and acceptance of our own intuition and powers of poetic understanding. 

The Moon of Uath is a time of cleansing and preparation for the Moon period of the summer solstice which follows.   This is a time to honor the fierce goddess of the Hawthorn hedges and trees,  dwelling places of other realms (the faerie folk).  Hawthorn may not be cut or brought indoors.  She is the Moon of Venus and the rites of fire and earth. 

Here is a poem I wrote to the Hawthorn Full Moon several years ago:


Dear Hawthorn,
I remember you best
as you climb the hill
to the sky,  in your
angry thorn black
stockings and gloves,
foaming in white
blossom gown,
where you keep guard
over the dark spring
where water swells
from granite lips.

You mark the place,
and your white foam
marks the season 
of cleansing
and seclusion
before the madness
and ever bright power
of the Oak moon
at midsummer.

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