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New Moon in Gort Oct. 4, 2013 by Sarah Fuhro

This is the Moon of Gort, the Ivy plant.  A close companion with Muin (Vine) of last Moon,

Ivy represents the spiral search for the self.  Chewed by the followers of Dionysus as a source of ecstatic release, Gort continues the connection with wine/vine because she was believed to relieve the worst effects of wine, and was often included in signs for taverns.

Ivy grows on trees, walls, and stones but is not a parasite and does not harm plants where it seeks support.  In Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Watertown are several gravesites with the husband’s headstone is decorated with Oak leaves, while the wife’s stone has Ivy carved into it. This speaks of two kinds of power and knowledge.  The Oak grows straight upwards reaching for the Sun and often the conduit for lightning; Ivy grows in spirals, moving in a variety of directions and holding earth and wall in place.

Gort, like the labyrinth shown on this card, brings us into our center, and leads us out as well.  As with each new Moon we are offered the moment when we can begin again, when we can draw a vision from the energy of the shared sign of the luminaries (Sun and Moon).  This Moon cycle offers us the opportunity to use the balanced and harmonious energy of Libra as a moment of contemplation.   Except that…….

the chart for this Libra new Moon contains a mounting sense of excitement and tension. There is very little ‘rest for the weary’ to be found here, unless perhaps we surrender our struggles and our deeply held vision of the future might hold.

Across from the Moon and Sun in the harmonious sign of Libra is the planet Uranus, he who brings revolution and sudden, unexpected outcomes, new information of an inflammatory sort, and high excitement.   In a square to both ends of this opposition is Pluto, the lord of the underworld, implacable in his demand for the truth, and ruthless in his judgment. Perhaps, this might be associated with Ivy who sometimes acts as archaeologist and bares old bones in what she covers. Pluto offers rewards of power and manifestation to those willing to be fully true to themselves.

The Uranus Pluto square has been a part of the action on our planet since it began in 2012 and will continue into 2015.  Many themes of this square are echoes from the conjunction of these two planets in the mid 60’s.

In order to understand this moment in time, we need to go back to the original symbolism of the scales of Libra.  Egyptians believed that the souls of the dead are judged on a scale (the symbol of Libra).  A feather was placed on one pan and the heart of the deceased on another.  If the heart was heavier than the feather, the soul must go back into the world for another lifetime.  The heart which was ‘light as a feather’ had finished the journey.

If we are to use this time for meditation and the journey inward, we must (with a light heart) be ready for the Minotaur who lies at the center of the labyrinth, and other surprises (Uranus) along the way.  The Sabian Symbol for the new Moon and Sun seems perfect for this chart!  ‘Miners are surfacing from a deep coal mine.  The need to carry on at ever deeper levels the quest for knowledge which keeps burning the fires of the collective mind of a society’.   Dane Rudhyar: An Astrological Mandala

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