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Jupiter in Scorpio: The Big Reveal

Image by Josephine Wall

 

Jupiter moved into Scorpio on October 10. As the largest planet in galaxy, we feel the pull of the Jupiter’s power as the opportunity to enlarge, improve and benefit in life. As the largest planet in the galaxy, we’ll feel its pull and power to enlarge, improve and benefit through the specific sign of its placement. Scorpio rules birth, sex, death—or states of transformation.

Scorpio is an intense water sign, mysterious and resourceful. Its strength is willpower and decisiveness, but it doesn’t mind walking on the dark side of life. Scorpio tends to have laser-like vision and sees objects in the dark or on the earth that others miss. In this way, it often reveals truths that otherwise would be hidden.

Jupiter in Scorpio will reveal truths hidden the in subconscious, shadowy aspects of life, and secrets in outer world. Scorpio also rules birth, sex, and death, and regeneration.(The Weinstein sex scandal is a perfect example. It appeared in the news as Jupiter moved into Scorpio, and it involves sex, money, and power. )  Jupiter tends to bring blessings, and the combination of Jupiter and Scorpio lifted a dark event into the light for clearing and change.

The sign of Scorpio is represented by the scorpion, eagle, and phoenix. The three creatures symbolize the progression of Scorpio through the scorpion that lives close to the earth and stings (hurts) anything that threatens. The eagle soars above the earth as a powerful predator; it has powerful vision but remains a hunter. Burned to ashes through emotional intensity, the phoenix rises through the ashes, achieving regeneration through spiritual fire.

Influences and Benefits:

  • Scorpio’s decisive ability comes from its power to sense and recognize truth on an intuitive level. Jupiter will expand its power to convey courage and strength. Courage and decisiveness are necessary to move through fear and obstacles on the quest of the soul. (The past two years in Libra focused on seeing both sides of the picture and weighing them carefully.)
  • Scorpio rules the void, the “between” states of birth, sex, and death. It can heighten our ability to move into shamanic or enlightened states where the spiritual world dictates the motion of mind, spirit, and body—and reveals the path of the soul. (Hopefully, we’ll return to a more natural, wholesome view of sex. Understand that the “dead” are with us—simply in another world.)
  • Spiritual knowledge is heightened by asking questions and solving mysteries. Think of the Zen koan, which asks, “What was your face before you were born?” Scorpio is masterful at solving mysteries associated with the occult, and Jupiter will help us with our journey.
  • As part of the Plutonian influence, Jupiter in Scorpio reveals what’s hidden–or we don’t want to see. (I’m not entirely sure if this is good or bad.) At any rate, we have to know the truth to develop spiritually. The big idea behind it lies in developing our ability to see the ugliness and difficulty in life while remaining true to the light. If we remain true to the light and our inner vision, we will go through a transformation, which alters our material reality as well as the self.
  • Transformation comes from Scorpio’s ruling planet, Pluto, which rules the underworld. In most mythical systems, it’s necessary to visit the underground to achieve hero status and/or the power to wield extraordinary powers. We’ll travel there during Jupiter’s 13 month sojourn.

It’s a challenging but enlightening combination of energies with Jupiter in Scorpio. Our emotions become stronger, and our passions will become more intense with a need to moderate. But Scorpio can be courageous. It gives resources to delve into the dark and resolve issues on many levels including transforming blocks to material wealth, moving through past obstacles, and understanding what is hidden within us along with the power to change it.

 

Julia Griffin, Intuitive Teacher and Coach

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.

 

 

Full Moon Forecast

 

Full moons bring intensity, passion, and fruition to dreams. Everything heightens before waning and moving into a new cycle. The full moon appears on October 5,  featuring Sun (life) and Mercury (thought, communication) in Libra, an air sign ruled by Venus.  Libra rules beauty, balance, relationships, judgement, and the mind. Think of butterflies, dragonflies, and soft clouds—or the stillness of the mind that comes with inner presence. Think of a gentle breeze moving through bright leaves and the clear, peaceful feeling of an autumn afternoon.

Libra also rules the type of higher love that comes from the enlightened mind and an open heart. When Sun (life) and Mercury (thought) are conjunct (close), it heightens our ability to still the mind and receive higher communications and impulses. It also increases our ability to perceive beauty, harmony, and balance. (It’s important to align our consciousness with these energies as we move through the week.)

Moon in Aries stirs the pot, dredging up passion, impulses, and the desire for a new quest. The moon opposes the energies of the Sun and Mercury, so the best use of these energies is feeling passionate about the spaciousness of the mind when it is connected to the Divine.

The biggest challenge in the chart lies with the T-square with Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (thought), and Pluto. It pertains to how we experience and react to our own darkness and the underworld. Pluto reveals the truth about life, and it’s often not pretty. But part of seeing the truth and light involves recognizing the aspects of life (and the planet) that don’t work.

Pluto direct can feel like the river Styx. Fortunately, there is light at the end of the long river. When we see the truth and act properly on it, we become powerful. This is Pluto’s lesson.

A T-square can cause tension and irritability. In this case, Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Mercury (thought) square Pluto, creating tension between our desire to create harmony and the aspects of life that appear before us. (Obviously, it happened this week.) Moon square Pluto (subconscious, transformation) arouses rapid, actions and emotions, which can occur with little thought. (Venus and Mars in  trine Pluto, which may help us in finding practical methods of transmuting energies through love and light.)

The challenge involves our encounter with aspects of the personal subconscious and global consciousness. The challenge is to remain aligned with a clear mind while focusing on a positive world view. (Of course, we will feel discordant emotions, but we can try to rise above them.)  It’s important to focus on the beautiful feelings and vision bestowed by Sun and Mercury in Libra. We have to quiet the mind and return to a higher vision, which is a form of cosmic awakening.

Additional Influential Aspects

Venus (feminine, beauty, physical possessions) and Mars (male, action) are placed in Virgo, the sign of order, healing, and physical work. In conjunct (close) position, there is a pleasant coherence between the male/female aspects of the self. This includes work/rest and active/passive phases of life, which can create a lovely balance.

Work and Spirituality

Venus (feminine, beauty) and Mars (assertion, male) square Saturn in Sagittarius (karma, time, devotion and spirituality.) The square creates tension between our desire to work and our devotion to spiritual work. It’s helpful to take breaks for peaceful meditation between efforts with focused work. (It’s important not to compartmentalize, but to find balance while holding the open state of mind conferred by Sun in beautiful Libra.)

Balance and Change

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries (sudden change, awakening). Our desire for harmony and clarity (Jupiter) conflicts with Uranus’ energies. Uranus elicits strong reactions, moving energy quickly from high to low (like a roller coaster), brings change, and causes odd events.

With oppositions, we tend to feel both energies in separate intervals. We may want balance, contentment and harmony, which is followed by a desire for sudden change. These energies can feel disruptive, but it is possible to alter the placement of our consciousness into a peaceful place by an act of will. Jupiter also trines (harmonious) Saturn (karma, time), which is helpful in creating a positive blend of the old and new.

Dreams and Illusion

Venus (feminine, beauty) and Mars (male, action) oppose Neptune, the bringer of dreams, illusion, and mysticism. Venus and Mars in Virgo ask us to focus on the tasks at hand and fulfill practical matters. Neptune (mysticism, illusion) in Pisces encourages dreams and a mystical state of being. While traveling between these two planetary energies, it’s possible to lose sight of larger dreams and aspirations when focused on practicality and/or confuse reality and illusion. Sun, Moon, and Mercury are sextile Neptune, which brings a more positive energy to the mix; their position can help in finding clarity with this task.

Sabian Symbols, based on Lynda Hill’s Work

Sun sits on Libra 13, “Children Blowing Soap Bubbles”. The symbol illustrates the beauty of air, the possibility of floating through life by becoming present and aware in the moment. Libra is an air sign, and it rules thoughts. When the mind is clear, “air” supports us with a lovely motion, carrying our thoughts to the heavens to take on shape and form.

Moon is placed on Aries 13, “A Bomb Which Failed to Explode Is Now Safely Hidden from Discovery.” This symbol has appeared often in the past few months. (It’s interesting to note how a WWII bomb was discovered and defused in Germany during this period.) It could refer to Pluto’s current (direct) position and the need to handle personal issues, which are potentially explosive. The symbol can refer to global issues as well. For the moment, we have time to review, change the past, and create a safer future (without potential harm).

Mercury is on Libra 11, “A Professor Peering over His Glasses at His Students.” Again, it’s a repetitive symbol. The best teachers share information on an intuitive, intellectual, and emotional level. Glasses can refer to not seeing well or seeing details more sharply.

We learn from the nature and the response of the physical world. Clear perception is necessary to read the signs. The symbol also refers to the need for teachers to study and grow on an intellectual and metaphysical level while teaching others.

Venus and Mars on Virgo 20, “A Caravan of Cars Headed for the Promised Lands”. Mars and Venus refer to male and female energy, and they give harmony when placed on the same degree in the same sign. The symbol is apropos for this time of higher vibration and the awakened movement, particularly as we move through life in our cars.

The symbol hints at a new and better way of living and new methods of experiencing life. Likely, it is one of higher consciousness. They work best!

Jupiter sits on Libra 30, “Three Mounds of Knowledge on a Philosopher’s Head. This is the last degree of Jupiter and marks the end of learning lessons from Libra. The symbol refers to phrenology, the study of the bumps and shapes of the head. It also refers to the interpretation of signs. We know the look of inner beauty when reflected in the face and body. We know the feeling of the flow and how life changes when we step into it. When the wind blows from a different direction, it tells about the weather.

If we pay attention to small signs and physical indications of the spiritual presence in the physical, we can learn about our responses to the inner world. By recognizing and acting on inner impulses, we gain greater access to the spiritual world.

 

 

Julia Griffin, Intuitive Teacher and Coach

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.

 

New Moon and Fall Equinox: Balance, Beginnings, and Endings

 

In early fall, bright leaves intermingle with summer flowers, and the light grows dimmer. The early fall brings bright leaves, intermingled with summer flowers. As cooler weather appears, the trees are adorned with radiant colors, the sky turns clear blue, and the world sparkles. This beautiful transformation takes place between the signs of Virgo and Libra.

On a seasonal level, Virgo leads the transition from summer into fall, and we’re currently completing an astrological cycle, which ends/begins between December and April 2018. Many of the outer planets are within the last ten degrees of their sign (a sign=30 degrees), and this represents completion of a specific phase. (The eclipse brought in new energies, and we are completing our lessons with Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus.)

Currently, Virgo appears in as a stellium or cluster in Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Venus—all personal planets—for the New Moon, the void when the earth sit stills before moving into another cycle of expansion and change. A few days later, the Fall Equinox comes, and we slide into the sign of Libra, ruling balance, harmony, and relationships.

With many planets in Virgo, an earth sign, let’s look at the lessons/opportunities. Virgo alternately represents the virgin priestess (virgin=metaphysically pure), the perfectionist, and the servant. In all three cases, the character refers to work—a series of actions in the physical world, which produce a tangible result. With recent energetic changes, it may refer to the need to moving into purity, perfecting our perception of life, and serving more of the needs of the inner self. (It is a new beginning–a new way of living life for many.)

Sun (outer life), Moon (inner life), and Mercury (communications) square Saturn in Sagittarius, representing the lessons of time. Our need to put life in order by attending to daily tasks creates tension with the desire for spiritual structure and expression. Sun and Moon are opposition Chiron (the wounded healer) in Pisces.. Much of the old Piscean energy seems to surround emotional drama and alternating emotions of love/hate (symbolized by two fishes swimming in opposite directions.) It’s time to mitigate past wounds and move into a different type of unconditional love where we see the higher self in “all” but create healthy, happy boundaries and give appropriately.

Mercury (communications) and Mars (masculine energy) are conjunct, meaning our thoughts will quickly influence our actions. Mercury trines Pluto (underworld, transformation), offering mental acuity to tap into universal resources and solve mystical mysteries. Mars (action) opposes Neptune (mysticism/illusion), indicating an inability to see through illusion and choose the right step. (Meditate before acting.) Mars trines Pluto, amplifying our desire and will to succeed–and turning up the general intensity of life.

It’s all about a new kind of love with Venus, who forms a lovely Grand Trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. Venus represents love, relationships, and material possessions. Saturn is about lessons of the past, discipline, and mitigating karma. Uranus in Aries is about new beginnings, quantum change, and the resonance of the New Age. (Grand Trines bestow the power to manifest.) Put it together, and the planets hint at finding a new form of love, shaped by the lessons of time and inspired by innovative, new ideas.

Jupiter (good fortune)  in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries. It indicates difficulty in translating new ideas into a form that promotes good fortune. (Take time to develop new ideas. Develop them, but wait for a better time for expression.) Jupiter squares (tension) Pluto (transformation, underworld) can cause a desire for success and outer fulfillment, which overrides wisdom.

Saturn (time, karma) trines Uranus, encouraging original thought and ideals about the New Age–and putting new thoughts into physical form. Saturn and Uranus trine the North Node, which points to the direction of our spiritual path. The North Node is in Leo, and it concerns finding the sensations and feelings of the heart–and using this as our North Star, the compass point of inner growth.

Fall Equinox

The inner planets move frequently like the stars in the night sky–always changing and never staying still. The Sun will move into Libra for the fall equinox on Friday, September 22. With Sun (outer life) and Jupiter (good fortune) in Libra, our focus will shift to creating balance, beauty, and justice. (Libra is the sign of the scales, and it’s ruled by Venus, the planet of love.)

The chart indicates the shape of patterns for the next three months to come as the world moves from the fruition of summer into the transformation of fall. Some of the notable aspects include Sun and Moon square (tension) with Saturn, which involves using the guidance of the past while working within the moment. Mercury and Mars remain in a trine (triangles are harmonious) with Pluto, giving insight and resources for solving problems. Venus continues to hold the lovely Grand Trine with Saturn and Uranus, indicating the need to meditate on a new and wiser form of love.

Mercury (thought), Venus (love), and Mars (action) oppose Neptune (mysticism, illusion). Oppositions imply the existence of two, different conflicting thoughts,  emotions, or actions in this case. When we think about love, our illusions will appear. The same is true with thought and action. But it’s not “bad”. Actually, this happens with every positive manifestation as we recognize the fabric of our misunderstanding and/or a negative flow of thoughts, emotions, and actions.

On a larger level, Neptune rules the waters of the world and the sea of emotion within world consciousness. We may see changes in the world and/or make realizations about the flow of energy–the need to release personal restrictions and limited emotion. We may also see changes in the ocean as time passes.

Overall, the indication points to the importance of seeing through illusion, working with our inner/outer resources, and discovering a new way of sending, experiencing, and creating love. It’s one more step in the development of our relationship with the inner self.

 

Julia Griffin, Intuitive Healer and Coach

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Moon Forecast: Embracing Change

 

After a week of stormy skies, the moon appeared, almost full, and luminous—changing the night sky into a beautiful shade of deep blue. Under these soft skies, the full Moon appears on Sept. 6, and Mercury (at last) moves direct, offering clarity of thought and enhanced communications. Only three planets are in retrograde, extending an opportunity to move forward with plans and development of talents and gifts.

The prevalence of fire continues in this chart. Fortunately, Sun (outer life) and Mars (action) are placed in Virgo, an earth sign. Earth offers grounding, vitality, and connection with nature, and Virgo can represent a mystical priestess attuned to the sublime knowledge—or the human quest for perfection, order, and detail. Either way, earth signs open us to the sensuality of our physicality and the beauty of nature.

The Full Moon rises in Pisces, a water sign. Full Moons bring fruition, rain, and germination, so emphasis on water (flooding, fertility, the feminine, emotions) continues.The Moon (inner self, emotions) conjuncts (close to) Neptune, the ruler of seas, the astral world, and illusion/mysticism. The placement brings a mystical, intuitive element to the chart. With  the Moon/Neptune conjunction, dreams/delusion and truth/illusion are part of the influence. It’s beautiful, dreamy, and confusing.

Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces square Saturn (time, karma), which may result in sensations of loneliness and/or pensiveness. Sun opposes Neptune (mysticism, idealism), making it difficult to separate illusion and truth. On the positive, Sun trines Pluto (underworld, transmutation), and it can bring regeneration, strength, and the power to overcome obstacles such as those listed above.

Mercury is now direct. Placed in Virgo, it forms a Grand Trine with Saturn (time, karma) and Uranus (awakening/sudden change.) On another level, it can represent applying lessons from the past with awareness (awakening) to create a new future—or using symbols of the past to create sudden upsets and deter awakening. It’s all about where we put our thoughts. (Mercury and Mars (action) are conjunct (close), so our thoughts are likely to incur action and/or a material result.)

 

Venus

Venus is warm and fiery in Leo, which rules the heart. This placement benefits relationships and monetary matters. Venus (love, material goods, relationships) trines Saturn (lessons, karma), which can give a clear view and good judgement about partnerships and relationships. It’s a stabilizing aspect and increases energy for dealing with trying aspects of relationships.

Mars (action, masculine) is in Virgo, a calmer placement than Leo, which was experienced in recent weeks. Mars forms a lovely Grand Trine with Saturn and Uranus. Again, the planetary energies focus on lessons of the past and the creation of the new world. (Contrast and compare Charlottesville and Houston.) These energies emphasize the importance of acting to share our inner truth, encourage others and send positive messages.

Changing Energies

Jupiter (good fortune) opposes Uranus.  (Jupiter expands, and Uranus seeks change.) In this opposition, Jupiter enlarges our need for a new realty while Uranus brings electrical bolts of energy. The opposition is apparent in the outer world with flooding, fire, and earthquakes. It involves social change, alterations in the workings of relationships, and revolution. Additionally, Jupiter squares (tension) Pluto (underworld), which concerns the earth’s resources. It is about finding and creating justice with monetary systems as well as protecting the earth.

Almost every planet in the chart aspects Saturn, indicating the importance of revisiting the past to identify important values and discard worn-out principles. For example, we’re weeding away structures from the Piscean Age while hopefully mastering unconditional, mystical love with healthy boundaries. Saturn also teaches the importance of continued effort and devotion, which activates the power of the higher collective mind.

Uranus, the electrical planet of awakening and sudden change, trines Mercury, Mars, Venus, and North Node. While the energy is positive, it’s also amplified by the trines, which means manifestation takes place more quickly than usual. Thought (Mercury), love (Venus), and Mars (action) compose part of the dynamic, so stay centered as much as possible. Uranus’ conjunction with North Node in Leo (spiritual direction) indicates the value of following the heart and releasing desires of the ego.

Sun (life) and Saturn (time, karma) square Neptune (illusion, mysticism), diluting and confounding our ability to read life accurately. Illusion and truth are intertwined in these squares, and it’s not unusual to feel confused or misled. But it will pass. (It’s helpful to ask for a clear mind and the presence of truth.)

The chart represents many aspects of global life including intense emotion (Moon/Neptune), increased ability to manifest through thought and action (Grand Trines with Mercury/Mars), balancing the past and future (aspects with Saturn/Uranus), and confusion–which is part of planetary change. It is possible to derive both power and insights at the time of Full Moon, but it’s also necessary to continue the simple tasks of meditation, centering, and focusing on the heart.

Tips:

  1. The outer planets, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, are aspected in this chart, meaning the energies refer to awakening and change in the outer, global world as well as within the self.
  2. Sun and Moon square Saturn, which can cause feelings of sadness or disappointment about the self, success, or the state of the world. It will pass in a few days. Keep the faith.
  3. Grand Trines with Mercury and Mars tend to put our thoughts and actions into physical form more quickly than usual. Take time to focus on inner desires and their outcome. Review before taking action.
  4. Aspects with Neptune can cause difficultly in discerning truth and illusion. Life can feel confusing and/or inspiring, depending on the placement of consciousness.
  5. True safety comes from aligning with the inner self and the universe. Many good “things” are on the way. Remain patient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.

After the Eclipse

Image by Emily Ballivet

 

Beautiful, new energies came in with the eclipse, and everyone, who is awakening, will eventually feel and experience them. At this point, we’re grounding the high energies from Monday’s eclipse through the creative and fiery pattern offered by four trines with Uranus (awakening, sudden change.) It’s likely that we “received” an intuitive plan to change our lives, but time is required to manifest changes in the invisible, spiritual world.

The planetary influences remain creative and intense. Fortunately, the planets are moving into balance with an equal distribution between the elements of earth (physicality), water (emotion, flow), fire (creativity, spirituality) and air (mind). Saturn moves direct on August 25, which will help with work, finances, and structure, and five planets in retrograde provide time for thought and reflection.

The Sun is placed in Virgo, a feminine earth sign, which gives the power to translate our recent experiences and creativity into physical form.  Virgo is represented by the virgin priestess, who utilizes mystical secrets to alter the flow of matter. (Earth teaches us how our desires translate into form along with many, practical lessons.)

Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Saturn trine Uranus, awakening divine consciousness for those, who live in the light, and bringing upsets and restlessness to individuals, who align with a lower vibration. (It’s part of the vibration of divisiveness, which has surfaced in past weeks.)

An emphasis on emotion–throughout the weekend—occurs with Moon in Libra. Almost every planet aspects the moon, denoting a period of unusual, eclectic, or eccentric energy. Moon conjuncts (close to) Jupiter, which is harmonious and amplifies the possibility of good fortune. Moon squares (tension) Venus (love, partnerships) and Pluto (underworld, transformation); it opposes Uranus (awakening, sudden change), which means our emotions regarding love (Venus) and resources (Pluto) can slow our awakening (Uranus).

Mercury (communications) retrograde is also in Virgo and conjuncts the Sun (outer life). This conjunction can aid in linking the higher mind and the fabric of outer life. Mercury retrograde in Virgo can yield unusual, creative information, including intuitions and thoughts that we wouldn’t normally experience. (Use the normal cautions with Mercury retro, avoid starting something new, avoid signing contracts, and use the time to review and complete projects.)

Venus in Cancer squares (tension) Jupiter (good fortune) and Uranus (awakening, sudden change), creating an emphasis on examining our thoughts and feelings about relationships, love, and good fortune. Venus in Cancer tends to amplify sensitivity and emotions, which can lower or heighten our vibrations, depending on the placement of consciousness. (It makes loving relationships more difficult.)

Mars sits in a Grand Trine with Saturn and Uranus. (Grand Trines increase the potential of manifestation.) Mars rules energy and assertion. Saturn gives structure and insight from the past, and Uranus urges us to move beyond our limitations by experiencing more of the quantum field.  (We may receive ideas about altering our lives or moving in a new direction.)

Jupiter in Libra is opposite Uranus, presenting a contrast between Jupiter’s desire to flow with the beautiful aspects of life and Uranus’ need to expand life through sudden, dramatic change. (It may be best to take time to experience both energies at different times during the week. Jupiter also squares Pluto (underworld, transformation), and this tends amplify our need for success and wealth, which can be seen in the outer world. But it’s important to take action from the heart with sincerity and honesty.

Saturn moves direct, propelling our lives into new shapes and structures after months of review. Saturn in Sagittarius trines Uranus, encouraging the use of knowledge from the past to create a new future, particularly in a spiritual sense along with a new vision of the world. Saturn squares Neptune (illusion, mysticism), meaning the world at large tends to have difficulty discerning truth and illusion. Saturn also trines the North Node in Leo, which aids with separating out truth and illusion about our own lives—and our spiritual quest.

Uranus (awakening) trines North Node in Leo (current spiritual purpose), strengthening our ability to create change on the basis of the inner self. Neptune (mysticism, illusion) sextiles Pluto (underworld, transformation). This aspect helps in releasing “old” aspects of life and moving on into new reality, based on higher consciousness. It’s another aspect of inner transformation, accentuated by five planets in retrograde. In many ways, this is the perfect time to dream up a new life, release the old, and reflect on life.

 

Julia Griffin, Intutiive Healer and Coach

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants, and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and creating alignment with their inner path.

New Moon/Powerful Solar Eclipse

 

It’s a red-hot chart for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 with seven planets placed in fire. The element of fire inspires, ignites, and excites; it exudes passion, excitement, and a desire for the quest. It’s electrical, intense energy that confers sparks of creativity and emotion. 

While the chart is fabulous, presenting many, harmonious trines and aspects with Uranus (new age, sudden change, awakening), there is a passive quality imbued by six planets in retrograde and the New Moon phase. (The New Moon acts as a void. In the physical world, everything lies dormant during this time.  The same is true with retrogrades.)

Any eclipse is like throwing a circuit breaker; the energy goes off and on. But it’s more intense with a solar eclipse, and this one is definitely a big event. It contains some of the best aspects and energies in months, but it’s important to meditate and focus on dreams and desires that relate to the inner self. (It’s definitely not about everything moving into a higher form—all at once. It’s about finding our inner light and using it to shape life.)

Sun and Moon are conjunct on Leo 29, symbolized by “A Mermaid Waiting for a Prince to Bring Her Immortality”. In fairy tales and myth, the prince/princess symbolizes the union of the two sides of the self—the physical and spiritual. Obviously, this is our quest. Additionally, it’s denoted by the conjunction (close to) of Sun, Moon, and Mars to the North Node, which represents our spiritual purpose.

Sun (life), Moon (inner self, emotions), and Mars (action, masculine) trine Saturn (time, karma) in Sagittarius and Uranus (awakening, sudden change) in Aries. They are Grand Trines, which make it easier to create desires in physical form. The challenge lies in discerning the desires that align with the inner self as opposed to simply creating the opportunities that we think we want.

It’s likely that meditation can bring realizations, insights, and intuitions about the path of integration, but it will take time to unravel the information. Mercury (communications, mind) is retrograde in Virgo, which can help in a surprising sense by opening the right brain and encouraging healing and creativity.  (Mercury can represent the Trickster or the Higher Mind, which is accessed through the heart.)

Venus (love, material abundance, feminine) in Cancer exaggerates emotion in a “charged” chart. It can amplify sensitivity and emotional energy.  Venus square Jupiter can undermine motivation and interest in money and wealth. Venus opposes Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), which can bring passion and intensity or jealous and obsessiveness.

Mars (action, masculine) in Leo brings a desire for creative, passionate action, but it’s best to wait and reflect. Mars trine Uranus brings wonderful, innovative ideas, but the energy is uncertain and a bit erratic for putting ideas into form. (While waiting for a better time, create a beautiful notebook with fabulous ideas along with a schedule for bringing them into form. Send light to it each day.) With Mars in Leo, the caution always lies with the explosive quality of emotion and drama. (The opposite state involves remaining centered and calm.)

Jupiter in Libra increases the desire for beauty, balance, and justice. An opposition with Uranus can intensify feelings of boredom and bring a desire for sudden change. Jupiter squares Pluto, indicating a tendency to stretch too much into possibility and opportunity. It’s wise to stay practical and align with the energy by taking small, focused steps.

Retrograde and Outer Planets

Uranus

 

The Solar Eclipse/New Moon Chart presents a number of aspects. Many planets including Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron are in retrograde position. When many planets are in retrograde, it is a time to review, rest, and dream.

Sun, Moon and Mars in Leo trine Saturn in Sagittarius, amplifying the ability to use spiritual and physical lessons in the past to create a more orderly, aligned life. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and Saturn also trine Uranus, opens our mind to greater concepts of awakening and possibility.

Sun, Moon, and Mars conjunct the North Node (spiritual aspiration and direction), and Saturn and Uranus trine the North Node. In many ways, the chart is culmination of viewing life from the heart—and with courage—as we work together to combine the old and new worlds as a creation of love and light.

Tips:

  • It’s important to think about the power of manifestation—and the possibility of larger, better creations in the light. We may want to learn how to send light instead of reacting—or see a different outcome in place of a difficult one.
  • Light comes from inner work. We find it in meditation and reflection. Six planets in retrograde support the need for reflection and introspection.
  • With many planets in fire, there is a desire for action. But it’s not the right time. Use visualization, call angels and guides, and know the right time is coming. Wait.
  • We’re receiving a great deal of information about change and integration of time (Saturn) and awakening (Uranus). The eclipse will deliver new energies, but it will probably take time to translate them into clear thoughts, concepts, and forms.
  • Watch emotions and work to stay centered. It’s not the time for dramatic outbursts. Stay focused on work and routines. Build a better version of the self in the physical world.

Sabian Symbols based on Lynda Hill’s interpretations  

Sabian symbols give an additional interpretation for the degree of each planet.

Sun and Moon are on Leo 29, “A Mermaid Has Climbed to the Rocky Shore of a Bleak Coast; She Awaits the Prince Who Will Bring Her Immortality.” The mermaid represents the water element–a deeper understanding of unconditional love and emotion, which results from spiritual work. The Prince represents the inner self, the relationships developed and deepened from intuitional work.

Immortality—or life without duality—is a result of understanding spiritual law. It is also the conscious expression of the “true” self in physical life that results from change, sacrificing aspects of the outer self, and shaping reality into new forms.

Mercury retrograde is placed on Virgo 9, “An Expressionist Painter Making a Futuristic Drawing.” A painter creates a representation of what s/he sees and experiences in the physical world. A futurist painter uses creativity to represent his/her perception of the future.

The symbol can relate to the need to project thoughts, images, and ideas into the future for possible manifestation. Rather than simple reviewing ideas, it’s important to align the imagery with a structure, which contains the possibility of realization—and to take action to put them into form.

Venus sits on Cancer 25, “A Leader of Men Wrapped in an Invisible Cloak of Power.”  The Invisible Cloak refers to the power of good, which includes inner beauty and strength. All power involves the “test” of right use.

We must find the appropriate way of sharing our power of light, which involves love, healing, and help—without enabling the weak or helping those who may misuse it. There’s also a responsibility to develop our gifts and share them accordingly. On a higher level, individuals, who are aligned with light, have a cloak of power and protection known as the universal force.

NOTE: Aspects with Venus are difficult this week, and it’s important to know the “cloak” of power is there—even when we don’t feel it.

Mars is placed on Leo 21, “Intoxicated Chickens Dizzily Flap Their Wings Trying to Fly.” The symbol refers to intoxication of some kind through food or water. The substance has caused the chickens to forget their limitations. (While chickens can fly—if their wings are not clipped—the symbol refers to overriding our abilities and forgetting to see our limitations.)

Mars is action, and it refers to our work in the physical world. It’s important to mentally review projects on a practical level before taking action. With Mercury retrograde, it’s particularly important.

Jupiter is placed on Libra 21, “A Crowd upon a Beach”. The symbol depicts many people in a lovely location, enjoying the sun and water. A beach is typically a place for relaxation and connection with nature. (Mingling with a crowd can feel wonderful or lonely, but the enjoyment of nature is a wonderful aspect of life.) NOTE: Many of us will meet in nature while watching the eclipse!

 

Julia Griffin, Intutiive Healer and Coach

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants, and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and creating alignment with their inner path.

Through the Lion’s Gate

Image by Lucy Adams

 

The term, Lion Gate, refers to the time when solar light (Leo) strikes the world.  The Lion’s Gate symbolizes walking through solar energy by cleansing and purifying the fabric of our consciousness–and recreating ourselves with a higher light level. It’s a quick process because the Lion’s Gate is open between July 26 and August 12—although the energy is at its height on August 8.

The Lion’s Gate occurs during “Dog Days” or when the star, Sirius, precedes the sun on the horizon. The Great Pyramid of Cheops is aligned with the rise of Sirius, the dog star, as the influx of solar light brought a time of rebirth—an opportunity to glide into our divine blueprint—to resurrect the True Self. In ancient times, the year began on July 23 with the blast of Leo (solar) energy, and the gate of energy remained open through September 15.

Think of it as a cosmic blast. Solar light is associated with the masculine energies such as spirituality, universal love, and pure light. Light cleanses, and it changes the body. For those who are open, it alters the DNA, raising our capacity to receive more light into our overall being. (The light is somewhat yang and can feel over stimulating on a mental/creative level if we don’t take time to rest and reflect.)

The light brings endings such as harvest, but it also illuminates new beginnings. This means opening up to the universe and expanding what we think is the fabric of life. For example, everyone has problems, large or small. There are desires and objects of our longing; yet, they are part of the human experience—and are eclipsed by the universal light.

Light also acts a quickening and cleansing agent. It cleanses our thoughts, emotions, and  illustrates the darkness in our lives. Part of the darkness (for all of us) lies in resonating and identifying with the recurrence of the shadows. What we didn’t believe that we had to have these experiences? Or we could alter our lives instantly?  Who would we become if we stepped into more deeply into the light? What if more positive events happened more quickly? (There is a “feeling” beneath the questions.)

There are inherent challenges in raising our light level. Sometimes, we think about what we are leaving behind and worry about who we will become. Other times, we wonder how we will get arrive–although visualizing, asking questions, making wishes, or believing might lead us to fulfillment with far less effort.

On the human level, there are changes with every new level of light. They can be grouped for simplicity, but we may feel the changes on more than one level–or not feel them at all. When we expand our awareness, we move into more light. (Particular aspects of change, including the planets, stars, or natural events, are experienced in different ways.)

Group I – Light workers and light givers. If you are already giving light and service to others, you may have felt quite tired for the past week. Stepping down light for yourself and other people can feel exhausting. You may need rest, more water, or gentle exercise. The DNA changes when you reach a higher level, and it takes time to process the new light. The light can bring our personal shadow (and the shadows of others) to light. It can point to needed changes, letting go of parts of the identity, or simply moving into more love. Regardless, your energy can feel scrambled, but meditation and rest will bring balance. (Sometimes, we are forced to let go of our focus temporarily. Rest in knowing that the universe makes everything work, and it will support you.)

Group II – Open heart and awakened. The influx of light can actually support your dreams and help in gaining greater creativity with current projects. Stay aware of love and the potential to move more deeply into it. It’s okay if your thoughts feel scrambled and confused from time to time, it will pass. Project happiness and expand your visualizations.

Group III – Mass consciousness.  This group tends to refuse the influx of light; they actually move more deeply into the shadow during these times. They usually become angry or depressed and can pull at your energy more than normal.  It’s helpful to ask for a higher light level and ask the universe to help in clearing and deleting the attachment from lower consciousness. (NOTE: you tend to experience mass consciousness–or lower consciousness– in the areas of our weaknesses and/or karma, it’s important to think about your abilities and good points after an encounter.)

A few tips:

  • Fire brings purification and cleansing. What do we want to leave behind in life? It can be as simple as fear or as complex as a whole portion of personal/professional life. Trust that the change is for the best and take a step ahead.
  • Fire expands things. It fans sticks and leaves into a huge flame. Where do we want to expand our life? What is the spiritual plan? How do we want to awaken more?
  • Where do we lack answers? Let the fire blaze a trail. Follow the light.
  • Use the creative fire to expand and revitalize your life.
  • Let the solar light lift the inner and outer life to a higher level. Who would we become on a higher level?

 

Julia Griffin, Intutiive Healer and Coach

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants, and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and creating alignment with their inner path.

Intense Full Moon and Partial Eclipse

 

Think of a rocket blasting off—or a full moon raised to the third power. The full moon, which appears on Monday, August 7, is part of the exciting line-up of the Lion’s Gate, lunar/solar eclipse and Mercury/Uranus retrograde. (Mercury moves retrograde on August 12; Uranus moves into retrograde on August 3 with other major planets in retrograde.) It is an exciting, intense period of time.

Let’s skip to the chase. As the energies accelerate, the planetary line-up along with eclipses offer an opportunity for major growth—by moving into the heart and exploring the inner self. Everyone will feel the “shift”, but many astrologers believe a subtle door is opening for heightened perception of light during the solar eclipse. (We’re in the warm-up phase now.). Astrologer, Loren Gorgo, refers to a state of cohesiveness, the ability to shape and pull together aspects of life into physical form through our inner light. In other words, physical reality may reflect our inner, spiritual state more quickly—if we utilize conscious manifestation. (At any rate, it’s an opportunity to shed layers of the past and move into greater understanding of our true identity.)

The Full Moon chart is fairly balanced with a predominance of fire. (Sun, Mars, Saturn, and Uranus are placed in fire signs.) There are many helpful aspects for inner growth, seeing through illusion, and finding more of the inner self. With every chart, there are challenges, but we definitely have the skills to move through them and master the factors at play.

The Full Moon is placed in Aquarius, the sign of the New Age. Aquarius encourages humanitarian efforts, unconditional love, and the power of higher consciousness. The Moon opposes the Sun (life) and Mercury (communications), which are placed in Leo, a passionate, fire sign that bestows warmth, courage, and the power of living through the heart. The opposition hints at the power of combining personal love (Leo) with interpersonal and unconditional love (Aquarius)—a theme, which is repeated throughout the month.

Sun trines (harmonious) Saturn (time, limitation), enhancing our sense of structure, self-discipline, and ability to create positive change in life. Moon (emotions) in Aquarius trines (harmonious) Jupiter, indicating positive, harmonious thoughts can bring good fortune on the path of life. The Moon opposes Mars in Leo (male energy, assertion), bringing a strange mix of emotion and assertion. (If the emotion is not positive, wait and rethink before taking a step forward.)

Mercury (communication, thought) is placed in Virgo, which expands our ability with discernment and clear thought. This placement also helps in communicating ideas and having clarity with self-expression. Mercury opposes Neptune, obscuring our grasp on reality and illusion—and adding a veil of confusion to the forecast. Mercury also trines Pluto, which gives grounding, a practical understanding of resources, and insights into cosmic mysteries.

Venus (feminine, material possessions, love) sits in Cancer, a water sign, which will stir our emotions throughout much of the eclipse season. Venus is emotional, nurturing, and possessive in Cancer, and it squares Jupiter (good fortune, harmony), which brings tension into relationships. Venus opposes Pluto (transformation, underworld), indicating a transition/transformation in our definition and longings for love. Venus also trines (harmonious) Neptune (mysticism, illusion), which can heighten artistic creativity and reveal dreamy possibilities held within the heart.

Mars (action, masculine) is placed in Leo, and it conjuncts (close to) the Sun. which strengthens our desire for action and forward motion in life. Mars trines (harmonious) Saturn (limitation, lessons, karma), increasing the possibility of applying lessons and structures, mastered in the past, to flow with newly presented opportunities.

Jupiter (good fortune) in Libra, an air sign,  and squares Pluto (underworld, transformation), creating tension with ambitions and plans. It’s wise to minimize while walking through eclipse season and/or plan practical details carefully to avoid overwhelm. (It’s also important to take time to review and release old beliefs.)

 

Outer Planets in Retrograde

 

Uranus

Five planets, including Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron, are retrograde. With many outer planets in retrograde, the emphasis is placed on the inner self—as opposed to the outer world. The emphasis lies in discovering aspects of our inner identity and perceiving insights in the realms of lessons/time (Saturn), quantum change (Uranus), mystical dreams (Neptune), transformation (Pluto), and healing (Chiron).

Saturn (time, karma) in Sagittarius trines Uranus (quantum field) in Leo, offering the opportunity to move through the past and create entirely, new (spiritually based) experiences. Saturn squares Neptune (mysticism, illusion), meaning our past experiences can be applied to cut through patterns based on illusion and self-deception. Saturn and Uranus (quantum field) trine the North Node in Leo, heightening our desire to move into spiritual aspirations and inner growth.

Uranus, retrograde in Aries, can bring sudden erratic change, or it can transport our consciousness to the quantum field, a place of love, grace, and miracles. It is the planet that rules Aquarius, the benefactor of this Age. Its sudden, erratic motion tends to relate to our fears. When we can move through the fear into a state of love, we experience the benevolent grace of the quantum field.

NOTE: This is a wonderful to focus on how it feels when connected with the inner self–and how life would alter with a deeper connection. Isn’t this what we truly want?

 

Julia Griffin, Intutiive Healer and Coach

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants, and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and creating alignment with their inner path.