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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.

 

 

Fiery New Moon

 

The New Moon appears at 5:45 am ET on Sunday, July 23. Turn on the air conditioning–this new moon chart is hot!  With seven planets placed in fire signs, it’s a summer heat wave that precedes the upcoming Lion’s Gate and the Lunar/Solar Eclipses.

Typically, the New Moon brings a still point—a pause before a new cycle of life begins. With Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (thought, communications), and Mars (action, masculine) placed in Leo, we’ll definitely feel inspiration and/or emotion. (The challenge lies in directing and containing the flames.)

Fire at its best brings heightened passion, spiritual longings, purification and a desire to tread the path of the heart. It’s also creative and loves to mingle with universal currents by transforming intuitive leads into spiritual desires and pursuits. The “lower” side of fire includes strong emotional reactions, selfishness, and a need for drama. (Astrology reflects the dual nature of the planet; we choose the cause/effect through placement of consciousness.)

Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars all sit in Leo, a fire sign represented by the lion. Leo rules the heart, and it is generous and courageous. The fiery energy is heightened by the conjunction between Sun, Moon, and Mars—in addition to a fiery Grand Trine. (Mars also squares Uranus, heightening frustrations and emotions.) North Node (spiritual direction for the planet) is also placed in Leo, suggesting the importance of honing our thoughts and emotions to grow in a spiritual direction. By attuning to the heart, it’s possible to hear and feel the vibration.

A Grand Trine bestows lovely creativity and heightened ability to manifest with Mercury (thought, communication) in Leo, Saturn (karma, time) in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries (sudden change, quantum field.) It’s a wonderful time to manifest more awakening and magic along with a happier, more peaceful life. (Grand Trines are powerful, so make a wish!)

Mercury (thought, communications) sits in Leo, conveying creative images and thoughts—and making it easier to connect visualizations with the heart. Mercury trines Saturn (karma, time), giving a harmonious ability to align new ideas with lessons learned in the past. It also trines Uranus, heightening our ability to create and communicate in an original and innovative way.

Venus (feminine, beauty, possessions) is placed in Gemini, the dual air sign of the twins. Venus Is light, talkative, and gregarious in this position—and air (clear thought) is valuable because it expands clear thinking about issues surrounding love and partnerships. Venus trines Jupiter (good fortune) in Libra, indicating that the flow of loving, positive thoughts heighten good fortune. Venus also opposes (opposite) Saturn (time, karma), which can bring feelings of insecurity and personal doubt. (They are only temporary and will pass in time.)

Venus (love, relationships) and Saturn (time, karma) square Neptune (illusion, mysticism), adding a veil of confusion to the mix. It may be difficult to see through illusion when focusing on love and/or decisions that involve a passage of time.

Mars (assertion, masculine) in Leo causes major difficulty in the chart, transforming errant emotions into frustrations and anger through its square (tension) with Uranus (quantum field, sudden change.) Mars can act as a warrior, and part of the challenge of Mars lies in using discipline to pause and respond—rather than floundering into reaction. Additionally, Mars trines Chiron (the wounded healer), hinting that this attitude can bring profound healing.

Jupiter remains in Libra with a focus on balance, beauty, and light. It also squares Pluto (the underworld, transformation), which increases the outer world’s desire for success, wealth, and attainments in the physical world.

Uranus (sudden change, quantum field) remains in Aries throughout 2017. Fortunately, it no longer squares Pluto, but it does form aspects with Sun/Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Saturn. Five aspects with Uranus provide an electrical connection. (Uranus is a bit like a roller coaster; it can pull our energy up or down. Its direction responds to our placement of consciousness.)

The energies with Pluto are relatively clear, and we won’t miss Pluto’s dark current of the subconscious and flow of transformation for a few days. Aspects with Chiron are powerful and positive with a trine featuring. Sun, Moon, and Mercury, heightening the possibility of using fire (spiritual passion) to cleanse and mitigate our inner wounds. It’s an excellent time to seek a healer and/or guide—and seize the moment to move into the next level of spiritual life.

Tips:

  • Focus on the positive attributes provided by Leo, which includes generosity, positive drama (playing, attending social activities, and parties), and live from the heart. Use excess energy to write, paint, and create. Burn off the intensity through physical exercise and work.
  • Apply the energies of the Grand Trine to manifest wisely and wonderfully. (Mercury, thought + Saturn, time/karma + Uranus, innovation/Quantum Field. See as heart thoughts coupled with insights from the past/karma can lead to realizations, which are activated by the Quantum Field.
  • Venus (love, personal possessions) trines Jupiter (good fortune). Use clarity of mind to pull in pleasing moments and opportunities—and a positive focus around relationships.
  • Think before you speak and/or act. Mars (assertion, male) conjuncts Uranus (rapid change/quantum field.), which can bring volatile reactions.
  • It’s a hot chart with many planets placed in fire. Make meditation a priority and visualize a peaceful flow of events.

 

Sabian Symbols

This reading of the symbols is based on Lynda Hill’s work. The symbols act as a guide, providing additional information about the placement and energy of planets. (I enjoy the additional perception offered by the symbols as they reveal a great deal about the underlying theme of the chart.)

Sun and Moon are on Leo 1, and the Sabian Symbol is perfect for the astrological chart, “Under Emotional Stress, Blood Rushes to a Man’s Head.” Emotions and ambitions cause reactions, but decisions are best made from a place of peace and calm. Meditate before taking action.

Mercury at Leo 27 sits on “Daybreak—the Luminescence of Dawn in the Eastern Sky.” Daybreak represents renewal of life, the appearance of the sun on the horizon and light-giving light. By moving into the higher consciousness, represented by light, we can find illumination in the agitated mind, presented by the degree of sun and moon.

Venus is on Gemini 21, “A Tumultuous Labor Demonstration.” A demonstration involves voicing perceptions of unhappiness, unfairness, and a lack of balance. It can represent overreaction or a desire for peace and democracy. (Venus sits on this degree, so it is likely to pertain to feelings about relationships)

Mars sits on Leo 2, “An Epidemic of Mumps” can represent contagion—a thought, principle, or physical illness that spreads through groups of people. It can also relate to fear and angry emotions. With Mars on this degree, it may refer to the high anger/fear level of mass consciousness.

Jupiter is placed on Libra 16, “After the Storms of Winter, A Boat Landing Stands in Need of Reconstruction.” A storm blasts through a psychological or physical structure, leaving ruin in its wake. (Many of us have passed through this alteration in the past few years.) Now, recovery, rebuilding, and healing can take place.

Saturn is on Sagittarius 23, “A Group of Immigrants Fulfilling the Requirements for Entering a New Country.” If we view the “new” country as the next level of the New Age, the symbol offers a revelation. It’s time for those, who have meditated and focused on love, to enter life at a new level of awareness.

Uranus sits on Aries 29, “The Music of the Spheres.”  This symbolic represents the melodious interaction of the spiritual world in the physical world—if we perceive it. The seven days of the week coincide with the seven chakras and colors of light, the twelve hours of the day align with the numerical process of completion, etc.

 

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.

 

 

Planetary Change: Full Thunder Moon

 

The Thunder Moon appears on Sunday, July 9, and its name reflects the heat of the season, which brings thunder, lightning, and storms. It’s an appropriate name for this moon chart, which is weighted in fire (passion) and water (emotion.) The energies can create steam (fire/water and heat/emotion) or can be used to forge instruments such as a sword, which cut through blocks and obstacles.

The planets emphasize the use of emotions for dreaming and weaving a new way of life. (Many of us feel the quickening of the New Age, but we must put it into form by feeling and dreaming on an intuitive level.) We are creating a new world by moving into the sphere of feeling/intuiting while releasing illusion about the life that we had before “time” changed.

Sun (life) and Mars (action) in Cancer encourages flowing emotion that originates in the heart, and Moon in Capricorn gives the practical power to bring dreams into physical form. This moon phase focuses on planning and gathering strength, which occurs through “right” action, originating within the inner self. (The full moon adds light to the darkness, which can bring illumination and understanding.)

Mercury (communications) sits in Leo, a fire sign, which loves drama and the center stage. Mercury in Leo is also brave and courageous, making it a wonderful time to express our inner truth and/or speak from the heart. In this placement, it quickens communications and heightens passion.

Lovely Venus (love, beauty, feminine) is placed in Gemini, an air sign. It highlights thoughts and feelings about love, beauty, and possessions. Venus trines Jupiter (good fortune) in Libra, bringing clarity of thought about objects of our passion. (Venus in Gemini can bring too much talk, short travels, or lack of focus. It can also give positive communication, activities, and intellectual focus.)

Venus

Mars (action, masculine) sits n Cancer, a water sign. Mars in Cancer can flow into dreams; it can also become emotional and way-laid by old emotional patterns such as manipulation or martyrdom. On the most basic level, Mars in Cancer offers the opportunity to flow through patterns and find renewal through responses rather than reaction.

Jupiter in Libra continues to bring balance and beauty to a challenging chart. It finds good fortune through clarity and harmonious thoughts. It focuses on beauty through its harmonious trine with Venus, and its square (tension) with Mars, indicates a preference for higher thought—as opposed to emotional reactions.

Saturn (time, past, karma) remains in Sagittarius, providing a continued focus on spiritual practices and dedication. Saturn squares (tension) Neptune (illusion, idealism), indicating the importance of surrendering the idealism and illusion of the past when weaving a new dreamscape for life in the bold New Age. A trine between Saturn and Uranus encourages the emergence a new world, based on blending the mistakes the old and the perception of the new ages.

Sun and Mars in Cancer trine (harmonious) Neptune in Scorpio. The combination of Sun (life) and Mars (action) trine Neptune can lead to beautiful dreams for the manifestation of a new life. Three planets in water can move our emotions in a lovely, tranquil way—and Neptune retrograde awakens our psychic abilities.

Sun and Mars are opposite Pluto (underworld, transformation), which brings the darkness in our personal lives to the surface. Fortunately, we are developing powerful tools such as universal love, meditation, and knowledge of the inner self—which bring substantial light along with the added gifts of imagination and intuition.

 

 

 

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.

Half-moon Forecast: Challenges and Insights

 

 

The half-moon appears on Friday, June 30, and it marks the turning point in the moon’s cycle. It’s the time between new beginnings and the fruition of dreams when heart-felt visualization can shape life into a new form.

The Sun sits in Cancer, a water sign ruling emotions, the Mother, the sea, and the moon. The sign of Cancer prefers soft emotions and home like the gentle motion of a calm sea, but Sun in Cancer forms an opposition to Pluto, the sign of the underworld, power, and transformation.

The placement elicits a combination of agitation and achievement (Pluto) and pleasant days spent in relaxation and peace. Oppositions cause an interplay between two, different states of being, and we’ll experience both states over the next two weeks. (Astrology tends to provide a balance, and the Sun also trines Neptune (mysticism, illusion). It’s a gift that brings beautiful dreams and spiritual insights to counter the Plutonian aspect.)

Moon in Libra brings a desire for balance and harmony. It trines (harmonious) Venus (love, material possessions), which heightens our impressions of beauty, love, and nature. The moon also conjuncts Jupiter (expansion, beneficial energy), indicating expansion and good fortune can come from pursuing interests in this area of life.

Mercury (communication) is placed in Cancer. When placed in water, our communications—including internet, telephone, and electronics—may respond in accordance with our emotional states. It’s important to see effective communication before pushing the send button or making an important phone call. (We may also feel more emotional than usual, particularly when responding to others.)

Venus sits in Taurus, an earth sign that prefers beauty and the natural world. Venus trines (harmonious) Pluto, intensifying our emotions, particularly in the area of love and relationships. It also bestows the marvelous quality of increased perception in the area of relationships—and insight into establishing their worth.

Mars (assertion, action) is placed in Cancer, which can cause difficulty with assertiveness and action. It amplifies strong emotion that can feel overwhelming and slows  movement toward goals and personal realization. (Positive visualization can help.)

Jupiter (good fortune) in Libra is squared (tension) by Sun, Mercury, and Mars (life, communication, and action) in Cancer. The aspects indicate the importance of moving through emotion with a clear, focused mind and consistent action to reach expansion of dreams and goals.

With the outer planets, Saturn (karma) is relatively quiet, and it forms a trine with Uranus, giving the ability to translate the past into a new form.  Sun, Mercury, and Mars trine Neptune (illusion, dreams), and this expands our imagination’s ability to dream of beautiful aspects of life.

Pluto (underworld, transformation) sits in opposition to Sun, Mercury, and Mars. It is squared (tension) by Jupiter (good fortune) and Uranus (spiritual change.) Pluto represents our personal issues, darkness in the outer world, and change through transformation.

This type of transformation is difficult. It involves exchanging the aspects of the personality for qualities of the soul—and spiritual change. But we gain incredible knowledge from the inner self, which is infinite and loving. It’s a difficult but beautiful part of the transition into the New Age.

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 alignment with their inner path.

 

Full Strawberry Moon, Jupiter Direct

The strawberry full moon appears on the morning of Friday, June 9. It is the smallest, most distant moon of the year. As a result, we’ll experience less of the “moon” surge, experienced around the full and new moon. (The term, strawberry, refers to the ripening of fruit, a sweet, fertile time of the year.)
The Full Moon increases the flow of energy throughout the elements. It often brings answers and aspects of life such as dreams to fruition. On an earth level, seeds often germinate on the full moon.
The chart is weighted with fire. Many planets in fire can awaken creativity, passion, and spiritual desires; it may also cause short tempers and overreaction. There are many beneficial energies in the chart such as Venus (love) properly placed in Taurus and Jupiter, planet of good fortune, moving direct. (Of course, there are also challenges, a constant in the New Age.)
Sun (outer life) sits in Gemini, the air sign of the twins, and Moon (inner self, emotions) is in Sagittarius, a fire sign, depicted by the archer. Air and fire rule thought and passion, so it’s a wonderful time to focus on directives, originating within the inner self, and flowing into the realization of dreams.
Sun trines Jupiter (good fortune), adding to the motion of good luck. The Sun also sits opposite Saturn (time, karma), which means feeling our karma and the passage of time. Sun squares (tension) Neptune, illuminating the need to see through illusion–and push through into a new, more realistic future. (We may feel alternately light/heavy and happy/sad with the Jupiter/Saturn influence.)
The Moon conjuncts (close to) Saturn, meaning we could experience “emotional” karma and heaviness about life. Fortunately, we always have a choice with placement of emotions and can choose a strong reaction or a calm, aligned response. Moon also squares Neptune, increasing the possibility of seeing through emotional illusion. On the bright side, Moon trines Uranus (quantum field, sudden change), which is beneficial as it can bring brilliant thoughts and feelings to create higher vibrations and connection.
Mercury (mind, communications) sits in Gemini, an air sign. It trines Jupiter, conferring rapid comprehension of ideas, enhancing creativity, and spontaneity. It’s definitely an aspect that features “happy” thoughts, and the process can lead to good luck (Jupiter direct.)
Along the same positive lines, Venus (love, beauty, material possessions) is placed in Taurus, an earth sign that amplifies the more beautiful qualities of the planet. Additionally, Venus sextiles Mars (male energy), making a good balance between male and female energies. The planet also trines Saturn (time, structure, karma), conveying good judgement and structure.
Mars (male energy) is a bit difficult as it is placed in Cancer, a water sign. Mars in Cancer tends to act out emotionally with exaggerated irritation over small matters. It squares (tension) Jupiter and opposes Saturn. It’s far from perfect, but there are many other aspects in the chart to balance it. (Watch emotions and give the benefit of the doubt to the other person.)
Jupiter in Libra is wonderfully direct, which should help with the motion of projects. It also gives a beneficial feeling about the flow of life, which is much needed. We’ll feel more optimism in the days to come.  Saturn trines Uranus, giving the ability to mix the old and new together in a new design. Saturn and Uranus both trine (harmonious) the North Node in Leo. Together, these aspects give a powerful thrust for moving in the direction of the aspirations of our soul.

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 alignment with their inner path.

 

Slowing Our Pace and Focusing on Light

Image by Josephine Walls

Aspects of the “weather” appear as beautiful as the shades of summer with a Grand Trine (very harmonious) between Moon, Mercury, and Pluto—all placed in earth, providing needed grounding in a time of change. However, we also have tension caused by squares, which can make life feel erratic. (It’s helpful to choose a slower pace—and call on our inner resources without exhausting our reserves!) In this chart, the elements of fire, earth, water, and air are balanced, which is helpful!

Sun (life) is placed in Gemini, the sign of the twins, meaning moods and thoughts may alter quickly between light and dark. Gemini is an air sign with a fierce intellect that moves rapidly through skilled conversations and communications. It’s also good for short journeys, the perfect opening for summer vacations. (The symbol of twins represents duality, but we find wholeness centered in the heart–or within the inner self.)

Moon (inner self, emotions) sits in Virgo, stirring our need for order, perfectionism, and mysticism. Moon squares Mars (overall energy, assertion), which may create confusion between action and emotions, and Moon squares Saturn (time, karma), meaning our emotions and lessons are somewhat out of sync. Moon also trines (harmonious) Mercury (communications), and this aspect gives a bit of order to the flow of thoughts.

Mercury is placed in Taurus, a slow sign for the functioning of the mind. It can bring focus to finances, the earth, or nature, but it also brings hesitation and pauses when we’d prefer focus to walks outdoors. The placement is good for the body—and creating a good physical routine. (Mercury trines Pluto, which is helpful in discerning mysteries or putting bigger pieces of the puzzle together.)

Venus (feminine, love, art) is currently in Aries, a fire sign. It can exhibit stubbornness, passion, and a tendency to leap ahead in this position. Venus aspects almost every planet in this chart, indicating a need to consider what we want to experience in love and through love. Venus also trines (harmonious) Saturn (karma, time), indicating the possibility of learning from our past and creating a new path within the sphere of relationships in life.

Mars (masculine, assertion, overall energy) remains in Gemini, an air sign. Mars is all about direction, force, and passion. It has difficulty moving in a single direction when placed in air. (Air is everywhere, and Mars wants a directed passion.) It can cause tension between desires and responsibility—or a tendency to move between compulsive action and inertia.

Jupiter is in Libra, an air sign that continues to draw our imagination and thoughts to balance and beauty. For example, we utilize Jupiter’s energy when we see the world as better place or visualize harmony in the place of violence. It’s a beautiful placement, which helps us along through the bumpy stages of the New Age.

Neptune is aspected by the Sun and Moon. The Sun squares (tension) Neptune, and Moon (emotions) is opposite Neptune. This placement can make it difficult to discern between illusion and reality. It’s important to take to meditate before taking action or speaking our thoughts.

Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus square Pluto, enlarging the Uranus/Pluto square. Within this chart, they come together as an eccentric mix of energy, which can create distractions and small, upsetting events. (We’ve dealt with this since 2012.) Moon and Mercury trine Pluto, and these aspects soften the effect.

All in all, there are many nice aspects, including increased grounding with earth, communicating well with others, and movement on our path in the area of love. Of course, challenges remain, but it’s part of the New Age, and we’re becoming more adept as we move through the changes on the wings of time.

 

 

 

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.