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Full Moon Forecast: Odd Energy Ahead



December’s Full Moon came on Tues, Dec 13. It is another super moon, meaning it is close to the earth and exerts more influence on our emotions, the tides, and water levels of the earth. With a super moon, we feel the effect for several days.

If the world has felt heavy or tiring, there are good reasons for it. It’s an intense chart with Sun in Sagittarius, conjunct (close placement) Saturn, the ruler of time, old age, structure and limitation. It’s easy to feel both the limitations of our personal life and the world at large, but both signs are placed in Sagittarius, which brings hope and optimism. (The chart asks for a realistic look at life while imagining greater possibilities.)

The Sun (life), Moon (emotions, inner self), and Saturn (limitation) form a T-square (pressure) with Chiron, the wounded healer. Part of the equation involves healing and/or releasing the past to heal emotions when creating a new future. Spiritual work involves moving beyond our wounds, and it also involves releasing the past, which include a net of beliefs that limits our potential and spiritual power.

The Moon is in Gemini, an air sign denoting communication, and it opposes Sun (life) and Saturn (limitation.) The Moon rules emotions, which may feel overwhelming because the Sun/Saturn demands looking at the structure of our lives. Moon in Gemini loves socializing, traveling, and talking—which is confusing when scrutiny is required to take the next step. Fortunately, the Moon trines Mars (assertion) and Jupiter (good fortune), increasing the possibility of taking positive action to reap good outcomes.

Mercury (communication) is placed in Capricorn, a practical earth sign. It moves into retrograde on Thursday, December 15, and retrogrades in earth signs can feel particularly slow and heavy. Attempt completion of errands and shopping before December 15, then plan to take a needed rest to renew body and soul. (Retrogrades are about rest, review, and rethinking projects. Mercury will also conjunct Pluto, the underworld, so expect to learn secrets and hidden knowledge.)

Mars (energy, assertion) and Venus (beauty, femininity) are both placed in Aquarius, which brings a sparkly, electrical quality. In this position, Venus is a bit detached about love, but Mars’ trine with Jupiter (good fortune), meaning it’s possible to bring about wonderful happenings by focusing on harmony and higher consciousness.

Outer Planets

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) sextiles Saturn and opposes Uranus. Jupiter’s sextile with Saturn (time, karma) can pull in resources, but the opposition (two ideas/thoughts in opposite directions) suggests focusing on new directions and ideas for income.

Saturn (time, karma, structure) trines Uranus (sudden change, quantum field), indicating the possibility of clearing karma by uniting with our true self and the universe-at-large. Saturn squares (tension) Neptune (mysticism, illusion), creating confusion about structures, truth, and religion.

Uranus and Pluto (resources, underworld) are squared once more; it’s the last tight square of the four year dance between the 2 planets, which appeared as a dive into the underworld, followed by realizations, which come from the light. Overall, it’s often acted as a wrecking ball. Perhaps, we’ll move into more light as the square fades in the coming year.


  • Two distinct equations influence the chart. One involves moving into the light and embracing the quantum field. The other side of the equation accentuates the need to release the past and its structures while making a “new” place to allow the light to enter.
  • The placement of Venus in Aquarius can open our hearts to potential, change, and New Age methods of thinking and feeling. For example, we might gain a deeper understanding of healing with sound and color—or the unity of group consciousness when focused on the heart.
  • The chart suggests the importance of innovation when creating success. Think out of the box and float out into the universe when reviewing ideas for work and life.
  • Mercury retrograde in Capricorn along with Sun conjunct Saturn suggests a heavy energy for the next week or so. Work to remain focused on good things like universal power and love.
  • There’s a sliding motion between the heaviness of human life and the potential of the quantum field. Observe both and meditate on the inner self.

Sabian Symbols (based on Lynda Hill’s Sabian Symbols)

Sun is on Sagittarius 23, A Group of Immigrants Fulfilling Requirements before Entering a New Country. On a higher level, the symbol could refer to proponents of the New Age and meeting the requirements of light—the measurement of the heart.

Moon sits on Gemini 23. Three Fledglings in a Nest. This symbol denotes the concept of a stage from dependence to independence. In this case, it may refer to the growth needed by light workers before joining together to shift reality. (No one is quite ready to leave their “home” or comfort zone.)

Mercury is placed on Capricorn 13, A Fire Worshiper Meditates on the Ultimate Realities of Existence. In metaphysics, fire represents passion for the spiritual world—the burning away of the ego. It doesn’t work unless we’re centered on the divine. (Fire can also represent burn-out and anger. It’s about how constructively we use or don’t use our inner fire.)

Venus is on Aquarius 8, Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures on Display. This symbol asks to look beyond the creation of appearances and illusion and see if the figure and inner beauty match.

Mars sits on Aquarius 26, A Garage Man Testing a Car’s Battery with a Hydrometer. With Mars on this placement, it asks for matching our emotions with a higher level of consciousness before taking action. (Water is emotion. Mars is action, and a battery gives energy to the car. The hydrometer tests the water or emotion of the vehicle.)

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.


Full Moon Forecast: More Change



It’s a volatile forecast for the full moon on October 16. Sun and Mercury are in Libra, a beautiful air sign with a focus on balance. The Full Moon appears in Aries, a fire sign. Aries is the beginning of new motion; it’s forceful and headstrong.  The conflict begins with Moon (feminine, emotion, the mother) conjunct or close to Uranus. Both signs are in Aries, and Uranus promotes sudden change.

It’s not difficult to link the equation of emotion (Moon) and sudden change (Uranus). It simply means our emotions will be a bit unstable and erratic. On the plus side, it can mean brilliantly, inspired connection—or it can bring instability. As usual, the choice is ours, but awareness is key because we can choose to observe swings in mood and evaluate at a later date.

In the big picture, change is coming into our lives—whether we want it or not. If we were waiting for a special time or resisted the motion of the universe, we don’t have to worry. The desired change—or some sort of change—is already on the way. (Many aspects in this chart point to non-traditional change. Planets aligned with Uranus and Pluto bring different currents of energy into our awareness.)

Additionally, Uranus and Eris, which is called the 10th planet, are square. Some astrologers believe the square with Eris can move our consciousness into profound transformation; others think it indicates a period of chaos through April 2017. Either way, it brings (more) temporary confusion because the Greek goddess, Eris, symbolizes discord.

Sun (outer life) and Mercury (communication, thought) are opposite Uranus, meaning our pleasant thoughts about life may temporarily seem out of sync with the changes that the universe seeks for us. (Aspects with Uranus tend to come and go with an on/off motion. By holding tightly to a higher vision, life often rearranges itself into a higher form.)

Mercury (communication, thought) in Libra squares Mars (action, masculine) in Capricorn. There will be a tendency to float through life with beautiful thoughts, but Mars asks for physical structure and changes in the material world.

Jupiter (good fortune) and Saturn (limitation, time, work) offer more harmonious aspects. Jupiter sextiles Saturn, meaning harmony and good fortune are possible if we stay disciplined, balanced, and focused on our spiritual path. Saturn trines Uranus, which means an opportunity for taming the wild Uranian energy into a form that is compatible with our personal karma.

Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and Uranus are currently square Pluto, which has a strong tendency to dredge up the subterranean depths of the subconscious. Memories, which reveal patterns, may rise to surface. We may feel our fears or glimpse the forces behind problems in our lives.

Pluto’s strength is transmutation, the act of taking darkness and transforming into light. Pluto reveals truth, which is ultimately freeing. There is great freedom in seeing through illusion, but it’s rarely a comfortable ride.


  • Uranus brings connection with the Divine, an ability to move into heightened awareness, innovation, and invention. It can also bring contradictory and unstable feelings. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Eris aspect Uranus
  • Moon conjunct Uranus can make emotions erratic. Wait before making big decisions.
  • Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and Uranus square Pluto. This type of square has caused much personal turmoil since 2012. Pluto pulls things from the subconscious and the darker side of life for transformation. Meditate when possible and focus on the positive.
  • Saturn trines Uranus, indicating discipline and positive, consistent action can help with cosmic change.
  • It’s a forceful chart with a great deal of energy to create change in our lives. The symbol for the moon is particularly positive (see below.) It speaks of a positive change of fortune, which is brought by the winds of change.


Sabian Symbols from Lynda Hill

Sun sits on Libra 24, A Third Wing on the Left Side of the Butterfly. A third wing refers to imbalance, a creative overbalance. It also refers to the acceptance of fragility and difference in others as well as empathy for emotional breakdowns and other aspects of oversensitivity.

Moon is placed in Aries 24, An Open Window and a Net Curtain Blowing into the Shape of a Cornucopia. The Cornucopia refers to Abundantia, a Roman Goddess of good fortune and prosperity. A cornucopia can also refer to the fall harvest, a specific time of natural abundance.

It speaks of a change in the wind, which brings a positive change of fortunes. The symbol emphasizes the use of imagination and action to catalyze a desired realization.

Mercury is found on 16 Libra, After the Storms of Winter, A Boat Landing Stands in Need of Reconstruction. This symbol is very appropriate after Hurricane Matthew. Many of our communications are currently focused on this subject.  On a personal level, many people are reconstructing and rebuilding their lives in this time of “new” light.

Venus sits on 28 Scorpio, An Inventor Performs a Laboratory Experiment. Many awakened people are searching for the right focus on consciousness to bring about a change in the world. Alchemy refers to this specific change in consciousness as “laboratory” work, which means creating something new and wondrous from known materials. (With Uranus in the mix, it may be possible.)

Mars is placed on Capricorn 13, A Fire Worshipper Meditates on the Ultimate Realities of Existence. Fire was given to mankind by Prometheus; it was stolen from the Greek gods. Fire produces light to see our path, and it gives warmth. By tending the fire of the heart, we make a great deal of progress on our spiritual path.

Jupiter sits on Libra 8, A Blazing Fireplace in a Deserted Home. Again, fire represents warmth and love. If we see connection with the universe as our spiritual “home”, the fire symbolizes eternal love, which never ceases to support and comfort us.


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: October Forecast



October brings beautiful weather, bright skies, and better energies while September ends with a positive New Moon (Sept 30) with Sun/Moon in Libra.  It’s a lovely start for the month. Sun in Libra brings the beauty of air, expansion of mind, and the desire for balance, justice, and harmony. Jupiter (good fortune) aligns with the Sun, strengthening our ability to bring events into our life. With only 3 planets in retrograde-Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto—it’s easier to move forward. (Think of retrograde planets as a bit of an anchor, which slows our progress.)

The month also brings a great deal of energy with two New Moons, one Full Moon, and Halloween, which represents the opening of the doors between the worlds. New Moons act as a void–a space to pull in new energy to shape as the moon grows full. Along with the new energies, which are very intense, we’ll experience three openings for a flood of energy. Obviously, it’s important to work on our grounding skills!

The challenge of the month comes with T-squares, which appear fairly regularly. They can bring pressure to see aspects of life, which need changing. And it’s usually not in a wonderful way. On the positive, Sun and Jupiter in Libra bring balance and can help to find an equitable solution. (The current square is between Neptune (mysticism), Saturn (time, karma), and North Node, representing spiritual career and potential.)

Venus (beauty, art, material goods) is placed in Scorpio, intensifying passion, emotion, and jealousy in relationship. It can also symbolize beginnings, endings, or the motion of relationships into another form. Mars (male energy, assertion) sits in Capricorn with a focus on accumulating wealth, material goods, and altering career into a higher level. (Capricorn is an earth sign, representing ambition in the outer world.)

Saturn (time, discipline, karma) is placed in Sagittarius, continuing the emphasis on spiritual life and discipline. In combination with Mars, it’s wise to consider the best path for merging our spiritual discipline and physical career.

Neptune continues her journey through Pisces, opening us to a sea of love and expanding the reach of inner emotion. Uranus continues to call in the New Age with weird, amazing, and wacky energies and remains square to Pluto, pulling in old, dark energies that require transmutation.

The Moon and Mercury currently oppose Chiron, the wounded healer. It means our current thoughts and emotions can oppose our inner healing. It won’t last forever, and we’re familiar with it.


It’s a relatively, quiet month, and life should feel better, clearer, and more optimistic. It is important to take advantage of the good weather by moving into opportunity, making small and large changes, and creating a strong image of what is wanted in life.

The T-squares (and Uranus/Pluto) continue to push us out of our comfort zones and into a wilder universe. It’s not good or bad. It’s simply a demonstration of how true happiness may live in a different environment than playing safe.

It’s best to use the beautiful energy to dream and create as long as we don’t take it for granted. Everything changes often on Planet Earth, and we’re being propelled into larger changes and shifts. Continue listening to the inner self and lean on the universe for support. (It always works!)

NOTE: Use the ample energies of this time to stay with inner desires, find the rhythm of the inner self, and create harmony between the inner and outer world.


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 Moon and Eclipse



The beautiful harvest moon on Sept 16 brings an odd chart, full of good and difficult things. The eclipse and full moon symbolically point to a change in structure—particularly with church and government. Jupiter’s Sabian Symbol represents the evolution of the sixth race into a higher level of humanity, and it sits close to mid-heaven, where God’s mind supposedly resides. (Jupiter on the midheaven can indicate cosmic help with goals.)

To me, the chart intensifies much of the energy felt through the summer. The motion of higher group consciousness into a state of love is amplified by Moon and Neptune in Pisces, and Sun in Virgo urges the continuation of discarding whatever is not necessary (and the addition of what is needed) in everyday life.

Mercury (communications) retrograde in Virgo delivers a bit of heavy feeling along with minor confusion and delays with the passage of life. Mercury retro can also cause misunderstandings and difficulty with interpreting words. On a higher level, it teaches kindness and a keener observation of judgement—if we are patient and tolerant. It also helps with discernment of the inner voice so that we learn if it is judgement or intuition speaking within us.

Venus and Jupiter are in Libra, which brings clarity of thought and quicker connection to the divine. On a lower level, it can lead to self-indulgence with beautiful things. On a higher level, the connection with beauty can open our souls to higher instruction.

Venus (love, beauty, material objects) opposes Uranus (spiritual change) during the full moon eclipse. It’s a difficult placement that can make it easy to confuse love and unsettled emotion, which can cause abrupt changes—both good and bad. With this aspect, it’s important to focus emotions on goodness and kindness. (Wait until after the weekend for intense debates and decisions—if possible.)

Mars (action, passion) in Sagittarius focuses on quests and moving forward, but it also squares (tension) Mercury (thought) and Jupiter (good fortune.) A square can indicate confusion with decisions and specific energies. In this case, it refers to thought (Mercury, communications) and good fortune, money (Jupiter.)  It’s wise to wait on taking action with new ideas for another week or so until the planets are a bit more settled.

Saturn (time, karma) in Sagittarius is exactly square Neptune (mysticism, illusion) in Pisces. This aspect causes confusion. For example, we may know it’s time to begin a new business, find a different direction in life, or change the structure of our lives. But it’s difficult to see how to do it. (It’s a bit like driving in the rain and knowing it’s time to turn onto a particular road, but we can’t see it because of the fog.)

Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter oppose Chiron, the wounded healer. Mars squares Chiron. In other words, there is not much healing taking place, but we are very likely to see what needs to change. Knowing what needs changing is often a first step in healing issues, which is necessary in creating a new life.

In closing, Jupiter’s beautiful position to mid-heaven will likely give beneficial insights, which we will reap after the full moon and eclipse. In the meanwhile, we’ll continue to feel those incredible waves of love, confusion about our personal life, and strong indications about what we need to drop, alter, and create in our physical lives.

It’s all about finding the inner self and creating more of its presence in our physical lives. It’s a lovely process, which may feel difficult for a few days, but bright realizations will follow in the coming days.


Sabian Symbols *

*From Sabian Symbols by Lynda Hill

Sun sits on Virgo 25, “A Flag at Half-Mast in Front of a Public Building”. A flag at half-mast symbolizes a death or tragedy. The symbol could refer to the failure of national governments to provide to the public or the closing of buildings, providing services. At any rate, it represents awareness of shutting down and/or ending of a public service—or perhaps our belief in the value of these forms.

Moon sits on Pisces 25, “The Purging of the Priesthood.” In this chart, the sun symbolizes a problem with structures created for the public. The symbol for the moon focuses on altering spiritual structure in the outer world. Between the two, there is an indication of a large change on a social level.

Mercury retrograde is placed on Virgo 18, “Two Girls Playing with an Ouija Board.” The Ouija Board is often an introduction to the occult and psychic phenomena. But it is not considered a safe or controlled practice. It’s impossible to know “what” comes through the Ouija Board, but it is some form of intuitive or astral energy. (With Mercury retrograde, we “read” many forms of energy—and not all are accurate. It’s important to seek higher sources of information.)

Venus sits on Libra 22, “A Child Giving Birds a Drink at a Fountain.” Simple joys and gestures can lift our lives into beauty and happiness, particularly when based on spontaneous actions. A child’s natural generosity symbolizes the right emotion for aligning with love and experiencing joy.

Mars is placed on Sagittarius 24, “A Bluebird, a Sign of Good Luck and Happiness, Is Standing at the Door of the House.” Good fortune and rewards are implied in this symbol. Mars, which is action, is involved and places emphasis on right action.  It implies the warmth of home and the positive feeling of alignment with the physical world.

Jupiter is on Libra 2, “The Light of the Sixth Race Transmuted to the Seventh.” It implies a transcendent shift into a state of higher consciousness for the human race. It asks for focus on personal evolution, right action in the physical world, and motion into a higher order.

It seems apropos for current interest in spiritual affairs and the lack of disciplined work associated with many of them. From another angle, it’s easy to read group consciousness and the sway of the masses in reaction to media. (It doesn’t make the reaction accurate or aligned. The challenge lies in aligning with higher truths.)


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.


Full Moon Forecast



The night sky has been incredibly lovely as the almost full moon rises against a periwinkle blue sky. On some nights, the planets are visible and glow like jewels. Other nights, the Perseid showers blaze through the sky like fireworks.

The full moon appears on August 18, bringing a relatively pleasant chart. After weeks of clearing emotions and karma, it can feel like a blessing. There are challenges, gifts, and lessons, but it’s wonderful when their impact is balanced. There are four planets in fire, five in earth, two in water, and one in air. Together, fire and earth address the importance of putting spiritual passion into physical form. Fewer planets in water can calm emotions, and we have the element of air—for the first time in weeks.

The Sun is in Leo, a fire sign, conferring passion, generosity, and courage.  It brings confidence, brightness, and belief in the goodness of life. Sun in Leo helps with expression of feelings and desires through positive drama and group activities. It rules the heart, the desire to move into love and truth. It can also ignite creativity and help with expression of the inner self.

The Moon (inner self, emotions) is placed in Aquarius, a creative and innovative air sign. Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius finds unusual and unique answers in life. Air rules thought, and the chart emphasizes the value of coming from the heart and thinking the right thoughts. (Higher thought occurs when the heart and mind are aligned with the inner self.) The right thoughts can open our consciousness to greater awareness and deeper understanding.

Mercury (communications) and Venus (earthly pleasures, femininity, art and beauty) are placed in Virgo, which emphasizes the need for articulation, precision, and discrimination. The placement of these planets hints at the need for grounding our passion into particular projects and plans, which align with our hearts and personal growth. On a higher level, Virgo represents the High Priestess, who holds secret knowledge and can unveil the hidden mysteries.

Mars (assertion, overall energy, the masculine) in a Sagittarius, a fire sign, stirs up  passion and heat. Sagittarius represents the archer, and, when Mars is in a fire sign, it likes the action of shooting arrows and pursuing goals and quests. (Mars in a fire sign can cause burn-out or overwhelm through too much activity so plan periods of rest accordingly.)

Mars conjuncts (close to) Saturn (structure, limitation, karma) in Sagittarius. It gives potential to combine strength and sustained effort in pursuing goals, particularly those on the spiritual path. The aspect can help in channeling lower emotions and everyday pursuits in a creative, spiritual direction. (Both planets have a dark, cold side, so stay in the light and think positively!)

Jupiter (benevolence, good fortune) remains in Virgo, hinting at greater success and prosperity by giving attention to detail and daily routine. Mercury (communications, mind) conjuncts Jupiter, giving space and focus for the task. With Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter in Virgo, an earth sign, it’s easy to become “lost’ in daily routine. It’s important to hold on to the big dreams through meditation and inner work while sifting through the details of everyday life.

Venus (beauty, feminine, material world) opposes Neptune (spiritual world, illusion) in Pisces. It’s interesting because any aspect with Neptune can lead us into greater realization of beauty, which is aspect of the soul. Oppositions are normally challenging, but this aspect asks us to see beyond habitual perception of life into the spiritual perception of the beauty found in every form.

Uranus (spiritual change, quantum field) and Pluto (underworld, transformation) remain square (tension.) The square is wide, but it continues to dredge up old substances, which keep our consciousness in place, and move us into a place of realizing truth. This action can lead us into truth and freedom although the transformation seems to feel difficult.


  1. Sun (outer life)  trines Uranus (spirituality, change). This positive aspect can bestow unusual, ingenious thinking or breakthroughs. With both planets in fire, it can ignite creativity and give birth to new ideas.
  2. Venus squares (tension) Mars and Saturn. It opposes Neptune (mysticism, illusion) and trines Pluto. Venus rules the beauty of the material world and relationships. With so many aspects, it usually means receiving mixed messages, so wait a few days before buying expensive items and see if a relationship changes back to “normal” in the next week or two. (Don’t believe everything you feel.)
  3. Continue to pursue spiritual studies, meditate, and remain disciplined. The full moon brings in a good bit of positive energy, but we continue to clear and change. We need copious amounts of hope and love as we continue through a large shift.






Sabian Symbols

Sun is on Leo 26, “After a Heavy Storm, A Rainbow Appears.” In a sense, the summer represents a heavy storm of clearing energies, moving in many directions, and altering our energy level. A rainbow is the promise of cosmic “good” that follows the difficulty of a storm.

Moon is placed on Aquarius 26, “A Garage Man Testing a Car’s Battery with a Hydrometer.” A car is our current system of motion from place to another. A battery refers to the energy source of the car; it contains water, starts the car, and distributes electrical power throughout the vehicle. (Aquarius—the sign in which the moon is placed—rules technology. Testing the battery means taking an accurate measure of our spiritual/emotional state before testing or moving from one place to another in the physical.)

Mercury sits on Virgo 24, “Mary and Her Little Lamb.” The symbol depicts the image of a lovely, little girl and her white lamb, who travel through together. It also refers to the innocence of childhood, the pure state of early life. Additionally, it speaks about a bond between the kingdoms of animals and humans.

Venus is on Virgo 16, “Delighted Children Crowd around the Orangutan Cage in a Zoo.” Venus continues the reference concerning animal and human kingdoms. With Mary and the Little Lamb, there is a bond of love. With an exotic zoo animal and children, there is a wall of separation. Yet, there is interaction and excitement. (Virgo emphasizes discernment, and Venus may ask for discernment about the quality of our love with both children and the animal kingdom. Which one is a preferable state?)

Mars is placed on Sagittarius 7, “Cupid Knocking at the Human Heart.” It’s yet another symbol of an aspect of love. In this case, Cupid is the child of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, who holds the arrows of love. His arrows open the heart, pushing past old barriers and obstacles. When the heart opens, we discover not only love–but also a greater awareness of life.

Jupiter sits on Virgo 26, “A Boy with a Censer Serves near the Priest at the Altar.” A boy with a censer represents an apprentice, who can take his small job seriously or lightly. It also refers to apprenticeship and the spiritual importance of every day tasks. Do we perform them with all of our heart or stumble through them? (Jupiter is about good fortune, and this symbol emphasizes the placement of consciousness as part of creating positive outcomes.)


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 creating alignment with their inner path.




Planetary Change: Full Moon Forecast



During the past, few weeks, the global weather has been intense. The trend continues throughout the full moon, but there are balancing factors in the chart–and we’ve become more adept at sending light.

The full moon appeared on July 19, and the energy extends for the next 7-10 days.

The Sun is in one of last degrees of Cancer, continuing with an emphasis on emotion, the feminine, family, and nurturing. Sun and Moon are opposed, and Moon in Capricorn is cool and masculine with a focus on the material world. Both planets square Uranus, which is somewhat challenging. With three planets in fire and three in water, we are likely to feel strong emotions.

Sun (outer life) and Moon (inner life) create tension with Uranus. Uranus represents in Aries represents new beginnings, individuality, spiritual awakening and sudden, unpredictable change. (It’s important to pause before expressing emotion or negative thoughts. Uranus can act a bit like a roller coaster, moving between highs and lows at a rapid pace.)

Mercury (communications, thought) and Venus (beauty, material possessions) are conjunct (close together) in Leo, which can elicit courage and strength–or ego and drama. Leo is a fire sign; it prefers drama, excitement, and pleasure. But courage and strength can help in using the will to become decisive about making positive changes in life.

Mercury and Venus trine Saturn in Sagittarius, increasing our ability to use thought (Mercury) and love (Venus) to make substantial shifts in life. (Saturn’s gift is perseverance and patience.) When we learn to focus on a new, uplifting thought and transmute an old emotion into love, we mitigate karma, which is ruled by Saturn.

Mars (assertion, male energy) is direct in Scorpio, a water sign, which focuses on emotion. With right use of emotion, there is strength and courage to flow through and/or around obstacles. Additionally, Mars trines Chiron (the wounded healer), accentuating the potential to heal patterns and wounding through love (the highest emotion.)

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) squares Saturn (time, karma, lessons) in Sagittarius, continuing the tension between the value of organization and perfection in daily life (Jupiter) and the need for devotion with the spiritual self on the journey of life (Sagittarius). Jupiter opposes Neptune retrograde in Pisces, the lovely, dreamy spiritual feeling, which descends and ascends periodically. Jupiter and Pluto (underworld, regeneration) are trine in Capricorn, expanding the possibility of gain from physical/personal resources

Saturn, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron are in retrograde. Neptune makes everyone more connected on the spiritual level, and Saturn can bring up old patterns from the past. Pluto dredges up issues about the past and subconscious, and Chiron asks for healing.

Sabian Symbols

Sabina Symbols give additional information about the planets’ placement.

Sun is on Cancer 28, “An Indian Girl introduces her College Boyfriend to Her Tribe.” This degree suggests the importance of integrating beliefs, races, and knowledge to a family group. It also suggests the cultural importance of combining intellectual perceptions with earth-based knowledge, which seems appropriate at this point in time

Moon sits on Capricorn 28, “A Large Aviary.” An aviary may symbolize many types of birds acting as messengers for heaven. On a more literal level, it suggests the image of birds of many varieties in large enclosures with many voices. Additionally, we may hear many birds—or messages—at one time. such as the images on the internet or other forms of media.

Additionally, there are many teachers and many messages. It’s important to hear the messages that lift us to a higher level and have practical application in the material world.

Mercury is placed on Leo 12, “An Evening Party for Adults.” An evening party evokes the image of adults enjoying light conversation and beauty on a summer night. It depicts people coming together to take pleasure in the company of friends and acquaintances.

Mercury involves communicating and thinking. In this case, the focus is on relaxation, pleasure, and the company of others. It’s important to balance it with spiritual and physical work.

Venus sits on Leo 10,  “Early Morning Dew Salutes the Sunlight.” This symbol refers to spring and early summer—the respite of finding joy in warmth and beauty. It is the loveliness of dawn, following a long, difficult night or winter.

Mars is placed on Scorpio 26, “Indians Making Camp in New Territory.” With all change, there is a need to acclimate and adjust to a new environment. Camp can indicate temporary quarters until decisions and/or plans are made. (The new environment can refer to changes on a physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual level. For many of us, it’s adjustment to new spiritual information and its application in the material world.)

Jupiter sits on Virgo 20, “A Caravan of Cars Headed for the Promised Land.” The caravan can point to traveling with a group of people to a specific location. Certainly, we’re all looking for higher vibrations associated with world change.


Julia Grifin, Intuitive healer and teacher





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, Changing and Clearing



Throughout June, the Grand Square calls our attention to what requires changing and/or clearing. It exerts pressure and tension, which is part of manifesting a positive shift in consciousness. Along with the pressure, there are beautiful things like Neptune and Pluto retrograde, which (respectively) makes life feel lovelier and gives the power to recreate things in a new form.

The Full Moon appears on Monday, June 20, and it will make the Grand Square and other aspects feel more intense. Sun (outer life, self) sits in Gemini, the Twins, which represents duality. The Moon (inner self, emotion) is in Sagittarius with a focus on philosophical truth and spirituality. With this placement, we’re likely feel to tension or slight conflict between our image of how life should feel on a higher level and our current of experience of reality.

Mercury (mind) is also placed in Gemini, encouraging rapid thought and quick communications. Mercury squares (think tension) Jupiter and Neptune; it also opposes Saturn (lessons, time, karma.) This indicates a tendency to fire thoughts, which are not in synchronicity with the inner self. (The lesson is about linking the higher mind and heart.)

Venus (beauty, feminine, material pleasures) is placed in Cancer, a feminine water sign. In this sign, Venus aligns with nurturing, emotions, the image of the Mother, and the sea. Mars remains in Scorpio, stirring up old emotions and patterns. In this position, Mars gives will power and courage to overcome emotional patterns. It can bring freedom through application of these tools.

The Grand Square

The Grand Square involves Mercury (mind), Jupiter (good fortune), Saturn (time, karma), and Neptune (the divine, illusion, imagination.) The Square occurs in mutable signs, meaning the answer is changeable and plastic–not black and white.  It’s a strange configuration because Neptune’s involvement makes the needed information feel confusing and vague.

In the big picture, the Square shows how we are not connected to the inner self. The planets impart knowledge about how we relate inappropriately (or are off-center) to life. It exerts pressure and urges change.

Currently, the square involves the mind, and it’s important to observe the flow of thoughts when feeling emotional (Mars), insecure/fearful (Saturn=self-esteem, time, karma), concerned about the outcome of the future (Jupiter=good fortune), or confused (Neptune=illusion, idealism.) There is a great deal of energy, delivered in multiple forms. At this point, it may best to “feel”, observe, and retain the information for reflection.

Likely, it will take time to absorb and integrate the lessons. The Square and/or T-squares repeat throughout June and July, so we’ll have adequate time to glimpse and absorb the lessons. (The negative aspects of life tend to repeat in patterns. We can change more quickly by observing mental/emotional patterns, consistently repetitive patterns with other people, and the underlying motivation to create change in our lives. (It’s all related.)


Retrograde Planets

Currently, four planets are retrograde. Mars (overall energy) brings aggression and irritation to the surface. It can also limit overall energy and focus. On the positive, it can give willpower and dedication. Saturn retrograde tends to bring fear and insecurities to the surface. It also squares Neptune, which means working to overcome uncertainties–and build faith in the self.

Neptune in retrograde is beautiful and dreamy. It makes life appear lovely and increases our psychic abilities. Neptune retro in Pisces also makes life seem cloudy and confusing, making it take more time to perceive the difference between dreams and reality. Pluto retrograde can actually increase our ability to regenerate–and put life into a new and better form.


  1. With Sun and Mercury, thought moves rapidly. Take a moment to center and align with the inner self before taking action.
  2. It’s necessary to “feel” our way into answers through our heart and intuition. They won’t appear with clarity. It will take time to find the right direction and feeling.
  3. The Square is challenging, but it also lends the opportunity for considerable insight.  It’s good to observe the flow of thoughts and familiarize ourselves with the actual words and emotions, which occur with the flow. (Thoughts are not always true.)
  4. Notice repetition in life. Measure the energy and input with the inner self.
  5. When faced with negative or confusing feelings, it’s good to know it won’t last for a long time. The Square exerts pressure, then moves away from its focal point.
  6. Meditation and connection with inner self help a great deal to find a flow of calm and strength.
  7. Neptune retrograde makes the beauty of the world more apparent, and Pluto helps with recreating the substance of life.

Sabian Symbols

Sun is on Gemini 30, “A Parade of Bathing Beauties before Large, Beach Crowds.” Obviously, the symbol refers to physical appearance and the public. Bathing beauties seek admiration and attention. On a higher level, the symbol refers to need to review personal motives. Desires should be in alignment with the inner self without a desire to parade, compete, or seek attention.

Moon sits on Sagittarius 29, “The First Mockingbird of Spring Sings from the Tree Top.”  Mockingbirds mimic other birds, but it also has a call of its own. Spring is a season of rebirth and growth. The symbol suggests locating and finding what we want by gazing at the success and happiness of others—and manifesting it in original way, which is in alignment with who we are. Through this process, we can experience the rebirth, growth, and expansion associated with spring.

Mercury is at Gemini 12, “A Black Slave Girl Demands Her Rights of her Mistress.” This degree refers to need for asking or demanding what we deserve. It involves pushing social inequalities, prejudices, and resistance. Sometimes, manifesting a good life involves just that—pushing, believing, and asking until we receive fulfillment of our desire.

Venus is placed on Cancer 4, “A Cat Arguing with a Mouse.”  The symbol depicts bullying, taking advantage of others, or competing. It can also refer to the inner dialog and arguing with ourselves. It’s important to quiet the mind, retire, or roar. In other words, respond—don’t let the argument or feelings continue.

Mars is on Scorpio 24, ‘Crowds Coming Down the Mountain to Listen to One Inspired Man.” The symbol can refer to a message. In this case, it is likely the group initiation of many people in awakening at one time. The “man” can refer to the enlightened aspect of the inner self. Mars can represent action, and it may refer to the response of crowds of people who hear the call of awakening.

Jupiter is on Virgo 16, “Delighted Children Crowd around the Orangutan Cage in a Zoo.” The inner child is always open to growth, exploration, and new experiences. It accepts different worlds, behavior, and perceives the common thread of “spirit”, which runs through life. The symbol depicts the desire to communicate on different evolutionary levels and kingdoms. It relates to new perspectives gained from understanding species and habitats. (Also, there is the image of a zoo—or caging things that are different. Perhaps, it addresses the need to allow for wildness and interaction with this side of life. )


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, The Winds of Change



The shift continues as spring brings loveliness, and the planet alters. When we rest, it’s possible to feel the gentleness of change. It’s also confusing when we move into (too much) action because of four retrogrades, which cause a need to look inward. 

The Sun is placed in Gemini, an air sign, which prefers mental activity, rapid communication, and short travels. It conveys skill with social interaction and diplomacy. Represented by the twins, Gemini is a dual sign–sometimes indecisive and inconsistent.

On Saturday, May 21, the full moon appears in Sagittarius, a fire sign, which represents the desire for a quest and philosophical truth. Air and fire play strongly in this chart, accelerating thoughts and passion. With sun placed in air and moon in fire, the energy quickens.

The full moon is exactly conjunct Mars (in retrograde), stimulating hidden emotions and passions. With both planets in Sagittarius, we may see emotional patterns and obstacles that slow our spiritual quest.

Mercury (communication) sits in Taurus, an earth sign, which slows thought and gives connection to nature. It forms a Grand Trine (very harmonious) with Jupiter (beneficial, good fortune) and Pluto (regeneration, subconscious.) This placement hints at the possibility of creating abundance and good outcomes through positive communication (the higher mind.) Venus (beauty, material pleasure) is also placed in Taurus, giving connection with nature and the earth. It trines Pluto, which offers regeneration through aspects of art and beauty.

Jupiter is placed in Virgo, representing the need for order, harmony, and mystical connection. The planet of good fortune squares (tension) Saturn (karma) and opposes Neptune (illusion, spiritual ecstasy.) It also trines Pluto (regeneration.)

Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto comprise the planets of money and resources, so there is emphasis on this area of life. Jupiter in Virgo wants a focus on order and structure. Saturn in Sagittarius encourages focusing on spiritual devotion, study, and quests. Obviously there is tension between these two points of view. Jupiter opposes (2 opposite energies) Neptune. With this opposition, we’ll move between illusion and idealism (Neptune) and the practical aspects of creating in the “real” world. Jupiter trine Pluto in Capricorn is about discovering resources, revealing unconscious and hidden truths, and recreating/transforming from this place of being.

After the weekend, only three planets will remain in retrograde. They include Mars (passion, emotion, physical action), Saturn (time, karma, discipline), and Pluto (resources, regeneration, subconscious.) The three planets are powerful; their energies touch a great deal of life. Retrogrades involve recreating and revising. With the current energies, it’s probably best to revise in alignment with the spiritual self.

Sabian Symbols

Sun is on Gemini 2 refers to “A Nervous Gentleman Dressed in a Santa Claus costume is Filling Christmas Stockings Secretly.” Everyone has a specific paranoia about strangers, changes, and the world. This symbol indicates the changes are good, bringing special gifts and surprises.(It’s time to believe in the power of good and have faith while the world shifts. Perhaps, the universe believes in you and longs to give rewards.)

Moon and Mars are placed on Sagittarius 2, “The Ocean covered with Whitecaps.” The Ocean is the mother of life where new earth bubbles to the surface. Water is emotion, and whitecaps can refer to emotional upsets and temporary storms. Moving into a place of peace calms the water of the soul. Throughout this changeable, planetary landscape, we’re learning about the power of the inner self, which offers solace during outward storms.

The symbol is intensified as Mars is placed on the same degree in retrograde position. Mars retro can bring up repressed feelings, anger, or sadness, but they are fleeting “storms”.

Mercury is on Taurus 15, “A Man with a Silk Hat, Muffled Against the Cold, Braves a Storm.” The man dresses for the cold—enduring the storm. Certainly, the energy feels stormy occasionally, and it requires courage (and light) to continue on our journey. The symbol seems particularly appropriate for this phase of Mercury retrograde when much of life has felt out of sync.

Venus sits on Taurus 27, “An Old Indian Woman Selling Beads and Trinkets.” This symbol refers to cultural values and older methods of creating art. It can also refer to making and selling small beautiful things. Venus is beauty, so the symbol may refer to appreciating our capability to create beauty and appreciate our skills.

Jupiter is on Virgo 14, “Finely Lettered Names and Mysterious Lines are Seen; It is a Family Tree.” In this astrological weather, the symbol may refer to our spiritual connections and timelines. We are connected by finely traced lines of light. When we join together, we become a true family.


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.