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Last Quarter Forecast


The moon moves into its last quarter, a time of developing abilities and expanding existent projects. It’s also important to consider aspects of life that require release, surrender, and faith. Additionally, this phase gives time to gather energy and focus before the solar eclipse/new moon on Sunday, Feb. 26.

We are moving through the last vestiges of the Piscean Age, which are exacerbated by Neptune in Pisces. Astrologer M. Kelly Hunter refers to the current global fear as “a mass hypnotic trance” that is transcended by focusing on the wave of universal love, which includes everything and everyone. (Next week’s eclipse/new moon intensely features Pisces; it’s a good time to rewrite the past.)

Sun (life) is currently in Aquarius and moves into Pisces on Feb. 18. Currently, Mercury (communication) in Aquarius conjuncts (close to) the sun, bringing in new waves of higher thoughts and a stronger ability to connect to the divine mind. Mercury is currently trine (harmoniously placed) with Jupiter (good fortune)  in Libra, bringing balance and harmony to the thinking process. (Both signs are in air, which can give space for inspired thought.)

This chart is hot! Venus, Mars, and Uranus sit in Aries, the fire sign, which rules beginnings. This placement ignites a tendency to make big changes and take physical action, but it’s not the right time. It’s far better to contemplate desires and consider their source—ego or inner self?

Mars (male energy, assertion) sits opposite to Jupiter (good fortune) in Libra, indicating strong actions can take us away from the benevolent forces of the big planet. Jupiter is also retrograde, slowing success and good fortune. (The other planets are direct, so it’s not a huge influence.) Jupiter also opposes Uranus in Aries, meaning to wait on taking action with spiritual intuitions.

Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus square (create tension) with Pluto, representing the underground, the subconscious, and transmutation. These aspects are not easy—and may represent some type of crisis or change for many people. On the other hand, staying centered in crisis is part of mastery.

Saturn (time, limitation) in Sagittarius offers help with fear and obstacles by encouraging our ability to tap into inner (and earned) wisdom. There is almost always a solution if we look deeply enough into our own being and sincerely ask for help.

Positive Aspects

Every chart has its own meaning and balance. There are some very beautiful trines included in this forecast.

  • Sun trines Jupiter for the next two days, giving insight into problems—and possibly solutions, which come in a very beneficial way. It’s a harmonious aspect, featuring inspired thought and the higher mind.
  • Mercury trines Jupiter, increasing the benefit of Sun trine Jupiter. It may be possible to meditate and hold the “feeling” or visual of a solution in our minds, then experience it in physical form. There is a special clarity with both trines occurring simultaneously. Or it may simply be a “gift” of seeing a better future, which we cannot yet completely perceive.
  • Saturn trines Uranus, offering an opportunity to transcend karma by contemplating and acting on concepts, which exist in the quantum field. For example, we may perceive how energy affects form or increases healing, or we may receive divine help from our angels and guides.


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.


Another Shift in the Weather



As a reminder, we have until February 5 to move forward on dreams and desires of the heart. Please take a small step as the planets support outer effort, and the universe will give direction at a later date.

The first quarter moon chart is challenging. Many planets are placed in earth and fire along with strong influences from Uranus (sudden change) and Saturn (karma.)—and there are few planets in air (clear thought.) Think of a volcano!  Fortunately, Sun is placed (life) in Aquarius, an air sign denoting the New Age, and Moon (emotions) sits in Taurus, a practical, grounding earth sign. These two placements can bring inspired answers accompanied by practical insights.

Astrologer Carl Boudreau pointed out that part of the current challenge involves tuning into the North Node, which indicates our spiritual quest–and is currently placed in Virgo. With North Node placed in Virgo, our attention should be placed on order, new methodology in our work, and inner healing—as well as hearing the tuning of the Cosmos. The temptation lies in revisiting tried and “true” methods from the past, represented by South Node in Pisces, the ruler of the past age. It’s important to find new ways of moving through life, new methods of self-expression in work, and techniques that can heal the schism between the inner and outer self.

Sun trines (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), indicating New Age thoughts of balance, love, and positive thought can link us with the more benevolent forces of the universes. (The New Age is ruled by Aquarius, favoring innovative solutions that relate to the “whole” of humanity in a balanced sense.)

Mercury (thought, communication) sits in Capricorn, continuing its conjunction with Pluto (underworld, resources, transmutation), hinting at the need to rethink financial and natural resources. Additionally, Mercury squares (tension) Jupiter (expansion, growth) and Uranus (awakening), hinting at the importance of using resources in a balanced and positive way. (We may need to weigh the value of intrinsic beauty and sacred ground with the current quest for economical growth. (There are new forms of energy, which work and need to come into being—and it’s important to tap into the universal law of abundance on a practical level.)


Venus (feminine, art, beauty) remains exalted in Pisces, making it possible to unite from a place of love. Venus sits in conjunction to Mars (masculine, assertion), and she brings balance to the male/female energies of the inner/outer world. Venus squares (tension) Saturn, which can make life seem and feel a bit dark, but it also gives an excellent sense of structure to artistic endeavors. On the healing side of the equation, Venus conjuncts Chiron, the wounded healer, indicating the possibility of finding a deeper level of healing through the auspices of love.

Mars (masculine, assertion) moves into Aries, its fiery native sign, igniting action and forward motion. Mars squares (tension) Saturn (limitation, karma), meaning it’s wise to give a pause to desires and the need to take action by considering its implications in the larger picture. (How will long-range goals affect personal/planetary karma? Does the desire bring “good” to all?)

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) opposes Uranus, the ruler of awakening, change, and the quantum field. Essentially, it brings opposing sets of thoughts and feelings. Uranus encourages embracing change and possibly radical action. And Jupiter asks for balance and beauty without altering the status quo. As with most conflicts, the answer lies somewhere in the middle of the debate. It takes time to align with the right answer as well as time to bring it into being. (Observe thoughts from a neural place.)

Jupiter also squares Pluto (underground, hidden world), hinting at the need to see the underworld, the underlying truths beneath our social/economic structure to create growth, which brings harmony and peace. Saturn (limitation, karma, time) trines Uranus, which gives an incredible opportunity to mitigate karma and move into the new world.

Uranus and Pluto are tightly entwined in the square (3 degree orb) that has brought much chaos into the world. As we move into the last year of the square, there is a great initiative to shape chaos into a creative, balanced form for the good of “All”.


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: Translating Emotion into Light


At the moment, the skies remain gray, but the forecast offers space for breakthroughs, healing, and inner understanding. As the moon slowly ebbs, it extends a time for creating change through self-reflection and sharing with others. If we truly want to move through old wounds to the clarity of light, it’s possible.

Truthfully, we are moving into an unknown frontier where energy behaves differently, and the world sometimes feels chaotic. Much of the impetus of the planets is about vibrating above the worldly roar by taking action discerned from the inner space of stillness. The earlier “push” of moving forward with all planets direct remains, but it requires more reflection and inspired action.

The chart is weighted by water (emotion) with Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Chiron in Pisces, the sign of the past age. The Sun sits in Aquarius, heralding rapid communications, spiritual growth, and the work of individuals within a group. It’s an air sign, which rules the sphere of thought.

Mercury is in Capricorn, an earth sign ruling finances, success in the material world, and practical aspects of life. Mercury rules the mind and communication. Both thought and communication can feel a bit dense, and it can take longer to transmit a message through media and/or the mind.

Venus (feminine, earthly pleasures) and Mars (male energy, assertion) are conjunct or closely placed in Pisces, which intensifies both planets—and in this case, emotions (water.) Venus and Mars in Pisces can bring about harmony between the masculine/feminine within the self.

Venus also conjuncts Neptune (mysticism, illusion), which aids in aligning with the beauty in the world. Together, Venus and Neptune reveal the beauty and softness of life. This aspect can give the illusion that it’s perfectly correct to float through life—and not take action. (This is the illusory quality of Neptune in combination with the beauty of Venus.) On the positive, they support mystical insights and can strengthen intuition.

Mars in Pisces can bring up repressed feelings, old grudges and victimhood. It squares Saturn (karma, limitation), meaning it’s easy to feel the pain of the past and forget that life is about gaining from the lessons of karma, surrendering unrealistic beliefs, and moving into the quantum field.

Fortunately, Venus and Mars are conjunct (close to) Chiron with all signs placed in Pisces. Chiron, the wounded healer, helps us to become strong in overcoming the wounds of the past. Perhaps, it’s easier to think of “old” pain as a karmic script, which we are outgrowing with the passage of time in the Aquarian Age.

Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto form a T-square, which exerts pressure on the world. It brings a feeling of tension in the areas of good fortune, the quantum field/sudden change, and the hidden qualities of the underworld. It’s interesting because the energy comes and goes; it’s not consistent.

Jupiter (good fortune) squares (think tension) Pluto in Capricorn. Our ideals of balance, harmony, and good fortune will likely become rewritten by Pluto’s revelations from the underworld. It’s not a bad event, but it sometimes involves releasing our “happy” vision of the life and seeing through more realistic eyes. Jupiter also opposes Uranus (quantum field, sudden change), and the aspect indicates our vision of happiness may need adjustment as we move more deeply into the Quantum Field. (It could simply involve stretching our vision to include miracles, rapid positive happenings, etc.)

Saturn (time, karma) in Sagittarius trines Uranus, which points to the possibility of creating a new structure in the mind, body, or life to overcome our limitations and move into a new zone of life. Saturn also squares Chiron (wounded healer), meaning our beliefs about the past and past pain must be mitigated to receive healing from Chiron’s influence.

Uranus is square Pluto in the influential aspect which has altered and changed so much of the world. For many, it’s meant stronger dedication to spiritual principles, deeper awakening, and devotion to the light.

In short, it’s important to move through the dreaminess and take real action, but action has to come from the heart and an inner desire for expansion. If/when the past comes into play, it’s possible to call on the light and surrender old patterns and thoughts for true healing.

We will definitely change our view of the inner/outer world in the coming months. The task may move more quickly if we consider the qualities of the soul and the universe—and imagine what life might become with more miracles and light. After all, it’s the substance of the quantum field.


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 Full Moon appears on Thurs, Jan 12 with Sun in Capricorn and Moon in Cancer. Moon in Cancer rules the fourth house or the home; it represents the Mother, the sea, and aspects of water (emotion.) Additionally, there is an emphasis on the number, 23, with Sun, Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn are placed at 23 degrees. 23 is a mystical number, sometimes used in occult methodology—or it can symbolize help from ascended masters and success with desires of the heart.

All of the planets are direct until early February, creating ease for forward motion. The entire chart is a combination of insightful and beneficial aspects—and difficult ones such as a Grand Square and/or the continuation of the Uranus/Pluto square, which are only 3 degrees apart. On the positive, the Full Moon represents light, heightened energy, and fruition of positive events. (It’s easier to focus strongly on positive outcomes when the moon is full.)

The overall chart is heavily weighted with water with Moon in Cancer and Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Chiron placed in Pisces. Only Jupiter (good fortune) is placed in air, making it necessary to find our way through our spiritual alignment while clearing emotions and leaning into love.

Sun and Moon square Jupiter (good fortune), creating tension between the desire for success and emotions ruling the home and close relationships. They also square Uranus, enlarging the possibility of sudden or radical change—or misreading intuitive leads. Overall, it’s important to reflect on the inner self before taking action. (Is the action in the best and highest good for all concerned?)

Fortunately, Mercury (thought, communication) is conjunct (close to) Saturn (time, karma) in Sagittarius, and this opens our thoughts to a wider, philosophical horizon. Mercury in Sagittarius also trines (harmonious) Uranus, which can lend inspired and/or brilliant thought with new applications, ideas, and methods of moving through life. (It softens the Sun/Moon squares with Uranus.)

Sun (life) in Capricorn sextiles Mars (male, assertion); Moon (emotions, inner life) trines Mars in Pisces. (Mars in a water sign can bring up resentments, but it can also increase the possibility of moving into the “sea” of love.) Mars squares Saturn (time, karma), and it’s important to use the will to move forward. Mars also conjuncts Neptune, emphasizing the possibility of confusing spiritual truth with illusion. Mars also conjuncts Chiron (wounded healer).

Venus (beauty, feminine energy)  conjuncts (close to) Mars (male energy) and Neptune (mysticism, illusion), and it can create a very beautiful view of life. It accentuates our understanding and perception of the beauty in life.  It’s helpful with artistic creations—and inner vision in external world.

Mars (assertion, male energy) in Pisces squares Saturn (limitation, karma, time) in Sagittarius. Mars in Pisces denotes emotional energies of the past age—and past lives—that require clearing before moving into a more philosophical structure. Mars also conjuncts (close to) Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. The conjunction with Neptune (mysticism, illusion) can lift our feelings into a spiritual state of being and/or bring confusion about the cause of inner feelings. If we apply the Mars/Chiron energy correctly, it can lead to more peaceful emotions and inner healing.

Jupiter (good fortune) opposes Uranus (quantum field, new age) and squares Pluto (underworld, will). Our ideas and beliefs about good fortune may suddenly change, expand, or take a new direction with the Jupiter/Uranus opposition. We may also have to use our will and inner power to revitalize and alter our lives (Jupiter square Pluto). Also, Saturn (time, limitation) trines Uranus, making it possible to find new structures for a better life in the early stages of the New Age.

Cardinal Grand Square

The cardinal Grand Cross illustrates pressure between Sun/Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. All of these planets square one another at 90 degree intervals, exerting stress in several different direction. For example, Moon in Cancer (home life, the feminine) is impacted by Jupiter (good fortune) and Uranus (sudden change.) The Uranus/Pluto square, which impacts a great deal on its own, is exacerbated by the Grand Square.

Beneficial Aspects

Venus (beauty, worldly possessions) conjuncts Neptune (mysticism, illusion.) This aspect opens us to the esoteric and physical beauty of the world.

Mercury Trines Uranus. It’s a harmonious aspect, which can lead to ingenious thinking, a break through approach, and instantaneous solutions. Uranus rules awakening and the quantum field. Mercury rules thought.

Saturn trines Uranus. Saturn is time and limitation. Uranus is spiritual awakening. By transcending habits of the past and using our strength/discipline in life, we can create a new structure, based more closely on the tenets of the New Age and the inner self.

Sun and Pluto are conjunct (close together.) Sun is life; Pluto is hidden truths and regeneration–and rules the will. It’s possible to use our will to regenerate and renew aspects of life.


  • The chart is a bit like the world at this current point in time. The chart is filled with opportunities, moments of possible genius, and a good bit of tension. Numerous aspects (planetary alignments) move energy in different directions
  • Uranus plays a strong role in this chart, prompting sudden changes and realizations. It also continues to reveal illusion with emphasis on the Uranus/Pluto square.
  • There are many good and positive aspects in the chart, which soften the tension of the Grand Square. It’s helpful to centered and focused on opportunities.
  • The Sun conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn, giving the power of tremendous will and the opportunity for rejuvenation.
  • With a Full Moon and all planets direct, take action on plans. The energies will support you.

Sabian Symbols (based on Lynda Hill, The Sabian Oracle)

Sun is on 23 Capricorn, “A Soldier Receiving Two Awards for Bravery in Combat.” The symbol suggests an individual moving through some type of struggle and/or battle—and receiving recognition for their efforts. It speaks of compensation and rewards for inner/outer efforts.

Moon is on 23 Cancer, “The Meeting of a Study Group or Literary Society.” The imagery represents a gathering to discuss underlying meanings of concepts, words, and presentations of thoughts. The challenge lies in arriving at the correct interpretation.

Mercury is placed on 30 Sagittarius, “The Pope Blessing the Faithful.” The symbol speaks of a person or being with spiritual awareness and love who bestows blessings on others. It emphasizes the need for spirituality in life as well as the enlightening of the collective.

Venus sits on 10 Pisces, “An Aviator in the Clouds.” It’s a perfect symbol for Venus conjunct Neptune (mysticism, illusion.) The Aviator can lift us high above life into the clouds, but a flight through the clouds can also raise our consciousness, leading to new realizations.

Mars is on 19 Pisces, “A Master Instructing his Disciple.” This symbol is very appropriate with Mars’ placement. The Master could symbolize the inner self, and the Discipline, our awareness. We can use our energy to respond and follow our inner insights or allow our energy to lead us into lower emotion and/or distraction.

Jupiter is on 23 Libra, “Chanticleer’s Voice Heralds the Rising Sun with Enthusiastic Tones.” With Jupiter symbolizing good fortune, the symbol could refer to the dawning of a New Age—and the inherent possibility, which lies within that paradigm.


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.


January 2017 Overview

Art by Lucy Campbell
2017 is a year of beginnings.  According to my friend and feng shui master, Jennifer Bonetto, it is also the Chinese year of the Fire Rooster, a special year, only appearing every sixty years with an emphasis on fire and metal. It brings support from others as well as an appetite for knowledge and study. 
  The month of January continues the trend of special, supportive events co-mingled with strangely difficult obstacles and odd days. At this point, we’re fairly skilled at working through oscillating energies. 

January begins with Sun in Capricorn, a practical, ambitious earth sign. Capricorn holds the ability to manifest, shape, and cultivate physical forms. The sign expands our inspirational efforts to bring ideas into fruition in the physical world. After January 8, Sun (life), Mercury (communication) and Pluto (underworld, transformation) will align in Capricorn, which can help a great deal with forward motion.

After January 8, all of the planets are in direct motion this month. It’s a small boon. But Venus (feminine beauty, love), Mars (male energy, assertion), Neptune (imagination, illusion), Chiron (wounded healer), and South Node (past tendencies) are all placed in Pisces, a water sign. Pisces can be dualistic, representing a “lower” form of love that ruled the past Age. (Think of the Crusades.) Regardless, it is emotional, which can cause us to see more illusion than truth. (It’s helpful to look and see if our emotions are triggered by mass consciousness, the beliefs of others, or the input of the true self. If it’s not based on love/growth and doesn’t come from the heart, it’s not real.)

Currently, Mercury retrograde sits in the last degree of Sagittarius. It will move direct on January 8 and progress into Capricorn. Mercury’s motion in Capricorn can clear muddled thinking and lend practicality to daily life. With Sun, Mercury, and Pluto in Capricorn, it will become easier to complete tasks and think clearly. (It’s interesting to note how projects and plans put into action are much like planting seeds on a barren moon; nothing comes of it—or seeds planted grow strangely without bearing fruit.)

Venus and Mars are in Pisces, which is a harmonious placement. Think of yin and yang in perfect balance—the male and female part of the self as dancing together. Venus in Pisces is exalted, which can give the ability to move into deeper personal and universal love.

On another level, Pisces represents the past, including karma. It’s an excellent time to use self-love (Venus) for healing (Chiron) the past. In this particular case, soul growth can be accelerated by realizing that we play a role in our problems—on some level—and finding the willingness to alter our approach.

Mars will move into Aries near the end of the month, encouraging action into the next phase of life. Since there is time for thought, consider how to best express the inner self in the physical world. Does the desired action increase inner growth and balance? Does it bring more love and understanding to life? (Mars may stir up aggression in the outer world.)

Jupiter (good fortune) remains in Libra, bringing a bit of harmony and balance into the picture. Jupiter is currently sextile Saturn, which indicates harmony can be created by bringing new structures into our lives. Jupiter is opposite South Node, encouraging new ways of thinking and living. Saturn (time, limitation) trines Uranus (quantum field, awakening), and this helps with new ideas and ways of being.

Uranus remains square Pluto throughout the year, dredging up the underworld and revealing what we need to see. It’s never comfortable, but it does align us with greater truth. It also gives resources for resurrecting the better aspects of life.

Much of the chart asks for living in a new way. Jupiter in Libra desires peace and harmony. Saturn in Sagittarius asks for new structures; Uranus in Aries asks for a new world. North Node (higher spiritual aspirations) wants order and well thought out responses. Chiron in Pisces wants healing of the past and new responses based on the integrated self.

The biggest issue of the January chart lies in deciding what to surrender to create a new personal reality. If we are awake, the answer is simple. It involves giving up personal preference to align with the inner self and find new ways of moving through life. With so many planets in Pisces, including South Node, representing what NOT to do in the present, it’s about sacrificing old modes of moving through life while creating new ways of being through the inner self.

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: Winter Solstice



In the darkness, the light always shines, and it’s more apparent than usual with the chart for the winter solstice. Everyone needs a bit of “light” while resting and reflecting, and, today, we’ll experience it.

The winter solstice occurs at 5:44 am ET, but we’ll feel the energy for the next few weeks. Sun and Saturn are conjunct (close together) in Sagittarius, and the Moon is harmoniously placed in Libra. It bestows a focus on philosophical truth along with beauty, balance, and grace.

The Sun sextiles Mars in Pisces and trines Uranus in Aries, the sign of new beginnings. With this placement, it links our everyday life (Sun) to the miracles and possibilities of the quantum field. (If we believe and see a reality with all of our hearts, it may come to pass.) Sun sextile Mars (assertion, overall energy) helps with expression of emotions (Pisces=water sign, emotions) in life.

Mercury (communication, thought) is retrograde in Capricorn, making thoughts circulate in an inefficient way. Mercury also squares Jupiter (good fortune) and Uranus (quantum field, sudden change), meaning it can feel difficult to find solutions aligned with our higher self and desire to change. (Capricorn is an earth sign, and it slows thought. Stay patient with creating changes; review and rest before putting into action.)

Venus sits in Aquarius, and it trines Jupiter and sextiles Saturn and Uranus, hinting at the positive outcome of learning to move into unconditional love while overcoming the limitations of thought (Mercury retrograde) and the karmic pulse of Saturn. Venus in Aquarius is about unconditional, impersonal love—universal love. It’s not about how we feel about others; it’s about radiating an universal quality.

Mars begins its cycle through the sign of Pisces, which rules water, emotions, and love from the past age. Pisces is also about karma from the past age and learning to express emotion—rather than radiating negative emotion to others. At its highest point, Mars conjuncts (close placement) to Neptune, which rules the sea of illusion and mysticism. (The challenge is seeing through emotion to tap into mysticism.)

Jupiter remains in Libra, a placement which prefers harmony, balance, and beauty. Jupiter is opposite Uranus, creating polar views of life. Jupiter wants the continuation of all that is good and pleasant; Uranus loves sudden, odd changes, which tend to blast us into quantum realizations about the new world. (With this placement, it’s helpful to contemplate change from the perspective of personal/group “good” and the desire to feel comfortable while staying aligned with the old reality.) Additionally, Jupiter opposes Pluto, meaning it prefers not to see the truth that the universe is revealing.

Saturn conjuncts (close placement) the Sun, which places an emphasis on mitigating our sorrow and difficulties through spiritual practices and a desire to help others. Fortunately, Saturn also trines Uranus, and this gives the opportunity to receive unusual insights and create a new life without the encumbrances of the past. Obviously, this occurs through spiritual insight and reflection on the heart space.

In every transition, Jupiter (good fortune) and Saturn (limitation) play a role. Jupiter encourages optimism and moving forward on the path. Saturn limits our success by insisting on perseverance and practice—and rewriting the substance of our life into a new form. Both planets bring grace, the reward of transmuting a substance into a new form (a reflection of the inner self.)

At this particular time, Uranus exerts a strong influence on our transition. It likes to alter the flow of life, moving it into an unknown form. New beginnings often require seeing life from a different perspective with a new set of wider beliefs. It’s never easy, but it offers both the burden and reward of living in a “new” time.

Overall, the chart weaves a beautiful story like an intricate tapestry. The Sun in Sagittarius is uplifting although it’s limited by Saturn’s conjunction, asking for a review of our life and personal karma. Moon in Libra can help with the review in harmonious sense.

Mercury slows the mind when retrograde in Capricorn, which is perhaps a good—although confusing—result. Mars and Neptune in Pisces ask for a greater understanding of emotion to enhance clearing and new methods of experiencing love. Venus in Aquarius points to unconditional love as the right direction for solving life’s current difficulties and muddled mass energies.

Uranus, the awakening of this New Age, forms a very positive trine with Saturn, which can help in alleviate personal karma while moving into our dharma (life purpose or calling.) It can also add with manifestation and the power to create a bright, new life in alliance with the inner self. Uranus rules Venus, and it helps with centering the heart on universal love.



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, New Moon Forecast



The New Moon appears on October 30, and it brings a great deal of mystical energy. It is an intense lunation with Sun, Moon, and Mercury closely placed in Scorpio. The combination of New Moon, Halloween, and three planets in Scorpio brings a strong surge of energy, particularly when positioned with Halloween–the time when the doors open between the astral and physical world.

Sun (outer life), Moon (inner self, emotions), and Mercury (communications) are placed in Scorpio, the sign that rules birth, death, and sex—all different forms of transformation. Scorpio delivers psychic perception, magnetism, intelligence, passion, and determination. In combination with Halloween, the New Moon will heighten our psychic and intuitive powers.

There is a strong emphasis on emotion with Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron placed in water signs. Fortunately, Sun, Moon, and Mercury trine Neptune, bringing a mystical note to the chart. Neptune rules the imagination, dreams, illusion, and mysticism. The challenge lies in stilling unruly emotions and focusing on realistic dreams. But this aspect can make life feel very dreamy and lovely.

Mars (assertion, overall energy) sits in Capricorn, a practical earth sign, and it squares Uranus (spiritual change, quantum field) in Aries. Squares often cause tension, and it can feel as if we’re being pushed and pulled between our spiritual aspirations and the frustrations of physical life. Mars square Uranus can indicate instability and quick, impulsive action, but it can also create positive change for more evolved individuals by pushing them into active pursuit of the spiritual path. (Uranus also represents the quantum field where marvelous changes take place in an instant. With Uranus, they often can feel awkward on the initial level, but they are truly for the best!)

Venus (love, material possession, beauty) affects how we feel about our experiences in life.  When Venus is placed in Sagittarius, there is an emphasis on travel, nature, and philosophical pursuits. Venus squares Neptune (idealism, illusion), which can mean misreading other people through optimism and idealism–and not in a practical sense. For the next week or so, it’s helpful to have boundaries in relationships and refrain from financial excess.

Jupiter (hopes, success) in Libra continues to its influence on partnerships, balance, and beauty. With Jupiter in Libra, there’s a need to continually seek balance between the spiritual/physical worlds and the “real” and mystical experiences. This theme runs through the entire New Moon chart.

One beneficial aspect involves Jupiter squares Pluto. This helpful square can aid in finding the strength to move through weaknesses; it focuses on finding our personal power and strength. Pluto involves the will, and Jupiter rules dreams, good fortune, and benevolence. Both planets can positively affect prosperity. It heightens the possibility of creating desires in reality as well as increasing our potential for a happy, positive life.

Saturn in Sagittarius squares and creates tension with Neptune. The square can cause confusion, making it difficult to focus the mind on the task at hand and to waver between our goals and an aspect of current “reality.”  It also blurs boundaries and makes it difficult to draw lines in relationships. Saturn trines Uranus, which brings a balance of change and stability. In other words, we experience a change followed by a period of adjustment.

This aspect helps a great deal with bringing order into our lives after experiencing a heightened state of consciousness, which often seems upsetting—at least, initially. It allows time to create a structure in the physical world for the results of our inner work.


  • The New Moon will provide a great deal of energy—particularly emotional energy. When we feel emotion intensely, it’s important to think about changing our lives in a positive sense and meditating on universal love. It’s also helpful to know emotions are like waves; they rise and fall.
  • Take time to dream and imagine wonderful things, but keep them in perspective. When thinking about dreams and desires, consider the time and energy needed to put them into physical form. (Aspects with Neptune can cause lack of realism and a bit of escapism.)
  • Awakened individuals will become more intuitive and psychic with the passage of the New Moon. The placement of the planets and aspects with Neptune expand our mystical qualities. (Make notes and listen to your inner voice.)
  • Mars square Uranus, and Saturn trine Uranus can help with the manifestation of dreams. Both aspects call in the universal quality of awakening and the path of the soul. (Stay flexible and release resistance to change.)
  • Jupiter and Pluto are in a beneficial position to boost prosperity. Meditate on identifying personal potential and power. Visualize prosperity!

Sabian Symbols

This reading is based on Lynda Hill’s interpretation of the degrees of the zodiac. I often look at this part of the chart before looking at the aspects in a chart and reading the forecast because it presents a story through imagery.

Sun and Moon at 8 degrees Scorpio, “The Silvery Moon Shining across a Beautiful Gem of a Lake.” It’s a lovely symbol, representing the yin aspect of life. The lake (water) represents emotion in a calm, still state that reflects light. The moon reflects the sun, creating a balance on earth.

The symbol represents positive change and good fortune, which occur when our emotions and mind are correctly aligned with the feminine. It’s a wonderful oracle for a new moon.

Mercury sits on 10 Scorpio, “A Fellowship Supper Reunites Old Comrades.” This degree brings up the idea of soul contracts, people from past lives, and memories from our past. (The sign of Scorpio can bring up old memories, people from the past, and repetitive situations for clearing and transmutation.) With its close proximity to the Sun and Moon, this process may be part of the New Moon energy.

Venus at 16 Sagittarius, “Seagulls Fly Around a Ship Looking for Food.” This degree can refer to dependence of the sea gull on the sailors and ship. It can refer to finding or taking sustenance from others. It is the symbol for Venus, which can refer to love and loving relationships. It implies the need for boundaries and noticing when others feed on your energy or take too much from you.

Mars at 24 Capricorn, “A Woman Entering a Convent.” It’s a very interesting symbol for Mars, which refers to action and assertion. Typically, a woman enters a convent for inner contemplation and to escape pressure from the outer world. It may indicate a need to move into a higher spiritual state before taking action in the outer world—particularly with Mars square Uranus, which tends to expand impulsive action.

Jupiter is on 11 Libra, “A Professor Peering over his Glasses at His Students.” The image of a professor and glasses invoke thoughts about the rational, logical, and intellectual world. Truly, seeing someone means putting aside the rational world and looking through the heart. Sometimes, it’s important to put aside “reality” and look for the softer eyes of intuition—and the heart.

Uranus sits on Aries 22, “The Gate Opens to the Garden of All Fulfilled Desires.” This degree is included because Uranus is responsible for many of the spiritual changes experienced in the past 4 years. In metaphysics, the garden refers to spiritual world in which everything is perfect and aligned. All of our desires are met at a higher level of consciousness. Perhaps, it refers to the “change” that follows group awakening when we will find ourselves in a whole, new, beautiful 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: Beauty, Balance, and Intensity



A beautiful, thin crescent moon rises, and we move into a lovely lull of calmer energy. It’s a balanced chart with the elements nicely placed. Currently, we have a few days to rest while enjoying the fall beauty. It’s a perfect time for deciding the right balance of work, rest, and play for the remainder of the year.

As with most forecasts, there is an equation of contrasting energy. Libra likes to live a balanced, contemplative life, but other planets—Mars and Venus—push us into deeper expression of our true thoughts and feelings. (Expression of the inner self is an art. It takes time to say how we feel from a neutral place while accepting our personal, deep feelings.)

Sun and Jupiter sit in Libra, bringing an emphasis on using thought to create good fortune. The Sun represents life and light. Jupiter focuses on benevolence, good fortune, and luck. This placement suggests the right thoughts—which come from the higher self—can lead to breakthroughs and success.

Mercury (communication and thought) moves into Libra, an air sign, on October 7, joining Sun and Jupiter. Generally speaking, the energy feels lighter when we have an emphasis on air. It’s easier to make decisions and find the “feeling” of the right direction in life. (The negative side of Libra is procrastinating about choices, refusing to take sides, and turning away from intense issues.)

Mars is in Capricorn, which asks for a concrete form for our hopes, thoughts, and wishes. The sign of Capricorn rules structure; it is an earth sign, meaning it gives—or wants—form. Mars rules action, and it squares (think tension) the Sun and Mercury, which can indicate tension between our ideas/thoughts and the required action of putting them into form.

Mars’ placement is confusing because it rules action and direct speech, but it also squares Jupiter. In general, it means we’ll experience a strong desire to speak our minds, but it’s probably not wise because it can impact our good fortune. (Wait, cool down, and revise thoughts and words.)

Venus sits in Scorpio, which transforms feminine energy into a sharp, seductive, slightly dark form. Venus represents love and beauty, and Scorpio is intense, direct, and intuitive. Venus in Scorpio can free us from old patterns, cut to the chase, and can move us into more self-love. On the negative, it’s easy to get lost in old hurts and resentments with this placement, but it also gives the power to transform and transmute them.

Venus trines Chiron, the wounded healer, and Neptune, mysticism/illusion. The harmonious trines truly give an opportunity to clear old patterns through spiritual work and heal karmic wounds. The best part of the trines comes from the tendency to see/feel life in a lovely way. (Venus trine Neptune puts an emphasis on beauty, and Venus trine Chiron gives an opportunity to heal wounds involving love and sex.)

Sun (life) will square Pluto (underworld, transmutation) on October 7, creating a definite energetic clash. Pluto brings issues up for the darkness, clears the subconscious mind, and reveals our fears Sun in Libra wants beauty, harmony, and incredible art. Needless to say, the energies don’t mesh.

In many ways, the current astrological forecast may resemble our personal world. We “think” it’s time for light, beauty, and harmony, but the planets push for the right balance of assertion and expression of deep truth. We have to relinquish our control issues, look honestly at the world, and trust the guidance of our inner self.

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.