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Planetary Forecast: Spring Equinox 2016



Nothing is better than moving into spiritual energy, discarding patterns, and mitigating karma. It makes it possible to ascend into the qualities of our higher self—and leave the past behind. The planets offer this opportunity for the equinox on Sunday, March 20.

With lovely, spring-like weather and planets placed in interesting designs, we can contemplate beauty, the dreams of the higher self, and take action to create a better life. With five planets in Pisces, much of the emphasis is on emotion because Pisces is a water sign, symbolized by two fishes (emotions) swimming in opposite direction. If we can reconcile the opposites within the self (the light and darkness), it’s possible to move into a higher dimension or representation of life.

Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune, and Chiron are placed in the sign of Pisces. Mercury in Pisces can be a bit dreamy and slow, and it’s important to make the effort to communicate our visions and dreams. Venus (love, beauty, material pleasures) in Pisces is exalted, meaning it enhances the feeling of esoteric love in relationships and life. Venus and Neptune (mysticism, illusion) in Pisces can feel make life feel (briefly) exquisite before returning to the impact of dualistic energies.

One of the challenges of the equinox is dealing with very different energies. Pisces causes two conflicting emotions, beliefs, or thoughts to come into play—and the sun is on the cusp on Aries. Pisces and Aries are very different. (Aries is an active, male, fire sign with much mental energy, and Pisces is imaginative and dreamy. It prefers to rest and gently ponder.) Once again, we are asked to understand the diverse parts of the self and combine them in a new order.

There is a great deal of focus on karma in equinox chart. On reflection, it’s probably more about knowing what to leave behind than dealing with unresolved issues. Chiron (wounded healer) is also in Pisces. Chiron squares (creates tension) with Saturn in Sagittarius, hinting at the importance of seriously looking at our lives to clear old, limiting emotions and beliefs because they pull us down and away from the opportunity of receiving higher energies.

When we move into higher wisdom, we leave behind things like judgement, lower frequencies, and negative perceptions. (It’s important to point out that we often stop “receiving” them as well.) These changes often mark endings—and new beginnings.

Mars (overall energy, assertion) is placed in the same sign as Saturn (time, limitation.) When both planets are in fiery Sagittarius, Mars can give the power and boldness to move through karmic limitations (patterns) to create positive change. Saturn urges devotion and patience with spiritual teachings, and Mars can lend power in putting our inner vision into physical form.

Jupiter in Virgo (beneficial energy, good fortune) exactly squares Saturn (time, limitation, karma), underscoring the importance of aligning spiritual teachings with physical reality. Virgo holds mystical knowledge and practical information in the physical world.

Jupiter also trines Pluto (transformation, subconscious), which opens a doorway to stepping into a better, metaphysical/physical reality. In other words, we can transform our reality by clearing the subconscious and focusing on a more, positive life.


  • Working with two opposite states is the theme for the year. It doesn’t mean all drama comes from us, but it does mean we react to it. If we can calm the emotional reaction, we can often find answers hidden beneath the surface. This is one of the important tests associated with the element of water (Pisces).
  • Mars (strength, courage, assertiveness) and Saturn are closely placed. They can give courage, resourcefulness, and strength when working through personal obstacles and challenges. (It’s how we alter karma.)
  • Part of personal evolution means leaving things behind. It’s a sacrifice—another Piscean quality. With Neptune in Pisces, we have to see the truth, which may mean seeing beyond our idealism or projection of positive traits on others. It can also mean rewriting our hopes and dreams.
  • Bridging between two sides of self—and handling diverse energies—can lead into unknown territory. You find more of the true self by improving your perception of the known (through visualization and appreciation) and discover insights and valuable gifts by exploring the unknown. It’s part of awakening, and it’s all good.
  • When we search our soul for answers, the universe helps. It hears and responds to the thoughts and feelings of a focused mind and a loving heart. This practice brings results when nothing else works. This is single-mindedness; it involves staying in rhythm with the universe—and listening with all of your heart with the hope of having and creating a better personal and outer world.


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.


Shortening the Swing



In spirituality, the “swing” is well known. It involves riding the wave of emotion, the swing of thoughts, and motion of consciousness from low to high. It’s a part of spirituality, which is rarely addressed; it happens most often when you ascend to higher levels of consciousness.

Higher consciousness lifts you above the swing—and into a place of love and centering. In this place, it’s impossible to feel the swing, but it takes a lot of practice to stay there consistently. Alchemy refers to this practice as shortening the swing.

  1. It’s realistic to know you’ll experience the swing of consciousness. It can occur because of your geographic location, planetary events, family karma, and personal patterns. It’s helpful to observe your lower feelings while knowing the feelings won’t last forever. (If you apply some of the techniques listed below, they will resolve more quickly.)
  2. Think about light and the good parts of life. Meditate often for short spans of time. Focus on a feeling of light. Ask for connection with the higher self. (Find the heart space and let love flow through your being.)
  3. Ask for a higher pattern of results in life. Ask to see solutions and remember when life has moved more smoothly. See the opposite of whatever you are experiencing.
  4. Take long walks and sit in nature. Ask the earth to take your negative energy. Ask to feel the joyous parts of life. When you focus on the sensation of good instead of problems, the energy takes another form.
  5. Experiment by combining or altering meditation techniques. Ask your inner self for guidance. Act on every feeling and intuition. See where they lead you.
  6. Notice if the feeling is situational. If the feeling occurs when you are with specific people, it probably relates to them. If it appears with a specific task, you may feel your inner resistance, need to control, or old fears. Take a small step and reward yourself for taking action.
  7. Move into a state of knowing. Many of your thoughts and feelings are not real. They come from the lower self and habits or patterns. They disappear when you move into a higher state of consciousness. You are feeling all that you are leaving behind. In the future, you will “meet” more of your shining, incredible inner self.


Julia Griffin, Intuitive Healer and Coach


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

New Moon and Solar Eclipse



Feel emotions, clear patterns, and move more deeply into the spiritual nature. It’s how we evolve, and the placement of many planets in water will help in gaining awareness. By contemplating the feeling of inner connection, we can rise above the emotional waves.

Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron sit in Pisces, a sign representing water. It presents the opportunity to observe conflicting emotions and observe patterns of the past—and mitigate karma through higher vibrations. On a higher level, Pisces is the sign that can lift emotions into love through heightened spirituality.  It can also give inspiration to walk into the mystery of the unknown.

In alchemy, the “unknown” can symbolize walking into the field of the inner self, unraveling our gifts, and living in a place of love. It means using the emotions to feel into our dreams while discovering how they fit into the fabric of “real” life, which lies in contrast to the workings of materiality.

With so much water (5 signs) in this chart, we will feel emotions strongly for the next two weeks. The real challenge is learning when our emotions are aligned with the inner self, when they come from others (how we pick up from the world), and how they relate to programming and patterns, which are ready for release. (Freedom follows this pursuit.)


Venus, symbolizing pleasure, beauty, and material goods, is placed in Aquarius, an air sign. Air relates to mental vision, and this position encourages thoughts about the possibilities inherent in the New Age. It urges thinking about the best outcome for the world—and how thought, itself, can alter precarious situations and bring good things into being. (Thought has weight and power. It influences outcomes throughout the world.)

Mars (overall energy) sits in Sagittarius, encouraging spiritual quests. As a fire sign, it can increase our energy and aid with focus in pursuits. It’s creative with out of the box solutions, which are needed for finding solutions with this chart. When we find solutions with the heart, they often seem illogical or contrary—but they work. (The universe holds a different rhythm from everyday life.)

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) lies in Virgo, which is opposite Pisces. It exerts pressure to master the ordinary logistics of life. In this particular case, it supports healing because Virgo is an earth sign. It also asks for the practical knowledge of spiritual knowledge. (It is one thing to know everything is energy; it’s another to utilize energy to change our lives or heal another.)


  • One of the more important aspects in the chart is Chiron (wounded healer) in Pisces, which is conjunct (close to) the sun and moon. It lends strength to healing our perception of the self. One of the most difficult tasks is the loving the self, but it’s possible if we are willing to sacrifice patterns, habits, and perceptions from the past.
  • Neptune in Pisces asks for the highest use of our imagination to connect spiritually, imagine a better world, and dream ourselves into a better reality.
  • Everything will feel emotional periodically. A devoted meditation practice is invaluable because it teaches the habit of returning to the inner self while substituting connection for erratic emotions.
  • Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius suggest the importance of spiritual study. Choose a particular length of time for spiritual pursuits and practice daily. Mars in Sagittarius can help with visualization and manifestation. Stay focused during the eclipse.
  • Use your power of connection to see life differently and see it in a more positive way. Believe in your power to help shape overall life into a better world.

Sabian Symbols

Sun and Moon sit together in Pisces 19, “A Master Instructing His Disciple.” The symbol refers to the old adage, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Teachers appear in many forms such as recurring patterns, individual challenges, and twists in the path called life.

On a higher level, the teacher teaches through transmittal—the transference of higher vibrations through the subtle world. This symbol also refers to the readiness of the student to study and absorb higher teachings, which require openness and devotion.

Mercury is placed in Pisces 7, “Illuminated by a Shaft of Light, A Large Cross lies on Rocks, Surrounded by Sea and Mist.” The ancient cross represented the act of merging the physical and spiritual bodies. Before the time of Christ, the cross symbolized releasing the ego to step into a higher plane of consciousness.

Light represents the higher world, the akashic energy of love and light. Water symbolizes the emotional world. This symbol represents the need to connect with the light to move beyond limitations from emotions and difficulties in life.

Venus is found on Aquarius 26, “A Garage Man Testing a Car’s Battery with a Hydrometer.” This interesting symbol refers to checking levels of water to maintain a car. The car often symbolizes how we move through life, so it could refer to testing and checking particular aspects of life.

If we keep the physical aspects of life running well, it is easier to apply our spiritual knowledge and function in life. The symbol could also apply to acquiring practical spirituality, which does not simply believe everything is “fine.” It means making specific efforts in physical life as well.

Mars sits on Sagittarius 2, “The Ocean Covered with Whitecaps.” Mars rules the overall energy in life. In this symbol, it refers to the appearance of storms and rough weather. We may feel agitated by the changes in the world, but we always have the inner self.

When we align with the inner self, the water becomes still. Emotions feel peaceful, and life moves in a better direction. (It’s important to align when we sense storms or rough emotional weather.)

Jupiter is represented by Virgo 19, “A Swimming Race.” A race implies competition with rules and regulations. It asks for consideration of true winning—the concept of overcoming personal weaknesses to excel in life. It also reminds us of the importance of cooperation and consideration if we truly want a more positive future.


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.


More Awakening


If you’re reading this, you’ve already decided to become connected and move into a more awakened state. As the light level of the planet increases, you’re pushed to expand, evolve, and grow. It can feel wonderful and/or exhausting, depending on your personal challenge.

Challenges appear when you grow. You may spiral through old problems, encounter shifts in consciousness, or feel more affected by the energy of others. You may see the duality in your life—the good and bad—the light and darkness.

It’s important to remember you’re on a journey. When you journey, there are discoveries. You see new aspects of life, and you (hopefully) find about more about yourself.

Here are a few thoughts.

  1. Open the day with meditation and a walk. Meditation opens the soul to the beauty of the universe, and nature aligns the body with a subtle current. When you’re connected, it’s easier to find the answers.
  2. Visualizing aligns your life with your heart. “Seeing” is an energetic gift, which is developed through meditation and practice. Everyone creates their life through imagery; they simply are unaware of it. “Seeing” through the heart means following your desires and creating them in reality. It’s an incredible gift because you learn to change your life—and the life of others around you. (See the desire in completion. It is happening now!)
  3. Ask for what you want. Ask for greater spiritual vision, ask for help with development of your gifts, and ask for understanding. The universe responds to requests. (Be sure to use steps 1 and 2 along with asking for answers.
  4. You may feel life more intensely. Heightened emotions, feelings, and intuition are part of awakening. They also make life appear more beautiful. You have additional sensations to hear the tones of the birds’ songs, to perceive the bright dots of spring color, and feel more of your inner self. As you understand more about your feelings and intuition—and what they mean—you’ll feel more comfortable. (In the meanwhile, accept and observe. Only the inner self can observe.)
  5. Push through the resistance of the comfort zone. Spirituality is wonderful, but it also requires taking steps. Usually, you have to change your body, learn how to express your gifts, speak differently (speak those inner thoughts), and make changes in your career. Take the step and stop waiting. Your life will change, and you’ll feel better. (These types of changes allow the universe to flow through you. Resistance blocks the flow.)
  6. Learn how to speak in a different way. When you say how you truly feel, life changes. (It’s not about venting or complaining.) It’s a way of expressing your inner self without making others wrong. You’re speaking your truth. Eventually, the universe speaks through you as well.
  7. Spend more time listening to your body. Thoughts and emotions often clear more quickly when listening to the body. The body has its own inner wisdom. Sending love and light to body improves health and physical habits.
  8. When experiencing strong emotion, ask for its source. Emotions are often initiated by other people, mass consciousness, or habits. For example, everyone has a pattern of repetitive thoughts and feelings, which accompany specific triggers such as feeling hurt, overwhelmed, or angry. It’s okay to experience the lower emotions, but notice how they are often a response to stimuli. You can think different thoughts or invoke more positive emotions by returning to center.
  9. Trust the process. With this shift, the energy can feel quite different on a daily basis. Trust that the universe is with you. Within your core—your inner self—you have the answers. (Study, take a class, and/or learn techniques. You travel through the process much more quickly with a teacher.)


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.


Finding More of Your Inner Self

While adventuring through life, you will find there is only one thing that sustains, supports, and gives unconditional love. It is the inner self. This part of you provides the connection to your inner wholeness–and the Divine.

  1. Your inner self is cultivated through meditation. It’s how you hear the heart—and its soft, encouraging message. As your practice develops, you hear more. (You know it’s true because it leads you into kindness and gentle boundaries.)
  2. The connection becomes clearer as you act on the insights of the inner self. The quiet voice of the inner self leads with intuition. Intuition can feel like a gentle wind, soft words, or a wave of love. But it leads you into stillness. You find your direction by discerning this feeling of connection. You could name the feeling as unconditional love. Life stops moving. The inner dialog ceases. The world quietens and unfolds. (There is nothing to do but follow the feeling.)
  3. The inner self reveals itself through nature and beauty. Your vision of beauty is slightly different from everyone else’s—and it brings more loveliness into the world.
  4. When connected with the inner self, you have a greater power—the power of inner connection. You can imagine wonderful outcomes, and they occur. You can “see” things, and reality changes. (This occurs from the sustained practice of tapping into the inner self.)
  5. Your light connects you to others, who have greater light. Goodness grows; light expands. You see the wonderful part of the world. (It doesn’t mean you don’t have ups and downs. Emotions, sensitivity, and intuition are enhanced from spiritual work. Sometimes, they make life feel more intense.) You perceive the power of connection.
  6. You become more aware of energy. The inner self perceives life energetically. You want to choose sources of positive energy. Your body “tells” you when you are aligned or not. (You perceive how everything and everyone holds a subtle energy. You want more universal energy.)
  7. You understand finding the inner self is an ongoing process, a type of evolution, leading into the invisible (spiritual) world. You know it takes work and devotion, but it’s the best thing you’ve ever experienced. You’re willing to take the step to go deeper, awaken more, and share your light with the planet.


Julia Griffin, Intuitive Healer and Coach


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


Full Moon Forecast: Feel the Shift


Manifest a better personal world and envision global change, Study and work to achieve practical results. Rise to meet spiritual aspirations while pondering the opportunities of the New Age.

The full moon chart perfectly describes our current placement in time. It appeared on February 22 with a positive, energetic spin.  222 emphasizes a focus on faith, the inner knowing that everything will work out. The sum of 222 is 6, giving a reminder of the importance of visualizing a positive outcome in the material world. (Visualizing positive outcomes overcomes the tendency to repeat life through a subconscious format.)

The Sun is placed in Pisces and the Moon in Virgo. The two signs are opposites and exert a pull with other planets throughout the chart. Pisces is a water sign, and it emphasizes using imagination and spiritual connection as the right placement of emotion. Moon placed in Virgo concentrates on practical details and right use of spiritual knowledge in the physical world.

Sun in Pisces symbolizes the importance of emotional, unconditional love, especially when we are connected on a higher level. Unconditional love, which is universal, soothes the waves of thought and emotion. It is a resting place for body and soul. (Pisces also symbolizes two fishes swimming in opposite directions, which indicates how emotion can also make life feel confusing and unpredictable.)

Karma and emotion are emphasized in this chart. Pisces can direct the mind to soothing or upsetting memories; it can refer to the karma of the past age.  Sun (outer self), Neptune (mysticism, illusion) and Chiron (wounded healer) are also placed in Pisces. Mars (overall energy) in Scorpio brings hidden emotion to the surface; it can also give courage.

(Emotion is represented by water, which is composed of waves. The spiritual objective is shortening the swing between the peak and trough of the wave. It’s possible to do this by centering spiritually and realizing the motion of the wave can clear old patterns by lifting consciousness to a higher place. Emotions are more helpful when acknowledged—and particularly by understanding the role of choice with reaction and response.)

Mercury (higher thought, communication) and Venus (material pleasures, human love) are placed in Aquarius. The placement encourages meditation and the reception of the image of a higher, better world. Mercury in Aquarius gives the gift of rapid, fixed thought. It helps in receiving information from the universe. Venus asks for a loving vision of desired change for the self and the earth.


Moon (inner self, emotions), Jupiter (expansion), and the North Node (spiritual aspiration in the physical world) are placed in Virgo, an earth sign.  This placement suggests the importance of grounding the spiritual vision in a practical sense. (Manifestation works best when it materializes in the physical world. Otherwise, it is a just a “wish.”)  It’s one thing to know how to send light. It’s another thing to do it properly and create positive results in “real” life while helping ourselves and the people in our sphere.

Moon, Jupiter, and North Node address our lives in the physical world. It’s about making changes with the body, career, and success, but there is also a focus on aligning our physical world with our spiritual nature.  Ultimately, it’s what brings fulfillment. (It’s okay not know how to do this. Identify inner gifts and take a step forward.)

Jupiter and the North Node trine Pluto in Capricorn. Trines make it easier to align with specific energies for inner and outer progress. Jupiter brings good fortune with physical endeavors, and the North Node represents the expression of inner gifts on the physical plane. Pluto can help with self-transformation in creating a more beneficial, abundant life—if we are determined to take the step.

Saturn (time, limitation, devotion) remains in Sagittarius, which emphasizes spiritual study, philosophy, and understanding the importance of fixing our consciousness on a target. It’s not about ambition; it’s about growth of the inner self. Saturn trines Uranus (quantum field, change) in Aries, which can speed the results of inner work. Uranus remains square Pluto. It brings the long continuation of discarding the fabric of the outer self, hidden secrets, and past time lines—to create evolution and freedom of the soul.



  • The chart helps in developing greater skills as associated with awakening. It focuses on imagination and visualization. It asks for opening to higher, spiritual forces while “seeing” and feeling the potential of the New Age.
  • It asks for the practical expression of spiritual work through working with emotion, continued study of personal intuition, and applying unconditional love (Pisces) in a practical way to overcome judgement and acquire a balanced sense of “being
  • Look for inner guidance when applying spiritual skills. Take a moment to envision the outcome. Follow the visualization with a positive emotion. Use positive moods and thoughts to create something new and beautiful.
  • Part of everyone’s spiritual journey is “seeing” and visualizing a better world. We do this by making the decision to sacrifice anger, resentment, and belief in victimization. (These qualities represent global wounds.) When we sacrifice negative emotion for a higher vision, we actually create something new and better. It alters our personal world—and the world around us.
  • Sustain trust and faith through meditation. Transformation takes time, patience, and inner development. Recognize love and light as the largest, more powerful forces in the universe. Acknowledge and engage the inner ability and power to create positive change.

Sabian Symbols

Sun is placed on Pisces 4, “Heavy Traffic Linking Two Seaside Resorts.” Two seaside resorts represent places of beauty for rest, renewal, and contemplation–a positive attribute of the element, water. Heavy traffic, linking the two sites, refers congestion, frustration, and delays. The two images create a vivid contrast, a contradiction of images.

Pisces represents the play of emotions. We can travel with the crowd into uncomfortable, lower emotion–or soar above it by residing the “resort” of the heart space, which delivers unconditional love.

Moon sits on Virgo 4, “Black and White Children Playing Happily Together.” It is another indication of the need to resolve inner polarity, which causes judgement and pain. A part of the self may see light and love throughout the world. Another part may feel prejudice and/or limiting beliefs. Wholeness comes from seeing beyond separate realities–and by moving into Oneness.

Mercury is found on Aquarius 12, “People on a Vast Ladder, Graduated Upwards.” The symbol refers to the placement of people in life, specifically on the spiritual ladder. It indicates the need to accept everyone else’s level of consciousness in life. Spiritual light teaches acceptance of everyone, regardless of their place on the ladder of life. (Besides, it’s more helpful to work on ourselves.)

Venus is on Aquarius 7, “A Child Born Out of an Eggshell.” The “egg” in alchemy represents rebirth into a new, spiritual/physical life. It can represent an unexpected new rebirth for the self or the world.  (Venus is love of physical life, including beauty and abundance, so this symbol speaks of change on the physical level.)

Mars sits on Scorpio 26, “American Indians Making Camp in New Territory.” Native Americans moved between locations and explored new territories. The new territory may refer to our experience in this new world, which brings awakening and new perceptions. We can stay in this new place and make a camp–or move onto another location.


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.


Planetary Change: Full Moon Shift



The full moon appears on March 5th. This precedes the action around March’s new moon when the energies blast the feeling of the Age of Aquarius. (Everyone will not feel it. If you’re reading this, it’s likely.) The full moon chart acts as a transition or bridge to the next phase.The emphasis falls on fire and water. Three planets are in water, and five are in fire.

Fire and water make steam–and new earth. Trines (harmony) and squares (pressure) fill the chart as the planets move into new positions. Sun, Neptune, and Chiron are placed in Pisces, which creates a continuation of the dreamy, emotional feelings. But the Moon is in Virgo, a practical earth sign. The Moon also trines Pluto, which is helpful as we move through the Uranus/Pluto Square. (Earth energy is grounding, and Virgo can help with understanding our subconscious feelings, which are moving through a clearing process during the Uranus/Pluto square. (We’ve experienced this process four times in the past 3 years, and this is the final trip down the River Styx.)

There are five trines in fire and one in earth. There is also a Grand Trine between Mars, Saturn, and Uranus. The Grand Trine  can help in moving above limitation and creating a new life. Mars is energy, Saturn is limitation and karma, and Uranus is sudden change or the quantum field. If we use our energy to focus on the inner self, we can use the lessons in time and space to transcend our limitations and move into a higher, lighter space. (Grand trines make it easier to manifest anything.)Many trines placed in fire signs will prove helpful as we make steps into finding more of the inner self. Fire rules the heart, passion, and desire. These placements will aid in keeping our consciousness focused on awakening–and the power of the inner self. They will also mitigate the pressure of several squares with Pluto. Squares cause tension, and they push us through situations, including patterns from the past.

Mercury remains in Aquarius as a reminder to stay focused on the future—and the Aquarian qualities of humanitarianism, spiritual connection, and the quantum field. Mercury (communication, mind) opposes Jupiter (expansion, religion, good fortune.) This can make it feel more comfortable to continue past pursuits instead of moving into a personal vision of the future. Mercury also sextiles Venus and Uranus, which can create pleasant energy surrounding earthly pursuits, and spiritual growth.

Mars, Venus, and Uranus are in Aries, which marks the beginning of the astrological wheel. Aries is passionate, creative, and can act in a hot-headed way (without thought.) Mars in Aries is well placed; it can give enthusiasm, courage, and the ability to progress with projects (and life.) Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus also sit in fire. Venus (earthly beauty, human love) and Mars (overall life energy) are trine Jupiter (expansion, spiritual energy, positive force.)  Mars trines Jupiter and Saturn (time, limitation, karma.)  Jupiter and Saturn trine Uranus (the spiritual force ruling this age, quantum field, sudden change.) In theory, these aspects give marvelous feelings about moving forward. In actuality, they balance the challenges of the chart.

Mars, Venus, and Uranus square Pluto—all at one time. This will bring considerable pressure as we move through the Uranus/Pluto square. It makes the sensations of the big square more intense, and it urges us to see through the veils in our life—and discover the underlying passion of the soul. Likely, we will hear that voice (of the inner self) quite a bit in the coming weeks.


  • The pull from the past (planets in Pisces) remains as we encounter murky emotions, misreads of energy, and old patterns of reaction. (It involves changing emotion from a lower to a higher frequency—and letting go of old wounds.)
  • Fire appears in the chart through five planets. All three fire signs are represented. The planets placed in fire make trines throughout the chart. Mars and Venus, placed in Aries, line up with Uranus, causing tension with Pluto.
  • Moon in Virgo can help with physical grounding, give mental clarity, and the ability to grasp the best motion through our shadow and into more light.  The moon is also opposite Chiron (the wounded healer), making it important to stay clear on a conscious level. Otherwise, our emotions can slow down our inner healing.
  • It is a chart with much opportunity. We can grasp the enthusiasm of fire along with the more grounded energy of earth (Moon, Pluto) to move through old emotional wounds—and transmute the energy into something entirely new and different.
  • With Mercury in Aquarius, it’s important to continue dreaming about the New Age while contemplating the realization of our inner dreams.
  • With much emphasis on water (emotion) and fire (passion), it’s wise to take extra time to reflect on plans and desires before taking action.

Sabian Symbols

The Sun and Moon are a bit confusing when read symbolically. The Sun is placed in 15 Pisces, “An Officer Preparing to Drill His Men.” The standard meaning of the symbol refers to societal desire to have a hierarchy—an allegiance to lose one’s self. On a higher level, it may beg the question of what societal structure would follow the awakening of many individuals. Perhaps, it serves as a reminder of the difference between inner and outer life. In inner life, we willingly do the work of an invisible hierarchy because it resonates with the heart. In outer life, we obey government, laws, and rules—sometimes without agreement because they regulate the motion of outer life.

Moon in Virgo 18 depicts “Two Girls Playing with an Ouija Board”, which speaks of spiritual information that cannot be read without a tool. Tools may refer to Tarot, I Ching, or another type of object. It involves tuning into spiritual information, sometimes from an immature or naïve perspective. The symbol also suggests finding others with the same need to share spiritual interests. The Moon tends to reflect emotions—and sometimes group emotions. This may point to many people opening to spirituality without a base of knowledge, but seeking to know more.

The remainder of the symbols are quite lovely and reassuring.



Mercury  in 20 Aquarius portrays “A Large White Dove Bearing a Message” It’s a beautiful symbol suggesting we can resolve inner conflict by receiving peaceful, spiritual information. Like the dove from Noah’s Ark, the bird assures us of beneficial information. We only have to open and receive.

Venus in Aries 16 shows the image of “Brownies Dancing in the Setting Sun.” Brownies are elementals or spirits of the earth. They appear in the slip between day and night. This can refer to calling on invisible powers such as angels, replenishing the body through physical forces, and realistically taking care of the matters of physical life while enjoying the dance of life. (The setting sun often refers to dwindling physical energy, and this symbol encourages turning to nature for revitalization.)

Mars in Aries 10 is “A Teacher Gives New Symbolic Forms to Traditional Images.” This symbol feels perfectly placed for the change in atmosphere and life. Everyone is becoming aware of the power of awakening, the immense importance of the vibration of energy, and the power of the heart. The old images never faded away, but we are reviving them in a new way.

Jupiter 14 Leo shares “The Human Soul Awaiting Opportunity for Expression”, which likely refers to March’s astrological changes. Something is waiting for manifestation—a large truth awaits expression. A realization is coming to mankind.

Saturn 4 Sagittarius “A Little Child Learning to Walk” is self-explanatory. We are learning to walk in the new world as we master new rules of energy and communication. The new energies are quite different; it takes time to become steady on our feet.

Uranus 14 Aries “A Serpent Coiling Near a Man and Woman” refers to the maturity necessary to walk in universal wisdom. It speaks of the lesson of discerning between the lower and higher self—and the coming revelation of light.


Julia Griffin, Intutiive Healer and Coach


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

For Karen



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It’s your gift–an angel class in memory of my dear friend, Karen Stewart, who left us in late December. Karen was a professor; she wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Karen gave angel readings and depicted angels in  charming folk art paintings as an expression of her personal awakening.  She was also one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.  



I like to think of her singing with those beautiful beings she painted. This is her birthday week, and I think she’d like for you to have the class in her honor.


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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. The wolves taught her that true energetic motion is based on the soul and patterns of nature. 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.