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April Astrology, Reflecting on Life

 

The events of the year flowed quickly as a result of acceleration, the increase of light and energy; however, the rapid flow of consciousness – and time – will slow considerably during the month of April when many planets move into retrograde. The “backward” motion of the planets offers a time of reflection, correction, and readjustment in accordance with the dictates of the inner self. Think of it as a time to go underground and reflect on life before coming to the surface with a sense of renewal and purpose.

Fortunately, there are positive aspects in April such as Venus in Pisces, joining Neptune and Chiron, which offers the opportunity to heal wounds and move into mystical love. Only the Sun – instead of four planets — is close to (or conjunct) Uranus in Aries, softening the rapid, sudden change in our inner and outer world. Additionally, April’s full moon will bestow positive energy.

Retrogrades

Five retrogrades allow time to linger and look at the landscape of life. Everything will seriously slow its pace. The planets will gift us with time to contemplate the steps that led to our current geography—and even more time to retrace our path and alter the course of our travels.

Mercury (communications, travel, electronics) moves retrograde from April 9-May 3, marking a time of review as opposed to action. It’s fine to work on existent projects, but it’s not a good time to begin new ones. The rule for Mercury retro is to review communication, expect breakdowns with electronics, and act in a patiently with delays. (Mercury will move from Taurus to Aries, so this retrograde involves “fire” including passion, temper, and impatience.)

Venus

Traditionally, Venus (beauty, love, feminine) in retrograde brings our fears and issues about relationships and love to the surface. But Venus is exalted in Pisces (water=emotion) and conjuncts (close to) Chiron, the wounded healer. It points to the possibility of mitigating karma through relinquishing lower beliefs and focusing on a new realm of opportunity. (Neptune, symbolizing illusion and idealism, is also in Pisces. Venus’ placement in the same sign, indicates that positive use of the imagination can bring in a new reality.)

Saturn (karma, limitation, time) in Sagittarius moves into retrograde on April 6, and it can bestow a heavy, weighted feeling to particular aspects of life — depending on what changes are needed in our personal lives. Saturn retrograde pushes us to say “no” to the aspects of life (and people) that are not working. It’s about releasing commitments, which cause frustration and unhappiness. Ultimately, it’s about making changes to achieve inner growth.

Jupiter

Jupiter (good fortune)  remains retrograde through June 8. Jupiter retrograde in Libra involves examining areas of happiness, growth, and wealth to create balance. It’s a good time for spiritual reflection and listening to the inner self. For example, it may be a time of becoming convinced that we truly want our relationship, particular direction with work, or lifestyle—and knowing they are a source of happiness.

Pluto (underworld, transformation)  retrograde can increase our capacity to regenerate in any area of life, particularly if we are willing to look at our inner issues that hidden beneath problems and/or lack of results. Pluto’s regenerative ability applies to the body, inner psychology, and spiritual nature.

Overall, April is a good month to examine our limitations in love and our ability to use thought to transcend limitations of the mind and mass consciousness. The mind tends to repeat our beliefs in response to particular stimuli. Through the use of love and will, we can alter both thought and emotion, which can create harmonious change.

 

Notes on Aspects:

  1. Among the stronger aspects, Venus squares Saturn, which can involve releasing karma relating to love and relationships (thoughts, emotions, and beliefs traveling in the wrong direction.) On the whole, universal love is quite a bit stronger than a negative aspect, and Venus is LOVE. By focusing on universal, mystical love, we can move into a higher vibration.
  2.  Jupiter opposes Uranus. When Jupiter and Uranus are in opposition, it gives the desire to start anew and leave behind current restrictions and structures. It’s probably best to create small adventures and avoid “huge” changes—when several planets are retrograde.
  3. Mars and Pluto trine (harmonious) on April 6, increasing charisma and the desire to succeed. Both planets are placed in earth signs, giving power to alter our outer life.
  4. Jupiter opposes Pluto, which can magnify the desire for success and power. It’s fine to move into achievement and success if it’s based on the heart—but not for purposes of the ego.
  5. Despite the retrogrades, there are many fine energies for developing a stronger connection with the inner self and moving into a place of love divine.

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.

Dealing with the Shift

 

The important part of the energy lies in the urgency to follow the heart. The heart longs for love and adventure; it is bold and true. It longs to express the substance of the soul.  The heart holds us in connection with all that is real and true.

When our actions and work come from the heart, life changes. Love radiates to everyone in our field. When many people do this (even for a few minutes), the outer world alters. (it’s impossible to feel the oscillation.)

Here are a few tips:

  1. The clearing process involves the lower mind and emotions. We may hear patterns or experience feelings from long ago. Ask to delete and clear the pattern and feeling. Ask to connect with the higher self. (As the patterns leave, new energy will take their place. It’s helpful to imagine yourself from a different perception such as living life from a happier perspective.)
  2. The acceleration process bestows a longing for expansion, the dream of a better life. Ask for a clear vision and feeling. Focus on it often and imagine living in this space of being. (Take time to define peace and happiness. This simple act brings them into your life.)
  3. It’s possible to move out of oscillation and the roar of mass consciousness (anger and fear) by centering in the inner self. By focusing on the inner self, it’s impossible to feel anything other than stillness and/or love.
  4. Sometimes, you feel surprisingly heavy or weighed down by life. You may feel it’s impossible to move through a character flaw or create the next change in life. Likely, your thought or feeling engaged mass consciousness, and you are feeling many people with the same problem. It’s helpful to reflect on a time when you feel light, and life felt easier.
  5. Physical tiredness comes and goes with the shift. It’s normal to feel tired when energy changes. Rest when you can. Take advantage of energetic periods. Visualize yourself with more energy whenever possible and recall periods of time when you felt healthy and vital. (Nature helps a great deal with physical tiredness. The earth and night sky radiate energies for healing.)
  6. We may feel the shift in brief moments when life expands in a beautiful wave. There is a longing for more experience and sensation—the widening of the wave of life. These feelings come and go like waves of emotion or ripples on a lake. They are indicators of greater awakening.
  7. Deeply engage when you experience lighter, happier feelings. It’s best to refrain from sharing the feeling with friends. Contemplate your life, future, and sharing your gifts. (Use these times to powerfully create a vision of a better life and see your gifts expanding.)
  8. Smile when life is difficult. Move past irritation and lower thoughts. (We all have them!) Meditate on pink light and ask to see the beauty in life.
  9. Choose 2 or 3 tasks to express the heart on a daily basis. You may feel surprised at the outcome. (Your energy will soar if you’re truly aligned with the heart–and acting on intuition.)

 

 

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: Reflection and Action

 

The full moon appears on Sunday, March 12 with Sun in Pisces (water) and Moon in Virgo (earth); Sun (life) in Pisces prefers a mystical, vague, loving outlook on life, and Moon (emotions) in Virgo loves precision, perfectionism, and detailed vision in the everyday world. The Moon and North Node (spiritual aspiration) are placed in Virgo, which involves focus on practicality and a strong interest in daily life. Moon trines Pluto (underworld, transmutation), adding power to lift ourselves to a higher level.

With four planets in water and three in fire, this chart can bring steamy, hot energy that clouds our vision, or water and fire can combine to create new earth – like lava flowing up from the ocean floor to condense as islands in a tranquil sea. There’s emphasis on taking action, reflecting on life by deciding to release old patterns and thoughts, which equate to our limiting beliefs, and working with schedules and routines.

Mercury (communication) sits in Pisces, and it conjuncts the Sun, enhancing the mystical beauty in life. It is also emotional in this sign, meaning it’s easy to communicate our feelings when we are tapped into the inner self. (Water imbues strong emotions.) Again, it’s important to observe how we communicate the substance of our lives to others—and to take a look at how we represent our experience to others.

Venus (beauty, love, physical life) is retrograde in Aries. When Venus moves retrograde, relationships can seem more difficult, and communications may go awry. Venus in Aries is direct, quick, and impulsive with a love for action. In the retrograde position, it’s wise to wait before acting, particularly with Venus and Jupiter in opposition. (Both planets rule pleasure and beauty in life. When they are not in harmony, it’s best to reflect before taking action.)

Mars (male, assertion) is placed in Taurus, a lovely, earth sign, which gives balance to the chart. It can bring determination and strengthen the will. The placement slows life down a bit, but it also gives patience, stability, and an opportunity to savor the natural beauty in life. There is a lovely trine with North Node in Virgo that can aid with maintaining physical order and details of both work and home.

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) sits retrograde in Libra, and it asks for reflection and gratitude for the “good” in life. All retrogrades involve reflection and review on the substance of our lives—and, with Jupiter, inner growth comes from “seeing” and acknowledging the good. Jupiter retrograde in Libra also teaches about service and the importance of aiding others.

Jupiter is opposite Uranus in Aries, which rules sudden changes and new beginnings through spiritual impulses. The desire for harmony and beauty can alternate with the need for big changes and new beginnings. Observe both feelings and make the best choice.

Saturn (time, karma, limitation) is in Sagittarius, providing a focus on the importance of spiritual devotion and discipline. Sun, Moon, and Mercury square Saturn, providing tension in life, emotion, and communications. It’s not unusual to feel tension in these challenging, changing times, and, often, the lesson is as simple as listening to the inner self—and acting on the information.

Uranus (awakening, sudden change) continues to square Pluto as part of the changing times. Venus and Jupiter also square Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), indicating the need to look beyond the pleasure in the moment—and to use the will to create a new life.

Overall, the chart indicates the need to move through old habits and familiar ways of life—to embrace the new and take a step forward. There’s also an emphasis on reviewing life while moving into the mysticism of love. By taking these steps, we embrace the inner self and step out of the tension of a newly, forming world.

Sabian Symbols, based on the writings of Lynda Hill

Sun is on Pisces 23, “A Materializing Medium Giving a Séance.”  Mediums can heard the unseen and unheard world. They pull in messages from the vibrational field. Materialization refers to the ability to pull energy from the invisible world into tangible form. (On a higher level, we can do this with messages and direction from the inner self—particularly when we take action and apply by taking action and applying reflective thought. By seeing and feeling “things” with the mind, we can pull them into physical form.)

Moon sits on Virgo 23, “A Lion-Tamer Rushes Fearlessly into the Circus Arena.” A lion-tamer controls and wills the action of a wild animal or beast. It takes courage and concentration for the lion and trainer to act in unison. It requires both action and strength of will.

Mercury is placed at Pisces 28, “A Fertile Garden under the Full Moon.” This is a beautiful symbol, indicating growth, fertility, and abundance. Mercury rules the mind, so it suggests that we can benefit from positive, happy thoughts as well as reflection on a prosperous, harmonious future.

Venus is retrograde on Aries 12, “A Flock of Wild Geese.” Think of a flock of wild geese, making beautiful shapes with their flight patterns. It is reminder of the power of the collective, of moving through the air by focusing on a singular destination.

Mars sits on Taurus 2, “An Electrical Storm Illuminates the Heavens and Forests.” Think of lightning and thunder, the change of temperature, and the sudden illumination of the world. It can refer to flashes of insight and leaps in consciousness or the simple change in atmosphere, which accompanies a storm.

 

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

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.

An Alternative Method of Peace

 

 

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Barbara Marciniak said, “You must learn to end the wars in your world by ending them in your mind.”  It feels logical to proceed by embracing peace within our mind and heart. Thought and emotion are known to impact the energetic field, and they are measurable in quantum science. (Everyone has been affected positively and negatively by another person’s emotions or thoughts.)

Peace is a state of mind, which occurs within the stillness of the inner self. It is a higher frequency—a set of vibrations emitted by the inner self.  In general, it is accompanied by a set of feelings, sensations, and a specific visual. When we connect with the inner self, there is an absence of conflicting thought. It is the state associated with stillness—an alignment with the heart.

In this space of connection, we encounter universal concepts such as peace, love, harmony, and joy. In general, the concepts are similar for everyone, but we color them with individual sensations and visualizations. From a place of stillness, it is possible to project a personal vision of peace into the world around us.

In alchemy, it’s said that every particle of matter is composed of light. Matter responds to higher frequencies and changes its shape. (This is seen in cymatics as well as Masaru Emoto’s work with water.) At any rate, mind over matter has been demonstrated many times.

Harmonious vibrations—which are free from duality—can affect physical matter. These vibrations could be described as higher frequencies, which are generated and received by people who are capable of perceiving and projecting them. When a “higher” visualization or feeling is received and repeated throughout many energy field, it is naturally amplified. When many of us focus on our personal sensation of peace repeatedly, it eventually affects the overall energy—as well as the conceivable future.

Mahatma Ghandi thought a concept or movement was much more powerful when it promoted what it stood for rather than fighting against what it opposed. It is a non-dualistic view, based on a simple focus on a higher concept. (When we are connected to our inner self, there is no duality—only wholeness, which provides sensations, which flow from this place of being. By projecting those thoughts and feelings strongly, we affect the matter or physical world around us.)

Coming from a place of wholeness does not mean closing our eyes to the darkness in the world. But it does involve limiting judgement and refraining from deep discussions about wrongness on earth. That’s because negative people and places thrive on negative energy. It’s the best way of creating more of what we don’t want.

The Age of Aquarius focuses on group endeavors, collective consciousness, higher thought, and the quantum field. Higher thought comes when the mind is connected with the heart. It’s easy to identify those thoughts because they are clear, align with universal concepts, and often bring a feeling of softness and relief. More importantly, it’s possible to project those thoughts to others and to the world-at-large. It’s how the quantum field operates.

Tips:

  • Meditating on a personal feeling of peace is easier than seeing peace for the world. From place of connection, it is easily expanded and sent to others as well as geographical locations.
  • When we identify a strong sensation of peace for ourselves, we automatically vibrate it outward. (Change begins within personal world.)
  • It’s helpful to choose a color, symbol, or identify a specific energy as peace. The soul often reads energy in symbols. It can be sent to others.
  • Spend 5 or 10 minutes each day in meditation. In this place, there is no movement between polarities. There is only love and peace. Everyone can contribute to the effort in this way.
  • Avoid television, violence, and lower vibrations. Try to keep discussions focused on the positive and good changes within the world. (When something causes a strong upset or emotion, try Ho’oponopono or seeing the opposite of the situation.)
  • Work on eliminating personal judgement, particularly of friends, co-workers, and loved ones. It’s better to see the “good” in them and accept their place of being. And it’s more positive to work on personal peace. (Judgement causes movement between the higher and lower self.)
  • Create a personal vision of peace in the future and dwell on it occasionally.
  • With all metaphysical activity, we have to operate partially on faith while believing in the universe and our power to bring about change.

 

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

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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.

 

Staying Connected

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It’s challenging to stay centered, peaceful, and balanced when the energies of the world change several times each day. Empaths and healers feel the world turn and surge with global events and strong emotions of mass consciousness. We also feel the people around us.

The “light” energy amplifies everything. The energy is challenging, and it’s important to tap into the inner self on a regular basis to find our way.  Otherwise, we lose touch with the inner self, which acts as a light on the path.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Part of the influx of light is known as the acceleration and amplification. It makes time seem to pass more quickly, and we feel everything more—if we continue our soul work. There is a good reason for it. When we feel ourselves and others more, it amplifies everything in our system—the positive and the negative. When our negative emotions and thoughts feel stronger, we want to change them. When our positive emotions become more intense, we seek this state. In other words, the strong currents of emotions and thought can lead to our higher self.
  2. When we choose the inner self, we automatically move into a higher vibration. Higher vibrations displace lower vibrations. When we focus on love and peace, the emotions flow through every level of our consciousness; they flood body, mind, and soul. (This teaches persistence and devotion because the impact and level of higher emotion increases with significant work.)
  3. Every few hours, there is a surge and ebb of global emotion and thought. If we know the surge or ebb of energy and emotion comes from the outer world, we can seek the solace of the inner self. We can focus on love, forgiveness, or simply see a better world. (Anything with a higher vibration will do.) Becoming conscious of the input of lower consciousness helps in understanding how our emotions and thoughts are influenced by others.
  4. We are touched by everyone’s energy. As we gain awareness of this, we can shield, alter our relationships, or choose to release specific people in life. Ultimately, we have to choose people who help lift our vibrations and/or look at others with compassion.
  5. Freedom comes from moderating our impulses and emotions by becoming incredibly aware of energy. Our true source of energy comes from the inner self and the universe. It’s necessary to cultivate it to have the strength and insight to navigate through life.

NOTE: If you are practicing meditation daily, you’ve probably noticed how moods and emotions alter throughout a given day. The lower moods appear, disappear, and return during the day, and it’s helpful to accept and observe them. You also learn that the inner self brings stability, grounding, and focus—as well as peace and 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

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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.

Tips:

  • 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.