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Winter Solstice, Earth and Sky, Light and Darkness

The winter solstice comes at exactly 11:28 am on Monday, December 21. As the shortest day in the year, it marks the end of the past year and the beginning of illumination as associated with a new cycle. In old religions, the new cycle was represented by the display of an evergreen tree, and the old cycle was released for renewal with the burning of the Yule Log.
At the time of the winter solstice, the energy is deep in the earth. Sun and Saturn move into Capricorn, an earth sign, on the day of the solstice. The solstice also acts an open door for spiritual energies, and this opportunity to shift upward is reflected by the conjunction (closeness) of Sun, Venus, and Saturn with Galactic Center, the cosmic point in the Milky Way. In this way, earth and sky intermingle.
The emphasis on earth urges us to find our purpose, solidify and/or change the structures in life, and create spiritual desires in physical form. Aspects with Galactic Center transmit new energies, thoughts, and light for expanding our connection with the inner self. (Of course, these types of change develop from our inner work.)
Sun (outer self), Saturn (karma/limitation), and Pluto (transformation) are placed in earth signs, emphasizing the need to translate the dreams of the heart into physical form. (Saturn in Capricorn can help in finding and creating our “mission”.) Moon (inner self) is placed in Aquarius, an air sign that helps with clarity of thought and opening to New Age ideals.

Mercury (communication, thought) is retrograde in Sagittarius. In the past weeks, it’s added confusion, misunderstandings, and a cloudiness to daily life. Fortunately, it moves direct on Dec. 22, bringing clarity and forward motion.

Venus (love, material possessions) sits in Sagittarius, a fire sign, which warms the heart. It can uplift the spirits and renew hope in the area of love and material possessions. Venus conjuncts Saturn (karma, limitation), and this can bring old patterns and limiting thoughts to the surface, but it also conjuncts Galactic Center. The conjunction with Galactic Center can give new information and methods about love and relationships, which supersede old patterns and beliefs.

Mars (male, physical energy, assertion) conjuncts Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), aiding with work and physical activities. Mars’ positive involvement with Jupiter can bring good fortune with both work and physicality. Mars and Jupiter trine Neptune (illusion, mysticism) in Pisces, which aids creativity, sensitivity, and gives courage for self-expression. (The aspect can bestow flowing emotions for creativity and success.)

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) in Scorpio trines Neptune (illusion/mysticism)  in Pisces. It’s a wonderful aspect, which can amplify hopefulness, imagination, and the realization that wealth and spirituality can intermingle successfully with personal growth. It intensifies our desire for the spiritual quest and creativity.

Saturn will remain in Capricorn for the next three years. Saturn rules Capricorn; it is the planet of karma and limitation. Karma limits our sphere of activity. We are limited to repeating events over and over until we master a certain situation (karma). Saturn is also the taskmaster that eventually frees us. When we overcome our karma (or energetic pattern) through hard work, we achieve success or entry into another sphere or higher sphere of existence.

Sun, Venus, and Saturn form beautiful trines with Uranus (quantum field, new age). If we’re open, it’s possible to receive innovative concepts, new thoughts, and original ways to live life in the outer world (Sun), love life (Venus), and by recreating the lessons of time (Saturn=karma, time) in a new form.

Uranus square Pluto appears for this last winter season. For five years, the square pulled us into the darkness of the unknown—our personal darkness and global darkness. Hopefully, the light cast by our efforts dissipated much of the old world energies. (Next year, Uranus will move into Taurus, an earth year, and we will begin rebuilding our world in the physical form.)

The mixture of shadow and light in this chart is a bit puzzling. We can solve it – and move to a higher level – by listening to our heart and envisioning our desires. In this place, everything changes and moves into a higher paradigm.

 

Tips:

  1. Sun and Saturn in Capricorn emphasize making life work in the material and bringing ambitions to fruition. If an ambition (desire) comes from the soul, it requires two levels of work. The first comes from inner connection and intuition; the second level means taking concrete action in the physical world—and learning from the experience.
  2. Venus in Sagittarius can uplift us in love. It can renew our hope and faith in the goodness of the world. Jupiter’s (expansion, growth) trine with Neptune soothes emotion, enhances creativity, and lightens our feelings about the world.
  3. Life feels a bit cloudy and confusing with Mercury in retrograde. It will take a few days before we feel the clarity of Mercury direct, but it’s almost here.
  4. The answers are waiting with planets in conjunction with Galactic Center and Uranus. We simply have to take time to receive them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

If you would like to seek additional spiritual change and insight into your life, please contact me for information about an intuitive session.

 

 

 

Full Moon Forecast: Time for a Big Shift!

Galactic Center

The December full moon is called the cold moon. It appears in late fall when the trees are bare, and the stars are bright. This moon is also a super moon–closer to the earth than usual—and heightens the energies of the aspects and positions of the planets. In many ways, this chart is a preparation for the movement of planets in the coming months.

The Moon (emotions, inner self) is placed in the air sign of Gemini, an air sign that represents duality. Mercury will move retrograde on the day of the Full Moon, and Mercury and Saturn will conjunct Galactic Center.

Galactic Center is in the center of the Milky Way; it radiates aspiration, energy, and motivation. It exudes love and light. Mercury (thought, communications) and Saturn (time, karma, lessons) sit in conjunction with Galactic Center. The position indicates reception through the higher mind (Mercury) and understanding of lessons on a higher level (Saturn). Think quantum change!

Sun, Moon, and Venus square Neptune (illusion, mysticism), which can cause confusion when reading between truth, spirit, and illusion. In other words, it creates difficulty with discernment with the direction of life, emotions, and love relationships. It can cause heightened sensitivity and artistic insights—or over-reaction. (Mercury retrograde adds to the cloudiness. Think of a foggy morning when the shapes of objects are hidden by mist.)

Nevertheless, the Galactic Center is powerful, and we can absorb information and insights, which will be revealed later. Venus (love, feminine) is placed in Sagittarius, and this placement helps. It’s possible to gain energy through love—by focusing on Sagittarian pursuits such as nature, physicality, and the joy of deep focus and/or meditation.

Mercury retrograde can be challenging during the holiday season. It creates a period of dormancy for a few weeks before the solstice—when we encounter another big shift. Seriously, Mercury retro is about resting and aligning with the quiet beauty of life. It’s not about new projects, and it moves life into a slower pace. (Move through life with intent and intuition. Rest, repair, and review.)

Mars (overall energy, male) opposes Uranus, causing hidden anger to surface. It’s important to remember that repressed anger often involves karmic patterns, and it’s impossible to receive light until we move through them. (When life repeats, ask the universe to help with changing the self.)

Mercury and Saturn trine Uranus, which can help with spiritual insights, alignment with guides and angels, and opening our minds to larger possibilities. It also aids with perception of the conjunction with Galactic Center.

Mars and Uranus square Pluto (subconscious). We continue to work on hidden issues, which perplex and limit us. Mercury and Saturn square Chiron, raising old wounds to the surface. We’ll encounter the emotions and energies (memories) of wounding, but the answers will likely come after the squares are released.

We will encounter important astrological changes in the coming months. The full moon gives time to prepare by connecting with the inner self–and perceiving our potential as spiritual and physical beings.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

If you would like to seek additional spiritual change and insight into your life, please contact me for information about an intuitive session.

New Moon Forecast: Transformation

 

The New Moon appears on Saturday, November 18, and we’ll feel its effect for the next 10-14 days. The New Moon creates a void, a useful time for releasing, resting, and revitalizing our plans. The focus of the New Moon chart is transformation, healing, and opening to higher forms of love. Many healing aspects are mixed amidst the challenges.

The Sun (outer self, life) and Moon (inner life, emotions) are poised together in Scorpio on the same degree—with Venus (love, material goods, feminine) and Jupiter (good fortune) also placed in Scorpio. Birth, death, sex, and transformation—along with intense, psychic energy—are represented by this sign.

Essentially, Scorpio symbolizes the dark void, which we travel through when creating change. (The feeling of the void is increased by the New Moon.) No one likes the void because we don’t know the outcome. But light always guides us to a higher, better place–if we persevere.

Venus (love, feminine) and Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) are conjunct (close) in this chart. When love and expansion come together, it’s helpful and tends to bring beauty, hope, and opportunity into our lives. Venus and Jupiter trine (harmonious) Neptune (illusion, mysticism), which can lead us into a greater “feeling” of love. (Neptune rules water or emotion, and this aspect is harmonious. The highest expression of emotion is universal love.)

Mercury sits in Sagittarius, a fire sign, encouraging optimism, rapid thought, and interest in spirituality. Mercury conjuncts Saturn (time, karma), aiding with devotion and self-discipline. Mercury trines Uranus (awakening), which expands our ability to transcend the lower mind and to receive information from the higher, universal mind. The planet also squares (tension) Neptune, and this can cause confusion when looking at life (personal and global). Mercury square Neptune makes it difficult to separate truth and illusion. (Think of fake news, etc.)

Mars remains in Libra, which is not a wonderful placement. Mars rules action, warriors, and male energy, but Libra likes to deliberate and slowly weigh the matters of life. Currently, Mars opposes (2 opposite energies) Uranus (awakening, sudden change), and it can cause a feeling of pressure.

Everyone experiences anger about the state of world and/or their personal life. It happens, and we’re in the process of clearing it. Mars opposite Uranus can churn up anger, but it’s important to express through higher channels such as boundaries, acknowledging other people’s feelings, and speaking from the heart. (We could realize much misunderstanding occurs in relationships because of soul contracts.)

Mars squares (tension) Pluto, and it’s the same lesson on another level. Pluto (transformation, subconscious) has a way of releasing illusions about life and teaching us about how the universe would like us to align with Divine Will. (We can release anger by sending it up to the light, move into action on a new project, or transform it by changing our selves.)

Saturn (time, karma) and Uranus (awakening, sudden change) remain trine, helping us to integrate the old world and the new one. It simply makes acceptance of the changes in the world a bit easier—along with giving innovative ideas that can blend with structures from the past.

Sun and Moon (life and inner self) trine (harmonious) Chiron, the wounded healer. This aspect can align us with inner healing in a gentle way. Mercury (communication) and Saturn (time, karma) square Chiron, so it may take thought and time to incorporate the information received during the New Moon period.

Notes:

  1. The opportunity for transformation and healing comes with this chart. It’s important to decide where we want healing and change. Make decisions, plans, and listen by listening to your inner self.
  2. Neptune (illusion, mysticism) can awaken the dreams of our soul, particularly through day dreaming and meditation, It can reawaken our inner longings. Venus (love) and Jupiter (expansion) trine Neptune, which can align us with personal and universal love.
  3. In this chart, Mercury (mind, communications) is most useful on an intuitive level. Sometimes, the best answers come through meditation.
  4. Aspects between Mars, Uranus, and Pluto ask for release of frustration and anger to a higher source, the Universe. True transformation comes from exploring our hidden thoughts, emotions, and beliefs–and shining light on them.
  5. Sun and Moon trine Chiron. We will likely receive glimpses and hints of self-healing, which always involve self-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 alignment with their inner path.

If you would like to seek additional spiritual change and insight into your life, please contact me for information about an intuitive session.

 

 

 

 

Last Quarter Moon: Continued Evolution

Image by Lucy Campell

Amidst the rain and falling leaves, the moon wanes into its last quarter. Traditionally, the last quarter marks the time of releasing aspects of physicality (cleaning closets, weeding the garden, or giving up bad habits.) It’s also a time of surrender—of letting go of patterns, judgments, and beliefs, blocking the next level of spiritual growth.  Essentially, it’s a preparation for the new moon cycle, which marks beginnings.

Like many New Age charts, this one offers odd placements for mitigating karma and finding the voice of the inner self. It’s a way of turning darkness (karma) into light (the soul). There is an emphasis on flowing emotion, which can give brilliant thoughts and practical insights. (If we stay calm, we may literally “feel” our way into a greater light.)  We may also move into the mystical side of life through dreams and subtle realizations.

Sun (life), Venus (love), and Jupiter (good fortune) are in Scorpio, a water sign, and they align beautifully with Neptune, the ruler of the sea. The sea of emotion can batter or lift life. On the highest level, water represents unconditional love and acts as a balancing agent with thoughts and sensory information.

Moon (emotions) sits in Leo (on Friday), a fire sign, and it trines Mercury (thought), Jupiter (good fortune), and Uranus (the quantum field.) In other words, our emotions will harmoniously aid with thought, moving forward in life, and increase awakening. Mercury (thought, communication) is in Sagittarius; it squares Neptune, which means the rational mind may question the subtle, spiritual messages.

Venus (love) in Scorpio opposes Uranus (awakening, sudden change). In this case, Venus longs to hold on to her old ideals, familiar passions, and interpretation of life, and Uranus (always) wants change. Oppositions are not comfortable because we move back and forth between two principles, but it’s important to wait and review our desires until the aspect changes. (Otherwise, it can bring erratic changes.)

Sun (life), Venus (love), and Jupiter (good fortune) make lovely trines to Neptune, which can create beautiful dreams of life. It can act as a inspirational, creative energy–if we apply the energy. Otherwise, we may become lost in the dream like Odysseus and the sirens. Overall, these aspects are lovely and serve to lift our spirits on an emotional level while enhancing intuitive abilities.

Mars (action, male energy) in Libra and Uranus (awakening, sudden change) square Pluto, the god of the underworld. Mars in Libra has difficulty weighing information while making decisions, and Uranus wants immediate action. (It can feel difficult to make the right decision and/or take the right action.) Both planets form squares with Pluto, which brings darkness to the surface. With these aspects, it’s important to think before acting or speaking–and to consider the outcome with a calm point of view.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

If you would like to seek additional spiritual change and insight into your life, please contact me for information about an intuitive session.

 

 

 

 

Full Moon Forecast

 

November’s full moon on the 4th is particularly lovely, and this forecast touches on spiritual vision and the use of will. In metaphysics, love, will, and power are three qualities, which are developed on the path of light and love. (Venus is very present in this chart, so love is provided—if we tap into it.) Overall, the chart presents beautiful, uplifting energy along with the ever present challenges, which can create both growth and change.

Sun (life) in Scorpio heightens vision, strength, and magnetism. Scorpio is water, representing emotion and mysterious intuitive insights. Moon in Taurus accentuates persistence, will, discipline, and the ability to put concepts into physical form. It is an earth sign, heightening our ability to shape matter through consciousness in the physical world.

Mercury (thought, communications) is placed in Scorpio, and it expands our power to perceive and communicate spiritual mysteries and information. It sheds light on the hidden world and brings information to the surface. This placement can aid in discerning the relationship between feelings and thoughts.

Venus (love, beauty, relationships) is beautifully placed in Libra. Both Taurus and Libra are ruled by Venus, so we may glimpse moments of  the true feeling of harmony and love in relationships, or we may notice disharmony. (In moments of disharmony, we can see the opposite of our experience. When experiencing harmony, we can expand the feelings.) Harmony and love tend to increase beauty and wealth.

Mars (action, male) sits in Libra, creating balance between the female and male principals in life. It also bestows the “feeling” of how life could look and feel if we embraced harmony, beautify, and balance. With Mars in Libra, an air sign, we may perceive needed changes on a mental or emotional level but lack the energy to make alterations. It’s helpful to observe and wait a day or two before pushing into small changes.

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) is placed in Scorpio. Like the full moon, it can shed light on the darkness. Good fortune is often created by finding our gifts, hidden in the darkness of the past, and finding the bravery to step forward on a new path. Growth also comes from compassion, and seeing/creating goodness for others. It’s how we see light in the dark.

Aspects

Aspects speak of the geometry between planets, the shapes and energies that flow between them. Aspects with the inner planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter) affect our personal life. Outer planets speak of group consciousness, energies, and global change.

Sun in Scorpio conjuncts (close to) Jupiter (expansion, growth), and it aids in understanding how to travel through our personal darkness to find light, grace, and redemption. Sun trines (harmonious) Neptune in Pisces, opening the door to mystical realizations and increasing the possibility of seeing through illusion.

Moon in Taurus is in opposition (2 opposite energies) to Jupiter in Scorpio. Our desire to build and create a new life (Moon) is opposed to our need to see beneath the surface of life (Jupiter). In spiritual work, it is necessary to see how we block and oppose our inner desires—or recognize such forces in our lives. After this realization, life often becomes more supportive. (Moon also trines Pluto in Capricorn, increasing our ability to become resourceful and find answers.)

Venus conjuncts (close to) Jupiter, indicating love of self can lead us through the darkness and into exceptional growth. Venus opposes (2 opposite energies) Uranus, which can cause strong, erratic emotions and sudden change. The desire to experience life in a particular way (Uranus) and the need to love and understand relationships on a deeper level conflicted in this position. (Think, meditate, and wait to act.) Venus also square Pluto, which creates tension about the use of power and can bring subconscious memories to the surface. (Focus on love, and the conflicts will fade.)

Mars (male, assertion) squares (tension) Pluto (underworld, transmutation). It covers the topics of sex and power, which have appeared everywhere in the past few weeks. Of course, the aspect includes larger energies. It’s about using our power wisely and kindly—and remembering that the best world changes come from love, compassion, and vision.

Jupiter (good fortune) opposes Uranus (awakening, sudden change). We’ll move between 2 sets of energy with this aspect. Jupiter wants a slow, deep look at life, and Uranus desires a huge burst of energy directed into the new world. Jupiter trines (harmonious) Neptune, asking us to exchange negative emotions for mystical love; it can also enhance dreams. (Journal them.)

Saturn (time, karma) trines (harmonious) Uranus (awakening, change), offering help with the current transition from the Piscean and Aquarian Ages. It helps in integrating the old and new concepts of both world.

Mercury (mind) trines (harmonious) Chiron (the wounded healer), which helps in using the mind to transcend old wounds. Saturn (time, karma) squares (tension) Chiron, and it brings old memories and pain to the surface. Use the mind to create possibilities such as feelings and visuals that travel in the opposite direction. This action brings in new energies that lift the soul and heal the body.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

If you would like to seek additional spiritual change and insight into your life, please contact me for information about an intuitive session.

 

Full “Pink” Moon Forecast

 

April’s full moon is a pink moon, which appeared on April 11. The term “pink moon” refers to celebrating the color of flowers and the emergence of spring. The chart brings both harmonious and challenging aspects; it brings potential for growth with personal aspirations and inner growth. Additionally there is time for contemplation with five planets in retrograde

The Sun (outer life) is placed in Aries, a fire sign representing individual initiative, new beginnings, and a passionate quest. It conjuncts (close to) Uranus, the planet ruling the Age of Aquarius, group endeavors, and collective consciousness. The conjunction raises questions concerning the relationship of an individual within collective consciousness.  (How do we retain our individual soul values when acting within group consciousness?)

The lovely Moon sits in Libra, an air sign ruling balance with relationships and others. The underlying quest involves alignment with the inner self while speaking from the heart—and listening to the other person. (It’s not easy!) The Moon conjuncts (close to) Jupiter (good fortune), indicating the importance of communication, beauty, and harmony. Air symbolizes thought, and the mind can act as a positive vector, particularly when aligned with intuition.

A T-square brings intense pressure and energy. Moon and Jupiter in Libra and Sun/Uranus square Pluto (underworld, subconscious), creating tension. The T-square brings the substance of the subconscious (personal and global) to the surface. Uranus can act as the quantum field and/or simply bring sudden, unexpected change.

Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, an earth sign. This placement enhances the beauty of nature. It is grounding and loves the practical parts of life. Mercury trine Saturn (limitation, structure, karma) indicates answers through love of spiritual and physical schedules, structure through physical and spiritual discipline, and enjoying the vast beauty of life. (Mercury is about thought, and retrograde planets tend to focus on positively changing our thoughts and emotions.)

Venus (beauty, love, pleasure) remains retrograde in Pisces until Saturday, April 15. Venus retrograde tends to demonstrate how we need and want more love in life. Normally, we may think it doesn’t matter, but retrograde Venus brings emotions and feelings to the surface. Since Venus conjuncts (close to) Chiron, the wounded healer, it is possible to alter our emotions and seek a better vision of love.

Venus squares Saturn through April 21, and this position can cause tension, particularly with the dichotomy of a desire for a love and the outcome of personal experience. Fortunately, it’s possible to heal and create another outcome by noting our experiences—and expanding into new and better possibilities.

Mars (male, assertive) sits in Taurus, the sign of its detriment. Taurus is a feminine earth sign ruled by Venus. Mars loves action, but now it’s earthbound. New projects tend to move slowly and ineffectively with Mars in Taurus, but the placement does give strength and persistence. It also increases our interest in nature, physical strength, and ability to perceive the wonders of the natural world—and create financial abundance.

Mars trines Pluto (subconscious, transformation), which can increase personal power and passion for a specific desire, goal, or plan. It can intensify the need to delve into mysticism—or simply increase the taste for mystery. It’s a wonderful burst of strong, strange energy.

Saturn (time, karma, structure) actually gives a bit of balance and strength to the chart. Saturn in Sagittarius moves harmoniously with Uranus’ constant activity and revolutionary nature. It gives information provided by time and integrates Uranus’ wild ideas into an useful plan.

Neptune (mysticism, illusion) and Chiron (wounded healer) remain in Pisces. Neptune in Pisces can bring confusion about emotions and ideals, but it also engages the imagination. Chiron in Pisces aids in healing the wounds of the Piscean Age.

Tips:

  1. Mercury is retrograde, which slows communications. It’s not the right time to begin a new project or move in a different direction. It’s best to relax, rest, and remain patient with delays.
  2. There is a tremendous amount of energy, formed by the T-square and retrograde planets. Focus on peaceful, loving, and positive thoughts.
  3. The energies from the Full Moon chart can help with understanding group energy, self-expression in relationships, and perceiving how individuals work within the group.
  4. Mercury and Mars in Taurus slow the general motion of energy. Plan to take walks and enjoy the beauty of spring.
  5. Many of these shifts in energy involve collective energy. Remember that every individual thought/emotion counts in the “field.”

 

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

The Sun is placed on Aries 22, “The Gate Opens to the Garden of All Fulfilled Desires.” The universe is providing beautiful places, gardens, and opportunities, but it’s necessary to open the gate and take decisive action. It’s a lovely symbol!

Moon sits on Libra 22, “A Child Giving Birds A Drink At A Fountain.” The symbol combines the images of a child, birds, which represent air, and water (the fountain). A child has a pure heart and innocence. They also the inherent beauty and “invisible” energy of the moment. Birds often represent spirituality, and the fountain represents emotion. When our heart is pure, the universe speaks to us through nature — and invisible messages.

Mercury retrogrades at Taurus 5, “A Youthful Widow Kneels at an Open Grave to Receive Eternal Life.” Opening the heart to love and life means releasing grief and disappointment. It also involves opening to hope and grace.

Venus is on Pisces 28, “A Fertile Garden Under the Full Moon.” In many ways, this symbol is perfect, reflecting the fertility and power of the spring moon. Nature spirits are strong, and the earth is awakening. The life force of the planet rises.

Mars is on Taurus 23, “A Jewelry Shop Filled with the Most Magnificent Jewels.”  The symbol refers to abundance of all good things including material goods, riches, jewelry, talent, and more. It speaks of self-worth, joy, and things that shine.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Solar Eclipse on February 26

The solar eclipse occurs at 7:10 a.m. on Sunday, February 26 along with New Moon. Sun (life) sits in Pisces, a beautiful feminine sign, which represents endings, dreaminess, idealism, and gentleness. It is symbolized by two fishes swimming against one another. Water represents emotions, and they can come with murkiness (confused emotions), clarity, or bring joy. At this time, the stationing of the sun is Pisces is important; it refers to a pause and review of the past age as well as the content of our lives.

 

Six planets, including Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, Chiron, and South Node, sit in Pisces on the day of the eclipse, intensifying the need to observe patterns and emotions—and denoting the importance of moving into the mystical sea of love, which is also symbolized by Pisces. There is a huge opportunity to move into healing through observation and the desire to move into the inner self.

Venus (feminine), Mars (male), and Uranus (quantum field) sit in Aries, a fire sign, which can prompt us to take action and feel passionate about life. Aries is better with the beginning phases of work as opposed to completion; it’s good to contemplate the level of sustained effort before committing to a project. Relationships tend to feel more intense when Venus and Mars occupy the same sign.

Mars (assertion, action, male energy) sits opposite Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) in Libra, encouraging reflection before taking action. Mars and Venus conjunct Uranus (quantum field), which can bring unexpected circumstances and sudden change. (This is a particularly strong aspect in combination with eclipse weather, so it’s important to focus on positive shifts.) 

 

Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus form squares with Pluto, which rules the underworld—the wisdom and truth that are hidden through idealism and illusion. This truth may come from seeing ourselves, the motives of others, or simply seeing life from a different perspective.

 

Jupiter (good fortune) in Libra opposes Uranus (quantum field, change) in Aries. In its current placement, Jupiter seeks balance, beauty, and harmony—and Uranus focuses on rapid motion into the quantum field and big changes in the outer world. The opposition simply means that we’ll experience a pull between the two different impressions of “reality”.

Sun and Moon conjunct Neptune (idealism, illusion), which will may make life feel very beautiful, but it’s important to move through the illusion into more mystical states, which reveal truths and elicit inspiration about life and the universe. 

A Motion into Healing: South Node and Chiron

The South Node, which represents experiences and gifts from past lives–or talents and abilities that come easily to us. It’s important NOT to rely on these gifts but to develop new talents to move into our destiny, which is represented by the North Node.

With South Node in Pisces and many other planets in this placement, the universe calls to us to step out of our comfort, see through illusion, and truly expand into our inner identity.

Chiron, the wounded healer, is among the planets placed in Pisces. In this position, it indicates that moving into expansion, including gifts and talents, will bring inner healing. Pisces also rules karmic issues, so Chiron offers an incentive to move past those repetitive patterns by embracing unknown parts of the inner self. 

Tips:

  • Use the energies of Pisces to find a mystical, inner connection. Use the downtime to think about the flow of life—and what rhythm brings joy, abundance, and ease into your life.
  • With six planets in Pisces, we’re asked to see “truth, which is hidden beneath illusion and/or self-deception. It also emphasizes the importance of seeing through our blocks and patterns. Beyond this, there is a beautiful wave of love, which is offered by many signs in Pisces.
  • Creating a new life on a spiritual level involves letting go of the past. (South Node in Pisces indicates the importance of releasing patterns and the tendency to repeat solutions, which worked in the past.) There is an intense phase in manifestation when we suddenly don’t want to release it. The familiar feels better than the unknown. Acknowledge it and release the past whenever possible. The universe always provides something better.
  • Mars, Venus, and Uranus are conjunct, meaning it’s possible to overreact and/or create changes that are truly necessary. If it resonates with your soul, go ahead–but take a pause to consider if it’s truly the right step for you.
  • Awakening is about seizing opportunities for healing, awareness, and growth. When you can’t change a pattern and/or don’t see a solution, observe. The observer state alters a great deal!

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun is placed on 9 Pisces, “The Race Begins: Intent on Outdistancing His Rivals A Jockey Spurs His Horse to Great Speed.” The symbol could represent the need for “light” to outdistance the dark in the current political world. It could also refer to the need for placing all of our energy into manifesting awakening within ourselves and the world.

Moon is placed on 7 Pisces, “Illuminated by a Shaft of Light, A Large Cross Lies on Rocks Surrounded by Sea and Mist.” A depiction of the cross brings images of trouble and misfortune as well as faith and hope. This symbol relates to lost causes of the past and feelings of victimization, but it is possible to awaken and seize possibility – to create a higher form of life.

Mercury is on Pisces 1, “A Crowded Public Place.” Mercury rules communications, and it represents the best and worst of humanity. But it also possible to buy and market goods as well as benefiting and receiving in the odd mixture of energy.

Venus sits on Aries 13, “A Bomb Which Failed To Explode Is Now Safely Hidden From Discovery.” The bomb could refer to our hidden emotional and mental patterns, which tend to sabotage life. By “finding” and identifying these emotions and feelings, we can defuse the bomb and end destruction.

Mars is on Aries 23 – as is Uranus – “A Woman in Pastel Colors Carrying A Heavy and Valuable But Veiled Load.” On one level, this could address both light and world karma, carried by awakened individuals throughout on the planet. Although it is heavy, it is extremely valuable on an intrinsic level.

 

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.