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Last Quarter Moon Forecast

 

Amidst the blooming of flowers and singing of birds, the moon wanes into its last quarter. Traditionally, the last quarter marks the time of letting go of patterns and releasing aspects of physicality (cleaning closets, weeding the garden, or giving up bad habits.) 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 the discovery of inner genius. It’s a way of turning darkness (karma) into light (the soul). There is a strong emphasis on higher thought and love, the two qualities that can alter the motion of life by moving our consciousness into the quantum field where possibility abounds. (Only one planet – Jupiter – is placed in air, so reaching higher consciousness requires a stretch.)

On a practical level, Sun, Mercury, and Mars are placed in earth, and this gives needed grounding along with the desire to persist with physical pursuits. It’s important to recall the parts of physical life that lead to the inner self and take small, consistent actions. The overall tension remains with Sun (life) and Mercury (communications) closely placed to Uranus (sudden change, quantum field) and square Pluto (underworld). On the brighter side, we evolve a great deal by finding light and peace when the weather is a bit wild.

Mercury (communication, the mind) moves retrograde (backwards) until May 3. During this phase, it’s helpful to plan extra time for delays as well as rest. Mercury retro tends to amplify tension with online activities, travel, and heart-felt communication. The lines of communication move in many directions—as opposed to a straight line. (Stay patient and gentle while working with projects and completing routine tasks.)

Venus, planet of feminine energy and love, moved direct on April 15. Venus direct offers lovely energy with relationships, partnerships, and the experience of love through companionship. Venus squares Saturn (time, karma), bringing old patterns of lack of love to the surface. (These patterns may include perceived coldness from others, insecurity, and receiving/giving love. Through the perception of patterns, it is possible to move into universal love—and open to greater, more positive opportunities.)

Mars sits in the last degrees of Taurus, a slow earth sign. It will move into Gemini later in the week, adding speed and impetus to our daily work. Jupiter remains in Libra, opposing Uranus and creating a trine with Saturn. It asks for balance with eye on beauty and grace—to find a peaceful pattern within a time of rapid change.

Saturn and Uranus

In this chart, Saturn appears as a kind grandfather who patiently teaches wood carving—rather than a harsh schoolmaster and/or keeper of time and karma. Saturn can give many wonderful qualities such as persistence, patience, devotion, and dedication, and it does so in this chart.

Sun (life) and Mercury (communications) trine Saturn, a harmonious aspect that aids with service, constructive thought, and the motion of life. It can help with creating a new set of positive thoughts and feelings, physical/mental practices, and daily spiritual rituals. Saturn also trines (harmonious) Uranus (new age, change), igniting the possibility of blending ancient and new knowledge in a positive way.

Uranus, the ruler of the New Age, holds a prominent part in this chart. On a higher level, Uranus gives connection to the “field” of love and light, the substance of miracles. On a completely different level, it tends to ignite repetitive patterns of anger and frustration by manifesting them in physical form.  (Uranus prefers higher forms of thought, intense visualization, and sincere emotion.)

Sun and Mercury sit in close placement to Uranus, and Jupiter sits opposite Uranus. Saturn trines Uranus. When four planets aspect Uranus, it amplifies its force and influence. Additionally, Uranus squares Pluto—an influential aspect that began in 2012.

Uranus square Pluto consistently reveals the dark matter beneath the surface—the aspects of life that we’d prefer not to see. It also adds a strange, surreal energy to life. It is part of the consistent tension of life as well as the source of the continual play between darkness and light. The square challenges us to move beyond duality into new galaxies of universal relationships.

 

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.

 

 

 

Shifting into the New Age

 

Your responses, thoughts, and emotions change as you move into the New Age energy. Basically, it’s about awareness and awakening–and it alters how you see the world.

  1. You’re aware of the light, including the variations of energy. You’ve learned to adjust your energy on a daily basis, varying from a blast of light to a tired sensation. (The tired feeling often comes when adjusting physically to a higher light level. It can also come when you are called to action but feel you can’t respond.)
  2. You’re aware of how life responds to you. People become more emotional or gentler in accordance with your energy level. You know the phone stops ringing, or an outcome is delayed because the placement of your consciousness. You also know it’s possible to turn it around through meditation and visualizing life in a beautiful flow. (It may take a day or two, but you can do it.)
  3. You have insights about the people and places in your life. You know every location and person has a field of energy, and you respond/react to it. You’re willing to make big changes in your behavior, judgments, beliefs, and schedule to accommodate, avoid, or deepen your interaction with specific energies.
  4. You’re patient when life doesn’t move in the direction of your desires. You’re willing to look within to clear blocks and patterns. You remain persistent with your spiritual discipline, make small changes, and continue to move forward on your path. (You also know to send love or pink light to the part of you, which experiences the problem.)
  5. You remember to see the opposite of the difficulties in life. If you feel tired, you imagine feeling energized. When life seems sad, you recall moments of happiness. You trust the universe to amplify your positive thoughts and feelings by altering your state of mind, which affects the material world.
  6. You feel the support of the natural world, the nurturing power of plants of animals. The colors become more beautiful. You feel the wind and marvel at the color of leaves. It’s part of how the universe speaks in the invisible world.
  7. You are aware of the power of sending light, love, and/or positive feelings to the planet. You’ve moved beyond reaction, and you are ready to use your skills and gifts to create a new and different flow of energy for a whole, new global pattern.
  8. When nothing works, you remember the power of light and love. You release the problem to the Divine. You ask for more connection; you recall how it’s the one thing that always works.
  9. You’re a bit tired of the darkness in the world, but you know the light is stronger. You keep sending light and love—and a higher visual, a solution—out to the world. You know everything is changing and becoming more beautiful. It’s part of how you are changing yourself.

All of these small steps constitute a spiritual revolution, which consists of raising your vibration, seeing life from a different perspective, and changing yourself (and your inner vision) when you can’t change an aspect (person, place, situation) of life immediately. You know there is something better and bigger, which is sweeping through the world. You want to be a part of it.

 

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.

Finding Higher Vibrations

 

Moving through the shift requires diligence, persistence, and connection; it also requires love. Simply loving our lives invokes a powerful state of being that invokes transformation.

  1. The universe reveals our lower and higher nature as a part of altering our frequency to a higher level. When the lower nature is revealed, observe and acknowledge. Trust the process. Love both parts of you. Let go of judgment.
  2. Time is one of the issues of the current shift. Time lengthens when we meditate or work with the soul. It shortens when we listen to the ego (monkey mind), become too involved in worldly affairs, or listen too much to the task list. By watching the passage of time, we receive insights about our behavior and the placement of the heart.
  3. Face the inevitable with a strong heart. Awakening changes our perception of life. Welcome it and move into the deepening motion of new life. (Accept new perspectives, let go of people, locations, and events, and open to the widening of life.)
  4. Call on your guides and angels often. A strong connection with our angels can change “reality” immensely. Ask them for the best possible vision (or version) of life—and insights and intuitions on how to bring it into being.
  5. See the beauty whenever possible. Look for the smiles of people with open hearts. Notice the perpetual, spiritual alignment of children and animals. Spend time in nature. Make time for 2 or 3 short walks or sit outside and meditate.
  6. Whenever possible, choose not to judge. When life seems to flow in the wrong direction, ask if there is a lesson or benefit in the change of direction. Sometimes, we are asked to slow down, enjoy nature, or see life from a new perspective. Value and learn from twists and turns in life.
  7. Ask for greater connection, development of spiritual gifts, and the power to move more deeply into the spiritual self. Sometimes, we have to ask for what we want.
  8. (It’s helpful to visualize how we feel and respond in a more spiritual state.) Obviously, some of us feel the shift more strongly than others. The universe speaks to us in accordance with our inner state of connection.
  9. Sometimes, it’s helpful to focus on what we gained from the difficulties of the past. After all, we are the result of all of our experiences, which can give insight into our spiritual nature.

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.

Seeking Higher Consciousness

 

Everything is related. When following a desire, we increase and diminish parts of life. Time is a simple example. When we delve into our spiritual practice, we take time away from a previous pursuit. When we see the beauty in nature, we discard other thoughts. (When I write this, I think of nothing else.)

Over time, the beauty grows. The spiritual practice bears flowers and gifts. Our lives begin to resemble the fabric of the inner self, and we know to “read” life by its resonance with our heart.  We are given awareness of the sensation of the inner self in the varying facets and appearances of life.

With the influx of energies, there is a shift in perception, feelings, and responses to energy. Many people are awakening and bringing more light to the planet. As awakening continues, we perceive life differently because light causes everything to move at a higher frequency.

Here are a few insights:

  1. As we become more conscious, our awareness shifts. We become aware that “reality” shifts, spins, and stirs with the state of our consciousness, which is reflected in the flow of events.
  2. We affect “life” and our lives more than we want to admit. Our lower thoughts and feelings may attract an irritable person, and higher thoughts may pull in a flow of love. (For example, the sun shines when we think a higher thought, or we receive a pleasant email from a loved one.)
  3. Consciousness connects us more deeply to all sources of information and energy. We feel life more intensely. We may feel more drawn or repelled to particular sources of information. Our higher consciousness begins to direct us more strongly.
  4. Swings in duality – the movement of emotions and thoughts – may seem stronger. When we experience the inner self, consciousness moves into a place of centeredness. It focuses on “ONE” point. Naturally, we’re more aware of the motion after a quiet experience.
  5. Increased consciousness brings awareness of our impact on our internal/external state. We begin to understand how our happiness and unhappiness respond to our internal dialog, old beliefs, and expectations. With this awareness, life shifts.
  6. “Giving” and “helping” are subtly changing. We can hold a vision or send light to anyone, but our spiritual help is balanced with the spiritual commitment and effort of the receiver. (In the Piscean Age, healers and light workers gave in a different way by pouring out energy whenever they felt led to share and help. In the Aquarian Age, we balance and gauge energy for the best effect.)
  7. During flashes of awakening, we perceive a beautiful future in a balanced world. There is a feeling of reassurance, comfort, and support. (We may wonder where it is in difficult moments, but it is how the universe shares its visions—and activates it through our light.)
  8. We begin to understand how consciousness directs overall planetary energy. And we see how shifts in personal consciousness affect our world and the world at large.

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.

Short & Long Term Planetary Aspects

Several short and long term aspects are found in the planetary line-up. The aspects will quicken and act as catalysts during next week’s equinox. Any event of intensity such as the full/new moon, eclipse, or equinox makes the weather more intense. We only have a few more weeks of these aspects, but they definitely exert a force.
Planetary aspects can definitely cause strange and/or profound feelings, and it’s good to explore them. In short, they won’t last forever but they definitely influence perceptions, thoughts and feelings. (Inner awareness always helps in finding solutions.)

Venus is currently retrograde in Aries, the sign that is in detriment for this planet. Venus (femininity, abundance, beauty) likes to rule through beauty, artistic balance, and the natural world. When placed in Aries, she becomes a warrior with a sword, and her job is to defend and draw boundaries about love. (This placement extends through April 15.)

(When planets are retrograde, they tell us about what is not working, where our focus needs changing, and how to make new plans for the future. Essentially, they stop “helping” for a few weeks or months, but the planets brings fresh, bright energy on their return—when moving into direct motion.)

Venus is about love, but the meaning changes when she moves into retrograde. We tend notice where there is not love in our lives – including self-love, relationships, and work. Admittedly, we have to notice the missing elements to create them, but Venus retrograde also imbues feelings of loneliness, reflection on past hurts, and a lack of hope.

Fortunately, it’s possible to use the energy to visualize a new love for life, better partnerships, and more abundance through awareness of the energy. For example, it’s useful to know where boundaries are needed, to delineate the value of friends and relationships, and notice patterns in our lives. The advantage les in knowing it’s possible to change reality by knowing what we want, imagining it clearly, and taking small actions to bring into being.

T-square and Cardinal Square

The current pressure and tension keep us in a tight grip through the T-square between Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto.  Jupiter (good fortune) sits in Libra with a focus on justice, beauty, and balance. Uranus in Aries longs to burst into the beginning of the New Age like a wild rebel, creating bursts of change here and there. Pluto is placed in Capricorn, affecting structure, the underworld, and hidden truth.

A T-square is somewhat represented by its appearance. Oppositions pull our energy in two directions, forming the top of the “T”, and squares cause tension, forming the base of the letter. In this case, Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries are in opposite signs, and they both square Pluto.  Uranus and Pluto moved into square position in 2012; it’s part of the overall weirdness of the New Age.

By adding Jupiter to the mix, the tension is heightened. Not surprisingly, the T-square began around Election Day. When we feel tension and anxiety for no particular reason, it can relate to the pressure of this aspect. It can be compounded when Sun, Moon, or Mercury change positions and alter the T-square into a cardinal square.  (Next week, more planets will join in and create a cardinal cross.) The T-square subsides in April.

Planets and South Node in Pisces

Pisces is a perfectly good sign. It’s just that it currently represents the Past Age, and the South Node placed in Pisces. The South Node of the Moon indicates the probability of attempting to solve problems with same mindset used in the past.  The unlikelihood of finding a solution is compounded by the placement of Neptune (illusion, idealism) and Chiron (wounded healer) in Pisces.

Pisces ruled the Past Age, which includes emotional turmoil, karma, and illusion. Neptune in Pisces can ignite the imagination and connect our soul with beauty, but it can also bring us together through the lower emotions of mass consciousness. Its illusive nature can hide the truth and slow our progress. It also engages our intuition and imagination, which can be used in a lower or higher sense.

Chiron in Pisces offers an opportunity to clear karma through new actions, thoughts, and realizations, particularly in the arena of emotions. But the South Node encourages repetition of past patterns, making it difficult to see our way out of the emotional fog. It can take longer than usual to work through a karmic pattern because it’s difficult to “see” and perceive the “truth”.

With these three planets placed in Pisces, it causes difficulty in creating a clear path to a “higher” future. It can feel confusing to discern between intuition and illusion when emotions feel intense and/or when we’re moving through old patterns and limitations. We’ll have a bit more clarity when the pattern changes in May.

Overall, we’re experiencing tension, old emotions/patterns, and a time to reflect on love. It’s helpful to know that the emotions, tension, and angst are part of passing phase—and we can always travel into the inner self where light and love abound. 

 

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.

Manifestation, A Key to Self-Discovery

 

Manifestation is part of awakening. We become aware of how we create our lives as we grow in consciousness. (Everyone is already manifesting, but it’s mainly unconscious.) If we imagine a loop of tape playing and replaying, we might wonder why it continues to play, or we might decide to change the tape. That’s the basic substance of manifestation.

When we realize that we have the power to change the tape, then we alter the direction of our lives. If this realization comes with awakening (and a higher level of vibrations), we know it’s important to create a life in alignment with the inner self. As we expand into light and love, we naturally want to create and experience more “good” in life. Ultimately, it’s beneficial to ourselves and the people around us because everyone benefits from a higher frequency.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Meditation is one of the keys to the realization of the heart’s desire. It brings alignment with the inner self, which quietens thoughts and stills emotions. It also gives connection to the universe, the biggest source of love and light.
  2.  Manifestation alters our perception. It teaches focus on the positive sensations and images of what we want to create. When we focus on the good in life and see the positive, we move into higher vibrations where more possibility and opportunity exist. By focusing the mind, we learn to alter our perceptions.
  3. Many of our perceptions are based on experience and belief, which occur as part of our encounters with life. It doesn’t mean that life always responds in this way, or the outcome never changes. It simply implies that we need to see and feel life differently–and believe that we can change it in a positive sense.
  4. Working with manifestation teaches discernment. Over time, we learn the value of “things” lies in their resonance with our heart. If our desire doesn’t align with the heart or our inner self, it won’t bring joy. But repeated experiences teach the difference between the desires of the inner and outer being.
  5. Focusing on a positive vision teaches control of lower emotions and thoughts. Part of any manifestation lies in the substitution of one thought and image for another. (We can’t change and/or control everything, but we can influence a great deal. Also, we can change our emotions and thoughts.)
  6. The practice teaches a great deal about inner power as well as the changes that occur when we connect with the universe and the inner self. We can use the same practice to alter other people’s lives–and the world. (Everyone and everything is happier in a higher frequency.)
  7. The heart space expands when we step into creating the vision of the inner self. We feel more love and peace. And the world becomes more beautiful.

 

 

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.