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Winter Solstice and Full Moon


It’s a very special full moon with the solstice on December 21, and the full moon follows on December 22. This full moon is called the Cold Moon, and it’s a super moon (when the moon is very close to the earth.)  Obviously, the event is intense, and the planets are supportive although challenges remain.

Many of us have felt the oscillation between the lightness and beauty of the unseen world as well as darkness, karmic patterns, and/or the heaviness of life. This duality occurs on the spiritual path, particularly when planets appear in the 12th house of karma and universal love; however, support is found in the chart. (It’s up to us to choose the focus of our consciousness and continue to have faith in the universe.)

Sun (self, life) is in Capricorn where the spiritual quest of Sagittarius transforms into work, discipline, and aspiration on the physical plane. Capricorn, an earth sign, symbolizes the importance of pursuing our aspirations through intention and focus. Moon (emotions, inner self) is in Cancer, a water sign, which rules the feminine, the ocean, and maternal energy.

Sun in Capricorn symbolizes the father; Moon in Cancer represents the mother. North Node (of the Moon) is in Cancer, and it indicates the right path for the future. South Node of the Moon is the past, and it is placed in Capricorn The chart indicates the importance of clearing memories and karma related to the father, ambition, and childhood (South Node and Sun). North Node and Moon point to the importance of balanced feminine emotion, nurturing correctly (without enabling), and experiencing caring emotions in a new way. Mars (action, male energy) and Neptune (illusion/mysticism) in the 12th house point to the importance of clearing karma and patterns to find the right course of action and move from confusion to clarity.

Sun conjuncts Saturn, which brings structure and discipline. Sun trines Uranus (sudden change, awakening), bringing positive, unexpected events. The Sabian Symbol for Uranus 29 is “The Music of the Spheres”. Pythagoras and Paracelsus believed they heard it when formulating their ideas. This trine can awaken genius, bring solutions, or give insights into the Divine. (The aspect amplifies intuition and unspoken communication.) Moon (moods, inner self) in Cancer concerns our needs and emotions. It requires an evaluation of how love and support are needed in our lives. This placement also asks that we look at how we help others—and avoid enabling.

Mercury (thought, communication) is placed in Sagittarius, encouraging communications and thoughts that lead to the spiritual self. Mercury conjuncts Jupiter, meaning our thoughts can align us with positive aspects of life that lead to good fortune. It’s a lovely, auspicious aspect.

Venus (love, feminine, relationships) in Scorpio is beautifully placed She trines Mars (action, male) and Neptune (illusion/mysticism). Venus trine Mars brings balance and harmony between the yin/yang within the self, including passivity/activity. Venus trine Neptune helps in seeing the beauty of life as well as increasing artistic expression. During this time, we are asked to focus on love and beauty to experience the higher notes of the chart.

Sun and Moon square (tension) Mars (action) in Pisces, making it more difficult to align with focused action. Use wisdom and plan to tasks to take longer than usual and/or to prepare to confront confusion. Mars conjuncts Neptune (illusion/mysticism), which is a dual aspect. It can give spiritual connection and faith; it can also increase strange ideas, paranoia, or delusion. (Contemplate the practicality of ideas.)

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) in Sagittarius continues to shine light and goodness through the darkness of this time of year. Jupiter squares Neptune (mysticism, idealism), and it can bring in a great deal of spiritual energy. It can also bring thoughts that we don’t have to deal with our problems in physical reality. (Of course, it isn’t true. This aspect stays for a few months. Plan to make realistic New Year resolutions and put in hard work.)



Uranus (awakening, quantum field) remains square Pluto (subconscious, power), and it will bring whatever truth that is needed for our evolution to the surface. This information is usually held in the subconscious, but it may resolve very quickly with Uranus trine the Sun.


Overall, there is a huge opportunity for growth through awakening and a higher state of love, which brings light. There is also the darkness of karma—the patterns of life times that require clearing karma, releasing patterns, and moving into compassion for the self and others. Ultimately, this is how we become more of who we truly are.

Aspects with Neptune may make it difficult to find the path through karma that leads to light. But we can find it by listening to our hearts, invoking the light, and knowing the miracle of the solstice, angels, and inner work will carry us to the desired destination.

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun is on Capricorn 1, “An Indian Chief Claims Recognition and Power from the Assembled Tribe.” Sun and Capricorn are about our quest in the physical world, and this symbol indicates the importance of achieving authority and using power to serve others.

Moon sits on Cancer 1, “On a Ship, Sailors Lower an Old Flag and Raise a New One.” In many ways, the symbol could depict the motion of life from the old year into the new one, which is marked by the solstice. Ships and Sailors refer to water so the symbol addresses clearing old emotions and learning how to create states of consciousness that support new ones.

Mercury is placed on Sagittarius 11, “A Lamp Burns in a Container Shaped like a Human Body.” It’s important to create balance between soul, mind, and body. The lamp represents the flame of higher consciousness, and the container points to the physical form of the human body. (Sun in Capricorn points to the importance of applying our spiritual truth in the physical world, and Mercury’s symbol refers to balancing the two.)

Venus is on Scorpio 15, “Children Playing Around Five Mounds of Sand.” The symbolism of the number five is found throughout metaphysics. It refers to the five, physical senses. The imagery asks for the presence of the inner child while creating through the five senses in the physical world as indicated by sand. It’s a lovely symbol for Venus, which beautifully placed in the chart. (In other words, create through childlike love in the physical world.)

Mars sits on Pisces 24, “The Tiny Island Seems Lost in the Broad Ocean, but Its Happy Inhabitants Have Created a World All Their Own.” It’s a lovely symbol, bringing the image of a small place where people are in harmony with healthy boundaries and self-respect. It’s an achievement that has been created by the consciousness of a small group.

Jupiter is placed on Sagittarius 10, “A Representation of a Golden-Haired Goddess of Opportunity.” When opportunity appears, it’s important to speak from heart, sincerely express our thoughts, and intuitively weigh the possibility of good fortune. With the many positive aspects in this chart, it may happen for many of us.






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.

Summer Solstice

Image by Phillipe Fernadez

A Midsummer’s Night Dream recalls the magic of the longest day of the year when fairies interact with mortals, and the earth lies green and fertile. This year’s solstice chart offers a different magic that comes from expansion into the inner self – if we overcome a few challenges, which is a perpetual theme in these days of change.

A Grand Trine, which accelerates our power to bring dreams into form, is found between Mercury (thought), Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) and Neptune (mysticism, illusion). Grand Trines bring harmonious energies through expression of positive emotion. When we guide our thoughts to elicit aligned emotions, they can be amplified into physical form. There is also a dreaminess in this geometric aspect– an element of mystery and beauty through the involvement of Neptune, which rules the seas of emotion, collective consciousness, and the mystical essence of beauty and art.

The Grand Trine gives a space to pull into the inner self and connect to the Divine when traveling through the pressure of the Grand Square, which causes tension between Venus (love, relationships), Mars (action, male), Jupiter (good fortune), and Uranus (sudden change, awakening). Squares also give insights about the repetitive nature of reaction and personal tendencies when feeling pressure and tension. Through observation and awareness, we can break through patterns and find freedom and strength. (It’s not just about creating – it’s also about releasing our limitations.)

Sun (self, life) is on the last degree of Gemini, an air sign ruling the mind, short journeys, and siblings. At this pivotal point, it is a few hours from stationing in Cancer, a water sign ruling fertility, the home, and the feminine in the role of the mother. Sun opposes Saturn (karma, limitation), suggesting the need to build self-confidence, overcome obstacles, and commit to inner/outer work.

Moon (emotions) is in Libra, an air sign ruling beauty, harmony, and justice. The most exquisite flowers come from seeds planted on a Libra moon. This placement sets the tone of emotion for the overall chart, and Libra can convey a feeling of balance and objectivity.  Moon sextiles Venus (love, relationships), increasing our ability to experience positive emotions in relationships. Moon trines (harmonious) Mars (male, action), and this aspect expands the potential of combining the right emotions with physical action. (We can flow into right action when emotionally aligned.)

Moon squares Mercury (communications), which can affect the emotional content of words and other communications—and cause tension when attempting to clearly speak and relate to others. Moon squares Saturn (karma, limitation), bringing personal, emotional limitations about relationships to the surface. Moon square Pluto (subconscious, transformation) intensifies emotions and need for control. (Keep in mind that control is ego-based; surrender leads to universal energies.)

Mercury (mind, communications) is in Cancer, a water sign, and there is a tendency for thoughts to evoke stronger emotions than usual. The mind is a tool for focusing attention, and the placement can be used as a means of focus on moments and memories, which hold harmony, happiness, and the realization of the inner self.  (When we think about these moments, our physical chemistry changes to reflect the harmony and create more of it in life.) This type of reflection can create harmony and expansion in life because of Mercury’s trine with Jupiter (expansion, growth) and Neptune (mysticism, illusion.)

Grand Square

Venus (love, relationships) in Leo is all about passion and the desire to feel red “hot” in areas of life that correspond with the heart. Venus is part of the Grand Square, and it is opposition (conflicting feelings) Mars (male, action); Venus squares Uranus (sudden change, awakening) and Pluto (subconscious, transformation). Venus opposite Mars makes for uneven transactions between the male and female parts of the self.  Venus square Jupiter brings a lack of focus for work. Venus squares Uranus, it tends to blur the lines between good/bad in relationships. Strong but inaccurate perceptions can lead to sudden changes.

Despite the tense aspects, Venus is love, and part of spiritual growth involves growing past temporary difficulties and uneven perceptions. There is always a bigger, universal perception although it may involve boundaries, speaking the truth, or changing ourselves—and we grow tremendously when we slip into big love.

Mars (male, action) sits in Aquarius, an air sign ruling thought and group connection/consciousness. Mars squares Jupiter (good fortune), and it can give courage and determination. It can also feel a bit obsessive and impulsive when taking action. Mars squares Uranus (sudden change, awakening), which causes erratic bursts of energy with a lack of thought about the outcome. (Sit with ideas and urges before taking action.)

Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter trines Uranus (sudden change, awakening), adding optimism, kindness, and a desire for spiritual pursuits to the mix of energies. Saturn (limitation, karma) trines Uranus (sudden change, awakening), expanding our ability to combine the new and old worlds within ourselves and group consciousness.

Planets in Retrograde

Neptune is now retrograde, which can act as a big plus for empaths and psychics. Neptune rules collective consciousness, the shared sea of emotional energy in which we swim together. When Neptune is indirect, we receive less collective information and instantly use our internal filter more effectively. The retrograde position can be helpful in seeing reality more clearly.

Jupiter (good fortune), Saturn (karma, limitation), Neptune (mysticism, illusion), and Pluto (subconscious, transformation) are currently retrograde. For this reason, we won’t feel the strong pull of the outer planets as strongly as usual.


  • The Grand Trine offers energy similar to opening a window and breathing the fresh air of spring. It is invigorating, hopeful, and offers the space to tune into higher vibrations – and to shape them into a wonderful, physical form. (As always, this requires work.) The Trine works with the concept of using the right thoughts to connect with images of expansion and abundance and pull them into physical form.
  • The Grand Square affects love (Venus), action (Mars), Jupiter (good fortune), and Uranus (sudden change, awakening). A Grand Square does cause stress; the object is to transcend it by finding the inner self and moving into a higher space of consciousness.
  • Many aspects are found with the Moon, the source of emotion and movement within the self. Oscillation is part of mastery. Observe whenever possible.
  • Solstices can be a door into the quantum field of consciousness where we find new answers, increase our light, and gain new perceptions about ourselves and the 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 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.

Planetary Change, Solstice Forecast



The winter solstice comes at exactly 11:49 pm 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.

With five planets placed in earth, this chart is about ceasing activity and contemplating the expression of spirituality in physical form. For those who are familiar with spiritual work, it involves dedication through devotion to practice, observation of flaws and lower energy, and a consistent effort to move into a more positive, higher level of life. The process teaches patience, faith, compassion, and kindness.

Beyond the process, the heart longs for expression of larger ideals. By moving into the desire for expression of the inner self, we learn about patterns and beliefs—as well as freeing ourselves from constraints. With this chart, it’s important to choose a dream or ideal and choose how to make it part of physical reality.

Sun (outer self, life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (thought, higher mind), Jupiter (benevolence, expansion), and Pluto (transformation) are placed in earth signs. Earth encourages grounding, healing, and manifestation in material “reality.” All of these phases are part of inner/outer growth, self-development, and spiritual realization. (When we realize it’s possible to manifest through our thoughts and feelings, we have greater faith in the spiritual or invisible world.)

Sun and Mercury 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.

Moon in Taurus hints at the need for harmonizing the body and mind with nature. We can slow down, observe the stars, and contemplate the divine nature of light. The human body becomes quieter and calmer when surrounded by the natural world. Everyone can use this type of energy in the holiday season. Take time to experience the beauty.

Venus in Scorpio ignites passion, particularly in relationships, and make dialogs seem more intense than usual. By remaining aware of this aspect, we can pause before responding and soften our words. Speak with strength but proceed gently.

Mars remains in Libra, reminding us of the importance of balance when working with spiritual/physical self. In this position, Mars can bring indecisive feelings. Take time to consider the time and energy associated with any endeavor, review the past, and make the decision. (We can often change or alter the direction of a strong decision, but “not” deciding is a decision, too.)

The overall chart presents many trines, which can bring harmonious, happy feelings. There are several, strong squares, indicating the motion of our consciousness between two principles, emotions, and thoughts. In other words, we may travel up and down in our experience of life—and/or feel too wonderful to deal with anything.

For those who desire spiritual evolution, it’s important to observe the swings and truly identify the underlying feelings. This chart calls for decisions, so it’s important to consider all of our feelings and thoughts. Also, we travel between highs and lows during the days around the solstice, but we have the resources and planetary energy to align with the higher self. (Call in pink light.)


Julia Griffin, Intuitive Healer and Coach


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

Mid-summer Forecast


The summer solstice on Saturday, June 21  is the big event of the week. The sun will rise on the Galactic Edge, allowing alignment with the higher self—if we seek it through silence and stillness. This “window” gives the chance for merging deeply with our inner awareness and for finding answers through stillness and reception of light. Often, answers come from a new feeling of connection. The sun is the light giver, and, through meditation, we can direct the energy for healing of any part of the self.

A dreamy, restful feeling comes with the retrograde of many planets: Mercury, Saturn, Neptune, and North Node. When retrogrades occur in outer planets, it affects everyone. (We are asked to feel our higher emotions and ignore the mind during the days surrounding the eclipse.) Emotions and sensations will surface with strength and force because the retrograde planets represent water (emotion) and earth (sensation).

It’s important to trust the feelings of our heart and to avoid intellectualizing and/or trying to think through answers. (It’s as if we are asked to feel our higher emotions and ignore the mind during the days surrounding the eclipse.) Small disturbances can feel overwhelming, and it’s easy to amplify them with over-thinking and strong reaction. It’s wise to rely on our spirit and keep our vision aligned on the feeling of completed desires—and to see the upset as static on the screen. It disappears when we tap into a higher frequency.

Energy and strength are needed to keep projects and resolutions in motion. It’s wise to take frequent breaks from projects and goals—to rest or take a different direction periodically. With Mercury retrograde, we tend to fixate on lower thoughts, which are not always correct. Mercury retrograde can cause miscommunication, making it more effective to visualize a solution than acting on a thought without reflection. (Send pink light or love whenever possible.)

The value of the overall configuration lies in the influx of light. Anyone can meditate or connect with light. Learning to direct it into the areas of our lives–which need energy–takes some mastery and skill. We have to possess the insight to know where we need energy and light; it also takes desire and perseverance to direct into a given area of life. (Often, we direct energy toward what we want as opposed to what we truly need. By looking honestly at ourselves, we can see where we need light most.)

Mercury moved into Cancer this week, changing its emphasis from communication to the home. Its position shows needed changes in home life by revealing our underlying and/or hidden feelings. Observe, detach, and make a brief vision of what is more desirable. (Wait on emotions. It’s best to remain detached whenever possible.) After envisioning our desire for a better home life, we can give gratitude for what we do have. With Sun and Mercury in Cancer, it’s important to find time to nourish and nurture ourselves.

General tips:

These tips are always useful, but they are particularly good this week.

1)      It’s helpful to imagine light flowing into areas of conflicts, confusion, or doubt as well as any areas of difficulty in life. Imagine the light flooding through emotions, thoughts, and memories. Notice the flow of energy.

2)      Let the light flow into any areas of the body needing energy or healing. Success comes with a feeling of quiet energy and a relaxed sensation.

3)      Send light to the future. Imagine improvement in life.

4)      Train the mind to move away from problems. Ask for the feeling of the solution and focus the heart and mind on the feeling.

5)      Have faith. Believe it is working. Our spiritual connection is much bigger and stronger than we are.

6)      Notice when life seems, feels, or flows more smoothly. When we notice the right direction, we give attention and energy to it, which encourages its flow.

Julia Griffin, Intutiive Healer and Coach




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

Planets in June



June brings beauty along with the midsummer solstice, immortalized by Shakespeare in Midsummer’s Night Dream. The dream-like sensation will be emphasized by Neptune’s retrograde, which can make life seem like a lovely dream or a confusing fog in which it’s difficult to gain sure footing, depending on how we relate to this aspect. Mercury can add to the confusion and/or offer insights into our mental processes.

The highlight of the month is a special summer solstice, as the solstice sun will rise on the Galactic Cross, which is near the Galactic Edge, signifying another event in the 26,000 year cycle of the Turning of the Ages. At this time, the sun radiates the energy of the cosmos as a stream of pure light. It offers healing, strength, and energy; the position of the sun offers the opportunity for
reception of heightened consciousness on all levels (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.)

Considered a turning point in our evolution, the solstice encourages our quest for integration of the higher qualities of the true self. Light is considered to be one of the strongest healing forces in the universe. So, it seems the sun will bring needed healing in the areas of life, which we contemplated earlier in the  month. It would be wise to meditate and visualize the desired healing taking place.

The month opens with Sun in Gemini, the garrulous, intelligent sign of the Twins. Retrogrades (or backward planetary motion) come from Mercury on June 7, and Neptune on June 9. With Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto already in retrograde, it makes for a dreamy, reflective month. If we think of activity as forward motion, the retrogrades indicate a standstill–a waiting period while we meditate on the thoughts and feelings associated with our next steps in life.

The retrogrades do not mean that we will not work, create, or act on our dreams. But they do indicate a different type of movement–without the sharp intent associated with direct planetary movement. It can feel like moving at slow speed or experiencing the state between sleep and awakening–those moments when we are between world. But dreams often give intuitive insights, which we may not feel at other times. Retrogrades ask us to sit, connect with the inner self, and review our lives–and perhaps to spend time contemplating summer’s loveliness.

Mercury will bring particular emphasis on noting the functions of the mind, our spoken words, and the value of our mental focus. What do  we say to ourselves and why? What do we think about others and our life in general? Do the thoughts come from the lower
or higher mind? The higher mind engages spirituality, steers away from judgement, and seeks truth. The lower mind  tends to repeat old beliefs and patterns through the negativity of the inner dialog. It’s important to observe, listen, and focus the direction of the mind; it either leads to greater realization or traps us in the limitation of thought.

Neptune focuses on ideals and illusion. It can lead us to the highest spiritual realizations, accompanied by an unearthly but mysterious beauty; it can also trap us in the glamour of illusion. Neptune’s  illusions can involve escapes, habits, and misdirected views about others. With Neptune retrograde, it’s helpful to see it as a force that can bring the truth underlying illusion to light. It can also help in expressing our ideals in a particularly lovely form through the arts. It brings insights about how we may float away from our true desires by distracting ourselves From a broader perspective, Neptune rules the emotions of mass consciousness, making us more aware of others’ emotions on  a subconscious level.

We’ve passed through much of the cardinal cross. We’ve felt the knotted emotions, the unresolved issues, the overwhelm, and stopping points in our lives. We may not have found resolution, but now we have time to meditate on these issues and positively alter our thoughts and emotions. As compared to May, June is a slower month.

There is time to dream, meditate and revise–and the position of the sun will help healing blocks true realization
so that we can take the proper steps at the beginning of July.

Here are a few tips:
1) STOP, think and review before taking action. Form clear visualizations for the desirable outcome before communicating in any
form. It’s a good time to learn about where we take hasty action or say too much–and what parts of our lives require better communication.

2) It can feel as though we are seeing through a fog. With Neptune in a water sign, it’s more difficult to form clear thoughts It’s helpful to tap into our hearts or meditate for clarity. It’s also helpful to imagine strong resolution for cloudy situations.

3)  (It is the time of “RE-“, as in RE-view, RE-new, RE-store, RE-generate, RE-gain, RE-frame…etc. Almost any word that starts with prefix of “RE-“ seems to work in describing the energy of retrogrades. One might use the RE-s words to describe the current energetic pattern of Mercury and Neptune. For example, retrograde Mercury is a good time to rewrite contracts, review agreements, and reframe your communications to more accurately reflect our intentions in the areas of our life Mercury rules.

4) Neptune rules Pisces, the 12th sign of the zodiac, and it is the last  place we all want to go…and usually have to be dragged kicking and screaming into our own stuff. (The universe does this for us, periodically.) It is sometimes called the house of self-undoing, but when we turn and face the darkness in our own mind they lose their power over us. Then we RE-store our ideals and RE-new our commitments to our Path, the True Road (sometimes called the Red Road or Golden Path, symbolized at sunrise and sunset at the ocean’s edge by the sun’s reflection on the water creating an image if one could walk on water, leads into forever.)

By Sign Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo and the 3rd and 6th houses in everyone’s chart are affected to some degree. In your personal Natal chart these signs probably reside in different houses. (If you know your Rising Sign you can work out where these signs likely fall in your wheel.)

5) Mercury turns back in Cancer and returns to Gemini, we may experience an emotional shift concerning family and RE-emerging patterns of thought and communication that leave us feeling like NOTHING EVER CHANGES!!! But we always have the opportunity to change and create change. Mercury retro is a good time to RE-frame those thoughts by RE-writing those contracts we made with our family many years (sometimes lifetimes) ago.

6)  Since Neptune is currently in Pisces, our ideals and virtues are being held up for review and restoration. This is also intimately associated with past life karma…and we could be talking about our past life in THIS life or another. In this age when so much is changing so rapidly, we sometimes gain the experience of several life times in  one life.

7) With both Mercury and Neptune retrograde this time gives us an opportunity to reexamine our thoughts and ideals. If there are wide variances this time could be chaotic and confusing, but if we synchronize our Talk with our Walk, we may enjoy this time as one of restoration and RE-laxation. In other words, it may manifest as a beautiful vacation!)

Kudos to Lewis Lucas for his input and help with my astrological columns. Lewis can be reached for readings at

Julia Griffin, Intuitive Teacher and Coach





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




Star Dance in late December


Significant movement is taking place in the stars (and planets.) The full moon comes on Dec. 17 asking where our dreams and plans are leading? Where will they take us, and where do we want to go? Dreaming usually means deciding on a new direction; knowing what we don’t want isn’t enough. We should dream big and let the light of the moon carry us away. Seriously, the full moon usually brings fruition of dreams, but the placement of this moon signifies the importance of fixing on a desire for the entire year.

The Sun will move over the Galactic Center, awakening the genius in everyone who is open to it. This vision is bestowed awakened the full moon and through the solstice. With many planets moving into the more practical sign of Capricorn, the challenge will lie in planning and taking the steps to put the vision into physical form.

There are difficulties in this forecast, but they also hold a mystical tint–as if to say, “Put the puzzle together and you’ll find the answer.” The answer in this forecast is perhaps about redefining how we live on a daily level and pursuing our spiritual/practical desires on the outer level. The balance of pleasure, practice, and devotion often bring happiness on their own.

With the winter solstice on Dec. 21, it’s a good time for going deeper and looking beneath the surface to discover our inner power and more of our hidden identity. It’s an excellent time for meditating on treasures deep in the earth, grounding, or working with healing energies. The earth does radiate a very special energy on this day, with emphasis on the physical and feminine. It’s a powerful time.

Mars in Libra points to the substance of the outer and inner world. It’s important to pay attention to what we take into our minds intellectually ad to think about how it affects what we create in the outer world. Is the knowledge useful? Do we use our time well? What do we create with the information we take in?

Venus moves into retrograde around the same time. For forty days, the symbol for this placement is “a woman reading tea leaves”, which has to do with finding transformation within the ordinary substance of daily life (and also points to our ability to sense the future.) Jupiter is also retrograde, pointing to a need for discernment with pleasure and fulfillment. (What’s enough, too much, or in alignment with the higher self?) Jupiter in Cancer asks what we need for sustenance and what we should let go of.

In early January, many planets will sit in Capricorn and form an emphasis on career/physical life/success. With Venus retrograde in Capricorn, it’s also important to think about the desires of the inner self as well as how we want to experience love. Part of the mystery lies in bringing all of the parts of the self together–relationships, career, inner self, and pleasure. Perhaps, the reference to the tea leaves is partially about reading ourselves and discerning what we really want.

We’re wrapping up an alignment between Uranus and Pluto–the aspect that sometimes makes life feel so strange and out of sorts. Uranus in Aries continues to provide inspirational thoughts and feelings. Saturn urges us to continue with devotion and creating a new structure while Pluto provides substance from the underworld for changes, like lava rising from the ocean floor to make new earth.

This year concludes with a repetition of the annual lesson — stay focused, dig deeper within the self for truth, and to trust in our inner self as well as the power of universal connection. Metaphysics states the value of the up/down movement is always finding the True Self–no matter how we feel or how life appears. We usually find answers when we stay focused and look to the inner self for answers.

Julia Griffin, Intuitive Healer and Coach




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