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April Astrology, Reflecting on Life

 

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

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

Retrogrades

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

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

Venus

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

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

Jupiter

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

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

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

 

Notes on Aspects:

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

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

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.

Moving into Awakening

 

Part of awakening involves gaining greater consciousness, which involves increased awareness. Awareness of thought, emotion, and sensation—and their impact on us—can help a great deal in discovering the inner self. In part, awakening is about learning to alter our focus, thoughts, and feelings to raise the level of our consciousness.

Here are a few tips:

  1. We attract a deeper state of awakening by reflecting on spirituality. Thinking about past experiences–and the feeling of flow and connection—to invoke a spiritual state. This practice engages the awakened self. Also, it literally teaches the mind to replicate higher frequencies. When we think about a spiritual state, we pull the energy into our mind, emotions, and body.
  2. Thought alters the placement of our consciousness. We can think about problems or focus on solutions. When we focus on harmony or peace, we literally attract it. If we stay with the thought for a few minutes, we receive visuals and memories (if we have experienced the state in the past.) Focusing on positive thoughts invokes a specific state of consciousness. It’s helpful to note the effect of a thought. Does it raise or lower our frequency?
  3. Emotions come from beliefs, thoughts, sensations, other people, and mass consciousness. Identifying the source of an emotion is incredibly useful—as is identifying patterns. When we center in the heart space, the emotions often cease. (This is known as centering.) The broadcast of strong emotion from others is also diminished. (Many of our emotions are transmitted from others and media.)
  4. Pull thoughts, emotions, and sensations back into the body to create a state of stillness. We tend to project and broadcast our feelings and thoughts. When stillness comes, focus on light. When possible, send light to others. (When we are still, there is a very subtle flow of energy.)
  5. Use the imagination positively. Visualize positive events, the sensation of well-being, and an immense well of physical energy. Imagine the opposite of negative experiences or sensations. Imagine pink light (love) moving into the visualization and energizing it positively. (We can check with the body to see how we feel after visualization. Relaxation and expansion are associated with higher consciousness; tension and contraction are associated with lower self.)
  6. Focusing on the heart leads naturally to a state of love. Universal love helps in vibrating above difficulties in life as well as mass consciousness. It also opens the channel for receiving intuition and higher truth.
  7. Acts of kindness affect the world. When we help others, raise their consciousness, or send love (and/or peaceful emotions), it raises the vibratory rate of the planet.

Notes: Simply noticing states of consciousness as the presence of thoughts, moods, or beliefs alters the flow of consciousness and brings increased awareness.

 

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

 

Full Moon Forecast: Reflection and Action

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sabian Symbols, based on the writings of Lynda Hill

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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.

 

 

The Power of Conscious Choice

 

Conscious choice is one of our greatest powers. It can bring freedom, alignment with the higher self, and greater awareness. It can also serve to support others, promote causes, and bring positive energies in the world. Overall, it’s basically a decision to choose opportunities that offer a higher frequency.

A higher frequency simply means raising our vibrations in a particular area of life. It’s possible to achieve through self-observation, meditation, support of an ecological cause, or positive thought and action. The idea is that we raise our frequency by choosing a more positive emotional, mental, or physical action.

Conscious choices eventually accumulate. Small kindnesses, positive thinking, boundaries, or the refusal to move into agitation are conscious choices. We also have the opportunity for conscious choice through observation of our habits and practices.

Additionally, conscious choice extends to our spiritual nature and the desire for evolution. We may decide to meditate on our awakened presence, a mantra, or the mysteries of the universe. All of these acts bring results, including greater awakening and understanding of the inner self.

It’s interesting to note that conscious choice involves the use of time. We apply minutes and hours to the pursuit of consciousness and “higher” energies. After making these type of decision, we usually can’t remember what we did in the past. (The interesting part of the equation is that we simply feel happier—and often feel there is more time with these pursuits.)

In the big picture, we exercise our free will when making decisions that alter the flow of our consciousness. The object of our consciousness is enlarged by our focus. Small and large decisions determine the flow of our energy—and support or diminish the object of our focus.

When we join with others, who hold an enlightened, loving focus, it beams energy throughout the world. Our consciousness links in a lovely place.

Making Conscious Choices

  • Conscious choice comes from listening to the inner voice and the universe—and a decision to act on that guidance. The inner voice speaks through Intuition is the sixth sense, and it identifies the “next” step through symbols, feelings, sensations, or words. It is opposite to the ego’s voice or negative internal dialog. It can speak softly and lovingly—or very intently in a clear voice.
  • In the beginning, meditation is the best way to sense intuition. When we are in a place of connection, it’s easiest to hear it. We also develop our ability to sense the inner voice by acting on it consistently and seeing the outcome. (Hearing or seeing in meditation is not indicative of the right direction for conscious choice. Often, we have to act consistently on our intuitive leads to develop discernment and accurate interpretation.)
  • A pause often accompanies a directive from the inner self. It’s called Ksana in Sanskrit and refers to the moment when we move out of lower or “normal” consciousness into a higher state. (There is also a pause between the inhale/exhale of breath when the universe is said to breathe into us.) This pause may occur in the middle of an argument when we change our behavior. It can appear as a strong desire to act in a kind, compassionate way or as a strong directive from the universe. It can also occur when we observe repetitive, personal behavior. By looking for the pause, we can determine the moment of universal presence.
  • Conscious choice can refer to many small actions or a single, determined action. Either way, the motion is prompted by the inner self.
  • All conscious choices require perseverance, will power, and repetition. A conscious choice is a commitment. It takes a great deal of awareness to break a pattern of procrastination, anger, or sadness. Many choices must be made over a period of time.

Aspects of Conscious Change

  • Choice is either conscious, semi-conscious, or unconscious. On the lower level of consciousness, there is the influence of media, mass consciousness, and lack of higher thought. On a semi-conscious level, we are aware of the need to alter an aspect of life, but we override the desire. Conscious choice occurs when we make a decision to move into an emotional, mental, or spiritual state, which lifts and improves our perception of life. (It can be a small step such as visualization, speaking more softly, or seeing the world differently.)
  • We can become aware of how we send energy with thoughts, emotions, and words. Thinking about someone in negative way actually sends energy into their field. A strong experience of negative emotions blasts them out into the global energy field. (Simply becoming aware of this process is quite helpful.)
  • Conscious choice brings power through mental and emotional focus. For example, we may decide to see the beauty in the day. In that moment, we change the focus of the mind and emotions. By practicing this often, we begin to see and experience different and better aspects of the world.
  • Changes often occur on many levels when we consciously change. Sometimes, people experience physical healing by altering emotions or refusing to react. We may move into the “zone” where life flows more easily and gently.
  • Noticing the feelings and sensations associated with choices is very helpful. We can learn to distinguish the “feeling” and confidence that come with the right choice.
  • Ultimately, conscious choice leads to a higher frequency, which accompanies universal direction. It is not always logical because it comes from the soul. It is not always comfortable as it tends to lead away from the acceptable state of stability. But it does lead to awakening.

On the highest level, conscious choice alters the direction of life through spiritual understanding, which leads to light and love. At this frequency, life often changes its course, flowing into opportunities, new people, and an entirely different way of perceiving life.

Conscious choice can occur in a gestalt moment of recognition of great truth when we are changed profoundly by meditation on a single thought, and it can also occur in small ways, which accumulate and shape our character. Either way, it changes our lives, opens our heart, and teaches about our own inner power to act on our spiritual path.

 

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

Full Moon Eclipse, Limitation and Growth

 

The energetic weather presents an interesting interlude with an eclipse/full moon on Friday, February 10. The chart is filled with sacred geometry as well as aspects bringing both pressure, ease, and desirable influences to create and succeed. Other aspects are confusing with opposing directions, but fire predominates, bringing both passion and intention.

It’s a chart with a great deal of opportunity and pressure. The challenge lies in staying connected when making decisions, feeling drama from others, and focusing on a higher vision of life. Eclipses are similar to throwing the switch of our life energy and/or electromagnetic field. The current ceases for a few seconds, then it comes back. (It is possible to effectively direct our energy into a manifestation and/or different direction in life on an eclipse.)

In many ways, the chart speaks to our heart and soul with Moon (inner self, emotions) in Leo, and Sun (life) in Aquarius. Aquarius represents humanitarian efforts, service to “all”, and an independent nature. Aquarius is also the ruler of the current age and the quantum field. Leo is symbolized by a lion and represents a warm generous heart, but the sign can also point to ego based pursuits and a desire for center stage.

Sun in Aquarius trines (harmonious) Jupiter, meaning higher thoughts, which benefit the all, can bring success in the outer world. Sun also sextiles (harmonious wave) Saturn (karma, limitation) and Uranus (awakening, quantum field.) It suggests an opportunity to mitigate karma by moving in a more philosophical and spiritual direction—and the chance to alter our lives in a positive sense by moving into greater awakening to expand our concept of life.

Moon in Leo trines Saturn, leading to practical application within the structures of life. Our emotions may aid in finding sensible solutions to small difficulties in life. Moon also trines Uranus, meaning a positive emotional can uplift our understanding of spiritual knowledge.

Mercury (communications, higher thought) in Aquarius is rapid and inquisitive. It aids the intellect and leads to realizations on a higher level—gestalt thought and the meeting of the mind and heart. This is a lovely placement for expansion of mind and spirit.

Venus (love, beauty, material possessions) sits in Aries, a passionate fire sign. Venus remains conjunct (close to) Mars, giving a beautiful balance between the male/female aspects of the personality. Venus is square Saturn (limitation, karma), which can give feelings of sadness and/or reduced self-esteem. (Remember, it’s only temporary!)

Mars (male energy, assertion) is a bit wild and fiery in Aries, but it can also represent the warrior who makes wise use of resources and uses courage as a sword and shield. Mars squares Pluto, which can indicate power struggles, particularly in the area of resources.

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) sextiles Saturn (karma, limitation), indicating a benevolent, generous attitude can overcome our patterns and limitations, which developed over time. Conversely, we may need to apply discipline to overcome habits requiring moderation. Additionally, Jupiter squares Pluto (underworld, resources), and this aspect involves having a clear view of the truth before moving into expansiveness and success.

Saturn continues to trine Uranus, presenting the opportunity to mitigate karma through new realizations, service, and an entirely different world view of life. Uranus remains square Pluto, causing tension, strangeness, and a heavy feeling as the view of illusion continues to lift.

Overall, it’s not an easy chart, but it is filled with opportunities for awakening, creating, and moving into greater realization of the inner self.

Sabian symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun  sits on 23 Aquarius, “A Big Trained Bear Sitting Down and Waving Its Paws.” A bear is powerful and dangerous, but a trained bear cannot run away or fight. It speaks of taking direction such as social cues or a “trainer.” It has forgotten its power.

Moon is on 23 Leo, “A Bareback Rider Displays Her Dangerous Skills.” Another circus image appears in this full moon chart. A bareback rider must be skilled, confident, and poised. Also, she is willing to go into the world, stand in the spotlight, and display her skills.

Mercury is placed on 6 Aquarius, “A Masked Figure Performs Ritualistic Acts in a Mystery Play.”  There is a theme of mystery in the world at the current time. It’s impossible to know what will happen and/or determine the trend of events. The masked figure in a mystery play represents this mystery.

Venus sits on 6 Aries, “A Square Brightly Lighted on One Side.” The reference to a square is interesting with the cardinal square in the full moon chart. A box or square indicates containment or walls, but the light shows the possibility of creative solutions at hand.

Mars is on 11 Aries, The Ruler of One’s Country. In a real sense, we are the rulers of our internal world, the play of events in our personal lives. It’s important to act on our inner guidance and direct our lives from a place of consciousness.

 

 

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

Another Shift in the Weather

 

 

As a reminder, we have until February 5 to move forward on dreams and desires of the heart. Please take a small step as the planets support outer effort, and the universe will give direction at a later date.

The first quarter moon chart is challenging. Many planets are placed in earth and fire along with strong influences from Uranus (sudden change) and Saturn (karma.)—and there are few planets in air (clear thought.) Think of a volcano!  Fortunately, Sun is placed (life) in Aquarius, an air sign denoting the New Age, and Moon (emotions) sits in Taurus, a practical, grounding earth sign. These two placements can bring inspired answers accompanied by practical insights.

Astrologer Carl Boudreau pointed out that part of the current challenge involves tuning into the North Node, which indicates our spiritual quest–and is currently placed in Virgo. With North Node placed in Virgo, our attention should be placed on order, new methodology in our work, and inner healing—as well as hearing the tuning of the Cosmos. The temptation lies in revisiting tried and “true” methods from the past, represented by South Node in Pisces, the ruler of the past age. It’s important to find new ways of moving through life, new methods of self-expression in work, and techniques that can heal the schism between the inner and outer self.

Sun trines (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), indicating New Age thoughts of balance, love, and positive thought can link us with the more benevolent forces of the universes. (The New Age is ruled by Aquarius, favoring innovative solutions that relate to the “whole” of humanity in a balanced sense.)

Mercury (thought, communication) sits in Capricorn, continuing its conjunction with Pluto (underworld, resources, transmutation), hinting at the need to rethink financial and natural resources. Additionally, Mercury squares (tension) Jupiter (expansion, growth) and Uranus (awakening), hinting at the importance of using resources in a balanced and positive way. (We may need to weigh the value of intrinsic beauty and sacred ground with the current quest for economical growth. (There are new forms of energy, which work and need to come into being—and it’s important to tap into the universal law of abundance on a practical level.)

Venus

Venus (feminine, art, beauty) remains exalted in Pisces, making it possible to unite from a place of love. Venus sits in conjunction to Mars (masculine, assertion), and she brings balance to the male/female energies of the inner/outer world. Venus squares (tension) Saturn, which can make life seem and feel a bit dark, but it also gives an excellent sense of structure to artistic endeavors. On the healing side of the equation, Venus conjuncts Chiron, the wounded healer, indicating the possibility of finding a deeper level of healing through the auspices of love.

Mars (masculine, assertion) moves into Aries, its fiery native sign, igniting action and forward motion. Mars squares (tension) Saturn (limitation, karma), meaning it’s wise to give a pause to desires and the need to take action by considering its implications in the larger picture. (How will long-range goals affect personal/planetary karma? Does the desire bring “good” to all?)

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) opposes Uranus, the ruler of awakening, change, and the quantum field. Essentially, it brings opposing sets of thoughts and feelings. Uranus encourages embracing change and possibly radical action. And Jupiter asks for balance and beauty without altering the status quo. As with most conflicts, the answer lies somewhere in the middle of the debate. It takes time to align with the right answer as well as time to bring it into being. (Observe thoughts from a neural place.)

Jupiter also squares Pluto (underground, hidden world), hinting at the need to see the underworld, the underlying truths beneath our social/economic structure to create growth, which brings harmony and peace. Saturn (limitation, karma, time) trines Uranus, which gives an incredible opportunity to mitigate karma and move into the new world.

Uranus and Pluto are tightly entwined in the square (3 degree orb) that has brought much chaos into the world. As we move into the last year of the square, there is a great initiative to shape chaos into a creative, balanced form for the good of “All”.

 

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