Archive for Soul Development – Page 2

Tips on Awakening

 

 

  1. Awakening comes in many forms. It can come as a flash like lightning that lifts the entirety of consciousness to a higher level. It can come through many slow realizations, which are the result of devotion and repetition. It can occur through waves of love that open and lift the heart.
  2. Awareness, intuition, and sensitivity are increased throughout all levels of awakening. It’s a way of hearing, seeing, and reading energy. As we become more sensitive, it’s important to learn to recognize the energy of others, geographical locations, and world events. (We can ask to disconnect from mass consciousness, a specific person, or the pull of people around us. It’s also helpful to ask for the presence of the inner self and/or to return to the heart.)
  3. It is a synthesis of body and soul. Emotions and physical sensations—and communion with nature—are part of the physical response. The soul tends to speak through the heart, mind, and our  passion for the spiritual quest. Eventually, the body, heart, and mind come into an union with nature and the divine.
  4. The universe is always speaking. It sends signs, and they can appear as numbers, repetitive messages from friends or family, email subjects, or animals. (We can ask for the signs to become louder and clearer when we’re not sure of the message. We can ask our angels to send a clear message.) Pay attention to the information and act accordingly.
  5. Light and love are the highest vibrations. By pondering and/or focusing on these qualities, we can receive a great deal of wonderful energy.
  6. The flow is associated with awakening. It can come as a joyful, uplifting feeling, an ease with tasks, or compassion and love. (The flow like most spiritual states comes and goes with the placement of consciousness.)
  7. Oscillation is a natural state in the physical world. Everything moves through levels of highs and lows because of duality. It’s the same with spiritual knowledge and ability. (We can work with oscillation by resting when energy is low. When our energy returns, we often find the flow.)
  8. Everything is energy. Part of spiritual growth is about learning how to read energy. Part of the “reading” occurs through the body and its response to stimuli. Energy decreases and increases at specific intervals and with specific stimuli. (We may feel energized by a walk or lose energy through a long conversation with friend—or vice versa. Timing is also a part of energetics.)
  9. Awakening is the key to understanding the self—and the universe. Challenges will continue to appear in life, but awakening gives grace to find answers, slightly pull away from a problem, or open to help from others. In time, it gives direction to find light, peace, and joy.

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.If you would like to seek additional spiritual change and insight into your life, please contact me for information about an intuitive session.

New Moon Forecast, February 4

Image by Josephine Walls

 

The micro New Moon will appear on February 4. A micro moon means the moon is farther away than usual, exerting less pull on the tides of the ocean (and our emotions).
New Moons bring a period of flatness or void as everything becomes still before beginning a new cycle. (Despite information to the contrary, the new moon brings stillness–not growth. Growth follows on the 3rd or 4th day after the New Moon.)
Sun (life), Moon (emotions, the mother), and Mercury (communications, mind) are placed in Aquarius, the air sign of the New Age. Aquarius encourages humanistic and group endeavors. Air rules mentality, and the symbol of Aquarius is a woman/man pouring water from the stars to earth. (Water represents love.) It’s a wonderful time for reflection and dreaming about the future. Think about the speed of light, the quantum field, and the soft sensation of small miracles.
Sun, Moon, and Mercury form beautiful sextiles to Jupiter (good fortune, growth), indicating expansion in life from idealistic and inspirational thoughts. The positive aspects can lift our thoughts and emotions to a higher, happier level. Sun (life) and Moon (emotions) conjunct (close to) Mercury (communications), sharpening our ability to think through problems, find solutions, and use intuition wisely. Mercury sextiles Mars (overall energy, male), enhancing our ability to apply thought and action in an intelligent, integrated manner.
Venus (love, relationships) is placed in Capricorn, an earth sign, which tends to move slowly with love and relationships. However, there are lovely aspects with Venus in the New Moon chart, which point to the power of using the heart wisely to overcome problems and limitations. Venus trines Mars (male, assertion), bringing harmony to relationships and partnerships–and balanced the energies between the 2 sides of the self (male/female or yin/yang.) Venus trines (harmonious) Uranus (sudden change, quantum field), which can aid with spiritual endeavors and deeper lover. On a practical level, it encourages social outings with people who are unusual and/or share interests in art, spirituality, or New Age. It also heightens beauty and romance.

Mars (male, assertion) in Aries pushes us to take motion in our lives.  Mars trines Jupiter (good fortune), which can bring success if we follow our spiritual path with good intent and inner direction. Mars squares (challenging and tense) Saturn (karma, discipline), combining assertive, warm energy of direction with Saturn’s desire to move slowly. Mars loves movement and heat; Saturn is cold and moves slowly. We may have to overcome personal karma (as limitation within) to follow our path. Mars also conjuncts (close to) Uranus (sudden change), and it has occurred frequently in the past year. It’s a wild card, which may be responsible for the sudden changes that we and the world have experienced.

Transformation

Mars squares (tension) Pluto (underworld, transmutation), and it’s not a peaceful aspect. Pluto tends to stir up old problems, secrets, and hidden agendas. It’s challenging because we have to work on non-reaction as well as becoming aware of hidden resentments and old hurts/wounds. It brings tension to the surface. Resentments from childhood, vulnerable feelings, and temper tantrums all relate to this placement. (If you’re not experiencing it, someone in your life probably is.) If we’re willing to take time and ponder our reactions, we can clear parts of our personal history and transcend many limitations. However, our emotions are likely to feel very strong.

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) squares Neptune (group astral energy, elation/illusion), and it asks us to decipher how our personal desires for good fortune fit into the equation of mysticism and love for “all”. Neptune represents the great astral field of wishes, love, and hope in its positive aspect.

Saturn in Capricorn suggests the importance of aligning with the inner self and expressing it in the outer world. Saturn’s conjunction with Pluto (transmutation, underworld) tends to bring patterns of the self, which are not in alignment with our highest good, to the surface. Pluto tends to express the repressed and hidden sides of our identity.

Uranus squares Pluto, a repetition of the experience of letting go of the fibers of life that don’t fit well—or are reflections of the not-self. As we release this or move through experiences, which remove these parts of life, we become more of who we truly are.

Overall, the chart seems relatively simple, but deeper assignments are hidden within.  Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus have many positive aspects, helping with our mentality, emotions, and life in general. Mars expresses both positive and negative aspects. but aspects with the outer planets such as Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto suggest deep personal transformation and realization. It’s part of the process of moving into a New Age.

 

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun and Moon are on Aquarius 15, “Two Lovebirds Sitting on the Fence and Singing Happily.” The positive symbol refers to the power of love to heal divisions and separation caused by fences. With Sun and Moon on this degree, it can also refer to differences between the sexes. Possibly, it refers to the higher forms of love that transcend human conditions.

Mercury is placed on Aquarius 20, “A Large White Dove Bearing a Message.” A dove epitomizes peace, hope, and divine guidance. We may solve some of the conflicts in the outer world by listening to our inner divinity and sharing messages of kindness and hope. (Mercury is the messenger, heightening the importance of the focus of our minds.)

Venus sits on Capricorn 2, “Three Stained-Glass Windows in a Gothic Church, One Damaged by War.” The image refers to the damage caused by violence in the world. However, two of the windows remain, and the third could be repaired. Love, kindness, and generosity are three forms of energy that create change in a fractured world. (Everyone can do more.)

Mars is on Aries 24, “An Open Window and a Net Curtain Blowing into the Shape of a Cornucopia”. It’s interesting to find two symbols of windows in one forecast. Windows and doors tend to represent motion into another aspect of life. A blowing curtain tends to suggest wind or air. A Cornucopia is abundance–alignment with the richness in life. It’s a lovely symbol for Mars.

Jupiter is placed on Sagittarius 17, “An Easter Sunrise Service Draws a Large Crowd”. It’s a beautiful symbol for resurrection and rebirth of self, indicating the possibilities for growth through this somewhat agitated but incredible time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Working with New Energies

 

The new wave of energy, which followed the eclipse, increases our power to create and dream of magical creations. Every wonderful quest is accompanied by an assignment. In this case, it’s karma—or the repetition of lower thoughts, emotions, and patterns.Cessation of karma—or repetition of negative events—occurs through a new action, response, or feeling. (In other words, a higher feeling/vibration dissolves old patterns and clears the energy so it can take on the shape of a new and better form.)

It begins with awareness. The average person experiences about 10,000 thoughts each day, and most are repetitive. By becoming aware of the inner dialog (how we talk to ourselves), we can rewrite the statements. In a few days or weeks, we create a new paradigm of positive thoughts and feelings. (It’s best to start with areas of strong reaction/emotion.)

As we release patterns and embrace the light, it becomes more important to use our gifts and balance our physical energy. (The physical body often feels tired and/or dehydrated when adjusting to new levels of light.)  It’s important to know how we use our energy when talking to others, healing and/or helping others, and moving through daily tasks. (Review the past few hours whenever tiredness or sleepiness occurs.)

Seeking the fulfillment of desires requires energy and work. When the universe is changing rapidly, it’s helpful to experiment with techniques and try them at different times of the day. (Everyone has specific hours that benefit their practice most.) We can learn to send light (and color) to problems, create better visual pictures for our current situation in life, and express gratitude for all of the good in our lives.

The practices listed above will have results, but it’s also necessary to change the way that we see ourselves. It’s helpful to spend a few moments recalling our positive qualities, the sensation of laughing and smiling, and the confidence, which accompanies success. Spend a few more moments sensing intuitive abilities. (These are the qualities of the inner self, and they are automatically heightened when held in the eye of mind.)

Also, remember the power of this time. Despite the mixed emotions and confused energies of the outer world, there is a tremendous amount of light. The Turning of the Ages encourages awakening, unconditional love, and the dissipation of karma. In the invisible world, there are many forces on our side. We only have to remember and open to them.

Small Tips:

  1. Ask to become aware of the magical, mystical energy. (The universe will hear you.)
  2. Spend more time focusing on the desired reality than ruminating about difficulties.
  3. When you can’t find a solution and feel overwhelmed by life, return to the heart space. Focus on pink light (unconditional love.)
  4. Send colors such as blue-green, pink, or white light to your problems or negative thoughts. Imagine the thoughts or problems are shrinking.
  5. Ask for the power and light of your inner self. (Repeat until the energy changes.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Super Wolf Moon and Lunar Eclipse

 

The first Full Moon of the year is known as the Wolf Moon throughout Europe, Japan, and indigenous cultures where the wolf is celebrated for giving birth to the moon. The Full Moon appears on January 21 just after midnight, and it is preceded by a powerful lunar eclipse. It’s a super moon, meaning the moon is very close to the earth, which intensifies its energy. This Full Moon brings both positive and challenging energies. All of the planets are direct, which gives power and force to both action and desire. However, several planets aspect Uranus—the planet that’s famous for causing erratic, sudden action.

Eclipses are about resetting our energy, preferably at a higher level. A lunar eclipse can involve looking at our shadow self before creating imagery of a higher life. An eclipse can help by moving our energy into form. (The eclipse begins on January 20 at 9:36 pm ET and ends at 2:48 am on Jan 21.)

Sun is in Aquarius, an air sign symbolized by the water bearer. Aquarius rules the mind, group endeavors, and awakening. It can also have strongly fixed opinions or act overly idealistic. The Sun (life) conjuncts (close to) Mercury, making the higher mind more accessible. Sun conjuncts Pluto, which represents the underworld and transmutation. It can help in discovering patterns, moving through blocks, or transmuting aspects of life into a higher form.

Moon is placed in Leo, the fiery sign of the lion. An interesting equation appears throughout the chart as the balance between the individual and society at large and the personal desires of the heart and unconditional cosmic love/mysticism. (The answer appears to lie somewhere in between as a blending of opposite qualities. This energy is found throughout the chart.)

The Moon (moods, emotions) opposes Mercury (communications), and this aspect can cause emotions to override positive and meaningful communication. (Think of the moon changing vastly over a period of a few days. Our emotions may feel the same, making clarity of thought more difficult.) The Moon also squares Uranus, causing emotions to react strongly and suddenly. It’s important to remember emotions are not always real. Sometimes, they are habitual responses to specific events in life, but they are overcome by creating a new response or thought.

Mercury (thought, communication) in Capricorn yields slow and methodical thought. Mercury squares Uranus, which yields rapid thoughts that may be erratic and/or profound. Mercury conjuncts (close) to Pluto, and the aspect deepens the mind. It’s a particularly good time for research or observing the self.

With Sun, Moon, and Mercury square Uranus, energy will be processed in an erratic or unusual way. We may feel impulsive, have brilliant thoughts, and/or feel overwhelmed by thoughts and emotions. Uncertain events or news may occur, but it’s important to stay calm and focused. (Honestly, we all mediate to work through this type of energy, and meditation is helpful with this chart.)

Venus (love, relationships) is placed in Sagittarius, which encourages passion and love. It can also incite our love for life. Venus trines (harmonious) Mars (male energy assertion), and this brings harmony between the sexes and the male/female aspects of the self. Venus conjuncts (close to) Jupiter, increasing good luck and expansion through love and social activities. The aspect also heightens peace and harmony. Venus squares (tension) Neptune (mysticism, illusion). It can bring disillusionment and idealism—or move us into the idealistic and lovely side of Neptune, which bestows beautiful dreams, artistic endeavors, and carries us into the mystic.

Mars (male energy, assertion) is wonderfully placed in Aries, and this placement aids with action, passion, and heart-felt endeavors. Mars trines (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune). If we act on our passion, life is likely to reward us with expansion and goodness. However, Mars squares Saturn (almost exactly), and it can incite anger or violence. Mars also squares Pluto, and this position increases our drive and desire to move forward in life. (If the desire comes from the heart – and is beneficial to “all” – go ahead. If it’s not, reexamine the desire because the aspect can cause conflict, jealousy, and arguments.)

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) is well placed in Sagittarius where it loves to expand the good in life including travels, long journeys, and spiritual desires. Jupiter squares (tension) Neptune (mysticism, idealism). It’s an interesting square as Jupiter represents the path of personal good and growth, and Neptune is about the astral sea of energy that can connect us to unconditional love and the divine. (Squares ask for resolution of feelings and direction in life. And this square may ask us to discern how our personal desires for goodness and happiness merge with the cosmic flow.)

Saturn (limitation, karma) remains in Capricorn, an earth sign. Uranus (sudden change, awakening) squares Pluto, bringing old issues and darkness to the surface before moving back into Taurus on March 6.

Moon (emotions) and North Node (spiritual aspiration) trine (harmonious) Chiron, the wounded healer. Sun (life) and Mercury (thought) sextile (positive but weak aspect) Chiron. By moving through the issues, brought to the surface by Uranus, we may move into deep and powerful healing.

Notes:

  • Throughout the chart, there is a push/pull of energies, particularly between individual/group energies and personal higher aspirations and the wider scope universal energies. We’re learning how our individual beliefs, desires, and feelings fit into the universal plan. (It’s probably slightly different for everyone.)
  • The chart is an expression of fire and water with a few planets in earth and one planet placed in air. It tends to amplify emotion and passion while the mind may feel cloudy or lack clarity.
  • There is a great deal of emphasis on love and the heart with Moon (emotions) in Leo and Venus (love) in Sagittarius. Mars (male, assertion) in Aries gives passion and intent. The chart seems to hint at the power of following the heart.
  • The many squares found throughout the chart cause tension between different aspects of the self and life. In particular, Uranus’ squares cause erratic feelings—and even sudden change. Remember to breathe and focus on the heart. (There’s also a higher spiritual side of Uranus that often straightens difficulties in a marvelous way.)
  • There are both positive and difficult aspects in the chart. Eclipses bring change. Focus on the heart and create desired change from this place. All of the planets are direct and can help with this endeavor.

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun is on Aquarius 1, “An Old Adobe Mission” refers to priests who settled missions in California. The idea of sharing spiritual concepts is lovely but not when it causes persecution. There’s a big difference between spiritual truth and beliefs founded on the strict guidelines of religion. Avoid didactic behavior.

Moon is placed on Leo 2, “An Epidemic of Mumps” seems to symbolize the quality of contagious diseases and/or thoughts. Illness is said to come from lower vibrations, and both higher and lower vibrations are contagious. We tap into the energies and feelings of others. (It’s important to choose what we want to feel.)

Mercury sits on Capricorn 26, “A Nature Spirit Dancing in the Mist of a Waterfall”. This symbol asks us to move more deeply into our intuition and connection with nature. It may also refer to experiencing a deeper connection with the natural world.  It may be part of the answer of navigating the eclipse energies.

Venus is on Sagittarius 15, “The Ground Hog Looking for its Shadow on Ground Hog Day” refers to the importance of looking for signs to find our path into the future. We all have a sense of the future, which can be confirmed or negated by signs. The universe sends signs when we ask for guidance.

Mars is placed on Aries 14, “A Serpent Coiling near a Man and Woman”, referring to temptation, fear, or jealousy. (This symbol seems particularly accurate with Mars’ alignment with Saturn and Pluto.) Snakes also symbolize healing, universal knowledge, and the balance between the sides of the self. It’s up to us to choose the dark or enlightened presence of the snake. (Snakes also refer to the kundalini current in the spine.)

Jupiter is on Sagittarius 16, “Sea Gulls Fly Around a Ship Looking for Food”, and it indicates dependence or co-dependence. It asks for wariness with people who want favors or gifts from us. It can also denote the importance of becoming independent and learning to care for ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Deepening Your Inner Connection

 

Our perception expands when we’re connected. Colors become brighter, love grows more intense, and opportunity beckons. Everything vibrates on a different rhythm. The universe responds, and life changes its course.

Here are a few tips for finding more of your inner connection:

  1. Focus on the beauty. Notice the variations of the sky, the touch of the wind, the color of the earth, the song of the birds, or the motion of the flowers. Watching and observing act to open the heart, allowing the inner voice (intuition) to speak.
  2. Meditate daily—and focus on your inner presence to find your way. Like a light in the darkness, it shines and points out the right direction. Sometimes, it’s only a step, but it eventually becomes a path.
  3. Release the noise. The part of you, which is not real, speaks in a loud voice. Let go of the roar. Observe whenever possible. Listen for the quiet, soft voice.
  4. Engage the imagination. (Imagination is part of creating your reality.) Imagine the next few hours as “better.” Imagine having an incredible connection with your inner self. Imagine something new and different.
  5. Remember the love. Send love to yourself. (Try pink light if it feels difficult.) Think of the people who love you, the animals that fall at your feet, and how love looks when reflected on the face of a “beloved.” (The whole universe is based on love; it’s the light that dances with matter.)
  6. Trust and move into the unknown. It’s a human tendency to repeat the “known.” Sometimes, the unknown contains gestalt answers—insights, which can totally change your perception. It’s okay not to know. Embrace it. (The universe is on your side.)
  7. Watch the energy. Energy changes in accordance with our moods and thoughts. It alters in the presence of different people and situations. It can reflect our past, or it can change in a few seconds and present a new paradigm. Energy accumulates through right action and meditation. Listen to your inner guidance. Take the small steps, which seem inconsequential. (Barbara Brennan related a message from her guides to remove a large stick from the path behind her house. Everything turned haywire until she cleared the path.) Small steps accumulate and eventually tilt the balance into greater consciousness, power, and awareness.
  8. Your inner self is a reflection of the soft, quiet voice, the beauty of nature, and the wonderful realities that you imagine.
  9. Trust the process. Inner work will eventually lead to a higher, happier state of being.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Working with New Energies

 

With the influx of energies, there is a shift in perception and our response 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. Other people and their energies impact our lives more deeply. As spiritual awareness grows, we perceive (and receive) more energy from others. As we become more conscious of our own energies, we perceive more information from others. We can use light to heal, block, or change the energy. (It’s also possible to learn about our vulnerability, karma, and who we truly want in our lives.)
  3. 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.)
  4. 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. (Higher consciousness opens the heart, brings in love, and makes feelings seem more intense.)
  5. Swings in duality – the movement of emotions and thoughts – may seem stronger. When we experience the inner self, consciousness moves into a place of being centered. It focuses on “ONE” point. Naturally, we’re more aware of the motion after a quiet experience.
  6. 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.
  7. Understanding of letting go and holding on becomes part of spiritual work. We learn to release our old beliefs and stubborn energies about our desired outcomes and/or turn over a problem to the universe for a larger solution. We also learn to become more determined with our intentions for a better life and to seek this with all of our will and might.
  8. “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.)
  9. During flashes of awakening, we perceive a beautiful future in a balanced world. There is a feeling of reassurance, comfort, and support. (We create the envisioned world through our individual perception of universal communication.)

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

 

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.

Summary

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.

Finding Gratitude

 

The concept of gratitude emerged around a decade ago. Introduced by Stacey Robyn (Go Gratitude), Ester and Jerry Hicks, and discussed in the movie, The Secret, it was touted as a system of creating more good in life. Obviously, gratitude is important, but it’s like so many things–a practice to reap “good” or abundance doesn’t work. (Initially, I remember spending an hour looking around the room while notating items for the expression of gratitude.)

There’s an easier and better method of practicing gratitude. Once you find the missing piece, the practice becomes easy and rewarding. It does reap benefits, but you tend not to care.

Easy Steps For Feeling More Gratitude

1) Nothing truly works without spiritual connection. Connection is the point. Start with meditation, and see where your consciousness moves. Notice how life feels lighter, and everything responds to your deepened state of being. Noticing and observing invoke a state of gratitude.

2) While connected, notice the motion of your consciousness. When you are connected outdoors, you hear the wind more succinctly. You notice the movement of the trees. You hear the birds. You feel the blessing of life. When you are indoors, you may feel the quietness and calm of your meditation. Notice the direction of your senses and the more pleasing objects in the room. (These are blessings. Give thanks.)

3) When you feel strong, happy, or loved, expand the feeling. Imagine more of the feeling, which amplifies the vibration. Amplifying the vibration leads to expansion in life. Expansion and connection are interrelated.

4) When life is moving well, comment to yourself about the feeling of your life. Notice your practices and note your connection. Part of gratitude is simply noticing your blessings.

5) When your efforts make a positive difference, thank the universe. You experience the “good” as part of your connection with the Divine. The same is true with the higher aspects of the self.

6) When you are in a higher state, you naturally notice the good in life. The movement of the mind into the flow of goodness marks a higher state of consciousness. Pay attention. When your attention rests on the good in life, this is a state of gratitude. (Your inner dialog is a good indication of your state of mind.)

Using Gratitude with Problems

It’s the opposite of the practice listed above. The idea is not to notice good things; it’s about changing your focus when you think about problems. Everyone thinks about problems with negative thoughts and emotions—even positive people do this.

Problems are simply where we need more energy or a different type of energy. Energy can include a change in physical routine, a new belief, feeling, or changing the lens of your focus.

  • Remember, you are a creator. You can change your reality by altering your vision and perception of life. You may not know how to do it, but you have the capacity. At least, you can create change. You can feel grateful about your capacity to alter your life, and take a minute or two to see or feel it differently.
  • When you think life is not going well, notice what is okay or bearable. Put your attention on what’s working. Maybe, you don’t have time to do all of your work. But you can do some of it. Notice what you have completed and bless it—or give thanks. In this way, you amplify the good. (When you can’t figure out the next step, visualize it and give thanks for your inner ability.)
  • When you argue with people, remember you have the ability to send light, calm your feelings, or come up with another solution. You can move back into your self-worth and remember what you like about yourself. (If you can, recall what you do like about the other person.) Love is a very special quality of the universe, which changes much of life. When you move back into a state of love, life alters. Thank the universe for the opportunity.
  • If you’ve practiced spiritual work, you know how to center. Everything changes when you center your attention on the presence of your inner self. You will feel grateful without any effort when you achieve it.
  • When you have a difficult day, think about the days that go well. (You’re actually giving gratitude for those times while pushing your energy in the direction of positivity.) Whenever you feel overwhelmed by a problem, notice what isn’t wrong. (If the cake falls, I can make another one or buy one—at least. Maybe, I have to take the animals to the vet, but it’s for a check-up, and nothing’s wrong.) You’re diverting your attention from the problem into the goodness of the moment. It works.

One of the greatest gifts of all is our ability to change our consciousness through connection. It’s a great blessing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.