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Challenging New Moon

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October’s New Moon appears on Sunday, October 27 at 11:38 pm ET. New Moons create a period of the void–a lack of motion and a time for reflection. (This summer, I planted a few seeds and plants on the New Moon and watched in dismay for 2 months until they finally overcame the “lull”.)

Obviously, it’s a time to move inward, and this vibration is intensified by two factors. The Sun (life) and Moon (emotions) are placed in Scorpio, an intense water sign that amplifies the emotions and interest in the unknown. Both Sun and Moon oppose Uranus, ruler of the new age and bringer of sudden change. Mercury (communications) will move into retrograde on October 31, and both Mercury and Uranus rule electronics.

Sun and Moon in opposition to Uranus may bring feelings of rebellion or irritability. Uranus sends energy in waves that can lift us into realization; it’s equally capable of making us feel stubborn and upset. It’s important to move quietly and gently, nurture the inner self, and take life at a slower pace for a week or two. The energy can feel tiring, upsetting, or energizing–and it can come in phases as uplifting on one day and exhausting on the next.

Mercury (communications) and Venus (love, relationships) are conjunct (close to) in Scorpio, giving insight into emotions and discernment about the cause of uncomfortable feelings. The mind (Mercury) and the heart (Venus) are closely linked, and it’s possible to use the connection to explore habitual emotions to find desirable insights and solutions. Mercury and Venus also trine (harmonious) Chiron, the wounded healer, which increases the ability of the mind and heart to heal together.

Venus trines (harmonious) Neptune (mysticism, illusion), illuminating the beauty in life, increasing awareness of help from the invisible world, and adding a dimension of spirituality to the mix.

Mars (male, assertion) in Libra seeks beauty and balance, but it squares Saturn (time, limitation), asking for examination of difficulties and limitations in the past. By clearing these blocks and understanding their meaning, we can begin creating new forms of balance between the sides of the self.

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) remains square Neptune (mysticism, illusion), reducing self confidence and enthusiasm about life. Saturn (limitation, time) squares Pluto (underworld, transmutation.) We continue to task of seeing who we truly are, finding strength and courage within ourselves, and transforming our inner world.

We’re likely to experience bursts of energy and tiredness.We may feel confused and/or move between 2 directions. (Oppositions are 180 degrees apart – or 2 opposites.) However, we have the beauty and intelligence of love (Venus) and Mercury (mind). Uranus in Taurus encourages connection with the earth.

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

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While the forecast shows positive conditions (with many planets in direct position), there is potential for growth. Growth and change often involve looking at life from two or more perspectives–and making a choice. 

Choices lead us away from or into the inner self, and there are several planetary aspects, which emphasize the inner struggle. It can feel tiring and exciting when we pass through the chasm of realization. It’s helpful to know the planetary purpose is to (ultimately) help us to evolve.

The New Moon appears on Saturday, September 28. It’s not surprising that the New Moon Chart emphasizes personal development achieved through understanding the past (including past lives) and clearing karma.

Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (communication), and Venus (love, partnerships) are placed in the Libra, the sign of balance and beauty. Libra is ruled by Venus. Its influence awakens our desire for beauty, socializing, and experiencing the world from a balanced perspective. However, we’re asked to consider and release influences of the past, which can include karma and patterns that keep us from our full potential.

Releasing the past is presented as Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus square (tension, pressure) Saturn, the ruler of time. Aspects with often Saturn ask for discipline and devotion. With these squares, we find a different type of message. We’re asked to identity patterns of limitation from the past and find greater freedom of expression of the inner self. (Actually, it’s occurring for everyone on the spiritual path; the planets make it more obvious.)

Mars (action) in Virgo tends to stay fixed on detail. Sun and Moon conjunct (close to) Mars, which can help with focus and direction. Mars squares Jupiter (good fortune), creating frustration with plans and desires. Mars opposes Neptune, and it can bring dreaminess and/or confusion.

Jupiter (good fortune) squares (tension) Neptune (mysticism, illusion). The mixture of energies can cause lack of self-confidence and temporary loss of faith in self. It’s a temporary influence that can be overcome by recalling the abilities of the inner self—and aligning with the universe.

Overall, we’ll have moments of pure connection with the beauty of life, enjoy social or spiritual group interactions, and seek balance. The planets continue to push us forward. We’ll also experience flashes of the past, the re-emergence of patterns from the past, and encounter the feelings and thoughts associated with events in our past.

As we move into the light, we continue the process of attaining deeper understanding while releasing, and rewriting the past. In the void of the New Moon, we can recreate ourselves in a more balanced, beautiful form.

Tips:

  1. We’re moving into beauty and connection with the soul. The planets intensify the process of examining and releasing karma, and the influence of time. As we work through patterns, it’s also important to embrace the lovely moments of the past as they are reflections of the inner self.
  2. Motion in our lives appears as an on/off flow. Direct planets aid our forward motion; squares with Saturn and aspects with Neptune can throw us off course. The detours are of some importance. They teach about illusion and obstacles on our path.
  3. As we release patterns and embrace our inner self, we’re creating a new image of the self.
  4. There will be moments of discouragement, discontent, and strong emotions of the past, but they will pass. We have the tools and insights to work through them.

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

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

A Super New Moon!

The New Moon appears on August 30 – just in time for the holiday weekend. It’s a Black Moon, occurring as the 2nd New Moon of the month, and it’s a Super Moon, which means it’s close to the earth. It’s also one of the best moons of the year.

Typically, the New Moon brings a time of the void when nature becomes quiet, and plants and seeds refuse to grow. Time is best spent in inner contemplation, reaching into the darkness (or unknown) for new information.

However, this Moon is different. It’s quite expansive with many trines with Uranus, the planet of quantum and/or sudden change. Uranus can also bring miracles, thoughts of the highest form, and amazing change when the planets form positive aspects with it. And they do!

Of course, it’s not just about the energy. It’s also how we use or don’t use it for growth. On this note, it’s wise to take time for inner reflection and ask for and/or visualize a big, positive shift.

In this New Moon chart, many planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto) are found in earth. All of the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) are in discerning Virgo, represented as the high priestess who holds the key to unseen mysteries. Virgo likes order and attention to detail, and discernment; it emphasizes health and hygiene. Virgo can also act in overly critical way. (If you feel critical, it will pass in a few days.)

However, the New Moon will not feel particularly heavy or earthy because Uranus (sudden change, quantum field) plays a huge role in the chart. Uranus can cause chaos or upset, or it can be sparkly and generous with a touch of genius—as it is in this chart.  When Uranus is at its best, it encourages discovery, adventure, and exploration of the new and unknown. There are many trines, composed of the inner planets, that ask us to jump into the future in a new way.

Mild challenges occur in aspects with Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion. None of the energies are particularly “bad”, but it’s good to have awareness about them. Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars square Jupiter.  Sun square Jupiter can bring opportunity, but there’s probably some aspect of the self that requires change. Fortunately, the aspect gives the power to push through the block. Moon square Jupiter heightens emotion and brings a tendency to exaggerate, and changeability. Venus square Jupiter heightens creativity and optimism. Mars square Jupiter bestows courage, enthusiasm, and energy.

Lovely trines are found with Saturn (karma, time). Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars trine (harmonious) Saturn. Trines with Saturn can aid with practical insights, applying our inner knowledge in a practical way, and developing our capacity for organization and management. These are helpful aspects, helping in adding stability to Uranus’ exciting, flashing energy.

Venus (love, relationships) opposes Neptune (mysticism, illusion), making it feel easy to project love into relationships that don’t work–or being taken in by the illusion of love. Mars (male, assertion) in opposition to Neptune can bring discouragement and/or a feeling of weakness about pursuits in life. Venus (love, relationships) trines Pluto (underworld, transformation) and adds depth to passion, love, and relationships.

All in all, it’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with the spiritual world and discover a way of expressing that inner knowledge on the physical plane. With many planets in earth, the message is to find a new way of living, thinking, and loving—and to create a life that matches it.

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

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

Full Moon Forecast: Harmony Ahead

It’s a beautiful Full Moon chart with a few challenges, but it’s one of the best in months. The full moon appears on August 15 at 8:29 am ET. With Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in Leo and Moon in Aquarius, we’re working with the passionate energies of the heart and the detachment of higher thinking.

Fire is passionate and intense. It likes to move quickly, and it’s creative and romantic. Moon in Aquarius wants to love humanity at large; Sun in Leo is more about the experience of personal life.

The Moon in Aquarius opposes Venus (love and romance) and Mars (action), hinting at confusion between personal and spiritual desires, specifically in the area of love and assertion. It’s not surprising to feel the tug of duality between love, life, and emotion at this particular time. (It’s part of the work.)

Fortunately, Sun (life), Mercury (thought) and Venus (love, romance) trine Jupiter. These harmonious aspects inspire good fortune and expansion in areas of life, communication, and love. They can also make life feel a bit brighter.

Mercury (communications, electronics) squares Uranus (quantum field, sudden change). Uranus’ energy can come in waves, causing misunderstandings and lapses in electronics. The waves are erratic—not consistent—so it’s much better than Mercury retrograde!

Jupiter, ruler of good fortune and expansion, moved direct on August 10. When Jupiter is direct, it helps with realization of our dreams. There are less diversions and blocks on our path.

Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto remain retrograde, and it can feel like gravitational pull, slowing down results with our choices and progress. However, Jupiter helps with career and personal aspirations, and it brings balance to the equation.

Uranus moved into retrograde on August 11. It tends to amplify our personal waves of energy. For example, positive thoughts, emotions, and feelings are quickly relayed to the universe for manifestation. The same is true of negative visualization. The key lies in personal focus—and your connection to universal energies.

If we continue to search for the soul, hold our vision, and walk in love and beauty, the landscape will change.  We’re in the process of expressing our inner self in the outer world, and the planets support our desire for growth and expansion.

Tips

  1. The Full Moon can help in awakening our hopes and dreams—and ignite our passion for creating from the heart.
  2. Many planets in fire can make life seem to move too quickly. Slow down and focus on desires. Take time to walk and play outdoors. (Use the fire energy to make life flow into a better form.)
  3. Energy is a bit conflicted with Aquarius moon/Leo Sun. The mind interferes with emotions and desires. Notice useful, illuminating thoughts. Let go of the other thoughts.
  4. Jupiter in direct position aligns us with hopes, dreams, and possible forms of happiness. It’s a lovely energy.
  5. Uranus in retrograde concentrates on teaching us about waves of consciousness. Focus on the placement of the mind and correct visuals and thoughts accordingly.
  6. Enjoy the beauty of a kinder forecast while experiencing the last weeks of summer.

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/Solar Eclipse, portal for change

Feel emotions, clear patterns, and move more deeply into the spiritual nature. It’s how we evolve, and the placement of many planets in water will help in gaining awareness. By contemplating the feeling of inner connection, we can rise above the emotional waves.

The solar eclipse occurred on July 2, marking the calendar of inner and outer changes for the summer. Many metaphysicians and astrologers believe it opened a gateway to higher consciousness.

The eclipse is believed to be one of the bridges between the past and future—a turning point for higher awakening and inner realization. It involves releasing old patterns of the past while embracing a new future that is necessary to find with our hearts

Light and darkness play through the chart. Sun (life), Moon (emotions) and Venus (love, relationships) in Cancer heighten emotions and sensitivity to other people. Cancer is a beautiful water sign ruling the Mother, the Sea, and the yin/yang of emotion. The Great Mother (or Feminine) has many faces, ranging from nurturing to profuse emotion to hiding emotion and repressed feelings. (The feminine is represented by the sea and the earth on this planet.) It may take time and healing to fully resurrect the spirit of the feminine in our culture.

Light and darkness play through the chart. Sun (life), Moon (emotions) and Venus (love, relationships) in Cancer heighten emotions and sensitivity to other people. Cancer is a beautiful water sign ruling the Mother, the Sea, and the yin/yang of emotion. The Great Mother (or Feminine) has many faces, ranging from nurturing to profuse emotion to hiding emotion and repressing feelings. (The feminine is represented by the sea and the earth on this planet.) It may take time and healing to fully resurrect the spirit of the feminine in our culture.

Saturn (karma, limitation, time) asks for review of our lives, particularly with old patterns and karmic cycles. (It’s necessary to make changes to move deeply in an awakened state.) Emotions can reflect our feelings about the self and the past. By altering our emotions, we create a new life. With Saturn’s involvement, inner and outer work are implied. Saturn also rules devotion, hard work, and study, which are needed on the path to awakening.

Sun and Moon sextile (positive) Uranus, opening our minds to new insights and solutions, and Sun/Moon trine (harmonious) Neptune (mysticism, illusion), which can offer ideas and dreams from the “other” side.

Mercury (communications, higher mind) is placed in Leo but moves into retrograde on July 7. It will swing back into Cancer, encouraging confusion between thoughts and emotions for the remainder of July. (The protocol includes expecting delays with travel, communication, and electronics, refraining from purchases of electronics, and resting while reviewing life.)

Venus (love, relationships) moves into Cancer today, heightening the level of emotion about love and personal perception of how others love us. The planet sextiles (positive) Mars, balancing the female/male energies.

Mars (energy, male) is placed in Leo, which ignites our passion for motion in life. It encourages expression of our passion and increases awareness of the heart. Mercury (communication) and Mars (male, energy) squares (tension) Uranus (sudden change, awakening), which asks for moderation – and not sudden action – when contemplating new ideas and thoughts.

Mars is in opposition to Pluto (subconscious, underworld) and asks to see the darkness in ourselves and in the world. It’s not an easy task, but it’s part of knowing where to send light and create a positive shift. Saturn (limitation, karma) conjuncts Pluto, which increases our ambition and desire for success. But many planets are retrograde, and it’s more of a time for contemplation than putting active ideas into form.

Chiron (wounded healer) in Aries is retrograde, which can aid in reflection and insights about healing our wounds.

The chart asks for personal and global insights about darkness in life, but it also opens a portal for spiritual growth. It places our focus on the patterns that play havoc with our emotions, but it also gives the Great Mother (Cancer) to nourish and heal them.

When we see the darkness in ourselves, others, or the world, we have the option of calling on the light. From there, we can find our power, send love, and ask for change. We have the tools to create the desired change, but we must find them within.

Tips:

  1. The energy is intense. It can be useful in creating new, positive patterns in life–if you’re willing to examine our emotions and reactions.
  2. If you’re feeling fear, insecurity, or emotional pain, come back to your heart. Focus on light. Your true identity resides in higher emotions. Contemplate and observe. Choose the path that leads to the inner self.
  3. See this as the right time to change old, familiar (but unhappy) patterns.  You access your inner power when you break old emotional/mental cycles. (Send light to yourself and your life. Visualize the opposite of your experience.) Trust the process. Meditate. Believe in your power to change your personal world.
  4. Many planets are retrograde, and there’s a weird, floating feeling. It’s okay. Go with it. It’s part of the shift. (In a sense, you’re between worlds.)
  5. When you see the darkness in yourself, others, or life, send love and light. Change the story. See it differently. It’s what you came here to do.

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.

May’s Full Moon/Wesak

May’s Full Moon marks the passage of Wesak, the celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. After Buddha’s birth, the legend tells he took seven steps, and a lotus appeared in each of the steps. The forces of his enlightenment flood the planet on this day—a dispensation to all who are aware and open.

Appearing on May 18, the full moon is placed in the water sign of Scorpio, hinting at the power of transformation. The Sun is in Taurus, an earth sign ruled by Venus, and Moon in Scorpio bring fertility to the earth, encouraging germination, growth, and fulfillment. (It’s a wonderful time to add plants or seeds to the garden, and the same is true for tending and developing desires and dreams.)

Five planets in Taurus bestow a feeling of connection with nature and the heart. They also ground us, blocking from lower vibrations from the outer world. Taurus helps in creating abundance, feeling the goodness of the world, and discovering self-worth in the physical world.

A Grand Trine, which is both beneficial and harmonious, is formed between Moon (inner self, emotions), Neptune (illusion, mysticism), and North Node (spiritual direction and imperative). By aligning our emotions with the Divine, we can move in the direction of greater spirituality, which brings lightness, happiness, and relief.

Sun (life, light) trines Saturn (karma, time), enhancing our ability to focus, concentrate, and build new structures in life through heart-felt devotion. Sun trines (harmonious) Pluto (subconscious, transmutation); this aspect gives powers of rejuvenation, courage, and the ability to rebuild life in a new form.  Sun conjuncts (close to, amplifies) Mercury (communication), and it sharpens the intellect and intuition.

Moon (emotions, feminine, moods) in Scorpio opposes Mercury (communication), creating a mixture of confusion and clarity. When our mood changes, we may feel mental confusion—or we may feel very clear, depending on the wave of energy. Moon sextiles (positive) Saturn (limitation, karma) and Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), which can aid with positive use of resources in rebuilding and/or recreating our lives. (Both Saturn and Pluto can represent resources.) Moon trines (positive, harmonious) Neptune (illusion, mysticism), and it can open our consciousness to deep states of devotion and focused meditation.

Mercury is highlighted in the chart through aspects with Sun/Moon/Saturn/Pluto. With this emphasis, it’s important to contemplate thoughts that align the heart and mind—and lead to expansion and happiness. Mercury (communications, higher mind) trines (harmonious) Saturn, and this aspect can add diligence and persistence to our spiritual quest as well as clarity of mind. Mercury trines Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), enhancing our ability to find hidden answers such as esoteric realizations and insights into subconscious patterns.

Venus, the planet of love and beauty, in Taurus conjuncts (close to) Uranus (sudden change, quantum field). This placement can open our hearts to universal love and/or make our emotions about love move erratically. (The challenge lies discerning in source of emotion—subconscious or higher self.) Venus’ influence is felt throughout chart with five planets in Taurus. It urges awareness of the physical world, grounding in nature, and learning the right way of creating a life that aligns with the heart.

Mars (action, male energy) is placed in Cancer, a feminine water sign, and it tends to heighten emotion instead of inspiring action. It’s important to know that emotions are not always real, and they change in accordance to various stimuli. Fortunately, Mars is in opposition to Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), and this aspect encourages boldness, forward movement, and confidence.

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) sits in Sagittarius, encouraging spiritual growth and realization. Jupiter squares (tension) Neptune (illusion, mysticism). The aspect indicates a time for releasing old beliefs, illusions, and expectations. Confusion, disorganization, and illusion can accompany the square. When we move through illusion, we discover greater truths.

Saturn (limitation, karma, structure) conjuncts Pluto (subconscious, transmutation) in Capricorn. The conjunction can affect commerce, income, and resources. It also asks for rebuilding life in the areas of goals, dreams, and ambitions. At its best, it moves us through worries and fears, teaching us to replace limitations with success.

Neptune (mysticism, illusion) sextiles Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), which heightens our ability to transcend limitations through an exalted, meditative state. Neptune trines North Node (spiritual direction), which encourages finding and aligning with our inner compass on a higher level.

Many planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter) aspect Pluto, indicating the importance of observing our subconscious patterns, which cause limitation and darkness, while learning how to embrace, transmute, and integrate this energy on a higher level in the coming New Age. (Think of many people observing their personal darkness and illuminating it with light.)

NOTES:

The repetitive theme of reflection on love and thought is obvious throughout the chart. With five planets placed in Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, it’s wise to contemplate our definition of love and its expansion in life. It’s important to contemplate creating a beautiful life that we love. It’s also about feeling the flow of nature in daily life. (In alchemy, nature holds and demonstrates the secrets of inner growth.)

When the planets are peaceful and harmonious, the challenge lies in making time for devotion and creating change. It’s easy to relax in the beauty and float through life, but the universe asks for constant awareness of the inner self and evolution.

There are two strong energies within the chart. One asks for push and drive with ambition, projects, and creation a new life. The other asks for interpretation of mystical energies in a quiet, reflective state. It’s a way of combining the passive and action aspects of duality.

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun is on Taurus 28, “A Woman in Middle Life Stands in Rapt, Sudden Realization of Forgotten Charms, in Unexpected Recovery of Romance.” It’s never too late to rediscover love or life; the potential always exists. The symbol depicts remembering a “lost” part of the self and finding it again when experiencing a higher vibration. (We integrate many parts of the self on the spiritual path.)

Moon sits on Scorpio 21, “Obeying His Conscience, A Soldier Resists Orders.” It’s a perfect symbol for the Scorpio moon, which opposes Mercury (thought). In this case, conscience refers to the inner self, and orders may refer to thought (Mercury) and moods (Moon). The heart is the place where we can literally review both thought and mood.

Mercury is placed on Taurus 24, “An Indian Warrior Riding Fiercely with Human Scalps Hanging at His Belt”.  The symbol refers to vengeance, territories, and disputes. It also speaks of the importance of evolving beyond these types of basic needs.

Venus sits on Taurus 4, “The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow.” It’s a beautiful symbol, depicting the possibility of aligning with the Divine. We find the treasure through our imagination, spiritual yearnings, and consistent work.

Mars sits on Cancer 2, “A Man on a Magic Carpet Observes Vast Vistas Below”. The symbol suggests the importance of traveling through life on a higher frequency, which elevates consciousness above problems and the mundane in life. From this perspective, it’s possible to find unseen answers from this place of detachment.

Jupiter is on Sagittarius 23, “A Group of Immigrants Fulfilling the Requirements for Entering A New Country.” It could refer to the New Age and the requirements of higher consciousness. We are literally learning a new language through intuition and compassion as we become re-oriented to the new energies.

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

Full Pink Moon

The April Full moon is called “pink” as a reference to flowers and spring.  It’s a challenging moon, but it also brings energies and aspects, which are helpful. The chart focuses on rebirth and transformation, making fit perfectly with the season’s theme of resurrection. The Full Moon appears on April 19 on Good Friday, the miraculous day in the garden when almost every seed planted will sprout. In nature, it’s a very powerful time.

Sun (life) is in Aries, encouraging motion and direction in our lives. Moon (mother, emotions) is placed in Libra, the air sign aligned with balance and beauty.  Ruled by Venus, gardeners know seeds cast on a Libra moon grow the most beautiful flowers of any sign.

The difficulty–and opportunity–come from the conjunction (closely placed) between Saturn (limitation), Pluto (underworld, transformation), and South Node (past patterns, personal karma). Pluto’s tendency is to reveal truth from the past, usually whatever we’d prefer not to know. Saturn teaches us about our limitations and how to create new habits to move through it. South Node represents a place in consciousness where we continue to repeat the same rituals, but they don’t work.

For those on a spiritual path, the aspects with Saturn, Pluto, and South Node can offer a time of cleansing and creating freedom with the inner self. These planets operate by showing our limitations and (eventually) opening the door to the freedom that comes from living in alliance with the soul.  (Empaths, light workers, and intuitive beings often experience rejection from family and society at large, which leads to disassociation with spiritual gifts. Often, years are required to work through limitations that were initiated during childhood—causing abilities to lie dormant and hidden. By embracing the rejected parts of the self, we create true transformation within ourselves. When we integrate “lost” or undeveloped aspects of the true self, we radiate light and use our magic correctly to bring about a state of love in ourselves—and the world.This type of transformation occurs by digging through the clutter of the subconscious (Pluto) to find the truth that sets us free. Finding truth and living truth are different, but devotion (Saturn at its best) teaches development of gifts. Redeeming the lost parts of the self gives freedom and courage for breaking free of old patterns and beliefs. But we have to discover what is hidden beneath the surface to do this.Wherever we have problems in life, they are somehow related to karmic circumstances, past events, and the feelings we have about ourselves. Limitations and resistance relate to personal patterns of seeing the world in a specific way. When we release old belief, we become capable of perceiving a larger, happier view of life.

Sun (life) conjuncts (close to) Uranus in Aries (sudden change, quantum field); this aspect can heighten integrity and higher self-awareness of personal uniqueness and Moon (emotions, mother) is opposite Uranus.  The Moon’s aspect with Uranus can incite a flurry of conflicting emotions that change with various stimuli and encounters with those we love. One of the lessons of metaphysics is that emotions – like thoughts – are not always real—unless they come from the heart. It’s important to test and see if they align with the heart or circumstances because Uranus can make them feel very real.

Mercury (communication, thought) is in Aries, a fire sign. This placement quickens thought and intellect, and it hastens action. It can elicit enthusiasm about new ideas and quick decisions. It likes anything new including ideas, projects, and leadership roles.

 

Venus

 

Venus (beauty, love) remains exalted in Pisces, and it exudes a spiritual connection with divine—a higher love that lifts us above daily events. It aids with mystical pursuits. Venus in Pisces deepens our ability to perceive beauty; it may also reveal spiritual truths through dreams and visions.

Mercury and Venus are conjunct (close), bringing harmony between the mind and heart. However, Mercury and Venus square (tension) Jupiter (good fortune), which asks us to go beyond the mind and emotions to perceive subtleties of the inner self. (Jupiter can symbolize our spiritual path, but a more gestalt approach is needed with this particular chart.)

Mars (action, male) is placed in Gemini, an air sign. Mars like to act, and Gemini likes to think. In other words, it’s difficult to take action, and it’s easy to overthink and hesitate. Action is easily confused with a series of thoughts, which tend to move in circles. It’s not decisive. Mars squares (tension) Neptune (mysticism, illusion), increasing the difficulty of finding the right action. (If it’s a desire, nourished by the heart, act. If it’s practical, act. If not, wait and see.)

Jupiter (good fortune) is retrograde in Sagittarius. In retrograde, Jupiter helps with understanding the spiritual path by revealing our alignment (or lack of alignment) with the spiritual path. If we listen, it’s possible to develop our intuitive abilities to find our way, and shed light to aid in altering beliefs and habits. Jupiter trines Uranus (quantum field, sudden change) can increase our exuberance and joy about life while encouraging us to embrace new, innovative ideas. In this chart, Jupiter trines the Sun, shining light on our lives and lending encouragement as we step through obstacles.

Saturn in Capricorn keeps continual focus on the financial aspects of the world. It’s possible to visualize and share solutions for creating wealth through practical, environmentally sound ideas. (I like to see light workers with more income because they are conscious consumers, and industry tends to follow consumerism.) Saturn conjuncts Pluto (underworld, transformation), which brings old patterns and lack of understanding (about karma) to the surface. Saturn is opposite North Node (spiritual direction of the world). It asks for reflection on limitations and the possibility of positive world change.

Uranus (quantum field, sudden change) is in Aries, the beginning of a new spiritual cycle in the Age of Aquarius. Sun and Moon have aspects with Uranus, which can cause rapidly changing emotions and ideas. Uranus remains square (tension) Pluto, revealing information for spiritual growth—although not always in an easy, comfortable manner.

Neptune in Pisces can bestow connection with the mystical world. Neptune can also feel confusing when it’s square Mars (action) and Jupiter (good fortune). We may feel confused about the best action to take—and/or when and where. As always, the answer lies within, but it requires depth and reflection at this particular time.

Pluto is the god of the underworld, holding subconscious knowledge in its cavern. Periodically, the heavens connect us with these messages, which can feel confusing and dark. It’s like receiving an infusion of truth clothed in dirty rags. (We don’t particularly want it, but there’s gold hidden beneath the disguise.) If we look and listen, Pluto tells us why we feel reluctant, shy, and/or can’t move forward. It shows us – through memories and events – why we’re stuck. If we take back our power, we reclaim a remnant of our soul and take a step into becoming more whole. Pluto can act as the transforming power behind the resurrection of self—a perfect analogy for Easter weekend.

Sabian Symbols based on Lynda Hill’s work

Sun is on Aries 30, “A Duck Pond and Its Brood.” A duck pond symbolizes a small, safe place, which is pleasant, and meets the needs of a small group. It speaks of the limiting factors of life—and the beauty of a small life. It can refer to the desire for expansion into a larger pond or the need to nourish and find sustaining resources in a limited life.

Moon is placed in Libra 30, “Three Mounds of Knowledge on a Philosopher’s Head”. It speaks of phrenology, the study of the shape of head. The symbol encourages observing and heeding the messages of the physical body. It also refers to seeing the spiritual form of the physical. (Alchemy teaches that all of its secrets are demonstrated by the natural world.)

Mercury is found on Aries 3, “A Cameo Shows the Profile of a Man that Suggests the Outline of His Country.” The symbol focuses on the power of observation, which comes intuitively by reading energy as opposed to information. As this inner tool is applied, it becomes to understand how people, places, and events fit into the large picture of the “whole”.

Venus sits on Pisces 29, “Light Breaking into Many Colors as It Passes Through a Prism”. It’s an exquisite symbol, speaking of how the One Light diffuses into many colors and forms.  It tells us to think of one large light, which is the inner self, and contemplate how the many colors of the self can relate to the whole. (Of course, this can refer to the world, too.)

Mars is placed on Gemini 13, “A World-Famous Pianist Giving A Concert Performance”. With Mars placed on this degree, it’s time to bring our talents to the forefront—particularly if we’ve practiced and mastered a gift, talent, or art. The best performances occur when we do what we love most.

 

 

 

 

 

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 and New Moon

 

The sky is calmer since the passage of the equinox, the end of Mercury retrograde last week, and the movement of planets into Aries, and other aspects.  However, life remains somewhat free-flowing—a time of reflection while spring awakens the beauty of the earth.

The dark phase of the moon brings the New Moon on April 5, and it remains a time of introspection. Think of seeds lying deep in the earth; it’s same with our aspirations for growth and change. At the same time, the day of the New Moon (and the three days following) are an excellent time for reviewing and renewing plans in the physical/spiritual world.

In month of April, three planets will move into retrograde position. Jupiter, planet of good fortune, will move backwards from April 10-August 11. As Jupiter rules discovery, abundance, and journeys, it’s a time to make corrections on our spiritual path by committing to aspects of life that support our growth. Pluto, planet of transformation and the underworld, is retrograde April 24-October 3. It tends to reveal hidden emotions and old, painful stories before lifting them into the surface of consciousness. It also allows us to rewrite our life stories (and beliefs) in a more victorious way. (Of course, we have to see the truth before we can rewrite into another form.) Saturn moves in retrograde on April 30-September 18. Much of Saturn’s influence is about finding devotion on the higher path and overcoming obstacles by following the light. This path also requires on many levels.

In many ways, the planets are our teachers. The moons (new and full) create a cycle of changing emotions and energies to demonstrate the realm of emotion/thought, which occur in response to various energies.

This New Moon asks for independence, boldness, and courage by moving into the new territory of our dreams. With Sun and Moon in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, it’s important to make new beginnings, plan our lives in a new way, and feel the joy of creation. (Think of the lamb, the symbol of Aries, the appearance of the flowers, and the hope and loveliness that are found in the beginning phases of life.)

Sun (life) and Moon (emotions) in Aries tend to propel our energies in a forward direction. They trine (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), eliciting positive outcomes from positive interactions with steps taken in life to create a more positive life and flowing emotions. Sun and Moon square Saturn (limitation, karma), making it necessary to push determinedly through obstacles and old, worn-out perceptions about our lives. Sun and Moon square Pluto (underworld, transformation), making it necessary to find the truth about subconscious feelings and free them by recreating them into a higher form. (Fortunately, Sun and Moon are very creative in a fire sign.)

Mercury (communications) remains in Pisces, linking us into mystical communications and confusing us with the dual-vision of Pisces (two fish swimming in opposite directions.)  Mercury squares (tension) Jupiter (good fortune), which may help with discerning our higher and lower thoughts—and their benefit/lack of benefit. Mercury conjuncts (close to) Neptune in Pisces, amplifying the free-floating feeling, which we’ve experienced for weeks. (On the positive, it can heighten our intuition and mystical nature.)

Venus

Venus (love, partnerships) is beautifully placed in Pisces where it is exalted, offering an expression of mystical, idealistic love in the physical world. It can also help us to connect more deeply with divine forces, which serve us with our life purpose. (Venus, Mercury, and Neptune rise in this chart, offering a doorway into love and higher frequencies.) Venus squares (tension) Mars (male energy), which may make communication between the sexes more difficult than usual. But Venus also conjuncts (close to) Neptune, which can awaken dreams of the heart and nourish the spirit.

Mars (male, energy) is in Gemini, the sign of the twins. In this air sign, Mars lacks traction; it’s more difficult to move forward. We also experience some of the push me/pull me energy, which appeared last month with many signs of Pisces. (Think of a red light that turns green and not knowing if you turn right or left!) Fortunately, the energy of Sun/Moon in Aries can push us through life.

Jupiter (good fortune) in Sagittarius continues to ask for heightened interest in spirituality, study, and inner development. Jupiter trines Uranus (quantum field, sudden change), increasing our ability to harmoniously combine the old and new world. Jupiter squares (tension) Neptune (mysticism, idealism), creating the need for discernment between the lovely, flowing feeling of connection and creating a path (life) that serves us. Jupiter also squares (tension) Chiron, the wounded healer, which may heighten awareness of old wounds and karma.

Uranus (sudden change, quantum field) continues to square (tension) Pluto (underworld, transformation), dredging the dark material of the River Styx into the light for transformation into something beautiful and new. Neptune sextiles (harmonious) Pluto, offering unconditional as part of the process of transformation, the beautiful and challenging way of life in a New 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.