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Autumn Equinox Forecast

 

The autumn equinox indicates the energetic trend for the next 3 months. It occurs on Saturday, Sept. 22.  It’s a beautiful time of year when the Sun moves into Libra, a planet ruled by Venus, that brings beauty, balance, and light. 

Overall, the chart presents challenges with a T-square (Sun/Mercury, Saturn and Chiron) and the continuation of the Mars/Uranus square. More importantly, it presents divine guidance and insights through beautiful trines, which give encouragement and mystical help. (For many, life may have felt heavy and/challenging in the past few weeks, but this chart provides energies to rise to the next level of personal/spiritual development.)

The Sun is in the last degrees of Virgo but will soon move into Libra, the sign of balance, beauty, and art. The Sun (life, light) and Mercury (communication) in Libra are conjunct (closely placed), amplifying our ability to access the higher mind through both logic and creativity. Sun trines Mars (action, male), which activates the proper use of physical energy through action, thought, and word. Sun’s square with Saturn (karma) activates motion between our memories and patterns of the past and our desire to create a more positive future. (We’ll move between the 2 states.)

Moon (emotions, inner self) is beautifully placed in Pisces, a water sign. The Moon trines Venus in Scorpio, allowing positive, feminine emotions, which aid in finding the flow in life. Moon sextiles Saturn (the past) and Uranus (sudden change, awakening), bringing together the two aspects of life in synchronous way. Moon conjuncts (close to) Neptune in Pisces, and this heightens the ability to glimpse the unseen world, intensifies night dreams, and increases artistic ability and insight.

Mercury (communications) sits in Libra, encouraging reflection and balance. It trines (harmonious) Mars, encouraging proper, enlightened action that encompasses thought about all sides of problems and issues. Mercury squares (tension) Saturn, asking for consideration of old karmic debts and patterns, which can cloud perception and depth of thought.

Venus (love, relationships) is placed in Scorpio; it intensifies all emotions about relationships of every type. (Passion is wonderful when it is correctly directed.) Venus squares (tension) Mars, increasing the possibility of misunderstandings in relationships and necessitating the pause, generated by clear thought. Venus opposes Uranus (sudden change, awakening), inciting strong thoughts, emotions, and possibly actions based on old patterns – or realizations, which can give grace to recognize and release them. Venus trines (harmonious) Neptune (mysticism, idealism), opening consciousness to ideals and ideas based on intuitively perceived information.

Mars (action, male) sits in Aquarius, emphasizing thought, fixed perceptions, and connection with humanity. Mars squares Uranus (sudden change, awakening), which can accelerate tendencies to act and/or speak strongly about personal beliefs and feelings. It can also teach us to hold back and consider the validity of perpetual responses – and create new perceptions based on universal truth.

Jupiter (good fortune) is in Scorpio, a magnetic, intuitive water sign. In this position, Jupiter urges us to find the truth behind repetitive situations to find good fortune in life. Jupiter trines (harmonious) Neptune, encouraging and accentuating the importance of intuitively seeking answers behind the “veil”. The aspect also gives hope and encouragement to seekers.

Neptune (mysticism, illusion) is beautifully highlighted in this chart. The Moon conjuncts (close) Neptune, intensifying our ability to perceive the mystical world. Venus (love) and Jupiter (good fortune) trine Neptune, indicating our most desirable answers can be found through meditation, beauty, and the contemplation of love. Jupiter (good fortune) and Neptune (mysticism) are sextile Pluto (subconscious). The aspects hint at ease with finding subconscious or hidden truths more easily than usual as we continue on our spiritual quest.

T-Square with Sun/Mercury, Saturn, and Chiron

Sun (life) and Mercury (thought) are opposite Chiron, which encourages looking at old wounds when focusing on improvement in life. Jupiter trines (harmonious) Chiron, creating ease with the process, and Saturn (karma) squares Chiron, indicating the need for more integration of the wounded self.  Sun/Mercury square (tension) Saturn, which creates conflict between life/higher mind and patterns/circumstances based on the past. Sun/Mercury square Chiron, pointing to old wounds, which require clearing. Saturn opposes Chiron, intensifying the presence and feelings of the past, which were associated with the initial pain. (Positively speaking, T-squares exert pressure that can lead to clearing blocks and obstacles.)

 

Tips:

  1. Beautiful, feminine energy is exuded through aspects with Moon, Venus, and Neptune. These three feminine planets are placed in water, soothing emotion through spiritual vibrations. Meditation, focusing on angels, and recording dreams can help with attuning to the mystical energies presented in the chart.
  2. Mars (male) square Uranus (sudden change, awakening) is the aspect, which brought irritated and angry feelings to the surface – and desire for action – throughout the summer. In this chart, it is softened by a trine with the Sun and Mercury. (Sun and Mercury send light and the wisdom of the higher mind to rowdy Mars, lord of action and disputes.)
  3. A T-square places intense pressure on our consciousness to realize the patterns caused by old wounds and karma. When we realize the truth about the hurt and pain in our past – which is energetic at its root – it’s possible to change how we experience life. This shift provides freedom for growth.
  4. Neptune (mysticism, idealism) is beautifully placed in the chart. It can connect us to the creative imagination, spiritual ideals, or simply the loveliness of the world.
  5. The elements (fire, air, water, and earth) are fairly well distributed with a lack of fire, but the energy should feel much better than earlier in the month. The difficulties in the chart are met with equivalent, positive, and spiritual forces. (The universe supports us through the next shift.)

 

 

 

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

 

The New Moon appears at 2:01 pm on Sunday, September 9. New Moons are typically for releasing the past and planning the future. They bring the energy of the “void”, a pause before creating in the next cycle of the moon. (The Full and New Moon tend to feel more intense, which is representative of the impact of light and darkness.) With only three planets in retrograde, it’s time to begin a cycle of moving forward.

Sun, Moon, and Mercury are in Virgo, which can indicate service, arcane truth, and emphasis on work. Virgo is an earth sign, and it rules the body, placing particular emphasis on health. All three planets oppose Neptune (wounded healer) in Pisces, and Sun and Moon trine Pluto (subconscious, regeneration.) The sign of Pisces can refer to the past age; it also rules mysticism and sacrifice. In past ages, there was an emphasis on personal sacrifice, which included helping others (and forgetting the self.) In the Aquarian Age, we are becoming aware of the need for balanced giving.

Virgo loves to move through life by focusing on details and giving directions; Pisces flows through life with eyes closed and navigates through intuition. Both skills will be needed to glide through life for the next few days.

A Grand Trine with Mercury (communications), Saturn (time, karma), and Uranus (awakening, sudden change) can help with finding our way through the dichotomy of the chart. (Every chart is about learning to live in the physical and spiritual world simultaneously.) Mercury heightens our ability to listen to the higher mind. Saturn represents the past, and Uranus symbolizes the future. By focusing on the inner self and listening to its guidance, we can successfully and harmoniously blend the lessons of the past, and the pull of the future. (It’s how we create a new life on a spiritual level.)

Venus is passionate in Scorpio, heightening magnetic and possessive feelings. Venus is not as agreeable when placed in Scorpio; she squares Mars (male, energy) and opposes Uranus (sudden change, awakening). When Venus squares Mars, it makes for disagreements between the male (action) and female (loving) sides of the self. Venus opposite Uranus can create sudden, impulsive action and misunderstandings with other people and loved ones.

Mars (male, energy) in Capricorn remains square Uranus (sudden change, New Age). It causes the sensation of a build-up of energy that wants to run rampant through life with uneasy emotions. Of course, we know better, and we have to deal with the energy by counting to 10 or running around the block. (It begins to subside around Sept. 18.)

Jupiter in Scorpio continues to ask for vigilance in seeking the truth as to why events occur in a particular way and people continue to act in a repetitive fashion. When we understand how our energy affects the cyclical events, we gain a great deal of freedom. As the planet of good fortune and expansion, Jupiter asks for insights and self-reflection so we can broaden our base of understanding. It’s how we move into good fortune by creating success through the happiness of aligning with the positive in life.

Jupiter (good fortune) in Scorpio trines Neptune (mysticism, illusion) in Pisces, which brings a light-hearted optimistic feeling about the future and life. By seeing the truth (Jupiter/Scorpio), we move through the illusion in life to create and experience beauty, elated emotion, and the sensation of flowing into the mystical aspects of life.

Saturn moved direct earlier in the week. In this chart, Saturn is a supportive planet that encourages positive use of structure, lessons, and influential memories. Saturn (karma, limitation) trines Uranus (sudden change, new age), bringing a beneficial energy and practical insights into building a new world based on the best of the old world while intuitively perceiving the possible benefits of the new world.

Sun and Moon in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn increase our potential of fathoming secrets hidden within the earth. Sun and Moon in Virgo heighten our ability to read information based on small details (physically and spiritually), and Pluto rules power and the underworld. With many good aspects found in earth signs, it may be possible to discover nature’s secrets – or to receive her guidance. The aspect also heightens our ability to use power wisely and feel life more intensely.

 

Sabian Symbols, based on Lynda Hill’s interpretations

Sun/Moon are on Virgo 18, “Two Girls Playing with An Ouija Board”. There’s a desire to use clairvoyant abilities to connect or contact the spirit world. The Ouija Board denotes a tool for divination. But divination only works when the mind and spirit are focused together on the question—and are open to the answer. The symbol advises wise seeking to avoid incorrect and/or misleading information to flow in from the spirit world as with an Ouija Board.

Mercury sits on Virgo 7, “A Harem”.  The feminine awakening presents an image of strong women working together to create balance and nurturing in the world. Obviously, the goal is living and working together in harmony to create a positive existence.

The image of a harem speaks of the problems of many women living together such as competitiveness, jealousy, and disagreements. The symbol points to the need to work through feminine weaknesses through awareness while developing strength and harmony.

Venus is on Scorpio 1, “A Sightseeing Bus filled with Tourists”. The symbol depicts traveling with others to known destination but with a lack of awareness of the sights, sounds, and passengers. The conditions are unknown, and experiences are imagined – to be determined during the journey. In many ways, a spiritual journey is the same. We know a more enlightened state is the destination but are unaware of what it entails.

Mars is on Capricorn 30, “Directors of a Large Firm Meet in Secret Conference.” The imagery hints at the concept of leaders deciding the future for others, possibly considering their needs – or not. It can also indicate subconscious forces that tend to determine events in life.

 

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

 

The Full Moon appears on Sunday, August 26 at 7:56 am. Five planets remain retrograde, limiting success and forward motion. However, Mars moves direct on August 27, inciting courage, decisiveness, and strength –and there are many uplifting aspects with positive influence involving Sun (life) and Moon (the feminine, emotions).

The chart is heavy with earth, which can provide grounding and connection with nature—or denseness and lack of flexibility. After a summer of retrogrades, which demand reflection and restrict action, we have a great deal of repressed energy, and it’s important to continue our restraint through contemplative thought, words, and actions. (It’s probably wise to clear energy through meditation before expressing it in the physical world.)

The Moon (emotions feminine) is wonderfully placed in the intuitive, feminine sign of Pisces, which opens mystical intuition and brings alignment with the unseen world. When the Moon is in a water sign, it’s particularly fertile, encouraging growth, transformation, and germination. Moon sextiles Saturn (structure) and Uranus (awakening, change), which enhances our ability to bring life into physical form

Sun (life) in Virgo, an earth sign representing the High Priestess who understands the laws of the universe and applies them accurately and discretely. On the human side, Virgo can bring enlighten through spiritual discrimination and/or become focused on small details and ignore the importance of the larger side of life. (Every sign has positive/negative connotations.)

The Sun conjuncts Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo. When the Sun conjuncts Regulus, there is an emanation of universal love. (Leo rules the heart.) A Grand Trine is formed with the Sun in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. The Trine is placed in earth signs, reflecting the potential to reap return on efforts made earlier in the year.  Saturn is structure, and Uranus in Taurus concerns physical life. The lovely Trine encourages a new structure in the physical world—or a new more connected way of living life.

Mercury (mind, communications) in Leo arouses passion and desire, and it urges heart-felt expression. Mercury is direct, smoothing communications, travel, and the motion of life. Mercury squares Jupiter in Scorpio. Squares create tension, and Jupiter asks for a deeper look at life and a greater understanding about the veiled energy beneath events and thoughts.

When placed in Libra, Venus (feminine, love) aligns with the goddess of beauty because it is an exalted position for this planet. Venus can help in grasping the loveliness in small moments and remembering the value of the heat space, which conveys love and grace. Venus squares (tension) Mars (male, energy), creating a lack of communication between the male/female sides of the self.

Venus square Pluto (subconscious, transformation) intensifies emotions as well as the desire to control and direct relationships. The lesson concerns releasing control of loved ones and trusting the universe to give what is needed. (It makes see the shadowy, unlovable part of the self while urging for transformation into a purer form. This is what love does. It makes the beauty, harmony, and peace in life become visible and attainable. It transmutes everything into a higher level.

Mars (male, energy) is placed in Capricorn, an earth sign. In direct position, it can help with the practical side of life, providing a positive, strong focus on work, and it amplifies focus and ambition. However, Mars continues to square Uranus, encouraging energetic eruptions and sudden behavioral shifts. Mars conjuncts (close to) Pluto, the god of the underworld. Mars conjunct Pluto gives the power to move through blocks and obstacles and create substantial change.

Jupiter (expansion, growth) in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces; it’s a romantic, dreamy, and spiritual aspect. Heightening our religious and spiritual affinity, the trine aids in finding mystical, peaceful pursuits for a focus in life. It increases our propensity to act out of love and an inner higher purpose. Jupiter sextile Pluto offers transformative energy to make changes in the world through the power of goodness and higher intentions based on inner growth and self-realization. It encourages spiritual rebirth for many people in the general population.

Saturn (karma, structure, limitation) trines Uranus (awakening, sudden change), providing insights on combining the best qualities of the past age and the New Age. Neptune (mysticism, illusion) sextiles Pluto (transformation). According to Robert Hand, it indicates a period of changing morality, sexuality, and religious beliefs.

In summary, it’s a stable chart with grounding influences from 5 planets placed in earth. It’s also a feminine chart with 8 planets in earth and water. We lack the influence of mystical energies from eclipses and other unusual influences, but there are many aspects to lead us into love and divine understanding.

The Grand Trine with Sun, Saturn, and Uranus heightens our ability to manifest. Moon in Pisces opens our inner vision to the unseen world. Sun conjunct Regulus aligns our heart with an infusion of divine love. Venus in Libra heightens the beauty in life, making it easier to become present in life. Jupiter (expansion) trines Neptune (mysticism) increases our awareness of the positive effect of spiritual awareness and action.

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun is on Virgo 4, “Black and White Children Playing Happily Together”. With Sun conjunct Regulus, the symbol points to the value of universal love, which overcomes duality and create wholeness. As we move into divine love, the differences, created by separation, are transformed to a higher view of wholeness.

Moon is on Pisces 4, “Heavy Traffic Linking Two Seaside Resorts.” Seaside resorts tend to refer to locations for rest, relaxation, and enjoyment. The sea refers to emotions, and a seaside resort reflects pleasant emotions. Heavy traffic points to many people traveling at one time without cooperation or smoothness provided by earlier preparation.

Mercury is placed on Leo 15, “A Street Pageant Moving Along in a Street Packed with People.” Again, the imagery denotes too many people, crowding, and a lack of space. These symbols may refer to mass consciousness, which lacks the knowledge to adequately clear thoughts and emotions, and essentially jams the “street” of positive collective communication.

Venus on Libra 19, “A Gang of Robbers in Hiding”. This strange symbol may speak about the potential of hidden aspects of the self that hide in the shadows of our patterns and unhappiness in life. Venus is love, and the planet is well placed. Perhaps, the symbol is referring to our capacity to release hidden memories and traumas through the powerful potential of love.

Mars on Capricorn 29, “A Woman Reading Tea Leaves”. It’s interesting to see Mars, the keeper of male and physical energy, represented by the symbol of the psychic. Since Mars remains conjunct Uranus, it’s probably important to listen to our intuition and heart before taking action. (No one looks at tea leaves unless they seek help in finding the right direction.)

 

 

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 Super Moon and Solar Eclipse

 

A Solar Eclipse, the last of three eclipses, falls on the New Moon on August 11. Eclipses and New Moons are about new beginnings and endings. We enter a void, and, then life expands as the New Moon moves into fullness. The void will feel more intense because the moon is particularly close to earth, which is known as a Super New Moon. At the same, we’re moving through the Lion’s Gate, the annual influx of solar light, during August 8-12.

This eclipse is not about transformation into higher realms. The aspects ask us to see the bigger truths beneath the surface. The New Moon/Eclipse chart focuses on the practical aspects of life – the art of staying centered in the heart space when life is chaotic, difficult, or stressful. (The heart and inner self can always find the right action; the challenge is dealing with the personality’s habitual reactions to life.)

With five planets in fire–Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Chiron–there is much passion and heat. Appropriately, Sun (outer self), Moon (inner self), and Mercury (mind) are conjunct in Leo, inciting courage, loyalty, and a desire to follow the heart.

Three strong squares appear between Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (mind), and Jupiter (good fortune, expansion). According to texts, Jupiter knows the right path for our illumination, blessings, and inner growth. Jupiter is placed in Scorpio, and its skill lies seeing the truth beneath the surface – and applying it to transmute our lives into a higher form.

These three squares create tension between the inner self and the part of the self that lacks alignment with our soul, particularly on the level of life (Sun), emotions (Moon), and Mercury (thought/communication). All of the planets fall in fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio), indicating the importance of seeing life from a different, broader perspective and an open mind. (Moving into love requires seeing where we are distanced from it such as  through people, places, and perception. The challenge is recognizing the truth and making appropriate changes.)

Mars (energy, assertion, male) squares Uranus (awakening, sudden change). Uranus loves change, and Mars interprets this as reaction on the physical and emotional level. With seven planets in retrograde, the Mars/Uranus square is like a subterranean channel with energy flowing beneath the surface that can explode when brought to the surface unless it is wisely directed.

Venus (feminine, love, relationships) is beautifully placed in Libra, accentuating our ability to perceive beauty, balance, and fairness. Venus trines (harmonious) Mars in Aquarius, bringing harmony between the male/female sides of the self – as well as partnerships and relationships. Venus squares Saturn in Capricorn, bringing tension based on the past (and karma) to the surface for clearing. (Again, it’s another opportunity to see how beliefs and experience cloud perceptions.)

  Jupiter

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) trines Neptune (illusion, mysticism), imbuing the forecast with positive energy and hopefulness. Jupiter sextiles Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), helping with the right use of power and strength. Saturn (time, limitation) trines Uranus (sudden change, awakening), creating a harmonious background for overcoming karma and moving into the beauty and transcendence of awakening.

Uranus moved into Taurus (earth) in May, and volcanoes erupt in Hawaii while fires rage in California, Greece, and England. On another level, a prolific number of  hatchlings (in my lifetime) of birds and reptiles (snakes, lizards, frogs) appeared in late May. For those of us who spend hours in nature, the Earth feels wonderfully alive.

 

Notes:

  • Fortunately, we’ll receive light from the Lion’s Gate while passing through the darkness of the New Moon, and trines with Venus/Mars, Jupiter/Neptune, and Saturn/Uranus mitigate the intense energy of squares with Sun/Moon/Mercury and Jupiter.
  • The challenge lies in remaining neutral when previously “unseen” causes of frustration and unhappiness become appear. By returning to the heart, we can find our way and gently navigate through obstacles through visualization, careful conversations, and a focus on love. It’s part of living on a higher level, but it’s never easy.
  • Mars (assertion, male) squares Uranus (sudden change, awakening), creating tension and upset. This aspect encourages quick action and retort and can create upsetting emotions. It’s about reaction as opposed to response. When a change or conversation is needed, wait and meditate on it for several days. (Emotions translate poorly while this aspect is active. Aspect continues through September 18.)
  • Venus encourages us to find love in balance, harmony, and beauty. Part of the vision of the inner self comes from contemplation of beauty and how it relates to the heart. Take time to reflect on the beauty of the people, landscape, and simple pleasures like the sun and moon.
  • Much of the chart is about moving through our fixed ideas about life, people, and the way in which live. In the big picture, it’s marvelous to let go of the small aspects of life and embrace the larger possibilities.

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sabian Symbols provide an interpretation of the placement of the planet in a particular sign. Every sign (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc) has thirty degrees. Each degree has a specific meaning.

Sun and Moon are placed on Leo 19, “A Houseboat Party Crowded with Revelers; The Water Reflects Its Lights.” The symbol feels appropriate for the eclipse. Many of us are gathered together on a vessel amidst the water, which represents emotion. Sometimes, it may seem like a party as we move together in the New Age. Other times, we’re confined within the group energy of the people around us, and their energy is amplified and reflected by the pond, lake, or sea.

Mercury is on Leo 15, “A Street Pageant Moving Along a Street Packed with People.” The imagery of an exciting group event repeats with Mercury, which rules mind and communications. We can observe or participate in the pageant, find unity or feel pressed by the crowd, or celebrate or withdraw.

Venus sits on Libra 5, “A Man Teaching The True Inner Knowledge Of The New World To His Students”. This symbol seems self-evident. As we awaken, it is love that leads us to true inner knowledge, teachers, and the perception of the New World.  (Stay aligned with the heart.)

Mars is on Aquarius 1, “A Woman Reading Tea Leaves.” Mars is all about action; it loves reaction, arguments, and movement into the next brawl. This symbol encourages focusing on the direction of the intuitive self by deciphering messages that may not always make sense in the outer world. Intuitive messages are often confusing on the surface but offer true guidance through hints and feelings.

Jupiter sits on Scorpio 15, “Children Playing Around Five Mounds of Sand.” The five mounds of sand represent the 5 elements, which is sometimes referred to as the pentacle. In short, the children do not understand the power of symbols or their inherent ability to create change in the physical world through occult work. (This symbol may refer to us because Jupiter squares the Sun, Moon, and Mercury in this chart.  Perhaps, part of our spiritual maturity comes through the perception of our abilities.)

 

 

 

 

 

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 Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse

The Full Blood (Red) Moon appears on Friday, July 27 with the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The Full Moon Eclipse is a powerhouse, and it can ignite emotions and erratic actions. It can also act as a catalyst for realizing the potential and beauty of the inner self. If we choose, the eclipse can act as a door into self-awareness and development of spiritual gifts. (Astrology consistently presents equations of energy, which affect emotion and reaction; however, the placement of the consciousness is the determining factor in the outcome.)
Sun (life) is in Leo, increasing passion, drama, and the desire to live through the heart. It brings vitality, courage, and creativity into life. Moon (mother, emotions) is placed in Aquarius, the air sign that rules group endeavors, individuality, and mentality. The Moon is almost exactly conjunct Mars, and the degrees of their placement refer to “A Council of Ancestors” (Moon), indicating guidance from souls who walked the same path, and “A Hindu Healer Glows with Mystic Power” (Mars), which may hint at the best way of using our energy.
Mars (energy, male, assertion) is at its brightest since 2003, and it’s close to the earth. Mars’ aspects with Jupiter and Uranus intensify its power – and our energy. Mars is currently in a retrograde position, but its energy can feel like running in place or living in hyper-drive without a clear focus.
Mercury (communications) moves into retrograde on July 26, and it slows progression of many aspects of life. Mercury (communications) in Leo (fire) is passionate and dramatic. In retrograde, it may mean our passions need tempering by focusing on the heart – and questioning their alignment with the inner self. Mercury’s retro position asks for rest, relaxation, and review of life. It slows travel and communications.
Venus in Virgo can be critical or wise. But Venus’ influence is mainly positive with a sextile with Jupiter (good fortune), meaning love is aligned with expansion and growth. Venus and Neptune are opposed, which can result in difficulty discerning illusion and reality –specifically within relationships. (This aspect also heightens our sense of beauty.) Venus (love, feminine) trines Pluto (underworld, transformation), adding power and energy to the aspects of life that we love.

Squares

Squares cause tension between two energies. The tension can sometimes push us into finding new methods and ways of dealing with life. They can also feel frustrating. It’s helpful to know we do have the power to transcend them. (Besides, we are always tested before moving into the next level of consciousness, which the eclipse definitely offers.)

Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (communications), and Mars (action) square Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion. These squares are in fixed signs, possibly reflecting stubbornness, lack of flexibility, and changes that lead to growth. Sun square Jupiter may reveal how our vision of life requires expansion and growth. Moon (emotions) square Jupiter draws old emotions and limitations of the past to the surface and their conflict with a need for growth. Mercury (communications) square Jupiter can cause procrastination and a sense of laziness.

Mars (action) square Jupiter gives enthusiasm, energy, and zest for life, but Jupiter can make the passion excessive and impulsive.Sun (life), Moon (emotions) and Mars (action, male, passion) square Uranus, the planet of unpredictability and awakening. Sun square Uranus increases the need for personal freedom and the feeling of being different or not fitting into groups. Moon square Uranus can cause unpredictable, rapid changing emotions, making it difficult to focus and complete tasks. Mars square Uranus denotes creative, erratic, and passionate energy that can be channeled or explosive.

Jupiter (expansion) trines Neptune (illusion, mysticism) with a continuance of a hopeful, light and optimistic feeling, which has been helpful during the summer months. Saturn (limitation, karma) trines Uranus (New Age, awakening) bestows a positive intermingling of concepts of the Piscean and Aquarian Age.

Positive aspects with Chiron (the wounded healer) include a trine with Sun, making life and healing align, and sextiles with Moon (emotions) and Mars (action). Saturn (limitation, karma) squares Chiron, indicating the need to find the source of our limitations and clear them with active consciousness.

Notes:

  • Awakened people (like you) may feel tension, but you should be capable of dealing with the energies throughout the weekend. However, not everyone is like you. The world may present chaotic actions and energies, but you know how to change energy so send peaceful vibrations into the space around you and out into the world (Think of peace as beautiful blue-green waves that bring calm and love.)
  • The present moment (and throughout the week) is NOT time for acting on repressed feelings, talking to others about unfair behavior, or beginning a new project. (Write letters and emails that you never send.) With many planets in retrograde, take time to meditate on the beauty of your desires – and the opportunity to do so. After all, it’s a gift.
  • Mercury is retrograde, limiting travel and mental expansion. Mercury retro tends to slow communications, travel, computers, and electronics. It also tends to cause confusion. It’s a time to rest, review, reflect, and remain consistent with spiritual practices.
  • Squares with Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) can limit the outcome of best efforts and cause frustration. Sun (life, self), Moon (emotions), and Mars (action, masculine) square Uranus (sudden change, awakening), which may prompt eccentric or sudden action. It’s far wiser to delay the action and go within. Let the universe ease waves of pressure and discontent by listening to the subtle voice of the inner self.
  • The Lunar Eclipse presents an opportunity to travel more deeply into the inner self. Think of it as walking into the light and reconstructing life into a higher form. Meditation and reflection are needed to accomplish this task, but the universe is sending light to help us on the path.

 

Sabian Symbols, based on Lynda Hill’s book and work

Sun is on Leo 5, “Rock Formations Towering over a Deep Canyon.” Rock formations could refer to structures of structures of the past or the time element of the planet. Either way, one has to wait and standstill while waiting for help, or climb down into the chasm and/or void.

In the spiritual world, this is known as taking a leap into the unknown, a way of letting go of safe structures and leaning on faith. (On the positive, it can also refer to the power needed to descend into the unknown.)

Moon is on Aquarius 5, “A Council of Ancestors Has Been Called to Guide a Man.” The symbol could refer to wise individuals who found truth and direction in another time – or it could speak of the necessity of following guidance from times past. On another level, it can refer to the strength of genetic ancestors, which lies in our DNA, and may act as a supportive force. (Guides also exist on a purely spiritual level.)

Mercury is on Leo 24, “Totally Concentrated upon Spiritual Attainment, A Yogi is Sitting in a State of Neglect.” The symbol calls attention to the importance of focus and listening to the inner self for true attainment. It also asks for balance between the spiritual and physical worlds.

Venus sits on Virgo 20, “A Caravan of Cars Headed for the Promised Land.” Venus offers substantial support in this chart, indicating help from the universe when we move into a state of love. The caravan of cars relates to the concept of the availability of higher dimensions for those who are spiritually aligned.

Mars is retrograde on Aquarius 4, “A Hindu Healer Glows with a Mystic Power”. This symbol refers to action on the inner as opposed to outer level. The “glow” comes from the light within. At some point, all seekers discover that the light of universe is a wonderful balm, which heals problems in the outer world.

Jupiter is on Scorpio 14, “Telephone Linesman at Work Installing New Connections”. It’s a wonderful symbol that suggests new ways of connecting intuitively and developing communications, which come from the heart.

 

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 Weather: It’s Eclipse Season

 

It’s the middle of eclipse season when the cosmos encourages new structures and ways of living that are better reflections of the inner self.  Our systems reboot with every eclipse, and the opportunity continues on July 27 (lunar eclipse) and August 11 (partial solar eclipse). With every eclipse, we receive a “boost” of light to reassemble life into a higher form, which can lift us into a new place of being or feel like burn-out.

The huge planetary retrograde continues with Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron moving backwards. (Mercury, planet of communications, moves retrograde on July 26.) Many planets in retrograde can make it feel difficult to find direction, and Mars retrograde (more below) makes everything feel strange and tiring. There is a benefit in retrograde season. The influence of mass consciousness is lessened, and it’s easier to hear our inner voice. When the energetic pool of the world is less agitated, we can find truth and understanding through meditation and reflection.

Sun (life) is in Cancer, a water sign ruling emotion, and Moon (emotions) is in Scorpio, which rules birth, death, and regeneration. In combination, these are forces making for a fertile period of time. (Fertile can refer to thoughts, emotions, actions, and visualizations.)

Sun squares Mars (male, action), which can cause conflict between our path in life and our desire to act. Sun opposes Uranus (awakening, sudden change), and it can cause erratic action and/or conflict between our soul’s path and our personal desire to move forward on the earthly plane.

Moon (emotions) in Scorpio aspects every planet except Mercury (communication). Many aspects with the moon indicate strong, unusual emotions. (Don’t act on them.) Moon squares Mars (action, male), which makes it easy to confuse emotional reaction with a desire for action.

Mars, The Challenge of Non-Action

Mars in Aquarius is retrograde, which can limit and affect physical vitality. It can also cause too much thought and incorrect action. This aspect lasts until August 27. (A square creates tension. Think of a ninety degree angle with two sides pressing against one another.  Mars squares Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) and Uranus (awakening, sudden change).

One of the wisest placements of consciousness during Mars retrograde lies in non-action. In the Taoist tradition, non-action does not mean refraining from action but to become passively awake and aware while performing daily tasks. Through this state of enhanced consciousness, we invoke the inner self, which leads us to deeper realizations. (Action prompted by the inner self is fine.)

Mercury

Mercury (communications) in Leo encourages the learning experience of expressing the truth of the heart. In all honesty, it takes time and work to accurately express the feelings of the heart. Mercury squares Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), encouraging the spiritual task of looking carefully at other people, circumstances, and our own feelings before translating thoughts and feelings into words. (Mercury will join the group of retrograde planets next week.)

Venus

Venus (love, feminine) continues with loving support through a Grand Trine with Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) and Uranus (awakening, sudden change.) Venus opposes (opposite feelings at different times) Neptune (illusion, mysticism), which causes difficulty separating illusion and feelings of love. Venus trines Pluto, which adds passion to the equation. In short, Venus is teaching us about learning to love in new ways at a higher level. (The Grand Trine is in earth signs and points to the possibility of self-nourishment and cultivation of love through nature.)

Jupiter

Jupiter (good fortune) trines Neptune (mysticism, illusion), bringing optimistic thoughts to the surface, and Saturn (karma, time) trines Uranus (awakening, change) and helps in combining the old and new worlds as well as our past and future.

Chiron

Chiron, placed in Aries, indicates the need for a new way of healing – a beginning of experiencing healing in a different way with insights from the Higher Self. Sun (life) and North Node (spiritual direction) trine Chiron, hinting that old wounds can be overcome by focusing on the right path of life while focusing on our spiritual purpose. Saturn (time, karma) squares Chiron as an indication that we continue to review and rewrite old patterns and outdated ways of life.

 

Tips:

  1. Eclipse season creates change within the self. It’s possible to move into a higher level and reconfigure ourselves.
  2. Many planets in retrograde bring strange feelings, which can cause tiredness and/or bring insight into the inner self. (It’s helpful to meditate and create lists of needed tasks on the inner and outer plane.)
  3. It’s an emotional chart with Sun and Moon in water signs. Moon is aspected by many planets, which can cause strange emotions. (Emotions are not always real.)
  4. Mars retrograde brings a feeling of heaviness and sometimes tiredness. Thoughts can seem intense with Mars in Aquarius, and it’s important to think long and hard before taking action. Ask your inner self and meditate on desires for strong action.
  5. Venus is lovely again with her position in the Grand Earth Trine. Spend time in nature and meditate on the beauty. Focus on the heart. (Heart meditations are particularly energizing.)

 

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 and Partial Solar Eclipse Forecast

 

The New Moon appears on July 12 at 10:47 pm. It’s a Super New Moon, meaning that the moon is very close to the earth, and the darkness or void – associated with this moon phase – will feel more profound than usual. It’s a complex chart with challenges, positive and harmonizing aspects such as a Grand Trine, and many retrograde planets.

A partial solar eclipse on the evening of July 13 adds to the intensity. Eclipses act as a reset, an opportunity to align with the intentions of the inner self. Our energy goes on and off with the motion of the sun/moon. It’s a bit like throwing a circuit breaker. (Fortunately, we can focus and intend the placement of our consciousness for the reboot.)

Sun and Moon

Sun (life) and Moon (emotions) are placed on the same degree of Cancer, a water sign ruling the sea, the home, and the mother.  Self-nourishment, reflection, security, and the flow of feminine energy are positive qualities that are amplified by Sun/Moon in Cancer. Sun and Moon trine (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune) and Neptune (mysticism, illusion), encouraging positive waves of emotion.

Sun and Moon oppose Pluto, planet of the subconscious, power, and transmutation. This challenging aspect brings awareness of oppression, strong (sometimes inappropriate) emotions, and manipulation (Plutonian qualities). By discovering and acting on our ability to move through the aspects of life that cause suffering, we can transform our lives.

Awakening involves awareness of the painful memories and patterns in life. It’s necessary to confront and heal old wounds to move fully into the light. The process requires courage, but it also opens life to light and love.

(For example, childhood trauma can result in specific limitations, but we can understand that our emotions and thoughts create repetitive situations and patterns. through heightened awareness, we can change our thoughts and emotions. This type of work alters the self, which can result in transformation.)

Thoughts and Actions

Mercury (mind, communications) sits in Leo, a fire sign ruling the heart. This placement causes strong, passionate thoughts, which are not always appropriate. Speaking from the heart – or about passionate quests – requires reflection to be clearly understood by others. It’s important to cool down the drama and think about the perception/feelings of the other person before sending an email, making a phone call, or sharing frank thoughts and feelings.

Additionally, Mercury squares (tension) Mars, making it more difficult to align thought and action. (Squares can help in overcoming personal limitations; the pressure can push us through a lack of perception.) Mercury squares Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), and this aspect emphasizes the importance of contemplating strong feelings and thoughts to discover the intention beneath them (intention, anger, fear, or the inner self) before taking action.

Mars (male, assertion, action) is placed in Aquarius, an air sign that prefers thought to action. (Mars is all about action.) This placement can cause thoughts  to build within, creating chaotic reactions and unsure actions. Mars squares Jupiter (good fortune), indicating much thought and little action are not conducive to positive change. Mars squares Uranus (sudden change, awakening), evoking strong, sudden action in response to unexpressed feelings and emotions. (Take time to think of the best way to express feelings and thoughts – and refrain from acting spontaneously on strong emotions.)

Both Mercury (thought) and Mars (action) are in fixed signs, increasing the likelihood of acting on old patterns or remaining inflexible with other people’s point of view. Mercury in Leo tends to focus on thoughts pertaining to personal feelings, and Mars in Aquarius is humanitarian but not always open to a larger point of view or a different possibility. By developing a greater awareness of the need for flexibility, it’s possible to work through the potential tension and conflict of the opposition between the two signs.

Venus: Love Leads the Way

Venus is placed in Virgo, represented by the virgin and/or high priestess. In this earth sign, Venus — ruler of the feminine, love, and material goods — is grounded and giving. Venus forms a Grand Trine with Saturn (time, karma) and Uranus (sudden, awakening), which helps to lift the entire chart.

Grand Trines aid with manifestation and aligning with the positive side of life. Venus deepens love, heightens awareness of beauty, and makes live feel soft and sweet. When Saturn is in positive aspect, it provides patience, insight over the passage of time, and structure, particularly with relationships. Uranus (awakening) always wants freedom and change, and it does provide an opportunity to create happiness with others without feeling encumbered.

Jupiter

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) in Scorpio moved direct on July 10. During a retrograde, we learn through review and reflection. When a planet moves direct, it’s time to apply what we’ve learned. Jupiter aids the process with a beautiful trine with Neptune (mysticism, illusion), which increases optimism, hope, and beliefs involved with making a difference in the world.

Saturn

Saturn (time, karma) trines Uranus (sudden change, awakening), giving space and help in integrating the desired changes and transformation needed by mankind. This aspect creates fluidity with change and alignment with the new and old worlds.

Retrogrades

Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron are retrograde. With many planets in retrograde, we tend to feel less of the conflict of the outer world, which can be restful. It is a time to relax and push less than in an active time, but it’s equally important to continue our pursuit on the spiritual path on a regular basis. In this way, we’re prepared for the next active phase, which comes in early fall.

Summary

  • Sun and Moon in Cancer indicate the importance of self-nurturing and cultivating positive emotions. Trines with Jupiter (good fortune) and Neptune (mysticism) encourage expansion of the self and creativity.
  • Sun and Moon oppose Pluto. The opposition heightens awareness of blocks and wounds. Through heightened awareness, it may be possible to transform pain into freedom. (The positive aspects with Jupiter/Neptune and Grand Trine with Venus offer relief and resolution.)
  • Mercury and Mars add confusion to the chart. Mercury (mind) in Leo thinks emotionally and passionately instead of wisely. Mars (action) wants to think and ponder instead of taking right action. It’s a muddle, but we can meditate for answers. (Mars is retrograde, and Mercury will move into retrograde soon. These energies persist for several weeks.)
  • Venus (love, relationships) forms beautiful geometry with Saturn (time, karma) and Uranus (awakening). The trine is in earth, which is stabilizing, and Venus acts with wisdom to create freedom in this equation.
  • With many planets in retrograde, it’s important to find balance between motivating and restful experiences. Balance becomes increasingly important as we move into the New Age.
  • This New Moon is a super moon, meaning the moon is close to the earth. When it’s dark, it’s wise to use our light to increase personal vitality, meditate deeply, and work on the self as opposed to the world. (The energy will shift within a week, and we can return to “lighting” up the world.)

Sabian Symbols from Lynda Hill

Sun and Moon are on Cancer 21, “A Prima Donna Singing”. The image evokes the image of a wildly talented woman singing. It can also represent a demanding person who always wants praise and reassurance. On the higher level, it speaks about the testing of our talents and gifts. True gifts are shared by opening the heart and releasing inhibitions about others.

Mercury sits on Leo 18, “A Chemist Conducts An Experiment For His Students”. Chemistry can refer to alchemy, the use of natural elements and materials in a laboratory where manipulation leads to new and better products. We manipulate our environment in a positive sense through consciousness and awareness. The symbol hints at the importance of using the mind to accomplish this.

Venus is placed on Virgo 4, “Black and White Children Playing Happily Together.” At first glance, the symbol refers to the balance of duality (yin, yang/black, white, etc). It can also denote the importance of love in overcoming differences and creating universal harmony.

Mars is on Aquarius 8, “Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures on Display”.  Wax figures are often superficial representations of true people. The symbol asks that we move completely into our true presence as opposed to a presenting a beautiful or acceptable image.

Jupiter sits on Scorpio 14, “Telephone Lineman at Work Installing New Connections.” This is a fabulous symbol because Jupiter plays a strong role in the overall chart. New Connections refer to how we communicate intuitively with one another – and the universe. It’s about expansion of group consciousness in the New Age.

 

 

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: Integration

 

The Full Moon appears on June 28. It’s known as the Strawberry Moon, a time of picking berries. It’s also called the Honey Moon as marriages under the Cancer Sun are known to be particularly fertile. The Full Moon confers fertility, germination, and aids with manifestation for approximately 10 days.

It’s important to focus on life giving qualities such as joy, happiness and lightness with this chart. It’s important to focus on life giving qualities such as joy, happiness and lightness with this chart.Thankfully, it’s not as intense as the solstice or previous new moon, but this chart delivers many aspects through the inner planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) that we will feel on a personal level. it’s also a contradictory with chart with alternating energies from Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) and Saturn (karma, limitation.)

This week, the Sun is in Cancer, ruler of the fourth house. The water sign of Cancer brings a focus on home life, emotions and the subconscious mind—and their relationship with spirituality. (Water can represent devotion and nurturing as Cancer is the mother of the All. Think of the world in full bloom.)

Sun trines (harmonious) Jupiter, bringing a feeling of optimism, joy, and positive luck. Sun (life, light) opposes Saturn in Capricorn, and this can cause feelings of limitation and loss of enthusiasm about life. However, it’s possible to use the opposition to overcome emotional blocks and patterns to feel hopeful about a new future, particularly with Jupiter’s influence.

Moon (emotions, inner self) is in Capricorn, putting an emphasis on structure and foundation as opposed to lush growth. Moon in Capricorn can cause a desire for efficiency, order, and practical matters, but it’s important to feel and express emotion as indicated with the Cancer Sun. Expression of emotion is part of life, and there’s a tendency with Capricorn to focus on order, business, and the next thing to do – when it may be more important to give attention to the heart. Moon trines (harmonious) Uranus (awakening, sudden change), bringing a harmonious, unconventional creativity to the surface with a desire for the new and unknown.

Mercury is in Cancer, causing thoughts to bring up a great deal of emotion. Mercury will move into Leo, a fire sign ruling the heart, in a day or two, and our thoughts will move to our more passionate quests. Currently, Mercury (thought) squares (tension) Uranus (awakening, sudden change), eliciting unusual thoughts which may or may not be aligned with our purpose. Mercury opposes (tension between 2 sets of thoughts/feelings) Pluto (subconscious, transformation), which tends to increase the pressure of conflicting thoughts, can make us feel torn between two possible realities. (Align with the inner self and rise above the conflict.)

Venus (love, material possessions) in Leo is opposite Mars in Aquarius, which may make it more difficult to bring male/female parts of the self together in harmony. Venus wants fiery passion, and Mars (male, masculine) wants detachment. Venus squares Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) in Scorpio, which can give a tendency for self-indulgence instead of needed self-discipline.

Mars in Aquarius is currently retrograde, which can dilute physical energy and drive. It’s important to focus on activities, which give vitality and strength with Mars retrograde. It’s equally important to remain consistent with work and other activities as Mars retrograde lessens our overall energy. Mars squares Jupiter, bestowing energy and drive. It also tends to cause aggression so wait to express discontent. Mars squares Uranus (sudden change, awakening), and this aspect tends to cause erratic actions from misreading energy or misunderstanding a greater concept. (Contemplate for a day or two before taking action.)

Jupiter (good fortune) trines Uranus (sudden change, awakening), which is very helpful. This aspect combines Jupiter’s qualities of luck, expansion, and optimism with Uranus’ better qualities of new paradigms and ideals including communications, electronics, and the New Age. This is a very uplifting aspect, which significantly raises the energy of the chart.

Neptune (mysticism, illusion) sextiles Pluto (underworld, subconscious). Neptune can dissolve aspects of outer life like the drip of water on a rock. In this case, Neptune can break our habits and patterns of life to help bring pathways for new understandings and discoveries.

Chiron, The Wounded Healer

Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Saturn (karma) square Chiron, which creates tension between our life, emotions, and past karma as we attempt to move into unconditional love and universal healing. Sometimes, simply knowing the feelings or sensations that block healing are a gift. Mercury (communications) trines Chiron, meaning that voicing the feelings in our heart can help to heal our old wounds and doubts.

Planet Retrograde

Time will slow substantially with many planets in retrograde. Mars (male, assertion, physical energy), Jupiter (expansion) Saturn (karma, limitation), Neptune (mysticism, illusion) and Pluto (subconscious, transmutation) are all in retrograde.

It’s an excellent time to keep a steady eye on our goals, dreams, and plans, but it’s not a time to move forward quickly and forcefully. With retrogrades, it’s helpful to stay steady, gentle, and patient. It’s a wonderful practice for the inner life!

NOTES:

  1. With the full moon chart, we’re integrating many parts of the self. For example, we may feel joyous and expansive and/or introverted and shy, depending on the reception of a particular planet’s energy. The challenge lies in determining how we feel within ourselves by handling the influences in a way that promotes inner growth.
  2. There’s a strong emphasis on emotion. The challenge lies in expressing our feelings from our heart with clarity and truth. Our awareness of feelings is part of awakening because our feelings become stronger as we move into the light.
  3. Jupiter (good fortune) bestows happy, light energy, which can help with moving through the challenges of the chart. Neptune (mysticism) helps in dissolving old patterns. (Let them go and find a new way!)
  4. The retrograde planets will slow our plans, but we can also use the energy to enjoy a balance between summer fun and our goals in life.

 

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.