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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.

Planetary Change: Thought and Illusion

Image by Josephine Wall

The New Moon appears on Monday, June 3, at 6:01 am. It’s a time of the void when we reflect on the next lunar cycle of energy. The New Moon chart focuses on the mind with Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Gemini. It brings intense mental energy along with a feeling of pressure. The Sabian Symbols point to learning how to share our gifts, new beginnings, and the importance of intuitive perception.

Sun, Moon, and Mercury are placed in Gemini, an air sign, representing the duality of thought. An emphasis on duality is found throughout the chart, and duality is resolved within the inner self. Sun and Moon are in the air sign of Gemini, symbolized by the twins, and ruling the mind and all forms of communication.  Air can refer to the lower or higher mind, and twins are a symbol of duality-representing the interplay of light and darkness. The element of air can also represent the quantum field, the instantaneous transfer of information from the cosmos into the personal mind that creates a gestalt moment of realization.


Sun (life) and Moon (emotions) are conjunct or closely placed, heightening the stimulation of our mental processes. The conjunctions act as a catalyst for the mind, increasing our propensity to fire rapid thoughts. Discernment is the key to differentiate between meaningless and meaningful thoughts.  (Influences such as emotions, sensations, the energy fields of others, and the overall global frequency affect our thoughts.)

Too much thought and mental activity can cause nervousness and/or restlessness. The air (mental activity) in the chart can keep us in our head when emotions and connection with the earth are needed to pass through the intense but uplifting chart. (There are many aspects and planetary placements, which help with transformation and evoke sensitivity.)

A T-square exerts pressure, and it causes restlessness and interference with mental focus. It is formed between Sun/Moon in Gemini, Jupiter in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces.  By meditating and focusing on the inner self, we can discern the thoughts and actions that lead to a calmer mind and inner focus.

Venus (feminine, relationships, love) is placed in Taurus, and it is exalted. Venus connects us to the beauty of life and expands our ability to commune with the earth. This placement encourages communication with the earth and opens our consciousness. Venus trines Pluto, which gives the opportunity to experience higher, more elated emotion.

Mars (masculine energy, assertiveness) placed in Cancer is a bit misplaced, and it tends to pull our energy down with emotional reactions, which may feel surprisingly strong. It tends to elicit strong emotions from the past and angry feelings that may have been repressed.  Mars opposes Saturn (karma, time), creating energy that feels like start and stop. Mars wants to move forward, and Saturn wants to go slowly and methodically. Mars trines Neptune (mysticism, illusion), increasing creativity and a sense of community.

Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Mercury (mind) in Gemini oppose Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion, in Sagittarius. Sun opposition Jupiter t bestows radiance, strength, and overconfidence. It can cause the desire to jump into many ideas and projects at once. (Contemplate the actual work before you begin.) Moon (emotions) opposes Jupiter, which can heighten feelings of positivity and generosity but can also bring a feeling of restlessness. Mercury (mind) I sin opposition to Jupiter, and it accelerates the tendency and desire to make plans and/or move in several directions at once. (Jupiter expands everything, and it heightens optimism. However, it tends to overlook details and the need for hard work.)

Neptune

Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter square Neptune. Venus sextiles Neptune. Mars trines Neptune. Saturn sextiles Neptune. Sun (life) square (tension) Neptune, casting light on our personal darkness and doubts. The aspect deal with false impressions about the self, usually stemming from childhood. Mastery comes from confidence, positive self-esteem, and finding the underlying truth about the perception of lack. Moon (emotions) square Neptune heightens sensitivity and compassion for others, accelerating our ability to help others, and it helps with creativity and emotional expression.  Mercury square Neptune clouds thinking and perception of the “real” world.  Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) squares Neptune can give magically infused and creative ideas, but they will need translation into the practical world. It’s important to see the line between illusion and reality with desires to move forward in life as ideas tend to need a great deal of practical work to come into form.

Venus (love, relationships) trines Pluto (subconscious, transformation) Venus trine (harmonious) Pluto can lead to intensely emotional and spiritual realizations. It heightens our spiritual faith and can lead to positive transformation. Saturn, lord of karma and structure, conjuncts (close to) Pluto, gives a desire to work through limitations of the past while transforming our lives. Neptune (mysticism, idealism) sextiles Pluto, which helps in dissolving old patterns and finding our way in the paradigm of the New Age, and it also aids in aligning positively with collective energies.

Mercury (communication) and Mars (action, male energy) square Chiron (wounded healer). We may learn about thoughts and actions that slow or delay healing.  Mercury (communications) rules our thoughts and ability to communicate. In Gemini, it moves very quickly. Mars in Cancer can bring old resentments and emotional patterns to the surface.

NOTES:

  1. It’s easy for our minds to spin too rapidly with inner planets placed in Gemini.  It’s important to slow down, meditate, and listen to the heart. Find activities that quiet the mind and engage the inner self.
  2. A T-square makes life feel very intense for a few days. Try to relax and take care of yourself.
  3. Aspects with Jupiter tend to enlarge our plans and lead us to ignore the practical and hard work that is necessary for accomplishing them. Choose less instead more when planning the future.
  4. Neptune (mysticism, illusion) plays an important role in this chart. Neptune also heightens sensitivity and intuition. In this chart, Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter square Neptune, making it necessary to understand where we are limited by lack of self-esteem, the placement of illusion in our dreams, and accepting that our thoughts may be slightly confused in the near future.
  5.  Aspects with Pluto (subconscious, transformation) can lead to higher realizations, dissolving patterns, and working through limitations to create and transform life
  6. Chiron is squared (tension) by Mars (action) and Mercury (thought).  It’s necessary to take a look at mental and physical patterns, which interfere with healing.
  7. Meditate often to align with intuition and to return to the heart.

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun and Moon are on Gemini 13, “A World-Famous Pianist Giving a Concert Performance”.  The best performances come from individuals who have practiced and mastered a gift.  A pianist shares their talent with a large group of people. The symbol urges us to share our talents and gifts with others. At this pivotal point in evolution, our skills with light, healing, and love are needed by the world—and it’s time to share them.

Mercury is on Gemini 28, “Society Granting Bankruptcy to Him, A Man Leaves the Court with Mixed Feelings”. A person has been judged by others. The past is wiped away, and he must contemplate another phase in life. Perhaps, the symbol tells us to move beyond our mistakes of the past. It’s time to focus our minds on a better future.

Venus is on Taurus 24, “An Indian Warrior Riding Fiercely with Human Scalps Hanging at His Belt”. The symbol evokes an image of revenge, territory, and aggressive action. The lesson is the opposite. Ascending on the spiritual path requires love and compassion—even as we move passionately into our desires and longings. Desires must be accomplished in a peaceful, loving way.

Mars sits on Cancer 12, “A Chinese Woman Nursing a Baby Whose Aura Reveals Him to be the Reincarnation of a Great Teacher”.  The symbol indicates to need to use inner gifts such as intuition or devotion to perceive spiritual opportunities. When we find them, it’s necessary to nourish and nurture our findings—as we would with a baby. (The gifts must be nourished before revealing them to the world.)

Jupiter sits on Sagittarius 21, “A Child and A Dog Wearing Borrowed Eyeglasses”. The child puts its glasses on the dog, which may give a human appearance of intellect.  The symbol can refer to those who wear glasses to look more intelligent—or assuming role that one wants to assume in life. It could also refer to imagining or pretending a new identity to manifest 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.

Planetary Change: New Moon Abundance

May is a particularly beautiful month. The Sun sits in Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, and it conveys a time of flowers—an abundance expressed by the physical world. For the month of May, the lesson appears as realization of our ability to create and receive abundance in physical form. (Abundance is love, joy, health, beauty, and wealth.)

The New and Full Moons tend to heighten our impression and sensation of energy as we experience the absence and presence of light simultaneously as a group. As the group energies become stronger, our experience becomes more intense. The New Moon on May 4 follows the recent pattern of increased awareness, tension, and opportunity of opening to spiritual light.

The Sun (life) and Moon (moods, emotions) are conjunct (close) in Taurus. They trine (harmonious) Saturn, the giver of structure, lessons, and karma. In this case, we may a clear path through karma or recreate our life in a new form. Sun and Moon sextile (positive) Neptune (mysticism, illusion). This aspect may help with receiving hints or insights from the mysterious, unseen world. Sun and Moon trine (harmonious) Pluto (underworld, regeneration), granting power to move through subconscious limitations and/or the courage to move forward in life.

Mercury (communications, thought) and Venus are placed in Aries, a fast-paced fire sign, which encourages thoughts and insights that create activated change in life. Mercury conjuncts (close to) Venus (love, beauty), aligning the mind with the heart. Mercury and Venus trines (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune), indicating positive energy with taking steps forward in life. However, both planets square (tension) Saturn (karma, limitation), and this can slow our progress. (It may also indicate the need for review the heart’s true desire before taking a step into expansion.) Mercury and Venus square (tension) Pluto in Capricorn, asking for a review of our personal limitations and a change of perception that may be necessary before altering our lives.

Mercury and Venus represent thought and love. We all have perceptions about the self, life, and love that limit our ability to step into wholeness and abundance. Additionally, we have limiting thoughts about ourselves and life—and we’re only beginning to learn how to love ourselves personally. The aspects with Saturn and Pluto mentioned above are about resourcefulness and learning how to change ourselves through universal love and quantum experiences. (It takes time.)

Mars (action) is placed in Gemini, an air sign, which can cause the mind to interfere with action. Gemini represents the twins, and it’s easy to become lost in the mind before realizing an action has not been completed. Mars squares Neptune (mysticism, illusion), and it causes more confusion to unsettled mind. Fortunately, Mars is in opposition (opposite) Jupiter (good fortune), which is actually a positive aspect. It gives courage and enthusiasm along with a desire to pursue our quest. (Part of the lesson is to pursue a quest, which benefits the “All”. In other words, we need an unselfish quest aligned with universal truth.)

Jupiter is the planet of good fortune and personal expansion. The planet trines (harmonious) Uranus, which represents the New Age. Together, they increase exuberance, good luck, and hopefulness. Jupiter squares (tension) Pluto, which asks for the discovery of aspects of the self (and the world) that slow our progress on the path of life. Through this discovery, we make meaningful change.

Saturn (karma) conjuncts Pluto (underworld, transmutation), bringing ambitions and the desire for change to forefront. Pluto incites ambition and the desire for power, and Saturn modulates it with a desire for disciplined devotion and patience. It can heighten fear, obsession, and desire for power—or it can act as force to tear down incorrect structures in our lives and rebuild them in a new form.

Uranus (sudden change or quantum field) is placed in Taurus and is remarkable for aspects only with Mercury, which can inspire higher thinking, and Jupiter, which brings hopefulness and optimism with future pursuits.

Neptune (mysticism, illusion) in Pisces forms sextiles with Sun, Moon, and Saturn, opening the door to mystical insights through dreams and inner realizations.  A square with Mars (action) can cloud our perception of right action and/or reading of intuitions and insights. Jupiter (good fortune) square Neptune, and it teaches about our misconceptions and illusions in life. It can also reveal our naivety in relationships, particularly about trusting others.

Pluto holds a big space in this chart. In retrograde position, it tends to reveal aspects of life that are hidden—and require unveiling.  With exception of Uranus, every planet in the chart makes an aspect with Pluto, so it is affecting us on almost every level. (There’s a saying, “Everyone has a chapter in life that they don’t read aloud.” Pluto’s current influence may require that we read it aloud—at least to ourselves. When we face our inner darkness, we find strength to recreate by becoming more in alignment with the inner self.)

Planet Retrograde

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), Saturn (karma, limitation), and Pluto (underworld, transformation) are currently in retrograde. On a basic level, Jupiter asks for review of what keeps us from our dreams. Saturn brings personal lack and limitation to the surface. Pluto shows the hidden darkness within ourselves in our lives. These particular retrogrades ask us to look at what we don’t what to see, but the purpose actually serves us. It’s about seeing the truth and moving in new directions in our lives. (It’s only through the transmutation of the shadow that we find our wholeness.)

The North Node, representing the spiritual direction of group consciousness, is in Cancer. North Node in Cancer asks for respect for feminine, empathy, and kindness. Saturn (limitation, karma) and Pluto (underworld) oppose it. (Saturn and Pluto currently push us into personal power and acquisition of goals, the opposite energy of North Node.) Venus (love, beauty) squares (tension) the North Node. Together, the planets and North Node deliver a message. It’s wonderful to realize goals and make progress in our outer life, but the desires should also promote opening the heart and nurturing others as part of our self-expression and growth.

Notes:

  1. The chart is strong in fire (passion) and earth (grounding).  These elements together encourage passionate motion and quiet time spent in reflection or aligning with nature. There’s a focus on abundance and optimism. (See Sabian symbols below.)
  2. Sun (life) and Moon (emotions) provide a push about contemplating and creating abundance. Trines with Saturn and Pluto give power and insight into creating structures in life. (Release the old life while imagining a new one. Mercury (communications) and Venus (love, partnerships) in Aries push us onward with this pursuit.
  3. Mercury (mind) and Venus (love) square Saturn (limitation) and Pluto (underworld, transformation), encouraging patience and spiritual devotion to overcome energies and karma from the past.
  4.  Life may seem more beautiful than usual because of aspects with Neptune (mysticism, illusion). It heightens intuition and brings answers in a dreamy way.
  5. Higher thought and love are part of evolution. It’s important in creating a new way of being and living. Higher thoughts connect us to the divine, and the right kind of love opens the heart to new possibilities. Right thought and love serve to lift and evolve human consciousness.

Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill

Sun and Moon on Taurus 15, “A Man with a Silk Hat, Muffled Against the Cold, Braves a Storm”.  The symbol refers to a storm. It may appear in the outer world as a shared emotion or difficulty; it could also refer to personal emotions or hardships. The silk hat represents the importance of believing in indications of prosperity and better times—or remaining optimistic while moving through difficulties. (in this chart, it could refer to the influence of Saturn (karma) and Pluto (underworld) as we clear the substance of the influences of past memories and hardships.

Mercury sits on Aries 27, “Through Imagination, A Lost Opportunity Is Gained”. It’s a marvelous symbol for the New Moon, which depicts the power of manifestation—the ability to bring thoughts into form by imagining and visualizing lost hope, opportunities, and joy. It points to the power of using the mind and communication with the Divine to recreate one’s life in a wonderful way.

Venus is placed on Aries 18, “An Empty Hammock Hangs Between Two Lovely Trees”.  Venus represents love, partnerships, and beauty. Relaxing in nature with a soft focus on dreams can sometimes activate the inner self, enhancing the alignment with manifestation—the development and creation of a desirable life.  

Mars sits on Gemini 23, “Three Fledglings in a Nest High Up in a Tree.” Birds are creatures of the air, which can represent the messengers of divine messages. Again, the image of resting in a safe place appears in the astrological line-up.  As time passes and the fledglings grow, they will master the power of soaring through the air. (Air represents thought, so we may develop our ability to cultivate thoughts that lead to a higher understanding of the spiritual world.)

Jupiter is on Sagittarius 24, “A Bluebird, a Sign of Good Luck and Happiness, Is Standing at the Door of the House”. A symbol for optimism appears again with the bluebird of joy. Awareness of good signs, energies, and the hints that point to synchronicity, we can open to a tide of good fortune although we journey through the storm, symbolized by the Sun and Moon.

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.