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Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

 

 

On Friday, November 19, the full moon appears, and it’s also the time of a lunar eclipse. Think of an eclipse like throwing a breaker box on and off. There’s an absence of light between the seconds of closing and opening the electrical channel. It’s slightly disruptive, but it’s basically a reset at a particular point in time and space. At some point during the eclipse, the moon will turn red and become a Blood Moon. (A Red Moon simply means good, dry weather to farmers.)

The lunar eclipse begins at 1 am ET and extends to 7 am ET. It’s the longest eclipse since the 15th century.  Obviously, an eclipse of this length has an effect on consciousness, and the focus is on tuning into the Moon in Taurus, which sits in an exalted position.

The exalted Moon in Taurus can bring beauty, calm, harmony, and abundance. Sun is in Scorpio, the passionate water sign, and Moon is in Taurus, an earth sign. Water and earth are fertile in this placement and tend to supplement growth. Sun in Scorpio asks us to look beneath the surface to rewrite deep patterns and evoke change.

Perhaps, it’s about altering our limiting beliefs into more centered New Age concepts that focus on the abundance and beauty of life. Both Sun and Moon are in fixed signs, which help with alignment with a positive belief or staying in a limited patterns and not perceiving a larger truth.

With every chart, there’s a difficulty or challenge, particularly in the current cosmic shift.  In the full moon chart, there is a T-square, which exerts pressure on life, emotions, and the exaggeration that can be caused by Jupiter. Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Mercury (communications) are square (tension, pressure) Jupiter (good fortune).

When planets are in tense aspects with Jupiter, we tend to move into overconfidence, optimism, and overspending. In alchemy, we balance planetary aspects with the opposite type of energy such as moderation and discipline—or by moving into our lower energy and by finding and healing its source.

Sun, Mercury (mind), and Mars (action) trine Neptune (mysticism, idealism), allowing insights into the universe while opening our hearts to higher emotion. Venus (love) trines Uranus, which may help with visualization and positive overall energy.

Mercury (mind, communications) in Scorpio asks for discovery of emotional reactions and habits that lead to limiting patterns of thought. When we uncover old beliefs, we find freedom and new methods of communication.

Venus (love, beauty, material wealth) in Capricorn, the sign representing climbing the mountain of success—whether the climb to success or spiritual elation. In this rocky scenario, love can feel cooler than usual. Venus will stay in Capricorn for four months, illuminating the importance of visualizing the reception of love, speaking empathetically, and knowing the power of the universe to overcome limited perception.

Mars (action, physical energy) in Scorpio is deep, powerful., and emotional. It squares Saturn (limitation, karma), which can cause frustration with desires and passions. (Visualize overcoming limitations!) Mars opposite Uranus can amplify anger and frustration, particularly about past events or repetitive patterns. Mars trine Neptune (mysticism, illusion) can help tremendously in applying intuition to overcome frustrations and limitations.

Mercury (communications) and Mars (action) oppose Uranus (change, quantum field). With the opposition, we’re likely to see upset or chaos in the inner and/or outer world—or we may identify sources of the upset, which leads to insight and new visions for the future.

Moon trines Pluto (transformation, underworld), and Sun (life), Mercury (mind), and Neptune (mysticism) sextile Pluto. Pluto tends to act as destroyer before acting as the phoenix, but it’s actually positive in this chart. The aspects may indicate heightened ability to transcend difficulties in life through meditation and surrender to the universe’s version of destiny.

Insights

  • The long lunar eclipse indicates the need for examination of emotions as well as inviting in positive emotions with a focus on harmony, abundance, and positive feelings.
  • Aspects with Neptune (mysticism, illusion) invite listening to our hearts and following our intuition to find solutions and new perceptions.
  • Aspects with Mars (action), Mercury (thought), and Uranus (sudden, impulsive change or higher spiritual change) can bring upset and frustration.
  • Positive aspects with Pluto encourage transition into higher versions of the self.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

Intense, Mystical New Moon

 

 

The New Moon appears on November 4 at 5:16 pm ET, and it brings a great deal of mystical energy. It is an intense lunation with Sun, Moon, and Mars closely placed in Scorpio. Sun (outer life), Moon (inner self, emotions), and Mars (action, assertion) are placed in Scorpio, the sign that rules birth, death, and sex—all different forms of transformation. Scorpio delivers psychic perception, magnetism, intelligence, passion, and determination.

The New Moon chart heralds a time of change and transcendence of limiting aspects in life. A great deal of energy comes from Sun/Moon opposition with Uranus, which can open our consciousness to the need for authenticity. (Awakening usually grants this information, and action creates it. Inspiration for action is implied in these aspects.)

Sun, Moon, and Mercury (communication) conjunct Mars, heightening the desire for action and change. Sun, Moon, and Mars (action) oppose Uranus, known as the wildcard as it rules the quantum field and/or erratic change. Uranus can also bring about deep awakening and gestalt understanding of new energies, brilliant thoughts, or nervousness.  Sun (outer life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (communications) and Mars (action) square Saturn (time, limitation), indicating the need to overcome misperceptions and mistakes from the past—or simply apply wisdom to mitigate karma.

Sun and Moon trine Neptune (exaltation, imagination, mystical) in Pisces, increasing the magnetic power of emotion in everyone. Neptune rules imagination, the sea, and the mystical; it can also indicate the awakening of hope and new dreams.

Mercury (communications) in Libra is balanced, artistic, and harmonious. Mercury trines (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune), bringing optimism and good news. Mercury square Pluto (underworld, transformation) heightens the ability to understand hidden aspects of the psyche. It also intensifies feelings and emotions when we interact with others.

Venus is on the last degree of Sagittarius, moving into Capricorn on November 5, and it’s not a perfect place for this planet. Venus in Capricorn brings a strange equation of strong and suppressed emotion, which can bubble to the surface in strange ways. With this placement, there’s an opportunity to build structure in relationships, but it’s also more difficult to correctly convey emotion from the heart. (Venus moves into retrograde, remaining in Capricorn for four months.)

Mars (action) in Scorpio is intense, moving from the depth of hidden emotion to strong expression. Mars’ squares with Saturn and Pluto causes conflict through the desire to push and achieve while feeling blocked and/or defensive. Mars square Saturn (limitation) may feel like unknown resistance to our inner desires. Mars square Pluto increases the desire for success and power.

Saturn (karma, time) in Aquarius squares Uranus (change) in Taurus, creating a push/pull effect between the old/new in the outer world and personal worlds.

Tips

  • The New Moon will provide a great deal of energy—particularly emotional energy. When we feel emotion intensely, it’s important to think about changing our lives in a positive sense and meditating on universal love. It’s also helpful to know emotions are like waves; they rise and fall.
  • Take time to dream and imagine wonderful things, but keep them in perspective. When thinking about dreams and desires, consider the time and energy needed to put them into physical form. (Aspects with Neptune can cause lack of realism and a bit of escapism.)
  • Aspects with Uranus encourage new expression and individualism, and aspects with Saturn restrict its expression. Use the energy to visualize your desired life with fewer constraints and limitations. The process of creation provides the “how”.
  • Awakened individuals will become more intuitive and psychic with the passage of the New Moon. The placement of the planets and aspects with Neptune expand our mystical qualities. (Make notes and listen to your inner voice.)
  • The chart increases the desire for success, action, and power. Use it wisely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: Time to Recalibrate

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October’s New Moon brings fruitfulness with the motion of flowing trees, blue lakes, and bright, changing color of the mountains. With Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in air signs, it’s the time to dream of harvests—the fruit of the soul and personal effort. (Air rules the mind, and the mind works best when united with the heart, which is the keeper of true vision.)

Think of butterflies, birds, and hummingbirds that navigate through breezes, storms, and fluctuations of the wind. Likely, we’ll move in many directions for the next week or two; yet, we choose our destination through the focus of mind and spirit.

The New Moon on October 6 is a time of recalibration, involving inner work and a new vision of the future self. It’s a time to dream of action although it is a very passive time with several planets in retrograde, including Mercury—which brings motion of life to a halt.

With Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (mind), and Mars (action) in Libra, we can move deeply into the loveliness of life. There’s an emphasis on beauty, creativity, and harmony. We create harmony by observing where life is out of balance and by making adjustments. (It’s helpful to contemplate the perfect day with a balance between meditation, work, relaxation, and time spent in nature. With the increasing energy of the feminine, there’s an increased need for both stillness and action.)

Sun, Moon, and Mercury are conjunct, allowing deep communication between the outer self, emotion, and the inner mind. Sun, Moon, and Mercury conjunct Mars (action), meaning our outer actions can align more easily with life, mind, and emotion

Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars trine Jupiter, the planet of good fortune.  Trines with Jupiter are harmonious, bestowing balance, good luck, and optimism. Sun trine Jupiter brings opportunities for spiritual, personal, and material growth. Moon trine Jupiter lifts emotions, increases happiness and encourages positivity in relationships. Mercury trine Jupiter aids with organization and planning the future. Mars trine Jupiter heightens self-confidence and decisiveness.

Sun, Moon, and Mars trine Saturn (limitation, karma, structure). Saturn is also Father Time, representing the lessons learned throughout life along with the perseverance, dedication, and commitment necessary to overcome earthly bonds. Through wisdom, we look at the past and apply the lessons to the present and future. (Positive aspects with Saturn also benefit organization and the creation of structure for the future). Sun trine Saturn indicates a time of achievement and recognition. Moon trine Saturn gives emotional strength, patience, and the ability to overcome problems in domestic life. Mars trine Saturn accelerates strength and persistence to complete tasks and stay aligned with goals.

Mercury (communications, travel, mind) is retrograde in Libra (air sign), which slows motion, completion, and (temporarily) the realization of desires. It’s important to think about our true nature and the best forms of expression, which align with the heart. With this end in mind, we can weigh the value of various designs and directions in life. Mercury squares Pluto (subconscious, transformation); it relates to obsessiveness with specific ideas and lack of openness to other or new possibilities.

Venus (love, relationships) in Scorpio is intense, magnetic, and emotion. Venus squares Jupiter with desires for self-indulgence, impulsiveness, and deepening bonds with others. Venus trines Neptune (illusion, mysticism), enabling a connection with divine and the ability to intuit hidden spiritual truths. The aspect also heightens universal, unconditional love.

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) and Saturn (limitation, karma) are placed in Aquarius, and they square Uranus, the planet of sudden change. The square with Uranus causes tension and agitation. It can also open our consciousness to new possibilities.

We may experience a huge desire to move ahead with our dreams and commitments, but it’s not quite the time. Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars oppose (180 degrees) Chiron, the wounded healer, and they also oppose Midheaven, the height of our personal/group spiritual quest.

It’s a time to recalibrate by taking a deep look at ourselves and life. Perhaps, our inner self has a different take on our goals and dreams—or a better viewpoint of how we see ourselves.

Notes

  • The New Moon is the time for planning for the ensuing 28-day moon cycle, releasing what Is not needed, and connecting with the unseen world to find our way. When we cannot see clearly in the dark, we go within to discover new knowledge and methods of moving through life.
  • The chart speaks of contemplation and self-observation as a deeper method of choosing one’s course through life. It’s time to feel the direction of our inner, spiritual destiny, but it’s not time to act on it.
  • Saturn (limitation, karma, structure) and Pluto (subconscious, transformation) will become direct this week and aid in moving life in the direction of goals and dreams. However, the outcome of action is limited with Mercury retrograde, and it’s wise to make plans for later in the month or early November as opposed to the current moon phase.
  • Positive trines are found throughout the chart, and they can uplift the spirit, heighten optimism, and encourage personal, spiritual, and career growth. The aspects are wonderful for long-term planning and completing projects.

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work 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.

Full Harvest Moon

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In early fall, bright leaves intermingle with summer flowers, and the light grows dimmer.  As cooler weather appears, the trees are adorned with radiant colors, the sky turns clear blue, and the world sparkles. This transformation takes place between the signs of Virgo and Libra.

 The Full Moon appears on Monday, September 20 at 7:54 pm ET.  The Autumn Equinox follows on September 22 with a day/night of balanced light and darkness. The Full Moon brings a period of heightened emotion and growth; it increases the overall energy of the planet. September’s New Moon brought potential to manifest, and the Full Moon brings examination of blocks and limitations along with powerful energies to create and take action.

Sun (life, light) is placed in the last degrees of Virgo, which alternately represents the virgin priestess (virgin=metaphysically pure), the perfectionist, and the servant. In all three cases, the character refers to a series of actions in the physical world, which produce a tangible result. With recent energetic changes, it may refer to the need to moving into purity, perfecting our perception of life, and serving more of the needs of the inner self.

Sun conjuncts Mars (action, energy), giving physical vitality and strength—including perseverance with dreams and goals. The Sun trines (harmonious) Saturn (limitation, karma), evoking strength and understanding from the past. Sun opposes Neptune, creating a mist between the moment of searching and perceiving the future.

Moon (emotions, inner self) is beautifully placed in Pisces, a water sign, which adds emotion along with a tendency to recall the past. The Moon is in opposition to Mars (action), creating conflict between the desire for action and various emotions. 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.

Pluto, the outer planet ruling the underworld/subconscious and transformation—basically from the River Styx to the flight of the phoenix—involves six planets including Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune.  Pluto also rules mass consciousness, the quality of many minds and emotions when we come together as one on a higher or lower vibration. (Many of the aspects are positive. Interestingly, it’s an important time to avoid social media and news; perhaps, it’s time to create a positive/personal global worldview.)

 Mercury (communications) sits in Libra, encouraging reflection and balance. Mercury trines (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), meaning the right thoughts can accelerate and open our path to growth. Mercury squares (tension) Pluto (subconscious, transformation), which intensifies and deepens our thoughts.

Mercury (mind, communications) moves into retrograde on September 27, and it’s important to begin new endeavors before this time. Mercury retrograde is a passive time of reviewing the past and envisioning/rewriting the future; it’s not the right time to begin a new project.

Venus is in Scorpio, a water sign with intensity and depth—as well as emotion. Venus is in somewhat of a “mood” as she squares Saturn, bringing in karma and memories from the past. Venus opposes Uranus, increasing erratic reactions in love relationships and partnerships.

Mars (action) is typically strong willed and full of desire, but it’s more passive and pensive when placed in Libra. The emphasis shifts to diplomacy, fairness, and seeing both sides of the equation. It’s also useful for bringing balance to social issues. On the other side of the equation, Mars trines Saturn (limitation, karma), adding strength and ambition to the mix. Mars trine Pluto (subconscious/transformation) adds will and desire.

Jupiter (good fortune) and Saturn (limitation/karma) square Uranus (change, quantum field). These aspects tend to draw a sharp line between opposite field of thought and belief. Jupiter and Saturn are both placed in Aquarius, which concerns electronics (how much is good/bad?), the future, and humanity as a whole.

Uranus (sudden change, quantum field) offers a time to approach life from a new view. It brings constructive change, a restful period to heal and recreate our lives.

Tips and Thoughts

  • The combination of Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces is vibrant and energizing. Earth and water help to create in physical form.
  • Mercury in Libra encourages balance, harmony, and reflection. Meditate on the thoughts that align with the inner self for expansion.
  • Venus is not happy or relaxed in this chart. Pull back from disagreements and look for balance when possible. Focus on smooth emotions.
  • Mars is Libra is more reflective than usual, but aspects with Saturn and Pluto intensify the will and ambition.
  • The many aspects with Pluto lend an opportunity to strengthen the will, follow desires, and find the courage to find a new path.

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work 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.

July New Moon

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July’s New Moon comes on July 9 at 9:16 pm, and it brings fruitfulness with the motion of flowing trees, blue lakes, and bright, green mountains. With Sun and Moon in Cancer, a fertile water sign, it is the time to dream of harvests—the fruit of the soul and reward of personal effort. The New Moon is the time for planning for the ensuing 28-day moon cycle, releasing what is not needed, and briefly connecting with the unseen world to find direction. Sun and Moon sit in Cancer, the feminine water sign ruling the home, emotions, and the sea.

While summer lingers, there is a sensation of returning to the old life, but the planets denote a change. Amidst the summer retrograde of outer planets, five planets–Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter–and two asteroids (Vesta and Ceres) will soon move into different signs. According to astrologer Mark Borax, it “is about twice as many as normally switch signs in a month, and is heaven’s way of shaking things up.” Additionally, there will be a “yod” or finger of God as Mars forms a quincunx with Neptune and Pluto. The yod activates the mystic, sensitive vibrations of Neptune and the hidden resources and gifts, which are discovered through positive alignment with Plutonian energies. The changing of planets into different signs and the finger of God  occur from the middle to the latter part of July.

As we delve into personal issues for another week or so, the universe is preparing larger changes–and perhaps an acceleration. At the moment, Sun (life) and Moon (moods) trine Neptune (mysticism, idealism) offers harmonious, dreamy energy that heightens intuition and emotions in a pleasant way.  Sun/Moon trine Neptune evokes the spiritual nature, bringing answers through meditation, prayer, and faith. It can open the door to the mysterious, unseen world, and it brings optimism and hope. Sun/Moon sextile Uranus (unexpected change, quantum field) encourages new approaches to life, a sense of excitement, and a desire for change. It’s a good time to create new routines or to see life from a new perspective. (It widens the lens of perception.)

It’s a particularly fertile New Moon that can bring life to creative ideas and dreams. (In pagan times, marriage often took place in the latter part of June because of the fertility conferred by the sign of Cancer.) It’s a mixed chart with emphasis on home life, relationships, and emotions. With Venus and Mars in Leo, it can enhance ideas, playfulness, and the desires of heart. Various aspects in the chart incite conflicting feelings, which can offer a push forward in life or misunderstanding. The key lies in awareness of feelings and their fleeting nature.

Sun/Moon are in opposition to Pluto (underworld, transformation), which is definitely a test or a trial, depending on the placement of consciousness. Sun opposes Pluto, which tends to increase stubbornness, obsession, and desire to succeed at all costs—or egoic patterns, which are found beneath the surface and subconscious. When we discover the limiting nature of old patterns it’s wise to change our reactions and find flexibility to create a new flow of life. (These aspects intensify emotions and mood swings. Focus on the heart.)

Mercury in Gemini heightens the intellect, evoking curiosity, and desire for expression. Mercury trines (harmonious) Jupiter (expansion, good fortune), bringing good news, optimism, and favoring short journeys. It increases good luck and happiness. Mercury squares (tension) Neptune (mysticism/idealism). The square tends to cloud our vision and cause confusion with thoughts.

Venus (beauty, art, feminine) and Mars (male, overall energy, drive) are placed in Leo, a passionate fire sign that rules the heart. Venus in Leo shines, aiding with opening the heart, enhancing beauty and appearance. Mars in Leo increases the desire to take action and steps to success. Venus and Mars are conjunct (close), heightening the Leo energy and overall level of passion. There’s a beautiful connection, which can unite the feminine/masculine and yin/yang sides of the self.

Venus and Mars are in opposition to Saturn (limitation, karma). When Venus opposes Saturn, it may elicit self-doubt, fluctuating emotions, and sensitivity to criticism (and negative thoughts) from other people.  Venus and Mars square Uranus (quantum field/sudden change). These aspects affect personal relationships, causing fluctuation and desire for change. Mars’ aspects with Saturn and Uranus can feel upsetting, but the energy of the square can also aid in accomplishing long term goals and moving forward on the path. (The Venus/Mars aspects cause rapidly changing emotions and may create drama.)

Jupiter is moving retrograde into the first degrees of Pisces. It offers benevolence, optimism, and good fortune for the moment. Saturn is placed in Aquarius, and it continues to square Uranus in Taurus. The square causes instability between the structures of the “old” world and the appearance of the new world. It may affect recent weather and earth changes.

Tips

  1. With Sun (life) and Moon (moods) trine Neptune (mysticism, idealism), it’s a wonderful time to contemplate the Divine. We particularly benefit from meditation, higher guidance, and following intuition.
  2. Sun/Moon oppose Pluto, revealing old patterns and repetition in life. Become flexible and willing to move into a new way of life. (Visualize the new way of life when patterns reveal themselves.)
  3. Mercury is well placed in Gemini, which stimulates thought and communication. Mercury trines Jupiter, which favors positive communication. In a contradictory fashion, Mercury squares Neptune, which clouds and slows thought. (Clear thought can be achieved with effort.)
  4. Venus and Mars are warm and fiery in their placement in Leo, but they form limiting aspects with Saturn and Uranus. Aspects with Saturn draw awareness to negativity from other people in our lives, and aspects with Uranus can cause pressure or erratic behavior. There can be drama or swings in emotion.
  5. The planetary patterns give strength, optimism, and spiritual insight. They also give erratic energy, reveal patterns, and cause sensitivity. Perhaps, we’re asked to take a strong look at our personal life before moving into another phase, which will bring development in our spiritual and physical life.

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work 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.

 

Super Moon and Lunar Eclipse

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May’s Full Moon brings light to the pale, night sky. On May 26, the super moon appears, accompanied by a lunar eclipse—the only one in 2021.  

Lunar eclipses occur when the sun and moon are equal distances from the earth, and the moon passes through the earth’s shadow. Eclipses are said to act as a “reset” through the on/off motion of light. On an esoteric level, they can represent the motion of passing through the shadow of the psyche and awakening to a higher awareness of life.

Each month, the new and full moon charts write a story about “becoming”, which points to engagement between the lower and higher self. Each planet and its placement in a sign indicate a specific type of energy. The planets also indicate energies in the outer world. (It’s important to remember the planets impel but don’t compel. We have free will.)

With Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Gemini and the moon in Sagittarius, there are opposing forces with energy moving in many directions.  Gemini is the sign of the twins; it brings qualities of quick mentality, rapid thought, talkativeness, and short journeys. It also involves communications and relationships with siblings. Both Sagittarius and Gemini involve thought.

The Sagittarius Moon focuses on the importance of emotions and thoughts as they relate to the soul’s journey. Gemini loves rapid thought–the quick understanding and compilation of knowledge. Gemini is represented by the duality of twins (dark/light, happy/sad, and lower/higher mind.)

Sun (life/light) trines (harmonious) Saturn (time, structure, karma), and it can increase studiousness, discipline, and alignment with purpose. Sun trines Pluto (underworld, transformation), which brings power and awareness of purpose to the surface.

Sun (life) and Moon (emotions) square (tension) Jupiter (expansion, good fortune), meaning that our thoughts and understanding of our direction may not align with expansion and growth. Squares ignite pressure on the psyche, and they can provide a push into finding answers, creating boundaries, or taking action.

Mercury will move into retrograde May 29 through June 22. Mercury in retrograde tends to cause delays with travel and confusion in general; however, it’s an excellent time for rest and completing projects that are already in motion.

Mercury (mind, communication) is well placed in Gemini, an air sign, which encourages brilliant, logical thoughts. Mercury conjuncts Venus (love, beauty, relationships), which aligns thought, communication, and the heart. It may be particularly easy to find our voice when speaking our personal truth—or simply feeling the union of emotion and thought. Mercury trines (harmonious) Jupiter (expansion, good fortune), which focuses the mind on optimistic and light hearted thoughts.  (The higher mind can also aid in finding spiritual and/or inner direction.)

Mercury (thought) and Venus (love) square (tension) Neptune (mysticism, illusion). Neptune encourages intuition, sensitivity, and creativity. It can also cause confusion with thought and matters of the heart. The square tends to increase our tendency to become overwhelmed by illusions relating to the past. However, it’s possible to learn from the squares by using discernment and observing emotions.

Venus (art, beauty) trines (harmonious) Saturn (structure, karma). The aspect can increase creativity in a structured sense such as the development of talents and gifts in a practical sense. It also helps in finding solutions in relationships It is also about the development of beauty in the self, surroundings, and life.

Mars (action, assertion) is placed in Cancer, a water sign. Mars is emotional in this placement, and there’s often the need to work through “old” emotions and/or patterns before taking the next step. Mars trines Neptune (mysticism, illusion) stimulates passion and creativity. It lends boldness to thoughts and desires; it also activates the desire to aid with human rights and environmental issues. Mars opposes Pluto (underworld, transformation), which may increase frustration and agitation. The aspect also encourages using power to create positive change in a practical sense.

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) is beautifully placed in Pisces. Some astrologers refer to it as the Guardian Angel as it offers a sweet, positive energy that brings optimism and hope. Jupiter in Pisces relates to development of creativity, intuition, compassion, and healing.

Saturn (limitation, karma) in Aquarius squares Uranus (quantum field, sudden change) in Taurus. Saturn often represents the old way of law, particularly pertaining to laws, the past, and accumulation of karma. Uranus represents the new, electronics, and sudden change. Put them together, and it’s easy to see the split in politics, humanity, and current events. (Difficulties, which Saturn often brings to surface, may improve or weaken us.)  Hopefully, we’ll find new solutions.

Tips:

  • Eclipses and a super moon may feel intense, but the energy will pass in a few days.
  • The right placement of thought is important with three planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus) in Gemini and Mercury (mind) in the shadow of retrograde.
  • There are contradictory energies throughout the chart, which is similar to our experiences in life. For example, Sun (life) trines Pluto (underworld, transformation), which gives strength and power. Mars (action, male, the warrior) opposes Pluto, which can cause agitation and confusion. Through discernment, we can accurately align our actions with higher choices.
  • Venus (love, art, relationships) trine Saturn (time, karma) helps with finding good structure for artistic endeavors.
  • Jupiter (expansion) in Pisces encourages optimism and a positive outlook throughout June and July.

 

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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.

Beautiful New Moon

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It’s easy to feel the shift through the sigh of the trees, the motion of the clouds, and the alterations in the weather. The planet is shifting and taking us along for the ride.

The New Moon appears on May 11 at 2:59 pm. With Sun, Moon, Uranus, and Pluto in earth signs, it makes for a fertile energy for fostering ideas, working with the soil, resting, or enjoying the beauty of nature. While it’s important to work with plans and keep life in order, this is a moon for a brief period of rest and reflection.

The Sun and Moon form beautiful shapes with Neptune (mysticism) and Pluto (underworld, transformation.) Sun (life, light) and Moon (emotion) sextile Neptune and trine Pluto. Aspects with Neptune heighten sensitivity, creativity, and receptiveness. Trines with Pluto increase personal magnetism and intensity. The aspects can help with changing our lives in a positive sense. (Positive aspects with Pluto tend to increase power and energy in general.)

When Uranian energies conjunct and align positively with the sun and moon–our personal yin and yang–we experience the impetus of spiritual energy coursing through our lives. Divine, inspired ideas are sometimes received, causing our lives to flow in a spiritual direction. (Uranus rules the quantum field where odd changes and thoughts lead to greater realization.)

Mercury (thought, communication) is placed in Gemini, radiating rapid thought and increased ability to communicate effectively. Mercury conjuncts (close to) Venus, aligning the higher mind with the heart. Mercury trines (harmonious) Saturn (limitation/structure/karma), and it’s positive with this placement, aiding in our ability to bring order to our thoughts and plans. Mercury conjuncts the North Node (collective goals and commitments), which can give clarity and unity to our collective quests in a positive sense.

Venus (love, romance) trine Pluto heightens love, romance, and sensuality. It intensifies our feelings and emotions about love, relationships, and prosperity. Desire is a part of every quest, and Venus in this position increases it by deepening emotions, aesthetics, and commitment to all types of relationships. Venus square Jupiter can increase the desire to have fun, relax, or forget about work, but the feeling isn’t conducive to growth. (It’s wise to push past it.)

Mars (action, assertiveness, male) in Cancer brings emotions into play, particularly when we contemplate action and moving through particular aspects of life. Our emotions may interfere with right action—unless we simply accept the need to take a step and make changes in the flow of life.

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) is on the last degree of Aquarius. On May 13, Jupiter moves into the first degree of Pisces where it becomes exalted (the most beneficial position and sign for a planet). Jupiter in Pisces stirs the soul, uniting inner knowledge and expansion. It heralds a time of optimistic thought, new ideals, and positive feelings.

Saturn in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus refers to the divisive energies between Saturn (old world structure) and Uranus (the utopian dream). It points to the conflicts between liberal and conservative on political, economic, and social levels. The square involves the conflict between issues of technology and harmony on earth and the physical world.

Pluto is retrograde until October 6. It occurs every year, and the retrograde involves creating boundaries, releasing control issues, and reclaiming personal power. It’s also a good time to review goals.

Tips

  1. The New Moon brings peaceful energy through aspects with Neptune, which rules mysticism and encourages insights into our spiritual nature.
  2. Trines with Pluto increase power and energy, making it a good time to focus on long term goals and personal resources.
  3. Mercury in Gemini bring clarity to the mind and aids with thought and communication.
  4. Jupiter is moving into Pisces, which will bring a feeling of wellbeing.
  5. The New Moon provides a period of rest and reflection, which should be followed by action. Think and meditate about the wisest actions for making long term changes in life.

 

 

Julia Griffin, Intuitive healer and coach

 

 

 

 

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.

 

New Moon Forecast

Image by Josephine Wall

The stars are bright in the dark velvet sky at the time of the New Moon on February 11 when we reach a pause—a stillness in the cycle that rules seas, emotions, and the patterns of expansion/contraction on earth. At this time, we move into the void before moving into another cycle of lunar light and darkness.

Like branches on a tree or the sounds of birds in air, there is movement everywhere like winds blowing from several directions at once. Aspects with air influence the mind, thought, and communication, and they change and alter with Uranus’s influence—with its up and down oscillation, a ride on a Ferris wheel that can be uplifting or exhausting. (The feelings and outcome are affected by our consciousness, karma, and thoughts, which alter the turn of the wheel.)

With six planets in Aquarius, it’s an airy forecast for the New Moon. Air rules the mind, visuals, the conception and repetition of thought. The sign of Aquarius influences humanitarian issues, brilliant insights, the collective, and also fixed views of life. Many planets placed in Aquarius square Uranus (sudden change, quantum field) create tension and an erratic feeling, but Uranus also rules the higher mind, and it prefers shifts into expanded consciousness.

One of the most beneficial, astrological aspects—Venus (love) conjunct Jupiter (expansion)—is found in the chart. It acts as a reminder that any state of love—personal, universal, or the marvelous feeling, which comes with connection—can mitigate the strange Aquarian energy. Love brings us into present, it opens the heart, and it allows us to receive answers for the universe. Beyond this, it lifts our consciousness into a higher frequency where “reality” responds in a better way. It’s another way of connecting with the quantum field.

The squares between Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (communications), and Venus (love) and Mars (action, male) tend to exert pressure but fail to give clear answers and direction. It’s helpful to know the frustrating and semi-conscious frustration subside when the planets move into a different geometry in a few weeks. For the moment, it’s wise to prioritize actions that align with the soul and creating a better physical reality as they provide answers and energies that come from within the self—and don’t alternate with the “weather”. (Temporary upsets are normal at this time. The trick is finding the part of the self who remains calm and connected; answers tend to come in a place of stillness.)

Mercury remains in retrograde in Aquarius until February 21, adding to the mix of changing thoughts and subconscious projections. It can take our thoughts back into the past, reviving old patterns and forgotten feelings. Mercury retro can bring confusion, or it can lead to clarity that old perceptions are not necessarily true. Again, much of the challenge is about circumventing the chaos of the lower mind by tapping into universal messages and truths.

Mercury (thought), Venus (love), Jupiter (expansion), and Saturn (limitation) in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus. Uranus is the place of the quantum field and sudden dynamic change. Squares create pressure, and these squares ask for plans for the future. They also ask for a clear gaze at the issues and thoughts that hold us back from our inner perfection and the expression of our gifts. The higher collective of humanity rises when we express new thoughts through our inner gifts. (Mars and Uranus are in earth signs, indicating that some of the answers may come from connection with the earth.)

Mars (action, male) trines Pluto (subconscious, transformation). Trines are harmonious, bringing energies together in a helpful, supportive way. The aspect heightens determination and courage; it builds intention. It teaches the right use of power and can create opportunities for expression and action.

Overall, it’s a time of confusing change. The mind tends to move from one topic to another with less focus than usual. Squares with Mars and Uranus cause tension and mild upset. Mercury retrograde adds confusion. However, Venus (love) conjunct Jupiter tells us to go into the heart and focus on love. Mars (action) trine Pluto gives courage and determination to stay on the path and seek right actions.

Tips

  1. The stellium–a group of planets in one sign such as the six planets in Aquarius—creates erratic thoughts, tension, and a focus on future. Thoughts may swing wildly from one subject and/or project to the next.
  2. Grounding helps. Spend time with the earth. Notice the sky, the shape of trees, and the movement of the clouds. Walk when possible.
  3. It’s important to stay focused, and Mars trine Pluto can give the strength and determination to move into our next phase of being.
  4. It’s okay to feel confused, lose things, or feel distracted. Meditate daily to achieve a clear mind.
  5. Whenever possible, stay in the heart. It’s one of the answers to the energy in the New Moon chart.

 

 

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.

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