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North Point Astrology Journal December 30, 2013 to January 5, 2014 Pam Younghans

Today’s photo: “The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms” (NASA photo)
NEW WEEK, New Year, New Moon — the message is pretty clear! It’s time to let go of the past and allow the ongoing energy shifts to move us into new levels of understanding and fulfillment.

Yesterday, as I started working on the slideshow for our “Surf’s Up!” teleclass on January 9 (see announcement below), I was at first a bit overwhelmed by the the sheer quantity of energy waves that seem to be in store for us in the first half of 2014.

But after a good night’s sleep, a powerful meditation, and an early morning run through a light mist, I’m feeling quite excited about the potentials that lie before us!

AS IF not wanting to waste any time, those potentials start this very week, even before we see the calendar change years. The influence of the Cardinal Grand Cross, which will be working with us through much of 2014, gets a jump-start on things with Tuesday’s Pluto-Mars square.
Pluto and Mars can be pretty effective when it comes to unsticking “stuck energy.”

We can utilize this to our advantage on New Year’s Eve day to set intentions for aligning with our more empowered Self, and being willing to leave behind the outworn, no-longer-working self concepts that manifest through blame and shame.
THEN, on New Year’s Day, the New Moon provides the energy of initiation. This is a “Super Moon,” which means that the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual, and so has larger effect on the ocean tides and our own emotional bodies.

More importantly in the long-term view of our reality, this New Moon is aligned with Pluto, Mercury, and the Sun. All four of those planetary bodies are then square Mars, square Uranus, and opposite Jupiter.

In other words, all participants in our Cardinal Grand Cross are activated this week. And, their energies are woven into the effects of this powerful New Moon, and into this entire lunar cycle, especially the next two weeks leading up to the Full Moon on January 15.

Our first wave. Surfboards ready?

KEEPING OUR FOCUS is vital when we are aware of a wave building. That focus must be both outward, keeping our board steady and ready, and inward, so that we are in touch with our inner knowing.

This inner knowing will guide us as to the perfect timing — when to start paddling, when to bring our feet beneath us to stand, and when (and how) to adjust our weight to stay in balance throughout the ride.

The enigmatic Sabian symbol for the position of the New Moon is “A large group of pheasants on a private estate.” Thankfully, the further explanation sheds light on the meaning of this symbol:
“The refinement of values by means of which we participate in the evolution of life toward ever more perfect forms of existence … cooperating with nature in creating beauty and elegance by capitalizing on skill and opportunity.”

ALTHOUGH I have a hard time relating to the pheasant image, I feel resonance with the idea that the intentions of this New Moon involve “refinement” and “evolution of life toward ever more perfect forms.” These words speak especially to Pluto’s influence.

Pluto first makes us aware of where we have been leaking energy as we’ve given others power over us and our well-being. This evidence can manifest in the form of power struggles, where we are caught in the game of trying to manipulate situations or other people in an effort to avoid feeling manipulated or controlled.

During a first encounter with Pluto’s effects, we can feel disempowered, and feel that we have little or no control over some aspect of our life experience.

AS WE CONSIDER these possible manifestations, it may seem odd that Pluto’s ultimate purpose is for us to feel more empowered and on purpose. That end result is available to us when we realize how powerful we really are, that no one else can control how we feel.

Once we realize how much energy we’ve been leaking through giving away our well-being to another person or a situation, we have a choice. Our next step is to redirect the energy we’ve been leaking through our reactions to what is going on around us. We can choose instead to focus that energy in the direction of our own well-being and ultimate purpose.

This is the depth of transformation that Pluto intends, especially when working with one of our natal planets by transit. Our experience of Pluto often takes us through a cleansing process on our way to rebirth.

We can feel like the fires of purification are intense — but like the phoenix, we are destined to arise from the ashes.

CLEARLY, this is a very important week — and year — for all of us, for so many planets to have agreed to link their energies for this New Moon, on this New Year’s Day!
And, while Pluto may be the planet that draws our attention this morning, it is just one of the four involved in our Cardinal Grand Cross.

More to come in the weeks ahead — and I hope you can join us for the “Surf’s Up!” teleclass on January 9! If you are interested, please read on to learn more, or just go to http://astrology2014.eventbrite.com to register.
TELECLASS ANNOUNCEMENT

Surf’s Up!
Riding the waves of the first half of 2014

Teleclass with Astrologer Pam Younghans
and Wellness Educator Elsie Kerns

Thursday, January 9, 2014

4 to 5:30pm PST 5 to 6:30pm MST
6 to 7:30pm CST 7 to 8:30pm EST

Attend either by phone or online!
Your $25 registration fee includes an audio replay of the teleclass and a copy of the slideshow, so even if you cannot attend “live,” you will have access to the class content afterward.
To register, please visit http://astrology2014.eventbrite.com.
About the Class

We have a powerful SuperMoon on January 1to start off our new calendar year. This New Moon is potent not only because of its proximity to Earth, but also because it sets off the energy of the Cardinal Grand Cross that we’ll be working with for much of 2014. This configuration involves Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, and Mars in Libra.
Since the new year begins in such dramatic fashion, it perhaps is not surprising to hear that the planetary influences during the first six months of 2014 will keep us on our toes! The image of a surfboarder is especially appropriate, given that we’ll continually need to adjust our center of gravity to stay in balance as we navigate the ongoing waves of energy and change. Knowing when the big waves are coming, and knowing when we will have calm seas, can help us prepare and ride the waves more effectively.
Imagine how the surfer feels when successfully harnessing the energy of that ocean wave – the sense of empowerment (Pluto), liberation (Uranus), joy (Jupiter) and self-confidence (Mars). This is the reward for taking the risk and utilizing the necessary combination of courage, perfect timing, and trust. This is what we are aiming for!
Join us for an enlightening and informative look at the first half of 2014! Registration and more information at http://astrology2014.eventbrite.com.

Blessings,

Pam

NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read my recent and past blog postings, please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!


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Truthout Daily Digest December 29, 2013

Chris Williams | Capitalism, Ecology and the Official Invisibility of Women

Chris Williams, Truthout: When the costs to society of environmental degradation and women’s unpaid and under-compensated labor are factored in, capitalism provides no profits.

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Nonviolence on Video: Interview with Filmmakers Arash and Arman Riahi

Yosef Brody, Truthout: The Riahi brothers’ inspired documentary, Everday Rebellion, lovingly examines contemporary nonviolent resistance movements in all their creativity and diversity. The brothers talk about the film, their upbringing and the technical activism platforms they are creating.

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To Win Tomorrow, Undoing Border Imperialism Is the Book We Need Now

Chris Crass, Truthout: Walia gives cutting-edge analysis from one of the most radical and highly effective immigrant-rights movements in Canada, No One Is Illegal (NOII).

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Talking Trash and Climate Crisis: A Conversation With Chicago’s Garbage Guru

Martha Bayne, Occupy.com: An expert on all things garbage, Zelechowski spoke about the need to rethink the waste stream, the economic and environmental impacts of creative reuse, and how making trash visible is key to making it manageable.

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Disgraced Former Members of Bush Justice Department Challenge Order Denying ‘True the Vote’ Intervention in Texas Photo ID Case

Ernest A. Canning, The Brad Blog: “True the Vote,” the Orwellian-named Republican “voter fraud” front group with a long and sordid history of deception and fraud won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

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Antidotes to Avarice: A 2013 Top Ten

Sam Pizzigati, Campaign for America’s Future: Nurses, philosophers, and trade unions have over the past 12 months all shared some fascinating ideas on how we can make our societies more equal — and much better — places to live.

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Poison In Our Waters: A Brief Overview of the Proposed Militarization of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Leevin T. Camacho, The Asia-Pacific Journal: The Marine’s move to Guam is just one component of DOD’s vision for the Mariana Islands. In addition to the “rebalancing” of Marine Corps forces to Guam, DOD has announced two other proposals that impact Guam and the wider region.

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Whistleblowers: Information Warriors for the Modern Age

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: In this “Truthout Interview,” Candice Bernd discusses the steps Congress is taking to protect whistleblowers in so-called “sensitive” Government jobs from legal action.

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Less Big Bang Theory, More Dana Scully: What It’s Going to Take to Lead More Girls Into Science

Christopher Zumski Finke, Yes! Magazine: Only 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. YouTube science sensation Emily Graslie describes how we can inspire them with better-quality pop-culture role models.

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Americans Are Paying for Health Care With More Than Money

Dr. Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: Americans now spend close to $3 trillion a year for health care, around 18 percent of our GDP. That works out to almost $9,000 per person in Maine, almost twice as much per person as the average for other wealthy nations that provide health care for all their people.

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In America, Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Not for Most People Who Are Stuck in Jail

April M. Short, AlterNet: Most people in jail in the U.S. have not been convicted of any crime. That is unless poverty can be considered an automatic-lockup offense.

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Loathsome Wall Street Deficit Hysterics: ‘Blame the Old and Sick, Not Us’ – Part 1

Michael Hoexter, New Economic Perspectives: Besides inspiring the reduced level of government funding in the US and elsewhere, deficit hysteria is threatening to undermine what remains of the social safety net that helped form and support the American middle class over the past 70 years.

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This week in Speakout:

William K. Black discusses the Kansas Regents’ effective elimination of the academic freedom once enjoyed by tenured faculty; Lawrence Davidson looks at the media’s portrayal of the Israel-Palestine relationship; Mary W. Maxwell questions the Australian High Court’s stance against gay marriage; Patrick T. Hiller challenges Catherine Ashton’s call to arms; Julie R. Butler details drug policy reform in Colombia and Uruguay; Richard L. Fricker explains why the death penalty may hinder justice rather than help it; Paul Thomas sheds a light on our faith-based society – and more.

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BuzzFlash

The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

The NSA Paid to Steal Your Private Data

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Five Pressing Health Priorities in 2014

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If Memory Swerves: The 1 Percent Laughs Last, as Wall Street Wins Again

Read the Article at Salon

ObamaCare Enrollment Tops 1 Million

Read the Article at The Hill

Organic Farmers vs. Monsanto: Final Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Crops from GMO Contamination

Read the Article at EcoWatch

The Urgency of a Middle Class Revolt

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NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis

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In the event of possible “collapse,” do we BANK ON fear-based armed camps or on trust in community?

Thank you for posting this. I’ve been worried about this as well. In my long term study of humanity/Earth interaction and how to “solve” the problems facing us, I learned that the quality that allowed humanity to proliferate as we have and to survive the harsher climate our ancestors were subject to for most of our species history is neither opposable thumbs nor simply big brains but “altruism”.

We survived as a species precisely because of our ability to work together for the good of all rather than focus on defending what one family has.

Selfishness is only possible in safe and easy environments. When the going gets tough the selfish get extinct.


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QOIN – money that matters

Thank you for posting this! I am so grateful for everyone who is engaged in redesigning the tools we use to meet our needs individually and collectively.

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Qoin – money that matters

Money makes our world go around. Money is not given, but man made. We can reinvent and re-design it in a way that fits our purpose. Qoin introduces, implements, and manages professional Community Currencies throughout Europe. We assist authorities, SMEs and citizens to use Community Currencies to reach sustainable economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress. We do our work with a passionate team.

Money = man-made

Current legal tender currency systems are very strong in developing high profits and building a globalised society. However, they have proved less effective in supporting regional economic development, stimulating ecological policy goals and behaviours and encouraging an active civil society. The current economic and financial crisis faced by many regions in Europe calls for new arrangements for communities to remain or become resilient.

Community Currencies are social instruments

Community Currencies (‘complementary currencies’, ‘alternative currencies’ or ‘social…

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The manuscript of survival – part 382

Thank you Aisha! Apologies to all again for the lateness of sharing this.

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You have perhaps already managed to tap into the new force that sits ready and waiting for you dear ones, the force that will bring you all the way across that threshold you seem to have been hovering before for such a long time now. You see, this is indeed an exciting time for you all, as you have all been readied for this final stage of this enormous salvage operation, if we may use such a word, but now, things will start to get into the swing as it were. You see, these times will not go unnoticed by anyone, as the heightened levels of energetic emissions that will hit your own personal atmosphere have never been higher, and as such, they will have a deep impact on you all. We are well aware that for most of you, the impact you have registered so far can perhaps not…

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