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NorthPoint Astrology Journal June 23 to 29, 2014 Pam Younghans

Today‘s image: Photo of auroras, taken from inside an abandoned and roofless grain bin on June 8, 2014, 120km NW of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (photo by Zoltan Kenwell, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

THERE’S STILL TIME! If you missed my recent teleclass on the last six months of 2014, you can still purchase the recording and slideshow from the class — just send me an email with “Teleclass Replay” in the subject line, and I’ll reply with details. (pam)

WE ARE IN completion mode as we begin this week. The Moon is waning, completing the lunar cycle that began on May 28. And, on a grander scale, the Uranus-Mars opposition on Wednesday wraps up many of the loose ends left by the Cardinal Grand Cross we experienced in April.

On top of that, Mercury is in its last week of being retrograde, Jupiter is wrapping up its year-long transit through Cancer, and Saturn is in the last weeks of its 20-week retrograde phase.

THIS COMBINATION of planetary influences — especially the Uranus-Mars opposition midweek — may have us feeling exceptionally restless, eager to be free of restriction and limitation. But a part of us is also aware of the need for proper timing, and acknowledges that this completion phase has a purpose.

In part, we are still adjusting energetically to the impact of April’s grand cross configuration. Even if we didn’t have direct transits to planets in our birth charts at that time, we were still dealing with the energy of change in four different areas of our lives (represented by the four houses involved).

IT WILL BE IMPORTANT to observe what occurs midweek, as we work with the impatient energies of the Uranus-Mars opposition. It will be very clear (if it isn’t already) where we’re done with the old and ready to embrace the new.

And, some effects of the grand cross may have been waiting until now to manifest. In April, when the grand cross was exact, Mars was retrograde. This means the planet was more focused on building inner courage and not as concerned with external progress.

Now that Mars is moving forward, it supports us in applying our new inner courage to more tangible action steps. But, the self-awareness we gain with this week’s Uranus-Mars opposition may best be applied more proactively once we get into July — especially after Mercury goes direct on July 1.

EVERY NEW MOON offers a starting point for a new phase in our development. With Friday’s New Moon being in Cancer, this lunar cycle is focused on ways to increase emotional support and satisfaction in our lives. We will also be working with the issues of trust, security, and vulnerability.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon captures some of these themes:

“Game birds feathering their nests: An instinctual dedication of self to new forms of life.”

Taking inspiration from this imagery, we can look at this upcoming lunar cycle (the next four weeks) as being instrumental in laying the emotional groundwork for the changes we wish to make. And yet, the process is primarily “instinctual,” coming from a different level of our awareness.

As food for further thought, here is a bit of astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this Sabian symbol:

“We see here the beginning of a process; action is definitely oriented toward the future. A new wave of life is starting and a concrete — and no longer symbolical — preparation is made for it. It reveals a preparation for rebirth, and a significant note is sounded by the mention of game birds. What is being built is instinctively — but not yet consciously — offered to a higher level of consciousness. An appropriate keynote would be ‘symbiosis’ — a deep, unconscious cooperation between different levels of existence.”

OTHER PLANETARY ACTIVITY also stands out as important this week. I’m especially noticing Jupiter’s square to the Nodes on Friday, and Neptune’s interactions with both the Sun and Venus on Sunday.

As Jupiter squares the North and South Nodes, it provides an opportunity for us to look at the polarity between self and other in new ways. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, so this square could exaggerate our feeling that life is an “either-or” experience — either we pay attention to our own needs (South Node in Aries), or we choose to work in harmony with others (North Node in Libra).

The challenge of this square is to find ways to integrate the best of both options, paying attention to our own needs while also acknowledging that one of our needs is to cooperate and create harmonious relationship with others.

ON SUNDAY, Neptune will trine the Sun and square Venus. Even though the square indicates some oversensitivity — and perhaps some disillusionment — with regards to our relationships, the Neptune-Sun trine soothes our sensitive souls and helps us create new connections based in a higher expression of love.

The adjustment we’ll need to make to achieve this shift (represented by Chiron quiincunx Mars) will be moving beyond the personality’s tendency to go to extremes, to either trust completely or completely mistrust. We will need to love ourselves enough to maintain appropriate boundaries, and move beyond defining “love” in terms of rescuing and self-sacrifice. At the same time, we will need to accept the paradox that we’re all one, and there are no boundaries.

Good thing Mercury is retrograde — maybe it will help our brains wrap around that one!



NorthPoint Astrology Blog:New blog post this week: “Chiron’s station,” posted Friday, June 20. To read posts, please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!

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Mortal Combat!

Thank you again for sharing so many beautiful images, Cindy! The Aztecs of the classical period said that only the most courageous warriors and women who died in childbirth could reincarnate as hummingbirds. When I first read that bit of their mythology, I did not know about hummingbirds amazing aerial battles. Now it makes perfect sense!

Notice the hummer spearing another in the head, amazingly I have never seen a hummer seriously hurt from the sparring although I imagine they could be. I certainly hear the sound of their airborne impacts, and see the missing and displaced feathers.
This guy is waiting to spear the guy from above who is about to attack him! Hummingbirds move incredibly quickly, but when they are in attack mode they move at warp-speed.
You can see evidence of the airborne impacts in the ruffled feathers.
Some seem disproportionately harassed.
Others position themselves for advantangeous attack!
The majority though avoid the fray and remain untouched. I suspect their aerial evasion techniques are even more evolved than their attack skills. They are simply phenomonal fliers.
This is of course how I prefer to see the hummers! Peaceful and radiant.
Cheers to you from the occasionally bickersome, but always beautiful, Holler Hummers~

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 21 June 2014

Chilean Australians Clamor for the Extradition to Chile of Former DINA Agent Adriana Rivas

Ramona Wadi, Truthout: Despite her alleged participation in the crimes committed at the torture and extermination center known as Cuartel Simon Bolivar, former Dirección de Intelligencia Nacional agent Adriana Rivas lives in Australia where Chilean activists are campaigning for her extradition.

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How the Media Stokes Racism in Iowa City – and Everywhere

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: The media has a decisive role to play in the formation of attitudes about race, class, gender and sexuality. Robert E. Gutsche’s new book, A Transplanted Chicago: Race, Place and the Press in Iowa City, examines that role by analyzing the media’s impact in one small, Midwestern city.

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San Francisco’s Youth and LGBTQ Homeless Left With No Answer

David Krause, Truthout: To address youth and LGBTQ homelessness, and to address homelessness as a whole, the city of San Francisco held a total of five hearings during the months of April and May. Unfortunately, after five attempts, the city failed to do anything except powder its public relations face.

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Guns, Denial and Insanity

John Morlino, Truthout: Save for those directly impacted by the violence, the disturbing images of mass shootings begin to fade soon after the incident, and we return to business as usual. Until it happens again.

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Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives

Abby Scher, Truthout: Municipal and state governments as well as NGOs that support small or independent businesses are finally beginning to address what changes they need to make to support the creation of worker cooperatives to fight poverty and spread workplace democracy.

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How Did “Don’t Mess With the Money” Become the NSA’s Motto?

Jeff Vogel and Sam Pizzigati, OtherWords: The vast NSA dragnet somehow omits from surveillance the perpetrators of some of the most serious assaults on our homeland security. The power suits of Wall Street have wrecked our economy and continue to bleed it dry.

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Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America: Invisible Empires, State Power and 21st Century Colonialism

Benjamin Dangl, Upside Down World: For many people in Brazil, a war has broken out surrounding the current World Cup. Poor communities have been displaced by stadiums and related infrastructure for the event, and the high level of security has increased police violence.

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Raising Hope Across the Borders: Transnational Social Movements and Power

Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: Gerardo Cerdas, coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, or Cry of the Excluded, talks about the importance of transnational social movements.

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Credit Rating Industry Dodges Reforms, Despite Role in Financial Meltdown

Alison Fitzgerald, Center for Public Integrity: S&P, Moody’s and Fitch continue to wield power in the global financial industry even after several investigations concluded their AAA ratings on mortgage bonds and other complex investments helped lead directly to the 2008 financial collapse.

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Post-2015 Development Agenda – Will the Voices of the Hungry Be Heard?

Genevieve L. Mathieu, Inter Press Service: There are still 842 million people who are undernourished, representing one in eight globally, even though there is enough food to feed everyone. The UN’s Millennium Development Goals are intended to strengthen the international community’s engagement with eradicating poverty and hunger.

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