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NorthPoint Astrology Journal August 25 to 31, 2014 Pam Younghans

Posted Sunday, August 24, 2014
Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
August 25 to 31, 2014

By Pam Younghans
Photo: Auroras over Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland on August 20, 2014 (credit: Alexander Kuznetsovt, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

THIS LAST WEEK of August begins quite powerfully with an amalgam of planetary interactions and the Virgo New Moon on Monday. This is the launch of a new lunar cycle that not only pushes us in new directions, but inspires and supports us as well.

The “push” comes from the Saturn-Mars alignment, an influence that has been building over the past two weeks as these two planets have gained in proximity. The joining of Saturn and Mars in Scorpio requires that we find ways to utilize the positive potentials of both planets, since otherwise this could be a volatile combination.

WITH SATURN in Scorpio, we are intensely aware of the laws of cause and effect. Motives are clear and truth is seen. We hold others accountable, and we are also held accountable. Our need to accomplish, to achieve the desired goal, is intensified, and it may be hard to see another person’s point of view.

And yet, if we apply discipline and act with respect — both for ourselves and for others, Saturn in Scorpio offers us rewards for work well done. We gain new inner strength that is based in a deeper knowing of self, and we grow in our ability to maintain our integrity under pressure.

AT THE SAME TIME, with Mars in Scorpio, our emotions and our desires may be so powerful that the expression of that energy can be difficult to rein in. Our passions are heightened, and we are impatient, eager to release the tension through taking action in some form.

When Mars conjoins Saturn, it can be like taming a wild stallion. Patience is needed, and the tamer must be aware of the underlying fears and desires that motivate not only the horse, but the tamer him/herself. With this self-awareness, other-awareness, and the focus on the goal — not the goal of domination, but the goal of collaboration — horse and tamer become a powerful force for positive transformation.

IT IS HELPFUL that Mercury forms a helpful sextile aspect to Saturn-Mars at the time of their alignment. Mercury in Virgo offers clear analysis, practical communication, and attention to detail as solutions for dealing with the pent-up energy.

And, even though Venus is in a challenging square aspect to Saturn-Mars, which indicates some obstacles to be overcome, Uranus forms a harmonizing trine aspect to Venus at the same time.

In non-astrologese, this means that relationships are tested and we may have to deal with bruised egos and hurt pride. But we also have the potential to create new forms of relationship, as we accept our differences and allow each person to fulfill their need for self-expression.

THE NEW MOON itself, occurring in Virgo, provides the opportunity to re-initiate our healing journey on all levels — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Over the next two weeks in particular, as the Moon grows into fullness, we are encouraged to learn new techniques that will support our coming into wholeness.

The Sabian symbol for the degree of the New Moon is especially reassuring, given the backdrop of the Saturn-Mars influence:

“Two guardian angels: Invisible help and protection in times of crisis.”

I also find it intriguing that the keywords for this symbol — “Strength Within” — are reminiscent of the positive potentials inherent in the Saturn-Mars alignment.

THE CHART for the New Moon also contains an opposition between the Sun-Moon and Neptune, representing the importance of always incorporating the spiritual perspective into any humanly-conceived plans. We become even more aware of this influence on Friday, when the Sun is exactly opposite Neptune in the sky.

Ceres is involved in this interaction as well, being trine Neptune on Tuesday and sextile the Sun on Sunday. When a planet interacts with two planets that are in opposition (180 degrees apart), it provides an outlet for the polarized energies.

As that outlet, Ceres in Scorpio helps us maintain our emotional commitments to others while we are going through deep personal change. And with the help of Ceres, we gain greater self-acceptance “through transforming our own inner negativity and lack of trust into the healing power of love.” (quote from Demetra George in her book Asteroid Goddesses)

Blessings to you in this New Moon week!


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MON: Mars sextile Mercury, Chiron quincunx Venus, Uranus trine Venus, Saturn sextile Mercury, New Moon 7:12amPDT, Saturn conjunct Mars;TUE: Neptune trine Ceres, Saturn square Venus; WED:Mars square Venus; FRI:Neptune opposite Sun, Jupiter semisquare Mercury; SUN: Sun sextile Ceres
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Hurry Up and Wait

Thank you Laura! Reading this in mobile mode doesn’t allow me to see the date it was posted but it’s still very relevant whether it was last week or two years ago; -)
I’m so grateful that people are finally waking up that the last 35 years or so of talking to walls is worth it-just glad it wasn’t 65 years for me as it was for some!

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“Hurry up and wait” describes so much of the energy these days, especially for people conscious enough to notice energetic waves. Solar flares, whistleblowers, 2012 prophecies, Disclosure, and economic “emergencies”: take your pick. We feel the urgency, the “imminent” changes, and yet life rolls on with very little altered day-to-day. Are we in a full-on economic emergency? Or is the New Economy simply emerging? Think “both/and” rather than either/or, and then prepare to hurry up and wait again.

This cycle of intense hope, radical change, and Spidey-sense tingling anticipation feels almost too much to bear — kind of like later seasons of “LOST.” We see the signs (or are they signs?); we feel like somewhere something must make sense (or did we imagine those connections? Is Ben Linus manipulating us?); we wonder which wolves will turn into sheep, and which sheep will bare their bloody canines, all the…

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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 22 August 2014

A lot of great articles today! I just have to correct one headline though-Ferguson is NOT the first since Los Angeles and I wonder if there have been others we also didn’t hear about, just as that author was unaware of ours?

Here in St Petersburg, Florida, in 1996 we had civil unrest on two occasions (the second might have actually been the following year but I can’t recall). A young man driving a stolen vehicle was shot and killed by a police officer who was in front of the car as he tried to drive away.

My neighborhood was a literal war zone as the military removed the immense amount of stored hardware, and ammunition (it took nearly three hours for all the vehicles to pass by one after another!). And residents were guarding businesses and homes by hosing down roofs to prevent the fires spreading, and also by standing on roofs with big guns.

There were at least two nights of riots and street violence plus many days of peaceful protests.

But many who don’t live here-and many who do but were too young, or moved here since then, don’t know it happened.

How much media suppression of legitimate protests is there?

Or is it just that the Old South is expected to have these problems/attitudes but the Midwest, like Ferguson, is not? (Ie maybe it wasn’t as widely known/reported or discussed because “that’s just Dixie”).

I’m just glad to see people saying “Enough!” to all of the divisive cruelties that were taken for granted for too long. From war to racial, sexual and class based violence and oppression, it seems the collective of humanity is done with the sickness.

Even Uganda struck down the hateful anti-gay law! People all over the world are speaking out against violence and oppression whether in Palestine, Africa, the U.S., India, or anywhere.

Thank you all for all you do to make this a better world! It may not be quick or easy but we are moving toward the dawn of a new era.

Everytown USA: Is the Policeman Your Friend?

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The process of selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of surplus military hardware from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to local police forces has been ongoing for some time now. With it has come a dramatic spike in police violence against citizens like protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Read the Article

Justice (?) for Renisha McBride

Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Truthout: Ted Wafer, convicted of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 3. He faces a maximum of life in prison. Many feel that justice has been served; others do not. There is a sense of contradiction in equating justice for Renisha with Wafer’s impending prison sentence.

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Police Killing of Yet Another Black Man Near Ferguson Protests Warrants Probe

Mark Weisbrot, Truthout: As a video of the incident Tuesday clearly shows, the St. Louis police officers who killed Kajieme Powell showed a reckless and callous disregard for human life in what is no isolated event, as many have documented.

Read the Article

North Carolina Newspapers Keep Fracking Data in the Dark

Melissa Troutman, Public Herald: Newspapers are a cornerstone to a well informed democracy, but those in North Carolina would rather you not see certain information about fracking.

Read the Article

Rage Is Valid: On Responding to Ferguson and “Correctional” Violence

Vanessa Lynn Lovelace, The Feminist Wire: Ferguson is the first large scale protest in the name of justice for black people in the United States against police brutality since 1992’s Los Angeles uprising. We must refuse the deceiving narratives that incite fear of deviant bodies who speak out against the killing of black communities.

Read the Article

Big Dallas Plunder: Open Door to Wholesale School Privatization

George Joseph, In These Times: Dallas business interests stacked the school board. Now, a rule change could open the door for wholesale school privatization.

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Nicholas Heyward Sr. on Police Violence and the Killing of His Son by the NYPD

Josmar Trujillo, Truthout: Twenty years ago, Nicholas Heyword, 13, was shot by a New York City police officer. His father has been an activist for police accountability ever since.

Read the Interview

No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed Into Law

Amy Fallon, Inter Press Service: Uganda has been hailed as a success story in fighting HIV/AIDS, with prevalence rates dropping from 18 percent in 1992 to 6.4 percent in 2005. But activists fear a new HIV bill will lead people to shun testing and treatment.

Read the Article

Oakland Activists “Block the Boat” in Solidarity with Gaza

Julia Wong, In These Times: In the Bay Area, the “Block the Boat” campaign to stop the unloading of an Israeli-owned Zim vessel in the port of Oakland answered the call from Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions to condemn Israel’s aggression in Gaza.

Read the Article


Bank of America’s $16.6 Billion Mortgage Fraud Agreement Is Another Public Relations Stunt

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is clear now – with a bit over two years left in his presidency – that one of Obama’s key legacies will be casting little more than a wink and a nod at Wall Street violations of the law.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Sound Cannons: Companies Profiting From Police Crackdowns Like Ferguson

Read the Article at AlterNet

Both Sides Using US-Made Weapons in Iraq War

Read the Article at AllGov

Gaza Counts Cost of War as More Than 360 Factories Destroyed or Damaged

Read the Article at The Guardian

Eugene Robinson | How to Throw Your Wife Under the Bus 101: The McDonnell Corruption Trial in Virginia

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Not The Onion: Religious Conservatives Urge People to Stop Taking “ALS Challenge” Because It Kills Babies

Read the Article at Raw Story

Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Tickets Sold Out for Neil Young-Willie Nelson, Anti-Keystone Pipeline Concert

Read the Article at The Omaha World-Herald