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North Point Astrology Journal December 16 to 22, 2013 Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: More auroras over Andøya Island, Norway on December 8, 2013 (photo by Frank Olsen, posted on SpaceWeather.com)
OUR FULL MOON on Tuesday is the last lunation of the 2013 calendar year, making it both a culmination and a release point. And, just about eight hours after the Full Moon is exact, Uranus reaches the end of its retrograde period — another indicator that we have completed a significant developmental phase and are ready to embark on the next leg of our journey.
The symbolic images associated with the 26th degree of Gemini, where the Full Moon occurs, reinforce our awareness of the importance of this transition time. The traditional Sabian symbol for this degree reads:
“Frost-covered trees against winter skies: The revelation of archetypal form and essential rhythm of existence.”
Astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this symbol provides guidelines for further understanding:
“A contact with archetypes and pure forms of individual selfhood is to be sought. Externals are left behind. This is a step beyond ‘pruning’; it is rather a process of removal of all superficialities of existence. Cyclically, nature helps us to reach this state of bare reality. It is not that we experience the Buddhist’s void (sunya), but rather that we reach the essence of our individual being, the form of pure selfhood which is the structuring power underneath all external features.”
AS WE COMPLETE this transitional “Zero Year” and anticipate the future that lies ahead, it is fitting and helpful to remember our essential Self, that part of our being that is consistent (and consistently high-flying), no matter what we are experiencing emotionally and physically in our current reality.
When so many things on the physical plane are in flux — a manifestation of the ongoing Pluto-Uranus square — we benefit from finding stronger connection with that consistent, core, essential self. “Essential” is the key word here, in that it carries two meanings: that of being “fundamental,” the basis of all else; and that of being “imperative and necessary.”
WHILE RETROGRADE, a planet pulls our attention inward, so that we might achieve greater self-understanding. The awareness that we gain during the retrograde phase can then be more fully utilized when the planet is once again moving direct.
Uranus has been retrograde since July 17, providing us with opportunities over these past five months to more fully understand our needs for personal freedom and self-expression. Astrologer Bil Tierney writes that during the Uranus retrograde period,
“We may reach a level of self-truth that can jolt us from ego inertia or mundane stagnation in the area (natal house) that Uranus is transiting. Usually, outer situations seem to operate beyond the dictates of our self-will, for we are now being conditioned to attune ourselves with universal will, and to view such matters in the light of pure truth and objectivity.”
PERHAPS YOU, like me, can think of times over the past few months when a change occurred that we at first resisted — but that, over time, proved to be beneficial in ways we had not originally seen. I think this is one of the lessons of Uranus’ retrograde phase, that we need to reserve judgment and reaction until we have the objectivity and perspective that comes when we release our attachment to everything going “according to plan.”
As Uranus begins to slowly move forward this week, and gradually picks up speed in the weeks and months ahead, we will have opportunities to build upon our knowing that a Greater Plan exists, and to find ways to become more conscious partners in the fulfillment of that Plan.
VENUS GOES RETROGRADE on Saturday, just about five hours after the Capricorn Solstice. This retrograde phase lasts until January 31, and provides the environment for us to do some soul-searching regarding our needs in the areas of life ruled by Venus: relationships, attractions, personal values, and finances.
Going back to my expert on retrograde planets, here’s what Bil Tierney writes about Venus retrograde:
“We are pressured to modify our evaluation of a person or a situation in our lives. This is a time of emotionally mulling things over in an attempt to feel more comfortable and balanced with affairs emphasized at this period. We are advised to carefully deliberate and weigh all sides before making firm commitments, as the true value of any desired object is harder to assess. What is needed is to look below the surface of apparent beauty, charm, or value and more cautiously appraise an attraction’s real worth. This is also a marvelous opportunity for going back and completing artistic/creative works previously left unfinished, before venturing into new projects.”
A CHART drawn for the moment of a solstice or equinox is said to provide insights into the energies for the next three months. The chart for the Capricorn Solstice on Saturday is notable for the growing connections between Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars, the four planets that will form our Cardinal Grand Cross throughout the first half of 2014.
Cardinal signs are about taking the initiative, and yet the squares and oppositions that comprise a grand cross indicate that some obstacles will most likely arise to challenge the expected forward motion. Part of the requirement for success is in utilizing the highest vibrational qualities of each of the signs involved: integrity, focus, and objectivity (Capricorn); courage, leadership, and enterprise (Aries); sensitivity, sympathy, and emotional intelligence (Cancer); and fairness, willingness to work in partnership, and the ability to find common ground (Libra).We’ll be talking a lot about that grand cross in my January 9 teleclass, of course! If you haven’t yet signed up, here’s the overview and a link to register or learn more:
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 learn more about the class and to register, please visit http://astrology2014.eventbrite.com.

Blessings,

Pam

NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read my recent post, entitled “New Mayan cycle begins December 18,” please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!


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North Point Astrology Journal December 9 to 15, 2013 Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Aurora borealis over Andøya Island, Norway on December 8, 2013 (photo by Frank Olsen, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

ASPECTS OF OPPORTUNITY are scattered throughout the coming week, amidst reminders of adjustments that must be made if we are to take full advantage of said opportunities.
The strongest aspect of the week, because it involves two of the slower-moving planets, is the Saturn-Jupiter trine. This aspect, exact on Thursday, is the congenial interaction of the planet of optimism (Jupiter) with the planet of realism (Saturn). When these two work in harmony together, there is support for making tangible progress in some area of our experience. That “area of experience” will vary for each of us, since it depends in part on where the two planets are transiting through our natal charts.
THIS IS THE SECOND of three trines that will occur between the two planets while Saturn is in Scorpio and Jupiter is in Cancer. The first trine was on July 17, and the third will be on May 24, 2014.
When an aspect occurs multiple times, we can consider the timeframe covered to represent the planetary themes in larger scale, rather than just affecting one or two weeks. Given that larger perspective, we can look back at events in July, consider they relate to now, and prepare for how this cycle may find its culmination in May of 2014.
AT THE TIME of the first trine in July, both Saturn and Jupiter were in forward motion. For this week’s trine, Jupiter is in retrograde (backward motion). Because of this, we will want to use this time to gain more insights about the progress we’ve made up to now, and want to make going forward. Questions we may ask include:
How do I need to adjust my trajectory to ensure greater emotional satisfaction in my life?
Are there other levels of personal truth I need to access with respect to my current projects? Am I missing anything that I will later wish I had paid attention to?
How can I think even bigger, believe in myself even more, and envision my ideals more fully?
How can I make myself even more available to the insights and guidance that support me, in physical and nonphysical ways?
If we focus on answering these questions now, our satisfaction with our progress next spring will be much enhanced.
OUR OTHER ASPECT of opportunity this week is exact on Tuesday, when Uranus trines Mercury. This is a shorter-lived influence, but worth paying attention to.
Uranus represents higher consciousness, while Mercury represents our logical, thinking mind. When these two planets work in harmony together, we want to be especially open to insights and ideas that seem to “come from nowhere” — those “aha” moments that can change our perspective in small or large ways.
I WAS LISTENING yesterday to Radiolab on National Public Radio, to a story about how the periodic table of elements was created. Evidently, Dmitri Mendeleev, the inventor, had been working for years exploring the elements and their qualities. He had even created his own deck of playing cards with each of the elements represented, and would play with them for hours in his spare time.
Then, one day, he had a magical dream, where he visualized the entire periodic table and how it should be organized — an organizational system that has proved to be incredible in its intricacy and the multiple ways that it provides information about the relationships between the elements.
HERE’S more of the story, as posted on the Dream Interpretation website:
“Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian aristocrat and academic with a vested interest in the basic elements of the universe that combine in all manner of forms to make up physical matter.

“Mendeleev could not comprehend or explain the seemingly random properties of these building blocks. That is, until one day whilst vacationing with his family, when he took a nap.

“Mendeleev had been listening to his family struggle to play chamber music. He grew tired and, upon excusing himself, went to bed and drifted off to sleep listening to the music.

“Mendeleev dreamed a vision of the basic elements of the universe flowing together in a manner akin to the progression of a musical sequence; orderly and beautiful. He awoke and outlined from his dream every element in order.”
This magical story comes to mind as I consider the Uranus-Mercury trine on Tuesday. It is this type of aspect that encourages our ability to access solutions and ideas from our higher mind.
Happy dreams, everyone!

TELECLASS ANNOUNCEMENT
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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 1 to 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.
To learn more about the astrological influences in effect January through June, please join astrologer Pam Younghans and Wellness Educator Elsie Kerns for their 90-minute “Surf’s Up!” teleclass on Thursday, January 9.
We’ve known for a while that thePluto-Uranus square is inspiring major changes on global and personal levels. As we ride the waves of the first six months of 2014, we’ll have even more focused opportunities to take risks that help us break free from the limitations of the past.
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: Please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/during the week to check for new posts, or to read through past entries. I look forward to your comments!