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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

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