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North Point Astrology Journal July 21 to 27, 2014 | Pam Younghans

Posted Sunday, July 20, 2014
NorthPoint
Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
July 21 to 27, 2014

By Pam Younghans
Today‘s photo: Iridescent clouds over Thamserku, Nepal in 2009 (credit: Oleg Bartunov, Astronomy Picture of the Day forJuly 8, 2014)

THE PUSH-PULL of Saturn and Uranus is at its height right now, and trying to stay in balance is requiring good self-awareness, strong intention, and a great deal of energy.

The specific effect for each of us, as always, depends on our individual astrological charts. Everyone has transiting Saturn and Uranus moving through two different houses of their charts, so each of us feels the energies being stirred in two different areas of our lives. And, those who have natal planets or points at 16 degrees of any sign are receiving the most direct energy work now.

FOR INSTANCE, if we have natal Mercury at 16 degrees, the work is being done with our mental bodies, and we may be feeling pulled in two directions with any decisions that need to be made. We may feel easily exhausted or overwhelmed by anything that takes a lot of rational thought.

Or, if our natal planet at 16 degrees is Venus, we may be bouncing back and forth between feeling the need to conserve our money and being spontaneously drawn to purchase something that brings new, much-needed energy into our lives.

SATURN is the conservative voice, the responsible and rational one. While in Scorpio, Saturn wants to make sure we uncover all of our hidden agendas, motivations and fears before committing to anything.

Uranus is the rebellious one, the one who calls out for freedom, independence and equality. Uranus in Aries is especially restless with the old routines, and anything that dampens the spirit on any level.

With Saturn preaching in one of our ears, and Uranus hollering in the other ear, is it any wonder we feel conflicted and more than a bit exhausted right now?

AND YET, both planets are here to teach and help. They’re not intentionally pulling us stem from stern. But the effect is like having two dogs on leashes (or two kids holding your hands) who are pulling in two different directions.

The challenge is to find a reasonable way to proceed that also provides the new energy that is needed. Change is in the air, and we need to heed the call of the soul if it yearns for new experience — and yet, we want to also acknowledge the practicalities of life and the value of making sure the bridge completely crosses the ravine before we run across it.

WE’RE WORKING WITH the Pluto-Uranus influence again this week. Mercury steps into the fray with an opposition to Pluto on Monday and a square to Uranus on Thursday. Since Mercury represents our thinking and communicating capacities, we are likely to have some new and interesting ideas with these aspects — and yet, these are probably not the best days to try to come to agreement with anyone on topics of controversy. We are likely to feel passionately about something, it is true — but so will the other person.

That being said, Mercury will form a grand water trine with Saturn and Chiron on Thursday and Friday. These aspects will help us speak rationally and with compassion, and may go a long way toward easing tensions that arise earlier in the week.

THURSDAY is a high-energy day, with the Sun and Jupiter aligned in Leo. This can be an excellent time for taking advantage of all of the positive qualities associated with Leo: self-confidence, generosity, enthusiasm and creativity. We will also want to be aware of tendencies to over-dramatize, to need the spotlight at all times, and to take things too personally — qualities also associated with Leo, but at the lower end of the vibrational scale.

This Sun-Jupiter alignment actually sets the theme for the new lunar cycle, which begins with the New Moon on Saturday (3:41pmPDT). At the time of the lunation, the Sun and Moon are (of course) aligned, and Jupiter is not far away (separated by less than 2 degrees).

JUPITER’S INVOLVEMENT in the New Moon can be a very positive influence. Jupiter brings hope, optimism, faith in self and in the future. And yet, when taken too far, those same positive qualities can turn into foolishness. We will want to use the creative wisdom that is available with this lunar cycle, but we will need to be cognizant of how today‘s actions will affect tomorrow.

Mars is strongly square the Sun, Moon and Jupiter at the time of the New Moon. With Mars now in Scorpio, the intensity of our desires is heightened, as well as our drive to take charge of situations.

We will need to use strong self-awareness throughout the coming lunar cycle to take advantage of both the faith and optimism of Jupiter in Leo and the passion and forthrightness of Mars in Scorpio, without being so self-absorbed that we blindly steamroll over everything that happens to get in our way.

THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the New Moon tells us that we have support for manifesting the positive potentials of the lunation:

“A formally dressed elderly man stands near trophies he brought back from a hunting expedition: The masculine will to conquer his animal nature and to impress his peers with his skill in performing the ancient traditional power rituals.”

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this symbol takes us beyond seeing it as merely a demonstration of ego and personal pride:

“If one refers to the higher spiritual-mental implications of the sign Leo, one can see in this picture a reference to our capacity to overcome the animalistic tendencies of our bio-psychic nature. Being ‘formally dressed’ is an important, if not the most important, goal. The symbol can refer to the eagerness to show oneself to the best of one’s advantage.”

It sounds like it’s time to shine! We’ll just need to remember to be generous in sharing the spotlight with the others on our life’s stage.

Blessings,

Pam

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MON: Uranus stations retrograde, 7:53p PDT, Pluto opposite Mercury; TUE: Sun enters Leo; THU: Neptune trine Venus, Sun conjunct Jupiter, Uranus square Mercury, Saturn trine Mercury, Chiron sesquisquare Sun; FRI: Chiron trine Mercury, Mars enters Scorpio; SAT: New Moon 3:41p PDT; SUN: Neptune sesquisquare Mercury, Mercury square Nodes, Pluto opposite Venus
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NorthPoint Astrology Journal Your Guide to Planetar y Energies for April 21 to 27, 2014  By Pam Younghans

Today‘s photo: Phases of the Lunar Eclipse on April 15, 2014(photo by Jose Flores, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

THE EXCITEMENT continues this week, and into next as well. Starting today, Sunday the 20th, through Wednesday the 23rd, the four planets in the Cardinal Grand Cross are at their closest proximity by degree — which means the configuration is technically most exact (and strongest in influence) over these four days.

We can imagine a grand cross (also called a grand square) as four planets sitting on four sides of a table, each with a different agenda and a different style of communicating. For this grand cross, sitting at the table are:

Uranus, the liberator, the rebel, the planet that inspires awakenings in consciousness and stirs restlessness with the status quo, especially anything that feels like a limitation or expectation. Uranus is in action-oriented Aries, which means our feelings of dissatisfaction very easily are turned into action for change. Depending on where Uranus is transiting through our birth charts, we may be feeling the need for change in our jobs (6th house), our relationships (7th house), our home environment (4th house), or elsewhere.

Pluto, the transformer, the intensifier, the planet that brings powerful desires to the surface as a vehicle for necessary change. Pluto is in goal-oriented Capricorn, giving an extra level of intensity to our ambitions and desires to make a difference. Wherever Pluto is transiting through our charts reveals the area of life where we are releasing old, outworn methods and opening to greater empowerment — perhaps in how we communicate (3rd house), in our actual career or vocation (10th house), or through our use of our time and other personal resources (2nd house).

Jupiter, called “the greater benefic” because the effect of this largest planet in our solar system is amplification — which can be a positive or a negative, depending on what is being magnfied! Jupiter is in emotion-centered, security-oriented Cancer, amplifying our needs for family and home, and also magnifying our feelings of sensitivity and vulnerability. As Jupiter transits our charts, we may be putting on an extra layer of protection/weight (1st house), feeling a higher level of inspiration and creativity (5th house), or wanting to spend lots of time with friends and our greater community (11th house).

Mars, the activator, the planet that often acts as a triggering device for the influence inherent in any configuration. Mars carries the energies of initiation, assertiveness, and pro-activity. However, Mars is currently retrograde (going backward) in conciliatory Libra, which throws most of our typical interpretations of the planet’s effects out the window — or at least restrains them somewhat. Instead of prodding us to act impulsively on our deeper desires and needs, retrograde Mars in Libra is requiring that we first find a new level of internal balance and cooperation between the different aspects of our beings. With Mars transiting our 12th house, we may find that balance through meditation and dreamwork; in the 8th house, through shamanic journeys and psychotherapies; or in the 9th house, through seeking the wisdom and intuitive knowing of our higher selves.

THE TENSION of a grand cross configuration comes from the differences between the signs involved:

  • Aries is a fire sign, motivated primarily by the need to assert and know Itself.
  • Opposite Aries is Libra, an air sign motivated by the need to create relationship and harmony.
  • Squaring (90 degrees away from) those two signs isCancer, a water sign motivated by the urge to protect and care for.
  • Opposite Cancer is the earth sign Capricorn, motivated by the need to achieve tangible success.

The different elements associated with each sign tell us a bit more about each one and how it moves through life. In general, fire signs such as Aries act from inspiration; air signs such as Libra act after mental deliberation; water signs such as Cancer act based on emotional responses; and earth signs such as Capricorn act based on what makes the most practical sense.

THIS IS WHY I feel the most successful navigation of this week’s grand cross will come through staying in balance. Clearly, none of these signs is “the bad guy” that we need to stay away from. Each has its gifts, and its own way of perceiving what is most important.

The problems come when we get out of balance, which usually means we also start drawing on the negative qualities associated with each sign. When Aries is out of balance, we are aggressive or angry. When Libra is out of balance, we are indecisive, people-pleasing, or passive-aggressive. When Cancer is out of balance, we are defensive, shy, or smothering. When Capricorn is out of balance, we ignore the emotional needs of ourselves and others, focusing only on the end goal — “the ends justify the means.”

DURING this grand cross week, as we look around us, and especially within us, we are likely to find both the positive and the negative expressions of each of these signs manifesting. If — – or perhaps when — we do, we can check in with our own energy systems and see where we are out of balance, and which planet/sign pair is needing attention.

If we are angry and restless (Uranus in Aries): Where are we negating our needs and desires? Where are we living by “shoulds” rather than according to the truth of our beings? And, what physical activity can we engage in, to help move the anger out of our bodies?
If we are resentful and caught in power struggles (Pluto in Capricorn): What attitudes are we holding that keep us in situations where we are “less than?” What internal strengths do we need to claim and fully own, that are the opposite of what we are exhibiting when we get caught up in those power struggles? And, how can we release the patterns that keep us powerless, and find new ways to accomplish our goals?If we are defensive or feeling fearful and unsafe (Jupiter in Cancer): How can we truly nurture ourselves and attend to the needs of our fearful inner child, without falling prey to the fear itself? How can we open our hearts in situations when we feel compelled to close them? And, what is needed to reinforce the core of faith and hope within us, so that we know that we really are safe?If we are anxious about telling others what we want, or find ourselves acting in passive-aggressive ways (Mars in Libra): How often do we say “yes” when our gut is saying “no?” Are there ways in which our relationships with others are built on a false harmony, rather than on honest sharing? How can we deepen our relationship with ourselves — the self that is actually our Most Significant Other — so that we have the courage and self-worth to be authentically ourselves in all areas of our lives?

AS WE look at each of these planet/sign pairs in turn, and realize that all four of them are knocking on our door at the same time, it’s clear why this is such a powerful time. Imagine that the table where these four are sitting is actually the dining table in our house, and we’ve invited them in for a meal. And now — NOW — we must find ways to engage them, to bring out their most positive traits.

 

Ultimately, we want to integrate into ourselves the positive qualities that these four planets represent — liberation, empowerment, optimism, and courage. And we want to create our lives so that we partake of equal amounts of what the signs represent — self-interest and independence balanced with cooperative relationship, and a healthy inner emotional life balanced with productivity and achievements in the outer world. 

 

Next week — Solar Eclipse! The ride continues. 

 

Blessings, 

 

Pam

 

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North Point Astrology Journal February 3 to 9, 2014  By Pam Younghans

Today‘s photo: Auroras over Andøya Island, Norway (photo by Frank Olsen, posted onSpaceweather.com)

THE MOON is in Aries as we begin the week, and so interacts with each of the planets in our Cardinal Grand Cross on Monday and Tuesday (see exact times in the Highlighted Aspects list). The most noticeable effects are likely to be Monday afternoon and evening (Pacific Standard Time), when the Moon aligns with Uranus and then squares both Jupiter and Pluto.

Although the Moon’s aspects are generally fleeting in their effects, lasting two to three hours at most, once again we should get some insights into the larger influence of the Cardinal Grand Cross while these aspects are at work. If we pay attention to how we’re feeling, and what situations attract our attention during these times, we may get some clarity on what we’re being asked to work on, and how we’re being asked to change during these first six months of 2014.

ON WEDNESDAY, a flowing trine aspect between Jupiter and Chiron is exact. As these two planets interact throughout this week, we are supported in strengthening our hope in the future and our trust in the universe — very important tools to have in our pockets during times of change.

This is the second of three Jupiter-Chiron trines in a nine-month period. The first occurred on August 21, 2013. The third will be part of a Grand Water Trine between Jupiter, Chiron and Saturn, which is strongest around May 15 of this year.

Trines do not push us in the way that the “hard” aspects do. This means it is entirely up to us to take advantage of this supportive energy this week — but every time we choose to take a step in the direction of greater hope, optimism and trust, we have a gentle wind at our backs, encouraging our progress.

MERCURY goes retrograde (backward) on Thursday, beginning a 21-day period of review and introspection. It is said to be wise to wait until Mercury is again moving direct (forward) before signing important papers, making major decisions, or finalizing communications. But, if circumstances require you to do any of these things before February 28, just be sure you completely understand all the instructions and double check all your facts before taking important steps. Speaking from experience, I know that life can get pretty complicated if we ignore Mercury retrograde’s directives.

Those potential frustrations aside, Mercury’s retrograde phase has a lot of positive possibility. It’s a time when we are encouraged to go within, to review where we’ve been, and to pause a bit before embarking on new journeys. It’s also a great time to review plans we’ve been working on, to make sure we’ve considered all perspectives before going forward. And, it is good for meditation and other practices where we turn our attention inward and still our ever-active minds for a while.

Blessings,

Pam

NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read this week’s posts, “The Sun’s magnetic field shift” and “Testing a theory,” please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!


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North Point Astrology Journal January 27 to February 2, 2014 Pam Younghans

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Today‘s photo: Auroras over Ørnfløya, Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway on January 22, 2014 (photo by Harald Albrigtsen, posted on Spaceweather.com)

OUR ANNUAL New Moon in Aquarius is this Thursday, at about 11 degrees of the sign. Each year, the Sun and Moon align in Aquarius to encourage us to greater individuality and authenticity, while also helping us understand how completely we are interconnected. If that sounds like a paradox, it’s what we can often expect with Aquarius.

Even the symbol for the sign seems contradictory. Aquarius is known as the Water Bearer, and the symbol shows a man pouring what appears to be water out of an urn. And yet, Aquarius is an air sign — so what’s this about water?

THE CONTRADICTION can be explained a bit. Yes, the man in the Aquarius symbol is pouring something that looks like water. But, it is more symbolic than literal, since what is being released are the waters of knowledge, also called the snakes of knowledge.

It is one of the common traits of Aquarius to want to share what they know, to spill forth the waters of knowledge. And, it is most fulfilling for this sign if the information shared is unique or surprising and helps enhance the listener’s perception or understanding of reality.

THE SABIAN SYMBOL for this week’s New Moon takes the theme of “knowledge download” to a different level:

“During a silent hour, we receive a new inspiration which may change our lives: The need to rely upon inner inspiration and guidance at the start of new developments.”

It’s always exciting to anticipate a new opportunity to receive inspiration, especially the kind which “may change our lives.” We of course want to be available and open to receive that level of guidance. Here’s additional interpretation of this symbol that may help us take advantage of the opportunity represented:

“What is implied here is the essential value of keeping open to the descent of spiritual or Soul forces, especially when a new period of individual activity is about to begin. The individual should not depend mainly on outer circumstances and traditional — and in a sense external, because collectively formulated — incentives. There is creative power within, a power that can be tapped, or rather that should be allowed to flow into the brain-consciousness or the hands which write or fashion materials into original forms.”

Remember, too, that a New Moon is a time of beginnings. The themes represented by this week’s lunation will carry forward into the next two weeks, culminating with the Full Moon on February 14.

PLANETARY INFLUENCES seem to congregate on the day after the New Moon. Two of the planets in the ongoing Cardinal Grand Cross form an exact aspect on Friday, the same day that Mercury enters Pisces and Venus stations direct.

The Pluto-Jupiter opposition is the strongest of these events. It is also the second of three oppositions these two planets will form this decade. The first occurrence was on August 7, 2013, and the last will be on April 20, 2014, during the week the grand cross is the strongest.

IF YOU CAN REMEMBER back to the beginning of August last year, perhaps you can find some common themes circling around again in your current experience. Those themes are likely to involve the tearing down of old structures (Pluto in Capricorn) and the awareness of feeling vulnerable in the midst of major change (Jupiter in Cancer).

The opposition of these two planets tells us that we are observing strong polarities. The bulldozer is ready to raze an historic but dilapidated building — and standing on the front porch are the original inhabitants, an old couple and their aging pet, trying to appeal to the sympathies of the powers that be, so that they do not destroy this important landmark.

This Pluto-Jupiter opposition represents just such a struggle, and the impasse we can feel when it feels we must choose between extremes. And yet, the solution to oppositions is said to be in finding a place of balance in the middle, that incorporates the best of both alternatives and finds a third way forward.

MERCURY DOES ENTER Pisces on Friday, but it will be only a short stay, since the planet starts its retrograde (backward) phase on February 6 and returns to Aquarius on February 12. Still, we may feel a softening of our thinking processes for a few days, and a generalized support for creative inspiration and meditative activities.

This means that Mercury in Pisces is a good support for the intentions of our New Moon, since it is conducive to turning within for “inner inspiration and guidance.”

VENUS has been retrograde since December 21, and completes its review phase in grand fashion, being very close to the Pluto-Jupiter opposition at the time of its station on Friday.

This proximity to the grand cross planets tells us that these past six weeks have played a vital role in preparing us for changes in the areas of life ruled by Venus. How has this review time affected your attitudes toward your relationships, your finances, or your aesthetics? What do you want to preserve, and what are you ready to purge from your life?Where might you be ready to find a new balance going forward?

Venus will once again reach its retrograde degree on March 4. That first week in March marks another important turning point, as Venus squares Mars, Saturn and Mars station retrograde, and Jupiter stations direct, all within the first six days of the month.

Enjoy the week ahead, and our New Moon — and may you receive exactly the creative inspiration you are most needing at this time!

Blessings,

Pam

NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read my most recent posting, entitled “Learn something new every day,” please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!


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North Point Astrology Journal January 6 to 12, 2014 Pam Younghans

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Today‘s photo: Auroras over Yellowknife, Canada on January 2, 2014 (photo by Chris Nee, posted on spaceweather.com)

TELECLASS ON THURSDAY! Just four days left to sign up for my “Surf’s Up!” teleclass on January 9! Remember, “you don’t have to be present to win” — in other words, if you can’t participate in the live class, your registration fee still entitles you to the class audio replay and slideshow, which are emailed to all registrants right after the class is over.

I’ll include the teleclass announcement below one more time for those who are new to the journal. If you can join us, please do! Go tohttp://astrology2014.eventbrite.com to register.

WE SETTLE IN to the energies of the new year this week, assisted by helpful planetary aspects involving Saturn. Saturn has a reputation for being the taskmaster, lesson-bringer, and even “Lord of Karma,” but the planet also serves to stabilize energies, especially when in positive relationship with the other planets.

As we track Saturn’s journey through the week, we see that it sextiles Mercury on Monday, and then sextiles the Sun-Venus conjunction on Saturday. Sextiles occur when planets are separated by 60 degrees, and indicate opportunities — unlocked doors that are there for us to open and walk through.

These Saturn sextiles that begin and end the coming week provide some much-needed grounding, based on a deeper knowing of our own truth (Saturn in Scorpio).

RELATIONSHIPS may also draw our attention this week. Venus, the planet of love and receptivity, aligns with Mercury on Tuesday to assist us in communicating our hearts to others — but, with both planets in practical Capricorn, we are not likely to get overly mushy, even if we are expressing love.

Typically, Venus in Capricorn would tend to create commitment and stability in relationship — but, since Venus is currently retrograde (moving backward), we are actually in review mode in that area of our experience right now. We may find ourselves thinking about past efforts to create partnerships, and coming to new awareness about what did and didn’t work.

IN DR. PHIL PARLANCE, this is a great time to do “relationship autopsies.” With Venus in Capricorn and also sextile Saturn, we should be able to step back and look at issues with greater objectivity than usual, and so see more clearly both what happened and what we may want to do differently. This review process may be especially productive next weekend, when the Sun aligns with Venus and both planets sextile Saturn.

Venus will go direct at the end of January, and will again sextile Saturn on February 24. We can use this timeline as guidance to when it may be best to take action, based on what we are learning now.

THE STRONGEST planetary interactions this week involve Jupiter. The largest planet in our solar system is square (90 degrees away from) Mars on Wednesday, and is opposite (180 degrees away from) the Sun next Sunday.

Jupiter’s effect is usually true to its size — whenever it interacts with other planets, it exaggerates or enhances their energies. This can often be a positive effect, as long as we stay aware of the dangers of excess.

BECAUSE the aspects Jupiter makes this week are “hard” aspects, we want to be especially aware of a tendency to overdo in some way. With the Jupiter-Mars square on Wednesday, the natural desire of Jupiter in Cancer to protect can become “smother love,” and the natural desire of Mars in Libra to choose cooperation over confrontation can cause us to sublimate what we really want, so that it comes out later in passive-aggressive fashion.

When the Sun and Jupiter oppose each other on Sunday, we will be most successful if we focus on a balance point between the opposing influences. Jupiter in Cancer is very in touch with the emotional side of life, finding fulfillment in exploring feelings and learning how better to nurture self and others. The Sun in Capricorn is focused on practical goals and what needs to be done in “real” terms to achieve those goals. The Capricorn Sun would rather be stoically self-reliant and unfettered by emotional needs — whether of self or others.

And now, one final time, here’s the information about the teleclass: The key to navigating any opposition is to be aware of being pulled too far into either polarity. With this particular Jupiter-Sun aspect, we want to remain aware of our vulnerabilities and be sensitive to emotional needs, but watch a tendency to want to hide under a rock and not face our responsibilities. At the same time, while we want to stay focused on our ultimate goals and remind ourselves of our strength and self-reliance, we need also to be aware of when the small child within needs nurturing and sustenance.

I’M OFF to finish up the slideshow for class! I look forward to our time together, and to a great start to 2014.

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 .

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 most recent posting, entitled “The first New Moon of 2014,” please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!


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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

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North Point Astrology Journal December 23 to 29, 2013 Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Comet Lovejoy as seen from from Jauerling, Austria (photo by Gerald Rhemann, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

IT IS PERHAPS old news that comet ISON did not survive its close encounter with the Sun in late November, at least not in its full form.

As astrophysicist Karl Battams wrote on his blog, comet ISON “clearly fell apart in the hours surrounding its close brush with the Sun and now exists simply as a dusty cloud and some warm fuzzy memories.”

This means, of course, that we will not be watching a bright and lively comet ISON in the night sky this week. But its existence is still with us energetically — and even, perhaps, physically, since Earth will pass through its dust trail in mid-January.

WHEN I FOUND OUT that ISON had merged energies with the Sun, my first reaction was disappointment — but then I started wondering, what does it mean energetically, when a comet dives into the Sun? It actually has happened several times this year.

We know that energy never “disappears,” but only changes form. When I burn wood in my woodstove, the log eventually changes form, becoming both the heat that warms my home and the ash that remains in the tray.

So, as comet ISON and others follow the example of Icarus and fly too close to the Sun, we still have remnants of their physical form in the dust trails that remain — the comet’s version of ash. But the essence of these comets has merged with the Sun, which mean their energies are now radiated out into the solar system along with the Sun’s rays.

(For you scientifically adept readers, I realize this may not be clinically accurate — but be please be kind in your judgment! I’m going more with the symbolism than technical reality, which is what we do here…)

MY POINT is simply that even though we do not have a nucleus of comet ISON to watch this week, its effects are not necessarily behind us.

I’m not sure exactly why I seem to be fixated on this particular comet, since there are others (such as comet Lovejoy) still gracing the skies in spectacular fashion.

Perhaps it is the synchronicities I found between comet ISON and comets that appeared at other times in history when Pluto and Uranus were in strong aspect.

Whatever the reason, I don’t seem to be able to let go of comet ISON just yet.
So, when the Earth passes through ISON’s dust trail in mid-January and we have a few more falling stars in the sky, I’m going to be out there watching, and listening internally for more insights.

GETTING BACK to our “regular programming” of watching the interactions of the planets in our solar system for the week: It looks like an interesting mix of potentials, primarily involving the Sun and Mercury, who are traveling together in early Capricorn.
On the one hand, we have lovely sextile aspects between Neptune and Sun-Mercury. These interactions represent opportunities to find a positive relationship between our “real world” goals and the guidance we receive from spirit. So, we might feel more intuitively guided when considering our next steps in life — or we could also use these aspects to bring concrete form to our spiritual or creative goals (such as starting a meditation practice or beginning a writing or artistic project).

On the other hand, we have Saturn in slightly challenging aspect to Sun-Mercury.

These interactions indicate that we’ll have a few bumps in the road that will require us to refocus our attention. In other words, as much as we would like to float on the Neptunian cloud, we will realize that we need to pay attention to “reality” — perhaps because we stepped in a puddle while looking at the sky.

ON THE THIRD HAND (again, not literally!), Uranus is stepping into powerful relationships with Mars and Sun-Mercury this week. These are the biggest energies of the week, which means they will most likely get our attention.

The Uranus-Mars opposition, exact on Wednesday, provides a restless energy that emphasizes our need for change. We may be less tolerant of people with different agendas with this aspect, and will benefit from being flexible in our expectations.

Breakthroughs are possible, as are breakdowns, as we juggle our desire for harmony (Mars in Libra) with our need for autonomy and independence (Uranus in Aries).

Then, next weekend, the Sun and Mercury are exactly aligned and also exactly square Uranus. This combination highlights our attachment to old goals, especially as they contrast with our very new, very different needs that are becoming harder and harder to ignore.

The positive potential with this one is allowed when we relinquish our need to be consistent or in control, and allow our perspectives to be altered, perhaps in surprising and unexpected ways.

THE EFFECTS of this week’s Uranus aspects will carry forward into the New Year, and will continue to be a part of our experience during the first six months of 2014.
Which makes this a perfect time to remind you about our “Surf’s Up” teleclass on January 9 — I hope you can join us!

TELECLASS ANNOUNCEMENT

Surf’s Up!
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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.
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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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

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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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North Point Astrology Journal December 2 to 8, 2013 Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Aurora australis over Larsemann Hills, Antarctica (photo by Rakesh Rao, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

OUR NEW WEEK and our new month begin with a New MOON, at 4:22pmPST on Monday. This particular lunation feels like a bit of a relief to me, perhaps because it is the first one since our Full Moon on September 19 that does not include an eclipse as part of its lunar cycle.
And, our December New Moon is in Sagittarius, a fire sign known for it optimism, adventurous spirit and sense of humor — qualities we can all benefit from cultivating, especially given the intensity we’ve been through lately.
SAGITTARIUS is also the sign associated with our beliefs and belief systems, ideologies, life philosophies, religions, and understandings of life’s meanings. It makes sense, therefore, that the symbolic image associated with the 11th degree of Sagittarius (where the New Moon is located) brings forward themes of truth and perception:
“An explorer examines an archaic idol shaped like a crouching panther, set high above a village square. In the flickering light of a votive candle, its eyes appear alternately laughing and ominous.”
This visual image, from Martin Goldsmith’s book The Zodiac by Degrees, is accompanied by these descriptive phrases — which we can use to understand more fully the purposes of this week’s New Moon:
“Finding one’s own truths, apart from the idols of one’s culture; lynx-like acuity of perception; integrating human intelligence with the instinctive perceptions of the animal; studying human behavior, from the noblest to the most savage; looking at things playfully, from a variety of perspectives vs. becoming hypnotized by some negative thought form; distinguishing between true and false beliefs.”
ONE OF THE COMMON aftermaths of experiencing change and intense circumstances is a shift in life perspective. Something occurs or we make a choice that takes us into new territory, and we are altered. The change may be subtle or profound, but it requires an adjustment in how we perceive life from then on. No doubt many are going through this adjustment phase right now.
In that light, this symbolic interpretation of the New Moon energies feels very appropriate. As we adjust and resituate ourselves within our lives, we are compelled to rethink what we define as “truth” for ourselves, and what we truly believe in.
This New Moon may also provide a new starting point for those who wish to lighten up, to see life through a more positive lens, in spite of what the nightly news or those around us may focus upon. (My biased interpretation of the “news” that most often grabs the headlines is that it should more accurately be called “whatever will evoke the most fear, anxiety, and negative emotion in the most people.”)
MERCURY will assist with our positive-thinking goals, since this planet that represents our conscious minds will join the Sun in Sagittarius on Wednesday. Even the “hard” aspects to Mercury on Friday and Saturday (Neptune square and Jupiter sesquisquare) should be relatively gentle in nature. The primary caution with these aspects may be to double check our calculations and to rethink plans before putting them into action — a bit like a “mini” Mercury retrograde.
That being said, there are positive benefits of Friday’s Neptune-Mercury square. We can use this aspect to daydream or fantasize, or to access our own intuition or to meditate — as long as we don’t require our imaginings or insights to have practical application just yet. Remember that dreams — whether night dreams or day dreams — are often symbolic rather than literal.
MARS ENTERS LIBRA on Saturday, to begin its almost eight-month transit of the sign. Mars usually moves through each sign within about two months, but the red planet will be retrograde in Libra from March 1 to May 19, so will not move on to the next sign (Scorpio) until late July.
This will be an interesting transit. Mars can be a little uncomfortable in Libra, since the planet (named after the god of war) is about assertiveness and independent action, whereas the sign is about cooperation and working inter-dependently.
In the positive, we can use this Mars transit through Libra to find new avenues for creating peace and harmony in the world. We can also take action for greater equality and justice, and will most likely be more impatient than usual where the opposite is true.
At the same time, we will want to watch ourselves for ways in which we ignore or downplay our true needs and desires, simply because we don’t want to ruffle anyone’s feathers. If we take that non-assertive road too often, our leftover energy can come out passive-aggressively when we least expect it.
MY TELECLASS for the first six months of 2014 is now open for registration! I’ve entitled it “Surf’s Up! Riding the waves of the first six months of 2014” — for reasons that will become apparent once you read the description.
I’ll include more complete information about the event in future journals — but if you want to read more now (and sign up, of course), please read my blog post entitled “Surf’s Up! teleclass in January.”
Blessings,

Pam

NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read my recent blog posting, “Surf’s Up! teleclass in January,” please visithttp://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!