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North Point Astrology Journal November 25 toDecember 1, 2013 Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Auroras fill the sky over Arjeplog, Lapland, Northern Sweden on November 15, 2013 (photo by Nenne Åman, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

IF YOU are working with a strong Chiron transit this year, you may be experiencing a healing crisis in some form. Chiron just went direct last week (on Nov 19), and so is moving very slowly right now, focusing its energy on very specific areas of our charts and our lives.
For those who may not know what ahealing crisis is, a medical definition of the term reads: “A temporary worsening of symptoms before the patient improves.” Although specifically referring to physical conditions, we can also experience a healing crisis on emotional, mental or spiritual levels.
CHIRON is an interesting mythological character. His physical form is that of a centaur — half man, half horse. And yet, he is also an immortal, which means he is much more than “just” a man.
As we work with any Chiron transit, we are working with themes represented by this paradoxical amalgam of creature, human, and spirit. We are asked to use our self-awareness (human) to elevate our instinctive, fear-based reactions (beast) and transform them to their higher vibration (spirit), so that we may experience healing and renewal. We may be especially aware of what is needed in this regard next Saturday, when Chiron squares the Sun.
THIS IS THE WEEK that comet ISON will be closest to the Sun (it will be at perihelion on Thursday, November 28). Its anticipated path takes it so close to the Sun that the comet will be under extreme pressure. Astronomers do not know if it will survive and continue on its journey, or if it will perish in the high temperatures (think Icarus).
If ISON does survive its fly-by, astronomers say that it will “whip around” the Sun and be flung back into space at a different angle. It will then pass closest to the Earth on December 26, leaving a trail of debris that our planet will pass through in mid-January. This passage through the debris field will bring us up-close and personal with the wild-card energies that ISON represents. But only, of course, if it survives that close encounter with the Sun this week.
To keep in touch with what’s happening with ISON in the days ahead, I recommend visiting Karl Battam’s blog. He writes clearly and with humor — nice traits, especially for an astrophysicist!
SATURN AND MERCURY align in Scorpio on Monday, the third time the two planets have aligned in the past seven weeks, due to Mercury’s retrograde (backward-motion) phase. This three-time transit implies that our thoughts have been very focused on one particular issue for this time period, as we’ve tried to search out causes, purposes, and solutions.
Along the way, we may have been dealing with our own shadow in some form — the fears and patterns that are ready to be transmuted. As Saturn and Mercury complete their tango this week, we may find that we are also able to complete and move on from some issue that has had us feeling stuck.
FOR THOSE in the U.S. (or elsewhere) who celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, we have a nice Jupiter-Venus opposition in effect that morning. Any time these two “benefic” planets get together, even in opposition to each other, they do their best to create ease and a celebrative environment. It’s a good thing it’s a holiday for many, since we wouldn’t feel much like working anyway.
The main issues to be aware of, especially with Jupiter in Cancer (which rules the stomach and family) are twofold: overeating, a common malady already for this holiday; and over-defensiveness, a (sad-but-true) common reaction at family get-togethers.
NEXT WEEKEND has some contradictory influences. On the one hand, we have a Uranus-Sun trine, which encourages adventures and generosity. This aspect will get us out the door and help us shake off some of the holiday hangover, if needed.
On the other hand, we have that Chiron-Sun square mentioned earlier, and a couple of challenging (but relatively minor) aspects to Mercury. Taking all of this into account, we definitely want to take advantage of the inspiration and energy that are available — but at the same time, we will want to watch our words (and the road we’re driving on), since it could be easy to get into a fender-bender, literally or figuratively.
THANK YOU to everyone who responded to my request last week for meditations to connect with our future selves! I received so many emails on the subject that after adding information about two sources as a comment on my blog, I had to decide not to add any more — only so much time available, and I always want to check out every suggestion thoroughly before recommending them to you.
My apologies to those who don’t see their suggestion listed, and my gratitude for your offer.
And, while I’m thinking about it –THANK YOU to everyone who reads this journal. Each of you is part of my larger family, and I appreciate your trust and your support, and the community we create together.
Many blessings,


NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read my recent blog posting, “ISON synchronicities,” please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!

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North Point Astrology Journal November 18 to 24, 2013 By Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Comet ISON as seen from Kahler Asten, Germany onNovember 16, 2013 (photo by Waldemar Skorupa, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

COMET ISON has just increased its brightness tenfold after an unexplained “outburst” on November 13 and 14. It is now bright enough and close enough to Earth to be seen by the naked eye.
And, for those with telescopes, there is a rare “comet bonanza” occurring right now, with four individual comets being visible in the pre-dawn sky: ISON, Lovejoy, 2P/Encke, and LINEAR (C/2012 X1).
Comets are some of the “wild cards” in astrological interpretation. They do not follow the same rules as the traditional planets and asteroids we use in everyday astrology. Because of this, we can consider comets to represent ways and times in which we are supported in “breaking the rules” — breaking free from the karmic patterns and restrictions that have formed our lives (and perhaps lifetimes) until now.
ASTRONOMERS believe that comets come from one of two places, either the Kuiper Belt, which is beyond Neptune, or the Oort Cloud, which theoretically lies beyond Pluto. The Oort Cloud is thought to be about one light year from the Sun, but has not yet been proven to exist. It is from this hypothetical Oort Cloud that Comet ISON is said to originate.
Using those characteristics, we can also surmise that all comets represents ways and times in which we can receive new information and insights, that some might judge as being “far out.” In particular, with comets from the Oort Cloud, we are receiving information from sources that are not yet proven or that seem “other worldly,” but that clearly have effect on us.
Considering that those Oort Cloud comets come from distant reaches of space, we can also think of them in as coming from our “future,” since their light would usually take at least one year to reach us on Earth. In that sense, Comet ISON’s arrival in our space may represent opportunities to integrate aspects of our future selves.
WE HAVE OTHER clues as to the purposes of Comet ISON. We’ve talked a lot in recent months about the ongoing Pluto-Uranus square and its effects and challenges. This square (in effect from 2012 to 2015) is actually the first testing point in a cycle that began in the mid-1960s, when Pluto and Uranus were aligned and many social and political changes were initiated.
That is why my jaw dropped a bit when I read this on thecometinformer.com website this morning:
“The orbital similarity between ISON and the Great Comet of 1965 suggests that the two comets could have actually broken off from the same parent body.”
The synchronization of the two timeframes is pretty compelling. September-October 1965, which is when “the Great Comet” was visible from Earth, was also when Uranus and Pluto were exactly aligned, in middle degrees of Virgo. And, Comet ISON is now traveling through the constellation of Virgo, as seen from Earth.
WE CAN CONSIDER this time, these last two to three months of 2013, to be pivotal in many ways. This is the time for greater insight into the changes that are taking place in our personal and collective lives. It is time for us to call upon our knowing of cosmic truths, whether or not we can explain them or pinpoint their origins.
It is also time to call upon our self of the future to be integrated into our self of the Now. That future self may be healed in some way, may be more enlightened, may be more courageous or more loving, or more ___________ (fill in the blank). This timeframe, these comets, this Pluto-Uranus square — they are all conspiring to help us break free from the limitations and definitions of the past that continue to affect our present, and we can use their energies with those intentions in mind.
I’m sure there are many meditations out there that utilize the imagery of calling one’s future self into the present. If you know of a good one, please send me an email and I’ll consider putting it on my blog. I also wrote a simple visualization and posted it to my blog this morning, if you are interested. (See “On comets and futures”.)
LOOKING at the planetary aspects for the week, we find that the planets in our solar system are also supporting this healing work and alignment with our higher selves. Mercury aligns with the North Node on Monday, bringing into consciousness some truths about our purposes here on planet Earth and helping us let go of the mindsets that have held us back.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, stations direct (starts moving forward) on Tuesday, completing its retrograde (backward motion) phase that started in mid-June. As always, a planet that is changing direction imprints its energies more fully on our awareness, due to its proximity to Earth and its slowed motion.
This increase in Chiron’s influence emphasizes the healing possible now. In particular, Chiron in Pisces is showing us how we have limited our progress by trying to do everything on our own, and by trying to control outcomes. The healing of the Pisces wound results in a greater trust in the unseen support that weaves through our lives, and a more open heart through conscious application of compassion and acceptance.
THE WAVE of positive energy continues on Wednesday, when Chiron and Pluto form supportive aspects with Mercury. These aspects encourage us in our expanding awareness of the meanings and purposes of events in our daily lives.
And, on Thursday, the Sun enters Sagittarius for its yearly visit. Sagittarius is know for its enthusiasm, humor, generosity and optimism — and these traits are more available to all of us while the Sun traverses the sign, from November 21 through December 21.


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North Point Astrology Journal November 11 to 17, 2013 By Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Auroras seen from Wasilla, Alaska, on November 9, 2013(photo by Greg Syverson Photography & Video, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

IN KEEPING WITH the themes of last Sunday’s Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, this past week has brought many issues to the surface that had been hidden from our awareness until now. Scorpio represents a shamanic journey into the night and the darkness, with the purpose of revealing a treasure and a light that is needed in our lives.
Of course, with Saturn conjunct the Solar Eclipse, much of that journey may have brought with it a heaviness or increased sense of responsibility, a feeling of fate, or an awareness that something is coming to an end. It may also have uncovered latent fears or other uncomfortable emotions that have yet to be transmuted.
This eclipse has opened a door of opportunity for us to come to terms with the shadows and bring them into the light. This theme is in effect for the next six months in varying strength, and is especially tangible this week, as we follow the waxing Moon into fullness next Sunday.
PLUTO is the planetary “ruler” of Scorpio, and so is a strong conduit for transformational energies. This dwarf planet is adept at providing situations that reveal to us the patterns we need to release. Those revelations have been intensified through the Pluto-Uranus square, exact on November 1, and the Scorpio Eclipse on November 3.
This week, Venus steps into the energy field established by the Pluto-Uranus square. Our closest planetary neighbor will first square Uranus on Thursday, and then align with Pluto on Friday.
WITH THE URANUS aspect arriving first on our radar, we can “expect the unexpected” midweek, especially in those areas associated with Venus: relationships, personal values, self-worth, finances, and our needs for comfort, ease, and beauty in life.
Then, with the Pluto-Venus alignment in Capricorn on Friday, we can use Pluto’s laser vision to focus our higher intentions and powerful knowing of how to best act on the changes brought forward by Uranus. And, since Venus will be going retrograde in Capricorn, it is likely that the transitions that begin this week will be part of a process rather than an event.
Starting on December 21, Venus will backtrack until January 31, when she again will be close to Pluto. The two planets do not align exactly at that point, but their close proximity (separated by just a little more than one degree) indicates that many situations that arise this week may take until early February to resolve completely.
TO SOFTEN our journey this week, we have a lovely Sun-Jupiter trine on Tuesday, which should help lighten our load a bit. This is the reminder that we really are loved and supported, and that we can call on others to help us as we navigate change.
We also have Neptune coming to a standstill on Wednesday, ready to go forward after having been retrograde since June 7. We have been through a phase of contemplation and withdrawal in some area of our lives. If we have taken advantage of this time, we are potentially now more in touch with our spiritual and emotional core. From this place of stronger inner connection, as Neptune starts moving forward, we can also begin to move out into the world with a greater sense of wholeness and spiritual knowing.
OUR FULL MOON next Sunday is at dawn on the Pacific coast of the United States (7:15am PST). The Moon will be in late degrees of Taurus for this lunation, carrying the energy of grounding, inner peace, and stability in the midst of change.
This is an important Full Moon, since it is the time of greatest light in a lunar cycle that began with a Solar Eclipse. The greater intentions of that eclipse, shown in part by its location in our natal charts, is now coming to fruition. The deeper change represented by Scorpio is now ready to be integrated, acknowledged, and put to practical use.


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North Point Astrology Journal November 4 to 10, 2013 Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: “Auroras and Creatures” seen from Tromsø, northern Norway on October 29, 2013(photo by Ole C. Salomonsen, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

THE ENERGY of this morning’s Solar Eclipse feels a bit heavy — which is to be expected, knowing that the eclipse occurred with Saturn in close proximity to the Sun and the Moon. Saturn is not a light-hearted energy, preferring to keep us focused on the work that needs to be done, the goals we want to meet, and the responsibilities that require us to be disciplined and mature.
So, if you’re feeling that heaviness in the air today, you may be picking up on that Saturn-Sun-Moon energy field. We will likely be working with that field over the next few days, at least through the time of the exact Saturn-Sun alignment on Wednesday. This doesn’t have to be a negative experience. But it does require us to find a new level of strength and inner authority that is not thrown off by the fears and other negative emotions that can sometimes hold us hostage.
VENUS MOVES into Capricorn on Tuesday, adding another layer of practicality and responsibility to the energy mix. Venus represents what we allow to support us through the value we assign to it. This includes personal relationships, material possessions/finances, and our own self-worth.
While Venus is in Capricorn, persistence and realism in these areas are rewarded. If we abdicate responsibility, or “put off untiltomorrow,” we are likely to see rapid declines. If we put in the effort and stay focused on the goal, we will see slow but steady growth.
And, looking ahead, it’s important to note that Venus will be retrograde in Capricorn from December 21, 2013, through January 31, 2014. This means that advances we make in Venus’ realms over the next six weeks will be up for review for the following six weeks, then will be finally ready to set sail in early February.
THREE OTHER PLANETS are in slow motion now, preparing to change direction. Jupiter goes retrograde (backward) on Wednesday, Mercury goes direct on Sunday, and Neptune will go direct next week. These planets are virtually “hovering” in space (as seen from Earth), and so can be seen as having greater influence at this time.
Jupiter goes retrograde for about four months every year, and will be retrograde until March 6, 2014. While retrograde planets can be seen as problematic, since their energy is focused inward instead of outward, there are many benefits to any retrograde period — especially one involving Jupiter.
HERE’S HOW astrologer Bil Tierney describes the potentials of Jupiter’s retrograde phase:
“It can be a marvelous time for gaining deeper insights into spiritual or philosophical matters, as wisdom can flow easier from the subconscious and make contact with the conscious self. Due to subjective feelings of guidance and self-assurance, we may be more optimistic about future potentials. Through a reconsideration of ideas previously overlooked or underestimated, we have the capacity to broaden our vision of what could be. Belief in self can be reinstated.”
Jupiter retrograde encourages us to look within for our faith and optimism, rather than seeking it through our environment or through others. This is a precious wisdom we all can benefit from having, to know hope and joy no matter what is occurring externally.
WITH MERCURY moving more slowly this week, our minds may be a bit sluggish as well. Leave more time for getting things done, for getting where you want to go, and for communications to be responded to.
As far as Mercury is concerned, this week is best used for a final review of projects and plans, rather than initiating anything new. And, with Mercury in Scorpio, we want to pay special attention to the motives and motivations behind anything we read or hear from others, or speak or write ourselves.
There may be particular information coming through this week and next that we will think about later and say, “I’m so glad I realized that! It makes a big difference in how I go forward from here.”
Blessings to all,


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North Point Astrology Journal October 14 to 20, 2013 By Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Auroras over Yellowknife, Northwest Territory, Canada (photo by C.K. Man, posted on SpaceWeather.com)
I’VE BEEN REVISITING my notes from my teleclass back in June, where we talked about planetary influences in the last six months of 2013. Here’s what I wrote in my script for October:
“October seems like a turning point month to me. An important shift is set to occur in the weeks leading up to the Lunar Eclipse on the 18th, a shift that marks the next step in our evolutionary process.”
Based on my own life and recent conversations with clients and friends, I would say there’s a strong sense of “turning point” in the air. Something is ready to shift.
THE ENERGIES seem to be swirling in place at the moment. What is happening is a clearing of lower vibrations from our emotional, mental and physical bodies. The result is that we are experiencing similar challenges and situations over and over as the energies circle around.
We may feel stuck and confused by this “neverending story” — but if we can visualize the outdated emotional-mental-physical patterning being spun off, we can feel a rewarding sense of peace and calm beneath the storm. Then, when the gates finally open, those swirling energies will be ready to cascade into new territory, and we will move on as well.
PART OF THE BUILDUP of tension relates to the upcoming eclipses — the Lunar Eclipse on Friday of this week, and the Solar Eclipse on November 3. We’re also in the energy wave of the fourth Pluto-Uranus square, which is exact on November 1. Each of these planetary events is a potential gate-opener.
Our Lunar Eclipse is in the 26th degree of Aries, which corresponds with this Sabian symbol: “A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold: Obsession by potentiality.”
I CAN RELATE to that somewhat enigmatic phrase: “Obsession by potentiality.” There’s such a strong sense of potential in the air, it’s a bit difficult to stay on track with current reality. The mind and heart continue to want to live in the possibilities that lie ahead.
Here’s an abridged version of the interpretation of this symbol, offered by Dane Rudhyar in his book An Astrological Mandala:
“The mind which finds itself confronted with a totally unfamiliar and as yet unexperienced potential finds it difficult at first to adjust to its new world of perception and possibilities of action. It is best to try to reach a state of calm watchfulness, and to learn that even at this new, more advanced level, there are rules and limits to be learned… At this evolutionary stage, we must move carefully, for our consciousness is not yet fully able to operate in it.”
We’ve already been working with the energies represented by this symbol for a couple of weeks, since the New Moon on October 4. Perhaps that explains why life seems even more confusing and out-of-control than usual.
MARS ENTERS VIRGO on Tuesday, and quickly moves into place opposite Neptune in Pisces. While this opposition is not exact until Saturday, we are likely to feel it starting on Tuesday and lasting for about a week.
Mars represents the action principle — our ability to know what we want and to go after it. In Virgo, Mars is driven by a strong need to control and have everything go according to plan.Neptune, in the other corner, represents our ability to surrender the needs of the ego and to base our well-being on a knowing of our cosmic connections.
WITH THESE TWO in opposition, we will be working with a strong disillusionment with old ways of managing reality. It will be clear that any attempts to coerce or control are counterproductive, and that our plans must be flexible, to allow guidance from another level of reality. We will also be dissolving the ego’s need for perfection — both in self and in the process of life.
All oppositions require us to find a balance point in the middle. The fulcrum of the Neptune-Mars opposition is knowing what we can control and accepting what we cannot, doing the tasks that we define as important, and surrendering outcomes with faith that a higher plan is in effect.
MIDWEEK brings Venus into the spotlight, with Venus square Chiron and trine Uranus on Wednesday. Venus represents our relationships with other people and with the material/financial aspects of our reality.
Venus is currently in Sagittarius, so is appreciating its freedom and the ability to come and go as desired in relationship. Financially, this may mean having less awareness of the commitments that require conservative and responsible action.
THE VENUS-CHIRON SQUARE creates an obstacle that reins in the carefree/careless action. Chiron in Pisces hopes to remind us of our interconnectedness, to heal our knowing of Oneness. Chiron intends for Venus to remember the importance of compassion and humility.
At the same time, the Venus-Uranus trine provides the potential for change. Uranus in Aries is anxious to move forward into the future, to leave the old forms behind. This is a fortuitous aspect to have at this time, as it will assist us in having the courage and flexibility to redefine our journey by accessing the great treasure of new ideas, possibilities and wisdom available to us.


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North Point Astrology Journal Your Guide to Planetary Energies forSeptember 30 to October 6, 2013 By Pam Younghans

Today’s photo: Auroras over Harstad, Troms, Norway on September 24, 2013 (photo by Rune Engebø, posted on SpaceWeather.com) WE HAVE an action-packed week — and month — ahead of us.  As I ponder the list of highlighted planetary aspects for the coming week, I find it hard to know exactly where to start, or which aspects to focus most attention on … a sure indicator that the energies on the horizon are both varied and complex. Finding a physical analogy often helps me find a bit of order and understanding amidst chaos. If we look at this week’s array of planetary influences as dishes at a meal, we can start to define things a bit more clearly. THE MAIN COURSE is usually the focal point of the meal. In our case, the main course is the Pluto-Uranus square. And yes, we’ve seen that item on the menu for over a year now. Sometimes it’s the featured dish, and sometimes it plays a less prominent role, but it will continue to be on the menu through early 2015. This week is one in which the Pluto-Uranus dish is highlighted on our cosmic menu. In fact, we will be working with the energies of a Cardinal Grand Cross that involves Pluto, Uranus, the Sun and Moon, and Jupiter. A GRAND CROSS pulls our attention in four different directions, creating conflict and requiring us to make decisions. We are often literally at a crossroads in our lives as we work with this type of configuration. Internally, we may be aware of a heightened desire for autonomy and independence (Uranus in Aries), a strong instinctual reaction to anything that appears to challenge our authority (Pluto in Capricorn), exaggerated feelings of emotional vulnerability and protectiveness (Jupiter in Cancer), and an enhanced awareness of the need for greater harmony and fairness (New Moon in Libra). No doubt this is why the incoming energies feel a bit chaotic! It’s a lot to juggle all at once — but we have the capacity to handle it, and our successful navigation of these energies is vital to our advancement. TO HELP US in that regard, I quote one of my favorite astrological authors, Bil Tierney, in his bookDynamics of Aspect Analysis:”Although feeling frustrated by obstacles that block direct action, we can learn to apply our enterprising, headstrong temperament with greater persistence toward tackling one major objective at a time. Important lessons denoted by the Cardinal Grand Cross are developing patience, inner composure, endurance, steadfastness, and learning to better organize time and energy. If we act too prematurely or with an unnecessary sense of urgency, our actions fail to bear satisfying results.”In other words, if we remember that “slow and steady wins the race,” what at first appears chaotic energy may actually exactly what we need to make the progress we’ve been longing for. ALL NEW MOONS mark the beginning of a new lunar cycle, and therefore hold important information about the cosmic intentions of the next two weeks. Our New Moon this Friday is especially important, since it leads to a Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon on October 18. The Sabian symbol for the New Moon tells us that we would benefit from coming to a deeper understanding of our own motivations and inner strengths now. This theme is echoed by the alignment between Saturn, Mercury, and the North Node in Scorpio at the time of the lunation:”Miners are surfacing from a deep coal mine: The need to carry on at ever deeper levels the quest for knowledge which keeps burning the fires of the collective mind of a society.”GREAT POWER lies within us — power that may lay hidden, unnoticed, or undiscovered, perhaps obscured by fear or a lack of self-confidence. It is the job of any planets as they transit Scorpio to help us become more self-aware, so that we can tap into the power of “negative” emotions and convert them into positive, useful expression in our lives. It takes courage to go deeply into our own psyches, to explore those realms that resonate with intense emotions such as fear, resentment, jealousy and suspicion. But, just like the miners, who seek a fuel source in the darkness of the coal mine, our willingness to face and transform our fears can yield rewards, and can provide us with the energy we need to go forward. 

Blessings, Pam

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NorthPointAstrology Journal September 16 to 22, 2013 By Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Auroras over Abisko NP, Norrbotten, Sweden, onSeptember 13, 2013 (photo by Liselotte Kahns, posted onSpaceweather.com)

THE PLANETS are very active this week, and we have a few important transition points in particular to talk about. At the top of the list are:
an alignment in Scorpio between Saturn, the North Node and Venus (with all three sextile Pluto, sextile Ceres, and trine Chiron) the Full Moon on Thursday
Pluto’s change of direction (station) on Friday
the Libra Equinox on Sunday
That’s a lot of “astrologese,” so let’s take these one at a time…
THE NORTH NODE is our “guiding star,” although technically it is not a star at all. It is a point in space defined by where the Moon crosses the apparent path of the Sun as it “orbits” the Earth (from our geocentric perspective, of course).
In our birth charts, the North Node provides information about our chosen path of growth for the current lifetime — the traits we wanted to develop, the evolutionary step we knew we were ready to take. It tells us a lot about who we intended to become when we chose this life experience.
WE CAN USE a similar interpretation of the North Node when looking at how it affects all of us in the present. The North Node, by the sign it is in, tells how we humans are evolving as a group, and what qualities we are being asked to develop and refine.
With the North Node currently in Scorpio, our shared path of growth includes being willing to see truth, even if it is uncomfortable; learning to work with others in mutually supportive ways, rather than feeling we have to do it all ourselves or fearing a loss of power if we collaborate; and being willing to choose change as needed, instead of holding onto existing conditions out of habit or fear.
The North Node entered Scorpio in late summer 2012, and will finish its 18-month journey through the sign in February 2014.
AS SATURN AND VENUS align with the North Node this week, we will have opportunities to see how we’re doing with developing those positive Scorpio qualities, especially as it involves our personal relationships. This is also a time of recommitment to the values that we feel most deeply, as an extension of knowing our truth more fully.
Pluto, Ceres and Chiron provide support to this alignment through helpful sextile and trine aspects. This means we can call upon the strengths of each of these “planets” as we get clear and get serious this week:
Pluto will help us release the past and transform our goals based on new definitions of self; Ceres will help strengthen our self-worth and knowing of the values and relationships that will most fully support us going forward; and Chiron will help us have the faith in the unknown future, and help heal the fears that have kept us in comfortable but self-limiting situations.
THE INFLUENCE OF PLUTO is especially strong this week, since the planet completes its retrograde (backward-motion) phase and comes to a standstill on Friday. Pluto’s transformational energies are therefore stronger for all of us, but especially for those who are working directly with its aspects to their natal chart.
As we work with these heightened Plutonian energies, we can imagine ourselves as the Phoenix of myth, burning away the old goals and outdated forms of our lives so that we can be born anew.
OUR FULL MOON on Thursday is the culmination of our growth work over the last two weeks, since the Virgo New Moon graced the skies on September 5. You may recall that the New Moon opposed Chiron in Pisces and initiated a process of healing, especially as related to our ability to trust the unfolding of our lives.
Now we have the Full Moon, with the Moon in Pisces opposing the Sun in Virgo — another opportunity to find our balance point between directing and allowing, and between practical perception and intuitive awareness.
THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the 27th degree of Pisces (the location of the Moon at the time of the lunation) tells us that our work along these lines has been very important:
“The Harvest Moon illumines a clear autumnal sky: The light of fulfillment that blesses work well done.”
The description of this symbolic image calls it a “karmic moment,” when we reap what we have sown and cultivated since the New Moon. And, as we move forward from here, into the Moon’s waning phase, we will continue that process of releasing and allowing — and, most importantly, forgiving ourselves and others for perceived lacks and lapses.
THIS IS ALSO the week of the Libra Equinox, when the Sun moves into Libra and the seasons change: in the Northern Hemisphere we welcome the first days of autumn; in the Southern Hemisphere, spring begins once again. A chart drawn for the moment of the Equinox is said to set general themes for the coming season, until the Solstice in December.
The Libra Equinox chart shows the Taurus Moon aligned with the South Node (representing our karmic past), and Saturn exactly aligned with the North Node. These aspects indicate that the next three months will be very instrumental in our recommitment to our path of destiny and purpose, and that our growth will require that we release our emotional attachment to the past that no longer serves us.
WITH PLUTO trine the Moon/South Node and sextile Saturn/North Node at the Equinox, we have assistance in this letting-go process. Pluto will help us release our reliance on routines and on what is comfortable but also stagnant in our lives.
This powerful “dwarf planet” will support us as we embrace change and make choices that will help us live lives of greater passion and compassion. Pluto will help us as we move beyond self-reliance to interdependence, realizing the importance of collaboration, community, and relationship to the fulfillment of our life purposes.


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NorthPoint Astrology Journal May 13 to 19, 2013

Posted Sunday, May 12, 2013
Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
May 13 to 19, 2013
By Pam Younghans
Today’s photo: Last week’s annular eclipse, as seen from south of Newman, Australia (photo by Tony O’Brien, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

BEFORE we talk about the coming week, I want to announce that my next teleclass is now on the calendar!

The title of the class is “Our Journey of Transformation Continues.” During the 90-minute class, I will walk us through the remaining six months of 2013 and talk about when and how the planets will be both supporting and challenging us..

Mark your calendar now for Thursday, June 13, from 4pm to 5:30pm PDT (7pm to 8:30pm EDT). To read more about the class, or to register, please go to:


As with my other teleclasses, your registration ($25) gives you the choice to attend the class by phone or online, and includes a replay of the class for those who cannot attend “live.”

THE REST OF 2013 is packed with planetary influences, ranging from a lovely and supportive Grand Water Trine in July to the growth challenges of the ongoing Pluto-Uranus square, triggered by Jupiter and Mars in July and August and then exact again in early November. Not to mention our next pair of eclipses in October-November, etc. etc.!

I hope you can join us! Email me if you have any questions about the class content or how to register: pam.

Now, on to the week’s astrological news:

WE ARE IN THE SPACE between eclipses now, and also in the building phase of the lunar cycle. Whatever was initiated last Thursday has the power of the Solar Eclipse behind it. We are likely to see continuing developments over the next two weeks leading up to the Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) on May 24, and over the next six months as well, until the next set of eclipses occurs, bringing forward our next evolutionary step.

At the same time, we are daily getting closer to the next Pluto-Uranus square (exact next week, on May 20). Events related to major planetary interactions can occur either around the exact date or in the weeks preceding and following that date, often when other planets step into the mix and “trigger” the energies of the main aspect.

THIS WEEK, the Sun, Mercury and Venus all step into Pluto-Uranus energy field. As they do, we receive information and insights about how the Pluto-Uranus square is working with us on personal levels.

Mercury represents our consciousness, thinking patterns, ways of communicating, and even short-distance travel. As Mercury aspects both Pluto and Uranus on Monday, we can observe how our perceptions of “life as usual” are being challenged and upgraded. In the positive, we can gain new insights with these aspects, if we are open to them.

If we have resistance and are less than openminded, we may experience this as nervous energy and feel more irritable and defensive than usual. To work with this energy instead of against it, we can challenge ourselves to think in new ways, to let go of our preconceived notions and be willing to see with new eyes. We can also make a concerted effort not to jump to conclusions, but to give ourselves the time and space to process information before making decisions.

THE SUN interacts with Pluto and Uranus on Thursday, bringing themes of change and renewal to our concepts of self and purpose. The energy may feel very similar to what we felt on Monday, but we may feel more resistance if we have a strong ego investment in having things go the way we had planned.

Again, we can work with this energy by being flexible and being willing to detach a bit from our habitual ways of functioning. This is a tall order, with the Sun still in fixed, often-stubborn Taurus! But, we can also take our cue from Taurus about ways to feel safe amidst change — Taurus loves beauty in all forms, especially in nature, music and art.

If you are feeling frustrated on Thursday, make sure to find the time to get out of the house, out of the office, into the sunshine or rain, to reconnect with nature and your own essential nature. Or, listen to your favorite music or involve yourself in another sensory activity. These are all ways to remind ourselves that All Really Is Well.

SATURDAY’S SKIES find Venus entering the Pluto-Uranus field, but with a bit of a twist. Unlike the Sun and Mercury, which were both in challenging aspect to Pluto and Uranus, Venus is actually in helpful aspect to Uranus, although still in a somewhat challenging aspect to Pluto.

Venus represents our relationships and how we handle the areas of finances and material possessions. With Uranus sextile Venus, we are enabled to be more flexible in our relationships, more able to give ourselves and other the space and independence needed. We may also find that “things” seem either less or more important than usual — we may either tend to overspend or, in the opposite, have less attachment to buying. Either way, we may surprise ourselves and others.

The Pluto-Venus aspect is a quincunx, which generally indicates a need for an attitude adjustment. Since we’re talking relationship themes, and with Venus in Gemini, part of what may be required is to use our communication skills in new ways. Instead of sharing a lot of information and advice (which may be interpreted as being controlling with Pluto involved), we could make the effort to renovate our communication style, to listen a greater percentage of the time than we speak.

And, seeing how it feels to be a listener could be an interesting way to get in touch with our own motivations — which would make Pluto happy. Do we really enjoy listening, or are we just waiting for the other person to pause so we can jump in with our own story?

NEPTUNE is another repeating influence this week. As each of the personal planets moves into Gemini, they will one-by-one create a square aspect with Neptune in Pisces.

This week, we have a Neptune-Venus square on Monday and a Neptune-Mercury square on Saturday. These aspects involving Neptune can make things seem a bit unclear, like we’re trying to see forms through the fog. Or, we may assume we’ve seen something clearly, when we really haven’t.

Because of this effect, it’s usually good practice to delay making important decisions when Neptune’s energy is strong. At the same time, because Neptune can enhance our intuitive and imaginative faculties, it would be a very good idea to write down the ideas and insights that come our way — just wait to implement them until the fog has cleared a bit.



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Monday: Neptune square Venus, Uranus semisquare Mercury, Pluto sesquisquare Mercury; Tuesday: Saturn quincunx Venus; Wednesday: Mercury enters Gemini; Thursday: Uranus semisquare Sun, Pluto sesquisquare Sun; Saturday: Neptune square Mercury, Uranus sextile Venus, Pluto quincunx Venus, Saturn quincunx Mercury; Sunday: Saturn sesquisquare Jupiter
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NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your Guide to Planetary Energies for March 18-24, 2013, by Pam Younghans

Dennis-Mammana-Juniper-7965-Mammana_1363522989_lgTodays photo: Angelic auroras over Fairbanks, Alaska, on March 17, 2013 (photo by Dennis Mammana, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

THIS WEEK and next are pivotal in many ways, due to the growing group of planets in Aries. One by one, starting with Mars last week, the faster-moving planets are making their exodus from Pisces, each ultimately joining forces with Uranus in Aries.

The main astrological events this week occur on Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday is the Aries Equinox, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the Southern. Whichever season we are beginning, our experience of this shift of is likely to be more dramatic than usual, as we abruptly leave behind the sensitive, reclusive realms of Pisces and dive head-first into the impulsive, active world of Aries.

THE ARCHETYPES for Aries include Pioneer, Risk-Taker, Leader, Competitor, Initiator all of whom are known for their courage and focused energy. Each of these personality types is able to harness the internal strength that enables them to face the unknown, and to rise above the fears and inertia that often can get in the way of forward progress.

The Sun and Venus both enter Aries midweek, adding their weight and momentum to the full-speed-ahead throttle. If our foot has been hovering over the gas pedal, this may be the force that finally applies some pressure and gets us moving forward.

But, with Mercury still in Pisces and moving very slowly after having been retrograde for three weeks, our brains are still a bit foggy. We could find ourselves looking in the rearview mirror, asking, Did I really just do that?

ON FRIDAY, Mars catches up to Uranus the planet of assertiveness and personal will joining forces with the planet of revolution and liberation. These two can create quite an energy field when they work together, and it can be hard to hold them back once they start moving.

This force can be applied to our lives in different ways, and many of them very positive. If fear or inertia has been keeping us from making a new start, we can utilize this energy to finally take those first steps out the door or down the road. The restlessness and fearlessness represented by a Mars-Uranus alignment in Aries can be awesome in their power.

THIS POWER is why we need to be very self-aware now. Fearlessness may be helpful, but some caution is also important, so keep in mind that there is usually wisdom in Looking Before You Leap.

Thankfully, the Leo Moon lends a helping hand on Friday, forming trine aspects to the Mar-Uranus alignment that encourages creativity and generosity. This provides a positive outlet for the powerful energies of the Mars-Uranus combination.

THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the degree in Aries where Mars and Uranus will align gives us more possible manifestations to consider:

A crystal gazer: The development of an inner realization of organic wholeness.

This symbolic image reminds us that Uranus is a higher-frequency transpersonal planet, and represents the intuitive awareness that is our path to higher consciousness. As the influence of Uranus is heightened through the alignment with Mars, we must also be alert to the potential aha moments those flashes of insight that provide support, inspiration and guidance for our path.

IN HUMAN TERMS, remember that Uranus is associated with all those compound words that include the word break: breakthrough, breakdown, breakout, breakaway, breakneck speed, breakup, groundbreaking, newsbreak, lawbreaking, jailbreak, outbreak

In other words, Uranus is known for bringing unexpected and sudden events into our lives. Usually the intention of such events is to help us move beyond the places where weve been stuck.

If youve been waiting to feel inspired or wishing you had the courage to take action in some way, start thinking of ways you might harness the energy of this week and next. Mars and Uranus, the two horses pulling the wagon, can take you a long way quickly just remember to keep a firm hand on the reins and always have your destination in view.



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