NorthPoint Astrology Journal Your weekly guide to planetary influences February 10 to 16, 2020 by Pam Younghans

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal

by Pam Younghans

 

Aspects of Note This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours. 
MON: Venus conjunct Chiron
TUE: Venus sextile Ceres
WED: Mercury semisquare Saturn 

SUN: Mars enters Capricorn, Mercury goes retrograde

 

AT TIMES, the old patterns may seem so entrenched, the barriers so impenetrable, the problems so complex, it can be hard to see how we’re ever going to break through them. No doubt we’re experiencing the Saturn half of the Saturn-Pluto combo when the feelings of discouragement and hopelessness arise. Both planets can bring up fears, but Saturn’s impact can be especially weighty in this regard.
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The good news is that we are not destined to be stuck forever. But with Pluto in Capricorn involved in this process, transformation must go very deep, and the changes must be integrated at profound levels. Merely working on individual symptoms will no longer suffice. Root causes must be unearthed and entire systems renovated.

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FOR PERSPECTIVE, the last time Saturn and Pluto aligned in Capricorn was in January 1518. Just two months before that date, the Catholic monk Martin Luther posted his “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This document, which came to be known as “The 95 Theses,” called out the corruption that had taken over the Catholic Church.

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At that time, the Church wielded great authority and political power. Luther’s seemingly minor act of rebellion ignited the passion that grew into the Protestant Reformation, a movement that over time substantially changed the political and religious landscape of the Western world.

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One of my favorite parts of this bit of history is the title of Luther’s paper. While I don’t know for sure, I doubt that he was thinking astrologically when he wrote it. But it is stunning that he used the words “Power” and “Efficacy” in the title, concepts that link directly to Pluto (power) and Saturn (efficacy).

MARS moves into Capricorn next Sunday, a transit that will last until March 30. On a personal level, Mars in Capricorn can help us apply effort and determination to achieve long-term goals. Progress is slow but sure, and requires determination, discipline, and patience.

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The shadow side of Mars in Capricorn can manifest as aggressive displays of authority, and single-minded focus on a goal with a lack of regard for the feelings of others. It will not be surprising if the political antagonism increases over the next six weeks, especially while Mars is out of bounds (February 9 to March 12) and expressing more maverick-like qualities.

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WHEN MARS enters Capricorn, it joins fellow planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, the asteroid Pallas Athene, and the South Node, already in the sign. This is a lot of Capricorn energy, which can feel pretty heavy at times.
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If you feel overwhelmed, remember that the North Node is in Cancer. The North Node is our signpost, revealing the evolutionary path that will help us successfully navigate current challenges. It is more important than ever to focus on being heart-centered. This means having empathy for others, trusting in the process, allowing your heart to guide your decisions, asking for help when needed, and making self-care a priority.

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RELATIONSHIPS benefit from the planetary influences that begin the coming week. Venus aligns with healer Chiron on Monday, and is in harmonious aspect (sextile) with nurturing Ceres on Tuesday. Both of these aspects provide opportunities for us to bring greater compassion and acceptance into our relationships with loved ones, friends, and family.
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At the same time, both aspects also require that we allow others and ourselves independence and autonomy (Venus/Chiron in Aries, Ceres in Aquarius). The healing comes as we are able to trust that being an individual with personal needs does not preclude being in loving relationship with others. Instead, being true to self can enhance our connections, as each person is able to bring their most authentic self to the interaction.

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MERCURY begins its retrograde (backward) phase next Sunday. For the ensuing three weeks, until Mercury goes direct on March 9, we are encouraged to be more introspective than usual. This is usually a time when we benefit more from reviewing our plans than from implementing new ideas.
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However, life goes on, and we often need to make decisions during a Mercury-retrograde period. If this is true for you, just take your time. If you feel pressured to make a decision, do your best to delay action until your mind is clearer and you are able to breathe calmly. Intuition may actually be stronger during Mercury retrograde, but it can’t be rushed.
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The only time I’ve had real problems with a Mercury retrograde was when I was rushing to get a project finished just hours before Mercury stationed. I was so intent on getting it submitted before that exact minute when Mercury went retrograde, I didn’t take the time to fully understand the instructions. The results were not pretty! But, the problems that followed could have been avoided if I had taken the pressure off myself and taken the time that was needed – even if it meant hitting the “send” button while Mercury was already moving backward.

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THE MESSENGER PLANET is in mystical Pisces right now, so we may already be feeling some of that call to be more inwardly focused. Mercury in Pisces is happiest when it is writing poetry, meditating, expressing compassion, doing dream work, or similarly applying the logical mind in creative or spiritual pursuits.

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Retrograde Mercury will revisit Aquarius for about twelve days, from March 4 to 16. During that time, we may be more able to receive higher-level insights, to think outside our usual parameters, and to allow ourselves to conceive of entirely new and perhaps audacious ideas.
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It may be harder to be especially clear-headed on practical matters while Mercury is retrograde. But be sure to record the insights and intuitive hits you receive. Like dream images, they can fade quickly if we don’t capture them in some way. Then give your ideas time to germinate. The best time to implement them may be once Mercury enters proactive Aries on April 10.
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FOR THOSE who are taking note of when the Moon triggers the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto effect, I’m listing below the days and times for this week. Lunar aspects are not as powerful as outer-planet transits, but they can activate events related to longer-term influences. When the Moon forms hard aspects to these three planets in Capricorn, we may see “next steps” in the process of transmutation that is already underway.

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If you’re feeling especially emotional around these times, it can be helpful to know that it’s related to the collective experience, even if it feels very personal. And it is often reassuring to know that the Moon moves quickly, so that its aspects are usually in effect for only a few hours.

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Exact aspects this week, while the Moon is in Libra:

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• Moon-Jupiter square: Wednesday, February 12, at 5:54 p.m. PST
• Moon-Pluto square: Thursday, February 13, at 6:20 a.m.
• Moon-Saturn square: Thursday, February 13, at 10:46 a.m. PST

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WEBINAR REPLAY: If you missed my recent “After the Tornado” webinar, no worries! You can still purchase the replay of the class and learn about the transformational influences we’re working with January to June 2020. You’ll also receive a pdf of the slideshow, and calendars showing the important planetary aspects. Simply send an email with “Webinar Replay” in the subject line to pam@northpointastrology.com, and I’ll reply with details.

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IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This year, you have many opportunities for new adventures, and have the courage to travel new roads. Some of these journeys may be independently-inspired, but you also may be inclined to work with a partner.  As an individualistic Aquarius, you may surprise yourself at your increased ability to accommodate another person’s perspective. If you connect with the right partner, each of you will feel supported in being your authentic self, while also being willing to cooperate. (Solar Return Sun sextile Mars, trine Juno)

 
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In Gratitude and Light,
Pam

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About the NorthPoint Astrology Journal
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to offer perspectives to assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.
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Feel free to share this issue of the NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.

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To learn more about private astrology sessions with Pam, please visit the “Personal Readings” page at www.northpointastrology.com. To schedule a reading, please email pam@northpointastrology.com.

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal Your weekly guide to planetary influences February 3 to 9, 2020 by Pam Younghans

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal
by Pam Younghans


Aspects of Note This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours. 
MON: Mercury enters Pisces, Venus sextile Saturn
WED: Mercury sextile Uranus 
THU: Sun semisquare Chiron
FRI: Moon opposite Pluto 4:02 a.m., Moon opposite Saturn 7:43 a.m., Venus enters Aries, Uranus square Ceres
SAT: Full Moon 11:33 p.m. PST (7:33 a.m. GMT on Sunday)
SUN: Mercury sextile Pallas, Mercury semisquare Pluto

MY THANKS to everyone who signed up for last Thursday’s webinar! Whether you joined us live, or watched the replay later, I hope you enjoyed the class, and have gained some insights that will be helpful as you navigate the first half of 2020.

If you missed the event, no worries! You can still purchase access to the video replay, slideshow, and calendars. Simply send an email with “Webinar Replay” in the subject line to pam@northpointastrology.com, and I’ll reply with details.
AS COMPARED to the tornado that was January 2020, the astrological weather in February is much quieter, for the most part. But the issues that have been raised in the past few weeks will be with us for quite a while yet, due to their magnitude and to their important role in our evolutionary process. This month should provide the opportunity to gain some clarity, to see more of the larger picture, and to decide what we want to focus on, that will be most helpful to us in the coming months.

From the astrological perspective, we will be watching the Moon and other planets to see when they “trigger” (reactivate) the energies of the Saturn-Pluto alignment. These are times when we should see new developments related to the original events that occurred in January. This Friday, the Cancer Moon opposes both Pluto and Saturn, at 4:02 a.m. PST and 7:43 a.m. PST, respectively.
THIS WEEK, two planets change signs, shifting our perspective somewhat. Mercury is the first to move, entering mystical Pisces on Monday. Mercury is the planetary representative of our mental state and our conscious, reasoning mind. As it travels through a sign, our overall thinking process can be more influenced by that sign.

Pisces is a very transcendent sign; one of its primary goals is to help us rise above the dramas and traumas of the Earth plane. It is more based in intuition than logic, and more inclined to compassion than judgment.

While the Messenger Planet transits Pisces, it can help us let go of old thoughtforms, old mental concepts that have kept us in a more fearful, less trusting space. We can be more “in tune” with the Cosmos, more open to spiritual and creative insights. We may pick up on what others are thinking more easily than usual, for our sensitivity is heightened. This can also be a very creative time, especially for poets, or those involved in film and photography, makeup and design.

ON THE FLIP SIDE of the coin, Mercury in Pisces can be a time when it’s harder to think logically or with clarity. Decision-making can take longer, since it can be hard to feel grounded in this reality. And, our words are more easily misunderstood, primarily because we expect that others are picking up on the nuances of what we’ve said. While Mercury is in Pisces, we are well advised to stop and do a “teach back,” where we check in with the other person and ask them to tell us in their own words what they heard us say.

Mercury is usually in a sign for about one month, but its transit of Pisces will be quite long this year, and a bit disjointed: It will be in the sign of the Fishes from February 3 to March 4, and again from March 16 to April 10. This is due to its retrograde (backward phase) that begins on February 16, and eventually takes it back for a short revisit of Aquarius from March 4 to March 16.

MERCURY is in favorable aspect to Uranus and Pallas Athene this week. Wednesday is an especially good day for receiving insights through meditation and opening to high-level information from your Divine Self or interdimensional guides. On Sunday, we focus more on finding practical solutions utilizing the insights we’ve gained.

But, Mercury is in hard aspect to Pluto next weekend, so we may deal with inner or outer conflicts as we try to convey our ideas to others. Opinions on both sides of the aisle are passionate. It will be important to remember how powerful words are, that they can be used as tools to either empower or tear down.
THE OTHER PLANET changing signs this week is Venus. As planetary representative of love, beauty, and values, the sign that Venus transits has a general influence on our relationships and finances.

Venus enters Aries on Friday for a four-week transit of the sign. Given that Aries is known for having courage and self-assurance, these qualities are more available to us as we interact with others, and as we decide what has value to us, that warrants an investment of our hearts and monies.

Also on Friday, the dwarf planet Ceres is in hard aspect to Uranus. This can be a time when our individual needs seem to be in conflict with our responsibilities to home and family. With Venus newly-arrived in assertive Aries, we are more likely than usual to face these problems head-on.
OUR FULL MOON for the month of February occurs next weekend, either Saturday or Sunday, depending on your time zone. For those on Pacific Time, the Full Moon perfects at 11:33 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 8; this converts to 2:33 a.m. EST and 7:33 a.m. GMT on Sunday, February 9.

This lunation occurs when the Moon is at exactly 20°00′ Leo, opposite the Sun at the same degree of Aquarius. At the time, both of the “lights” (Sun and Moon) are square the asteroid Vesta, and in favorable aspect to Mars.
A FULL MOON is always about coming into balance, finding ways to utilize the positive influences of the two opposing signs that are involved. Leo is a fire sign, heart-based, eager to connect and to be creatively involved in the Now. Aquarius is an air sign, mentally based, independent, and more detached or progressive, focused on the future.

This Full Moon asks us to find our balance between these two polarities, to be both engaged and present (Leo), but also to maintain a certain amount of detachment, that enables us to move and make progress. The hard aspect to Vesta in earthy Taurus suggests that we’ll need to set aside our need for immediate gratification, to realize that the transformation that is underway is very deep, and not completed overnight.

At the same time, the trine between the Full Moon and Mars in Sagittarius indicates we have access to a new levels of courage and optimism, if we stay present in the moment. We can hold the Aquarian vision of a new, more enlightened future, as long as we realize that our power is in the Now.

ONE LAST NOTE: Mars will be “out of bounds” from February 9 until March 12. We say that a planet is out of bounds (OOB) when its orbit takes it more than 23 degrees, 27 minutes either North or South of the celestial equator, the imaginary extension of the Earth’s equator out into space.

When a planet is OOB, it tends to take on more creative and eccentric characteristics. It can act as more of a wild card, in both positive and perceived negative ways. Annie Oakley, the sharpshooter, had Mars OOB in her birth chart. Her way of using her Mars assertiveness didn’t necessarily sit well with the strict delineations of what was seen as “feminine” in the late 1800s, but she was a trailblazer who left clear footprints in history as a result.

While Mars is OOB over the next four to five weeks, people can tend to be more driven and ambitious, bold and adventurous. There are some who will manifest the shadow, exhibiting more aggressiveness and anger, selfishness and impulsiveness. But, for those who need permission to act more assertively, or to take a leadership role, this can be an especially productive time.

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This year, your need for new experiences may be in conflict with your commitment to work and to your comfort level with a certain lifestyle. This is your opportunity to find out what is true for you at even deeper levels than before, or perhaps differently than before. We all change as we move through our lives, and thus our commitments must also change. This year you are challenged to discover whether your work is still authentic to you, or if it needs to be modified in some way. (Solar Return Sun square Vesta)

In Gratitude and Light,
Pam

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About the NorthPoint Journal
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to offer perspectives to assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.

Feel free to share this NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.

To learn more about private astrology sessions with Pam, please visit the “Personal Readings” page at www.northpointastrology.com. To schedule a reading, please email pam@northpointastrology.com.

Copyright NorthPoint Astrology 2020. All Rights Reserved.
NorthPoint Astrology, 15000 Block 75th, Kenmore, WA 98028, USA

NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your weekly guide to planetary influences January 27 to February 2, 2020 by Pam Younghans

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal

by Pam Younghans

 

Aspects of Note This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours. 
MON: Venus conjunct Neptune
TUE: Mars square Neptune, Venus semisquare Uranus
THU: Ceres enters Aquarius
FRI: Moon square Pluto 3:11 a.m., Moon square Saturn 6:24 a.m.
SAT: Venus sextile Pluto

SUN: Mercury semisquare Jupiter

 

ALTHOUGH the exact Saturn-Pluto alignment is now behind us, we are well aware that “objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” The two planets are still in very close proximity to each other, separated by less than two degrees. This means we continue to feel their combined influence. They will be our travel companions for many months to come.
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After an event such as the Saturn-Pluto alignment occurs, astrologers start to pay attention to those times when other, faster-moving planets either interact with one of the two planets, or transit (cross) the degree where they aligned. These transits are called “triggers,” because they can reactivate the primary themes of the original event.
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THE MAIN TRIGGERS in 2020 to the Saturn-Pluto energies are Jupiter’s three alignments with Pluto, and its one alignment with Saturn late in the year. (Teaser: I’ll be talking in depth about the Jupiter-Pluto alignments in Thursday’s webinar!) Those events are a few months away, however. Meanwhile, we will be watching times when the Moon and other planets activate Saturn and Pluto.
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This week, the Moon steps into that role. Luna is square Pluto at 3:11 a.m. PST and square Saturn at 6:24 a.m. PST on Friday. This is a relatively “minor trigger” because Luna moves so quickly. We can expect to feel any effects for just a few hours on either side of the exact aspects.
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But, given that the Moon will be in Aries, we’ll need to watch emotional volatility around those times. Angers and fears could be easily  evoked. For those of us on Pacific Time, it could just be one of those “bad mood mornings,” but others will be dealing with it more directly during waking hours. Remember to breathe and ground, especially before taking any action.
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OTHERWISE, the planets are relatively calm as we turn the calendar page from January to February, especially as compared to the high number of major astrological events in recent weeks.
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We ease into the new week with an alignment between Venus and Neptune in Pisces on Monday. This is a lovely, compassionate influence, also romantic and imaginative. While keeping in mind that we may be more idealistic than realistic, this is an opportunity to lead with our hearts instead of our minds.
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Neptune is again in the driver’s seat on Tuesday, when it forms a square aspect to Mars in Sagittarius. We’re still being guided to take the higher road, but now there’s an inner conflict involved: should we “turn the other cheek” or fight for our beliefs? Remember that Neptune can cause a lack of clarity or confusion when it forms a hard aspect, so be cautious about taking concrete action. It may be best to press the “pause” button and re-engage later in the week, when the Neptunian fog has dissipated.
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THE SLOW EXODUS of planets leaving Capricorn continues this week, with dwarf planet Ceres entering Aquarius on Thursday. As you may recall, Ceres was part of the conglomerate that met for the Saturn-Pluto alignment. As Earth Mother goddess, Ceres brought issues related to the environment and agriculture to the meeting, dramatically revealing the ways in which climate change is affecting weather patterns and the ecology of our planet.
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As Ceres traverses Aquarius from now through the third week in April, we are supported in thinking in new ways about environmental problems. And, since Ceres is involved in the care and feeding of people and animals, individuals with creative solutions may apply them specifically to ways in which we might feed all who live on the Earth, so that none need go hungry. Ceres will go retrograde later in the year, and will briefly revisit Aquarius from the last week of September through the first week of November.
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AND NOW, for one last time, here’s the webinar announcement:
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WEBINAR THIS WEEK! I can’t believe it’s already the last week of January! That means, of course, that I’m putting finishing touches on my slideshow for my “After the Tornado” webinar, which airs live this Thursday.
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I hope you can join us! If you haven’t yet registered, here’s a quick link:
https://pamfeb-june2020.eventbrite.com. Or, if you want more info, please see the webinar announcement at the end of today’s Journal.
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You may also want to watch a 24-minute YouTube of a conversation I had last week with Elsie Kerns about current energies, with a promo for the webinar in the last couple of minutes: https://youtu.be/kf6P3j-zEew
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Once you register, watch for emails from orders@eventbrite.com and noreply@eventbrite.com. Please check your spam folder if these emails do not appear in your inbox.
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After the Tornado
Airing Live and Recorded for Replay
Thursday, January 30, 2020
4 pm PST | 5 pm MST | 6 pm CST | 7 pm EST | 12 midnight GMT

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AS THE FIRST SCENES
of “The Wizard of Oz” unfold, a tornado upends Dorothy’s world. It is the beginning of her hero’s journey, through which she eventually discovers how strong she truly is. Along the way, she encounters like-minded souls and gains a new sense of connection and community.

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We’ve been talking for months about the astrological tornado of January 2020. During a single week, from January 8 to 15, an amazing number of significant planetary events occurred, clustered around a powerful Lunar Eclipse and the alignment between Saturn and Pluto.
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IN THIS 90-MINUTE WEBINAR, I will first talk about how our experiences in January relate to these astrological events. This review is important to undertake, because our path through the rest of 2020 directly relates to what occurs in January.

From there, we’ll “ease on down the road” and explore in more depth the primary opportunities and obstacles we’ll encounter in the first half of 2020. Highlights include:
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  • Jupiter’s alignments with Pluto, when spin-off tornados may occur, but we also have the opportunity for deep systemic change
  • Saturn’s entry into Aquarius and return to Capricorn, demanding progress and requiring completion of the old
  • The shift of the nodal axis into Gemini/Sagittarius, adding another level of karmic completion and evolutionary growth into the dynamic
  • The alignments of Pallas Athena with Jupiter and Pluto, inspiring new solutions and the empowerment of the feminine
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Before the class airs, you’ll receive calendars of January through June, which you can use for note-taking. During the last half of class, we’ll move week-by-week through each monthly calendar, noting when there are important events. As always, I will do my best to “bring the stars down to Earth,” explaining in practical terms what the planets are doing, how they may affect us, and how we can best navigate these times by focusing on higher purposes and our own capacity for spiritual maturity.
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I hope you can join us! If you can’t attend live, the class is recorded for replay at your convenience. All registrants receive an email with a link to the replay, audio replay, and PDF slideshow.
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TO REGISTER: Visit https://pamfeb-june2020.eventbrite.com. The class fee is $33. Payment and registration may be handled online via PayPal or by check to Elsie Kerns, 2007 Rabbit Run Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053.
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Once you register, you will receive emails from orders@eventbrite.com and noreply@eventbrite.com. Please check your spam folder if these emails do not appear in your inbox.
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Questions? Please contact Elsie at elsie@wellnesswithelsie.com or 856.988.7426 (EST).

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IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: If your solar return is in the first half of the coming week, you are completing a year-long phase in which you have been reinventing yourself, perhaps as the result of major changes in some area of your life. If your solar return falls in the last half of this week, you are in the beginning stages of this same process. Restlessness is to be expected, and respected, for it is showing you where you may be living according to “shoulds” instead of following your authentic path. Others may see you as being especially selfish this year, for your focus is very personal as you explore the truth of your being. Events in 2020 are connected in some way to your experiences in 1998, when Uranus was conjunct your Sun and you went through a major individuation process. (Solar Return Sun square Uranus, square Vesta)
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In Gratitude and Light,

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Pam

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 About the NorthPoint Journal
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to offer perspectives to assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.
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Feel free to share this NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.
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To learn more about private astrology sessions with Pam, please visit the “Personal Readings” page at www.northpointastrology.com. To schedule a reading, please email pam@northpointastrology.com
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Copyright NorthPoint Astrology 2020. All Rights Reserved.

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal Your weekly guide to planetary influences January 20 to 26, 2020 by Pam Younghans

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal

by Pam Younghans

 

Aspects of Note This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours. 
MON: Sun enters Aquarius, Venus semisquare Saturn
WED: Sun semisquare Neptune, Sun sextile Chiron, Sun square Uranus
THU: Venus sextile Jupiter, Venus semisquare Ceres
FRI: New Moon 1:41 p.m. PST, Uranus trine Pallas Athene
SAT: Mercury sextile Mars
SUN: Pluto square Eris, Mercury semisquare Chiron, Venus square Mars

THE EXACT Saturn-Pluto alignment, when both planets were at precisely the same degree of Capricorn, is now technically behind us. But major astrological events such as this usually affect us for many months beyond the moment of their perfection. It’s impossible to contain the ripple of waves once a large boulder has been dropped into a body of water. The displacement of energies continues to play itself out for quite a while. 

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And, with so many planets joining Saturn and Pluto in earthy Capricorn at the time of their rendezvous — plus the Lunar Eclipse that occurred two days before — it’s not surprising that we’ve been feeling overwhelmed. The world has been feeling top-heavy, and for some, it’s turned completely upside down.
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IMAGINE trying to keep your shoulders level while carrying a very heavy weight in one hand, and you can appreciate the effect of having so many planets in one sign. Perhaps you are likewise feeling that your life has shifted out of balance, due to a specific heavy load you are carrying. Or, it may be the sheer magnitude of juggling so much at once that is causing overwhelm. 
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Some of the balls we are juggling are actually filled with light, for there is also magic that we can access now. As Saturn and Pluto dismantle social systems and personal patterns, they are also dismantling time and other constructs that have held physical reality separate from other dimensions. 
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PERHAPS you are feeling “head over heels” rather than feeling that life has turned upside-down. But, whether you feel like you are floating or your feet feel as heavy as lead, it is very important to get plenty of rest and good sleep right now.

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As physical structures, our bodies are deeply affected by this Saturn-Pluto alignment in Capricorn. Many people are experiencing health issues, often in their joints, bones, teeth, and other bodily systems ruled by Capricorn. While we can bemoan having these symptoms, it may help to remember that these planets are only revealing where there is structural weakness, not causing it. 
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This is our opportunity to clear out what is of a lower vibration so that we can rebuild with higher-frequency “materials.” We can assist the process by raising the vibration of our mental and emotional bodies. One way to do this is by connecting with the light of our Divine Self that resides at the center of our being. Some people imagine this as a pole of light along the spine, or a sphere of light in the heart area.
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Once we connect there, we can then imagine this light of our Being radiating out, expanding into our physical, emotional, and mental bodies. This can be very helpful in clearing out all that is of a lower frequency, while also providing a higher vibration to be used in the rebuilding process. 

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THE GRADUAL MIGRATION of the faster-moving planets out of Capricorn should help us move beyond some of the places where we’ve been feeling stuck. Mercury moved into Aquarius last Friday, bringing forward new information that shifted our perspective in some way. As a result, we now have a clearer view of the road ahead.

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This Monday, the Sun also enters Aquarius, supporting us to move beyond restrictions and into a new paradigm. And, Ceres will enter Aquarius at the end of this month, helping us more fully accept, appreciate, and support individual differences.

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SOME SURPRISES
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Sometimes, surprises seem to be arranged simply to keep us flexible. Other times, they are larger in scope – literal or symbolic earthquakes or lightning bolts – designed to jar us out of complacency or a comfort zone, so that we might be liberated in some way. Most of us tend to become creatures of habit over time. One of Uranus’ task is to alter our course so that we no longer travel the same rutted road we are used to taking.

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THE NEW MOON
occurs at 1:41 p.m. PST on Friday, when the Sun and Moon are both at 04°21′ Aquarius. The square to Uranus is the most significant aspect in the New Moon chart, indicating that the coming lunar cycle is one of continued change.

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Uranus has been called the “god of chaos,” and we often see somewhat chaotic situations occurring when it is activated. B
ut it also has higher vibrational qualities, revealed through the translation of the Greek word Ouranos (Uranus), which means “the sky crowned with stars.” 

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Astrologer Liz Greene writes that Uranus “reflects our universal human longing to know where we are going and why.” She acknowledges that:

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“Many people find it difficult to express Uranus, for they are required to detach themselves from their immediate emotional needs and look toward a bigger future design … Yet if we avoid expressing Uranus, its creative power will erupt into our world in spite of
us – through change that we unconsciously need, and in some cases even provoke, but which we may experience as personally devastating when it arrives. The heavenly vision of Uranus may sometimes feel impersonal and cold, yet it offers us greater freedom through a new and broader perspective on our lives.”

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THE DIVERGENT ROAD that we start to walk with this Aquarian New Moon is likely to take us into unknown territory, where we continually need to broaden our perspective. We may also feel very strongly about certain issues, given that the Moon is aligned with the fixed star Alshat. Roderick Kidston writes that Alshat “prompts an urge to stand for something,” but that it also conveys great strength and courage.

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This new lunar cycle will inspire many to take a stand, speak loudly, and perhaps even demand to be heard. How we each use this influence depends on our core values, and how we want to direct its powerful energies.
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WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

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After the Tornado
Airing Live and Recorded for Replay
Thursday, January 30, 2020
4 pm PST | 5 pm MST | 6 pm CST | 7 pm EST | 12 midnight GMT

 

AS THE FIRST SCENES of “The Wizard of Oz” unfold, a tornado upends Dorothy’s world. It is the beginning of her hero’s journey, through which she eventually discovers how strong she truly is. Along the way, she encounters like-minded souls and gains a new sense of connection and community.
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We’ve been talking for months about the astrological tornado of January 2020. During a single week, from January 8 to 15, an amazing number of significant planetary events occurred, clustered around a powerful Lunar Eclipse and the alignment between Saturn and Pluto.
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IN THIS 90-MINUTE WEBINAR, I will first talk about how our experiences in January relate to these astrological events. This review is important to undertake, because our path through the rest of 2020 directly relates to what occurs in January.
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From there, we’ll “ease on down the road” and explore in more depth the primary opportunities and obstacles we’ll encounter in the first half of 2020. Highlights include:

  • Jupiter’s alignments with Pluto, when spin-off tornados may occur, but we also have the opportunity for deep systemic change
  • Saturn’s entry into Aquarius and return to Capricorn, demanding progress and requiring completion of the old
  • The shift of the nodal axis into Gemini/Sagittarius, adding another level of karmic completion and evolutionary growth into the dynamic
  • The alignments of Pallas Athena with Jupiter and Pluto, inspiring new solutions and the empowerment of the feminine

Before the class airs, you’ll receive calendars of January through June, which you can use for note-taking. During the last half of class, we’ll move week-by-week through each monthly calendar, noting when there are important events. As always, I will do my best to “bring the stars down to Earth,” explaining in practical terms what the planets are doing, how they may affect us, and how we can best navigate these times by focusing on higher purposes and our own capacity for spiritual maturity.
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I hope you can join us! If you can’t attend live, the class is recorded for replay at your convenience. All registrants receive an email with a link to the replay, audio replay, and PDF slideshow.

 

TO REGISTER: Visit https://pamfeb-june2020.eventbrite.com. The class fee is $33. Payment and registration may be handled online via PayPal or by check to Elsie Kerns, 2007 Rabbit Run Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053.
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Once you register, you will receive emails from orders@eventbrite.com and noreply@eventbrite.com. Please check your spam folder if these emails do not appear in your inbox.
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Questions?
 Please contact Elsie at elsie@wellnesswithelsie.com or 856.988.7426 (EST).

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK:Each time we think we know ourselves, we are then challenged to further refine our self-awareness. Over the coming year, you will experience yet another phase of self-redefinition. The urge to speak your truth is stronger than ever, and yet it can cause conflict and separation if you are not alert to right timing. If those who hear your ideas are not truly receptive, your words will fall on “deaf ears,” and your frustration will grow. Your unique insights and perspectives are needed, but you will need to apply discipline and foresight to how and when they are shared. This is not manipulation; it is being truly in accord with your inner guidance, which knows best timing for all endeavors. (Solar Return Sun square Uranus)
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In Gratitude and Light,
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Pam

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Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to offer perspectives to assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.
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Feel free to share this NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.
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To learn more about private astrology sessions with Pam, please visit the “Personal Readings” page at www.northpointastrology.com. To schedule a reading, please email pam@northpointastrology.com.
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NorthPoint Astrology, 15000 Block 75th, Kenmore, WA 98028, USA

NorthPoint Astrology Journal Your weekly guide to planetary influences January 13 to 19, 2020 by Pam Younghans

NorthPoint Astrology Journal

Your weekly guide to planetary influences

January 13 to 19, 2020

by Pam Younghans

Aspects of Note This Week

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours. 
MON: Saturn conjunct Ceres, Sun conjunct Pluto, Sun conjunct Saturn, Sun conjunct Ceres, Venus enters Pisces, Sun square Eris,
Ceres square Eris
TUE: Mars semisquare Pluto
WED: Mars semisquare Saturn, Venus sextile Uranus
THU: Saturn square Eris, Mercury enters Aquarius
FRI: Mars semisquare Ceres, Mercury semisquare Neptune,
Mercury sextile Chiron
SAT: Mercury square Uranus

 

THE ASTROLOGICAL WEATHER continues to be incredibly stormy. Over the course of today and tomorrow, January 12 and 13, we are experiencing the exact alignments between Saturn, Pluto, Mercury, the Sun, and Ceres. We may be clearly aware of the effects of this planetary tornado in our personal lives, or we may be feeling the tension more empathically, through our heart connections with significant others, or simply because we’re all linked through mass consciousness.

At times of overwhelm, our choices of what is important often become clearer. And those who are facing the challenge of a literal storm in their environment right now – whether floods, fires, or earthquakes – may be needing to quickly make decisions about what they want to pack and what can be left behind.

For those of us who are not in such critical times on the physical level, we are likewise being compelled to consider what is most important, and what can be discarded. It may be an attitude, a fear, or a way of reacting that we sense is no longer needed, that is actually causing more harm than good in our lives.

 

I MENTIONED last week that we are in historical times. Saturn and Pluto represent the principles of authority and power, respectively. When the two planets align at the same degree of the zodiac, every 35 years or so, we often see tensions rise between nations, or between peoples and their governments. We also see similar developments at other pivotal times in the Saturn-Pluto cycle, when the planets are in hard aspect with each other.

To follow the historical thread, personally and collectively, here are the significant dates within the Saturn-Pluto cycle that ends today: November-December 1982 (conjunction); March 1993-January 1994 (waxing square); August 2001-May 2002 (opposition); and November 2009-August 2010 (waning square).

 

ALTHOUGH we can point to significant global events that occurred around those dates,  they were also times of personal shifts for most of us. Saturn and Pluto bring about circumstances – large or small – that can feel overwhelming or fearsome, primarily because they are outside our control. These situations may come through a decision we make, such as moving to a new location or starting or ending a relationship, or they may develop without our conscious choosing.

One of the higher purposes, now and each time that Saturn and Pluto interact, is to help us find a new level of inner empowerment and authority, one that is not defined by outer circumstances or even our own habitual reactions. It can be hard not to crumble when life appears to be falling apart – and, sometimes, the emotional or physical collapse can be an essential step in the process. But, ultimately, we survive – and we can even thrive, if we allow ourselves to take that next step in personal empowerment and internal authority.
 
 

IN SPITE of circumstances that may seem outside our control during this Saturn-Pluto alignment, we always have a choice of where to put our attention. We can dwell on that which raises fear in us, or we can dwell on that which increases our capacity to love. An open heart is where true empowerment and inner authority are found.

Ceres and Charilko can help us with that goal. These two planetary objects are also aligned with the group of planets in Capricorn right now. Their energies are intricately involved in what we are experiencing – it’s just that it takes some effort on our part to hear their quieter voices, which are too easily drowned out by the loud clangor of Saturn and Pluto.

The dwarf planet Ceres represents our capacity to nurture, both ourselves and others. As Earth Mother goddess, Ceres cares deeply for the Earth, for children, for nature, and for animals. It is during times of environmental crisis that Ceres’ voice is the loudest. As she aligns with Saturn and Pluto in responsible Capricorn, she calls us to reprioritize our values, to put the security and survival of our planet and its inhabitants at the top of our agenda.

CHARILKO is also empowered now, being just two degrees away from Saturn and Pluto. Named for the wife of Chiron, this centaur* is seen as a supportive midwife for our process of healing. In her research, astrologer Melanie Reinhart has found that Charilko has “a gift for creating or holding sacred space, the ability to witness and facilitate transition, the silent power of receptivity, and the strength of Being.”

With the strength of Saturn and Pluto to support her, Charilko offers us greater access to these qualities than we might have had before. Through this alignment, we can more consciously hold the sacred space for a new world to emerge from this time of transition. But first, we must become the midwife who is not overwhelmed by the process of birth, but has taken on the task of facilitating it. As we come to center, soften the fear response, and open our hearts, we gain clarity not only about what we most value, but also about the kind of energy we want to contribute to the planet and all life at this critical juncture.

 

MERCURY, the Messenger Planet, is also part of the planetary lineup in Capricorn. This means that communications are a strong theme now. Words carry extra power, so be especially mindful of your intentions, as well as how your spoken and written words might be interpreted. Our motivations must be very clean, because we’ll quickly see the results of any missteps.

We might think of this as being similar to a Mercury retrograde phase, when caution is advised in all matters that involve the sharing of information or ideas, especially if our words could be construed as being judgmental (Saturn) or manipulative (Pluto).

 

CONFRONTATIONS are possible this week, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday, when Mars is in hard aspect to Pluto and Saturn. The exact square between Saturn and disgruntled Eris occurs on Thursday, another indicator that tensions could increase midweek.

However, we can also feel some movement out of places where we’ve been stuck, thanks to Mercury’s shift into Aquarius, also on Thursday. In the positive, Mercury in Aquarius can help us think outside the box, and assists us in conceiving progressive ideas and solutions. But, we can also be a little more scattered mentally, or impatient when things aren’t improving fast enough. That tendency is increased on Saturday, when Mercury is in hard aspect to Uranus. Next weekend could be a great time for brainstorming; we just are advised to wait to implement any plans until we also check out their practicality.

 

 

AND REMEMBER, throughout this week and for the rest of January at least, how important self-care is now. Whether we’re aware of it consciously or it is beyond our level of awareness, we are each navigating some truly profound energy shifts.

Please take the time to rest, to nurture yourself, and be likewise kind to others. Know that as much stress as you are feeling, others are feeling it, too. Be gentle, and allow your heart to guide your words and your actions. What “needs” to be said or done immediately may not look as crucial after we’ve slept on it – and, by the next day, when emotions are calmer, we may find it easier to hear the soothing voices of Ceres and Charilko whispering in our ear.

 

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

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After the Tornado

Airing Live and Recorded for Replay
Thursday, January 30, 2020
4 pm PST | 5 pm MST | 6 pm CST | 7 pm EST | 12 midnight GMT


AS THE FIRST SCENES
of “The Wizard of Oz” unfold, a tornado upends the world. It is the beginning of Dorothy’s hero’s journey, through which she eventually discovers how strong she truly is. Along the way, she encounters like-minded souls and gains a new sense of connection and community.

We’ve been talking for months about the astrological tornado of January 2020. During a single week, from January 8 to 15, an amazing number of significant planetary events occur, clustered around a powerful Lunar Eclipse and the alignment between Saturn and Pluto.

IN THIS 90-MINUTE WEBINAR, entitled “After the Tornado,” I will first talk about how our individual and collective experiences in January relate to these astrological events. This review is important to undertake, because our path through the rest of 2020 directly relates to events in January.

From there, we’ll “ease on down the road” and explore in more depth the primary opportunities and obstacles we’ll encounter in the first half of 2020. Highlights include:

  • Jupiter’s alignments with Pluto, when we could have spin-off tornados, and how they relate to events in January
  • Saturn’s entry into Aquarius and return to Capricorn, demanding progress and requiring completion of the old
  • The shift of the nodal axis into Gemini/Sagittarius, adding another level of karmic completion and evolutionary growth into the dynamic
  • The alignments of Pallas Athena with Jupiter and Pluto, inspiring new solutions and the empowerment of the feminine

Before the class airs, you’ll receive calendars of January through June, which you can use for note-taking. During the last half of class, we’ll move week-by-week through each monthly calendar, noting when there are important developments. As always, I will do my best to “bring the stars down to Earth,” explaining in practical terms what the planets are doing, how they are likely to affect us, and how we can best navigate these momentous times by focusing on higher purposes and our own capacity for spiritual maturity.

I hope you can join us! If you can’t attend live, the class is recorded for replay at your convenience. All registrants receive an email with a link to the replay, audio replay, and PDF slideshow.

TO REGISTER: Visit https://pamfeb-june2020.eventbrite.com. The class fee is $33. Payment and registration may be handled online via PayPal or by check to Elsie Kerns, 2007 Rabbit Run Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053.

Once you register, you will receive emails from orders@eventbrite.com and noreply@eventbrite.com. Please check your spam folder if these emails do not appear in your inbox.

Questions? Please contact Elsie at elsie@wellnesswithelsie.com or 856.988.7426 (EST).

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Since early October, you have been working with some profound planetary energies. You may be feeling especially passionate about a new course of action, but also somewhat cautious. If you were on the planet in 1980-82, you no doubt experienced a major shift in your life during those years; you can consider 2020 to represent your next step in personal empowerment. You are being asked to consider how you want to claim your passion or your mission, whether it be through a career move or a shift in your personal life. Throughout the coming year, you will have a stronger sense of what will work and what no longer works. This greater objectivity will inform your choices going forward. (Solar Return Sun conjunct Mercury, conjunct Ceres, conjunct Saturn, conjunct Pluto)

In Gratitude and Light,

Pam

NorthPoint Journal copyright NorthPoint Astrology 2020. All Rights Reserved.
* A centaur object is similar to asteroids in size but to comets in composition. Centaurs orbit the Sun like the other planets in the solar system. Most are found between Jupiter and Neptune.

 

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About the NorthPoint Journal

Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to offer perspectives to assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.

Feel free to share this NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.

To learn more about private astrology sessions with Pam, please visit the “Personal Readings” page at www.northpointastrology.com. To schedule a reading, please email pam@northpointastrology.com.

Copyright NorthPoint Astrology 2020. All Rights Reserved.
NorthPoint Astrology, 15000 Block 75th, Kenmore, WA 98028, USA

NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your weekly guide to planetary influences January 6 to 12, 2020 by Pam Younghans

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal

by Pam Younghans

 

Aspects of Note This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours. 
MON: Sun sextile Neptune
TUE: Mars quincunx Uranus, Venus sextile Jupiter
WED: Mercury sextile Neptune, Jupiter conjunct South Node
THU: Sun square Juno, Mercury square Juno
FRI: Sun conjunct Mercury, Mercury semisquare Mars, Sun semisquare Mars, Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon 11:21 a.m. PST, Eris stations direct, Uranus stations direct
SAT: Mercury conjunct Ceres
SUN: Mercury conjunct Saturn, Mercury conjunct Pluto, Mercury square Eris, Saturn conjunct Pluto, Pluto conjunct Ceres

MON: Saturn conjunct Ceres, Sun conjunct Pluto, Sun conjunct Saturn, Sun conjunct Ceres, Venus enters Pisces, Sun square Eris, Ceres square Eris

 

WE ARE THERE. This is what I am calling “tornado week,” the week that astrologers have been talking and writing about for literally years. The lineup of planetary events that occurs over the next eight days is both spectacular and powerful.

(To see the full list of this week’s astrological events, scroll down to the “Aspects of Note This Week” section of this newsletter. I’ve included aspects that perfect next Monday, January 13, since the energies of Sunday and Monday being so tightly linked.)  [moved above]

 

 

There’s so much going on, it’s a lot to digest all at once. I’ll do my best to break it down into manageable bites. All the same, you might want to get a cup of your favorite beverage and sit down. We’re going to be here a while.

 

 

WE’RE ALREADY FEELING many of the influences, of course. Astrological aspects that involve slower-moving planets can be in effect for months or even years. Consider that an aspect such the Saturn-Pluto alignment is like climbing a mountain. We’re on the upward trail for a long time before we reach the peak the date of the exact aspect. Then 
we’re on the downward trail for a long time as well.

 

 

We’ve been climbing this particular Saturn-Pluto mountain for most of 2019. Next Sunday, we reach the peak. The air is thinner here, and it can be hard to catch our breath. We are reminded with each step how important self-care truly is.

 

 

We may need to stop often and just focus on breathing, slowly and deeply. We must nourish our bodies and rest so that we have the strength we need. We must also feed our minds positive thoughts so that we do not become discouraged. And, we need to reach out and offer support to fellow climbers who are struggling.

 

WHAT IS PERHAPS most stunning about this week’s long list of planetary aspects is that they are almost all interrelated. With my apologies to those readers whose eyes glaze over with too much astrology, here’s an overview of why I’m calling this “tornado week”:

 

 

  • Next Sunday, we have the long-awaited Saturn-Pluto alignment. When the two planets exactly align at 22°46′ Capricorn on Sunday, they are also tightly conjunct the Sun, Mercury, Ceres, and Charilko. The Saturn-Pluto alignment only occurs every 35 years or so. To have all the other planets also tightly involved makes this event extremely rare.
  • On Friday, the Lunar Eclipse occurs at 20°00′ Cancer, with the Moon opposing all of those planets in Capricorn – and closely square both Eris in Aries and Juno in Libra. At the same time, the Sun and Mercury are both in hard aspect to warrior Mars.
  • Also on eclipse day, Eris and Uranus BOTH station direct.

 

 

The only big event not attached to these others, but highly significant on its own, is on Wednesday, when we have the exact Jupiter-South Node alignment.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE is that we are at a pivotal time in human history. As the astrology suggests, much is coming to a crisis point in 2020, and this first month of the year is especially critical. We need only briefly scan global and local headlines to see this manifesting.
 
It is impossible to process all that is occurring. This is one of the ways that Pluto often works. It brings about situations that are outside of our conscious control, so that we learn new ways of managing our reactions. Through the experience, we find new levels of inner strength. Plutonian events shift our perspective and ultimately empower us, sometimes to take action, but always to be in greater awareness of our own capacities.

 

 

On an individual level, if we are not dealing directly with a crisis right now, it is important not to go into overwhelm. While there may be ways in which we are drawn to respond outwardly, we can also make great contribution by moving into center, into our hearts, holding a calm space, and embodying the peace we want to see on the planet.

 

AT THOSE TIMES when we feel powerless to control the outer world, we can always choose to control our own energy field. When we do this, we add much-needed, higher-frequency energies to the collective.
This is not the same as avoidance or wishful thinking. This activity, when done with conscious intention, can be even more powerful than physical action. We might call it prayer. We might call it energy work. Whatever term we use, we need that spiritual focus and energy now.
AS JUPITER aligns with the South Node in Capricorn, it amplifies the ways in which humanity is still guided by the dangerous belief that “might makes right.” We see decisions that are made from an outdated, authoritative view of reality, one in which dominance and arrogance are acceptable, and perhaps even admired.
Jupiter is holding the magnifying glass over these traits, wherever they are found. It shows in exaggerated fashion what occurs when we approach life from the stance that we can do whatever we want simply because we have the power to do so. With the U.S. coming into its Pluto return, the nation is seeing a great challenge to the belief that it is above the law, untouchable, and invulnerable.
But Jupiter also has a more palatable intention for 2020. As it journeys through Capricorn this year, Jupiter helps us aspire to and achieve the positive traits of the sign: a stronger conscience, and greater civility, integrity, humility, and honor.
FRIDAY is an incredibly powerful day. Emotions are extremely high and the tension is palpable. This is an especially crucial day for finding our center of calm in the eye of the storm.
The Cosmic Plan that decided to have an eclipse at the same time as the Saturn-Pluto alignment and for the alignment to be tightly implicated in the eclipse itself is one to ponder. And then throw in all the other planets that are involved … We really do need to sit down to have a heart-to-heart chat with the Cosmos.
I’ve taken apart the Lunar Eclipse chart to help us wrap our brains around everything that’s involved in the event. Be sure to read the very last item on this list, especially if you start to feel overwhelmed:
  • Moon in Cancer: Heightened sensitivity and empathy. Feeling protective, perhaps defensive. Desire to hide, need for emotional security.
  • Moon square Eris: Combativeness. The goddess who has been disregarded and belittled finds her voice, causing disruption. 
  • Moon square Juno: Alliances challenged. Disagreements between partners.
  • Moon opposite Mercury: Communications affected (back up your computers). Travel disruptions. Information and disinformation. A war of words.
  • Moon opposite Ceres: Separation anxieties, feeling isolated. Conflict between personal needs and needs of family or homeland.
  • Moon opposite Saturn: Feeling cut off from emotional support. Need for increased self-care.
  • Moon opposite Pluto: Passionate feelings. Emotions may be compulsive, reactive, obsessive.
  • Moon opposite Charilko: Feeling conflicted over needs for self-care and the desire to hold the space for others and their healing. Remember the metaphor of putting on your own oxygen mask.
  • Moon trine Neptune: Our saving grace! See next paragraphs.

 

 

IN OUR CHATwith the Cosmos, we need to include a prayer of gratitude for Neptune’s involvement in all of these astrological events. Neptune, currently in Pisces, is in harmonious aspect to all of the planets we’ve just listed for the eclipse chart. With Neptune trine the Moon and sextile all the planets in Capricorn, it is providing a release valve for the tension of those many oppositions.
Neptune’s influence enhances our ability to transcend the emotional reactivity of these times. It allows us greater access to our intuition, creativity, spiritual perspective, and connection to the Divine. It helps us rise above the human drama, so that we might gain the vantage point of our own Soul. It increases our sensitivity and compassion, qualities that are greatly needed in our world.
AS IF the eclipse and the alignments were not enough, there are two planets that station direct on eclipse day: Eris and Uranus. When a planet stations (comes to a standstill), its influence is magnified for at least a week on either side of the date of its station.

Eris was the goddess of strive and discord. She is credited with setting events into motion that led to the Trojan War. Eris is not only stationary at the time of the eclipse, she is also in hard aspect to the Moon and all of the planets in Capricorn. As such, we can expect that someone plays the role of instigator, perhaps surreptitiously.

Uranus is known to cause upheaval, through events that happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or dramatically. Having Uranus station during an eclipse can be thought of as a “double whammy” because eclipses are thought to be Uranus-like in their effects, due to their unpredictability. With Uranus in earthy Taurus – and with Earth Mother goddess Ceres strongly involved in the eclipse – it is not surprising that there is an environmental crisis occurring now.
The good news is that Uranus is still in harmonious aspect with Jupiter and with the nodes. Although Uranus can be a wild card in any human game, this particular card could be a very positive one. Since Uranus represents the Higher Mind, these aspects provide access to higher-level information, insights, and solutions, no matter what else is going on around us. 
LOOKING AT THE BIGGER PICTURE, we can benefit from viewing this time as a healing crisis. During such times, we might be overwhelmed by symptoms that seem to indicate we are getting worse, not better. And yet, if we realize that humanity is going through a detox process, we can keep a bit more hopeful perspective on events.

 

 

We may wonder what each of us can do, how we can contribute to the healing rather than exacerbating the wound.

 

 

FIRST, self-care is vital. These planetary energies are not just “out there” somewhere, causing events. They are interacting with our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies.

 

We may be especially aware of physical issues right now, especially in those areas of the body ruled by Capricorn: bones, joints (especially the knees), the skeletal system, connective tissue, and the skin. But even if we do not feel any physical symptoms, it is important to know that we are being inundated with all these cosmic energies. It’s vital to get plenty of rest, both at night and when we feel tired during the day.
 
On mental and emotional levels, too, we need to take breaks. Take a walk in nature. Listen to music. Allow your gaze to float softly over the far horizon, watch the clouds move through the sky.
 
ON SPIRITUAL LEVELS, there is much we can “do.” We can meditate. We can pray. We can do energy work, calling light to the areas of the planet that are in need of support. We can call on the angels, Enlightened Ones, Masters, and other interdimensional beings, whose purpose is to assist the evolution of humanity and the healing on Planet Earth. These beings exist, but because this is a planet of free will, they must hear our call before they can offer assistance.

 

 

Most of all, we can love each other. We can be kind and gentle. We can open our hearts. We can accept and respect others, ourselves, and our planet. We can be Love. We can embody Peace. It is needed. We can make this transition time into one that takes us into the positive future we all envision but, true to Capricorn’s directive, we must each take responsibility for our piece of the puzzle.

 

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

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After the Tornado
Airing Live and Recorded for Replay
Thursday, January 30, 2020

4 pm PST | 5 pm MST | 6 pm CST | 7 pm EST | 12 midnight GMT

 

AS THE FIRST SCENES of “The Wizard of Oz” unfold, a tornado upends the world. It is the beginning of Dorothy’s hero’s journey, through which she eventually discovers how strong she truly is. Along the way, she encounters like-minded souls and gains a new sense of connection and community.

We’ve been talking for months about the astrological tornado of January 2020. During a single week, from January 8 to 15, an amazing number of significant planetary events occur, clustered around a powerful Lunar Eclipse and the alignment between Saturn and Pluto.

IN THIS 90-MINUTE WEBINAR, entitled “After the Tornado,” I will first talk about how our individual and collective experiences in January relate to these astrological events. This review is important to undertake, because our path through the rest of 2020 directly relates to events in January.

From there, we’ll “ease on down the road” and explore in more depth the primary opportunities and obstacles we’ll encounter in the first half of 2020. Highlights include:

 

  • Jupiter’s alignments with Pluto, when we could have spin-off tornados, and how they relate to events in January
  • Saturn’s entry into Aquarius and return to Capricorn, demanding progress and requiring completion of the old
  • The shift of the nodal axis into Gemini/Sagittarius, adding another level of karmic completion and evolutionary growth into the dynamic
  • The alignments of Pallas Athena with Jupiter and Pluto, inspiring new solutions and the empowerment of the feminine

Before the class airs, you’ll receive calendars of January through June, which you can use for note-taking. During the last half of class, we’ll move week-by-week through each monthly calendar, noting when there are important developments. As always, I will do my best to “bring the stars down to Earth,” explaining in practical terms what the planets are doing, how they are likely to affect us, and how we can best navigate these momentous times by focusing on higher purposes and our own capacity for spiritual maturity.

I hope you can join us! If you can’t attend live, the class is recorded for replay at your convenience. All registrants receive an email with a link to the replay, audio replay, and PDF slideshow.

TO REGISTER: Visit https://pamfeb-june2020.eventbrite.com. The class fee is $33. Payment and registration may be handled online via PayPal or by check to Elsie Kerns, 2007 Rabbit Run Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053.

Once you register, you will receive confirmation from orders@eventbrite.com and follow-up from noreply@eventbrite.com. Please check your spam folder if these emails do not appear in your inbox.

Questions? If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Elsie at elsie@wellnesswithelsie.com or 856.988.7426 (EST).

 

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This is an incredibly powerful year in your life, one that you will remember as being highly pivotal. You are claiming your power in new ways, while also realizing the impact of your choices on your personal life and relationships. It is a bit of an “all or nothing” year, when you are likely to feel quite passionately about a project, while at the same time feeling completely detached and bored with another area of life. You are undergoing a deep transformation, and realigning to your higher destiny. (Solar Return Sun conjunct Mercury, conjunct Ceres, square Juno, conjunct Saturn, conjunct Pluto)

In Gratitude and Light,
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Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to offer perspectives to assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.

Feel free to share this NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.

To learn more about private astrology sessions with Pam, please visit the “Personal Readings” page at www.northpointastrology.com. To schedule a reading, please email pam@northpointastrology.com.

 

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your weekly guide to planetary influences December 30, 2019 to January 5, 2020 by Pam Younghans

 

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your weekly guide to planetary influences December 23 to 29, 2019 by Pam Younghans

 

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your weekly guide to planetary influences December 16 to 22, 2019 by Pam Younghans

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal

Your weekly guide to planetary influences

December 16 to 22, 2019

by Pam Younghans

 

Aspects of Note This Week

 

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours. 

 

MON: Mars semisquare Jupiter

THU: Mars sextile Saturn, Mercury square Neptune, Venus enters Aquarius

FRI: Jupiter quintile Neptune, Venus semisquare Neptune, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus

SAT: Venus sextile Chiron, Mercury conjunct Pallas Athene, Sun enters Capricorn/Solstice 8:19 p.m. PST

SUN: Venus square Uranus, Mars sextile Pluto

 

WHILE IT MAY BE COMMON to feel a bit grumpy on Monday mornings, this week we have an astrological excuse: Mars in Scorpio is in hard aspect to Jupiter in Capricorn, amplifying any resentments we might hold toward those in authority or about being controlled by circumstances—perhaps specifically about the need to go to work when we’d much rather be doing other things. We will need to find positive outlets for the tension of this Mars-Jupiter semisquare, since tempers are hot and can easily flare.

A disgruntled mood may linger for a bit, since there are no significant planetary events to shift the energy on Tuesday and Wednesday. But the Moon will be in dutiful Virgo on those two days, helping us apply ourselves to whatever tasks need to be done. By Wednesday, we will also start to feel the effects of a productive Mars-Saturn sextile that perfects very early on Thursday. This aspect provides opportunities for us to make progress on projects that we care deeply about. It can also help us direct any irritation we felt earlier in the week in more reasoned and reasonable ways.

THROUGHOUT THE DAY on Thursday, a Mercury-Neptune square makes it difficult to focus our minds on practical matters. But, when the mental boat is allowed to drift, it enables us to perceive the subtle realms more easily. One of the gifts of a Mercury-Neptune aspect—even the hard aspects—is greater access to our imaginations and altered states of consciousness. The square aspect just indicates that problems arise when we try (or need) to steer the boat, in spite of the fog that obscures our knowing of which direction to go.

Adding to the creative/spiritual themes in the last half of the week is a Jupiter-Neptune quintile that perfects on Friday. This aspect helps us embody the very best of the “holiday spirit”: compassion, generosity, and creative inspiration. It’s a subtle energy, so may not turn every Scrooge into a magnanimous Uncle Ebenezer, but it does allow for better access to our inner creative or spiritual resources, perhaps most readily through the dream state, meditation, or other altered states of consciousness.

THE SOLSTICE
 occurs as the Sun enters Capricorn at 8:19 p.m. PST on Saturday, December 21. This event, of course, ushers in winter in regions north of the equator, and summer in southern realms.

The birth chart drawn for the solstice is said to reveal how we are likely to experience the coming season—and this year’s Capricorn solstice chart is quite complex and very telling. Here’s an overview of planetary aspects in that chart, and what they foretell about the next three months:

  • Sun conjunct Jupiter and the South Node: With these alignments, karmic patterns of the past are highlighted. Outdated behaviors and systems will be exaggerated so that we can make clearer, more evolutionarily-sound choices going forward. We will find progress thwarted until we align ourselves with the North Node in Cancer, choosing heart-centeredness over self-centeredness, connection over separation, and empathy over suspicion.
  • Chiron square the Sun/Jupiter/South Node: This is an important time of healing, collectively and for each of us individually. Ancient survival fears arise that must be addressed if we are to move beyond them. Ignoring the fears will not resolve them; they are healed only through love and understanding, both for ourselves and for all others who walk this planet with us.
  • Ceres conjunct Saturn and Pluto: This stellium represents the essence of the upcoming Saturn-Pluto alignment we’ve been talking about throughout 2019. Old systems that are based in the need for control, in protectionism, and in fear are being dismantled. On a personality level, syndromes of possessiveness, competitiveness, and powermongering as ways of either maintaining control or demanding love are likewise being exposed so that they might be transmuted.
  • Mercury conjunct Pallas Athene: This pairing in Sagittarius indicates that the inspired solutions we seek are within our ability to conceptualize and actualize. As a warrior, Pallas helps us see the bigger picture, to fight as needed for truth, and to bring the skills of negotiation to the table. As a healer, Pallas facilitates the use of visualization, positive thinking, and spiritual knowledge to bring about changes. When Mercury and Pallas are aligned, it increases the skillful use of words. This power of speech may be used in very positive ways, but we will also want to be cautious about following someone simply because they speak persuasively.
  • Eris square Saturn/Pluto: Dwarf planet Eris symbolizes the archetype of the Forgotten One who seeks revenge for having been ignored or discounted. As a female goddess, her involvement represents the voice of the feminine that has been minimized and is now demanding to be heard.
  • Uranus trine the Sun/Jupiter: With Uranus in earthy Taurus, this aspect facilitates changes in the way we approach environmental issues and climate change. With larger-than-life Jupiter involved, it is the sheer magnitude of the need that drives the change.
  • Venus square Uranus: This aspect points to instability in some or all of the areas ruled by Venus: relationships, finances, alliances and treaties, arts and pleasures. Our experiences in these areas may fluctuate, or unexpected situations may arise that require flexibility and independent initiative.
  • Mars sextile Saturn/Pluto: This aspect indicates that we have the courage, depth, and stamina to handle the powerful changes that are occurring over the course of the next three months. To access those qualities, we will need to claim the truth that lies at the deepest realms of our being and then to fuel our actions by our willpower and dedication to that truth.

SAVE THE DATE! My last webinar, in June 2019, covered astrological events through January 2020. Because of that, my next class is set for Thursday, January 30. In the class, we’ll of course review all that has transpired during January’s incredible line-up of planetary events, and then move on to discuss what we can expect for the first half of 2020.

My working title for the webinar is “After the Tornado: Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” (see graphic below). More details to come in the weeks ahead!

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Flexibility will serve you well this year, as changes are likely to occur that are outside of your control. Remember that each of us, no matter how brave we may be, can benefit from acknowledging the existence of an inner child aspect of our personality that needs our care and support. Take time this year to embrace that part of you, to tell it that you understand its fears and that you love it. As you do this, your inner child is able to heal and becomes a strong ally in all of your endeavors. (Solar Return Sun square Chiron, trine Uranus)

In Gratitude and Light,

Pam

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About the NorthPoint Journal
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to offer perspectives to assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.

 

Feel free to share this NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.

To learn more about private astrology sessions with Pam, please visit the “Personal Readings” page at www.northpointastrology.com. To schedule a reading, please email pam@northpointastrology.com.

Copyright NorthPoint Astrology 2019. All Rights Reserved.

 

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal Your weekly guide to planetary influences December 9 to 15, 2019 by Pam Younghans

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Aspects of Note This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours. 
MON: Mercury enters Sagittarius
TUE: Mercury trine Chiron, Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus
WED: Venus conjunct Saturn, Mercury quincunx Uranus, Full Moon 9:12 p.m. PST, Mercury semisquare Saturn
THU: Chiron stations direct
FRI: Venus conjunct Pluto, Mercury semisquare Pluto, Mars sesquiquadrate Chiron
SAT: Venus square Eris
SUN: Jupiter trine Uranus, Mercury semisquare Venus

WHEN CHARLES DICKENS penned A Tale of Two Cities in 1859, he began his novel with these now-famous lines: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” This text has been quoted endless times over the decades, especially when manifestations on the physical plane have seemed especially polarizing.

 

With the upcoming Saturn-Pluto alignment gaining strength with each passing day, we feel the truth of Dickens’ words quite poignantly now—in particular, the closing lines of that first sentence of the novel: “… it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.”

MOST OF US have felt those extremes very deeply in 2019. We’ve experienced the highs and lows, the optimism and the pessimism, the faith and the despair. One day (or even one moment), we may have the sense that All Is Well, while the next minute we may swing to the opposite end of the spectrum, fearing that nothing is ever going to be OK.

This week, planetary interactions focus our attention once again on the contrasts of the physical plane. While we may not be able to completely ignore the sharp spines of the cactus, we can choose whether to dwell on the potential for injury or to focus on the incredibly beautiful flowers that can unexpectedly bloom.

THE PLANET MERCURY, representing our logical, thinking minds, leaves truth-seeking Scorpio and enters idealistic Sagittarius on Monday. Other influences aside, this sign change indicates a shift on the mental plane that encourages more optimistic thinking. Plus, a Mercury-Chiron trine early on Tuesday reinforces the positive natures of both planets, helping us have the confidence and courage to express our beliefs.

But, if we’re not careful, some of that self-assuredness can veer off into self-centeredness with a hard Sun-Uranus aspect also in effect on Tuesday. We have a similar influence on Wednesday, when a hard Mercury-Uranus aspect fuels our impatience with anyone who has a different opinion about how to effect necessary changes.

VENUS is strongly aspected this week; now in Capricorn, the goddess of Love aligns with karmic Saturn on Wednesday, conjoins powerful Pluto on Friday, and is square disgruntled Eris on Saturday.

Relationships, values, and financial situations are undergoing deep shifts with these aspects. Saturn helps us make decisions and commitments in these areas midweek, while Pluto empowers us to make changes or to deepen our connections by week’s end. The fly in the ointment is the Eris aspect on the weekend itself, when we can tend to overreact to perceived slights or threats.

In essence, Venus is activating the influence of the Saturn-Pluto alignment and bringing its effects into our relational and financial worlds. Any issues that arise are part and parcel of the bigger package that we fully unwrap in January.

A FULL MOON perfects midweek, occurring at 9:12 p.m. PST on Wednesday (5:12 a.m. GMT on Thursday). The lunation occurs when the Moon is at 19°51′ Gemini, and the Sun is at the same degree of Sagittarius.

A part of the importance of this Full Moon is that it precedes the solar eclipse that occurs on December 25/26. This means there is an even stronger emphasis on the usual advice to do a cleansing/release process during the last half of the lunar cycle. Over the next two weeks, we will want to focus on literally and figuratively clearing our closets of debris.

NEPTUNE is square the Sun and the Moon at the time of the Full Moon, forming a configuration called a mutable t-square in the lunation chart. A t-square indicates tension that is looking for release, and the planet at the apex (Neptune) is especially significant.

Neptune’s involvement gives a mystical/spiritual/creative overlay to the Full Moon. We can gain much by accessing deeper levels of compassion and understanding at this time, while letting go of blame and victimization. Under this t-square influence, we may have to deal with disillusionment when something does not live up to our ideal; and yet, as we rise above our expectations, we learn a new level of surrender to a higher agenda, letting go of limiting beliefs and mindsets.

There is also a strong healing element to this Full Moon: Mercury, ruler of Gemini and thus an important player in the lunation, is still in helpful trine aspect to Chiron—and with Chiron stationing direct on Thursday, the Wounded Healer is especially strong right now. This aspect helps us to trust more fully the intuitive insights that come from within, and to tap into our higher guidance more confidently.
THE MOST EXCITING astrological event this week is the Jupiter-Uranus trine that perfects on Sunday, December 15. Since these are two slower-moving planets, we will feel the effects throughout this week and next.

Any time we get Jupiter and Uranus working in harmony together, there are opportunities for positive changes that alter the landscape of our lives. This is especially true with both planets currently in earth signs, which are focused on manifestations on the physical plane.

JUPITER is the planet of Expansion and Meaning, while Uranus is the planet of Higher Consciousness and As-Yet-Unknown Realities. The greater potentials of their interaction include greater spiritual understanding, opening to new dimensions, going on exciting adventures in consciousness, and having the faith to make major life changes. Intuitive knowing is enhanced, and it may be hard to stay focused on the mundane.

To receive greatest benefit of this Jupiter-Uranus trine, we will want to keep our feet on the ground, even while our consciousness may be traveling to distant realms. Insights, when received, are meant to be utilized in our physical reality—otherwise, like dreams, they can quickly fade into oblivion, only leaving a soft imprint on our memories.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This year, you tap into your inner wisdom in new ways. Insights come unexpectedly, leading you on new adventures that you may not have conceived of a few months ago. You may not always have great clarity, as certain ways in which you have perceived yourself and your reality are dissolving. If you feel untethered, remember to have faith, and know that your lessons are very Neptunian now. Throughout the coming year, your challenges are to develop greater trust, to live intuitively instead of from old beliefs about reality, and to surrender to the callings of your Soul. (Solar Return Sun conjunct Pallas Athene, square Neptune)

In Gratitude and Light,

Pam

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About the NorthPoint Journal
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to offer perspectives to assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.
 

Feel free to share this NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! When doing so, please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.

To learn more about private astrology sessions with Pam, please visit the “Personal Readings” page at www.northpointastrology.com. To schedule a reading, please email pam@northpointastrology.com.

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