|NorthPoint Astrology Journal Your weekly guide to planetary influences September 7 to 13, 2020 by Pam Younghans Aspects of Note This Week |
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours. MON: Mercury quincunx Ceres TUE: Venus quincunx Ceres WED: Sun trine Jupiter, Mars stations retrograde 3:22 p.m. PDT THU: Mercury opposite Chiron FRI: Sun opposite Neptune SAT: Mercury quincunx Uranus, Jupiter stations direct 5:40 p.m. PDT SUN: Venus trine Chiron, Mars opposite Juno
THE FEELINGof being not quite anchored to the Earth plane has been very strong this past week. It began in the days leading up to the Pisces Full Moon, was especially noticeable starting a night or two before, and has been lingering since. It’s as if we are lifting up dimensionally, while a part of our awareness still interacts with physical reality. Depending on our intention, we can get tasks done, or we can simply float aloft in a semi-altered state.
With all the deep changes underway in the physical realms, we might call this “floating” a psychological response to stress, perhaps the result of a deep desire to rise above the chaos in some way. But, in truth, we are becoming less tethered to this reality, or at least to reality as we once defined it. This allows us to be more open to our spiritual awareness, and more in tune with our Soul.
The sense of being somewhat untethered, of transcending the limitations of the physical plane, is a characteristic of the sign Pisces and the planet Neptune. Astrologically, it makes sense that we would have such an experience with last week’s Pisces Full Moon – and yet, we have a Full Moon in Pisces every year around this time, and most people I’ve talked with agree that this year it was especially profound.
WHAT’S DIFFERENT about this year, in astrological terms? In part, at least, we can credit Pluto’s transit of Capricorn. Pluto is the Great Renovator, and is powerfully supported in 2020 by both Saturn and Jupiter. These three, working together in Capricorn, are in the process of dismantling the foundations of our reality that are not sound, that have been undermining our evolutionary progress.
Capricorn rules the frameworks of our third-dimensional reality that provide us with stability, order, and consistency. Social constructs, governments, and businesses are ruled by Capricorn. It’s not hard to see Pluto’s hand in the disassembly process currently underway, especially as more and more rotted foundations are being revealed.
Time is also ruled by Capricorn. Like the other items on the list, time provides us with a sense of order and sequence. But, through the months of lockdown, many of us have begun to lose track of time. Yesterday blends into today, day blends into night, and tomorrow is just a concept held in place by a calendar page.
It is in this condition of timelessness that events like last week’s Pisces Full Moon – and this week’s Sun-Neptune opposition – can have even greater impact. If we have already let go of some of the ropes (time, routine, concrete goals) that tie us to physical reality, we become more open to subtle influences, and our awareness can float between worlds more easily.
There may be method to this madness, after all.
THE PLANET MARS goes retrograde this week. The Warrior Planet is especially strong right now, being in its home sign of Aries. Normally, Mars moves through a sign in about six weeks – but this year, because of going retrograde, it will be in Aries for an incredible six months. Throughout this time, we will see an emphasis on the fiery side of Mars’ nature, with an increase in self-assertiveness, individualism, and impatience. People are likely to react without thinking first, and deep rage can come readily to the surface.
We’ve seen a lot of fiery manifestations since Mars entered Aries on June 27. The planet has left a trail of embers in its wake, sometimes literally. Now, as Mars begins to move backward, we will be going back over the terrain we recently traversed, so that we might pick up the pieces and gain greater clarity about all that has occurred.
MARS will go direct on November 13 (the day after the final Jupiter-Pluto alignment). According to astrological wisdom, we can best use these next two months to consider our plan of action, but not to implement it as yet. If we run into frustrations and roadblocks, it is in indication that our energy is not yet aligned with our higher intentions. Delays that occur give us the opportunity to finish up old business that would otherwise interfere with our ability to manifest our desires.
It will be very important to find ways to vent anger during this time. When a planet goes retrograde, it actually is closer to the Earth than at other times, so we are more susceptible to its influence. Irritations and anger that are suppressed must find outlet in some way – and to avoid lashing out at unsuspecting others or stubbing our toe for the umpteenth time, we will want to be very conscious of how we handle this dynamic energy.
HERE are the planetary influences we’ll be working with over the coming week, day by day:
Yod involving Mercury, Venus, and Ceres: Focus on giving and receiving nurturing. Be aware of tendencies to play either martyr or victim. Learn to ask for what you need, and to listen to what others are truly saying. Ask for clarity, and be clear yourself. Understand when it is healthy to nurture others and when you need to focus on self-care.
Sun trine Jupiter: Optimism, feeling like we can get things done and make progress. Since this aspect taps into Friday’s Sun-Neptune influence, we may feel lightheaded already.
Mars goes retrograde at 3:22 p.m. PDT: See earlier paragraphs.
Mercury opposite Chiron: Some lack of confidence in our ability to verbalize our thoughts, a tendency to second-guess our ideas. Time to support the aspect of ourselves that feels overwhelmed and out of balance with so much going on.
Sun opposite Neptune: A day to go with the flow, to meditate, write inspired poetry, listen to your inner muse. The other-worldly sensation is strong again. Surround yourself with celestial light, call in your guides, keep a dream journal handy.
Mercury quincunx Uranus: Communications and plans disrupted. New insights are possible if we are willing to adjust our perspective and let go of preconceptions.
Jupiter stations direct at 5:40 p.m. PDT: Jupiter has been retrograde since May 14. Over these past four months, we have been called to reevaluate our beliefs and any dogmas by which we have been living. Old judgmental or self-righteous tendencies have been challenged. As Jupiter goes direct, it is time to move forward with a broader vision of what is possible. Jupiter is sextile Neptune when it stations, enhancing opportunities for spiritual and creative visions.
Venus trine Chiron: An opportunity to heal relationships, as hearts open in greater understanding of each other’s personal needs. Mars opposite Juno: But, angers can also arise in partnerships, if we have a history of putting our own needs on the back burner so that we can maintain a semblance of harmony. This aspect requires that we look at our true motivations and desires, and keep our interactions authentic.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK:This year, there is a softening of your need to have it all figured out. You are learning to trust your intuition and the cosmic plan. Along the way, old values are being challenged. As a result, you may find that certain relationships and even your means of earning a living no longer feel quite “right,” and must be altered in some way. As you tune in to your higher knowing, practical solutions make themselves known, and you are supported in making significant advancements. (Solar Return Sun semisquare Venus, trine Pallas Athene, trine Jupiter, opposite Neptune, trine Pluto)
In Gratitude and Light,
NorthPoint Journal © 2020 Pam Younghans. All Rights Reserved. NorthPoint Astrology Journal Your weekly guide to planetary influences August 31 to September 6, 2020 by Pam Younghans
Aspects of Note This Week All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time,
add 7 hours. MON: Sun quincunx Chiron, Venus square Eris TUE: Mercury trine Pluto, Full Moon 10:21 p.m. PDT WED: Venus opposite Saturn, Sun trine Uranus, Sun sesquiquadrate Saturn, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus THU: Mercury trine Saturn FRI: Venus square Mars, Mercury quincunx Mars, Mercury sextile Venus, Sun sesquiquadrate Mars SAT: Mercury enters Libra SUN: Venus enters Leo
OUR SENSITIVITYis both deepened and heightened this week. If we can rise above personal concerns and are open to the experience, we have the potential for new expansions in self-awareness and in our knowing of our spiritual connections and creative potentials.
Here’s how things unfold astrologically this week, day by day:
Monday, August 31
We may feel more vulnerable and self-protective as August winds to a close. It’s hard to stay objective with two hard aspects in effect. Prevailing over the morning hours, an overly critical Sun-Chiron quincunx can revive old insecurities and trigger anger over not having our needs met. As always with Chiron, solutions lie in going inward, loving and comforting the part of us that feels inadequate or undeserving.
Throughout the day, we will be dealing with a touchy Venus-Eris square that can easily send us into fight-or-flight mode if we take things too personally. (This aspect builds on the tension of a Venus-Pluto opposition that was exact on Sunday, August 30.) With Venus in Cancer, we will benefit from taking our cue from the Crab, which can move off sideways, away from the perceived threat, to gain greater objectivity before returning to address the issue.
Tuesday, September 1
Mercury is trine Pluto today, providing insights into the deeper transformations that are currently underway. Words are extra powerful when Mercury and Pluto interact, so be very conscious of how you articulate your thoughts. With both planets in earth signs, this energy can help us devise practical solutions to knotty problems. This can also be a day when information that has been hidden is revealed, altering our perspective.
The Full Moon, our headline event of the week, reaches its pinnacle at 10:21 p.m. PDT on Tuesday (5:21 a.m. GMT on Wednesday). The lunation perfects when the Moon is at 10°12′ Pisces, exactly opposite the Sun at the same degree of Virgo.
A Pisces Full Moon is designed to expand our spiritual awareness, and to help us connect more consciously with our creative muse. It invites us to spend time in meditation, to open our hearts in compassion and understanding, and to access higher guidance. But, because the Sun is in down-to-earth Virgo, we can also ground our experience and bring it into the “real world,” rather than having it fade like a dream upon awakening.
The Moon partakes of the energies of two fixed stars for this lunation, being situated at the midpoint of Delta Aquarii and Lambda Aquarii. What can we expect with these stars being activated? Here are some insights from The Magic of the Stars, by Roderick Kidston:
Delta Aquarii: “There is a strong spiritual tradition associated with this star, and it is lucky for any truth-seeker, including scholars and mystics. It grants psychic potential and a lot of positive energy when well mobilized. The crucial issue here is how focused your wishes are. If they are too vague or changeable, it will be hard to get the diamond-point clarity which is one of the aims of higher meditation practice.”
Lambda Aquarii: “There is a gift for understanding the currents of life and for moving in swift, supple alignment with whatever direction suits your flow. Be careful of self-absorption, which focuses the nobler instincts of this star inwardly and personally, resulting in a ‘failure to launch’ and giving rise to melancholia.”
Adding to the positive potentials of this Full Moon, the planet Uranus is at 10°33′ Taurus, placing it in very tight aspect with both the Moon (sextile) and the Sun (trine). Although the forces of change are always engaged with Uranus, these are harmonious aspects, which help us to be flexible and to adapt.
And, since Uranus represents Higher Consciousness, its involvement in this already high-vibrational Full Moon is especially exciting. If possible, set aside some time Tuesday night or Wednesday morning to meditate and take advantage of the new openings in the cosmic veil. Be ready to fly!
Wednesday, September 2
There’s a bit of coming down to earth with a thud on Wednesday, as both Venus and the Sun are in hard aspect to Saturn. We may be feeling the burden of current circumstances, and the amount of work that needs to be done. In our relationships, we may feel that we’re not living up to another’s expectations, or may realize that we are not in sync with another person’s values. This aspect is a reality check financially as well, as we come to terms with what is and isn’t possible in our current circumstances.
This is also a day to remain flexible and open to change, qualities that are enhanced by the exact Sun-Uranus trine. But with Mercury in hard aspect to Uranus, some of what we learn, read, or hear today is unsettling. Find ways to release the energy of worry or anxiety, perhaps through breathing deeply or focusing on getting small tasks done.
Thursday, September 3
Today’s practical Mercury-Saturn trine helps us put everything into better perspective. This aspect helps us plan and think clearly and realistically. It also can help us verbalize our intentions and to feel more confident in our ability to achieve our goals.
Friday, September 4
There’s a clash of wills on Friday that does not resolve easily. Venus, Mercury, and the Sun are all in hard aspect to Mars. People are easily irritated and defensive, and it appears that everyone is at odds with each other. We’ll need to be careful not to project our inner frustrations onto relationships. The one saving grace is a Mercury-Venus sextile that can help us verbalize our thoughts and feelings, if we can get beyond the Mars adrenalin rush and are willing to be vulnerable.
Saturday & Sunday, September 5 & 6
Two planets change signs over the weekend, creating subtle shifts in the energy field. Mercury enters Libra on Saturday, helping us focus on win-win solutions for the next three weeks (until September 27). The caution of this placement is that we can have trouble making decisions due to Libra’s ability to see the pros and cons of any question.
On Sunday, Venus enters Leo, opening our hearts and helping us be more generous and playful. The shadow side of this transit, which will last until October 2, is a strong need for attention and approval in relationships, and dramatic responses when those needs are not met.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK:The coming year may challenge your expectations, but it also opens new doors in your life, if you can be flexible. Try not to be hard on yourself, or too critical if you don’t find immediate solutions. The answers are there, but just in different places than where you may be used to looking. You will be making adjustments financially and in your relationships, and also in your short-term and long-term goals. Call upon the insights of your higher knowing; it is there to support you throughout this time. (Solar Return Sun semisquare Venus, sesquiquadrate Mars, trine Pallas Athene, sesquiquadrate Saturn, trine Uranus)
In Gratitude and Light,
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