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Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
March 12 to 18, 2018
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes her weekly NorthPoint Journal based on planetary influences and guidance received. Her hope is to offer perspectives and insights to assist you in making best use of current energies.
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Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
March 12 to 18, 2018
by Pam Younghans
THE NIGHT SKY is at its darkest this week, leading up to the New Moon on Saturday. We are completing two significant cycles over the next few days -- the lunar cycle that began with the Solar Eclipse/New Moon on February 15, and the year-long cycle of the Sun through the twelve signs of the zodiac.
We can also consider this week the completion phase of the current eclipse period. This chapter started at the New Moon on January 16, which marked the beginning of the lunar cycle leading up to the Lunar Eclipse on January 31.
A lot has happened over the last eight weeks! As we move through the days before Saturday's New Moon, it is a good time to breathe through and release any tension that we are holding onto. If we can accept and allow what has been rather than fighting against it, we are better prepared to take advantage of the new lunar cycle and to welcome its gifts.
JUPITER AND SATURN compel us to come to terms with certain aspects of reality this week. These two planets are in semisquare relationship for much of this year, with this Wednesday marking the second time the aspect has been exact to the degree. In all, we have a nine-month window to work with the issues related to this aspect, starting on December 22, 2017 when the first exact aspect occurred and ending on September 3 with the third and final pass.
These two planets use quite different methods to do their work: Jupiter offers expansion and asks us to take risks, while Saturn requires consolidation and often sets limits. At times they can work well together, but this semisquare tells us that their agendas are not in sync right now.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO sends us on a journey into the depths of our collective psyche, into realms that we might often avoid because they seem too dark. With this influence in effect, we have more courage to face difficult issues that until now have been ignored or hidden. Jupiter reveals secrets while in Scorpio, bringing to light an intricate web of intrigue. As we acknowledge truth, we transmute the fear and other negative emotions that have held us captive.
Eventually, we emerge as more empowered beings, having learned that we are capable of navigating through the darkness. As a result, we do not merely survive the journey; instead, we triumph. We gather to us all the strength that we had once given away to fear, integrating that dynamic energy into our beings at new levels.
COMPARATIVELY, Saturn in Capricorn prefers to avoid emotional issues. This reality-driven member of our solar system instead focuses on what needs to be done in practical terms. It is not interested in hearing about what it feels are "excuses," seeing them as expressions of weakness.
While in Capricorn, Saturn is focused on the nuts and bolts of our lives, revealing where there are structural problems and demanding that they be addressed -- NOW. This means that the areas ruled by Capricorn are being tested for flaws. A few of these include: our physical bodies -- especially teeth, bones, and joints; authority figures, businesses, governments, economics, and social services; and coal mines, farms, boundaries, and walls.
WITH SATURN AND JUPITER in conflict, we are aware of a strong desire to get things quickly cleaned up and completed so that we can start to rebuild. But first, we must slog through the muck and mire, and dredge the depths for anything we've missed.
Although Saturn may not be happy about the delay, Jupiter is actually making sure that when we do begin new construction, the foundations are established on the solid ground of truth, not on deceptions that will undermine any real progress. Their semisquare aspect means that this week we may feel discouraged with having to peel yet another layer off the onion.
THE NEW MOON occurs at 26°53′ Pisces on Saturday, at 6:11 a.m. PDT (1:11 p.m. GMT). The Sun and Moon are closely conjunct Chiron at that time, allowing us to call this a Healing and Completion Moon.
While in Pisces, Chiron is both revealing and healing the wound of separation -- from our source and from each other. The tools we can access to facilitate that healing are compassion (for self and other), acceptance and forgiveness, humility, and trust in the divine plan. As we heal, we let go of the need to control, compartmentalize, and judge. We learn the benefits and greater ease of living in a spiritual and creative flow.
THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the New Moon reinforces the Piscean themes of completion and healing:
"The harvest moon illumines a clear autumnal sky: The light of fulfillment that blesses work well done."
Over the next four weeks, as we move through the new lunar cycle, we should see very clearly where we are, what work is completed, and what needs still to be done. As astrologer Dane Rudhyar writes in his interpretation of this image:
"This symbol brings us the message that the time has come to reap what we have not only sown, but also cultivated -- or failed to cultivate. The keyword is Consummation. But in this consummation -- this 'karmic' moment -- the seed of the new cyclic manifestation is already latent."
THE PLANET MARS is in late Sagittarius on Saturday morning, conjunct the asteroid Vesta and closely square the New Moon. This adds a note of contention to the event, representing a thorn in our side.
In spite of our Piscean yearning to be cosmically in tune, in unity, and at peace, we continue to deal with conflicts of belief. We still judge, usually perceiving ourselves as right and others as wrong, keeping the battle alive both internally and externally.
THE MESSAGE of this New Moon is one of great healing, but the square to Mars/Vesta indicates an obstacle to that healing, through our ego's need to identify with a cause. The enormous question remains: How can we be true to our ideals, take action according to what we believe in, while also adopting and integrating the concept of oneness?
This is not an easy task, even for the most high minded or spiritually inclined. It truly takes a release of attachment and an elevation of perspective to embrace this paradox while maintaining the strength of our convictions.
A final note on Mars: The Red Planet moves into Capricorn just four hours after the New Moon. This sign change is significant, as it sets the energy for the Mars-Saturn alignment on April 2, and the Mars-Pluto alignment on April 26. Watch for developments related to Capricorn-ruled areas (mentioned earlier in this issue) starting next week, and especially around those April dates.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Your emotional and spiritual growth are highlighted this year. You have the capacity for greater depth in both of these areas, and will find it easier to take the risks needed for the results you desire. Along the way, you will be healing fears that have limited your expansion, as well as overcoming patterns of victimization or self-sacrifice. As you resolve these issues, your path is smoothed and you feel more supported, on both physical and unseen levels.
Native American Zodiac Signs & Their Meaning
Native American animal symbols can encompass just about all the animals, and their symbolic representation to the many tribes of the Americas. To narrow down the focus a bit, this page is devoted to birth animals or zodiac animals.
Many Native American cultures have the belief that a person is assigned an animal upon the time of birth. Click link to get your interpretation of the Native American symbols of the zodiac and the characteristics for each one.
Understand this is an opportunity to reinvent ourselves in a better way.
Understand there will be a price to pay, something may need to go.
If you lose something or someone, understand this is the sign of these times, use a crisis to venture into new horizons and create something new.
Understand this is an adventure and risk must be taken.
Understand that this is not a time when we can expect security-we are in transition...
Listen to your inner truth, make you life truly happen now.
Take care of your immune system: avoid bad diets in generalthey render you vulnerable to opportunistic viruses.
Support your friends and family, we all shall need one another for support during this transition time.
Cultivate your spiritual practice: this is also important for your immune system.
Do your best to do good: whatever you seed now will have effect now and later.
There is probably more than can be said and explained, but you get the point An incredible opportunity is arising, now and throughout 2010this type of cycle has not happened in recent history. We can expect a certain level of destruction to occur-that is the price to paybut the prospect of experiencing an awakening and creating a better future is now within reach. We are now in the midst of a revolution-a cultural, social, and political revolution. On a personal level, it is a conceptual, emotional, and or spiritual revolutiontruly, it is in the making!
Total Solar Eclipse 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. Space.com created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find a video, times to watch in various location , how to view safely, and more.
As she orbits the Earth, the Moon varies in her physical distance from us. When she is closest, she is at "perigee"; when when she is furthest away, she is at "apogee."
This photo, copied from Moonconnection.com, compares the size of a full moon at apogee and at perigee using the same camera lens. The Web site explains that:
"The apogee and perigee of the moon have a definite affect on the weather and tides here on Earth. When the moon is at apogee, the furthest distance from the Earth, it has less gravitational pull. Weather conditions can be more stable and the tides more predictable. When the moon is at perigee, closer to the Earth, there is much more gravitational pull and it can whip up the tides and cause weather to become more unstable." The increased electromagnetic field felt on Earth when the Moon is at perigee affects not only our physical weather, but our internal "weather" as well.
We are learning to think in new ways, using the right half of the brain as well as the left. It is the right half of the brain that gives us access to higher-level experiences, while the left half allows us to deal with the physical world and its rules and limitations.
There's a fascinating and inspirational online video that explains more about these ideas, for those who wish to view it:
This link takes you to a 20-minute talk given by Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain researcher who experienced a stroke, but who retained her conscious awareness of the experience. The stroke interrupted the usual activities of the left side of her brain, allowing the right side of her brain to take over.
This woman's experience of "nirvana" during her stroke has given me solace during a time when my own father has been having multiple strokes. And, her story gives considerable insights into how developing the right side of the brain is perhaps the experience of "ascension" we on planet Earth are working toward.
If you prefer to read the text of Jill's talk rather than view the video, here's the link to that transcript: http://blog.ted.com/2008/03/jill_bolte_tayl.php#more
As time speeds up, the left sides of our brains are going into overwhelm on a regular basis, just from the sheer magnitude of information and experience coming in. It occurs to me after hearing Jill's story that perhaps one higher intention of this overwhelm and subsequent shut-down is to encourage us to utilize the right side of our brains, thereby gaining access to a higher level of wisdom.
The planet Quaoar (pronounced KWAH-o-wahr), a "minor planet" discovered seven years ago that, due to differences in orbit, is sometimes closer to the Sun than Pluto.
Quaoar is still being defined as to its astrological effect, but here are some opinions to consider:
Quaoar inspires our return to the sacredness of life and to natural law, to synchronize with and live according to the natural laws of creation. (Nick Anthony Fiorenza)
Quaoar will reshape the way we think about ourselves, our spiritual evolution, and our place in The Universe. (Richard Brown)
Quaoar allows us to directly access our ability to manifest our reality without the use of super or extra natural means. (Beth Turnage)
Quaoar is associated with the power of our personal creation mythologies -- everything from how we were created, to how we 'create ourselves' in the process of life. (Kirsti Melto)
Fact or Fiction? ... A 13th Astrological Sign ?
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The mainstream mediasphere lit up in the past few days with tales of a new zodiac. Yes, there is potentially a 13th sign of the zodiac known in ancient times, and it's re-emerging into the astrological lexicon today. This is Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder, also known as Serpentarius. Unfortunately, the news reports are hopelessly garbled, and the table that's circulating showing "new dates" of the astrological signs is flat-out wrong. I'm hearing from people all over asking about this announcement and a so-called "new zodiac." As a former journalist myself, I know how easy it is for the media to distort the facts when they don't understand the subject matter they're trying to explain, especially if they only quote one source.
For the record:
1. There is no "new zodiac." There's a sidereal zodiac and a tropical zodiac, both very old. There are other zodiacs, as well, in various traditions.
2. Yes, there is a constellation called Ophiuchus (or Serpentarius), and the Sun transits this region of the sky each December.
3. Ophiuchus may or may not be a sign of the zodiac, depending on your perspective.
As you discern your own truth about all this, here's something to consider. If the zodiac suddenly changed, don't you think you'd hear about it first from a reputable astrologer rather than NBC Nightly News? The gift of the Serpent Holder is a sacred mystery to be explored and savored. I've been teaching and writing about this subject for the past several years and invite you to read about it my Evolutions blog.
There is a new book out called The Dictator's Astrologer by Roberleigh H Claigh. The book is all about Afra Waesch (the astrologer) and Hitler, comparing their paths, hers toward the light and his toward darkness. Afra was my mother's teacher, and her best friend, whom we children were all fortunate to have influence us also. It was she who introduced my sisters and I to spirituality. Fascinating read. Thought some of you might be interested, especially the people who know astrology as charts are done and analyzed on the top people who surrounded Hitler. Basically it is a great comparison of two people whose paths intertwine and how one's choices make all the difference. The book also indicates how well Afra's Light protected her, even in the most difficult of times. Sharon Wyeth firstname.lastname@example.org
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