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Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
September 18 to 24 2017
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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North Point Journal
Your guide to planetary energies for
September 18 to 24, 2017
By Pam Younghans
TWO SIGNIFICANT SHIFTS occur this week: We enter a new lunar cycle with the Virgo New Moon (10:29 p.m. PDT on Tuesday / 5:29 a.m. GMT on Wednesday), and a new season begins when the Sun enters Libra on Friday (1:01 p.m. PDT / 8:01 p.m. GMT).
As this is our first New Moon since the Solar Eclipse on August 21, it provides an opportunity to make a new start and to access different perspectives on all that has occurred in the last four to six weeks. And moving into a new season -- whether is it autumn in the Northern Hemisphere or spring in the Southern -- always offers us a chance to shift gears and focus more on where we are going instead of where we have been.
Both events are also evidence of the constancy of the heavens and the Earth, whose courses continue always onward, undaunted. These cosmic but very physical role models remind us of the value of persistence, nonattachment, surrender, and faith.
THE WEEK BEGINS with some uncomfortable "minor" planetary aspects. Monday looks like we'll be dealing with some frustrations when things don't go according to plan. We'll want to be careful not to take action from that place of irritation, as it might be tempting to do something -- anything -- just so that we can feel like we're moving forward.
The Sun and Moon oppose Chiron at the time of Tuesday's New Moon. When the Wounded Healer is involved in an event, we tend to experience both the reminder of latent fears or wounds and the potentials of healing those same scars. Through the influence of Chiron in compassionate Pisces, we are more sensitive to our own and others' suffering this week. We will continue to feel that oneness throughout the upcoming lunar cycle.
THE NEW MOON is aligned with three fixed stars that astrologer Roderick Kidston calls "The Sacred Trio." He writes that the late degrees of Virgo, where the stars are located, have "a very sacred quality. Something profound happens here, giving a new definition to the idea of soul growth and personal development."
The three stars, and their individual qualities, are:
Labrum: Aspiration, ambition, determination, intelligence, creative endeavors, tremendous inner and outer growth
Benetnash: Catharsis, transformation, emotional shifts, release of what is finished, challenges that promote great growth
Zavijava: Protection, justice, order, generosity, spiritual and material bounty
KIDSTON comments further on how these three stars work together when they are activated, as they are by our New Moon this week:
"Zavijava seems to be a protective seal which the heavens have set on the exalted idealism of Labrum, and the great catharses and changes of Benetnash. It protects the vision quest of the former, and supports and helps heal the profound transformations of the latter.
"In world affairs, Benetnash can be difficult, but this star isn't just a seal of fateful doom. The interplay of these stars is something to treasure, not fear. And because Benetnash sits between the two happy stars, its influence will without exception have at least one helpful support, and often two.
"When we engage with Labrum, Benetnash and Zavijava, we are treading on sacred ground. The varied synergies created by this trio are always interesting, sometimes challenging, and often extraordinary and uplifting."
WITH THE ENERGIES of these three fixed stars behind it, we appear to be entering an especially powerful lunar cycle that will affect us both physically and spiritually. Wounds will be exposed so that healing can begin. The challenges that we face will accelerate our soul growth in extraordinary ways.
The Sabian symbol for the degree of the New Moon builds on those themes of change and growth:
A baldheaded man who has seized power: The sheer power of personality in times that call for decision.
Here is a portion of astrologer Dane Rudhyar's interpretation of this symbol:
"There comes a time when obsolescent patterns of order have to be radically and relentlessly challenged. Catabolic personages emerge to seize power and dictate decisions that alter the structures of society; or within an individual life, an intense urge for cathartic changes mobilizes the will, and traumatic decisions are made. At this stage, we face the unpostponable necessity for decision and transformation."
TWO DAYS AFTER the lunation, the Sun enters Libra and we move into the next season of the Earth's natural cycle. A chart run for the time of the Equinox is said to provide insights into how the next three months will unfold.
This seasonal "birth chart" contains a cardinal t-square between Jupiter in Libra, Uranus and Eris in Aries, and Ceres in Cancer. (In essence, we are working with three-quarters of the cardinal grand cross that was part of the Solar Eclipse chart -- Pluto is no longer in range, so we've lost one leg of the configuration.)
This t-square challenges us to release our attachment to what has been. It is time to let go of old protections and defenses that have outworn their usefulness and now serve only to limit our evolutionary progress. We are also called to consider what "justice" means, and the fairness with which we treat others as co-inhabitants of our planet Earth. With Ceres active in the t-square, there is the potential for continuing developments and disruptions that affect homes and homelands.
THE SUN-CHIRON OPPOSITION appears in the Equinox chart, as part of a t-square with Saturn. This configuration challenges us to overcome our feelings of powerlessness. It requires that we see reality clearly enough to know what we can do on the physical plane to make a difference. But, it also requires that we bring faith to all of our dealings, trusting that those things that we cannot control are in Good Hands.
There is also an earth grand trine in the Equinox chart, involving Mars and Mercury in Virgo, Pallas Athene in Taurus, and Pluto in Capricorn. This configuration supports us in moving forward and creating lasting results for our efforts, as we implement new inventive solutions to old problems.
NEW MOON RITUAL: If you watched the YouTube video we recorded about the August eclipse, you may remember hearing Elsie Kerns mention "New Moon abundance checks." If you're curious about how to do this simple ritual, here's a link to Elsie's short YouTube video explaining how it works: New Moon Abundance Check.
Be sure to let me know if you have spectacular results!
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This is a year of endings and new beginnings. You are overcoming old fears that have held you back, and learning how to trust in the intuitive guidance you receive. This process of healing will not happen overnight, but your sincere practical efforts and your attention to spiritual growth are rewarded with manifestations that will significantly improve your life.
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 email@example.com
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