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Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
November 20 to 26, 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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Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
November 20 to 26, 2017
by Pam Younghans
STARTING THIS WEEK, and continuing through the first week of December, the planet Saturn is at the same degree as the Galactic Center, the black hole at the center of our universe. This alignment activates a release of old patterns while also creating a window of access to higher-level insights and solutions.
The Galactic Center (GC) emits powerful infrared radiation. In his article "The Soul of Sky," astrologer Philip Sedgwick writes:
"The Galactic Center’s infrared jolt to the energy field naturally induces the release of past memories that preclude an individual from making progress in life. This infrared energy pressures the subconscious mind, providing the release of learned behavior and memories, both negative and positive, all in the interest of moving forward. The energetic crowding process pushes out mentally/emotionally stored data to clear space for new information to enter both the conscious and subconscious minds."
According to Mr. Sedgwick, the key to both steps in the process activated by the GC -- the purging of the old and the receiving of the new -- is staying grounded:
"Meditation, if not grounded, does not support the Galactic Center. In fact, disconnected spiritual exercises make access to galactic points more difficult to integrate -- especially this one. Simply sitting upon the ground, tail bone connected with Earth, does the trick."
ANOTHER ASTROLOGER who has described the effects of the GC is Mary Elizabeth Jochmans. In her book, An Introduction to Karmic Galactic Astrology, she writes that with the Galactic Center:
"Old patterns, concepts and ways of being which are limiting are constantly being ferreted out. Once this happens, the information pouring in from this black hole is brought into awareness and an inner knowing takes place which cannot be explained.
"Once a commitment is made to work with the information received, the fullness of the information can be perceived, allowed to come through and be expressed in some form. This is a catalyst for change in humanity."
POWERFUL STUFF. I must note that Saturn was also aligned with the GC in early 2017, from late February through late May -- a longer transit due to Saturn going retrograde. My hope is that this earlier three-month-long transit undertook the "ferreting out" portion of the GC's work, and that we've succeeded in clearing the old patterns and concepts that have stood in the way of our progress.
If that has occurred, perhaps with this upcoming alignment we can gain clear access to those higher-level insights and solutions that will enable true progress. Since taskmaster Saturn is involved, it will require clear intention, commitment, and discipline for us to sit and listen, so that we may gain the information that will take us forward.
Technically, this alignment with the GC occurs about every 29 years, whenever Saturn reaches 27 degrees of Sagittarius. But from a metaphysical and spiritual perspective, this particular alignment, manifesting at this unique time in our personal and shared journey, has never occurred before and will never occur again.
AGAINST THAT BACKDROP, other planets are of course in motion this week. Most notably, Neptune goes direct on Wednesday, after having been retrograde (appearing to move backward) since June 16.
When a planet comes to a standstill to change direction, we tend to experience its influence more fully. Neptune's usual effects are to sensitize us to beauty, to pain, to our spiritual calling, and to our need to use our creativity and imagination. Its lessons include learning to trust when outcomes are unclear, opening our hearts in compassion when they want to close in protection, and transcending the dramas of physical existence through connecting with a higher source and allowing our creative muse to speak through us.
Because of Neptune's strength this week, we may feel more foggy or less focused than usual, less in control of outcomes, more psychically "porous," and more sensitive to both beauty and pain. And, since we are completing the planet's retrograde phase, it will benefit us to take a few moments to review the past five months, to consider what patterns we have released, how we have dealt our emotional vulnerability, and how our inner world has expanded to support us in difficult times.
CHIRON is quite active this week. The Wounded Healer makes hard aspects to Jupiter on Wednesday and Mercury on Friday, then wraps up the week with a harmonious Venus aspect on Sunday.
As always, we can anticipate some emotional uncertainty around the days when Chiron is in aspect, especially on Wednesday when it interacts with Jupiter. This aspect corresponds with times when we may experience a lack of faith and diminished hope -- but we also have the opportunity to heal the fears that feed those lacks, through holding compassion for self and others.
On Friday, we may second-guess our ideas or feel that we are not being heard -- but we also have the potential to heal our ability to hear ourselves and our spiritual guidance. With Sunday's Venus-Chiron aspect, the road is paved for deepening our relationships, based on an understanding of another's true feelings, and a knowing that we all carry wounds and are doing our best to heal.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Your personal new year involves some soul-searching, as you endeavor to understand how you can both live in joy and be of service to others, without falling into self-sacrificial roles. Not long ago, you went through a period of uncertainty and disillusionment; as you move forward into the coming year, you will have the opportunity to move beyond perspectives that leave you feeling helpless and hopeless. Once Saturn enters Capricorn in late December, you will start to feel more and more supported in pursuing your highest goals and purpose.
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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