NorthPoint Astrology Journal
Your guide to planetary energies for
July 15 to 21, 2019
By Pam Younghans
ALTHOUGH OUR LUNAR ECLIPSE this week is "only" a partial eclipse, it is a potent one. At the time of the event, the Moon is close to two results-oriented planets, Saturn and Pluto. It is also tightly square Eris, the dwarf planet that is playing a major role in current events.
Whenever Saturn is activated in this way, we can expect a reality check, where we come face to face with the truth of a situation. When Pluto is energized, great power is unleashed, forcing change. And, when Eris adds its influence, we experience resistance and perhaps anger.
In many respects, this Lunar Eclipse is the younger sister of the Lunar Eclipse set for January 2020. At that time, the Sun will align with not only Saturn and Pluto, but also Mercury and Ceres--and all of these planets will be square Eris. Because of this link between the two eclipses, we must observe current events within a larger context; they are part of a process that will continue to unfold over the next six months, which will either culminate or reach a crisis point in early 2020.
IF YOU'VE ATTENDED one of my webinars this year, you know that I'm viewing 2019 and 2020 as a two-year process. That is based in part on the high-pressure Saturn-Pluto alignment, which was very strong in April, is being triggered by this week's eclipse, will build in effect again starting in October, and then peak in January 2020. From there, we have other significant and related alignments that carry us through the end of 2020.
It can be helpful to know that we're in the midst of a longer-term evolutionary phase, that what we're experiencing now is not the end of the story. At Matt Kahn's most recent talk in Seattle, he spoke of ascension, and explained that it's really a process of "transmutation, brought about by heat and pressure." Hearing those words, I immediately thought of Pluto (heat) and Saturn (pressure). Certainly, we are under a lot of pressure right now, and feeling the heat. It makes sense that the planets would be closely involved in the major shift we sense is occurring on our planet.
THIS WEEK'S ECLIPSE perfects at 2:38 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, July 16 (9:38 p.m. GMT). It occurs when the Moon is at 24°04′ Capricorn, and the Sun is at the same degree of Cancer. Contained in the eclipse chart is a tight opposition between Venus and Saturn, a close alignment between Venus and the North Node, and a wider opposition between Venus and Pluto.
Any time we see Venus mentioned astrologically, we can expect to see effects in one or more of the areas that Venus "rules": our values, our relationships, and our finances. In essence, Venus represents all those things we open our human hearts to, that we may even say we love--whether it's another person or our favorite pair of shoes.
TAKING THESE ASPECTS one at a time, a Venus-Saturn opposition indicates a reality check in these Venus-ruled areas of life. We are able to be a bit more detached than usual. This neutrality--which may look like aloofness to others--allows us to see the truth of a relationship, or realize we've overspent and need to be more cautious, or perhaps we admit that it's time to give away a certain pair of shoes because we haven't worn them in years, even if they still have sentimental value.
In comparison, the Venus-Pluto opposition is far from objective. It awakens passions and reveals deeper needs, emotions, and attachments. We tend to react viscerally, instinctively, to issues that arise. Power struggles, jealousies, and secrets may surface. Some may try to manipulate situations in their efforts to maintain control.
THE ALIGNMENT between Venus and the North Node in Cancer gives us strong clues as to how to manage this complex combination of influences. The North Node shows the path of humanity's highest evolution, and the qualities we are being asked to develop.
Cancer is the sign of the Empath, the Nurturer, the Sensitive. And yet, Cancer the Crab needs its shell--representing strong boundaries--in order to survive in the world. The North Node in Cancer tells us that humanity's growth depends on our ability to be more openhearted, more emotionally generous, more trusting in the guidance of our intuitive knowing. But, at the same time, we must also know our boundaries and our internal strength, so that we don't dissolve into a helpless and hopeless emotional heap when viewing the problems in the world.
The world needs our hearts, but it also needs our strength—and our light.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE to purchase the replay of my recent webinar, please let me know! "Coming Into Focus" covers the astrological influences over the next seven months, including that pivotal Great Eclipse Alignment in January 2020. To learn more, please send an email with "Webinar Replay" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll reply with details.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This year is a time of powerful transition in your life. You are tapping into your deeper motivations, and learning to speak and live your truth even more fully. You are releasing certain elements of the past, as well as old emotional patterns. This purging process will free you to find a new sense of personal purpose in your life. You may feel exceptionally vulnerable as you go through these changes; this teaches you the importance of self-care, and that you must allow others to support you. (Solar Return Sun conjunct Mercury, conjunct Venus, opposite Saturn, opposite Pluto, trine Neptune)
In gratitude and light,
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Aspects of Note this Week
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours.
TUE: Venus quincunx Jupiter, Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon 2:38 p.m. PDT, Sun square Eris, Venus opposite Saturn
WED: Venus conjunct North Node
THU: Mercury trine Ceres, Mercury sesquiquadrate Jupiter, Venus trine Neptune
FRI: Mercury enters Cancer
SUN: Venus opposite Pluto, Sun conjunct Mercury