NorthPoint Astrology Journal
Your guide to planetary energies for
January 20 to 26, 2020
By Pam Younghans
THE EXACT Saturn-Pluto alignment, when both planets were at precisely the same degree of Capricorn, is now technically behind us. But major astrological events such as this usually affect us for many months beyond the moment of their perfection. It's impossible to contain the ripple of waves once a large boulder has been dropped into a body of water. The displacement of energies continues to play itself out for quite a while.
And, with so many planets joining Saturn and Pluto in earthy Capricorn at the time of their rendezvous -- plus the Lunar Eclipse that occurred two days before -- it's not surprising that we've been feeling overwhelmed. The world has been feeling top-heavy, and for some, it's turned completely upside down.
IMAGINE trying to keep your shoulders level while carrying a very heavy weight in one hand, and you can appreciate the effect of having so many planets in one sign. Perhaps you are likewise feeling that your life has shifted out of balance, due to a specific heavy load you are carrying. Or, it may be the sheer magnitude of juggling so much at once that is causing overwhelm.
Some of the balls we are juggling are actually filled with light, for there is also magic that we can access now. As Saturn and Pluto dismantle social systems and personal patterns, they are also dismantling time and other constructs that have held physical reality separate from other dimensions.
PERHAPS you are feeling "head over heels" rather than feeling that life has turned upside-down. But, whether you feel like you are floating or your feet feel as heavy as lead, it is very important to get plenty of rest and good sleep right now.
As physical structures, our bodies are deeply affected by this Saturn-Pluto alignment in Capricorn. Many people are experiencing health issues, often in their joints, bones, teeth, and other bodily systems ruled by Capricorn. While we can bemoan having these symptoms, it may help to remember that these planets are only revealing where there is structural weakness, not causing it.
This is our opportunity to clear out what is of a lower vibration so that we can rebuild with higher-frequency "materials." We can assist the process by raising the vibration of our mental and emotional bodies. One way to do this is by connecting with the light of our Divine Self that resides at the center of our being. Some people imagine this as a pole of light along the spine, or a sphere of light in the heart area.
Once we connect there, we can then imagine this light of our Being radiating out, expanding into our physical, emotional, and mental bodies. This can be very helpful in clearing out all that is of a lower frequency, while also providing a higher vibration to be used in the rebuilding process.
THE GRADUAL MIGRATION of the faster-moving planets out of Capricorn should help us move beyond some of the places where we've been feeling stuck. Mercury moved into Aquarius last Friday, bringing forward new information that shifted our perspective in some way. As a result, we now have a clearer view of the road ahead.
This Monday, the Sun also enters Aquarius, supporting us to move beyond restrictions and into a new paradigm. And, Ceres will enter Aquarius at the end of this month, helping us more fully accept, appreciate, and support individual differences.
SOME SURPRISES are again in store this week. The Sun squares unpredictable Uranus on Wednesday, and Friday's New Moon is also square that planet. This lunation marks the end of the official "eclipse season," but the Uranus aspects may make it feel like we still are engaged with eclipse-like energies.
Sometimes, surprises seem to be arranged simply to keep us flexible. Other times, they are larger in scope – literal or symbolic earthquakes or lightning bolts – designed to jar us out of complacency or a comfort zone, so that we might be liberated in some way. Most of us tend to become creatures of habit over time. One of Uranus' tasks is to alter our course so that we no longer travel the same rutted road we are used to taking.
THE NEW MOON occurs at 1:41 p.m. PST on Friday, when the Sun and Moon are both at 04°21′ Aquarius. The square to Uranus is the most significant aspect in the New Moon chart, indicating that the coming lunar cycle is one of continued change.
Uranus has been called the "god of chaos," and we often see somewhat chaotic situations occurring when it is activated. But it also has higher vibrational qualities, revealed through the translation of the Greek word Ouranos (Uranus), which means "the sky crowned with stars."
Astrologer Liz Greene writes that Uranus "reflects our universal human longing to know where we are going and why." She acknowledges that:
"Many people find it difficult to express Uranus, for they are required to detach themselves from their immediate emotional needs and look toward a bigger future design ... Yet if we avoid expressing Uranus, its creative power will erupt into our world in spite of us – through change that we unconsciously need, and in some cases even provoke, but which we may experience as personally devastating when it arrives. The heavenly vision of Uranus may sometimes feel impersonal and cold, yet it offers us greater freedom through a new and broader perspective on our lives."
THE DIVERGENT ROAD that we start to walk with this Aquarian New Moon is likely to take us into unknown territory, where we continually need to broaden our perspective. We may also feel very strongly about certain issues, given that the Moon is aligned with the fixed star Alshat. Roderick Kidston writes that Alshat "prompts an urge to stand for something," but that it also conveys great strength and courage.
This new lunar cycle will inspire many to take a stand, speak loudly, and perhaps even demand to be heard. How we each use this influence depends on our core values, and how we want to direct its powerful energies.
NOTE: My webinar, "After the Tornado," is next week! Please see the right-hand column on this page to learn more. I hope you can join us!
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Each time we think we know ourselves, we are then challenged to further refine our self-awareness. Over the coming year, you will experience yet another phase of self-redefinition. The urge to speak your truth is stronger than ever, and yet it can cause conflict and separation if you are not alert to right timing. If those who hear your ideas are not truly receptive, your words will fall on "deaf ears," and your frustration will grow. Your unique insights and perspectives are needed, but you will need to apply discipline and foresight to how and when they are shared. This is not manipulation; it is being truly in accord with your inner guidance, which knows best timing for all endeavors. (Solar Return Sun square Uranus)
In gratitude and light,
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Aspects of Note this Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours.
MON: Sun enters Aquarius, Venus semisquare Saturn
WED: Sun semisquare Neptune, Sun sextile Chiron, Sun square Uranus
THU: Venus sextile Jupiter, Venus semisquare Ceres
FRI: New Moon 1:41 p.m. PST, Uranus trine Pallas Athene
SAT: Mercury sextile Mars
SUN: Pluto square Eris, Mercury semisquare Chiron, Venus square Mars
After the Tornado
Airing Live and Recorded for Replay
January 30, 2020
4 pm PST | 5 pm MST | 6 pm CST | 7 pm EST
12 midnight GMT
AS THE FILM “The Wizard of Oz” begins, the world is in black and white. Life is burdensome for our main characters, and they are essentially disconnected from each other. Our protagonist is alternately hopeful and fearful, feeling estranged from the love and support she craves, and experiencing oppression from the powers that be.
A tornado arrives, upending Dorothy’s world. When she awakens, she is in a land of vibrant color. It is not a paradise without its problems, but it is a realm where beings work together toward common goals, where there are clear roads to follow. She finds connection with other like-minded souls, and together they journey forward.
HUMANITY LIKEWISE has been traversing a black-and-white land, with deep divides between our peoples. The political partisanship, while concerning, is merely the easily-seen tip of the iceberg. We seem to be in need of a tornado, to turn us upside down, to reconnect us with each other, and to help us find new common ground, quite literally.
We’ve been talking for months about the astrological tornado of January 2020. During a single week, from January 8 to 15, an amazing number of significant planetary events occur, clustered around a powerful Lunar Eclipse and the alignment between Saturn and Pluto.
IN THIS 90-MINUTE WEBINAR, I will first talk about how our individual and collective experiences in January relate to these astrological events. This review is important to undertake, because our path through the rest of 2020 directly relates to events in January.
From there, we’ll “ease on down the road” and explore in more depth the primary opportunities and obstacles we’ll encounter in the first half of 2020. Highlights include:
I hope you can join us! If you can't attend live on January 30, the class is recorded for replay at your convenience. All registrants will receive an email afterward with a link to the replay, audio replay, and PDF slideshow.
TO REGISTER: Visit https://pamfeb-june2020.eventbrite.com. The class fee is $33. Payment and registration may be handled online via PayPal or by check to Elsie Kerns, 2007 Rabbit Run Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053.
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