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Your Weekly Guide To Planetary Influences - April 17 to 23, 2023

Your Weekly Guide To Planetary Influences - April 17 to 23, 2023

RARE HYBRID ECLIPSE: When the Sun and Moon align at 9:12 p.m. PDT this Wednesday, April 19, they will form both a powerful New Moon and a rare "hybrid" solar eclipse. The phenomenon is possible because of the curvature of the Earth's surface. 

A hybrid solar eclipse appears as either a total solar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse, or an annular solar eclipse, depending on where the viewer is located along the central eclipse path. The three versions of this week's event can be viewed from parts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, with the total eclipse visible from North West Cape in western Australia, from parts of East Timor, and from West Papua, Indonesia.

Symbolically, this hybrid eclipse reminds us of the importance of accepting one another, despite differences of viewpoint. While each of us may have a different interpretation of reality, as seen through our unique frame of reference, all perspectives are valid.

Hybrid solar eclipses occur only about once a decade. The next hybrid solar eclipse is expected in November 2031.

EMOTIONAL INTENSITY: An eclipse is always a time of heightened emotions, and this week's solar eclipse is likely to be especially so. At the time of the lunation, the Sun and Moon will be at 29°50´ Aries, just 10 arc minutes away from entering Taurus. The thirtieth degree of a sign is known as the "anaretic" degree, also called a "power degree" or "the degree of fate."

When the last degree of a sign is activated by a planetary event, there is a sense of urgency related to the themes of the sign. We are ending a chapter and must wrap up unresolved issues. These issues may make themselves known through a crisis of some sort.

With this eclipse in the last degree of proactive and independent Aries, some may take action or make a decision impulsively this week. There is a great deal of energy available to be harnessed, which can be used in promoting a cause, taking on a battle, or expressing either courage or foolhardiness. In essence, some may feel that they've reached a crisis point and feel compelled to ACT, and act NOW.

KARMIC IMPLICATIONS: Eclipses occur when a New or Full Moon is positioned near the nodal axis, which are the indicators of our karmic history and our evolutionary potentials. As such, there is always a sense of destiny associated with events that occur during eclipse season. This feeling is magnified this week due to the involvement of the anaretic degree.

This week's solar eclipse is also aligned with a black hole called Super Nova Remnant Cas-A, which warns us to be observational rather than reactive now. Astrologer Mary Elizabeth Jochmans explains this influence in her book Karmic Galactic Astrology:

“There is a tendency here to relate and react to people, places, and situations from a remembrance of a past life energy or memory, rather than being in the present, dealing with the reality of how things, people, places, and situations are now. Integration of past lives and learning and acceptance of those lessons will help us relate in the here and now in a more healthy manner. This will help us not overreact in an irrational, emotional manner.”

THE PLUTO EFFECT: Adding even more drama to the week ahead, the New Moon solar eclipse will be tightly square catalytic Pluto, which is now in the first degree of Aquarius. This eclipse is our first major opportunity to see the effects of Pluto-in-Aquarius, and we will have choices in how we use this influence.

Since Pluto and the Sun/Moon are in a challenging square aspect, we may see shadow qualities being expressed with this New Moon: confrontations and power struggles, extremism, radical ideologies, and divisiveness. And yet, some of the more contentious energy may be ameliorated due to it being an "out of sign" square, with the New Moon in the last degree of a fire sign and Pluto in the first degree of an air sign. However, the Sun and Moon are also conjunct discontented Eris and giant planet Jupiter, further complicating and magnifying the energies.

Our task, once again, will be to maintain a certain neutrality and a higher perspective regarding events and our emotional responses. It will be wise to pause and reflect on our underlying motivations if we feel a sense of urgency to act, since actions taken out of fear or anger only create more of same. We might keep in mind that the longer-term objectives of Pluto-in-Aquarius are ultimately being served, even if the road appears rocky or we meet with an unexpected detour. The positive end-goals of Pluto-in-Aquarius include stimulating social reform, advancing human rights, and accessing higher-level insights and ideas as tools for transformation. 

Pluto is the god of the underworld, with dominion over life's major turning points, and the eclipse occurs at a transitional degree, the portal between zodiac signs. This is also a solar eclipse, which can be likened to a "mega" New Moon. All of these factors accentuate this week's theme of significant endings and beginnings. 

DAILY ASPECTS: Here are this week's most important planetary aspects, with my brief interpretations of each. 


No major aspects are exact today.


Venus semisquare Jupiter: This is a minor but somewhat self-indulgent aspect, tending us to choose immediate pleasures over longer-term goals.


Venus semisquare Eris: A focus on our own needs can cause conflicts with others.

New Moon Solar Eclipse: This hybrid solar eclipse will reach totality at 9:12 p.m. PDT on April 19; this is 4:12 a.m. UT on April 20.


Sun enters Taurus: While the Sun is in Taurus, from April 20 to May 21, 2023, we tend to be motivated by a need for inner peace, loyalty, outer security, and material stability.

Sun square Pluto: Our desires for inner and outer stability are challenged by this square aspect. We become aware of how a fear of change has controlled our actions and interfered with progress. 


Mercury stations retrograde 1:34 a.m. PDT: Mercury will be retrograde from April 21 to May 14. During this time, we will benefit from considering life events as being symbolic, as if we had dreamt a situation rather than experienced it in "real life." This will enable us to embrace a new way of viewing reality, which will ultimately shift our perspective and habitual thought patterns.


No major aspects are exact today.


Jupiter conjunct Eris: Giant Jupiter magnifies the influence of controversial Eris throughout this week and next. Those who have been ignored or disenfranchised feel the need to take action. Beliefs in right and wrong are very strong, making it harder to see issues from another's point of view.

Mercury (retrograde) sextile Mars: People may be more forthright in their speech with this aspect. With Mercury retrograde, it can be wise to consider new ideas and plans as a first step in a process, rather than making final decisions now. 

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You may feel especially restless this coming year, Aries. The urge to explore new opportunities is strong, and in many ways, an optimistic outlook serves you well as you set out on new adventures. You may also feel a passionate urge to fight for a cause that you believe in. However, you may encounter some residual fears or a lack of self-confidence along the way; this awareness is calling for you to prioritize self-care and to give your inner work equal priority. (Solar Return Sun conjunct Jupiter, conjunct Chiron, conjunct Eris)

In peace and with gratitude,


Aspects of Note This Week:

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours.

  • MON: No major aspects are exact today
  • TUE: Venus semisquare Jupiter
  • WED: No Venus semisquare Eris, New Moon Solar Eclipse 9:12 p.m. PDT 
  • THU: Sun enters Taurus, Sun square Pluto
  • FRI: Mercury stations retrograde 1:34 a.m. PDT
  • SAT: No major aspects are exact today  
  • SUN: Jupiter conjunct Eris, Mercury sextile Mars




The Quantum Shift Gains Momentum

THE JUPITER-PLUTO ALIGNMENT in Capricorn was one of the primary astrological events of 2020, a truly life-changing year. Jupiter is the Great Magnifier and Pluto is the Agent of Transformation. When these two planets interact, major shifts occur!

Under the influence of that 2020 conjunction, most of the world’s governments (Capricorn) declared that major new systems and controls were needed to manage problems that were manifesting at the time. These controls (Pluto) were expansive and all-encompassing (Jupiter).

FAST FORWARD three years to 2023. Pluto is now in progressive Aquarius and Jupiter will make ingress into practical Taurus on May 16. The very next day, the two planets will be exactly square, catalyzing the “next step” in a process that began in 2020. With this aspect, traditional belief systems will be challenged, requiring a profound shift in perspective. This theme will be powerfully activated by Mars throughout the last half of May, and again by other planets in the weeks that follow.

Several other events will also accelerate this year's “quantum shift”: a life-altering Scorpio Lunar Eclipse in May, a shift in our cosmic directives when the North Node enters Aries mid-July, and the challenge to our evolutionary progress when Pluto is at the "north bending" of the nodal axis in late July. Added to this, five planets (Saturn, Chiron, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto) all station retrograde during this four-month period, adding their energies to the "Quickening."

During this class, astrologer Pam Younghans will talk about each of these planetary events and share her insights into their effects. She will also go over each week of the four-month period to explain when specific challenges and opportunities will present themselves.

Astrological Guidance for May-August 2023

With astrologer Pam Younghans and moderator Elsie Kerns

Airing Live and Recorded on

May 4, 2023

4 pm PDT | 5 pm MDT | 6 pm CDT | 7 pm EDT | 11 pm UT

75-minute class | $27 USD

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Astrologer Pam Younghans writes the NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to bring astrology "down to earth" in a way that will help readers navigate current energies, while also utilizing these energies for spiritual and personal growth.

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