Category: Forecasts and Horoscopes Written by Pam Younghans
LEO NEW MOON: Our second (of three) lunations this month is a dramatic New Moon that occurs this Wednesday, August 16. The Sun and Moon will align at 2:37 a.m. PDT on that day, when the two Lights are at 23°27´ Leo.
This New Moon and the new lunar cycle that begins on Wednesday are likely to bring surprising twists and turns, and many sudden changes that test our adaptability. The excitement is due to a tight square between the New Moon and radical Uranus, at the same time that the sideways-spinning planet is strongly activated by a trine to energizing Mars (also exact on Wednesday).
THE VENUS AND CHIRON FACTORS: Retrograde Venus is also strongly involved in the New Moon, which occurs within five degrees of the planet. With the goddess of Love and Beauty square both changeable Uranus and the Great Planet Jupiter, there may be either major breakthroughs or breakdowns in the Venus-ruled areas of relationships, values, the arts, and financial matters.
Offering assistance as we work with these variable energies is Wounded Healer Chiron, which is trine Venus and the New Moon. The Centaur's presence indicates that improvements are possible in the areas ruled by Venus, if we take the time to get clarity on what we truly want and value. However, Chiron is also inconjunct both Mercury and Mars in perfectionist Virgo; these aspects mean that impatience, blame, or a lack of self-worth could distract us from getting to the heart of the questions we are asking ourselves.
DAILY ASPECTS: Here are this week's most important planetary aspects, with my brief interpretations.
Venus trine Chiron, Saturn semisquare Chiron: Repairing what is broken is a strong priority today, but we may be feeling inner resistance, especially if it seems that we have always been the one to step up to the plate and make things right.
Sun square Uranus: Restlessness and a nervous energy are very strong with this aspect. We are already feeling the effects of tomorrow's dynamic New Moon. This could be a good day to take some time alone, to get in touch with what is at the heart of our impatience. How can we better honor the new person we are becoming? Are new creative impulses calling us forward? Are small adjustments enough, or is a major change needed?
New Moon: The New Moon perfects at 2:37 a.m. PDT.
Mars trine Uranus: We feel energized and willing to take inspired risks, to step into unknown territory. This is a very enterprising influence, assisting us in taking the lead. It supports activities that some might judge as "strange" or "selfish."
Mercury quincunx Chiron: We might second-guess ourselves with this aspect, or be overly critical of our ideas or our ability to take the initiative. This is an opportunity to spend some quality self-care time, since the inner child aspect of our being may be feeling insecure with all the changes occurring.
No major aspects are exact today.
Sun trine Eris: The inner warrior is empowered with this aspect. The need for self-expression is strong.
No major aspects are exact today.
Sun quincunx Neptune: There may be a sense of discomfort or disillusionment today if our expectations have not been met in a creative endeavor. We may fear that we have been too idealistic or acted before we were really clear on our vision. This aspect indicates a need to ground our dreams in reality, based in a clearer understanding of our own capabilities.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Relationships, finances, and values are central themes for you this year. There is an opportunity to get in touch with what you truly want and need to feel fulfilled in your life. Along the way, you may surprise others as well as yourself with the choices you make. A part of the process this year will be allowing yourself to experiment with a variety of creative outlets; both literally and figuratively, it may be best to "date a lot of people but not necessarily get married." It is important that you feel more clear on the new "you" that is being birthed now, before making long-term commitments, since your self-concept is undergoing continuing changes. (Solar Return Sun conjunct retrograde Venus, trine Chiron, square Uranus, quincunx Neptune)
In peace, love, and gratitude,
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours.
- Monday: Venus trine Chiron, Saturn semisquare Chiron
- Tuesday: Sun square Uranus
- Wednesday: New Moon 2:37 a.m. PDT, Mars trine Uranus, Mercury quincunx Chiron
- Thursday: No major aspects are exact today
- Friday: Sun trine Eris
- Saturday: No major aspects are exact today
- Sunday: Sun quincunx Neptune
CLASS & WEBINAR: If you registered for this week's Solar Month class, please watch your inbox this week. I will be sending out an email with the Zoom link and passcode on Tuesday. I'm excited to see you all on Thursday!
And, as promised, the announcement for my next webinar, "A Cosmic Initiation," is included below. I hope you can join us in early September as I explore the energies we'll be working with during the rest of 2023. With Jupiter conjunct the Taurus Point of Avatar, two eclipses, and other significant planetary events, there are some exciting possibilities in store!
A Cosmic Initiation
Activating the Taurus Gate of Avatar
Astrological Guidance for September-December 2023
Astrologer Pam Younghans with Moderator Elsie Kerns
Airing Live and Recorded on
September 13, 2023
4 pm PDT | 5 pm MDT | 6 pm CDT | 7 pm EDT | 12 midnight BST (11 pm UT)
TO REGISTER: https://pam-sept-dec2023.eventbrite.com
SINCE ANCIENT TIMES, the midway points between the equinox and the solstice dates have been known as Avatar Gateways. Astrologically, these four sacred dates are when the Sun reaches 15 degrees of each of the fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. When a planet aligns with one of these Gateways (also called Avatar Degrees or Divine Avatar Gates), the influence of that planet is strengthened and we are offered greater access to the spiritual gifts associated with that specific Gateway.
In September 2023, when the Giant Planet Jupiter stations (at 15° Taurus 34´), it will unlock the Taurus Avatar Gateway. This alignment augments the expansive, spiritual, and hopeful frequencies of Jupiter, promoting the development of a New Vision for Earth and for Humanity.
These powerful energies will be active for the Jupiter’s entire retrograde phase (from September 4 to December 30). Essentially, when Jupiter comes to a standstill at the threshold of the Taurus Avatar Gateway in early September, it sets a defining theme for the rest of 2023.
In the first half of this 75-minute class, astrologer Pam Younghans will explore the impact of Jupiter’s station at the Taurus Point of Avatar, as well as other major planetary activity during in the last four months of 2023. Upcoming events include an increase in Pluto’s transformational influence and two eclipses in October, a strong reality check when Saturn stations in November, and enhanced spiritual or creative opportunities when Neptune and Jupiter go direct in December.
After this overview, Pam will then walk us through the monthly calendars and the main planetary energies we will be working with, week by week. She will share her insights about the challenges and opportunities that will present themselves, now through the end of the year.
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US! This webinar is for everyone, whether you are a newcomer to astrology or have spent years in study. Before the class airs, you will receive aspect calendars for September-December so that you can use them for notetaking. And if you’re not able to attend live, no worries! Everyone who registers will receive links to the replay and all support materials within 24 hours after the class airs.
QUESTIONS? If you have any questions about registration or payment options, please contact moderator Elsie Kerns at or call 856.988.7426 (Eastern Time Zone).
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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