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Your Weekly Guide To Planetary Influences - December 20 to 26, 2021

Your Weekly Guide To Planetary Influences - December 20 to 26, 2021

WE NOW ENTER yet another pivotal week in this last month of 2021, another steep section in our final ascent of this transformational year. The main events on this week's calendar are the solstice on Tuesday (when the Sun enters Capricorn), the third Saturn-Uranus square on Thursday, and the second Venus-Pluto alignment on Saturday.

The Capricorn solstice occurs at 7:59 a.m. PST on December 21. The word solstice is derived from two Latin words: "sol," meaning sun, and "sistere," which means to stand still. On this day, when the Sun appears to stand still in the sky, it is either the darkest night or the longest day of the year, depending on whether you live north or south of the equator.

The dictionary defines solstice as "a furthest or culminating point; a turning point." Whether this is the first day of winter or the beginning of summer in your part of the world, the solstice represents a time of climax and transition, an ending of one phase and the beginning of a new. 

Like the Sun, we will benefit from taking a pause on the solstice. It is a time to cease action momentarily, to surrender to the stillness that resides within, to understand the cyclical nature of our earthly existence, and to reinforce our trust that all is in divine order. 

THROUGHOUT 2021, we have been working with the dramatic effects of the Saturn-Uranus square. In essence, this pairing of planets represents the contrast between old traditions and new paradigms, and the battle that is waged between the proponents of each. The square also manifests as a breakdown of existing structures as a necessary step in creating a new, more progressive world. The effects of the square are also evident in the restrictions (Saturn) that have been put in place worldwide and the rebellions that have resulted (Uranus).

While we certainly see this influence at work in the world around us, each of us is also dealing with these pressures in our personal lives. In some way, all of us are at a crossroads between the familiar past (Saturn) and an unknown future (Uranus), and perhaps dealing with inner conflicts about how to proceed. The question beats like a consistent drumming: What structures and ideologies of the past need to be released, and what visions of the future are we ready and willing to embrace?

The Saturn-Uranus square has already been exact two times in 2021, on February 17 and on June 14. This third square on December 23 marks an important culmination point for the issues raised by the square. As such, we are likely to see many of the manifestations of this square reaching a climax this week.

A note about 2022: Although Saturn and Uranus will not be exactly square next year, they will be within two degrees of the aspect next September and October. Both planets will also be in hard aspect to the nodal axis throughout the year. This means we're not quite done with this influence! I'll talk more about this in my webinar on January 12.

THE TENSION of the Saturn-Uranus square may be diverted somewhat by a Jupiter-Uranus quintile that also perfects on Thursday. Jupiter and Uranus in any combination can increase restlessness and a need for freedom, so we may observe defiance occurring in surprising ways. But this quintile also contains very creative energy, with potentials for "aha" moments and spiritual insights.

One of my favorite quotes about quintile aspects comes from astrologer Bil Tierney, who writes that the quintile symbolizes "an aspirant's creative soul alignment with the Will of the Cosmos." However, he also warns that "the Will of the awesome, inscrutable Cosmos is not easily channeled through the normally fragmented consciousness of the average individual still bound by the limited confines of a personality-centered will."

In other words, divine inspiration is possible with this aspect, but the mind must be sound and the focus upward if we are to make positive use of any revelations. And, with Jupiter in Aquarius, representing advanced thought, and Uranus in Taurus, the sign of physical manifestation, the insights received through this quintile can have very practical applications.

VENUS IS CONJUNCT PLUTO for the second time on Saturday, December 25. We are in a three-month period where this Venus-Pluto square is powerfully activated. Its effects should be very strong this week, due to Venus just having stationed retrograde. As a reminder of its impact, here's a paragraph from my Journal for December 6 to 12:

"Over the next three months, as Venus and Pluto weave their way across the cosmic dance floor, humanity is scheduled go through a process of deep revelation and cleansing in the areas that Venus rules. Some relationships will go through a metamorphosis, as will core values. Along the way, we will slowly unwrap the gifts of this therapeutic process, gifts that include a more open, empowered heart and a much greater capacity for love and compassion."

On the bright side, this Venus-Pluto alignment offers a path to deeper honesty and intimacy with loved ones. Its shadow leads us down the back alleyways of suspicion, manipulation, and even power struggles.  

HERE is my list of this week's other important aspects, with my brief interpretations:


Mercury trine Uranus: This harmonious aspect between the planet of rational thought and the planet of Higher Mind can offer many insights today. Ideas may appear as if "out of nowhere," helping us suddenly see a situation from a different perspective.


Sun enters Capricorn 7:59 a.m. PST: See above. 


Mercury semisquare Jupiter: In our exuberance, we may not be sensitive to how our words are affecting others. Tactlessness and misplaced humor are possible results of this aspect.


Saturn square Uranus: See above.

Jupiter quintile Uranus: See above. 


No major aspects are exact today.


Mars trine Chiron and sesquiquadrate Eris: While we may understand the reasons for certain insecurities, it may still be hard to rein in anger when we feel slighted by others.

Venus conjunct Pluto: See above.

Jupiter square Ceres: Differing belief systems can cause rifts in family relationships. The need to keep everyone calm may deplete your energy, while certain family members could complain of feeling smothered. Be careful of overeating due to feeling stressed (Ceres in Taurus).


Mercury sextile Neptune: This is a much better day for conversations, as Neptune helps us access a level of compassion and understanding that may have eluded us yesterday.

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This year, it is easier for you to lighten up and to even laugh at yourself. This more optimistic attitude can work wonders in helping you reach the goals that you are working on. You will also benefit from making sure that your ambitions are aligned with your beliefs, and that achieving your end-goal will contribute to your sense of life's meaning. (Solar Return Sun sextile Jupiter)

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: Mercury trine Uranus
  • TUE: Sun enters Capricorn (Solstice) 7:59 a.m. PST
  • WED: Mercury semisquare Jupiter
  • THU: Saturn square Uranus, Jupiter quintile Uranus
  • FRI: No major aspects today
  • SAT: Mars trine Chiron, Venus conjunct Pluto, Jupiter square Ceres, Mars sesquiquadrate Eris
  • SUN: Mercury sextile Neptune

WEBINAR IN THREE WEEKS! My webinar covering the first four months of 2022 is on Wednesday, January 12! Please see the full description of "Finding Ground" below. Or, if you are ready to register, here's the link:   

Finding Ground

Finding Ground
Astrological Guidance for January to April 2022
With Astrologer Pam Younghans
Moderated by Elsie Kerns, Wellness Educator

Airing Live and Recorded for Replay
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
4 pm PST | 5 pm MST | 6 pm CST | 7 pm EST | 12 am GMT
75 minutes, $27 USD

HAVING MADE IT THROUGH the “final ascent” of 2021, it is time to pause, catch our breath, survey the landscape, and “find ground.” Finding ground is always essential, and even more so in times of major transition. We find ground by connecting deeply to Mother Earth, establishing a clear sense of our values and boundaries, and centering ourselves in peace and gratitude.

Starting in January 2022, when the Moon’s true North Node begins its 18-month transit of peace-loving, tree-hugging Taurus, finding ground is not only vital for each of us individually – it also plays a crucial role in humanity’s evolutionary journey.

In this “Finding Ground” webinar, Pam will talk in more depth about the shift in the nodal axis, along with other major themes we’ll be working with during 2022. Most notably, we’ll discuss the spiritually expansive Jupiter-Neptune alignment in Pisces in April, the two eclipses in April-May, the revolutionary Mar-Uranus-North Node alignment in July-August, and the shadowy return in September-October of the two life-changing aspects that have dominated 2021 – the Saturn-Uranus square and the Pluto-Eris square.

Pam will then guide us through the calendars for the first four months of 2022. Taking each month week by week, she will explain the astrological influences we’ll be working with, including the New and Full Moons, and how they are likely to affect our reality. These calendars will be sent to you before the class airs so that you can use them for notetaking.

This webinar is for everyone, whether you are a newcomer to astrology or have spent years in study. And no worries if you’re not able to attend live! Everyone who registers will have full access to the replay and calendars for later viewing.

WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!  To register, please visit For questions about registration or payment options, please contact 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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