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Your Guide to Planetary Energies For December 19 to 25, 2016


THE DOOR is opening on a new phase of our lives, one that is paradoxically both more expansive and more restrained, more enlightened and more realistic. This potential is thanks to Saturn and Uranus, planetary teachers who normally have very different agendas, who are beginning to work collaboratively.

In astrological terms, Saturn and Uranus are now in trine aspect, which means they are 120 degrees apart. Due to each planet's retrograde motion, this aspect will occur three times -- this Saturday, December 24, 2016, and twice in 2017, on May 18 and November 11. 

SATURN is known as the Lesson Bringer. Its goals are to strengthen our discipline, patience, and maturity so that we can achieve our ambitions, gain self-respect, and contribute to society. The Ringed Planet is in idealistic Sagittarius now, which means that in order to reach those endpoints, we as a society must confront and take responsibility for any ways that we are self-righteous, dogmatic, prejudiced, or intolerant.

In contrast, Uranus is known as the Great Awakener. It wants us to become independent, authentic, and liberated. As we work with Uranus, we often have to go outside of our comfort zone and even break the rules, if by doing so we are expressing a greater truth of who we are. With Uranus in courageous Aries, each of us may be marching to the beat of a different drum, but the more pressure there is to conform or to follow expectations, the louder the drum sounds in our ears and the more forceful we become in our rebellion. 

IT'S CLEAR that these two planets, if we were to sit them in a room together, would soon be engaged in a tense arm-wrestling match. But this week -- and throughout the first eleven months of 2017 -- Saturn and Uranus have agreed to work together, to find common ground and to support each other.

In essence, Saturn will be helping tame the wilder side of Uranus, so that the goals of liberation and enlightenment are reached through steady and solid action, not by random acts of aggression. In return, Uranus will be awakening Saturn to the viability of new potentials, showing that we can create new, stable forms that are more flexible and more inclusive than before.

MERCURY goes retrograde in Capricorn on Monday, the same day that Mars enters Pisces. This makes for an interesting next few weeks, when our perceptions and actions do not necessarily follow their expected routes.

Mercury will be moving backward until January 8, and Mars will be in Pisces through January 27. The positive effects of this combination can help us gain greater access to our intuition and our dream state. But, given Mercury retrograde's penchant for compromising our ability to plan and think logically, we will want to wait to take action on the insights we gain until at least after Mercury goes direct -- and, if possible, to wait even until Mars moves into pioneering Aries.

THIS WEEK also marks the solstice, when the Sun enters Capricorn. On Wednesday we begin winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere. There is an energetic shift that occurs at a solstice, as evidenced by the aurorae borealis that usually appear -- even if there are no sunspots or solar winds, which are the common cause of the colors in the sky.

Cosmic intentions for the next three months are set at the solstice. These can be seen in the "birth chart" drawn for the event. The chart for this week's solstice shows:

  • Retrograde Mercury conjunct Pluto: We feel very passionate about our goals, but we also have some review work to do before we take action.
  • Mars conjunct the South Node and Neptune: This is a time of karmic completion, and moving beyond places where we have been stuck or feeling victimized.
  • Uranus conjunct Ceres and Eris: The assertive feminine is activated, requiring that we find within us the courage to fight for human rights and to overcome barriers that have divided races and nations. This alignment can also allow greater access to higher wisdom and the Divine Feminine.

NEXT WEEKEND we have a lovely confluence of planetary aspects. The supportive Saturn-Uranus trine occurs on Saturday -- and on Sunday morning, easy-going Venus forms harmonious aspects with both planets and also with Jupiter.

If we relax and let go of our expectations, this combination that can go a long way toward creating the harmony and peace that we long for, especially at the holiday season.

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: While you may have some delays in reaching your goals this year, ultimately you will be successful in bringing in new forms that provide more personal fulfillment. You are releasing old patterns of fear and withdrawal that have kept you from going after what you most desire. As you do this release work, you are supported both cosmically and interpersonally to align with your highest potentials and purposes.

Yours in peace,


Highlighted Aspects this Week:

  • MON: Mars enters Pisces, Mercury goes retrograde 2:55am PST (10:55am GMT), Mercury semisquare Mars
  • TUE: Last Quarter Moon 5:55pm PST
  • WED: Sun enters Capricorn/ Solstice 2:44am PST (10:44am GMT), Mars semisquare Pluto
  • SAT: Saturn trine Uranus
  • SUN: Venus trine Jupiter,Venus sextile Uranus, Venus sextile Saturn

TELECLASS ANNOUNCEMENT: My teleclass on the first six months of 2017 will be broadcast and recorded on Thursday, January 19. After spending this past week meditating on the best title, I have settled on "Personal Choice and Self-Determination" -- powerful words for a powerful time!
Thursday, January 19, 2017
4pm PST  |  5pm MST  |  6pm CST  |  7pm EST
90-minute class | $28
I will include a complete description and the link for registering for the teleclass in next week's Journal. Please note: If you're not able to attend the class on the 19th, you can listen to the recording (and watch the slideshow) at your convenience after the class airs. The link to the recording is also provided to anyone who attends the class live.
I hope you can join us to learn what to expect -- and what is expected of us! -- in the first half of 2017!

Pam Younghans
Pam Younghans lives in a log cabin outside of Seattle, Washington with her two dogs. She has been interpreting astrology charts for over 30 years, and has been reading charts professionally since the mid-1980s. Astrologer Pam Younghans writes her weekly NorthPoint Journal based on planetary influences and guidance received. Her hope is to offer perspectives and insights to assist you in making best use of current energies.
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