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Your Guide to Planetary Energies For January 9 to 15, 2017


STAYING IN BALANCE is always important, but especially during times when the planets are very active, as they are right now. 

We've been working with a planetary configuration called a "cardinal t-square" for a few weeks now. If you've been feeling out of sorts, perhaps impatient or irritable, or just not willing (or able to find the motivation) to follow the old routines, you may be feeling the effects of this configuration.

A T-SQUARE involves at least three planets, with each one calling us in a different direction. In the current t-square:

  • Jupiter in Libra is extolling the need for greater peace and justice, inspiring us to create cooperative relationships based in equality -- and also making it clear where we have a long way to go in these areas.
  • Uranus in Aries is igniting the fires of independence and rebellion. The urge to do something is strong, even if it causes disruption. This is very impatient influence, and does not wait long to take action once the spark is kindled.
  • Pluto in Capricorn is demanding that deep change occur in old systems that are no longer working. Strong emotions are evoked, often in response to feeling controlled by outside circumstances. Pluto activates a visceral response, which means reactivity is heightened and power struggles are more common.

IF YOU'VE BEEN watching the planets for a while, you no doubt were aware of the Uranus-Pluto square that was in effect from late 2011 through 2015. This powerful influence, which seemed to be causative in many life-changing events during those years, is being reactivated by our current t-square. It's no wonder that we're feeling some of that tension again!

This Thursday, the Full Moon moves into position to fill in the missing leg of our t-square, forming a full cardinal grand cross. Although a "grand cross" may sound more intimidating than a "t-square," it's actually a somewhat more stable configuration, without that wobbly three-legged effect.

So, even though we are still dealing with some big energies, Thursday's Full Moon may help us find some of that balance that has been scarce of late.

THE LUNATION occurs at the auspicious time of 3:33 am PST (11:33 am GMT), a nice confirmation of higher intention for those who like to watch double and triple numbers.

This symbolic image for the Full Moon comes from Martin Goldsmith, who combines the Sabian symbols with other traditional symbolic systems, in addition to drawing on as his own insight:

"Under a vine-covered pergola of an outdoor cafe, a group of intellectuals is holding a lively discussion. A woman who had previously been silent forcefully outlines her position."

THIS IMAGE seems especially pertinent, given the times we are in. People are coming forward, taking a stand, and claiming their voices in ways they haven't before.

Mr. Goldsmith's descriptive phrases about this symbol show us some of the choices we have in how to work the energy of this Full Moon:

  • Free exchange of ideas and feelings vs. dominating or being dominated by a group
  • Having an ear for the views of the group, while maintaining a fiercely independent perspective
  • Critical discussions of the general situation
  • Pulling together important factors so one can decide on a wise course of action vs. ineffectually open-ended blather

As I read this list, I am very grateful that Mercury has completed its retrograde phase and is now moving direct again! That should help us opt for some of the more coherent choices offered by this Full Moon, such as wisdom over blather.

WE ALSO HAVE ASSIST from other planets as we work with the Full Moon energies on Thursday. Mars is positioned at a release point for the tension of the grand cross. Being in Pisces, the Red Planet helps us act with greater selflessness, and in accordance with our highest spiritual values. Compassion and understanding can be our guides and move us through potential challenges.

Spiritual ideals are also emphasized by the Venus-Neptune alignment that occurs on Thursday. This planetary event represents the union of human love and Divine Love, helping us bring a higher-vibrational heart energy into all of our interactions.

Next weekend, we'll be working with a Sun-Ceres square. In most situations, this aspect would manifest as a conflict between caring for self and caring for others -- one of the hazards of trying to be both a human being and a spiritual being at the same time. But Neptune is sitting right at the midpoint between the Sun and Ceres, helping dissolve the conflict and guiding us on the higher path. This path includes both a strong sense of self-worth and the ability to give and receive loving, nonjudgmental support.

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Balance is your keyword this year! You may feel drawn in many different directions, and feel conflicted between your strong sense of responsibility and your need to be kind to yourself. You are also reinventing yourself, and will be trying on many different hats to see which ones fit the new you. Allow this to be a year not only of balance, but of experimenting with what feels right to your redefined, even more authentic self.  Yours in peace,


Highlighted Aspects this Week:

  • TUE: Sun square Uranus, Saturn conjunct Juno, Mars sextile Pluto
  • WED: Saturn trine Eris, Sun sextile Chiron, Sun square Jupiter
  • THU: Full Moon 3:33 am PST (11:33 am GMT), Sun square Eris, Mercury enters Capricorn, Venus conjunct Neptune
    SAT: Sun square Ceres, Sun semisquare Neptune
  • SUN: Neptune semisquare Ceres

Personal Choice and
Astrological Guidance for
January-June 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
4 pm PST  |  5 pm MST  |  6 pm CST  |  7 pm EST
90-minute class | $28
Attend live by phone or webcast.
Class is recorded for replay.
To Register: 
In this teleclass, we’ll walk through the planetary influences for first six months of 2017 and discuss ways to make the best use of the energies. Here are just a few highlights:
January: A dynamic cardinal grand cross challenges us to harness power in a disciplined, purposeful way.
February: A fiery Leo Lunar Eclipse activates the Saturn-Uranus trine and inspires new creations. An inspirational Solar Eclipse in Pisces assists us in letting go of the past.
March: A cardinal t-square involving Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter reveals obstacles that must still be overcome. Venus goes retrograde and we reassess our values. A long-term square between Saturn and Venus provides a challenge to our financial affairs and relationships.
April: The Full Moon reignites the cardinal grand cross to take us to the next level. Mercury goes retrograde and is aligned with Uranus for three weeks, inspiring innovative thinking, forthright communication, and rebellious attitudes, while also increasing nervous energy. The challenges of the Venus-Saturn square require our attention and maturity.
May: The Moon’s Nodes change signs, advancing us to the next phase of our evolution. The second of three Saturn-Uranus trines helps us bring form to the insights revealed during the Mercury-Uranus alignment. A Mars-Saturn opposition requires consolidation and balance.
June: Multiple oppositions involving Saturn challenge us to take responsibility for the results of our thoughts and our beliefs. We reassess and prepare.
PLEASE JOIN US! And don’t worry if you can't attend live -– the class is recorded, and everyone who registers receives a link to the recording and the slideshow. 
When you register, you will receive an email from  with instructions for the class. If you do not receive this email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.
Before the class date, you will receive calendars for each month so that you can take notes.
To Register: 
Payment may be handled online or by check to
Elsie Kerns, 2007 Rabbit Run Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053. 
Questions? Contact Elsie Kerns at   or 856.988.7426

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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