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Your Weekly Guide To Planetary Influences - April 24 to 30, 2023

Your Weekly Guide To Planetary Influences - April 24 to 30, 2023

BETWEEN ECLIPSES: As we begin the last week of April 2023, we are moving through that surreal Neverland between two eclipses, when it may seem as if our feet are never truly touching ground. Increasing that sensation of being partly in another world, Mercury is now retrograde as well.

The transformational effects of Pluto are also very apparent throughout this eclipse season, both because the dwarf planet was strongly activated by last week's solar eclipse and because it is moving very slowly in anticipation of stationing retrograde next Monday. I liken our experience of a planet's station to standing on a wooden platform as a train arrives at the depot. As the train comes closer and closer, it moves more and more slowly, and we feel its vibration and hear its engines more and more loudly. When the train is finally at a standstill in front of us, the vibration beneath our feet and the sound in our ears are at their height. After a brief pause, the train reverses direction, pulling slowly out of the station but then picking up speed, and our sensory awareness of the vibration and the sound gradually diminish.

PLUTO THE CATALYST: Pluto is the god of the underworld, the psychotherapist, the catalyst in a process of death and rebirth. These next two weeks, before and after Pluto's exact station on May 1, are a time of purging or detoxification. The urge may be especially strong to divest ourselves of anything that is no longer in alignment with us, or with who we are becoming.

The impact of Pluto's station is being felt by everyone, but may be felt most profoundly by those with natal planets or sensitive points on the cusp between a cardinal sign and a fixed sign. This includes the last degree of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn and the first degree of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius. 

This is a powerful time in which to eliminate what no longer works, to cleanse on physical, emotional, and mental levels. As we embrace the detoxification process with conscious intention, we then are able to handle any emotional residue that may arise as a sign of progress being made, much like detox symptoms when taking cleansing herbs. 

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

Monday

Sun conjunct North Node: Our evolutionary path is highlighted with this alignment. We are reminded that spiritual growth is enhanced by being grounded and centered, and by focusing on inner calm and peace.

Venus sesquiquadrate Pluto: Honesty and integrity are central themes in relationships today. The urge to get to the heart of interpersonal issues is strong.

Tuesday

Sun sextile Saturn: This calming influence enables us to focus on practical concerns today.

Venus sextile Chiron: After yesterday's stormy conditions, healing is possible today, as we become aware of how underlying insecurities – our own or those of a loved one –have affected our relationships.

Wednesday

No major aspects are exact today.

Thursday

Mars square Chiron: People can be defensive today, due to taking issues very personally. Some may respond passive-aggressively if they are afraid to directly express anger.

Friday

No major aspects are exact today.

Saturday

Mars sextile Uranus: We are inspired to take independent action today, based on a strong awareness of our deeper needs. This could be a good time to try new activities that enhance our emotional well-being.

Sunday

No major aspects are exact today.


IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: There is an introspective tone to this year for you, Taurus. It may be a good time to find activities that use words to increase your sense of peace and well-being, such as journaling or keeping a gratitude diary. The planetary energies support a stronger commitment to a mindfulness practice or another meditational or creative outlet that enhances a calm mental state. Writers could find this year very productive for creating a first draft, with the intent to finalize or publish after their birthday in 2024. (Solar Return Sun conjunct retrograde Mercury, sextile Saturn)

In peace and with gratitude,

Pam

Aspects of Note This Week:

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

  • MON: Sun conjunct North Node, Venus sesquiquadrate Pluto
  • TUE: Sun sextile Saturn, Venus sextile Chiron
  • WED: No major aspects are exact today 
  • THU: Mars square Chiron
  • FRI: No major aspects are exact today
  • SAT: Mars sextile Uranus
  • SUN: No major aspects are exact today

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

A QUICKENING

A QUICKENING 

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

To Register: https://events.humanitix.com/a-quickening


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.

Feel free to share this NorthPoint Journal with others who may enjoy it! Please forward it in its entirety, including all contact and copyright information.

To learn more about Pam's work, please visit www.northpointastrology.com

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