Posted Sunday, September 3, 2017
NorthPoint Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
September 4 to 10, 2017
by Pam Younghans
Photo: Aurora borealis over Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, on September 2, 2017 (photo by Marketa S. Murray, posted on

THE LUNAR CYCLE that began with the Solar Eclipse/ New Moon on August 21 reaches its crescendo this week. The Full Moon occurs on Wednesday at 12:02am PDT (7:02am GMT), at 13°53′ Pisces.

We’ve expected that major events would take place around the time of this Full Moon, and recent news headlines appear to confirm that assumption. And yet the higher purpose of the lunation may be different than we anticipate, given that unifying Neptune is closely aligned with the Moon at the time it occurs.

WE BEGIN TO WORK with the intentions of the Full Moon as early as Monday, when the Virgo Sun is exactly opposite Neptune. Methods and solutions that might have worked in the past prove to be ineffective now. We can feel disillusioned or even hopeless as we wonder how to resolve current problems. This stalemate requires us to expand our perceptions and to open our hearts and minds to new options that heal rather than wound, that unify rather than separate.

Two planetary events that occur on Tuesday should start to assist us in our efforts to find new solutions. Mars, the god of war, leaves dramatic Leo and moves into pragmatic Virgo. Hopefully, this means that “cooler heads will prevail” in situations of conflict.

And, thankfully, Mercury goes direct the day before the lunation, completing its retrograde phase that began on August 12. Over the past three weeks, we’ve retraced our steps back to gather insights and information we missed the first time around. We now have more substantive research to support our process moving forward. As Mercury picks up speed over the coming days and weeks, we will see more progress being made.

THE PISCES FULL MOON on Wednesday is closely aligned with Neptune, putting even greater emphasis on the need to release patterns of denial, avoidance, victimization, and addiction. When we consider our dream of an ideal world where everyone lives in peace, we must look at those places where we hold the opposite energies in our beings.

Polarity has greatly increased its angry voice recently. On the one hand, there are higher reasons for this: With the North Node now in Leo, we are being asked to evolve from apathy to involvement. Outrage can be a great motivator in that regard.

And yet, if animosity is the stick that successfully gets us moving, we ultimately need to find and focus on the carrot that inspires true change. Otherwise, we continue to feed the very beast that have we have ridden to these places of discord.

PLUTO’S INFLUENCE is activated toward the end of the week. This dynamic “dwarf planet” is rarely subtle in its effects, so we’ll want to monitor our critical or confrontational tendencies on Friday when a hard Mars-Pluto aspect occurs.

Also in effect on Friday, but perfecting in the very early hours of Saturday morning, a hard Venus-Pluto aspect challenges us to find agreement with those whom we have learned to distrust. With this aspect, we realize both sides must make adjustments if we are to work together to reach common goals.

If we succeed in making that attitude modification, we can take better advantage of the supportive Sun-Pluto aspect that also occurs in the dark hours of Saturday morning, but will still be in effect as we get started on the weekend.

THE MAIN CHALLENGE on Saturday appears in the form of an opposition between Jupiter and Eris, the dwarf planet named for the goddess of discord. This is the third such aspect between the two planets this year — the first occurred on January 17, and the second was exact on February 22nd.

To help us understand the purposes behind this planetary event, here are quotes from two other astrologers I hope you will find useful.

First, from Emily Trinkaus, in her article about the Full Moon in the August-September issue of The Mountain Astrologer:

“What others are reflecting back to us may be aspects of ourselves that we’ve rejected as unacceptable, not fitting in with who we think we should be.”

And a lengthy excerpt from an article called “Fierce Love Born of Awe-Full Grace” by Sara Varcas. The article describes both the Jupiter-Eris opposition and the Jupiter-Uranus opposition (exact for the third time on September 28):

“This opposition reminds us that faith in the process of change, even when it looks alarmingly like unbridled chaos, can be the secret ingredient which unlocks the alchemical force of life’s desire for its own fulfillment. We discover just how much courage is required to live an awakened life, for conscious living is not unending bliss amidst pink clouds but a visceral, face-to-face encounter with life in the raw, both bloody and beautiful in equal measure.

“While Jupiter opposes these two celestial giants, we must stand tall and strong for what matters whilst embracing all that seems ‘wrong’ about this world, recognising that anything else creates yet greater division. This is not a passive rolling over to allow our planet to be plundered and the corrupt to claim power, but instead a demonstration of great bravery which honours the Unified Heart and recognises each and every power struggle as a desperate demand for love. It is time to decide, once and for all, whether to be part of the problem or part of the solution, for only a fool still believes we can sit this one out.”


IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are moving into a new perception of reality this year, as you expand beyond the limitations of seeing life through only your physical eyes. Your choice to surrender to this process brings great benefits; you surprisingly become more empowered, not less, as you open your heart and let go of needing to figure everything out. This is a year of great insight and self-awareness, balanced by a greater acceptance of your spiritual connection with All That Is.

In peace,


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Highlighted Aspects This Week
MON: Sun opposite Neptune
TUE: Mars enters Virgo, Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus, Mercury goes direct 4:29am PDT (11:29am GMT)
WED: Full Moon 12:02am PDT (7:02am GMT)
FRI: Mars sesquiquadrate Pluto
SAT: Venus quincunx Pluto, Sun trine Pluto, Jupiter opposite Eris, Mercury enters Virgo
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Astrologer Pam Younghans writes the NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and guidance received. Her hope is to offer perspectives and insights that will assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.

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