NorthPoint Astrology Journal
By Pam Younghans
Photo: The Full Moon of August 31 over Nottingham, UK (photo by Simon Smith)
AS I PONDER the list of planetary aspects for the coming week, a quote from Shakespeare comes to mind: “Now is the winter of our discontent.” Whether we are in the final weeks of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, or the last month of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, this quote is appropriate in its description of how we may be feeling as we begin the month of September.
Winter can at times feel interminable. As we walk through the snow and ice, our footing may feel unsure. Grey skies can fool us into believing that the sun will never shine as brightly as it once did in our lives. Discontent can nibble at the edges of even the most positive disposition.
But, winter is also the season that leads us into spring — the time of year when new growth springs from the earth, when the sun returns as an (almost) daily participant in our experience, and we start to feel liberated as we cast off the heavy cloaks needed during colder days.
ALTHOUGH most of us may be familiar with those first seven words of the opening scene of Shakespeare’sRichard III, we may not realize that the longer passage is one of hope, not of despair. Here are a few more of the opening lines from the play:
In other words, we are observing the end of that which has inspired our discontent. And, Pluto and Uranus are our planetary partners in both bringing about the endings and initiating the beginnings.
THE PUSH from Pluto and Uranus is building now, as we are just a short two weeks away from their second square (exact on September 18). These powerful planets are pushing us into the future, acting as catalysts for the changes that we need to make, both internally and externally, if we are to build lives that are more enlivening, empowering, on purpose and satisfying.En route, we are uprooting and overcoming the vestiges of old patterns that have kept us disempowered (Pluto in Capricorn). We are also growing more restless with any restrictions and any fears that seem to keep us from creating the fulfilling lives we instinctively know are possible (Uranus in Aries).
THE LIST of planetary aspects is long this week and involves multiple planets — which means it’s going to be a busy and varied week, energetically. In other words, we’re not likely to be bored!
Pluto and Uranus are especially involved on Monday (with aspects to Mars) and on Tuesday (with aspects to Mercury). These aspects highlight the beginning of the week as a time when we are likely to see further developments in the changes and conflicts these planets are inspiring.
Chiron steps into the mix on these days, too, likewise aspecting Mars on Monday and Mercury on Tuesday, and then forming a sextile with Pluto on Thursday. These aspects provide the opportunity for healing through reminding us that Trust and Empowerment can work together, that we can both take charge of our lives and allow ourselves to be assisted by unseen, beneficent hands.
ALSO OF INTEREST is that the asteroid Pallas Athene steps into alignment with Uranus this week. This makes Pallas, our goddess of wisdom and war, the banner-carrier for the influence of the Pluto-Uranus square.
Pallas will conjoin Uranus in Aries on Tuesday, inspiring and encouraging us to act on the directives from our higher wisdom. Our revolutionary spirit is enhanced, and we are less constrained by fear of what may lie ahead. Our humanitarian tendencies are also engaged, and we care deeply about the condition of all who share our planet.
Author Anne Frank personified this energy, with Pallas conjunct Uranus in Aries in her birth chart, and both planets conjunct her Midheaven. Her courageous and optimistic diary, written at a very dark time in our history, continues to inspire us today through quotes like these:
FRESHLY ENERGIZED by Uranus, Pallas then confronts Pluto on Friday. This is when our higher wisdom is both challenged and needed, for Pluto may show us where internal (unconscious) and external blocks to our ideal world still remain.
Astrologer Demetra George, author of the book Asteroid Goddesses, writes that the solution to this type of challenge:
It is synchronistic that this was exactly how Anne Frank was able to thrive creatively under dire physical and emotional circumstances. She is our shining example of the power of the human spirit to create a positive from a negative — through her ability to see the good in people, yes, but even more through her knowing that the answer to her challenges — many of which were outside of her ability to control — was to find peace and inspiration within her own being, enhanced by her connection with Nature and with Source.
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