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Horoscope: November 25 to December 1, 2019
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
Highlighted Aspects for This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours.
MON: Uranus trine Ceres, Mercury semisquare Jupiter, Venus enters Capricorn, Sun quincunx Uranus
TUE: New Moon 7:05 a.m. PST, Venus square Chiron
WED: Neptune goes direct
THU: Mercury trine Neptune, Venus trine Uranus, Sun semisquare Pluto
FRI: Mercury sextile Saturn
SAT: Venus conjunct Ceres
WE CONTINUE to bask in the otherworldly energies of the Galactic Center for a few days yet, although the focused effects are gradually lessening as Venus and Jupiter move out of the range of the GC's orb of influence. Although our "real time" experience of the alignment can be uplifting and inspirational, our primary opportunity with rare events such as this is to maintain the connections that have been activated. Once channels have been opened, it becomes easier to access them again, especially if we intentionally and routinely use them over time.
As astrologer Philip Sedgwick writes:
"You naturally possess instant access to the Galactic Center—to the download of Divine Insight located at this specific frequency and direction in space—at any time, and in blasts taking only fractions of a second. You do not even need to go through the added effort of figuring when the Galactic Center is overhead, which it is once a day. You simply need to clear your mental decks, set the agenda and then do the hardest part of any spiritual exercise: Listen."
IN OTHER WORDS, the alignment of planets that is amplifying our connection to the Galactic Center is simply a tool to help us be more conscious. It would hardly be fair of the Universe to give us a brief alignment every 12 years or so, opening a door only to slam it shut! No, that is not how the Universe works.
Once a door has been opened—once we are aware and have opened the channel—our main work is to trust that connection and to remember to reestablish it in our awareness on a daily basis.
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We can help renew the channel simply by stating an affirmation every morning when we arise. We might choose to say, "I remember that I am a Divine Being, and that I am connected to Source." Or, "I am mindful of my connection to higher level Intelligence today." Or, "I am open to receive Divine Guidance and Insights today." The words you choose must feel right to you, and resonate with your being. You will know when you've hit upon the right words for you. You will also know when and how your affirmation may need to change over time.
WE BEGIN a new lunar cycle this week, marking an excellent time to start a new project, or perhaps to set an affirmation that you will use every day for the next month. The New Moon will occur on Tuesday, November 26, at 7:05 a.m. PST, when the Sun and Moon align at 4°03′ Sagittarius.
This New Moon contains within it great potentials. In addition to activating the natural Sagittarian qualities of optimism, wisdom, intuition, abundance, and enthusiasm, it also mobilizes the energies of a fixed star called Marfik.
Astrologer Roderick Kidston calls Marfik "one of the hitherto unacknowledged success stars." He explains, in his book The Magic of the Stars, that with Marfik, "we know how to tune our thoughts to the right vibrations in order to attract the right results. Ideas of resonance, or the Law of Attraction, rule here."
THE NEW MOON is also conjunct Pallas Athene, the asteroid that was named in honor of the Greek goddess of Wisdom and Justice. Myths reveal that androgynous Pallas excelled in the arts of both war and healing, acting as teacher and mentor to those who wanted to learn these crafts. As a deity, she represented both Divine Thought and Divine Will. She embodied qualities of both the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine.
Pallas is my personal favorite among the asteroids, as it seems to gift us unconditionally with certain talents and insights. The asteroid also provides insights that enable us to see great Truth and a higher Perspective, as represented in depictions of Pallas that show her with an Owl on her shoulder and a Snake wound around her feet.
AS I WAS thumbing through my well-worn copy of Asteroid Goddesses to glean a few more insights about Pallas, I was especially struck to read these words by author Demetra George:
"Pallas Athene embodies the magical will that enables us to create and control our own reality. Pallas manifests whatever is needed through the mode of creative visualization. Thus she is the occultist rather than the mystic, the scientist as opposed to the psychic, using natural laws to manifest ideas onto the physical plane."
It would seem that Pallas embodies energies very similar to those emanated by the fixed star Marfik! There are, of course, no coincidences, so it seems that the cosmos are conspiring once again to make sure we receive this message. Tuesday's New Moon will, apparently, be especially powerful for setting intentions, and for activating an inspired vision of what our future could be.
WE'LL NEED to be flexible in our expectations, however; co-creation is just that—a cooperative process between us and our Divine counterparts. It involves both presenting our ideas, our conceptions of what we want to bring into manifestation, AND being open to the Will of the Cosmos, which knows and sees much more than we often can from our human perspective.
This reminder shows up strongly in the New Moon chart, as there is a tight quincunx aspect between the New Moon and Uranus (at 3°28′ Taurus). As a transpersonal planet, Uranus represents Divine Mind, through which we receive information and insights that our rational minds cannot usually conceive. Synchronistically, Divine Mind is the source energy behind the Galactic Center, the conduit through which downloads can occur.
AT THE LEVEL of physical reality, Uranus often brings sudden surprises and unexpected detours. We've experienced many changes of plans since the last New Moon (on October 27/28), when Uranus opposed the Sun and Moon. A quincunx is not as strong a medicine as an opposition, but the flavoring is similar.
A quincunx is an aspect that requires adjustment—perhaps a mental adjustment, or an emotional one, or even a physical one. The Uranus quincunx to Tuesday's New Moon tells us that our preconceived notions will need to be modified. Our success in any endeavor will best be attained when we stay open moment-by-moment to new insights and information we might receive, and then are willing to adapt our envisioned plans accordingly … with appreciative nods to Pallas Athene, the fixed star Marfik, Uranus, and the Galactic Center!
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This can be an exciting year for you, but it is one that requires flexibility on your part. You are changing your once-clear trajectory based on your expanding beliefs and growth in wisdom. Your direction may not be known at this point, but your adventurous Sagittarius self can thrive under these shifting conditions. Do your best to let go of judgments and "shoulds," letting your life unfold as illumined by the light inside you. Find your meaning in the inspiration of the moment, while holding aloft your highest vision of the future. (Solar Return Sun quincunx Uranus, semisquare Pluto)
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About the Author
Pam Younghans is a professional astrologer, editor, and writer. She lives in a log home northeast of Seattle, Washington with her beloved animal companions. She has been interpreting charts professionally for over 25 years. If you are interested in an astrology reading, e-mail [email protected], or leave a message at 425.445.3775. For more information about NorthPoint Astrology offerings, please visit northpointastrology.com or visit her Facebook page.