NorthPoint ASTROLOGY JOURNAL Your Guide to Planetary Energies for July 18 to 24, 2016 By Pam Younghans

Photo: Acanthus mollis blooming in my back yard this week, for the first time since being planted more than 20 years ago

THE MONTH OF CANCER, which occurs this year from June 20 to July 22, is naturally a time when we are more sensitive, have a stronger desire to be in comforting or familiar surroundings, and want to feel more connected and supported emotionally. Those feelings may be especially strong this week due to the Full Moon, which occurs on Tuesday at 3:56p Pacific Time (10:56p GMT).

With the Sun in nurturing Cancer and the Moon in goal-oriented Capricorn for this lunation, it calls us to assess how well we balance the polarities of home and career, emotional well-being and external accomplishment. We may want to ask ourselves some direct questions now, along the lines of:
  • Do my commitments and responsibilities support my having a healthy inner life, or do I allow them to distract me from paying attention to my inner needs?
  • How can I rethink my priorities so that I spend as much time enjoying my life as I do creating it?
  • Are my boundaries solid, so that I can be emotionally available to life, but not overwhelmed by the feelings that arise through that sensitivity?
THE SUN AND MOON are both square Uranus at the time of the Full Moon. This formation, called a t-square, increases our restlessness and desire for change.

This t-square such as this, with Uranus at the apex, opens up the possibility of breakthroughs or breakdowns. People may be more high-strung and impatient than usual, due to the overload of electrical activity. This can cause more extreme reactions, and an urgent need to break free from circumstances or relationships that feel restrictive. We will want to be especially aware of how our words or actions may alienate others.

In the positive, this t-square can also increase our intuitive awareness, and elicit insights and visions, if we choose to focus our attention in that way.

THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the Full Moon reinforces the benefits of focusing inward at this time:

"A large aviary: The enjoyment of spiritual values by the soul able to familiarize itself with their implications."

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar's interpretation of this symbol reads in part:

"Birds symbolize spiritual forces; the aviary presents us with a picture of these forces contained within a mind open to the light of psychic or Soul realities, and bringing joy and harmony to the consciousness. This is a picture of familiarity with inspiring experiences."

The keyword for this Sabian symbol is Clairaudience, defined as "the capacity for being responsive to many inner voices."

BE ESPECIALLY AWARE this week of the messages you receive from Spirit, especially those that come through in the form of birds and other flying creatures. Birds -- and their feathers that we may find -- symbolize spiritual evolution and also offer a link to the higher planes of perception.

If you have an unusual experience of birds or feathers this week, I would love to hear from you! In fact, I've just started my first Facebook page (thanks to all of you who have requested it!) -- I don't know all the ways to use it yet, but I do know how to add posts, and will be posting the journal there each week. Here's the link to my page:

SIMILAR TO LAST WEEK, Mercury is again in the astrological headlines -- and the hot seat -- this week. Many friends commented last week that it felt like Mercury was retrograde, given all the communication issues that came up. We can expect more of same this week, especially on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

Venus is following right behind Mercury now, and so we have a bit of an echo effect -- for instance, communication issues or insights that come up on Monday-Tuesday then impact our relationships on Wednesday-Thursday, when Venus moves into the place where Mercury was earlier.

The same is true of disagreements and control issues that arise on Friday -- we can expect them to linger into Sunday and perhaps require us to make additional adjustments in our attitudes, and our expectations of others.

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This is a year of transition as you move from one state of being to another. Your self-definition is changing, and you have the opportunity to break free from old patterns and fears, especially those that have interfered with your confidence and ability to take action. You may be especially aware of an inner conflict between fulfilling your own emotional needs and taking care of others. This powerful year can help you develop new levels of self-worth that allow you to both give and receive support in a healthier way.

In peace,
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Highlighted Aspects This Week 
MON: Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune, Mercury sesquiquadrate Chiron, Mercury trine Saturn
TUE: Full Moon 3:56p PDT (10:56p GMT), Mercury quincunx Neptune
WED: Venus sesquiquadrate Chiron, Venus trine Saturn
THU: Venus quincunx Neptune
Mercury quincunx Pluto, Sun enters Leo
SAT: Sun square Ceres, Sun square Juno
SUN: Venus quincunx Pluto
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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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