NorthPoint ASTROLOGY JOURNAL Your Guide to Planetary Energies for August 15 to 21, 2016 By Pam Younghans

Photo: Perseid meteor and auroras outside of Calgary, Alberta, Canada on August 10, 2016 (credit: Harlan Thomas, posted on

THIS IS THE WEEK of a "not-an-eclipse." If you purchased an astrological calendar for 2016, you probably saw that the Full Moon on August 18 was listed as a penumbral Lunar Eclipse -- however, some scientific sources did not agree. Last spring, editors atThe Mountain Astrologer magazine communicated with NASA experts to investigate, and were told that the lunation is a "near miss" and does not qualify as an eclipse.

This controversy is in keeping with the Saturn-Neptune square we're working with, that has us questioning what we believe, and who we can believe. We will have to use our personal experience to decide if this week's lunation has that extra "oomph" that eclipses tend to have, or if it just feels like a regular Full Moon.

THE LUNATION (whether "only" a Full Moon or an eclipse) occurs when the Moon is in Aquarius, the sign known for being independently minded, inventive, and progressive. These are qualities emphasized this week, especially around the time of the Full Moon, which occurs at 2:26am PDT on Thursday (9:26am GMT).

The Moon aligns with the asteroid Pallas Athene for the lunation, a combination that increases the potential for life-changing insights and visions. According to astrologer Demetra George, Pallas Athene in Aquarius is "the political revolutionary, advocating and defending humanitarian causes and organizing grass roots protests." It will be interesting to see if there are developments along these lines in the news this week.

THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the Full Moon encourages us to believe that we can find satisfying solutions and create new outcomes in these times of complexity:

"A garage man testing a car's battery with a hydrometer: Skill in applying knowledge of natural laws to the solution of everyday problems resulting from life in our technological society."

Not being familiar with hydrometers, but knowing that "hydro" related to water, I just looked up what the instrument does -- and found out that it "measures the specific gravity of liquids, the ratio of the density of the liquid to the density of water."

I find it interesting that this image involves water as a part of the solution-finding process. Water represents both spiritual and emotional themes, reminding us of the importance not only of accessing our intellectual and intuitive knowledge when we seek answers to our questions, but to also activate our spiritual and emotional sensors for best results.

IN THE DAYS leading up to the not-an-eclipse, we have good support in our efforts to make positive changes in our lives. Relationships are shifting, but the changes are enabling us to come together in ways that are more mutually supportive. We are becoming equals instead of one person playing the role of rescuer or victim, and our ability to connect at deep levels is enhanced. (Venus conjunct North Node on Monday, trine Pluto on Wednesday)

On Tuesday, we have a mixed bag of energies to pull from. On one hand, we're feeling somewhat insecure and uncertain about trusting that everything will be OK. But, at the same time, we are eager to take risks, and willing to make the changes that will be needed to bring greater joy into our lives (Sun quincunx Chiron and trine Uranus).

FRIDAY appears to be a day of attitude adjustments. We're still feeling some self-doubt, especially when it comes to trusting our own thinking and insights. But, hidden within that self-consciousness is the seed of greater certainty and confidence. To support that seed in its growth, we will need to take a risk -- that of opening our minds to alternative ideas, concepts that may seem unconventional and have not yet been proven to our rational minds (Mercury opposite Chiron and quincunx Uranus).

Saturday can be a very creative day, as we feel more optimistic and have a better understanding of what we need to do to make our lives more meaningful and fulfilling. This enhanced self-knowledge helps us find the balance between our need to fit in and our desire to live an authentic life (Mars quintile Jupiter, Sun opposite Pallas Athene).

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: This is a year of many positive changes, if you are willing to be flexible and open your mind to alternative ideas and solutions. You are learning how to balance your need for approval and belonging with your knowing of your own uniqueness. As you accept the ways that you are an independent being, this increases the depth of your relationships, as you feel more comfortable being your true self in all situations.

In peace,
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Highlighted Aspects This Week 
MON: Venus conjunct North Node
TUE: Sun quincunx Chiron, Sun trine Uranus
WED: Venus trine Pluto
THU: Full Moon 2:26am PDT (9:26am GMT)
FRI: Mercury opposite Chiron, Mercury quincunx Uranus

SAT: Mars quintile Jupiter. Sun opposite Pallas Athene
About the Journal 
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.