Written by Pam Younghans
Photo: A new "Comet McNaught," on its first visit to the inner solar system, will be closest to Earth on June 15 and 16.
It seems appropriate that there's a new comet gracing our skies, given the fact that every day there seems to be a new energy shift to work with, and new physical manifestations to adjust to. The latest "Comet McNaught" -- officially known as C/2009 R1 -- was discovered in September 2009 by the astronomer who also discovered the very bright Comet McNaught (C2006 P1) that came nearest to Earth in 2007.
This week, the new Comet McNaught will be traveling closest to the Earth. It is visible with the naked eye just before dawn in the low northeastern sky.
Astrologically and symbolically, comets represent new information and new energy reaching our awareness. It is also said that babies born when a comet is visible come into this life with the intention also to be highly visible, and to make an important impact on the outcomes of worldly events.
It's interesting that when this comet was discovered back in September, Saturn -- the planet of "fate" -- was at 27 degrees of Virgo. Due to having gone through its retrograde phase, this week, when the Comet McNaught is closest to the Earth, Saturn is again at 27 degrees of Virgo. We can interpret this to mean that events now coming to fruition had their beginnings about nine months ago -- the typical human gestation period!
If you or someone you know is about to give birth to a new human life, it is easy to see the correspondence. But for the rest of us, we may need to look a little deeper to discover what was initiated in our awareness nine months ago, that is now ready to manifest more fully.
With the grand cross Lunar Eclipse less than two weeks away, we are already working with the energies of that event. We have a strong sense that band-aid solutions are no longer viable, that it is time to get to the source of the problems that draw our concern.
The energies are building, pushing us from many different directions to make necessary changes. We are finding that structures created out of fear, greed, defensiveness or arrogance are disintegrating under this powerful influence.
When one astrological influence is so immense, it can be harder to tap into what other, more subtle planetary effects are also at work. As I review the list of highlighted aspects for this week, what stands out most is the Saturn-Sun square next Saturday. On that day, the Sun will have its first interaction with one of the planets involved in the grand cross.
We can anticipate this to mean that by next weekend, we'll have even more information about how the grand cross will manifest in our physical reality.
Our higher directive when dealing with this influence is to notice where we have taken the lower road thus far, and to make the leap that lands us on the higher road. This means that if we've been making decisions or taking actions based on fear, guilt, blame, the need for control, or any other lower-vibrational motivators, NOW is the time to make a shift.
We can feel what it would be like to walk that higher road, and we've had periodic glimpses of the view from there. These next few weeks supply us with the incentive and the imperative to take that higher road more consistently.
What would it be like if we've moved through life in Trust, Truth and Love instead of fear and control? Try practicing in small ways this week. Consciously make one decision, take one action -- large or small -- from a place that is openhearted and in alignment with your own inner Light. This will be our guidance going forward.
Taking a closer look at the highlighted aspects list, we can see that Venus plays a consistent role this week. As the planet moves from Cancer to Leo on Monday and immediately trines Uranus and Jupiter, we are encouraged to lighten up, take a few risks, and enjoy the moment.
At the same time, Venus also steps into a yod ("finger of God") configuration involving Pluto and Chiron. This configuration points to relationships as the focal point for healing and empowerment this week. Through subtle adjustments in our attitude towards others, we will find pieces of the answers we are seeking, and be supported in taking more certain steps on that higher road.
Teleclass Reminder: As mentioned last week, I will be interviewed on Monday, June 21 during a F*REE teleclass offered by healer Elsie Kerns, We will talk about the energies of the next couple of months, and specifically about the Lunar Eclipse on June 26 and the Cardinal T-square in late July.
If you haven't yet signed up for the teleclass, there's still room for you! To register or for more information, please click here:
Wellness for Life Teleclass June 21, 2010
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT." You will receive an e-mail with more information and instructions on how to call in.
(And please note that the teleclass begins at 7pm Eastern Daylight Time.)
I hope you will join us!
NorthPoint Astrology Blog: I'll be posting additional perspectives during the coming week at http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/ -- please visit and add your comments!