The Nodes enter Aries and Libra on February 18, 2014. The signs of the transiting nodes tell us about the fundamental shifts taking place that peak as the Sun and Moon meet near their dwelling during certain New and Full Moons throughout the year. These are the eclipses that will wrap up their time in Scorpio and Taurus and shift to Libra and Aries.
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The North Node speaks to our collective destiny and cultural aims. This undoubtedly intersects with us in personal ways. The South Node speaks to our collective karma. It’s where we are coming from. The South Node shows where we are comfortable and the energy we seek to balance and refine through our journey toward the North Node.
With the South Node in Aries for the next 18-19 months, we enter a time where we are called to become aware of the ways in which we focus only on ourselves, our needs, and our desires. We are acknowledging our need to be first, our competitive nature, and how we may create conflict and competition in our lives.
The North Node in Libra calls us to detach from our personal stake in the game and learn to cooperate with others. We are challenged to make decisions based upon how it affects all parties involved. More than avoiding conflict, we must choose our battles. We are seeking the “Right” answer, action, or desire. There is an impersonal aspect to the North Node in Libra.
Most importantly, we must learn to balance self interest with that of others. We must become aware of how our behavior affects other people and learn to accommodate and make adjustments. Consideration, manners, and acceptable behavior in social context comes to the forefront of our lives.
While Aries can be pioneering and courageous, those qualities must be measured and balanced against knowing when it is appropriate to step back and allow another to take the lead. Sometimes the courage and risk taking Aries is famous for is a destructive force to relationships. Other times it’s just what the doctor ordered!
We will all be very much focused on our relationships, becoming keenly aware of what is socially acceptable, and learning to balance passion with detachment, and aggression and assertiveness with strategic passivity.Posted in astrology | Tagged 2014, aries, Eclipse, libra, relationships, scorpio, taurus | Leave a comment
After having been in Aquarius, the sign of genius, detachment, and perspective, the Sun in Pisces highlights the will and intention to be. More than an intellectual understanding or a practical awareness, Pisces is about intuitive consciousness. That is, an inner knowing that gives illuminates experience.
The rebelliousness and revolutionary spirit of the previous sign is transformed into the elusiveness of mutable water. The original shapeshifter of the zodiac, Pisces is a mirror. It reflects the emotional tenor and the zeitgeist of the times.
Pisces cannot be buckled down. The nature of mutable water is that it is adaptable. It seeps through crevices unseen by the naked eye. And it’s lack of definite form makes it impossible to hold on to. It needs the freedom to replenish at will, lest it become contaminated and unable to perform it’s most sublime miracle, the miracle of healing.
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I recently told someone that my last year in my twenties was like a montage of all I’ve experienced over the last decade. Every relationship, triumph, failure, challenge, joy, and change was a lesson for me that is culminating in some kind of grand revelation about the true nature of my self.
I don’t mean to make a big thing of turning 30. But the first Saturn return is a big thing (there is a second return around 56). Saturn represents how we develop an inner authority and integrity, and how we solidify our sense of self out in the material world. This has implications for our career and our life path.
Saturn by enkana
In authentic Saturn fashion, I’ve come to a more realistic perception about my personal limitations as well as my limitations as a human being. Through the trials of challenging relationships, I have learned where my foundation and security lie. And through the burdens and responsibilities of motherhood, I have learned that I can rise to the occasion when the time comes. While my strength is not indomitable, it is tested and tried in times of emotional and mental difficulty.
Saturn is like a whetstone, showing me of where my edges are and refining them, making me sharper and more purposeful and useful. The parts of me that have inhibited purposeful living according to my own calling are being ground away. The process is tough and requires stamina and endurance. Most importantly, it requires patience. The patience to complete the process and not jump the gun before it’s over.
The choices we make around this age feel serious because we have to deal with the consequences for the next 30 years. As my good friend and astrologer Darryn Brown says, there is a protection over most of us during our 20′s. We have the freedom to makes decisions but are often protected from real consequences. However, as we approach 30, we become aware of our limitations, sometimes painfully, and the real life consequences of our actions.
So this is where I find myself. The fog of the glamor of adulthood that colored many a wish and fantasy during my youth is dissipating in favor of a more realistic assessment of what life is about. As a child, I wanted freedom without responsibility. As an adult, I’m learning that with freedom comes much responsibility. And upon my Saturn return, I seek to find meaning in my responsibilities.
It’s one of life’s inevitabilities (I know that’s not a word but I like the way it sounds). But, it doesn’t have to be dark and heavy. It can be taken on with pride and the intention to do my absolute best, all the while being keenly aware of my limitations. The challenge I find now, though, is how can I be realistic yet remain hopeful?
Cynicism is formed from the remains of the death of youth’s hopefulness. Part of me is holding on to any glimmer of idealism I can still fathom. Something in me resists the idea of adulthood. It’s less about growing up and more about the socially accepted and expected norms of adulthood.
As a child, I watched many adults live their lives consumed by their responsibilities. There was no room for passion, creativity, or dreaming. And if it did happen, I didn’t see it. Don’t get me wrong, there were adults I saw who were living lives of meaning through their work and relationships, many of them in my family. But I saw many more focused intently upon the struggle of survival and material reality.
I’d like to think that we’ve evolved beyond the notion that we must be slaves to some primal need to have enough. But I know that this is a reality all too real for everyone, myself included.
So, I find myself trying to find the perfect balance between gracefully living up to the requirements of my duties and responsibilities, but also refusing to let what remains of my passion and fervor die. What shall be my offering to this world, to society?
Daily, I am becoming more aware of who I am and what I have to offer. During this next year, I seek to remain open to new revelation about my life’s calling. I’ve always known what I wanted to do, until I didn’t. This lack of direction is very recent. I want to be practical yet inspired, stable yet free. I guess everyone wants these things, but it’s more than an ideal for me.
I’ve come face to face with my fears around security and having the things I need to survive…that’s love and money/resources. Will I have enough? How can I get more? And what of myself must I sacrifice in order to insure that I have it? That’s the scariest part. The idea of giving up the self that I hold sacred and dear. The creative and curious me that lives life as a lesson, one big science experiment.Posted in astrology, just a thought | Tagged Saturn Return | Leave a comment
New Moons are one of my favorite events every month. They are a cyclical event that give us insight into the progression of time and the circumstances of lives. It gives us a particular energy to focus on and integrate into our mindset and our emotional current.
We’re coming off the heels of an emotional Full Moon in Cancer that gave us the chance to acknowledge and give voice to our deeper insecurities and to integrate the immediate emotional reality into the longer term goals we set at the beginning of the year.
Now we are dealing with a few different energies vying for our attention.
On the one hand, we feel ready to detach and get a birds eye view of things. Without the messy complication of emotions and feelings and all that icky human stuff. But we won’t be let off that easily.
We are still learning about how our past, significant women in our lives, our upbringing, and our family dynamics shape our worldview and what we believe to be true about ourselves. (Jupiter in Cancer) This ongoing emotional reflection seems out of place when we are trying our best to be objective and see things as they really are AND how we’d like them to be (Mercury in Aquarius). Yet, our attention is still pulled in that direction.
What complicates matters even more is that the practicality, ambition, and pragmatism called for in our relationships and social interactions (Venus in Capricorn) conflicts with the emotional indulgence many of us feel haunted by.
Venus has been retrograde since December 21, 2013. And since then she has brought back memoriesof love past or even lovers from the past. Not necessarily to rekindle an affair, but to give us some time to reflect on the purpose of certain relationships.
The matter we deal with at this moment is that of security and where does it come from, how do we get it. Do we get it from having a plan and setting out on a course to get it? Or do we get it by focusing on what we need at this moment and using our energy and focus to get it now?
Obviously, the answer is both. We have to find balance between the long-term implications of our relationships and the purpose they serve in our lives. We have to be realistic about the effort it takes to produce results and to have relationships that will stand the test of time.
We also need to be sensitive to the fact that we all have a past and heritage that informs our current needs. Nothing occurs in a vacuum, and if we can see the bigger emotional picture we can at the very least be aware of the dynamics at play. And at the most we can be conscious of the role we play and strive for balance on the inside. Maybe then we will experience balance on the outside.
One last piece. A strong underlying factor to all of this is that of power and control (Pluto in Capricorn) Where does the authority lie to make any of the decision that need to be made? Are we being both realistic and objective about all of the factors that need to be taken into consideration? No, and that is OK. Who is to say that the logical and practical is better than the inspired and the emotional? We can make great headway when we find the point of convergence where all perspectives meet.
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The Sun enters Aquarius today to stay until February 18, 2014. He joins Mercury providing much needed perspective on the situations that have been slogging us down since October. A little detachment and visionary energy to help us see where this thing is headed and how it fits into the scheme of our lives. The New Moon in Aquarius is on January 30, 2014. More to come on that soon!
Aquarius is an air sign known for it’s ability to detach from the mundane details of a situation and provide perspective. He can be a know it all and intellectually arrogant, but you will never fail to be inspired by his ability to be himself when everyone else is afraid of rejection or not being liked.
He is a renegade and a rebel and it’s his life’s task to learn to choose his battles. He is stubborn and his principles won’t allow him to relent or give in when there is pressure to conform. But he must know that often times the freedom to be himself comes at the cost of relationships. Isolation is a common experience of many Aquariuses.
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