Grand Fire Trine – Building Castles In The Sky

We have a Grand Trine in Fire signs between Saturn, Uranus and the North Node which started forming mid-May and will last until mid-June. In the middle of the transit, the Grand Trine will turn into a “Castle” a highly beneficial configuration that will enable us to actualize our life mission, turn our vision into reality and make our wildest dream come true.

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Every time the Nodes are involved, we have the choice to stay where we are, adding an extra layer of security to the comfort of our South Node, or move into the unknown, pushing of our instincts to the pull of our purpose (North Node).

3th of June will be the highlight of this very special energy, due to some very special transits:

  • Venus conjoins Uranus, adding an “extra sparkle” to the Grand Trine.
  • Mars, in the last degree of Gemini, applies a sextile to the North Node and to Venus and Uranus
  • The South Node is in sextile with Saturn and Venus/Uranus

On 3rd of June 2017 the Grand Trine will become a Double-Kite, also called a “Castle” which is an extremely rare and progressive astrological configuration.

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I like the symbolism attached to the Kite, which is a bird flying between Heaven and Earth bearing the sign of the Cross. The role of the Kite is to stimulate the expression of the Grand Trine, of the infinite potential of the Universe through our consciousness. The Grand trine energy is expressed through the Kite.

In our case we have two possible “outlets” for the Grand Fire Trine energy (North Node/ Uranus/ Saturn): one is though Mars and the other though the South Node. We have to choice to either “act” upon our mission in this lifetime, and literally start building castles in the sky, or to go back to our comfortable routine and do nothing (South Node) about the opportunity we’ve been presented.

And because we have 2 kites the configuration becomes a “Castle”. The Castle is a highly stable structure, resting on the base of the trine / triangle. The planets we have at the base are Saturn and the North Node. The foundations on which we are building our castle are solid (Saturn) and aligned with our soul’s Purpose (North Node).

The Universe is giving us everything we need to turn our dreams into reality.

Who said you can’t build castles in the sky? The highest point of the Castle is the Uranus  / Venus conjunction signifying the edelweiss on top of the mountain, the stunning beauty of the higher realms of the sky, the promise of heaven.

Leave behind your comfort zone and chose action instead, you now have the chance to build upon a foundation that will stand for an eternity.  

If you have planets or angles around 27° in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, you are especially favored by this transit.

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North Node Moves Into Leo – Embrace Your Heart’s Longing

The North Node moves into Leo and the South Node moves into Aquarius on May 9th /May 10th, depending where your live. No more “do your duty” or “suffer the consequences” polarity of Virgo/ Pisces. We are about to explore a new theme until December of 2018 – the theme of creative self-expression against the group-think.

We have 18 months to  release ourselves from the control our mind (South Node in Aquarius) and learn instead how to live from the heart (North Node in Leo).

Many people know that the Lunar Nodes have “something to do” with the eclipses. The Nodes are abstract points reflecting where the moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic. Eclipses happen only near the Lunar Nodes, when the Moon moves directly and precisely in front of the Sun. The Nodes blend the subtle energies of the Moon and the Sun, of the feminine and the masculine, of the Yin and the Yang that make life as we know it.

That’s why the Nodes are always somehow linked to our destiny. Transits to the North Node tend to show in the most important moments of our life: when we move from one phase of our life to the next, at the birth of a child, when a family member passes away, when we meet a soul mate. The Nodes represent our “spiritual compass”, the “essence” of our purpose in life.

The Nodes come in pairs of opposite zodiacal signs –  the North Node represents the unfolding destiny, and the South Node, the karmic past. The North Node is literally our “North star” and represents fresh new learning and the qualities we need to embrace to move forward, while the South Node is the repetitive patterns and old lessons. The past (South Node) is the foundation of the future (North Node), the “old” on which we build “the new”.

Our heart’s longing

Leo is ruled by the Sun, the life-giving, generous and radiant star that gives us light, warmth and energy. The Sun is the “engine” of our solar system, without it we won’t exist. Leo rules our heart. The heart is the “Sun” of our body, the little engine in our chest that pumps life. The beating heart is the promise of life. Our heart is the core of who we are, our center of gravity, the place where we feel fully alive.

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When we live from our center, everything is the way it should be. As children (Leo also rules children) we knew how to get in touch with the innocence of our existence, but as we grew up we learned to follow rules, listen to our parents and be what the society is expecting us to be.

But we have never really forgotten that place of joy, radiance and innocence. The deepest longing in life is the longing to be one with the center, to get connected with that place of love and truth. This evolutionary calling is usually experienced when the North Node touches a point in our chart. When you have a North Node transit, the Universe is asking you to get out of the cage – even if it is challenging and painful. This longing is the homesickness of the heart, the yearning to return back to your divine nature.

This spiritual crisis comes in different ways. Sometimes, it comes with a clear and strong yearning and desire to express more and to be more – to give your uniquely creative gifts to something bigger than yourself.

Other times, it comes with hopelessness and frustration because you’re unsure about who you are and how you fit into the world.

And other times – and this one is the most daunting –  it comes with a vague dissatisfaction. You may tell yourself “I have everything, I have a great job, I have money, I have a relationship, but still there is something missing from my life”.

During the transit of the North Node in Leo, you will be thought how to embrace the longing of your heart and how to activate your evolutionary purpose from that place of truth.

You are now given the chance to identify the part you are meant to play (North Node in Leo) in the larger context of reality (South Node in Aquarius) so that your gifts and talents can be actualized to their fullest potential.

“Evolution is calling you to participate in creating a world equal to your potential”

The only way to come “home” is to (re)discovering the true nature of yourself. For this, you need to detach yourself from the global (TV, imposed cultural models, internet, social media) and focus on our own creative genius.

Your unique talents, your individual aspirations, our dreams ARE important. The North Node in Leo is an invitation to straighten your crown and stop worrying about what other people think.

Follow your heart’s longing with courage even if this goes against the approval of your friends, community or society.

The South Node in Aquarius is the release point. In the process of embracing your heart’s longing, you may find you need to let go of some friendships. Remember, real friends want the best for you, want you to express yourself, to be you. Resist the temptation to go back to the old ways if some “friends” find your new ways unacceptable. Let them go if they threaten to leave. See who stays. These are your real friends.

Of course, I am not encouraging you to be selfish, but is nothing selfish in allowing the real you to emerge. Be the sculptor of your life and allow the everlasting Universe express itself though you in your unique way.

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” – Michelangelo

The world Needs you – and it is your duty to let yourself shine – this is ultimately the message of the North Node in Leo.

What does it mean for you

We will be all affected by the Nodal sift. Last time we had the Nodes in Leo/Aquarius was from September 1998 to April 2000. Go back to 1999, 1980, 1962, years when we had the Nodes in Leo/Aquarius to get a feeling about what to expect in the next 1 year and a half.

Also, if you have your Nodes on the Leo/Aquarius axis, you will be especially in focus because you will experience your Nodal Return. The nodes return to the same zodiacal signs once every 18,5 years. Therefore, if you are 19 years of age, 37, 56, 75 and so on you  will experience a “karmic reset” to balance your inner polarity and bring you “back on track” in case you’ve lost your compass.

Look in which houses you have Leo and Aquarius in your chart for more details. For example, if you have the North Node in Leo in the 1st house and the South Node in Aquarius in the 7th house, you need to let the others hear you roar, and no longer depend on group approval.

If you have the North Node in Leo in the 2nd house and the South Node in Aquarius in the 8th house, during this transit you need to start treating yourself like a queen or king, become more generous with money, and pay more attention to your own value system as opposed to other people’s value systems. And so on…

Also, if you have personal planets in Leo/Aquarius the Nodes will bring into awareness that area of your life symbolized by the respective planet or angle.

Sun conjunct South Node in Pisces – Time to Say Goodbye

On 21st of February Sun will conjunct for the last time the South Node of the Moon in Pisces. Next time we have a Sun / South Node conjunction in Pisces is in 2035.

Sun’s transit over the South Node will expose us to our default patterns of “Piscean” behaviors and themes: spirituality, imagination, compassion, sacrifice.

Love is the greatest example of what Piscean energy stands for: something that cannot be constrained to form or expression,  fluid and spaceless. Always connected, always in communion.

The South Node in Pisces wants to immerse in spiritual oneness, and is doing that by “escaping”  from the practical world through spirituality and art (when the South Node is maturely expressed) or through addiction or withdrawal from involvement with others.

Sun conjunct South Node in Pisces is about living in a far-away past, before our soul chose to materialize into this body, is about living in a fairytale where we can shape-shift into anything we want and travel in and out different dimensions. But deep inside we know this place is not real. Regret and nostalgia often accompany South Node’s transit. We crave for the Paradise Lost, for that space of complete comfort and bliss, for that mystical consciousness, for our mother’s womb.

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James R. Eads

 

The South Node shows our skills, our mastery, what we have “inherited” from our previous lives, but also shows our default patterns, everything we do because it just comes natural to us, because we don’t know another way of doing it.

And this “default mode” comes with a difficult question. Why do we cling to things? We cling to what we love, we cling to what we know, we cling to our habits, good or bad, we even cling to what makes us suffer, over and over again. We settle in life, making justifications and  excuses as to why. In being confined to this way of living, are we aware that we are prisoners of the past?

Transits to the South Node expose and bring to our awareness what we need to “cut off”, what we need to release from our psyche, or bring to the next level. Which part of your Psyche is “exposed” by the South Node transit to the Sun? Can you outgrow the “old you”?

You need to make a decision, now or never: do you want to accept that part of you and carry it forward? Or you want to drop it and let it go away? Whatever you chose, take responsibility for your choice.

Every transit to the South Node activates as well the North Node, our Soul’s Purpose, which now is in Virgo. Sun’s opposition to the North Node is an invitation to “escape” that comfortable Piscean numbness, and embrace the practical Virgo energy instead. Escapism, day dreaming, living in the past, taking drugs,  drinking alcohol…all these can help us deal with life when times get tough, however it is through active involvement with others, through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, the only we to deal with the world in a healthy way.

It is not enough to “feel sorry” for ourselves and for others, we need to be able to be there, we need to participate, give service, contribute, take responsibility  – because this is what will ultimately make a difference. Living up to the North Node requires a real break with South Node Piscean romanticism.

I am not in any suggesting that is something wrong with the Piscean energy. We have a lot to learn from Pisces, the oldest soul of the zodiac.

But not now – in 8 years time when the North Node will transit Pisces, we will be prepared to integrate Pisces’ higher spiritual lessons. Right now, we need to deal with Piscean “karmic debrief”.

We need to learn how to get real.

Neptune Conjunct South Node – The Art Of Letting Go

Neptune and the South Node of the Moon are now exactly conjunct at 9° Pisces.

The Neptune South Node conjunction, which takes place just before Neptune turns direct, is a warning about the danger of falling back into the old ways, and in the same time an invitation to finally drop what is not working anymore. Let it go.

Everything that has been hidden and repressed is now coming up to the surface, to be acknowledged and healed, before we can finally let go and can move on.

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Easier said than done. The South Node is our Karma, our point of comfort. We have the natural tendency to be reactive and allow previous patterns of experience to repeat themselves:  we choose the same type of partner each time, despite a track record on relationships ending for the same reasons, we keep on delaying giving up a bad habit, thinking that one final indulgence will be the last.

The temptation to stay there, victimize and think “hey, but that’s me, and I’m doing this because of that” is very strong. But don’t give up! The answer is always in the North Node – and the North Node is in Virgo, inviting us to get our act together, set tangible objectives, and make plans to reach them. We need to finally take responsibility for maintaining healthy routines in our everyday life.

For this, we need to leave the past where it belongs – in the past, with all its routines and comforts.  We need to LET GO. Mercury and Saturn are in square to Neptune / the Nodes, helping us in the process of releasing the old patterns.

What do you need to let go of? What thoughts, habits and attachments keep you stuck and create unnecessary stress in your life?

Here are three exercises you can try to support you in the process:

The “Neptune” exercise

Take a pen and two pieces of paper.

Can you think of a metaphor for your past? Draw on the first sheet of paper the image that comes to your mind. After you finish, close your eyes and visualize your future. Can you think of a metaphor for your life tomorrow? Now open your eyes and draw it on the second sheet of paper.

Your past is the South Node, and your future is the North Node – look at the two drawings to get any clues. What can you start doing tomorrow, to bring you closer to your North Node?

The “Mercury / Saturn” exercise

Write down three things that you are holding on to that are no longer serving you.

  1. I am holding on to_________________________________________
  2. I am holding on to_________________________________________
  3. I am holding on to_________________________________________

Pick one of these three things, and make a plan to let it go.

The “Nodes” exercise

Take a mirror – hold it into your dominant hand. Look into the mirror. Hold your gaze for at least 2 minutes. What do you see? How do you feel? What thoughts, feelings, memories, come to you? Now move the mirror in your non-dominant hand and look again. What do you see? How do you feel now?

Saturn is Square the Nodes of the Moon

The past creates the future and the future is a reflection of the past.

The Nodes of the Moon represent the pathway of our soul’s evolutionary journey from the past (the South Node) to the future (the North Node).  The North Node is the direction our Soul longs to go towards in this life, our calling, and the South Node is the direction we need to move away from—the default patterns “inherited” from another life. Yet, you cannot cut the cords of the past. The past needs to be acknowledged. Our future self is just a step forward, another ring in a tree trunk.

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Saturn rules our conditioning or the way we were taught and brought up in the world, our “playground” – remember Saturn has rings? The ring marks the border between what is allowed and was is not. It reminds us of our boundaries, responsibilities and commitments. That’s why Saturn is associated with restrictions and limitations, but with this, it also brings structure and meaning to our life. Saturn has the power to manifest whatever we put our mind to, as long as feasibility criteria are satisfied. Saturn’s lessons actually help us to grow. Saturn cherishes maturity and experience.

Saturn square to the North Node and to the South Node plays an extremely important role in our evolution.

The Nodes call for a development of the Saturnian function, and a wise use of our natural talents and resources. Saturn wants to break down the ego structures that no longer serve us in order to “create” a better version of ourselves. But for this, we must develop strength, order and self-discipline.

Are you stuck in your life? You know if you are stuck in your South Node when everything is quite ok …but something is not quite right. There is something in your psyche that tries to convince you that where you are is good enough (South Node). But still, deep down, you know you are stagnating. You know that you are being called towards something else. That you were brought into this world for a purpose  (North Node). You don’t know what that is yet but you know you need to move towards it, even if the possibility of the unknown frightens you.

The effects of this transit have been present for a few weeks already and will continue for a new more weeks. We will all feel this transit, and those of us with planets and angles around 12° in Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) will feel it even more.

Questions to reflect upon during the Saturn square Nodes transit:

  • Do you live in the past, present or future?
  • Do you play small or do you take chances in your life?
  • Are you self-disciplined enough to make good progress towards your goals? Or you’re rather scattered and uncommitted?
  • In which areas of your life you need to overcome your insecurities? Do you explore the fullest potential that you are capable of being?
  • How do you get to your North Node? What has been left unresolved from past and needs to be addressed, now or never?
  • Can you appreciate your unique features and regard them as a beauty all your own? Can you say “I am good enough”?
  • Where is the clutter in your life? In your living room? In your relationships? Your career? Your health? How are you going to get rid of it?