On Upgrading Your Creative Output – North Node in Leo

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First Things First

The North Node symbolizes your way forward, upward, onward. It’s all about what you are capable of, ready for and so it’s often called a destiny marker in astrology (source). The North Node (NN) spends 18 months travelling through each sign and you can see its placement in your birth wheel for an understanding of the optimal energy channels that were at work during your grand entrance onto the stage of Life on Earth. This marker will continuously serve as your default homing beacon.

Yet there is no such thing as stasis in this universe and so, the ways to continually explore what it means to fully imagine and experiment with your destiny marker are found in the reflective symbology of the transiting – or moving – NN.

In physical terms, the NN represents a point in Space. ‘It signifies the point at which the moon crosses the plane of the ecliptic. When moving in a northerly direction it is called ascending moon’s node or north node. {Two weeks later the moon intersects the ecliptic plane going in a southerly direction and this point of intersection is called the moon’s south node. The series of moon’s nodes move in a clockwise (i.e. retrograde) direction around the zodiac and take 18 years, 7 months and 9 days to make one complete revolution. Eclipses occur when either the new or full moon occurs close to the nodal axis.} (source)

The Moon and Me

So it’s the orbit of the moon around the earth in relation to the sun that continually offers a reflection of optimal energy channels at work in any given space. Symbolically, we can say that the emotional tugs that we feel are inextricably linked with that which occupies our thoughts and propels our voice and actions. Those people and goals that we value most for our inner peace get the lion’s share of our finite energy. Logic 101, right? Right.

Hopefully, this is usually a clear and present phenomenon but for many of us in these sensory-bombarded times, the link slips below our radar as we follow one beguiling piper’s tune after another. Result: burn out, guilt-based depression, creator’s block, dead end – or an entirely new cosm of people and things that we know we do not resonate with.  We might suddenly have the thought pop into our head, Why am i spending my time here? How did I end up dealing with this? Awareness, like a sun beam, pierces through our grappling and grumbling and we gnosis we have navigated off orbit. At this point, you can get mad if you like, but what you really out to do is give thanks for your internal homing beacon: it finally managed to break through all the noise and get your attention. Better to channel all that anger/angst into employing some characteristics of the NN in its current location because this is key to releasing the false tugs in our environment and guiding us back on course…

The NN left Virgo and entered Leo on May 10, 2017. It will reach the half way mark of Leo in mid-January 2018. On November 7th, 2018, the NN will enter Cancer.

Throughout the NN’s transit of Virgo (see the tag cloud), we continually stressed the importance of mental and creative flexibility in order to see new versions of reality, of getting practical about our time and resources, of sorting wheat from chaff in our feelings-thoughts-voice/action circuit. It was a time to widen our perspective on the bounty in our locale and social sphere and validate the locale and society of Others, also striving with this same primal circuitry. As we move through the opportunities for growth that Leo offers, we want to diligently tend the vital insights and applications gained from its transit through Virgo. These are layers meant to empower us on our way…

The North Node in Leo

Optimal energy channel = Fixed Fire = I Create/Make Real a Desire of my Heart; the seriously approached play-work in service to our chosen audience. Affirming results are crucial.

Leo is ruled by the Sun, THE energy source for our universe – likewise, there is a fireball in the heart of all of us! Some of us are more in touch with our emotional heat than others but as long as your heart is beating, you can travel inwards and upwards towards this Source.

Key features of this cycle will reflect a synchronistic pattern of exploration and increased awareness of (and regard for) your unique pleasure quotient: you can expect to be in situations where this can organically occur, if you are willing.

Willingness is crucial when talking about the NN, in general, and even more so for one who would channel solar fire. Like the other fixed signs (Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius), Leo must fight the urge to fixate out of mindless habit. We can become so absorbed in the method we have found to work best for so long that we fail to note that the environment or the object of our affection has been subtly morphing. Lots of teenagers would love it if their parents noticed this fact. 😉

Other caveats apply: Solar fire is all-consuming; designate and protect space for getting away on a regular basis. Solar fire is radioactive; be conscious of others and apply the Golden Rule. Solar heat can dry up the rivers that connect you to the springs of your Source; honor your significant relationships with a cheerful heart and don’t begrudge them of Time.

Your birth or sun sign is also a significant theme-space for describing what you know about your creative juices. The list below is a simplified offering that will apply to your sun sign and will directly influence a NN placement in the sign. How might you combine the natal and the current node placement with your sun sign descriptors? *


Aries: I Am keenly in touch with my goal and I don’t give up. What I want directly motivates my movements and interactions. If I want you or something you have, you will know it.

Taurus: I want security, comfort and peace. I will work tirelessly towards gaining enough and I want to enjoy the pleasures this effort brings to me. I want stability and the company of like-minded others.

Gemini: I want intellectual variety and to know a little bit about everything. I want to be busy and share my creativity. I really want to know what you are up to.

Cancer: I want My Space and my Family, whether by blood or choice. I want to create sanctuary for my procreation and a firm system of protection for us to remain secure through past, present and future.

Leo: I want to pro-create with my beloved (fill in the blank)! While the object of my joy may change from time to time, while I am with my beloved (___), there is no one and nothing else. I am outside of space-time; I am consumed with desire to be all or to provide all that is necessary for fulfillment. I want a playmate and/or a playground for my magical genius.

Virgo: I want systems of checks and balances in alignment with the natural order in my space. I want to serve nourishment to your mind, body and spirit.

Libra: I want you and your input. I want balance. I am passionate about beauty, truth and equality.

Scorpio: I want to know what you want. I want to know what you’ve got. I want to transform us into something greater than the sum of you and me.

Sagittarius: I want to know what’s on the other side. I want freedom of mind, body and spirit. I fearlessly enjoy the foreignness of other minds, bodies and spirits.

Capricorn: I want to see the view from The Top of my chosen passion. I want to exhilarate in a profitable system with real-world, tangible results. I want to preserve the traditional ways that my culture understands.

Aquarius: I want to explore beyond what I can touch and feel, beyond gravitational pull, beyond the old ways. I want to lay tracks that reach through the skies of not-possible and lead to whole new docking ports for humanity.

Pisces: I want what All of us want. I want to reflect that which your input dictates. My passion is to show you this, for better or for worse. I want our healing and I don’t mind waiting.


For more on the North Node, check the tag cloud and this post: Goals, Resolutions and Grace 

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Permission Granted

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While not every degree of transiting Venus through house Gemini will offer the safest or best vibe, it’s a fact that little trumps it for the social beings that we humans are. Venus is all about relational balance and an appreciation of that balance: always on the lookout for quality exchange, a nice fit, the right tone, the experience of conversation, the role play…

And speaking of role play, here we have youthful, inquisitive, quick-thinking and quick-tongued Gemini first up to host the summertime story – do expect the tempo to double in a week’s time. Ah, those Twins: a bit on the hyper side, Gemini is aware that there are so many of us to meet, each with our unique story and style. Put these two archetypes together – Venus funnelling through Mercury’s social context domain – and you have the perfect recipe for summer entertainment: PLAY 🙂

Decompress with Play

We can expect that those that are usually the life of the party will be less irritating to those who prefer a quieter atmosphere and those who seem life-less will be easier to cajole into some fun. People will appreciate others more or at the very least will be better able to attempt empathy and move on with diplomatic speed. And every one needs appreciation and empathy. Find it in yourself for others in these days. Its free and particularly accessible all around you; just tap in. Start practicing now and as Νeptune squares, you’ll finesse that energy, too, simply by default. Start practicing the mantra, ‘We are all One’, when you find yourself hanging around waiting somewhere…

Yes, that is the rosey side of the narrative but it’s as much truth as another perspective is. I could choose to focus on how badly warped my poor Venus channel is in some of my relationships OR I can create space for being with those that will enrich the transit and count on that rubbing off….sort of like gaining points or extra tools in my kit as I then move through my life’s mythic plot line with the less easy personalities. Think that sounds crazy? 😀

Well, Dr. Stuart Brown, founder and president of the National Institute for Play, would agree with me, I think. He says, ‘Its pretty important to get play right or you won’t get your myth right…I began to link the importance of a believed mythology…a way of describing a deep belief…A loss of that is a loss of something very very significant to being human…I started musing about how if your play is not healthy and not intricate, your myth won’t be. You will be enacting your mythic life in a way that’s probably got some pathologies. So its pretty important to get play right because play is more basic and more necessary to our developement than myth.

“If you think about what play produces…like empathy and trust…if you watch (a kid) dealing with fantasy and the internalisation of his narratives… what play does for kids is to internalise these narratives that are their own private story-telling to make the world make sense, which is a fragmentary myth. Its a belief system that the kid operates under…(Without healthy freedom to play) their internal narratives are not going to be very balanced and they are not going to have a means of being able to make sense of their world.”

He goes on to say that it continues to be important through all of life. And if you have lost your playfulness, you can begin to get it back anytime. You can do this alone and/or in a group. I know many who feel they never had time to play as a child. You can reclaim that loss. It is not complicated: do things that you remember you have enjoyed or that you imagine you would enjoy.

About five or so years ago, I got on a bicycle for the first time in more than 35 years. It was such a high! I couldn’t stop grinning; I struggled to adjust my breathing to the wind gushing in my face (yes, I am still a speed demon on a bike); it was scarey and exhilirating – and I didnt crash – Wahoo! I gain a lot from that kind of play, probably huge amounts I am not even conscious of.

Those less mobile can experience play through reading, theatre, movies.* Its about exercising your imagination. Maybe you are one of many who spend a huge amount of time commuting. Pop in some audio-stories by your favourite authors, dust off some music cds and karioke out – then go get yourself a new album and learn that one, too. As Elsa say, ”It’s not that we don’t have darker things looming. We most definitely do. But fun is as important as anything else in your life, isn’t it?”

The concept may be countercultural these days but so what? You already know that you have to set your own trends, create your own narrative. You can see other successful people that have done exactly that. Give Self Permission: It really should be as important as anything else in your life.

*Speaking of experiencing play through reading, check out the fantasy fiction at The Story of the Four wordpress site. This is rich content crafted into fantastic places and times – you can travel from your magic lounger in the shade.

Water and Life

Element Water

Water is the archetype descriptive for specific manifestations of energy;  it is characterized by qualities that differentiate it from other energy forces. There is an innate tendency in humans to anthropomorphise energy and as is always the case, we can look to reality in our physical world for an understanding of how it is universally grasped and clarified by the mind. Physical water can be hot, warm, tepid, cool, icy. It can steam upwards, migrate downwards through other substances and it can freeze solid.  It can respond to its environment, whatever that may be, with some state of being that works for co-existence – while never giving up its central purposefulness: water molecules move as a unit or group within a cycle.

The key word there is ‘move’ but as the states of water demonstrate, speed is not essential. Determination is. The layered density of polar ice and the thrusting of earth before it seen in our times as great canyons, miles deep and long, are proof this most powerful and regenerative force on earth. It is patient.When water is subjected to external forces, such as heat from plate tectonics or the collision of diverse winds, however, one can witness that movement accelerate exponentially.

Add to all of this the fact that it always moves to the lowest gravitational point and appears to rest there. Sure, some of the molecules are evaporating, some are seeping through the ground, there is the tug of the moon and the accommodation of forms moving through it. But essentially, I think humans think of water most often in terms of its resting form – I am tempted to say, its ultimate form; almost everyone finds the seaside or lakeside a restful and peaceful experience.  HP6055

The Resting Form

We know that playful falls and fountains, burbling creeks and torrential rivers are ‘working’ to get to that place and we enjoy and/or respect this force. I think there is some intrinsic and subconscious shift in our thoughts when we think about water at this stage. Once that moving water arrives at the resting point, that which moves, which appears more clearly to be life-full, becomes those beings within and beside the water. That would include Us. We know that water is essential to life. We live in places, well, most of us do, where water moves with controlled dynamism, where we can safely witness its unrelenting energy directed to large resting places. We know we need to remain in proximity and we intuit that we have a parallel experience. At different points in our individual and collective lives, we will take on the same characteristics as water in response to our reality. We will ‘work’ in varying states of force to fulfill an inner drive to arrive.

Hence, every civilization with any artistic development has necessarily recorded the characteristics of element water in relation to survival and prosperity. We have also witnessed consistent matching characteristics in individuals and groups and categorized them accordingly. Poems, lyrics and sayings are full of water connotations. You’re as cold as ice. Still waters run deep. Laughter like a waterfall.  A kiss as gentle as morning dew. Love like a tidal wave. Gripped by an icey fear.  And the common theme here is emotion. After all, water is basic to feeling Safe, able to survive, to grow and that’s really it in a nutshell: I need to feel Safe – to try new things, tap potential, screw up, dream big, hope and even, at times, to restrict.

Navigating the currents

There’s currently a good bit of traffic on the highway/spectrum of archetype Water and some of us may be feeling underwhelmed or overflowing. In other words, we may have our metaphoric plate tectonics, clashing temps or perhaps we are our community’s very own Niagara Falls.

Thoughts, communications, and plans are fuelled by primal and intuitive Feelings and we can, again, mimic an archetype – this time, Earth – to give ourselves structure and boundaries to process them. As always, it is good to remember that they are neither positive nor negative in and of themselves – how they are acted upon for the individual is down to one’s unique journey. But there is something you can do to check your direction and thus your progress: examine your motivations.

In a quiet moment, select one of your current ‘projects’ or ‘works’, some plan you are acting upon. Break it down into segments, either on paper, out loud or within: articulate it clearly to yourself (give it a title, so to speak); think about the outcome you want. And then, as though presenting your case to a judge, explain clearly and with as much detail as you think necessary to sway the judge WHY the plan is ‘good’, why the desired outcome is ‘right’. Hopefully, your inner judge will pipe up with some comments:

  1. Who are the others necessary to the fulfillment of this plan? Are they in agreement with you on the key factors, even if perhaps they will take away a different kind of plus? Have you been honest with each of them to the degree that you should be? Have you kept some details back from them? Sometimes, that’s just fine. Is that the case now?
  2. Who will be affected by it? Are you within your rightful bounds? If others will have to make adjustments, is their response going to require sacrifice and if so, is that a case of high time or could you reasonably be expected to make some alterations?
  3. Are you skipping any steps along the way in the implementation of this plan? Will that really be ok? Often life just has to be fudged along here and there. Is the skipped step genuinely one of those times?
  4. Have you considered the Unforeseeable? Should a person or a condition be removed suddenly from your environment, will you be capable of filling that void? How much flexibility and fluidity have you factored in? (for more on this, see here and here.)

These are just a few primers to help you get to the crucial, the most important question of all:

What is your motivation, the base desire at the root of successful realization of your plan?

Construct a Trustworthy Portal

We spend so little time in contemplation of our Self from different angles. We feel such a familiarity with the interiors of our minds and rarely study the corners and cubbies therein. In fact, there are probably rooms – dare we say wings? – of your mental dwelling that haven’t seen you for decades. After all, it feels just like ‘been there, done that’, doesn’t it?  But just as you can’t step into the same river twice, your advancing Self can periodically gaze on the ‘familiar’ You and see things more clearly. So with kindness and no fear, take yourself through these questions and any others that pop up along the way. Pour out all the detail and then go back and pare it all down.

Flow like a torrent. And then review: take each paragraph or rambling segment and distill it into one sentence that encapsulates the essential points. What you have at this point is a trustworthy portal towards emotional clarity. How you proceed is down to you.

Water Symbology

I was presuming that I could make life easy and paste some symbology here for you to enjoy but, alas, I am unschooled in how to translate them here, if that is even possible. Still, this is such good stuff that I have pasted what I can for you to follow up on if you wish.

Humankind shares this symbol as the most common ideogram for water in general and for streaming or flowing water in particular. In the earliest Chinese ideography river or stream is represented thus.

One finds this water symbol on discos from Crete from around 2000 B.C., and in a variation as an old symbol for potential power in Tibet. It also appears among rock carvings in Utah.  A basic element in Western ideography, the clockwise spiral (starting from the middle) is strongly associated with water, power, independent movement, and migrations of tribes.

In the earliest Chinese ideography this symbol was used with the probable meaning return or homecoming. The Hopi Indians seem to have given it the same meaning. In the system of hobo signs in Britain this symbol means this is a good house for work, i.e. a place that is worth returning to when one needs food and money.

This sign is found painted on the walls of houses in Tibet and appears to mean home, the place one returns to.

And so, of course…

In astrology, element Water is channeled through the spectrum of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, respectively My Home or Inner Sanctum; the Great Relational Deep and (often) Hidden; and the All One Ocean. For the next few months, expect your personal wheel to be pinging away as various happenings in your experience will bring these concepts and your interpretation of them up for consideration or review. These are obviously issues that are near and dear to the human heart, whether you classify yourself as a social butterfly, bigwig boss, wall flower or hermit… Or as a wannabe of any of these.

As the sun enters the Cancerian spectrum, lets practice what we see Water doing…lets be fluid in our thinking and feeling. Now is not the time for seeping or freezing solid. No matter where you are on your journey, it’s time for a big Self-hug and patient forward movement.

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