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.

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

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Saturn square Neptune. Lets break it down.

First of all, a square is just what you might think; it refers to a 90’ angle being formed between two archetypes on the astrology wheel. It can be helpful to visualise, say, a two-way electrical cord bent into this shape and imagine how difficult – what a pile-up/traffic jam – it will be for all the electricity coursing through the cord to navigate around that angle. One end or the other will have to send the order out to give the right of way to the other. Speaking of traffic jams, this is another great analogy. Without a system understood (and accepted) by all drivers, there are going to be a lot of serious crashes at intersections. And by no means are all vehicles equal…Taking these examples to the dynamics of living, we see that squares force change.

  1. Sometimes this is a somewhat obvious course correction that we are willing to take or watch and appreciate another taking.
  2. Sometimes we can be truly blind to the cause of the squaring issues – though certainly aware of the effect.
  3. And sometimes, we feel certain of the cause and regardless of effect, we make a decision that we absolutely will not budge for love nor money. We let it be known on the other end of that power cord.

While you may call it by another name or phrase, you know it when you are ‘in a square’. Now lets look at the archetypes: Saturn & Neptune and their placements in Sagittarius and Pisces.

All energy is neutral until it is channeled/wielded/offered/manipulated/stifled/let loose/ect, and so on, by an individual or an entity. By entity, I mean a group, a tribe, a government, an institution, a nation, a coalition of entities under a particular banner. An entity is your family unit; its also your home owners association, your church, synagogue, mosque, temple.

Keywords for Saturn:

Concrete. Physical reality. Boundary/Red Line. Hierarchy. Tradition. Patriarchy. Authority. Earth Time. Karma. Ruler of Career, Reputation, Standing in the Community or Entity.

When an individual or entity feels challenged, Saturn is often channeled as rigid/passive-aggressive/dictatorial/wall-building and refortifying/backward focused. This is because when our physical reality feels threatened, we like to retreat to the fortress we are familiar with, regardless of whether it still provides what is needed. It is the System that has worked. And we don’t see another system that has stood the test of Time.

Sagittarius is the sign of the archer. This archetype is generally depicted standing on a high point looking out over terrain yet to be traveled. His view is spacious, he registers the general topography and gallops forth with enthusiasm. Mutable fire, he hungers for greater knowledge and experience in new realms.

Keywords for Neptune:

The god of the boundless sea. The All-One. Maker of the tsunami and the still waters. Spirit space. Source of Gnosis, fantasy. Space Time. Sacrificial lamb. Peace that passes understanding.

When an individual or entity feels challenged, Neptune is often channeled as isolation or an inability to bear empathy and imagining a future ‘lost at sea’. Mirroring our perceptions, we can metaphorically drown in our favourite form of escapism in an effort to console our victim-circumstance. Some of us are finding we can choose to use our imagination as a starting point for connection to Gnosis. Neptune rules the heroin addict but it also rules the practices of the Dalai Lama and the prayerful.

The archteype of Pisces is the unbound realm of mystery, that which is divine and that which we conjure – indeed, Neptune rules these mutable waters. Primal soup of Alpha and Omega.

So…wow. Two areas or themes in our life are ‘in square’ with ZERO apparent common ground for negotiation. In some matters, we have been floating along in our little boat with our vision, our story, our beliefs and bam, a steam ship looms in the thinning fog, closing in fast. We’re flailing around best we can but it looks like we’ll be going under. Or perhaps we have been making quantifiable strides in building an area of our life; we’ve been going from strength to strength and everyone can see the fruits of our labour and bam, one of the support beams starts to crack and you can daily measure it spreading while you run around trying to source a solid fix.

Phrases I am hearing: ‘I can’t absorb any more responsibility’. ‘All I want to do is sleep.’ ‘I don’t know how we can both be from the same family.’ ‘I cant concentrate.’ ‘I am not a racist but its not my fault.’ ‘For a while, I could see a way to keep training for my dream job while I pitched in with an ailing relative but now I just have tunnel vision.’ ‘The money I was counting on for Christmas must now go for a washing machine.’ ‘My parents say I am not a good Christian if I like that politician.’ ‘Where does all the time go?’ ‘I want to give my kids the best Christmas presents to make up for being away so much but there is no way I can afford it – what will they think of me?’ ‘The test results are back but the doctor says he cant fit me in til next year!’ ‘Invest some more or close up shop?’

 

Checking out our handy road map, we can start framing our thoughts around the following points:

This vise is going to tighten, let up a bit and tighten up again three times between this November and next September. That’s three chances to perfect a balance between Earth and Sea, tangible and intangible values. You are in the midst of the first chance: take detailed notes about how you and the other end of the power cord are positioned: pre-existing grudges, vague or timid language, and what would happen if you considered and, maybe, said out loud that you could compromise or that you have been wrong? What would your response be if the other side said that to you…are you ready?

Saturn is in Sagittarius. Yes, the analogy of E.U. governments slamming doors on emigrants could apply to your situation. But I feel strongly that in individual readings, we might also need to check our analysis with a basic premise of astro: Saturn must express according to Jupiter’s house rules. While Saturn feels harsh, its prime objective is physical security via tangible world systems. Saturn generally cuts off excess. Maybe we shouldn’t be too quick to pout. The area of your life that is run on Sag or Pisces energy could be excessive in ways that aren’t obvious – are you willing to zoom in and see? Good Times Jupiter needs that foundation in order to party-plan realistically. Sag also rules our philosophies and our understanding of Justice; maybe we need to rebuild or edit the mental structures that we use to judge these themes. Yes, Saturn is ‘cold’ but its travelling through fire. Yes, Saturn expects action but in Sag, that action will be manifest in all sorts of creative ways and if we find we must backtrack to begin again, we can decide to be glad for the chance.

Neptune is in Pisces – its very own castle –  which means there is access to passwords, security codes, way cool intuition, aha!moments every bit as much as death-by-chocolate cake. In this area of life, you can gnosis that what you feel and experience here is universal. From the dawn of humanity, others have felt desolation, pain, confusion; others have felt so high, transcendent, metamorphic. You are not alone. This may sound trite but let it sink in. You are not the First Victim. You are not the First to experience Rapture. No one can judge you or compare your experience as greater or lesser. You are being. Try to visualize the boundless power that courses through your unique self simply because You Are, with or without physical means.This is a warm reality check.

This square is fair notice that the Nodes have moved from cardinal to mutable mode. That means the flexibility inherent in the square belongs to both sides. Growth now comes infreedom copywrite1weaver direct proportion to how adaptable and responsive we can be – and yes, that will be far more difficult for some, but just considering a change in operation mode can be a start. Even a tyrant can get curious about how it might feel to have less friction in their interactions. This square between Saturn and Neptune will generally manifest as one side clearly having all the apparent power. Beware of falling for this mirage.

Ah, there is more I would like to say but, generally speaking, I hope this gives some bumper guard. I have been wanting to post for weeks but so much is going on (one example of the square, in fact: literally half of the house is a construction site as walls and floors are removed and we go ‘open-plan’ while the winter torrential rainy season hovers ominously. Oh, and have I mentioned that The Engineer recently inherited a pregnant goat?!), it is wiser to pour what I’ve got into quality client work. I worry specifically about clarity in my writing with this square and hope that you will let me know if something reads amiss.

What themes are squaring for you? Areas of your life that resonate with this post will be affected again in June and September of 2016. Take advantage of the big picture with a reading today. elemental.living(at)yahoo(dot)com

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