The Traveler’s Essential Tool

…Evolution comes via the new which often means we must endure the unfamiliar. We have to try knowing we could well fail the first few times; we will not be graceful, cool, in control of the outcome. Our feelings could get hurt, we might look stupid; our imagination is certain there is a level of danger involved…


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The north node (NN) is a consistent beacon on your journey of growth. It travels your wheel of energy and can often be counted on to represent the area of your life that makes you squirm uncomfortably when you contemplate the need to make a change of some sort, be it with a relationship, mindset or material issue. The reason for this is simple: no one wants to give up the safe and the familiar…even the dear old ball and chain.

From day one of life, we adapt to a pattern and continue on to eventually become our own pattern maker (At least, that’s the plan). Our rising to start the day, the activities and responsibilities we carry out, the people we interact with, the goals we work towards, the morals and value system we develop dictate what we come to expect experientially. We make choices and decisions that favour the least disruption to routine, resemble most closely what we currently know as ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable’ and thus, we insure that we evolve at a somewhat controlled, incremental pace for the sake of keeping our proverbial boat as steady as possible. After all, slow and steady wins the race, right?

Right. Generally speaking. There could be all sorts of static and/or discomfort in some areas of your life that have nothing to do with you or your issues. We all know what it’s like to walk innocently into a situation and get blindsided by someone on a collision course with personal demons. But how can you know when this is the case and when it really is a message for you? And when you are repeatedly experiencing friction or a brick wall and your kneejerk reaction becomes just about identical every time but doesn’t solve the problem, can you step outside of yourself and get a refreshed perspective? Yes. Check out your NN.

The NN in astrological energy is all about your path of evolution; the essence of what you are to grasp and achieve in the life of your mind/ body/spirit. Philosophically speaking, one could say it’s your reason for being. Evolution comes via the new which often means we must endure the unfamiliar. We have to try knowing we could well fail the first few times; we will not be graceful, cool, in control of the outcome. Our feelings could get hurt, we might look stupid; our imagination feels certain there is a level of danger involved. The thing is, there is no other way forward.

Sidebar: Free Will says you don’t have to move forward. You can stay where you are – or move sideways. You can even eventually fall in love with your pins and needles, if you like. Or come, over time, to believe your will was overruled by someone or something else. These choices are all about atrophy – and that brick wall, on some level or another, is your self-fulfilling lot…

But, on the flip side (there is always a flip side), the new could be brilliant. You have an optional way of thinking and working that, like a gift, is presenting itself to you. It’s just that you don’t yet recognize it as yours. Think of it as your very own personal compass. The traveler’s essential tool.

Upside: If you will be open to your ‘true north’, as it’s also called, you will find that you get to move quite a few spaces forward on the board game of life. It’s like rolling double sixes.

Walk this Way

Walk this Way (Photo credit: haemengine)

With the NN transiting Scorpio, we can all apply the archeptype spectrum of Pluto to the subject as applies to our unique wheel. Pluto is dramatic and its spectrum of metaphors runs accordingly. It is known as the Destroyer and the Phoenix rising out of the ashes of the destroyed. It is the Gatekeeper of Secrets and the Relentless Seeker. It is the Predatory Yang and the Seducing Yin. The Healer and the Grim Reaper. Pluto is all about power-connections: in money, sex, valuables, information, access and the fruits of its manifestations are all about motive.

This archetype energy allows for no compassion in its divine mission to expose what a person is all about. The phrase, ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’, is a pure Scorpio saying. But then again, so is the saying, ‘Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back.’

At the moment, the NN has just 4’ to go in my 2nd house. The 2nd house is about possession, both tangible and intangible. It describes the Self’s relationship to its possessions or lack thereof, what those possessions fulfill for Self-identity and the level of importance they carry. The central message for my life journey at this time can be found neatly encapsulated here.

There are a myriad of issues in my public and private life that vie for attention, tapping on various parts of my pattern and getting the responding tweaks. For some time now, my pattern has been feeling more and more constricted. I could easily tell myself that it’s because others are acting a little oddly or out of character. A lot could be blamed on power hungry municipal employees. I could tell myself that it’s down to loss of momentum in the local economy and that the buzz in the air is about everyone having to have a smaller -but still merry – christmas.  I could rationally deflect and it wouldn’t be a big deal. In fact, it wouldn’t be inaccurate. Like everybody, I’ve got lots going on to distract me. But that wouldn’t be the full truth; symptoms are not the root. And it wouldn’t be the optimal perspective I have the opportunity to focus on now. My neatly encapsulated message is presenting the chance to evolve towards my future via my possessions and the meaning I attach to them. If I can come to healthy terms with my real-life, actual, physical, beloved baggage, many of the side issue preoccupations would become either easily dealt with or, in the end, inconsequential.

I can be supportive and helpful as others deal with their issues but I am responsible for

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The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest. Photo credit: Wikipedia

my own. And right now I have an Everest mentality, as pertains to my material possessions, to climb (Pluto says, ‘Hell with climbing. Knock it down flat!’ Uh, no thanks, not just yet…). Scorpio is ‘fixed emotion’, by the way, so that’s how I view what I possess. I have a huge amount of sentiment and history attached to most of my things…it’s not about money-value for me at all…I can defend my position well. Of course, Pluto doesn’t give a flying hoot. Energy is energy is energy. What happens to all that sentiment and history if you don’t have the physical reminders? Does it just vanish, stop being? Well…Somehow it seems to be less validated…and my memory likes prompts…and all of these things are so functional, too…its not fair.

Intellectually, I understand that there are Truths here; that the sooner I get them integrated, the sooner I can leap forward somehow (even that isn’t quite true: it’s clear how I would move ‘forward’) – and I am sure I will get them… Some transits are harder than others, aren’t they?

In what area of your life is the same old – same old response from you just not cutting it anymore? Where do you see that growth needs to occur but you just don’t want to go there?

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The Light, The Dark and the Line Between

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For millennia, Saturn’s placement in space has indicated the archetype energy concerned with structure. Structures that range from bones to buildings to institutions and organisations as well as hierarchy, responsibilities and rewards in relationships are all included in this yang/creative/male provenance. Learning to live according to the universal ideal of ‘sound structure’ is a key part of personal evolution. On October 5th, Saturn moved from the influence of Libran issues to the influence of Scorpion issues.

Some of us will have sensed the shift more than others but the overall energy will permeate parts of all of us over the course of these next few years. Throughout this phase, each of us will experience situations where the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and others will be either offered or insisted upon within this specific range of focus.  This will probably be uncomfortable at times but a determined attitude to want the very best for ourselves can be the guide that sees us through. After all, that’s the

Wishing Bridge

Wishing Bridge (Photo credit: binarydreams)

whole point: you are given a chance to harness, to utilize this energy in living your life. Each of us has a wheel of energy that is uniquely our own and, like a map, we can read this wheel for maximum benefit in creating our reality. Regardless of your sun sign, a facet of your life will be particularly affected.

Saturn is an action-oriented energy, concerned with building up and maintaining workable structure/s in our daily life. Likewise, any structures that are not healthy or beneficial will be fair game for demolition. Scorpio is a fixated energy concerned with getting to the heart of a matter – think Sherlock Holmes on a case. It also has no problem getting filthy dirty, both literally and metaphorically, in its quest. Combined, we have a sometimes difficult, sometimes exhilarating path. Together, these two energies work with strength and perseverance and the truly best approach is to roll with the flow, conscious of your wheel, as your life unfolds. I would personally encourage you to actually invite the process: the faster end result will place you on a more solid footing. For more on what to expect, see some highlights and links below from master astrologers.

The daily global news will also reflect this team at work. Check out these topics and see if you can also find the Saturn in Scorpio indicators in your daily reading.

*Legal empowerment for Saturn in Scorpio activities. President Obama yesterday issued Presidential Policy Directive 19 on “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information.”

* Pro Life, Pro Choice: are these terms themselves a part of the problem? Space is created for this entrenched confrontation to take a deeper look from a new and different approach to the structures of ethics, religion and holistic health for women.

*Secrets out in the spotlight in the world of sports – where to from here if it’s not going to stop?

*New finding to potentially edit and inform religious reflection. Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’”

I will update this list as I hear of more stories that reflect this range of focus. Please share your findings, too.

Updates October 29th:

“Music for me is like a spiritual journey down into the depths of my soul. And I like to think we’re all on a journey into our souls. What’s down there? That’s why I do what I do.”  Bobby McFerrin  (interview)

A Scorpio as truth-shielder song, currently enjoying popularity.

The Tax Policy Center, U.S., was formed a decade ago when Saturn was in Virgo, the sign of acute analysis. Two years ago, it began building a computerized system to analyse budget programs and in August, they released a report concerning the Romney budget plan – all when Saturn was in the sign of Libra, fairness and balance. This week, we learn that ‘The detailed paper proved kindling for a political firestorm.’ The Center’s director: Donald Marron, a former Bush administration economist: “That was unanticipated,” he added dryly.   (Hmmm. Really?!)

The following tasters come from some of the astrologers I read regularly. They are listed in no particular order. For more of a grasp on Saturn in Scorpio energy, check them out.

As always, you are welcome to contact me for personal insight or clarification. This is an excellent time to learn the area/s of your life that will be affected by this long term transit.

*(under the influence of Saturn, one) must understand the psyche, of himself and others, in order to recognize how true power works.  It is not being able to control a situation that matters; it is the ability to navigate the uncontrollable.  Kimberly Maxwell at

*We can’t just talk the talk any more, people are beginning to see through it and we are being tested to see if that outer maturity comes from the inside, or if it is just a veneer…We can’t fake it till we make it any more: it’s time to grow up on the inside. – The Chirotic Journal at

*Diamonds, rubies, emeralds – all require mining beneath the surface of the earth.  The same is true of our psyche and our soul, and Saturn will hold our feet to the fire to ensure that we do the work required in order to enjoy the fruits of our labor.  More than any other sign, Saturn does reward our hard work with material gifts.  Lynn Hayes at

*In Scorpio, Saturn becomes Self-reflective; we look at the reality that surrounds us and see ourselves in it–and that sends us on an emotional (Scorpio is a Water sign) journey, one that plumbs the very depths of the intimate ties between psyche and emotional perception. Julie Dembowsky at

Enchanting Saturn