With a dramatic U.S. presidential campaign behind us, feels like a new era can now begin, and it will. In astrology, eras are defined by slow-moving far away planets, like Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These planets are now arranging themselves in a 90° triangle, the Saturn-Uranus hypotenuse will be crowned by Pluto. The lesson to take with us is we are all connected, we are one, we can work together.
Astrological eras are connected by the shift of the Nodes of the Moon, because where the Nodes are, so are eclipses, and with eclipses, history changes. Currently the North Node is in Aquarius, which can be described as a “We the People” consciousness. We, many of us on Earth, not just in the U.S., watched the U.S. election. There was severe division and strong opinions, but we were all doing the same thing, being politically aware. The election was magnetic. Nodes can be described as magnetic, like a fate which pulls us there like a magnet. Find the North Node in your chart. Notice what sign it is in and in which house it is to get some insight on what may be magnetic in your life. And if you are an Aquarius, you may attest, a lot has been happening in your life in the last few years, and it has not been easy to explain.
To further accent Aquarius, its rulers, Saturn and Uranus are in an opposition to each other. I think for Aquarians this is like having your parents fight or like feeling torn in yourself. For us as a collective its like generation gaps being more noticeable than usual, and the contrast of Conservative versus Liberal playing out in families and groups where this didn’t used to be an issue. The first of the five exact oppositions happened on the U.S. election day. There will be four more passes of the opposition until Summer, July 26, 2010.
This summer, on July 27, 2009, the magnetizing North Node will change signs and enter Capricorn. Whereas the planets move forward through the zodiac, the Nodes move backward. This means that the North Node will enter Capricorn at 29°. Pluto will be waiting on the front step at 1°. They will conjunct in two years at 4° Capricorn on November 27, 2010. As well that year, there will also be a partial lunar eclipse at 4° Capricorn on June 26.
A Lunar Eclipse is a Sun – Moon opposition. This opposition will form a grand square with the last Saturn – Uranus opposition. An image I get for this is like when you wring out a wet towel, and you twist each side in opposite directions, to exert the most pressure on the fabric, to use the fabric’s own resources from it’s our structure, to squeeze itself out. Picture this with cash flow, with how large companies and bureaucracies are organized, and with how we use each others resources. And picture this with how fathers and mothers use their power in families. This is why the image to hold in our minds is we are all one.
The North Node will stay in Capricorn for a about a year and a half until February 2011. Having North Node and Pluto in Capricorn at the same time will bring us to our knees around leading and guarding wealth selfishly. With steadfast determination we will be magnetically drawn toward our own inner leadership, self management and sense of faith. We will strive to be our own wise parents. To give you an idea of the North Node in Capricorn and an expression of that, the Dalai Lama, who preaches Love, Compassion and Kindness was born during an opposition while Pluto was in Cancer, and the North Node was in Capricorn. I close this post with a quote from the Dalai Lama on universal responsibility:
“The need for simple human-to-human relationships is becoming increasingly urgent . . . Today the world is smaller and more interdependent. One nation’s problems can no longer be solved by itself completely. Thus, without a sense of universal responsibility, our very survival becomes threatened. Basically, universal responsibility is feeling for other people’s suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our enemy is entirely motivated by the quest for happiness. We must recognize that all beings want the same thing that we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration.”