Joy, Bliss, Challenges, and Tribulations
The Moon’s Nodes’ surprising changes for your life this year
A good friend of mine just loved the beach. Anytime she wanted to lift her spirits, she got in her car and drove the hour and a half it took her to reach the coastline. The moment her feet hit the gas pedal, she would start to relax, thoughts of ocean breezes filling her head.
When her company downsized and she was forced into early retirement, she had a lot of financial decisions to make very quickly, but one of her first thoughts was to move permanently to a cheaper area than the one in which she currently resided. After consulting with friends and family, she sold her condominium, and moved to a residence that was, though less expensive than her previous one, located closer the ocean. To her, it was as if she were living in an exotic foreign country, and this in turn gave the changes in her life a more positive spin than they might otherwise have had.
Yes, it was a big change, being forced to leave her long-time job and relocating to quite a distance from her old friends and her family. Despite this, the new locale reinvigorated her, and she began to look on challenges as opportunities, relishing the chance to make a new start in a new area. My friend’s North Node, the indicator of her astrological good fortune, was in her natal 9th house, which governs our attitude toward travel and toward cultures foreign to our own. She instinctively felt that learning about a new culture, and living in a town and a neighborhood that were essentially foreign to her, would be a wonderful chance to kick-start her existence, and involve her in a brand new life adventure.
As my friend’s story illustrates, learning about the nodes will add new depth to your astrological understanding. There are actually two nodes, the North and the South. They are directly opposite each other, and are also opposite in what they indicate. The North Node is connected to your sense of joy and bliss, and the South Node represents your sense of the challenges that life can bring.
Many astrologers believe that the North Node has a relationship to Jupiter, the planet of blessings; and the South Node, a relationship to Saturn, the planet of duty, responsibility, and limitations. Astrologers who accept the idea of reincarnation believe that the North Node indicates the good karma that you have generated in past lives, and the South Node indicates the negative energy that you have incurred.
Except for some slight jiggling as they make their journey through the zodiac, the nodes move backward through the signs, and about every 18 months, they will change from one sign to the next. Once that happens, you are impacted in two areas of your life, and will begin to feel the effects of the new energy. In Sally’s case, when the North Node was transiting her 4th house, the sector of her home, family, and property, the South Node was traveling though her 10th house (career). She encountered challenges on the job, which in turn opened up the possibility of moving.
On February 18, 2014, the North Node will move from the beginning of Scorpio to the end of Libra, a sign in which it will stay until November 11, 2015. During this span of time, the North Node will accentuate the positive qualities of this Venus-ruled sign. Looking globally at its journey through Libra, diplomacy should become a major keyword used by the world’s governments. Politicians will be more inclined than usual to seek out ways of solving problems by talking about those issues, rather than revving up the war machine at a moment’s notice.
Fashion designers should be more inspired, and people will in turn be more inspired by their products, spending their dollars more than in recent years in an effort to look as good as possible. Being stylish will become a greater priority among tweens and teens, and even among those of us in our golden years.
There also could be a new emphasis on fixing the justice system, and on meting out punishment in a more humane way than in the past. Important issues relating to this may be discussed in the Supreme Court, and once decisions are made in those cases, headlines that have real impact on the nation’s citizens will be generated in the news media. More than ever, people will petition local courts for redress in causes that are dear to their hearts, and as a result attorneys may find that they have bulging caseloads.
The last time the North Node was in Libra was during the period of July 31, 1995 through January 24, 1997. It was during this period that use of the Internet began to become commonplace in households around the globe. Even though sites like Facebook were not even a gleam in anyone’s eye at that point, what we now call social media made its first appearance in the form of America Online’s “AOL Instant Messenger,” which allowed users to reach their friends in “real time” and chat via typing online. If we can consider this as the birth of social media, then we should expect a huge increase in the use of Facebook and similar sites, as well as growth by leaps and bounds in the underlying technology.
Now that we know the possible effects of the North Node in Libra, let’s take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum, the South Node in Aries. The South Node is the indicator of life lessons that we need to learn. After all, though we may encounter challenges in some areas of our lives, if we approach them properly we may be able to grow from those experiences.
Natives of the sign of Aries radiate enthusiasm, but can also be very impulsive. People born under this sign may also display very quick tempers. This means that a me-first attitude can be prevalent during the transit of the South Node in Aries. “I want what I want when I want it” is likely to be the mantra of those strongly affected by a South Node in Aries at birth, and similar statements may begin to creep into the conversation of everyone over the next year and a half as they are dealing with matters in particular areas of their lives.
Globally, people may may be more prone than usual to tend to their own needs first, before considering the requirements of others. This may in part be based on the suspicion that the resources the world uses, such as water, food, and even oil, are starting to dwindle. The urge to stockpile goods before they vanish could become commonplace. The South Node was last in Aries from December 30, 1976 until July 19, 1978, at which time the world's need for the oil generated in the Middle East was a hot topic. Gas lines became common, and tempers were often frayed as the practical effects of the politics of oil played out in cities and towns across America.
There is another side to this node story, however, relating to Iran, one of the Middle Eastern countries in the news during the late 1970s. A period of intense political infighting, coupled with a revolution, led to the founding of an Islamic republic on April 1, 1979. Tension was heightened between America and Iran and eventually the new Islamic government took American nationals working in the American Embassy hostage.
In 2013, Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, won the Oscar for Best Picture. Argo detailed the escape of a small group of these hostages during the crisis in Iran with help from the Canadian Embassy, and was a big hit on the silver screen. The relationship between America and Iran has been hostile since the hostage crisis occurred all those decades ago, but there is an interesting Node-in-Libra twist to the story.
Looking at the chart for Iran, using a noon time, the North Node in Libra will transit this country’s 4th house. With the North Node in the house dedicated to homeland security, people in Iran will be eager to make themselves feel safe, and may apply pressure to ensure their safety by forcing their government to become more cooperative with other countries.
The North Node will conjoin Pluto at 18 Libra in Iran’s chart near the end of November, 2014. At that time, a new revolutionary spirit could be in the air in this country, especially in the hearts and minds of young people. A new urge to have freedom could overwhelm Iran’s citizens, perhaps bringing about a loosening up of the religious rules and regulations currently in place.
Directly opposite the North Node, of course, the South Node will be transiting the 10th house, the area of a mundane chart that represents the government of the country in question. With the South Node in the 10th house, Iran’s leaders may discover that they have a hard row to hoe when it comes to the expectations of the country’s citizens.
A new President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, was voted into office on June 14, 2013. Mr. Rouhani is said to be a moderate, though some people would disagree strongly with that statement! Mr. Rouhani took office on August 3, 2013, when the Moon was in the home-loving sign of Cancer. Issues related to the well-being of the people who live in Iran will be prominently featured in the new administration.
Rouhani is said to have been born on November 12, 1948, in Sorkheh, Semnan, Iran. As an intense Scorpio, he is capable of being ruthless, and he should also have a very shrewd mind. If so, he could be aware that in order to compete on the world stage, Iran must become more amenable to the moderate factors in both his own country and in other parts of the globe.
Mr. Rouhani's Venus and Neptune are conjunct at 13 and 14 Libra, respectively. The North Node will conjoin this aspect during the early part of 2015, indicating that he may have won over the affection of his countrymen and women by that time. Time (and astrology) will tell.
Now read on to see how the North and South Nodes will affect you and your life during the next 20 months.
Aries: A relationship with a partner, in either your business or romantic realm, may prove to be extremely beneficial to you during the North Node’s transit of your solar 7th house (partnerships). This person will help you in every aspect of your life, and be of enormous moral support. As the South Node transits your 1st house (self), you may discover that your sense of entitlement rises considerably. Compromising with others may not be the first item on your agenda, especially if you are convinced that you are right, and they are wrong!. It’s possible that you will discover that you need to tone down your aggressiveness in order to get what you want from others.
Taurus: Your personal well-being will be your main consideration during the North Node’s journey through your solar 6th house (health). Minor medical issues may be resolved easily, and you might experience an upsurge of vitality. You will certainly be willing to take steps to make yourself physically fit. During the South Node’s transit of your 12th house (intuition), your sixth sense may prove to be unreliable. In fact, you might begin to think that your inner guide has temporarily gone on a leave of absence! It might be wise to rely on logic, as opposed to your ESP, whenever you need to make a life choice.
Gemini: Your athletic side will be on display as the North Node transits your house of sports activities, the solar 5th. You may discover that you have the desire to do something like becoming the volleyball champion of your community, perhaps inviting your neighbors to sign up for a team. Playing tennis, golf or softball could head the top of your agenda in the months yo come. Tension with a long-standing companion may erupt as the South Node travels through your friendship house, the solar 11th. You may realize that you have outgrown this person, and thus need to move on to someone who shares your same interests.
Cancer: You may bond closely with a family member during the transit of the North Node through your solar 4th house (home and hearth). This person may help you to understand the people who raised you when you were a child. You might also begin to make plans for your future retirement, even if you are not yet a senior citizen. If you are in your golden years, you may consider relocating to an area different from the one in which you currently reside. As the South Node travels though your 10th house (authority figures), you may tangle with someone with power and influence during the coming months.
Leo: Your brain power will expand considerably as the North Node transits through your solar 3rd house, the sector of personal communication and your mind. You may experience flashes of insight on a regular basis; in fact, you could become the local Einstein in your social network. You will find that your thoughts are primarily optimistic, and you will certainly be able to see the bright side of life. As the South Node travels through your solar 9th house of religion, you might become dissatisfied with your current spiritual beliefs. It’s possible that you will decide to alter your religious affiliation during the coming months.
Virgo: Money matters may prove to be extremely lucrative for you as the North Node travels through your personal finance sector, the solar 2nd. You might learn that you have extra cash coming your way due to an investment that pays off handsomely. Economic woes should begin to ease up and you may start to breathe a sigh of relief where your income is concerned. Issues regarding an inheritance could surface as the South Node journeys through your solar 8th house, which relates to legacies. A family member might prove to be difficult regarding a family heirloom, and you might need to seek legal advice where this matter is concerned.
Libra: You will project a very favorable image to the world during the North Node’s transit of your “self” house, the 1st. Self-esteem issues will vanish as if by magic, as you start to realize that, yes, you really are a very special and unique individual! Remember, it’s okay to look in the mirror and smile at your reflection once in a while. A rival could appear on the scene during the transit of the South Node through your 7th house (competitors). This person may challenge you to be all that you can be, one way or another, and for that fact alone, you should be grateful to this individual!
Scorpio: The thought of being alone may be appealing during the North Node’s transit of your solar 12th house (solitude). You might decide that you need a lot of time to yourself, and decide to temporarily withdraw from the rat race. Taking a labyrinth walk in silence, or going on a weekend retreat at a monastery, ashram or temple could provide you with a needed moment of Zen. Workplace issues could become increasingly troublesome as the South Node transits your solar 6th house of employment. You might decide that your current job doesn’t provide you with the job satisfaction that you want, and look for a new position elsewhere.
Sagittarius: A cherished wish may finally come true as the North Node travels through your solar 11th, the house of hopes and dreams. In fact, you may discover that you are finally getting what you want out of life in the coming months. This is a great time to work toward new goals, since powerful energy will aid all of your endeavors. A romance may hit a rough patch as the South Node transits your solar 5th house (love affairs). You may do some serious thinking about the qualities that you need to have in a love partner, and if your current lover doesn’t meet those expectations, decide to walk away from the association.
Capricorn: You may be asked to take on a leadership role in your company as the North Node transits your 10th house (career matters). Yo may decide to be your own boss, and go into business for yourself. The ability to make your own hours and call the shots will be very appealing to you in the coming months. Your domestic situation might change during the South Node’s transit of your home and family house, the 4th. It’s possible that a roommate might move out, or that a loved one will have to relocate to an area far from your current residence.
Aquarius: You may reconnect with an old friend from your college days as the North Node travels through your higher education house, the solar 9th. This person will bring a lot of fun into your life, and jazz up your agenda. Finding the right words may become a bit harder as the South Node transits your 3rd house (self-expression). The thought of making a speech to others might cause you to break out in hives! However, you don’t need to be tongue-tied, even if you have to make a speech at a high school reunion. Consider taking a course in public speaking to help you overcome your fears.
Pisces: You may decide to completely rejuvenate your lifestyle as the North Node moves through your house of transformation, the solar 8th. You will be eager to use the strong vibrations surrounding you to overcome any and all bad habits, including smoking, drinking too much or overeating. You will know that each day is a new day, and that you have the power to overhaul your life at any time you choose. As the South Node transits your solar 2nd, the house that identifies what you hold valuable, you may rewrite your priority list. You won’t want to waste time on activities that are no longer of interest to you.