The present time is characterised both by challenge and by rapid change. I wish to share some reflections here on an article by psychotherapist and astrologer Mark Jones who has shared his powerful observations concerning the planetary nodes. For those unfamiliar with the planetary nodes, they are the two points where the orbit of a planet crosses the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the imaginary circle running around the sun on which the earth moves and upon which the Zodiac is projected. I have made a drawing based on the illustration in Mark’s article. Although the nodes do not represent a physical object such as a planet or asteroid, they are important as they incarnate the entire energy of the planet with respect to our past and future selves.
Currently, Pluto is transiting Capricorn. The transit began in 2008 and will be completed by 2024 when Pluto will move into Aquarius. I have already explored some reflections on this transit in a recent post for The Tipi: Pluto in Capricorn. My previous article specifically concerned the planet, Pluto. Here, we now look at the planetary nodes to further and deepen our understanding.
Currently, Pluto is transiting Capricorn. By 2018, it will complete a long on/off conjunction with the south node of Jupiter and begin to conjoin its own south node — an event that we have seen, through the discovery chart, that Pluto is sensitive to. Pluto will stay within a 1° orb of this conjunction to its own south node in 2019, by which time it will also enter into a conjunction with Saturn’s south node. This whole series of nodal conjunctions coincides with the start of a new synodic cycle of Pluto and Saturn at their conjunction in 2020.
In his article, Mark Jones gives his view on how these events are relevant in the collective life of contemporary civilization. He thus writes (citations in italics):
Our collective psychological process (Pluto) involves a profound re-examination of our collective vision (Jupiter’s south node), our deepest attachments to power and security (Pluto’s south node), and the way we structure our society and civilization as a whole (Saturn’s south node). The fact that this occurs at the start of a new Saturn–Pluto cycle in January 2020 suggests that we will be dealing with the implications of this encounter with our collective past and its assumptions for decades to come.
We can see that environmental issues (deforestation, pollution of the oceans, chemical dumping), alongside the depletion of oil and gas reserves (the fuel of civilization), will transcend political positioning as they become bottom-line material realities. We can also see that the fundamental model of civilization, with its emphasis on the dominance of mankind, will be called into question as we are challenged to explore more deeply what it means to be human and live on the Earth.
The north nodes of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all in Cancer: We are being asked to adopt a more feminine mode of consciousness in which we envision the Earth as a living home where the human family can find its right position.
Cancer energy is in tune with our emotions and in this sense, we will explore ways to combine rational logic with our emotional sensitivity. This is a moment where left-brain and right brain are going to discover how to work together, rather than compete for primacy. The importance of our intuition will be raised and enhanced. Not necessarily on a psychic level though I believe that this is part of it too — we simply have to become more in touch with our inner selves, something that is happening the world over, day by day, as people connect with feeling as much as logic.
Not only do people connect more with feeling, they see that logic devoid of feeling is not working, is not enhancing our lives, neither in society nor with regard to our environment. Much of this is obvious to our kids. The governing classes are however taking time to catch up. Catch up they will. Elephants could be extinct in our lifetimes according to recent reports. Do we honestly have to wait before closing the ivory trade? Our intuition is generally spot on in cases like this. We are yet to translate intuition into acts.
That the north node of Uranus is in Gemini shows how much inspiration can be found just by bringing this to our conscious awareness, studying it, and talking with our friends and communities about it, in order to overcome the south node of Uranus in Sagittarius shadow of fundamentalism — to share the realization that there are many faces of truth as it expresses through the multitude of peoples on Earth.
Whilst Gemini has a tendency towards “knowledge without direction” in its negative pole, the positive pole is to see and experience a multiplicity of new practices and modalities of thinking which are being created. Effectively, the knowledge of the old systems of belief (Sagittarius) is being fragmented and it is Gemini which is eager to open up the terrain and give us information on this New Earth that is being born.
Imposition of the old knowledge systems has not only lead to repression but to bolstering powerful classes who control thought in their own interest. The intimate relationship between power and knowledge has been explored in detail through the works of French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. The creation of the web (Aquarius) which enables blogging platforms (WordPress, Blogger), video platforms (you-tube, Vimeo), enables many other knowledges to be explored and shared. The monolith of accepted knowledge has fragmented as micro-knowledges and practices flourish in this new intellectual landscape.
Neptune’s north node is in Leo, and every one of us is being asked what the nature of our creativity will bring to the collective table. Do we just take from life? Are we simply neutral and passive observers? Or can we find our most profound and beautiful healing vision (north node of Neptune) and create (Leo) our lives from that place?
Connecting with our deep creativity is now a fundamental question. The neo-liberal capitalist system in which people are kept in jobs to repay bank-loans flourishes because we are only beginning to understand that we can live simpler more abundant lives with less.
• Our ideas on the role of the collectivity are changing.
• We have already used our ingenuity to create sustainable and renewable energy sources.
• Traditional medicine can be supplemented with Energy Medicine
• The Law of Seven Generations is once more on the table!
Combining these approaches with behavioural changes (for example lower energy use) we will be able to reduce our footprint on the earth and develop sustainable practices which make us partners rather than exploiters.
I continue to think one of the best visual explorations of this is the film Avatar which shows the clash between a rancid neo-capitalist culture with spiritual knowledge and deep intuition about the living earth. We also see this in films by Myazaki such as Princess Mononoke. It is not by chance that films like these are being made and are highly successful. To create such change we also need to embody stories of change. The multiplicity of channels, both text and video, are opening us to new voices, multiple voices and in that sense, the future to come is not at all dystopian. Yes, there are vast challenges. And we humans incarnate vast potential.
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