Greetings fellow star-gazers! I was trying to think back through the many subjects I’ve addressed during the course of this newsletter. I’m not sure if I’ve ever addressed the different parts that make up an astrology chart. If I have, then I beg your pardon, but I do believe it’s well worth repeating, if that is the case.
Thanks to the surge of interest in astrology in the 1960s and 1970s, many people are able to tell you what their Sun sign is – in other words, where the Sun was at the time of their birth. They may even know that this is who they are “at heart” (the Sun, which rules Leo, rules the heart). A few may be able to tell you their Moon sign (where the Moon was on the day they were born) and may even realize that this tells them about their emotional nature. Rarer still will be those who can tell you what their Rising sign/Ascendant is – that place that the Sun was at during the precise moment they were born (the Sun travels through all 12 signs each day, changing signs every two hours) – but only a few will know that this is the “mask” that they present to the outside world. This, in other worlds, is their personality – totally temporary and usually not who they truly are.
Although the combination of these three: Sun sign, Moon sign and Ascendant, can tell you a great deal about a person, there is so much more to be learned by the placement of, not only the planets in the twelve houses of a natal chart, but other celestial bodies and points that astrologers use to help their clients understand themselves.
Over the course of the next few issues, I’d like to share with you some of those little known items. I think you will find them interesting and, who knows, if you’ve never had your chart done, perhaps this will peak your curiosity enough about the energies that surrounded you when you were born that you will want to have it done.
I want to begin with what are known as the Nodes of the Moon. These were one of the first “extra” sources of information that caught my attention when I was beginning to do charts.
From an astronomical perspective, the Nodes of the Moon are points in the Moon’s orbit where it crosses from north to south and south to north as it circles the Earth. The North Node is termed thusly because it is crossing from south to north in the orbit. It is also termed the “ascending” Node and was know to the ancients as the “Dragon’s Head”. When the Moon crosses from north to south, it becomes the South Node or “descending” Node, which the ancients called the “Dragon’s Tail”.
The energy of these Nodes, detailed by the sign and house they are in at one’s birth, deals with reincarnation and Karma and can be very helpful in understanding why your life is the way it is and what you may be able to do about it. You see, the South Node represents a combination of events, ideas, attitudes and thoughts from every incarnation you’ve lived that, if unresolved, are now effecting your current incarnation. The North Node, on the other hand, represents the highest area of expression to be reached in this incarnation. You could say it’s where you planned to take yourself during the course of your journey through this life.
These are energies to be used for the betterment of your life and the achievement of your goals. An understanding of these two points, can be of great assistance in the advancement of your spiritual evolution and even your material success in this lifetime. However, we all know that “Old habits are hard to break.” and letting go of the energy of the South Node (the past) in favor of the uplifting energy of the North Node (the present and future) can become a tug of war as you try to resolve the issues of past incarnations (or even your current past) and their strong energy pull, while trying to forge that new path into the future with new experiences and new energies that aren’t as established as the old ones.
Knowing your North and South Nodes, with the energetic influence both represents, may reveal to you that you are still repeating self-defeating habits that you’ve carried with you for lifetimes but also reveal information that you formerly didn’t have – how you can change all that. Pretty cool, huh?
Next time: The Part of Fortune.
In the meantime, we have a Full Moon occurring in Sagittarius on Wednesday, June 15th at 4:14 p.m EDT.
Sagittarius is ruled by the giant of our solar system, Jupiter. Jupiter is about expansion, travel, higher education, being jovial (Jove being another name for Jupiter), philosophy, law, and the spiritual.
This Full Moon will be a very good time for any of these. The heightened energy of the Moon will definitely cause many to want a change, to be in motion, even travel. If you feel the call of this Moon and are unable to take that trip or make that change, you may feel restless. That’s okay. You can still find ways to create self-improvement or find an intellectual pursuit that may take some of the edge off in lieu of being able to physically travel.
You may find yourself thinking philosophically about life. Your intuition may also be heightened now. Feel the need to write something or speak before a group or even take a course at a local college? That’s just the Full Moon in Sagittarius and it’s come to spur you forward in your life!
Mercury will begin transiting Cancer at 3:09 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 16th, bring with it another chance for heightened intuition.
Although not as original as Mercury in Aries or stable as Mercury in Taurus or even as logical as Mercury in Gemini, this placement can make you sure of something without exactly knowing how you know – you just do!
You may also find yourself more sensitive to other people and your surroundings right now. Uncongenial people will be especially difficult for you to be around now.
Mercury, which deals with the mind, will be passive right now in its thinking. The memory may also be affected. Unconscious desires can cause you to look at some facts and ignore others which can lead you into trouble especially where the emotions are concerned. Much of the thinking may be around home and family now.
Recognize that your thinking can very likely be more emotional than logical and that awareness can help you avoid mistakes and pain.
If, like me, your father is no longer alive and your husband has never been a father, you may wonder of what importance this holiday may be for you.
The Native Americans recognize, not only Mother Earth, but Father Sky as well. In the particular spiritual path I follow, we have both a Mother Goddess and a Father God. These are our spiritual parents. Even in Christianity, there is God the Father.
We can each celebrate our spiritual fathers or, in recognizing that there are many, many fathers out there, celebrate fatherhood as a whole!
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th.
On Monday, June 20th, Mars moves into Gemini at 10:50 p.m. EDT, causing some to have that itch to travel. For others, it may seem your thirst for reading has intensified like a man on the desert without a canteen.
Mars deals with aggressiveness and the physical. In combination with Gemini, there can be a restlessness with energy being primarily mental while the physical energy is erratic. This is a time when the desire for change can intensify but the need for seeking counsel before making major moves and decisions is a necessity here because these energies are not always practical and focus may be difficult.
Ah, Summer Solstice! The longest day of the year. Could we just stay here? (Can you tell I’m a Sun worshipper?) On Tuesday, June 21st, at 1:17 p.m. EDT, the Solstice occurs as the Sun moves into the sign Cancer.
Cancer, the sign of the crab, is ruled by the Moon and is a very emotional sign. It is a water sign and a cardinal sign. Like water, someone with Cancer in their chart has undercurrents (of emotion) that can run hard and fast where no one sees them. Like the side-stepping crab that is it’s symbol, Cancers prefer not to confront anything head on. They can also be emotionally “crabby” and withdraw into their shells when they feel life is being too unfair or people are being too hurtful.
Home and family can be of supreme importance to someone who has Cancer influencing them. They can also be very intuitive, down right psychic at times, if they are able to set aside all the past hurts they have felt so that what they intuit isn’t colored by that pain. They also have great imaginations that can be used in many artistic ways and even in the performance of creative visualization.