Rob GONSALVES, "The Sun Sets Sail"
The Road Ahead
Lunar Nodes in Virgo & Pisces
Only 12 hours after the recent Scorpio New Moon, the lunar nodes began a 19-month journey through Virgo and Pisces. The Virgo-Pisces polarity is about the unity of spirit and matter and the integration of dreams and everyday reality. It represents the balance between the cultural memes and narratives that we are exposed to, and the still small voice within. Virgo and Pisces are about perfection and imperfection, purity and impurity. Virgo sees the imperfections in all things. Pisces is perfection itself.
In a birth chart, the lunar and planetary nodes represent the evolutionary axis, past to future, anchored and integrated in each present moment, by the Moon, or corresponding planet. Transiting nodes describe the apparent, momentary orientation relative to the original evolutionary intention.
The Lunar South Node is the composite end product of all of the Soul’s lunar experiences from the past. From lifetime to lifetime we pick up where we left off. For good reason, we are denied the memory of our past traumas and triumphs. The natal moon is the Soul’s emotional footprint. Re-imaged through relive emotional experiences of our early childhood, the Moon’s natural tendency is to remain anchored in past emotional patterns, which are represented by the lunar south node. The south node is our lowest center of gravity, a karmic point potentiated by default.
The Lunar North Node represents the Soul’s evolutionary direction in this lifetime. It is our probable future that is already fertilized and seeded. It is our responsibility (Saturn) to water the seeds with our conscious intention and effort. Like the moving walkways that we just step on and are taken great distances with seeming ease, the North Node is also a magical moving sidewalk that can take us places that we did not know that we could go. The north node however requires conscious intention and effort to unfold. It is a point in our chart that will facilitate and actualize our evolutionary growth, when we choose it.
Virgo is about the practical aspects of our lifestyle: diet, health, wellness, and our daily routines. It is also about work on the self. Virgo’s discernment produces mental criticism that imposes an analysis of the diversity of information that we collect, and the process of integration and absorption of that data. Over the next year and a half, our focus will turn inward upon ourselves, to discern the state of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”
--John F. Kennedy
Virgo is the home to Mercury’s inner expression; yin energy moving inward toward the center. From an evolutionary perspective, Virgo is about growth through crisis. Both Virgo and Pisces are gateway archetypes, thresholds between our subjective and objective worlds. In Virgo we leave behind the self-centered, subjective realm that spans from Aries to Leo. We have completed the first third of the Fire triad, self-actualizing an individual identity and personality. Leo’s fire has brought the ego to a point of greatest inflation and sense of self-importance.
In Virgo and the 6th House we encounter others for the first time. We are not yet in relationship—which occurs in Libra and the 7th House. It is in the 6th House that we measure ourselves in the contrast of others. The excesses of Leo are exposed. An analytical, self-audit occurs. The ego must necessarily now be deflated, in order to acquire the Libran balance and equality necessary to participate in the social sphere. This critical awareness generates a crisis of self-worth. Virgo’s shadow holds inadequacy, incompleteness, lack of self-confidence, and can be masochism in its extreme manifestation.
Paul GAUGIN “D'ou Venons-nous” 1897
Virgo’s space holds an existential void; the inner conflict of knowing that something much greater than our selves exists, something ultimate and transcendental, eclipsed by the realities of everyday life.
Virgo’s polarity, Pisces is that something that is ultimate and much greater. Pisces is the boundless Ocean of consciousness, The-Source-of-All-That-Is, God/ess or however we express it. It is ultimate meaning, and the Truth, with a capital T. Pisces is elusive, nebulous, and without form. It is perfect because it includes everything. Because it includes everything, it includes us. Since it includes us, we cannot get outside of it, and therefore we can never truly be objective about it.
Lunar South Node ruler Neptune sails in Pisces throughout the transit. Neptune’s evolutionary role is to dissolve whatever stands between us and Source. During this time, the Veil is thin, and getting thinner. Information flows freely, unexpectedly, and sometimes overwhelmingly. As Neptune advances deeper and deeper through Pisces, our spiritual awareness will awaken. To some, it will only be a nagging feeling of something greater than themselves that is active in their lives; something that seems to be out of control. As we unfold along our individual life path, the feeling evolves into a sense of connectedness to that which is greater than us, and the eventual acceptance, surrender to, and responsibility for, the experiences of our outer circumstances. Jupiter joins the Lunar North Node as he continues his passage through Virgo. Intuition feeds our daily practice. Jupiter expands whatever he contacts, deepening our focus and awareness. An ongoing Last Quarter square from Saturn in Sagittarius to Neptune crystallizes imagination into physical shape and form.
The broad strokes of this transit describe an open channel for new imaginings and new ideas to spontaneously emerge, and then the practical ways of integrating and self-actualizing these new paradigms. The finer details are always determined by two other important variables. The first is the unique energetic signature that each of us holds, and how that is unfolding. The second is our choices about how we each respond to our own energetic unfolding. Look to the Moon’s nodal axis in your chart to see the “karmic trail of crumbs” that has led you from the past to the present, and the path that you have laid out for yourself into your probable future.
“And some day there will be nothing left of everything that has twisted my life and grieved it and filled me so often with such anguish. Some day, with the last exhaustion, peace will come and the motherly earth will gather me back home. It won't be the end of things, only a way of being born again, a bathing and a slumbering where the old and the withered sink down, where the young and new begin to breathe. Then, with other thoughts, I will walk along streets like these, and listen to streams, and overhear what the sky says in the evening, over and over and over.” -- Hermann Hesse