A Skipped Step

A Skipped StepI have a new beginning on the horizon that I’m really excited about, so I’ve been pondering how the New Moon in Scorpio (October 30th) applies to me. While the timing is significant, I don’t have any planets in the hotspot (from 6 to 9 degrees of the Fixed or Water signs). Then I looked at my chart again, and realized the new moon exactly squares my Lunar Nodes.

The Lunar Nodes represent your path forward (North Node) and behind (South Node), and are not actually celestial bodies, but opposing points of the moon’s orbit. The North Node (NN) is unexplored territory through which you can find happiness. The South Node (SN) is karmically what you did in a past life, or what you tend to fall back on as a familiar habit in this life. They are always 180º apart.

My NN is at 7º Leo, in my 5th house. I’m here to embrace self-expression, creativity, joy, passion, and my “inner child”! But I find that hard, not only because it is unfamiliar to be in the spotlight, but because my SN is in 11th house Aquarius: I fear persecution and exile for being different. (I was probably burned at the stake in a past life!) So I often protect myself by choosing objectivity and emotional distance, over passion and intimacy, because that’s my Aquarian “comfort zone”. And I research everything rather than being spontaneous… it’s my soul’s defense mechanism!

When something in your natal chart squares your Nodal Axis, it’s called a “skipped step” in Evolutionary Astrology. That means that the squaring planet represents something you didn’t accomplish in your past life, and continue to stumble upon in this life. You have to get it right before you can leave the past behind and allow yourself to move forward. Sometimes people come into your life with personal planets that square your Nodes, and you must accomplish something together before you can move on. They are likely people you knew in a past life, and you have unfinished business!

I believe transits that square your Nodes also act like a skipped step…they bring up something you have to address in order to leave the past behind and embrace your happy future. In my current case, the new moon represents a fresh start that can propel me forward. I’m not entirely clear on the step I have to complete in order to move on yet, but it’s fitting that I’m at the end of my progressed moon in Scorpio phase, and very much looking forward to the end of that!

New Moon in Scorpio

New Moon in ScorpioTonight is mischief night, and there’s a new moon in Scorpio (7º). New moons are new beginnings, and this one is a subtle, secretive one…yet determined. What you are starting to develop will be kept close to the chest, as Scorpio’s top priority is self-protection.

Mercury is close to the sun/moon at 9º Scorpio, so information is key right now. Perhaps a new insight will prompt your transformation process (Mercury in Scorpio probes into the deepest recesses of the human psyche!). This could be brought on by a conversation, or while doing research, but the “aha!” moment will involve your intuition. Meditation or using tarot/oracle cards can be helpful right now.

Neptune makes a harmonious trine from 9º Pisces, upping the psychic factor during this new moon. It also increases your powers of visualization and faith. Scorpio can dip into the underworld easily, given that its ruling planet is Pluto. But with Neptune’s aid, you are better able to remain positively focused! Trust whatever intel you receive at the emotional level, because not everything can be logically explained when Water signs are dominant.

Whatever steps you decide to take over the next week, know that they are moving you in the right direction. The Lunar Nodes are in the mix, at 11º Virgo (North Node) and Pisces (South Node). Their rulers Mercury and Neptune are part of this new moon as explained above, and they are trine one another. Use this new moon to release what needs to be let go, in order to move on (SN) and propel you into the future (NN)!

The natal house this new moon occurs in, and any aspects to natal planets/angles/nodes, will better explain what is beginning for you. In general, this moon will be felt strongest by those with anything from 6º – 9º of the Fixed or Water signs.

November’s full moon will occur on November 14th at 22º Taurus.

Chiron conjunct South Node

Chiron conjunct South NodeMarch 24 will see the culmination of Chiron conjunct South Node, at 21º Pisces. This aspect, which has been slowly and quietly building all month, may be hard to distinguish from the rest of the fish soup, but is likely at the heart of the discomfort you can’t put your finger on. It is a call to let go of something painful in your past.

Chiron represents an old wound, and in Pisces it often indicates victim mentality or martyr behavior. The Lunar South Node represents what you need to release so that you can move forward on your journey. Coming together for the first time since 2001, Chiron conjunct South Node is dredging up any vulnerability you still carry, opening old wounds so you can finally transcend the pain.

The asteroid Ceres, which represents the death/birth cycle, is also at 21º Pisces. Ceres adds mothering issues to the mix: nurturing, loss, and trauma. Past pain that involved your mother or children, or any relationship in which you felt abandoned, rise to the surface. In Pisces, you play the victim and the martyr, and seek escape from the harshness of reality, whether you felt abused or were the abuser.

This trio – South Node, Chiron, and Ceres – was involved in the Solar Eclipse on the 8th, and this is a push to release what was brought to the surface at that time. If you felt ambiguity about what to begin, now it’s becoming clear what needs to end. Because we are coming off the heels of the Lunar Eclipse in Libra (today), an imbalanced relationship may be involved: either one in your present, or one from your past that continues to hold shackles around you. It could be the poor relationship you have with yourself, if you suffer from addiction or guilt.

If you have anything around 21º Pisces (or the Mutable signs) this is a pivotal point, where something major will be dissolved. As subtle and strange as this Pisces-heavy time has been, do not underestimate its power; you may not logically understand the subconscious changes at work, but they are still having a major affect. Pisces is frustratingly intangible – like water slipping through your fingers – but it’s also the ultimate finality. Remember, eventually the ocean erodes everything.

Scorpio Sun Sextile North Node

Scorpio Sun Sextile North NodeThe week before Thanksgiving, Mercury and the Sun do a little dance with the Lunar North Node (at 29º Virgo). You’re presented with an opportunity to expand.

On November 20th, Mercury (at 29º Scorpio) sextiles the Lunar North Node – presenting an opportunity to propel you forward – and then enters Sagittarius. The Sun follows suit next day, forming the sextile on November 21st.

A sextile is an advantage. Mercury presents information: an uncovered truth or revelation. The Sun lets you use the information to make an adjustment. This slight, practical shift can make a monumental difference, over time; that’s North Node in Virgo’s way. Think of this transit as a chance to plug an energy drain.

Because Venus/Mars began a focus on relationship give-and-take on November 2, this piece may be the revelation you need to finally let go of a dysfunctional relationship. Perhaps you’ve been giving too much to a partner who is slow to commit, only to find out he or she is seeing someone else.

This is an opportunity to free up your life, for more personal enjoyment and expansion. Virgo North Node is pushing you forward. This is probably just a confirmation of something you suspected, but weren’t quite sure of, anyway.