There’s a behind-the-scenes theme playing out this month that’s worth investigating a little closer. This involves the karmic nodes and the planet Neptune. The north node is currently at 9 degrees Virgo and the south node is opposite at 9 degrees Pisces.
Neptune stations direct on November 20th 2016 at 9 Pisces 14 and it doesn’t move beyond 9 degrees Pisces throughout November. This means that Neptune is now conjunct the South Node.
Neptune is linked to the sea and currently strong in its sign of rulership, Pisces. Yet this is an elusive planet which on the one hand represents fantasy, imagination, dreams, the spiritual realm and on the other hand is about confusion, unclarity, sacrifice, addiction.
Neptune is where you lose yourself, your escape from everyday reality, whether this is through romance, a state of bliss or transcendence or you slide down the slippery slope into sinful territory.
To expand the picture, let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the nodes and in particular, the south node.
The Karmic Nodes
The Lunar Nodes are the points where the Moon’s path crosses the ecliptic, the Sun’s path in the sky. Karmic points in astrology, the Nodes are also called the Dragon’s Head and Tail or in Vedic astrology, Rahu and Ketu.
Whichever sign and house you find the North Node in, the South Node will be in the opposite sign and house. The placing of the North Node is what you’re striving or aiming for in this lifetime. It’s your life lesson, your destiny and your major area of learning.
The South Node is said to be where you retreat to, your comfort zone, your habitual place and in traditional astrology it can indicate your downfall and what’s not good for you. If you believe in past lives, it’s thought that you’re stuck in your South Node destiny until you can break free, stop repeating the same patterns and move on.
This means there’s an underlying theme calling you this month: the siren’s call, the lure of the bottle, a desire to retreat, curl up, disappear from everyday reality, fall back into old ways, submerge yourself ever deeper in sinful activity.
This will mean different things to different people but it’s important to know about this backdrop, this yearning potential. Ideally you can dive down deep to find what needs to be released, to discover where you’re willing to surrender.
Sometimes in life, you take a backward step so you can immerse yourself in your origins, where you come from, your past. Then you can re-emerge with new wisdom and a greater understanding of who you are, where you’re heading and why.
Wine, music, film, poetry, spiritual activities all enhance Neptune’s realm. Emotions too open a portal into Neptunian territory. There are always advantages to going off track and taking yourself away from the humdrum, the mundane.
Yet in the month of November, ensure that if you do find yourself falling back, repeating past behaviour, feeling small that you have a lifeline to tug on so you can return to the surface, breathe deeply and reorient your compass. It’s time to lose yourself, but in a good way.