Between the quest for the future and the tug of the past is the present moment. The future and the past, though they don’t quite exist except in memory or plans, can become so distracting that the present moment can become difficult to locate. It can be so difficult that vast spiritual traditions and training programs are created to help us ‘find the moment’ or ‘be in the present’.
This week, one of the standout events is that the Sun reaches a 90 degree angle to the axis of the lunar nodes. These are calculated points in space where the Moon’s path through the sky crosses the ecliptic — the apparent path of the Sun. When the Sun and Moon are both close to nodes (during a New Moon or Full Moon) there will be an eclipse. Eclipses are some of the most palpable turning points of the year. When the Sun is square those points, we’re halfway between the eclipses, and we have a distinctive turning point to work with.
The South Node is associated with the past (including past lifetimes, but more accessibly, the things in this lifetime we are comfortable with and tendencies we perhaps rely on or fall back on). The South Node contains the results of the past, which we’re living with today. The North Node is about the new territory into which we are pressing forward. The feeling of the North Node is a morph between the unknown, the irresistible and what we might want to avoid. It’s at once unfamiliar and perhaps a bit awkward but necessary. The nodes relate to the process of cause and effect, which are inextricably linked. Cause and effect are never separate. To some the nodes might feel like a trip wire; to others they are a gust of energy available to ride boldly.
A planet aspecting the lunar nodes comes into special focus. In a natal chart, it’s the thing we have to address in order to get the nodes working. Where we have the nodes working we have progress in our lives, and that planet square the nodes becomes the thing that either stands in the way of progress or is the thing we have to address in order to make progress. The Sun square the nodes describes a turning point, which orients us between the past and what we’re used to, and the other point is about the future we are heading into. The way to handle that turning point is to be here now. Just like when you come to a bend in the road you have slow down and pay extra attention, with the Sun square the nodes it’s necessary to make careful choices.
When that planet is the Sun, that might look like taking a real step toward expressing yourself or your purpose; making a decision; making a commitment; or some experience that lends itself to the feeling of maturing and growing up.
It’s possible to use these events to plan, but it also helps to notice what happens and recognize the ways those events and developments contribute to a turning point. This turning point relates to the events surrounding the eclipses we experienced beginning late last November and the next set that will begin in late May. So check in with what you had happening in late autumn as well as what you have planned for [Northern Hemisphere] mid-spring. The eclipses coming up are concentrated amidst much other astrology, including a Venus transit of the Sun. Events this week will help orient us and guide us toward whatever is developing in the not-so-distant future.
Venus in Aries is approaching an opposition to Saturn in Libra. That’s exact next weekend, but the approach is something that will manifest even before the aspect is exact. It looks like a point of decision, or a dilemma. Venus is associated with Pisces, so that draws the Sun’s current sign into the aspect’s energy. The question is relational. Venus in Aries can be an uncomfortable place for the goddess of love, since it brings out a tendency toward self-absorption; Saturn in Libra has been pushing us to restructure and rebalance our interpersonal relationships, and since it has been retrograde, our inner experience of them. This looks like a question of balancing the need for individuality with the need for mutual benefit. The two don’t have to conflict — but they will if the situation — whatever situation this describes — is allowed to progress in an unconscious way.
Venus is also associated with Saturn’s current sign, Libra. So Venus is a kind of proxy for many questions this week. Venus-Saturn can seem to be a limit, but that might include a practical limit. One question the sky seems to be describing is: do you need to be forced by circumstances to make a decision, or can you decide on your own? That question should be inscribed on every astrology chart for all eternity, but it makes a fine meditation this week. So does the idea of be here now, and notice how every decision you make has the power to resolve or complicate some element of the past; and to delay or embrace some aspect of the future.