Healing Parental/Childhood Trauma: Pluto And The South Node Oppose The North Node

Capricorn is the sign of authority and fatherhood, Cancer is the sign of nurturing and motherhood, and Aries is the sign of independence and beginnings. During April 4th and 5th, key planets are coalescing in these signs, giving us the chance to reframe childhood traumas and to create new narratives and possibilities. Pluto, though relegated to dwarf status by astronomers, is respectfully viewed by astrologers as the potent planet of the underworld and transformation. It unflinchingly peers into the darkest places in the psyche, with an eye towards reformation. Only when we recognize and acknowledge our most painful experiences can we heal them and create new outcomes. On April 4th, Pluto will align exactly with the South Node of the Moon, the astrological component that describes the past, in Capricorn. The two will oppose the North Node of the Moon, the component illuminating the future, in Cancer.

Oppositions are rarely about either extreme. They ask us to examine each point of the polarity and to find our unique place along their created axis, that is, to synthesize the information each point is shedding light upon and to find our truth within it. Paternal Saturn rules Capricorn and the maternal Moon Cancer, and we also associate Capricorn with parenting and parents and Cancer with childhood and children. At this time Pluto is forcing traumas we experienced in childhood, from father or mother, to the surface, so that we stop recreating them now and in the future. Following the opposition of April 4th is not only the new Moon, but the new Aries Moon. Aries is first sign of astrology and respresents the Self, individuality and autonomy. Indeed, an entirely new trail to blaze is being placed before us.

The Aries Sun will move on to square Saturn on April 10th and Pluto on the 13th, and that new Aries Moon will crescendo to a momentous 29 degree full moon in Libra on April 19th. The traumatic incidents in our lives are never easy to face. We tend to prefer to look away. But doing so doesn’t make their effects disappear. Pushed all the way down or stored in the back of the mind, they continue running us. When we encounter similar circumstances in our present lives, the old scripts come back to life and replay. So, as this opposition builds, the ensuing squares pass and the new Moon mounts to a volcanic 29 degree Libra full Moon, it will be very instructive to notice the situations and people who trigger us. They are showing us what is yet unhealed. At one point or another, each of astrology’s four provocative and initiating cardinal signs will be involved in these alignments. The alignments forming here are also astrology’s contentious squares and oppositions. In order to create the new, something has to give. Obviously, there are a myriad of therapies and processes for unpacking and reframing trauma. Some experiences might require conventional therapy in a formal setting. And, we are also capable of doing inner work ourselves. The one question that it all boils down to and that is most helpful is this: What does safety look like? When we can begin to imagine ourselves being safe, being cared for and protected and being unconditionally loved, new perspectives emerge. With the North Node in the sign of emotional security, care-giving and nurturing, the Cosmos is pointing a way forward. Should we sip that legendary Aries bravery and face down those Plutonian shadows, we may walk into nothing short of an internal paradigm shift.

Beginning on April 30th, Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn will begin a series of three oppositions to the North Node. It’s as if Pluto opened the door on April 4th, and over the next six months, Saturn will be encouraging us to walk through it. Also both Saturn and Pluto turn retrograde in late April, another indication that cleaning up issues from the past is being supported. Look for further coverage about these North Node oppositions at this blog in late April.

Apr 4th Pluto opposes True North Node 23 Can 03
Apr 5th New Moon 15 Ari 17
Apr 10th Sun Square Saturn
Apr 13th Sun Square Pluto
Apr 19th full Moon 29 Lib 07

Extra: I tend to avoid writing about current events in these columns. However, in this instance, I will go on record to predict that during the time of the astrological events described in this article, extending through the Saturn series of North Node oppositions, the subjects of child sex trafficking and child exploitation will be making the news. With Pluto in institutional Capricorn, it is highly likely that a large operation will be exposed or at least one that has ties to people in prominent positions. Capricorn deals with both banking (money laundering, dark money) and personal reputation and stature. Pluto is digging up dirty secrets, things that have been going on for years (the South Node), and on April 4th both will be confronted by the North Node in Cancer, the sign concerned with children. Saturn represents law enforcement and authority. Lastly, assertive Mars moved into Gemini (the news cycle) on March 30th. Several stories are brewing as of late March 2019. Let’s see what comes into the public sphere between now and early October.

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Poop, Meet Fan: First Jupiter Neptune Square Of Three

On January 13th Jupiter and Neptune are set to square one another. This is their first square in a series of three this year. In astrology, squares are considered to be the most contentious alignments. Even in oppositions, the involved planets are on the same axis, each representing an extreme. Forming a 90 degree angle, the planets of a square are on separate axes. These collisions tend to force issues to the surface. Although Sunday’s match will involve the normally flexible mutable signs of Sagittarius and Pisces, this clash is likely to unearth matters that we’ll be dealing with for most of 2019. So what exactly is involved?

Interestingly enough, both planets are in their home signs. This strengthens their respective characteristics. The friendly, optimistic fire sign of Sagittarius is home to Jupiter, while spiritual, holistic Pisces is Neptune’s domain. Both planets and signs are prone to excess and both lack grounding. The archer of Sagittarius aims for the distant horizon while the shifting oceans of Neptune can be unfathomably nebulous. Sagittarians are susceptible to wishful thinking and Pisceans addictions and escapism. The three squares of 2019 have many interpretations and will play out uniquely in each person’s chart and life. However, they certainly signal a time to examine our indulgences and the soundness of our plans.

Jupiter informs our beliefs and philosophies and Neptune our spiritual essence. The shadow side of Jupiter can manifest in fanaticism, in political or religious beliefs for example. Delusions are Neptune’s shadow. The challenging pairings ahead suggest that some soul searching is in order. Are we practicing what we preach? Are we being the change in the world that we wish to see? Are we doing unto others as we would have them do unto us? Etc.

One last consideration is the company these giants are keeping. It will change during this series. Right now the flames of Jupiter’s exuberance are burning brightly and being fanned by Venus, also in Sagittarius, and by Mars at home in headstrong Aries, along with the moon and game-changing Uranus. This is adding a lot of gusto to our energy levels. Neptune’s allies are in Cancer and Capricorn. The North Node is in Cancer where it is concerned with emotional security, nurturing and care-giving. The Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node have formed a huge stellium in Capricorn, where they are supporting a sober assessment and pragmatic action. Fire (Sagittarius and Aries) is an outgoing, masculine element with a positive polarity, and water (Pisces and Cancer) and earth (Capricorn) are inward and feminine with a negative polarity. Thus, the battle lines are drawn. Note what issues come to the fore during January, especially around the middle of the month. The next squares are set for June and September.

Radio Interview About The Astrology Of 2019: Elizabeth joins Kristina Walsh

On January 2nd, I joined Kristina Walsh on her show Surfing The Psychic Waves on InFlowRadio to talk about the big trends in astrology for 2019. You can listen anytime and find out what’s ahead.

Astrology 2019: From Lead To Gold

The action-packed first week of 2019 is getting the year off to a lively and ambitious start. To set the stage, on New Year’s Eve Mars came home to initiating Aries. At the moment, the cosmic wildcard and powerhouse Uranus also finds itself in the cardinal fire sign. On January 4th Mercury joins the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node in sober, responsible Capricorn. On the 5th, we experience the year’s first eclipse, on the 6th Uranus goes direct and on the 7th Venus joins Jupiter in effervescent Sagittarius, after a prolonged stay in emotionally intense Scorpio. And they say God had a busy first week.

Mars and Uranus will be enlivening our spirits and stoking those irrepressible, instigating Aries fires for the first six weeks of 2019. From fellow fire sign Sagittarius, Venus and Jupiter will be encouraging and expanding those flames until early February. But it’s the group in serious Capricorn that we need to pay particular attention to. Not only will we be under their influence for this weekend’s new moon and eclipse, but also for the entire duration of 2019 and for the better part of 2020. Jupiter enters Capricorn on December 2, 2019.

Capricorn gives us structure. In the human body, it rules the skeleton, bones and teeth, in the home it is our parents, and in the cosmos it is represented by ringed Saturn. While affirmation spouting, positive thinking New Agers tend to reject notions of limitations and of being realistic, we would be wise to recognize Capricorn’s considerable presence and its unfolding influence. Capricorn is the sign of achievements and earned rewards. So the endeavors we undertake now will be well-served by honesty, austerity and dedication. The planets in fire signs are lending us their excitement and enthusiasm, and the Capricorn contingent are showing us the real work ahead. Our task is to appreciate and synthesize these somewhat contradictory forces as we forge our way into 2019.

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On Wednesday, January 2nd, at 1:00 P.M. PST I’ll be joining Kristina Walsh on her radio show Surfing The Psychic Waves on InFlowRadiio. We’ll be delving deeper into the astrology of 2019. You can listen live or via the archive.

Sun Into Capricorn 2013-14

Welcome to 2014,

The Sun, moon, Venus, Mercury and Pluto gathered in the industrious earth sign of Capricorn to get 2014 started.  All of the details are in the latest edition of my  newsletter and on the free audio report I did with my friend Kristy Ayala on her radio show.

Elizabeth

Happy New Year to you!

 

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