Last month on 12th November (the day before the Paris attacks), the karmic north node shifted into earth sign Virgo while its opposite point the south node entered water sign Pisces. The nodes will stay in Virgo and Pisces for the next year and a half (until May 2017), emphasising the importance of soul-body balance; health, service and sacrifice.
North Node into Virgo – Time to Step Up
Last month on 12th November (the day before the Paris attacks), the karmic north node shifted into earth sign Virgo while its opposite point the south node entered water sign Pisces. The nodes will stay in Virgo and Pisces for the next year and a half (until May 2017), emphasising the importance of soul-body balance; health, service and sacrifice. During this period, we are encouraged to embrace the positive qualities of Virgo, while releasing the more negative qualities of Pisces. Pisces, being a romantic and empathetic water sign can spend too much time daydreaming and imagining how much better the world could be, while earth sign Virgo is more interested in creating a better world through efficient no-nonsense action that produces practical results. Certainly Virgo can be critical, analytical and overly-focused on detail, however with the north node in Virgo; we are being shown that not only are these traits important, they are crucial. Our food, water, agricultural and farming methods do need cleaning up as does our political and corporate leadership. Our ‘health care’ system is not working and no amount of wishful daydreaming is going to fix this. We can make the most of the north node through Virgo transit by committing to excellence and practical results – here are some pointers.
|What We Need to Embrace||What We Need to Release|
|Gratitude for our bodies and rituals of daily life|
The understanding that less can be more
Spiritual and devotional practice
Quality food, clean water, healthy lifestyle
Care for the earth and our environment
Responsibility and reliability
Sharing and sustainability
Practical compassion/care/support for others
Realistic solutions to tough problems
Raising our personal and collective standards
Discernment, discretion and discrimination
Attention to detail to produce efficient results
Careful planning followed by effective action
Hard work and personal commitment/integrity
Small steps creating big results
|Blind faith or rose-coloured glasses approach|
Scattered thoughts and behaviour
Sloppiness, carelessness, low standards
Addiction to food, drugs, sex, gambling, work
Escapism via video, TV technology, virtual reality
Worship of beauty, glamour, fashion, charisma
Hyper-sensitivity and emotional drama
Glamourising sacrifice and martyrdom
Apathy, turning a blind eye, shirking responsibility
Feeling overwhelmed and impotent
Drifting from one job/relationship/home to another
Being easily seduced or charmed
Daydreaming, avoiding issues or passing the buck
Waiting for the hero, saviour or guru to step in and save us all
Laziness, discontent and world-weariness
December Planetary Shifts
Relationship planet Venus moved into passionate and sensual Scorpio on the 5th December and will remain there for the rest of the month. Positively this is a great time to declare your love, deepen your relationship or simply get in touch with your emotions. However watch out for jealous outbursts or unreasonable or manipulative behaviour, especially with those close to you.
Mercury moved into practical Capricorn on the 10th and will be there for the rest of December helping you make plans for the festive season and tackle all those tasks on the ‘to do’ list.
The Sun moves into Capricorn on the 22nd followed by a beautiful full moon in Cancer on Christmas Day. The Capricorn-Cancer polarity helps us find balance between work and home life, so hopefully this means a stress-free holiday season with everyone pitching in to share the load.
Finally Venus heads into Sagittarius on the 30th and stays there until just before Australia Day. Sagittarius is the sign of travel, the outdoors, adventure and foreign countries and cultures which bodes well for those taking time off in January.
Finally I’d like to wish you all a happy festive season and joyful New Year. I look forward to sharing my love of astrology with you in 2016!
December Moon Calendar
Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.
Full Moon 25th
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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