PLUTO & URANUS TRANSITTING the CARDINAL SOUTH NODES CANCER, CAPRICORN, ARIES AND LIBRA. © Copyright Hilary Bond PhD. All rights reserved.
INTRODUCTION: THE BARE BONES OF TRANSITING PLUTO AND URANUS.
At the moment transiting Pluto is conjuncting points, angles or planets or luminaries in Capricorn. It will be also opposing any astrological placements in Cancer and squaring placements in Aries or Libra. So Right now if you have astrological placements at 8, 9 or 10 Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries you will be affected. Pluto is remorseless in action. It is an outer planet and therefore unconscious so it will reveal areas that you may not even be aware of. You can’t avoid squares, oppositions or conjunctions with transiting Pluto and transiting Uranus at this time, as Uranus is at 9 degrees of Aries. So people with any planet, point, luminary or angle need to look very carefully at their creative, verbal, spiritual and physical behaviour. Uranus moves into Taurus in 2018, finally giving relief to people with planets in cardinal signs, but Pluto doesn’t move into Aquarius until 2024; however both Uranus and Pluto bring much needed transformation to the planet and to individuals with these configurations.
The Pluto transit last three years (with the retrograde action) and when the orb is exact, a person might feel as if hell has broken loose in their lives. How Pluto’s energy plays out has to do with the house it’s transiting in and any aspects it has with both natal and other transiting planets. Most women born in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s had to hide certain emotions, such as rage, because rage was not seen to be ladylike. We were expected to be nice, and take care of other people’s needs, while swallowing our own needs. This inevitably leads to weight problems and women who inevitably resemble Medea, Circe, Eris, Medusa, Pele, Ereshigal or an outraged Kali. If rage comes careering out of us our friends desert us and even therapists judge and lecture. In the old days the men in white coats appear. With Pluto lurking around in the subconscious this rage now comes up for healing and clearing. Denying it’s there won’t help.
Practicing gentleness with ourselves and self-love are crucial ingredients to surviving a Pluto transit. Eating healthy foods and practising mindfulness, and finding a life coach or therapist to work with (who understands astrology) can relieve the tension and fear that surface. Take flower essences will help and doing yoga, meditation or Tai Chi class. Eliminate all unhealthy foods; give up alcohol, sugar and caffeine so your colon and bowel ruled by Pluto release efficiently. If you have an addiction, de-tax and get professional help. Don’t go through these transits alone. It’s crucial that you find support, especially when you experience losses.
When a person is experiencing a challenging Pluto transit (square, opposition, conjunction), it’s time to clean house (the subconscious). But don’t make the mistake of holding on to these old hurts and go over them like a groove in a record. Don’t re-dramatize your situation (Scorpio loves drama), but don’t deny your issues or your shadows now.
Men going through a Pluto transit also have to deal with stuffing their emotions, mainly grief and sometimes inner rage that is tearing them apart. This could lead to escapism, violent behaviour (to hide his vulnerability), or cold detachment (such as the bachelor who uses women, but feels nothing for them). Remember, Pluto and Scorpio has a tendency or a weakness of appearing like an icy cold unfeeling reptilian.
So Pluto unblocks, unlocks, releases, transforms and transmutes patterns, beliefs, emotions, and all that old garbage we cling to. But Pluto transits are painful, full of loss and like a long and drawn out initiation. In shamanic astrology we could see Plutonic spirit guides as bats, vultures, hyenas, panthers, jaguars where we as the initiates are taken into a dark cave filled with bats or we have to face Hyena, Panther, Jaguar or Vulture. These creatures will pick the meat off a body until one bone are left and we too need to look at our core or bare bones at this time, not all our conditioning and programming and brainwashing from our culture, family, partners and friends. You will find your authentic self through a Pluto transit. You reclaim your power and like Persephone you rise back up the earth as a changed magical being. In fact, as you go through the Pluto transits read and re-read the Persephone myth and the Inana and Ereshigal myths, while focusing on the arrival of spring.
Uranus takes around 84 years to do a cycle around the Sun, so some people at age 84 will have a Uranus return. Uranian transits are long-lasting, and each transit through a particular house takes its time to unfold. On average, Uranus transits a house for approximately 7 years. Uranus brings change, disruption, and erratic elements to the areas of life ruled by the house it transits or the sign it transits.
How Uranus affects our lives depends on whether we resist its influences or try to work with this planet of sudden change, independence, liberation, and enlightenment. Saturn slows down our inner clock so we may face reality, but Uranus speeds us up so we can take risks and make changes. Whichever part of our lives and of our psyches that Uranus touches is an area where we begin to feel restless and dissatisfied. Our consciousness regarding these parts of ourselves and our lives is accelerated to the point that people who know us might consider our actions and reactions impulsive or rebellious. If we are not careful we might act in inconsiderate, foolish and brusque ways. Transiting Uranus acts to disrupt, change, and re-do whatever it touches. Uranus makes us think outside the box and offers us opportunities for seeing whether the grass really is greener on the other side. While Saturn slows us down, Uranus speeds up our lives, offering us chances to take some risks and to experiment with totally new ways of living and interacting with others and our environment. Uranus is forward-looking and does not have patience with lifestyles or attitudes that are attached to the past or the traditional. Transiting Uranus shakes us up and offers us a chance to become more aware of our individuality. Uranus doesn’t like stagnation or restriction. Uranus likes freedom. Transiting Uranus acts to awaken and to make us aware of our feelings of being restricted and constricted. Uranus surprises, jolts, and stimulates. How the person handles this transit depends on the nature of the person. Individuals with heavy water or earth influences would have a more difficult time with a transit like this, as security, stability, and co-dependency are what they usually seek.
THE CARDINAL NODES
The philosophy of the Nodes of the Moon implies that we are not tabula rasa or clean slate. The Moon’s Nodes suggest that when we are born we have under-evolved and overdeveloped aspects of our personality. Each set of Moon’s Nodes suggest specific qualities: the South Node suggests our overdeveloped character traits that are comfortable for us, but that may undermine our lives if we hold on to these traits for security; while the North Node suggests the qualities that we need to develop in order to find inner balance. The North Node and South Node points are directly opposite each other. They are not planetary bodies; rather, they are points that take into account the relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth at the time of our birth.
South Node personality issues are places of fear and insecurity. We want what is represented by the South Node position, whether that is selfishness and over concern with survival ( Aries South Node/1st house North Node); the need for others to accept I am always right (South Node Gemini/ 3rd house South Node) ; insistence of getting one’s way and the need for approval (South Node Leo/5th house south Node); order in our lives (South Node in Virgo/6th house) or satisfaction in partnerships (South Node in Libra/7th house) ; or family and emotional security Cancer/4th house) or comfort and accumulation of possessions (South Node Taurus/ 2nd house) or victim consciousness and compassionate understanding from others (Pisces/12th house) . However, the only way we can feel successful in these areas is through working on the qualities of the opposite sign (North Node position). We may resist doing this wholeheartedly until we mature because we cannot see that letting go of some of our obsessions, will bring satisfaction to the South Node areas. Thus, the North Node represents a place of challenge, endless self-awareness and growth.
Some astrologers say the Moon’s Nodes are one of our points of personal karmic imbalance. If we over-emphasize and fall back on the qualities of our South Node, at the expense of developing our North Node, we may have a difficult time feeling personally successful. But even if we don’t consciously work on these lessons, events in our lives are likely to force us to confront them. In my experience, people often begin to confront and work on their North Node lessons in their thirties, whether or not they are aware of the issues through Astrology. Before this stage of our lives, we may be somewhat blind to our South Node tendencies. The best source about the Moon’s Nodes I find is Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul.
CANCER SOUTH NODE (CAPRICORN NORTH NODE)
With North Node in Capricorn or the 10th house that we need to develop
2. A maturity in our attitudes
4. Goal orientation
5. Common sense ways of problem solving
7. A way of letting go of the past
8. Commitments to keep promises
With Pluto and Uranus transiting we also need to let go of
1. Spending too much time alone
2. Emotional overreactions
5. Insecurity leading to sabotaging inaction
6. Lack of self-respect and confidence
7. Avoidance of risks
South Node in Cancer means one is terrified of leaving family and emotional security. There is often denial of their co-dependent patterns so they find reasons to stay dependent on the family in adulthood: any family will do: friends; neighbours. Cancer South Node people want a happy family so they recreate one. They also sometimes attach to unsatisfactory groups as a replay of the family unit. South Node Cancers sometimes let their emotions and insecurities dominate to a detrimental degree. When insecure, they run to others for comfort and relief, and then feel inadequate for being needy. Often the SN Cancer will deny completely that there was a problem with the mother. Some, on the other hand, are acutely aware of her pain, and as much as they try to soothe her, she is inconsolable. One of the hardest habits to break is the one that injects intimacy in what are supposed to be professional relationships. Sometimes too many personal details are revealed and the desire to be close and comforted interferes with the pure business at hand. The urge for the SNs in Cancer to stay safe and protected from what they perceive as a hostile world filled with hurt, not knowing, of course, their innate skills at controlling and surmounting difficulties when maturity is maintained. The joy of discovering their capabilities is worth it all. The Cancer South Node knowledge of nurturing growth will drive them to put everything into helping others achieve their goals to the neglect of their own. People with south Node in Cancer know they must leave their family because family become vampires: if they become successful and evolve in their career inevitably Mum or one of the family calls to say “we need you”. The strings attached to this perpetual family game of snakes and ladders are emotional and controlling co-dependent behaviours: manipulative name calling, guilt, playing on their gullibility, humiliation, shame, ostracism. You can read about these tribal ploys for power in Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear series Sometimes the Cancer South Nodes reach the top of the mountain, and then tumble down, having to start again. They have been programmed by the family; that they are worthless and must be the family Cinderella so they often fail because of inner self-sabotage. Thus, the dependent child is meant to be transformed into the capable adult and it is mostly transiting Pluto or Uranus aspecting the South Node that will do this. Mature people who have those inner voices under control can control their own emotions, and can take charge of situations in a completely effective way.
Those with the South Node in Cancer are taking their age old knowledge of feeling and familial connection to the larger world, where they can influence society with their emotional experience and human understanding. If South Node Cancer people are aware of these traits transiting Pluto and Uranus can bring them to emotional maturity and help their career to fruition.
SOUTH NODE CAPRICORN
With a North Node in Cancer and South Node in Cancer Pluto and Uranus transiting will help these attitudes develop:
1. Noticing and validating feelings
2. Validating empathy
3. Nurturing and supporting other people
4. Staying centered in one’s feelings
5. Accepting other’s moods without judgement
6. Developing humility
7. Honest disclosure of feelings and insecurity
8. Building a foundation and security
9. Risking vulnerability
Pluto and Uranus transiting a South Node in Capricorn or North node in Cancer will aid leaving these behaviours behind:
1. A need to control people and events
2. A belief everything must be difficult
3. A compulsion to take charge without understanding the situation
4. Looking at the goal, but not the process
5. Hiding fears and feelings in an intimate relationship
6. Taking care of other’s feelings, but neglecting one’s own.
7. Doing things to gain respect from people
8. Being insensitive
9. Being too serious
10. Not listening to suggestions from other people
PLUTO AND URANUS TRANSITS WILL CHANGE ARIES SOUTH NODE AND LIBRA NORTH NODE
This is very much a nodal axis along with the South Node Libra of the heart chakra and root chakra. Attitudes to develop for the Aries South Node person:
2. Diplomacy and tact
3. Being aware of other people’s needs
4. Selflessly giving without expecting something back
5. Creating win/win situations
7. Seeing things through the eyes of another; walking a mile in someone else’s shoes
8. Communicating about their own identity
And this is where Pluto and Uranus transits are important with their purging and awakening behaviours; tendencies to leave behind for the Aries South Node Person:
2. Thoughtless self-assertion
3. Resistance to compromise
4. Indifference to how one is seen by others
5. Expecting everyone to be like you
6. Lack of good judgement regarding money
8. Lack of other people’s need for support
9. Outbursts of anger
10. Over concern with survival
Now LIBRA SOUTH NODE and ARIES NORTH NODE
So again the Pluto and Uranus transit will aid through remorseless change and transmutation these attitudes to develop:
3. Trusting one’s own impulses
4. Moderation in giving
7. And tendencies to eliminate:
8. Being Mr or Ms or Dr Nice guy
9. Tit for tat mentality
11. Need for external harmony
12. Obsessive attachment to fairness and justice
13. Debilitating selflessness
The lunar nodes are among the most powerful influences in the natal chart. They are the unseen cosmic forces that shape our destinies, spotlighting our karmic potential and illuminating the true meaning behind our very existence. I hope this ads an iota to your knowledge about what the nodes reveal about your life path and how the Pluto and Uranus transits could awaken and transform you.
And that’s it from me today. With a little extra caution and planning, most Uranus transits can become positive experiences and Pluto sure makes you aware of all your old unconscious “stuff.” The big deal is that South Node behaviour is unconscious. I look back at my South Node behaviour and say “OMG. Erk!!!!!!” We are all human, but the outer planets sure give us a good swift kick to awaken our need to “get real” and move into our North Node behaviour.
Good luck with your phoenix and I hope you have a wonderful day.
Picture by Michael Teal
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