SOUTH NODE ARIES in the CONTEXT OF A HOROSCOPE and a MARS-DRIVEN LIFE© Copyright Dr Hilary Bond. All Rights Reserved.
In this article I examine an individual case of a client who has a South Node in Aries, with his Nodal ruler Mars aspecting his Ascendant, Mercury, Sun, Pluto, and Jupiter. The Nodes also square Moon and Saturn. While this is a single case and cannot be generalised, it may give some clues to other astrologers, shamanic practitioners, nutritionists and counsellors to working with a client on an eclectic and holistic level.
I am using Elizabeth Spring’s theory to support my ideas in this article about the connection between past life regression work and ancestral shamanic healing work with a South Node Aries client. I like Elizabeth Spring’s ideas because she doesn’t isolate the Nodal axis in a chart. She looks at the rest of the chart and ties the Nodes in with the whole chart. I admire Jan Spiller’s book on the Moon’s Nodes for its thoroughness.
Clients are whole people. If we isolate parts of their chart and put these under a magnifying glass we are doing them a disservice. While we can place the nodal axis under our astrological microscope we need to see this axis as part of the whole or gestalt of the client’s life and their soul path. People have complex behaviours, which are generally related to childhood, past life and ancestral events, beliefs and oaths and unconscious behaviour, especially if they have Pluto and/or Saturn connected to their Sun and Moon. We can also realise that trauma in the early life which will cause unconscious behaviour, as well, but this has a possibility of being healed when the outer planets are activated as planetary transits or progressions to events in the childhood. If Saturn and/or Chiron looms large in a person’s chart then timing is vital in the physical, mental, creative, behavioural, developmental and spiritual healing of their life. Dreams; compassionate, educated counselling and energetic healing such as shamanic healing journeys certainly help to unravel miasms of behaviour, beliefs and oaths from the past.
OVERVIEW: THE KARMIC PHILOSOPHY OF MOON’S NODES.
As Jan Spiller states in her book on the Moon’s Nodes, The Astrology of the Soul, “When astrology is approached a level of open-minded understanding it leads to unconditional love.” Our astrology chart is schematic and graphically it reveals our inner wiring, not just our neurological (mental) wiring, but our chemical and emotional wiring, our creative makeup, but also our spiritual tendencies. Our Moon’s Nodes are part of this inner wiring that needs fine tuning.
The North Node communicates to us about the psychological shift we need to make to achieve happiness in this life and the house the North Node is in also reveals the experiences that allow us to experience this new psychological awareness. Elizabeth Spring in her article, “The North Node: Your Soul Messenger” also suggests that the re-incarnational theory behind our nodal positions in our charts means that your soul chose to be born at a certain time and place. One could speculate if we look at the work of past life (and “life in between life”) past life regressionists and hypnotherapists Michael Newton and Brian Weiss that our soul chooses challenges and gifts from previous lives, and that our natal horoscope or map of our birth time reflects this original soul intention.
If we see the Moon’s Nodes as karmic indicators they reveal our education in this life. We could hypothesise that as our present life or incarnation on earth and the curriculum in our earthly school are generally connected with the way we relate and communicate with others. Thus the Nodes are associated with patterns of relating, and the wisdom to be found within them is often the key to recognizing and healing patterns of relating, which stand in the way of our happiness.
People love hearing about their past lives, but Elizabeth Spring and Jan Spiller insist that the Moon’s Nodes don’t reveal individual past lives. They do say that the South Node does hold the emotional memories from our childhood and from the forgotten “emotional memory” of a past lives. The South Node in your horoscope reveals the particular emotions that are still emanating from a previous life that is most impacting you in this life. I believe the South Nodes it shows series of interconnected lives, just as Dr Michael Newton suggests that the more evolved we are the more past lives we have. Astrologer-architect A.T. Mann in his treatise, “The Divine Plot” suggests just one past life for each planet, luminary, asteroid, derived point and node.
Elizabeth Spring insists that there is, within families there is a karmic inheritance that is handed down the family line along with the genetic blueprint and the healing and shamanic modalities from different cultures which I have learned over the years all agree. We inherit deeply entrenched emotional and mental perspectives, as well as unearned propensities such as musical and mathematical talents. We gladly accept the unearned talents that we see in our 8th house but any curses and negative family inheritance such as the Kennedy family “curse” is not pleasant thinking. The Kennedy curse is well known and it seemed to come, first, from the cruelty of old Joe Kennedy, the father of John Fitzgerald Kennedy having a lobotomy performed on one of his daughters; but also from generations of poverty in Ireland and most importantly, from hubris, or arrogance in the face of divinity, which essentially in common language, means a lack of humility and treating other people like pawns to be discarded at will.
Yet unfortunately, we know that alcoholism, depression, abuse and certain illnesses are also inherited genetically. However, from my years of teaching in schools, universities and working with families I know that such behaviours are also learned behaviours which are copied from caregivers if a person has a weak will and does not have the self-discipline to know right from wrong. This is to my mind, is why astrologers must ethically be counsellors and in Australia the Federation of Australian Astrologers insists that professional astrologers must have some sort of qualification in counselling.
By looking at our family members charts, we can decipher emotional patterns that have been playing out for generations. The Nodes and the planets Pluto and Saturn, figure strongly in this tale. These karmic patterns are not in themselves innate curses or blessings, for our will, intention, and grace are always operative. We’ve inherited a karmic legacy that reflects the victories, defeats, and hard won battles of our ancestors, for they are indeed very much with us. But as Liz Greene points out in her book “The Astrology of Fate” anything can behave erratically if wilfully suppressed for generations. Carl Jung wrote about the personal as well as the collective unconscious, saying that both talents and troubles are to be found in the subconscious.
As a holistic therapist you ethically owe it to your clients to be free of family karma and therefore an aware person. Thus you will feel calm, cantered and clear when interacting with challenging people and will open, compassionate and strong. Consequently, you will be liberated from being caught in the quicksand of emotional melodramas and over-whelm, over-responsibility and over-sensitivity, even though in the past those emotional buttons were pushed you may have reacted according to your old shadow patterns.
We have lived thousands of lives all over the cosmos. We have been men, women, poor, rich, uneducated, highly educated. We have lived in many cities, towns, rural areas, and been many nationalities. We are all on this planet for the purpose of balancing our negative karmic debts, so that we can ascend into Higher Consciousness. Consequently, there is no room for judgment of each other, no room for discrimination. We are equally loved unconditionally by a God of Love.
In each “life between lives” before you are allowed to take on another physical body, your Soul, your spirit guides and Council of Elders scan and discuss your Soul’s eternal life file housed on the Akashic Records, and carefully select the karmic debts that your level of spiritual maturity will equip you to successfully balance. Therefore, the karmic debts represented in your South Node could stem from lifetimes extending from thousands of years ago to the incarnation just prior to this one. So we must that your Soul and your guides in spirit will not allow you to attempt to take on such a difficult lifetime to balance karmic debts that will overwhelm you. Instead, your soul strives to evolve, through your various incarnations, for the degree of spiritual maturity that will allow you to tackle some of your more difficult karmic debts.
If and when you read something revealed by your Moon Nodes or any other karmic indicator, to which you reply, “That is not me,” the answer is: “No, it isn’t at your present level of spiritual maturity.” We all have the freewill opportunity to erase our karma in this life. If you have heavy-duty karmic debts in this lifetime, consider yourself blessed. Many past life regressionists will see you are an advanced soul who is now ready to tackle a difficult life and evolve. I found all of Michael Newton’s book on his thousands of hypnotherapy experiences with clients exploring “Life Between Lives” especially helpful. I have even been through a “life between life” hypnotherapy experience and followed this up with journeying to my “life between lives” myself.
Even though the Moon’s Nodes signs belong to an 18 to 19 year generation they do reveal the unfolding of the Universal Law: “We reap what we sow” or “For every cause, there is an effect.” Your Moon Nodes “reveal the track that your Soul is running on in the current life, while the rest of the horoscope echoes this and adds additional information as to how you are to make the journey.” They also reveal some of the lessons your Soul has chosen to learn during this incarnation.
WHAT BEHAVIOURS DO THE NODES CAUSE?
The sign and house placement of the South Node tells where you are in over-drive. It is an overly easy area we return to , to quench our thirst, but we can self-sabotage here. It is comfortable, warm and familiar. The nature of this longing is shown by the sign of the South Node. For example, in Libra for justice; in Capricorn a need for control; in Taurus, the craving is for material security; in Leo, for recognition; in Gemini, for information.
But, the nodes are not black and white. The North Node certainly isn’t completely positive, and the South Node isn’t all negative. Some astrologers seem to suggest that one evolves by struggling to be one’s North Node and forgetting the qualities of the South Node house and sign. While the South Node seems like an old comfortable pair of shoes, what many astrologers ignore is that the South Node is your innate area of talents and gifts and the sign and house of the North Node represent circumstances and activities that usually feel unfamiliar. The North Node is the “secret shadow” of the South Node sign. But the North Node is the key to getting energy flowing. That’s why the North node reveals an area of massive growth potential in your life. Consequently the North and South Nodes must work together to achieve the best in you.
Many astrologers, who work with the nodes, maintain that the Sun, the North Node, and the South Node are three pivotal key-points in grasping a holistic definition of a horoscope. However, I see that there are more than three clues in a horoscope for a good analysis and understanding of a person. I would also look at the planetary ruler of the Nodes (and its aspects), plus the planetary rulers of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant, plus the Midheaven.
AN EXAMPLE OF USING THE NODES AS PART OF SHORT EXAMINATION OF A HOROSCOPE.
The first clue to the mystery is to examine the highest possible use and talents in your Sun sign. Your Sun sign is a personality description presenting all the positive and negative ways you can behave during your life. For example, as a Capricorn Sun, you can play out the melancholy, controlling, social snob, negative tendencies of the sign or you can use your sage-like abilities and inherent business acumen to help others rise to the top of their career and life path. Capricorn is grounded and practical. In exoteric astrology, from the Soul’s perspective you chose to be born a Capricorn in order to evolve into the highest octave of the sign. If your Sun is in the 7th house, you enter this life to learn how to relate to others and how to relate to your shadow .
The second clue is your Ascendant and third clue is your Moon. Let’s say, though, that you have a Cancer Ascendant, so the Moon is very important and it is in Libra in the 3rd house, with the ruler of Libra; Venus in the 5th house. In esoteric astrology the Ascendant is the soul’s purpose. If you Ascendant sign is Cancer, families, security and the masses (Cancer) will be vital to you. The Moon in Libra will echo the Sun in the 7th’s need to relate. The Moon sign in Libra wants serenity, harmony and beauty. Yet it thinks in terms of opposing ideas, and about the paradoxical nature of life. It can get easily stressed, yet look poised. In the third house you will need to relate through areas of communication: maybe teaching, writing, short journeys, to neighbours and siblings. Your relationships will highlight the values of beauty, romance, attractiveness, joy, fun and children (Venus in the 5th house.)
Your fourth clue is the South Node which may be in Cancer. The fifth clue is in the North Node which is in Capricorn. Thus the North Node is in the same sign as the Sun and the South Node is in the same sign as the Ascendant. So this person has to leave behind dependence, moodiness, avoidance of taking risks, spending too much time at home, and controlling other people though emotional over-reactions. This person may use the past to avoid the present. With the South Node conjunct the Ascendant they may have come back to this life to complete a mistake made in a past life and don’t assume it was the last one. It may be a life that occurred thousands of years ago that the soul has picked out for its intensity of difficulty and the challenge is to evolve rather than repeat it.
THE NODES AS THE FOCUS OF KARMIC ASTROLOGY.
Many astrologers, who lean to karmic astrology, believe the North Node is the most important point in the chart. It is unique to each person and describes what your Soul wants to learn and experience in this life. It is a soul messenger, describing the evolutionary needs of your Soul. When we act out the qualities of this Node we heal and nurture ourselves. It tells us in what area of life we need to bring emphasis, and some of the ways to do it. The North Node has a sign, a house position, and aspects, and is an excellent suggestion, similar to the idea of a personal guiding Pole Star. By contrast, the South Node describes the qualities brought over from our previous life, and describes how we lived when we were young.
Our deeply habitual ways of being and thinking are shown here, and as we mature we tend to act out the qualities of our South Node less. It shows both the unhelpful and negative qualities that our Soul wishes to move away from, as well as containing what Carl Jung talked about as the “gold in the shadow”. This gold is the unconscious unrecognized talents and abilities that we bring over from a former life or that are simply latent or repressed qualities. It is wise to uncover and use the gold in the South Node, while leaving any negative and redundant patterns behind, and to move in the direction of the North Node. Most astrologers would agree that the South Node reflects karmic qualities of our previous life, describing the unfinished business and things that we didn’t ‘get quite right.’ Although there are gifts and talents shown there, it is the North Node that points to the qualities our Soul wants to use and acquire in this life. Take a good look at what your North Node tells you. It might feel challenging, but it offers wonderful suggestions.
A LONG EXAMPLE : SCANNING THE CLIENT’S CHART
So how does this all work together in a chart? I am going to focus on a client who has an Aries South Node and Libra North Node. His North Node is in the 4th house and South Node is in the 10th house. “Houses” are the areas of life where things get acted out, and the Nodes are each in different houses. His Mercury is in Pisces is conjunct his Sun in Aquarius conjunct Chiron. This stellium is in the 9th house. The Sun-Mercury are opposite Pluto in Virgo [in the 3rd house], square Mars in Gemini [conjunct ascendant in the first house] and square Jupiter in Sagittarius. Most of this grand square is mutable. The nodal axis squares an opposition between Moon and Saturn in the 2nd /8th house axis.
This a client with whom I have done a great deal of shamanic healing. I see him as a research subject, so he gets free healing. In this life he is Mars-Pluto tradesman (Gemini) : a welder, mechanic and what is called a fitter, which means that he worked with all sorts of huge machinery (Mars) including building and rebuilding parts of mines, power stations, water recycling stations, giant sewage stations, trains, trucks, and massive mining equipment. Much of the work in mines has been setting explosives (Pluto and Mars), as well as teaching skills (third house) and teaching exercises for fitness (Mars and Virgo.) He has many trade qualifications and although he helps the engineers with their plans he does not want to be a university qualified engineer as he says they spend most of their lives behind a desk. This man prefers the outdoors (Sagittarius.) Most of this work is solitary (Saturn), even though he always has a trades assistant, and his work is in remote geographical places with other men who chose to work in these isolated places. He is quite eccentric (Aquarius.) He had tattoos and many earings long before it became fashionable. He looks like a Viking and is fascinated by this time in history.
The client is of slight build, but has massive shoulders (Mars in Gemini) from years of lifting great weights. He could lift more than his own weight, so was enormously (Jupiter) strong (Mars.)
THE CLIENT’S REASON FOR ATTENDING.
The reason the client came to me originally is that he had a great of physical pain (The Moon is the body and the 6th house is health.) He avoided the fact that he smoked, drank quite a lot of coffee and consumed quite a deal of sugar and one energy drink a day, which contained gurana. He consumed no alcohol or medications. So for a start we were looking at denial and self-sabotage. The endless pains were in his knees (Saturn – skeletal system- and Capricorn), his back (the Sun), shoulders (Gemini) and the bones of his neck. He had done yoga, been to naturopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths and various medical practitioners. None of this worked, but he was not prepared to give up the addictions (Neptune.) He had broken his back twice in his life, but had enormous willpower and walked both times after six months. Before he broke his back he was training as a diver for the Olympics. He had also broken his collar bones and had life-threatening heapatitis (liver is Jupiter), but after considerable shamanic treatment that was healed.
At first I sent him to a friend who was a shamanic practitioner and she healed his hepatitis contracted from his first straying wife. His second wife had Crohn’s disease (Cancer Moon) and had links to the Mafia. He looked after her, but when she had an affair he left and never saw her again. He married again, but left this woman after two months, because her children angered him. He said he should never have bothered with women again. I began working with Simon in 2008 four years after he had left the third wife.
And at first I had a friend in the house when Simon came as he was an angry client. So if you are a beginning astrologer this is a warning not to be naive and put your self at risk.
THE SUBJECT’S PAST LIVES.
When I started some past life regressions and ancestral regressions (with healings) with Simon to see where the core problem originated, the core problem seemed to be literally dozens of lives as a soldier where he lost his leg below the knee, had his head chopped off and was killed with a sword in his back, a great number of times. He never seemed to be a commander, but in many lives he was a Scottish foot-soldier (Mars, Aries South Node.) In other lives he was just a boy, who saw his entire family slaughtered in the Scottish highlands a few times and was left alone to survive (Nodal axis square Moon opposition Saturn.) He was a very violent Viking a number of times who came to pillage in Northern England. He slaughtered monks and defenceless British families. In turn he was hacked down. In each lifetime the events were healed through psychopomp work, restructuring and shamanic extractions were made. This did work. These past lives related to his prominent Mars conjunct Ascendant and his South Node in Aries in the 10th house. Mars governs violence, wounds, weapons, iron and steel and is the god of war and aggression. Mars energy can be used destructively and angrily in a fighting way or with courage and strength.
In some lives he was a lone miner (Aries South Node) who went to America to find gold and was killed in cave-ins (Pluto). He died regretting coming to America. In a couple of other lives he was a lone fur trapper who lived a solitary life with his wolf-dog (South Node Aries and Saturn.) In a couple of lives I saw him in, he was a lone timber getter who worked cutting and sending logs down the rivers in Canada and North America. In two of these lives he watched a young native American First Nations woman with a deer. She saw him, but he was too shy to approach her. This went on for years, but nothing came of it (Aries South Node trying to integrate Libra North Node.)
There were a few lives as a First Nations brave in the Plains area of North America. He was mainly (Dakota) Sioux in those past lives. In one life he did save a woman when a buffalo hunt went wrong. There was a short relationship as a result. She died young. (This life integrated the North and South Node.)
In one life in America there was a deviation to this Mars pattern of fighting or solitary lives. I saw him as a leader of many nations. He was a famous peacemaker. In this life on earth this man had sustained a ten year relationship with a Cherokee Metis woman, where she used him financially and sexually.
There were also nine lives in the Cornwall-Wales areas of Britain as druids. I only saw flashes of these rather than the details of the earlier lives I have described. I see this as linking the solitariness of Aries South Node with his stellium in the 9th house.
There were also a number of lives as kings. One was in ancient India. One was in ancient Egypt. Mostly these lives were where the client did not rule alone. His sister was the power and brains behind the throne. This is an interesting pattern and showed his ruling planet Uranus in Leo in the third.
There were a couple of exceptions. One was in the Napoleonic wars. He fought in France for the British and had a wife in England. She had been his sister in the lives I have previously mentioned. When the client was killed fighting in the war she starved to death in London. The other exception was a life where he and the same woman were part of an extra-terrestrial team who ended up on earth as the result of a navigational mistake. (Two Libra North Node families ended by the square to Moon opposition Saturn [which revealed hardship and starvation.] They had three male companions. I saw them stranded in the North of America in a very archaic time. The place was very rocky and forbidding and the rocks were red. They all died there. I think they were attacked by some sort of primitive hominid.
The other exceptions, to endless fighting, were some ancestral lives which I don’t remember clearly, but it looked like a slow progression of his family moving from the Highlands of Scotland down through Carlyle (on the border of England and Scotland) and to Settle in Northumbria and the industrial cities. Simon’s family may well have been forced into poverty by the enclosure acts which the English forced on the Scottish highlanders and the family certainly was bitter as well as poor. This is revealed with the Moon in the 2nd opposition Saturn in the 8th squaring the Moon’s Nodes. Although he lived in Australia he was born in England. His family had moved to another Commonwealth country. He had little or nothing to do with them. His father had fought in WWII, then had been a tax collector. He was an abusive, bitter, angry man, who charmed people before he broke them. He despised women as weak objects.
SCANNING THE CLIENT’S CHART
Let’s look his chart as an example. His Mercury in very early Pisces is conjunct a very late Sun in Aquarius conjunct Chiron. This stellium is in the 9th house. The Sun-Mercury are opposite Pluto in Virgo [in the 3rd house], square Mars in Gemini [conjunct ascendant in the first house] and square Jupiter in Sagittarius. Most of this grand square is mutable .
Simon’s dominant element is water and his dominant quality is fixed. So with a final signature of Scorpio he should be passionate and intense. Instead he is emotionless. One can only think something has been supressed or switched off here as one would see him as a thinking-introverted- sensing-judger. With all his Pisces and strong water he should be intuitive. What seems to have taken over is the Nodal square to the Moon opposition Saturn. He has been captured by his bitter, mean, angry, “ole” ancestors.
I have allowed this client to come to me pro bono as he was an excellent research subject. He has no interest in evolving spiritually and is only interested in alleviation of physical pain and winning millions of dollars (miraculously) in Lotto. However, as I am an holistic therapist I am interested in his holistic growth: physical, mental, creative and spiritual.
After a year of working with Simon I was convinced he exhibited the symptoms of Asperger’s Disorder, but I don’t think so any more. Firstly, Simon has always been able to hold down a responsible position and many people who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder cannot. They do not have the social skills. This man does have social skills at work.
ARCHETYPES IN SIMON’S GESTALT
The concern seems to relate to some archetypes in the subject’s holistic persona. I will examine two of these archetypes in detail.
• THE LONER. Moon in Cancer in the 2nd opposite Saturn in Capricorn on the cusp of the 8th house
• THE SHAMAN/PREIST/DRUID. Sun in Aquarius 29 degrees conjunct Chiron in Aquarius in the 9th
• THE WOUNDED COMMUNICATOR. Mercury conjunct Chiron in Aquarius ruled by Saturn in the 8th
• THE SABOTEUR. Sun conjunct Mercury opposition Pluto (in Virgo) in the 3rd
• THE TRICKSTER Sun conjunct Mercury square Mars in 1st conjunct Ascendant in Gemini
• THE LONER. Moon opposition Saturn square Nodes.
• THE SOLDIER/WARRIOR. South Node in Aries
• WOUNDED CHILD. Saturn opposition Moon.
EMOTIONAL AND SEXUAL RESERVE . Moon in Cancer in 2nd opposition Saturn in 7/8th. Karmically the archetype of Moon in Cancer clings to the past. Is this “past”, for this subject, the childhood, ancestry or past lives? Certainly it could be all three. Simon told me in counselling sessions about his heartless father who never gave him any affection, so rather than mother representing Moon opposite Saturn father represents this archetype for Simon. In past lives , with Saturn in challenging aspect to the Moon emotional reserve was necessary for your survival in a prior lifetime. This time around you are still feeling that restraint. Sometimes, you find it difficult to express your emotions to others, causing you to feel very isolated and lonely. There is a great need for a past life healing here. Saturn in the 7th indicates a block in fully relating to a partner. Saturn in the 8th house may indicate difficulties around sexual expression and possibly a vow of celibacy in a past life that needs rescinding. This may come from many lives as a druid and many lives alone. The shaman/priest/druid is the archetype of isolation. They are rescuers by nature/archetype, but once the healing/rescuing is done they withdraw. There may be a deep–seated dread of sex and intimacy. South Node in Aries suggests many lives alone.
THE WOUNDED COMMUNICATOR. Chiron conjunct Mercury. Pluto opposition Mercury. The soul has been able to communicate effectively in past lives; therefore the soul believes it still can’t speak or hear effectively. Mercury conjunct Chiron (ruler Mercury.) Subject has been unable to speak in another life. South Node in Aries. The subject only responds under battle conditions or when orders are given. It is easier to be alone and then the subject does not have to speak. While Judy Hall in her Past Life Astrology (p. 93) suggests that Pluto –Mercury “can see right into the heart of another person, totally understanding their motivation and psyche” John is gullible and has been duped many times by both men and women. As he says, “I have a soft heart” and this is his Mercury in Pisces trine Neptune in Scorpio and Moon trine Neptune and Mercury. People with a grand trine in water are compassionate. Judy Hall (p. 93) also suggests that with a Mercury-Pluto aspect “people with this powerful mind… have coerced and controlled people…” and in this life Simon has to find a way of helping people rather than misuse them. The combination of South Node Aries and the Mars –Pluto-Jupiter-Mercury Grand Square does indicate excessively, rough and aggressive ways of communicating. In all men camps where most of the people use foul, abusive language this seems to be the norm, but Simon has admitted that he does lack in communication in intimate relationships and he has trouble understanding many verbal messages from women. He told me that , “I yell at stupid women in shops and I don’t know what affection is.”
Simon has duped people in his present life too through lies (Mercy in Pisces), fear tactics and abusive criticism (Mars square Mercury and Pluto in Virgo in the 3rd house opposite Mercury), but at the same time he is very kind. He often has stopped by the side of the road to help people in the outback who’s car has broken down and he is very good at massage (Pluto in Virgo and Mars in Gemini) and chiropractic therapy, and he can tell intuitively what is troubling men, but he refuses to go down this path professionally. He rigidly stays in his field of mechanical engineering. Simon really does seem to have some sort of processing problem with the pragmatics of speech. He also may have either an auditory perceptual problem or selective hearing, because he often mishears what people say totally. Then he gets very angry with them. I can only think Simon’s Mercury conjunct Chiron opposition Pluto square Mars in Gemini and square Jupiter in the 6th is causing this, and I believe the position of his Uranus (ruler of his Sun and Chiron) in the third house is causing some sort of neuro-sensory short, if we think of his nervous system as highly charged, in fact over-charged. Brain Damage from abuse. With Sun in Aquarius in the 9th conjunct Chiron conjunct Mercury in Pisces Simon is unemotional, objective and detached, but subject likes routines and familiarity. Therefore he may be stuck in the rut many people with a lot of fixed signs find themselves in.
DSM-IV- TR POSSIBILITIES, SOUL RETRIEVAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL POSSIBILITIES
I had considered for a while that Simon answered the criteria of Asperger’s Disorder which is a personality disorder. I had taught many students who had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder and many of Simon’s behaviour resembled the behaviours of these students. However, his behaviours resembled the criteria of Schizoid Personality Disorder which included a pattern of detachment from social relationships in which he:
• Neither desires or enjoys close relationships including being part of a family
• Almost always chooses solitary activities
• Appears indifferent to the praise or criticism of others
• Shows emotional detachment or flattened affectivity (from such as walking on the beach at sunset or enjoying intimacy)
• Reveals a lack of desire for intimacy
When I was doing my Master’s Degree in Education and Counselling my professor insisted we do a whole subject on the dangers of what he called “the diagnostic-prescriptive model” which was the DSM-IV-TR psychiatric medical model of diagnosing a medical complaint and then prescribing medications. Secondly, one of the criteria for having “schizotypal personality disorder” is believing you are clairvoyant, practice ‘shamanism’and have eccentricities of behaviour. Consequently all Indigenous people; all people with Indigenous ancestry, all shamanic practitioners, pagans, clairvoyants, tarot readers, holistic healers and those who have eccentricities of behaviour are termed by the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as having “schizotypal personality disorder” (pp. 697-701.) Therefore I do not hold a great degree of respect for these medical diagnoses as they lack compassion and understandings of other cultures other than a Westernised American “apple pie and Mum” rigid Christian culture and there are so many other cultures, ways of life and religions in the world which hold equal validity.
So let’s look at some of the reasoning of compassionate social workers and psychologists about why people socially isolate themselves and disengage in close relationships. Egeland, Jacobvitz (1987: p. 271) found that people who were abused and rejected by their parents are more socially isolated, withdrawn and prone to disengage emotionally in close relationships. Howe (2005) in his book on Child Abuse and Neglect; Attachment, development and intervention states that, “ Psychologically, people raised in a climate of violence and rejection have little faith that other people will be available at times of need…”. These people are often abusive themselves and “do not trust expressions of love and warmth, care and responsivity in others. It has been their experience that when you get close and dependent on another, rejection and hurt follow. Being in a caretaking role increase feelings of anxiety and vulnerability.” (p. 74-75.)
I have seen people reveal these characteristics from missing a number of soul pieces after failed relationships. Sandra Ingerman, a world famous shamanic practitioner and psychologist says that, “Someone who lost a piece of his or her soul as a baby or a toddler will have a habitual life pattern that runs their life. People often notice that a recurring traumatic theme occurs in life that results from soul loss at an early age. An example of this would be a repetitive pattern of someone who always finds himself being betrayed in relationships.” An holistic way of gently treating Simon over a long period of time, would be a mixture of shamanic journeys, gentle (psychotherapeutic) counselling where all the patterns in his life were explained without making him bitter and even more angry, plus experimenting with group art therapy where a number of women were included in the group. Even dance therapy would be helpful and any areas of bringing back fun. I would encourage him to join walking groups or yoga retreats, again with an aim of relaxation and fun.
Often when people break off relationships they keep “a piece” of an ex-lover and although Simon had soul pieces returned from his mother and two ex-wives I feel that these pieces did not stick. With Simon’s strong Pluto he may have well attracted curses or black magic and if a person has soul pieces missing curses or spells will take effect. Likewise if a person has been cursed or has a spell on them the soul pieces will bounce off. Thus I belive he needs to have a curse unravelling- soul retrieval for him and like the film LadyHawk they must be done at the same time and then he must be taught how to integrate this.
Simon responded well to relationship counselling. He is learning actual examples of “how to be affectionate” because he said he had no idea “what affection is”. He was unwanted at birth because “his parents couldn’t afford him); grew up with three brothers; went to all boys schools; was bought up by arguing, cold parents, who never displayed affection and his birthday or Christmas was never celebrated. So he really has never learned about affection. In psychological jargon cognitive-restructuring exercises may be appropriate for any clear, irrational thoughts which are negatively influencing the patient’s behaviours. Simon is improving in his quest to be a “nicer” person and is proud of this.
If we want a clear and concise report we could say that an Aries South Node and Libra North Node person can uncover the hidden talents of
• Creating win-win situations
• Diplomacy and tact
• Giving and receiving without expecting reciprocity
• Seeing things through another’s eyes
Leaving behind these traits to make life more enjoyable
• Overconcern with survival
• Thoughtless aggression and self-assertion
• Outbursts of anger
• Indifference to how others see them
• Lack of good judgement regarding money
• My way or the highway attitudes
• Resistance to compromise
An Aries South Node life indicates a life of understanding the needs of others. After many lifetimes of “me first” you need to learn cooperation. You are to take the sharp edges out of your life and seek a harmonious balance. Past incarnations have established a pattern of restless impatience to stay on the move, but lifetime is about giving rather than taking. You have to learn the karmic lesson that you are not alone and you must share, just like you were taught at kindergarten when you were age three to four. This life’s game is not about competing, but about how fairness. Nor is this life about selfishness, judgements or opinions. It’s about learning to walk a mile in another’s shoes and unfortunately some things may be taken from you if you don’t play fairly: the more you fight back the more you lose. And indeed there may be a deep-seated anger stemming from past life memories of frustrations which blocked your self-expression. So learning to be a mediator or referee is a great idea to help you become more objective.
The balance between Aries –Mars and Libra-Venus is difficult with a dominant South Node Aries because Aries/Mars keeps thinking about themselves and their own needs rather than team efforts. The Libra North Node ruled by Venus is here to be unconditionally compassionate and loving. The house position of your South Node indicates the area of life where the “insatiable desires of prior lifetimes are still demanding priority.” The house where your North Node is shows how awareness and real happiness can be achieved through self-sacrifice, cooperation, and the demonstration and communication of unselfish love to others.”
I would strongly suggest the model I use, so when you look at the Moon’s Nodes you include the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, the south nodal ruler and their aspects and signs as well as aspects and the houses of the nodes to gain a full picture. You will probably find echoes of the nodes in this holictic analysis.
Dr Hilary Bond.
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