A NEW WORLD CYCLE by Boots Hart, CAP
examination of the 2005 Pisces Virgo Lunar Nodes and their 18.5 year
Lunar Nodes (also known as the Nodes of the Moon) are about to complete
an 18.6 year cycle of the Zodiac. This latest round of the zodiac
ends early on June 22, 2005 (or late on June 21st, if you happen to
be in western Alaska or Hawaii)
meaning that by the time you
begin going about your business on the morning of the 22nd, a new
18.6 year long world cycle will have begun.
The Nodes are said to be worldly because they represent the intersection of the Moons orbit
around the Earth (a personal and/or daily cycle) with the path of Earths orbit around the Sun (societal
and/or the entirety of life).
Cycling backwards through the zodiac, this Nodal function thus indicates where your personal life meets up with
that of the world around you at your company, through your society, and in the world as a whole, a fact
which is evidenced first and foremost by the length of this cycle: eighteen years. Eighteen is famous in societal
circles. Eighteen years of age is when society endows us with many rights and privileges. Eighteen is also when
it expects us to tow the line with regards to certain duties and responsibilities associated with adulthood. Eighteen
has long been a length of time associated with various legal factors. Its also the number of years a remarkable
number of people spend doing something before either giving up, getting recognized for their achievements, or
in the case of parenting children, for instance when who sets the rules shifts from the local
(lunar) nexus (ones parents) to the society.
Macrocosm reflects in microcosm, as well
many psychologists and relationship experts suggest that people
know (and actively date) a prospective mate for eighteen months before even beginning to contemplate that most
societal of human rites: marriage.
All these eighteens echo the cycle of the Lunar Nodes, and how well we cope with these passages speaks
volumes to how well we succeed in our overall life.
So this years events are entirely telling. And on June 22nd (or 21st, as noted above) the Lunar Nodes move
over zero degree zero Aries, backing into 29 degrees Pisces, starting a new 18-year cycle.
Understanding societal cycles are important. Your personal relationship to, and interaction with society is often
succinctly delineated by various 18-year cycles initiated as the lunar nodes come into conjunction with various
planets or angles of your natal horoscope. And even if youre not an astrologer (or have no knowledge of
your personal chart), paying some minimal attention to the lunar nodes can pay off quite handsomely.
When the North Node enters the sign of your Sun (or some other sign associated with some planet or axis of your
or the opposite sign, all the areas of life associated with that planet (or axis) are affected.
When the North Lunar Node conjuncts a planet or point, a new cycle begins. When the North Lunar Node opposes a
planet or other chart point, those aspects of life get either get tested for validity or produce an advancement,
a defeat or a life lesson the result of which determines whether you continue at all, move
on to the next step or start all over again.
However, given that the lunar nodes travel in eternal opposition, the North Node conjuncting any given planet
(or axis) does mean the South Node is opposing it, right? Right. And of course the vice versa of this is true,
Wherever the North Node is represents the direction were meant to grow in.
Associated with ease and familiarity, the South Node is what you already know. It thus gives you something to
grow from, but its not what you should simply maintain, hold onto or otherwise refuse to change. Many astrologers
think of the South Node as embodying past life qualities, that being their reason as to why we all
seem so comfortable and attached to South Node attributes, habits and lifestyles. We know them. We get
them. We find them easy.
But were not in this life to do the easy thing. Were put on this planet to grow. Our purpose is to
use who and what we are to make a better life and not just for ourselves, but for the world around us.
Remember, the Nodes are essentially societal. This is the message that were not supposed to just live in
our comfort zone, our little worlds, our heads or our back yards. Were meant to develop who we are there,
sure. But were also meant to take that out into some venue which is bigger than ourselves.
In other words, we arent supposed to live in our South Node
.natal or transiting. No, not
even if we want to. And yes, we often want to.
So as the nodes move through any given pair of signs, times change. Your world
your life, your career efforts,
your social efforts, your relationships are rewarded where (and to the degree that) they are in balance - and
get challenged where they arent.
The same is true on a global basis. When the North Node moves through any given pair of signs, societies flourish
where theyre functioning well and suffer problems and upheavals where they arent. Not that societies
are any more likely to like doing North Node things than we as individuals are. Societies like the known
too just look at the entrenched bureaucracies, old and outmoded ways of doing things, the struggle so many
countries have with reconciling traditional values with modern life.
And dont think this is anything new. It isnt. Any in-depth study of social and societal history will
reveal that humans have been resisting change (while demanding it) for as long as we had language with which to
be doing so.
And its precisely this push-pull,
clamor for change while resisting it which is so very nodal. When the North Node conjoins a planet or moves into
a sign, were supposed to work on those aspects of our life. Meanwhile, the South Nodes position lures
with whispers of ease, dislike of effort, fears of failure, urges to just go with what we have
To a great degree, what is called for is the melding of the two signs the integration of the entire spectrum
involved in the zodiacal polarity (the signs of both North and South node). Balance is being called for
an enlightened balance. And the way the cosmos works, the part which always needs to be worked on (or emphasized)
are issues which are north nodal in nature. The things which need to be let go of or lessened in emphasis
are the south nodal ideas.
So when the North Node opposes a planet (and the South Node conjuncts it), were supposed to rid ourselves
of the impurities and negative manifestations associated with the planet an sign. Not
that were all that likely to want to. But if we give in to the South Nodes miring draw, we end up
in a tar pit.
Sound unpleasant? It is. Furthermore, if you ask any astrologer who knows their nodal stuff (and who isnt
prone towards sugar-coating) theyll tell you that if you continuously cling to South Node stuff
and refuse to do your North Node growth, youll eventually manifest physical weaknesses or illnesses
associated either with the sign of the South Node in your natal chart, or the native ruler of the house in which
your natal South Node is posited.
Heres an example for those of you who are familiar with your chart.
Example: Your horoscope has a South Node in Gemini in the 5th house. Illnesses commonly associated with
Gemini have to do with the limbs and/or lungs (or breathing processes). The native ruler of the 5th house however,
is Leo (Leo being the 5th sign of the zodiac). Leo health issues commonly include the heart, back, hair and
problems having to do with light or sun.
Dont neglect this point, as the universe
can be a tough teacher. Life isnt cruel, but it isnt a bed of roses, either. You get what you earn,
you dont get what you dont earn, and you not only dont get rewarded for not obeying universal
rules, you often suffer the universal consequences which is not the same as being punished. In this sense,
life is simple: with the choice of each act (or lack of action) you also choose the consequence. Well chosen actions
reap rewards. Badly chosen actions reap disappointments and difficulties. And yes, if youre life has been
one long litany of problems, I would suggest taking a good hard look at your charts nodal structure
and the planets which rule your nodes, the signs on the houses in which theyre placed and the native rulers
of those houses.
If in doubt, consult an astrologer. Yes, youll probably have to pay them, but itll be money well spent
providing youre willing to make changes. If you arent willing to change, dont bother.
Now for some good news. With the Nodes, the rule is that if you will do your North Node stuff, once
you become proficient in that aspect of your life, youll get all your South Node pleasures without even
having to try.
So how long does each sign transit last? Well, lets see
eighteen (years in a cycle) divided by twelve
(signs of the zodiac)
means the lunar nodes will spend about two-and-a-half years in any one pair of signs.
For the last two-and-a-half years, the nodal handwriting on the wall has been about being an (Aries North Node)
individual. Its been about not taking our (South Node Libra) value from others. Its been about learning
how to not need someone in our life to validate us or complete our plan or to make anything
possible. This has been a time to learn about how to live with courage. How to be a truly independent
individual. It was about being forthright, whole, responsible and creative about what you do and what you make
North Node in Aries has asked us each to stand up and do what we knew needed doing. It was about not just going
with the flow or ignoring your need to be whole and uniquely productive just because someone else needed
North Node Aries/South Node Libra was also not
about being so independent that you alienated everyone in sight. It did not say you should be so ingrained in
your opinions as to set yourself up as the Prime Authority to whom all others must bow. This is a combination
which at its extremes can manifest either in arrogance or capitulation and neither extreme is good.
So ask yourself: have you spent the past nodal chapter (of approximately 19 months) living in the (Aries) North
Node or the (Libra) South Node? Did you give yourself over to anyone who offered you approval, advice or a promise
of salvation or did you listen to advice or opinions and weigh what they actually mean to you? Did you
Were you willing to be your own person when it came to tastes and likes, or did you try to please others, impress
others show you were the best or just give in so you didnt have to rock the boat? Did you try to convince
anyone that they should agree with your likes and dislikes - and alienate them if they didnt? Did you avoid
responsibility or enable someone else to avoid their responsibilities? Did you look for what would work,
or for just those things which you liked, felt good about liking or were already familiar with and/or fond of?
Okay. And to paraphrase a well-known slogan, howd each of those choices work for you?
Truthfully? Chances are weve all done a little of each north and south nodal stuff. Chances also
are that the North Node stuff has gone pretty well while the South Node stuff has been
Thats the way the nodes work. North Node stuff is hard. It requires stepping out of your comfort zone and
learning how to do things you literally dont know how to do as you begin. In doing so, the North Node constantly
requires us to face and deal with fears of failure, trepidation about the new and the all-too-common issues of
time and exhaustion.
And no, those last two arent cosmic excuses. Time and exhaustion are all too mortal manifestations. When
you dont have the time and your just plain exhausted, chances are youve already invested far too much
energy and time in South Node doings, for in the end, the South Node doesnt free us the North Node
does. The South Node may feel comfy but the comfort of the South Node is a comfort of limited circumstance.
Put more simply, its a trap. That job you dont bother looking for today leads to tomorrows eviction.
The discipline and effort you dont hold yourself to today or which you fail to teach your children
today, or require of your spouse or employees today leads to tomorrows overwhelm, the failure of businesses,
to children who either cant survive as independent adults or who make self-destructive choices.
This goes back to the prime and primal North/South node concepts: the South Node you cling to eventually crumbles
or undermines life. The South Node pleasures one automatically receives once they undertake and master their North
Node tasks is positive and life-enhancing.
So with the North Node going into Pisces
and the South Node going to move through Virgo, what exactly does
that tell us?
The essence of the answer to this question lies not so much in what youre doing in your life, but why. This
part of the nodal cycle is greatly about not running away. From what? From whatever is difficult. If feelings
your feelings, or disciplining your feelings is hard, face that. If the idea of making something of yourself in
a worldly way arouses feeling of trepidation, make the good effort. This passage asks those loners to join the
world and asks people who are afraid of being alone with their thoughts to find comfort in the company of their
During this passage, theres no hiding in or from anything. Its about facing up to what needs to be
done, is best done and which youre capable of doing even though you may not be sure you know how to do it.
It asks you to find a way to contribute to life to others
even the whole world.
And yes, this is where the assignment gets all sticky and nodal. Remember, when it comes to North Node things,
we start out either not knowing how to do it, or pretty sure we dont want to do it. And with the North Node
now in Pisces, avoidance, giving in to misgivings, fear, insecurities all those bugaboos
just all too likely to be all too common on any of a number of all too discouraging levels.
But North Node in Pisces also gives us
a clear message on how to get through our challenges: by having faith. By doing the responsible thing. Polarities
have very clear messages. If you look at the negative sides of any given pair of polar opposite signs,
youll interestingly find they have more than a whole lot in common. The negative side of Pisces is about
withdrawing, walling ones self off. Its about abandoning hope, and giving up all faith in self. The
negative side of Virgo Pisces polar opposite is about not trying, not making the diligent, applied,
determined effort. Its about finding excuses which allow you to not move towards individual life goals
generally by dissipating your time and energy in a hundred little things which would seem to be important in the
Both sets of negatives are really about fear. Fear, and ego. And this nodal passage is all about getting past
such limitations. North Node in Pisces asks us to get past pre-conceived notions in order to participate in, and
be rewarded by a wider world. Its a two-and-a-half year moment when you can work to rectify
your worst mistakes, solve your most problematic problems, and escape your very worst habits and limitations.
Yes, even life-long habits.
And if you dont? Well, the bad news is that if you dont make an honest attempt to give these ideas
a try, youre likely to find yourself in some sort of sincere pickle by the time the nodes roll on into Aquarius
and Leo come late 2007.
so lets have another top side view of this before ending this discussion. Unlike every
other astrological symbol (with the exception of the Astrological Ages) the cycle of the Lunar Nodes move backwards
that is, they begin in Pisces and end in Aries.
This is very important, as it tells us the process of how to interact successfully with our world. Pisces is the
broadest of all universal signs the antithesis of the I/ego/self orientation of
Aries. So if we remember that the zodiac is a process, this tells us that in order for us to succeed in the world
(and for the world to succeed as a whole) understanding the needs, beliefs and emotional values of others comes
This idea of starting universal and ending in the individual is a very non-intuitive way
to work. After all, arent we all taught to start small and work our way up to the grand and gloriously expansive?
Yes, we are. So this nodal message makes little sense - until and unless you remember that nodes are societal.
To succeed in society, you must first look past your own values, opinions, likes and dislikes at what society
values, likes, dislikes and what societal opinions are. Step by step, the round of the nodal cycle brings
that back to the personal self and along the way, the lessons can be tough. In the third step
that of North Node in Capricorn, many people get so immersed in worldly doings they completely lose sight
and track of the benefits of home and family. By the sixth step North Node in Libra people can lose
themselves entirely in the process of servicing the needs, demands or desires others put, or project upon them.
Or they can decide to shut other people out completely.
How this works on the intimate scale in your personal life is, again, delineated by how the placement of the lunar
nodes in your natal horoscope and the timing and sequence with which they conjunct (or oppose) various planets.
But the worldly cycle applies as well. No matter where the nodes lie in your personal chart, the passage of the
North Node through the universal signs (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Sagittarius) is a time for learning how
to proper through interaction with society which all starts with North Node in Pisces.
North Node in Pisces asks that we all let go of preconceived notions in order to learn better in any of
a number of ways. North Node in Pisces asks us not just to work on, but to share our ideas and the fruits of our
labor. Without doing this, we wont be able to get into position for North Node in Aquarius a time
when substantial rewards can be reaped.
And yes, for you who have followed my discussions of the Fixed Signs, North Node in Aquarius is the time when
your spirit can enjoy a lot of personal satisfaction but that depends on you doing your Fixed Sign stuff
and dealing with North Node in Pisces first.
In short, this is the beginning of an entire half-nodal cycle (9.3 years) of worldly emphasis, attention and endeavoring.
Back in 1997, the tide shifted inward. Since then, many people (and countries) have place more emphasis on internal
values than getting along with the greater world. Its affected everything from politics (national
and international) to home building and buying to the marriage (and divorce) rate.
Does this mean that if youre in a marriage where the partners have been more involved in their own psyche
and internal needs than those of their partner and/or the health of the relationship that come June 22nd everything
is going to turn into a bucket of peaches and cream? No. But it can. To get to those just desserts,
however, the first thing youll have to do is to get past all the hurts and resentments which have built
up during the interim. You have to let go of the old, and start by looking at the values of the relationship as
a whole. Not of relationships of your relationship
those things which drew you two together
to begin with. Was it humor? Going out dancing? The idea of having a friend to grow old with?
This is a time to reset the clock. Watch carefully and youll see whole societies, industries and social
systems trying to do just this in the months (or year) ahead.
Those which do, be they individuals, nations or corporations those who do their Pisces North
Node work will profit from their efforts as time goes by. Those who dont, wont. Its pretty much
as simple as that. Without dealing with that which needs dealing with now, without doing that which needs doing
now, you wont be able to enjoy the many pleasures life can indeed hold.
And one more thing: dont think that trial and error doesnt involve a few errors along the way. This
is not a perfect process nor is it supposed to be. One of the things North Node in Pisces teaches us is
how to weather that old maxim try, try again which itself suggests that the first time may
not always be the charm.
The universe doesnt require that
you win every hand. The universe doesnt even usually let anyone win every hand! What the cosmos does require
however, is sincere, dedicated and responsible effort
efforts which now begin a new cycle of growth with
each one of us facing our fears, our frailties, our uglies and personal ugga-boogas. By moving past them, we give
ourselves permission to win.
And yes, it all starts with you.
So remember as of June 22nd, its not what you do so much as why you do it.
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