North Node in Virgo, South Node in Pisces
October 9, 2015 – April 28, 2017
In an old Hindu myth, a mortal snake trespassed into the meeting place of the gods and stole a sip of the Nectar of Immortality. The snake transformed into an immortal Dragon. No longer able to hide, he was BUSTED! There is no undoing the Nectar of Immortality, but the great god Vishnu did what he could to punish the transgression. He cut the Dragon in half. The Dragon now spends eternity circling the Zodiac in two pieces, on opposite sides of the sky. The North Node is the front half, the Dragon’s Head. The South Node is the back half, the Dragon’s Tail.
The dragon last moved through Virgo and Pisces 18½ years ago, between February 1997 and October 1998.
In western astrology, the Dragon represents this lifetime’s karmic lessons. The Dragon’s Tail has the gift of strength from the tail itself and the hind legs that power movement. It represents qualities that are well-developed but need balance and direction. This is the back half of the dragon, which also contains the stomach, so there is hunger there. Its placement in Pisces shows us that the hunger is for a feeling of spiritual oneness, a state of blissful oblivion where our problems are miles away.
The crux of the problem is, the stomach cannot feed itself, but it tries. When it does, it creates chaos and problems. We cannot satisfy our Piscean cravings through Piscean means. It just doesn’t work. We must connect with the mouth to feed the stomach. Nourishment has to come in through the Dragon’s Head, now in Virgo.
The Dragon’s Head has less brute strength, but more finesse. The eyes and ears see and hear what’s going on; the brain reasons and makes connections. Most importantly, the head has the mouth, where we take in the nourishment that will satisfy the South Node’s hunger.
We all develop coping mechanisms that help us deal with the more painful experiences in life. These coping mechanisms get us through hard times. But when the South Node is in Pisces, we need to understand that escaping painful feelings does not make them go away. It only kicks the emotional can down the road. At some point, we must face the painful feelings that lie at the root of the desire to escape.
With the Dragon’s Head now in service-oriented Virgo, we get that satisfying sense that everything is okay, when we roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, and get directly involved in making the world a better place. An easy way to apply your spiritual consciousness in a practical way is to sign yourself and your family up for some volunteer hours. Spend some time helping out and doing something you love, and see if you don’t feel better about life.
Work: Think like a scientist. Design your experiments carefully, noting what works and what doesn’t. Fortunate connections, especially in the world of science, research, health care, teaching, and coaching.
Love: We need psychic boundaries to keep our energy intact and stop others from draining our energy with gossip or Poor Me stories. Take yourself out of the Drama Triangle, and save your efforts for people who are committed to leaving destructive patterns behind.
Health: Notice how your choice of TV, music, company, and foods impacts your emotions. Work on replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones.
Did you know that the digestive system actually has its own “brain”? The enteric nervous system is connected to, but can make decisions independently of, the brain in your head. This is where “gut feelings” come from. When they come up, pay attention!
Did you know that at least 80% of your supply of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that allows for even, stable moods, comes from bacteria in your gut? We can all benefit from scientific discoveries about the gut microbiome while Jupiter and the Node are in Virgo. I expect we will also learn more about the physiological mechanisms of addiction, endocrine disorders, immune system disorders, hypersensitivity, and allergies.