‘’In the future there will be no boundary between media anticipating our desires and completely dictating them. The integration will be so sophisticated, memories of agency will become a myth’’
Astrologers (myself included) tend to be prescriptive because people often come to us to help them contextualize their lives and more extensively the past and the future. Modern astrology also has the reflex of attributing the North Node with progress and positive manifestations and the South Node with release and purging the bad stuff. But what if the Nodes of the Moon and the Eclipses were simply describing a condition and a process that is not necessarily good or bad but just IS?
In the past two years, the Nodes of the Moon (where the eclipses take place) were moving through the sign of Gemini and Sagittarius with the South Node in Sagittarius seemingly removing mobility, perspective and faith (Sagittarius words) while the North Node in Gemini brought a challenging amount of contradictory information to contend with and an over emphasis on the news and media. Was it a good thing that we became immobilized and unable to project ourselves into the future (South Node in Sagittarius) while spending an unhealthy amount of our time socializing in zoom rooms and speculating on the veracity of the news? (North Node in Gemini) I wouldn’t say so.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the compelling nature of the North Node (Rahu /The Head of the Dragon) as it tends to act as an insatiable force wherever it is emphasized. The North Node is said to compel because it is a head without a body and doesn’t have a stomach to digest. Therefore, it can never feel quite satiated which is another way of describing how the pursuit of material desires cannot bring lasting satisfaction.
With the North Node currently in Taurus it feels to me like a time of embodiment and simplifying what has become overly complicated which is some of the good qualities found in the sign of Taurus. However, there is also a reflex of not wanting to rock the boat and just wanting to stabilize and secure things. Which is understandable after the two years of trauma we have collectively endured.
The tail end of the Eclipse Dragon (Ketu /South Node) is currently in Scorpio and will be there until mid 2023 and is being delineated (very simply) as a good time to purge negative emotions. Scorpio being a sign of profound transformation and the South Node often compared to a point of saturation, it makes sense that this would be a good time to release some of the trauma and heavy feelings that have been accumulating since 2020. The South Node in Scorpio could also be described as a time of profound loss.
Most astrological delineations about this cycle of eclipses tend to emphasize the good qualities of Taurus and the bad qualities of Scorpio and I think this is an oversimplification of the current astrology and it kind of misses the point.
The North Node in Taurus has been compelling us into Taurean behaviours like trying to stabilize things and follow the path of least resistance as opposed to rocking the boat even further which is totally understandable because people are exhausted from being in a permanent state of trauma. Scorpio might be trying to have a real and honest conversation but Taurus is shushing them and saying:
‘’Not right now, not in front of the guest darling’’.
So it might not be possible to get to the bottom of something right now even if you would really want to. People don’t have the bandwidth for more intensity (a scorpio word). You may have to be content with what’s on your plate but as the year unfolds, you might eventually have to face some of the hard truths especially if you have important placements in the Fixed signs.
I would say that the Scorpio Lunar Eclipse on May 15-16th (which would be a Full Moon if it wasn’t eclipsed) describes a condition of spiritual, emotional and intellectual constipation and hijacking. Why would I say that? A Full Moon in Scorpio would usually be delineated as a cathartic event because it would expose and illuminate (Full Moon) difficult emotions and conditions so that they can be processed, purged and released. Scorpio is not afraid to get down and dirty into the depth of emotions, pain, trauma and taboos. Scorpio has an x-ray vision that allows for a very real and honest appraisal of whatever it is looking at. However, there might be no way to get the release you actually need right now which could mean that things might be left undigested for the time being.
This Full Moon in Scorpio is being eclipsed so it’s kind of like an emotional (Moon) catharsis interrupted or the inability to focus and get a clear picture of what’s bothering you or what you need right now. You might have to live with the ambiguity of your anger or the impossibility of getting a clear answer which could feel draining if you’re trying to move on.
At the time of the Lunar Eclipse, the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio (the mind of the people) are both applying to a square with Saturn in Aquarius (time constraint, the rules, responsibilities, limitations, reality) showing that there is an inability to flow or move into deeper intimacy with ourselves, with others, and with our true desires, probably for a bunch of totally legitimate reasons and mostly because things will tend to flow into what feels harmonious, stable and secure even though that’s mostly just a bias. (thanks to the North Node currently transiting in Taurus)
MARS CONJUNT NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A screen sits between you and your loved ones.
A screen sits between you and your true desires.
A screen sits between you and what’s real.
I’ve been watching the Moon swell up all week knowing that a lot of us are feeling emotionally and spiritually exhausted which is pushing us to find contentment in the present moment. But I also know that there is a lot of anger and disappointment lodged in so deeply that it can’t even be identified and released right now and that a lot of us are actually dissociating.
This Scorpio Lunar Eclipse is ruled by Mars in Pisces which is currently conjunct Neptune so the usual martial functions are totally diluted. Mars is focus. Mars likes things to be clearly delineated and efficient. Mars wants to get to the point so that it can move on but Neptune is blurring the lines.
Mars is anger, desires and self-agency. Neptune is fantasy, illusion, and dissolution. Qualities that if you spend any time at all on social media are most likely deformed because these platforms are engineered to hijack your consciousness and your free will (another Mars word). Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces could be misleading. You know you’re being lied to, you know you’re being manipulated but you can’t really locate where it’s coming from except for a lingering malaise.
Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces is like a sailor lost at sea in the fog, being lured by mermaids further and further from the shore. (reality) Mars conjunct Neptune shows a condition of desires being hijacked by fantasy. A situation where glamor and projection covers reality with the soft glow of longing for something that is not quite tangible.
”Let’s just pretend, let’s play make belief”
Mars is still angry but anger and vitality (Mars words) are getting dissolved into pursuing or getting lost into the intangible realms of Neptune. What’s your escape? What’s the balm that soothes you? What’s the medicine that pacifies you?
Venus conjunct Chiron in Aries at the time of the eclipse speaks of castrated will, unfulfilled desires, or lost of autonomy.
Some things can’t be solved right now because there is an inability to name things. We can’t name things because we are overwhelmed, tired, distracted and at lost for words. Mars conjunct Neptune is confusing. What should feel like a simple equation is too complicated to untangle.
Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces ruling over the eclipsing Full Moon in Scorpio is like being trapped in a hall of mirrors. We might be confusing a projected image for our true desires or we might be just too numb to care. Either way, one thing is for sure is that the current astrology speaks of collectively dissociating deeper into the virtual and media circus while our desires are being deeply embedded into the algorithm. And this hijacking of our will and of our desires is really something to think about. It could become harder to ignore as we progress through the year and more holes get revealed in the stories we chose to believe.