Planetary news this week: Cancer New Moon and the Nodes change signs

Astrological update for the week of July 10-17, 2023

The lunar nodal axis shift. The changing of the Nodes of the Moon from one sign to the previous sign is an interesting pattern which suggests a revisiting of the past in order to move more fully into the future.The Nodes of the Moon are actually points in the sky rather than physical bodies; they mark the intersection of the orbit of the Moon with the orbit of the Sun and the crossing point between the consciousness of incarnation (Sun) and the subconscious instincts which guide us towards our inevitable fate (Moon).

The South Node is exactly opposite the North Node as they move backwards through the signs, moving from one polarity of opposites to the previous one.  (This excellent article explains why.) Unlike the traditional order in which we progress from the initiation of Aries to the solidification of Taurus, and then on to the diversification of Gemini to the connectivity of Cancer (and so on), the Nodes take us on a journey to retrace our steps into the past where we must clean up past karma before moving forwards.

The nodes of the Moon change signs about every 18 months as they travel backwards through the zodiac, and the mean nodes have shifted from the Taurus/Scorpio axis to the Aries/Libra axis. With the North Node in Aries, the focus moves from the security needs of Taurus to the courage and assertiveness of Aries. The warrior and adventurer must now take precedence, but this will require balancing our relationship needs with the South Node in Libra. The South Node can indicate an area of life which holds us back, and while Libra is tactful and diplomatic, sometimes […]

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