Astrology Class - When Outer Planets Transit the Nodes, and the Nodes Transit the Planets in a Chart
Category: Astrology Basics Written by Robert Wilkinson Views: 1909
It seems certain topics come in cycles! This time last year at KISS we were discussing the effect of the Nodes conjuncting a planet in a chart, and outer planets transiting the North Node, and the topic has come up again. What can we expect during these heavy spiritual spans of time?
I’ve added new material since the last time I offered this to you. The Nodes transit all our planets during their 18 year cycle around the zodiac, and each cycle brings new growth and releases. They are the circumstantial push and pull on our natal qualities. I’ll speak about this later.
The outer planets are a different story, because they conjunct our Nodes very infrequently due to their long cycles. While we all experience Jupiter and Saturn conjunct our Nodes every 6 and 14 years respectively, Uranus may conjunct one Node but not necessarily both, since it takes 84 years to make a transit of all 12 signs. And no one lives to see Neptune or Pluto make conjunctions to both of our Nodes.
Jupiter’s orbit is one complete trip through all the signs in 11+ years. That means if we live to be 72, it will conjunct our NN a minimum of 6 times, and even 7 if Jupiter immediately leads the Node. An example of this would be those born in early 1951 with Jupiter in mid-Pisces and NN in late Pisces. As of 2011, they had 6 Jupiter conjunctions with their NN.
Jupiter conjunct the NN begins a grand new adventure in personal evolution according to the sign and aspects. As Jupiter spends about a year in a sign, then it means it conjuncts ALL North Nodes every 12 years, opening new doors to that sign’s line of development.
Saturn’s orbit is one complete trip through all the signs in 29+ years. That means if we live to be 88, it will conjunct our NN a minimum of 3 times, or 4 if Saturn leads the Node. That means Saturn conjuncts ALL North Nodes every 30 years, and each time brings a new maturity and structure to our line of development according to the sign involved.
Uranus takes 84 years to circumnavigate the zodiac, so it usually only conjuncts the NN once in a lifetime. Obviously, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto conjunct our NN would be a “once in a lifetime experience,” with transpersonal spiritual energies acting to stimulate our “line of greatest development” in their own unique broad-spectrum ways. Uranus awakens our development if/when it conjuncts our NN, and if we live long enough, will experience this.
Of course Neptune transiting the NN would be a “once in a lifetime experience” (literally!) because unless we live to be over 165, it can only happen once. Any outer invisible spiritual planet transiting over any significant point in our charts is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Neptune was in Sagittarius from 1971 through 1984. Neptune was in Capricorn from 1984 through 1998. Neptune was in Aquarius from 1998 through 2012. Neptune entered Pisces in 2011 and will be there through 2025. So everyone with NN in Sag, Cap, Aquarius, and Pisces has had or will have a Neptune transit over their NN. It’s happening to me as you read these words.
With Neptune, collective consciousness has come to show you how you must grow, whether you know it or not. It shows you can grow in the direction of the collective atmosphere. Of course, that could be good or bad, depending. "Group think" is usually unwise, whereas "compassionate connectedness" is usually a good thing to cultivate. This conjunction can awaken a vast feeling-wisdom.
(Answering a question, I didn't go into Pluto because if you have a NN in Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer, Pluto has never conjuncted your NN, and even those with NN in Leo or Virgo never experienced that if you're under 50. As it is, those with NN in Libra felt Pluto's conjunction in the 70s and early 80s, while those with NN in Scorpio felt Pluto's conjunction from the early 80s through the mid-90s, and those with NN in Sag felt Pluto's conjunction in the late 90s through 2008. Those with NN in Capricorn have been experiencing Pluto's conjunction since then. Obviously this deals with larger transformational energies that most are unaware of on a daily level.)
It works in a different way when the transiting NN conjuncts one of our planets, as then the generic line of development in “real time” comes to visit a specific planetary principle and “department of labor” in our lives. Then how we express that planetary energy is pulled into development, specific to various Lunar positions.
The reason I add this qualifier is that the North and South Nodes are the Nodes of the Moon, and not the nodes of the planets. Yes, each planet has a North and South Node as well! This is a huge area for exploration for someone with patience and persistence.
As the Nodes move through all the signs fairly quickly, they will in fact push and pull every planetary energy we have several times in a life. Every 18 years, we get every planet pulled to develop with the NN conjunctions, and then at the midpoint of the cycle have to either let go or show what we know related to that planetary energy through the SN conjunctions.
I’ve observed that when the North Node conjuncts one of our planets, it begins an approximate 9 year period of growth and development of that planetary principle within us and outside us. Then after 9 years the Nodes have reversed, and the South Node transits the planet touched by the North Node 9 years before.
When the South Node transits a planet, it begins a 9 year period of “showing what we know” related to that planetary functions. So it’s like we go through 9 years of growth, and then 9 years of demonstrating how we’ve grown, followed by another 9 years of growth beginning at the next North Node conjunction with that planet.
To illustrate, the North Node was in Virgo from Nov 2015 through May 2017, in Leo from May 2017 through Nov 2018, and occupies Cancer from Nov 2018 through May of 2020. That means all our Cancer, Leo, and Virgo planets are in a 9 year period of growth, while all our Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces planets are in a 9 year period of release and demonstrating what we already know of those qualities. You can see how this explains many things about why we’re developing certainly qualities at certain times in life, and then there’s nothing more to learn for several years while we “show what we know.”
A final thing to contemplate: a very important consideration in our chart involves the Eclipse before we were born, since Eclipses involve the Nodes. Those of us born just after an Eclipse have the same Nodes as the Eclipse, indicating whether we’re building or releasing certain larger growth tendencies. Those born before an Eclipse will find the transiting Nodes conjuncting their inner planets soon after they are born, since the Nodes move backward through the signs. These positions show us the developmental pulses each chart moves with over time.
Anyway, enjoy taking a look at when the transiting Nodes moves through your houses and conjuncted your planets. You may find interesting correlations between what you were learning and what you were letting go of or having to perform for your world.
Just a few things to consider as we inhale and exhale experience dancing across the intersections of Fate Street and Freewill Street somewhere on Eternity Boulevard.
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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