When I first realized half of 2019 was Saturn conjunct the South Node, I swore out loud. Then I triple checked the ephemeris. Surely the Time God could not be parked on the South Node from April until October. Six months of Saturn-heavy soul-mining and reckoning with the past? And, this with Saturn strengthened by being in proximity to Uncle Pluto and his home constellation of Capricorn. But it’s true.
However, as foreboding as it sounds, I have good news re this lengthy trip of heavy-metal Saturn. First, a clarification. Saturn conjunct the South Node is the same as Saturn opposition the North Node. That South and North Node of the Moon are always in exact opposition to one another. They’re not orbiting planets or even asteroids. They’re hypothetical points that are more poetically called the Dragon’s Head and the Dragon’s Tail.
You can wax esoteric about the South Node or Dragon’s Tail as being a karmic portal, representing your existences up until now. Or focus on the North Node/Dragon’s Head as a beacon. Conjure up a better fortune by choosing themes and scenes related to your North Node (the Astral DNA birth chart report has some ideas). While the South Node aesthetic and culture can seem appealing or comfortable, it keeps you stuck.
South Node Culture Can Seem Appealing, But It Keeps You Stuck
Having Saturn conjunct your natal South Node is a once every 28 years only personal transit that has a distinct effect. If you ever doubt the veracity of the South Node, wait till Saturn, Pluto, Uranus or Neptune cross over it. It’s potent. Saturn over the natal South Node is like one of those movies where the person gets drawn back to their hometown on some flimsy narrative pretext, only to confront unresolved issues and found themselves anew.
Or a crime heist plot where one last job leads to the protagonist encountering the father they thought was dead. Circumstances often compel the person to re-experience old dynamics to understand them better. It’s a consciousness-raising trip that feels more like working in a quarry.
But Saturn conjunct the South Node in Capricorn until October is not that intense. It’s more universal. You can take it or leave it. However, as it is an integral part of the Capricorn Convergence of 2020, I’m recommending taking it. Yes, like wormwood tincture or cold showers.
Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn tracking along together is an unprecedented opportunity to delineate dynamics laid down in your past. And, as Saturn is a worker, to not merely feel them or recollect something but to methodically re-pattern them. The sector of your birth chart where you have Capricorn is the it-zone for this process.
If There Is A Karma Police, Saturn Is The Top Karma Cop On The Beat
It’s also got a strong whiff ancestry and lineage. If there is a Karma Police, Saturn is pretty much the top Karma Cop on the beat. Insights around your heritage – psychic and cultural – come unbidden. Saturn conjunct the South Node is an opportunity to bring the measured, deliberate and logical light of today to bear on some of the more puzzling or painful events from your past. And, the best part about it? It’s Saturnine Vibe so being an archeologist to yourself involves no time off work or lengthy sabbaticals. It will improve every facet of your performance and help you become better at wielding power.
What would become of the ‘ignore’ option? It’s more likely to involve grotty people from your past popping up in a tedious mode and a vague but weighty miasmic nostalgia.
I say do it. Pluto conjunct the South Node for the last month was a fantastic warm up. No subliminal scripts are going to be humming away in the background running your processes.
Think of the next six months as your chance to do a repair-job on aspects of your life/psyche/relationships that you did not know were even broken.
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