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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sub-personalities, the Self, and Transiting Planets

Dear Readers~
My sense is that most of you who come to this blog are looking to find out more about your North and South Nodes. Hopefully, you’ve been able to look below at the column on the right to find your North Node sign and house position. From your personal emails and comments it seems that you are getting what you need…and for those of you who want more, there is the new North Node Astrology book, and the possibility of a personal reading done by phone in the spring.

As many of you know, I don’t try to tackle your particular Nodal story in an email or comment, as it would be un-ethical to try to do that much without considerable time spent on your chart…and that is what I do in a reading. As helpful as the Nodes are in understanding the larger map of your psyche, they have to be taken in context with the whole natal chart. The Nodes are arguably the most important point in the astrological chart, yet I believe we make our way in life in good part by honoring the demands of our particular transits and progressions.

That said, I’m still open for any thoughts or questions that you have on the Nodes, or other astrological topics, and I welcome your suggestions. I’m not a believer in the “gloom and doom” theories of other astrologers in these times….despite the square between Saturn and Pluto in the heavens, I would ask you to look at what Jupiter and Neptune are doing in your transiting chart as well. In fact, every single planet has a divine purpose and our lives can so often be seen as the “best of times, and the worst of times.”

Which is to say, that no matter what planetary influence you’re operating under now, you have a choice on how to “play it out.” No aspect is either all good or bad; and I’d ask you to reconsider how you’re thinking about your Nodes and your transits now—can you re-imagine new possibilities and permutations? Can you envision the highest possible expression of these energies? What planet might you have overlooked?

Planets are like sub-personalities, and we all have times of dissociating with parts of ourselves. Carl Jung wrote about the core “Self” as the integrating center of our lives. I like to picture this as the center of a circular mandala, and this Self is like the committee chairperson, who gives equal time to all the planets/personalities/archetypes as they raise their hands to speak. The transits to these planets in the natal chart are the times when these “sub-selves” or planet/voices have raised their hand to speak. And when they do, it is the time to listen.

We can be thankful that no transit ever comes before its time! The Nodes point to the long range directional journey, but the transits point to the particular curve in the road at the moment. They are the specific challenges and opportunities that we are meant to engage with at the moment. So read your “maps” well, and don’t overlook the hidden blessings in the moment that are quietly asking to be attended to…..some of them have had there hands raised for a very long time.


  1. Dear Elizabeth,
    Yes, some have had their hands raised for a very long time. I am so very grateful that I have been aware of that and called on them. I have recently realized expressing my joy (that has finally come out of "The Darkest Night of the Soul",James Hillman) makes most people vibrate deep inside and not in a comfortable manner. They have already forgotten the two years of the deepest darkness that I have ever been in. So,I do understand and I just step a little aside continuing with my JOURNEY. Your writing has been SO VERY helpful and I thank you for that! I love the NODES and it has always been the first thing I look at in a chart.
    So, thank you again....I am very grateful.

  2. Joan~ thanks so much for your encouraging comments! My sense of you is that you are indeed a very courageous and grateful person....and a person of wisdom. Blessings on your journey....with love, E~

  3. Thank you Elizabeth!!!
    Just want to correct the title of the James Hillman book, which is extremely helpful if one is in a very dark place. "The Dark Nights of the Soul"...........for me they were the darkest............AND NOW THERE IS LIGHT!!!!

  4. hi elizabeth~i too resonated w. 'some of them have had their hands raised for a very long time'.recently i've come to the place in the 'dark wood' that dante speaks of and so in this time of not knowing quite what comes next, i consulted the i ching. a lovely image emerged of 'being like an old fox on thin ice during this time of regeneration.' i'm realizing this time of regeneration calls for listening to all those aspects of my life who have had their hands up a very long time: i'm afraid to listen to them and also curious for i know they hold some of the cues to how things will unfold from here in my life.

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