(Q): I am looking at a chart that has Pluto at 16 Virgo conjunct Uranus at 14 Virgo and Mars at 10 Virgo. These all square the South Node in Sagittarius and the North Node in Gemini. The ruler of the North Node and also the Virgo planets (Mercury) is conjunct the South Node in Sagittarius. It is an Aries Ascendant chart with no intercepted signs, thus all the signs are in their natural houses. Pluto is applying to the Gemini North Node, but the ruler, Mercury, is conjunct the South Node. This seems to exacerbate the Pluto Square. What is the resolution for this?
All I know of this person is that they are stuck in a pattern and see no way out. This seems to be the felt effect of Pluto square the nodes. In addition, transiting Pluto is squaring the natal Pluto at the moment, so certainly these issues would be coming to a head. The polarity point of Pluto (Pisces) is tenanted by Chiron which also squares the nodal axis creating a mutable grand cross. It seems to me that the individual needs to find his center in the movement of change and that the sense of security he is seeking is found in each moment by creating new self-awareness born of how he reacts in new situations instead of holding onto old situations that may feel secure but work against the intention of the mutable archetype. All of the planets in the chart are in mutable and fixed signs, but I don't know the actual houses. The ruler of the North Node is Jupiter in Taurus. What steps do I take to unravel the resolutions and what polarity points apply? Also, how do you work with charts when the exact birth time is unknown?
(A): The resolution is entirely thru the North Node and the ruling planet, Mercury, which is conjunct the South Node, relative to Chiron's squares to these nodes. The South Node last formed a conjunction to Chiron; this is why the person feels so stuck. All is bound up with the prior patterns that he has brought into this life, which are all based on setting in motion so many different directions and dynamics that were never completed or fulfilled, and the karma therein, which is trying to complete itself via the skipped steps in this life.
In the end, it comes down to the person accepting the fact that his soul is needing and desiring to 'unravel' all the complications that he has made for himself and others due to not following thru or completing what was set in motion before this life via directions and dynamics for himself and others, and, again, why he feels stuck. But this is of his own making and the challenge is for him to adjust his psychological attitude to what this life is about: to finish that which was not finished before. This can be done thru embracing the Pisces consciousness of the Chiron in Pisces, a form of consciousness which is not getting stuck or focused on each detail or circumstance of the life, but a consciousness that is 'above' it all, transcended if you will, which then allows for a 'response' to each situation within and without that must come and be allowed to culminate in the knowledge that he is responsible for these conditions. Only in this way can he be freed from it all and move into the next life unencumbered by what is culminating in this life. If not, he will repeat this chaos again.
North Node Ruler Square the Nodes
(Q): I'm working with a client who has Pluto in Virgo in the 12th house, the South Node in Pisces in the 6th House, with it's ruler, Neptune, in Scorpio in the 2nd house. The North Node is also in Virgo in the 12th house, with its ruler, Mercury, in Gemini in the 9th house squaring the nodal axis. This client is male, Jewish, White, born in the U.S., middle class socio-economic conditions and 3rd stage individuated. How would you interpret the North Node ruler also being a skipped step?
(A): There has been an inflation of the ego thinking that his ways, methods, beliefs or philosophies, and his way of 'interpreting' a given phenomenon has been the only right way. Also, even though the soul has been thirsty for information and philosophies and the meanings of such, there have been patterns of collecting information relative to this desire without that information being linked with actual inner revelation or understanding. That is, he has collected all types of knowledge from external sources and in his own eclectic way tried to synthesize it into his own 'knowledge.' The lesson through the skipped step is to stop the external collection of knowledge and to go deep within himself intuitively and learn to ask questions within and then wait for the answer to inwardly appear of its own volition.
Too Many Planets Square The Nodes
(Q): I am looking at a chart with Pluto, Uranus and Mars all in Virgo in the 10th house opposing Sun, Saturn, Mercury and Chiron in Pisces in the 4th. They all square the nodal axis, with the South Node being in Sagittarius in the 1st and the North Node in Gemini in the 7th. In Pluto 1, you talk about Pluto square the nodal axis as intensified "skipped steps" and mention that with other planets forming aspects to the nodal axis one needs to determine the evolutionary condition. With Pluto involved in this square, does that mean all the planets involved are "skipped steps?"
(Q): The polarity point of Pluto applies, and Pluto is applying to the North Node. With the resolution being in the 4th house through the Pisces polarity and South Node thru the North Node, what is the meaning and intention of the North Node ruler, Mercury, also squaring the nodal axis?
(A): To recreate dynamics that equal circumstances of the past life patterns but to now make 'new choices' in the face of those circumstances versus the old choices.
(Q): Also, in the case of "skipped steps" you talk about the second Saturn return as a possible resolution (which is a while off for this chart). But currently Pluto is in orb of conjuncting the South Node and activating the whole grand square pattern. How does this work as an opportunity for resolution?
(A): By making new choices in the face of old circumstances and dynamics.
(Q): Would this indicate a key evolutionary time?
(A): It's critical and correlates to a time that the soul has been waiting for in order to break free; time to seize this opportunity.
(Q): Since house positions are so important, how do you work with charts of unknown birth time?
(A): You have to have the ability to determine the birth time when unknown by using the evolutionary paradigm itself. Pluto can only be in one of 12 houses, so it becomes a matter of asking questions that correlate archetypically to each house, questions that have a yes or no answer. It is a matter of elimination in order to determine the house position of Pluto in this way. At that point, you have reduced all potential birth times to within a two hour time frame. From there you ask questions that would connect or correlate to the archetype of the possible signs that could be on the Ascendant, with the various planets shifting by house as you do so. It is this kind of elimination that will produce the right birth time to within minutes in most cases.
(Q): I have a difficult time synthesizing planets and nodes that are flipped in the chart in house position; for example, a South Node in Sagittarius in the 3rd, with the North Node in Gemini in the 9th. I find it even more confusing if, for example, the ruler of the South Node (Jupiter) might be in the 9th. I also have difficulty figuring out the bottom line of a polarity point of Pluto such as a Pluto in Virgo in the 12th, with the polarity point being in Pisces in the 6th, since the Pluto is describing already some of the past conditions which involve Virgo-type experiences, but the polarity point is then in Pisces and conditioned by the Virgo/6th house. I have a difficult time weeding out what has already been experienced as opposed to what is the yet inexperienced evolutionary intention. Do you have any hints as to how I can frame that in my thinking so I can integrate it?
(A): Yes. This is a difficult thing for many people to understand. Just remember that the house always comes first as a primary cause, then the sign that conditions that bottom line or house. In these oppositional symbols you first have the theme of a natural paradox that the soul has created for itself, and the intent within this life is to unlock and reverse that paradox. Using your example of Pluto in Virgo in the 12th house, and assuming a first stage spiritual condition, the soul has had as its core desires the 12th house: to consciously begin the journey back to God/dess, to 'spiritualize' the consciousness, to understand its relationship to the Creation, the Creator, and so on.
And yet in this desire, the Virgo archetype has tried to understand and realize the underlying desire thru 'learning' a variety of methodologies and 'techniques,' of desiring to check out and explore a diversity, over lifetimes, of different forms of 'spiritual knowledge' at an intellectual level, as if the gathering of such information was the 'way' to actualize this intent. The result is that the core desire itself gets 'lost' within this cumulative diversity of 'spiritual' thought forms that lead the consciousness this way and that way, and ultimately landing in a state of hopeless confusion when the thought forms begin to collide and conflict with themselves, and so on.
In many cases such souls were fooled by wrong teachers and 'teachings,' all of which seemed so good and right in whatever moment the soul was attracted to them. This leads progressively to a state of disillusionment and bewilderment, a kind of spiritual bitterness, even as the core desire is sustained. Thus, the polarity point becomes Pisces within the cause of the Virgo or Sixth House, which means to unlock and reverse this paradoxical condition by remembering how to simplify the core desire of the 12th house, to get out of the left brain head of Virgo and thus all the techniques and methodologies, and to throw away the books and stop 'analyzing' God/dess, and oneself thru extension.
It means to stop listening to external authorities and to simply 'remember' how to feel, smell, touch, and experience God/dess in every moment in all things that the person does, both without and within, and to remember the most simple of natural truths that are based upon the natural law of cause and effect that keep the consciousness ensnared in thought itself. By using the natural law of breathing, with the inhale/exhale equaling the law of cause and effect, thought and counter thought, this allows for the remembering of how to allow the body to stop breathing and thru concentration within the third eye, it then allows for a conscious union of the soul with the Source, God/dess; all 'complexities' will now be dissolved in this simple truth. There will be no more analysis, just simply direct knowledge and 'knowing,' with a switch from left brain to right brain knowledge. The paradox is now unlocked for good.
(Q): I am not yet feeling how a planet functions as a skipped step. I am looking for material to refer to or some way to extrapolate from the Pluto material what the key note might be of each planet as it functions to represent a skipped step. For example, if I think of the archetype of Aries and Mars--new beginning, identity, perpetual self-discovery, desires, self, will--and if Mars is the skipped step, then can any and all of this be the content of the unfinished business?
(A): Yes, and typically it can also include unresolved anger or rage and the sense of having a special destiny that is unfulfilled. The key to all of what you have asked is observing many clients over many years. Study the charts of 'famous' people and retrofit their life experiences to what you observe in their charts.
Questions on Pluto Dynamics
(Q): Is there a general evolutionary condition when the rulers of the North and South Nodes are square?
(Q): Is there a general evolutionary paradigm when the Ascendant is square the nodal axis, and what is the nature of the skipped step here if there is a general one?
(A): Primarily, this involves an emotional paradox linked with relationships. The cause is that the Soul feels within itself that it has some special destiny to actualize, with the feeling itself being primarily instinctual in nature. As a result, the Soul desires to have enough circumstantial freedom in order to act upon the instinctual desires that will lead to the actualization of that special destiny. Conversely, the Soul also desires to complete itself thru relationships, not as the dominate partner in which the relationship primarily revolves around the individual, the Soul, but in a relationship based on true equality in which they give to the partner for the sake of giving, as well giving to the partner what that partner actually needs versus what the soul/individual thinks that the partner needs.
This has created the emotional paradox for the Soul because the fear that is generated relative to the paradox is a fear of being limited or 'entrapped' within such a relationship that is perceived to then undermine the need for freedom that leads to the actualization of the 'special destiny.' As a result, the Soul will re-attract in this life partners from other lives in which the relationship has not been completed based upon the above evolutionary need.
(Q): In the case where Pluto is conjunct the North Node but a planet is also conjunct the South Node and is square the Ascendant, how would this dynamic serve as a block to the North Node/Pluto conjunction?
(A): The above dynamics would be magnified a great deal until the lesson is learned. Added to these dynamics is the evolutionary need for both individuals within the relationship to actualize their own inner security within the relationship and, depending on the level of evolution, i.e., from the third stage individuated and above, the need to begin the radical deconditioning from the existing society's 'norms' of what a relationship is, to begin to return to natural law and natural gender actualized and defined within the relationship.
(Q): In regards to the question about the rulers of the North and South Nodes being square, in this case adding to the emphasis even more, the planets are: Mars in the 1st ruling the South Node and Venus in the 11th ruling the North Node. Going by what you said, this symbolism fits perfectly: i.e., I would intuit that the dynamic of being instinctually driven to fulfill a special destiny and needing the space to actualize it (Mars in the 1st) and at the same time wanting a relationship based on true equality (Venus in the 11th) would in this life have to be given a new form to operate through (Square).
So, wouldn't this be a case where even though the planet (Sun) conjuncting the South Node (opposite the North Node/Pluto conjunction) is stressful (square the Ascendant), it's actually 100% supporting the bottom line soul intention of inner security/absolute resonation with natural law (Pluto in Libra in the 4th house)?
Skipped Steps And Sun
(Q1): I'm looking at a chart where the Sun in Aries in the 3rd house is squaring the nodes, with the North Node in Capricorn in the 12th house. Does this mean that the person needs to incorporate that Sun as a previously skipped step and that the resolution node for this life is the south Node? Or does she have to incorporate that skipped Sun to finish up the South Node dynamics and then return to the orientation of the North Node?
(A): When the Sun squares the nodes it does not mean or correlate to previously skipped steps. The Sun correlates to our current life purpose and how we go about integrating our sense of purpose within the current life. When the Sun squares the nodes it means that the soul could create skipped steps in this life. The potential skipped steps would be seen in the house/sign/aspects to the Sun relative to the houses and signs of the South and North Nodes, and the placement of their respective planetary rulers by houses, signs and aspects. Thus, when this symbol is seen in the birth chart, it is necessary to understand this and counsel the person accordingly; i.e., the full development of all those archetypes. If this is not done, it will then manifest as skipped steps in the next life.
(Q2): When the Sun squares the nodal axis, does the same rule apply as to any other planets?
(A): No, the Sun does not correlate to 'skipped steps' from a prior life point of view. It does mean that the potential of creating skipped steps in this life exists within that symbolism. The nature of the skipped steps would concern the houses and signs of both nodes, the house and sign of the Sun, and the location of the planetary rulers of both nodes by houses, signs and aspects. Plus, the house that has the sign Leo on it would also be included. Mindful of all those dynamics, it is necessary, in this life, to fully actualize all of those dynamics, not some, but all. If this is not done, this will correlate to skipped steps created in this life that are taken forwards into the next.
(Q3): I was wondering if this is also the case during a solar arc or progression of the Sun to the nodes, that one has to be mindful of the dynamics one is creating and also if one is trying to avoid something, then the person will not be let off the hook easily, so they might as well deal with it. Does that sound right?
(Q2): Thank you. I felt something like that, but wasn't sure how to interpret it. The chart I'm looking at made me realize that the Sun's square must mean something very newly developed, and the present life choices must be the key.
I would like to ask some questions in relation to the following chart: Jupiter in Leo is in a balsamic conjunction to Pluto in Leo in the 2nd. The South Node is at 12 degrees of Gemini in the 11th, with the North Node being in Sagittarius in the 5th, thus Pluto just transited it. The Sun is in Pisces in the 8th squaring the nodes. Mercury is in the 7th in Aquarius in a balsamic conjunction to Chiron, while the 7th house cusp is Capricorn. Pluto and Mars are in an 'old' waxing trine, with Mars in the 6th in Sagittarius. Neptune, the ruler of the Sun, is in the 4th house in a first quarter trine to the Sun. This is the chart of a male who is transiting from 3rd stage individuated to 1st stage spiritual in this life. Would it be correct to say that the present life intention and challenge is to transform all old beliefs and ways of relating to the outer world in the following ways:
1) To create a life style and a livelihood that is based on the person's intuitive knowledge and a more spiritual involvement, thus moving the service area that the person already practiced in past lives and the present life in common areas to more spiritually inspired areas (natural spirituality versus patriarchal spirituality).
2) Developing a technique that "feels right" for the person as a daily spiritual practice i.e., some kind of yoga, deep meditation, etc. to get in touch with his "inner self," the soul, and his true desires (4th house Neptune, Sun in the 8th in Pisces), as well as some kind of healing method that helps to uncover the deep wounds to the emotional body that resulted from traumas of this life and others.
3) Osmosing, merging with totally new bodies of knowledge that will help to remove the limitation of the old "reality structure" that was based on authority from the outside world and to now develop inner authority (Pluto and Jupiter polarity point)?
4) By doing the above, the intent is to create an utterly independent life style and livelihood that reflects the newly gained understanding, and teaching and sharing that "new truth" or natural truth, to others in order to help them to liberate themselves, too (5th house North Node in Sagittarius). In this way, the South Node intention to serve humanity on a larger group scale will also be fulfilled.
5) To create or re-create a relationship with absolute commitment that is based on equality without any kind of dependency on the part of each of the partners. To transform sexuality from the patriarchal "mechanical" involvement into a total emotional and physical involvement with full eye contact. Remove all consensus norms of "being in relationship" or "being man and woman" and "playing the old roles". Encouraging the woman to play out the more aggressive sexual role that can bring healing for the sexual suppression and guilt in both.
Am I on the right track in trying to understand the life lesson in this chart, or am I overlooking something?
(A): Yes to all of it, including the natural forms of Tantra that manifested from the original matriarchy.
Moon Square The Nodal Axis
(Q): Does the Moon square the nodal axis also indicate some new present life challenge and the possibility of making decisions that would lead to skipped steps in the next life?
(A): First, any planet (except the Sun) that squares the nodes, including the Moon, correlates to 'skipped steps' from other lives--always. Thus, there is 'nothing new' in the current life that correlates to skipped steps. The soul will recreate the circumstantial reality in this life that mirrors and triggers prior life dynamics that correlate to what those skipped steps are, and if the soul makes the 'old choices' as it did in other lives, those skipped steps will be carried forward yet again. Conversely, if the soul makes the 'new choices' that honor the evolutionary necessity of recovering those skipped steps, then the soul's evolution can proceed.
A simple example is myself. I have a Pisces Moon in the 4th house square the nodes, with the South Node in Sagittarius in the first house and its ruler, Jupiter, in the 12th house, and the North Node in Gemini in the 7th house. First, I was totally anti-relationship yet again in this life. My only relationship being to the Source. All else was stupid and irrelevant to me, and, of course, having children was out of the question. Thus, the circumstances necessary in order to induce the old dynamics that demanded new choices relative to the skipped steps of emotional intimacy with a human, and thru extension children, that could follow that, did occur. And I did make those new choices in the knowing of this evolutionary issue. I have now raised eleven kids in this life, with five of them being step-kids, all of whom have a Pisces Moon!