The 2019 Summer Eclipse Season: Lunar Nodes and your Vibration
*Before reading this article, it is highly suggested you look up you North, or Ascending Node here. Your South Node is exactly opposite your North Node.
Once again, we find ourselves on the brink of a powerful Summer Eclipse Season. An Eclipse season officially starts when the Sun is within 17 degrees of the North or South Lunar Node. Lunar Nodes are the intersection of the Sun’s path and Moon’s orbit. They are energetic vortices that are just as powerful, or more, as the Moon and the rest of the planets. The Lunar Nodes, like other cosmic bodies, are positioned in astrological signs. Currently, the North Node is in Cancer and the South Node is in Capricorn. The Nodes shift signs every 18 months, affecting our Eclipses and our karma.
This current Eclipse season began June 21st when the Sun moved within 17 degrees of the North Node in Cancer and will last until July 27th. The Sun’s proximity to the Nodes is what makes it possible for an Eclipse to occur. This current Eclipse season will bring us one Solar Eclipse on the New Moon in Cancer July 2nd and one Lunar Eclipse on the Full Moon in Capricorn July 16th. The Eclipses and the overall 34 days of the Eclipse Season are flavored, or themed, by the energy of Capricorn and Cancer. These vibrations will affect all of us and will help to activate our personal lunar nodes and nodal path.
We each have a North Node and a South Node in our personal astrology, or birth chart. Part of our life’s journey is to shift from the energies of our South Node to the energies of our North Node. Eclipses activate our personal Lunar Nodes helping us make leaps and bounds on our life's path. Each Node, just like planets, is positioned in an astrological sign. They take on and transmit this vibration to us at the time of birth, influencing our soul’s quest for evolution. We come into this world knowing and understanding the energies of our South Node. We have mastered them in a previous life. They form our comfort zones and the places we return to over and over again simply because it’s familiar. Each zodiac sign has a low side and high side to its vibration. We must be careful to not get attached to the low side of our South Node out of familiarity. Part of our nodal journey is to detach and leave behind the lower vibrations of our South Node.
The North Node, on the other hand, holds the energetic qualities that we are here to master. They often feel foreign, but persist in showing up over and over again in our lives until we pay attention to them. Our North Node helps form the life lessons we are here to learn, how we learn them and how we integrate this information into the rest of our being. Our job is to master the high side of the energies of our North Node and mold them into our new place of comfort.
For example, my North Node is in Virgo, while my South Node is in Pisces (Nodes are always opposing). My soul came into this world understanding the energies of Pisces; it is my default, so to speak. It is very easy for me to get lost in my own head, and exist in a world that no one else can see because it’s a dreamland. Although comfortable and blissful, that energy does not serve my productively well or really the rest of my chart. In comes my North Node in Virgo. Through working patiently with this energy, I am able to organize my consciousness and put it in neatly ordered articles for you to read. Order and structure are something known to Virgo, as is healing. My karmic path is to bring order to the chaos in my mind and transmit it in a healing way of service to the world (btw it took me 37 years to fully grasp this concept).
With each Eclipse Season, we are brought the energy of the current Lunar Nodes to help us work through our personal Nodal Path. During the Solar Eclipse, the Sun and Moon will pass through the North Node in Cancer, with the Moon blocking out the Sun for a period of time. This Solar Eclipse can only be seen from parts of South America but will be felt by everyone worldwide. The energy provided from this Solar Eclipse will become a catalyst for our North Node’s activation, encouraging us to align with our nodal destiny and make huge shifts in our lives. We will be urged to accept the fate of our North Node and start working on the lessons that it holds for our journey. This activation is grounded in the energy of the Cancer, the sign of nourishment and renewal. Essentially this Eclipse is a time to align with restoration and our intuition, both qualities of Cancer, to make steps towards our personal North Nodal energy. In the example of myself, self-care and nourishment this Summer will help me further grasp and integrate the energies of Virgo (my North Node) into my life.
Lunar Eclipses occur during a Full Moon when the Moon is at one Node and Sun is at the other causing the Earth, in between, to block the sunlight from the Moon. When there is a Lunar Eclipse, both Nodes are equally activated, pulling on our energy, leaving us feeling torn apart between our past and our future. If we can observe and understand this feeling, though, we can simultaneously shut the door on our lower vibratory South Node energies, while integrating the energies of our North Node. This transition is the opportunity afforded to us each Lunar Eclipse. Opposing signs are two sides of the same coin. They often don’t understand each other because their expression of the energies is different, but their core is the same. Integrating the high vibrational energies of our Lunar Nodes is the challenge and opportunity presented to us each Lunar Eclipse.
Our current Eclipse Season brings us a partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn July 16th. This Eclipse is themed by the vibrations of Capricorn which are grounding, focus and stamina. Capricorn brings us to our core and reminds us of the importance of staying true to our integrity. On the Lunar Eclipse, the energy of Capricorn will help us detach from the lower vibrations of our personal South Node and create space to evolve into the next version of ourselves, more aligned with our North Node. Again, in my own example; grounding my energy and refocusing my vision on my core values this Eclipse Season and Lunar Eclipse will help me shed the lower vibrations of Pisces. In this release, I’ll make space for more integration of the higher qualities of Virgo.
During an Eclipse Season, there is great room for growth, expansion and continued evolution. Each Eclipse opens a portal for us to step through and on the other side, we are at a different point on our Nodal Path. Eclipses speed up our evolution and an Eclipse Season often brings us serendipitous events that fuel the process of shifting from South to North Node. The energy of the Eclipse Season can feel intense, we often have to face things in our life that aren’t comfortable but are meant to continue and further us on our journey. On the flip side, patterns and limiting beliefs that have been holding us back can shift in an instant due to the cosmic energy supporting us in leaving behind these lower vibrations.
During this Eclipse Season think about what holds you back and what thoughts and behaviors you are addicted to from you South Node’s influence and how the energies of Cancer and Capricorn can support you in your growth. Become more aware of your comfort zones and what triggers you to run back to them. Continually ask yourself “who would I be without this thought/behavior?” Then look to your North Node for inspiration. What would the North Node version of yourself do? Know that by asking these questions you are elevating your vibration. With an elevated vibration, you will become more aligned with the flow of your life. Most importantly you will be able to accept and manifest your true potential.
Enjoy the journey of this season and the journey of coming home.
Cover Image via Rebecca Reitz