The North Node in Gemini 2020-2022
The North Node often represents moving out of your comfort zone, or taking a ‘leap of faith’, in order to adopt a more spiritually fulfilling approach to life. It points to the discovery of new perspectives and ideals, as well as reconnection with ancient values that may have been forgotten by modern society.
The North Node identifies the specific expressions that you are being called to explore and rediscover, so that you may find a new sense of balance, truth and harmony in your life. This is not meant to imply that any sign in the zodiac is good, or better than any other sign, or that any sign is bad. However, the North Node does call you to tune into the highest vibrations of the sign that is being activated in order to unlock your greatest potential.
While the North Node is in Gemini, the following expressions are supported and encouraged:
- Playful exploration
- Adopting a flexible, easy-going approach
- Attention to detail and nuance
- Healthy debate and conscious communication
The South Node in Sagittarius 2020-2022
The South Node has a seductive pull and may even blind your objectivity at times or in certain situations. This energy represents instinctive/automatic behaviors, beliefs and reactions, which are no longer serving your highest good. It may also represent cultural norms or traditions in our current society which we are learning to look upon more objectively.
This is not meant to imply that any sign in the zodiac is good, or better than any other sign, or that any sign is bad. The South Node merely highlights the excessive, outdated or particularly low-vibration expressions of a particular sign which we are being called to consciously evolve.
While the South Node is in Sagittarius, we must consider the potential negative, unproductive or even destructive effects, of the following expressions:
- Acting on assumptions
- Recklessness / excessive optimism
- Anger, impatience, aggression and/or closed-mindedness during confrontations with others; self-righteousness
- Neglecting important details
THE INFLUENCE OF THE LUNAR NODES BY SUN/RISING SIGN 2020-2022
ARIES (or ARIES Rising)
This is truly a time for playful exploration. Allow yourself to be fully present in the moment, letting go of both the past and attachment to future outcome. This time is important for evaluating how you communicate, and become more mindful to how the dynamics of trust and mutual respect are playing out in your relationships. Question your assumptions, and notice if you’re being defensive when you don’t really need to be. You have a strong personality Aries, and you may be coming off more aggressively than you actually intend, which is causing others to feel alienated from you.
Let your guard down, and allow for greater curiosity and patience. While you may have a tendency to want to teach others what you know, this time is more about expanding your awareness; listening and asking questions.
TAURUS (or TAURUS Rising)
This is a powerful time for deep emotional healing, which may involve untangling yourself from toxic relationships. Are you giving so much of yourself to someone (or something) that it is leaving you energetically depleted and emotionally exhausted? Are you compromising your core values in some way, to get what you want? Additive behaviors and habits may also need to be examined. The whole idea of self-care is coming into focus and you are learning to prioritize your needs in a new way. As you do this, you will be able to act with a greater sense of freedom, self-respect and confidence.
Over the coming months, there will be a growing focus on connecting with your independent, individual self. Give yourself time and space alone to tune into your instinctive wisdom and explore emerging ideas.
GEMINI (or GEMINI Rising)
This is an important time for self-exploration, introspection and discovering your unique gifts, which allows you to build confidence and self-reliance. Are you a people pleaser? Do you have a tendency to ‘lose yourself’ by prioritizing the preferences of others? If so, then you may need to create some healthy distance from friends, co-workers or romantic partners in order to feel greater freedom and ease in your life. You’re being called to choose who you cultivate intimacy with more consciously and with more discernment. Notice what situations or relationships take you out of your fun-loving, spontaneous, light-hearted self.
Over the coming months, there will be a focus on even deeper introspection, and exploring your ‘hidden self’. Release yourself from the temptation to be distracted from your own inner world. Allow for time and space to explore what’s coming up; you will have the opportunity to experience healing with the deeper levels of the psyche, leading to a new sense of inner peace.
CANCER (or CANCER Rising)
Notice where you can let go of the need for control, the need to serve or the need to be needed. This is an important time for nurturing yourself through your relationship with spirit. Deep reflection and introspection lead to a new level of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, unconditional love and compassion. You can cultivate an even deeper attunement to the nuances of your intuitive wisdom which allows you to understand your relationships from a more mature vantage point. You can also see more clearly what behaviors are not working for you.
Over the coming months, you can continue to gain awareness to your unique intuitive flow as well as the core motivations underlying your emotional needs. More and more, you are learning to witness your emotions without being swept up by them in the moment. You are tuning the truths of life that can only be understood by exploring the deeper layers of your experience, and by taking this journey you have the opportunity to gain valuable perspective about nature of all living things.
LEO (or LEO Rising)
You are developing a heightened sense of awareness to the needs of others, and how you can be in service. How can you direct your passion, dedication and generous heart towards achieving the highest good for all? This is a golden moment for you Leo, but also an important time for objective self-reflection and the development of a new level of self-discipline. It’s time for anger, willfulness and righteousness to evolve into a new expression of leadership through diplomacy, healthy debate and cooperation.
Over the coming months, there will be a growing focus on your public life, with a demand for courage and integrity in all of your actions. Remember to question your assumptions, listen and be patient. Through cultivating a deeper sense of integrity, purpose and alignment to your highest ideals, you build trust and earn the respect of others.
VIRGO (or VIRGO Rising)
You are in the process of discovering new expressions of yourself and recognizing your potential from a whole new perspective. This is an important time for breaking through self-limiting beliefs in order to shine more brightly in your public life. You are becoming aware of your talents and gifts, and you have the opportunity to set them free. What’s important now is releasing the burden of perfectionism, and becoming aware of the negative self-talk that has been plaguing your inner landscape for some time. Your instincts and ability to be present in the moment is one of your greatest gifts. By developing a deeper sense of acceptance, you create more space to share your greatest gifts with others.
Over the coming months, there will be a growing focus on establishing a deeper sense of purpose, as well as the exploration of your overall philosophy of life.
LIBRA (or LIBRA Rising)
This is an important time for expanding your horizons through new relationships and experiences, while developing a clearer sense of your personal world view and values. This time is important for you to explore the ideas and philosophies that you find truly meaningful. This can mean cultivating a greater sense of independence in your life as well as distancing yourself from certain relationships. You have the opportunity now to step out of your ‘safe zone’ as you discover the ways in which your unique gifts and perspective can really inspire others. You are learning to trust yourself more and more, and this gives you great courage.
SCORPIO (or SCORPIO Rising)
This is an important time to break down the barrier walls in your life, including those that are seen as necessary to protect. Your way of relating with others is evolving and this is an important time to be open to experiencing trust and intimacy in a new way. This is an opportunity to heal old wounds and open yourself up to new possibilities. Your assumptions and values are being challenged now Scorpio, and its time to take new risks, which actually leads you to adopt a more positive outlook on life. Even though it may feel like your whole world is turning upside down and inside out, this is no time to play it safe. Can you challenge yourself to ‘ride the wave’, even in the face of uncertainty? Be present to the adventure that is unfolding before you with a sense of curiosity. What has happened in the past will not necessarily be repeated.
SAGITTARIUS (or SAGITTARIUS Rising)
This is an important time for developing greater self-awareness and being honest with yourself about how you are relating with the people who trust and rely on you. Tune into how you are managing stress and frustration in your life, as well your approach to new situations. Question what you think you know at every turn. Notice also how you are speaking to others; you may be cutting yourself off from meaningful connection or other opportunities through your attitude and tone. Choosing your words is becoming more critical than ever, and the noble quest for truth requires a new level of commitment to subtlety, detail and individual experience. You’re being called to slow down and listen as you cultivate greater patience and appreciation for complexity. You’re discovering the rewards that come from investing in relationships with a greater sense of mutual respect.
CAPRICORN (or CAPRICORN Rising)
You are building greater awareness of your strength, which allows you to take control over your life in new ways. You are also learning to reconcile with powerful emotions such as anger, frustration, impatience and righteousness; notice the times and situations when you dwell in these states and what beliefs trigger you into these reactions. Whatever is uncovered will need to be confronted and explored as part of your journey towards self-mastery. Your power now lies in being able to be truly present in the moment, creating balance, routine and structure that allow you to organize your life according to your ideals.
AQUARIUS (or AQUARIUS Rising)
This is a time for deep inward exploration, reflection and discovery. Your focus is so often on what’s best for others, Aquarius, for the greater good – but now is a time to reflect on what’s needed for you as an individual. There is deep transformation in process now and this has the potential to shift your entire outlook on the world – having said that, don’t let yourself get caught up in pessimism and despair. This is an important time to reconnect with your unique gifts and to cultivate a sense of experiencing the world through playful exploration, through the eyes of a child. How can you connect whole-heartedly with that which inspires your joy and creativity?
PISCES (or PISCES Rising)
You have a sensitive spirit Pisces and you may need to care for yourself in ways that others don’t – this is just a fact of life. Having said that, some of your greatest gifts to the world come from your ability to tune into the pure heart of collective consciousness. This is an important time to question your assumptions, commitments, values and purpose – what is truly YOURS and what belongs to others? Explore what your own heart has to say now, and whether you are truly giving it the voice it deserves.
Common Experiences during Mercury Retrograde
- Frustrations or confusion resulting from miscommunication
- Important information tends to be missing or ‘veiled’, especially related to plans, decisions, agreements (contracts) and financial commitments
- Plans are disrupted; unexpected detours
- You feel fatigued + more likely to back out of social commitments at the last minute
- Transportation blunders, breakdowns, delays etc.
- A focus on the past, which may involve working through something currently unresolved
- A focus inward; introspection and reflection
- Being in a state of receiving; heightened intuition
- Spontaneous inspiration leading to ‘magic moments’
- Unexpected opportunities and synchronicities come to you
- Travel (especially domestic or short distance)
- Transportation (vehicles, planes, trains & their schedules, etc)
- The transmission of ‘messages’ – In Greek mythology, Mercury was the messenger god.
In the Zodiac, Mercury rules Gemini and co-rules Virgo with Chiron.
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Some ‘quick tips’ for flowing with Mercury retrograde vibes:
- Relax and trust that you don’t know what ‘ought’ to be
- Create extra time and space in your schedule for rest and self-care
- Look for the ‘silver lining’ when there are unexpected derailments to your plans, magical opportunities lie beneath the surface!
General Activities to avoid during retrograde!
- Making financial commitments or plans which are inflexible – making big purchases or locking yourself into plans that you cannot easily back out of without a financial penalty are all very risky during retrograde. Remember, key information is missing or hidden during retrograde and its shadow periods. This is also a time when unexpected events are more likely to arise, which can shift the assumptions underlying these commitments.
- Initiating New Long-Term Projects – Starting new projects such as beginning a new job or launching a new product or service through your business during Mercury retrograde typically lend themselves only to short-term prospects. So, if you want to launch a new long-term endeavor, plan to do it before or after the retrograde and shadow periods.
- Signing contracts – When you sign a contract, you do so with the assumption that all of the relevant facts and details are known – however during Mercury retrograde, remember that the chances are much higher that we do not have yet all of the relevant information!