Astrology of Now: Through The Looking Glass
As some readers of this blog may have noticed, I couldn’t bring myself to take a close look at the close of polls chart for the US election. It was just too important — and I was scared of what I might find. However, a couple of weeks ago, when I was writing your horoscopes for November, I saw something that made my heart leap into my mouth — in a manner of speaking — something which I could not ignore.
It was the passage of Neptune through the South Node in Pisces this month. The image that sprang to into my mind immediately was “Through the Looking Glass”.
“How would you like to live in Looking-glass House, Kitty? I wonder if they’d give you milk in there? Perhaps Looking-glass milk isn’t good to drink — But oh, Kitty! now we come to the passage. You can just see a little peep of the passage in Looking-glass House, if you leave the door of our drawing-room wide open: and it’s very like our passage as far as you can see, only you know it may be quite different on beyond. Oh, Kitty! how nice it would be if we could only get through into Looking- glass House! I’m sure it’s got, oh! such beautiful things in it!
Let’s pretend there’s a way of getting through into it, somehow, Kitty. Let’s pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through. Why, it’s turning into a sort of mist now, I declare! It’ll be easy enough to get through — ‘ She was up on the chimney-piece while she said this, though she hardly knew how she had got there. And certainly the glass was beginning to melt away, just like a bright silvery mist.” — from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Neptune slides through the keyhole of the South Node in a few days time, but yesterday and today, the Moon slipped through the sign of the fishes, sliding over Neptune and through the South Node. For a few days, the silvery Moon lights up the path Neptune will have to tread through this deepest part of the Piscean ocean.
Neptune in Pisces 2011-2025
Although Neptune has been in Pisces for many years and will stay for many more, this moment happens just once in that time. Indeed the last time Neptune joined the South Node in Pisces was October 1849.
So far Neptune seems to be extremely powerful in its own sign — and indeed to be gaining momentum and power as he goes along. This is the planet of illusions and magic, fairies and Dionysus, dissolution and dissolving, in the sign associated with mass hysteria, glamour, mist, fog and the deep, blue sea — and of dreams and nightmares.
Neptune and Pisces are associated with lies and delusion, drunkenness and Dionysiac madness, with idealism and mysticism and slander, with music and poetry, and sacrifice. You don’t need me to tell you that lies have triumphed this year. People are embracing a shimmering image of a possible future, and rejecting the recent past in favour of a distant, fantasy past. Some ideals and some people have already been sacrificed.
The South Node is also known as the Dragon’s Tail. It shows us where eclipses will take place and travels slowly backwards through the signs on an 18-year cycle. The eclipse on September 1 took place here at 9° Pisces, and the one on February 27 will also take place here — 8° Pisces.
It is considered a Karmic point in a personal chart, and it is said that planets that contact the South Node may be drained of power — or behave in an uncontrolled way. Planets here can bestow great gifts, sometimes talents which come so naturally that the person may take them for granted. For example, Alfred Hitchcock, (probably a terrible person and definitely a great film-maker) has Neptune conjunct his South Node. Neptune is, of course, the planet of the silver screen.
The South Node is also about the past, about what we carry from the past, even past lives. Collectively, this node connects us to our histories.
Where the Nodes transit is likely to be an axis where you experience a process of rapid evolution. So currently the Nodes are in Pisces and Virgo. It’s worth looking at where these signs are in your own chart.
The Nodes are gateways — into the past or into the future.
Now as Neptune passes through the South Node, we are collectively stepping into the dream — or the nightmare. We are in Looking Glass world now. Everything looks the same, but backwards.
“It is an enormous and very rare privilege to have lived in the days of good government. Across nations and centuries, few people have ever done so. By a rare bit of luck, certain groups in a few corners of the globe tasted decades of this remarkable, anomalous blessing. They might even, foolishly (especially if they traveled little, seldom read history books or had a very high estimation of their own populations) have started to assume it was a natural or God-given norm.” — Alain de Botton. To read the rest of this essay, click here.