A New Plan for Society: the North Node moves into Cancer

On Tuesday, election day in the United States, the North Node moves into Cancer from Leo and the South Node moves into Capricorn from Aquarius. This transition is huge, for all of us, and will usher in changes over the next 18 months. Let’s start by first understanding the Lunar Nodes. The Nodes are energetic vortexes formed where the Moon’s orbit meets the Sun’s path in our sky. There are two points: North and South. Think of them as energetic poles, affecting the vibrations of all of society. The frequencies they rain down on us are dependent upon which sign the Nodes fall in. The Lunar Nodes change signs every 18 months, always moving backward through the zodiac. Every year and a half we get a new set of energies to work with and new opportunities to incorporate in our life. 


The North Node represents where we are headed as a collective. These energies may not be apparent or even understood, in our world right now. The North Node, like a magnet, shifts our consciousness to include these frequencies on a global level. Since May of 2017, the North Node has been in Leo opening our hearts and teaching us how to accept our, and others, uniqueness. The North Node is Leo has inspired us to build our individual kingdoms and decide how we want to lead ourselves and those around us. It’s also given us the opportunity to let go of our egos and have the courage to truly accept ourselves, for who we really are in this world. Through this acceptance, the North Node in Leo has been teaching us how to treat, and respect, each other as individuals part of the same collective. We still have a long way to go in these areas, but we are having conversations every day on these topics and really listening to each other, which is a gigantic leap forward.


The South Node represents the energies we are resolving as a society. In many ways, these vibrations bring about closure, karmic resolution, and allow us to see what is blocking our evolution on an individual and collective level. Every energy has a low side and a high side. With the South Node, we are given the opportunity to release the low side of the frequencies it is bringing us. Eclipses occur at the Lunar Nodes. Every eclipse we’ve had over the last 18 months has brought us the chance to let go of the low vibrations of the South Node in Aquarius. Aquarius is an amazing energy. It moves society forward and encourages progressive thinking. Aquarius exalted brings us the essence of the “Age of Aquarius” a concept of peace where we all treat each other as humans, no better or worse than anyone else. Aquarius energy is beautiful, but with everything, there is also darkness to this energy. The low vibrations of Aquarius bring about the energy of complaining, blaming, aloofness and lack of accountability for one’s actions. This is the epitome of “stone throwing” behavior, where fingers are pointed at everyone else except ourselves. The low vibrations are also mirrored in people not wanting to participate in changing the world we live in, but sit on the sidelines and criticize. We, as a society, are learning to recognize these behaviors in ourselves and release them, giving way for the high side of Aquarius. We are speaking up, we are participating and we are holding ourselves, and those around us, accountable. We will continue this evolution in the coming years, but this time of the South Node in Aquarius has helped lead the way. 


                                                                      Image via Rebecca Reitz


This Tuesday, November 6th, everything shifts. With the North Node entering Cancer, we are being gifted the energy of nourishment. Cancer is the mother of the zodiac, she represents the way we nurture ourselves and others. She also represents the way we hold space for ourselves and our ideas, including our intentions. Cancer teaches us that we are the womb for our visions. We create the container for our intentions to manifest and it is up to us to nourish them. It is not up to us to force them or control them in any way. Just as a mother does not control the development of a baby in the womb, we cannot control the evolution of the intentions we set. We must trust the process and hold space for the ideas to flourish but not over direct, or micromanage, them in any way. A pregnant woman does not “will” the development of say her baby’s arm. She does, though, take care of herself and provide the best container possible for the DNA to express itself. 


The North Node in Cancer is reminding us to build the best containers for our intentions but to allow them to run their own course. Basically, this means we don’t have to work as hard. This energy is also urging us to use our intuition in the process and remember our deep connection with nature itself. We do not need force things. We just need to receive the energy guiding us and the world around us, to fulfill our dreams. We have the ability to attract any energy we want. We can live any dream and we can create any reality we choose. We just need to be receptive and feel our intuition guiding us. We need to hold space for the process, instead of “making” it happen. This is the essence of the North Node in Cancer. This also works on a collective level, ask yourself what vision you are holding for the world around you.

As for the South Node, here we have the chance to move away from the low side of Capricorn. The Sea Goat brings us many gifts. Stamina, perseverance, drive, these are all qualities of Capricorn. For this energy, no mountain is too high and no ocean is too wide to cross. Capricorn is unstoppable. The low side, the vibrations we have an opportunity to shift, are overworking, aloofness and isolation. When we align with these low vibrations we tend to work ourselves to the point of exhaustion, forgoing our relationship with ourself and others. We also disconnect from life itself, including nature. If we view life as a series of containers; one for work, one for our partner, one for our self-care and so on, the low side of Capricorn results in very imbalanced containers. There is forcing, not flowing, and there is an overemphasis of how the world views us, i.e our reputation. There is also the feeling of loneliness caused by too much focus on one thing and not enough time connecting with nature and with other humans. 


With the South Node in Capricorn, we have the chance to create a true work-life balance and make sure all of our containers are nourished and full. The South Node energy shows up differently for all of us. We may see these behaviors in others or ourself. We may begin to recognize we don’t need to work as hard for the same results. Capricorn represents father energy. This is the energy of discipline and hard truths. While structure is needed in our world, we will see a softening around how we create order in our lives. Yes, commitments are to be honored, but we also need to understand when the course of our lives takes a different turn and honor the commitment to our own nourishment first. In essence, we don’t need to be so hard on ourselves. 


As we let go of the low sides of Capricorn and we give ourselves space to feel, to process, and to heal. Many of us are walking around in fear and traumatized from the world we live in. The shifting of the Nodes is ushering in a time to cry, to heal and feel what we have endured in this life and last. It is a time to sit in the womb of the universe and be nourished back to balance. It is also a time to feel the power of the feminine energy to restore us, and this planet, back to health.  It’s a time for gentleness, ease, and trust in the natural rhythm of life.


Over the next year and a half, let go of being too busy to enjoy your life. Stop working  24/7 to climb the proverbial ladder. Instead, accept that all you need to do is hold the vision of the top, and you’ll effortlessly float up the steps. No physical, or mental, exertion is required, only your intuitive guidance connected to all there is through the beauty of nature. We also have the opportunity to connect back with Mother Earth, the ultimate container. Ask her to hold you as you form a new pattern of interacting with your visions and your concept of work. Ask yourself what it is you want to nourish over the next 18 months and spend time holding space for your intentions instead of forcing them to happen. Accept you are good enough to attract them and deserve them. Trust the process of your life. Then rest. 


Learn how this energy of the North Node is affecting the Scorpio New Moon in the workbook, occurring a day after the shift. 


Cover Art via Ameya Ajay


Thank you so much for this post, Jill. I came to it via your post about the Lunar Eclipse in Leo 2019, and both of your articles helped me so much. A few days after the lunar eclipse, I just got a work offer—totally unexpected, out of the blue—to take me to a new city in April. It feels like such a shock, and yet also really fated and like it is meant to happen and out of my control. It also feels like a turning point: I am in the middle of a career transition, turning to more creative writing (my dream and goal), but I still have a lot of things to wrap up with my current work. The new job is still on the old path, but provides me a lot of opportunities to put in solid structures for the future (concerning my visa, residency, etc.) as well as to finish current projects. What you said about soft schedules and nourishment and holding space (moving into the Cancer South Node) really registered with me. Above all else, how to find a work/life balance. I am a Pisces Sun and Virgo Ascendant with Moon in Sag, and North Node in Cancer and South Node in Capricorn. I’ve been wondering for years how to negotiate the energy of transitioning from South Node Cap to North Node Cancer. Your post here really helped me, as did your post on the lunar eclipse where you talked about your Pisces/Virgo nodes, as I identify a lot with that, too. For me, the challenge is how to give space to my Pisces Sun and Cancer North Node through the high vibration of service and organization of Virgo and persistence and determination of Capricorn. Previously, it’s been that my Virgo ascendant and Cap South Node have ruled the roost—overwork, detail, perfection, work before all else. When what my soul really craves is the Pisces/Cancer imagination/nourishment axis, and my goal is to figure out how to use the Virgo/Capricorn axis in service of channeling this nourishing creativity. I think the upcoming job is going to help me find a way to create that work/life balance in an important way as I transition into new projects in the future. Thank you SO much for writing in this way! It really resonate with me and helped me tremendously.

Elizabeth February 10, 2019

Really well written! This definitely helps me prepare for the next 18 months and totally validates my experience of the last 18 months. Thank you, Jill!!!

Natalie November 11, 2018

thank you for this, and all that you do. just finished my scorpio new moon book 🦂💗🌚
i also just noticed that venus is going direct the same day mercury stations retrograde! would love to hear your insight on this day on the blog 🤗

sarah November 08, 2018

This helped me understand so much! Thank you

Tarah V November 08, 2018

Beautiful writing. Many thanks <3

Samira Morrar November 08, 2018

I am grateful for the reminder of following my intuition, not forcing balance and letting go. Thank you!

Lindsey November 08, 2018

Insightful interpretation and perfectly timed – thank you to the universe! This explains so much of what is happening in our current environment – and what potent information to bare in mind on this Election Day ahead. Eloquently written!

Erin Booth November 08, 2018

Thank you. I’m continually learning and I appreciated your knowledge 👍🏽💗

jill November 08, 2018

This was so beautifully written and so potent. Setting intentions in lieu of goals gives ease to my lifestyle and I’m excited to channel this new energy. Thx

Dana November 05, 2018

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