On 10th May 2017, the South Node moves into Aquarius, and stays there until 6th November 2018. In your personal chart, if you have factors in Aquarius, you will see an important repeat of issues involving groups and friends, over these time-frames in your past. You will be put strongly in touch with your Aquarian side.
Aquarius is about the group – the community – the friendships. It’s a pure expression of togetherness, but without the complication of a relationship. Ellen de Generes is a good example of the Aquarius sign, as she has her Sun there.
If you do have Aquarius factors, then what went down with your friendships and groups in the following periods will return to you. Why? Because across these dates, Uranus (change) and Neptune (fascination) were both in Aquarius too. From May 2017 the South Node will slowly move across the original Aquarius placements of these planets, triggering flashbacks and karma.
January 30th 1998 to August 23rd 1998
November 29th 1998 to March 10th 2003
September 16th to December 30th 2003
You’ll note that 1998-2003 were the years that groups dominated the headlines, around the world, and questions about group loyalties, the people power within a circle, friends and allies fascinated us. This was the period that Friends ruled.
Aquarian friendships are platonic, equal, go across the boundaries of race, colour or nationality. They are cool, light, friendly. Aquarius is an air sign. There is an easy, breezy feeling to Aquarian friends. Jennifer Aniston (below) is a Sun Aquarian and she was the perfect person to appear in the show. In 2017 and 2018, friendship will make a big comeback. And so might Friends.
THE SOUTH NODE AND KARMA
The transiting (or travelling) South Node brings back everything that was learned and gained from the last cycle. We benefit from what we earned and discovered, last time. If there is anything unresolved from the last cycle, that needs to be laid to rest, that will also come back. There is usually a tremendous sense of fate about a South Node cycle. Everything feels as if it’s coming full circle.
THE AQUARIUS SOUTH NODE AND YOUR SUN SIGN HOROSCOPE
Your Sun Sign horoscope shows the headlines of your life – the front pages – and it’s a good, reliable indicator of what lies ahead. The South Node rules karma and repetitive situations, stemming from the past. In its new sign of Aquarius, what you will experience as one long, slow flashback from 1998-2003? Your sign gives the clues.
Sometimes the long flashback is literal. It’s the same place or person. More commonly, it’s symbolic. It’s thematically the same.
ARIES – Clubs, teams, political parties, trade unions, committees, social media, friendships.
TAURUS – Career, unpaid work, university or college degree, ambition, achievement, success.
GEMINI – Travel, the worldwide web, regional and foreign differences, publishing, education.
CANCER – Finance, property, business, charity, ownership, taxation, buying, selling, banks.
LEO – Former, current or potential partners. Enemies, rivals or opponents.
VIRGO – Lifestyle, body, work, unpaid work, study, daily routine, doctors, drugs, food, drink, fitness, healing.
LIBRA – Babies, children and Millennials. Younger people. Lovers who can bring a younger generation closer.
SCORPIO – Your house, apartment or land. Your household or family. Your home town or homeland.
SAGITTARIUS – The worldwide web. Multimedia. Your ‘voice’ across all mediums. Communication.
CAPRICORN – Property. Finance. Business. Taxation. Charity. Everything you own, earn or owe.
AQUARIUS – Your image. Your reputation and profile. Your name. Your personal appearance, shape and style.
PISCES – The secrets you conceal from other people. Any role you play behind the scenes, unrecognised.
HOW HISTORY REPEATS WITH THE AQUARIUS SOUTH NODE
During much of 1998 to 2003, we saw Uranus (revolution, excitement, freedom) and Neptune (escape from the real world) both in Aquarius. In your own chart, and in your own life, you would have experienced something quite extraordinary and unforgettable. Your Sun Sign chart (above) will tell you what other people saw – what was so public about it. Your personal birth chart, if you have Aquarius factors, will reveal the very special friendship or group that privately changed your life. It may have been a charity. It may have been a cause. Perhaps it was a team, or an ensemble cast. A band or club.
We have even more repetition of the past going on, besides the Uranus/Neptune in Aquarius cycle I mentioned above, when Friends ruled the world. We are going to see literal or symbolic repeats of stories from 1943, 1962, 1980, 2000 – because in these years, we also saw the South Node in Aquarius.
WATCHING THE BEATLES
The Beatles respond strongly to South Node in Aquarius cycles. Their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios, when they put down Love Me Do, happened with the South Node in Aquarius in 1962. Whenever we see this cycle return, popular culture is more than usually preoccupied with bands. The bands become bigger symbols for the Aquarian message, which is about equality, sisterhood and brotherhood within a wider group. Aquarius is also about people power. It’s coming back.
John Lennon had the Moon in Aquarius and Yoko Ono has her Sun in Aquarius. In 2000, The Beatles released Anthology, as the old 1962 cycle returned. Part of the purpose of Anthology was to celebrate the life of John Lennon. His life on earth was tragically taken on another South Node in Aquarius cycle in 1980.
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
The Aquarian ideal – ‘together we can change the world’ – will come back in 2017 and 2018. On another South Node in Aquarius cycle, in 1942, the American Federation of Musicians, started a strike against the major American recording companies because of disagreements over royalty payments. The 1942–44 musicians’ strike remains the longest strike in Hollywood history. We can predict something similar in 2017, 2018.
When the Friends cast all used their people power in 2000 to push for higher pay, they were sending a very strong Aquarian message. We tend to see stories emerge on this cycle that ‘advertise’ the meaning of this sign, which is about the community making change, to benefit the community.
As Sun in Aquarius woman Ellen de Generes has shown, this sign is not about the selfie, it’s about the group selfie. As the South Node comes back into this sign we’re going to see the narcissism and ‘Me, Me, Me’ of the Uranus in Aries cycle fade, to be challenged by a new sense of togetherness, unity and community. It’s about all of us, together. Male, female, black, white, straight, gay. And all the fascination (Neptune) and excitement (Uranus) we felt about that years ago, is coming back.
HOW ASTROLOGY CAN PREDICT A SPLIT IN THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY IN 2017, 2018
We also find that trade unions and political parties concern us more on these cycles – they affect us more personally and emotionally. The British Labour Party leadership election of 1961 happened with the South Node in Aquarius. The issue of nuclear disarmament caused a huge split in the party. The leader favoured nuclear weapons in the UK, whereas the left wing of the party supported the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
This is how astrology can make another prediction. The Labour Party will see a leadership split with Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017-2018 cycle, on the same issue. Nuclear weapons. In this case we may see history repeat exactly.
THE TELETUBBIES AND HARRY POTTER GENERATION GROW UP
Did you know that the teenagers of 2017 and 2018 who grew up watching Teletubbies are Generation Aquarius? In the year 2000, this famous show about a very Aquarian little community, won a Daytime Emmy Award, as the South Node went through this sign, and a BAFTA as well. Today’s teenagers are also the children who have grown up with another South Node in Aquarius obsession – Harry Potter. Also in the year 2000, with the South Node in Aquarius, J.K. Rowling produced Goblet of Fire. Harry, Ron and Hermione are a powerful example of what this cycle can ‘tell us, about this zodiac sign and its deeper meaning. Harry even has the symbol for Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius – a lightning bolt – on his forehead. Then again, we know J.K. Rowling has drawn up a horoscope before now!
The Teletubbies/Potter generation are about to fulfil their karmic mission in 2017 and 2018, as those who were born with the unusual combination of Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius, will have the South Node cross that sign in their chart. Watch how they begin to use all they learned from their childhood entertainment, as they pursue people power together.
WHERE THE AQUARIUS LOGO AND SYMBOL COMES FROM
The original Aquarii were actually Christians who substituted water for wine in the Eucharist. They were a sect. They believed that water (aqua) was the source of life. The old symbol of the water-bearer may come to us partly from this. It is also very likely to come to us from the actual Roman job of Aquarius – water carrier.
Writing in Greek and Roman Mechanical Water-Lifting Devices: The History of a Technology, John Peter Oleson notes that “Aquarii could draw water for gardens, or fetch it for baths,and probably also regulated the flow of conduits and pipes in public and domestic gravity-flow systems. The aquaria supplied water for fire-fighters and checked there were sufficient water supplies around the city.”
This idea of sects, or cults, or circles of people seems to have combined with the idea of water bearers ‘feeding’ the community (especially the community at the Roman Baths) and given us the symbol we have today in astrology. Aquarius is about people who are outside the group, yet supply it with what it needs. Bob Marley, a Sun Aquarian, was apart from The Wailers, but also crucial to them. They needed him – and he needed them. Together they used people power to change part of the world.
THE SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS – EQUALITY RULES
The Roman Baths saw young and old, rich and poor, men and women all join together in one central place – not only to bathe and swim, but also to gossip, play games and even offer up prayers. Without the Aquarii, there would have been no such place for the local community. Historian Mary Beard comments, “The baths were a great social leveller. Imagine, everybody’s here in the nude. It’s then that the poor man aged 20 with a great body can turn the tables on the 60-year-old Roman plutocrat with the paunch and the hernia.”
Too funny (I love Mary Beard). This idea of levelling, equality, fraternity, freedom, sisterhood and brotherhood is very important if you want to know what will feel so radically different about 2017 and 2018, though.
ALLIES AND FRIENDS RETURN FROM YOUR PAST
Allies and friends from your past may come back to you now. The idea of team spirit or group spirit will become very powerful around the world. In 1943 when the South Node was in Aquarius, the Americans, British and Canadians together led the Allied Invasion of Italy.
In 1943 Allied forces also took back North Africa. US General Dwight D. Eisenhower became the supreme Allied commander, and the idea of brotherhood and sisterhood in a common cause gripped the world. In another South Node in Aquarius cycle in 1980, trade union membership in the United Kingdom hit an all time high of 12.2 million. Will the changes in both British and American politics bring the unions back to life? Return NATO to the world stage?
South Node in Aquarius cycles also teach us about equality, sisterhood and brotherhood in sport. The 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia took place on that cycle and Aboriginal athlete Cathy Freeman opened the games. In the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, also on a South Node cycle, President Jimmy Carter announced a U.S. boycott of the Russian games.
If you have Aquarian chart factors ask yourself where your Olympics was, or where your allies were, on the 1980 cycle, or perhaps the 2000 cycle. Debts and credits written into your karma will come back. Aquarius Nodal transits show us that friends matter as much as girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives or children. Friends can be family! Bridget Jones Diary appeared on a South Node in Aquarius transit in 2000 to remind us.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM 2017, 2018 – SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS QUESTIONS
Typical South Node in Aquarius questions revolve around the Leo-Aquarius themes of leaders versus groups. Leo rules the ‘Kings’ and ‘Queens’ of any situation and whenever we have the South Node in Aquarius, we automatically have the North Node in Leo. In 2017 and 2018 we’ll see some major news stories that get us thinking harder about the power in a group. Does it come from the leader, and if so, what happens when that leader is no longer there? Does the group carry on, or not? Just how important is the court to the King or Queen, and vice versa? For some gripping reasons, in 2017-2018, we’re about to find out.