GRAND AIR TRINE / NODAL KITE: NORTH/SOUTH NODE (7 LIBRA-ARIES) – CERES (8 AQUARIUS) – SUN/MARS/MERCURY RETROGRADE (3-11 GEMINI)
Blessings all. I’ve been wondering what’s up with the skies since yesterday and have just had a chance to have a look. We’re basically experiencing a very powerful Nodal Grand Air Trine. In all honesty, it is a Kite alignment, owing to the opposition between the North and South Node, making an axis along which the energy of the Trine concentrates.
This alignment has been in effect since May 25th and will continue till May 30th. Bear in mind that these dates reflect the points of greatest intensity, using a fairly tight orb for the North Node.
Trine energy is the energy of amplification – it basically brings together energies in a powerful manner. To use a chemical metaphor, it ensures that two substances are able to react with each other in the fullest possible sense. But not all reactions create something we might want – sometimes a great reaction leads to a wholly unusable product.
In the same way, Trine energy brings together different elements – and allows them to interact. It’s neither ‘positive’, nor ‘negative’, but certainly powerful – especially when there are Three Interconnected Trines, a.k.a. the Grand Trine.
As this is a Grand Air Trine, we need to first understand the element of Air and what it represents – mental, detached, intellectual, abstract realms that really deal with the different layers of Mind, and how that reaches out to the rest of the Cosmos.
We begin with Gemini, that focuses upon the development of consciousness in early childhood, then move to Libra that that looks to the energy of partnership (where 2 distinct minds are seeking equilibrium with one another, as is the different layers of Consciousness within the Self), and then finally to Aquarius, where the individual mind, now having understood itself, seeks to brings its gifts to the broader collective.
Looking at the specific bodies involved in this Grand Trine & Kite configuration gives us perspective on what its energies bring to us:
(1) NORTH NODE (7 LIBRA), SOUTH NODE (7 ARIES)
The Nodes are the gateways to the Soul. Here, they challenge the Soul to move away from past experiences and sureties, in search of something new and unknown. The North Node represents the area in which destiny calls, whilst the South Node tells us the position of strength or mastery from which we can heed that call. In Libra, the North Node tells us that what we are called to learn now is a deeper sense of balance and partnership. This could be between two people in daily life, collaborators at work, interpersonal dynamics for one seeking to understand both the conscious and unconscious self, etc. It calls for a recognition that all answers exist on a particular spectrum of possibilities, and that one seeks to honor the truth of the Self, and the Other together. Partnership dynamics will also be characterized by the need to find a dynamic equilibrium (balance isn’t necessarily a static concept), and for that balance to be one that resonates with deeper notions of fairness and justice.
In other words, if there is inequality in your partnership, the North Node demands that it be addressed.
The South Node warns us of becoming too complacent about the needs of others, focusing instead purely upon the self. It reminds us that the path to balance is to honor both/all sides of the equation. At times, striking out on one’s own is the most just thing to do, however, before going about it in that way – do your level best to exist with the group/partnership dynamic before heading off. Bear in mind that the cost of simply ignoring other perspectives may be damage to cherished connections in life.
The North/South Node opposition is the focal point of the experience of this Grand Air Trine. Just about all of the energetic lessons therein come back to the Self-Other dynamic described above.
In terms of asteroids, Askalaphus is at 9 Libra – reminding us to be discreet in the revelation of information within/about our partnerships. Persephone at 10 Aries shines the spotlight upon the deeper, internal work that we called to do. The retrieval of the Maiden/ Young Sexual Archetype from what we consider our personal (and collective) sense of the Underworld, or deep sub-conscious. This is an archetype I’ve been seeing in meditations as of late.
(2) CERES (8 AQUARIUS)
The energy of the Goddess Asteroid of Nurture permeates the Aether. We are encouraged both to nurture the self, and others, by deepening our connection with a wider/deeper/higher vibration of Cosmic Intelligence. We may find that our ability to nurture comes from bringing our individual gifts to a group situation/dynamic, potentially involving friends and/or networks of people that come together for some kind of charitable or humanitarian causes. Ceres reminds us that we have the power to manifest through the focused intention of the Higher/Deeper Mind, and that we only need to remember and believe in our ability to do so.
(3) MERCURY RETROGRADE/MARS/SUN (3-11 GEMINI)
This stellium (or grouping of bodies/points acting as one) is powerful. We have The Sun (the light of awareness or focused consciousness, gateway to our vital energies), Mars (our ability to go forth and assert ourselves, using our willpower to acquire what we desire) and Mercury (ruler of Gemini, now retrograde) coming together in a 8-degree stellium. The Sun (3 Gemini) tells us where the focus of our efforts are in an everyday sense, whereas Mars (9 Gemini) tells us that we now have the ability to act upon that focus, taking action in a direct way.
Also note that the energy of Mars can represents the actions of the masculine (not necessarily male) romantic partner in a person’s life. This person may seem to be all over the place by way of actions-words-and-focus.
Mercury Retrograde (11 Gemini) tells us that our usual reliance on the mind, communication, logic, analysis and electronics is challenged at this time. The retrograde asks us to look further and revisit past commitments, ideas, thoughts and perceptions about certain situations in our life (partnerships, friendships, charitable projects, collaborations, etc.). We are asked to look back at the patterns of early childhood conditioning through which we developed the perspectives, mental constructs, or ways of seeing the world which we now take for granted as adults.
There is a whole bunch of asteroids close to this stellium, bringing us multiple layers of awareness, and adding different dimensions to the energy of this Grand Air Trine. Altjira (8 Gemini), for instance, tells about the importance of the dream-time and our ability to journey in that realm and retrieve much-needed information for the present. Eros (7 Gemini) asks us to reconnect with the original idea of ‘Eros’, as a powerful, intimate, primordial connection with Life-Source. The kind of ecstatic coming-to-life-experience that can, but does not always require, sexual activation.
In short, a time where the gateways of karmic experience are opening and requiring us to forge new ground as we find a deeper sense of Balance. Multiple channels add different flavours or nuances to this energy, taking us deep to the connection we share with Source, our partners, in the various parts of ourselves, and with the Cosmos at large.
Those with placements close to 7-8 of the Fire signs (Leo, Sagittarius – we all have the transiting South Node at Aries) will experience this as a Grand Fire/Air Sextile, bringing to the fore the full power of manifestation.
Blessings, Love and Great Joy to All,