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It’s interesting that, as we say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, the Moon’s north node is on Virgo 25: A FLAG AT HALF MAST IN FRONT OF A PUBLIC BUILDING – big events can happen with a planet or a point on this degree. Hopefully not difficult or challenging ones…

Sailors Lowering An Old Flag and Raising a New OneThis Symbol points to recognition for a life well lived or for a notable contribution to society or someone in the public eye. This is about carrying a task through to completion, or, having the enormous desire to leave something, a legacy perhaps, to society that is worth commemorating or celebrating. It also signals a time for letting something go or knowing when to just give up or let go. It shows recognition of what’s been accomplished. A life may have been lost, or a project finished. This can produce a feeling that something has passed from your life. Grieving may be necessary, however, so is assimilating what it took to get where you are, and for moving forward again into the future.

Public tribute and recognition. Walking away or leaving. Signs for all to see. Having the power to sway the masses. Obituaries. Public holidays. Taking time to grieve.

The Caution: Feeling an obligation to carry on without taking time to mourn loss. Denying your life in order to fulfill some social function. Hypocritical mourning.

It’s even more interesting when one factors in the Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s south node: Pisces 25: THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD

This shows seeing through those who hold important positions yet abuse trust or those whoThe Purging Of The Priesthood make great claims but don’t live up to them. At this time, you’re likely to find yourself leaving others behind, kicking them out, or experiencing falls from grace. Periodically, there is a need to examine moral and spiritual sincerity. It is easy to allow those who don’t really belong to stay because of familiarity or habit. We can lose sight of the ideal through our rationalizing intellect, ego and emotive passion. There is a need to cleanse and purify your life, leading to better spiritual values. What side of the “Purging” are you on? Are you the one with the ‘right motives’? Who’s in charge?

Things holding you back. Revealing the truth. Throwing out what doesn’t measure up. Dismissals and redundancies. Being a hot shot or not. Betrayal of trust. Cover ups.

The Caution: Battles over spiritual direction. Abusing authority. Whistle blowing. Damning others. Deceiving, lying or misleading. Corruption and scandals. Burning books.

Meanwhile, issues to do with co-dependence are on the radar with Jupiter stationing retrograde (which means it is currently sitting on this degree for an extended period of time) – on the Karmic Condition of The Flag At Half Mast (the Karmic Condition is the degree before a planet or a point).

Jupiter is on Virgo 24: MARY AND HER WHITE LAMB – this Symbol can be one of trying to do ‘the right thing’ and yet being judged, scorned, rejected. As with Mary’s White Lamb, there may be no place for you or your emotions or thoughts or self to really land or comfortably ‘be’. Trying to please everyone is one side-effect of this degree – OR – it can be about realising where you might do this – Jupiter could be saying that it’s time to make changes – time to stop being the one who always ‘turns up’, the one who always helps out, the one who forgets her/him self in amongst what’s going on. This is a beautiful degree, but, combined with the nodes on the degrees that talk about remembering yourself in amongst it, strengthens the message of the realisation of co-dependence or the lengths you might go to to keep people happy.

Mary And Her White LambThis Symbol can show purity of motive and pure and wonderful relationships and friendships. However, it can also point to dependence or codependence where people can’t stand to be separate. Hence, relationships may need to be assessed to see how healthy they actually are. The need for constant reassurance that everything is OK can be wearing and put a strain on those involved. Keeping a sense of innocence and purity will lift you up and out of any problems. Be loving and be there for others, but don’t let things get out of hand as you could find yourself sewn at the hip with another and not able to get any free time for yourself.

Simple childlike innocence or pure escapism. Feeling stuck in a relationship. No room to move. Kindness. Friendship. Bonds between people or pets. Looking out for someone.

The Caution: Avoidance of the real picture. Naiveté. Doubting motives of others. Paranoia. Stalking. Doe-eyed attraction. Jealousy through favoritism. Being the black sheep. Narcissism.

So, we have Jupiter (Mary And Her White Lamb – codependent issues, issues of purity of relationships – issues to do with narcissistic attitudes) conjuncting the Moon’s north node (which is on The Flag At Half Mast) and the Moon’s south node on The Purging Of The Priesthood.

The Moon is also in amongst all this for New Year’s Eve, especially if you’re in Australia or New Zealand (as we head into the new year ahead of the US and Europe, etc). The Virgo Moon is smack on the Moon’s north node.. an interesting placement and one that emphasises the whole thing even more.

What does all this mean to you? Well, in a world of possibilities, it is hard for me to predict – *however*, it is a strong message of remembering the roots of relationship and friendship and not putting up with being second best…

Here’s part of the message – don’t play second fiddle! – don’t be second best in relationships. If someone is treating you like an underling, or as an afterthought, or forgets you, treats you badly, does not appreciate what you bring to the relationship, it is either time to bring it up so issues can be brought to light OR it might be time to say goodbye.


This shows being able to see, or to accept, when it’s time for people to move on or to part People Going Ahead With Their Different Projectsfrom each other. They need to “Go Ahead With Their Different Projects” – their focus has changed and, quite possibly, they’ve parted ways. There’s a picture here of new beginnings. People will have their own response to situations – not everyone will react in the same way. It can be a good idea to direct some energy into your desires or projects at the time of the new moon. Light a candle and state your intentions with honesty and love.

Diversifying. Applying talents in new directions. People splitting up and splitting off. New opportunities and potentials. Divorces. New jobs, directions and destinies. New eras.

The Caution: Not giving emotional support. Feeling split off and alone. The fear and loathing of separation. Failing relationships. Overthrowing the old too quickly. Fickleness.

The Moon’s north node has just recently also passed over Virgo 26: A BOY WITH A CENSER SERVES NEAR THE PRIEST AT THE ALTAR – the major message of which at the moment is *don’t play second fiddle*.

Boy Priest Second Fiddle AltarThis Symbol implies doing an apprenticeship or spending time with someone who knows about a skill, craft or profession, or, being in an authoritarian position with someone younger or less experienced who is rising up through the ranks, learning as they go. It doesn’t matter what part you’re playing; even the smallest contribution is an important part of the whole. Give reverence and respect to everyday routines, and find hope renewed through the promise of what’s to come in the future. Either your time is coming as you grow and mature and take a higher position in life, or, you’re handing over the reins to someone younger who’s prepared to carry on with the work.

Doing with silence and devotion. Participating in the toil, but not the glory. Altars and shrines. Incense and candles. Passing down wisdom and knowledge. Work experience.

The Caution: Dominated by spiritual hierarchy. Doing ‘lesser things’. Avoiding responsibility. Imbalance of responsibility or rewards. Abuse of power. Exploiting the innocent. Feeling second best.

Strong relationships and friendships, of course, will go from strength to strength. BUT, those relationships that you have with others were you are not happy, not fulfilled, not being acknowledged, rewarded, reciprocated, enjoyed. Those relationships that leave you feeling empty and powerless and merely serve to remind you of bad memories, events, emotions – do you really want to take them into 2016 with you?

That is the major message of Jupiter and the Moon’s nodes at the moment.

Jupiter has recently been on and the Moon’s north node is going to be on Virgo 22 for some weeks right through February, March and April. The Moon’s north node is set to bring us further realisations about our worth, our heritage perhaps, our sense of self.

The major message from the Moon’s node during the first four months of 2016 is –


This Symbol implies is a strong connection to heritage and family lines. This can give rise to Royal Coat Alessandro Allori. Tapestry with the Medici-Lorena Coat of Arms.feelings of pride and honor as one accepts that a sense of nobility is one’s birth right. Even if there’s no actual nobility in your bloodline, there can be a sense of nobility about your character and bearing. There are things to stand up for and represent, regardless of where you come from and who your ancestors and your family are. Believing in yourself and your abilities will give you strength and stability and people will believe in your beauty, talent or worth, regardless of your background or where you’re from.

A long lineage standing behind. Nobility. ‘Coats of Arms’. Pure blood. Hereditary issues. Having rights and prestige. Pageantry. Knights jousting. Inheritances. Privilege. Tartans.

The Caution: Superficial judgment on one’s worth. Privileges for the select few. Elitism. Snobbery. Feeling above everyone. Class consciousness. Treating people like underlings.

How amazing. Moments after posting about the Moon’s north node recently being on Virgo 26: The Boy With The Censor Stands Near The Priest At The Alter AND the Moon’s south node NOW on Pisces 25: The Purging Of The Priesthood, I see this:

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