Mars in Leo and the South Node – An Urgent Need to Shed

Leo, illumination from a Book of Hours, Italian, c. 1475; in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City (MS. G.14)

Leo, illumination from a Book of Hours, Italian, c. 1475; i

Mars in Leo is meeting up with the South Node of the Moon or what astrologer call the dragon’s tail, and this is a karmic meeting. For many people this will mean an urgent need to cut the deadwood out of your life. If you know where your Scorpio and Aries houses are in your astrological birth chart, and, of course, the house Mars and the dragon’s tail are transiting through, you may have some insight about just exactly what you’ll be cutting out of your life, But don’t be surprised if you feel you are just over some major part of your life. It could be your work, a family issue, friends, dysfunctional money patterns, but you will be almost compelled to jettison anything that you think no longer pulls its weight in your life. Since Mars is in Leo, you may feel like being dominant about all of it and drama is the key word here. Leo is always dramatic, so you may find some drama in all this. But it may very well be life changing, no matter how it affects your chart. Think actor and drama and you’ve got the essence of Leo. Find out where Leo is in your chart to see where it’s making the biggest impact. It may help you or it may cause you to rethink major areas of your life, but it will most likely be an area where you feel things or people from the past have to go right now. In Hindu astrology, the South Node of the Moon is called Ketu, and it is considered the point of true spiritual evolution. In Western astrology, we consider it a point of loss, the past as in past lives, or we associate it with leaving. In either case, it may well be the end of a major cycle in some area of your life. Just try to recognize that it’s happening to further your soul’s journey and no matter how difficult or fortunate it may be, it is part of your soul’s lesson in understanding itself. Meditate on the saying, “No one is my enemy, no one is my friend, everyone is my teacher.” That may give you insight during this transition. After the dust settles, just go toward the influences in your life that you feel are part of the new direction.

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