The Nodes shifted on 9th March. They head off from their mental home of the last few months and take up residence in our hearts, in the absolutely foundational positions – Gates 1 and 2. This is the balance of yin and yang. Gate 1 is yang, activity, creation, action, form. Gate 2 is yin, receptivity, the void, potential.
This is the relationship that created our universe, brought to you through such events as the big bang, and your own birth. Time and space, matter and energy, you and I, these are some of the relationships inherent in these two gates.
What does this mean about how we live, and more particularly, how we share our creativity in the world? Artist Amanda Palmer makes the distinction between artists and celebrities. Artists are part of the community. They are the makers, the doers, the connectors, the storytellers who remind us who and what we are. Celebrities are a modern phenomenon. They are distant, untouchable, perfect. We have succumbed to the cult of the celebrity, but we are about to return to the truth of the artist.
If you don’t believe you are an artist, you’re in for a thrill. Between now and late July, when the Nodes shift once again, you have the chance to experience your life as a dance between being and doing, and to know what art flows from that intersection in your soul.
Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. ~Terri Guillemets
Many people are questioning their capacity to create and connect just now. We are feeling the stirring of our own creative emergence, and creative emergence requires a connection with something beyond the individual. What do we need to know .. to do … to be .. in order to fulfill this need within us?
The transiting Nodes represent a global imperative to leave something behind, something that makes us feel safe and comfortable. And they encourage us to move towards something outside that comfort zone, something new and challenging. We are tapping away at the eggshell that has been holding us safely contained within our existing reality .. tap tap tap … is there anything out there? In the Human Design transit chart, they show our collective evolutionary trajectory.
The South Node is what we are being impulsed to move beyond, and from 9th March till 24th July, that something is the yin side of the equation – Gate 2, The Receptive. What do you use to fill the emptiness, the voids, in your life? How do you experience the relationship between apparent nothingness and apparent something-ness?
The North Node is what we are being pulled towards, and that something is the yang side of the equation – Gate 1 – the Creative. We are learning new emergent skills that require us to move beyond old passive victim behaviours and begin to make deliberate choices. Look around you. What is going on in your life today? What do you want to add to that picture?
What do you want to create?
As Mars moves over the Aries Point on 13th March, we can observe a new found ability to hold ourselves intact as individuals while simultaneously joining with others in profoundly creative partnerships. Creation is no longer an I event, this is an exponential increase in our capacities as humans. We can only step into this new realm if we take responsibility for our own creative powers, and begin to use them.
The emptiness is not empty. It is potential in it’s undifferentiated form. The yang energy dances with that potential, and together they bring forth something new, something concrete.
Music is what happens between the notes. Duke Ellington
It’s pretty clear in our western culture that yin and yang are out of balance. There’s so much doing that most of us have forgotten how to be. And because we’ve forgotten how to be, our doing is all wrong. The heroes mythology is woven so deeply into our cultural fabric that we no longer recognise it as anything other than the most obvious reality. The rugged individual, relying on nothing but his own efforts, takes on all foes and wins against all odds. There is strategy and daring and instinct, but little trust. And trust is at the very heart of this nodal activation.
When we return to a relationship with yin, we must learn to trust. That we are a part of something greater. That we are held within a web of life. That our existence is purposeful. That our lives have a narrative that connects us to everyone and everything. Only when we can relax into that trusting place can we begin to find our own healthy yang. Observe the creativity in your own inaction, and the new sense of timing it reveals. And look for the spark that arises .. the big bang .. that comes from new and unexpected connection points in your life.
Human Design Chart of Amanda Palmer