“It’s a dog eat dog world,” my mother used to say. I would cringe. I did not want to believe her. It made me anxious. At the New Moon, I wrote about the realization that my emotional behavior toward financial matters is that I live in a financially predatory universe. A dog eat dog world is one of destructive or ruthless competition without self-restraint or ethics. I realize that this message told me me that I am in trouble in such a world, that I am not likely to be predatory, ruthless or unethical, so that would make me to dog to be eaten.
If you had asked me a month ago if this is what I believed, I would have said no. It was so automatic, and prevalent that I was not aware of it. As I become more aware of the necessity to know what I am feeling so that I can better create my own reality, I became conscious of a cranky disposition relative to certain commercials, “Do you want to make money flipping houses using other people’s money?” Mumble, mumble, rumble, grumble. Promises. Expensive to get in. No payoff. Rip off. I am listening to the commercial while driving the car with new brakes that I am not sure I need, that I am not sure are new.
I know that if I see myself swimming in a predatory world, I am not likely to do well. I am less likely to thrive and more likely to be a victim under this system of belief.
Dog eat dog world seems to be true when I look at the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. What interests me about the timing of this, is that it occurs while the North Node is 0 degrees Virgo, the sign of health. Because the Nodes travel backward, this means that the Sun is leaving Virgo. At this Full Moon, the North Node is 29 degrees of Leo and it will be in this sign for approximately 18 months.
Leo’s keywords are, “I will.” Where there’s a will, there’s a way. When it seems like all hope is gone, the strong and wise do not despair. I was thinking about this recently in terms of Anne Sullivan, who took a wild blind and deaf Helen Keller from a world of undifferentiated darkness and silence into a world of perception and sound. She had the determination and grit to unearth the brilliance of Helen Keller. Anne Sullivan was an Aries born April 14, 1866. She had an Aries chart tone with Venus and Pluto in Taurus. She said, “I cannot explain it, but when difficulties arise, I am not perplexed or doubtful. I know how to meet them.”
The North Node in Leo breathes the fire of urge and instinct. It is not perplexed or doubtful. It says that this game is won in the brain. Emphasize well-care. Take care to perpetuate and proliferate wellness. Whatever is broken, incomplete, battered, or neglected, let it be well. In this fiery chart, there is a grand trine with the North Node in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus-Mercury in Aries. Let us create more than react. Let us minimize the need for health care by emphasizing well care.
“There’s a new sheriff in town,” the North Node says. It is the power of the Sun, ruler of Leo, exalted in Aries. It is fruitfulness. It is a new day every day. Look to the bounty and the beauty and the blessed. Be not perplexed or doubtful.
Artwork: Rescue of the Wild Woman, Gouache (net added) by Deborah Singletary