The North Node is ending its trip through Virgo and is set to move into Leo on May 9th. The North Node will then be in Leo until November of 2018. So, let’s get excited! First off, the North Node is only in a sign once every 18 years. The last time this transit happened was 1999. This isn’t a transit we should take for granted, especially since Leo does not like to be taken for granted. Secondly, the lessons and the growth we have the opportunity to experience during the North Node in Leo is exciting in and of itself. During the past year and a half of the North Node in Virgo, we have had to be more efficient, more productive, more useful, more focused on self-improvement. But, we will have the chance to evolve during the Leo North Node in ways that make us more confident, spirited, passionate, and just able to have fun.
Obviously, this will affect the people who actually have a Leo North Node in their birth chart the most. If this is your placement, then, of course, you are about to experience your North Node Return! Whether it’s your first, second, third, or even fourth North Node Return, this is a time where the Universe will align in ways that open doors toward your true fulfillment. When we embrace and live out our North Node, our life has a greater purpose and we achieve much deeper satisfaction. During the North Node Return in Leo, there is a major opportunity to experience greater fulfillment by opening your heart, honing your talent, and engaging in your passions.
To have this North Node sign is to be constantly challenged throughout life to give your best performance. If you’re a Leo North Node and you’re ever in doubt, you just need to think of yourself as an actor (and the chances are great that you could be an actor or performer of some sort). Like an actor does on screen or stage, you need to live your life in a way that is about presence, charisma, creativity, and a heartfelt, personal connection to others. You need to embrace the drama, to a certain degree. It doesn’t mean that you have to go around making your life or others’ lives a living Hell. Drama can have a negative connotation and there certainly is a potentially negative manifestation of it. But, there is also a positive sort of drama that makes everything more exciting, passionate, expressive, and entertaining.
You might find that, during this North Node Return, some of that positive drama comes into your life in a way that is enlightening or makes you feel more alive. Instead of things being so chill, like you’re more used to them being, things may actually become more theatrical. You can start feeling like your life is turning into a movie or a play. But, it’s becoming an inspiring movie, a hilarious movie, or a touching movie; the kind that is a box-office hit or gets Oscar nominations. And guess what? You are the star. You are the lead actor, not the supporting one, and you are on your way toward becoming a household name or an award-winning talent.
To put the extended metaphor simply, you should focus on receiving more personal glory and recognition this year. That is your mission all throughout life, whether you accept it or not. North Node in Leo people will inevitably realize that they cannot escape the spotlight. You can’t get away from people’s attention. It just follows you everywhere. The question is, “How do you deal with it?” You must gracefully accept your audience’s praise, knowing deep down that you deserve it. You also must remain open to your admirers’ or your lovers’ affections. Romance is a big part of your journey here in this lifetime. So, a major romance could come into your life or things could get much more passionate in your current one. Leo North Node individuals are here to embrace their inner romantic. Think of yourself as playing the lead in a romantic-comedy or a heartfelt tearjerker like The Notebook. All you’ve got to do is know your lines and play your part.
This is the potential drawback of your North Node Return because it is also your South Node Return. You have the South Node in Aquarius, which can make it your kneejerk reaction to just not care about any of this stuff. Your thought process may be that you don’t have time for any of these silly, self-centered interests because, you know, the world is burning! There are more important things to care about. Also, even if you’re not quite as serious of a social activist, you still put a lot of energy into your social life and your various connections and friendships. You can scatter yourself around, in this sense, too engaged with everyone in your social scene to be centered within yourself. A big part of this is because you innately feel so weird and so detached that you like not having to be too involved with other people and also not too involved with yourself, for that matter.
It's this nonconforming, nonchalant attitude that can make you resist the celebrated, glorious status that you were meant to attain in this lifetime. Your Aquarius South Node may just make you think that you’re too misunderstood and too left-field to be popular or a big deal. This is a detached mindset that could potentially increase during this time, if you’re not careful. The Nodes, after all, are about balance. So, it’s kind of disingenuous for people to describe your North Node Return as being all good. While there are opportunities to evolve and grow and understand your true potential, there can also definitely be moments where you backslide into your negative habits. In fact, this can happen in a startlingly regressive way, like a character on a television show whose character development is abruptly thrown out the window and they go back to who they were in season one.
Also, there are characters who just don’t grow at all and if someone is very resistant of their North Node, then the Nodal Return can be a time where it’s exceptionally easy to remain in their comfort zone. So, this year will require you to consistently challenge yourself and also find a happy medium between these two sides of your nature. You could find yourself really falling for someone and letting your heart get involved. Then, you run away and dive into your social interests. You can’t meet so-and-so for a date because you have that thing with your friends and you just have to go. Or you could just turn flat-out cold and stop answering their texts or talking to them. You could make significant strides in terms of your talent that gets you a lot of attention. You start feeling like you’re “somebody” and maybe it leads to some significant success. But, then, you just stop writing your novel, going to auditions, or making music. You can’t make it to the Open Mic night. You have to go to that fundraiser!
This is how your lower Aquarius side and your higher Leo side can wrestle with each other during this Return. It’s important for you to not be paralyzed in the face of change and personal development. You have to move forward into those situations, even if the newness and the unknown element of them are a bit unnerving or uncomfortable. It’s better than staying stuck making the same mistakes, over and over, because it’s just easier than growing and changing. The North Node Return in Leo will tell you that it’s time for you to embrace your passionate side, to have a heart-to-heart connection with others, and to know that you’re a star and the world deserves to know, as well. You have to be willing to be self-serving, to a certain degree, and be more concerned with the fun you’re having than the fun that everyone else is having. Instead of being part of something bigger than yourself and gravitating toward everyone else, you have to make yourself bigger and allow everyone else to gravitate toward you.
Because of this, the Leo North Node Return can be your “breakthrough” moment, the time where you really make it and become a star. I keep using this metaphor and it actually may be fitting for some of you. If you do have artistic talents and want to do something with your life involving them, this could be a time where you get a significant break. But, in general, it just means breaking out of that cycle that makes you feel like this weirdo or rebel that doesn’t need anybody’s approval and willingly seeking the spotlight and accepting the applause and great reviews that come your way. This lets you tap into the grand self-confidence you should be expressing with this placement.
In terms of when your North Node Return will begin, I think that as long as the transiting North Node is in your natal North Node’s house and/or conjunct the North Node by 8 degrees or less, you are going through your North Node Return. However, this doesn’t really count unless it’s in the same sign as your North Node, as it could still be in that house but hasn’t transited into the sign yet or has already left that sign. For most people, this means that this transit is going to last for several months to an entire year, providing many potentially life-changing or path-altering situations.
Now, we all have Leo in one of our houses and many of us have placements in the sign of Leo. So, this transit is going to affect everybody, to one degree or another. Whatever house you have Leo is in where you are going to be expected to give your best performance. Things could become livelier, more entertaining, and more ardent in this house. You might also experience an increase in self-confidence and willpower when it comes to the activities of this house. Wherever the North Node is moving through our chart, we have the opportunity to evolve in this life area and become more mature and also more fulfilled in this area of life. So, your Leo house is going to be refining its expression, whether that’s through seeking security (Leo in the 2nd), having a good support system and personal life (Leo in the 4th), or standing up for what you believe in (Leo in the 9th).
If you have planets in Leo, a Leo Ascendant or a Leo Midheaven, then your expression of what this placement represents is going to evolve. The North Node in Leo is a manifestation of the best kind of confidence, balanced out by the cool casualness and detachment of the Aquarius South Node. So, throughout this transit, you might notice that the Leos around you are, well, less obnoxious, less overbearing, or less arrogant. There may be a decrease in that superiority complex and also in the desperate search for attention that can define Leo’s shadow side. And guys, I’m a Leo, so I say this with love. Those who have Leo placements may find themselves really growing up now in a way that brings out the best in them. This can be witnessed once the North Node is conjunct their Leo placement. It may improve their demeanor, behavior, and attitude (Leo Rising), their overall self-awareness, self-assurance, and identity (Leo Sun) or it could allow them to express their feelings and get their needs met more successfully (Leo Moon).
In any case, Leo people have the opportunity throughout the next year and a half to embody the truly impressive presence, dignity, and power that this sign has to offer. Leo is a regal sign and the transiting Leo North Node can show us Leo folks what kings and queens we actually are, in a way that requires us to not be boastful, self-absorbed, vain, or demanding. All of those traits are beneath royalty! And if you are genuinely confident, powerful, and awesome, you have no need to carry on like that. So, thanks to the transiting opposition from the Aquarius South Node, there could be a newfound self-containment to the Leo individual in your life, as well as less of a concern with applause. Life will tell the Leo Sun, Moon, Rising, Venus, etc. during this transit that they’re already amazing and special, so they don’t need to worry about people telling them.
This also translates for those who have the South Node in Leo and, consequently, the North Node in Aquarius. You probably already know that this is my placement and I’m embarking on my Reverse Nodal Return because the transiting North Node will be conjunct my natal South Node (and Sun) and vice versa. It will actually begin for me as soon as the transit starts because the North Node is already in my 7th and my Nodes are at 25 degrees. Aquarius North Node individuals, because of our Leo South Node, have kneejerk patterns and responses of seeking special attention, being romantic, exerting their will, and showing off their creative talents. This Reverse Nodal Return can go a long way in changing our priorities. After all of that searching for applause and personal glory, we can realize how hollow it is if we’re not doing that to serve the bigger picture and if we constantly need positive reinforcement.
That is, of course, how the North Node in Aquarius comes into play and allows us to evolve. Although the Leo North Node individuals are evolving by giving their best performance, those with the Aquarius North Node already know how to give a great performance. Therefore, we will be given permission now to stop “performing” so compulsively and to be okay with really turning off that switch. Our innate self-confidence can come into play now because we already know that we’re talented. We don’t need to be “famous” to know that. We can be okay with being undiscovered and unrecognized, to some extent, still being the performers we are without needing the glory and fawning that can come with it. After all, it allows us to be the free, offbeat, independent-minded souls we were born to be, unconcerned with being popular or maintaining our image.
The thing is that the house that we have our Leo South Node could actually bring a lot of attention and praise our way at this time. We might find that we get what we want in this area of life more easily now; a little bit too easily. That could be to be an individual (1st House), to be with someone (7th House), or to achieve your life goals (10th House). Much like the Leo North Node, we might gain our own newfound fame during this time. But, the thing is, since we’re moving in the opposite direction, that we will learn to not take it seriously or personally because we will understand how we are much more fulfilled when we distance ourselves from the applause and march to our own different beat. This is something that could either lead to a significant breakthrough that moves you closer to your North Node territory or brings an amazing intrinsic satisfaction into your life because you’ve already been on this path.
We should also notice that the North Node will be trine both Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries at the beginning of this transit. So, whatever our path is regarding our newfound confidence, attention, creativity, or strength of will, we will gain a strong sense of purpose from it (Saturn) and we will be able to keep things exciting and unexpected in our lives (Uranus) because of it.