Eris conjunct Aries North: Collective Othering and Co-Liberation Consciousness
From October 15-November 2, 2023 retrograde Eris forms an exact conjunction with the North Node — during the fall eclipse season. As it activates the eclipse energy, we have a powerful window of opportunity for greater understanding and integration of this archetype personally and collectively.
I want to acknowledge that I struggle with how to talk about the astrology of now without using it as a spiritual bypass to avoid discomfort or use it as a way to oversimplify its impact. But my process for understanding what’s happening collectively and personally includes utilizing the cosmos as a tool, but not necessarily the Truth. However, when it comes to understanding how specific archetypes move through us, I find it helpful to understand our collective lessons and how those translate to our individual ones. And the lunar nodes and eclipse seasons specifically help point us in the cosmic compass direction.
The Lunar Nodes represent fundamental ideas of where we have been and where we are headed in our collective transformation. The most recent nodal shift occurred in July with the Aries and Libra axis and suggests how we relate with one another while retaining our individuality. It heals through navigating the tension in how we care for each other while asserting our own independence. They reveal key themes for integration learning on how to become more independent and self-reliant while honoring the whole. It asks us to move away from codependent patterning, or relying heavily on others for satisfaction or approval. And gives us some collective homework to foster our boldness over keeping the peace.
As the eclipse energies build, Eris seems to expedite this personal and collective (r)evolution. Collectively, Eris opens a space for all of us to ask bigger questions about who belongs and who decides who belongs. With Eris, the more recent history holds many moments ripe for assimilation — particularly around the themes of shadow projection and scapegoating, rejection and retaliation, and aggression and assertiveness. On an individual level, the natal chart Eris highlights the sense of exclusion or where and with whom we create adversaries consciously and unconsciously.