The Moon's Nodes in Astrology
North Node South Node
Dragon's Tails North and South!
I'm sure you've noticed those funny little symbols in your chart - the North Node looks almost like the sign for Leo, and the South Node is the same symbol drawn upside down - and they are always exactly opposite each other. So why are they there, and what do they mean? Well, if you are willing to look beyond identifying character traits and talents in studying your chart, and enter the realm of karma, soul development, and the possibility of past lives - you will surely benefit by looking closely at your Nodes! Click Here for a scientific explanation. If your chart shows only the North Node, just remember that the South Node is directly opposite. For a Fascinating article that explains the Nodes and Planets in relationship to the Human Chakras - Click Here! - by Radu Moisoiu
The North-South Node polarity is like a magnet pulling you in opposite directions, a dynamic attraction and repulsion. As if you didn't already have enough oppositions, squares and other conflicting energy in your chart - the Nodes add karmic lessons to the tangled planetary web - but these are quite easily unraveled because the answer to the karmic residue of the South Node is in the promise of the North Node. It's a simple concept, but not necessarily simple to understand as it applies to your life. I call it a "push-me, pull-you" effect. You are drawn to personal growth and change in this lifetime by the North Node, and pulled back in time to past-life energy by the South Node.
The South Node - "Been There, Done That"
The South Node is telling you what you're leaving behind. This is a clue to patterns of existence so deeply ingrained in your personality by past experience that you don't need to go there anymore - except to eliminate excess baggage. Stemming from many lifetimes, the South Node behavior has been overdone somehow. You may have developed bad habits through repetition, and are still carrying outworn personality patterns. These are indicated by the House (realm of life) and Sign (way of expression) in which you find the South Node. You will undoubtedly meet up with people who represent bits and pieces of this energy, and with whom you will ultimately have a falling out as you grow in consciousness.
To define your particular bad habits, identify all that is negative about the Sign in which your South Node falls and apply it to the realm of life indicated by the House placement. These are traits you will hopefully be learning to let go of in this life - one way or another. Click Here for a quicky guideline. For greater insight, take time to study the signs and houses, and remember to look a bit deeper within.
My South Node, for example, is in the 4th house in Taurus. I have done the home and family and nurturing routine many many times before. I have taken care of people's needs time and time again. I know how to do it - very well. It's second nature to me. I have absolutely no fear of lack. The negative manifestation of this energy in my life has been a stubborn insistence on providing for the basic necessities of life. I mother to excess. I feel worthless unless I am providing. I know there is much more to this that perhaps I am still learning - selfishness, bullying, shutting myself in.... how can I get past this?
The North Node - New Horizons
The North Node brings you opportunities to connect with others who can lead you out of your own particular South Node darkness and drudgery, and into the light of a new horizon. Look to the house and sign position of the North Node for new ways of being, potential friends and allies, talents yet unrealized, and heart and soul opening experiences. You will undoubtedly attract people who help fulfill or represent your North Node potential. Be aware that you might project your dreams upon them, thus failing to live up to your own potential and falling back into your negative South Node habits. You can avoid this pitfall by recognizing and realizing the potential within yourself!
For me, this all manifests in the 10th house where I am developing my self-esteem by becoming a visible, contributing, and self respecting member of society - through the energy of Scorpio - representing personal power, transformation, all that is deeply hidden and filled with emotional depth and insight. I am also working on using resources to benefit more than just my immediate family. I realize that I have attracted intense, powerful people (Scorpio) into my life and have had to learn, sometimes the hard way, how to be powerful within and not allow myself to get run-over taking care of everyone.
Striking a Balance
North and South Nodes represent opposing tendencies and drives. You will feel driven in two directions - and are challenged to create harmony and balance. You might neglect the South Node area of your life in favor of following the North Node dream - a definite pitfall borne of boredom of the past and resentment for continued responsibilities. We must all try to attend to every area of our lives, and the South Node house is no exception. In spite of our annoyance as we grow into the North Node, we need to learn a balanced and healthy expression of both!
Don't forget to also look at aspects - conjunctions, oppositions, quintles, etc. - to your nodes. These will show you how other energies can both challenge and aid your progress! In particular, look for the rulers of the Houses and Signs your nodes fall in. To: Astrology in a Nutshell
Some Examples and Guidelines
If you have Aries Rising, it's quite possible that the signs and houses in which your nodes fall will match... a powerful karmic combo that is unmistakable in your life. For example - South Node in Virgo in the 6th house with North Node in Pisces in the 12th house has a very clear purpose - leave behind over-perfectionism in favor of peace and spirituality!
Do you have Libra Rising? If so, your North and South Nodes will be in mutually opposite signs and houses, making for some very interesting polarities.... For example: with a Sagittarius North Node in 3rd house (ruled by Gemini) and a Gemini South Node in the 9th house (ruled by Sagittarius), you would (simply put) make fortunate contacts (North Node) with wise, worldly, optimistic, freedom loving people (positive Sagittarius traits) in your immediate community or among siblings and close friends (3rd house - ruled by Gemini), and it would be wise to avoid people (South Node) who are flighty, shallow or fickle (negative Gemini traits) in their beliefs, education and philosophy (9th house - ruled by Sagittarius.)
A Simple Guide to Creating Node Harmony!!
Look for your North Node - the South Node directly follows
*North Node in 1st House
You are learning to assert yourself in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with others who are independent and brave.
*South Node in 7th House
You need to break away from dependence on partners and lovers.
*North Node in 2nd House
You are learning to feel safe and secure in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who are stable or who contribute to your financial security and well-being.
*South Node in 8th House
You need to break away from using your power over others, or from engaging in extreme or dangerous activities.
*North Node in 3rd House
You are learning to be an active part of your community in this life. You make fortunate contacts with people in your community, siblings and people who are involved in communication and travel.
*South Node in 9th House
You need to break away from wanderlust, or from old belief systems and philosophies.
*North Node in 4th House
You are learning to make family a priority in this life. You will make fortunate contacts and alliances with people from your family or the past.
*South Node in 10th House
You need to break away from the need to gain social praise and recognition
*North Node in 5th House
You are learning to be creative and vital in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with children and with people who share your recreational or creative activities.
*South Node in 11th House
You need to break away from political or social causes, or dependence on friends and social groups.
*North Node in 6th House
You are developing a pure, healthy, hardworking lifestyle in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with co-workers and hard-working, meticulous, pure-minded people.
*South Node in 12th House
You need to break away from a tendency to escape reality.
*North Node in 7th House
You are learning to make your close relationships a priority in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with partners and people you are immediately attracted to.
*South Node in 1st House
You need to break away from a tendency to strike out alone without the support of others.
*North Node in 8th House
You are learning to embrace the unknown and your own power in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with powerful, magnetic, sexual or emotional people, or with people who create dynamic changes in your life.
*South Node in 2nd House
You need to break away from a tendency to feel lacking, and develop an inner sense of well-being and security.
*North Node in 9th House
You are developing a personal philosophy in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with teachers, spiritual advisors, people from foreign lands... and animals.
*South Node in 3rd House
You need to break away from small details and over-concern with siblings and community affairs.
*North Node in 10th House
You are developing your reputation in society in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who contribute to your self-esteem and benefit your career goals.
*South Node in 4th House
You need to break away from the chains of family, the past, painful memories.
*North Node in 11th House
You are becoming a teamplayer and a contributing member of society in this life. You will make fortunate contacts within social groups or with people who are unusual, ingenious or who participate in humanitarian efforts.
*South Node in 5th House
You need to break away from an overly playful or childish attitude.
*North Node in 12th House
You are finding peace, solace and spiritual meaning in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with those who are able to give selflessly, and with spiritual teachers and higher spiritual powers.
*South Node in 6th House
You need to break away from obsessive, perfectionist habits
North and South Nodes - BY ZODIAC SIGN
*North Node in Aries
You are learning to strike out on your own in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who are very assertive, independent and brave.
*South Node in Libra
You need to break away from indecisiveness and dependence on others. You need to learn to accept periods of disharmony and/or independence.
*North Node in Taurus
You are learning to provide for yourself in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who are financially stable and secure, or who convey a sense of peace and tranquility.
*South Node in Scorpio
You need to break away from mistrust of others or allowing yourself to be controlled. You need to avoid an attraction to powerful, intense upsetting situations.
*North Node in Gemini
You are learning to connect with others and share knowledge in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who are bright, witty, communicative and/or active in the community.
*South Node in Sagittarius
You need to break away from over-optimism and too much wanderlust.
*North Node in Cancer
You are learning to care for and nurture others in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who nurture and care for you.
*South Node in Capricorn
You need to break away from strong ambitions and over-concern about your achievements and reputation.
*North Node in Leo
You are learning to be creative, vital and organized in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who are bold, brave, generous, outgoing, playful and/or in the public eye.
*South Node in Aquarius
You need to break away from being overly-rebellious or too scientific.
*North Node in Virgo
You are learning to purify yourself and be of service in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with hard-working, clean-living people.
*South Node in Pisces
You need to break away from being ungrounded, and from a tendency to escape reality.
*North Node in Libra
You are learning to share equally with others in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who create harmony, justice and peace, or with potential partners.
*South Node in Aries
You need to break away from reckless, self-serving tendencies.
*North Node in Scorpio
You are learning to feel powerful and make important changes in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who play a transformative role in your life or who are powerful, magnetic and/or forceful.
*South Node in Taurus
You need to break away from selfish tendencies, pushiness and stubbornness.
*North Node in Sagittarius
You are learning to express yourself with truth, wisdom and understanding. You will make fortunate contacts with teachers and people from foreign lands or cultures.
*South Node in Gemini
You need to break away from talkativeness, or over-concern with small details.
*North Node in Capricorn
You are learning to persevere in order to accomplish your goals in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who are climbing the slow ladder to success, or who have already attained a sense of achievement and self-worth.
*South Node in Cancer
You need to break away from the bonds of your family, mother, the past and painful memories.
*North Node in Aquarius
You are learning to embrace all people and give to society in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who are eccentric, ingenious and/or humanitarians.
*South Node in Leo
You need to break away from the need to be in control or at the center of everything, or from an overly playful attitude.
*North Node in Pisces
You are learning compassion, understanding and spiritual transcendence in this life. You will make fortunate contacts with people who are artistic, highly sensitive emotionally, empathetic, spiritual and/or able to transcend the every-day.
*South Node in Virgo
You need to break away from over-work and over-perfectionism.
North and South Nodes - Astronomically speaking
The path the Earth takes around the Sun is known as the plane of the Ecliptic. The Moon's path around the Earth is not exactly aligned with the ecliptic - but inclined by about 5 degrees. As the Moon travels around the earth, it periodically crosses paths with the ecliptic - first going North and then heading South. These points of crossing are known as the North Node and the South Node. These points move backwards through the Zodiac, changing by no more than 2 or 3 degrees per month. Someone born around the same time as you is likely to have the Nodes in the same signs, but the house positions will probably be different.
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