i had to give up everything in a chart, and
could only look at one thing, I would keep the
Moon's North and South Nodes.
They are usually, but not always, the most
accurate indication of someone's life purpose,
of all the placements in the western birth
The Moon's Nodes are always 180 degrees opposite one
another. The South Node is the symbol of our past. It
represents where we are already gifted, comfortable,
Moving out of this place can be the work of a lifetime,
because everything in us just wants to stay where we
are comfortable, and hope that we could do so for a whole
lifetime. But, alas, we are here to grow into uncharted
territory of self-exploration. The North Node points
us in the direction of what would be scary, difficult,
and yet utterly exhilarating for us to achieve. Knowing
about our North Node, so that we can continually notice
our resistance to fulfilling it, is one of the most invaluable
pieces of self-knowledge that astrology can give us.
When we look back over our lives, if we have not fulfilled
our North Node, we will probably look at our lives with
some disappointment. It's as if one who has fulfilled
his/her North Node could probably die in peace.
One can usually notice the universe pushing one towards
their North Node. Usually, when one gets too lazy and
comfortable in their South Node territory, that territory
starts to become really uncomfortable--like the universe
whipping the mule (that's you and me!) from behind. And,
when one is actually moving in the direction of their
North Node, positive things occur to encourage us to
keep moving in that direction--like the universe dangling,
and granting a bite of, a carrot in front of the mule.
The qualities of the South Node are actual, inherent
personal characteristics, and are quite strong. These
are qualities that we are already gifted with from day
one. So the sign, for example, of one's South Node can
be considered a major personal placement, though the
qualities are general rather than specific, because they
can be said to be leftover energies from our past.
When planets are conjunct the South Node, two things
are indicated. One, that planet (with its sign and house)
also explains our past, and we are likely to have a complex
relationship with these qualities--these qualities may
be more difficult and feel more karmic. Really, there
is no standard interpretation for a planet conjunct the
South Node; it is a unique situation in each case and
a fair amount of intuition may be a big help with understanding
the meaning of planetary conjunctions to the South Node,
and the possible past-life or karmic meaning thereof.
In most cases, the planet will show energies that we
already have strong previous experience with, although
this could be predominantly negative or positive past
experience. A variety of factors, like the planet/sign
combo, the house placement, other aspects to the South
Node conjunction, and degree analysis can be consulted
for further clues. No matter what, we are being asked
to complete a certain kind of issue, or we could say
karma, by these conjunctions.
When planets are conjunct the North Node, it gives us
more information about what we are here to do and fulfill.
In general, planets conjunct the South Node pull us more
strongly into the past from time to time, and thus make
our life progress harder; planets conjunct the North
Node help pull us towards our current life purpose.
When interpreting the Nodes, it is good to find the negative
aspects of the South Node's sign and house, as
contrasted with the
positive qualities of the North Node's sign and House.
The positive qualities of one's North Node indicate one's
primary direction of evolution as
contrasted with the
negative qualities of one's South Node. Or, one can view
the neutral qualities of both nodes.
Yet while the main point is that the North Node is the
more important direction, ultimately I feel that a true
balance of the North and South Nodes is ultimately the
real goal. In some meaningful ways, they can actually
be read in reverse order.
Also, very important: the sign of one's North Node is
one of the best ways to understand the whole 'color,'
feeling-quality, or tone of one's entire life. For ex.
Sag North Nodes tend to have a more 'lucky' life tone,
including travel, education, etc.
To study your nodes, find the sign and house of your
nodes (if you have printed your chart at astro.com, it
will be called 'True Node' or just 'Node,' and will be
in the chart with the planets; the North Node looks similar
to the sign, Leo). Convert these into basic polarities.
For example, a Sagittarius NNode in the 4th house will
have a Gemini South Node in the 10th house (the nodes
are always perfectly opposite). The positive direction
of these nodes are therefore Sagittarius/9 and Cancer/4.
Then read about the basic evolutionary purpose of your
two nodal polarities in The
Twelve Nodal Polarities. These are primarily life
purpose directions, and you will never go wrong by growing
in these directions.
Note: When the
signs and houses seem to contradict
If the direction of the nodes seems to contradict, fit
the nature of the sign into the arena of the house. You
can use The Houses
Zone to learn more about the house involved, or The
Positive Qualities of the Signs to learn more about
the sign involved. The house will generally be more important
than the sign when the two seem to contradict, so I suggest
fitting the nature of the sign into the house, rather
than the other way around.
Note: Moon's Nodes
in Angular Houses
In addition to, or in place of, the normal meanings of
the nodes's sign and house placements, the nodes in an
angular house can simply be pointing to sign qualities
that one needs to bring more into their self-expression,
as shown by the sign of the North Node. The angular houses
can simply refer to the personality.
For More Advanced
To get a bit more information, one can also look at the
house placements of one's nodes in one's Sun Sign Chart
(Whole Sign Houses) and Solar Chart (the Sun's degree
as the Ascendant, with the Equal House System), or the
sign/house placements in the 9th harmonic chart.
Please Visit Our Home Page for our
and Daily Astrology