If you’re looking to find your true direction in life, your soul’s calling, astrology can offer excellent guidance. Examining the placement of the North Node, also known as the True Node by astrologers, can help to pinpoint your karmic direction in this lifetime. The opposite sign by degree, the South Node denotes issues faced in past lifetimes. Together they form the Nodal Axis.
Unlike the other aspects of your birth chart, the North Node is not a planetary body. Rather, north and south nodes are the points where the moon’s orbit and the plane of the ecliptic converge at the time you were born.
For some signs it can be easy to express characteristics of the North Node, and integrate these into the personality. For indications of this, look for positive aspects including a trine, sextile, and conjunction to the North Node from personal inner planets such as the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars. More challenging aspects such as squares and oppositions to the same planets can cause challenges in merging the energies together.
It can feel uncomfortable when we realise that our North Node is in a sign very different to our outward (Sun sign) nature. How can we learn to merge with and work towards embodying the finer qualities of our North Node in this instance?
Let’s say we are a Leo Sun sign and quite extroverted by nature. If our North Node is in Aquarius, our lesson may be to lean into more introversion and introspection, and use this energy to create and innovate, directing our energy for creation more internally and channelling it toward invention. Similarly, if our natal sign is Aquarius and our North Node is Cancer, how can we learn to let go of our need for independence be more nurturing and less aloof around others?
A helpful way to embrace your North Node is by studying the positive aspects of those people you know who are the same Sun sign as your North Node. Oftentimes, you can learn a lot from these people.
Here are some pointers to consider based on your natal North Node placement:
♈ If your North Node is in Aries, consider taking a chance rather than hesitating, sometimes being a go-getter can work to your advantage.
♉ If your North Node is in Taurus, it’s important to allow yourself to indulge in Venus related pleasures, think art, food, investing in things that make you feel good.
♊ If your North Node is in Gemini, consider ways you can expand your local community and networks. Where possible, get involved in communication and speaking and sharing the things you enjoy and care about.
♋ If your North Node is in Cancer, consider working with and appreciating your family and nurturing relationships with those close to you who can help you to realise your goals.
♌If your North Node is in Leo, consider how you can share your creative talents with the world. Think of Lion like pride and step out into your own light. You have talents to the world needs to see.
♍ If your North Node is in Virgo, consider how you can help yourself maintain a routine which helps you be of service to others, doing something you enjoy and can potentially heal others, mind body and soul.
♎ If your North Node is in Libra, consider how to find balance in all areas, relationships, work, and family. Consider partnering up with other likeminded people to achieve your goals.
♏ If your North Node is in Scorpio, consider how being a bit more secretive about yourself and your aims might help you to plan your success. Also consider Scorpio related fields, where you’ll naturally be at home.
♐ If your North Node is in Sagittarius, consider how you might lift your spirits and see the lighter side of life with a jovial spirit and travel. Be around people who are playful, so this rubs off on you and by doing things that bring you joy.
♑ If your North Node is in Capricorn, consider the steps you need to take to reach your goal. Be ambitious, think big and take real steps to make it happen.
♒ If your North Node is in Aquarius, consider working on some of those innovative ideas you have and expressing your humanitarian side by helping others.
♓ If your North Node is in Pisces, dear to allow your dreamy artistic side to unravel and share your spiritual gifts with the world.
Like a lighthouse, your North Node emits a bright beam pointing the direction you need to find your purpose. As you work with the energies of the North Node, you can slowly start to unravel your true calling.