As a professional Astrologer who interprets birth charts, I find the Moon’s nodes not only to be fascinating cosmic food for thought, but also to be an accurate and dynamic synthesizer of an individual’s planetary sub-personalities and overall life purpose.
The North Node and South Node are mathematical points in space, they are not physical bodies. Unlike the planets, they add no “flavor” to the expression of the signs. However, they are one of the most important overall placements within a person’s natal chart. Locating the nodes is relatively easy, as the symbol of the South Node resembles upside down headphones, and the North Node looks like the same headphones right side up.
You will always find them separated by an 180 degree angle. So, the signs and houses always oppose one another (example: North Node in Capricorn in the 1st House= South Node in Cancer in the 7th House).
If you flip through a typical traditional astrology text, you may indeed discover that the description of the nodes is ultra simplified. Almost as if the South Node is exclusively “bad” and should be avoided at all costs, while the North Node is “good” and by itself, the key to our kingdoms and queendoms.
This interpretation is very misleading and does not support the holistic philosophy of astrological integration. While there are no personality characteristics attached to these vital points, I would like to think of them as “evolutionary advice” or “cosmic counsel”. Optimally, we are seeking to find the balance between the nodes in order to push ourselves to the locale of where our greatest growth strides can be found based on sign and house placement.
The South Node represents our past inheritance of skills and abilities. It’s the toolbox that we’ve already arrived in this world possessing. We’ve been there, done that and have the t-shirt to prove it. However, if we simply keep repeating what we’ve done in the same fashion, we will find ourselves in a trap which offers us no new growth.
In turn, we will continue to produce the same results. That is, unless these South Node talents are used to assist us in moving toward our North Node. In our charts, the North Node’s sign tells us what “style” we would be best served to exhibit in pursuit of our new life direction. The house location lets us know the life area where we should direct our focus.
The North Node is foreign to us; it’s a stretch and a hurdle. If the South Node is a slam dunk, then the North Node is a three pointer.
However, with a robust effort and a commitment to making growth choices in our lives, the North Node and any planets which form aspects to it, assist us in our quest for wholeness. In essence, the key to our kingdoms and queendoms is not the outright abandonment of one node in feverish pursuit of the other, but a blending and synthesis of both nodal energies.