In the last newsletter, I asked my readers to let us know what basic astrology information they might want to read about in the newsletter. I’m happy to say we received quite a few responses. The one I’ve selected this week is about the lunar nodes, which are referred to as the north and south nodes. I selected this topic because in my classes I’ve noticed quite a bit of confusion for students, which can easily be clarified. So, let’s get started.
The first thing to be aware of is that the lunar nodes are an axis, i.e., there are always two sides just like a seesaw. In Vedic astrology they are referred to as the Dragon’s head and the Dragon’s tail. What one must remember though is that both nodes co-exist, which means that one cannot understand one side without also understanding the other one.
Let me offer my definition of these important principles:
The north node in a person’s chart represents the area of life where one must make a conscious effort to work on and develop. It also is an area that the universe encourages us to evolve and grow in. The more we make efforts in this area, the more our life improves.
The south node is the outlet for the efforts we make in the north node. It is NOT negative or something to avoid. It can’t be that or both nodes would be negative. By outlet I mean that this is where our efforts will be released. Thus, we don’t need to make efforts here. To do so would become problematic because it would mean we are not focused on working on the area we are asked to focus our efforts on, which is the north node. In other words, if we make efforts in the north node, the south node will take care of itself. We won’t have to do anything here because it will develop organically.
It does seem to be true that whenever we are in the north node, things seem to work out for the best. In fact, I would encourage my readers to try an experiment. Once you’ve located your north node by sign and house, look for when the Moon is in that particular sign each month and see what happens. You may find that you will easily engage in the north node activities and that they will tend to work out positively. One astrologer made the prescient remark that “when one is in doubt about what to do, simply go to where the north node is in your chart.” I have found that it is self-reinforcing in that you will discover how beneficial it is to operate in the north node manner and will want to do that more and more.
The greatest misunderstanding I’ve found is in the belief that one has mastered the south node in a previous life and now must develop the other side in this one. I would suggest that for one to master any aspect of life, it must cover both sides, not just one. For example, my north node is in Taurus and therefore my south node is in Scorpio. In no way do I feel I have mastered Scorpio. But, what I would say is that when I am operating from my north node, the Scorpio side tends to come out in a balanced and constructive way. Further, it becomes quite easy to do so.
I’d like to share a little astrology secret. When you go to a psychic fair or get a 10-minute reading from an astrologer, a common technique is to simply talk about the north and south node. The astrologer doesn’t need a time of birth and they know that the client is very likely to be able to easily relate to the interpretation they give them. This is how important the north and south node are. I hope you’ll try the experiment I suggested above. Let us know what discover in the comments below.