What Is The North Node In Astrology

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Cafe Astrology is brimming with free articles, features, interpretations, and tools that will appeal to people with a casual interest in learning Astrology, as well as beginning through advanced students of Astrology. The site is run by astrologer Annie Heese. The North Node is the Ascending Node (the point closest to the North pole) and is thought to represent the traits a soul is moving toward, from a general perspective. The South Node is thought to be the traits a soul is leaving behind, that represents mastery in previous lives. Your North Node Life Path: Virgo and Pisces are the signs of health and healing. If you born with a Virgo north node or a Pisces north node, your destiny involves a path of service, healing and generosity. You may even literally work in the wellness industry.

Why? Because we're here to heal the past.. and claim who we're meant to be

If you want to go deeper than the article below, book a private karmic astrology session with me.

The South and North Node in karmic astrology (also called True Nodes) are points where the moon intercepts the earth's orbit around the sun. They're important because they're understood to have points of soul magnetism.

Your North Node by astrological sign and house, represents your soul mission or the next experience for soul growth. In effect, it pulls you toward your most expansive future.

Your South Node represents your karmic past. It's your Achilles heel, and an energetic bucket of people, habits, situations and karma from past lifetimes that you're here to resolve. It also represents the talents you're here to carry forward.

You'll notice right away that your North Node is (likely) different than your Sun sign, a.k.a. the general astrology you read about in magazines or newspapers.

While your Sun represents how you achieve and radiate your personality, your North and South Nodes represent the growth of your soul.

Karmic astrology is a spiritual approach to astrology. For me personally, it's been a powerful guide during my own spiritual awakening.

Why study your North Node?

Clairvoyant Edgar Cayce said that the real value of astrology is understanding our cycles of soul growth: not prediction.

So whether you're seeking your life purpose, awakening your intuition or finding your soulmate, studying your North and South Node can always shed new light. Even years after learning mine, I continue to discover new layers (mine is Cancer in the 12th).

By aligning with your soul mission you align your personality with your soul. This will not only make your life more meaningful and enjoyable, but it'll make life easier because you'll be working with your soul instead of against it.

Not only that, but the more you consciously engage your North Node, the more likely you will attract people, events and situations into your life that will lead to remarkable serendipity and growth.

By engagement, I mean bring it in consciously, physically. Decorate with your soul colour. Wear Soul Expression Jewellery! This company is owned by a friend of mine by the way, whose north node is in Taurus. So this business is perfect for her..her creations are gorgeous, check it out!

Interpreting your soul mission

Your soul mission is symbolized by the astrological sign and house of your North Node. Your karma (past) is symbolized by your South Node which is always in the opposite sign and house.

As you may know, there are twelve astrological signs. These symbolically represent different talents, expressions and experiences of life.

There are also twelve astrological houses (each ruled by a sign) that represent different areas of life, from the personal and material, to the universal.

To get your North and South Node information, you need your astrological chart.

Don't have your birth chart?

You must have your accurate time of birth to know the house in which your North Node is expressed. However, do not despair! Even without your full birth information, there's lots to explore.

Here's how you can create your own free karmic astrology chart and identify and interpret your North Node.

Three steps to activating your soul mission

For the rest of this article, I call your North Node your soul mission, and your South Node your talents and karma.

  1. First, appreciate the talents you've mastered over lifetimes, represented by your South Node sign and house. They're the foundation from which you'll launch your future.
  2. Second, own your karma by acknowledging the flip side of your South Node talents: those ingrained not-so-lovely habits which may have created some karma. THIS is the energy that keeps you stuck. It's your Achilles Heel. And it's always the 180 degree opposite to your soul mission.
  3. Third, step into your soul mission by adopting new EMOTIONAL RESPONSES, ATTITUDES and ENERGY in the AREAS OF LIFE represented by your North Node.
  4. Fourth, walk the road of your soul mission by committing to your Saturn. Your bridge to accomplishment. More: Saturn in karmic astrology
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Once you have your North Node sign and the house in which it's expressed, come back to this page and reveal your soul mission by reading the detailed descriptions below.

Seeking love? Get another perspective by reading astrological soulmate to get tips about your highest potential soulmate relationship.

Comfort zone warning!

Stepping into your soul mission may NOT be easy peasy, and that's okay. Know that it's your soul stretch which will unfold over your lifetime.

For example, my soul mission is in emotionally vulnerable Cancer (and the heavily karmic, mystical, 12th house), which at first scared the heck out of me.

But! Exploring this energy both creatively and in my day-to-day life has been incredible for me as well (I wouldn't have chosen to write without its nudging).

Your North Node sign

Emotional responses, attitudes and energy to adopt

Your North Node house

Life issues to explore. Note! You must have your birth time for
these to be accurate.

First house: “Your true, authentic Self re-born and expressed fully” What age will i get pregnant horoscope.

What Is The North Node In Astrology Mean

Second house: “Your self worth and its expression in the material world”

Third house: “In the moment communication and your environment”

Fourth house: “Family, physical home and emotional foundations”

Fifth house: “Birth children, heart expression and manifestation”

Sixth house: “Your work, health, pets and how you give service”

Seventh house: “Your relationships with others including marriage and business”

Eighth house: “Your intimate relationship, investors, estates, death and re-birth”

Ninth house: “Education, international travel, nature and your personal truth ”

Tenth house: “Your achievement and public reputation outside of family”

Eleventh house: “Receiving love through friendships, and like-minded groups”

Twelfth house: “Dissolving karma. Cultivating trust and faith in the unseen”

Take me to:

Karmic astrology – More on karmic astrology including why it's different (and more powerful imho) than traditional astrology.

Saturn in karmic astrology – The secret to accomplishing your soul mission in the real world (the road to walk)..


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Your North Node Life Path:

If you were born with a Cancer north node or a Capricorn north node, your life path involves balancing personal and professional endeavors, home and work, masculine and feminine energy. Cancer rules the feminine realm—home, family, women, maternal energy, creativity. Capricorn rules the masculine realm—career, public life, men, paternal energy and structure. You may often feel pulled uncomfortably between the two, struggling to find work/life balance.

Depending on your node placement, you may be more comfortable with one gender over the other. Most likely you need to develop more ease with the gender represented by your north node. Cancer north node people are learning to understand women and feminine energy, and may be “one of the guys.” The female Cancer north node is often quite girlish in appearance, but can be structured, driven and single-focused on the inside. These people have spent lifetimes as “captains of industry” and patriarchs, conquering the world and accumulating wealth. Now, they are learning that there’s more to life than just work and money.

Cancer north node people’s mission is to enjoy home, family and heartfelt connections. However, many can be reluctant parents. Male or female, they may prefer to express their newfound maternal energy as “work moms” who nurture coworkers or acting as mentors. Caution: When Cancer north nodes do get sentimental, their Hallmark moments can be over-the-top and a little awkward. (These are the people who might hang a “Live Laugh Love” plaque over their desks.)

Capricorn north node people have had many lifetimes in the feminine (Cancer) realm as caretakers, mothers, wives and dependents. In this lifetime, they are learning the exciting new world of self-sufficiency. Capricorn north nodes are moving from the role of nurturer to the role of provider. However, too much time in the corporate world depletes their souls. Even if they do go into an office, they need to add homey touches and create familial bonds with their coworkers. These are the people who bring cupcakes in or organize the company picnic.

Capricorn north nodes are creative and intuitive, and need to apply these gifts to their goals. They may resist structure (their least favorite moment is taking a shower and leaving the house!). However, when they stick to a simple plan that includes time for self-care, they thrive. Oprah Winfrey, a Capricorn north node, is as famous for her book clubs and “favorite things” shows as she is for her celebrity trainers, chefs and experts. Like many self-soothing Cancer south node people, she struggles with yo-yo dieting and emotional eating.

Family relationships, especially with parents, are a major issue for Cancer and Capricorn lunar nodes. You could be closer to the parent represented by your south node (mothers for Cancer south node, fathers for Capricorn south node). Your deepest evolution could involve working to understand the parent represented by your north node (fathers for Capricorn north node, mothers for Cancer north node). In some cases, this parent may even be a distant or absent figure in your life. If you have kids, many of your biggest life lessons will come from balancing your worldly achievements with your parental duties.

Cancer North Node

North Node In Scorpio

Release (Capricorn south node):
Elitism, defining yourself by your worldly accomplishments (e.g., job titles), hierarchy, cool detachment, workaholism, being “lonely at the top,” head over heart, ruthlessness, competition, drive for materialism and status, too much masculine energy, mommy issues

Embrace (Cancer north node):
Emotional sensitivity, family time, compassion, the feminine realm, domestic arts, maternal energy, nurturing, self-care, connecting from the heart, being more inclusive than exclusive

Famous Cancer North Node: Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Sonja Morgan, Adolf Hitler, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Jessica Biel, LeAnn Rimes, Louise Hay, Michelle Obama, Marc Jacobs

May 12, 1944 – Dec 3, 1945 * Dec 24, 1962 – Aug 25, 1964 * Sep 25, 1981 – Mar 16, 1983 * Apr 10, 2000 – Oct 13, 2001 • November 7, 2018 – May 5, 2020

Capricorn North Node


Release (Cancer south node):
Caretaking, codependence, passivity, shyness, fear of abandonment emotional responses, self-soothing, too much feminine energy, too much attachment to mother/being mothered, daddy issues

Embrace (Capricorn north node):
Leadership, professional and business acumen, being proactive, empowering others instead of enabling, living a public life, cool-headed vision, masculine energy, relationship with father/father figures

Famous Capricorn North Node: Oprah Winfrey, JFK, Emma Roberts, Ben Affleck, Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Denzel Washington, Kevin Costner, Jude Law, Tori Spelling, John Travolta, Woody Allen, Michael Moore, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Julie Andrews, Robert Redford

Oct 10, 1953 – Apr 2, 1955 * Apr 28, 1972 – Oct 27, 1973 * Nov 19, 1990 – Aug 1, 1992 * Aug 22, 2009 – Mar 3, 2011 • March 27, 2028 – September 23, 2029

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