Hello dear readers! When you think of Astrology, chances are that your mind first conjures symbolic meanings associated with your natal Sun sign. Savvy Astrologers may also be able to recite their “Big Three,” or Sun, Moon, and Rising Sign, also called the Ascendant.
But these are still only basic components of your natal chart. These important planetary placements can tell you a great deal about your personality, but they don’t have much bearing on your destiny.
For information about your life path and fate, you need to understand the significance of a critical part of the natal chart that isn’t a planetary placement at all, but rather a mathematical point on the Moon’s ellipse.
This is a point known as the North Node, also called the True Node, True Lunar Node, or Lunar Node. How exactly does the North Node influence your life and your potential love? Well, keep reading to find out!
What Is The North Node?
People often question the North Node, sometimes confusing it with the idea of a “North Star” because it is associated with fate and guidance. But the North Node is not a star, nor is it a planet, comet, or asteroid.
The Moon’s path is divided mathematically into two nodes, so the North Node is always opposite the South Node. Thus, even though it is not a celestial body, the North Node carries great significance in your natal chart and should be understood.
The far extreme points in the Moon’s ellipsis are called the nodes or Lunar Nodes. The South Node is not usually emphasized quite as much because it represents the lessons you bring into this lifetime from past lifetimes.
The South Node can be important to consider in tandem with the North Node, but unless you are studying your past lives, it is often left out of the discussion. The North Node represents that which you are born in this lifetime to attain. Thus, it is associated with destiny.
However, this definition of “destiny” doesn’t mean that which will be easily handed to you. Quite the opposite, in fact. The term destiny in this regard refers to that which you feel compelled to strive toward.
The North Node guides you to evolve and challenge yourself. It represents that which you don’t easily accomplish but which you also can’t just give up on. It may involve major life lessons or a crusade you find yourself thrust toward although you don’t feel you are consciously “choosing” it.
It may also be a part of your journey that seems impossible to you at first, only to seem inevitable when you start to actually move toward it.
Just because your North Node indicates a particular fate, doesn’t mean you will master this fate in this lifetime. This is where free will and choice come into the picture.
For example, if your North Node is in Cancer in the Tenth House, your destiny may involve nurturing and family. If you actively deny or suppress this by avoiding intimacy and instead throw yourself into your career and public life, you may nevertheless find that you are continually put into situations in which you are compelled to nurture others in your career.
Your North Node helps you to discover the gifts you aren’t consciously aware of in this lifetime. It may also represent the quest or mission you’re here to partake in. This can explain why you may work at some things that don’t manifest, as these things may not be aligned with this part of your fate, while the same level of energy put toward other tasks bears fruit.
In short, your North Node represents your life’s purpose and karmic path. It’s so wild that a lot of us are hearing about this for the first time, huh!
North Node In The Signs
Now that you understand why the North Node is important, the next step is to look at the placement of the North Node in your natal chart. This part of your chart is marked by a symbol that closely resembles the glyph for the sign of Leo, however, unlike this glyph, the North Node symbol has a circle on both ends.
Thus, it also may appear to look like a horseshoe with the arc facing up and small circles on each base of the horseshoe. Here is a basic look at what the North Node means in each sign and how this point shapes your destiny and life purpose.
If your North Node is in Aries, you came into this incarnation knowing how to appeal to others because of your sensitive and caring nature. You’re seldom alone and easily know how to comfort and nurture others.
You may find it natural and comfortable to work as part of a partnership and feel stressed when you have to make decisions on your own. But it is actually part of your destiny to become more confident and assertive so that you can lead others.
You may avoid this at first, preferring instead to let others make major decisions for you, but throughout your life, you will repeatedly be put in situations that push you to step up to the plate as a leader, showing your courage and optimism, and helping others to find their strength and individuality.
If your North Node is in Taurus, then you are accustomed to using your intuitive perception to read between the lines.
You’re also used to being in control and may keep quite a few secrets, reserving your trust for only the few you deem worthy of it. You understand that nothing is what it seems and money and material wealth aren’t as important as spiritual growth and empowerment.
Yet, in this lifetime, you are compelled to build a solid foundation for yourself and those you care about. You may see through the illusions of materialism, yet also feel destined to play the game in business or career so that you can manifest your bigger dreams.
You may also be compelled to take a stand for what you value. Though you want to be self-sufficient and not depend on anyone, you may have to learn important lessons related to nurturing others and sharing the fruits of your labor so that you can truly succeed in your goals.
A North Node in Gemini means you easily grasp abstract concepts and may feel drawn to studying spirituality, philosophy, law, medicine, and the humanities. But what is challenging for you to do is to put your broad and esoteric wisdom into terms that others can easily understand.
Your destiny in this lifetime involves teaching others through communication, be it speaking, writing, or both. You may have difficulties putting your ideas and philosophy into words, but your path requires you to challenge yourself to do just that.
You may be compelled to overcome anxieties about public speaking or writing, or insecurities about your ideas because the truth is you are born to be an important messenger.
A Cancer North Node means you’re most comfortable when you’re being productive and busy. You may be a workaholic who prefers to keep busy at the office as opposed to spending time with family or friends.
Yet you are challenged to lean into your sensitive, intuitive, and nurturing side. You may be assertive and prefer to be in control, but learning to appreciate your feelings and intuition are essential parts of your fate.
You may also shy away from family nurturing and focus instead on your perception of responsibility for others, but your destiny involves balancing the responsibility to provide with the obligation to nurture others on a more intimate level.
A North Node in Leo gives you a destiny involving standing out from the crowd and pursuing the spotlight. You are born to be recognized for your creativity and artistic talents, as well as for leadership and assertiveness, yet this is not your comfort zone.
It’s easier for you to lose yourself in the crowd or to tend to the needs of groups and organizations rather than standing apart as a leader.
You may find it easy to concoct dreams and innovative ideas that are ahead of your time, but it’s only when you push yourself to go the extra mile that you are likely to take the steps necessary to openly express these ideas through bold and daring acts.
If your North Node is in Virgo, this means you are destined for a life of service and humility and you are likely to find ways to fulfill your purpose through your daily activities. You may also have a path as a healer or helper.
Yet it is easiest for you to just go with the flow and ignore caution and responsibilities. You are naturally caring, compassionate, and creative.
It’s easy for you to be openly loving and compassionate with others. Your destiny involves developing discernment so that you can truly help others to find stable ground rather than getting lost in wishful thinking.
A Libra North Node means you already know how to stand your ground and do what’s right for yourself. Though it’s easy for you to express your individuality and look out for your own ambitions, it’s not so easy for you to share space with partners.
This is part of your Karmic challenge. Your life lessons and destiny require you to create harmony and balance in relationships with a partner. Although you easily feel like you can do everything you need all by yourself, your destiny involves allowing others to help you through your journey rather than always trying to fly solo.
This North Node means that you are comfortable manifesting material wealth and abundance and others may see you as having easy access to all the resources you need. Yet your life is not without its challenges.
Your destiny requires you to dig deeper and unlock the power of your intuition and spirituality. You are comfortable taking things at face value, but your lessons require you to ask deeper, more probing questions.
As you dig beneath the surface and explore buried secrets and spiritual meaning, you’ll be able to find the balance between comfort and material success and spiritual and emotional depth that will help you fulfill your destiny.
If your North Node is in Sagittarius, it means you are comfortable being a “Jack of All Trades” but your preliminary knowledge of a broad range of subjects doesn’t help you to evolve and grow personally and spiritually. With this placement, destiny requires you to build on what you know and develop greater wisdom.
You easily make friends but also easily distract yourself with interests that are amusing and fun but aren’t advancing your wisdom. Your higher calling involves being a humanitarian and you may be compelled to advance toward advocating for others and using your communication gifts to help uplift people who are not easily understood.
A Capricorn North Node means you are comfortable being the nurturer and protector of a family or of people you care about.
You are deeply sensitive, emotional, and intuitive, yet your destiny requires you to create a solid foundation so that your nurturing talents pay off.
You may be compelled to preserve traditions or create structure in your career or family life that helps others to grow.
Your destiny may also require you to learn when to take things personally and when to focus on the goals at hand, becoming better able to endure difficulties rather than hiding from fears and insecurities.
An Aquarius North Node means that you are accustomed to being in the spotlight and having others admire you.
Though you easily know how to entertain a crowd and are most comfortable as a leader, your destiny requires you to become attuned to the needs of the collective.
You may need to challenge yourself to step back and not take charge when you otherwise want to. Learning how to make room for others at the decision-making table or shifting from focusing on your own ambitions to operating from an egalitarian and collaborative perspective are also important to your destiny.
A Pisces North Node means your South Node is in Virgo. This means that it is easy for you to be methodical, rational, and in control. You naturally default to following strict routines and can be practical and reliable.
What is not as easy for you is going with the flow and being creative and spontaneous. Yet that is exactly what your destiny requires of you in this lifetime.
You may need to challenge yourself to pay greater attention to your intuition rather than being critical of yourself. You are destined for a path involving healing and showing compassion to others as well as developing your spirituality, but first, you must learn to not discount your feelings and intuition.
North Node In The Houses
In addition to noticing the signs of your North Node placement, you’ll also want to pay attention to the houses in which your North Node is found in your natal chart. This will indicate what area of life lessons regarding destiny tend to surface.
First House – Your destiny involves discovering who you are and being true to your identity in an open and apparent way.
Second House – Your destiny is played out through matters involving income, money, valuables, and material wealth.
Third House – Your destiny involves school, peer groups, your relationships with friends and siblings, and your neighborhood or community.
Fourth House – Matters of home, family upbringing, and family relationships all factor into how your destiny manifests.
Fifth House – Through playfulness, children, competition, as well as flirtations and affairs, you are brought into connection with your destiny.
Sixth House – Your health, routines, and the work that you do on a daily basis influence your destiny. Your destiny may also involve pets or domesticated animals.
Seventh House – Partnerships play a role in you achieving your destiny and you may confront issues of fate in your search for love and romance.
Eighth House – Exploring the occult and spirituality can be part of your destiny. So can matters of sexuality and power.
Ninth House – Your destiny may involve higher education, publishing, and long-distance travel.
Tenth House – Your career path and public life lead you to your destiny. Business and politics may also play a role in your fate.
Eleventh House – Your destiny may involve grassroots organizations as well as clubs and groups of friends.
Twelfth House – Your destiny is related to spiritual growth as well as healing and you may encounter your destiny related to experiences involving hospitals, jails, and other institutions associated with rehabilitation and evolution.
This is a lot of important information to wrap our heads around, but when we do, we will be better for it, and it might even have us feeling like the pieces of life’s puzzle are starting to make sense…
And by understanding the meaning of the North Node in your chart, you’ll have a better idea of your destiny and the path you are meant to walk in order to evolve personally and spiritually.
This will help you to understand why there are certain situations that seem to repeat in your life or things to which you feel magnetically pulled. Often, these are the patterns and situations that relate to your destiny and major life lessons as determined by the placement of the North Node.
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Wishing you all the luck in the Universe on your journey.
Your friend and Relationship Astrologer,