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Life Purpose in Astrology (Using the North and South Nodes)
There are many different ways to do readings in astrology as there are planets
in the heavens. Each reading style is
unique unto what the astrologer themselves can interpret from the chart(s) they read. But one of the main things that
astrology can help us to uncover, or understand better is what is the purpose or lesson of the individual they are reading.
In other words, why were you born, what is the purpose of your existence, what lesson(s) were you born to experience.
In looking at the birth chart of an individual, there are two placements in the
birth chart that help an astrologer to decipher
the life purpose of an individual.
The North and South Nodes help a trained astrologer to understand what it was
that you were born for. The nodes are
not planets nor are they asteroids in the heavens. They are assumed points in the heavens in direct relation to what
degree the moon was over the western horizon at the exact time of your birth. Why is that so important? The moon is the
symbol in astrology of where we feel safe, secure and find our safety bracket, hence where our past comfort zone is. So
it depicts where we are coming from in our emotional pasts.
The sign that the moon is in can help us to understand what expression we chose
in previous lifetimes to express
ourselves through, the area of life that the moon is in can help us to understand where we developed this tendency from
our past lives. For example, if the natal moon is in the second house (our possessions, $$) and in the sign of (Taurus),
the individual most likely will have a tendency to feel a safety bracket with regards to their own money and may very well
be a stickler for spending their own money. If the moon is in the 4th house (home and family) in the sign of (Libra) they
may feel a safer haven at home to express their emotions than out in the public eye. More specifically, it could be with
their mother (4th house).
The moon has direct relation to the South Node. The South Node is
representative of where we have come from in our
past lives and what tendencies we have developed there. It is the area of “least resistance” because our souls know it
so well. However, it is also where we can hold ourselves back from learning our lessons. So the North Node is the
opposite, where we need to open to our lessons, break new ground and become more mature souls. In other words, the
North Node represents the lessons we have not learned in our past lives.
Some key points to understand the North and South Nodes here. They will always
be on the exact opposite side of the
chart from each other. If the North Node is in the 1st House, the South Node will be in the 7th house. If the North Node is
in the 2nd House, the South Node node will be in the 8th house. They will always be in the exact opposite sign. North
Node in Capricorn, South Node in Cancer. They will always be in the same degree North Node in 10 degrees of Gemini,
South Node in 10 degrees of Sagittarius.
In understanding how to read the North Node and the South Node in a chart, an
astrologer can help an individual to
understand the purpose of their life. In knowing what house the nodes are in, helps us to understand the area of life we
need to learn our lesson(s). In understanding the signs that the nodes are in, we gain insight into the tendency or
tendencies we need to develop.
The following is a chart that helps to explain the above points, both in what
houses the North Node and South Node fall
into, and the signs that they may be found in.
North Node is area of life to develop toward. South Node is area of life to work away from.
1st House - Personality, Drive,
7th House - Dependency on others.
Appearance, Sense of Self.
in Aries - need to develop Independence, in Libra - need to leave behind Seeing yourself
Self-Awareness, Courage, Self Nurturance. through another's eyes, Tit or Tat mentality,
relying upon others to make decisions,
being Mr. or Mrs. nice.
2nd House - One's own values, Possessions and 8th House - Depending on the resources of others.
Beliefs. Being influenced by others.
in Taurus - need to develop taking things one step at in Scorpio - need to leave behind Impatience,
a time, self worth, your own beliefs, and overreacting, over concern with other
persistence. people's business, attraction to crisis
3rd House - Communication, Your Own Ideas, 9th House - Being aloof, Too much spontaneity,
Communication with siblings, Developing Too unsettled in the mind.
rationale and logic.
in Gemini - need to develop Tact, Logic, Listening, in Sagittarius - need to leave behind Aloofness,
Openness to new ideas and experiences. needing to be right, Taking
shortcuts, Careless spontaneity.
4th House - Developing home life, Sensitivity toward 10th House - Concerned with career, Being cold and
others, Developing stability and foundation. insensitive, too much concern for public
in Cancer - need to develop Empathy, Validating in Capricorn - need to leave behind Needing to
feelings, Humility, Nurturing and supporting control everything and everyone,
others. ignoring the process and being too
focused on the goal, Hiding feeling
and fear in intimate relationships.
5th House - Need to develop self confidence, confidence 11th House - Get away from being one of the crowd,
in self expression, creativity, accept praise develop sense of identity, get away
and attention in one's life. from needing to be around others.
in Leo - need to develop Individuality, Strengthening in Aquarius - need to leave behind yielding to peer
one's willpower, Self-confidence, Following pressure in order to belong,
one's own heart. Detaching from emotional situations,
Waiting for others to prompt your
6th House - Developing a sense of duty toward others,
12th House - Get away from being in your head, Get
being practical, becoming organized, working away from day dreaming, become
in the here and now. practical.
in Virgo - need to develop Creating routines, Focusing in Pisces - need to leave behind Being a victim,
on the here and now, Valuing details, Service Avoidance of planning, Self-doubt,
to others Withdrawal.
7th House - Develop a sense of partnerships, commitment 1st House - Get away from identity with self, putting
in relationships, develop a sense of fairness yourself first, wanting your own way.
in Libra - need to develop Creating win/win situations, in Aries - need to leave behind Impulsiveness,
diplomacy and tact, cooperation, sharing. selfishness, outbursts of anger,
expecting, others to be just like you.
8th House - Sharing resources with others, giving assistance 2nd House - Imposing your own values and beliefs,
to others, be a guide for others. being stubborn and stingy, inflexibility.
in Scorpio - need to develop Choosing constructive in Taurus - need to leave behind Possessiveness,
change, openness to partnering, merging stubbornness, resistance to change,
power with others, enjoying things without input from others.
9th House - Develop a higher perspective of the world around 3rd House - Develop a higher consciousness, don't be
you, develop your own perspectives, develop a so factual, become more open minded.
in Sagittarius - need to develop Speaking from higher in Gemini - need to leave behind Indecisiveness,
consciousness, trusting oneself, gossiping, saying what others want to
spontaneity, hearing the meaning behind hear, second guess what others think.
10th House - Develop ambition, become focused, develop 4th House - Detach from the family, leave the past
toward public status, work away from the family. behind, develop self-sufficiency.
in Capricorn - need to develop Self - control, staying in Cancer - need to leave behind Dependence,
goal oriented, letting go of past, moodiness, insecurity leading to
approaching life from an adult position. inaction, avoidance of personal risk.
11th House - Become more humanitarian, become self-less, 5th House - Get away from needing to be the center of
be there for the masses. attention, the world does not revolve
around you, wanting your own way.
in Aquarius - need to develop Desire for friendship, in Leo - need to leave behind Insistence on getting
awareness of equality, making decisions one's way, wilfulness and stubbornness,
for the interest of all, active participation doing what is expected rather than
in groups. following your heart.
12th House - Developing your connection to spirit, developing 6th House - Needing to be of service to others, being
your subconscious mind, becoming more stuck in routine, working from a sense
spiritually attuned. guilt.
in Pisces - need to develop Being non-judgmental, in Virgo - need to leave behind Fault finding,
compassion, focusing on the spiritual staying in unpleasant situations,
spiritual pathway. inflexibility, obsessive worry.