Understanding Your North and South Nodes

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Right now, we are in the middle of a Mercury retrograde but it will be completed in a few days (with a post-shadow period to follow for the next two weeks). Mercury retrograde calls for us to slow down and take our time when it comes to learning and communication. In this time for pausing and self-reflection, in what areas are you interested in learning more about yourself?

Many people know about their sun sign and in this Age of Aquarius, many might take a step further and learn more about their big three placements (sun, moon, and rising signs). Your big three opens to the door to discovering more about yourself and your birth chart. As you go down this path to self-discovery, a great place to land is learning more about your north and south nodes.

North and south nodes are two orbital points of the moon that can show you your natural-born abilities, talents, calling, life lessons, purposes, and challenges to achieve in this life. Your south node provides the blueprint of your innate abilities, which may come easy to you. Your north node provides an intuitive map to your purpose and mission here, which may present some opportunities to break out of your comfort zone.

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The following are my personal interpretations of each north and south node:

ARIES NORTH NODE – LIBRA SOUTH NODE:

To live life boldly and as an adventure. Release your innate desire to seek the path that makes everyone comfortable, including yourself. It’s okay to be assertive, take chances on yourself, and live life on your terms.

TAURUS NORTH NODE – SCORPIO SOUTH NODE:

To romanticize your life and live softly. Release your natural instinct to question the good things that happen to you or the people in your life who are consistent, kind, and loving towards you. You are deserving of a good life.

GEMINI NORTH NODE – SAGITTARIUS SOUTH NODE

To be a better communicator in your personal and collective interactions. Release your natural desire to leave when the going gets tough or when that option is easily available. You are a valuable part of your community and the creator of your reality. Your mind is the key.

CANCER NORTH NODE – CAPRICORN SOUTH NODE

To honor and embrace your feelings, sensitivity, and feminine energy. Release your inherent ability to lean too heavily on your masculine energy as a means of protection. You are here to learn more about balance and the fullness of life through your experiences and connections.

LEO NORTH NODE – AQUARIUS SOUTH NODE

To express yourself as fully as you can and be the main character. Release your natural instinct to do the least, make yourself shrink, or hide your talents and ambitions because it’s easier to do so. The world is waiting on you: it’s time for you to shine and do the most.

VIRGO NORTH NODE – PISCES SOUTH NODE

To let the details lead the way. Release your intuitive nature to go with the flow without consulting your inner voice and guidance. As you focus on the wellness of others, remember that you also deserve to experience wellness and abundance from the inside out.

LIBRA NORTH NODE – ARIES SOUTH NODE

To honor the partnerships and connections you experience along the way. Let your heart lead the way: it shapes you into each refined version of you as you’re evolving. It’s easier to trust and depend on yourself only, but your relationships will remind you that you don’t have to.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE – TAURUS SOUTH NODE

To be the alchemist of your life. Release the idea that life is only supposed to be lived one way. You are here to constantly discover yourself, this life, and others as often as needed. Embrace transforming and starting over as many times as possible until you are the fullest expression of you.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE – GEMINI SOUTH NODE

To embrace learning, travel, and leaving your comfort zone. Release your innate ability to “talk that talk” and let your words follow up with your actions in as many areas of your life as possible. How are you living your best life?

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE – CANCER SOUTH NODE

To be a leader, embrace your autonomy, and embody your masculine energy. Release your ingrained preference to be passive when it comes to your needs, feelings, thoughts, and desires. This journey invites you to balance your masculine and feminine energies, stand up for yourself, and empower others.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE – LEO SOUTH NODE

To vibrate higher and focus more on community care. Release your need to be right and focus more on your need to connect when it comes to your community and collective experiences. Community is vital to your overall health and well being.

PISCES NORTH NODE – VIRGO SOUTH NODE

To let your dreams lead the way. Release the need for perfection, it’s only an illusion at the end of the day. The more you are open to learning on the go, the more you honor your humanity (and the humanity of others). The more you honor your humanity, the more you can tap into your creativity and intuitive gifts.

It’s noon or midnight somewhere in the world, do you know what your north and south nodes are? Which of these interpretations resonates the most with you? Check out your birth chart and let the adventure begin!

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