I’d like to talk about the lunar nodes. They are extremely important points in astrology that carry symbolism about past and future habit patterns. They have a great deal to do with destiny. They are points in the chart that are 180° apart from each other. The North Node of the Moon is the point at which the Moon crosses the ecliptic heading north, and the South Node the point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic going south.
The South Node is where you meet up with a feeling of “never enough”. It’s a point, represented by sign and house placement, of great comfort and familiarity. If you like the word karma, then this is often said to be a point we’ve experienced fully from a past life, so the energy is something that you’ve lived before and has a feeling of déjà vu. It’s where you may want to maintain the “status quo” and because of that feeling, there can be an obsessive, addictive and seductive feel to it. It’s that hunger of desiring that which at one time in life may have been good for you, but because of misuse or over use, no longer is. One of my colleagues, Michael Lutin, always used the example that the South Node is like snorting cocaine. Once you start you want more and more and more. No matter how much you snort it’s never satisfying enough. These are old habit patterns. The South Node may be an energy that is good to tap into when you’re younger but as you get older you must start to use that energy to springboard into the North Node which is much more about growth, and life purpose.
The North Node is an energy that you must learn to incorporate into the present life, yet it is unfamiliar and therefore is accompanied by a certain amount of doubt and fear because it has a feeling of being new and unchartered. It is one of the great indicators of our life purpose. It’s the faculty in ourselves which we most need to develop if we are to grow. The North Node nourishes by providing us with new experiences, new people, new contacts and new ideas which satisfy and leave us feeling whole and complete. The North Node shifts us out of old habit patterns, experiences, relationships and situations that no longer serve our higher good. It allows access to a new perspective and opportunity to welcome previously unrecognized possibilities into the light of consciousness.
The South and North Nodes must work together. They are not isolated. The South Node doesn’t disappear as we get older but it should feed the North Node as we spring back and forth between the old and familiar towards the new and unchartered. The more we access the energy of the North Node the more we grow, mature, achieve, accomplish and fulfill our destiny. Interpreting them in the natal chart is very important.
I want to talk about what the transiting nodes mean in a mundane way as they affect society and world events. The nodes are always moving retrograde due to the astronomy of the cosmos and the movement of the Moon, Earth and Sun. They remain in a zodiacal polarity for approximately 19 months and eclipses that occur every six months will always be in the signs represented by the nodes, therefore we have eclipses in the same signs, more or less, for approximately 19 months.
Since November 2018 through the beginning of May 2020 the nodes are retrograding through the signs of Cancer and Capricorn. The North Node in Cancer, the South Node in Capricorn. As a society we are meant to loosen the grips of the old negative patterns of Capricorn and redevelop the attributes of Cancer. This transit is winding down and we are getting a huge dose on a global level as to its meaning and purpose. Covid-19 has brought the meaning of this nodal axis into sharp focus. What are we meant to give up and let go? That is represented by the South Node in Capricorn. We are being forced to let go and release the negative constructs that have been built up in Capricorn. The traditions that have held us together as a society via the business and corporate structures are melting away. Those old Capricorn habits of doing “business as usual” will no longer work. Letting go of the South Node structures of society as we know it instills lots of fear and panic because it is what we are used to, even if it no longer serves a healthy growth-oriented purpose. Capricorn represents the patriarchy and the walls are tumbling down. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the King’s horses and all the King’s Men couldn’t put Humpty together again!”
As walls are being torn down we are being forced to access a new version of what Cancer represents. Cancer represents the Matriarchy and that is being reborn to balance out the Patriarchy. Cancer is about home, family and that which nurtures us. We are all being forced to spend more time at home with our family, with our feelings and learn how to bond in new ways. The foundations of our home life and our countries must be rebuilt. We have to lay a new foundation to our home, as well as our country. Throughout the world each society has to find new ways to nourish and feed its people. That’s works on a collective level as well as a personal level. As we shelter in place all over the world the family bonds are being renewed and reformulated. These are Yin signs and that energy has to do with security, introspection and safety. They are more conservative than the Yang signs so we have to take new action (cardinal signs) to constrict and conserve our energy. In Cancer we have to look more deeply into our soul and get in touch with the inner feminine energy of Motherhood, the matriarchy and the feeling principle. This pandemic has forced a new understanding towards the basic, simpler foundations of life and how to redefine it. New foundations laid now will build new future structures. It's all about basic instincts in Cancer.
The nodal axis is now shifting into the Gemini/Sagittarius polarity beginning in May and that transit will last through mid-January 2022. What we have to give up in Sagittarius is reliance on freedom and global movement through international travel. We have to let go of the privileged feeling of unfettered boundaries and moving about the world wherever and whenever we want. This is a mutable polarity so the next 19 months are about learning. We have to release old worn out philosophies and teachings that have guided us in the past. The meaning of life is shifting and so is higher education. The old system of law will transform. The travel industry will mutate. The Gemini North Node is what needs to be redefined. Our local neighborhood will become more important. Supporting local business and local government is the way to go. We have to redevelop our neighborhoods and education system in Gemini. The basics of everything we learn in logical ways must realign left brain thinking. Facts will become more important and essential because Gemini deals with logic, facts and information. We must get back to the ABC’s of life and learning and come down from the high horse grandiosity of Sagittarius. Like Icarus we have flown to close to the Sun and our hubris has led us down a path of competition with the Gods. That is no longer tolerable and we have to get away from forming opinions without having the facts to back up those opinions. How the media reports and disseminates information will come under closer scrutiny. We have to stop the excesses of stretching the truth in Sagittarius and get back to sane, logical fact-based thinking in Gemini. Foreign and local governments must work in better harmony. Much of this will come about through new regulations of importing and exporting as well as new international laws. We are a sisterhood and brotherhood and it will be more important in the coming years to reach out our hands and form closer fraternal ties. Our communication systems are in a massive evolutionary phase. There is a never ending process of new learning on how to communicate via Zoom, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and our ever evolving smart phones.
Of course all this will be more specifically aligned in your natal chart depending on what house the nodes transit. That adds a more detailed interpretation as to the area of life where you as an individual will experience this energy most acutely and personally. We are in an evolutionary period of world history and the transiting nodes will help us navigate this path.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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