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Past Life Astrology: North & South Nodes

 The north and south nodes hold the key to your destiny and ultimate life lessons. Discover the grander theme and scheme of your existence.


What am I supposed to do with my life? Why am I here and what’s my purpose? What was I in a past life?

In astrology, the path to your life purpose is encoded in the North and South Nodes of the Moon. These points, or poles, are directly opposite each other (thus, in opposite zodiac signs) and are used by astrologers to determine where your destiny lies. The nodes change signs every 18 months approximately, so people born within your same North and South Node group are like your “soul tribe,” the group you keep incarnating with to learn the same lessons. (Note to parents-to-be: if you have a child around the age of 18-19 or 36-37, you’ll share the same nodes.)

The South Node:
Revealing Past Lives, Natural Abilities

The South Node reveals the gifts that you bring into this lifetime, your sweet spot, your comfort zone. You will be innately good in these areas of life, and may begin your early path based on your South Node leanings. While this can bring a sense of satisfaction, it is unlikely to elevate you to Blissville. There’s a sense of “been there, done that” in the field of South Node activities. And indeed you have: in many past lifetimes. The key is to use your South Node as a springboard into your North Node destiny, much like an expat living abroad will always feel most comfortable speaking her native language, even if she’s lived in her new country for many years. The South Node is your horoscope hometown, perhaps not the place you want to settle permanently, but somewhere cozy to visit when you need to feel a sense of place or belonging.

The North Node:
Your Destiny That’s Calling

The North Node is the exact opposite zodiac sign of the South Node. It illuminates the terrain that’s calling your name, but climbing to the peak of this mountain is like trekking up Mt. Everest. You’ll have to lighten up your baggage and enlist a proverbial Sherpa to get you up that hill. It’s your learning curve. North Node activities require you to stretch out of your comfort zone. Once you do, you’ll be amazed by how fulfilled you feel. It’s like the activation of your life’s mission. The sooner you align yourself with this path, the more purpose-driven your life will become. However, you will often return to your South Node as that “ace in the hole”—kind of like returning home to your roots, even after you’ve made your way in the world.

We often think that just because we’re good at something—or it comes easily to us—that it’s what we should “do” with our lives. Yet, sometimes, the easy way doesn’t feel spiritually satisfying. Maybe you’ve taken this path enough times in past lives, and you’re ready for something new. One of our favorite books on this topic (and actually, one of the few written) is Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul. For a more in-depth explanation of how this plays out in your chart, you can book a personal reading with us.


Meanings & Paths of the North & South Nodes

ARIES South Node/LIBRA North Node

Release: – The “me first” mentality, aggression, fighting, solitude
Embrace: The power of partnership, the peaceful warrior, socializing
Dates: Jun 17, 1958 – Dec 15, 1959 * Jan 8, 1977 – Jul 5, 1978 * Aug 1, 1995 – Jan 25, 1997 * February 19, 2014 – November 11, 2015

TAURUS South Node/SCORPIO North Node

Release: – Attachment to luxury, earthy appetites, small talk, being overly practical, sticking with what you know
Embrace: Soulful simplicity, spiritual fulfillment, unspoken connections, mystery, allowing others to help you financially, passive income
Dates: Oct 5, 1956 – Jun 16, 1958 * Jul 10, 1975 – Jan 7, 1977 * Feb 2, 1994 – Jul 31, 1995 * Aug 30, 2012 – Feb 18, 2014


Release: – Gossip, fixating on details, going for what you know, dishonesty or distorting the truth, talking out of both sides of your mouth
Embrace: Fundamental truth, the big picture, higher learning, travel, honesty, adventure, leaving your comfort zone
Dates: Apr 3, 1955 – Oct 4, 1956 * Oct 28, 1973 – Jul 9, 1975 * Aug 2, 1992 – Feb 1, 1994 * Mar 4, 2011 – Aug 29, 2012

CANCER South Node/CAPRICORN North Node

Release: – Caretaking/enabling, insular relationships, emotional responses
Embrace: Teaching ‘em to fish, living a public life, cool-headed vision
Dates: Oct 10, 1953 – Apr 2, 1955 * Apr 28, 1972 – Oct 27, 1973 * Nov 19, 1990 – Aug 1, 1992 * Aug 22, 2009 – Mar 3, 2011

LEO South Node/AQUARIUS North Node

Release: – Attention-seeking, the desire for drama, materialism, making it all about you, focusing too much on the external
Embrace: Team spirit, collaboration, a humanitarian cause, a sense of purpose, sustainable living
Dates: Mar 29, 1952 – Oct 9, 1953 * Nov 3, 1970 – Apr 27, 1972 * May 23, 1989 – Nov 18, 1990 * Dec 19, 2007 – Aug 21, 2009

VIRGO South Node/PISCES North Node

Release: – Perfectionism, being the helper, analysis paralysis, escaping stress through vices, worry and anxiety, doing things the hard way or by yourself
Embrace: Creative freedom, being the healer, imagination, intuition, developing your psychic abilities, faith in the universe, allowing support and divine guidance, surrender
Dates: Jul 27, 1950 – Mar 28, 1952 * Apr 20, 1969 – Nov 2, 1970 * Dec 3, 1987 – May 22, 1989 * Jun 23, 2006 – Dec 18, 2007

LIBRA South Node/ARIES North Node

Release: – Hiding out in partnerships, taking the comfortable path, avoiding challenges, being the peacekeeper, making compromises, putting others first, passive-aggression
Embrace: Stepping out as a leader, prioritizing your own goals, being comfortable alone, the rewards of risk, fighting for your beliefs, expressing anger in an open and healthy manner
Dates: Jan 27, 1949 – Jul 26, 1950 * Aug 20, 1967 – Apr 19, 1969 * Apr 7, 1986 – Dec 2, 1987 * Dec 27, 2004 – Jun 22, 2006 *

SCORPIO South Node/TAURUS North Node

Release: – Seducing, manipulating, strategizing, the nomadic lifestyle, sex as a weapon, being overly secretive or superstitious, relying on other people’s money and resources
Embrace: Simplicity, truth, grounding yourself with daily habits and routines, living in the moment, pure human connection, telling it like you see it, making your own living
Dates: Aug 3, 1947 – Jan 26, 1949 * Feb 20, 1966 – Aug 19, 1967 * Sep 12, 1984 – Apr 6, 1986 * Apr 15, 2003 – Dec 26, 2004


Release: – Ungrounded wanderlust, fixating on the future, righteous zealotry, being a jack of all trades, biting off more than you can chew
Embrace: Community activism, the power of now, playful exploration, one thing at a time
Dates: Dec 14, 1945 – Aug 2, 1947 * Aug 26, 1964 – Feb 19, 1966 * Mar 17, 1983 – Sep 11, 1984 * Oct 14, 2001 – Apr 14, 2003

CAPRICORN South Node/CANCER North Node

Release: Cool detachment, workaholism, “it’s lonely at the top,” head over heart, drive for materialism
Embrace: Emotional sensitivity, “we are family,” homespun sensuality, compassion
Dates: May 12, 1944 – Dec 3, 1945 * Dec 24, 1962 – Aug 25, 1964 * Sep 25, 1981 – Mar 16, 1983 * Apr 10, 2000 – Oct 13, 2001

AQUARIUS South Node/LEO North Node

Release: The need to be liked, hiding out in a group, emotional detachment, being overly intellectual, people-pleasing
Embrace: Unbridled self-expression, collaborating with the elite, leading by example, following your heart
Dates: Nov 22, 1942 – May 11, 1944 * Jun 11, 1961 – Dec 23, 1962 * Jan 6, 1980 – Sep 24, 1981 * Apr 10, 2000 – Oct 13, 2001 * May 10, 2017 – November 6, 2018

PISCES South Node/VIRGO North Node

Release: The rose-colored glasseses; scattered, nomadic living, making too many sacrifices, not paying attention to details, being easily seduced or charmed
Embrace: Solving problems with facts, grounding routines, supporting individuals, paying attention to details, reading the fine print
Dates: May 25, 1941 – Nov 21, 1942 * Dec 16, 1959 – Jun 10, 1961 * Jul 6, 1978 – Jan 5, 1980 * Jan 26, 1997 – Oct 20, 1998 * November 12, 2015 – May 9, 2017


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