North Nodes & South Nodes: The Astrology of Your Life Purpose and Past Lives


What’s your life purpose? In your birth chart, the lunar nodes—known as the north node and south node—hold the keys to your destiny and ultimate life lessons.

In astrology, your life purpose is encoded in the north node and south node of the moon. The lunar nodes are directly opposite each other in the chart. They aren’t planets, but rather mathematical points on the chart that fall in two opposite zodiac signs. For example, if your north node is in Capricorn, your south node will be in its opposite sign of Cancer, and so on.

Bottom line: The north node represents our karmic paths and the lessons we came here to learn—or the language we are learning to speak. The south node reveals the challenges and gifts we bring in from previous lifetimes.

How can I find my north node and south node?

Scroll down to use our date tables. Or calculate your lunar nodes by doing a free birth chart here on our site.

Read About Your North and South Nodes:

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The South Node:
Revealing Past Lives, Natural Abilities

south node astrologyThe 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.

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The North Node:
Your Destiny That’s Calling

north node astrologyThe 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.

divider2How are the nodes used in astrology?

Astrologers use the lunar nodes to determine where your destiny lies (north node) and what you were in past lifetimes (south node). The nodes change signs every 18 months approximately. People born within your same lunar node group are like your “soul tribe.” You incarnated with to learn the same lessons.

The lunar nodes are determined by the points where the moon’s orbit crosses the “ecliptic”—the apparent path the Sun makes around the earth. (We say “apparent” because in reality, the earth is revolving around the Sun…but from our vantage point on the planet, it appears that the Sun is moving.) The nodes take into account the Sun, the moon and the earth. They fall in the same signs that the eclipses are in when you’re born.

The lunar nodes help us answer questions like: What am I supposed to do with my life? Why am I here and what’s my mission? What was I in a past life?

The nodes play a powerful role in non-Western astrology. Kabbalah’s astrology focuses primarily on the lunar nodes. This system calls the north node your tikkun (“correction”) and view it as the karmic adjustment your soul must make. Vedic astrology calls the nodes the head (Rahu/north node) and tail (Ketu/south node) of the dragon and take a harsher view of the south node’s karma.

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. And if you date, marry or join forces with someone 9-10 years older or younger than you, there’s a good chance they’ll have the opposite nodes. (For example, your south node is Virgo and their north node is Virgo). This can be a powerful but polarizing pairing—you’ve both mastered what the other one has come here to learn. If you combine your natural skills, you can be unstoppable.

The ultimate book on the nodes is Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller. A huge influence who we learned so much from, Spiller passed away July 2016. We are forever grateful for what we learned about the nodes from her writing.

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To find your lunar nodes, choose the date range that includes your birthday:

ARIES South Node/LIBRA North Node
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
Oct 5, 1956 – Jun 16, 1958 * Jul 10, 1975 – Jan 7, 1977 * Feb 2, 1994 – Jul 31, 1995 * Aug 30, 2012 – Feb 18, 2014

GEMINI South Node/SAGITTARIUS North Node
 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
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
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
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
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
Aug 3, 1947 – Jan 26, 1949 * Feb 20, 1966 – Aug 19, 1967 * Sep 12, 1984 – Apr 6, 1986 * Apr 15, 2003 – Dec 26, 2004

SAGITTARIUS South Node/GEMINI North Node
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
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
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
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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