War and Peace: How 2023 Lunar Nodes Astrology Will Shape Our Relationships

Competition gets friendlier on July 17, when the lunar nodes switch from Taurus-Scorpio to Aries-Libra. Is it too late to play nice again?

The lunar nodes hold the keys to our destiny and ultimate life lessons. In astrology, life purpose is encoded in the North Node and South Node of the moon. On July 17, 2023, the nodes switch zodiac signs for 18 months. Learn about the 2023 lunar nodes plus what’s in store for your zodiac sign!

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But first: What are the Lunar Nodes?

The lunar nodes in astrology correspond with eclipses. The nodes reveal our collective karmic path.

The South Node reveals the shadow work that society must deal with together in order to evolve.

The North Node shows the new direction we need to head in together. It represents humanity’s lessons that we are here to learn. It’s like a new language we are learning to speak.

The nodes are always in opposite signs and houses.

How do I find my lunar nodes? You can use our North Node and South Node Calculator to see where the nodes land in your personal birth chart. And then learn about how placement of the nodes in your chart might be the keys to your life purpose!

How often do the nodes change signs?

The lunar nodes change signs every 18 months, backing up through the zodiac signs.

Their full cycle through all 12 zodiac signs takes about 18.5 years, which means similar lessons may repeat every two decades.

The 2023 Lunar nodes astrology cycles

In 2023, the lunar nodes split their time between two pairs of signs. They began 2023 in Taurus and Scorpio and they will end 2023 in Aries and Libra where they will stay until 2025!

The Nodes in Taurus-Scorpio

2023 began with the destiny-driven North Node in Taurus and the soul-searching South Node in Scorpio, putting the emphasis on the labor market, the economy and reproductive rights. This third, final cycle in Taurus-Scorpio began on January 18, 2022.

The Nodes in Aries-Libra

On July 17, 2023, the North Node slips back into autonomous Aries while the South Node calls partnership-powered Libra its home. Relationships plunge into a new evolutionary cycle as we work to balance our desire for autonomy with the necessity of interdependence. This node cycle will continue until January 11, 2025.

Roundup of the Taurus-Scorpio node cycle: 2022-2023

Terrestrial Taurus traffics in the physical world while mystical Scorpio lives in the metaphysical realm. One might argue that our collective grasp on the truth was more slippery than ever during the Taurus-Scorpio node cycle. And yet our material-world matters like public health, money and natural resources (food, water, shelter) remain in dire need of attention.

The North Node is like a beacon, pointing us toward the next collective evolution. Its tour through rooted Taurus was nothing short of unmooring. In many ways, it pulled the rug out from under our feet and placed it on an upper level that we are still climbing to reach. In Scorpio, the sign of money, power, sex, reproduction and death, was a heavy lift. As autocrats tightened their iron grips and idealogues forced their religious beliefs into broad-based legislation (often through Scorpionic private donor funds), it has felt like “too much to handle” some days.

Yet we are of the belief that everything happens for a reason—even the dark nights of the collective soul. In fact, these passages are often the ones that bring about the most spiritually seismic shift. Buckle up. We have our work cut out for us as the nodes shift into Aries and Libra.

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What will the Aries North Node-Libra South Node cycle be like?

When the lunar North Node positions itself in Aries on July 17, 2023, for 18 months, we can expect lots of groundbreaking and trailblazing innovations to arrive. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and originality ranks high as a “must-have” quality under the Ram’s watch. 

Historically, the Aries-Libra nodal cycle has dovetailed with major discoveries, including the dwarf planet Eris—which was actually transiting through Aries when discovered on January 5, 2005. Originally considered a tenth planet, Eris was named after the goddess of discourse and strife, fitting for anything that falls under the reign of in-your-face Aries.  

Themes for the Aries-Libra node cycle

The following are the 2023 Lunar nodes astrology themes for Aries-Libra that we’ll all experience (zodiac sign horoscopes are in the following section of this article).

Everything accelerates. Got a need for speed? Everything moves faster when speed-demon Aries takes the wheel of the North Node.

Everyone’s a star when the North Node is in Aries—so if you thought the TikTok rage would bottom out soon, guess again. (This same cycle brought us Twitter, launched in March 2006 under the outspoken Aries North Node! And as this cycle is set to begin, Twitter rival Threads became the fastest growing app in history!)

Challenges for couples. The murky South Node slipping back through partnership-oriented Libra serves challenges to committed couples. (If history repeats itself, we have good reason to remain hopeful about the future of marriage equality, though. The first legal, same-sex marriage ceremony in the U.S. occurred on February 12, 2004, another year the South Node was moving through Scorpio and Libra!)

War. Prior Aries-Libra nodal transits have coincided with actual wars as well as anti-war revolts and uprisings. Before this nodal passage has even begun, global powers are breaking and forming alliances in deeply fracturing ways.

The scales of Justice can swing wildly while the South Node transits through Libra. Aries is the sign of war while Libra rules peace. Can we fight the good fight without destroying each other in the process? This 18-month cycle is sure to bring some collective awakenings around personal power—and the power of love.

Learn more about the lunar nodes in Aries-Libra

2023 Lunar nodes astrology for every zodiac sign

How will the lunar nodes 2023-2024 affect your zodiac sign? What the Aries-Libra node shift means for your zodiac sign, plus, what you learned from the Taurus-Scorpio cycle you’re leaving behind.

Taurus-Scorpio lunar nodes cycle dates: January 18, 2022 to July 17, 2023

Aries-Libra lunar nodes cycle dates: July 17, 2023 to January 11, 2025

Your horoscope for the Aries-Libra nodes cycle

Aries (March 21-April 19) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscopes

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

The destiny-driven North Node lumbered through security-minded Taurus and your second house of fiscal foundations for 18 months. Simultaneously, the karmic South Node stirred the pot in strategic Scorpio and your eighth house of merged resources and longterm wealth.

Steady work was solid work while the North Node was in Taurus. It gave you a taste of stability that you possibly hadn’t had for a while. On the other side of the equation—while the lunar South Node was in subterranean Scorpio, you were busy clocking hours, but were you also deep diving into your money narratives? What stories have you inherited from your family, culture and community that shape your outlook on finances? Unpacking these was the real key to wealth while the karmic South Node was submerged in Scorpio.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

On July 17, 2023, the fateful lunar North Node returns to your sign for the first time since June 2006. During this 18-month cycle, the world thrums at your vibrational frequency. It’s a “call to action” to step into your authority and pursue your next epic passion.

On the other side of your chart, the lunar South Node shifts into Libra and your relationship realm. Your closest connections are ready for their own revolution between until January 11, 2025.

Even the healthiest relationships could fluctuate during this 18-month nodal cycle. As you step in a new direction, your “dance partners” have to adjust along with you. Libra is the sign of balance and with the South Node here, do your level best to keep everyone calm.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscopes

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

When the lunar North Node returned to your sign, it charged your life with momentum that you hadn’t experienced since April 2003. This special point in the sky is associated with your higher calling and spiritual evolution. During this fateful and fortunate cycle, did you feel as though the world was humming at YOUR vibrational frequency?

On the other side of your chart, the lunar South Node shifted into Scorpio and your relationship realm. All your close connections were under the microscope. The South Node is associated with karma, past lives and comfort zones that were perhaps a bit too cozy. If you lost your identity in a relationship, it may have come roaring back!

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

Your focus shifts on July 17 as the North Node leaves your sign and moves on to Aries, weaving a soulful pathway through your twelfth house of dreams, spirituality and subconscious healing, until January 11, 2025. While you won’t host the lunar North Node again for nearly two more decades, you’ll be ready to say goodbye.

Change is exhilarating—but it can also be exhausting to do that much self-development all at once. Midsummer, you can switch off and enjoy a celestial sabbatical lounging in the proverbial pasture like a serene steer. This can be a profound cycle of transformation if you’re willing to do the work.

Across the wheel, the gentle Libra South Node is in in your process-driven sixth house. Lather, rinse, repeat? Suddenly that doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. Repetition is what makes the lessons stick, after all. By doing, reading or practicing the same thing over and over again, you’ll start discovering nuances within nuances. And that’s when the epiphanies arise!

Gemini (May 21-June 20) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscope

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

Good chance you gained mastery over your emotions when the North Node backed into Taurus and your twelfth house of subconscious healing and boundless spirituality. From agents to therapists to influencers who took a shine to you, it may have felt like you had an angel on your shoulder, helping you dive deep into your feelings.

The South Node in Scorpio and your systematic sixth house prizes repetition. We hope you didn’t get too upset with yourself if you didn’t learn everything at your usual lightning speed, okay? Your most profound awakenings come while you’re in “flow state,” whether you’re meditating, going for a run on an outdoor trail or dancing to your favorite music.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

Cooperative Geminis know that the strength of a mission relies on its teamwork and its leadership—two areas of life that get an epic burst of momentum beginning July 17. The lunar North Node in Aries charges up your collaborative, progressive eleventh house.

So where will you invest your precious time and energy? The company you keep can make or break you during this 18.5-month cycle. But brace yourself for the South Node in Libra, the sign of judgment. The South Node here can trigger your “what will other people think of me?” fears. Let’s be honest, Gemini: You like to be liked! Rather than spin yourself up with social anxiety, do things that fortify your inner strength and bolster your confidence.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscope

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

The lunar North Node camped out in loyal, stable Taurus activated your idealistic, experimental eleventh house, making it easier than ever to remake traditional rules so that they suit your unique situation.

The karmic South Node meanwhile was on its 18-month voyage through Scorpio and your fifth house of fame, self-expression and leadership. You couldn’t fake it where the South Node was concerned. The Scorpio energy underscored the importance of an intimate life. There was nothing light and fluffy about erotic encounters!

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

There’s a time to lead and a time to follow, and when the North Node shifts into Aries on July 17, it ascends to the top of your chart, illuminating your take-charge tenth house until January 11, 2025. Rise to the occasion and you’ll experience some of the most profoundly meaningful moments of your professional life!

Meanwhile, the karmic South Node will be flowing through gentle, harmonizing Libra and your domestic fourth house. Get ready to feel more anchored in home and family affairs than you have in a while!

Leo (July 23-August 22) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscope

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

Opportunities to rise and shine showed up everywhere when the destiny-driven North Node settled into sensible Taurus and powered up your tenth house of status, career and prestige. Did this bring some of the most meaningful moments for your professional life, Leo. We hope you found your path.

The lunar South Node meanwhile occupied Scorpio and your sentimental fourth house. Lair care was increasingly essential to your serenity during this 18-month cycle. A key lesson you may have learned: Be supportive without sacrificing yourself!

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

When the lunar North Node points its compass into your ninth house of global expansion on July 17, the call of wanderlust will become too loud to ignore!

Across the zodiac wheel, the karmic South Node lands in Libra, heating up action on the local scene. No matter where you find yourself during this 18-month cycle, fun and adventure will follow you!

Virgo (August 23-September 22) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscope

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

The lunar North Node in Taurus pointed its compass in your ninth house of global expansion. Anywhere but “the usual place” was where you found the most enriching opportunities for growth.

Across your chart, the equally karmic South Node beamed into Scorpio and your communication and local activity HQ. Virgos may have become quite a fixture on the neighborhood scene during this 18-month cycle. With transformational Scorpio energy guiding your moves, you likely became involved in initiatives to make your neck of the woods a happier, safer and hipper place to be.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

The North Node in Aries and your eighth house of intense bonding means you’ll definitely enjoy the irresistible mojo this newfound nodal energy brings (the Aries North Node gets you deeply in tune with your sensual powers!)

Simultaneously, a stabilizing influence is happening across the zodiac wheel, as the karmic South Node positions itself in Libra and your sensible (yet sensual!) second house beginning July 17. The experimentation you’re in store for can make even the most confident Virgo feel vulnerable. Fortunately, you’ll find that solid ground to stand on when feelings are shaken and stirred.

Libra (September 23-October 22) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscope

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

While the destiny-driven lunar North Node is in Taurus and your erotic, esoteric eighth house, it’s a potent period. Until July 17, you’ll dish up some karmically-tinged interactions and serious spiritual pursuits.

Simultaneously, the karmic South Node stokes the fires of Scorpio, building a slow-burning heat in your stabilizing second house. The kind of bonding you crave requires vulnerability, especially in the case of sexual relationships, or ones that involve a merging of finances. Trust is key.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

Karma is calling, Libra, don’t ignore those texts! On July 17, the lunar South Node settles into your sign, spinning you into a deep inquiry around identity, personal passions and self-expression.

The lunar North Node will concurrently travel through the opposite pole of the zodiac in Aries and your seventh house of partnerships. For this cycle, you’ll have repeated opportunities to find, develop or improve on a special dynamic duo.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscope

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

Karma was calling, Scorpio, and there was no way to send it to voicemail. The lunar South Node settled into your sign in January 2022, charging up your first house of identity. This cycle helped you “true up” your spiritual gifts, the ones you’ve had for as long as you can remember. (And probably before then, too!)

The lunar North Node was concurrently traveling through the opposite pole of the zodiac in Taurus and your seventh house of partnerships. You had repeated opportunities to find, develop or improve on a special dynamic duo.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

When the moon’s karmic South Node moves into Libra on July 17, you’ll be ready for a celestial sabbatical. Take it! After 18 months of hosting this lunar point in your sign, you may feel a bit depleted. But it’s also been a beautiful process of “true-ing up” to your genuine self.

Dialing down stress will be an especially important mission for Scorpios in the second half of the year. If you’ve been making too many sacrifices, you could hit a burnout moment. The remedy? Simplify your life, then systematize your workflow.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and forecast

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

The South Node simmered in Scorpio and the cauldron of your spiritual twelfth house for this 18-month cycle.

Meanwhile, the North Node in Taurus and your sixth house of work and wellness had you pumped about systematizing your life. Turned out, you don’t have to sacrifice self-care in the name of success. We hope you connected body and soul during this time, Sagittarius! This cycle also. helped you simplify areas that had gotten overly complex or out of control.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

On July 17, your official uniform could change from athleisure to athluxury—or full-tilt glam! For this, you can thank the destiny-driving North Node, which returns to Aries and your fifth house of fame, romance and creative expression.

Across the zodiac wheel, the lunar South Node finds a brand-new balance point in Libra—the opposite sign of Aries—activating your eleventh house of teamwork and technology for this full 18-month time span. You’ll get a master class in project management and team systems. Seek that out for yourself! Life doesn’t have to be such a struggle.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and forecast

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

The lunar North Node in Taurus sparked your fifth house of passion, creativity and romance. During this show-stopping cycle, even the most reserved Capricorns got a thrill out of turning heads. Agency was fully yours. But if you didn’t promote your gifts, people literally missed out on what you have to offer!

Your fifth house also rules fertility. Those with bambinos on the brain may have received some pregnancy news!

Across the zodiac wheel, the lunar South Node simmered in Scorpio, your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. This was sure to serve a masterclass-level reminder that teamwork makes the dream work…if you leaned into Scorpio’s razor-sharp discernment.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

Ambitious Capricorns are forever climbing higher, but how are things going down at base camp? Starting July 17, the destiny-driving lunar North Node anchors in Aries and your fourth house of home, family and roots. Until January 11, 2025, you have the rare opportunity to (re)invent domestic bliss according to your specs.

Across the zodiac wheel, the lunar South Node is shifting into Libra and your career corner for the same time span. Slumbering gifts wake up when the South Node activates this ambitious part of your life. Charged up by charming, social Libra, your work could involve a lot more networking.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) 2023 lunar nodes astrology and horoscope

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

The kismet-kissed lunar North Node in your fourth house of roots put home and family into focus for this cycle. Water Bearers had the rare opportunity to (re)invent what family looks like.

On the other side of your chart, the lunar South Node shifted into Scorpio and your career corner. Charged up by alchemical Scorpio, your work may have took a turn for the “woo.” How you get paid may also have shifted. With the South Node here, you sought new avenues for financial stability.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

Your silver-tongued charm is back in rare form beginning July 17, when for the first time in nearly 20 years, the fate-fueling lunar North Node returns to Aries. It sprinkles cosmic fairy dust into your loquacious third house and boosts your popularity to the sky.

The other side of the coin is the South Node, which will simultaneously circuit through Libra and your global ninth house. Have you cast a wide enough net? While the Aries North Node will definitely shower you with opportunities from your locally grown third house, make sure your passport is up to date! Can’t get away—or don’t actually want to? The Libra South Node could bring out the seeker and student in you. Try a class, a workshop or put pen to paper.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) 2023 lunar nodes and astrology forecast

Taurus-Scorpio cycle recap

The destiny-driven North Node was in Taurus and your articulate third house. This 18-month cycle probably did wonders for how you think and express yourself.

The other side of the coin was the South Node, which was touring Scorpio and your global ninth house. This may have sparked karmic connections with people around the world, if you cast the widest net possible. Was your ancestral homeland calling—or the childhood zip code you paddled far away from after high school? A far-flung fanbase may have cropped up in these familiar spaces, especially if the people and vibe still resonated with you.

Aries-Libra cycle forecast

Money matters are top of mind for Pisces starting July 17, as the lunar Nodes begin a journey across your financial axis that lasts until January 11, 2025.

“Going with the flow” might be your preferred state but as the destiny-driven North Node parks in Aries and your fiscally responsible second house, that ephemeral ethos will be, er, bankrupt. Steady, solid work becomes essential, and you may need to downsize in the “luxury” category.

Across the zodiac wheel, the karmic South Node brings a new sense of balance from your eighth house of joint finances and long-term wealth. Sharing resources (with the right people) can bring everyone greater security. Check your mindset! Money is not the root of all evil nor is it a holy grail to pursue. But it is a necessary resource to operate in today’s world.

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