Cancer & Capricorn North Node/South Node Axis

**In this post in the series, we will take the House that the North Node falls in out of the equation and just focus on what it means to have your North Node in a specific sign (and what it means to have the South Node in the polarity sign). Usually with things having to do with the Nodal Axis (and growing into our North Node), a catalyst occurs in our lives that edges us out of the comfort of the South Node and into the uncharted territory of the North. This catalyst could be something major and life changing (such as a death, marriage, or divorce), or even something much more minor. Something will kind of shake us internally, saying “Wake up, fucker. You’re supposed to move beyond this,” whatever the “this” in the situation is. Once this waking up occurs, you will begin to move towards the North Node. Though, in all my years of study, this period of waking up usually doesn’t occur until the person’s first Saturn Return, or after it.**

North Node in Cancer/South Node in Capricorn: If your North Node falls in Cancer, this makes you North Node mission all about being of support to others and accepting that same support in return, learning how to be vulnerable, emotional and sensitive (and coming to terms with this side of yourself), and home/domestic life & family. With your South Node falling Capricorn, in a previous life/lives, you were probably in control of your emotions and vulnerability at all times; you didn’t freely express this side of yourself, even at times when you probably should have. There was also probably quite an emphasis on your career and ambitions (Oh! You were probably very ambitious!), as well as on your well crafted public persona. You probably really got off on being at the very top of the social echelon. There is also an element of authority here with Capricorn, and in previous lives you very well could’ve held some kind of authority by way of everything else mentioned (and probably got off on this, too). Even though some (or all) of these themes and areas of life may feel the most comfortable to you in this lifetime, you are supposed to move into your Cancer North Node. In this lifetime, you are supposed to dive headfirst into the more private spheres of life, to really understand yourself and your emotions and sensitivies, and allow them to freely show. This is all about possibly putting career ambitions behind those needs of caring for your family (either the one you are born into or the one you create for yourself). This can either mean just caring and nurturing your family in day to day life, but can also mean taking care of and nurturing sick or ailing family members. In previous lives you also took care of yourself, for yourself. In this lifetime, you’re supposed to move into not only being a supportive force for those you truly love and care about, but to also allow them to support you as well. I could imagine the catalyst towards moving into your Cancer North Node being something along the lines of either having your own child or having to care for a loved one for a period of time. Before this would happen, you would probably be more focused on those career ambitions and the more public areas of life. Once life kind of takes you a different way (possibly even by force or an unexpected situation), you would then begin to grow into the Cancer North Node.

North Node in Capricorn/South Node in Cancer: If your North Node ends up falling in Capricorn, this is the lifetime where you are supposed to be *very* ambitious in regards to your career aspirations. This is a lifetime that is meant to be lived in the public spheres of life, climbing that social ladder for the highest amount of social status obtainable, working your public presence to your advantage, as well as really harnessing your own personal authority that is wanting to come out (and being comfortable with it). You probably really wanted to get a firm grip on your emotions in this lifetime, and become more even-keeled in this respect (not letting them dominate and rule you). There is probably also a real soul desire to completely be able to take care of yourself (being completely self-sufficient), and not actually needing anyone else in that arena to do that for you. With Cancer as your South Node, in past life (or lives) you may have spent a great deal of time being the support and nurturing force for other people (especially in the domain of the home). You may not have cared very much for career and the ambitions that come with it, for climbing the social ladder, for if you had a “public persona” or not. Your life was very focused on the more private side of life. There may have also been issues with your own emotions, sensitivity, and vulnerability, and they may have manifested in a way that you couldn’t easily reel them in (or they were mis-used possibly somehow). And authority…..there probably wasn’t a whole lot of that which you actively crafted and used. There could have also been issues with you not being self-sufficient in previous lives, either by choice (such as your spouse worked so you didn’t), or because there was some actual physical/mental issue that kept you unable to fully fly on your own, meaning you needed constant support from other people. You may be naturally more drawn towards the South Node (things are usually more comfortable there), and may feel like the North Node soul mission doesn’t speak to you at all. A catalyst usually must occur first before it does “speak” to you, and I could see a catalyst here as being someone who has spent a great deal of their time in this current incarnation caring for other people (such as being a stay at home mom/dad). Something happens that forces you into getting a job/getting into a career, and this awakens the Capricorn North Node and would allow you to grow into it.

The Nodes of the Moon

One of the most common questions that I get asked by people when doing readings is something along the lines of “what is my purpose here in this lifetime?”/“What am I supposed to do with my life?” One of the best guidestones for answering this question is to look at the placements of the North and South Nodes of the Moon in the natal chart. The North Node is what the soul wanted to evolve into during this incarnation, the qualities that it hopes/hoped to develop (or needs to develop), while the South Node, directly opposite the North Node, shows different traits and qualities that we have brought with us into this lifetime from past incarnations. These are usually traits that we cling too, even if they don’t really serve us anymore. Since the South Node shows the traits and qualities that our souls are familiar with, we are usually very comfortable hanging around our South Node (and would probably be fine never leaving, hahaha!). However, the purpose of our souls in every incarnation is to actually learn something, to transcend and evolve into something else. To move away from the South Node while keeping the very best from it, and taking those best traits forward towards our North Node. As uncomfortable as it may be, if we never leave the comfort and familiarity of our South Node, we will never accomplish the evolutionary process of growing our soul into our North Node’s Soul Mission.

A bit of pertinent information: The North and South Nodes of the Moon (also known as the Head and Tail of the Dragon, respectively), stay in the same position by sign for about 16-20 months at a time. People who were born under the same North Node sign generally were all reincarnated at the same time because these souls all wanted (or needed) to learn the same lessons in the same generation. It takes the North Node about 18 to 19 years to come full circle in natal chart, which is when you have your Nodal Return. The souls born during your Nodal Return are also part of your soul mission tribe, for their North Node will be in the same sign as yours, but obviously there will be generational differences between your soul mission tribe and theirs (which will color that mission somewhat). There are usually two different Nodes that will pop up when drawing up your natal chart on a website like Astro.com, and they are the “True Node” and the “Mean Node.” There really isn’t much difference between the two usually, maybe only a degree or two difference, and this really only becomes an issue to decipher when the True Node and Mean Node end up being in different signs, houses, or both! In those cases, I would say to use whatever feel the most true and right for you personally. Just for reference, I usually use the True Node when I read charts, but everyone has different methods and different opinions on this subject. No one is right or wrong here 🙂

As far as the North and South Nodes go, I tend to find the house placement a bit more paramount than the sign that rules them. That doesn’t mean that the sign that rules the Nodes isn’t important (not at all!), I just tend to give the house placement a little more attention. This is because by house placement, the North Node will show the major focus(es) of the person’s life, areas of life that may prove uncomfortable for the native, and where the soul really wanted to evolve into in this particular incarnation. The South Node’s House placement shows the major focus(es) that the person had in previous incarnations, areas of life where they are more comfortable because of the familiarity they bring, and where the soul wanted to evolve away from in this incarnation. There may be differences of opinion here, but I feel these areas of life can be easily seen by thinking of the House axis in question, applying a certain keyword (or a few keywords) to describe the purpose of the soul in this lifetime.

*1st House-The Self / 7th House – The Other
*2nd House-Physical Security (in all ways and in oneself)/8th House- Metamorphosis beyond what one has in the physical world
*3rd House-Short Journeys and the Concrete Mind & Communication/9th House-Long Journeys and the Abstract Mind & Communication
*4th House-The Home (what the concept of home means to the native)/10th House-Career and Social & Public Status
*5th House-Joy and Play/11th House-Groups, Friends and Influenece
*6th House-Service in the Physical World, Work and Health/12th House- Service to Something Greater & More Universal, and the Unconscious Mind

The North Node by sign placement shows the qualities that one’s soul wanted/wants to grow into in this lifetime. They may not always be the easiest qualities for the person to possess and harness, stuff dealing with the North Node never really is easy. Planets conjunct the North Node usually are there to help the person along in this lifetime, nudging them towards their North Node goal. The South Node by sign placement shows the qualities that we wanted to move away from in this lifetime (while keeping the highest evolution of these qualities); it can be where we take things to extremes, mainly because of the comfort we feel there. Planets cojunct the South Node can end up causing the person problems, just as the South Node can cause people problems. With the conjunction, you are fusing two (or even more) energies together, making it harder to break down the energies separately and effectively work them out. Issues dealing with the planet in conjunction can creep up time and time again in the life of the native. It isn’t until those energies are understood as separate entities that things may get easier in this regard.