Ask Charla: Can the Moon’s Nodes Really Show Me My Life’s Purpose?

Posted on July 24, 2017

Welcome friends to another week of ‘Ask Charla′. Here at Astrology Answers, we get a lot of questions about what someone′s true purpose in this lifetime is and what might limit them from reaching their potential, goals, and dreams. There are two key things that can influence these aspects of your lives - the North and South Nodes.

Let′s get down to this week′s question:

I would like to know the difference between the north and the south node?

In astrology, the North Node is directly opposite the South Node. These are not actually heavenly bodies; they′re points in your astrology chart where the Moon′s orbit around the Earth crosses the place where—from our viewpoint—the Sun and planets appear to travel.

Emphasis is put on the nodes because of their link to karmic lessons and your spiritual journey during this lifetime. The ascending node is called the North Node (NN) or the Dragon′s Head, while the descending node is called the South Node (SN) or the Dragon′s Tail. Each brings with them different challenges and tests as well as different opportunities.

The North Node

The North Node is responsible for what you′re meant to do in this lifetime. It′s your potential, and what your soul wants to learn. This is where you look at your chart for your destiny, your karma, and what you need to be aware of.

Any aspects to the NN will color it, and reveal your attitudes towards your soul′s lesson and potential opportunities for growth. Transits to the NN will open windows or present challenges, depending on whether they′re hard or easy transits, and also how those alignments influence the rest of your birth chart, too.

Think of the NN as what you′re meant to explore, both in your daily life and in your philosophies and tenets.

Aries North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I am.′ You′re here to learn independence, to stand strong and to love yourself. In previous lifetimes you were too dependent on others. This is the incarnation for breaking that, and if you don′t embrace your self-sufficiency, it′s likely to be thrust upon you.

Put your own needs first, without being narcissistic or self-important, while at the same time learning how to compromise and control your temper. The happiness you seek comes from within you, not from seeking it from someone else.

Taurus North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I have.′ You took this lifetime to learn how to chill out and appreciate what′s yours. You′re sensual and creative, and if that isn′t how you see yourself then you′ve got some work to do!

In previous lifetimes there may have been power struggles around you, and now you have to learn to let go of what′s not important and choose what battles you are going to fight wisely. Cultivate self-reliance, and don′t get too close to other people′s drama. The peace your soul is seeking will be yours once you start to value your own talents and assets.

Gemini North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I think.′ For you, this incarnation is all about expressing yourself, communicating and traveling. If you′re not starting to play by the rules and develop at least a bit of tenacity (All things shiny and new will continue to entice you.), then you run the risk of your life being pretty superficial, with no substance.

You′re naturally curious, so explore what′s out there, then make your interests a priority. Flexibility and an open mind are the key to you hanging onto the freedom that is so essential to your joy.

Cancer North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I feel.′ You′ve agreed to work on looking after others in this lifetime. You may have even had that spill over into your profession, and become a nurse, a counselor, or even a chef. You like to feed each other, whether that means physically providing meals, or it′s a metaphor for nourishing their souls.

You were dominant and assertive in previous incarnations, and this is the lifetime for you to learn about your softer side. To find true contentment, trade materialism for emotional security, and nourish your inner child through sincere and creative interaction with others.

Leo North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I will,′ and there are very few people who have your level of determination! Either you′ll find a way or you′ll make one. You′re here to play, to embrace the wisdom of the children, to entertain and to have fun. That doesn′t mean that you shirk your responsibilities.

You have a high moral ground, and sometimes because of it, you feel that people let you down, that they will never see things from your angle. In past lives, you′ve laid aside your own needs in order to be a team player. Now it′s all about you. Chase your rainbows and manifest your bliss. The universe isn′t complete until you do.

Virgo North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I analyze.′ It takes a lot to improve on the way that you organize information, dissect and review it, then come up with a plan to get things done! In past lifetimes you were the romantic, the dreamer, the spiritual recluse. You might not have looked after yourself very well.

Now, you′re here to rejoin society and to take care of your health. Make sure that in your zest to understand and better yourself, you′re not being too critical or judgmental of others. Your path to fulfillment lies in learning how to prioritize, how to say no, and how to focus on your own health and happiness, first.

Libra North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I balance.′ You took this lifetime to learn all about harmony and grace. You weigh up all your options before making any decisions—and when you′re out of balance, it takes considerable time for you to make up your mind! You′re refined and classy, but it hasn′t always been that way.

In past lifetimes you were too independent, too arrogant and brusque. It′s by laying aside your assertiveness and learning compassion and compromise that you′ll find your success in this lifetime.

Scorpio North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I desire.′ You′re very sensitive, very intense, and very intriguing. Your life this time around is about evolution—and that may not always be easy for you. You′re the human embodiment of the phrase ‘still waters run deep.′

Your life is likely to be complex and impassioned, and to a certain extent, you need it to be that way in order to feel alive. In past incarnations, or maybe even earlier in this one, you attached yourself to material goals and what you could accumulate.

That′s not who you authentically are, though, and if you want to find true peace of mind and contentment in this lifetime, you′re going to have to dive deep within your own psyche and cut the ties with what is old, outdated, and no longer of use to you.

Sagittarius North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I understand.′ You′re drawn to things that stimulate your mind, that get you thinking and forming decisions and opinions. You′re optimistic and philosophical, and you have humanitarian visions for your life and for the world.

You see the bigger picture, even if you do lose sight of some important details along the way! In past lifetimes, you were adaptable and flexible and a bit of a social butterfly. To be truly empowered this time around, you have to detach yourself from other people′s ideas and drama and focus on establishing your own life′s purpose.

Capricorn North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I use.′ You′ve got strict morals and you appreciate and adhere to traditions and customs. You′re probably pretty conservative in the way that you approach your life. In previous lifetimes you′ve been sensitive and vulnerable, maybe very family oriented.

Now it′s time to be bold and to step away from being cosseted so you can create and honor your own beliefs and explore your own inner sage. Little rituals and celebrating your own milestones are necessary for you if you want to be truly satisfied with all that life has to offer to you.

Aquarius North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I know.′ You′ve got visions of where you want your life to go, where you want the world to go. You have high values and even higher hopes. You′re willing to stand up for what you believe is right, and you′re not afraid to be a bit of a maverick if that′s what it takes to get things moving.

In previous incarnations you did this for you, you were able to fight for what you wanted to create in your life, and you usually got it. In this lifetime you′re transcending that, so you′re not just after what you want personally, but for your global vision. As long as you play fair and keep your heart open, you′ll manifest what you were born to do in this lifetime.

Pisces North Node: Your soul′s theme is ‘I believe.′ You′re here to be gentle, compassionate, and understanding. You′re a dreamer, intuitive and insightful, but you′re such a kind person that people take advantage of that and walk all over you if you′re not careful.

In past lives, you′ve been harsh and critical, organizing things and planning things meticulously. You′re here to be free of that this time around, to love and to be loved and to elevate your soul above the mundane. By exploring your creativity and self-expression, you′ll find your true purpose and your true self.

Related Article: 5 Ways to Manifest Your Destiny and True Calling with the North Node in Virgo

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Charla Stone

Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I've spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to bring light and guidance to others. I’m... Read More

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