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The Complete Node Book presents a new and empowering perspective on the nodes. It defines and analyzes the specific lessons and challenges presented by each of the 144 possible placements of the nodes. Both sign and house placement of the nodes are considered for extraordinarily insightful and accurate interpretations.
For beginning astrologers, this guidebook provides easy-to-find personal interpretations and a free birth chart offer. For advanced astrologers, it will serve as the definitive reference manual on the Moon's nodes.
Putting It Together
So, the key to the nodal axis is to get the South Node and the North Node to work with each other, right? Not quite. The nodes are not planets; they are mathematical points in the chart. This doesn't make them any less important than a physical body; it just makes them a bit different to work with. The planets, remember, represent physical urges (for want of a better word) and drives that we all have.We can either choose to work with our Mars, for example, or to ignore it. Either way, we're going to be very aware of its presence in our chart.When Mars is activated by transit, or when transiting Mars triggers activity in our chart, we feel it. If we choose to become aware of it and own it, we can learn to use the energy in the most constructive way possible. If we don't, we're still going to experience it.
The nodes, on the other hand, have to do with the spiritual or soul lessons that we can encounter in this lifetime. The nodes are where the path of our soul development intersects with the path of our physical experiences. Since we're presently incarnated on the physical plane, that is where our focus naturally lies. If we don't choose to work with the nodes and their lessons on a conscious level, we are probably not going to be very aware of how they manifest.
In order to really work with and experience the nodes, we have to become consciously aware of our spirituality, of our soul connection and our connection to the universe.We have to accept that we came here with a lesson that we chose to work on in this lifetime, and we have to be ready to ask what that lesson might be. Are we learning it now? Of course. But the soul path lesson is far more subtle than a Mars transit.
The nodal axis is not our spiritual path in this lifetime.What it is, or rather, what it can be, is a spiritual compass, pointing us in the right direction. The nodes show us where our spiritual path and our soul lessons intersect with our physical path, and they are the points where we can most easily align with our spiritual path.
So with the nodes, it's not just about perspective and balance, it's about learning how to consciously work with and integrate the lessons, gifts, and experiences indicated by the North and South Nodes. The nodes can tell us what we have to work with, and show us what direction to go in to experience our lessons and to look for our true path in this lifetime.
The South Node
The South Node sheds light on our past. By its location in the chart, the South Node represents the types of experiences and memories that our soul wants us to have in this lifetime to help us on our developmental path. If our soul has gone to all of the trouble of bringing up these experiences, shouldn't we pay attention? And would a soul filled with love and light intentionally send us back into the material realm with only excess baggage? Of course not.
The South Node represents gifts to us from past lives. The lessons, skills, talents, and abilities that we struggled so many years to develop and master are still available to us through the South Node. The South Node is our soul's report card. It tells us what subjects we have passed: the South Node says, "Congratulations, you have passed Gemini Level I." For "incompletes" and less impressive marks, look to Saturn for further instruction and retesting, not to the South Node.
Just because we can now look at the South Node in a more positive light doesn't mean that the traditional warnings about the South Node being a "trap" don't have merit. Every planet and point in the chart has a highest potential and a potential trap. With the South Node, the trap is to mistake summer vacation for graduation.We may be able to take a break, but we're still in school. So long as we are incarnated on the Earth, we are here to learn.
Even though the South Node represents lessons and skills that we have learned, used, and often mastered in the past, it also is an indication that we still have more to learn about them in this lifetime.We may have learned the skills too well and limited our growth in other areas.We may have misused the information in the past, learning the letter of the lesson but not the spirit. Or it may merely be time to learn how to use the skills in a different way, to expand our mastery. In any event, for higher education, we look to the North Node.
The North Node
The South Node is not alone in being long overdue for a revised interpretation.
True, the trap of the South Node is a tendency to stick with what is familiar, which can mean that we miss opportunities for growth and repeat old patterns. Also true, the way to avoid the trap of the South Node is to work with the North Node, which is why the North Node got such a great reputation. But the North Node also has a trap: the tendency to want to turn our back on the past in the singleminded pursuit of growth and new experiences.
The temptation of the North Node is to forget where we've been, and to focus only on where we are headed. The North Node, after all, brings success, happiness, abundance, luck, and freedom from the patterns and habits of the past. The North Node is the spiritual equivalent of the trip to the Bahamas that we've always wanted to take. And just like that trip to the Bahamas, the trap of the North Node makes us feel that much as we want it, we probably can't afford it. The North Node can seem to say, "You can get to the Bahamas, but you have to leave your nice, comfortable boat and swim there on your own. Oh, and by the way, there are probably sharks in the water." The trap of the North Node is just as dangerous as that of the South Node.We buy into the idea that we have to sever our ties to the past and create a new future.
We dive into the water to swim out to the Bahamas, get part of the way there, and either get too tired or too scared of the sharks in the waters, and hurry back to the comfort and familiarity of our boat, the S. S. South Node. And if we've really bought into the trap, we may feel like a spiritual failure on top of it all.
Obviously, this is not an interpretation that is very supportive. My intention is not to bash the North Node, only to point out that the traditional interpretation of the nodes encourages us to stay away from the South Node to reap the rewards of the North Node, and that is just not what it is all about. The true process of the North Node is not about turning our back on the past. The North Node is about taking stock of the past, honoring it, working with it, building on it, and learning how to use it in a new way.
For example, the North Node Sagittarius/South Node Gemini axis doesn't tell us that we're done with Gemini and now have to learn Sagittarius. Instead, it tells us that we are now going to learn how to use our Gemini experiences in a Sagittarian way. It tells us that part of our path, part of our lesson in this lifetime, is to recognize that there is a point of balance between Gemini and Sagittarius, and finding it will be a key to our spiritual growth and development. By working with both the North Node and the South Node, we get to take the boat to the Bahamas instead of having to swim there.
Interpreting the Nodes
Before we can begin to integrate and interpret the nodal axis, there is one more factor to consider: the houses. The single most important thing to remember about the houses is that the houses are NOT the same things as the signs. Every book on the Moon's nodes that I have come across makes the same assumption and claim that, for example, the North Node in Aries is the same thing as the North Node in the 1st house. This is simply not the case. Remember that the signs are the roles the actors play and the costumes they wear, while the houses are the scenery, the locations, and the places where the actors go to play out their roles. The signs represent the underlying motivations and the evolutionary lessons that we must learn. The houses represent the areas of life where we are most likely to encounter these lessons. The signs, then, are the "What" and the houses are the "Where." The house placement of the nodes does not in any way change the fundamental lessons and gifts of the nodal axis; it simply shows where in our life we need to look to find the lessons and gifts.
The houses, too, have their lessons, and like the lessons of the sign axis, the house axis teaches the importance of balance and perspective. The opposing houses, like the opposing signs, represent areas of life that we must learn to integrate and harmonize. Just as we may tend to get a little too comfortable with the gifts of the South Node, we may also tend to focus more on the area of our life represented by the house of the South Node. We may also occasionally focus too much on the North Node or spend too much time involved in the affairs of the North Node's house, and forget to draw on the support and resources of our South Node. Because the houses represent the places where we will naturally encounter the nodes, if we want to work with our nodes, we can simply devote time to activities that relate to the houses in question, and then we will naturally encounter our nodes.
When interpreting the nodal axis, the first and most important factor to consider is the sign axis of the nodes.What do the two signs have in common? All opposing signs share some common theme; they simply approach it from different perspectives. Next, we look at the sign placement of the South Node and the North Node within this axis.What are the gifts that the South Node offers? What are the best and most wonderful expressions of the sign of the South Node? How can working with the North Node balance and enhance these gifts? By exploring these questions, we can discover some of the lessons of the specific nodal axis. Now, we can take this understanding and look at the house placement of the nodes to learn more about where in our life we will be able to experience and encounter these lessons.
Finally, let's try to put things into perspective. Remember that the nodes are not physical bodies, and because they are not physical bodies, they operate on a far more subtle level than the planets do. Unlike the planets, the nodes do not play a very big part in the development of an individual's personality. The nodes, however, are the key to understanding more about what our spiritual purpose is in this lifetime.
Sometimes the nodes are closely connected with the planets in a chart, and the connection between the individual's physical life and his or her spiritual path is obvious. Sometimes the nodes seem to exist on their own, separate from the rest of the action in the chart.Whichever way the nodes appear to be linked with the other elements in the chart, the nodes can help us step back and see beyond the limitations of our time on Earth, and once again glimpse the bigger picture of the evolutionary journey of our soul.
|A Note About This Book||ix|
|Chapter 1||Introducing the Moon's Nodes||1|
|The Nodes Are Mathematical Points--They Are Not Physical Bodies||3|
|The Nodes Are Related to the Moon, the Sun, and the Ecliptic||3|
|The Nodes Are Always in Perfect Opposition||5|
|Putting It Together||6|
|The South Node||7|
|The North Node||8|
|Interpreting the Nodes||9|
|Chapter 2||The House Axes||11|
|The Three Types of Houses: Angular, Succedent, and Cadent||12|
|The 1st House/7th House Axis||12|
|The 2nd House/8th House Axis||13|
|The 3rd House/9th House Axis||15|
|The 4th House/10th House Axis||16|
|The 5th House/11th House Axis||18|
|The 6th House/12th House Axis||19|
|Chapter 3||The Aries/Libra Nodal Axis||21|
|North Node Aries/South Node Libra||23|
|North Node Libra/South Node Aries||39|
|Chapter 4||The Taurus/Scorpio Nodal Axis||55|
|North Node Taurus/South Node Scorpio||57|
|North Node Scorpio/South Node Taurus||72|
|Chapter 5||The Gemini/Sagittarius Nodal Axis||87|
|North Node Gemini/South Node Sagittarius||88|
|North Node Sagittarius/South Node Gemini||102|
|Chapter 6||The Cancer/Capricorn Nodal Axis||117|
|North Node Cancer/South Node Capricorn||119|
|North Node Capricorn/South Node Cancer||133|
|Chapter 7||The Leo/Aquarius Nodal Axis||149|
|North Node Leo/South Node Aquarius||150|
|North Node Aquarius/South Node Leo||164|
|Chapter 8||The Virgo/Pisces Nodal Axis||179|
|North Node Virgo/South Node Pisces||180|
|North Node Pisces/South Node Virgo||194|
|Chapter 9||Aspects and Transits||209|
|Aspects to the Nodes||209|
|Transits to the Nodes||213|