Traditionally, North Node in 8th House portends a long life, perhaps of 100 years or more, with a happy and natural ending. It may also bring good luck in inheritances. The Dragon’s Tail in the Second House signifies bad luck in money matters, even bankruptcy. Ventures will be undermined by circumstances beyond the native’s control. Beware a loss brought on by “a woman of loose morals.”
In the past, you were in the habit of getting rather than giving. Possessiveness and a strong desire to own anything you see, coupled with a determination to satiate all your desires, are soul memories from former lifetimes or perhaps childhood. You may be slow to respond to anything that restricts your sexual and animal force and often feel as though the things you really need are always just beyond reach. Resist the temptation to indulge in such thinking, for you are here to learn self-control and discipline. You must somehow deal with the polar opposites within you – stubborn determination and an emotional tendency to go to extremes.
Learn to tame yourself. Resolve to acquire only useful possessions and do not lust after anything more than what you need. Let go of old beliefs about social castes. Bond with those closest to you and take on new value systems informed by what you learn from them. Curb your sexual desires, though they are strong. Reserve some energy for the future and for your own regeneration. For the north node in 8th house, it’s important to not exhaust yourself in the exercise of physical union.
The pattern you must watch out for is a soaring flight followed by a crash and burn. Some famous people with topsy-turvy lives share this north node in 8th house placement with you: Claus von Bulow, George Foreman, Winston Churchill, Lenny Bruce, and Vladimir Lenin. All these man had success, lost it, and then found it again. You can become so consumed with greed, lust, or possessiveness that you come to hate yourself and in a fit of anger and spite, destroy all that is around you, only to gather an incredible amount of energy to start again. Yet the momentum you gather takes you once more to dark places, setting in motion the destructive cycle.
To prevent this negative circle of behavior to which you can be prone, it is important that you burn your bridges. You have struggled through so much, come so far. You can only continue to move forward by blocking the exits. Martin Schulman says of a native with the north node in 8th house placement, “God will hear his faintest cry for help as soon as he sincerely promises ‘not to look back.’” Psychological transformation is an important theme in your life; own the process consciously. The famous singer Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, is a good example of a positive use of this energy.
Because of your difficult past, you may have a hang up about power and even do foolish things with money to try to get power, such as gamble or spend lavishly. If you do not build a good character, you may dream of marrying into money, solving your problems through an inheritance or lottery win, or even find yourself in trouble with the law. Other weaknesses of the north node in 8th house placement can include throwing money and energy away on undeserving people or causes and counting on others to do the work that is yours.
What you have that others do not is great determination. While this can be detrimental to your growth, it may also help you in times of great adversity if you use it wisely. George Washington, who outlasted the British army, was born with his North Node in 8th House. So was Eva Peron, who overcame so much to attain her position, and J.K. Rowlings who wrote the first Harry Potter books while a single mother on welfare.
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Isabel Hickey suggests that “Helping others to find their resources and values is the clue to the right use of the North Node in 8th house.” You will experience your greatest happiness in life when you strike the proper balance between your needs and the demands of society. You may find the universe supports you in seeking status, as this will allow you to be an individual who contributes to those around him and is respected. You may become a business tycoon or otherwise influential. You will also be lucky in metaphysical, occult, and spiritual pursuits because of your north node in 8th house placement.