North Node in Cancer — South Node in Capricorn

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Traditionally, the north node in cancer has been considered a lucky placement.  It gives good judgment and insight.  However, the corresponding South Node in Capricorn signifies a high strung nature and trouble with love relationships.

Key words for the North Node in Cancer are domesticity and mothering.  Many famous individuals with the north node in cancer placement are known for their home life or work with children, such as Maria Montessori, Mia Farrow, Brad Pitt, Joseph Kennedy, Michelle Obama, and Sarah Palin.  Sometimes heavy family responsibilities manifest in your life to help you develop the nurturing and emotional qualities you incarnated to experience.

Form past life time experiences, you bring with you a strong sense of ambition and pride.  In your own mind, you are at or near the top of an elaborate social caste system.  If you were not born into what you consider your rightful place, you may prefer to marry “up.”

You came into this world knowing how to lead and organize.  You can see how that innate talent played out in the lives of Cesar Chavez, Alfred Nobel, Queen Elizabeth II, Otto von Bismark, Claus von Staffenberg, Fidel Castro, and Phil Jackson, all known for their executive ability.  However, you must be careful, for if you do not use your energy to nurture others but just for the sake or order, you will fall into the dark side.  Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Robespierre, and Papa Doc Duvalier – leaders whose names are literally synonymous with terror — share the north node in cancer placement, too.   Witness the massive destruction caused by their desire to “maintain order.”   I hope you take it seriously when I encourage you to “let go.”

Most people with this north node in cancer placement find it hard to shake the need for recognition, and may overwork themselves to attain martyrdom or exaggerate the difficulty of their tasks in order to gain attention.  Because of a strict upbringing or perhaps just soul memory, you may not be able to tolerate anything less than total perfection from yourself.  In very extreme circumstances, you may make yourself sick in order to get out of dealing with situations with the potential to require you to confront an inadequacy of yours.

Growth will come when you learn to “let it be.”  Life experiences will teach you eventually to become more natural, value your emotions and instincts, and to appreciate the natural cycle of life.  In this lifetime, your greatest accomplishments will be of a personal nature.   You know exactly how to take.  Now you will learn to give.

It is not uncommon for people with this placement to be institutionalized as children.  This may include a long hospital stay, residing in an orphanage or boarding school, or severely cold parents who treated you as a status symbol rather than a warm-blooded human being.  They may have encouraged you to become an opportunist and taught you to value the material over the spiritual.

Nurturing professions are favored for you.  Nursing is an obvious choice.  Interior decorating and different types of child care or work with children are also strong possibilities.  There are many professional comedians with the north node in cancer placement, among them Mel Brooks, Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin, Stephen Colbert, Hank Azaria, Harvey Korman, and Rob Schnieder.  Perhaps you, too, may make some money from your wonderful sense of humor.

To balance your nodal energy housekeeping, landscaping, genealogy, yoga, and history are all recommended hobbies for the north node in cancer.   As you let go of your control issues and move into your emotional body, you will find yourself connecting with others more and more and enjoying the experience.  It is important that you establish a family of some sort and that you be industrious.  It’s important that the carrier of the north node in cancer placement avoid any reflexive tendencies to withdraw into isolation.  You are here to nurture the group and take comfort in being part of a family.  Trust the life process and your instincts.  You may never attain the station in life to which you think you are entitled, but in your home and family you will find a far great happiness than you could ever have imagined.

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13 Responses to North Node in Cancer — South Node in Capricorn

  1.' Lumi

    Thanks for this explanation, Celestina. I definitely see this pattern in myself, but in a very specific way. I am actually very attracted to things of a spiritually and emotionally-fulfilling nature, and tend to try incorporate these things into my life (main activities are meditating, reading spiritual articles, writing and piano. I also love deep, authentic connections with people, and am not interested in things that most deem important). However, there is a part of me that never feels free to fully embody these things in an all-encompassing way, although I truly yearn to. There is a part of me that is afraid that I may lose financial control or security if I don’t keep up the veneer of being a “professional,” or that I will disappoint family. I don’t feel that it is safe or OK to be me. I don’t know if this ties into the Cancer North Node dilemma, because I already deeply appreciate these cancerian qualities, but it is as if the capricornian South Node is holding me back…

    • Celestina

      I think that’s a very Cancer-Capricorn dynamic. I’m not sure if our North Node energy ever really holds us back, as in keeps us from growing (if that’s what you meant). At its best, it’s a foundation to build on. At its worst it can be sabotage, the prize you’re always after but never seem to get it. So, if you were out chasing Capricorn dreams all the time, only to be disappointed, then it could be a sort of holding back. “Oh, if only I get this job or make this amount of money, I’ll finally have the respect and status I deserve!” But then it never works out. You’re always going down a rabbit hole and coming back up in the same place.

      The way you’re describing it, it seems like you’re using some of the Capricorn skills you have to support your Cancerian instincts, and I would think that would be good, except that maybe one part of you, a part of you that’s got some fear of losing control, is judging another part of you. Those kinds of dynamics can be like a soccer ball in the psyche — you kick it around the field, back and forth, up and down, but it’s never really resolved forever. That’s not to say you shouldn’t work on it. Over time, you might appreciate it as something that gives you internal energy and drives you forward. The feeling of being judged is something, I think, that will soften and mellow with age as your Cancerian energies earn the respect of your Capricorn side. There will be situations where the North Node will save the day, and that will bring a lot of healing.

  2.' Silvernight

    Dear god, exactly what I was afraid of. Sounds about right and if it is I’m so screwed. Cancerian traits are pretty much the exact opposite of mine. Nurturing, familial, home-loving… not exactly. I have resigned myself to the fact that family is very clearly not forthcoming for me in this lifetime. It’s a bit of a cosmic joke if this is supposed to be my path because then I shouldn’t have been born asexual, which makes relationships all but impossible.

    • Celestina

      This is one of the placements where I actually feel more strongly about what you’re moving away from than what you’re moving to. I’ve seen a lot of people with Capricorn South Node get caught in the trap over and over of thinking they’ve finally stumbled upon the job, marriage, credential, etc., that will return them to their proper station in society. “Aha! Finally, I will get the respect I deserve. I’ll take my proper place in society at last” (by marrying this person or getting this job or attaining this degree…). Then, of course, at the last minute it all falls through. Provided you look out for that pitfall, I wouldn’t worry about the rest of it 🙂

    •' Jayne

      Thanks for the instghi. It brings light into the dark!

  3.' Lena

    “I don’t like people and can’t stand children.” – I feel the same, but the information makes a lot of sense – people with NN in cancer feel like this (not wanting family and children) due to some fears etc. (e.g. my biggest fear is pregnancy and giving birth, I think i could never do that. And it’s much easier to see myself as a career woman than a mother.)

    But I was thinking – my friend with NN in cancer has also her sun and mars in cancer, so to her these karmic goals will be much easier to achieve than to me with all personal planets and ASC in capricorn and aquarius and no planets in water signs.
    Is it true? Because if it is, it’s not fair!

  4.' melissa

    The nodes are always retrograde

  5.' Whitney

    Actually it’s intercepted too. Dang… my sun, moon and mercury are all in capricorn in an intercepted second house and now my north node is retrograde in cancer and intercepted in the the last part of my 8th house. Interesting… and I have no idea what it means!

  6.' Whitney

    Does the meaning change if your north node is retrograde in your birth chart?

  7.' Realadi228

    Wow…Im amazed by this read and im so pleased I have embraced the areas of concern with perfect alignment with my best outcome gor my overall well being and I can see some areas that Im currently working on as well…Im amazed at my intuitive nature and my growth spiritually that gets all the credit no doubt…Im pleased to say the least.
    Thank you!

    • Celestina

      That’s wonderful. Do you have any insights to share that might be helpful for others who are trying to harness the energy of their node?

  8.' Pengy

    Blah. This sounds horrible to me. I don’t like people and can’t stand children. If this is my destiny, I want a cosmic refund.

    • Celestina

      I’m sorry to hear it wasn’t helpful information. Perhaps as you discover what resonates with you astrologically you can drop a line or two and let me know.

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