True Node (North Node)

Do you know what the north node is?  Do you know what yours is and what it means?  The nodes are your astrological key to harnessing the positive energy of the universe in your life.

Moon Nodes

The moons nodes (the true node or north node and south node) are important components of the astrological birth chart, but they are not planets. Rather, they are points on the ecliptic where the moon crosses the sun’s projected path.  The moon’s north node is sometimes referred to as the dragon’s head, or the true node, while the south node can also be called the dragon’s tail.  The nodes are on an axis, and therefore always opposite one another, so the signs of the nodes will be opposite, as well (Aries/Libra, Taurus/Scorpio, etc.)  The nodes will also fall into the houses of a birth chart, which of course will also be opposite.

North Node (or True Node)

The true node, also known as the north node, is your karmic direction in this lifetime. Like a lighthouse, it points the way towards your destiny. When you reach for your dragon’s head, the universe supports you in fulfilling your soul’s purpose.  You can learn about the type of karma you are here to fulfill by looking at the sign of your north node.  The node will also occur in a house, which shows the area in which this karma will take place.

South Node

The south node is representative of the karma from your past lives, or perhaps your childhood. Put simply it reflects your past. In that sense, it can represent areas of comfort (to the extent that the familiar is always comfortable). However, when considered as the complement to the north node, it may have a somewhat negative connotation in that the native is encouraged to move away from the past, the comfortable, the familiar, towards the future. On the other hand, the south node can represent skills learned. The sign of the south node suggests how the past might be characterized in terms of experiences and feelings, while the house of the south node suggests the life areas in which the significant events took place.

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14 Responses to True Node (North Node)

  1.' Nanette

    Hi Celestina,
    Thanks for your generous & spot-on info, and I love how detailed it is! My North Node is 3rd Gemini, so I am not sure how to be less South Node, as my natal Mercury is conjunct it. My natal sun is 8th Sag, my Moon is square the nodes in 6th Virgo. How do I do “Mercury” the right way, as it shows up at top, bottom, and middle of the nodes? It is time to do what I am supposed to, but as a beginner at Nodes & Astrology I am so confused about what is my TRUE aim? Thanks again, Celestina!

    • Celestina

      There sure is a lot of Mercury going on in your chart! It seems right, then, to be out gathering information and doing your research so that you find the terms and words to express yourself clearly. With sun in Sagitarrius I think you’ll also be looking for chances to gather wisdom and couple that with knowledge. It may seem that having planets/placements in opposite signs and houses is confusing or difficult, but in fact it’s more like repetition, for the signs are really polar opposites of the same continuum. Sadge and Gemini are different sides of the same coin – it’s all about knowledge and communication. Knowing can come from gathering information or it can come from intuition. One can think through problems analytically or one can sort of intuit an answer after gathering some information about the scope of an issue. One can talk or one can read, one can teach or one can learn. These can’t be done at the same time but one doesn’t exist without the other. You may find yourself going back and forth from one extreme to another as you try to find the right balance, and I think that’s really where the karmic direction is going. Mercury is pushing you to communicate all the time, and you’re refining the process of what it is exactly you want to say and how. We have to earn our sun sign in this lifetime, so the Sagitarrian flavor of your life may not come until you’re getting close to middle age or have passed it. That may make it easier or more clear what’s going on.

  2.' April

    Thank you very much for your insight. I found it to be very accurate. I have a virgo north node placement in the 12th house. And yes I do have a over 200,000 people following my work on a FB page. I was also blessed with a visitation of light beings in my early 20’s that showed me my work here… though I didn’t understand it at all at the time. I also have Pluto on top of my north node and chiron on top of my south. Would you like to share anything about that please. Thank you again for your work xxx

    • Celestina

      Wow! Congratulations on your Facebook. That’s wonderful.

  3.' Hollie

    Hi Celestina, Thank you so much for this wisdom! Your words have been incredibly insightful for me. All the ways I’ve felt like the Universe has nudged me in certain directions throughout my life are confirmed in your writing. I was wondering about your thoughts on north node transits? My return is coming up (and there’s a solar eclipse) on my birthday this year. I would really love to hear your interpretation of this. Thanks so much!!!

    • Celestina

      I haven’t seen a lot of action in my own life with the node transits, and since the nodes aren’t planets themselves I wasn’t trained very well in the theory of this. I did have something significant happen to me when Saturn was on my North Node, but I really think that has more to do with Saturn than with the Nodes.

  4.' Catherine

    Hi Celestina,

    Your insights regarding my North Node in Scorpio are incredibly accurate and explain the reason for a significant spiritual breakthrough I experienced almost 10 years ago. I went from being 100% materialistic to selling or giving away everything, all of my possessions, to finance my mission to help others as a spiritual messenger and teacher. You are truly gifted. I wish you great prosperity and cherished dreams come true. Blessings.

    • Celestina

      Thank you for the blessings. They’re appreciated.

  5.' Ian

    A fab article re: North node in 8th house of Leo sign in my natal chart..

    A childhood in rags and poverty to riches in later adult life(self made)…. only to lose it ALL on giving to the unworthy, but always able regroup after self undoing. Thats exactly my story.

    Second year into studying astrology big time.


  6.' Adrian

    I have to say your interpretation of north node in virgo is absolutely spot on.I had to read it again,because administrative assistant is what I have been doing for the past 7 years with great success.One thing I would like to ask you is can you have aries as the south node?

    • Celestina

      I’m glad you found this useful. To answer your question, South Node in Aries is the same as North Node in Libra, so yes, it’s possible, but not for you. Your South Node is in Pisces. I hope that answers the question.

  7.' Chris

    It’s always good to know these node placements in addition to the regular horoscope readings. Thanks.

    • Celestina

      You’re welcome, Chris. 🙂

  8.' Florence

    I am a scorpio married to a capricorn. I was having goosebumps while I was reading this site. It’s so true!

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