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Monday, February 18, 2008

South Node; Don't Repeat What Doesn't Work

The South Node
From the point of view of evolutionary astrology, the sign of your South Node describes your default pattern in life. It describes a way of being in the world which doesn't work well for you anymore. It represents something you are comfortable with, because earlier in this life or in a previous life (if you believe in reincarnation) it was your habitual pattern and where you failed to live up to all you could be. So now, the Soul longs to move away from this and towards the potential and possibilities of your North Node.
The South Node represents an easy way out for us---our addictive tendencies, our unresolved conflicts and negative personality traits, and the limitations and failures from the past which can interfere with our ability to be all we can be.
In looking at the sign of the South Node, one needs to look at what the lower octave, or less pleasant side of the sign is all about. Because the South Node represents what we didn't get right, or was troublesome either earlier in this life or in a former life, then we really understand quite a lot about ourselves if we can understand what this is all about.
Of course the South Node is balanced and compensated by the good qualities of the North Node ,which point to where the Soul longs to go towards in this life. So understanding the positive aspects of the sign of your North Node gives you great insight into what qualitities are helpful for you to develop.
For those of you who want to delve a little deeper, and who understand the nature of aspects, we can find out more information by looking at any oppositions or squares to the Nodes. An opposition to the SN is the planet that conjuncts your NN, and it represents in its lower manifestation what hurt you or oppossed you in the past. Read it negatively. This is a good exercise in seeing both the high and low sides all the planetary archetypes....because the higher aspects or the good qualities of that same planet are what is going to help you in this life. All signs and planets are dualistic and contain a full range of possibilities.
Now a planet that is square to your Nodes represents what Steven Forrest and Jeff Greene call a "skipped step." So in order to fully actualize the potential in your North Node, you do need to understand what this blind spot, or skipped step is about. It ties in with what you didn't get right in the South Node, but offers suggestions as to what you need to bring into your life to reach the potential of your North Node.
The other piece to this puzzle is to look at what houses the North and South Nodes are in. The house that the South Node falls in further describes something of where you didn't get it right before, and the North Node house offers a different direction for you to focus on.
We can also look at the ruler of the planets of the Nodes and how they are aspected in the chart, but we are getting a lot of variables here, and it's easy to get lost. I find that looking at the sign of the Nodes, the houses, and the possible opposition or skipped step, (opposition or square) usually is enough for me. There's quite a story here--a parable really, of who we were and who we are becoming.
All this reminds us to look at the paradoxical nature of the signs and planets, and to keep reaching for the highest expression of them. And although we don't want to keep falling back on what we know or what our default pattern is, it's helpful to remember that Carl Jung always said to watch for the "gold in the shadow." We've learned something in our past, and we picked up skills and attitudes along the it's true that we can look for the highest expression of these South Node qualities to act on, and we can use what we know. But think of the SN territory as potentially a slippery slope, and we need to be fully grounded before digging for the gold there--or what we might find is simply fool's gold.
The South Node represents qualities and habits we repeat endlessly, and it doesn't serve our evolutionary soul contract for this life. We are wise to very cautiously "mine the gold" in the shadow of the SN and to discipline ourselves to see the skipped step or obstruction; but don't linger in the shadows. Go for the North Node--reach for your personal North Star.
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Aliza said...

I am glad you wrote on this topic. Tomorrow's eclipse is on my nodes and it's been on my mind!

elizabeth spring said...

Hi Aliza! Thanks for dropping by, and I also had a chance to check out your new blog too--I like it! Personal yet informative, and great photos....every once in a while I go to NYC....maybe we could meet up sometime for lunch in the park? ~elizabeth

Aliza said...

Hi Elizabeth. That's awesome you stopped by my blog :)

And I love that yours has this focus on the Nodes. They are endlessly fascinating. And sometimes frustrating. I was telling a friend this morning on the phone that I wish my north node was somewhere else (it's in the 6th). So it's almost as though I'm not allowed to go to the monastary. I have to deal with the things of this world. Sigh. I rather go to the monestery (which I can't seem to spell)

Yes, please get in touch if you are in the area. Feel free to email

And as far as this eclipse goes... yep... some tangible/material stuff is happening as well as some raised emotions......

Have a great day

Anonymous said...


I just wanted to join in this conversation, even if only belatedly. .

I also have north node in my 6th house, and I completely understand about not being able to go to the monastery.

It was as if I was reading something I could have written myself. any more insight on this combination would be most appreciated! my north node is in Sag/south node Gemini) I wonder if we have the same

D ^~

Anonymous said...

This is Aliza, who wrote the comments above. It's funny because I've stopped blogging since I last posted here! Hi Elizabeth!

Anyway, my North Node is in Pisces. South Node in Virgo.

Regarding North Node in Sag/ South in Gemini -- seems to me that this lifetime would require you to be more philosophical and expansive, an adventurer of some kind, optimistic... and less chatty? Less... easily distracted. More substance.

Geminis have those quick minds but they can flit from thing to thing...

I find Sag to be fast as well, but it does have a nobel quality that Gemini, for me, doesn't have....

I have been thinking about the nodes lately. What a challenge it is to really embody our North Node. South Node is so familiar and i think it hurts us when we fall back on those south node habits/patterns--

North Node is potential and where we'll do our best... it's more than potential actually.. it'ss our birthright. Doesn't mean it's easy though.

And sometimes the more i "try" (like a Virgo would try) to be Piscean, the more Virgoan i become.

One astrologer teacher of mine is fond of saying that we can't solve the problem with the mind that created it...

As a Sag north node, you need to think long term/long range. Expand...

Anonymous said...

Hi Aliza,

wow, I lost this link ~ so have managed to be away, for a very long time.

Thanks so much for your response to this. I understand completely what you're saying, about Gem/Sag.

One thing, that alters it her though, is that although my south node is in Gemini, it is conjunct Saturn, definately puts a dampner, on that Gemini chatiness . .

If anything, I'm the complete opposite, far too reserved & must strive, to become more Sagittarian.

Good luck with yours too. . I'm natal Pisces Sun, so know all about that one!!