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Friday, February 15, 2008

North Node Capricorn

North Node Capricorn, South Node Cancer
Integrity is the key to your life. By following your personal code of ethics and beliefs you have an inner compass for your life. As you develop self-control and self-care while approaching life in a goal oriented manner, you integrate the lessons of your past and bring your dreams into reality. In former lives, or earlier in this one, you were more concerned with the process of life rather than your goals and visions, and were overly immersed in your emotional life. At times you succumbed to moodiness and a dependence on others that was not healthy. Now you are learning to truly be the author of your life: the "author-ity" and are finding the satisfactions of independence.
By setting positive and reachable goals, and taking the steady steps to reach them, you release old fears of rejection and find that you have what it takes to be a leader and a person in authority. This may feel quite new, as you may have spent other lifetimes in which you were a householder and identified with your role in your family and clan. You may still have some difficult family karma to resolve, but you're willing and able to do what needs to be done. You are not one to be irresponsible and you are not naive either.
In this life you are called to be a builder, a creator, and a preserver of all that is valuable. You have a deep respect for the good part of traditions that have been handed down, and you may find yourself given the opportunity to succeed in the world in a surprising way. Others see your integrity, and trust that you can be the person of authority.
Because of your innate seriousness and strong work ethic you can sometimes feel isolated from others, so make it a point to find ways to lightly and creatively express yourself, as well as finding loyal friends to cheer and encourage you. You are more respected and loved than you realize.
As you pick up the gold in your Cancer South Node, you'll find that any left-over tendencies to control others by emotional over reactions and manipulations will fall away as you come into your own. You have a keen sense of intuition and yet you may feel at times as if you are blocked, or don't want to open up fully to all your emotions--sometimes it feels like dangerous territory. Trust your intuitions, and go at your own pace.
Soul Purpose: Building a life, a business or career, or some structure that is worthy of your ambition. You are “toughening” into becoming an Elder and a wise one, but you need to mature into it by wise use of solitude and a savvy attitude in the world. You are leaving behind a family oriented dependence and moving out into the public world. You could become a high achiever and successful in whatever field you choose, but remember to “be in the world, but not of it.”

Shadow: Not setting up appropriate boundaries between your self and family members or business partners. The goal is inter-dependence with others, and an outward looking perspective that still honors the integrity you deeply understand. Never forget the old Biblical saying: “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but lose his immortal Soul?”
Oprah Winfrey, television talk show host, wise woman, and possibly one of the world’s wealthiest and most influential woman, Oprah has this Nodal aspect. Born in rural Mississippi to a poor teenage single mother and later raised in an inner city Milwaukee neighborhood, Winfrey was raped at age 9, and at 14-years-old gave birth to a son, who died in infancy. She was sent to live with her father, who encouraged her education, and Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school. She began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Oprah is credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication, and by the mid 1990s she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. She is generally admired for overcoming adversity and for becoming a benefactor to others—in 2006 she became an early supporter of Barack Obama, which may have helped him win the election.

Oprah shows the characteristics of deep integrity and goal orientation that are embodied in her North Node Capricorn. Her strong work ethic helped move her beyond the South Node “Cancerian immersion” in the drama of family life and she chose instead to focus her energy and goals towards the larger “family” of the world. Although Winfrey has a partner, she never married, and believes that the reason she never had children was because her students at her South Africa’s Academy for Girls were meant to be her daughters: "I never had children, never even thought I would have children. Now I have 152 daughters; expecting 75 more next year. I said to the mothers, the family members, the aunts, the grannies — because most of these girls have lost their families, their parents — I said: “Your daughters are now my daughters and I promise you I'm going to take care of your daughters. I promise you.”

Time magazine wrote about Oprah’s power to blend the public (Capricorn) and the private (Cancer): “Like a family member, it’s as if she sits down to meals with us and talks to us in the lonely afternoons. She makes people care because she cares. That is Winfrey's genius, and will be her legacy, as the changes she has wrought in her talk show continue to permeate our culture and shape our lives.”

Yet in 2009 Oprah has admitted that she has let her goals, ambitions and work become out of balance with her personal life and need for self-love. She admits that her life long battle with weight gain appears to be connected with a problem of self-nurturance and love, which has been a fluctuating theme in her life. This is the precarious balance of the Nodes here; balancing home, heart, and heart with the work that one is called to do. So far, it appears as if Oprah has done an amazing job of following her life direction and soul purpose.


  1. What a great snapshot of what I'm going through! The other day I was looking through the other NN posts and thinking to myself, "Where's the NN Cap?" And here it is. I'm going to save this one for re-reading when things get difficult. Thanks!

  2. Really is pretty dead-on for me. I have had to work hard at learning self-control/self-care, and integrity is following, though I have wandered outside it's boundaries in relationships to my great detriment. Now, I am learning from that too.

    Lots! of familial karma to work out...

    I am very much an amateur in reading charts, aspects, etc.; but I have Saturn semi-square my North Node...don't know how that might affect decisions, perceptions, understanding, and other issues Neith touched on...

    Thank you for this blog, and your other sites. They are interesting, and very nicely done. Randall

  3. Thanks Joe--and Randall~
    I'd also like to add to Neith's observations of looking at the ruler of the North Node, to also look at the ruler of the South Node and how it's aspected. I know we start to get complicated here, but looking at any squares to the Nodes, as well as aspects to their rulers, will give you a whole deeper level of understanding of what unfinished business or skipped steps remain....I'll talk about this more in an upcoming post....thanks for tuning in! ~ elizabeth

  4. Elizabeth- Hi ! I love your writing on the Nodes and hope you will turn this into a book. I also have a question - you used a Tarot Card called Three Arrows as a graphic in an earlier column. Which deck is that from ?

  5. I also have a question - you used a Tarot Card called Three Arrows as a graphic in an earlier column. Which deck is that from ?

    Hi Stardust,
    It's from a wonderful deck called "Lover's Path". I found it on and here's a link:
    Lover's Path Deck
    Usually I remember to note the deck but forgot this time . . . sorry.

    I use images of tarot cards a lot on my blog . It's been fun choosing them . . .


  6. Hi, I stumbled on this blog and found some amazing insights.

    I've a Cap NN in the 2nd house that's conjunct Moon (ruler of the SN). I wonder if it means I still have SN issues to work out ... ?

    Thank you for sharing your insight.

  7. Hi Hitchhiker!
    Sorry to be so late to respond...I've been away. Anyway, we all--always--still have South Node issues to continue to work out, but the North Node gives us good "Medicine" to use to help us if we are open to it. Keep using your North Node Medicine and you'll keep your Moon happy too...elizabeth

  8. Hi, I'm have my Sun and i.C. in Capricorn in the house and I recognize myself very much in what you have written. I wonder if there are previous life-experiences to be found in all the 'opposite houses'?
    My Saturn is in direct opposition to my Sun, and they are both in square with my Chiron in 7.hs Aries as well as Uranus 2.hs Scorpio(My NN placement). For the moment I struggle with the issues you write about: the transition between being 'immersed in [my] emotional life'and 'setting positive and reachable goals', being the author of my life. I yearn to express myself creativly, but often get scared by my shadows when I try. As you say I feel 'blocked' and are scared of the emotions that might surface.
    I also find it true for me what Neith says about learning to become my own “parent”. Becoming responsible for my life and putting my best foot forward is a real challenge to me.
    The way you write inspires and warms me! Thank you!

  9. Hi Elizabeth, thanks, I'll bear that in mind!

  10. Hi Elizabeth,

    I wander if you would help me understand my NN Cap. I have it in 2nd house and both NN Cap/SN Cancer square my 11th house Libra Sun and Pluto, while my Saturn which is conjunct my SN Cancer in 8th house also makes wide square to my Libra moon too.

    Thank you!

  11. According to online natal chart generators, my NN is 0.40 (or 0.38) degrees in capricorn. Since its so close to sagittarius would sagittarius be at all significant? Kind of like a cusp?

  12. Excellent description and advice. It helps me understand why I have gotten so immersed in relationships, to my own detriment. I like the way you give guidance via the North node. Thank you for this excellent post!

  13. I have a NN Cap and have tried to head there several times, learned, and then vacillate back to Cancer SS. I am 37, and my NN Cap is really activating, especially with Saturn conjuncting my Sun and Mercury in the 10th right now. I just met and started dating a Capricorn as well, my first...? In Synastry, his Sun conjuncts my NN Cap, but his South Node also conjuncts it, which means we have opposite nodes, as my South node conjuncts his NN in Cancer. What does this mean? Are we heading in opposite directions, and can that work, or are we learning from each other?

  14. thank you!! This is exactly me!! I have this placement in my sidereal chart and this is more me than the traditional astrology. I relate to these energies and messages in the NN/SS in earth/water, than air/fire. I can so relate in my personal relationships. Finally makes sense.

  15. I just commented ... my email is ... thank you ...

  16. NN in Cappy SN in Cancer in my natal
    My question to you...
    How can i full embrance this position having Moon/Neptune in conjunction (Cancer SN) and Saturn square Sun, Mercury and Mars (Cappy NN)
    Sometimes it seems that i.m trapped in my south node forever like in a dream and my north node it,s so painfull blocked.
    Thank you
    Working throught dreams?
    I,m a Virgo but sometimes i feel like a Pisces?!
    So strange....
    Thank you

  17. I really like your perspective and your writing style!
    Thanks a lot for the info, I had never taken the nodes into account before
    Sorry for my bad english, its not may 1ยบ langauge


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