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Monday, August 31, 2009

South Node in Aries, Moon in Aries

The Moon and South Node both hold the emotional memories from our childhood and from the forgotten “emotional memory” of a past life. From the reincarnational perspective, these points show the particular emotional “hangover” from a previous life that is most impacting you in this life now. We do not usually remember facts from very early in life, nor do most of us remember our past lives, but what we do feel is an emotional tone—a lunar feeling—that something in our past is unresolved, like waking from an uncomfortable dream but not remembering the facts—and this is the unresolved issue that the South Node and the Moon in our birth chart describes. By bringing this to consciousness we can move into deepening and enriching our present story by releasing these old patterns that no longer serve us now.

With your Moon or South Node in Aries, you’ve sharpened your reflexes for survival, and you know the rush of adrenaline as you begin a new project, speak your truth, or rise in the middle of the night to soothe a crying baby. In this life, as in a previous one, you’ve made yourself rise to the occasion when the need to act arises, as you’ve come to know the path of the warrior, the survivor, and the passionate pilgrim. You’ve had to go it alone many times, and courage has been instilled into you as you’ve “felt the fear, and did it anyway.”

Aries gives us the fuel to act and it arises out of many things: out of fear, anger, necessity, or simply for the experience of knowing “I did it myself.” We have seen the dragon, and we have lifted our sword….we won and lost many a battle, and it is the way we have survived.

In this life now, from the point of view of reincarnational/evolutionary astrology, it is time to look to the larger story—how does the attitude of survival and spiritual warriorship impact others? Sometimes it saves lives! Yes, but as a default pattern in this lifetime it also has been an overused pattern for you. Now it’s time to bring in the significant Others…to say, how can we do this together—without fighting or over-working? Can we bring in more Venus from the opposite sign of Libra? Can we relax a little of the Mars energy that fueled us before? Now you can ask yourself: Do I need to act first, and think later, or might I reflect more, and look elsewhere for a softer, more “Venus” response? Because Mars is the ruler of Aries, we look to the Venus response as the balancing factor. When we honor and balance the assertive with the receptive, we win.

How does this relate to Love? Aries Moon and Aries South Node know the world of passion, but love itself is bigger than passion, and sometimes less exciting. Love sabotages us when we act out of a passion that is overly dramatic and that has you as the only hero/heroine on stage. Love saves and heals when we call on the wisdom of our Aries courageousness and do what must be done without the competitive or adrenaline-laced attitude of an unhealed Aries attitude. Aries may be fueled by necessity, but the Aries Moon/South Node vision can be larger than the “every man for himself” attitude that is the low road for Arians.

The “emotional memory of love” for Aries Moon and Aries South Node has a tinge of solitariness to it. Can it trust? Who will help it survive? At times, the Soul may have died alone—the family wasn’t gathered around the bedside, but you may have died on the battlefield or in the hospital bed waiting for the nurse that didn’t arrive in time. You know instinctively that you had to be quick and self-watchful to survive in the past—but now, with this in your past, you are called to develop the trust in others as well as trust in yourself. If you can pause in your reactivity long enough in this life (slow down that response to “fight of flight”!) you may find that loneliness turns into soul-nourishing solitude, and instead of dying, you find that the numinous “Other” was there all along.
Elizabeth Spring


  1. Fascinating. I have Aries South Node and have with trying to "do" relationships all my life (50 and single). I'm currently in a new and very good relationship of several months, but having my struggles with how to be in it, how to trust, how to deal with differences, etc. My Leo Moon conjunct Uranus often wants to bolt, while my conjoined Venus-Pluto in Virgo frets and holds on! Anyway, lots to be learned in bringing in Venus and in sharing and balance (Libra). He's an Aries Sun, but with Jupiter and Chiron opposite, conjunct my North Node (and his Venus makes strong aspects in my chart) - think he's here to help!

  2. a deeply insightful commentary. i'm married to a person w. an aries moon and indeed trust is a significant issue for him. he can solidier through most anything and is not afraid to put every bit of energy into his efforts or die trying. it helps to have a scorpio sun in that regard. he is fearless, a true spiritual warrior and yet, behind some of that fortitude is also a fear that no one is there to help and he couldnt really trust them if they were! he doesn't disclose his needs easily and it has caused a fair amount of confusion in our relationship over the years~because i can state loudly and clearly what i need, when i need it and how much of it i need, so it would appear i can roll right over the top of him, when in fact he ends up resentful that he wasnt represented in a significant decision, which he tells me some months later./>: when we untangle ourselves once again, what is always at the bottom of his woe is not trusting. we've been through this enough times now that i have learned to listen more carefully! so he has taught me alot about deep listening and asking more questions and allowing him to express his fears. which trust me, he does not give voice to easily. but to his credit he does do it!

  3. Hm....lots to think about here...thanks for reading and adding to what we're all learning together. I also wanted to suggest that now that Http:// is up and running, some of you readers might like to tune into "the South" For now, I'm doing the same posts on each, but in time, I'm hoping to make the South Node emphasis be there~ so, let's keep talking!

  4. What an interesting article! I have an Aries South Node and I completely get what you say about the adrenaline and being reactive, as I get older I am starting to mellow with age.

    I can't shake the nagging feeling that I am the only person I can trust to do things right and moving towards the expresion of my Libran North Node is a real challenge. The Libran way, the softer way just seems so foreign to me; I just don't get it!

    Both my parents happen to be Librans, I wonder if that was by accident or by design!

  5. Great series. A bit out of my league, but I’m learning stuff each step of the way. Can’t wait to get to it

  6. This is so meaningful to me, thank you! I have a moon in Aries, sun & mercury, too. My mother is a Libra so are 3 of my siblings (2 sisters & a brother). I am going to have to read this post a few more times to allow for it to sink in more deeply.
    Thank you for your writing and insights.


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