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The North Node

The North Node, like any planet, is in some sign on the date of your birth and in some house at the time of your birth.

But what is the North Node? Basically, it works like this.

The Moon revolves around the Earth in a plane. The Earth revolves around the Sun in a plane. The Moon’s orbit is slightly tilted relative to the Earth’s orbit — about 5 degrees.

A typical tilt of the Moon’s orbit

If it wasn’t, we’d have a solar eclipse every month and a lunar eclipse every month. It ends up that we usually have at least a partial solar eclipse once per year and a lunar eclipse once per year.

The points where the Moon’s orbit intersects with the Earth’s orbit are called the Nodes. There is a North Node and a South Node, and they are always opposite each other in the zodiac. If your South Node is 15 degrees Scorpio, then your North Node will be 15 degrees Taurus.

The Nodes move backwards through the zodiac taking roughly 19 years to go full circle. What you might not know is that the speed of the Node procession is not uniform or constant. There is even the rare occurance where the Node moves forward. That’s why we use the terms “true node” and “mean node” — the latter operates on the assumption that the speed is constant, when it actually is not. But it will usually spend about a year and a half in each sign, before moving backwards to the last one.

What we know about the nodes is that our South Node is what we already came into this lifetime with. These are things we’ve learned in past lives and that we’re already good at. We use these in our current life, too; but we’re not amply rewarded for it.

The North Node is what we came into this lifetime to do. It is karmic in that sense. We learn these new things (that don’t come naturally) and not only are we fulfilling our karma, it is also how we get recognized and rewarded. There are many interpretations of how the North Node is defined in each house, and they’re not hard to find. (If you’re at least an intermediate astrologer, you may kind of know them already).

But the North Node is also in a specific house when we’re born. And if you believe A.T. Mann and other astrologers, that house is equivalent to the sign that it corresponds with. So if you have North Node in the 7th house, that’s like having North Node in Libra.

And if we move thirty degrees across the earth, or sixty, or ninety, that Node is likely to move one, or two, or three houses.

I really appreciate Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul, which gives roughly forty pages for the North Node for each sign or house. And she also accepts the idea that the sign is equivalent to each house. My North Node is in Pisces, but by birth it’s in the fourth house. Where I relocated, though, it’s in the fifth house.

This is where it gets confusing. We’ve got Pisces nailed down, but which interpretation should I read — node in Cancer/4th house chapter, or node in Leo/5th house chapter? It kind of begs the question because we’re asked to fulfill a karmic requirement, and what that book says for 4th house is very different for what it says for 5th house. Do we just declare that our karmic requirements are almost arbitary and we choose what they are based on where we happen to live? Or do I just stick with Pisces/12th and then ignore the house part?

If Astrology schools offered PhDs (and they should), this would be a great topic for a dissertation to be done about where the truth lies as to what is a valid interpretation and why. Okay, maybe a masters’ thesis will suffice, but it’s very easy to see how this could be handled both scientifically AND intutively.

In future posts I’ll be discussing in my case, the North Node in Pisces/12th, Cancer/4th, and Leo/5th. Which one is more relevant to my life, and how I might change it. I’ll draw on my own experiences. You probably don’t have North Node in 4th or 5th house, although you might — the odds are 1 in 6. But you can draw on this analysis to experience it yourself when you read Jan Spiller’s book — assuming you moved, and even if you didn’t. Like I said, it’s a great book.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on relocationastrology.guide.

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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