Retrograde may be a word you instantly associate with the planet Mercury, but it’s not just Mercury which is known for travelling backwards. The North and South Nodes are permanently in reverse gear.
But their slow backward journey has a different power and impact, which if understood, can help to ensure you don’t repeat mistakes you’ve made in the past and perhaps even get the opportunity to gain knowledge accumulated in previous lifetimes.
Not only are the nodes moving backward, but they do so at a much slower pace. A complete Node cycle takes 18.6 years to complete, with the North Node and South Node spending approximately 1.5 years in each zodiac sign. As they’ll be changing signs in May, now is the perfect time to learn more on their significance.
Nodes = Personality + Purpose
The world expert on Nodes, by the way, is Jan Spiller who devoted herself to them. In her revered book Astrology for The Soul she credited much of her success to her understanding of them writing “The Nodes have never failed to give me the information I need to correctly guide the individual in achieving success, self-confidence, and balance within the personality. The accuracy of my readings is not due to “psychic talents” but rather to my attention to the activity of the Nodes.”
While the Sun sign was still important Spiller, her belief was that to understand why each individual was on earth and what we should each devote ourselves (not to mention what traps we should be looking out for along the way) could all be seen in our individual North and South Node placements. Spiller wrote about how each person’s North Node reveals our life purpose, explaining “For each of us, our deepest core issues are shown in the sign and positions of the North Node at the time of our birth.”
Basics On Nodes
Look around your birth chart, if you are a Premium Member, and you will soon see the North Node and South Node. They are always in opposite zodiac signs. The North Node and South Node meanings are always connected. To clear up any confusion, you will sometimes see the North Node listed as your True Node or Mean Node. That’s fine, but what people are actually talking about is the North Node in your chart. It works as a pair with the South Node and both of them describe repetition, over many years, but also many lifetimes. They’re karmic.
In the following extract from Jessica Adams book 2020 Astrology: Your Five-Year Horoscope Guide Jessica looked at what each node delivers and how to improve your life through understanding their power:
True North Node and True South Node
The True North Node by sign and house in your birth chart shows stuck, repetitive situations which teach you how to be philosophical. The only way to cope when nothing ever changes, is to change your response.
The True South Node by sign and house is easier to work with. You also get déjà vu (‘Been there, done that, seen the film’) but you can relax about it all. You can repeat yourself, in this area of life, or leave it alone. Both are connected to each other in a loop, so issues about the North Node trigger issues about the South Node.
By transit, the True Nodes show you where history repeats. When Theresa May became the second female Prime Minister to stand on the steps of 10 Downing Street, the True Nodes were repeating in the same zodiac signs, that ruled the skies when Margaret Thatcher took power.
Here’s another example. When the Tasmanian government voted to dam the beautiful Franklin River the True North Node was in Cancer (the sign which rules home, land and homeland). The Tasmanians were facing a replay of a familiar scenario – the damming of Lake Pedder, years before.
The Nodes remind me of Groundhog Day, the famous cult film with Bill Murray playing the reporter stuck in the same day, every day. The only way he could cope with the stuck-record life was by altering his perspective. He used the repetition as training wheels, to make himself more philosophical, more tolerant, more accepting.
He learned compassion by reading the hearts and minds of people who said and did the same things, every single day. If you have exact aspects involving the Nodes, watch Groundhog Day.
Fun Tarot/Node Fact?
The Ace Card in Tarot blog looked at how every time a Node enters a new zodiac sign, An Ace card will turn up. Make a note in your diary to choose a Smith-Waite Tarot card here in May to test this for yourself!
Changing of the Nodes: 6th May 2020
Like the changing of the guard, the South and North Nodes move together, rotating backwards on Wednesday May 6th 2020. From this date the North Node will be in Gemini & South Node in Sagittarius until 18th January 2022. For this week’s Transformation Tuesday Jessica Adams has created a special podcast, which looks at what this new Node combination will mean for you individually, and for the world as a whole. Visit The Nodes in Astrology Podcast page to listen to the podcast.
P.S. Want to expand your knowledge even further on Nodes? You can also read North and South Node Meanings, North Node in Cancer & North Node in Leo & South Node in Aquarius to gain even greater understanding. See more @jessicacadams and @astrologyshow with the hashtags #Transformation Tuesday #Nodes #Astrology.
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