Free Weekly Astrology Class: The Nodes and Destiny

The North Node and South Node move backwards through the 12 signs of the zodiac. They hit the same sign every 19 years (approximately) and according to astrology, this triggers karma from 19 years ago, and 19 years before that, and so on. Right into past lives.

The North Node and South Node move backwards through the 12 signs of the zodiac. They hit the same sign every 19 years (approximately) and according to astrology, this triggers karma from 19 years ago, and 19 years before that, and so on. Right into past lives.

The Node Return and Opposition

When the North Node and South Node return to the same degree (number) and sign as your own, or into opposite signs (same number) it’s big. It will alter your destiny, even though you have free will.

Both signs in your horoscope will come alive at once, in terms of the houses they rule and the life departments you experience the new/old story in.

Karma and the Nodes In Your Chart

Allowing for karma, your soul may slowly begin to fulfil its purpose and you will act out what you came here to do. In your life between lives, you made particular contracts or agreements with your guides, according to some astrologers.

The North Node and South Node signs show those contracts. You come back here to attempt your mission and hopefully complete it – karmically. This does not make it simple, easy or even what you would prefer. Yet – through the Nodes you achieve.

Alan Turing and the Nodes

I took these photographs at The Science Museum in London which show Alan Turing as a young man. The star of Bletchley Park – the genius behind codebreaking and the birth of the modern computer – would have been amazed to see his old photographs blown up, decorating an exhibition about his work on the Enigma machines.

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The Alan Turing Chart

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This chart has been calculated using modern astrology (so, with asteroids) using data from Alois Treindl’s collection at The data has a Rodden A rating so is pretty reliable.

Gay Genius at Work

Alan Turing Science Museum IV April 2013 600x338 - Free Weekly Astrology Class: The Nodes and DestinyTuring was famous for two things. Being the genius at Bletchley Park whose part in code breaking helped shorten the war – and for being gay. He was persecuted for his homosexuality after the war and later pardoned by the British government.

So, here we have a war hero (and you would expect to find Aries, ruled by Mars the God of War starring in the chart) and a hero to the gay movement. In fact it was his youthful affection for another schoolboy who tragically died young, which led to him wondering how a human mind could be recreated.

You would be looking for Libra in this case, particularly as Libra the scales rules marriage, but also justice, the law, equality and fairness. Gay marriage or civil partnership is a Libra concern.

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

There was no question at all, about Turing being open about being gay at Bletchley Park. In the 1940s every man, in love with another man, knew the danger. Instead, he tried a relationship with a woman.

Look at the Nodes in your own chart and find out the year that you had a Node return or opposition. You will have made your own history. The signs and houses (life departments) will reveal the likely past life or karmic issue. You can find out more clues by going back another 19 years.

The Aries-Libra Nodes and the War

Alan Turing was born with the South Node at 18 Libra and North Node at 18 Aries. In 1939 when the Second World War began, the North Node entered Libra and the South Node entered Aries for the first time in 19 years.

In fact, after war was declared in Great Britain on 3rd September 1939, it took a mere nine days for the Nodes to make their historic switch to Aries-Libra. Turing’s destiny was decided by something he could not control. That is what the Nodes do.

Aspects to the Nodes

I began these free astrology classes several months ago, so feel free to go back and catch up. If you have been keeping step, though, you will know that aspects (patterns involving horoscope factors at the same numbers or degrees) are really important.

Look for aspects to Alan Turing’s North Node and South Node at 18 Aries and Libra. You will find Ceres at 18 Leo, which is a story you will need to uncover yourself, just as Turing uncovered the German codes hidden in the Enigma machine.

Data from with a Rodden A rating.


Feature Image Credit: Mauro Sbicego

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41 Responses

  1. Thank you for this, Jessica.
    I see this in my own North Node in Cancer/South Node in Capricorn. I see now, through your astrology lessons, how Family dictates my Career.
    I’ve moved my family closer to my job to make the single parent life a bit easier, thus allowing me to work more and advance my career (my theory being work smarter = careers advancement = better finances to make life easier).
    No later than two weeks after I set my plan in motion did I receive news of a promotion coming at me in a few months time.
    I think for the first time in a very long time I know not only where I am going, but WHY. Looking back on to 2001, the little I can remember (PTSD) I was lost. My Node Return forced me to make decisions (not my forte). I wish I had your site in 2001, would’ve made a world of difference to me.

    1. That’s really interesting about the Cancer-Capricorn see-saw in your chart and how your family has dictated your career. Congratulations on the promotion. It is good you now have focus on your future achievements and success. And thank you so much for your kind words about the website, I will pass that on to Alicia, Alyas, James, Jodi, Justin and Kerry.

  2. Hello Jessica
    Once again thank you for your brilliant post. I love you Weekly Astrology Class
    i have the NorthNode at 28° Sagittarius 36′ 54″ and SouthNode at 28° Gemini 36′ 54″
    Something wonderful happened to me,basically I been on contact with part of my family on Spain that I didn’t talk for years.
    this people was very important and very close to me around 38 years ago and funny enough it’s the people and the place I would like to move next year it’s like attraction I can’t resist
    I don’t know but this happens exactly when the North Node and South Node moving
    Do you think this it’s something to do with this change? and also how this will affecting me on the near future?
    Thank you very much
    All the best

    1. Thank you so much Francisco. I am really happy this part of Spain has come back to you. It’s the right time – two 19 years cycles is about 38 years, so you are going back to the past, to build the future. You have major past life connections with this region in Spain and of course your family. It may involve the Spanish Civil War or go back further in history. You have been here before and made agreements with these people, who were possibly also family in other lives too.

  3. My nodes are:
    NorthNode 10° Sagittarius 27′ 41″
    SouthNode 10° Gemini 27′ 41″

    What is my karma???
    Thank You

    1. You have spent many lifetimes as a migrant, convict, refugee, perhaps a slave, definitely a free settler, trader, explorer and traveller. You have karma with countries, not people, and by 2022 must make a decision on where to live and where to vacation, and realise some choices are over. It will feel very familiar as if it has all happened before and in fact, if you count back in 19 years cycles, you will realise the story was either there at birth, or (last time) around 2001-2002. Going back again, around 1981-1982.

  4. Dear Jessica,
    On the June 29 I was going to church at around 9:00 am and I open my SUV just to see strangest thing under right back seat three cards from Back Designs of Bicycle Playing Cards with red color design on the beck of the cards. These cards are used as far as I know ti playing poker but the thing is I don’t play or own any card decks so I was shocked to see these three cards:
    First Card- Joker was facing up and could see it right away
    Second Card – Two if Clubs was facing down and I was able to see red and white color back design and two Angels riding bicycle but when I turned card I see clearly two of clubs.
    Third Card – Six off Spades was facing down and I was able to see red and white color back design and two Angels riding bicycle but when I turned card I see Six off spades.

    The problem is My car was cleaned on June 12 2020 and there is no way anyone can put these cards there so what in the world was this. What is the meaning off this event.

    I took photo when and I placed all 3 cards to my valet. My brother born June 7, 1977 passed away in April and he did own deck of pocket cards and was going to casino with his girlfriend but not me.

    So any feedback will be appreciated Jessica….
    Thank You

    1. You had a spontaneous card reading in the back of your car? Amazing. Joker upright. Two of Clubs. Six of Spades. This is your brother’s message for you, because he owned some cards and also frequented a casino. You will know what it means. The Joker is him. He still has a sense of humour, which is why the cards appeared! See what the other two cards mean to you, and I am sure you will keep them forever.

  5. Hi Jessica,

    Using those examples really helps to explain how the Nodes work! Unless I have read my ephemeris wrong, my North Node at 19 Gemini is triggered in November. But the Node is heading backwards so is that a return? Also I had no idea the Nodes moved that slowly. It moved to 19 Gemini on 27 Nov and stays there until 27 January!

    Thank you for continuing to share those!

    1. Yes, Therese, you are having Gemini-Sagittarius weather cross your Nodes. Our YouTube Premiere with Penny Thornton and Kyra Oser on that very subject touched on what it means in 2020, 2021, 2022. Long term it is about making choices about where to live and/or holiday as you are going to see a completely different world develop by 2022 as some places eradicate the virus but others are far behind. This means a new ‘bubble world’ and you will have one huge decision to make. The Nodes do move very slowly but then you have a lot to think about.

  6. Thanks Jessica

    I am having a natal nodal return with my NN in Gemini at 11′ and SN in Saggitarius. Then have my ASC at 12′ Gemini, IC 12’Leo, DESC 12′ Saggitarius, MC 12′ Aquarius and I am a Sun Leo at 10′.

    Could you please give me a bit more of an idea as to what I can expect during this nodal return? It feels like the wheels are in motion.

    Thanks a lot.


    PS I am really enjoying your Twitter feed!

    1. Thank you Natalie and I am glad you are enjoying Twitter. Okay, so your North Node and South Node Return is really about deciding where to live and where to holiday. There is past life karma here so the two cities, villages, regions or countries may always have pulled you in one direction or the other, likely in backwards cycles of 19 years each time, but also in prior incarnations. You will find that 2021 lays things on the line and by 2022 you will have made a choice. It’s pretty epic and lots of us are emotional about it because in other lifetimes we have been forced to emigrate, or say goodbye to family and friends who emigrate, or been transported or forced to move away from homeland. The new travel, tourism and immigration rules coming in by 2022 will have a personal impact on what you must choose. Gemini rules the actual mode of transport and travel – planes, boats, trains, cars, buses, coaches. Sagittarius rules distant places and people.

  7. Hi Jessica,

    Such an interesting post thank you! I have always been fascinated by the nodes. I have a Leo north node at 10 degrees in house 2. My north node also conjuncts my youngest son’s sun by 2 degrees (ie his sun is at 8 degrees Leo in house 10). I always thought this might be a strong past life connection owing to this? Would love to hear your view! Thank you!

    1. Yes you have a past life connection. It is common for there to be a North Node or South Node contact in the charts of parents and children and 2 degrees is pretty close, though not exact. You will probably find 0 degree orb aspects too. When he has children or godchildren of his own the karma between you will be enacted.

  8. Hi Jessica, I would love to know when my nodal return was. Can you help me work this out from looking at my chart. thank you you so much.

    1. Your North Node in Leo and South Node in Aquarius were triggered during the Leo weather years, peaking in 2017. Have a look at the feature I wrote on Leo eclipses and Leo weather – it is rather long – but use Search.

  9. Dear Jessica,
    It’s fascinating that you have so much energy to teach and educate, as well as raise awareness on crucial planetary matters.
    Thank you for your generous and precious role in creating a better future for all.

    I’d kindly ask you to check on Serbia’s chart, as we’re at the brink of civil war, as a result of decades of corupted tyrannical regime.
    Our tyrant’s DOB: March 5th 1970.1 PM, Belgrade, Serbia.

    Thank you and God bless

    1. Thank you very much. I know the Serbia chart a little, because I was a patron and trustee of War Child, which worked throughout that war. Expect huge improvements in 2021 following two big leaps in progress in 2020 – one now, and another in November.

  10. Dear Jessica,
    My Nodes are at 9 Libra and at 9 Aries. In 2001 I completed the University and began to work, then in 2002 or in 2003 I shacked up with my boyfriend, with whom I lived for twenty years then, our connection had broken up 1st september 2017.
    Now I hope, that my unfinished business for 7 years with an a another man who I love will complete, too. (After a lot of hardship.)
    What do you think I can expect? Thank you for your answer in advance.

    1. So you want a new relationship Susie, is that what you are saying? You have an opportunity in 2021 when Jupiter trines your Libra Node in the Seventh House of love, sex, partnership and marriage.

  11. Thanks for this astrology lesson Jessica! My nodes are in Scorpio and Taurus. When was the last time the nodes were in these signs? I’d like to reflect on that time to see what karma was triggered. And when will the nodes be in these signs again? Thank you.

    1. Pretty sure if you do a search on North Node and South Node you will find a long list. Cafe Astrology also has a free list of Node positions too.

  12. Hi Jessica,

    My True Node is at 15 degrees Gemini, what does it mean for me?

    Love your work!


    1. Thank you. The Nodes in Gemini-Sagittarius are about previous lifetimes spent in one or more foreign countries where learning the language and becoming fluent was an evolving challenge. Each time you incarnate, you do so to tackle communication again, in a new way. In this lifetime it is obviously on the internet. Whenever we see Gemini-Sagittarius there is always one foreign country and its language, culture, history and people (and sometimes two) in the mix. It is up to you, if you learn it or not, or become fluent or not. For example, people are sometimes very good at French at school but then do nothing with it; or they become intrigued by a country like Greece but pass up a chance to learn how to speak it. SF it is really a free choice but here it is again, in this lifetime – the choice will be there until you pass.

  13. Fascinating Jessica

    I’m French and left France almost 34 years ago when I was 21. First moved to England where I must have had a previous lifetime as it really felt like home. Moved to Australia in January 1998 and can see now that I’ve got a karmic bond with Australia.

    But France is now calling me back through 2 of my 3 children moving there to study.

    The dream would be to keep a house in Sydney and buy a chateau in France to go and spend a few months a year whilst maybe turning it into a b&b also… a bit like your situation. I’m very emotionally involved in Australia and my own business is located here.

    How fascinating is astrology

    1. Thank you. Karmic connections with whole countries are sometimes there because in previous lifetimes we put our lives on the line for our nation. There may also have been forced migration. Each time we go back to a particular place to complete unfinished business. Your only issue with wanting Australia-France is the chain of oppositions and squares from mutable signs, now through 2040. We are going to see Neptune in Pisces, the North Node in Gemini, the South Node in Sagittarius, Chiron in Gemini, Uranus in Gemini – all affecting Generation Virgo (born in the Sixties) and Generation Sagittarius (born in the Eighties). New green leadership around the world and the continued outbreaks of virus mean airline collapse, and travel bans – so just be aware of that. We’ve not seen patterns like this in centuries and it’s very much about the old travel, immigration and tourism world as we know it, finishing. I’ve personally given up living in two countries because as an astrologer it’s my job to see into the future!

  14. Dear Jessica,
    thank you for your answer, and sorry for my poor english. I am rather interested in what does it mean to me “fated”for the next half year. I mean, what kind of events. And because there is a man who I love ( he was born at 15 degree Capricorn with Aquarius ascendant in 1966) but something is still struggled between us (perhaps because of poor communication)I hoped that my Nodes at 9 Libra and Aries connected to this situation some way. I think, a little bit I am afraid of staying alone forever, but a little bit of being love and shacking up with somebody new, too. I had a gynecological operation in 2016, and since nothing is the same with me. I am not the same, as I was 5 or 10 years ago. My love is a very hard life situation, it stretches me so much, for 7 years. I am confused. Throw a glance at my chart and help me enlighten this, please. Thank you for your patience and help, in adwance. Susie

    1. Than you Susie. Your English is fine, please don’t apologise. Two languages? Well done for even attempting that. I am sorry you had to go through your operation in 2016 and realise what it has meant to you, and your feelings about relationships and family life. You are over the hardest part of this cycle now and it becomes easier in slow stages, from the second week of September, with Christmas feeling like a real turning point, when you can dismiss the past and get on with the future. You will then know exactly where you stand with this Capricorn man, once you are past the final Full Moon of 2020, and you can make the decisions about where to put your time and energy. You can decide on what basis you want him in your life in 2021. Looking further ahead, you will have a calm and happy home life, which is exactly what you want. Things will settle down as you see the back of this Capricorn weather, which has been so difficult for the last three or four years. It has all happened opposite the zodiac sign of Cancer, which rules your house, family life, household, apartment, parenthood and so on. We are beginning to see the end of the constant challenges and from 2021, actually, you can put so much behind you. Get on with your life and remember, you make the decisions and call the shots about this man as the year ends and you know, at last, everything you need to know.

  15. Hi Jessica, You have rightly praised Turing as a genius and one who probably save more lives than can be counted. However, you forgot to mention that Mr. Turing (according to the website I saw) was prosecuted by the British government in 1952 for “gross indecency” (i.e. homosexual acts). Mr. Turing’s choice was a prison term or “chemical castration” with something called Diethylstilbestrol; he apparently was counseled or chose the latter option. Turing probably should have been knighted or something for his work, but if history is telling this correctly he was persecuted in a fashion similar to what the Nazi’s he helped defeat would have done to him.

    On a lighter note, Ozzy Osbourne visited Bletchley Park on his TV show which aired in the States. The episode showed the Turing Machine working with all of it’s turning wheels (I almost wrote Turing wheels… which is pretty much what they are anyways) and it was a sight to behold! It looks like a huge brain at work. The machine looks amazing and is probably worth seeing in person.

    1. This is great, thank you. Yes, Turing was badly treated by his country and I believe it was Gordon Brown, the former British PM, who led the campaign to right the wrongs. I have been to Bletchley Park three times now and every time I am amazed at what he did, from a simple wooden hut, with a desk and notebook! I agree, he should be knighted. I didn’t know Ozzy Osbourne had visited, I must see if the footage is on YouTube…

  16. Cheers Jessica,

    You are so right on with the transiting nodes and their activation of destiny and karma!

    Major events that have charted a new course of life have always occurred for me at the nodal return and opposite return. The nodal aspects have always been primarily related to moves/changes of residence. Strangely-or not- the opposite nodal returns have been (Far more prosperous and uplifting).

    The first opposite return was a move from town to the country which was sudden but (OK.) First return was a sudden shocking message from my father to move out and find my way (Very difficult). The next opposite return was marriage and shortly after a newly constructed Home.(Great). The next return was a major career downturn and a relocation back to old hometown to regroup (Very difficult) The following opposite return was a tremendous career advancement, great prosperity,a fabulous new Home and several investment properties(Awesome). The next nodal return was an economic disaster (The Great Recession) and a loss of Home and all investment properties (Traumatic).
    SO here we go again with the opposite return–And we are in a time of the Greatest Change and I have no clue where it goes from here but I am definitely starting at scratch again- Hopefully the beneficial change will occur in Spades!

    Also, as an Extensive World Traveler I acknowledge that there is great change in travel and empathize with the transition from your passion of living in two locales.

    Your generous input is always most appreciated.

    Thank You


    1. Thank you GB. The North Node and South Node oppositions and returns do pick us up and spin us around. They are fated and unavoidable. For you, moving from town to country, then away from your Dad, then back into a new home, and going back again – is all part of the circular loop of the Nodes. What you’re going to find is a new settling/inhabiting/connecting with your people and your place, in slow stages. Beyond the Nodes, you have been under pressure since 2017, with so much happening to disrupt your local area, your country, your wider home (Mother Earth) or perhaps specific issues with your apartment, house or other residence. The barrage of oppositions from Saturn, the South Node and Pluto all in Capricorn opposite the Cancer factors passing through the Fourth House of your chart have been the culprits. That massive caravan of oppositions has now paused. It will get easier in stages, notably from the second week of September, then from December you will really know that most things are behind you. Long-term until 2040, yes, we will see the end of travel as we know it today. The days of cheap fares and constant carbon emissions from the airlines are going, going, gone. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is new global green leadership which puts an end to this. Another is the collapse of airlines, of course. And finally, we are going to see regions, cities and countries go for eradication of the virus. They will aim for zero cases and to do that, they will stop incoming and outgoing flights, cruises and ferries – even stop cars at the border. I will say more in a new feature I am researching now on the astonishing Gemini Season which goes until 2040 and why it affects billions of us!

    1. Oh brilliant, thank you so much. I realised Ozzy Osbourne also visited Stonehenge. I am happy he also agrees with astrologers – it’s a calendar. (Though it was also a prediction tool!)

  17. Hello, Jessica.

    I am trying to understand my aspect to Nodes (I still don’t understand what Nodes mean to me). I found Aesculapia conjunct Sounth Node in Gemini.
    As I searched Aesculapia and he is about back from the brink. and Gemini and Third House is about comminication / sibling. But when I think of Nodes, it is about relocation? So is this mean, when my nodes are activated, like, just now, I will be saved from something/situation that nodes bring by communication?

    Thank you for this and I cannot believe it is free. I am enjoying when I have time for your lesson.

    Best wishes,

    1. The North Node and South Node are very simple. The North Node sign tells you what you have done, or who you were, repeatedly in many lifetimes. In this lifetime you have to once again, deal with karma – regarding that. What and who you deal with is impossible to avoid or escape and you have to do the best with it that you can. The South Node is also about your past life experiences. Its sign tells you more about the North Node. What the issues were, the conflicts or contradictions, in those previous lives. So, for example, if you have the North Node in Capricorn and South Node in Cancer, you have spent lifetimes being the boss or leader (Capricorn) but always had complications with the family (Cancer). Before you go leaping into aspects to the Nodes, you may just want to focus exclusively on something really easy, which is your Node signs. As you are a Premium member you can pick up a lot of information about that in your guidebooks.

  18. Dear Jessica,
    thank you so much for your wise answer and help. God bless you. Susie

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