Lunar Nodes Series

Click on this extremely cool dragon to see more by illustrator Howard David Johnson
Click on the dragon to see more by illustrator Howard David Johnson

If you read this series in the order in which they were written, it will all make more sense; plus, you’ll know a lot more than before about the Lunar Nodes, and knowledge is power.

The first article in the series discusses the history, myths and metaphors that comprise the meaning and purpose of the Lunar Nodes. Why are dragons traditionally associated with the Nodes? This article explains.

The second article in the series discusses the fact that, through the millennia, astrologers have always linked the Lunar Nodes with the positive/negative duality we’ve come to associate with Cartesian thinking. What effect does this duality have on astrologers? Find out.

The third article deals with the bare bones of how to interpret the Lunar Nodes as they represent your path in life. The connection with your life’s purpose alone makes the Lunar Nodes one of the most powerful points in your chart, an incredibly important place to look for information about one’s life direction and purpose.

Now that we’ve prepared the way by discussing background material in detail, we can proceed to get a better idea of how to interpret the Nodes through each house and sign. Because the Nodes are often so confusing to understand, I want to do the subject justice by approaching the analysis of each North Node/South Node combination house-by-house.

Not to overcomplicate the matter, but I long ago decided that it is necessary to write about each North Node in each house; that means, no short cuts—the North Node in Capricorn in the 8th is not the same as the North Node in Capricorn in its opposite house, the 2nd. These are two different energies; they may have certain similarities, but the North Node’s goal is different in the 8th than it is in the 2nd.

I find it interesting with the Nodes that no matter how we try to avoid thinking about the issues they bring up, those very issues will haunt us until we actively engage with them.

Part of what drives us to understand the nature of the Nodes is that the behaviors holding us back or pushing us forward are so often predictable problems associated with the signs and/or houses the Nodes fall in, yet we cannot easily solve them.

If you have a problem that you can’t understand, that continues to tug at you or challenge you, it’s tempting to lay it at Saturn’s feet, but unless your Nodes actually aspect Saturn, I’d look to the overall nature of your Nodal axis instead, especially if the issue(s) keep coming up, never seem to resolve, and don’t go away no matter how hard you ‘try’ to change.

The ‘unacknowledged self’ is represented by the South Node, and I’d look here for the ‘dark side’ we all have that is often hardest to see in ourselves, but that exists mostly in the clues given to us by behaviors and mirrors held up to us by people we are magnetized to, who we cannot seem to escape or live without. In that way, the South Node exerts a powerful tug that we really have to question, as repeats of the same person, the same problem, the same situation, recur in our lives.

Maybe that tug makes every kind of sense and is good for you. The warning label that too often comes attached to the South Node is not always absolutely true; we can ‘do’ South Node people and things and retain our integrity. Just be careful—be sure you actually want to be what the South Node tugs you towards, and that you consciously choose it.

Usually the Way of the North Node is much, much harder, and will ultimately be worth the endeavor, but that doesn’t mean you must abandon all things or people associated with the South Node.

The Lunar Nodes Series

1st House/7th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs 

2nd House/8th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

3rd House/9th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

4th House/10th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

5th House/11th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

6th House/12th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

7th House/1st House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

8th House/2nd House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

9th House/3rd House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

10th House/4th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

11th House/5th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

12th House/6th House Nodal Axis Through the Signs

Thanks very much for reading!
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36 thoughts on “Lunar Nodes Series”

  1. Who are you? I absolutely think & feel that you are an authentic what?, Wisdom regarding Astrology…please allow me to know more about you–thanks…

    1. I will find the other comment and point you to it.

      I would like to finish this series. I *will* finish this series. I just want to say to anyone who finds this comment, each post takes a minimum of a month to research and then it can take a minimum of 3 days to a week to write each one up; longer if I have distractions. Of which there are many in life, I have found. ;-/

  2. I look forward to reading the 8th/2nd House Axis. You do a wonderful job. Good luck and thank you for your dedication!

  3. Hi, I am anxiously awaiting for you to discuss the 7th/1st axis. My North is in the 7th house (Taurus), but it seems you haven’t gotten to the second half! Please let me know when you do! Your insight is quite useful.

    1. Thank you for reading. I am working on the 7th house North Node now. I’m excited about it too because the 7th house is such a major issue for people’s lives, so I understand how you feel. Soon… 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing your research. İ realy like your work and how you write. İ look forward to read more!

  5. Simply Splendid. I’m at a crucial juncture in life, quite lost, and cannot wait for the 9th/3rd House series. Great great work. Thank you so very much 🙂

  6. Hi Alison! I just had my chart done and have become obsessed with learning about astrology! My north node is (capricorn) in the 12th house which i can’t see as part of the series – have you only covered south node in 12th? I’d love to get your insight!

        1. Thank you very much for reading and commenting. The 12th is a little bit more complicated to assess, in some ways, when it comes to the Nodal axis. I am not rushing to complete it, let me put it that way. I want to be sure I understand it to the best of my ability, because when I write something, from my perspective, it needs to stand the test of time. Not eternity or anything, but not such a short time that I have to go back and eat my words. 😉

  7. I am also curious about North Node in the 12th. Please let me know your progress with this series and when it may be available. Thank you.

  8. Hello, I have the sun placed in the 5th House (sun is in Scorpio) and Uranus is right besides the sun (as its regent planet, or co-planet). My Moon Nodes are North Leo/ South Aquarius – axis house 1/ 7 respectively. The Moon is on the top of the chart, as a main character, or as lighting it all up (most of my planets are down in the chart). Ascendent is Cancer. Could you tell me a bit your impressions upon these combiantions? Many thanks! Raquel

    1. Actually, Raquel, I’d need to see the entire chart to give you more than a very cursory idea of how your Sun/Uranus conjunct in Scorpio functions in your chart. I don’t know where your Moon is, since “at the top of the chart” is, unfortunately, extremely vague, and could literally put the Moon in 3 or 4 different signs. Very broadly speaking, you have what sounds like a dynamic combination of energies, but with Cancer on the Ascendent, the Moon information is even more crucial, as it is the ruler of the chart, and could radically alter the chart reading (as could a number of other factors, none of which I have access to, and I am not doing client readings right now). There is a great deal to know about a chart, and if I told you my initial impression based on the little information you have given me, it would not be what you want to hear. Your questions could be answered on Cafe Astrology or Sasstrology, and many other sites, though. Good luck!

  9. I am studying Anthroposophy, and I´m now working onto my own “Biography” and the 7 years cycles. I am now 35, so I would be in the edge between earthyness and spiritual awareness, and it is also the age where psychological maturity is attained. I am amazed how much connection it has with some things you have written here in your site. I know all is interwoven but: Do you have any Anthroposophical background, Alison? 🙂

    1. Not really, Raquel, sorry. 🙂 For your protection, I’m not going to approve the comment you sent me with your email address and your time of birth, etc., but I will let everyone know when I am free to do charts again. When I “approve” a comment, it can be seen by everyone, so I don’t approve all comments. Thanks very much for your request and for reading.

  10. Hello Alison.
    I found your nodal Axis page extremely helpful especially as a Cancer north node 29.40 (true) 29.46 (mean) in the 8th House, South node in Capricorn 29,40,in 2nd House. (conjunct Sun sign; 27, 16 and Mercury 2.13) I relate to your austere childhood of Saturn in 2nd house,(fostered, and then birth-mother’s moto “i don’t have any money’ and caring for other’s before self. (working for Crisis for Christmas while the threat of my own home is in the balance) I am on the anaretic degree with the North and South node (at times it looks like I am Leo/Aquarius). What does this anaretic cancer/capricorn mean?

    Secondly, Do you know what particular day/date in 1963 both nodes fall on. I can cross-reference, playfully, with Secret language of birthdays.
    I am grateful for your advice, as I have no idea about the power of weakness of the anaretic nodal psoitio; apart knowing the word mean ‘liminal’ and attached to mu sun sign (18/1/63) and Mercury, that might make me someone who has a foot in the liminal; which I do.
    thank you

    1. In general, Anthony, the Anaretic degree seems to be about crisis, endings, drama, but also intensity and focus/purpose. I speak from experience of having a 29˚ Ascendent (Sagittarius) and knowing that most of the time, people with 29˚ points in the chart do not lead a peaceful life.

      This doesn’t mean we’re in any way doomed, but things come to a head with this degree, and things that maybe another person could put off cannot be ignored for Anaretic degree people. We are forced by the situation to be fully present (almost all the time) and it’s exhausting. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but there it is.

      If you go to, they have 9000 year Ephemeris available to everyone for free. That should show you what you’re looking for in terms of specific degrees.

      Thanks very much for reading and taking the time to comment. If I can help you with other stuff, let me know. 🙂

  11. I read your post on 2nd house Scorpio NN/8th house Taurus SN (which was very interesting, by the way 🙂 ). What happens if there’s a Taurus Sun conjunct to the Taurus SN in the 8th house? I’ve got it in my chart.



    1. Any time you see the energy of a planet connected with either the South or North nodes, you’ve got a ‘message’ from the chart telling you that either you have something you can bring with you to the task (planets conjunct the SN) of what you’re trying to become or planets telling you what it is you’re trying to become (NN). If you have Sun conjunct the South node in the 8th, then you have Scorpio on the North node in the 2nd. However, the 2nd house issues you’re aiming for have a lot of energy tugging at them from the South Node. This tugging might have a positive or negative effect on the direction you’re going in. It’s not possible to say, definitively with one piece of information what the overall effect of your Sun/SN conjunction might be, but one possibility is that anything to do with the Sun in your chart either helps or prevents you from learning how to “do” Scorpio in the 2nd. Ego could hold you back, or other solar qualities might make it easier to pursue Scorpio on the North Node in the 2nd. You really do need to assess more than just the planets involved in the nodal axis. For one thing, you’d need to know how your Sun is aspected, plus you look at the rulers of the nodes, in your case, Venus and Pluto or Pluto and Mars, depending on how detailed you want to be about rulers. Then you look to see how these planets are aspected to get a better sense of how your nodal axis functions.

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