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The Nodes of the Moon

 

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Among many other things, the Moon rules your past memories and subconscious habit patterns. The Moon’s South Node symbolizes what you’ve already done in past lives, what you are familiar or habituated with, and therefore the path of least resistance. These are activities that are so instinctual that they’ve dropped below the level of your conscious awareness. For example, a planet conjunct the South Node represents a talent or something you do with ease. In order to grow and evolve in consciousness, you need to become aware of these submerged and habitual sides of yourself. Then you at least have the opportunity to master and get your hands on them, so that they no longer rule you or go unused.

The North Node, on the other hand, represents that which you need to learn, a new faculty to develop, the way up the mountain and your path of greatest resistance. Whereas the house containing the South Node shows an area of life likely to draw you back into old patterns, the North Node’s house is where you are most challenged to move forward into new experiences. The North Node is your future and your individual consciousness. The South Node is your past and your connection to the collective. By facing your personal challenges in the mystery and spiritual desert at your North Node, you replenish yourself at your South Node. And having done so, you have something at your South Node to give to the collective.

You could think of the Nodes as an archetypically reversed pitcher and well, with the North Node pouring into the receiving well of the South Node. If you avoid the challenges represented by your North Node, your well at the South Node will not be replenished, and you will have nothing left from which to give. In this case you are not preparing a future with which to replenish your past, a past on which you depend and which recedes from you just by the flow of life. Alternatively, if you concentrate on your individual growth at the North Node to the exclusion of the South, not pouring out into mankind what you have to give from the South Node, you become stagnant, repressed and psychologically blocked.

The Nodes show where you can find a balance between your past and your future, between your North Node growth as an individual and your South Node need to give of this new individuality back to mankind. If you don’t keep growing as a human being, you will eventually have nothing to give, or there will be no true individual there to give it. And if you don’t give what you have to give, it will be taken away, as in the diminishment and death of talents.

The Moon’s Nodes are the two opposite points in the zodiac where the Moon crosses the plane of the Earth’s orbit. The North, or Ascending Node, is the point at which the Moon moves from below to above the ecliptic plane (from south to north celestial latitude). At the South, Descending Node, the Moon moves from above the ecliptic plane to below it.

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