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North Node In Cancer 2018-2020: How It Will Affect You

Karma is calling! That’s because the Lunar Nodes switched signs, more exactly the North Node moved into Cancer, and the South Node moved into Capricorn. The lunar nodes will stay in Cancer and Capricorn for 18 months, until May 5, 2020.

What The Nodes Are All About, And Why They Are Important

The Nodes always move backward – in fact, they are the only ‘planets’ that move backward. A good way to think about them is to think about a retrograde planet, with the distinction that a planet goes retrograde only a fraction of the time, while the Nodes are always retrograde.

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That’s why the Lunar Nodes are associated with past lives and karma (the backward movement symbolizes going back in time).

But that’s not the only reason. The Nodes are where the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the apparent path the Sun makes around the earth. The Nodes thus where the divine design (the Sun) and material reality (Moon) meet.

The Lunar Nodes create the eclipses. We have two eclipse seasons every year and that’s when the world goes crazy. This is when events tend to happen on a large scale: kings and queens are born (or die), scientific breakthroughs or discoveries are made (or great natural disasters occur), wars end (or start).

Eclipses are ‘regulating’ our collective karma. Eclipses also ‘regulate’ our individual karma, especially when they align with sensitive points in our charts. This is when people like you and me have a strong pull to take action, to make a decision, to sort themselves out.

Year after year, with mathematical precision, at the eclipse season I get 5 times more messages than in any other time of the year. Why? Because people feel in their soul the call of destiny. And astrology speaks the language of the destiny, that’s why people feel drawn to it more than ever.

North Node vs. South Node

We have two lunar nodes, the North Node, and the South Node. Although both nodes are connected to karma, it is only the South Node that is connected to past lives and past karma.

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The North Node instead is connected to our future karma and with the possibility for us to alter our karma. The North Node is our possibility to change the script of our destiny.

Why is the South Node connected to past karma? The South Node is also called the Descending Node because it is literally descending, going down. The South Node represents our unresolved karma, what we need to ‘sort out’ in this lifetime.

The South Node represents chances you haven’t taken, the opportunities you’ve missed, things you haven’t quite manifested in your past lives.

Let’s say you were a talented dancer in a past life. If you haven’t engaged with this talent, this talent will get passed on to your next lifetime, so that this time you will make good use of it. That’s why you were born with it in this lifetime. To finally make it work, to manifest it. 

The question is, how to make it work? The answer is, through the North Node.

The North Node is the opposite of the South Node. If the South Node is familiar, the North Node is completely unfamiliar. The North Node is a skill you don’t master, that thing you stumble upon. Yet, your North Node is exactly what you need to master.

When you focus on the North Node, everything flows in perfect alignment with the universe. If I have to choose only one advice to give to my clients and students, that would be to focus on their North Node.

When people focus on their North Node, all their problems get solved. It’s as simple as that, yet it may not be that easy to follow this North Node, because at least at the beginning, you don’t know where you should start from.

But that’s what astrology is for, to show you something that you wouldn’t know otherwise.

Does that mean we should dismiss the South Node and completely focus on the North Node? No, not at all. Your South Node is, in fact, a gift. But it is a stagnant gift, a gift that needs to be taken in a different direction.

That direction is the North Node. The South Node gift becomes a problem when we get stuck in it and refuse to change. When we do the same things over and over again. The solution to the South Node problem is always the North Node.

The paradox is that once you solved the South Node problem with the North Node, the outcome is not the North Node, but the South Node. The South Node is the ripening karma, for good and for bad.

The Lunar Nodes equation:

Problem (South Node) → Solution (North Node) → Outcome (South Node)

Cancer and Capricorn – The Mother and the Father

Now that the North Node moves into Cancer and the South Node moves into Capricorn, you may wonder what it means. In traditional astrology, Cancer (and the ruling planet, the Moon) is the mother, and Capricorn (or the ruling planet, Saturn) is the father.

But it’s much more to these symbols.

Cancer is what makes us feel nurtured, safe, and protected (just like our mother’s womb fed and protected us). Cancer comes from Latin “crab” and the crab is protected by its shell. In the same way, Cancer represents our need to feel safe, to have a home.

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Capricorn is the highest point in our chart, where the Sun shines at its brightest, and represents what we aim for. The highest point in a chart is also the point of greatest visibility, so Capricorn is also where we feel exposed. In the past, the women stayed in the cave to protect the weak (Cancer) while men went outside, got exposed, and fought against nature for survival. Capricorn rules hierarchies.

Both Cancer and Capricorn are about survival, but while Cancer meets this need in the inside, by creating a safe ‘home’ and inner resilience, Capricorn meets this need on the outside, by gaining status, respect, and by playing an important role in the hierarchy. The most primal needs of people are the needs of security (Cancer) and status (Capricorn).

What Does It Mean To Have North Node in Cancer And South Node in Capricorn?

As we said, the ‘problem’ is the South Node. A South Node in Capricorn is all about fighting to fit in, to gain status, to climb hierarchies, to meet goals, to have a career. But this comes at a price. When you put all your energy in the outside yourself, you neglect the inner world.

It is important to realize you cannot only work, work, work, work, work. The mountain goat might reach the top of the mountain, but it’s pretty lonely up there. When you’re always focusing on the next goal, on the next achievement, you forget who you are.

The solution? North Node in Cancer, i.e. building a strong inner foundation, nurturing yourself, doing what’s safe and comfortable.

The outcome? South Node in Capricorn, i.e. true progress, true achievements that come from a space of comfort and self-confidence. When you really know who you are, when you’re strong on the inside (North Node in Cancer) there is nothing that you can’t achieve (South Node in Capricorn).  

Example: if you don’t get the promotion you are hoping for, the solution is not working harder. The solution is taking a holiday. Spending time with your family. Taking care of yourself. And the paradox is that when you do that, the promotion (or another achievement that is more aligned with who you are) always comes.

North Node In Cancer And South Node In Capricorn Key Dates

  • South Node conjunct Pluto (April 2019)
  • South Node conjunct Saturn (May-October 2019)
  • South Node conjunct Jupiter (January 2020)
  • North Node and South Node square Chiron (March 2020)

The North Node in Cancer and the South Node in Capricorn will bring us the following eclipses:

  • Solar Eclipse in Capricorn (South Node Eclipse) on January 5th, 2019 at 15° Capricorn
  • Solar Eclipse in Cancer (North Node Eclipse) on July 2nd, 2019 at 10° Cancer
  • Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn (South Node Eclipse) on July 16th, 2019 at 24° Capricorn
  • Solar Eclipse in Capricorn (South Node Eclipse) on December 25th, 2019 at 4° Capricorn
  • Lunar Eclipse in Cancer (North Node Eclipse) on January 10th, 2020 at 19° Cancer
  • Solar Eclipse in Cancer (North Node Eclipse) on June 20th, 2020 at 0° Cancer
  • Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn (South Node Eclipse) on July 4th, 2020 at 13° Capricorn

If your birthday is around one of these dates or if you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or angles (Ascendant, Descendant, MC, IC) around the degrees of the eclipse, you will be especially affected by North Node in Cancer and South Node in Capricorn in 2018-2020.

The Nodes come back in the same place every 18 years. The last times we had the Nodes in Cancer-Capricorn was:

  • April 10, 2000 – October 31, 2001
  • September 25, 1981 – March 16, 1983
  • December 24, 1962 – August 25, 1964.

What happened in your life back then?

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North Node in Leo – Embrace Your Heart’s Longing

North Node in Leo: When North Node is in Leo, South Node is in Aquarius.

North Node in Leo / South Node in Aquarius is about creative self-expression vs. group-think.

Release yourself from the control of your mind (South Node in Aquarius) and learn instead how to live from the heart (North Node in Leo).

Many people know that the Lunar Nodes have “something to do” with the eclipses. Indeed, eclipses happen only near the Lunar Nodes, when the Moon moves directly and precisely in front of the Sun. The Nodes blend the subtle energies of the Moon and the Sun, of the feminine and the masculine, of the Yin and the Yang that make life as we know it.

That’s why the Nodes are always somehow linked to our destiny. Transits to the North Node tend to show in the most important moments of our life: when we move from one phase of our life to the next, at the birth of a child, when a family member passes away, when we meet a soul mate. The Nodes represent our “spiritual compass”, the “essence” of our purpose in life.

The Nodes come in pairs of opposite zodiacal signs –  the North Node represents the unfolding destiny, and the South Node, the karmic past. The North Node is literally our “North Star” and represents fresh new learning and the qualities we need to embrace to move forward.

The South Node instead is about the repetitive patterns and old lessons. The past (South Node) is the foundation of the future (North Node), the “old” on which we build “the new”.

Our heart’s longing

Leo is ruled by the Sun, the life-giving, generous and radiant star that gives us light, warmth and energy. The Sun is the “engine” of our solar system, without it we wouldn’t exist. Leo rules our heart.

The heart is the “Sun” of your body, the little engine in your chest that pumps life. The beating heart is the promise of life.

Your heart is the core of who you are, your center of gravity, the place where you feel fully alive.

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When we live from our center, everything is the way it should be. As children (Leo also rules children) we knew how to get in touch with the innocence of our existence. But as we grow up we learn to follow rules, listen to our parents and ‘fit in’.

But we never really forget that place of joy, radiance and innocence. The deepest longing in life is the longing to be one with the center, to get connected with that place of love and truth.

This evolutionary calling is usually experienced when the North Node touches a point in our chart. When you have a North Node transit, the Universe is asking you to get out of the cage – even if it is challenging and painful.

This longing is the homesickness of the heart, the yearning to return back to your divine nature.

This spiritual crisis comes in different ways. Sometimes, it comes with a clear and strong yearning and desire to express more and to be more – to give your uniquely creative gifts to something bigger than yourself.

Other times, it comes with hopelessness and frustration because you’re unsure about who you are and how you fit into the world.

And other times – and this one is the most daunting –  it comes with a vague dissatisfaction. You may tell yourself “I have everything, I have a great job, I have money, I have a relationship, but still, there is something missing from my life”.

During the transit of the North Node in Leo, you will be thought how to embrace the longing of your heart and how to activate your evolutionary purpose from that place of truth.

You are now given the chance to identify the part you are meant to play (North Node in Leo) in the larger context of reality (South Node in Aquarius) so that your gifts and talents can be actualized to their fullest potential.

“Evolution is calling you to participate in creating a world equal to your potential”

The only way to come “home” is to (re)discover the true nature of yourself. For this, you need to detach yourself from the global (TV, imposed cultural models, internet, social media) and focus on our own creative genius.

Your unique talents, your individual aspirations, your dreams ARE important. The North Node in Leo is an invitation to straighten your crown and stop worrying about what other people think.

Follow your heart’s longing with courage even if this goes against the approval of your friends, community or society.

The South Node in Aquarius is the release point. In the process of embracing your heart’s longing, you may find you need to let go of some friendships. Remember, real friends want the best for you. Resist the temptation to go back to the old ways if some “friends” find your new ways unacceptable. Let them go if they threaten to leave. See who stays. These are your real friends.

Of course, I am not encouraging you to be selfish, but is nothing selfish in allowing the real you to emerge. Be the sculptor of your life and allow the everlasting Universe express itself through you in your unique way.

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” – Michelangelo

The world needs you, and it is your duty to let yourself shine. This is ultimately the message of the North Node in Leo.

What does it mean for you

We will be all affected by the Nodal sift. Last time we had the Nodes in Leo/Aquarius was from September 1998 to April 2000. Go back to 1999, 1980, 1962, years when we had the Nodes in Leo/Aquarius to get a feeling about what to expect in the next 1 year and a half.

Also, if you have your Nodes on the Leo/Aquarius axis, you will be especially in focus because you will experience your Nodal Return. The nodes return to the same zodiacal signs once every 18,5 years. Therefore, if you are 19 years of age, 37, 56, 75 and so on you will experience a “karmic reset”. The universe will bring you “back on track” in case you’ve lost your compass.

Look in which houses you have Leo and Aquarius in your chart for more details. For example, if you have the North Node in Leo in the 1st house and the South Node in Aquarius in the 7th house, you need to let the others hear you roar, and no longer depend on group approval.

If you have the North Node in Leo in the 2nd house and the South Node in Aquarius in the 8th house, during this transit you need to start treating yourself like a queen or king, become more generous with money, and pay more attention to your own value system as opposed to other people’s value systems. And so on…

Also, if you have personal planets in Leo/Aquarius the Nodes will bring into awareness that area of your life symbolized by the respective planet or angle.

Read about the North Node in Cancer in my blog post North Node In Cancer 2018-2020: How It Will Affect You 

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Sun conjunct South Node in Pisces – Time to Say Goodbye

On 21st of February Sun will conjunct for the last time the South Node of the Moon in Pisces. Next time we have a Sun / South Node conjunction in Pisces is in 2035.

Sun’s transit over the South Node will expose us to our default patterns of “Piscean” behaviors and themes: spirituality, imagination, compassion, sacrifice.

Love is the greatest example of what Piscean energy stands for: something that cannot be constrained to form or expression,  fluid and spaceless. Always connected, always in communion.

The South Node in Pisces wants to immerse in spiritual oneness, and is doing that by “escaping”  from the practical world through spirituality and art (when the South Node is maturely expressed) or through addiction or withdrawal from involvement with others.

Sun conjunct South Node in Pisces is about living in a far-away past, before our soul chose to materialize into this body, is about living in a fairytale where we can shape-shift into anything we want and travel in and out different dimensions. But deep inside we know this place is not real. Regret and nostalgia often accompany South Node’s transit. We crave for the Paradise Lost, for that space of complete comfort and bliss, for that mystical consciousness, for our mother’s womb.

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The South Node shows our skills, our mastery, what we have “inherited” from our previous lives, but also shows our default patterns, everything we do because it just comes natural to us, because we don’t know another way of doing it.

And this “default mode” comes with a difficult question. Why do we cling to things? We cling to what we love, we cling to what we know, we cling to our habits, good or bad, we even cling to what makes us suffer, over and over again. We settle in life, making justifications and  excuses as to why. In being confined to this way of living, are we aware that we are prisoners of the past?

Transits to the South Node expose and bring to our awareness what we need to “cut off”, what we need to release from our psyche, or bring to the next level. Which part of your Psyche is “exposed” by the South Node transit to the Sun? Can you outgrow the “old you”?

You need to make a decision, now or never: do you want to accept that part of you and carry it forward? Or you want to drop it and let it go away? Whatever you chose, take responsibility for your choice.

Every transit to the South Node activates as well the North Node, our Soul’s Purpose, which now is in Virgo. Sun’s opposition to the North Node is an invitation to “escape” that comfortable Piscean numbness, and embrace the practical Virgo energy instead. Escapism, day dreaming, living in the past, taking drugs,  drinking alcohol…all these can help us deal with life when times get tough, however it is through active involvement with others, through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, the only we to deal with the world in a healthy way.

It is not enough to “feel sorry” for ourselves and for others, we need to be able to be there, we need to participate, give service, contribute, take responsibility  – because this is what will ultimately make a difference. Living up to the North Node requires a real break with South Node Piscean romanticism.

I am not in any suggesting that is something wrong with the Piscean energy. We have a lot to learn from Pisces, the oldest soul of the zodiac.

But not now – in 8 years time when the North Node will transit Pisces, we will be prepared to integrate Pisces’ higher spiritual lessons. Right now, we need to deal with Piscean “karmic debrief”.

We need to learn how to get real.

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Neptune Conjunct South Node – The Art Of Letting Go

Neptune and the South Node of the Moon are now exactly conjunct at 9° Pisces.

The Neptune South Node conjunction, which takes place just before Neptune turns direct, is a warning about the danger of falling back into the old ways, and in the same time an invitation to finally drop what is not working anymore. Let it go.

Everything that has been hidden and repressed is now coming up to the surface, to be acknowledged and healed, before we can finally let go and can move on.

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Easier said than done. The South Node is our Karma, our point of comfort. We have the natural tendency to be reactive and allow previous patterns of experience to repeat themselves:  we choose the same type of partner each time, despite a track record on relationships ending for the same reasons, we keep on delaying giving up a bad habit, thinking that one final indulgence will be the last.

The temptation to stay there, victimize and think “hey, but that’s me, and I’m doing this because of that” is very strong. But don’t give up! The answer is always in the North Node – and the North Node is in Virgo, inviting us to get our act together, set tangible objectives, and make plans to reach them. We need to finally take responsibility for maintaining healthy routines in our everyday life.

For this, we need to leave the past where it belongs – in the past, with all its routines and comforts.  We need to LET GO. Mercury and Saturn are in square to Neptune / the Nodes, helping us in the process of releasing the old patterns.

What do you need to let go of? What thoughts, habits and attachments keep you stuck and create unnecessary stress in your life?

Here are three exercises you can try to support you in the process:

The “Neptune” exercise

Take a pen and two pieces of paper.

Can you think of a metaphor for your past? Draw on the first sheet of paper the image that comes to your mind. After you finish, close your eyes and visualize your future. Can you think of a metaphor for your life tomorrow? Now open your eyes and draw it on the second sheet of paper.

Your past is the South Node, and your future is the North Node – look at the two drawings to get any clues. What can you start doing tomorrow, to bring you closer to your North Node?

The “Mercury / Saturn” exercise

Write down three things that you are holding on to that are no longer serving you.

  1. I am holding on to_________________________________________
  2. I am holding on to_________________________________________
  3. I am holding on to_________________________________________

Pick one of these three things, and make a plan to let it go.

The “Nodes” exercise

Take a mirror – hold it into your dominant hand. Look into the mirror. Hold your gaze for at least 2 minutes. What do you see? How do you feel? What thoughts, feelings, memories, come to you? Now move the mirror in your non-dominant hand and look again. What do you see? How do you feel now?