What are the Lunar Nodes?
The lunar nodes are points in space where the moon’s orbit intersects the ecliptic, the path the sun appears to follow across the sky. There are two lunar nodes: the north node, also known as the ascending node, and the south node, also known as the descending node. In Western astrology, the lunar nodes are considered to be powerful indicators of direction and growth.
The North Node and South Node
The north node represents the direction we are moving towards, while the south node represents the direction we are moving away from. The north node is associated with new beginnings and the south node with endings. Astrologers believe that the north node represents the qualities and characteristics that we need to cultivate in order to grow and evolve, while the south node represents the qualities and characteristics that we need to let go of in order to move forward.
The North Node in Relationships
In the context of relationships, the north node can indicate what we are seeking in a partner and what we need to work on in ourselves in order to create a healthy and fulfilling relationship. For example, if someone’s north node is in the sign of Leo, they may be seeking a partner who is confident, charismatic, and self-expressive. In order to create a healthy relationship, they may need to work on developing their own confidence and self-expression.
The South Node in Relationships
The south node, on the other hand, can indicate the qualities and characteristics that we need to let go of in order to create a healthy and fulfilling relationship. For example, if someone’s south node is in the sign of Scorpio, they may need to let go of their tendency towards jealousy and possessiveness in order to create a healthy relationship.
The Nodal Axis in Synastry
In synastry, the study of how two people’s charts interact with each other, the nodal axis can be particularly significant. When someone’s north node is conjunct or opposite another person’s planet or point, it can indicate a strong karmic connection and a sense of destiny between the two people.