The lunar, nurturing, and cozy, South Node in Cancer, wants to stay home, cook, nurture its infant, and snuggle up under a warm, billowy, blanket. There’s a desire here to find a fortress against the harsh, demanding, and fast-paced, world. And can you blame them 100%? I don’t. The shiny Moon ruled Cancer South Node is emotional, sensitive, sympathetic, and will feed someone they deem kind, in return. Just think of the soft-skinned crab, that symbolizes this extremely feminine sign. It wants a shell to feel secure in. This shell will help shield them from the judgmental and cold, world.
And sometimes this ‘shell’ is metaphorical, rather than literal. Perhaps the crabs’ immediate family is something these warm souls hide themselves behind. They would rather blend themselves in with the siblings and parents than stick out in public.
In past lives, or earlier in this one, South Node in Cancers preferred the warm, familiar, and nurturing, foundation of family. There was an emotional, familial, and rooted, bond, in their childhood, or past lives. Family was, and is, everything, to them. Having a stable home life, a feeling of warmth and nurturing, not just from their mothers, but from the unit as a whole, fed their innate need for security and a strong inner confidence and/or foundation. Their families usually had a positive impact on them. There was emotional support, great role-models, and a general sense of great rapport from their own clan and/or blood. South Node in Cancers may even slide back to their burrows to re-energize from the spotlight when they felt too overwhelmed by the public, outer world.
In this lifetime, these crabs are learning how to be their own emotional support. That is not to say that they should neglect their families. It just means they are being asked to leave their shells and become the mature, and strong, adults that they are meant to be. This is a lifetime of working hard and perhaps even becoming a community figure, and name, in their environment. They might still love their families, but South Node in Cancers may feel empty when they abandon their dreams of becoming something more. They have already experienced the cozy, fuzzy, warmth, of their burrows; they now thirst for something bigger.
They might feel compelled to start ‘shooting for more’ at their jobs, climbing the competitive work place ladder. Knowing just their own clan, or their closest friends, is no longer enough, they desire to know the names, positions, titles, and connections, of people who will help them reach higher in their journey towards their goals. The North Node in Capricorn can be a serious-minded person who carefully places their feet firmly on each step of the mountain, being wary of the dangers of the real world that could shake their firm footing on the career mountain.
They desire to be taken seriously this lifetime. No more sulking and dodging work, behind their shells, when they feel shaken by the hardness of the real world. They aim to perfect their art of public relations. The North Node in Capricorns who feel a strong instinct to work towards their North Node will iron their suits and ties, shine their shoes, shampoo their hair, and whiten their teeth. North Node in Capricorns must worry about their image and muster up the courage to present them in the most confident, professional, and sophisticated, manner, as possible.
They must learn to work well with their bosses, managers, and coworkers. They must not jump into their little burrows when life puts pressure on them to perform, or when their careers and/or jobs suffer setbacks. There’s a hard lesson here that the real world is not going to coddle them when something goes wrong, their emotions are too raw, or they don’t feel like facing their responsibilities. This is a lifetime to take personal responsibility. In truth, responsibility should be their philosophy as they grow older.
Responsibility and karma
South Node in Cancers are learning that they can’t go retreat to their homes when they make a mistake, have a moment of moral weakness, and/or their life is falling apart. They must face their mistakes and discern where they made a miscalculation, why they did what they did, and make a new plan for their lives and careers. It may be true their careers cannot bounce back completely from their gaffe (s), but it is still their responsibility to make amends, apologize, limit the damage, and to do what they can to find an alternative way to find another path and/or goal (s). This lifetime, the universe will give them a swift karmic kick if they give in to their moral weaknesses, blame other people for their mistakes, or abuse their power. If they do take an immoral or unethical path, it is their choice to either blame and push back against the universe, or take their failures as lessons, instead of punishments. The former could lead to a possibly negative harvest of luck in their lives. North Node in Capricorns have a great capacity to climb extremely high career mountains, but they must keep in mind the ideas of responsibility and ‘reaping what one sows’, if they wish to avoid being demoted.
Common sense vs Emotions
South Node in Cancers have a tendency to be a bit emotional about things. At best, they hold a dear regard for the past. There’s a feeling of safety and of ‘home’ when they cling to their pasts. There is nothing particularly wrong with this, because everyone has their own way of coping with their hard pasts, or just coping with reality, in general. Our nostalgic glasses keep us from the uncertainty of the future and from the dryness of the present. It also keeps us from any pain we have suffered in our lives. At their worst, South Node in Cancers project the past, and their general points of views, in the way they feel like it. This is where they tend to bend the truth into which way they desire it to be.
South Node in Cancers need to move away from this type of emotional thinking if they desire to move forward into the future. They need to let go of living in the past or make peace with it if they feel like tapping into their North Node in Capricorn. As long as they blame their past, or obsess over it, they will fail to move forward.
At worst, the North Node in Capricorn can make enemies out of those that had no intention of being their enemy, or enemies. This is because there is a tendency to be extremely emotional (even the men) and to let their emotions and feelings lead the way. The pains of the past can transform these South Node crabs into shrill, overemotional, overbearing, and sulky, drama kings and queens, if they’re not conscious enough of it.
North Node in Capricorns are learning to take more responsibility for their emotions, their projections, and actions, about the past. They are learning to be more earthy, practical, realistic, and honest, about the past, and reality, in general. This is not to say that the person who hurt them (or they perceived to hurt them) couldn’t have said things in a more kind and diplomatic way, it’s just that North Node in Capricorns are learning to see what part they had in the past, or how their perceptions (real or otherwise) could have played a part in their own hurt (s) in any way.
Life will teach North Node in Capricorns how to be a leader. They might be a leader going into politics, being a CEO, running a business, or just being a creative artist. Just being a creative artist can open itself up to being responsible for one’s art, the art’s delivery, or trusting in one’s intuition when it comes to your own creations instead of following someone else’s vision. j
North Node in Capricorns are learning that responsibility, integrity, leadership, and learning from one’s mistakes, can elevate one’s life towards greater heights. They will see that they have more power than they know they have as they climb tall mountains and heights. Perhaps North Node in Capricorn have spent many past lives curling up in a blanket (South Node in Cancer), but they now sense that perhaps they are missing out on their own true power. There is nothing wrong with staying at home, enjoying the quiet peace, and slowing down. But North Node in Capricorns are now learning how to manifest their dreams into reality and they want to harvest their own personal paradise from their own hard work.
Do you have North Node in Capricorn, or the tenth house? Are these challenges familiar to you? If not, what challenges, or lessons, are missing? Do you think you are on your way to mastering your North Node in Capricorn, and/or the tenth house?
Read the intro to this series – Astrology and the North Node: Destiny, potential, and lessons