If life is one big adventure, a trip, then the North Node is the destination. The South Node is the starting point. The South Node is the skill-set we start out with, attitudes and abilities we already encompass. The North Node shows the attributes and talents we need to acquire, the direction we’re heading, the way we’re meant to live our life.
Planets conjuncting the South Node are energies that are rooted in our inherent expertise and those near the North Node aid in drawing us toward our higher purpose. When we use our South Node abilities to get closer to our North Nodes goals, they function well. Conversely, using those abilities in the same old way without growth, reaching toward the North Node goals, backfires. It’s like using a perfectly good tool to do the wrong job. It seems like it should work, but it doesn’t.
There are two ways to look at the Nodal axis, by sign and by house. Each house is ruled by a sign by progression of the zodiac, for example 1st house Aries, 2nd house Taurus, 3rd house Gemini, and so on. The sign is of primary importance, the house secondary, and what you have to do is blend these influences in order to get a grasp on what direction you’re supposed to head.
But suppose they are opposite? How confusing is that. I’m supposed to use my Libra tools to achieve Aries goals and vice verse? What? It’s a bit more complicated than a straightforward placement, but yes, you blend them, with the North Node sign placement as your primary goal. Hoo boy.
I have 9th house North Node in Taurus with a third house Mars conjunct the South Node in Scorpio. I have a pretty well-honed, crafty Mars, a Mars that “has your back” if you’re on my side. In the third house this is more often with words. Because I’m so used to using it to defend others I can be really uncomfortable using it to defend myself, further my own goals, create my own comfort (North Node Taurus), but that is when it functions best. When I have defended others against my own interests, in the end it did neither of us any good.
Where is your North Node? Are there planets involved?