In a natal astrology, the placement of the Moon’s Nodes tells us where our greatest discomfort lies but also where we can find joy and miracles if we ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. My first astrology professor, Demian Allan, used to tell us that when clients asked about their destiny he looked for their North Node.
The Moon’s Nodes are viewed within the polarity of the South Node, which speaks to behavioral patterns that once gave results, but now push us into a comfort zone that handicaps progress. The North Node falls in the opposite sign, encouraging us to do what feels scary or awkward in order to continue growing.
Bringing Your Destiny to Life
Jan Spiller published a fantastic book called Astrology for the Soul with coping strategies and paradigm shifts for each of the Signs. For example, a person born with their North Node in Aries and their South Node in Libra could focus on developing the positive traits associated with Aries such as leadership and self-sufficiency. They could leave behind the limiting traits of Libra, such as excessive consensus building, putting others first, or indecision.
The energy of the Zodiac signs can be brought to life visually if we look at each of these within the framework of the four suits in a Tarot deck, which coincidentally, were designed to represent the opportunities and challenges faced by each of the Elements. So for example, the journey of the hero through the watery Suit of Cups represents the emotional intimacy and homemaking that is valued by Cancer, the fear of betrayal but also the deep love of soul mates experienced by Scorpio, and Pisces’ desire to go beyond an imperfect reality to a dream life.
How To Approach Tarot Cards
While tarot has been used as a divination tool, the images themselves and the stories told are based on Jungian archetypes that speak to our subconscious in such a way that when reading for oneself, we see what our intuition and subconscious have to say. Our thoughts and feelings provide the messages, and combined with a bit of storytelling, we discover the in’s and out’s of our life path.
Below you’ll find descriptions based on my intuitive understanding of tarot. The relationship between individual cards and Signs is based on work done by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the late 19th century.
North Node in Fire
This placement relates to the Suit of Wands and an individual’s ability to navigate the world with courage, leadership and passion. If we lay the cards out from the Ace to the 10 of Wands, we follow a story arc that begins with a moment of inspiration and how that idea then develops into a plan of action. We also see the hero of that journey struggle with their self-confidence, with the ability to inspire others to follow them, and with the delicate balance between trusting their own skills and intuition, and the burnout that comes from trying to go it alone.
The Ace of Wands relates to the inspiration, drive and passion common to Fire, while the energy of individual Signs can be associated with the following cards:
North Node in Earth
This placement relates to the Suit of Pentacles and an individual’s journey through the realm of material success, stability and philanthropy. If we lay out the cards from the Ace to the 10 of Pentacles, we see the challenges associated with embarking on new financial ventures. Having made it through a few rocky patches, we find our footing and can easily satisfy our financial needs, freeing up time and energy to help others.
The Ace of Pentacles relates to the practicality and secure foundations of Earth, while the energy of individual Signs can be associated with the following cards:
North Node in Water
This placement relates to the Suit of Cups and an individual’s journey through the world of home life, intimate relationships and intuition. If we lay out the cards from the Ace to the 10 of Cups, we see the evolution of a person or a relationship’s emotional development from the early stages of courtship, but also how we deal with emotional upset, including times when we’re intuitively aware that a situation, a relationship or an arrangement no longer supports our growth. The watery world of intuition often pushes us to bring about necessary changes.
The Ace of Cups represents the emotional and intuitive nature of Water, while the energy of the individual Signs can be associated with the following cards:
North Node in Air
This placement relates to the Suit of Swords and an individual’s journey through the world of logic, thought, communication and social harmony. If we lay out the cards from the Ace to the 10 of Swords, we see the challenges of developing a clear, logical and harmonious mind that is both forward thinking and versatile, without falling into the trap of having too much mental energy (Gemini) and burning out.
The Ace of Swords relates to the mental acuity that is common to Air signs, while the energy of the individual Signs can be associated with the following cards:
Adding The Final Touch...
We can connect with the specific cards associated with our North Node’s Sign or Element by meditating on the visuals, by reading up on different interpretations, or by writing about how the images make us feel. And playing to the opposite side of the coin, we could do the same with the opposite sign’s cards (the South Node). By combining creative techniques with the rational side of Astrology, we assimilate the message of the Moon’s Nodes consciously (rational mind) and unconsciously (intuitive mind), so that behavioral changes come about quicker.
Note: The following pairs of Signs are opposites: Aries & Libra, Taurus & Scorpio, Gemini & Sagittarius, Cancer & Capricorn, Leo & Aquarius, Virgo & Pisces.
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