Astrology can be helpful with so many aspects of life, and one of the biggest reasons why a lot of people start studying astrology is to help them with their lives. They've been through a difficult period, a traumatizing experience, they've got baggage and issues that they need to work through, and they're looking for some help.
Astrology can be a powerful tool to help you get through this wonky thing we call life, and if you're looking to identify some of the biggest baggage you need to work on, zero in on the South Node.
What does the South Node mean in astrology?
The South Node is a part of the Lunar Nodes, which are the points in the Moon's orbit where the Moon crosses the ecliptic. There are two Lunar Nodes, a North Node and a South Node. They exactly oppose one another in the Zodiac, and oppose one another in energy, though they are both karmic/spiritual in nature.
The North Node represents the future, your potential, what you have to work to grow into. It's unfamiliar and uncomfortable, so it can take time and effort to actually grow into it. We tend to shy away from the North Node.
The South Node, on the other hand, is the past, what you know and have experienced (in early life or in past lives). It's familiar and comfortable, so we tend to hang out around the South Node for a while, and can revert to it in times of stress and emotional upset. But this causes the South Node to become bad habits we need to break, emotional crutches we need to let go of, and comes with a lot of baggage that has to be understood and released.
South Node Astrology
The South Node, while comfortable, is a heavy position. It's that baggage that's weighing us down! But we often don't even realize that's what's happening with the South Node. We're so used to it that it doesn't feel unusual, or like it should be any different. When it's all you know, you don't realize that there's something better out there.
In our younger years, it's natural to stick to the South Node. We haven't learned anything yet, and we have to get learning before we can start moving away from the negative energy here.
As we get older, we should start learning to quit the bad habits, drop the emotional crutches, and that the baggage actually is weighing us down and isn't so good for us. That's when we can move toward the North Node.
Now, you don't have to abandon the South Node completely. Since this is energy we already know and have learned, the South Node can serve as a base to grow from, and these can be areas of strength or even talent that we possess that can come in handy as we move forward.
Ultimately, you want to manifest your South Node in a positive way, and not ignore it completely.
How to Identify Baggage With the South Node
Like any position in astrology, you'll look at the sign and house placement for your South Node first. You'll also want to look for any planets in your natal chart that are in the same sign as your South Node.
There are often issues associated with these positions that you need to work on. They may be relationship issues (7th house, Libra, Venus), they may be overwhelm from responsibility (Capricorn, 10th house, Saturn), they may be emotional or family related (Moon, 4th house, Cancer) - getting an idea of what the signs, houses, and planets rule can help in figuring it out. Some ideas:
Aries/Mars/1st house: issues with being too independent, violence, anger, impulse
Taurus/Venus [in an earth or water sign]/2nd house: issues with laziness, money, stubbornness, values
Gemini/Mercury [in a fire or air sign]/3rd house: issues with the mind/communication/expression, in immediate environment
Cancer/Moon/4th house: issues with emotions, the home/family, where you come from
Leo/Sun/5th house: issues with identity, immaturity, creative expression
Virgo/Mercury [in an earth or water sign]/6th house: issues with being overly critical, practical, or anxious
Libra/Venus [in a fire or air sign]/7th house: issues with relationships, overly dependent on others, balance challenges
Scorpio/Pluto/8th house: issues with violence/abuse, chaos, obsession, domination
Sagittarius/Jupiter/9th house: issues with running from problems, pushing others away
Capricorn/Saturn/10th house: issues with responsibilities, being judged, too externally focused
Aquarius/Uranus/11th house: issues with emotional distance, erratic energy and instability
Pisces/Neptune/12th house: issues with karmic baggage, too scattered and unfocused
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