As we gear up for the day of love, let's continue with the love astrology focus! For this article, we're going to cover the Lunar Nodes and their impact on love in astrology.
What are the Lunar Nodes?
The Lunar Nodes 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, and they exactly oppose one another. The North Node represents your potential, your future, where you can find ultimate life satisfaction, but you have to grow into it and it can feel uncomfortable because it's unfamiliar.
The South Node represents your past, your karma, the baggage you carry from past lives or early in this life, but it's familiar and comfortable so you can fall back to it in times of stress and upset, using it as an emotional crutch, and that has to be moved away from. For each of us, this is found through the house and sign location of each Lunar Node, as well as any planets conjunct them.
If you have your North Node in the 5th house (of love) or 7th house (of relationships), or your natal Venus in your North Node sign, this can show that you can actually create great connections with others, and you can really find yourself through your relationships. But because it's unfamiliar and uncomfortable, you'll usually avoid this for a while, until you've worked out whatever issues are blocking you, and get some courage to take the next step.
If you have your South Node in the 5th or 7th houses, or your natal Venus is in your South Node sign, this can show that you're comfortable being in relationships and with others, but you may give too much and have relationship baggage that needs to be released. In your case, learning how to be in a relationship with yourself may be needed.
The Lunar Nodes & Synastry
We often attract people to us who connect with our Lunar Nodes through one of their personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars), or their Ascendant or Descendant. For better or worse! Those who connect to the North Node tend to be people who are meant to bring us forward in life in some way. Sometimes this is a positive experience, but because of the discomfort of the North Node, it's quite often a challenging one that we can learn from. The North Node people in our lives are meant to help us grow, however that actually comes through.
Those who connect to the South Node tend to be people we're pretty comfortable with and keep coming back to, but this can serve to hold us back. Remember that the South Node governs baggage, so these are people who can bring that baggage out in not-so-good ways, or are a part of that baggage themselves. The South Node people in our lives can give us some comfort, but without other more positive connections, we're likely meant to move away from them.
The Lunar Nodes are considered karmic and spiritual in nature, so connections via the Lunar Nodes are seen as karmic and spiritual. The whole, for a reason, a season, or a lifetime? Lunar Node connections are for a reason (sometimes for a season or lifetime, but that usually depends on other factors). North Node connections are meant to be for this life for a reason, hence being unfamiliar and uncomfortable; South Node connections come from past lives with us, hence being familiar and comfortable yet with baggage.
Lunar Node Transits & Relationships
The transit (moving) Lunar Nodes can move through the houses of your natal chart and aspect your natal planets. When the North Node is in the 5th or 7th houses, or conjunct your natal Venus, this can be a positive time for relationships if you move forward as you should. Connections you make during these periods can be lasting. When the South Node is in the 5th or 7th house, or conjunct your natal Venus, this can stir up some old relationship issues, and you may fall back on bad relationship habits or run to people you shouldn't. Use the period to release the baggage and the people who aren't serving you well.
The transit planets can also conjunct your Lunar Nodes, and if your Lunar Nodes are in your 5th or 7th houses or with your natal Venus, this can bring out the relationship stuff that has to be faced, dealt with, courageously moved forward. Each year, transit Venus (the planet of love) conjuncts each of your Lunar Nodes, and when conjunct your North Node, this can be the time of year when you can open to positive relationship experiences and grow; and when conjunct your South Node, this can be the time of year when you're grabbing back people from the past or relationship vices that need to be released.
Suggested Reading: Identifying Baggage With South Node Astrology