The North Node in Astrology

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Energy Point Type: Calculated Point
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Key Phrase: Stretch Goal

North Node symbol
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The North Node and the South Node oppose one another exactly and work in tandem; they express themselves through two Signs and act most powerfully in two areas of your life based on the Houses they occupy.

The North Node represents your Stretch Goal in this lifetime. Its placement in Sign and House reveals how and where we need to grow and engage in new energy and experiences.

Consider someone with the North Node in Aries in the 6th House. Fire’s expression is pioneering, creative, and exploratory. In Aries, the Element acts independently, heroically, and aggressively. So, their key phrase is “Your Stretch Goal manifests through your independent and heroic quest for and attraction to maverick and individualistic service for others.” In short, this person is learning to be an Aries, especially in his or her day-to-day work.

This section will look at all 12 Sign and House placements for the North Node. It is important to make a clear distinction between the Sign and House. While it is correct that each Zodiac Sign rules a particular House, it is vital not to conflate the two.

The North Node in Aries is not the same as the North Node in the 1st House even though Aries rules the first House. A person with the North Node in Aries has a Stretch Goal devoted to independent and maverick behavior regardless of House placement. Someone with the North Node in the 1st House has a Stretch Goal devoted to figuring oneself out and working on identity issues over the course of his or her lifetime.

North Node in the Signs

Think of North Node as your karmic challenge, something you feel compelled to pursue, uncomfortable doing, but is necessary for your spiritual growth. The North Node is the representative for your soul purpose and where you need to have courage.

North Node in Aries

Individuals with the North Node in Aries need to learn how to become independent, maverick, and individualistic. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be assertive, direct, impulsive, fearless, and impatient.

North Node in Taurus

Individuals with the North Node in Taurus need to learn how to become safe, stable, and conservative. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be steadfast, reliable, responsible, conservative, resistant to change, and stubborn.

North Node in Gemini

Individuals with the North Node in Gemini need to learn how to become learned, curious, and high-level communicators. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be mentally studious, agile, curious, inquisitive, and witty.

North Node in Cancer

Individuals with the North Node in Cancer need to learn how to become nurturing, caring, sympathetic, and compassionate. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be caring, protective, receptive, reactive, sentimental, and vulnerable.

North Node in Leo

Individuals with the North Node in Leo need to learn how to become self-empowered, creative, and playful. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be proud, confident, expressive, dramatic, showy, and egocentric.

North Node in Virgo

Individuals with the North Node in Virgo need to learn how to become efficient, useful, and inventive. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be technical, precise, systematic, orderly, discriminating, critical, and meticulous.

North Node in Libra

Individuals with the North Node in Libra need to learn how to become collaborative, balanced, and fair. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be engaging, charming, appealing, impartial, considerate, cooperative, and compliant.

North Node in Scorpio

Individuals with the North Node in Scorpio need to learn how to become transformative, healing, sexual, and powerful. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be erotic, passionate, powerful, controlling, dangerous, manipulative, and regenerative.

North Node in Sagittarius

Individuals with the North Node in Sagittarius need to learn how to become truthful, purposeful, and moral. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be enthusiastic, philosophical, persuasive, expansive, and excessive.

North Node in Capricorn

Individuals with the North Node in Capricorn need to learn how to become successful, responsible, and orderly. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be serious, formal, realistic, exacting, organized, and conservative.

North Node in Aquarius

Individuals with the North Node in Aquarius need to learn how to become awakened, idealistic, and social. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be detached, objective, original, eccentric, broadminded, rebellious, and humanitarian.

North Node in Pisces

Individuals with the North Node in Pisces need to learn how to become spiritual, transcendent, and imaginative. These people grow purposefully in careers, relationships, and families that challenge them to be passive, submissive, yielding, empathic, forgiving, and intuitive.

North Node in The 12 Houses

The Houses represent different areas of our lives and how we “quest” or work or solve problems in those areas. The Sign ruling each House is determined by the time of birth, which is why it is so important. When a Point occupies a House the focus of the House becomes amplified by the nature and intent of the point. This next section will look at the North Node in each House.

North Node in the 1st House (of Identity)

Individuals with the North Node in the 1st House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to their identity and the development of the Self. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Taurus rules the 1st House, then the individual will strive to grow his or her identity through physical needs, the pursuit of financial security, and the accumulation of resources.

North Node in the 2nd House (of Resources and Security)

Individuals with the North Node in the 2nd House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to their safety, security, and their body. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Sagittarius rules the 2nd House, then the individual will strive to grow using philosophy, enthusiasm, and the ability to persuade people as the way to get his or her needs met.

North Node in the 3rd House (of Communication)

Individuals with the North Node in the 3rd House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to trying to understand the world around them and successfully communicate with others. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Cancer rules the 3rd House, then the individual will strive to grow using empathy, sympathy, and emotional intelligence to try to interpret and communicate with people in his or her daily life.

North Node in the 4th House (of Family)

Individuals with the North Node in the 4th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to trying to learn lessons from and build his or her family. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Aquarius rules the 4th House, then the individual will strive to grow by challenging his or her family norms, trying to achieve and experience an idealized vision of what he or she thinks family should be.

North Node in the 5th House (of Creativity)

Individuals with the North Node in the 5th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to trying to express themselves in ways that build their reputation and recognition. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Virgo rules the 5th House, then the individual will strive to grow and be inventive, methodical, and critical in his or her efforts to create and perform for others.

North Node in the 6th House (of Service)

Individuals with the North Node in the 6th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to service, health, and day-to-day work. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Aries rules the 6th House, then the individual will strive to grow independently, staying active for his or her health, and developing skills for self-sufficiency.

North Node in the 7th House (of Partnerships)

Individuals with the North Node in the 7th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to forming relationships and learning from others, as well as teaching others. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Scorpio rules the 7th House, then the individual will strive to grow by transforming others and seeking to be transformed by the people he or she forms partnerships with during their lives.

North Node in the 8th House (of Intimacy)

Individuals with the North Node in the 8th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to trying to understand power, change, and sexuality. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Gemini rules the 8th House, then the individual will strive to grow by being curious, communicative, and open-minded about how to explore and deal with his or her sexuality, the process of transformations, and encounters with power issues.

North Node in the 9th House (of Mastership)

Individuals with the North Node in the 9th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to exploring the world broadly and deeply, using scholarship and belief as tools of study. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Capricorn rules the 9th House, then the individual will strive to grow to reach the highest levels of practice and achievement in whatever knowledge and wisdom they pursue, and others want from them.

North Node in the 10th House (of Career)

Individuals with the North Node in the 10th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to accomplishment, measurable success, and material prosperity. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Leo rules the 10th House, then the individual will strive to grow using creativity, performance, and the pursuit of recognition to become prosperous and shape his or her career.

North Node in the 11th House (of Community)

Individuals with the North Node in the 11th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to community and the search to fit in and help society thrive. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Pisces rules the 11th House, then the individual will strive to grow using imagination, spirituality, and awareness of the unity of humanity to integrate into and support his or her community.

North Node in the 12th House (of Spirituality)

Individuals with the North Node in the 12th House will have a Stretch Goal devoted to spiritual pursuits, finding and living one’s purpose, and connecting the divine with the material. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Libra rules the 12th House, then the individual will strive to grow by analyzing, negotiating, and attempting to find a balance for and with individuals in one-on-one interactions dealing with belief, mysteries, and the spiritual aspect of life.

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