The Moon’s nodes represent the two points in the chart were the moon crosses the ecliptic or the path of the sun. This journey of the moon around the sky has been classically called “the dragon”.
The North Node (named Rahu), the head of the dragon, crosses the ecliptic going north or upwards.
The South Node (named Ketu), the tail of the dragon, crosses the ecliptic going south or downward.
The Nodes are always opposite each other. They slowly travel backwards through the signs, staying in their respective signs about 2 years.
Their journey is representative of the soul’s journey thru time and lives. The rest of the chart placements represent the path the soul has chosen to travel on to achieve it’s goal in this life.
As physics has proven no energy ever dies, only changes form. The inclusion of the Moon’s nodes in Western Astrology has added a spiritual dimension by showing the continuous thread of the soul’s journey thru its many lives and forms.
The South Node represents the soul’s previous step of growth and development. A talent you’ve successfully integrated into your DNA. There is no more to be learned here. You’ve got it all.
The North Node shows the qualities and experiences you need to pull your present life together. It is always opposite the South Node. The opposites imply that a balance is needed here. The South Node shows what is dangerously overdeveloped. Because its qualities and experience worked so well in the past and you did a lot there in order to really learn it. It being the past life’s step of soul growth, as shown by the South Nodes astrological house placement and position.
The North Node represents the present step of soul’s growth and what works to bring real inner and outer fulfillment now and where and how to balance the two nodes and grow at the same time. The attributes of the planets the north node conjuncts, the astrological house and sign it’s in, all combine to provide THE ANSWER to your soul’s growth, joy and fulfillment in this life.
As a Western Astrologer with more than 50 years experience, I feel the nodes are the most important points in the chart. If I could only tell you one thing about your chart I would pick the Nodes. Certainly personality and path are important but they are only the vehicle the soul has chosen to navigate its journey thru this life. It is the driver or the soul that is paramount for true evolutionary development.