Past-Life Astrology: Revealing Your Soul’s Karma
With Mercury retrograde for just a few more days (amen!), our attention is still being turned to the past. But how far back does memory go? While we may not consciously remember things before, say, age three, our soul DNA goes back much farther. As in centuries and eons! While there’s not yet scientific “proof” of past lives (though we wouldn’t be surprised if some is discovered in the next three to five years, given the planets’ movements), a piece of everyone’s birth chart reveals who we’ve been in different incarnations.
As Sagittarians with four planets in Scorpio (ruler of reincarnation), we’ve always been drawn to the notion of past lives. After reading Brian Weiss’ book “Many Lives, Many Masters,” we were even more intrigued. Then, as we started studying astrology, we noticed a funny symbol in the chart that looked like a pair of headphones. It’s called the north node (or “true node”), and it reveals your ultimate karmic purpose on this planet.
The north node shows why you were born, what you came here to learn and master. It’s the “new language” you’re learning to speak in this lifetime. It’s not the most comfortable area — in fact, in can be quite uncomfortable, but as you practice, practice, practice, you can become incredibly powerful at it.
On the opposite end is the south node, which is always in the opposite sign of the north node. The south node shows who you were in past lives. It’s the domain you’ve already mastered, the gifts and talents you bring into this lifetime. Whatever you’re “natural” at is probably your south node. See, there’s a reason you never have to study for math tests with an Aquarius south node (you were technical in many past lives), or why a Virgo south node might have a flair for decluttering, organizing and healthy living.
The trick with the south node is not to over-rely on it. While you may be a natural at whatever your south node rules, depending too heavily on it can be like continuously repeating the same grade in school, rather than challenging yourself. The north node beckons us to go beyond what’s easy, and to push ourselves to evolve.
In our chart, we have a Cancer south node and a Capricorn north node. That means we were mothers and wives in many significant past lives (Cancer rules motherhood, home and family). Having children is optional for us in this life — and indeed, Ophira waited until almost age 38 to have a child. While we love working from home, decorating and writing for women — all very Cancerian things — we also know that we have to push ourselves into Capricorn terrain: career, public speaking, leadership. Some of this uncomfortable evolution involves being business owners, making more public appearances, and not hiding out at home in sweatpants writing (at least, not all the time). While we may prefer the comfort of Cancerian living, we get a major boon each time we stretch beyond our boundaries and do the Capricorn thing.
In another example, many clients of ours who have Aries in the south node are fiercely independent and outspoken. Yet, they may be a little too selfish, which blocks them from having happy relationships. With their Libra north node (the sign of partnership), they’re fumbling their way toward figuring out what a mutual relationship looks like.
Every 20 years or so, a three-year series of eclipses will touch your specific north and south nodes. People with Gemini/Sagittarius nodes are being affected now. So if you were born during any of the below dates, you’re going through major karmic shifts from December 2010 until 2014, every six months or so, when an eclipse touches either Gemini or Sagittarius. It’s like a rude but necessary awakening — a push to manifest your soul’s destiny.
Birthdates of people with Gemini/Sagittarius nodes:
Dec. 14, 1945 – Aug. 2, 1947
Apr. 3, 1955 – Oct. 4, 1956
Aug. 26, 1964 – Feb. 19, 1966
Oct. 28, 1973 – Jul. 9, 1975
Mar. 17, 1983 – Sep. 11, 1984
Aug. 2, 1992 – Feb. 1, 1994
For more on the north and south nodes—and to discover where yours are — here’s further reading on our personal website.
And our north and south node tables to find your nodes.
We’re also fans of Jan Spiller’s book “Astrology for the Soul,” which goes into great depth about each of the 12 north and south nodes.
Enjoy discovering who YOU were … and what you’re meant to do. It can be so clarifying!