Hello everyone! We are now ready to begin exploring the lunar nodes.
Ego and the Moon
I want to start first by talking about the nature of the ego as well as the general meaning of the astrological Moon. The Moon itself correlates to our ego. Our self image/ self identity describes our ego. Who we think we are; our identity directly determines what we will and will not take in in each moment of our lives. Jeff Green has described the Moon as how the soul will embrace change on a moment to moment basis. The word vibration “embrace” is absolutely a great word to use for the Moon. Embrace means we are accepting, allowing to be ok, recognizing as safe. Implicit in that statement as well is that there will always be threshold to every ego structure that cannot be surpassed. In other words the ego simply WON’T take in what the soul is not ready to take in.
And yet the ego itself does change. If we all think of who we were (our self image, who we thought of ourselves to be) 10 years ago – is it not different than who we think ourselves to be today? Our self image 10 years ago served as the filter through which we related to ALL of our experiences. It was the rose colored glasses through which we saw our entire reality.
In EA, the question that we will ask is always “why” would any particular soul have a particular ego construct at any point in time. The way to approach the answer to that question is to understand that our ego, our self identity, ALWAYS points to a deeper behind the scenes reality: the soul. Your self image 10 years ago was absolutely relevant and useful for your evolutionary needs at that time. As you evolved (exhausting old desires and generating new ones) your self-image naturally changed. The ego follows the soul like a dog follows the alpha.
At every level of evolution there will be an ego construct that will reflect the soul’s level of evolution. The soul is not free from an ego while in human incarnation. In the latter stages of evolution the ego will simply reflect a soul that is simultaneously aware of its unique individuality and its oneness with Source - in other words, a soul that is conscious of itself as being a soul.
Every planet (including the Moon) has a south node and a north node. The south nodes and north nodes of all the planets reflect the principle that this life is but one chapter in a long series of incarnations. Where we are now implies a context that has lead to this present moment. The position of the planets in the natal chart symbolize the functions that are operative in the current life: the present moment. However each of these planetary functions are CONDITIONED by the past – their own south nodes.
In general, via the desire to evolve, the soul can make choices in the present moment that reflect its evolutionary potential and intentions. When that happens the natal planet takes on an expression that is increasingly conditioned by its north node. The natal planet is always the present moment function. The present moment will either be a re-live/recreation of the known the past, or reflect the soul's desire to evolve.
The lunar nodes
The Moon represents the ego of the current life – and thus will represent how the soul was nurtured (or not nurtured), emotional memories from the current life that has shaped the soul’s identity, how the soul will adopt to circumstances in a way is safe for where its at at the time. Yet this current life Moon, ego structure is not coming out of no where. Each soul has had MANY ego structures before. The current life ego (Moon placement) can only be accurately understood in the context of it’s south node.
The south node of the Moon symbolizes the kinds of identities the soul has created in the past. If the Moon represents the archetype of "mother" then then south node represents the totality of what has nurtured and held the soul in it's prior lives. It's the "home" that it grew up in.
The south node of the Moon represents the emotional memories and self-identification from prior lives that the soul will come into this life with. It is the most intimate and ingrained symbol of identity in the natal chart.
The “why” behind the south node is again easy to grasp by way of understanding that the ego always reflects the soul. The south node of the Moon reflects the kinds of desires that the soul has had in the prior life that has lead to the creation of the current life (Pluto). In other words, Pluto is the "why" behind the south node.
The north node of the Moon symbolizes a way of embracing change and a new self identity that allows for soul growth. Developing the north node of the Moon activates the Pluto polarity point: evolution.
Here are some further thoughts on the lunar south node:
The south node doesn't inherently imply regressive or progressive qualities. Some ego’s are really nice, some egos are really mean. There are lots of different ego’s out there. The main thing to understand again is that there is always a soul reason for why any soul will manifest any particular ego structure at any point in time.
To provide a very simplified example: If a soul has the sn in Sagittarius it may mean that the soul has lived past lives leading up to this one of constant seeking. It may have sought out teachers, traveled all over the place, become very identified with various beliefs and ideas. It may have developed a very restless attitude towards life; always thinking of and searching for the meaning of things and never satisfied with where it is. The soul may suffer from the “grass is always greener” syndrome which keeps it mentally and physically moving around all the time to “find” that higher truth/business sale/spiritual experience etc. The soul also may have really learned a lot along the journey and amassed a deep inner wisdom as well. It may have a strong intuition and be natural at teaching.
In the current life, the soul will have the emotional memory of what it has been and thus carry forth all the personality qualities that it has developed in the past that match the soul's inner reality.
The south node can imply aspects of the identity that are both fruitive and useful (such as being a skilled teacher) as well as karmic dynamics that need to be re-lived in order to be resolved (such as believing oneself to already “know” everything which will set up various circumstances in the soul's life in order to learn that there is a lot that it doesn't know).
A fruitive condition will represent areas of personal development that the soul brings into this life that can be used in a way that is relevant and supportive to the soul’s current life evolutionary intentions. A re-live condition represents unresolved karmic dynamics from the past that need to be re-lived in order to be resolved.
In rare cases we will find a lunar south node that purely expresses only a fruitive condition or only a re-live condition. In most cases it’s a combination of both. It is not possible to determine the condition of the south node unless you actually observe the individual. The natal chart by itself is an empty map: it does not imply any specific possibility or reality. Only once we apply the soul context to the natal chart does the chart come alive.
Further thoughts on the lunar north node:
The north node represents the evolutionary direction and potential of the soul in the current life. Embracing it is a matter of choice. Choice reflects desire. The north node symbolizes the identity that becomes a new filter for integrating and perceiving reality for the soul. To embrace the north node implies that the soul is willing to let go of its resistance to change. The north node activates evolution.
One thing I want to clarify that is commonly misunderstood about the nodes: the south node isn’t something that the soul sheds or gets rid of. The person with the sn in Sag who is a skilled teacher will not lose their skills as a teacher. By way of the embracing the north node, the south node defacto takes on a more healthy and balanced expression. For example by embracing and appreciating the Gemini principle of many perspectives and many points of views, the soul with the south node in Sag heals and brings into balance any latent self righteousness and thus can be an even more accessible and compassionate teacher (sag).
When we develop our north node identity, 2 things happen simultaneously. This is a beautiful principle within creation: We fulfill our soul's personal destiny/ evolutionary potential (north node, Pluto polarity point) and at the same time we resolve and transmute our past karma (south node/ Pluto as re-shaped by way of embracing the north node/ Pluto polarity point).
So to start, we are going to focus for now only on the lunar nodes. What I'd like everyone to do is to pick any nodal polarity (i.e. Aries Libra, Sag Gemini etc) and examine the polarity in the context of the south and north node. Consider the following questions:
What kind of identity has this soul developed in the past that it is bringing right into this life (sn)? What are some possibilities for how this identity may express? What is the intended/potential identity development of the soul as a reflection of the soul's desire to evolve (nn)? How does developing the north node identity correct/heal unresolved karma within the south node?
You can do this by just sign (or house) or mix and match your own sign/house combo. If you so desire, you can also work with these polarities in both directions (I.E Aries sn - Libra nn, then Libra sn - Aries nn). You are welcome to apply evolutionary stages in whatever way you want to as well.
Eventually, we will add Pluto and the polarity point to our practices so that we can determine the underlying "why" behind the ego. At some point we will also add the Moon so that we can develop a more full understanding of the relationship between the soul and the ego.
I highly recommend reviewing the message board/ the EA glossary for teachings on the lunar nodes and the ego. Here are some really good quotes from Rad and Steve that express the essence of the lunar nodes.
The South Node correlates to our past life habitual emotional patterns, created relative to the Soul’s desire nature, brought into the present life. These reflect our past choices. Because of habit, fear, resistance, etc. we tend to repeat and repeat the same old choices. (Rad)
A frequent astrological misconception to clear up is we are not trying to leave the South Node behind and move exclusively to the North Node. There is no way to completely leave the South Node behind – it is too much a part of who I am, who I have been for a really long time. It is the South Node of the MOON, and the Moon represents my sense of self-image. What we are trying to do is not leave the South Node behind, but evolve how I perceive and live out the South Node. I take what is learned at the North Node back to the South Node, learning to do the South Node IN NEW WAYS. (Steve)
The North Node is as far away (180 degrees) from the South Node (the past, the known) as it can possibly be. In other words, evolving requires making choices that embrace stepping into an unknown, the exact opposite of what is known. What is known is what causes us to feel safe, secure, etc. even if what is known is dysfunctional. In stepping into an unknown, unconscious fears and insecurities arise, relative to past forgotten memories, which explains why moving into the unknown is so difficult at times for
most of us. (Steve)
The North Node operates initially by the Soul creating a desire(s) that correlates with its ongoing evolutionary intentions as symbolized by the North Node itself. By acting on such desires the North Node then becomes actualized. (Rad)
The Nodal Axis, as well as the entire chart, correlate with dynamics, from life to life, that the Soul is evolving through relative to its core evolutionary intentions: dynamics that are necessary in order for that evolution to proceed. The Nodal Axis of course correlates with the types of egocentric structures that the Soul needs in order to accomplish its ongoing evolutionary intentions. When the Nodal Axis is symbolized by 29 or 0 degrees it does correlate to dynamics, the types of egocentric structures necessary for the Soul, that are either culminating, or just beginning. This does not mean that, for example, if the Nodes are at say 0 Virgo and Pisces that in the next life they will then still be in those signs. There are a variety of dynamics that correlate and contribute to the ongoing evolutionary needs of the Soul. Thus, for example, in the next life relative to those symbols in the current life, it would be entirely possible for the Nodal Axis to be in the 6th and 12th houses, but in totally different signs. It is possible to have the Nodal Axis in not only entirely different signs, but also houses. So we could have the ruler of one of the Nodes then in the 6th house, and the other in the 12th. And so on and so on. The combinations and possibilities are many. (Rad)
As always, please feel free to ask questions about any of this. I look very forward to this next phase of our journey together!