The North Node's Purpose
The North Node is a tough taskmaster. It points us to where we need to develop ourselves. When we ignore its promptings, the world kicks us in the ass.
The South Node is a lesson already learned. Like kindergarten, we take away the skills we’ve learned from the South Node, but it’s not a place we should stay and get comfortable.
For instance, I have a Cancer South Node and a Capricorn North Node. As the baby of my family, I wasn’t emotionally tough (Capricorn) when I was younger. I had emotional outbursts (Cancer) that weren’t always met by my family with the greatest enthusiasm. As I got older, I found that when I took the initiative in situations (Capricorn) instead of acting like a baby (Cancer), people responded to me and doors opened. Leaning toward the North Node feels strange at first, but when we do life begins to shower us with rewards.
The North and South Nodes are like elements in a story. For example, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Shire is like the South Node for the Frodo. The hobbit is comfortable there and, although he daydreams about adventure, the hobbit could probably spend the rest of his days at Bag End quite contentedly.
Then Gandalf rides in like the North Node and says, “Frodo, you can’t stay here. Go out into the world, there’s work to do.” Frodo wishes to stay in Hobbiton, where all is familiar to him, but in order to grow and fulfill his destiny he has to journey toward the unfamiliar.
Although the North Node won’t let us remain satisfied with merely having mastered the South Node’s lessons, the qualities the South Node imparts can often help us on the North Node journey. Because Frodo is a hobbit from the Shire, he and he alone is able to resist the temptations of Sauron’s evil ring and complete his quest. South Node qualities aren’t abandoned, but are used as tools on the way to what the North Node wants us to learn.
What if Frodo had remained in the Shire? What would have happened then? The Black Riders would have found him and removed him by force, meaning the North Node would have slapped Frodo around until he made a move out of his comfort zone and in the right direction.
A study of your own North and South Nodes can teach you where you’ve already been and in what direction you now need to go in order to grow.
© April P Clemens, 2014