In all of us, there is this need to associate with people, places, and things that are familiar to us. However, there comes a time when the familiar no longer offers us anything. There are circumstances where we feel like old people, places, and circumstances are holding us back. Nevertheless, it is still just so hard to leave these things behind because they feel so comfortable. This is the experience of the South Node. The South Node is just one part of the moon’s nodes that are the path to spiritual evolution. While many are familiar with the shuffle that comes with the North Node and moving towards soul evolution and growth, the South Node is something that is often just passed over because it is so familiar. The following is an overview of the South Node and tips on how to optimize this energy.
The Nodal Axis
In astrology, the nodal axis is one of the most important points of astrological growth. This axis includes both the North and South Node points that represent where we have come from and where we are going. Unlike the planetary bodies, the North and South nodes are actually points in space. The North Node is the point that pushes us towards our soul growth and evolution. While this may be where the soul wants to go in order to feel integrated, it is not always the most comfortable path to take. The North Node also represents people and circumstances that will help us evolve. These people usually push us beyond our existing boundaries and habits so that we can achieve the soul growth that we are here to accomplish.
The nodal axis is a very interesting journey encouraging the soul to embrace what it needs in order to achieve growth and evolution.
The South Node Pull
In understanding exactly what the South Node offers us, it is a wonder why we keep going back to what is familiar if it doesn’t even provide us with soul growth? Well, as with many things, it is very difficult to let go of what we know. Even the most spiritually aware individuals are capable of doing the dance between the North and South nodes. While the desire to evolve is compelling, the comfort that is offered through the South Node can be very hard to release. In many cases, unless there is a significant transit such as Pluto or Uranus that hits the South node, some people are very likely to cling to their south node positions.
Ultimately, there will come a point where the South Node position will be challenged forcing the individual to really consider releasing the attachment to South Node people, places, and circumstances in order to evolve towards the North Node placement. In some cases, individuals that have South Node contacts with others may find it very difficult to maintain these relationships when the North Node calling for growth presents itself.
So, what is a person to do about a placement that is so familiar and so hard to give up? The key to integrating the nodal axis is balance. As much as we may want to leave behind the South Node completely, that’s not really the goal. Soul growth is about the integration of who we once were with who we are becoming in order to achieve soul growth and awareness.
Benefitting from the South Node
It is important to remember that the South Node is not a “bad” placement. Just because you are leaving behind specific people, places, circumstances, and behaviors do not mean that they are necessarily bad. One of the ultimate goals of the South Node placement is to take the higher attributes of the particular sign and house placement of the South Node with you on your soul’s northward journey while leaving behind those less desirable traits of the South Node. In doing this, you are able to keep the highest expression of your original self while releasing those characteristics, behaviors, and people that no longer serve you.
Ultimately, the integration of the highest attributes of the South Node with the attributes of the North Node is the equilibrium of the soul’s progression. Remember, the South Node is not bad. it holds the highest essence of who you currently are. It is okay to take the best of who you are with you while you navigate towards your soul’s growth and evolution.