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Past Life Astrology
Explore the significance of your past lives through your South Node
by Emily Trinkaus
One of the best astrological indicators of past-life experience and karma is the South Node of the Moon. The sign of the South Node in your birth chart reveals the gifts and talents you developed in previous incarnations, as well as psychological patterns and habits that you have carried over from past lives.
The South Node is always exactly opposite the North Node, which represents where you are going, your evolutionary path and the qualities that you are learning to embrace in this lifetime. The sign of the North Node is new for you on a soul level, so it always feels alien and challenging, requiring a leap of faith to move in that direction and leave behind what feels comfortable (the South Node).
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Gifts and Challenges
The sign of the South Node represents an energy that you have mastered and possibly overdone, so that it no longer works for you. You can think of the South Node as your path of least resistance, the ruts you get caught in, or your "default programming." When the going gets tough, you tend to fall back into South Node patterns -- even though you are often aware these "ways of being" no longer serve you.
The South Node teaches that what feels comfortable and easy doesn't always work best. However, while you do want to break through old habits and embrace the new, you don't want to entirely reject or leave behind your South Node. After all, it also represents past-life gifts and talents that you can put to use in this lifetime.
Often, it's not so much about completely letting go of what the South Node represents as much as reversing the priority you give to the nodes. That is, taking the risk of leading with your North Node rather than falling into habitual patterns and leading with the South Node.
The South Node and You
Even without knowing the sign of your South Node, you are probably already aware of the habits, patterns and addictions that cause you to feel stuck or blocked. You may intuitively sense your path of karmic destiny, but fear and old programming can hold you back from moving in this direction.
Astrological insight can help you identify the deep past-life roots of these issues, how to break these patterns and how to apply your experience from previous incarnations in a positive way. The nodes of the Moon, when identified and understood, provide a window into your past and open the door to your future. To illustrate, let's look at how the nodes have played out in a prominent person's life.
Past Life Astrology: Continued
Oprah Winfrey’s Karmic Success
With the South Node in Cancer, Oprah has extensive past-life experience developing strong connections to family, ancestors, home, the past and the inner realm of feelings. In past lives, her survival depended on being tuned into and nurturing the people around her, and she therefore developed a high degree of emotional intuition and sensitivity.
The default programming for a Cancer South Node is to sacrifice personal goals and worldly power for the sake of taking care of family members or significant others. This nodal position is associated with co-dependence -- being so sensitive to others' feelings that it's easy to get lost in them and lose sight of one's own mission and desires. Oprah has spoken honestly about this tendency in her earlier life, confessing to addictive behaviors in romantic relationships, which led to decisions that compromised her integrity and held her back.
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If Oprah had stayed with past-life patterns, she would have never been able to achieve her phenomenal success. However, by applying the Capricorn North Node traits of self-discipline, perseverance, hard work and sharp focus, she was able to let go of old co-dependent habits and fulfill her destiny.
Oprah has fully embraced her Capricorn North Node -- pursuing her individual goals to achieve worldly success -- while utilizing the gifts of her Cancer South Node -- compassion, sensitivity and femininity. Willing to share intimate details about her personal life -- her struggles with weight, relationships and her past -- she has brought the inner realm of emotions (Cancer) into the public (Capricorn). Because Oprah committed to and pursued her worldly goals as her top priority, she has been able to support, nurture and inspire others to a much greater extent than if she had focused that energy only on people in her immediate environment.
About the Author
Emily Trinkaus is a lifelong student of Astrology and has practiced professionally since 1999. She lives in Portland, Oregon with two magical felines. See virgomagic.com for information about readings and events.