Where have you come from, where are now and where are you going?
Sometimes clients or non-astrologers will point to the glyph of the Moon’s North Node in the natal chart and ask “What does that thing like a headset with earphones mean?” This question offers an ideal opportunity for the astrologer to explain the significance of the nodal axis in the context of needing to “tune in and listen” to its message and bring greater awareness of what it indicates into everyday life.
The Moon’s nodes are not planets and have no energy of their own. They are significant points in the chart and can be used as signposts pointing in two opposite directions. One points to an area of life experience and expression which is well-known and familiar. The other indicates where we could be heading on our own path of personal and spiritual growth – the “next step” point in the chart.
The message of the south node is “stay put, you’re safe here.” The message of the north node is “move forward and grow, even though it may feel scary.”
The nodes are best thought of as a nodal line, or axis – a path along which we can travel. Both ends of the line have to be included because the nodes can show us where we have come from.
The nodes offer the potential for gaining balance within ourselves and our lives, and they can act as a correcting mechanism when we work cooperatively with them. Through a greater understanding of the nodes we can identify what we already know and have experienced and acquired in the past.
The south node’s position by sign and house indicates what we come into life already knowing well, what we are comfortable and familiar with, such our habitual responses, well-known and well-used habit patterns, ways of behaving, relating, responding and being.
The south node has a Saturnian quality because it is about safety and familiarity. We may harbour doubts and fears about getting involved in new and challenging activities, and of stepping beyond the boundaries of our well-organised security system. The south node is like a cosy fur-lined rut or an old and comfortable pair of slippers that we’re loath to let go of – understandably so.
The north node leads the way into new and often uncharted territory. Its position by sign and house gives a clear message of what we can aim for as it shows the direction we can grow towards, if we so choose.
It has a Jupiterian quality because it offers the opportunity to expand, open up and experience new things. It encourages us to move forward into areas which are less familiar and face the excitement and adventure of rising to new challenges in life.
The north node in the chart is like a beacon indicating where and how we can develop ourselves through personal and spiritual growth. Following the direction of the north node may mean turning away from all that is safe, cosy and familiar as we move forward and break new ground.
In astrological psychology, only the north node is included in the chart and the aspect structure. That’s because the north node is considered to be an important feature for personal and spiritual growth, pointing the way forward to our next step along the path.
The house/area of life experience will indicate where our next step might lie; the zodiac sign the north node is in will indicate how we behave an interact in that area of life. It will also give a nudge (if we take all of this on board) of what we might need to work on too!
As an example, actor Tom Hanks has the north node is in the 3rd house (comunication, learning, connected to community) and in the ruled-by-Jupiter sign of Sagittarius (being open to new things, expansion, taking risks etc).
There’s much more about the Moon’s Nodes,
and how to interpret and work with them,
in my book The Living Birth Chart.
Finding Your Voice
This month, there’s lively planetary activity taking place in Taurus and your communication sector. Taurus rules the written and spoken word in your horoscope. It’s about your siblings and neighbours, your local community, transport and local travel.
You could find your voice this month and become an activist or take the lead in your local neighbourhood. This is because action planet Mars is in Taurus up until the 20th alongside rebel planet Uranus.
Uranus is the only planet to turn retrograde this month on the 24th and this date could be lively. In fact, it’s gearing up to be an argumentative and passionate month ahead. Whatever you read or hear, this could stir your emotions and spur you into action.
You may find it hard to hold back as the month begins. This is when there’s a Mars-Uranus conjunction in Taurus on the 1st/2nd. You may be fighting for other people or defending the underdog. You might be caring for others or helping those less well-off than yourself.
It’s lively planetary activity calling you forth. Plus, the karmic North Node is conjunct Mars & Uranus at the start of August. Therefore, you may sense the wheel of fortune turning and find it impossible not to keep moving forwards.
It’s likely to be a month when you find your voice, whether you’re teaching, podcasting or sharing your ideas on social media. Uranus is the technological planet and it’s a good month to update your skills or learn new techniques.
Mars isn’t an easy planetary influence, however, and there could be clashes on the 1st, 7th & 27th. You might be striving for peace & quiet but find disruption and noise instead. An ongoing issue with a neighbour or sibling could get triggered once again.
Also, the Saturn-Uranus clash is back. This was the big planetary aspect of 2021. Saturn in Aquarius and the most hidden sector of your horoscope square to Uranus in Taurus and your communication sector.
These two planets are lively this month and remain within orb of their square aspect until the end of the year. An issue that was big news last year could be back.
This is bound to rabble-rouse or agitate your principles. You may want to add your voice to what’s going on in society or the world around you. You could feel fired up and ready for action.
Full Moon Aquarius
During August, this is Leo season. The Sun is here until the 23rd, talk planet Mercury is in Leo until the 4th and the planet of relating Venus enters Leo on the 11th. Therefore, it’s a good month to focus on your work and routine, your health and well-being.
One of the loveliest planetary aspects this month takes place on the 18th when Venus in Leo aligns with your ruling planet Jupiter in Aries and your personal money sector. You may receive a gift or bonus or be offered a job that boosts your earnings.
The pivotal month of the month is likely to be the Full Moon on the 12th which cuts across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac. Full Moons are a time of illumination when the Moon shines at its brightest. This can bring enlightenment or insight and it’s a good time to trust your intuition or make a key decision.
However, the Moon is conjunct Saturn in Aquarius and the Full Moon is square to the Mars-Uranus conjunction in Taurus. This is a lively combination. It may reveal where limitation and restriction lies and you feel held back. Also, where you’re ready to break free, act fast and take a leap of faith.
Uranus often coincides the unexpected, whether you hear news of a job or a contract comes to an end. Keep your ear to the ground as it might be something you hear unexpectedly that sets new plans in motion. Ring the changes if you can during the Full Moon as you won’t want to be chained to a desk.
Also, tap into your mutable star sign nature and be willing to be flexible and adaptable. Travel plans may change at short notice this month or you have to act fast to step in to help someone out.
This is a good month to restore your energy, look after yourself and do whatever makes you happy. This may be even more important if there’s a lot of drama taking place.
Also this month, it’s important to consider your home and family and how this impacts what you want to do in the world. This is because action planet Mars moves into Gemini, the star sign at the base of your horoscope on the 20th. It’s a good time to be ambitious about home and family plans.
Plus, Mars remains in Gemini for an unusually long time. Mars will be here until March 2023 as it turns retrograde in the last two months of the year. Whatever you’re currently engaged in regarding your home, family or past, be aware that you’re playing the long game.
Mars in your home and family sector can be argumentative. Perhaps, you have to confront what’s challenging in order to bring things out into the open. It’s unlikely to be a quiet time at home or within your family but at least Mars enables you to get things moving.
Love & Relationships
Finally, running throughout the month, there’s a steady and calming influence within your close relationships. Love planet Venus is in Cancer and your romance sector until the 11th. Cancer rules your children and Venus is playing a mediating role in the livelier planetary activity. Notice who steps in to offer their love and support.
Plus, your partner planet Mercury moves through Virgo and your relationship sector from the 4th to the 26th. It’s imperative that you have someone to talk to, someone who’ll listen and play a supportive role in your life, perhaps someone behind the scenes.
The Sun enters Virgo on the 23rd and there’s a New Moon here on the 27th, a symbol of new beginnings. Therefore, love and relationships could play a grounded and significant role in your life. You may recognise who’s there for you and look at a person who’s been around for a while with new eyes.
Freedom & Action
Your modern ruling planet Uranus is involved in the major planetary activity that kicks in at the beginning of the month. Uranus is the only planet to turn retrograde this month and does so on the 24th. This combination intensifies Uranus-related activity this month, the planet of freedom & liberation.
Uranus is currently in Taurus and your home and family sector. This is about the past and where you come from and this planet/sign combination is restless, independent and favours change. ‘Who or what are you breaking free from?’ is a good question to ask. Where do you need to take steps to move away from the past and find your own place in life?
Action planet Mars adds to the heat in your home and family sector as Mars is in Taurus until the 20th. Plus, there’s a volatile, impulsive Mars-Uranus conjunction at the start of the month on the 1st/2nd, great for being independent and acting fast.
Add to this the karmic North Node pulled into the planetary mix and you may be aware of the wheel of fortune turning, taking you along with it.
You could have a lot to rebel against or fight for this month and you might be one of the people leading the way. Keep your eyes firmly fixed on your future goals and bring your noble Aquarius’ characteristics to the fore. Your star sign is often linked to humanitarian, environmental or social goals.
If you’re typical of your star sign, you care about others and where the world is heading. Or, perhaps you have your own personal nirvana you’re searching for. Either way, it feels like a pivotal month ahead.
Clashes & Conflict
There are clashes this month between your two ruling planets, Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. Action planet Mars is also involved, so home could be a battlefield or noisy. You may be caught up in a family argument or have little space for yourself.
This might be the trigger or catalyst for a sudden move. The key dates are the 1st & 7th, 11th & 14th, 27th & 28th. If you’re caught up in a personal situation this month, it may not be resolved until the end of August.
Be choosy about which battles you commit to and notice when your competitive nature kicks in. Also, ask whether you’re being too rigid or stubborn at times. It’s an important month for self-reassessment with strong planetary influence taking place.
Your co-rulers, Saturn & Uranus, clashed in 2021 and this was the dominant planetary aspect of the year. Therefore, whatever played out last year may be back under the cosmic spotlight in the second half of this year.
Saturn & Uranus are opposite planetary archetypes. They pit the old (Saturn) against the new (Uranus), the conventional (Saturn) against the unconventional (Uranus), rules (Saturn) versus liberty (Uranus).
You may literally be caught up in the middle of protests or pulled between opposing rules, laws and alternative viewpoints. This may be about your role within society, deciding what you believe and where your principles lie. Freedom is likely to be a key issue one way or another.
Full Moon Aquarius
The pivotal time in the month could be the Full Moon on the 12th as it falls in your star sign, Aquarius. Full Moons often bring completion or culmination and this is an important Full Moon for stopping and reassessing your current situation.
Aquarius rules your personal goals and aims, your image and profile. Your identity may be changing. Or, you see yourself differently. Whatever’s foreground for you, stop and take a breath, consider where you’ve come from, where you’re heading and why.
Full Moons are about relationships and, up until the 23rd of August, the Sun is in Leo and your relationship sector. Therefore, this Full Moon could be a significant turning point regarding your one-to-one’s.
This Full Moon is important for you for another reason as it reignites the Saturn-Uranus square aspect. The Moon sits next to Saturn, a steadying but somber influence.
Plus, the Full Moon is square to the Mars-Uranus conjunction in Taurus. Uranus is the awakener, the rebel, alternative and innovative. It’s the bringer of change and favours spontaneity and flexibility over tradition or stability.
There may be a tough decision to make regarding home and family, your past or present relationships. Don’t rush into making a decision if you’re not ready. Take your time, do your research and gather more information.
If you’re starting a business venture or entering a personal relationship, you may be wise to sign a prenup or get the financial side of matters sorted first. When planets are in Leo, it’s easy to get swept up in the passion of love but a different response may be needed.
A Slower, Steady Pace
There are some factors this month that feel calm and relaxed, a helpful influence. Firstly, lovely Venus graces star sign Cancer and your work and health sector until the 11th. This is a good time to focus on teamwork and ensure you have a group of creative people around you.
Be supportive of work colleagues and ask for help and advice in return. Having people who care for you deeply is the best form of medicine.
Also, from the 4th to the 26th, communication planet Mercury is in earth sign Virgo lighting up one of the money sectors of your horoscope. The Sun moves here on the 23rd followed by the New Moon in Virgo on the 27th.
This is your cue to get your cosmic ducks in order, sort out your finances and feel the earth under your feet. Remember that you not only have Uranus ruling your star sign but steady Saturn too. The rebel needs somewhere to stop and rest and hold firm now and again.
Love & Creativity
Finally, love may be on the agenda because the planet of love Venus is in Leo and your relationship sector from the 11th onwards. The 18th could be a stand-out date when love and friendship are linked. If you’re keen on meeting someone new, take the initiative, ask someone out, go get what you want.
Also, passion planet Mars is stirring up excitement in your fellow air sign Gemini and your romance sector from the 20th onwards. There’s a thrill of the new about love and relationships with Mars here.
Gemini doesn’t only romance, as it’s linked to children and pregnancy, creative activities and fun in your horoscope. And, Mars is going to be in Gemini an unusually long time for seven months until March 2023.
Therefore, you might commit to a hobby, skill or talent. This could involve communication, either the written or spoken word. You may be thinking about adoption or working with the younger generation. Flex your creative muscle towards the end of August and it could keep you busy for some time.
Lust & Love
Romance and love relationships may be hotting up this month. As the month begins, you have the planet of love Venus in Cancer and your relationship sector until the 11th. Plus, the passionate planet Mars is in Taurus and your romance sector until the 20th.
The 2nd & 3rd could be a whirlwind for love and relationships but the key dates are the 1st/2nd. This is when Mars and Uranus come together in Taurus.
Together, these two planets are impulsive & rebellious. You could leap head first into a new love relationship or affair. Or, perhaps you leap out of one. Either way, it’s likely to be a spontaneous move or decision.
It’s not only about love, however, and you may be on a mission to make the most of life, come what may. There’s a feel of ‘seize the day’ about Mars & Uranus aligning with the karmic North Node, also in Taurus.
Taurus rules the sector of your horoscope that’s not only about romance but all the good things in life. This includes children & pregnancy, creative activities, self-expression, luck and fun.
You could throw caution to the winds and leap into a new adventure. This might prove controversial or flout convention. It’s likely to be a bold and exciting choice but potentially wild and irresponsible.
As long as you’re not foolhardy and take unnecessary risks, this rare triple conjunction at the start of the month is urging you to embrace what you love. Taurus is your creativity sector and what you give birth to. With Mars here, you may have a huge appetite for pleasure and enjoyment.
Yet, it does feel as if a choice you make this month means that you might have to give up something else. Perhaps, you recognise that you can’t have everything. This may become clear to you on or around the 14th when conflicting planetary aspects take place.
Before then, you’re wise to get the right people on your side. Be around people you trust and create mutually-beneficial and supportive partnerships in your life.
Money matters are under the cosmic spotlight throughout the month. This is because the Sun is shining bright in Leo and your joint finance sector up until the 23rd. Plus, talk planet Mercury is in Leo up until the 4th and the planet of relating Venus enters Leo on the 11th.
Therefore, this is a great month to talk money and finances and get things sorted out. If you’re in the middle of a property move, the 18th could bring a little bit of luck your way. This combination is good for sharing resources with family and pooling expenses too.
The Full Moon on the 12th is likely to be a pivotal moment in the month. This powerful Full Moon cuts across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac and the financial axis of your horoscope. Full Moons often bring enlightenment or intuition. You may be keen to make a decision about a financial matter and fast.
During this Full Moon, your ruling planet Saturn sits next to the Moon in Aquarius and your personal money sector. Be careful that you don’t dip into fear or scarcity during this Full Moon. At the same time, be wary of making an impulsive financial risk.
This is because the Mars-Uranus conjunction in Taurus squares the Full Moon and this combination is spontaneous and unpredictable. Yes, you could win big during the Full Moon period but ensure your finances are safe and secure too.
August is a month when the Saturn-Uranus square aspect is big news once again. This was the dominant planetary aspect of 2021 pitting rules (Saturn) against liberty (Uranus). If there was a major issue last year regarding children, a lover, money and debt, be wary how you proceed.
Saturn and Uranus are moving back closer to a square aspect and are in conflict up until the end of the year. You might be the one who’s trying to rein things in, to make the sensible decisions.
This could involve IVF, a situation regarding a child or grand-child or someone who owes you money. Any financial-related matter is likely to peak from the 11th to the 14th, the 27th & 28th. This is when arguments may happen or someone close acts unexpectedly. When in doubt, step in and take charge.
Also, you could be asked to do a presentation around money. Or, you might be talking to your bank manager or a financial expert. One way or another, this is the month to be improving your financial situation and aiming to boost your earnings. Joint ventures in particular are well-starred.
Travel & Study Plans
When planets are in Leo, there tends to be drama. This isn’t always easy for you being one of the earth signs as you don’t always deal well with other people flying off the handle or behaving badly.
Yet, there’s another planetary influence this month which could be helpful for you. From the 4th to the 26th, the planet of communication Mercury is in earth sign Virgo. Then, on the 23rd, the Sun shifts star sign and joins Mercury in Virgo. Four days later, there’s a New Moon in Virgo on the 27th.
This is a slower and steadier pace and you may be glad for a rest or a break from feisty fire sign activity. Virgo rules your travel and study sector so it’s an ideal month to take time out or go somewhere different. A change of scene could help you gain a better perspective on an emotional or financial situation.
You may have had enough of more serious issues and be ready to embrace new experiences. You might start a course or be keen to expand your learning. Seek meaning in life beyond the everyday.
Finally, work could take off big-time once ambitious Mars moves into Gemini and your work and lifestyle sector from the 20th onwards. Plus, communication planet Mercury changes star sign once again on the 26th and enters Libra and your career and vocation sector.
Therefore, the end of the month is great for getting ahead and getting things done. Plus, you’re going to have Mars in Gemini for an unusually long time, until March 2023.
This is because Mars turns retrograde here in the last two months of 2022. Mercury also turns retrograde next month in Libra, so be aware that there could be some twists and turns regarding your career or your future path.
It’s best to get ahead while the going’s good so line up meetings, interview or work-related initiatives sooner rather than later.
Be aware that office politics could be stressful at times as Mars is linked to anger and arguments. Notice where you feel under pressure, when you feel stressed and whether you’re wise to take a step back. You may only be able to do so much before you need to take your foot off the pedal and slow things down.