Astrology, Reincarnation, and the Moon's Nodes

Updated on August 21, 2017
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Jean teaches astrology and metaphysical topics. She is an avid reader, published author, and lifetime member of the NJ Metaphysical Center.

Astrology Charts Have Volumes of Information

A beginning astrologer can spend many years casting horoscopes and studying their own charts, along with those of the people closest to them. There are volumes of information in a person's natal astrology chart, or birth chart, and the more one studies, the more one begins to learn. I have been studying my own birth chart since I was around twenty-one and am still learning more about myself. There normally comes a point where the most serious astrologers begin to think about reincarnation, because there actually is information about past lives and future suggestions of what one should be concentrating on during this lifetime in a natal chart.

Karmic Astrology Studies Past and Present Lives

Karmic astrology is more involved. It has to do with past lives you experienced, the purpose you were born on Earth this time around, and what you need to work to accomplish. This is all learned by the position of the north node of the moon in a natal astrology chart. While the chart is cast and all the planetary positions are placed on the horoscope, the north node of the moon is always there in the ephemeris (a book with tables of planetary positions and signs for a fifty year period).

The south node will be in the exact opposite astrology sign and degree that the north node is in. So if your north node is in 15 degrees of Aries, your south node will be in 15 degrees of Libra. The study of astrology is comprised of many factors, the reading of many books, and the attendance of numerous seminars. Any good astrologer has practiced and studied for years. Many people persist in thinking astrology is only about what zodiac sign the Sun was in on their day of birth. But a good, basic knowledge of regular astrology opens the door to study other really amazing astrological ideas.

Yesterday's Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation
Yesterday's Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation

I have learned so much about Karmic Astrology and the Moon's Nodes with this book. I still refer to it often, and think it is a great help for intermediate or advanced Astrologers.


The Time Between Incarnations on Earth

Advanced astrologers usually take the view that each person chooses the conditions and planetary positions that they wish to enter the world into, because they know in between incarnations what lessons they need to work on during their next life. The circumstances needed for the necessary karmic experiences are right there in the signs the Moon's nodes are in. The person in question may not incarnate for centuries, or may incarnate quickly, but will have guides which help review what was accomplished in terms of good and bad karma earlier, and what is necessary to balance the karmic scales better in the next incarnation.

One belief about reincarnation is that in between incarnations, the soul reviews all the rights and wrongs done in the previous life, along with a guardian angel. This information is found in what the Bible calls "The Book of Life." The soul can feel how others felt when he or she did or said things to them. They are shown certain scenes of possible life circumstances, and get to choose which one they want to reincarnate into, in order to bring their soul closer to perfection. They will there try to learn the needed lessons to grow spiritually.

Buddhism has a similar view, but one I like more. The soul in between incarnations goes to a place called The Bardo. He or she enters a large room filled with people making love. In this lovely scene, the soul chooses the couple who will be the best parents to help them learn what they need to progress to the next level.

The first Node is the the North Node, which tells what astrological area you need to work on in this lifetime. The second node is the South Node, collected knowledge you have from Past Lives
The first Node is the the North Node, which tells what astrological area you need to work on in this lifetime. The second node is the South Node, collected knowledge you have from Past Lives | Source

Your Spiritual Growth Is a Continuing Story

It is generally acknowledged in the astrology world that the nodes of the Moon are very important in viewing your life or lives as part of a continuing story. These nodes show you what course your life is moving on in your current life, and the rest of the horoscope tells you what you will likely do as you make this particular journey. The nodes inform you of the cause and effect, or karmic relationships by which you live your life. This information is the difference between mundane astrology, which is just the plain interpretation of your horoscope, and spiritual astrology, which introduces the Hindu concept of reincarnation into the mix. A study of the Moon’s nodes sheds a new light on both the positive and negative things that are happening as your soul continues to grow.

Souls Get Easily Lost Reliving Past Experiences

The south node is also known as the Dragon’s Tail, and it tells the story of a person’s past. It encompasses more than just the last incarnation. It is a combination of attitudes, ideas, events and thoughts from every incarnation the person has lived through. The accumulation and unresolved effects of all of these actions and reactions have created the karmic conditions that are happening in the current lifetime. Behavior patterns, and even appearance to a certain degree, are the result of maybe one hundred lifetimes or incarnations. This is a huge amount of time for a person to be working on themselves, or their soul’s journey. Because of this, only so much karma can be balanced in one lifetime. So many years of habits and training cause a person to sort of “rest” on their south node position, as it is a comfortable place, and has been built up over many incarnations. It is easy to relax on the foundation of what was built in the past, on the old and familiar.

Since the south node of the Moon deals with our pasts, it is a weak spot, since it represents what experiences we have left behind. Or hopefully we left them behind. No matter what paths we take to try to get away from our pasts, the trail of the south node leaves us open to karmic excesses we need to get away from. We must look to the future, and usually do not stop to ponder the new circumstances we have created until they are right in the middle of our paths. But the habits of all our other lifetimes are still there, and it can be very easy to fall back into that path of least resistance we are so used to. A person’s most negative traits are those that have been brewing in their souls for hundreds or thousands of years, the ones that have been allowed to stay. It can be so much easier to try to keep reliving fragments of the past, and hoping they can help show us the way to our future.

Explanation of Moon's Orbit

Coming to Terms with Past Lives

Sometimes our pasts hold a fascination for us, especially in cosmic relationships that were so important, but didn’t work out quite right. They can hypnotize us back into old, bad modes of behaviors, and only help if one delves back long enough to recall what went wrong with the old mode of behavior, so as not to repeat it. The south node is safe if one just takes a quick look back, to remember what went wrong, and just does not do the same things. But the south node of the past can be like quicksand too. If one keeps reliving past memories, it can take many years and the help of many people to “pull” us back to the present.

Curiosity can be our biggest asset, but also our greatest enemy, if we keep looking back and repeating the same mistakes. And that can be so easy to do, some relationships and events leave terrible emotional scars, and we must work hard to come to grips with them. But one has to come to terms with the past, understand what happened intellectually, and move on. Of course, this is easier said than done. But when the events were very emotional, intuitive, and feel too familiar, it is a bad thing to make those same events the reality of the present all over again. The person may not realize they are falling back on old, negative ways of behavior until loved ones tell them. So it is very important that the south node is the memory bank of what has already been lived through, but one should not try to live there again.

Moving Towards Future Growth

The north node symbolizes the future, and all the new experiences we have not yet tried. This is a brand new cycle, and it pulls the soul towards its future growth. When one tries something new, there is divine providence, and the person is usually rewarded for their efforts, and receives celestial help. One can feel a new sense of direction in the very core of their being, and wants to move forward even in the face of obstacles in the path. The position of the north node of the Moon is like reaping one benefit after another, or hopping on a path of stepping stones of future growth.

The north node shows the highest height of expression that can be reached in the current incarnation, and is interpreted with the highest qualities of the sign and house of the horoscope in which it is placed. Like any new thing a person tries to do, it will seem a little hard at first. We all feel unsure of ourselves when we try something unfamiliar. But we must face up to the fact that most tests of courage are meaningful, and they usually must be faced alone, as your own unique experience. It can be fascinating to experience new things, and who does not like a new adventure?

Changing Old Habits is Difficult

Some people love change, and some find it very hard and a quite scary concept. Experiencing new karmic experiences is like walking up a big hill or climbing a mountain which keeps getting steeper and steeper. Each time we think we have made it to the top, higher possibilities become visible, but the course seems more demanding. Is there still be a desire to keep going forward? This can be a point where it would be so easy to fall back on our laurels. A person cannot reach the north node in completion until the past (or south node) can be left behind, or the past can become a type of karmic prison. Our discontent with the past and its outmoded ways must go. The great desire for exploration and discovery of our highest potentials are in the future, and to reach them we must go forward.

Each step closer to the north node makes a person start to feel really good about their self. When one experiences possibilities which they never considered, life starts to take on more and better meaning. But man cannot achieve his north node potentials without a lot of strength. He must give up negative habits gracefully, and tuck away those memories which serve no useful purpose in life anymore.

Circumstances that were once meaningful but turned into something negative are hard to let go, but let go we must. We must be ready to walk into places and situations where we have never been, for the sake of our soul’s growth. The best feature of the north node is that no matter how well a person does in reaching its highest potential, there is always the possibility to go higher, in an upward spiral towards spirituality.

Questions & Answers

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    • Jean Bakula profile imageAUTHOR

      Jean Bakula 

      4 months ago from New Jersey

      Hello Simarae,

      No, I never wrote about Nodes any more than in that article. The South Node represents past lives, and the North Node in your Natal Birth chart now is telling you what you need to learn in this life. Normally they are opposite each other, like if your NN is in Aries, the SN should be in Libra.

      I've never had time to explore Nodes as much as I'd like to. It's a matter which is time consuming, and to get the correct meaning I would have to cast a complete horoscope. I do that from my home, but usually as a personality/compatibility profile, and only get into the Nodes if people ask, as my report is around 20 pages and there aren't enough hours in the day!

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      4 months ago

      Would you have any articles on NN in Aries & perhaps even NN Compatibility. :)

    • Jean Bakula profile imageAUTHOR

      Jean Bakula 

      15 months ago from New Jersey

      Hello Delia,

      Happy you enjoyed it!

      Hi Gilbert,

      I have a friend who is a Fundamentalist Christian, and he finally decided Astrology is acceptable to his church. They celebrated last year when we had those 4 big, red Full Moons, or blood moons. And the Wise Men were following a conjunction of planets (several large ones closer than usual in their orbits) not a Star. Well, not technically anyway. Take care.

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      15 months ago

      Jean B., thank you for this article.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 

      15 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Fascinating hub, Jean. I used to read astrology in high school, but never took it up seriously as you have. I'm amazed about the "Book of Life," a story you summarized in your article. I've attended Bible study groups that claimed astrology was carnal, but someone directed me to a passage in the Bible, astrology was referred to in a good way. Reincarnation has always been an incredible subject.

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      Jean Bakula 

      16 months ago from New Jersey

      To err is human

      To forgive divine.

      I totally agree. Thanks for your comments Jay.

    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 

      16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Good article. It seems I have been here before. I reincarnated to your site.

      There is Karma and there is Forgiveness.

      Remember, the way out of Karma is to Forgive.

      Better yet, do not Condemn in the first place.

    • Jean Bakula profile imageAUTHOR

      Jean Bakula 

      16 months ago from New Jersey

      Hello Jay,

      Edgar Cayce, as you know, was a devout Christian. He considered his healing gifts and knowledge of past lives OK to use because they were from God..I've written hubs about Cayce and read most of his books. I have never been to the ARE Foundation in Va though, and living in NJ, should try to get down there.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Interesting story in Hinduism. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna directs Arjuna (the hero) to kill his family. The rest of the story is to justify it. Supposedly the Family was doing wrong, but that does not justify killing them. Just because we have an afterlife does not justify harming the human body.

      If proof is not found in the life and readings of Edgar Cayce, I do not have proof. Proof is needed to uphold Faith.

    • Jean Bakula profile imageAUTHOR

      Jean Bakula 

      16 months ago from New Jersey

      Hello Jay,

      I have read a lot of Edgar Cayce, along with my Metaphysical studies. I borrowed a little Buddhism and Hinduism to form my beliefs over the years. I know it's a bit much for some, but there isn't much proof about spiritual truths anyway. So this works for me, and the Nodes are an important part of astrology that I am just exploring now. Thanks for reading.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      This article sounds like what Edgar Cayce taught. See


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