So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. (Fitzgerald = Jupiter on the South Node).
What does it mean when you have the Sun Conjunct the South Node
The South Node is, at the very least, a point within a birth chart that represents the past. And of course, in karmic astrology, it is the point at which you enter “this life”.
But this post is about what it means when the Sun – symbolising who you are striving to be, your persona, how you self-actualise, your Yang – is conjunct a super Yin point like the South Node. The classic advice is to avoid lingering in the themes, people and places associated with your South Node energies. Broadly speaking, you navigate toward your North Node areas for best results in life. The South Node is like a comfort zone that can very easily stagnate.
For example, a South Node in Libra may feel extremely comfortable working in tandem with others and automatically seek to partner in all circumstances. But it would be the rugged individualism of the Aries North Node that delivers the true benefits. Aquarius South Node can want to isolate and tend toward chilly austerity – the Leo North Node – culture/the arts/fabulousness/fashion – would be the most successful path.
And as established here: South Node love interests can be dangerous. When a person has personal planets on your South Node, they feel poignantly familiar, the pull is incredible and very hard to resist but just because they are your ex from a past life/previous existence, does not mean the situation is appropriate in the now. Past life connection does not automatically = fuq yeah fantastic lets merge vibes.
So knowing all this, what does it mean when the Sun (or Moon, Mercury, Venus) are conjunct the South Node. That’s not going to be an area of life that is easy to shun. The vital Sun, Moon or personal planet almost anchor you to it.
So first of all, ignore the gloom-mongering karma police out there who claim that these placements mean you or the person with this has some sort of massive karmic burden. That’s crap. It’s like the more old fashioned takes on the 12th House or Pisces as being about “self-undoing.”
Secondly be open to the possibility that your consciousness could automatically veer toward the past as in your recall of other times, other dimensions is more potent than that of most other people. This is particularly the case when Mercury is the planet involved. You don’t even realise that your intuitive familiarity with other eras of time, lost cities and long-gone cultures is not the norm. You see a suit of armour in a museum and register alarm. Your dreams are like long lucid epics that leave you psychically exhausted upon awakening, homesick for a place you never went to. You will often have wisdom or know something about a subject and you have no idea how the hell you knew. You’re intimately connected on some etheric level with your previous lives. It can be incredibly useful – just become aware that most people don’t have this.
Thirdly, on a practical level, it’s not good for you to be too mired in your past – as in this life. When you’re a South Node person, minimalism and being defined by who you are today, in your body – as opposed to by things or by previous achievements – is vital. Any sort of a ritual or exercise routine that constantly resets you to contemporary settings is really good for you.
Fourthly, when you have the Sun conjunct the South Node you’re automatically charismatic and if you go with the karmic astrologers, you were a somebody in a past life. But if you coast along this round, automatically entitled and using your charisma like a cheap discount certificate to get crap you want or admiration, you never grow. So when you’re packing planetary influences on the South Node, accept that you come with more past life oomph than most (think luggage – not baggage) and redouble your efforts to work the North Node, while also developing mindful ways to use the South Node.
Helen Keller – who overcame major adversity and disability to become a hugely influential humanitarian – had Venus and the Sun conjunct her South Node in Cancer FYI.
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