Cancer North Node 2018

“There’s no place like home.” This may be our mantra over the next 18 months as the nodal axis shifts from Leo/Aquarius to Cancer/Capricorn. The North Node will be right at home in the sign of Cancer. The North Node symbolizes our point of focus for the next 18 months. It’s like our “North Star” as a collective, but being that, we could be pushed beyond our comfort zones with regard to anything Cancer related in our lives. More on that in a minute.

What is the North Node? The Lunar Nodes (North and South) are invisible points at which the moon’s orbital path crosses the Sun’s path on the celestial sphere (the ecliptic). Therefore, the nodes are the connecting points between the expressive, yang energies of the sun with the receptive, yin energies of the moon. The balance between yin and yang makes these magical points where you can experience absolute creative potentiality and the manifestation of desire. When triggered by a transiting planet or eclipse (the eclipse cycles happen in conjunction with the nodes), 

So, the Nodes are powerful, and you have them your natal chart. In your natal chart, they represent your destiny. The South Node symbolizes where you came from and what feels familiar and comfortable. The North Node represents your point of destiny in this lifetime and where you find fulfillment through growth. It’s that point right beyond your comfort zone that feels uncomfortable but brings your soul a level of satisfaction beyond the ego’s desires. 

Your nodal axis in your birth chart represents this as a tug-of-war in your life. You may move back and forth along that axis throughout your life. You swing out wide, take a risk, and move into North Node territory, and then you contract back to the familiarity of the South Node. And repeat. (Depending on other factors in your chart, of course.) 

When the nodes change signs, though, we all have a chance to focus our collective attention on the tension between the two signs on that axis line. Starting November 7, the tension will be between Capricorn and Cancer.

We are turning away from Capricorn, which is the sign of professional ambition, industry, public reputation, rules, structure, and the father. We could even say it’s the sign most closely associated with patriarchy. And we are turning toward Cancer. 

Cancer themes include home, family, emotions, intuition, receptivity, protection of the tribe, security, and nurturance. We will see our priorities as a culture shift toward community and connection. We will have more emphasis on emotions and intuition. 

We could experience a rise in the gender-related tension that has already been up for us as patriarchal structures and ideals lose power and people wake up to the injustice of the abuse of power inherent in those institutions of government, religion, and even family. 

When the nodes change signs, our eclipse cycles run along those axis lines as well. Therefore, if you are a Cancer, Capricorn, Libra, or Aries, watch for the eclipses from now until early 2020.