It is very powerful to have a planet conjunct the South Node in your chart. I use a 9 degree orb for the Sun and Moon, in this instance, and an 8 degree orb for the other planets. Any time I see a planet conjunct the South Node in a person’s birth chart, I see someone who has racked up a lot of karmic debt, more so than most people through their South Node. While they have accumulated their fair share of debt through this placement, it’s like those of us with a planet or more on the South Node have maxed out about two or three spiritual credit cards and are not allowed to take out another one. The South Node shows our natural skills and talents. But, it also shows our weaknesses and negative patterns. With a planet on the South Node, a person has used these skills very irresponsibly or destructively, in the past. So, now, in the present, they are a no-no.
However, this is not to say that you have to forgo these energies altogether. It is unrealistic to believe that you can just leave your South Node behind. I’ve said that all throughout my series on the North Node. But, this is especially true if you have a planet conjunct the South Node. How on earth could you leave your Moon in Virgo behind if it is conjunct your South Node? That is such a deep, inescapable, important part of you. It just means that you are going to have to become the very best version of that placement that you can possibly be, shedding the negative attitudes and habits that your South Node displays. In the aforementioned example, you need to find balance through your Pisces North Node to be a highly evolved Virgo Moon. The compassionate, intuitive, spiritual, and imaginative nature of the Pisces North Node will eliminate the nagging, anxious, judgmental, overworked dark side of your Virgo Moon. This will allow its natural gift of being so helpful, humble, practical, and intelligent to come to the forefront in a really beautiful way.
It’s pretty much do-or-die when a planet is on the South Node. I have found – through my own experience, in particular, since I have the Sun conjunct South Node in Leo – that you cannot ignore the lessons of your North Node when you have a planet conjunct the South Node. It super-charges the flaws and weaknesses of the South Node, making them unavoidable. I think other people may feel their South Node less intensely. It is still powerful and fateful but it doesn’t dominate their life as much and they don’t feel the consequences of indulging in its negatives so heavily. But, those of us with a planet or more conjunct the South Node feel those consequences in dramatic or radical ways. And it’s going to negatively impact the affairs of the house that the South Node is in.
Why does this happen? Because the Universe wants us to wake up to the fact that we’ve already been there and done that and often in very harmful ways. The South Node is our past, whether in this life or the previous one. Everyone has a past and it’s more important to strive to live in the present, outgrowing whatever you did in the past that was immature, counterproductive, or self-destructive. However, when you have a planet conjunct the South Node, it’s all too easy to live in the past. Those of us with this influence can really idealize the traits of the sign that the planet(s) and South Node are in, as well as the house, even when they’re not good for us. At a certain point in our lives, we’re far more hardheaded than others in terms of our South Node. This causes the Universe to give us a swift kick in the butt repeatedly, as our lives are set up to be highly unfulfilling, disheartening, or stagnant whenever we indulge on our South Node.
With everyone, the lesson is to not obsess over what the South Node represents. It’s to know that you’ve already got this. Since you fully understand what is symbolized by your South Node sign and house, there is no need to be preoccupied with it. And guess what? The irony is that life will magically make you successful in your South Node’s territory once you fully focus on the North Node’s mission. That’s why the South Node is not only automatic in expression but in manifestation. So, the process of obsessing over it is pointless because we will always be this energy and it will always be a part of our lives, in some form or another, which is why it is impossible to just sever it from your psyche altogether like an amputated limb.
Yet, this lesson is doubled for people with planet(s) conjunct the South Node. I think when we focus on and obsess over our South Node territory, it’s not just vaguely disappointing like it is for most people. It becomes downright disastrous. You won’t just hit a wall. You will crash into it with a car and total the car. Again, this is due to the very negative karma we have accumulated, in regards to this life area. However, when we are balanced by our North Node and just rest easily and lightly in our South Node, the rewards are truly extraordinary. Then, the planet in question becomes an exceptional skill and will play out in ways that make you really remarkable and distinctive in the life area that your South Node house represents. The planet as well as the sign will become something that you can do really effortlessly, to the point where it truly amazes others and often even yourself. These are talents that are being channeled very instinctively from the collected experiences of your past – in this life and the previous one – that are so ingrained within you.
I’ve noticed that those of us with a planet conjunct the South Node usually mature significantly earlier in life in terms of our North Node than other people. You often see people with this influence really getting the message, loud and clear, in terms of their North Node by the time they’ve reached their mid to late twenties. By the time we’re thirty, we can be already very experienced in our North Node and what it wants for us. Some people take until they’re in their early to mid thirties to begin doing their North Node work. Certain people may take even longer than that, not finding that awakening until they hit forty.
But, when you have a planet conjunct the South Node, especially if it’s a personal planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus), there is much more urgency to the North Node and it is usually awakened and actualized much sooner. You become very focused on achieving what the North Node stands for and typically very successful at it. It’s because you have already had your fill of the South Node and because the North Node becomes far more crucial, as a result. I know that’s been the case for me because I’ve realized just how much my life suffers when I’m in the lower realm of my Sun/South Node. I really don’t have a choice! I can either get on that higher path or I can live an endlessly frustrating and hopelessly stagnant life. There’s little in-between. With this influence, you absolutely cannot live the life that you want to live if you do not work on your North Node.
Sun conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: self-awareness, strength of will, self-expression, leadership
When unbalanced: raging willfulness, entitlement, self-absorption, or bossiness that burns other people or minimizes their individual importance
When balanced: a totally charismatic, regal presence who knows exactly who they are and who is gracious and confident enough to give others recognition
Moon conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: supportiveness, emotional honesty, intuitiveness, going with the flow
When unbalanced: a complete lunatic/baby who is so wrapped up in their neuroses and insecurities that no form of support or comfort is ever enough
When balanced: a very soulful, sensitive person who knows how to emotionally tune into their environment without losing their reason or maturity
Mercury conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: curiosity, intellectualism, keeping it light, maintaining communication
When unbalanced: a talking head who can yammer on without saying much of anything and who lives so much by logic that they ignore instinct or intuition
When balanced: a person who can offer a very refreshing, objective viewpoint that fosters an open dialogue without being too detached about everything
Venus conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: finding love, being attractive, pleasure, cooperation
When unbalanced: an insatiable flirt and people pleaser who has a co-dependent attachment to people’s company, approval, and affection
When balanced: an incredibly charming, appealing individual who knows how to establish harmony with other people while still being frank and sincere
Mars conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: asserting oneself, being a go-getter, passion, competition
When unbalanced: a person with a cutthroat desire to win and an addiction to having to fight their way through life, creating a lot of unnecessary conflict
When balanced: a fiery, unstoppable force to be reckoned with who displays an ability to achieve victories without having to run roughshod over others or play unfairly
Jupiter conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: having strong beliefs, being adventurous, loving “the journey”, optimism
When unbalanced in: a very self-righteous person who is always on their high horse about something and suffers from plenty of wanderlust
When balanced: a totally inspiring, enthusiastic person who has a healthy belief in the goodness of the Universe without being unrealistic or foolish about it
Saturn conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: self-discipline, perseverance, working with self-doubt, having purpose
When unbalanced: someone who constantly punishes themselves, often by always needing to do things the hard way and being too caught up in life’s negatives
When balanced: a very responsible, mature, and wise individual who knows how to face the realities of their situation while also not being pessimistic or fatalistic
Uranus conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: experimentation, defying convention, egalitarianism, freedom
When unbalanced: a wildly inconsistent and detached nature that makes the person thrive on chaos as well as considering themselves a misfit on the fringes
When balanced: someone with a very healthy ability to be independent and not follow the norm without letting themselves indulge in shocking or cold behavior
Neptune conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: states of bliss, being imaginative, spiritual wisdom, compassion for others
When unbalanced: very delusional behavior or patterns of escapism and poor boundaries that leave the person feeling like a lost soul in the world
When balanced: a transcendent, otherworldly awareness that gives the person the ability to find Heaven on earth yet still remain grounded and present
Pluto conjunct the South Node
Highly experienced in: psychological survival, deep transformation, intensity, feeling powerful
When unbalanced: someone who thrives on unhealthy or destructive emotional dynamics or situations, compelled to live out a tragic tale
When balanced: a passionate, formidable person who knows how to use their inner resources to change their lives and others’ without going to extremes