The North Node Return is a transit that is regularly spoken of. But, what do you do when you’re having your reverse Node Return? This basically means that the transiting North Node is conjunct your natal South Node. For those of you with the North Node in Pisces, you have been going through this transit for the past year, at one point or another, with the transiting Virgo North Node in conjunction to your natal Virgo South Node. This is always an interesting time. I consider the Nodes to be a crucial part of a person’s birth chart; the thing that can really make or break their development throughout life. When the reverse Nodal Return occurs, then you will experience a real breakthrough moment that can allow you to evolve in a significant way.
The transiting North Node hitting your South Node can even be quite life-changing as it enhances an element of fate in your life. There is a fatal feeling that is attached to the South Node: those patterns and behaviors that we engage in, time and time again, and that can leave us with this cosmic sense of disappointment if we place too much importance on them. But, the North Node is a point of growth and evolving; of being able to reach your true potential. So, when it is in a transiting conjunction to your South Node, there can be an element of very positive fate that enters your life.
This is also because the South Node represents natural talents and effortless abilities that we possess. Therefore, if the transiting North Node is conjunct the natal South Node, it will bring out the absolute best of your inherent abilities. The first one occurs when we’re around the age of 9 or 10. It’s a time where we can begin to figure out what we’re really good at. For me, when I was going through this transit at that age, I really discovered how highly creative I am. I have the South Node in Leo, so it fits that I was awakened to those creative talents that made me feel so special and allowed me to really express myself. At the same time, this also sets us up to become very preoccupied with what our South Node wants, due to getting that glorious taste of what we can really do. I think this is the transit where those “bad habits” are really implanted deep within us.
But, the second time this happens, it is around the age of 27 to 28. By this time, we have had a fairly long past that gives us a lot of experience with our South Node and these experiences are mostly counterproductive. So, when the transiting North Node conjuncts the South Node at this age, I think it functions as a release of those bad habits. At least, it can, so long as the person is willing to grow and learn. Something can happen in your life that really gives you what your South Node wants at this time. After all, it is bringing out the best of this side of yourself. However, what’s also happening is that the Universe is telling you, “Alright, you’ve already accomplished this. Are you satisfied yet? Are you ready to really challenge yourself?” This moves you toward your North Node.
Of course, you have to be willing to let go of your comfort zone around this time. By doing so, you can release a lot of your South Node’s bad karma and prepare to truly head in your North Node’s direction. It’s my theory that the late 20’s is the time where a lot of people really become in tune with their North Node and I think this is one of the reasons why. Fate comes knocking at your door. It’s as if you have put so much energy into getting what your South Node is after. It could be freedom (South Node in Sagittarius) or career success (South Node in Capricorn) or acclaim and applause (South Node in Leo). Then, you may finally get it, during this time, and while it may seem pleasant enough, you can be left with a lingering sense of “Is that it?”
That question prepares you to focus on your North Node and make it a priority because you finally realize what you’ve been missing. You were chasing after that South Node carrot all along and now it’s not quite as delicious as you thought. But, it’s still delicious! The realization can just come now that it’s not enough. Therefore, the North Node can do wonders in terms of refining the qualities of your South Node’s qualities during the reverse Nodal Return. It can really balance you out and the more balanced the expression of your South Node traits are, the more you will be able to express your North Node positively.
Interestingly enough, the transiting South Node will be conjunct your natal North Node during this transit, as well. Because of this, your Nodes will manifest in the absolute opposite sense. Normally, the issue may be that your South Node is what feels out of reach somehow and the North Node is what keeps demanding to be heard. But, during this time, it can seriously flip. Whatever your South Node wants, it can come into your life almost abundantly. It can get to the point where you are downright sick of it. If the South Node is in Libra, for example, you may ordinarily spend your days really craving the company and/or the validation of others, only to find your relationships lackluster. People keep letting you down. However, during the reverse Nodal Return, it’s as if you connected to people non-stop. You’re showered with love and affection! Everything’s harmonious with the people in your life! You finally end up in a steady relationship or you get a lot closer to a good friend.
But, strangely, you’re sick of it! It’s too much of a good thing. You don’t know why you are getting more irritated at your partner these days or why you just want to be left alone to do your own devices all the time. It’s because your Aries North Node is crying out for attention. If unbalanced, the South Node represents a lack of fulfillment. And if the transiting South Node is conjunct your North Node, it means that you are suddenly not fulfilled because you would much rather be doing your North Node these days. Yeah, the South Node is nice and everything. But, you really want more! With the North Node in Aries, you would be craving a lot more independence during this time. You will really yearn, more than ever, to do what you want to do and not have to worrying about answering to someone else all the time.
For those of you who have the North Node in Pisces, this has been a time where it’s been just a little too easy to have all of your ducks lined in a row. With the transiting North Node in Virgo conjunct your South Node, you have been checking off all of your boxes; maybe a bit too much and too compulsively. You might feel like you’ve achieved the perfect little routine you have always wanted. Work’s going great, you’re really pulling off the new diet, your life is operating like total clockwork. And yet… something is really missing.
All you do is work, work, work. You have no more time to rest or just do nothing. Man, you would really love to just sit around and do nothing all day except watch movies. It would be so great if you took up something like yoga or started being more spiritual. Also, you’re really sick of putting all of this pressure on yourself and others; on having to assess everything, including yourself, up to super-high standards. This is the call of your Pisces North Node. How great would it be to just go with the flow a lot more and not be such a slave to that planner of yours? During this time, you can get a very powerful sense of this, as all of that order and efficiency and perfection just aren’t doing it for you anymore. And you may even realize that it never has in the first place. You just thought it did.
In a way, I think the reverse Nodal Return is the Universe’s way of saying, “This is what you really want and you need to be okay with that.” You have to stop lying to yourself via the South Node, as it can be a way of deceiving ourselves into going in a certain direction when it’s not good for us. At the same time, we can really find peace with the South Node during the reverse Nodal Return, particularly the one around age 27 – 28, because I think it is the first time in our lives where we truly get the sense that we’ve “been there and done that.”
Also, this is a transit that occurs right before one’s first Saturn Return. There is a rather interesting correlation between Saturn and the North Node. Both points in the chart represent certain challenges one has to face. They can be hard for you to live out, to varying degrees depending on the person, but you will feel so fulfilled when you do. They both represent maturity and your purpose in life. The North Node is more of a “higher purpose”, something more karmic or even spiritual, while Saturn is the kind of purpose that comes from sustained effort and hard-earned experience. So, it makes sense that these transits of these placements regularly occur one after the other, including the first Saturn Return and the reverse Nodal Return.
I have noticed that people who are unable to achieve their Saturn sign/house are usually unable to achieve their North Node sign/house. The reverse Nodal Return when you’re 27 or 28 prepares you for your first Saturn Return because it demands that you stretch yourself and challenge yourself. It is a time for you to really mature, which can be said for the Saturn Return, as well. I think that if you are able to heed the call of the reverse Nodal Return, seeing how it’s just a little too easy to indulge in your South Node and that you are ready to move on to something new aka the North Node, then you will be properly buckled up when your Saturn Return soon comes at you.
This transit occurs at many other phases in your life, as well, including at the age of 45 to 46 and 63 to 64 (which, in this case, is after your second Saturn Return). During any of these times, you may also gain the opportunity to find peace with your past. It is said that the South Node represents your past life. If you don’t believe in past lives, it is just indicative of your past in this life. Either way, certain breakthrough moments can happen where you finally let go of something from the past that was holding you back. So, if you believe in past lives, this would be an excellent time for a past life regression. If not, certain people from your past could come back into your life. Situations can alarmingly repeat. Déjà vu can rear its ugly head, making you feel as if you’ve somehow regressed into the “old you.” But, this needs to happen. Not only can you make peace with people who’ve disappointed you and vice versa but you can learn to both fully love and accept the person you once were while also fully accepting that, in many ways, you have outgrown him or her.
Another interesting pattern I’ve seen with the South Node is that it can be a great career indicator. Since the South Node shows what you are naturally skilled at, it is quite an effortless thing to make a career out of whatever that is. South Node in Aquarius people can really succeed at something scientific, innovative, or collaborative while South Node in Aries individuals are excellent entrepreneurs and self-employed/freelance types. If it’s not that literal, then you will, at least, be able to use the talents of your South Node very effectively in order to get ahead. Therefore, during the reverse Nodal Return, you can find yourself really making significant strides in whatever that career is. The abundance that comes into your life could be enhanced success, skill, or recognition in terms of what you do. And because it’s best to live out the South Node by not over-focusing on it, you can discipline yourself to channel that energy into work while not making it your absolute life, centering more of your concerns around the North Node.
This is a transit that will start for me in May, once the North Node moves into Leo, and I’m eager to see what it has in store for me. Also, of course, this has just as much of an effect in terms of what houses the South Node and North Node are in. If you have a 12th House South Node, you might have all the free-flowing bliss, solitude, and empathy for others you can stand during this time, instead seeking to challenge yourself by becoming more efficient, productive, and useful (North Node in the 6th), etc etc. In any case, this is a period where you are being urged to re-balance your life and your priorities, so it’s best to take advantage of it.