On May 5th, 2020, we have one of the most important transits of the year: the Nodes of the Moon switch signs – the North Node moves into Gemini, and the South Node moves into Sagittarius.
The Nodes of the Moon will stay in Gemini and Sagittarius until January 2022.
The Lunar Nodes switching signs means that the North Node is moving out of Cancer and the South Node is – finally – moving out of Capricorn, releasing some of the Capricorn pressure. YES!
What Do The Lunar Nodes Mean
Before we analyze this transit, let’s understand what role the Lunar Nodes play in astrology. We have two Lunar Nodes, the North Node and the South Node, and they are always opposite each other.
The Lunar Nodes are the only astrological bodies that move backward, not only when retrograde – but always. Because of their backward movement, the Lunar Nodes are associated with our past lives, with our karma and destiny.
In fact, it’s only the South Node – also called the descending node – that is connected to past lives and past karma. The North Node – or the ascending Node – is connected to our future karma and with the opportunity to change our karma and re-write the script of our destiny.
The South Node represents our unresolved karma, that we need to ‘sort out’ in this lifetime. As long as you have the South Node in your chart – and we all do – we will always have karma do deal with.
The South Node represents all your unfinished business from the past: chances you haven’t taken, dues you haven’t paid, and things you haven’t quite brought to fruition.
How Do The Lunar Nodes Work
That’s why in this lifetime you are born with the task to “finish what you have started” and fulfill the mission of the South Node. But this challenge comes with a twist.
You won’t be able to complete your karmic lesson unless you look in the exact opposite direction, the direction of the North Node.
The reason is simple. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. We need to approach them from the opposite direction.
The South Node is the “familiar” comfort zone, what you instinctively “know” from previous lifetimes (or through genetic memory), what you are designed to keep doing because it feels safe and natural. But there is a reason why your South Node mission hasn’t been fulfilled.
The North Node is the unknown territory, the unfamiliar, the risk zone. Yet, the North Node is exactly what you need to embrace and learn how to master.
You can only heal and unlock your South Node past karma when you embrace your North Node. When you focus on the North Node, everything flows in perfect alignment with the universe.
Does that mean we should dismiss the South Node and completely focus on the North Node? No, not at all. Your South Node is, in fact, a gift – something that is waiting to be birthed and brought to completion. But to do that, to get to your South Node, you’ll need new directions with the North Node as your compass.
The South Node gift becomes a problem when we get stuck in it and refuse to change. When we do the same things over and over again. Instead of being birthed into life, it becomes rotten and toxic. It keeps us stuck in the past.
The North Node is where we are headed. The South Node is what we need to distance ourselves from. The solution to a South Node problem is always the North Node.
The paradox is that once you solve the South Node problem through the North Node, the outcome is not the North Node, but the South Node. The South Node is the ripening karma, for good and for bad.
The Lunar Nodes Equation
The Lunar Nodes Equation is:
Problem (South Node) → Solution (North Node) → Outcome (South Node)
To demonstrate the equation, let’s have a look at the Nodal transit we’re just completing.
From 2018 until May 2020 the Nodes have been in Cancer (North Node) and Capricorn (South Node).
Capricorn is the sign of structures, systems and top-down hierarchies. Capricorn rules politics and large organizations.
Cancer is our comfort zone, our home, and our family. Cancer’s role is to help us connect with our true nature and build a strong inner foundation.
Let’s apply the Nodes equation.
Problem – South Node in Capricorn: power-driven politics, systems and structures. “Work, work, work, work, work” – the needs of the system are more important than the needs of the individual. Corrupted patriarchal approach.
Solution – North Node in Cancer: ensuring each individual is safe, and looked after. Nurturing and nourishing, the individual, the family, and Mother Earth. Spending more time at home. Taking care of the vulnerable (children, elderly). The archetype of the mother who nurtures.
Outcome – South Node in Capricorn: better systems that take into account one’s safety and nurture. Politics and organizations that work to serve the needs of the individual. Uncorrupted patriarchal approach, the archetype of the father who takes responsibility and looks after his people.
From May 2020 onwards, the Nodes move into Gemini and Sagittarius. The North Node, where we are headed, is in Gemini, and the South Node, what we need to leave behind, is in Sagittarius.
From May 2020 until January 2022 we need to learn to embrace Gemini themes and to let go of Sagittarius themes.
Gemini Vs Sagittarius
We all have Gemini and Sagittarius in our charts, so we can all apply these principles in particular areas of our lives.
The Gemini/Sagittarius axis is the axis of knowledge, of how we make sense of the world. But Gemini and Sagittarius have different approaches to knowledge.
Gemini (and its ruler, Mercury) rules our primary thinking process, how we process and make sense of information, from a logical, fact-based perspective. When you open your eyes and look around you, paying attention to what you see, hear and touch, you operate from your Gemini brain.
That’s why people with strong Gemini placements are known for being curious, intellectual, and have many varied interests.
Gemini is associated with people from our immediate environment – our neighbors, acquaintances, siblings, and extended family, coworkers, and other people we interact with on a daily basis.
Gemini is connected to short trips, travel by car, bus or short-distance train trips, with primary education, learning one skill at the time, and with one-on-one commercial transactions.
Sagittarius (and its ruler, Jupiter) is similar to Gemini, but it takes the Gemini themes to a higher, more abstract level.
If Gemini is what we see when we open our eyes, Sagittarius is what we see when we close our eyes – the invisible connections between different topics and fields. Gemini is our concrete mind, Sagittarius is our abstract mind.
Gemini is fact-based thinking, Sagittarius is intuition, big-picture thinking. If you are familiar with the Myer Briggs personality types, Gemini is the “ST” or “Sensing/Thinking” type and Sagittarius is “NT” or “Intuition/Thinking” type.
If Gemini is defined by curiosity, and approaches everything with a beginner’s mind, Sagittarius can lack curiosity and prefers to follow the marked path, which has advantages and disadvantages.
Sagittarius doesn’t waste time reinventing the wheel, and can indeed save time and energy by sticking to what’s already proven to work, but can also fall victim to dogma, and can get stuck in paradigms that have outgrown themselves.
Sagittarius rules our beliefs. Yes, we need beliefs to function in the world, otherwise, we will waste too much energy trying to assess every little bit of information with a beginner’s mind, but our beliefs can also become our enemies, if we never question them.
Sagittarius is connected to people we interact with, not necessarily through our day-to-day interaction (Gemini), but by choice. These are the book authors, community leaders, people you resonate with when you travel abroad, or teachers and mentors you find online.
Sagittarius expands knowledge by exploring different points of view, connecting the dots, and embracing exotic concepts or cultures. That’s why Sagittarius and Jupiter are associated with foreigners and foreign cultures.
Both Gemini and Sagittarius rule knowledge and knowledge systems such as education, religion, customs or lifestyle.
But if Saggitarius tells us “you find everything you need to know in the religion or history books” Gemini, just like Budha, encourages us to “doubt everything, and find our own light”.
North Node In Gemini, South Node In Sagittarius
In the next 18 months, we want to learn how to “be like a Gemini” while we want to let our inner Sagittarius take a back seat.
Not because Gemini is “right” and Sagittarius is “wrong”. But because when the North Node is in Gemini, this is where our focus should be.
In 9 years from now, when we will have the reverse placements (North Node in Sagittarius, and South Node in Gemini) it will be exactly the other way around.
Let’s see how the North Node in Gemini and the South Node in Sagittarius will influence us more specifically:
Curiosity (Gemini) vs Abstraction (Sagittarius). Gemini is the curious explorer who approaches everything with a beginner’s mind. Sagittarius is the spiritual teacher, who tries to find meaning beyond logic.
But the downside of “meaning beyond logic” is missing important information, reaching flawed conclusions, and ultimately, making bad decisions. So even if you are the spiritual type of person (and you probably are, if you’re reading this) your lesson in the next 18 months is to “think like a Gemini”, challenge your assumptions, and approach life with curiosity.
Some of your long-held beliefs may crumble, and they have to crumble when the South Node is in Sagittarius so that they can leave space for more relevant beliefs that better serve you in your new reality.
Facts (Gemini) vs Knowledge (Sagittarius). Gemini is the scientist who only believes in what can be validated through the physical plane, while Sagittarius is the mystic who knows that life is more than what we can see and understand with our senses.
Although we need both of these approaches to attain wisdom, in the coming year and a half, the North Node in Gemini will ask us to open our minds to a more scientific, fact-based approach.
Don’t embrace a belief just because everyone else does. Instead – just as Buddha said – “doubt everything and find your own light”.
Practice (Gemini) vs. Theory (Sagittarius). Gemini prefers to learn through practice and experience.
Sagittarius loves books and theories. When the North Node is in Gemini, you want to take a Gemini approach to learning, and focus on practice, rather than theory.
Take an internship. Learn by doing. Ask someone to demonstrate, or to explain to you how to do it. This is not a time to make sense of things from a theoretical, abstract perspective, but by actually getting your hands dirty.
Inner Circle (Gemini) vs Outer Circle (Sagittarius). Gemini is our close circle of people (relatives, neighbors, workmates). The people we interact with on a daily basis. Sagittarius is foreigners, people from different backgrounds, people who share different points of view.
You guessed it, when the North Node is in Gemini, our inner circle will become more important.
To truly understand people with totally different backgrounds and different points of view (Sagittarius) we first need to master our daily interactions (North Node in Gemini).
Short-Distance Travel (Gemini) vs Long-Distance Travel (Sagittarius). Gemini rules short-distance travel and Sagittarius rules long-distance travel. In the upcoming year and a half, we can expect profound transformations in the way we travel.
Rules will be re-written. Long-distance travel can become less accessible. But trips to the nearby park, forest or village will increase. 90% of people love traveling to faraway places.
Most of us love what is different and exotic. But the North Node in Gemini will ask us to look into our own garden first. To rediscover our own neighborhoods. The local park.
To finally notice the details we missed because our minds were too caught up wandering, perhaps trying to escape a reality that is right in front of us but we have never truly made sense of.
How will The North Node in Gemini And The South Node In Sagittarius Influence You:
We learn best from experience. To find out how the North Node in Gemini will influence you, reflect on what happened in your life when you had this transit in the past.
This is when the North Node was in Gemini and the South Node in Sagittarius:
- October 2001 – April 2003
- August 1964 – February 1966
- December 1945 – August 1947
If you’re at least 18 years old, you have experienced this transit at least once. What was going on in your life back then? You can expect similar themes to resurface from May 2020 until January 2022.
These Gemini-Sagittarius connected themes will emerge especially when we have the Solar and Lunar Eclipses. Because yes, the Lunar Nodes bring eclipses.
We will have the following eclipses while the Lunar Nodes are in Gemini and Sagittarius:
- June 6th, 2020 – South Node Lunar Eclipse at 15° Sagittarius (the South Node is at 29° Sagittarius)
- June 20th, 2020 – North Node Solar Eclipse at 0° Cancer (the North Node is at 29° Gemini)
- July 4th, 2020 – South Node Lunar Eclipse at 13° Capricorn (the South Node is at 28° Sagittarius)
- November 30th, 2020 – North Node Lunar Eclipse at 8° Gemini the North Node is at 19° Gemini)
- December 14th, 2020 – South Node Lunar Eclipse at 23° Sagittarius (the South Node is at 19° Sagittarius)
- May 26th, 2021 – South Node Lunar Eclipse at 5° Sagittarius (the South Node is at 10° Sagittarius)
- June 10th, 2021 – North Node Solar Eclipse at 19° Gemini (the North Node is at 10° Gemini)
- November 19th, 2021 – North Node Lunar Eclipse at 27° Taurus (the North Node is at 1° Gemini)
- December 3rd, 2021 – South Node Solar Eclipse at 12° Sagittarius (the South Node is at 1° Sagittarius)
Take note of these dates, because this is when important events are expected to happen.
If your birthday is around one of these dates or if you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or angles (Ascendant, Descendant, MC, IC) around the degrees of the eclipse, you will be especially influenced by the North Node in Gemini and the South Node in Capricorn in 2020-2022.
Also, if you are (approx.) 18, 37, 55, or 74 years old you will have your Nodal Return, which is a time when you effortlessly move in the direction of your destiny. Fated events, and fated relationships await you. Things fall into place.
If you are (approx) 27, 46, 64 or 83 years old, you will have your Reverse Nodal Return, which is a time of adjustment, integration of what you’ve learned, and karmic recalibration.
No matter what your Nodal placement is, the transit of the North Node in Gemini and South Node in Sagittarius will influence you in one way or another, depending on the areas of your life (houses) ruled by Gemini and Sagittarius.
And even if you don’t know anything about your natal chart, if there is one thing you want to remember from this write-up, it is to embrace more Gemini-like qualities, and let go of those Sagittarius qualities that no longer serve you.
You also want to pay attention to what happens in your life around the time of the eclipses, because these events will have an important role in your life going forward.