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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Libra North Node; Aries South Node

North Node Libra
Libra North Node, South Node Aries

Achieving “serenity” is a soul aspiration for you in this lifetime, although the thrill of the hero’s journey and the grand quest is strong for you with these Nodes. Your South Node is ruled by the mythical hero, Mars, who embodies the ideal of the spiritual warrior and the one who breaks new ground. However, with your North Node in Libra, ruled by Venus, it is through the more feminine side of yourself that you come home to yourself. Venus compensates for the excesses of Mars, and yet she can be a demanding muse or irritation, depending on how you treat the masculine/feminine polarity within yourself.

With this Nodal axis it will be important for you to find ways to calm down, release tension, and allow all forms of beauty and harmony to heal you. Like a finely turned violin, you need to catch stress and pressure before it causes something to snap. There may have been something exhausting earlier in this life or in a previous life experience where you placed great emphasis on personal achievement, self-sacrifice and courageous action. Now it’s time to release the singular survival urge and ambitious mentality to develop your North Node’s Soul's yearning for deep serenity. For you, this suggests nurturing co-operative relationships and finding release from the mental/emotional “tension of the opposites.”

The symbol of your Venus ruled Libra North Node is the ancient image of Athena holding the Scales. This mental weighing and balancing of the ‘great opposites” in life is exhausting, yet the challenge of knowing what is “right and fair and true” is too delicious not to embrace. You delight in having had the courage (South Node Aries) to go where others have not, to endure, and to bring home the “golden fleece”. Yet it is ultimately about the learning of “right relationship” that is one of the main tasks for you in this life. It will require a relaxing of some old ways of thinking and being, as you create win/win situations with others and relax the urge to engage in victim-rescuer scenarios.

As your understanding of human nature grows, you acquire a tolerance for paradox and ambiguity and for the many different ways people perceive reality. As this increasing acceptance of the complexities of life and people grow you may find yourself in positions of peace-keeping or as a counselor or mediator.
You can excel in the Venusian fields of art, entertainment, and beauty, if you choose to develop this side of your nature. Home, heart, and hearth can take on increasing importance—one could say that these Venus ruled areas are good compensatory medicine for you. As you grow into a more balanced focus on inter-dependence rather than too much dependence or independence, you'll finally find a way to assert yourself with more confidence and without creating conflict. Your compassionate objectivity can bring a deep contentment into your life and into the lives of anyone you touch.

Earlier in this life, or in a previous life, chances are that you were engaged in “a serious battle” of some sort. It could have been a war, or it may be a vague emotional memory of trauma. However, those left-over default patterns, or shadow qualities of Mars—the feeling of needing to know, to be right, and in your place of power, only increase the dramatic, intense and overly emotional backdrop of your past life that your Soul longs to move away from. Your unconscious knows the horror of trauma and drama, yet you also know how to numb the effects of battle, and how to create the soothing rush of the adrenaline high with a new beginning. You can dare to slow down. The war is over; you’ve won.

As you move to redeem the “gold in the shadow of Aries” in mid-life you may need to become less self-centered to find the serenity and co-operation with others you desire—and how many and varied the ways you may consciously and unconsciously do this! No matter how accommodating you may see yourself, you may occasionally need to dip back into this gold in the shadow, and tap into that Martian/ Aries assertiveness again. Yes, Libra is about balance, justice and beauty, but without a good dose of the Martian courageousness and sense of adventure, Libra can be ineffective and indecisive. As you continue to learn to tolerate the complexities and paradoxes in life (an on-going Libran task!) you discover a new sense of equanimity, and you may notice that life comes to you, rather than you having to go to it. Allow yourself time to not rush into making decisions--you need to weigh and balance all the different ways you perceive and think about things.

In the latter part of your life you’re more likely to seek the comfort of love rather than the drama of love earned through effort and ambition. Where there is no war, there is also greater beauty.

Soul Purpose: To cultivate a willingness to see all sides of a question and be able to forgive. Release the addiction to passion, ambition, and anger as personal fuel, and replace it with the Venusian nurturing qualities inherent in all things beautiful—music, nature, and art are all healing for you.

Shadow: Having to be right and to righteously defend a cause while causing a lot of inner and outer disturbance. Too much emphasis on the powers of the ego and not enough on the Self, and/or Self in relationship to others.

William Butler Yeats, Irish poet, dramatist, astrologer and occultist, was one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. Yeats had his North Node in Libra, South Node in Aries, and despite (or because of) his many literary accomplishments, he is often looked at curiously for his unusual love life and his passionate quest for a direct experience of Spirit. His many relationships with women were tumultuous, and the Venusian muse was particularly hard on him. He was refused in marriage multiple times by Maud Gonne, the love of his life, and again by his proposal of marriage to her daughter.

Yeats was in love with Maud Gonne for 28 years (a full Saturn cycle) and claimed to have a spiritual marriage with her—perhaps providing Yeats with the emotional suffering necessary for an alchemical breakdown to take place. It seems significant that Yeats’ life long desire to channel spirit information came to him, not by the excesses of his passion, but through his later life marriage to his wife, Georgie. One cannot know if he found the “serenity” that is the hallmark for Libra, but one could hope that in accepting the responsibility of their marriage and two children, Yeats may have turned the base metal of everyday human life into the gold he so yearned for in his spiritual quest.

As a member of the occult society of the Golden Dawn it became necessary for Yeats to grasp the unity of opposition over and over again, and the necessity of alchemical healing through suffering and purification. His magical name in that society: Demon Est Deus Inversus (the Devil is God inverted) underlines that opposition.

Yeats knew that in Vedic Indian astrology, his “head of the dragon, Rahu,” was in Libra, and the “tail of the dragon, Ketu,” was in Aries. C.G. Jung wrote in his book, Mysterium Coniunctionis.“ the image of the uroboros (the serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail) lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process. The uroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e., of the shadow...”

It is interesting to note that the South Node shadow for Yeats was in Aries, with it’s polar opposite, in compensatory Venus ruled Libra, while the opposite is true for two other men who pioneered in the area of the unconscious—Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. They both had the opposite polarity of North Node being in Mars ruled Aries, and South Node in Libra. All three men shared the passionate Venus/Mars polarity with its intense interest/disinterest in sexuality, love, and the life of the spirit.
~Elizabeth Spring Artwork by Kerstin Zettmar at
As you see, all North Node descriptions are similar to sun sign descriptions, without the South Node opposition. Any North Node Libras out there with more to add? As a Sun sign Libra I find I'm only indecisive on the big issues of life, and the little decisions are quickly done.....


Anonymous said...

That was a wonderful description and I really appreciate finding it on the Internet. It is really me and brought tears to my eyes.

Anne1Texas said...

Hmm. Yes, I feel the conflict between Venus and Mars. It's odd. I have six signs in Taurus-Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus; two signs in Virgo, my Asc and Neptune; Moon and Pluto in Leo, Mars in Aquarius and Chiron in Cancer. I am often driven by this "need to know," obsessively and destructively--to myself-- at times. I feel very uncomfortable with indecision, and in my younger days was prone to act rashly rather than do nothing. Now that I am older, I am sometimes just overwhelmed by frustration and throw up my hands. I love Yeats and I have always been fascinated by his love for Maude Gonne; my tendency is to stay with a relationship long past its 'sell-by' date. The Venus/Mars conflict often shows itself with an inability to relate to people--even lovers--without anger infusing itself somewhere. I am also gay--I wonder if there are many North Node Libras who are also gay? Just some thoughts. These last months--since about September of '08--have been just plain weird.

Anonymous said...

HELP!! My boyfriend has Libra North Node and he is impossible to be with most of the time. I think he's mainly living the old Aries South Node because everything has to be his way or he throws a tantrum. Everything I have read about Libra North Node is EXACTLY him!! I am a Leo North Node and I really want to know how I can get him to realise he's being so aweful!! Can anyone help??

Anonymous said...

Anonymous... we share similar traits. I too am a Leo north node, and my boyfriend is a Libra north node! I don't know HOW we've been together for over ten years!! Not a day goes by that I think of how difficult he is. His most annoying feature to me is his short fuse. I'm STILL amazed at how passionately aroused he gets by the most trivial thing that irks or irritates him. In fact, I sincerely worry about his heart health, because the tension that comes from that man is bound to "snap" something. I always picture him as a volcano; steaming with hot tension ready to erupt at a moments notice. Ha! Despite all that, he's not a violent person! He's actually very sweet and almost meek-like until you witness this strange phenomenon. I've never seen anything like it. I'm sincerely intrigued and repulsed by it at the same time.

padi said...

Thank you for this beautiful and meaningful description. Like the first Anonymous commentor above, it brought tears to my eyes, and found it very helpful.

Diana said...

Tears came too my eyes too the moment I read...
"The war is over; you’ve won."

elina said...

My God....this is the most enlightened and well -researched astrology description i've ever read...with a sun in pisces and ascedant in libra , as well as the south node in aries i completely fell for is wonderful and to my surprise fellow SN aries became emotional...but then, its not so much of a surprise because we all know how painful and straining is to be like that..dear Diana i shed a tear too over there...bless u blogger for all this ..

elijebrg said...

Well, I have north node in Libra conjunct Venus and also a libra sun all in the 10th house with Libra mid heaven, a lot of support for the north node. This is the focus of my life right now as I try to understand leaving behind the shelter of home and family to engage in the "world" while not stressing ego, ambition and courage, but rather harmony and beauty. I have always been introverted and artistic preferring to work on my own and needing time to follow through on ideas and insights. I left my family of origin at an early age and then I left the family I helped create after 23 years. I was the first female to enter a particular theatrical labor union local 29 years ago and then to hold an officer's position, much like a family, these locals, officers are a bit like parents. I have sought autonomy with in these experiences. At any rate none of these past experiences seems right to me now and I seek beauty and rest and creativity desperately and don't know how to reach that shore.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!! This is the best description of my life I have ever seen from a stranger.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant: "The war is over, you've won." Tears in this NN Libran's eyes as well.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this boyfriend has his north node in libra in the 4th house. Everything you wrote was so accurate. Not that I can change anything but at least it explains why he has always been acting like that. It is very tricky though.exactly like you wrote, he has been the nicest person for three years, avoiding all the conflicts, expressing his opinion, which I was not happy about, I sensed that it was not completely real. Last year, our relationship became a battlefield. I cannot help but wonder, this peaceful Libra personality is such a fighter, he basicaly destroyed everything in his own war. 3 months ago I got pregnant with him and he started to fight even more. I have always thought I was a strong person ( taurus, with taurus ascendent, cancer north node in the 3rd) but it was too much for me. His need to control, manipulation and needing to know everything about others without exposing anything about himself completely overwhelhelmed the relationship. He was yelling at me every day because things did not go his way and I was the one to blame.always. His south node aries cannot be any stronger now. He is 38, already has one child which he does not see.
With the north node in libra I would also mention the unwillingness to share. Anything. They do not want to share money, their emotions, share the right in the relationship. There is a huge unequal sign between giving and taking.
The question do you make people realize and change. I think I got my answer already. There is no way. No matter how hard you try, you can only change the way, it was really hard for me to accept my pregnancy, My south node is in capricorn:))) and I never imagined I would have to go through this...but it is definitely opening the new horizons for the soul....
Good luck to all who have the courage to face our own darkness and make a change, blogs like these help me not to judge but understand a bit more...

Nadine Sofia said...

Hello, do you have some information about North Node in Libra in the 1st house? Does it mean I have to create a harmonious and peaceful relationship within myself and my body, or does it mean that I will define myself through partnership and marriage? Thanks a lot. :)