What the Nodes of the Moon Can Reveal About Your Soul’s Purpose

On this blog I often talk about soul purpose. One great resource for exploring this is astrology, and specifically the nodes of the moon in astrology.

This week I am visiting my friend astrologer Jay Linden and took the opportunity to interview her about the nodes of the moon and how exploring these can be helpful to find out more about one’s soul purpose.


Anna: Hi Jay. Great to interview you about this topic.

Jay: I’m really happy to talk about the nodes of the moon – understanding my moon’s nodes saved my relationship! So I know this aspect of astrology can be really helpful to some people.

Anna: Awesome. So, what do the north and south nodes of the moon in astrology have to do with soul purpose?

Jay: The nodes of the moon signify the life lessons our soul is currently working on.

Just as we choose particular courses at school or college, so we choose particular life lessons to study on earth in order to develop the character of our souls.

We explore a life lesson from lots of different angles until we are satisfied with what we’ve learnt. So we might have a lot of lives that are all variations of a single theme, for example survival or personal power.

Anna: I have also heard that looking at the nodes of the moon can tell us something about our past lives, too?

Jay: Yes.

We each have a north and south node and they are in opposite astrological signs. So, suppose you have an Aries south node. That means you’ve had lots of lives where you were on your own – you were a pioneer, a warrior, or a leader. You wanted to be the best. You weren’t interested in relationships with other people – you were developing your relationship with yourself. You were learning to be independent, to pit yourself against life’s challenges and look after yourself.

Once you’ve learnt enough in those lives, however, you’ll be heading off to your opposite node in Libra. This node is all about relationships with other people – close one-on-one relationships. This can be really scary at first because you need to be heart connected, to be vulnerable, and to be open. And at first you might find you are constantly wanting to go off on your own –  to where you are comfortable from the Aries lives. You might be totally unused to considering the impact of your behaviour on others.

It can work the other way round too. You might start off learning to be in relationship (if you have a Libra south node) and then later have to learn to be independent (with an Aries north node.)

Anna: So, a bit further on in this article, we’re going to talk about how to interpret your nodes and what it means for your soul purpose. But first, how can a person find out what astrological signs their north and south nodes are in?

Jay: If you want to know what sign your north node is in, you can find this information at the Cafe Astrology website.

(And in the results, further down, it gives your south node.)

By the way, unlike some other aspects of astrology, you don’t need an accurate birth time to find out what astrological signs your nodes are in.

Anna: So once you know what astrological signs your nodes are in, what does it mean?

Jay: Below you will find a summary of the life lessons connected to each pair of nodes.


If you have a Taurus node then you are learning about physical survival, living off the land, being deeply connected to nature. You’re exploring lives of poverty and hardship as well as riches and comfort. Part of the life lesson here is about values and what gives you pleasure and feelings of worth.

Scorpio lives are very different – key word is intense. If you have a Scorpio node you are going below the surface to learn all about the shadow energies. So you will experience jealousy, rage, betrayal, destruction and hate. Lots of secrets and lives involving power games and manipulation.


Gemini node’s life purpose is to take in lots of different ideas and bits of knowledge and pass them on. You are a messenger and communicator and you love gossip. You want to dip into many areas of life and experience a taste of them without getting too serious.

Sagittarius lives are deep and meaningful. You are searching for one universal truth that will explain the mysteries of life. You might be a teacher, a student or explorer, but every event is seen symbolically, as a clue to the real meaning of life. A lot of these lives can be deeply immersed in a religion and you might have died for your beliefs or spent your life spreading the word.


Cancer node lives are all about the family or the tribe and what it means to belong – or what it feels like to be abandoned or orphaned. These are lives about fulfilling family expectations and the sacrifices you make in order to do this. You will be experiencing many variations of child/parent relationships.

Capricorn node life lessons are about authority. In some lives you’ll be the one with the authority and responsibility – in others what it means for someone else to be in charge. With these lives you’ll learn what it takes to provide for and protect your family and how it feels when you can’t. Capricorn node lives are often quite lonely, emotionally isolated, with lots of struggle. War lives and business lives crop up a lot.


In Leo node lives you are centre stage, special, the one getting all the attention. Sometimes you will be a part of royalty or the chief family or someone with a creative gift. Part of this life lesson is learning not to distort yourself in order to get applause.

If you have an Aquarius node your life lessons are about being your unique self. You have a gift for intuitive insights and invention and may be a bit of a rebel. You also stand out from the group and sometimes will experience being the scapegoat or the outcast because of your ideas and visions of a better world.


Virgo node life lessons are about being of service in a practical way. You might experience being a body worker or using the healing power of the natural world. Past lives include being a servant or slave and you might still feel like you are a slave in your work or family life.

Pisces lives are also lives of service, but of a more spiritual or mystical nature. You’re developing your psychic gifts and are often very sensitive and creative. You have a tendency to give without boundaries and experience overwhelm.

Often in past lives, you escaped into a drug or alcohol induced oblivion.

Anna: Are there any books or resources you would recommend for finding out more?

Jay: Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul is a great place to start – she gives a lot of information about the North Node in each sign. However, you can be left with the impression that south node equals bad and north node good – that is certainly not the case, especially if you are working at both ends of the nodal axis and balancing your nodal energies.

Anna: What else in the chart gives us information about life lessons and past lives?

Jay: There are many indicators of soul purpose and past lives in a chart. Each individual’s soul path is unique and you can really see that in a person’s chart.

This is simplifying things a little bit, but your moon sign can also reveal the nature of your past lives.

For example, Anna, your moon is in Taurus which means you’ve had a lot of past lives closely connected to nature, working the land – very simple, physical lives.

Other planets which are in aspect to the south or north nodes add more layers of information.

Take yourself, for example Anna. The planet Uranus in your chart sits exactly on top of your south node. It’s effect on your past lives was that you often had the experience of unforeseen, shattering events – a bit like being hit by lightning – the life you’ve written about on your blog where you were a High Priestess would certainly fit into that.

Anna: Thanks Jay for sharing your knowledge on this fascinating area of astrology!

Just before we finish, I’m intrigued – you mentioned earlier that knowing more about your moon nodes helped save your relationship – how did that happen?

Jay: I’m one of those people who has had many solitary lives, being independent. Discovering that in this lifetime, I am learning to be in relationship, helped me to hang in there when things were challenging. So personally, knowing my moon nodes was tremendously helpful.

How do you see your soul purpose reflected in your nodes? Let us know in the comments!

Jay Linden is the creator of Soul Purpose whose aim is to assist those wanting to do the inner work of healing and transformation. She offers past life regression, soul purpose astrology and Tarot for the soul. You can visit her website here.

Meet Anna

Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


  1. David Dawalt

    I have always been very skeptical of Astrology, and the only reason I went through the exercise is because of Anna, who I have come to trust. So I did the exercise and the results were surprising. I was a Virgo/Pisces and the description seemed to be right in character with how I view myself. So now I’m beginning to wonder . . .

  2. David

    Thank you, Anna, for presentation of another fascinating topic. I completed the exercise and learned my nodal configuration was Aries / Libra. I may pursue this further using the book recommended in your article.

  3. Dee

    I am loving astrology and really enjoyed this interview with Jay Linden.

    Just this past year, in honor of my turning half a century, I bought myself the gift of an astrological reading with an Evolutionary Astrologer. (I had no idea there were different types of astrology until this past year. AWESOME!!!). The reading was phenomenal and learning about the meaning of the Moon’s Nodes in my natal chart, along with their meanings in the particular Houses they were in, was one of the most enlightening aspects.

    Afterwards, I found myself hungry to learn more, leading me to books by such authors as Steven Forrest and Elizabeth Spring, (who’s book on the North Node I found very interesting and enlightening), to name a few. I certainly will check out Jay’s site along with the book she mentions in the interview.

    Thank you for this wonderful post.


  4. Inga

    Thank you very much, Anna, for another very interesting topic.

    I found that my North and South nodes are Sagittarius/Gemini. I have to say I was shocked how perfectly accurate it is! Unbelievable! And it explains so much for me!

    To be short,- I am really interested in so many things in life! I like to constantly educate myself and love to pass this information on (to be a messanger)! In time it was difficult for me to choose which profession to study, because I was good with all subjects at school : arts, music, languages (English is my 4th language), literature, writing, mathematics, chemistry, physics, sport. It was really hard! (Only after 5 years I really found out what I most like. I studied project management 🙂 ).

    Also since my early age I have been interested in spiritual world and astrology, numerology, tarot, healing etc, (Everything that is related to deep real meaning of life). I just can’t tell enough how grateful I am to have come across Anna’s website! I have found answers to so many questions!

    My first spiritual experience was when I was 5-6 years old. I was in hospital where I met a boy who I never had seen in my life, as I was actually living in village 60 km away, but out of the blue I knew his name and surname, when we played a guessing game! All my life I was wondering – how? (Now I know-claircognizance).

    I have had lots of spiritual experiences, specially after calling spirits in teenagers age.

    Years later, when I was married, big was my surprise one morning waking up and knowing that my mother in law is dying. And she died on that day…

    Today I am so happy finding out about Moon Nodes! Explains so much to me..

    Thank you very very much, Anna, for enlightening people with your website and courses! Bless you!

  5. David Dawalt

    After further thought it occurred to me that another way of looking at this is that people incarnate within specific calendar ranges depending on their soul’s purpose. Does anyone have any theories on why their is a relationship between the calendar and Soul Purpose? To put it another way, why does my purpose in life lead me to be born in a specific part of the calendar? Just curious.

    Another question: I’m not clear on what “experience overwhelm” means under Virgo/Pisces.

    Thank you

  6. David Dawalt

    Sorry. Amend my last comment to say, “Does anyone have any theories on why there is a relationship between the calendar and Soul Purpose?”.

  7. Anna Sayce

    Inga – Thanks for sharing your experiences. That is great to hear you have found my site helpful!

    Dee – glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

    David Dawalt – Awesome!

    Re. your questions: I expect that the soul chooses the date/time it will come into the world. Beyond that, I am not actually sure. Perhaps Jay will weigh in on that and your other question.

    Thanks to all for your comments!

  8. Jay Linden

    Hi David – thank you for your questions.

    As souls we choose the exact moment to incarnate so that the energies of that moment are reflected throughout our life. A full astrology chart is very complex and can be read in different ways. The moon’s nodes are just one indicator of soul purpose – there are others but you do need to know your time of birth to get those.

    In answer to your other question: Pisces is very sensitive and gets overwhelmed both by the suffering it it aware of and also through taking on the energies of others – empathic overload. Virgo gets overwhelmed by getting lost in the details and how much there is to do to make things organised and efficient and also by a self-doubt about whether one is good enough. It is because of this overwhelm – feeling that everything is just too much and you simply cannot go on any longer – that both signs have a tendency to give up.


  9. David Dawalt

    Thanks Anna and Jay for your answer. You’ve got me thinking. When you say, “As souls we choose the exact moment to incarnate so that the energies of that moment are reflected throughout our life”, could this mark a time frame when we are energized best to achieve our life’s purpose? In my case, nothing motivates me more than losing a pet. During the time frame of Sept 13 to 17 we lost two cats to coyotes, one my favorite, possibly my all-time favorite. I was born October 9. Events like this always motivate me to try awakening my psychic abilities. I have a feeling that this loss was orchestrated by my higher self to motivate me enough that won’t give up as I have in the past. Do you think that is possible, and that the time of this happening was not arbitrary but chosen?

  10. David Dawalt

    Correction to my last comment: Make that, “motivate me enough that I won’t give up as I have in the past.” Seems I always see things after it is too late to edit. Cheers.

  11. Anna Sayce

    Hi David,

    I think that the timing of some events is chosen by the soul. I’m sorry to hear you lost your two cats. Many people start having psychic experiences, or feel drawn to it, after the death of a loved one. When I lost my cat, I felt like a small part of me followed him to the other side and it amped up my spiritual connection. It can be a catalyst.


  12. David Dawalt

    Thanks Anna,

    Then if that is true, and these events are a product of the soul and meant to serve as a catalyst, then it follows that events like these would not happen if we did not have the capacity to succeed. Otherwise the only purpose would be to make us suffer. Now I know some religions teach suffering is good for the soul as an end in itself, but that is like saying we benefit from being in a constant state of low vibration. I don’t buy that. So if achievable positive results are indicated from these events as you suggest, then I find this an encouraging sign. I think the key is in persistence toward the goal and I intend to test that out.

    Thanks for your comments.


  13. David Dawalt


    Sorry, I meant to ask if you agree with my assessment. I always look forward to your comments.


  14. Anna Sayce

    Hi David,

    Yes – personally I have always believed in a benevolent universe that is conspiring to our good.

    Obviously bad things happen, too. Earth is a place where you can experience both light and dark but I think we move forward through it all.

    With the challenges in my life, I can see the grace & the positive in what comes out of them. For example, my cat died, but I got a lot of love from him, so I feel blessed even though he passed away. I experienced lots of challenges in my early life, but if I had not had those challenges, I don’t think I would have become an intuitive and created this career for myself which is very fulfilling.

    Personally I believe that we are all pieces of the Divine – we are the divine experiencing itself. So the soul is here to experience, explore, grow and expand and that is the soul’s definition of success. So it does depend on what you mean by success. We never quite know what the soul has planned 🙂

    I am not sure if I got too abstract there with your question, but yes, basically I agree.

  15. David Dawalt


    No. Not too abstract at all, and an answer I very much appreciate.

    Thank you.



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