In synastry, contacts to the natal South Node indicate each person’s involvement in the other’s past, and contacts to the North Node describe the role they can play in the future. This is usually analyzed in the context of person A’s planet aspecting person B’s Node. However, Nodal overlays to the houses are not discussed as often. These overlays are significant, but only under certain conditions.
The natal South Node represents past life, and comfortable (but limiting) habits in this life. Too much emphasis on the South Node can result in stagnation. This is where the North Node comes in; it marks the path that a person can take to evolve beyond their South Node, and reach their full potential. The Nodes function differently than planets. They are markers along the path that stretches from a person’s past to their future. They are not planetary energy. If your partner’s South Node falls in your 7th House, it won’t activate that house, and you may feel nothing.
However, there are circumstances where you will feel the impact of someone’s Nodes in your houses:
- if their Nodes conjunct or square one of your natal planets
- if their Nodes conjunct your angles (the cusps of your 1st, 7th, 4th or 10th Houses)
When someone’s North or South Node is activated by your planets or angles, the Node person’s experience of their past and/or future will be directly tied to you. You’ll feel this in the context of the house (in your chart) that their Node falls in. Let’s look at some examples, keeping in mind that we’ll be approaching this primarily from the perspective of the house person. Also, when dealing with aspects between the Nodes and planets/angles, I use tight orbs (4-5 degrees maximum).
Related: Nodes in Synastry: An Introduction