Relationship astrology or “synastry” explores both the bonds that unite couples as well as the conflicts that cause strains in relationships. Sun-Moon and Venus-Mars aspects are very popular in romantic synastry readings: The former shed light on potential emotional connections and the latter are all about passion and chemistry. But if you want to add an extra layer of understanding to relationship analysis, you would do well to invest some time in looking at nodal connections in synastry.
The nodal axis speaks of the trajectory of a soul’s growth. While the South Node represents the skills a person has mastered in the past, the North Node describes the current learning task. Some people ascribe karmic significance to the nodes and believe that one person’s planets touching the other’s nodal axis indicates a karmic link. If you subscribe to this belief, then someone’s planet touching your South Node shows a past-life connection. The planet involved reveals the nature of the past relationship: Venus conjunct the South Node points towards a past-life lover; the Moon conjunction may indicate a maternal figure; and Jupiter, a teacher or a benefactor.
People often feel magnetically drawn to a person whose chart is linked to their South Node. This linkage confers a feeling of familiarity that is hard to resist. David Beckham’s Venus in Gemini is exactly conjunct Victoria Beckham’s South Node. This is what he says about their romance in Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography: “My wife picked me out of a soccer sticker book. And I chose her off the telly… It felt straight away like we’d always been meant to be together.”
North Node links are also powerful. Since the North Node is the energy or the lesson that a person needs to learn, these connections are believed to be stronger compared to the South Node when it comes to predicting the longevity of relationships. The person whose planet aspects another’s North Node is like a teacher pulling them toward their future personal evolution.
Bill Clinton’s Taurus Moon is conjunct Hillary’s North Node and her Descendant. Her stellium in Scorpio makes Hillary an intense woman and her Pisces Moon indicates great emotional sensitivity. For her, Bill’s emotionally steady and down-to-earth Taurus Moon is like the proverbial Rock of Gibraltar on which she can lean in times of turmoil. But more than that, this aspect of his personality is something that she needs to emulate if she is to grow as a person. North Node bonds, since they are future-oriented, are a contributing factor in relationships that endure.
Significant relationships, both platonic and romantic, are often marked by nodal ties between charts. So whether you are already in a relationship or thinking of embarking on one, look to see what the nodes are doing. Understanding these linkages will add another dimension to your insight into the relationship’s dynamics.
About the Author
Neeti Ray is an amateur astrologer with a deep love for all things astrological. You can read more of her work on her blog, Astrology Expressed.