There are lots of different ways to use astrology in your life, and one of my favorite is to study the parts of your chart that connect to your soul purpose and karma. We all have baggage that we carry, whether you believe it’s from a past life or your younger years in this life, and we all have potential that we can live up to if we work on the baggage that holds us back. The three points I look at, first and foremost, are the lunar nodes, Chiron, and Black Moon Lilith.
The lunar nodes are the points where the Moon crosses the ecliptic. There are two lunar nodes, a North Node and a South Node. The North Node represents what you should grow toward in this life, your greatest potential and happiness. The South Node represents what you need to grow away from, what’s familiar and already learned. When you have planets on your North Node, you should try to add the energy of that planet into your life in positive ways. When you have planets on your South Node, they can represent extra baggage. Planets that square (90 degree aspect) your nodes show blocks that need to be worked on in order for you to make the best out of your nodes.
Chiron is called the wounded healer, and represents wounds you can heal, learn, and grow from. It’s a way for you to mature, to gain greater understanding of yourself, and to gain more compassion. Where Chiron is in your chart, sign and house location, show areas of your life you have something to heal from, and the ways in which you heal.
Black Moon Lilith is the point farthest from the Earth in the Moon’s orbit. While there are three Liliths (Asteroid Lilith and Dark Moon Lilith), Black Moon Lilith has a closer tie to your spiritual self, but a darker side of it. It’s a side that requires some exploration that will, again, help you grow.
You should investigate this trio thoroughly in your own chart, studying the sign and house location, and aspects made. Beyond these three, there are other things you can look for in your chart that will show potential soul issues that need to be worked on. Some of them are:
- Planets or the angles at an anaretic or critical degree. These planets/houses will have more complicated energy that has to be addressed, otherwise the parts of life ruled by that planet will be difficult for you to manage positively.
- Singleton planets. A planet is a singleton when it’s the only planet is an element, quality, or house type. Singleton planets demand your attention, otherwise problems arise.
- A yod in your natal chart. A yod is an aspect pattern where you have two planets that are sextile (60 degree aspect), and both of those planets are quincunx (150 degree aspect) a third planet. Yods are nicknamed the finger of God, and are considered an aspect of fate. The energy can be difficult because of the nature of the quincunxes involved.
And there are even more – duplicate/intercepted signs, aspects between the Sun and Moon, planets falling on fixed stars, locations of asteroids, planets in the 12th house – you can go wild focusing on this part of your chart. But it’s always good to try to become your best self.
Soul Issues in Your Chart
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