How Your North Node Sign In Astrology Can Help You Learn Your Purpose

Feeling stuck when it comes to finding your purpose in life? What if the answer wasn't to be found in a college textbook or on a new career path, but inside yourself? According to astrology, every person on the planet has access to a blueprint of their unique essence, past lives, and purpose from the moment they're born. This map to yourself is known as your natal chart — or your birth chart. Your natal chart reveals precisely where each planet and several significant asteroids and mathematical points were located in relation to you at the exact time of your birth.


When it comes to your mission in this lifetime, there is one particular placement to study: the north node. The north node is one of two lunar nodes within your natal chart. The two points represent where the sun and moon's paths intersect. While the south node can shed light on your lessons learned in early life or even in past lives, the north node speaks of your karmic mission in this one. Here's what you need to know. 

How to locate your north node

Creating a natal chart once required hours of mathematical equations, access to reference materials, and the tedious hand-drawing of precise angles and dozens of specific astrological symbols. Today, creating a chart is as easy as inputting some basic information into a software program. The result is more accurate and precise, and your time is freed up for the most important aspect of chart reading: interpretation.


If you don't already have a copy of your natal chart, you can obtain one for free from Café Astrology, Co-Star, or Astro-Charts. You'll need your exact date, time, and location of birth. Once your chart has been created, you can simply scroll the report until you find your north node placement listed. Or, if you'd like to start getting familiar with chart reading, search your circular chart for a symbol that looks like a horseshoe. Take a look at which zodiac sign the symbol is placed inside of and that is your north node placement. 

How to interpret your north node (by element)

The zodiac sign your north node is located in will provide you with the answer to the essence of your life's purpose. If your north node falls in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn), your purpose is likely related to safety, practicality, skill, and tangibility. Those with north node placements in air signs (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius) are here to communicate, spread information, teach others, and bring about change through knowledge.


A north node in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius) is a sign that you're meant to lead. These passionate visionaries set trends and motivate movements. If your north node is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces), your purpose in this life is to support and connect with other people on a deep, nurturing level. The more people discover their karmic mission and step into their perfect role, the more balance and peace society as a whole will experience.