Decoding the Nodes In Human Design

nodesIf you’ve learnt some Human Design, you’ve probably been taught that the Nodes represent a shift at your Uranus Opposition – around age 40 to 42. Your energy shifts from the South Node to the North Node. There is some truth to this, although it’s not the full story.

Unlike the rest of the planets in your Human Design chart, the Nodes don’t actually exist. They are what is called in astrology a ‘calculated point’, and the point they are calculated from is your Moon. (Every planet has Nodes by the way!).

The position of the Nodes is formed by the Moon’s orbit around the Earth intersecting with the Earth’s path around the Sun. They are always exactly opposite each other, in the same way as the Sun and Earth in your design.

They are also the only ‘planets’ that always move backwards, as if they are in constant retrograde. When they shift gates, they start at the 6th line and gradually work their way towards the 1st line.


Our South Node is our past

The position of your South Node is a place where you feel comfortable, a way of being that you cling to.  It is a position in your design where you tend to act without awareness in a way that can take over your life and throw you off balance. In the past (past lives) we have mastered this particular area and unconsciously approach our lives in this way, avoiding the more challenging growth-oriented pathway presented by the North Node.


Our North Node is our future

The position of your Personality North Node is one of the most important in your design. When you finally crack that one, everything else in your design will fall into place for you. Because your North Node shows your evolutionary trajectory in this lifetime.  And everything in your design is there to support that process.

Have a look at where your Personality North Node falls in your design, and take some time to consider how you might find this energy challenging, how you may avoid ‘going there’.


Julian Assange – Wikileaks Founder

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been a virtual prisoner in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, where he shelters to avoid extradition to Sweden and potential further extradition to the US where he could be tried for treason.

His South Node is in Gate 7 – The Army. It’s easy for Assange to out the governments of the world for their control of the populous through surreptious surveillance. His leadership in this role is not something he has sought, but which has been thrust upon him.

The theme of this gate is to put all your resources towards one central goal in life. It’s an interesting position for a South Node, since it suggests we should align with our purpose and then all our inner resources will naturally line up to support us. But of course, when we attempt to live within the comfort zone that is our South Node, we create difficulties for ourselves. We are serving ourselves and our own fears, rather than surrendering to the greater good.

Assange’s North Node is in Gate 13, the gate of listening to secrets. Pretty perfect for someone who has revealed all manner of sensitive political secrets to the world media. But Gate 13 calls him out of his hiding place.  Despite the clear risks of extradition to the US, Assange’s North Node calls him out into the world beyond his current self imposed confinement. Rather than continue to live within a limited concept of self, he could be writing, blogging, sharing his ideas about what we can learn from all those secrets.

His Personality Mercury, planet of communication, speaks to him responding differently, rather than doggedly staying on the one track. He needs to invite spontaneous connection with others, and communicate freely and powerfully. Despite that pain of that undefined G Centre and it’s potential to feel unseen for his true and authentic self, Assange has an opportunity to begin to communicate ‘goodness’ rather than the continued story of tyranny.

The Collective Energy of the Nodes

At the collective level the current position of the Nodes represents where we are holding tight to our comfort zone, and what’s pulling us forward into our more evolved future. So watching the movement of the Nodes by transit (ie, where they are on any given day) is highly informative of our collective shift.

Right now, today as I write this on 11 July 2015, the Nodes are in South – Gate 17 and North – Gate 18. We can figure from this that our comfort zone (in Gate 17) is holding tight to our existing opinions so as not to shake our ego conceptions of who we are and how the world works. We are comfortable with our world view and don’t want to listen to anything that will shake us up.

Our evolutionary potential (in Gate 18) is to discover the deep underlying causes of anything that affects our wellbeing and to take concrete action to correct it so as to restore our creative flow of chi. Not to bemoan our difficulties or argue against those who seem at odds with our beliefs about how things should be, but to take concrete action (Spleen Centre), no matter how small those corrective steps might need to be.

On 15th July 2015 the Nodes shift. We will get our first taste of something healing and heart affirming, on a global level. Well, actually, on a profoundly cosmic level, as it directly touches on the Super Galactic Centre.

Synchronistically, the evolutionary end point of the Super Galactic Centre is to move beyond unconsicous bonding with others, cutting the ties that bind to release psychic linkages based on fear, and opening up to a hollow clear inner space which opens the door to true receptivity. I say synchronistically because the New Moon on 16 July evokes Gate 61 (the Earth activation) speaks to clearing your personal inner space so that your own truth resonates there like a drumbeat. This clear resonance is naturally responsive, translating peronal insight into perfect action.


Where are your Nodes in your design? How might you be living too much in your South Node and avoiding the expansion and integration possible in your North Node?