True Node, Mean Node, North Node – where is the difference, and how to “read” it? I decided to write a short article about it, and perhaps this will help you to understand the Nodes in astrology better.
Are you a student of astrology, and you try to read and analyze natal charts more in-depth? Then you will for sure meet the North Node and the South Node.
However, if you look even deeper, you will notice that the North Node has two ‘nicknames’ – True Node and Mean Node. And here, things can get a little bit confusing. I will explain the difference between them.
Where is the difference between these two nodes?
Both nodes (in the natal chart, these nodes are max 2.5 degrees apart) actually present the same thing: the NORTH Node. The only difference is the way we calculate them.
The true Node is the real position of the Moon’s node at any time. Mean Node is the position of the Moon’s node according to a mathematical formula that ignores many of the minor perturbations in its orbit. To sum up: The true Node is the exact location of the Moon’s Node, while Mean Node presents the average location of the Moon’s Node at the time.
It is also good to know that Mean Node is always retrograde, while True Node may occasionally be direct.
Which one should I use in my natal chart interpretation?
Well, there is no strict rule about which one to use. However, most astrologers use the True Node since it is considered to be one’s ideal life path. A path that one should follow in order to reach fulfillment and ultimate satisfaction. It is considered to represent the skills, talents, knowledge, qualities, and attitudes one needs to develop in this lifetime in order to reach our full potential.
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