Use this free North Node calculator to find which Tropical Zodiac signs and houses your North and South Nodes occupy in your astrology chart.
What is a North Node Calculator?
A North Node calculator, sometimes also known as a birth chart calculator or natal calculator, uses your date and place of birth to calculate the zodiac signs and houses occupied by the lunar Nodes in your natal chart.
A bit of a mouthful, but essentially this astrology software is said to provide you with information related to your karmic path and soul purpose.
The North and South Nodes are always in opposite signs on a chart, separated by 180°.
What Are the Lunar Nodes in Astrology?
In terms of astronomy, the Nodes of the moon are geometrically calculated mathematical points representing the two junctures where the moon’s orbit around the Earth intersects with the path of the sun from our perspective (known as the ecliptic).
Just as they are on a compass, the North and South Nodes are always separated by 180° on a map of the sky, ie. in opposite signs on a chart.
Astrologically speaking, the significance can be traced back to a mythological story about a dragon in Vedic astrology.
What’s the Difference Between True Nodes and Mean Nodes?
True nodes use the true position of the nodes at a given date.
The nodes of the moon travel backwards, often called retrograde, around the zodiac. While their actual movement can fluctuate, oscillating between retrograde and direct stations, their progression is ultimately always in a backward motion.
When you see nodes referred to as Mean Node (instead of True Node), the formula used has levelled out the discrepancies, producing an average, or mean calculation of the total movement.
True nodes, on the other hand, use the true position of the nodes at a given date (your birth time).
The True Node tends be more popular, however neither one is better or worse than the other.
The discrepancy between the two is small, but for a few people it can be enough for the nodes and house to change according to which calculation is used.
The True Node tends be more popular, however neither one is better or worse than the other and plenty of astrologers prefer to use the Mean Node. Astrologers will usually choose to use one or the other, similarly to deciding which house system to work with.
What Are My North and South Nodes?
Use the below North and South Node calculator to find your true lunar nodes, as well as house placement of the North Node and South Node. Simply input your place and date of birth and your results will appear immediately.
Below this simple north node calculator, you’ll also find a full natal chart calculator, which provides even more information, with diagrams.
Lunar Nodes Calculator
Please note I’m aware this calculator has been behaving temperamentally recently! If it fails to load, please use the calculator below. Your North Node is represented by a horse shoe, and your South Node will be in the opposite zodiac sign.
Note: If your place of birth doesn’t appear in the dropdown box, use a nearby larger city.
Astrology Birth Chart Calculator
If you’re interested in your full natal chart with a diagram and full list of planets and aspects, use the following chart (you will also find an optional report to purchase, if you wish):
The chart you create also shows your moon sign. For more on how to interpret this information, head over to our moon sign calculator post.
What Your Nodes Mean For You
The Nodes of Destiny, also known as the Nodes of Fate, are meant to provide an insight into an individual’s undeniable purpose.
When a New or Full Moon occurs near the North or South Node (roughly every 6 months), an eclipse occurs.
When a Full Moon occurs within 11° 38′ of the North or South Node, a lunar eclipse takes place. When a New Moon occurs within 17° 25′ of the North or South Node, it coincides with a solar eclipse.
Let’s take a closer look at the different areas of life each represents…
The North Node of Destiny
North Node qualities facilitate and guide growth and understanding.
North Node aspects are highly significant in astrology. The karmic energy of the North Node, or Ascending Node, underpins our life purpose and the fate we are moving towards.
The North Node of the moon represents insatiable hunger and its qualities can be helpful in getting us out of our comfort zone. It facilitates and guides growth and important lessons that our soul has chosen to learn in this lifetime, promoting a deeper level of understanding about ourselves.
The South Node of Destiny
South Node energy helps us to discern which past life patterns of thinking are beneficial.
Conversely, the South Node of the moon is supposed to symbolise past lives. The fundamental quality of the South Node, or Descending Node, depicts all that we are releasing and leaving behind in this lifetime, as we learn and evolve.
South Node energy can give us a feeling of déjà vu, as we navigate the old patterns of thinking and feeling from our past life. It helps us to discern which are beneficial, and those which should be purged as they no longer serve us on our current life path.
Important Nodal Events
Three notable events to be aware of during your lifetime include:
- Nodal Return
- Nodal Square
- Nodal Opposition
Let’s take a look at each one and their significance.
What is Nodal Return?
When the Nodes of Destiny return to the degree and signs they were on your birth date, this is known as Nodal Return (just life Solar Return is when the sun returns to its natal position).
During these times, which take place every 18 years, you can expect to experience positive transcendental shifts in your life.
What is Nodal Square?
Every four and a half years the nodes form a square with the nodes in your birth chart, and this is known as Nodal Square.
Each Nodal Square is an opportunity to purge the past and realign with your life purpose.
What is Nodal Opposition?
Nodal Opposition is said to be a mystically significant time for your karmic path.
Nodal Opposition occurs once every nine years and is when your natal nodes (in your birth chart) align with the transiting nodes (where they are today).
For example, if your natal North Node is in Pisces, meaning your natal South Node is in Virgo, when your Nodal Opposition occurs, the transiting North Node will be in Virgo, and the transiting South Node will be in Pisces.
Nodal Opposition is said to be a special time for organically fulfilling your destiny.
How to Manually Find Your North and South Nodes
While the calculator above is super handy and perhaps the best way to find your lunar nodes, you may also be interested in the below charts which show how to manually determine your true nodes.
North Node Table
|Date||True North Node||True South Node|
|Jan 1/1940 – May 24/1941||Libra||Aries|
|May 25/1941 – Nov 21/1942||Virgo||Pisces|
|Nov 22/1942 – May 11/1944||Leo||Aquarius|
|May 12/1944 – Dec 3/1945||Cancer||Capricorn|
|Dec 4/1945 – Aug 2/1947||Gemini||Sagittarius|
|Aug 3/1947 – Jan 26/1949||Taurus||Scorpio|
|Jan 27/1949 – Jul 26/1950||Aries||Libra|
|Jul 27/1950 – Mar 28/1952||Pisces||Virgo|
|Mar 29/1952 – Oct 9/1953||Aquarius||Leo|
|Oct 10/1953 – Apr 2/1955||Capricorn||Cancer|
|Apr 3/1955 – Oct 4/1956||Sagittarius||Gemini|
|Oct 5/1956 – Jun 16/1958||Scorpio||Taurus|
|Jun 17/1958 – Dec 15/1959||Libra||Aries|
|Dec 16/1959 – Jun 10/1961||Virgo||Pisces|
|Jun 11/1961 – Dec 23/1962||Leo||Aquarius|
|Dec 24/1962 – Aug 25/1964||Cancer||Capricorn|
|Aug 26/1964 – Feb 19/1966||Gemini||Sagittarius|
|Feb 20/1966 – Aug 19/1967||Taurus||Scorpio|
|Aug 20/1967 – Apr 19/1969||Aries||Libra|
|Apr 20/1969 – Nov 2/1970||Pisces||Virgo|
|Nov 3/1970 – Apr 27/1972||Aquarius||Leo|
|Apr 28/1972 – Oct 27/1973||Capricorn||Cancer|
|Oct 28/1973 – Jul 9/1975||Sagittarius||Gemini|
|Jul 10/1975 – Jan 7/1977||Scorpio||Taurus|
|Jan 8/1977 – Jul 5/1978||Libra||Aries|
|Jul 6/1978 – Jan 5/1980||Virgo||Pisces|
|Jan 6/1980 – Sep 24/1981||Leo||Aquarius|
|Sep 25/1981 – Mar 16/1983||Cancer||Capricorn|
|Mar 17/1983 – Sep 11/1984||Gemini||Sagittarius|
|Sep 12/1984 – Apr 6/1986||Taurus||Scorpio|
|Apr 7/1986 – Dec 2/1987||Aries||Libra|
|Dec 3/1987 – May 22/1989||Pisces||Virgo|
|May 23/1989 – Nov 18/1990||Aquarius||Leo|
|Nov 19/1990 – Aug 1/1992||Capricorn||Cancer|
|Aug 2/1992 – Feb 1/1994||Sagittarius||Gemini|
|Feb 2/1994 – Jul 31/1995||Scorpio||Taurus|
|Aug 1/1995 – Jan 25/1997||Libra||Aries|
|Jan 26/1997 – Oct 20/1998||Virgo||Pisces|
|Oct 21/1998 – Apr 9/2000||Leo||Aquarius|
|Apr 10/2000 – Oct 13/2001||Cancer||Capricorn|
|Oct 14/2001 – Apr 14/2003||Gemini||Sagittarius|
|Apr 15/2003 – Dec 26/2004||Taurus||Scorpio|
|Dec 27/2004 – Jun 22/2006||Aries||Libra|
|Jun 23/2006 – Dec 18/2007||Pisces||Virgo|
|Dec 19/2007 – Aug 21/2009||Aquarius||Leo|
|Aug 22/2009 – Mar 3/2011||Capricorn||Cancer|
|Mar 4/2011 – Aug 29/2012||Sagittarius||Gemini|
|Aug 30/2012 – Feb 18/2014||Scorpio||Taurus|
|Feb 19/2014 – Nov 11/2015||Libra||Aries|
|Nov 12/2015 – May 9/2017||Virgo||Pisces|
|May 10/2017 – Nov 6/2018||Leo||Aquarius|
|Nov 7/2018 – May 5/2020||Cancer||Capricorn|
|May 6/2020 – Jan 18/2022||Gemini||Sagittarius|
|Jan 19/2022 – Jul 17/2023||Taurus||Scorpio|
|Jul 18/2023 – Jan 11/2025||Aries||Libra|
|Jan 12/2025 – Jul 26/2026||Pisces||Virgo|
|Jul 27/2026 – Mar 26/2028||Aquarius||Leo|
|Mar 27/2028 – Sep 23/2029||Capricorn||Cancer|
|Sep 24/2029 – Mar 20/2031||Sagittarius||Gemini|
|Mar 21/2031 – Dec 1/2032||Scorpio||Taurus|
|Dec 2/2032 – Jun 3/2034||Libra||Aries|
|Jun 4/2034 – Nov 30/2035||Virgo||Pisces|
|Dec 1/2035 – May 29/2037||Leo||Aquarius|
|May 30/2037 – Feb 9/2039||Cancer||Capricorn|
The following table shows the exact time of the above North Node sign changes, from 1940 to 2040.
True North Node Sign Changes, Eastern Time
|Date||Time||North Node Sign Change|
|May 24, 1941||2:55 AM||True Node enters Virgo|
|Nov 21, 1942||2:15 AM||True Node enters Leo|
|May 11, 1944||11:57 AM||True Node enters Cancer|
|Dec 2, 1945||3:53 PM||True Node enters Gemini|
|Jan 1, 1946||5:05 AM||True Node enters Cancer|
|Jan 3, 1946||7:29 AM||True Node enters Gemini|
|Aug 2, 1947||6:49 AM||True Node enters Taurus|
|Jan 25, 1949||6:55 PM||True Node enters Aries|
|Jul 26, 1950||4:54 PM||True Node enters Pisces|
|Mar 28, 1952||5:13 AM||True Node enters Aquarius|
|Oct 8, 1953||11:04 PM||True Node enters Capricorn|
|Apr 2, 1955||5:02 PM||True Node enters Sagittarius|
|Oct 4, 1956||3:43 AM||True Node enters Scorpio|
|Jun 16, 1958||7:18 AM||True Node enters Libra|
|Dec 15, 1959||12:37 PM||True Node enters Virgo|
|Jun 10, 1961||4:28 PM||True Node enters Leo|
|Dec 22, 1962||11:44 PM||True Node enters Cancer|
|Aug 25, 1964||7:02 AM||True Node enters Gemini|
|Feb 19, 1966||12:02 PM||True Node enters Taurus|
|Aug 19, 1967||1:39 PM||True Node enters Aries|
|Apr 19, 1969||1:59 AM||True Node enters Pisces|
|Nov 2, 1970||2:54 AM||True Node enters Aquarius|
|Apr 27, 1972||2:40 AM||True Node enters Capricorn|
|Oct 26, 1973||9:14 PM||True Node enters Sagittarius|
|Jul 9, 1975||8:26 PM||True Node enters Scorpio|
|Jan 7, 1977||12:45 PM||True Node enters Libra|
|Jul 5, 1978||6:39 AM||True Node enters Virgo|
|Jan 5, 1980||12:20 PM||True Node enters Leo|
|Jan 6, 1980||6:28 PM||True Node enters Virgo|
|Jan 12, 1980||2:13 PM||True Node enters Leo|
|Sep 24, 1981||5:28 AM||True Node enters Cancer|
|Mar 15, 1983||9:37 PM||True Node enters Gemini|
|Sep 11, 1984||1:33 PM||True Node enters Taurus|
|Apr 6, 1986||2:18 AM||True Node enters Aries|
|May 5, 1986||3:00 PM||True Node enters Taurus|
|May 8, 1986||4:26 PM||True Node enters Aries|
|Dec 2, 1987||12:20 AM||True Node enters Pisces|
|May 22, 1989||7:39 AM||True Node enters Aquarius|
|Nov 18, 1990||1:48 PM||True Node enters Capricorn|
|Aug 1, 1992||4:43 PM||True Node enters Sagittarius|
|Feb 1, 1994||2:21 AM||True Node enters Scorpio|
|Jul 31, 1995||7:45 AM||True Node enters Libra|
|Jan 24, 1997||7:44 PM||True Node enters Virgo|
|Oct 20, 1998||2:17 AM||True Node enters Leo|
|Apr 8, 2000||9:34 PM||True Node enters Cancer|
|Oct 12, 2001||11:01 PM||True Node enters Gemini|
|Apr 13, 2003||8:56 PM||True Node enters Taurus|
|Dec 26, 2004||2:47 AM||True Node enters Aries|
|Jun 22, 2006||5:08 AM||True Node enters Pisces|
|Dec 14, 2007||7:20PM||True Node enters Aquarius|
|Dec 16, 2007||12:07 AM||True Node enters Pisces|
|Dec 19, 2007||1:59 AM||True Node enters Aquarius|
|Aug 21, 2009||1:47 PM||True Node enters Capricorn|
|Mar 3, 2011||7:00 AM||True Node enters Sagittarius|
|Aug 29, 2012||11:06 PM||True Node enters Scorpio|
|Feb 18, 2014||9:52 AM||True Node enters Libra|
|Nov 11, 2015||8:04 PM||True Node enters Virgo|
|May 9, 2017||2:28 PM||True Node enters Leo|
|Nov 6, 2018||1:09 PM||True Node enters Cancer|
|May 5, 2020||1:48 AM||True Node enters Gemini|
|Jan 18, 2022||1:49 PM||True Node enters Taurus|
|Jul 17, 2023||3:59 PM||True Node enters Aries|
|Jan 11, 2025||6:01 PM||True Node enters Pisces|
|Jul 26, 2026||8:45 PM||True Node enters Aquarius|
|Mar 26, 2028||11:02 AM||True Node enters Capricorn|
|Sep 23, 2029||7:47 AM||True Node enters Sagittarius|
|Mar 20, 2031||7:31 PM||True Node enters Scorpio|
|Dec 1, 2032||11:40 PM||True Node enters Libra|
|Jun 3, 2034||1:25 PM||True Node enters Virgo|
|Nov 30, 2035||2:27 AM||True Node enters Leo|
|May 29, 2037||6:52 AM||True Node enters Cancer|
|Feb 9, 2039||11:07 PM||True Node enters Gemini|
What the Science Says
As we’ve explored in other astrology posts, there’s no scientific evidence to support the modality.
Studies suggest the popularity of horoscopes is likely due to a combination of the Barnum Effect and ‘self-attribution bias’.
Read more in our birth chart calculator post.