The North and South Node, or the Lunar nodes, reveal where you’re coming from and where you’re going. But what actually are the lunar nodes? Astronomically, the nodes are not planets or asteroids, but points in space (similar to Black Moon Lilith) where the moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic—the apparent yearly path of the sun. The point where the moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic going in the north or ascending direction is the North Node, and the point where it crosses going in the south or descending direction is the South Node.
Unlike the planets, the Nodes move clockwise (or retrograde) through the zodiac, and it takes them approximately 19 years (or 18 years, 7 months and 9 days to be exact) to make a complete revolution, and within that, the nodes stay in the same zodiac sign for 1.5 years before moving on to the next. Always exactly opposite from each other in the zodiac, eclipses occur when the new moon or full moon occurs on that nodal axis.
Eclipses bring sudden beginnings and endings, and this is because the nodes stir up fate and karmic patterns. The nodes represent a symbolic meeting of the sun and moon which astrologically relate to spirit (sun) and fortune (moon) or body and soul. When the nodes come back around to where they were when we were born (or just where they were the last time a big event occurred in our life), we face that patterning head on. A wild example of this is the fated relationship of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Their pandemic era reconciliation and marriage occurred at the exact nodal return (19 years later!) of their first failed engagement in the early ‘00s!