Interpreting the Moon’s Nodes, Midheaven, Vertex Point, Part of Fortune, and The Great Attractor
Fate is commonly understood as your predetermined future. The word fate comes from the Latin “fatum,” which means “that which is spoken.” In a sense, fate is a spell – words cast with the intent of creating a specific outcome. You could say predetermined or post-determined, since linear time is not an objective reality but rather a theory, a metric, a perspective born of 3-dimensional life on Earth.
If we are co-creating as aspects of a conscious universe, you could even say that fate and free will are the same thing, and it is through the choice of “forgetting” our cosmic oneness – and our fate – upon arrival on Earth that we get to exercise this freedom of will. In other words, it is through free will that we do or do not become masters of our fate.
The purpose of this article is to explore the following markers of fate in an astrology chart:
- The Moon’s Nodes
- The Midheaven
- Vertex Point
- Part of Fortune
- The Great Attractor
We’ll discuss the origin and relevance of each of these elements, as well as how to locate them in the astrology chart.
How to Create a Free Astrology Chart
To get started, first generate an astrology chart using Astrodienst. Here’s how:
- Create a free Astrodienst account to access your natal chart. Check out our post Astrology 101 for full instructions if you’re a beginner.
- All of the elements explored in this article can be found in the Extended Chart Selection.
- We’ll provide specific instructions for selecting any of the elements below throughout the article.
The Moon’s Nodes
The Moon’s Nodes are points on the moon that are believed to determine your karmic path. They are always in opposite signs in a person’s chart. So for example, if your North Node is in Aries, your South Node is in Libra. They are also known as the True Node and Descending Node.
The North Node is where you’re going, and the South Node is where you’ve been.
In other words, the South Node represents where you’re coming from karmically – people you’ve known, habits set and skills mastered, lessons you’ve overcome, and where you’re comfortable.
The North Node is where you’re headed – the lessons you need to learn and skills you need to master. While the themes of the sign and house of your North Node may be challenging due to their unfamiliarity, immersing yourself in your North Node is what allows you to flourish and grow.
In the Extended Chart Selection, scroll down to Display and Calculation Options. Check True Node and Descending Node.
The Midheaven, read as MC in the chart, is the highest point in the sky at the time of your birth (or chart reading) and the beginning of the 10th house. The Midheaven and 10th house rule your life purpose as it relates to the outside world, aspirations, and career.
The Midheaven provides insight as to your role in the world, which may or may not correlate with the purpose of your soul’s incarnation on Earth. For example, a conflicting aspect in this house, such as the South Node, would indicate that while your career may serve as a source of grounding or practical sustenance for you, it is not your life purpose.
See the previous section for more information on the North and South Nodes. As always, it is critical to interpret individual aspects within the context of the entire chart.
The Midheaven can be located at the top of most charts, notated as MC.
“The Vertex axis and its rulers tend to describe the doorways to the next level of our evolution and the means by which this can happen.”
– Alice Portman
Like the Midheaven, the Vertex is an angle in the chart rather than a planet, asteroid, or location in space. The Vertex point is the classic indicator of fate, and strong Vertex aspects can result in fated experiences, epiphanies, and turning points. Events and relationships with strong Vertex aspects allow us to “level up” in the evolution of our consciousness.
In the Extended Chart Selection, scroll down to Additional Objects and select Vertex.
Part of Fortune
The Part of Fortune or Pars Fortunae is an indicator of health and wealth. The house and sign of your Part of Fortune is where you are professionally and physically fortunate.
It also positively amplify the qualities of any planets with which it forms a tight conjunction – so for example, if your Part of Fortune is conjunct your Saturn or Mars, the malefics of astrology, it will soften any harsh influence from – and bring out the best of – those planets.
In the Extended Chart Selection, scroll down to Additional Objects and select Pars Fortunae.
The Great Attractor
The Great Attractor is a mysterious point in the galaxy about 250 million light years from the Milky Way that is always at 14º of Sagittarius. It lies in the Zone of Avoidance, a part of the sky obscured by the Milky Way, and it is known for warping time and space while bending light in such a way that you can only see what is directly behind it. It has a massive gravitational force, yet not enough to qualify as a black hole.
What you have at 14º Sag is the part of you or your life that is mysterious to even yourself and overwhelmingly attractive, polarizing, triggering, or catalyzing. It’s a relatively new addition to modern astrology, so there is much to explore here. Philip Sedgwick’s article is a good place to start.
One way to deepen your astrological practice is to study how the elements of fate function in your chart during key events in your life. Here’s how:
- Go to the Extended Chart Selection.
- Scroll to Sections and click the Chart Type drop-down menu.
- Select Natal chart and transits.
- Next to Start Date, enter the date for the event in question.
- Select the elements you want to include in the chart. Generate the chart.
What is the difference between free will and fate? It’s an interesting question from an astrology context because the entire practice is based on the belief that the motions of the cosmos manifests as the human experience – but humans are part of the cosmos. Perhaps fate is more of a snapshot of the cosmos at a point in time, like a hand of cards. You’re dealt the hand, and then it’s up to you and your free will to determine how to play it.