Category: Sagittarius: Crusades, Quests, and Expanded Horizons

South Node in Sagitarrius, Pluto in the 9th House: When Faith Becomes a Matter of Life and Death

Editor’s Note: Below is an excerpt from an analysis I did for a client whose chart included South Node in Sagittarius and Pluto in the 9th. -Matt

South Node in Sagittarius: Past Lives as a Vagabond, a Gypsy, a Scholar

Your South Node is in Sagittarius, the sign of the Philosopher, the Gypsy, the Vagabond, the Scholar. Sagittarius is the sign most associated with the pursuit of broad based knowledge (“the big picture”), belief systems, the search for meaning, higher education, organized religion, foreigners and foreign adventures, crusades and quests. At its best, Sagittarius is the sign associated with the expansion of consciousness, the renewal of faith, and belief in a better tomorrow. It is represented by the Centaur, the half man/half horse who roams across broad landscapes in the pursuit of truth. At its worst Sagittarius is the sign of blind faith, dogma, nihilism, religious extremism, and a belief in Utopian spiritual/cultural schemes involving migration to foreign lands.

With your South Node in Sagittarius, “roaming” and the search for truth were major themes in your past live. The roaming may have been through different lands and cultures but just as easily could have been through the geographies of various religious or philosophical belief systems.

Pluto in the 9th House: When Faith Becomes a Matter of Life and Death

While Sagittarius is the *sign* of belief systems and the quest for truth, the 9th House is the *House* of belief systems and the quest for truth. In your chart, Pluto – the planet of extremes – is in the 9th house. This mean 9th House issues of belief systems, spirituality, and faith took on Plutonian dimensions for you in your past lives. Put simply, what you believed – or refused to believe – was a matter of life and death for either yourself or others around you.

With your South Node in Sagittarius – the sign of belief systems – and Pluto in the 9th House – the House of belief systems, it’s safe to say the theme of belief systems has been a dominant one in your past lives. In my estimation your past lives included elements of fanaticism, nihilism, or religious/moral persecution. It is possible you have been on both ends of such persecution, possibly in the same life, possibly on the delivering end in one past life while on the receiving end in a different past life.

The Gifts of Pluto in the 9th House: Be the Philosopher, not the Moralizer

The good news is that Pluto in the 9th endows you with Plutonian gifts related to preaching, philosophy, and higher education. Anything involving questions relating to the “big picture” of why we’re here, what’s true, and what should we put our faith in is favored for you. So too are long-distance travels, particularly any embarked on as part of religious, philosophical, or educational pursuits.

You have the ability to be a powerful preacher, professor, or philosopher so long as you don’t fall prey to the darker expressions of the 9th House: cynicism, zealotry, and dogmatic belief systems. The key to using this placement is to go on knowledge crusades without become a crusader, work towards being a moral authority without become a moralizer.

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