Few people know that astrology can tell you more than just what's going on in the present timing of your life. I consider the birth chart to be a guide to an individual's personality, and when it's used in that way, you can find out literally every aspect of why a person is the way they are. And yes, that includes their past lives, if you're into that. The part of the chart that explains this is called the south node, and it's symbolized by a "U" shape, with two small circles on the ends. The house and sign that the south node resides in is what tells you the themes of that persons past life. Once you get the hang of it, you can easily use your birth chart to discover your past life.
To find out your south node, all you need to do is look up your birth chart here. When you get your results, scroll down to the section with the header that reads "Asteroids & Chiron." You'll see your south node at the bottom of that table with the sign listed next to it on the right.
Here's what your south node sign tells you about your past life, and what your mission in this lifetime is meant to be based on your past lessons.
South Node in Aries
South node in Aries means you were a warrior, a survivor, a fighter. You have an innate ability to feel your fears and do it anyway, and your instincts tell you to fight through your life, to muscle your way through situations without much charm or grace. Your challenge in this lifetime is to achieve you goals while remaining balanced through striking compromises with others.
South Node in Taurus
The South Node in Taurus kinda means you were a hoarder in a past life, unfortunately. You cling to your material belongings as if they could keep you safe, or you cling to your way of doing things stubbornly, without breaking from tradition or the status quo. In past lives you were afraid of change, of the unknown, or of losing your grip on what you were used to.This lifetime challenges you to let go of anything you cannot control. You will learn to make a clean break from anything you cling to too stubbornly.
South Node in Gemini
In your past lives, you were a free agent, loyal to no one but the pursuit of information to serve your own curiosity. You were shallow in your relationships, flirtatious with everyone, a dilettante, unable to commit to just one thing, even to one point of view.
In this lifetime you have incarnated with the purpose of gathering and possessing real knowledge, and to apply that knowledge and understanding in a real way. Your past life gave you an ability to understand both sides of an argument, but in this lifetime you will learn to commit to one.
South Node in Cancer
You may have been a homemaker in a past life, someone who spent their time not going outside of their immediate circle of family and friends. You have mastered the domestic arts, and have now incarnated to have a career and climb the ladder of success.
The key spiritual concept of this lifetime for you is MATURITY in the world. You may feel as if you're always an adolescent, trying to become an adult with real responsibility.
South Node in Leo
South Node in Leo people enjoyed some kind of fame or public adoration in their past lives, adored by everyone around them and loving the feeling of superiority that comes from being so popular. In this lifetime, when the same adoration isn't as freely given to them, they refuse to accept it.
You might also experience contempt for those who grovel at your feet, sick of the performance, or feel bitterness for those with a lot of wealth and power, as it's difficult for you to walk away from the game. When you accept that your spiritual purpose in this life is to serve the community, to give back to those who gave to you, you'll be much happier.
South Node in Virgo
Virgo rules the process of breaking things down to their essential elements. Sometimes Virgo SN's overdo this process, feeling trapped, and unable to move on to other concepts and activities with ease.
They get stuck on the details and they can't let go of the compulsion to be perfectionist, controlling every little thing until they exhaust themselves. This indicates a lack of trust in a higher power, and in this lifetime they are meant to let go of the details so that they can watch the perfection that is inherent in every perceived mistake.
South Node in Libra
The South Node in Libra defines an excessive attachment to others, to their approval and to the idea of partnership that holds them back from fully seeking a unique destiny. South Node Libras are caught in a cycle of codependency. Their past life comfort of being in a partnership often keeps them trapped in relationships but inside they long for personal freedom. Togetherness no longer makes them feel good about themselves, but being alone makes them so uncomfortable that they seek another relationship immediately. They are meant to learn true independence in this lifetime.
South Node in Scorpio
South node in Scorpio is attached to suffering. They were destructive in their past lives, and the attachment to pain and crisis drains their energy in this lifetime. This lifetime is meant to teach South Node in Scorpio people that suffering is not the only path for growth.
You can also grow by creating your life in expansive and joyful ways. You do not need to remain tense or frightened, you can relax, calm down, and enjoy cultivating happiness in this lifetime.
South Node in Sagittarius
South Node in Sagittarius was a teacher, a seeker of knowledge in a past life, of spiritual truth and of inner peace. The isolation that they come from can make them unwilling to come out of their shell, to experience the so-called shallower joys in life, the joy of small talk, of learning new things. These south node people has to get over thinking that they have nothing more to learn.
Their know-it-all attitude keeps them from the genuine connection they want with others, because they're so busy talking that they no longer listen. This lifetime, for them, is about relinquishing power, pedantic wisdom, shutting up and listening. Be an equal among equals, not a priest.
South Node in Capricorn
South Node in Capricorns were workaholics in a past life, people who strove to prove themselves in the workplace and in society by climbing the ladder to success in the interest of serving tradition -- often for the approval of some imagined authority in their childhood.
Their life was about seeking money, fame, fortune, and their lives now are about returning to home, whatever that means to them. The security that can be gained through societal approval can be too easily shook, and in this lifetime they are creating an unshakeable sense of security from their home and family.
South Node in Aquarius
These individuals spent their past lives as an outcast, as one who observes, rather than participates in society. They were the type who didn't vote but had plenty of opinions on how to change the system. You get it. This south node placement is for the elitist hippie, who in this lifetime is meant to embrace his/her desire to finally be embraced by the people he/she has directed criticism toward for so long.
SN Aquarius often clings to the need to be different when what they want most of all is to be included, to feel included, so they can put those keen observations on human behavior to good use.
South Node in Pisces
South Node in Pisces means that this person spent their past life as either a seer, a psychic, or someone who spent too much of their time indulging in mind altering drugs, seeking contact with the spiritual realm. This kept them separated from their physical reality, from making progress in their day-to-day lives.
In this lifetime, they are meant to take their immense spiritual understanding and creative inspiration and to make something out of it, to come out of their world of daydreams and procrastination to be of service to others and to themselves in their daily life.