Being born with the South Node in the 3rd house indicates that the native should give less importance towards details and concentrate in discovering abstract truths, religion and foreign traditions. In addition, he should give less time to small things of his everyday reality and communication, while also not spend a lot of time in people of his immediate surroundings that just consume time.
As the Lunar Nodes are always opposing each other, a 3rd house South Node gives a 9th house North node. That placement has been excessively analyzed in the respective article.
A 3rd house South Node person feels quite comfortable living a structured life, following daily patterns and spending time communicating with others. Such natives adore chatting, and will frequently visit friends and neighbors in order to do small-talk. They seem rather happy when learning details of things that are interesting for them, and this can even lead them towards gossiping a lot.
Their minds are rather analytical, which is a consequence of previous lives and habits. During their previous incarnations, they could have been teachers, data analysts or anything else that is connected with information and its transformation. As the 3rd house is also connected with everything that hands do, they can also have been craftsmen, painters, mechanics or likewise. In any case, such a native bares memories from his past life that make him easily develop similar skills during his current one. This can be particularly noticed in people whose 3rd house also contains vital planets, powerful by sign or strongly aspected by other planets and points.
Such aspects will create a strong ease towards expanding in the same direction, and these patterns can easily reappear. The individual may have a tendency to seek comfort in them during his young years and can develop great abilities concerning all third house matters. In some cases, even memories of previous lives and hobbies can appear. Those will be observed mostly as random flashbacks of data and information that the native cannot know but are correct. It is quite natural for a soul to walk the easy path, the one that it has already walked.
Of course, re-living the same patterns does not really help the native progress, as his soul path is now showing a need to move towards the opposite direction and pay attention to things that are connected with higher education, foreign languages and cultures, or even philosophy and religion. Yet, the 3rd/9th axis of the Lunar Nodes is probably the easiest dilemma that life can impose to someone. They both contain intellectual growth and travelling, and changing the focus from one to the other takes lot less effort than other placements of the Nodes. Nevertheless, a transit usually awakens his consciousness and the native will choose consciously to abandon old habits and strive towards new ones.
Curiously enough, benefic planets such as Venus or Jupiter conjuncting the South Node in the 3rd can manifest in such a great way that the native really will not want to change his views concerning communication and learning. These two planets, especially if well-aspected, will give great ease with handling his immediate surroundings, good neighbors and brothers and a rather happy life with short journeys. Therefore, such a native will have to fight harder within his own mind, as someone does not easily relinquish the easy everyday reality in order to dedicate himself towards higher meanings, long travel and new ways of thought. It takes strength and courage to choose walking the difficult road.
The South Node in the 3rd house requires abandoning your small aquarium. It might be comfy, beautiful and always offering you all you need. Yet, you are created to swim in the ocean, even if this might sound scary. Such a person must battle his fears towards different cultural patterns, try to learn languages and higher meanings that spirituality can offer. He may have to quit hobbies and let relatives behind, in a quest for truths that will change his life permanently. Of course, this does not mean totally discarding all the valuable life areas that the third house rules. Yet it is wise that he firstly fully activates his North Node in order to be able to use the South one with harmony.
If you have this placement, aim high concerning your education. Finish that school and take that degree; even consider becoming an academic. In case you are already a teacher, aim even higher. This might mean returning to the seat of the student, yet through further studying you will eventually teach others from an even higher position. Your life road is not becoming a simple transmitter of basic information, but of the core essence that knowledge can offer. The bigger picture, the higher values, everything that will inspire the young so much that they will strive to become even better than you. Sometimes, abstract knowledge and higher meanings are more important than detailed and specialized knowledge.
We should hereby note that the South Node is debilitating the power of any planet that it conjuncts, and this can even be quite helpful. Malefic planets are still remaining tough to bear, yet they are losing quite a lot of their potency. Of course, benefic planets are also operating less powerfully. Imagine the South Node as a gravitational hole, sucking energy from the nearby planets- no matter what type. The South Node is the entropy, leading the system of your own self towards stability and eventually decay. On the other hand, pursuing the path that your North Node dictates is literally allowing fresh energy flow to your system, negative entropy that protects your soul from getting stuck in stability (even if it’s of the type that you enjoy).
Learn to leave back your South Node and embrace the lessons that the opposite house has to offer. Yes, you will leave quite a lot of things behind. But it is the only way to make yourself rise as a conscious human being, a person who holds his fate in his own hands.