North Node in Capricorn or the 10th House
Respect. NN Capricorns value dignity, maturity, self discipline, and the enjoyment that comes from a job well done. They want to be useful and will work long and hard to perfect the skills of their trades. When advancing steadily, these people gain self respect, and in turn, the admiration of others.
Restraint and decorum. In the SN, the habit of excessive emotionalism dominates, but in the North lies cool reserve in the face of difficulties, even when sympathy is there, and an understanding of others' pain. They know that the best solution requires this self containment. It's when they function at their best.
Cooperation with authority. In the beginning these nodeholders are often well-liked by those in authoritative positions, sometimes finding mentors who see their potential and help them advance. Some, however, remain stuck in the SN Cancer child-parent relationship and can carry resentment, but deep down they know they could very well be in that position later on, and they want to learn as much as possible to prepare. They study the ones they like, and frequently follow their examples. They are sometimes singled out by the most discerning and pointed in the right directions.
Emotional distance and self control. The habit of closeness at all costs is hard to leave in Cancer, being so instinctive, but the benefits of adult relationships are without an end. Instead of the childlike dependency, NN Capricorns are sometimes called upon to take the role of boss. This means that a superior position must sometimes be maintained, and as sensitive as they are to others, feelings can be hurt, a hard thing to learn and accept. Staying above and outside the cliques and other groups is another aim. At first the fear of isolation and abandonment can be strong, but others will be there for them in a new way when they cross this bridge, and the consolidation of group talents for the greater good comes under their guidance. A new kind of protection is growing.
Setting goals and responsibility. This is one of the primary activities of the NN Capricorns. As they pursue their aims, they often find themselves responsible for organizations and other people. They are learning to make rules and ensure their enforcement. Punishment and reward is a constant area of testing in these relationships as maintaining law and order becomes their job. Again the detached emotion of the boss is required to it well, while justice and ethics prevail.
The climb to the top. Capricorn is known for the slow, steady, step-by-step climb to the top. No one can do it better than the NN in Capricorn. They are made for success, and know exactly how to go about it, if they can leave the pull back home to the safety and security that no longer work. I think one of the reasons for the patience is because they plan to stay on top when they get there, so they know to have all their skills developed. Success is waiting for them and wants their arrival.
Water to earth. NN capricorns are coming from the merging action of water in Cancer, to the construction of boundaries and self containment in Earth. They no longer have to flow with complete abandon into the protective embrace of others. They now can do the protecting themselves from a new and separate standpoint. Preservation of form is another one of their aims.
Changing role in the family. If NN Capricorns stay with their families they can eventually take charge and leave the hurt child behind. They are experts at arranging the details of family rituals, and can arbitrate within the complicated web of intense feelings. The distance they develop is their reward as the position of responsibility becomes admired and appreciated.
Expertise, recognition, reward, and prestige. No ones earns and deserves praise more than NN Capricorns, when at their best. Their skills can be unmatched and their pride in their performances, a source of great pleasure. Others recognize this too, as they are handed their accolades on the way to the top, and respect is theirs to keep. In some cases, they travel from a humble background to an elevated class, enjoying the milieu immensely. If they happen to end up among the powerful, they can handle it perfectly.
Capricorn NNs are taking their ancient knowledge of human behavior and emotional expression to society, in whatever form they desire, to administer and control. Bringing with them the exceptional understanding they have mastered, caring about others deeply, as they maintain a perfect organization of their needs, their friends', their families', and those of society.
Top: Jean Cassels. Second: David Bierdrzycki. Photo: Grand Staircase of the Paris Opera. Bottom: Carey Armstrong Ellis.