i use Equal house system and for me Node would be 9th house,not 8th
Pluto conj North Node “Because the nodes are reflective of lunar qualities associated with the domestic environment, paired with Pluto, they often translate into literal transformations or reorganization taking place within the home or family unit. Circumstances are often somewhat tumultuous in the home, and/or renovations are taking place. also brings termination and times the closure of significant issues, especially if there have been conflicts of interest. Immovable force meets with immovable force, and a collision of interests often results in a victory for one and defeat for another. Pluto is often involved with the nodes when divorce occurs” http://moonvalleyastrologer.com/moon_nodes.htm
“With Pluto conjunct the North Node it behoves us to be thinking seriously about our legacy, or what we will be leaving behind when we are gone. Legacy is something that falls under Pluto’s domain, and the North Node of the Moon symbolically speaks to us about “the karma” that we have specifically chosen to undertake in this lifetime.” http://cosmiclifecoach.com/2010/11/09/patricias-astrology-november-9-2010-pluto-conjunct-the-north-node/
This is how Julia Simkin comments on North Node in Virgo: “The Virgo north node individual has three major obstacles to overcome in this lifetime: his boundless empathy of his own heart, his lack of self-confidence, and his tendency to daydream. Here is a soul that has spent lifetimes caring, helping, and sacrificing. And instead of being thanked, was used, abused, and persecuted.
Unfortunately, he comes into this lifetime still unable to separate real-life need from his imaginary fantasies. No matter how much he tries, he continues to fall for sad tales and is always ready to give up all in order to save another. This type of martyristic behavior might seem idealistic, but in reality, it is an internal weakness that simply drains his energy and makes him feel completely inadequate.“ I wonder if you can relate this to him?
There is something fatalistic and almost impossible to resolve with Pluto conjunct North Node. In Virgo it may be even more than usual health-related. According to Mohan Koparkar “the person chooses to utilize destructive means to convey his message. The idea is to transform and revive the society or surroundings utilizing the past-life energies or counter-acting the previous life’s functions. This is often done as a total destruction and then rebuilding the dream all over again. Basically, it is a karmic lesson, reward or punishment, utilizing the Plutonian means. Depending upon the house location of this conjunction, you can get more details of the focused area in life.”
Are you familiar with Demetra George and her Finding our Way through the Dark? A wonderful read.
I just wanted to share this:
“The 8th house is the house of emotional and physical sharing of resources and higher needs of survival. Essentially a giving house. The 2nd house from the 7th house of partnerships. Sexual/emotional learning and sharing. Also deeply occult/psychological.
Rules biology, pathology, death, others money ie. banking/investing, underground mining, detective, medicine/surgeon. The inner rooting around and digging into deeper issues and meaning. The north node in the 8th needs time to grow into it’s time and place and does not imply a sudden leap into the murky and complex 8th house. One must be ready for this transition and it comes over time and life experience. The nodal north in the 8th guarantees a deeper concern for one’s own deeper psychological truths.“ (James from the tribes)
I wonder if any of this can be applied to your friend:
“The development of consciousness requires the opening of the heart. This is impossible when self-identification (Leo) is too intimately connected with the desire nature. As a consequence, this sign/cusp combination brings about those crises in life that condition the transformation of the lower self. This often takes place for all people through experiences of the broken heart. Yet losses in love are not necessarily the fate of a person with Leo on the Eighth.”
Alan Oken about Leo on the cusp of the 8th house: