The Moon’s Nodes: Introduction

A closer look at the nodes started with an article written for the German traditional astrology magazine, “Astrologia Restaurata”. There I tried to formulate an aphorism based on horary charts that I have encountered: “When in a horary question a Significator applies to a node of the Moon a drastic change can be expected. With the North Node the change will be for the positive. With the South Node the change will be for the negative. When the Significator separates from the nodes the change was in the immediate past.” But there is more to the nodes. This is what I would like to address in a series of posts on this theme. I hope to cover not only the theoretical side but also their practical use.

There is very good material on the vedic use and view of the nodes and some of this has found its way into modern western astrology. It is one thing to borrow and another to truly understand. And so the question arose in me whether one can arrive at an understanding of the nodes out of the western tradition. The vedic astrological tradition is a closed system, just as the western astrological tradition is. It is generally not helpful to tamper with either. This does not mean there are no parallels or that one tradition is better than the other. It merely means that each has a slightly different language, and to mix them mars the beauty of both. James Cutsinger makes a very important statement in the Preface to his book, “Advice to the Serious Seeker”. He says that “… tradition and traditional teachings…cannot be just anything. Not to be confused with mere custom or habit, they are strictly dependent upon the specificity and uniqueness of the initial revelation which they are designed to transmit. These teachings are therefore obliged to honor certain formal conditions and constraints on pain of losing contact with their Divine inception.” (p. 3) The western sources available are sparse and some of the material is obscure. But it is indeed possible to come to an understanding of the nodes if one looks beyond the astrological treatises.

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