In my post on “The Moon’s Nodes: The Eclipse and its Dragon (3)”
I conjectured that the cardinal dragon could be “the serpentine path of domicile rulers from Cancer to Capricorn” and that this might have to be abandoned at a later time when another more convincing stream of thought arises. Well, it has come sooner than expected.
I think now that we might be able to see these three aspects in the nodes themselves. I will be focusing on the mutable aspect of the nodes for awhile yet. But I think this is a worthwhile avenue of exploration. Perhaps it can give a deeper differentiation in an interpretation of the nodes than has hitherto be done. I will explore this when we actually get to looking at various charts. In mundane and natal charts this might be of especial interest.
The cardinal dragon can be seen as the serpentine movement of the ecliptic from the winter solstice (Capricorn) and the summer solstice (Cancer). This seems more plausible, particularily since the ecliptic is involved. Titus Burckhardt in his “Alchemie” (I only have the German edition, so once again I will give the German text and then translate it) makes the following statement in his discussion of the Caduceus:
“Für die Alchemie sind beiden Schlangen oder Drachen dargestellten Kräfte der Schwefel und das Quecksilber. Ihr kosmisches Vorbild sind die beiden zu- und abnehmenden Windungen der Sonnenbahn, die durch die Winter- und die Sommersonnenwende geschieden werden” (Alchemie, s. 148)
” The snakes or dragons (of the Caduceus) are in alchemy expressions of the power inherent in Sulphur and Mercury. Their cosmic image are the two upward and downward curves of the ecliptic that is divided by the winter and summer solstices.”
John Frawley also notes in his article “Homer Sweet Homer” in his magazine “The Astrologer’s Apprentice”; that “…the Moon’s nodes ‘ought’ to lie on the solstitial axis…(They)…are the junctures of the orbits of Sun and Moon, and so just as the solstice points, they mark the gates at which the divine and the material meet.” (“The Astrologer’s Apprentice” Issue 21, p. 13)*
*This article, like so much of John Frawley’s work, is highly recommended.