In our further study of the principle of inversion applied to astrological practice I would like to look at the Nodes of the Moon, one of my favourite topics. They are particularly suited to this theme. I am applying ‘inversion’ by looking at the Nodes not as a source of Signification but as taking their Signification from elsewhere, which I will later in this article define as their ‘field’. They have a Signification by induction!
Let us review our understanding of the nodes and outline three basic facts:
- The Nodes are imaginary points, they are not physically tangible
- They are dependant on both the path of the Sun and the Moon
- They are inseparable from one another, they are always in opposition
The Nodes form a potential. It is not only where they are that is important but also what lies in between. The ‘between’ is what forms the potential. I am going to borrow some ideas from electromagnetic field theory, and use them as a paradigm to hopefully help make things clearer by what I mean by potential.
Like electricity or magnetism, which are also intangible, the Nodes have some similarity to a positive and a negative electrical charge or the poles of a magnet. They exist where a potential is formed. The traditional view of the North Node as being expansive with a beneficial tendency (mind you it is not a benefic) and the South Node as having a contractive generally more malefic quality fits quite well. They form a ‘field’ and that exists in the in-between. There can be no expansion without contraction.
An electromagnetic field cannot exist without two oppositely charged particles or two poles of attraction. A Node alone does not exist, it is always paired with its opposite and is meaningless alone. Each Node defines the other. If one Node is on the Ascendant then the other must be on the Descendant, they cannot be interpreted separately. The field that is formed, the arena of potential if you will, is the whole axis. The horizon of the chart is activated and it is this that must be considered. This means in a natal chart that one of the themes of the life is the whole complex issue of how “I” and “you” interact with one another. If the North Node is on the Ascendant then the flow of interactivity will have more stress on the “I”, with the South Node it is the opposite, the flow is towards the “you”. If we continue with the electromagnetic field paradigm then the MC/IC axis would also be activated as there is always a magnetic field perpendicular to an electric field and vice versa. This means that along with “I” and “you” the natives ancestral roots as well as his or her standing in the world will also be intimately interwoven in this life theme. You might want to read the two articles about Käthe Kollwitz, “Dragon on the Doorstep” (1) and (2), where I have gone into more detail.
This induction of another axis can also be found with the antiscion. The antiscion and its opposite belong to the field of potential that each planet has.
When speaking of potential we must also consider the influence of the ‘invisible’ progenitors of the Nodes, the Sun and Moon. They generate the ‘charge’ so to speak. Surprisingly in their case the Sun plays a passive role while the Moon is active, and should Sun and Moon conjunct each other on the nodal axis the Sun is eclipsed. It shouldn’t be forgotten that a solar eclipse is always paired with a lunar eclipse two weeks before or afterwards.
You might want to consider eclipse charts from this context. Ask yourself which axis and perpendicular axis are activated? Look not only at the focus but also at the ‘field’. And consider this ‘field’ from a solar and a lunar standpoint.
I haven’t explored it here but I also hope to examine the Nodes in motion. This would be applying Faraday’s Law which roughly states that ‘a changing magnetic field creates an electric field’ and also the Ampère-Maxwell Law which roughly states the converse, that ‘a changing electric field creates a magnetic field’.