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Moon's nodes

28 June 2010 / 16:06:09  GRReporter
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I decided to write about the Moon’s nodes immediately after the Sun and Moon. Very rarely it is spoken and written of the nodal axis (Axis of the Moon’s nodes, from nodes, nodal axis) at such an early stage.
    Very little attention is paid to this factor in modern western astrology. Most people believe the Moon nodes to be "karmic indicator, linked to previous incarnations. And this is a subject  which the western world has viewed as somewhat suspicious and with a smile, even by practicing astrologers. I do not like that word "karma". It has been given such a ridiculous meaning in the modern western world that its real meaning has been completely destroyed. In Sanskrit the word "karma" means - "work; action; deed; act; result of action". And continuing this line of thought, the whole horoscope of the man is a karma. There is no such thing as "karmic horoscope".
    In the modern western world probably people prefer to separate the things - "This is karma, and that is not" – for a reason that the concept of the so-called. free will has been made in cult. The western man doesn’t like the claims that there are events in life that he can not change in any way. But they just happen. I will pay special attention to the "human free will" in another article, because this is a sensitive and misunderstood topic. In my very first article I wrote that the ancient Greeks and the stoicism as a philosophy have argued that one should live in accordance with Nature, in accordance with the "cosmic, natural harmony". It is exactly this argument which has much in common with the human free will.
    In Tetrabiblos of Ptolemy nothing is written about the Moon nodes. On one hand that makes sense, because they are not planets. Lunar nodes are not even physical celestial objects. They are fictitious points, mathematical points. The overall and comprehensive concept for them was transferred to India and Indian astrology Rahu and Ketu are considered in a lot more comprehensive way. In the western astrology, in part, their importance and symbolism are covered by three unseen planets beyond Saturn - Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
    From pure astronomical point of view the Moon’s nodes are the points which intersect the Moon's orbit around the Earth with the ecliptic (the apparent path of the sun). The point where the moon crosses the ecliptic on its way from south to north is called North (ascending) node. In astrology is a term and Rahul (Rahu). The point where the moon crosses the ecliptic on its way from north to south is called the Southern (descending) node. In astrology is called Ketu (Ketu). These two terms - Rahu and Ketu are the equivalents in Sanskrit of the two lunar nodes. Two lunar nodes are always exactly 180 ° apart from one another.

    Enough with the astronomical / mathematical part. There are more astronomical fats that are related to the nodal axis, but for the purpose of the article the above said is enough. More importantly, in these two fictitious points, called moon’s nodes happen solar and lunar eclipses! In New Moon when the Moon stands between the earth and sun, solar eclipses occur. In them the moon casts a shadow on the Earth and we can not see the sun from the Earth. At full moon when Earth is between Sun and Moon, the Moon eclipses happen. For them the earth cast a shadow on the moon and we can not see the moon. Of course eclipses do not happen every new moon and full moon. Only when this is happening in the areas around the Moon nodes, within 15 ° -18 ° spacing. Then the Sun, the Moon and the Earth stand approximately in a straight line.
    All ancient peoples up today have been aware of the enormous impact of the eclipses on human life on Earth. They have seen in them the signs of nature about impending disasters and wars. While natural disasters may be met in negative way by the human mind, they always precede the creation of something new in an evolutionary plan. And without any doubt precisely the relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth holds the key to life on our planet. It is no coincidence that the moon during the eclipse, seen from the earth, is almost the same in size and stands at a specific distance from the Sun to cover it completely, and to make it invisible to us.
    The positioning of Rahu and Ketu in exact opposition (180 °) does not at all mean that they counteract. Every living creature, the whole creation is as a result of an IMBALANCE! I underline that word, and I will mention it in another strain - lack of balance. Nothing, and I mean nothing can be created, there is no constructive energy in nature, if everything is frozen in a perfect balance.
This is an extremely important principle which should be known in astrology. It affects almost all interpretations of the interconnections, called aspects between planets.
    The Moon’s nodes are the symbolic presentation of the actual imbalance in nature as it represents an interaction between the solar and lunar energies. This leads to the logical conclusion that they are one of the primary factors in astrology, "guilty" of creation and existence of life in general. That is why it is quite reasonably to mention them in the very beginning, when we talk about astrology. Rahu and Ketu are, figuratively speaking, the points at which a "short circuit" happens between the Sun and the Moon - they swallow one of the two luminaries and thus are stronger than any other planet. They are the shadows of the luminaries, and that is why they are called shady planets in astrology.
    How to interpret the Moon’s nodes is pretty broad topic. I will mention the main guidelines. The keyword is imbalance. The lines of influence of Rahu and Ketu seem to be completely different. But they just look like that. Ketu influences towards closure, release. Everything that has been launched sooner or later must be put to an end. This is the direction of Ketu. It states what should be ended. Rahu in turn drives towards new things, things that still need to be launched. Thus, it seems completely opposite of Ketu. But in practice Rahu drives towards new things just to create a balance where it has been violated (for Ketu). Because while there is a lack of balance there can not be ending. Ketu can not get his job done. Rahu drives towards new things only for that reason.
    In western astrology, the symbolism of the Moon’s nodes is highly polarized. Briefly the perception is that Rahu is positive, brings good luck in the areas it affects; shows the experience and the things to which one has to address and learn as they bring most favorable results. Ketu on the other hand has been seen as negative, indicating the things that one should get rid of. This is right. But I must mention a small detail. Everything related to Ketu exists in the present life. These are the things through which a person rests. These are the things that one knows how to do. These are the talents. These are all useful things that one should use as a basis on which to stand to learn something new.
    Ketu indicates the area in which a person feels safe and protected, here one seeks peace. It's the quiet harbor, where everything is familiar, easy, secure and comfortable. The problem is that one can not remain there for too long. The reason is that he is alive and needs to move somewhere to be able to return again in the quiet harbor. The key is in the imbalance necessary so that there is life. Rahu creates the necessary imbalance through coercion, chaos and uncontrollable changes.
    When a given horoscope is considered globally the Moon’s nodes most simply define the social environment, social layer (like the caste system in India) in which one belong to. They symbolize the key experiences and the areas in which life will develop. Houses in the horoscope [1], where fall Rahu and Ketu indicate in which areas they will affected while the zodiac signs indicate the way this works.

        [1] horoscope is divided into 12 areas called houses, which define different areas in life. For example, house 2 corresponds to the human resources of any type; house five - to love, children, creative expressions; Home 7 - partners, associates, etc.

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