Since many years, this in a multitude of published works, we read a series of arguments linking karma to the lunar Nodes. We will present these statements differently. Not that I'm "against" the concept of reincarnation, I am against telling just anything by working iwith facility and repeating what others have written uncritically.
Route of the Solar eclipse of 11/08/1999
The lunar Nodes are not visible bodies, but the intersection points of the solar orbit (the ecliptic) and the lunar orbit. They cut both orbits at two points, north and south of the ecliptic. Thus we have two nodes, the North Node and the South Node. They join by these orbits, the Sun and Moon. When the Moon is conjoined to the Sun, which happens with every new moon, that is to say, every month, the Moon is barely illuminated by the Sun. In reality, this is the dark side that is. But if one of the Nodes is within 18 ° either side of a New Moon, there will be an eclipse somewhere on the planet. The Sun and the Moon are thus darkened, and we no longer see them, from a certain place on the planet. The band 140 km wide on the path traveled by the eclipse temporarily obscures everything, including the Sun and the Moon, as darkness sets in broad daylight.
India is a country also known for its religions that addresses easily the terms of reincarnation. The Indians are fatalists. Caricaturing their thinking, we could say that they think everything is suffering in this life and we're down here to atone for what we have done wrong before, in another life. The Indians were the first to make extensive use of the Nodes of the Moon, this from the year 600 AD. Their astrology is primarily lunar, while in the western world, we have adopted a solar astrology.
Astrologers have confused the actions of Nodes, thinking that if the Indians used them, it was obviously for reasons of interpreting the past. But for Indians, it is not. For them, the Nodes have never expressed karma. This is a European invention. Nevertheless, some authors have described in detail the effect of the Nodes, as Martin Schulmann amongst others. This fully incorporating the concept of reincarnation.
There is an Indian myth which explains much of the the work of the Nodes. As you will understand, their action is ambiguous. In ancient times, the two tribes clashed. The Deva are in the clan of good. The Asura, tainted by the desires, occupy the place opposite, but complementary. Vishnu, the protector, was called by Brahma, the creator, to protect the Deva. He should help them get the Amritam, a draft of immortality that would solve the problem. He had to beat an ocean of milk in a mountain, until the drink was extracted. But the two peoples should unite their efforts in this gigantic task. The king of the serpents, Vasuki, was to help beat the milk, by contracting its rings around the mountain. When he began his work, the Deva seized his tail, and wild and animal part, while the Asura held his head, partly tamed of the demon. The Asuras were trying to destabilize the Deva, and this provoked a movement that helped create the Amritam, and a violent poison that Vishnu the purifier transformed to allow it to continue. Vishnu allowed Amritan only to give it to the Deva.
Rahu, the North Node, is the head of this dragon. In Sanskrit, this name means "grabber". The tail of the serpent stands for "Brightness" or "Eminence". The Asura chose the head, the side "upper", while Deva chose the tail, the lower part, but it is the movement between the upper and lower which allowed the movement that generated the Amritam.
This clearly means that the Nodes suggest a solution that is "poisoned". Without the help of the gods, they bring death. They grant their wishes, to the great misfortune of those who wish it. This is a godsend for those who demand nothing. For those who do not discern it as a gift, it turns into a real poisoned gift. The desire seems to be an engine of the nodal axis. I speak of axis, because the Nodes of the Moon are always 180° from each other. They are related to the detachment. When we talk about "letting go" a fashionable term in the early twenty-first century, we speak of detachment, or of the Nodes. When one has the necessary detachment, the nodal axis has a positive and constructive action. This action is necessary to have enough passion in oneself to build something or to resolve a situation. When the Nodes have too strong an action, there is a lack of discernment, a devouring passion too, a "headlock" that is useless.
The North Node is a mixture between Saturn and the Moon or Neptune. Synonymous with stern action or a bullied dreamer, this body carries within it (like the South Node) part of the outer planets, from Uranus Pluto. As long as the Nodes do not confirm the transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, nothing will happen that would be expressed by these three planets. It sometimes give touches, but after its passage, never during. They struggle for survival and if they press to dishonesty, it is often instinctive.
The South Node is connected with Mars and Uranus. What about Tuesday, September 11, 2001 , when Mars was in tight conjunction with Kethu? Kethu may be related to spirituality, because it is related to the desire to be detached. Kethu wants to be ahead of its time, it wants to differentiate itself. It steals what it touches.
Nodes are especially two points on a chart that require a marginal, regardless of its gender. It's a battle between good and evil, but this fight does not allow a clear winner as would come from a normal competition.
It is clear that our life here is linked to this incessant dilemma between good and evil. Life on Earth is cruel. We live in a "great symphony of death", just to eat. All living species devour each other to survive. We all seek this immortality that we would cure all and leave us to primitive desires , that of creating an illusion. Nodes connect us to the need to restore a balance, to connect two points that have their roots deeply embedded in us. They force us to reassess the past. It is therefore normal to link them to past lives, although this is an easy solution when interpreting the Nodes which are much more complex to interpret than is commonly said. Nodes are not there to tell us what we have not done in a past life - that would be too easy. They tell us how the desires and passions require us to get to the bottom of (or far away from) ourselves. Nodes are present during crucial meetings, those that change our life, provided that a desire is also at work, which is almost always the case.
One can read in many interpretations - all of which have a taste of being copied from one author to another - as in a previous life we would not have done this or not do that. This is a simplistic view, which allows no evidence demonstrating a authentic basis. Looking at the times when one of the Nodes transited the Sun, Moon or Ascendant, one will notice a particular intensity during this period. This intensity is often dramatic or paralyzing.
How to explain to this young woman who had just entered
a period linked to North Node, it is too direct and frank, too passionate
and focused on her? On her natal chart, Venus is aspected by the North Node,
at less than a degree. Upon the start of the planetary period of the Node
, she wanted to find "her man", to get married and have children.
She explained that from the first appointment, which had the effect of cooling
and frighten any sensible man. Unable to reason with her by offering to get
acquainted first, and maybe more later ... No, the first one to come who accepted
it had to be necessarily the good one ... He would realize that she is so
I caricature, but the Nodes have the disadvantage of focusing on the people involved on their little persons and their navels. And history of this man who saw the woman he loved setting off for a foreign country, when the South Node transited the House 7, an astrological house that tells the story of the partner. It is said that the South Node steals whatever it touches. And this woman, died at age 20 of a heart attack, when the North Node began its heyday, aspectant three planets in the House 12, that of chronic diseases, including the Sun, the heart symbol? And Marie Trintignant, died when the North Node started to retrograde after his the Node had stagnated for several months exactly on her Ascendant? And this woman has a fast spreading cancer, while the Node hung over her Ascendant for more than four months, to about one degree ? How to ignore the South Node when observing the person who feels bewitched by her neighbor while the ruler of his Ascendant, the Moon, there is conjoined? How not to interpret Kethu on the Ascendant of this somewhat masochistic woman who was working up to 92 hours per week while her husband was only doing the minimum of labor in the family business, taking advantage of her to excess?
If one summarizes the work of the Nodes to the lowest common denominator, we arrive at a result that sounds like "Not the way we would like." Thus, the Nodes add this discontent and frustration to the planets affected by an aspect. With Venus, we are not loved as we would like. With Mercury, you're not listening to as you want. With Saturn, we do not seem to be as serious as we would like to be or you're never quite taken seriously. With The Moon is the safety or well-being that is affected, etc.
The aspects to the Nodes are often misunderstood.
Thus, a trine to the North Node is often interpreted as a sign of wisdom, a contribution. With hindsight and in some circumstances, it is true. But what would Salvator Dali say when his bed caught fire, with a very precise trine Mars/ North Node? In fact, everything depends on the rulers of the Nodes. If the rulers of the constellations where the Nodes are strong the Nodes are well kept, there will be fewer problems. If they are weak or if it is a ruler of Houses 7, 6 and 11, - in the order of nuisance - the problems are more frequent at the rendezvous. That is until the person gives up something or accept that it does not master things as it wants.
The astrologers of the Renaissance described the North Node as a "little Jupiter" and the South Node as a "small Saturn." These descriptions show that they did not know how to use the Nodes. It is much more complex than that, because of the instinctive and animal nature of the Nodes. Their nature is first of conflict. They are here to sow discord. I say this without placing a connotation of good or bad, but it is simply an observation of their primary role to intensify situations. The Indian astrologers have a notion that continues to hold in reality.
Nodes have therefore, you guessed it, access to our free will, this until the Great Serpent has transformed effort into water of immortality. But the effort is required and one must overcome the desires that lead one into danger. It is clear that they act from the past. If there is something to resolve that is indicated by the Nodes, that something will take its source in the past. But this vagueness associated with the nodal energy is not so easy to disentangle. Nodes are a mystery, for others as for oneself. They convey the psychic nature of a person and that is why they were so tied to karmic astrology. The Trutine of Hermes  allows better results in karmic astrology, because it allows you to mount the conceptual chart or the prenatal chart, the conditioning tied when the ovum ceases to be one and starts to become a fetus.
Tuesday is the day of Mars.
Each day of the week is led by one of the seven planets. Monday is the day
of the Moon. Wednesday is the day of Mercury. On Thursday, the day of Jupiter.
Friday is that of Venus. Saturday is that of Saturn and the Sun on Sunday.
The Indian astrology uses a technique called planetary periods, which allows one to calculate various periods of life which put the planets and Nodes in value, indicating when a planet must achieve one of the promises of the natal chart. [Return]
The Trutine of Hermes is an old technique which was already talked about by Ptolemy in the second century. It allows one to find, from the natal chart and the length of gestation, the date and time of the prenatal chart. If the Moon is the eqivalent at the position of the Ascendant prenatal, the Ascendant prenatal equivalent (or opposed) to the position of the Moon in the natal chart. Both charts are always linked with each other. The prenatal chart is the complement to the natal chart. [Return]