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The lunar nodes are the points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic (which is the apparent path of the Sun across the heavens against the background stars). The North (or Ascending) Node is where the Moon crosses to the North of the ecliptic; the South (or Descending) Node where it crosses to the South. Solar eclipses occur when the passage of the Moon through a node coincides with the New Moon; lunar eclipses occur when it coincides with the Full Moon.
The Lunar Nodes, north and south, are not planets or physical in any way; they are purely geometric. The symbol in a horoscope chart looks like a horseshoe. The only difference between the nodes in the symbol is that the horseshoe is open on the bottom for the North Node and open on the top for the South Node. Usually only the North Node is marked in natal charts, as the South Node is by definition always exactly 180Â° at the opposite point in the astrological chart.
In Hindu astrology (or Jyotish), the term Dragon's Head (Caput Draconis) is used for the North Node. The South Lunar Node is also known as the Descending Node or the Dragon's Tail (Cauda Draconis). The significance of the lunar nodes in a chart varies widely between astrological traditions. Generally, the North Node is viewed as a point of opportunity for growth and development, while the South Node is thought to represent karmic repression or tendencies that restrict growth. Another thought on this is that the North Node represents positive objectives and the South Node denotes the easy way out with little opportunity for growth. In many schools of astrology, the nodes are thought to reflect an individual's karma or spiritual past. The two nodes together are often referred to simply as the nodal axis.
According to classical, Muslim and medieval astrologers, the North Node has a nature of Jupiter and Venus, and it was considered to be one of the natural significators of wealth, fortune and material possessions. It was thought to augment the positive influence of the benefics when it was in aspect with them, and to make malefics more vicious. The South Node has a nature of Mars and Saturn, and was deemed to be a natural significator of poverty and misfortune. It was thought to diminish and restrict the influence of the planets it was in aspect with. If in aspect with the benefics, it would somehow limit their influence, and if in aspect with the malefics if would restrain them.
According to Rhetorius of Egypt, the North Node had a positive influence if it was in aspect to one of the benefics (Jupiter and Venus), while the South Node would cast a favorable influence if it was in aspect with either of the malefics (Mars and Saturn).
The symbol of the ascending node is , the astronomical and astrological symbol for the Dragon's head (Caput draconis). The symbol of the descending node is , the symbol for the Dragon's tail (Cauda draconis).
Lunar Nodes in the signs
- North Node in Aries
- North Node in Taurus
- North Node in Gemini
- North Node in Cancer
- North Node in Leo
- North Node in Virgo
- North Node in Libra
- North Node in Scorpio
- North Node in Sagittarius
- North Node in Capricorn
- North Node in Aquarius
- North Node in Pisces
- South Node in Aries
- South Node in Taurus
- South Node in Gemini
- South Node in Cancer
- South Node in Leo
- South Node in Virgo
- South Node in Libra
- South Node in Scorpio
- South Node in Sagittarius
- South Node in Capricorn
- South Node in Aquarius
- South Node in Pisces
Lunar Nodes in the houses
- North Node in the first house
- North Node in the second house
- North Node in the third house
- North Node in the fourth house
- North Node in the fifth house
- North Node in the sixth house
- North Node in the seventh house
- North Node in the eighth house
- North Node in the ninth house
- North Node in the tenth house
- North Node in the eleventh house
- North Node in the twelfth house
- South Node in the first house
- South Node in the second house
- South Node in the third house
- South Node in the fourth house
- South Node in the fifth house
- South Node in the sixth house
- South Node in the seventh house
- South Node in the eighth house
- South Node in the ninth house
- South Node in the tenth house
- South Node in the eleventh house
- South Node in the twelfth house
- Wikipedia article retrieved 6/8/2005
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