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Notes on Nodes

In the horoscope of Donald Trump right now the North Node of the Moon is nearing a conjunction with his Ascendant. That means that the South Node will conjunct his Descendant. (I’m using Mean Nodes. The True Node is only a couple of degrees behind.) This aspect will continue to be in effect into May of this year.

The Nodes of the Moon are not planets. They are the points in the sky in which the orbits of the Sun and Moon intersect. When the Sun and Moon meet in a conjunction or oppose one another near these points we get an eclipse. In Indian or Vedic astrology the Nodes of the Moon are major players, but in Western astrology they are given less importance, though many astrologers link the Nodes to reincarnation and use them to describe the influence of past lives.

Personally, I’ve never found the transiting Nodes of the Moon to be a factor in significant events in a person’s life. However, seeing this conjunction in Trump’s chart caused me to reexamine the issue. I searched through the life histories of several important political figures looking for an important event that coincided with the transit of the Nodes to the angles (Ascendant, Descendant, M.C., I.C.) and, for the most part, found nothing.

This doesn’t mean that this transit doesn’t have significance on a more personal or possibly spiritual level. I tend to look at the Nodes of the Moon as a meeting point of the conscious and unconscious, proactive and reactive, outwardly directed and inwardly directed sides of our personalities. In that sense, the crossing of one of the angles of the horoscope by the Nodes would indicate a period of psychic realignment and internal adjustment.


As I said, I didn’t see any connections between the passage of the Nodes of the Moon across the angles and important events in the cases I examined. However, there were three rather striking exceptions. On the date that Richard Nixon resigned from office the transiting South Node of the Moon was on his Midheaven. When Napoleon lost the Battle of Leipzig, the defeat that result in him being exiled to Elba, the North Node was conjunct his Midheaven. And on D Day, the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany, the North Node was only four degrees beyond Hitler’s Midheaven.

I’m not saying that any of these exceptions have anything to do with Donald Trump. In the three cases cited above the conjunction of the Nodal axis was with the Midheaven, while in Trump’s chart the North Node is conjunct his Ascendant. Also, I don’t think the recent failure to the G.O.P. health care bill rates at the same level as Napoleon’s shattering defeat at Leipzig. There is something going on in Trump’s horoscope right now, but it will require some introspection on his part to know what it is.

I'm not sure why aspects by the transiting Nodes would be so quiet in the lives of most of the examples I studied and so astoundingly significant in these three exceptions. Maybe It has something to do with the placement of the Nodes in their charts, or maybe it related to something that we just don’t know. I believe that there are a lot of things in astrology that we have yet to discover, and for that reason I think it’s always a good idea to pay attention to remarkable exceptions to the generally accepted rule.

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