OPA Astrology Store LogoAn Introduction to Planetary Nodes

Maurice FernandezBy Maurice Fernandez

Most of us are familiar with the Lunar Nodes in our chart and how important they are in reflecting personal and collective development. The Lunar Nodes represent the intersection point between the orbit of the Sun and the Moon as viewed from the earth, as these two orbits are about 5 degrees apart. When the Sun and the Moon align with these Nodes, we have solar (New Moon) or Lunar (Full Moon) eclipses.

What many astrologers fail to notice is that every planet has Nodes since every planet will have an orbit that will not completely overlap the ecliptic (Sun’s orbit) and therefore will intersect the ecliptic at some point.

ABOUT THE PLANETARY NODES

The South and North Nodes of planets are not necessarily opposing each other — or they may be in opposite signs, but not opposite degrees.

The Planetary Nodes are immediately related to the Sun’s position through the sign, so they keep the same path every year, just like the Sun.

The yearly path of the Planetary Nodes will shift according to the precession of the Equinoxes, therefore their yearly cycle will move one degree every 72 years.

The position of the Planetary Nodes will describe a heightened influence of the Planet itself. For example, if the North Node of Neptune is at 12 Leo in your chart, that degree will have a very strong Neptune quality. This is of particular importance if you have another planet on that degree, or within a 2-3 degree orb.

Where to find the position of Planetary Nodes? Most professional astrology software provides Planetary Node positions.

The Planetary Nodes of Mercury and Venus will complete a full cycle through all the signs in the course of the year.

The Planetary Nodes of Mars will range from:
– North Node: 6 Aries to 3 Cancer
– South Node: 7 Libra to 29 Sagittarius

The planetary Nodes of slower moving planets have a more narrow yearly range as depicted in this list.

planetary nodes

Because the Planetary Nodes of slow moving planets (Jupiter to Pluto) have a relatively narrow range of movement—and that range only moves every 72 years—all people on the planet have very similar Nodal positions for these planets.

For example, everyone has their Pluto South Node between 19-22 Capricorn, and North Node between 19-22 Cancer. This means that these particular degrees carry a very strong Plutonian charge. As you may have noticed, the current PLUTO TRANSIT is travelling within that range of degrees during the course of 2019-2020. In other words Pluto is on its own South Node for two years! Wait, the Lunar Nodes will soon be on those degrees as well! And what about transiting Saturn? On Pluto Nodes too.

But isn’t Saturn’s South Node also in the last third of Capricorn? Indeed, Saturn will be transiting its own South Node for the next two years, overlapping Pluto’s South Node.

introduction nodes

Because we all share the same degrees of slow moving planets’ Nodes, these degrees can also affect collective dynamics. When a planet in our chart is on those Nodes, it can activate a collective response since everyone responds to those degrees.

When natal chart planets are conjunct a Planetary Node, they will be immediately influenced by the nature of the planet whose Node they touch.

Let us use some chart examples to illustrate these dynamics:

ALEXANDER BELL – Inventor or the telephone

When you think telephone, you think Gemini. When you think invention, you think Uranus, or Uranus/Jupiter. Alexander Bell was born with natal Jupiter on his Uranus North Node at 8 Gemini. See chart below.

alexander bell

NEIL ARMSTRONG

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon, and though he has a natal Sun trine Uranus in Aries to show his enthusiasm for space travel, be sure to notice that his Mars in Gemini is conjunct the North Node of Uranus (14 to 16 Gemini). That does capture walking (Mars in Gemini) on another planet/satellite (Uranus North Node).

Neil has his Sun in Leo, conjunct the North Node of Neptune (11 to 12 Leo), emphasizing how his personal feat (Sun in Leo) captured the imagination and universal vision (Neptune) of the collective.

Neil’s natal Pluto is exactly on Pluto’s own North Node (19 Cancer) – We can identify two expressions of this aspect. To begin with, through his heroic journey, Neil transformed (Pluto) the national identity (Cancer) of the American people, planting the flag on the Moon. But on a more personal note, Pluto relates to losses, and Armstrong suffered the tragic family (Cancer) loss (Pluto) of his own daughter to brain cancer.

NEIL ARMSTRONG

CONCLUSION

Planetary Nodes are powerful, and we all need to further research them the same way the Moon’s Nodes have become unavoidable in chart analysis. This year is particularly interesting, since Pluto and Saturn will be transiting their overlapping South Node.

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