Child Astrology: The Nodes of the Moon and Incarnational Life Purpose


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In this Blog I want to acquaint you with the Vedic astrology of ‘Incarnational Life Purpose’. This service is invaluable for children and adults.

Vedic astrology is the ancient astrology of India, and just one of the innumerable major contributions of Vedic Astrology, is its statement of your incarnational life meaning: ‘why you are here’.

Incarnational Life Purpose is stated in terms of the position of the Nodes of the Moon in the Vedic birth chart.

What are the Nodes of the Moon? The Nodes of the Moon are always opposite each other in the heavens and in the birth chart. They are the intersection points in space of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth with the apparent orbit of the Sun around the Earth. There are thus two Nodes: the North Node and the South Node. In Vedic Astrology, the North Node is called Rahu, the South Node is called Ketu.

Rahu, the North Node is the ‘call of our future’ in this life. It is surely and accurately stated. As we start off in life, the energy of Rahu is quite driven and obsessional, and can be subject to torsion or delusion and damage, and so we need to have clear perception about our true life goal and purify it so that we will more surely manifest our incarnational life purpose.

Ketu the South Node Ketu is our past lives and our past life karmas and skills. The energy of Ketu allows us to identify and build upon our past lives/skills and Ketu dissolves that which needs to die in terms of our need to be reborn and go forward to meet our spiritual destiny in this incarnation.

Ketu is sometimes depicted as the ‘occupying army’, i.e. Ketu point us to those life areas we have already ‘conquered’ in earlier lives, whereas Rahu is depicted as the advancing army, i.e. those territories we need to advance into in this life.

INTERPRETATION: In Vedic Astrology, the Nodes of the Moon are interpreted in terms of the following four factors:

1. The Houses that the Nodes fall in in your natal chart.

2. The Signs that the Nodes Fall in in your natal chart.

3. Any Planets which conjunct your North or South Node

4. The Lunar Signs which your Nodes fall in in your natal chart (In addition to the familiar 12 signs of the Lunar Zodiac, Vedic astrology also uses a far more ancient Lunar Zodiac of 27 signs, called the Nakshatras) which is an immensely powerful pointer to the true nature of your everyday strengths and weaknesses as well as magical and dream time self.

Your incarnational life purpose is thus assessed in four ways terms of the position of the Nodes of the Moon in your Vedic natal chart.

I do need to say at this point that the usual western astrology of the Nodes of the Moon is not really any good. It really isn’t! It is vastly deficient compared to the Vedic astrology assessment.

Western astrology usually interprets the Nodes of the Moon in the birth charts in terms of forming associations. Martin Schulman did produce a very worthwhile depiction in his book Karmic Astrology: The Moon’s Nodes and Reincarnation, but the trouble with this is that he uses the zodiac of western astrology (the tropical zodiac) which is geared to our egoic psychology and the unfoldment of that.

Vedic Astrology by contrast uses the sidereal zodiac which surely and powerfully depicts our incarnational life purpose and the circumstances we will experience at birth and at predictable unfoldment periods in our life to experience and work with our incarnational life meaning and our karmas.

So here are three very, very simplified examples of the use of the Nodes of the Moon to understand incarnational life purpose (you must use the sidereal zodiac of Vedic astrology for these to work):

EXAMPLE 1 – Nodes by House

If someone has Ketu in the 4th House and Rahu in the 10th House, to very much oversimplify, this is someone whose mother did not value him and so he will be driven to seek value through career status or standing in the world. The mother may be holding on to him through feelings of guilt, and his life is very tied to maternal issues.
But of course true value of one’s self can’t be found this way. This is a wound that needs to be healed. The person can be made an ‘over-pacer’ or may marry a woman who will replicate the damaging script with mother.

EXAMPLE 2 – Node by Sign

If someone has North Node (Rahu) in Aries and South Node (Ketu) in Libra, this is a karma of balancing asserting of self with relationships from past lives. People with Ketu in Libra search for their spirituality through relationships. Driven by fear of personal failure, Rahu in Aries will pull the other way and lead to an extreme of individualistic assertion and try to dominate/compete and also emphasise the personal agenda.

EXAMPLE 3 – Nodes by Aspect

Rahu conjunct Mars – issues concerning anger and violence come through from past lives. The consciousness is rendered very turbulent. The environment may become very untidy as a result. You may argue or be compulsively active. Angry-squad. Awkward squad. You need to learn to develop your courage to work for pure and noble objectives despite obstacles. Learn ways to calm down. Control your impulsiveness. Develop leadership qualities.

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ASTRONOMY: By way of a footnote to close, here is a little bit of explanation of the astronomy of the Nodes of the Moon:

Eclipses occur near the Nodes. The North and South Lunar Nodes, Rahu and Ketu, are the intersection points in space of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth, with the apparent orbit of the Sun around the Earth.

The North Node, Rahu, is the Ascending node. The South Node, Ketu, is the Descending Node.

Here is a diagram of these orbits and their two intersection points in space:

Nodes of the Moon


In other words, the Nodes of the Moon are the two points where the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic, which is the path of the Sun against the backdrop of the stars. Note that the ecliptic is at an angle of about 23.5 degrees to the earth’s axis of rotation:

An eclipse can only occur when both Sun and Moon arrive near the Nodes, in which case, Earth, Sun and Moon are on the same plane (or virtually so) which causes one body to shadow another.

In fact an eclipse can only occur if the Moon is within 0.5 degrees of the plane of the ecliptic on a line which passes through the centre of the Sun and the Earth. Here are two diagrams which demonstrate the moments for eclipse possibility:

There are essentially two possible types of eclipse: lunar and solar. Here are diagrams demonstrating the condition of each. In each case the luminaries must be close to the Nodes for the eclipse to be possible. In the case of most New/Full Moons the Moon passes too far North or South of the ecliptic to shadow the Earth or the Sun:

eclipse solar and lunar

An eclipse of the Sun occurs at the relevant New Moons =. Solar Eclipses occur when the passage of the Moon through a Node coincides with the New Moon.

An eclipse of the Moon occurs at relevant Full Moons = Lunar eclipses occur when passage of the moon through a Node coincides with the Full Moon.