This is a continuation of my series on the “power levels” of the nodes. Readers interested in the attributed values governing the appearance of this graph are encouraged to read earlier posts in this series.

Here’s the logic behind the graph: the blue line represents the cumulative energy that Rahu carries on behalf of planets for whom it can act as a proxy during the period; the red line represents that of Ketu. The vertical scale reflects magnitude of effect only, with no distinction between benefic vs malefic influence. Eventually, this “nodal weather report” may evolve into something more nuanced.

In April, now that Jupiter has joined Saturn in Sagittarius, the association of both with that node means each contributes 8 points to Ketu’s “power level.” Meanwhile, transiting Mars in Taurus aspects Ketu for another 4 points.

At a much slower rate (think of it as a background hum), Ketu in Jupiter’s sign gives it another 2 points, while in the Sun’s nakshatra Uttara Ashadha it gains one final point, for a total of 23 points.

Nodal “power levels” April 2019

This continues for most of April. But Jupiter turns retrograde soon after entering Sagittarius, and returns to Scorpio on April 23rd, at which point it no longer associates with Ketu. Consequently, Ketu’s “power level” drops 8 points, then gets a brief boost as the Moon transits Sagittarius the last week of April before dropping again.

Throughout April, Rahu is aspected by Saturn (4 points) and, up until the 23rd, by Jupiter (4 points). Meanwhile, Rahu’s background hum draws 2 points from Mercury’s sign, and another point from Jupiter’s nakshatra Punarvasu. That’s 11 points for most of April, with a bump in week 2 as the Moon transits Gemini, then a dropoff in the last week of April when Jupiter retrogrades into Scorpio again.

As a general observation, we can say that the nodes exert their greatest influence towards the end of week 2 in April, affecting anyone with the ascendant, luminaries or key planets in the last pada (26deg40-30deg00) of Gemini and Sagittarius.


Alan Annand studied with Hart de Fouw, and is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology. He’s also a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies, and the author of several books.

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