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.

Throughout May, Ketu’s power level remains moderate, since Ketu is with Saturn in Sagittarius (8 points), and receives an aspect only from Mars in Taurus (4 points). At a much slower rate (think of it as a background hum), Ketu is in Jupiter’s sign (2 points). Meanwhile, Ketu is in the Sun’s nakshatra Uttara Ashadha until May 9th, and then in Venus nakshatra Uttara Ashadha until the end of the month (1 point in either case). Totaled, that makes 15 points, except for days when the Moon aspects or associates with Ketu in the first and second halves of the month, causing the additional “blips” of 4 points and 8 points respectively.

For the first week of May, Rahu’s power level is modest, aspected only by Saturn (4 points). Meanwhile, Rahu is in Mercury’s sign (2 points), and Jupiter’s nakshatra Punarvasu (1 point). That’s 7 points in total. But on May 7th, Mars enters Gemini to conjoin Rahu (8 points), and immediately after that the Moon passes through Gemini to give Rahu an additional surge, followed two weeks later by a smaller blip as the Moon transits Sagittarius.

As a general observation, we can say that the nodes exert their greatest collective influence around May 9th and May 22nd, affecting anyone with the ascendant, luminaries or key planets in the area of 25-27 degrees Gemini or 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.

Kala Sarpa is a first-of-its-kind reference book on a unique pattern in jyotish that is not discussed in shastra yet is part of India’s rich oral tradition.

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