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.

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.

Compared to Q2, when nodal “power levels” averaged 18 points with peaks of 35, Q3 power levels are considerably lower, averaging 13 points with peaks of 27 and lower. This is a consequence of Mars and Mercury having passed through sidereal Gemini and no longer making contact with the nodal axis in Gemini/Sagittarius.

Meanwhile, however, Saturn in Sagittarius with Ketu continues to drive long-term nodal power levels. Sun and Venus are both in Gemini for the first 2-3 weeks of July, after which they leave the sign and the nodal power level drops noticeably.

Mercury provides a brief “bump” in power at the end of July after it completes its retrograde cycle and briefly re-enters Gemini. Other “blips” occur every two weeks as the Moon passes through Gemini or Sagittarius and thus makes contact with the nodal axis.

A solar eclipse on July 2nd and a lunar eclipse on July 16th provide the peaks in nodal power levels for the month, after which activity declines noticeably.

Rahu remains in Mercury’s sign Gemini for the entire Q3, and in Jupiter’s nakshatra Punarvasu until mid-September. Ketu remains in Jupiter’s sign Sagittarius and Venus nakshatra Uttara Ashadha for the entire Q3.

As a general observation, we can say the nodes exert significant influence around the dates of the eclipses on July 2nd and 16th. Longer term, the effects of this slow nodal transit in Q3 may be felt most keenly by anyone whose ascendant, luminaries or key planets occupy 19-24 degrees sidereal 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.

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