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 Q3, when nodal “power levels” averaged 13 points with peaks of 30, Q4 power levels are somewhat higher, averaging 17 points with peaks of 34 and above. Aside from Saturn’s long-term association with Ketu, the uptick in this quarter is largely a consequence of Jupiter also entering sidereal Sagittarius in November, joined over the following weeks by both Venus and the Sun.

In the last week of December, two other planets pile on. Mercury enters Sagittarius too, while Mars enters Scorpio to influence Rahu via its 8th-house special aspect. A solar eclipse on Boxing Day is the icing on the cake. Thus, the nodes exert their greatest effect over the Christmas holiday period.

These effects may be felt most keenly by anyone whose ascendant, luminaries or key planets occupy 10:00-13:20 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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