This is an experiment in visual display to help people appreciate the role of the nodes as proxy agents. The nodes act on behalf of planets (1) with which they’re associated, (2) by which they’re aspected, (3) whose sidereal sign they occupy, and (4) whose nakshatra they occupy, in descending order of effect.

Although assigning numeric values for magnitude of effect may be a fool’s game, I’ve done so in order to generate a visual display offering a distinct topography. Thus, I’ve assigned association a power of 8, aspect a power of 4, dispositorship by sign 2, and dispositorship by nakshatra 1. Readers with better ideas are free to correspond with me. Please consider this a work in progress.

Here’s the logic behind this graph: For the whole of January 2019, Rahu occupies sidereal Cancer ruled by the Moon (2 points), and Pushya nakshatra ruled by Saturn (1 point). Meanwhile, Jupiter in Scorpio aspects Rahu (4 points). On January 20-22, the Moon transits Cancer, engaging Rahu by association (8 points).

The sum total of their influence is shown in the blue band for Rahu. Note that this graph reflects quantitative effect only, absent a qualitative distinction between benefic vs malefic planets. This “nodal weather report” may evolve into that, but I’m not there yet.

Meanwhile, in January 2019 Ketu occupies Capricorn ruled by Saturn (2 pts), and Uttara Ashadha ruled by the Sun (1 pt). On January 6-8, the Moon transits Capricorn, engaging Ketu by association (8 pts). During January 14-31, the Sun transits Capricorn, independently activating Ketu by association (8 pts). And through January 20-31, Mercury transits Capricorn, further engaging Ketu by association (8 pts).

The sum total of their influence is shown in the red band for Ketu. Again, this graph reflects quantitative effect only, with no distinction between benefic vs malefic influence.

As a general observation, we can say the nodes exert greater power in the second half of January, and that there’ll be a modest “power surge” in January 20-22, whose effect would be more pronounced for anyone with the ascendant, luminaries or other significant planets on the Cancer/Capricorn axis.


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.

Stellar Astrology, Volumes 1 & 2, offer a wealth of time-tested techniques in the form of biographical profiles, analyses of world events, and technical essays. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. His Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume written for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”


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