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North Node

The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is not the same as the ecliptic. It could be visualized as two hula hoops inside each other held at an angle. The Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic in two places, called the Moon’s Nodes. The North Node is where the Moon crosses the ecliptic going toward the northern hemisphere, and the South Node is where she crosses the ecliptic headed south.

The North Node is an indicator of the challenges that we will face in our life, and the lessons these challenges will teach us. It is associated with the experiences we must work on in order to grow spiritually. The North Node often presents to our circumstances and experiences that are unfamiliar, and may even make us feel uncomfortable.

Rahu is the shadow planet in Vedic Astrology that represents the North Node in Astronomy. In Hindi Mythology Rahu is a snake that swallows the sun or moon, causing eclipses. Rahu represents deception, signifying cheating, pleasure and insincere immoral acts. Rahu is able to strengthen and cement one’s power, converting even an enemy into a friend, making him seen as one of the terror-inspiring Gods. Rahu is a provider for success and strength, and assists mankind in realizing its best and worst aspects of human potential.

The North Node is commonly referred to as the Dragon’s Head, representing your karmic objectives and pointing the soul towards growth and evolution. The sign holding your Dragon’s Head reveals the flavor of your karma in this lifetime, while its house placement shows the area of life in which you need to develop, or become conscious of this karma.

The Dragon’s Head does mark sets of circumstances that are in some way new or unfamiliar, an exploratory course that leads to the realization of the desires and past-life commitments.

Rahu’s element is air, dealing with all air-related activities including aviation and pilots. Health issues associated with Rahu include skin diseases, smallpox, bone problems and abdominal ulcers.


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