Special Points in Mundane Astrology
Aries Point Degrees
The true Aries Point degree is 0 Aries, however, the 0 degree of the four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are all referred to as Aries Point degrees. This beginning degree of the Cardinal signs has similar connotations to the angles of a chart and is an indicator of eventful times when occupied by a planet or found on a house cusp. These points are indicative of a spectacular out rush of energies. There is frequently an involvement with the world at large. Outsiders or those who’re considered an expert in some area becomes involved in one’s personal matters. Ramifications of events often have a domino effect into each personal area of the life as represented by these four Cardinal points: personal, family, relationships and status. Those with a planet in this degree in the natal chart often have some influence in worldly affairs or at some point they come into public view. As such, the degree is also associated with fame. There is no “orb” involved. The planet must be within that opening degree of one of the four Cardinal signs, not one degree higher or lower. There is substantial information on the Aries Point degrees in the new edition of my book, Predicting Events with Astrology in the final chapter called Special Points. It is also referenced in Identifying Planetary Triggers and Eclipses: Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation. All the best, Celeste Teal
The Critical Degrees are 0, 13, 26 of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), 9 and 21 of Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), 4 and 17 of Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). When a Critical Degree falls on a house cusp, it shows stress and climax. The matters of the houses ruled and occupied by a planet in one of the critical degrees is grave, serious, and climactic. See also Aries Point
A Moon Wobble happens when the Sun forms a square to the nodal axis. The energy is very similar to that associated with eclipses, when the New or Full Moon aligns closely with the lunar nodes. As with eclipses, a Moon Wobble arouses emotions and there is a tendency to react overly quickly to situations based on feelings instead of thinking things through with calm logic. It is advantageous to avoid making sudden or drastic changes near a Moon Wobble.
It was astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980) who coined the term Moon Wobble. After a painstaking examination of a large number of major disasters, involving fires, bad weather and loss of life, he found that many of the most serious and traumatic catastrophes occur in association with eclipses, especially when other dire planetary aspects coincided. He also found however that such evils are not exclusively linked to eclipses and may also occur when the Sun forms a T- square to the nodal axis. He called this a Moon Wobble, for it is in fact when the Moon is wobbling in its path by declination. So, when the Sun is conjoined with either node or is in this T –square to the nodal axis, this raises the likelihood of major environmental damage, loss of life or property, or other dire effects. As stated, these types of problems are more likely if other troubling planetary configurations occur at the same time. The most notable times for disastrous occurrences range from a few days before to a few days following the exact aspect.
The 2010 Moon Wobble effects are strongest on: January 11, April 6; July 3 (between two eclipses), September 30 and December 24. For 2011, the Moon Wobble effects are strongest on March 18, June 14, September 11, and December 12. For 2012 the Moon Wobble effects are strongest on February 28, May 25, August 22 and November 17. For 2013, the Moon Wobble effects are strongest on February 9, May 7, August 4, and October 30. For 2014, the dates that Moon Wobble effects are strongest are January 23, April 18, July 16 and October 12.
Note that the destructive earthquake that stuck Haiti occurred on January 12, 2010, one day after the Sun-North Node conjunction and a few days prior to the Capricorn Solar Eclipse. See more by linking to Decoding Earthquakes. The mine explosion in West Virginia occurred near a Moon Wobble in early April 2010 as did the earthquake in Baja. If you have noted an event occurring near a Moon Wobble, email me.
Nodal Degrees & Fateful Events – True or Mean Node?
In the Degree of the Nodes refers to any planet or significant point that falls in the same degree of the lunar nodes in any sign. It must be the very same degree, not one higher or lower to come within one degree but actually in that same degree, regardless of the number of minutes. This shows a fated appointment or fateful event, possibly some sort of catastrophe. This indicator has been used mainly in Horary Astrology and if such a condition exists, it means the situation is out of the hands of the Querent.
The Nodes show where eclipses are occurring and eclipses are powerful New or Full Moons (lunations) associated with major events, sometimes catastrophic in proportion, especially total eclipses where the Sun and Moon are nearest the node, thus the origin of this interpretation technique. A planet in the degree of the nodes takes on the excitability of the North Node as well as some of the malefic influence of the South Node. The South Node is associated with a sacrifice or an obligation.
Highly respected astrologer Ivy Jacobson says that, “Any planet or angle in the same degree as the Nodes points to a catastrophe, casualty, fatality or tragedy in a horary or natal chart, the more far-reaching when a malefic is involved.” In The Way of Astrology, she further notes that during the year that a progressed angle lines up with a natal or progressed node, there will be some tragedy in the life. I have likewise found this to be quite a reliable prediction tool, however in my experience the term “tragic” is something of an overstatement unless there is substantial back up from other indicators that also points to a tragedy. More commonly, the unpleasant experiences in the life during these years are along the lines of accidents, health problems or surgeries, losing a job, bad credit, divorce and various “catastrophes” and regrettable situations that often occur as a result of previous poor judgment. One does get through the period but it is more difficult and longer lasting if the progressed angle comes first to the progressed node, soon followed by the angular alignment with the natal node.
The application of this technique is based on the position of the Mean Nodes, which was the method of calculating the lunar node positions up until the computer age. At that time a little bit different method of calculating the position of the lunar nodes became popular, referred to as the True Node. There is barely a difference in the two measurements, usually just a degree or so, but most everything written about the nodes and their karmic implications is based on the older method of calculation that gives their Mean position. This is discussed in my book, Lunar Nodes.
I have found this technique can also be applied in Mundane Astrology, except it is the True Node that appears most predictive and informative. For example, in the New Moon chart prior to killer Hurricane Katrina, Venus was in the degree of the True Nodes, sitting in the 6th house and in the sign Virgo. The North Node was 15 Aries 37 and Venus was 15 Virgo 42. Even by aspect Venus suggested sudden “dis-ease”, falling in the house of public health and well-being, opposed by Uranus. There was a second indicator that critical developments were brewing that would affect not just public health and safety but also impacting the civil services sector and emergency relief care workers such as the Red Cross. Jupiter was in a critical degree in the 6th house, ruling all such matters.
Similarly, the eclipse charts of late 2002 featured Neptune in the degree of the True Nodes prior to such major events as the beginning of the war in Iraq and the Shuttle Columbia tragedy. In the first case, Neptune accurately suggested some confusion or deceptive qualities, and the US entered that war based upon false intelligence. In the latter case, Neptune appropriately reflecting the disintegration of the shuttle and the wispy cloud like formations in the sky as a result. The Solar Eclipse chart prior to the historical blackouts in the eastern US of 2003 featured Saturn in the degree of the Nodes.
For event charts, it is the Mean Node that should be used, the same as for nativities and horary charts. For example, in his book, Horary Astrology, Plain & Simple, Anthony Louis illustrates the event chart for the San Francisco earthquake of ‘89 in which the Ascendant fell in the degree of the Mean Nodes. Similarly, the event chart for the earthquake and tsunami in late 2004 showed the Moon to be in the degree of the Moon’s Mean Nodes.
Examples of just a few people with planets or significant points in the degree of the Mean Nodes includes Martha Stewart (Part of Fortune), George W. Bush (Uranus), Bonny Lee Bakely (Venus), Jackie Bouvier (Ascendant/Descendant).
There are always numerous indicators for any one event and this rule of the degree of the nodes should be judged alongside the rest of the factors in any kind of chart. My book Eclipses: Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation contains a catalog of all the coming eclipse charts through the year 2012, with commentary on each, so it’s a handy reference for studying potential world events, or to learn more about the impact of eclipses and the meaning of the lunar nodes in your natal chart. Wishing you all the best in your studies, Celeste Teal