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Heliocentric Planetary Nodes

Heliocentric Planetary Nodes

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Published by Michael Erlewine
An astrological article or book by Michael Erlewine, well-known astrologer with fifty years of experience. This book is copyright by Michael Erlewine and is available free and may be shared, but not sold or bundled. Erlewine can be reached at Michael@Erlewine.net
An astrological article or book by Michael Erlewine, well-known astrologer with fifty years of experience. This book is copyright by Michael Erlewine and is available free and may be shared, but not sold or bundled. Erlewine can be reached at Michael@Erlewine.net

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Heliocentric Planetary Nodes
HeliocentricPlanetary Nodes
By Michael ErlewineMichael@Erlewine.netIn the early 1970s, when I first began tostudy heliocentric astrology and wasable to create for myself a helioephemeris, I was fascinated byheliocentric planetary nodes. This wasyears before home computers. With thehelp of my friend David W. Wilson and amainframe computer, we calculated thiscomplete nodal system. Here is a briefintroduction. For those who want toknow more on this topic or who wantlists of these nodes at various epochs,
please see my book ―Interface:Planetary Nodes,‖ which is once again
available in paperback on Amazon.com.Astrology is all about nodes. Nodes aresensitive points in the natal chart thatcan be interpreted. Obvious examples ofnodes are the Nodes of the Moon. TheAscendant, Midheaven, Vertex andother sensitive horoscope points arenodes. The traditional twelve HouseCusps are also nodes. Since mostastrologers do not consider latitudewhen calculating aspects, even aspectsare nodes.We may be familiar with the abovenodes, but what about planetary nodes?What are they?
What is a Node?
 I had been studying astrology for somenumber of years before I understoodwhat a node was, for example theAscendant or Rising Sign that all
astrologers mean when they ask: ―Whatis your rising sign?‖
 Back then, my rising sign in Sagittarius,was to me just that: a point in thezodiac, in my case in the signSagittarius. It was not until much laterthat I understood that all nodes areintersections of two independentsystems of one kind or another. In thecase of my Ascendant, the zodiac wasone system, but I had to research to findout the other, which turned out to be theLocal Horizon.
Heliocentric Planetary Nodes
The Ascendant is a Node
 So the Ascendant is the intersection orinterface between the plane of thezodiac and the plane of the localhorizon, to the East. This was news tome and sent me scurrying to figure outwhat the other nodes I had always beenusing interfaced with.For example, the Nodes of the Moon arethe intersection of the plane of the
Moon‘s orbit with the plane of Earth‘s
orbit, the zodiac.Or the Vertex is the intersection of theplane of the zodiac with the plane ofwhat is called the Prime Vertical, aGreat Circle running from East to Westthrough the local Zenith. And so it went.You get the idea.
Nodes or Interfaces
 The point here is that any node is aninterface and intersection between twogreat circles or planes, very ofteninvolving the familiar zodiac. This bookis about planetary nodes, the nodes orinterfaces that are formed when theplanes of any two planets intersect. And
by intersect, I don‘t just mean intersectwith the planet of the earth‘s orbit, but
the planes of any two planets intersectwith each other, with or without Earthbeing one of the two.Two planetary planes intersect to createwhat we could call a sensitive point,more like a power point for that matter.As the planets travel around their orbitsthrough time, they reach these powerpoints or nodes two times in a completeorbit or cycle. At that point, the planet isnot only in the plane of its own orbit, butsimultaneously in the plane of thesecond planet, and this is a point ofpower or emphasis. This book is aboutthe system of planetary nodes and howto interpret them in your own natal chart.
I call these planetary nodes: ―InterfacePoints.‖
Where it Started for Me
 The interface concept came out of myinterest in heliocentrics, in particular aninquiry into the mutual inclination (orlack thereof) of the various planes of oursolar system, planes like that of theecliptic, equator, horizon, galaxy,supergalaxy, and so on. I wasfascinated by the different attitudes orinclinations of the various astronomicalplanes, each to the others. What couldthese mean?A whole series of astronomicalcoordinate systems exist, each with theirown center and plane of reference.More interesting to me is that fact thatthese many systems are oriented toeach other, differently
are set inspace at different angles to one another.They are set in space like some grandcrystal. Perhaps they represent wholeapproaches to life, each with its ownindependent attitude or stance.
Heliocentric Planetary Nodes
I was interested to note that astrologersdevote their attention to the zodiac orecliptic, but seem to pay little or noattention to these other planes: theHorizon, Prime Vertical, and CelestialEquator. Astrologers seem not to graspor care that points such as theAscendant, MC, Vertex, etc. are notzodiac points alone, but are nodesrepresenting the intersection of thezodiac with some other great plane. Infact, it takes two independent planes tocreate a node. This important factseems to have been lost in modernastrology.Even within our own solar system, eachof the great planetary orbits has its ownplane and particular orientation orattitude. Each of these great planetaryorbital planes are oriented or inclined tothe others. An attempt to reduce allthese intersecting orbital planes -- thisgrand planetary crystal -- to the set ofthe most significant points or nodes washow the interface nodal technique cameinto being.
Introduction to the Concept
 As mentioned, astrologers use a varietyof coordinate systems to look at life. Themost well known, of course, is thezodiac or ecliptic system, but there arealso the equatorial system of rightascension & declination, the horizonsystem of azimuth & altitude, the primevertical system of longitude & amplitude,and still others.On a grander scale, there are still othercoordinate systems that are fascinatingin their own right , including the localsystem of stars of which our Sun is amember, our own galactic system, andeven a supergalactic system, of which I
have written elsewhere (―The Astrologyof Space.‖ All in all, we have several
major coordinate systems in commonuse by astrologers such as the eclipticplus half a dozen or so esoteric systemsthat are little used, which brings me toconcept of interface analysis.Interface analysis is a reduction of all ofthe nine planet's orbital planes, theirinclinations and disinclinations to oneanother, to the particular series ofzodiac points that represent bothsymbolically and physically the onlypoints in the zodiac at which thesevarious inclinations and disinclinationsintersect and are exact or in perfectalignment.When a planet (moving in its own orbit)comes into alignment with the orbitalplane of a second planet (passesthrough or over that point), it is at one ofthe two nodes (ascending ordescending) with that plane. I call these
nodes ‗Interface Points‘. Therefore, an
inclination or nodal alignment (interface)refers to an exact planar alignment
between two planet‘s orbits (where the
two planes intersect to form a node) andthis will emphasize (for better or forworse) the nature and function of theplanets involved. On the other hand,planets at DIS-inclination (at 90-degreepoints in their orbit to the nodes orinterface points) represent these sameprinciples as they are when mostmutually disinclined
each to theother. It may help to offer a briefsummary of the astronomical basis forthis concept.

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