The Nodal/Eclipse Cycle and You

(Reprinted from an older ISBA article with information updated in 2006)

Astrology is the study of diversified cycles. These many different cycles dance and inter-weave with each other through time. This is why we can sometimes make “predictions” about business and economic trends along with the more personal evolution of an individual.

One cycle, which is predictive in nature, is the Lunar Node Cycle, which seems to determine various general and business trends, influences career decisions, and has a historical nature, particularly when being aspected by outer planets. In addition, this particular cycle travels with the transiting eclipses (it is, after all, a ‘lunar node’ cycle). Its precise cycle is 18.6 years (when the lunar nodes return to the same position), and can also be divided into an approximate 9.3 year cycle, or, about 1/2, or the reverse position of the current lunar node cycle.

Each nodal return spends approximately one and one-half years in two opposite signs of the zodiac as it moves in an apparent backward motion and includes two opposite signs of the zodiac during its travels.

Edward Dewey, the founder of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles, did many research studies on cycles in varied market places. Some of the markets he explored were the 33-month cycle in Residential Building Construction [related to Saturn transits of 2 1/2 years], the Sunspot Cycle of 11 years, and the one that we are focusing upon in this article, which is the 18.3 to 18.6 year cycles, whose common thread runs through many of our modern cycles.

One of the most common correlations of the 18.3 to 18.6 years cycle is the cycle of real estate activity. This cycle appears in such areas as building activity, common stock prices and commodities.[1]

Real Estate Activity 18.6 year cycle

There are many cycles and patterns used in the analysis of financial and economic changes, but this cycle seems to be one of the best documented and most dependable of all. Dewey quotes Clarence D. Long, Jr., who had made one of the most extensive studies of this cycle and stated,[2]

At first consideration, it may seem that considerable variation exists even in the United States between the duration estimates of various writers. Actually, the cycles themselves vary over time, and the variations (in estimates) are due to differences in the period studied. The closest approximation is probably the one-hundred-year study of John Riggleman, which places the average duration for the entire six cycles at seventeen years and for the last three cycles at slightly more than eighteen years…It might be supposed that the industry in each locality would have great individuality…Actually, although such individuality exists, long cycles do appear in all cities and the agreement of the turning points of these cycles is surprisingly high, especially with respect to the troughs. (Building Prices and the Theory of Investment, Princeton University Press.)

With that said, let us look at how this cycle spills over into different areas of life. It seems that for a company, a relationship, a career, or a life, that on these 18.6 years cycles there is an upturn after a ‘darkness of misdirection’ and the result is change which spirals upwards. My observations are that prior to this 18.6 year cycle completing and beginning again, a great deal of discomfort is exhibited by the parties or industries directly affected. I have also found that during the time that this cycle is returning it takes approximately one and one half years from its beginning to re-group, re-organize, or re-assess and re-structure, the inner workings of the company, or the individual experiencing it.

Conditions surrounding this cycle can include the loss of employees, or, the loss of focus on the part of management, and, in order to survive, the inevitable outcome forces expansion, or, coming into the ‘light’.

This image is similar to the illustration of a DNA molecule shown below,

DNA helixes

illustrating an upward and downward movement, this is similar in architecture to the 2600 year Saros Series cycle of eclipses. The Saros cycle circles the earth (moving either up or down from either the North or South Pole, where they all originate), during this very long time period, emulating the motions of a snake (see illustration below) writhing up and down the global circumference, illustrating how nature and organisms parallel.

Saros Series Cycle

Even the more common cycles of interest rates, real estate values, and farming trend and commodities cycles have this same approximate length. On a lighter note, this eclipse cycle, or, 18.6-year nodal cycle, also correlates to fashion trends. In fact, it is so very precise that if we were to save our clothing from 18.6 years prior, we would see similar patterns and fashions emerging regularly based on this cycle. For example, the north node traveling through Pisces often elicits the longing and the need to don religious artifacts as jewelry and everyone pays (at least in the USA) high prices for tattered and worn-out ‘designer’ blue jeans! When the North Node transits through the sign of Leo, the clothing has distinct threads of gold and brighter tones!

The Ancient Chinese believed that when the Sun disappeared during a Solar Eclipse that a dragon was eating the Sun. Now we know that this is not true, but the image bears watching because of its symbolism. Why is the dragon eating the Sun? There are many different explanations. The way I explain it to clients is that it needs the sun for food, for sustenance, and, once fed and sustained, sheds its skin and GROWS. Again, this reflects the process of darkness before dawn when looking at the transits of the Nodes through the horoscope and, particularly, when an eclipse hits a portion of an entity or an individual’s chart.

In many ways, the house through which the North Node (Dragon’s Head) travels is where you, the individual “eat the sun” burning your system as you ingest new ideas that emerge after extreme feelings of discomfort, a side effect of eclipses. Where the corresponding South Node is moving is where you try letting go of old behavior patterns related to the house through which you find it traveling and where you experience a ‘blind spot’ of observation. These old behavior patterns, habits if you will, are associated with the Moon (habits and emotional memory). They are released as the fire is released from the tail of the dragon–a process of great discomfort!

Since this path of the nodal axis is ingrained as a deeper pattern of personality, it may be more difficult to, at first, identify the challenge (the darkness of the eclipses), but once identified, must be released in order for new patterns to emerge in the wake of the traveling North Node. (This often comes as we see the first quarter square or full moon opposition to this point). Regardless there is release and like the game Crack the Whip, if you keep hanging on for dear life, you are still thrown off that tail!

Lastly, at least for this article, we must always be cognizant of any planets, particularly the slower ones that might be either conjunct one of the nodal points, or, squaring the transiting nodal axis. The slower moving planets, obviously, have a long-term effect, not only on the individual experiencing this square or conjunction, but also the public at large, i.e. globally.

For example, the current transit of Pluto is squaring the transiting lunar nodes — creating a 90º angle, which can be stuck as it shifts into a new gear. The nodal positions in late Pisces and late Virgo along with the square of slow moving Pluto, suggests the END of old systems, methods, concepts, jobs, employment, and, if nothing else, tremendous levels of chaos in the world. The position that Pluto takes at the present time, approaching the hot button of the Galactic Center, situated precisely between the arrow of the Sagittarius constellation pointing to the heart of the Scorpion constellation, tells it all. We are poised for change — the choice is ours — towards a clean break from the past, or, missing our mark for evolution.

Historically, as any planets move through this specific point of the tropical zodiac, which is 27º Sagittarius through 28º Sagittarius, there is a speeding up of technology, politics, and anything imaginable. In a very short five year period, any changes taking place are more like those occurring in a twenty year period! Thus, with transiting Pluto (which represents the banks, investments, and the masses, truly) at the square to the Nodes, things speed up. This concept, though unbelievable, is happening as we speak. Time speeds and the Earth tilts! The last time the outer planets such as Uranus and Neptune traversed the Galactic Center was between the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when Netcom went public, Microsoft developed Windows for massive use, and the USSR came down as Glasnost created new countries in a new political tapestry!

What can we expect? We can expect mutations. We can expect Hybrid Loan Packages, Hybrid Mortgages, perhaps in two parts, or, offered for longer periods of time such as 40 or 45 year mortgages. Insurance companies are transforming (a very Plutonian characteristic) making available mortgages for home buying and investment packages for future securities.

We are seeing, of course, hybrid cars and hybrid fuels as corn fields originally meant for grains are now converted into Ethanol fields. [It is this author’s opinion that during the course of developing the genetically engineered corn, and, then, finding out that the foreign markets weren’t interested in buying our genetically engineered corn is, in a positive way, forcing the development of Ethanol as an alternative fuel.] The irony of that very idea is that a ‘bad’ thing is being converted into a ‘good’ thing as a result! Morphing economies, housing and organizational development are all indicative of Pluto as it transitions into the practical and minimalist sign of Capricorn on January 25, 2008. 2007 should prove to be the ‘end’ of big thinking and big spending cycles that began in 1995, as Pluto entered Sagittarius.

With Pluto squaring the Nodes we see transformation of the industries that those nodes represent. The current North Node is transiting the sign of Pisces, which represents several things, obviously oil, but is also representative of hospitals, medicines — both pharmaceutical and natural, health care and prison reform, which seems to be a key issue for many of the upcoming elections. Several elections contain issues of funding or non-funding regarding fuel, taxes regarding energy, tax benefits regarding energy savings…energy being the big issue at these next elections. With waning power grids and the need for stronger infra-structure regarding water containment and preservation, we are on a roller coaster of change, whose train has left the station and isn’t coming back!

The issue of global warming is crossing partisan lines as the truth of environmental threat is recognized. How can they NOT see it? Witness the recent news of Polar Bears found dead due to drowning because of the rapidly melting glaciers and ice caps in the Arctic. Look at the hotter and hotter summers and the colder and wetter winters and seasons that come when other seasons should be beginning or ending. Witness the increase in the disease of cancer, asthma and plagues. These are all environmentally based.

Hybrid fuels are coming at us from all directions. We are not just seeing Ethanol, but an increasing awareness that sugar can also be used for fuel and by converting sugar cane into fuel, or, using soybean oils for new fuels, other countries enter this competitive game, giving petroleum a run for its money. Many of the countries that struggled before are coming up by their own bootstraps. Witness the recent improvement in the Brazilian economy as they farm and use their own sugar for fuel and design cars that run on that fuel. Since the South Node is traversing Virgo, the ‘reality’ of a limited environment that can only provide a limited amount of petroleum for a limited amount of time is crystal clear in light of the fact that the world population doubled in size in just 52 years!

All of these changes do not portend well for worn-out, traditional businesses caught in the endless web of spending as compulsive, obsessive Pluto accelerates rapidly increasing interest rates over the course of just the last two years. This cycle is increasing inflation and costs as well, particularly costs of raw materials, which are at the base of the many rising costs and prices.

As Pluto completes its square to the transiting Nodes, it reaches an alignment with transiting Jupiter at 28º Sagittarius on December 11, 2007. This ‘breakthrough’ synodic cycle always triggers a thirteen year cycle in a new direction. It also suggests that the last alignment, the synodic conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto at 28º Scorpio on December, 2, 1994 is coming to an end. A lot of building and development took place over the course of the last few years making money cheap and spending high. To maximize this cost, we outsourced many of our services and manufactured goods into the hands of foreign powers, whose economies are rapidly rising as a result.

This ‘seems’ at the surface level to suggest a loss in our economy. However, with the upcoming Jupiter Pluto alignment in late 2007, in the sign of the Wild West and wide open spaces, new vision emerges from old economic embers. The continuing conflict between nations, though seemingly unending, pushes an agenda of cooperation, as we go kicking and screaming into the future and as Pluto enters Capricorn requiring all of us to conserve conscientiously and cooperate practically integrating rather than segregating value systems and ideas.

There is a revolution in the world where cultures are clashing and in the midst of cataclysm learning more about each other. There is a revolution in the economy where currency values though varying reflect the changing climate of the world economy. This is just the beginning, the climb up to the next level of the DNA strand. Anything is possible if we can just step out of the box.


[1] Edward R. Dewey, Cycles — Selected Writings, Foundation for the Study of Cycle, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1970, p. 348.
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[2] Dewey, p. 343.
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