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Lunar Nodes
Mohan Koparkar, Ph.D., 1977: Mohan Enterprises, P.O. Box 18334, Rochester, N.Y., 14618; $10.95, paperback 6" x 9"; 94 pages with table of contents, glossy white cover with black lettering and Chinese dragon holding a blank chart; also noted on upper corner of cover: North Node — Karmic distribution, energy into this life; also noted on lower cover: South Node — Inlet of karma from past life, reincarnation. ISBN# 0-918922-04-6..

Dr. Koparkar used the mathematical foundation of his theory of Magnification to create the significance of each separate degree of the zodiac. Although this appears to be a very technical book, it's not. In fact, it is a relatively simple reference manual. It allows the astrologer to assimilate and apply the energy associated with the degree of the zodiac with house signification in one easy step. In other words, all one has to do is find the sensitive points (planets, ASC, MC, and so forth) and read the degree significance directly from the book. To be even more precise, a correction table is listed on p. 6 in relationship to year of birth.

This book should have had the title: "Everything you always wanted to know about Lunar Nodes but were afraid to ask." It contains complete information pertinent to the delineation of nodes: karmic controls, aspects, sign position, house position, natal aspects, progressed aspects, transiting nodes, transiting nodes through the houses, and nodes in synastry. As in the author's previous work, Lunar Nodes is also based on Magnification Theory.

The author starts with the basic concept of nodes (their essence and expressive ability in sign and houses) in relationship to Karmic significance. This is an Eastern approach but, as the author explains, very relevant to today's society. But is there any validity to this?

For example, from my files I'm looking at a client who had the North Node in the second house at 5 Pisces and the South node in the eight house at 5 Virgo. The first step is to find the controlling planets. These are the house rulers: Jupiter/Neptune and Mercury. If Jupiter was at 4 Aries, then the controlling aspect between Jupiter and the North Node is 29 degrees (or 30 degrees, semisextile). If Mercury is at 25 Sagittarius, then the controlling aspect between Mercury and the South Node is 110 degrees. Since we're looking for the smaller angle, we subtract 110 degrees from 180 degrees and the result is 60 degrees (sextile). The smallest aspect (semisextile) between the controlling planets and the nodes is studied further.

This client has the semisextile as a controlling aspect which Dr. Koparkar, on p. 21 in the text, describes in the following manner: "This is quite an ego building aspect... Deep desire and need to succeed are often associated with this... resources and possessions are considered as pivot points and as measures of success... The father figure is highly important in these people's lives. However, in many cases, vast differences in opinions or circumstantial separations from him are seen at an early age." The author further explains: "This is part of a Karmic game plan just to prove the need of a "father-figure" in their lives... (if absent) a substitute father-figure is essential to that identity's Karmic growth." Previously, my client had described herself as a workaholic and her father a sick and disabled World War II veteran who was not able to take an active part in his parenting role.

Is this testimony to the fact that the author's interpretations have merit? I think so. And I can assure the reader that this book will not be a "dust collector" in my home.