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The world has been undergoing a massive and painful transformation during past weeks. A number of astrological factors point to this, including the stations of Saturn and Jupiter, the two Great Chronocrators, with Neptune and Mercury about to turn retrograde – but the significant trigger might well be the stressful square aspect of the Sun to the Moon's Nodes on May 13, known as a Moon Wobble. Rob Tillett, one of the founders of Astrology on the Web, explores the meaning of this major cosmic phenomenon. If you thought Mercury retrograde was a problem, compare the Moon Wobble!
In addition to the planets, asteroids, comets and moons that revolve in our solar system, astrology considers the effects of two "Shadow Planets" called the Moon's Nodes, the Dragon's Head and Tail. These nodes are not real rocks, like the Moon, Mars or Venus, but sensitive points that mark the movement by declination of the Moon from the southern celestial hemisphere to the northern (the North Node) and vice versa (the South Node), where the path of the Moon around the Earth sweeps across the ecliptic, intersecting the apparent path of the Sun. The nodes form an axis, so the South Node is always directly opposite the North Node in a stately cosmic quadrille. Neverthless, the Moon's Nodes are vitally important in terms of the destinies of all who dwell on Planet Earth. See The Moon's Nodes for more on this.
I have been prompted to write this article because the world has evidently been undergoing a massive transformation in past weeks. The devastation wrought by the earthquake in Sichuan province of China which has killed thousands, the horrors of Cyclone Nargis in Burma (Myanmar) which has slaughtered tens of thousands and left millions homeless, deadly tornados in the USA, bombings in the Middle East and so on have leapt onto the front pages, our TV screens, and into the blogosphere. There are a number of astrological pointers, including the stations of Saturn and Jupiter, the two Great Chronocrators, with Neptune and Mercury about to turn retrograde, but the significant trigger might well be the stressful square aspect of the Sun to the Moon's Nodes on May 13. This phenomenon is known as a Moon Wobble.
Moon Wobbles were discovered in the 1930's, when research by astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), the original editor of Astrology Magazine, revealed that disasters occur in cycles associated with the conjunction (0°), opposition (180°) and square (90°) from the Sun to the Moon's Node. These powerful contacts occur when the Sun and the Node are in the same sign, or the opposing sign, or when the Sun is in a square aspect to the nodal axis. They are especially potent when the New Moon or Full Moon are square to the Nodes.
As he discovered after a painstaking examination of a large number of major disasters, many of the most serious and traumatic catastrophes involving fire, bad weather and loss of life occur in association with eclipses, when the Sun and Moon are conjunct the Moon's Nodes, especially when other unfortunate planetary aspects coincide. However, not all of these evils are exclusively linked with eclipses, for many are associated with the Sun forming a T-square to the nodal axis, i.e. when the Sun is in a 90° aspect to the nodes. This he called a "Moon Wobble", because in fact it is when the Moon is "wobbling" in its path by declination. So when the Sun forms an aspect to the nodes of 0°, 90°, or 180°, we experience a significant likelihood of massive environmental damage with much loss of life and property. These Moon Wobbles occur every 86.5 days on average, with an orb of approximately 5 degrees (days) on either side of the precise date, when the Sun forms either the T-square with the nodal axis, or the conjunction with the North or South Nodes. Tobey notes that when the Sun squares the Nodes, people's judgement is notoriously poor and unstable, especially for people under stress or in leadership positions. Some astrologers hold that the two weeks before the partile aspect are problematic, with the week following the aspect also being notable in terms of disasters.
The Sun takes a year to complete one revolution of the Zodiac, usually making four contacts with the Lunar Nodes in the process. For example, during the current Aquarius/Leo nodal transit, the Sun in Aquarius made the conjunction with the North Node on Feb 17, 2008. When the Sun is in Leo, we will see the opposition to the North Node (a conjunction with the South Node) on August 10. These mark eclipse cycles. When the Sun is in Taurus (May 13) or Scorpio (Nov 5) it makes a square aspect to the Nodes, so they are not accompanied by eclipses. Nevertheless, each of these configurations generate a Moon Wobble. The Lunar Nodes move through each sign of the Zodiac in a little over eighteen months, so for a Moon Wobble to occur in the same sign and configuration with the Nodes it takes around 19 years. Each Moon Wobble pattern is thus unique until repeated some 19 years later.
As Jim D'Amato points out, ancient astrologers associated the beginnings and ends of wars, major battles, mine explosions and animal stampedes with eclipses, both solar and lunar. These two types of eclipses generally happen about two weeks apart every six months and really make a notable splash once every two years. Tobey found that disasters happened about every three months; he correlated them as well to the geometric and mathematical square to the possible eclipse points, the Moon's Nodes. During these Moon Wobble periods, time and space seem to be more unstable, almost as if the fabric of the heavens has somehow weakened. People die – sometimes in great numbers – through dramatic releases of energy, especially explosions, fires, mass murders, earthquakes, floods and transportation accidents.
Even though Tobey gave it an orb of 5 degrees (days), the effects of the Moon Wobble tend to appear some 10 days before the partile (exact) configuration, the peak date, and cease pretty much around 10 days after the peak date, especially when associated with major planetary aspects involving the outer planets. That makes a sensitive period of up to 20 days, four or five times a year. I'd say this is due to the wide orb of the Sun, which moves on average slightly over one degree per day through the zodiac.
Needless to say, disasters are not the exclusive province of Moon Wobbles, but they are disaster-prone phases, especially when associated with problematic planetary aspects, or with major retrograde periods. The effects on individuals depends on where the aspect falls in the chart, but by and large these phases are warnings to be appropriately prepared and not to undertake major decisions, as reality is clouded during these periods.
Some notable example of disasters that occurred during the Moon Wobble phase will drive home the point. There is a very long list of them, far too many to list, but I will update the list when I can. Disasters occur not only in the lead up to malefic aspects around an eclipse or Moon wobble, but also as the affected degrees are subsequently activated. See Ian Thurnwald's detailed analysis of the aftermath of the massive Solar Eclipse in Aug 99 for examples of this.
In the meantime, check out these references:
- Jim D'Amato's Moon Wobbles Astrology
- The Massively potent Grand Cross and Solar Eclipse of August 1999
- Ian Thurnwald on The Aftermath of the Solar Eclipse on August 11, 1999
- Naomi Bennet's Moon Wobbles and Eclipses
- Signe Quinn Taff's What Is Moon Wobble?
- Nick Anthony Fiorenza's August 2003 US/Canada Power Outage
[This is the end of the article. Check back regularly for updates.]
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