Nodal charts give us a rich description of human beings’ character and destiny, mainly pertaining to their relationships. They are cast for the precise moment the Moon’s North Node conjuncts the Ascendant in a particular place and date. Synastry techniques applied to these charts are astonishingly powerful in showing compatibility and the destiny of a relationship. Hand’s Composite Chart and Davison’s Relationship Chart are especially eloquent. Moreover, they can be used when the birth time is unknown. The following article deals with the bases and consequences of these ideas, exemplified in detail with Evita Perón’s relation with her husband, Argentina’s President, Juan Domingo Perón.
Introducing Nodal Charts
Synastry is a branch of Astrology that beautifully shows us the essentials, basics and many of the subtleties and nuances in human relationships. The Lunar Nodes have been important to astrologers all the way from ancient times to contemporary India, including for many modern day occidental astrologers thanks to Rudhyar’s demiurgic approach in his Astrology of Personality. With the Moon’s traditional association to the soul, the Nodes may indicate very significant issues in our personal and spiritual growth, which usually take place within the framework of our most relevant and close relationships.
Reinhold Ebertin, in his Combination of Stellar Influences, gives the Dragon’s Head not only the biological correspondence to the astral body, the power body and the subconscious memory, but the general principle of associations and alliances.
Perhaps because the Lunar Nodes intertwine the Moon’s orbit and the Sun’s orbit from the Earth’s point of view: Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, the archetypical feminine-masculine symbols.
The Zodiac derived from the Nodes adds a powerful and effective dimension to our science: Draconic Astrology. This Zodiac, that starts its counting point placing Zero Aries in the North Node, was pointed out in the fifties by Cyril Fagan’s archeological research and developed independently by Maurice Froger in France and Ronald Davison in England, significantly in his book Synastry. Dennis Elwell called public attention to it in 1978, and, as Pamela Crane observed in 1986 in her excellent book Draconic Astrology, this is the Zodiac that Edgar Cayce channeled in his noted clairvoyant perceptions. It reveals deeper meanings to human experience in any area you may consider, but especially in our relationships.
Having worked with Draconic Astrology and Synastry techniques for 25 years, I have gradually become more aware of how much more eloquent Robert Hand’s Composite Charts and Ronald Davison’s Relationship Charts are when drawn with draconic coordinates, particularly through showing strong issues and traits in relationships. The Composite charts Rob Hand popularized in his extraordinary Planets in Composite, consists in the midpoints of 2 individuals’ Suns, Moons, or Midheavens, etc. Its counterpart, Davison’s charts, are cast for the exact midpoint in time and space between births: the equidistant moment between one individual’s exact date, year and birth time and another’s, and the equidistant place between one person’s exact geographical coordinates and another’s. Both systems depict the relationship as such: they may be considered as the chart of the relationship, and their draconic version further illuminates deep and basic traits of it.
Some years ago my I realized that Draconic positions not only showed deep, inner drives (our soul’s longings), but also showed statistically strong correlations to outer facts, such as profession. I then discovered that if I considered the Node not only as a Zero Aries point, but as an Ascendant, the house cusps resulting from that Ascendant (using equal houses) were very expressive, considering not only the house planet positions, but also house rulerships. I then found that other house systems, such as Topocentric or Placidus, were even more powerful still.
At that time I was concerned about what we astrologers can do when we have no birth time. It happens once in a while, and is a pity that Astrology cannot give those individuals the beautiful treasures we usually grant. I intensely researched different means and techniques related to possible charts for character description and events forecasting for those instances when no birth time was available. For example the Solar chart, cast for the moment of sunrise, that is, when Sun conjuncts the Ascendant. I also tried with Sun conjunct Midheaven, Moon rising and many other possibilities, and I found some outstanding conclusions related to forecasting means. But, besides the relevance of some of this charts for this or that specific predictive technique, the best “alternative natal chart” for depicting someone’s personality and destiny, by far, was the one cast for the moment the North Node of the Moon conjoined the Ascendant on that particular day, in that particular place. This is the Nodal Chart.
I wasn’t at that time aware of others’ experiences with the subject. Mainly, Robert Jansky’s Nodal Chart, in which the South Node is placed in the Ascendant while keeping the already known birth time, and Bruno and Louise Huber’s Nodal Chart, that again uses the birth time, while placing the North Node in the Ascendant, and reads the houses backwards because of the node’s retrograde motion. Both systems use equal houses. My experience was drawn independently of these, and, although I do not share all their views, I mention them to stress the importance of these charts.
Even though the Nodal chart works for every single person born that day in that place, I think there are still strong reasons to consider it particularly significant. At that precise moment, three fundamental planes of human experience coincide: the Moon’s orbit, the Earth’s orbit, or, if you prefer, the Sun’s orbit seen from the Earth’s point of view (the Ecliptic), and the plane associated with our actual perception of the Earth: the local Horizon. This moment is so meaningful for human beings that it should be considered, even when we do have a recorded birth time. But, eventually, besides these theoretical reflections, factual experience validates the expressiveness of this Nodal chart. It shows important traits of our life, both as a chart but also using predictive tools (progressions, returns, etc.), and it significantly reflects our relationships. Reinhold Ebertin states it plainly: the midpoint – here, the coincidence – of the Dragon’s Head and the Ascendant means, in his book, bluntly, personal relationships. So, in my own experience, the interaction of these Nodal charts with Synastry techniques shows in astonishingly powerful ways the growth of personality through the Spirit’s path in life by means of our most significant relationships and the intertwining of our souls with others’.
Juan Domingo Perón and Evita’s relationship
I will try to show the strength of this approach, displaying it with some detail in a specific partnership, that of Evita Perón and her husband, Argentina’s President, Juan Domingo Perón. You may know Evita through Andrew Lloyd Weber’s rock opera, or Alan Parker’s film version with Madonna in the main role. One of the most universally famous women of her time, she was a young actress of rather humble beginnings who married a military politician, General Juan Domingo Perón, right at the period he was reaching the peak of his career. He drew force through championing the lower working classes, and Evita’s aggressively strong personality and charisma were fundamental for his relationship with the people and his fight against the conservative high classes. He was elected thrice President, and she was maybe the first noted woman politician of the century. Their powerful partnership, which lasted until her early death, changed the history of their country forever; and even today, decades later, they still arouse intense feelings of love or hatred for most Argentinians.
Both have quite accurate birth data, which produces impressive natal charts. However, in order to show the effectiveness of the method, I’ve chosen to leave them aside, and to focus only on their Nodal charts. He was born on October the 10th 1895, in a town named Lobos (latitude 35º 10´ South, longitude 59º 5´ West). She was born on May the 7th 1919, at Los Toldos (35º0´ South, 61º 2´ West). For this technique I will use the Mean Node, validated not only by tradition and my experience, but by many astrologers’ extensive research. For rhe day and place he was born, the Mean North Node of the Moon ascended exactly at 7 hours, 16 minutes and 21 seconds PM. In her case, this happened just before midnight, at 10 hours, 18 minutes and 45 seconds PM of the previous night, that is, May the 6th.
Looking at Evita’s Nodal Chart (chart on top of next page), there is an exact conjunction of her Moon to the Midheaven in Leo, symbolizing her fame, charisma and authority; also reflected by her Tenth house Saturn in Leo. Some may recall a similar Saturn sign and house position in Hitler’s natal chart or Margaret Thatcher’s Leo Moon conjunct the Midheaven. All the other planets in the occidental half show how important her personal relationships were for the fulfillment of her soul’s destiny, especially shown by Venus in the Seventh, sextile to Mercury, ruler of the Seventh, and sextile to the Moon. The tight square of the Sun and Mars conjunction in fixed Taurus in the sixth house to the Moon mirrors her strong will, her relationship with the working classes and her forceful working stamina, even when an early cancer was gradually destroying her body. This may also be shown by Jupiter, the ruler of the Ascendant, in his exaltation in Cancer in the Eighth house. The focal Uranus in Pisces in the Fourth, leading the bowl planetary pattern, may also reflect her revolutionary attitude and her emancipation worries for the underdog lower classes.
In Perón’s chart (located at the bottom of this page), the Moon (women, popularity and the people) also conjuncts the Meridian and Neptune, the Pisces Ascendant ruler, leading his own occidental bowl pattern (both Perón and Evita are classical stubborn bowls). We find once more Venus in the Seventh house. Besides stressing again the importance of relationships and women in his life, during his first term as a President, he gave Argentine women the right to vote for the first time in history, a sound guarantee for his next reelection. And his third term started with his last wife Isabelita as a Vice-president, who remained in charge as President when he died. All this may also be reflected by the close trine of the angular Moon to the conjunction of Sun and Mars in Libra (relationships). Moon conjuncts Neptune and Pluto, while Venus has a tight square to Neptune and a sextile to Uranus; the feminine archetypes are intimately related to social and transpersonal contents. And, added to the fact that the Libra conjunction is in the Eighth house and that the Seventh house ruler, Mercury, is in Scorpio conjoining Saturn, we may see here why he was two times a widower, an unusual and quite strong experience for a soul. All the same, Jupiter, co-ruler of the Pisces Ascendant, in Leo and in the happy Fifth house, trines the Midheaven, which it also rules, showing us his, by any means, remarkable personal success.
Perón’s Moon also squares his Ascendant/North Node with a 14 minutes arc orb (needles to say, one of the benefits of the Nodal Chart is that we can use very tight orbs, because there is no need to rectify: there is no doubt about when the Node was ascending!). But with only 1 arc minute orb (a pretty exact aspect), it squares the Pluto/Midheaven midpoint in 10°46’ Virgo. Let’s see what Ebertin has to say about it: “The ability to exercise a great influence upon others on account of one’s own inner sterling qualities — A woman with a personality. The ability for leadership.” Also the Ascending Node aspects this midpoint with 14 minutes: “The desire to gain leadership by force in a community or group of people: the power of influence over other people, the procurement of an important position and of recognition under any condition, a person of fame.” It also opposes the Sun/Jupiter midpoint in 10°27’ Virgo with 33 minutes: “Devoting one’s life to social aspirations, shared successes, a meeting or coming together with others,” The 7 minutes arc square of the Moon to the Mars/Jupiter midpoint in 10°52’ Virgo is viewed by Ebertin as: “A successful wife.” And the 8 minutes opposition of the Ascending Node to this very same midpoint (Mars/Jupiter) as: “Successful tackling of the environment, organizing, the ability to work together happily with others, good cooperation with other people, advantages through other people, a happy union.” Good for him! And good for Ebertin and Nodal Charts, too!
Evita has a 2 minutes arc semi-square of her Sun to the Moon/Mars midpoint (remember all three were related by a close square) in 0°21’ Cancer: “A strong feeling of solidarity between husband and wife, particularly felt by the latter, the qualities of a housewife, the power to establish oneself in the world, the striving for independence. The union between husband and wife. Prosperity through harmonious cooperation.” You can check it in Ebertin yourself! And I remind you, by the way, that they became extremely wealthy during their governing. Jupiter also makes a 6 minutes arc semisquare to the Mercury/Pluto midpoint in 26°56’ Taurus: “The art of persuasion. Recognition of the masses or by the public, great success.” You may have perhaps in your memory the image of Evita and her powerful speeches to the people in the balcony of the Government House (Don’t cry for me Argentina…).
And with a 25 minutes orb, the Ascending Node opposes the Venus/Mars midpoint in 4°36’ Gemini: “An extremely magnetic personality with regard to sex-attraction. Sex-unions.” People who hated her called her “The Whore.” With a bigger orb (46 minutes) it also opposes the Sun/Venus midpoint in 4°15’ Gemini, which, besides loving contacts, Ebertin associates with artistic entertainment, and she was an actress. Finally, also with a 38 minutes orb, Moon conjoins the Saturn/Neptune midpoint in 14°4’ Leo: “Illness through soul suffering, women’s diseases either chronic or otherwise”; and her afore mentioned uterine cancer. I’d like to stress that I didn’t pin-point the combinations that better suited to the subjects, but merely the ones with the smallest orbs, which is what I warmly suggest doing with these charts.
When we start looking the cross-aspects between both charts, we immediately find a curious coincidence: her Jupiter trines exactly his Ascendant, and his Jupiter trines exactly her Ascendant. A pretty nice aspect that shows mutual growth, wealth, happiness and success thanks to each other (mutual Jupiter trine Ascendant). Moreover, his Sun sextiles her Midheaven Moon conjunction, classically success and mutual harmony between partners, an important relationship. But also, the close conjunction of his Jupiter with her Neptune, another aspect that usually involves growth, happiness and wealth, here is especially meaningful, because Jupiter is the ruler of her Nodal chart Ascendant, and Neptune the ruler of his Nodal chart Ascendant, a quite strong and positive relationship, and a good point in favor of the relevance of Nodal Charts in relationships.
The Composite Chart is derived of course not from their natal charts but from their Nodal Charts. The house cusps are usually calculated from the composite Midheaven for the geographical latitude of the place where they first met. Perón and Evita got to know each other at a charity fair in Buenos Aires. As you may perceive, composite Jupiter is exactly opposing the composite Ascendant. Rob Hand points that it should be read as the conjunction of Jupiter to the Descendant, “a very positive and easy aspect in a composite chart,” in his words. “You have come together as a team for mutual growth. You will nurture and support each other through all kinds of adversity and you will share in the high points of each other’s life as well. Your relationship is likely to be quite prosperous. The optimism and positive attitude engendered by this aspect attract whatever material things you may need. And you will get pretty much what you feel you may need.” It suits. Jupiter in exaltation also shows the intense and good relationship with others, generally speaking, and with their native land and its people (Cancer). We also have Sun in its own sign, conjoining Mars, which is no surprise, because both were born with a Sun/Mars conjunction. But here it is in bright Leo, and very near to it, Venus, the planet of love and relationships that both had in their seventh house, is in 5º 36´, exactly on top of the aforementioned conjunction of his Jupiter with her Neptune. The other Light, the Moon, is also in her own sign, closely conjoining Neptune: a strong, powerful and positive chart showing a strong, powerful and positive relationship. We have here six planets in less than 30 degrees, gathered around the Descendant (relationships), indicating notoriously so much energy inside the relationship and of the relationship as a whole with others.
Composite Saturn in Virgo, ruler of the composite Capricorn Ascendant, is highly placed in the chart, trine to the Ascendant and sextile to the Sun/Mars conjunction. This is yet another positive aspect denoting social elevation, hard work and also the working classes (Virgo). These are surely shown by the Moon/Neptune conjunction in Cancer in the sixth house: “the poor workers,” “the descamisados” (shirtless). Plus Pluto, exactly on top of the sixth house’s cusp: the power of the labor unions they created and nourished (reminding us, in fact, of Argentina’s birth chart Sixth house Pluto).
So we have, until now, a successful (Jupiter), strong loving labor relationship, good intentions to others, as well as for each other’s benefit. With the brilliant military man (Sun and Mars in Leo), even if strong and popular, the self-sacrificing woman (Moon in Cancer with Neptune), in a way a victim of the relationship, and seen by her people with the aura of a real martyr; they called her “Saint Evita” then, and even now. Composite Pluto on top of her natal Venus may also add to this.
With Davison’s Relationship Chart (located on this page), as happens many times, we find a number of similarities with the Composite. Again Capricorn ascending, with its ruler Saturn sextile to it, and now in a closer trine to Jupiter in Cancer, once more opposed to the Ascendant. Pluto is yet again on the sixth house cusp, and the relationship Midheaven now closer to Peron’s Sun/Mars natal conjunction. But the real news is the Moon and Mars: both are in Capricorn in the Twelfth house, conjoining Uranus, all three opposed to Neptune: an intense relationship that now stresses its revolutionary aspect, letting us see once again a strong working attitude; the underdog working classes; the transgressive woman of this relationship being, in a way, victimized; and the sad and premature end of their partnership with her death.
A crucial moment: Perón and Evita’s first meeting
Perón and Evita met for the first time at a charity benefit in Buenos Aires on January the 22nd 1944. We shall now take a look to the progressed Nodal charts for that moment, the progressed Composite chart derived from them, and the progressions, solar arc directions, transits and Solar revolutions of Davison’s chart. I believe you will be thrilled at how clearly things are reflected basing the analysis of the charts cast for the exact instant when the Mean North Node was ascending on that particular day in the place they were born.
Evita’s progressed Nodal Chart for that moment has progressed Mercury, ruler of natal Seventh, making from 26°21’ Taurus a 30’ orb semi-square to natal Jupiter, ruler of the Nodal Ascendant, while progressed by Solar Arc makes a 50’ orb sextile, connecting again the rulers of the First and the Seventh houses. Solar Arc Jupiter also makes a 36’ orb sextile to natal Descendant from 5°38’ Leo, and Solar Arc Venus in 16°59’ Cancer, the loving natal Seventh house planet, again a sextile to natal Mars (male figures, military men). While Solar Arc Saturn in 15°17’ Virgo trines natal Sun, showing her connection not only with a male figure, but also a father holding power figure (he was twenty five years older) and the beginning of her remarkable social rise. But especially interesting is how the aforementioned Jupiter, ruler of her Nodal Ascendant, conjoins Neptune in 6°37’ Leo, the planet that rules Perón’s Nodal Ascendant, actualizing the natal conjunction between both charts that seemed particularly binding.
But this very same aspect appears in Perón’s Nodal Chart progressed by Solar Arc: Solar Arc Neptune in 6°20’ Leo conjoining natal Jupiter in 5°40’ Leo! No astronomical explanation here, but just mere… chance (?). In his Secondary Progressed chart again, there are strong ties between the rulers of natal First and Seventh houses: progressed stationary Jupiter, ruler of the First, is in a close 14 minutes trine to his natal Midheaven (which he also rules, showing his huge success) and squaring natal Mercury, ruler of the Seventh. Progressed Venus, which also was, like in Evita’s chart, in natal Seventh, now in 16°54’ Libra (relationships) conjoins natal Mars with a 49’ orb (sexual and loving contact), and trines loving progressed Neptune in 17°1’ Gemini with a 7’ orb. Progressed Mercury, his natal Seventh house ruler, also conjoins from 20°9’ Scorpio progressed Uranus in 21°3’ Scorpio, showing dramatic and revolutionary changes in Seventh house matters.
There are also some remarkable cross-aspects: Evita’s progressed Sun in 9°7’ Gemini the moment they know each other opposes Perón’s natal Nodal Chart’s Midheaven in 8°54’ Sagittarius; and her progressed Midheaven opposes his natal Ascendant! On the other hand, Perón’s progressed Sun is conjoining Evita’s Ascendant with a degree and a half orb — a strong case for the possible value of these techniques.
Daily Progressed Cusps highlight a very striking conjunction of her daily progressed Ascendant in 15°36’ Leo with her own Moon and Midheaven in Leo, symbolizing the brightness and popularity that would begin that day, the very same way Perón’s daily progressed Midheaven in 9°54’ Taurus opposes his natal Mercury, the ruler of his Seventh.
The Progressed Composite Chart derived from both progressed Nodal Charts shows the Moon exalted in 15°28’ Taurus opposing the progressed Composite Midheaven in 16°36’ Scorpio and the daily progressed Composite Ascendant in 0°52’ Leo conjoining no other than the natal Composite Sun in 0°17’ Leo.
Predictive techniques applied to Davison’s Relationship Chart are equally eloquent. The progressed Ascendant in 25°30’ Aquarius makes an exact opposition to progressed Mercury in 26°11’ Leo, an aspect that would continue for many years (he rules the Seventh house in both Nodal Charts). Besides, Mercury is in a close sextile with Relationship Pluto, who now is conjoining exactly the progressed Fifth house cusp (romances). Progressed Venus in 0°20’ Virgo makes a sextile to natal Relationship Sun, and Solar Arc Pluto in 29°9’ Cancer conjoins this natal Relationship Sun, a crucial moment of the relationship. The daily Progressed Relationship Ascendant in 0°47’ Leo conjoins the aforementioned Sun, and puts on the angles the conjunction of progressed Relationship Jupiter in 2°10’ Leo with progressed Relationship Mercury in 1°55’ Leo (14’ orb), the rulers of the First and Seventh house in both Nodal Charts! And, also striking, is the conjunction of the daily Progressed Relationship Moon in 19°24’ Taurus with the daily Progressed Relationship Midheaven in 20°15’ Taurus, the day they know each other.
Regarding the significant bonding aforementioned natal conjunction of the rulers of their Nodal Ascendants, his Jupiter and her Neptune, it was being triggered then by the conjunction of two powerful transits: Pluto and the North Node. The Solar Revolution of the Relationship Chart previous to their encounter has Mercury, the ruler of the Virgo Ascendant, in 5°59’ Leo, conjoining Jupiter, ruler of the Seventh, in 4°57’ Leo (also rulers of both partner’s natal First and Seventh houses), those who were already conjoining by progression. But this happens on top of the natal Jupiter-Neptune cross-aspect, triggered by the strong just mentioned transits. The Precessed Lunar Return of the Relationship Chart took place the day before they met, and includes not only the sextuple pointed conjunction (Peron’s Jupiter, Evita’s Neptune, Mercury and Jupiter of the Solar Return plus transiting Pluto and North Node), but a 2’ orb opposition of the Midheaven in 11°9’ Cancer to the Relationship Moon, ruler of the Relationship’s Chart Seventh house, and to the revolution’s Mercury in 9°42’ Capricorn, ruler of both partner’s Nodal Chart’s Seventh house. In the Relationship Chart, we had Uranus and Mars conjunct that Moon, and now they are in a close conjunction in 6°0’ and 5°0’ Gemini, on top of Evita’s Nodal Chart Descendant. Finally, the Daily Chart for the meeting using the GMT of the Relationship Chart shows a close 2’ orb conjunction of Moon and Venus in Sagittarius, denoting relationship, love and marriage.
I hope I have sufficiently illustrated the relevancy of this particular celestial moment when the Mean Moon’s North Node conjoins the Ascendant the day and place a person is born, especially in regard to relationship destiny. I’d like to stress again its tremendous usefulness when the birth time of those involved or even one of them is unknown (in that case I must point we should work with both Nodal Charts, not considering the birth time of the one we do have the data). Likewise, the strength and accuracy of the analyzed symbolism through the vast amount of information emerging from this rich technique is equally useful when the birth time is known.
President and Head Teacher of the worldwide noted Buenos Aires Astrological Center Foundation (CABA, created in Argentina in 1961), where he started teaching in 1988. Actor and stage director, he holds a BA in Linguistics from the Buenos Aires University, where he also teaches. Author of Astrological synthesis techniques: The Path in the Natal Chart, he has lectured in Astrology congresses in USA (UAC 08), Spain, Greece, Brazil, Peru & Argentina, radio and TV programs and astrological publications since 1990. He was granted an Astrological Excellence Award by an international jury in Buenos Aires in 2003. For more, take a look at the website.