Node Book: Understanding Your Life's Purpose, by Kevin
Burk. Llewellyn Publications, 240pp, May
Recently the Pleiades decided we wanted to study the
Nodes in our charts in order to learn more
about how these mathematical points affected
us personally and how we could be more effective
as interpreters of the astrological charts of our relatives, friends,
For those of you who do not know about the Pleiades,
it is a venerable group of astrologers started
in the very early seventies by Trisha Millerick.
It included our “great mother” and guru, Rose McCann
(who gave us the firm foundation to bond
together through all the many changes that
have happened and that we have endured in
the more than 25 years we have been together),
Maya del Mar, our group star, who held us
together after the loss of first Trisha and
then Rose, and the staunch body of the group: Nina
Bredt-Bouska, Kathleen Burgy, Billie O’Neill,
Donna Dell’Ario, and Sue Taylor. As well, the group included
Nancy Bennett, Joan Carey, and Martha Rather
(who have since left the group for several years now).
At any rate,
we decided to give the nodes serious consideration
and we picked several books to guide us. The
one I chose was THE COMPLETE NODE BOOK by Kevin
I was favorably impressed from the very first page
of the book, in which Mr. Burk states that he is giving us his interpretations
but he hopes the information will help us choose our own interpretations.
Mr. Burk points out that the nodes are much more easily
used in Eastern astrology than they are in
Western astrology, as there is no Western
mythology regarding the Dragon. Thus, the head
or tail of the Dragon holds little meaning
for the Western astrologer.
He points out that the nodes are mathematical points,
not physical bodies such as the planets and
asteroids are. They
cannot modify or color the meaning or expression of the sign they
are in and thus, how we experience that energy.
He notes how the nodes are related to the Moon, the
Sun, and the Ecliptic and that they are always in perfect opposition.
Mr. Burk states that the South Node represents gifts
to us from past lives and that we can use
these abilities/talents to further our soul’s
advancement in our current incarnation. The job of the North
Node, on the other hand, at the opposite end
of the astrological polarity, is to take the
lessons from the South Node and “build on them,
honor them, work with them, and learn how to
use them in a new way.” Evaluating
my own nodes on the 3rd/9th axis led me to
look at them as research tools. We build a base of knowledge
(in the material world for Earth signs, perception
in Fire signs, emotion in Water signs and knowledge
in Air signs)* and further it through life’s lessons in this
incarnation; increasing knowledge and understanding
as we evolve.
After a very thorough introduction to the nodes, Mr.
Burk goes over the house axes, and how each
axis works. He
then looks at aspects and transits to the nodes.
He is extremely thorough and painstaking in his descriptions
of the different possible interpretations. At the end of the
book, I felt I had learned very valuable
and useful information and will be able to
offer a much more in-depth look at a chart from this perspective.
Oh, yes, and by the way, looking at my own chart and those of the
other Pleiades members, we were astonished at the accuracy, color and
depth these interpretations offered to our readings.
This is a book I highly recommend for every astrologer.
*Interpretations by this author. (I’m already
using the knowledge as Mr. Burk suggests!)