Several book have treated the nodes of our earth-moon in various ways – and many of them with dignity and perception – but none with the range of expression and information brought to his one.
The first section of the book is in itself worth the price – we find descriptions of the cycles; the aspects from the planets to the nodal axis; some ancient rulerships and her own perspective on those as well as the differences between the true and mean nodal positions as given in the ephemeredes we use. It is clear that many years of mindful thinking accompanies the ideas expressed in the Churning Process of the Soul – and so bring a fresh eye to the nodes.
So, not only are we presented with a comprehensive picture of the nodes in their diurnal and monthly transit, but also tables and interpretations of the cycles between their precise returns – they are incorporated in “life phases”. The ties that bind the relationships between our earth as it orbits our sun, and in turn, our moon orbiting us, bind us to our incarnation here on earth. The image is of an inextricable thread binding the earth, its moon, and the sun in a knot from which the thread weaves the complex fabric of human life.
In part Two, the incorporation of the wild, magical mythology of the Hindu gods and goddesses adds another fully developed dimension to these mysterious points in space. Agneta relates the story of three primary Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
The portentous aspect of this chapter is that gods have goddess correlatives. As the consort or counterpart of the god, the goddesses represent and personify the feminine half – or the anima, if you will – all these-all-powerful male deities. Thus wee see the unique roles of Lakhsmi, Parvati and Saraswati as an integration of the poles of Rahu and Ketu. By the nature of astrological sign polarities, both poles are always the same gender – either feminine or masculine – either air and fire or earth and water. However, there is a masculine god at the pole of each of the Hindu nodes, regardless of sign, and thus, Agneta’s uncontrived involvement of the feminine aspect of the male polarity is revolutionary.