The recognition of the importance of the Lunar Nodes in horoscope interpretation is rooted in Vedic astrology, a system that's been around for thousands of years. The author has studied Vedic astrology in depth and has also personally benefited from meditation techniques as taught by Swami Muktananda. As a practicing western astrologer, her desire is to bring western and eastern astrology systems closer, and the vehicle for this bridging is the Lunar Nodes axis. The Lunar Nodes are not actual physical bodies like the planets, but they are defined as the intersection of the Moon’s path around the plane of the ecliptic. Nothing physical, they are mere points in space that somehow have profound implications for the soul’s journey on planet earth.
How can nothing be something? Borstein introduces the subject matter with some discussion of quantum physics and how current theoretical models may include phrases like nodes of space and time.
The Moon's Nodes incorporates Hindu mythology throughout the narrative and reference chapters. An introduction to the Hindu pantheon included descriptions of the main three deities: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva – plus a handful more. Their stories can be applies to the lessons involving the Lunar Nodes, especially in how to move from the wounded soul, represented by the South Node, to higher consciousness, which is shown by the North Node. The sub-title for this book, A Churning Process of the Soul, refers to the author’s Swedish roots, where she witnessed the stinky, but essential, process for creating cheese.
The twelve chapters describing the South Node in each house, along with its correlated planet, bend western psychology with eastern philosophy. The reader is introduced to Hindu concepts along the way, but the aim is not to promote Vedic astrology as a superior system. Quite the contrary, the author is an avowed westerner, and she brings the cream of the east and west together. Once one recognized the paramount relevance of the Lunar Nodes, it only makes sense to read up on where these ideas came from. Borstein’s overview is an excellent field guide.