Moon’s Nodes, Midsummer, and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”…

I have noticed over the years that having natal horoscope planets, Angles or Nodes around 0-5 degrees of Cancer (Midsummer), Libra (Autumn Equinox) Capricorn (Midwinter) or Aries (Spring Equinox) tends to bring significant inner or outer events into the lives of clients, students, friends and family at those key times of the year. It certainly happens with me, with Mars at 1.5 Cancer in the tenth house of vocation/career.

It happened big time with Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, whose Asc was 2 degrees Cancer, square her Mercury at the end of Virgo. Scroll back exactly two hundred and one years to Midsummer 1816, when Mary was still only 18 years old, and experiencing her first Nodal Return. Resident with husband Percy Shelley, the charismatic, amoral and scandalous Lord Byron and various friends and family members, at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva, during a stormy night Byron challenged them all to write a ghost story…the rest, as they say, is history.

Mary went to bed that night and dreamed Frankenstein…

Inspired by Mary Shelley’s life, her Moon’s Nodes, and her authorship of Frankenstein, I wrote an article to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of that event for The Mountain Astrologer which they published last June. Here it is. I hope you enjoy this Midsummer tale!

Dreaming ‘Frankenstein’

250 words copyright Anne Whitaker 2017
Licensed under Creative Commons – for conditions see Home Page

14 responses to “Moon’s Nodes, Midsummer, and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”…

  1. Via Facebook:
    Mary Huhmann:
    My natal moon is at 0′ Aries, natal Sun at 4′ Capricorn, and Uranus and Jupiter at 3′ and 5′ Libra. Plus MC at 28′ Gemini. I have learned to be vigilant about my digestive health at the Spring Equinox, and back in my school days I was usually heavily involved with extracurricular activities around the Autumnal Equinox. The solstice holidays are usually great fun for me!


  2. Brilliant feedback, thanks, Mary! This kind of research material is helpful for all our learning…


  3. Via Facebook:
    Morgana Dee:
    I have Uranus there and unexpected events do happen, best of all was my daughter’s birth, and when I had my second daughter twenty years later Uranus was opposing that point, but i have been given unexpected money, had to deal with the unexpected suicide of my brother-in-law one year. Always something. Nothing so far this year. Actually my relocated Asc is 1 Cancer so no wonder I have events happen here.


  4. Thanks, Morgana. Over the years, I have found that the summer solstice and the equinox periods have been the most changeful for me… I began my first career at the autumn one, and my second at the summer one!


  5. Via Facebook:
    Li Selliers:
    I have the moon 0.40 in Libra and Mars at 29.46 in Pisces. Yesterday my phone sent a cryptic textmessage by itself to someone Ive long have had a crush on..and this morning the TV turned itself on while I was preparing breakfast. There are midsommer trolls around!


  6. Ha ha! Great stuff, Li!🤔


  7. I did a quick read of your linked article, and was really caught by this quotation from Emily Sunstein: “Mary Shelley will be best remembered for her perception in Frankenstein… that the Promethean drive is at the heart of human progress and yet a bringer of new ills if not focused on ethical means
    and ends …” Isn’t that just the truth? Contemporary examples abound.


  8. Don’t they just? I am still pretty obsessed with Mary Shelley and the astonishing fact that such a young person created a modern myth which is as relevant now as it was 200 years ago. I do wish you knew astrology, Linda, since if you did, the relevance of the symbolism would truly astound you!


  9. I also love Mary Shelley. Well done with’ dreaming frankenstein’! have also noticed similar things, with my Jupiter 0 degrees Cancer and my sun 30 degrees virgo, and am getting quite a rumbling this week! Thanks for the update :).


  10. Very interesting biography; it’s amazing how she tapped into that creative inspiration and stayed with it === and then the muse grew quiet…. yet you peel back the layers and help us understand what is written in the stars…. thanks, anne!


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