How do you view the angles in the chart?
Ascendant, MC, IC, Descendant, and Moon's Nodes are all doorways.
Each one is created through the intersection of two different co-ordinate
systems. These are: Local (the circle of our horizon and "up");
Global (Latitude and Longitude); Lunar (the orbit of the Moon); and
Solar (the ecliptic or Zodiac).
Ascendant and Descendant are created through the intersection of the horizon
(Local) and the Zodiac (Solar). The wisdom of the Solar Deity shines
directly into our immediate and personal 'space' through these doorways.
In the natal chart, the Ascendant = light of Soul shining into our own Subject;
and the Descendant = light of Soul shining through Others.
Midheaven and Nadir are created through the intersection of Global (Longitude) and
the Zodiac (Solar). The Light of Sol Invictus shines down into the state
of the World at large, showing us our place in it, and drawing us together
with others in our geo-historical environment. In the natal chart, through
the Midheaven we can enter into various cultures or world events; at the
Nadir, we enter into the world of Nature - which includes the common experiences
of our gender, age, and exposure to climate.
Nodes are created through the intersection of the Lunar and Solar coordinate
systems - the orbit of the Moon and the Zodiac. These are the doorways
of immortality (North) and mortality (South), for here the entire realm of
creatures - the sub-lunar - is given access to the pathways of the Gods -
the Zodiac. The Nodes have no link to our immediate experience, and vice-versa;
they have to do with the whole of our life or lives. At the North Node we
are presented with a Glimpse, a glimpse of our pathway directly into the
light, which is renewed and ever-present; more a Now than a Tomorrow. At
the South Node we enter the history of our own creation, which is both Yesterday
much Light - and still the ego finds shadows to inhabit!