Rahu & Ketu

Posted on March 28, 2011 by Renu

What is your divine confusion? The lunar node Rahu (north node) versus Ketu (south node)

A central principle of Yoga and Vedic Astrology is the cycle of human birth, death and rebirth, as the soul’s journey towards the realization of its cosmic roots. With each successive birth the desires of the soul to experience all aspects of life evolve until all desires have been transmuted (not suppressed) and surrendered. The desire that propels the soul to take birth on the physical plane is Rahu (north node) and the completion of the desire is Ketu (south node). When all longings cease and everything is embraced as an aspect of the divine, the journey is complete, and the soul merges back into its source. While conscious memories of past lifetimes are wiped out at the time of birth, each lifetime is connected to the past through the subconscious. The birth chart is a reflection of stored memories from past lives (as well as early childhood), which become the basis of our reactions, feelings, choices, obsessions, fears etc., giving the astrologer a glimpse into the choices the individual may make, as well as the potential consequences. Thus, all influences in the horoscope are in a sense the “whispers” we hear in our head and heart compelling us to make certain choices, sometimes even despite our best judgments. The loudest voices are those of Rahu and Ketu, while at the same time the ones we are least consciously aware off.

Rahu and Ketu are our deep seated inner battles. extremes and unstoppable compulsions. Their formless influences are harder to grasp and are usually the most entrenched aspects of our personality and psyche. Rahu and Ketu’s influence is usually more on the mental than physical level. Rahu shows the area of life where our talents are beginning to flourish and expand but also the areas where we can become overwhelmed and loose control of our destiny due to over expansion. In the allegorical myth of Rahu and Ketu. each half desperately needing to join the other to become whole. as they are positions of mathematical calculation. In the horoscope. Mars. Moon. has a mental approach to life. The nodes are often compared to marching armies. Therefore he can also create addictions. Venus. especially when afflicted in the birth chart. as well as an insatiable appetite.The seven embodied heavenly bodies (Sun. where lunar and solar eclipses occur. as well as the most resistant to change. He is in every horoscope . Rahu and Ketu have no physical form. Rahu as the unconscious force of our deepest desire marches obsessively to “taste” a new area of life and to conquer a new territory. Rahu is necessary for the sustenance of life. Jupiter and Saturn) indicate the outer battles we wrestle with in life. as he can consume without ever becoming full. Rahu. Since they are always placed in opposite houses and signs to each other in the horoscope it is their tug of war that is usually responsible for the psychological turmoil in our life. As the cosmic force exposing all the possibilities and extremes within the realm of existence. Rahu is the head of a snake and Ketu the tail. Mercury. he shows our deepest desires and where we will strive the hardest but may also find it difficult to feel fulfilled.Rahu as the conquering army and Ketu as the retreating army. It is fixated on the new opportunity where he hopes to find Paradise. Ketu is the retreating army negating the territory it is walking away from as Paradise Lost. as a creature without a body.

He is impractical and perceives life through very subtle and narrow confines. hermits and of course astrologers all have a strongly placed Ketu in their birth chart. as well as liberation from the cycle of birth and death. He represents the no-mind and introspective approach to life. yogis. When working through their higher principles they have the potential to bring about revolutions and meaningful change in society. creating geniuses. Non-conformists. anarchists. Until ketu is totally purified. just as with Rahu we may be drawn to something but deep down be critical of it. or utilize his energy to free ourselves. He internalizes the energy of the planets he conjuncts and the area of life he influences in the horoscope. There will be a feeling of being used up in the areas that Ketu contacts. otherwise he may end up neglecting his worldly duties and causing suffering. loners. Ketu as a headless creature is dissatisfied and disenchanted by what it comes into contact with in the horoscope. Rahu pursues life with such intensity that it can give sudden inspiration and and phenomenal success. nor bring lasting peace.and we all have the free will to either drown in his intensity. Rahu and Ketu whip up our life and toss us back and forth creating confusion but their ultimate goal is to help us integrate the polarities of the physical world with . Ketu has reserves of knowledge and skills developed in past lives and when working from its higher principles can give penetrating insight into the area of the horoscope that it is influencing. revolutionaries and spiritual masters but also conspiracy theorists and neighborhood critics. Ketu’s negation needs to be channeled into the divine and not simply into embitterment with the world in order to reveal its higher gifts. we may reject that area but still deep down simultaneously crave it. Both Rahu and Ketu are “out of the box” thinkers and revolutionaries with an innate dislike for authority and convention. psychics. Ketu paints a very idealistic picture in search for the impossible and is obsessed with revealing all that is fake and imperfect. but unless the experience is spiritually integrated the success will not have the proper foundation to sustain itself. or we may have an eccentric approach that does not fit social norms and boundaries. Ketu represents territories we have conquered and mastered in past lives and are detaching from in this life.

instincts. Rahu will be consumed with god. intuition. Rahu in the second house can become attached and fearful of not having our tangible needs met and Ketu in the eighth will reject the deeper intangible mysteries of life. Rahu in the tenth will become very ambitious in seeking power and status. In reverse. home and emotional life. In the second and eighth house we have to balance our tangible and intangible resources and needs to grow and evolve. In the third and ninth house axis we are learning to balance the lower concrete mind with the higher perceptive mind and self effort with God’s grace. and Ketu in fourth will sacrifice the inner alter. In reverse. 1/7 Axis: In the first house Rahu will obsess and fear losing our self identity to the partner and Ketu in seven will be highly idealistic. Ketu in the second will shun its material responsibilities and Rahu in the eighth will become fixated with exploring life on the deepest emotional and intangible level. and spiritual matters in the ninth house and Ketu will reject practical efforts required to achieve the goals.the metaphysical world. . Rahu in the third will rely on its own skills and knowledge to achieve its goals and Ketu will reject the spiritual path. In reverse. In the fourth and tenth house axis the polarities of our masculine and feminine natures collide and we are learning to harmonize our inner and outer life. Ketu in the first will negate the self and Rahu in seven will become compulsive about needing to lose itself in relationships. seeking only perfect partners. 2/8 Axis:. In reverse. home and emotions and Ketu in the tenth will be afraid to carry out its responsibilities and express its full potential in the outer world (especially career). Harmonizing our needs with those of our partner will bring this axis into balance. 4/10 Axis:Rahu in the fourth house will be overwhelmed by its feelings. religion. In addition. They are the main representatives of the duality we all engage in as spiritual beings temporarily residing in the physical plane. 3/9 Axis: Rahu in the third will have an insatiable appetite for acquiring skills and information and Ketu in the ninth will reject higher philosophical teachings.

reminds me of Rahu and Ketu. ← Japan Earthquake March 28. The nodes are trying to take us to the understanding that ultimately both ends of the spectrum are the same and harmony is achieved when you are able to give something to the opposite party. fame. material gains or sacrifice for the greater good and Ketu in the fifth house will reject the development of our unique individuality and creativity. Harmonizing the need for discipline and order with surrendering and letting go brings this axis into balance. regulations and traditional work ethic and Rahu can lose itself to the pursuit of other worldly mystical experiences or escape from real life responsibilities. methinks”. often giving very fertile and creative talents and Ketu in the eleventh will resist loosing its identity to the greater whole. Rahu in eleven will become infatuated with name. Bookmark the permalink. Let us work towards bringing the polarities within us together consciously rather than allowing ourselves to be pulled apart by them. In reverse. I have to go home and check on which house it is in. It makes much more . or ignoring and rejecting one area of life over another and not finding a peaceful resolution you probably have some work to do on your Rahu Ketu axis. Ketu in the sixth will be critical of having to follow routines. competitive in seeking order and discipline just as Ketu in the twelfth rejects surrendering or letting things follow their own course. 6/12 Axis: Rahu in the sixth can become obsessive compulsive. The famous line from Hamlet “The lady doth protest too much. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. If you are protesting too much about an aspect of life. In the fifth and eleventh axis we are learning to balance our unique individuality with that of our place in the larger community. 2011 at 4:31 pm I love the Phantom doll! I really appreciate the article since I am in Ketu right now. In reverse.5/11 Axis: Rahu in the fifth house will be bent upon leaving its distinct mark in the world.

I have Mars in the second house with Rahu and Saturn along with Venus and Ketu in my eighth house. “intangible mysteries and intangible resources.” What is an affliction? “Non-conformists.” What do you mean by this? I did some research to find that Mars and Saturn are considered malefic (misfortune) heavenly bodies. hermits and of course astrologers all have a strongly placed Ketu in their birth chart. the journey is complete. shannon mckeown says: March 28.sense than just doing more on Saturday to make appeasements with the planet. most often seen. Thanks for helping me understand them both.” In this paragraph where you discuss the central principle…. What is a strongly placed Ketu? “Rahu in the second house can become attached and fearful of not having our tangible needs met and Ketu in the eighth will reject the deeper intangible mysteries of life. 2011 at 5:45 pm “When all longings cease and everything is embraced as an aspect of the divine.” “Their formless influences are harder to grasp and are usually the most entrenched aspects of our personality and psyche.. anarchists. most difficult) but you didn’t use the word strongly placed. especially when afflicted in the birth chart. it differs slightly from my belief system. as well as the most resistant to change. What does it mean to my journey to have the two malefic bodies along with the two ghost bodies together in the 2/8 axis? . thus I am NOT separate from my Source. In the second and eighth house we have to balance our tangible and intangible resources and needs to grow and evolve. Does that make any difference in the result of my journey? For instance: within my belief system. but ideally bringing forth in transformation the Divine aspects of that “I AM consciousness. loners. but maybe not in the context of astrology……. Reply 1.” I know what the word intangible means.” When you discussed at your lecture the six axis aspects you used words like (easy. “I am God” created in Its image…. and the soul merges back into its source. yogis. Rahu and Ketu better. psychics. not needing to merge back to It.

The audiece on Friday included both astrologers and lay persons (as does my reading audience). Blessings. money) and with the intangible resources (ie. Renu Reply . I look forward to attending your future lectures and plan on making an appointment with you as soon as I find employment.) and if it is strongly placed. There is only difference of symantics in the two beliefs – “bringing forth the transformation to know your own divinity” requires seeing everything as an aspect of the divine. what will be the result etc. You have to be a trained astrologer to figure out if the planet is afflicted (and how much. which means surrendering our longings for things to be a certain way. Strongly placed is also astrological lingo – it means a well placed planet that is having a signficant influence on the horoscope. Shannon Reply o Renu says: March 30. emotional support). 2011 at 2:22 am Hi Shannon. Mars and Saturn will add difficulty along the rahu ketu axis. Blessing Renu.This is the second lecture of yours I’ve attended and I thoroughly enjoy your engagements. An affliction is an astrological term for “difficult” astrological influences on the planet. in the area of second house (tangible support ie. Venus will try and make it easier. I have a strong resonance with the number “11″ and I feel alot of movement in my energy body…… just want to touch base with you and maybe find out more from you with regards to that and a relationship that maybe going to the next level.

2011 at 3:33 am Renu. 2011 at 9:05 pm Thank you for this really great article. and Ketu is in the 8th House of my relationship chart. My partner and I are trying to go into this with our eyes open.2. I love your articles. Renu! This piece is especially timely for me because I will be entering Sa-Ke soon. Please keep them coming! Reply 3. You’re a beautiful writer -and they are all so interesting. Jeff Patterson says: March 29. Your article provides a lot of perspective! Reply . Gabriela says: March 29.