|Combinations of Power (Rahu and Ketu)|
by Joni Patry
Astrological charts of the following people are reviewed in this article.
the houses that Rahu and Ketu occupy;
the houses of their (sign)dispositors;
the nature of the planet that conjuncts Rahu and Ketu and the houses ruled by the planet that conjuncts Rahu or Ketu;
the nakshatra dispositor of Rahu or Ketu.
All of the houses that are involved with rules 1-4 will be connected to the destiny and fate of the soul.
Effects of Rahu
Rahu (North Node of Moon): Rahu has the nature of a serpent. It poisons you to the illusions of this world. It is our desires that keep us incarnating here. Under Rahu, things happen. Rahu gives, but with a price. When our most intense desires are granted under Rahu we discover that too much of a good thing ends up causing our most intense suffering. We may, for example, gain fame and fortune, only to realize we have no freedom or place to go without being mauled by fans. Family and friends disown us out of jealousy. The fame and fortune we desired only brought us separation and sorrow. Ultimately the disillusionment leads to the enlightenment of Ketu, who detaches and renounces the world for spiritual enlightenment. The nodes are the most powerful of all the planets, for they cause the eclipses of the luminaries, the Sun and Moon. The nodes block out the light or consciousness. Rahu is the material world and all the desires it creates. It gives material things which will never bring lasting happiness. This is the illusion of Rahu. When these things start to fall away we become obsessed with trying to hold on to them. Rahu deals with fear, obsessive and compulsive behavior. It is about addictions, poisons, alcohol, and drugs. Any planet with Rahu will be magnified greatly in the chart as Rahu will take on the quality of the planet it is next to (in the same sign). This can be good or bad depending on the planet. Rahu with Venus or Jupiter can bring wealth, but Rahu with Saturn can cause suffering to the house they are in.
Rahu and Ketu take on the quality of the planets that are associated with them or in aspect (especially conjunct). If they are not associated or aspected by other planets they will give the results of the planet that rules the sign they are in (dispositor).
The sign and nakshatra dispositor is considered the karmic control planet.
Rahu and Ketu cast the trine aspect 5 and 9 signs away from their position.
Rahu acts like Saturn, and Ketu acts like Mars. They can be described, in my opinion, like the outer planets. Rahu is similar to Pluto or a mixture of Uranus, Saturn, Pluto, and Ketu is similar to Neptune or a mixture of Neptune, Mars, and Uranus.
Rahu and Ketu will give raja yoga whenever they are either in a trikona or kendra house and they are conjunct a planet that rules a trikona or kendra.
When the lunar nodes are combined with another planet they take on the quality of that planet, like mirrors magnifying the energy of that planet. Each combination will produce very different results. As we go through all the planets in conjunction with Rahu the qualities of each planet will be magnified with these conjunctions. Conjunctions will always occur in the sign Rahu and Ketu are in during the 18 month period Rahu and Ketu are in a sign, once with Rahu and then with Ketu. Below is a list of the conjunction frequency:
The Sun will conjunct Rahu and Ketu once a year (during an eclipse), 6 months apart.
The Moon will conjunct Rahu and Ketu once a month.
Mercury and Venus will conjunct Rahu and Ketu once a year.
Mars will conjunct Rahu and Ketu once every 2 years.
Jupiter will conjunct Rahu and Ketu once every 7 years, and the conjunction will occur 8 signs away from the previous conjunction.
Saturn will conjunct Rahu and Ketu once every 11 years, and the conjunction will occur 6 signs from the previous conjunction.
Effects of Ketu
Ketu (South Node of Moon): Ketu’s function is to cause inner turmoil so that the soul will seek the true essence of the individual. Whereas, Rahu is the material world, Ketu is the spiritual world. It is the headless serpent, implying the perception and wisdom that is a gut level knowing and that can give psychic or clairvoyant abilities. But Ketu can give a feeling of helplessness, self-doubt, and lack of confidence. Through humiliating experiences one becomes humble. Ketu is a wanderer without roots. It is a fiery force that can cause accident and injury. Above all, it is the karaka of loss that directs our attention back to the eternal reality, the self-realization of our essence with God. Rahu works on the outer material world and Ketu works on the inner spiritual world. Ketu with a planet will have a spiritualizing effect on it, directing the planetary energy to look within its essence. If Ketu is with Mars, the nature will actively seek the spiritual side of life, Martian qualities will be withdrawn, anger suppressed and channeled inwardly. Ketu with the Moon can give psychic abilities. Like Rahu, Ketu can cause mental instabilities, mass hysteria, diseases and plagues, and represent poisons like drugs and alcohol. However, both Rahu and Ketu can also be drugs or poisons that heal.
There is an ambition for power where Ketu is positioned by house. The ambition for power comes from a strong empty feeling. The house it is in will feel like an empty void therefore, there is a need to constantly fill this void creating an obsession to refill the emptiness. This is why there can be gains and abundance for the house that Ketu is in.
Ketu has been said to negate the planet it is conjunct or aspects. A planet conjunct Ketu becomes magnified in an unusual way, the outcome depends on the houses the planet with Ketu rules; that is if the planet with Ketu is a friend or enemy to the chart. This depends on the Ascendant.
Ketu is the suction point for all incoming karma from past incarnations. This karma is processed then set forth through our life with experiences indicated by Rahu. Rahu is the future and new karmas developed during this lifetime. The controlling planets are the sign and nakshatra dispositors of Rahu and Ketu. Planets conjunct these nodes become the wild card to express this experience even more. So Ketu is the past karmas of the soul in which are put forth into action in this lifetime through Rahu. Ketu is the talents and faculties developed through past lives. Ketu deals with the inheritance of these natural abilities but the real test is to balance these abilities and not let them control us. We must reach out and develop the Rahu qualities instead of letting the karma repeat itself of the previous lifetimes. We must learn to use this power for the good of mankind instead of selfish self grandeur. Ketu is our past while Rahu is our future, and where we must develop our skills in this lifetime.
If Ketu is with a benefic planet the qualities of that house are empowered. If they are in the sign the planet rules, extremes of wealth are possible, especially in the maha dasha of Ketu. For example, if Ketu is in the second house with Jupiter it gives wealth. But, it gives extremes of wealth if Ketu and Jupiter are in Sagittarius or Pisces. This becomes activated when Ketu’s maha dasha begins. At the end of the seven-year Ketu cycle all the gains during this cycle can be lost.
Planets conjunct Ketu will be exaggerated in an unusual way. The exaggeration is due to a sense of lack that is overcompensated.