Ketu is. the south node in Vedic astrology. The lunar nodes are the points where the orbits of the sun moon and earth lineup in three-dimensional space. The South lunar node is the trailing node, whereas the North node is the leading node.
Evaluating the South but astrologically is quite tricky. It has to do with things from the past – past lives, things we have forgotten from our childhood, things that are buried in hidden. As such, many times these show hidden skills and latent abilities that we didn’t know we had – until we are forced to use them.
We tend to avoid the qualities of the South node, because they often represent painful, and buried life events – as was mentioned. But when called upon and when necessary those skills emerge. However, there is often much confusion while we are using these latent skills. We are often thrust back into forgotten parts of our psyche and abandoned parts of our soul.
An important attribute of the South node is the fierce scrutiny upon which anything it touches will fall under. There is a sort of recoiling in disgust from anything the south node influences. We feel as if we are “used up” in that area of life. We feel as though we have already done enough. And it’s true, there is a lot of expertise in the area where the South node resides. But the karma is not yet complete. Much of our work with the South node is about being compassionate with those around us who are less skilled and precise as we are in that area.
Eclipses with the South node often show these hidden and buried skills coming to the surface again for all of us. The excavation of the skills often requires us to go to very uncomfortable parts of ourselves and untangle a lot of buried confusion.
But underneath it all, Ketu is one of the most spiritual influences in the astrology chart, And I mean purely spiritual. This astrological influence is really not of this world at all. In fact, that’s the most telling attribute of Ketu, is the party that doesn’t really want to be here. It is divine discontent personified.
When Saturn joins the nodes, there is a pretty strong alignment of stressful energy.
Rahu/Saturn could be quite a difficult placement, sort of like when Mars joins the nodes. Rahu and Saturn are both planets of fear. Rahu is our imagined fears and the kind of stress in life and worry that we are wasting time.
Rahu / Ketu and Saturn
Saturn is actually the stress and worries of the tangible life — the things that pressure us. When we get Rahu/Saturn together, we often feel this pressure of time both in a tangible and intangible ways.
Saturn is where we need to learn to cultivate solitude and go into our true self beyond the world of time. This stress and pressure of external time is there to compel us to go deeper into that timeless or formless state. We stress out over the forms that will change but internally, the formless will never change.
As Saturn matures, that worrying about external structures becomes a great competency of committing to the internal structure. Rahu will eventually make us aware of all these but it can be very stressful because whatever Rahu joins, he excites. This will be a very accelerated, stressful placements at times.
Ketu/Saturn can also have the feeling of stress but there can be a lot more mastery of that area of life. Actually, wherever Ketu is, there is a certain amount of mastery already there because the soul has a lot of experience with that thing.
With Ketu/Saturn, we have experienced the pressure in life a lot. We realize that this is the quality of life that we need to really master and rather than obsessing over the outer form, we need to go inward and conquer that inner fear.
When the nodes join Venus, it is an interesting situation because Venus is said to be the teacher of the nodes.
Rahu / Ketu and Venus
Rahu / Venus
Venus/Rahu will actually excite our desires quite a lot. Venus is the planet of our conscious desires—meaning, the things that we actively express, what makes the senses feel good, what we are attracted to, what turns us on and things like that. Venus is the energy that makes the senses enjoyable, makes food taste good or sex feel good, all that fun stuff comes from Venus. But these are actual tangible things.
Rahu is the subconscious imagined things. It is kind of an insatiable desire that cannot be satisfied by something of this world.
Bringing together the subconscious and the conscious forces of desire is what Rahu/Venus is about. It creates a lot of desire but there is also a great lesson in that. If we do not express our desire nature with Rahu, there can be a lot of frustration and that can turn into a diabolical thing in our mind.
Ketu / Venus
Ketu is where we are not really rejecting desires but where we have a hard time experiencing pleasure and joy of the physical world without a little bit of guilt. It does not mean we do not enjoy desires, we will enjoy it but we will also realize the limitation of it and that it is not our highest nature. We can tend to have painful relationship with our desires when we have Ketu/Venus.
Rahu joined Jupiter is called Guru Chandala yoga. Rahu tends to interrupt Jupiter much in the way that Ketu tends to interrupt Mercury because Rahu is about variety, trying new things and taking experience through making mistakes. It is not about listening, following instructions or teachings and believing in things.
Rahu / Ketu and Jupiter
This is good with Mercury because Mercury is about the same thing. But Jupiter is about the power of our experience to be a great teacher and to believe and learn from life. Life is a great teacher and those things that we believe in—not necessarily religion—are great sources of strength to us.
Rahu is not about believing in things, it is about trying new things. So it is called Guru Chandala yoga because it interrupts that faith-inspired quality of Jupiter.
Ketu/Jupiter is actually quite conducive because Ketu is also about faith. It is about the belief in what we have experienced already. Ketu is about the past and this idea that we understand and know something already. That can be very disruptive to certain areas of life like for instance, the present moment where we need to be flexible, creative and open to new experience which is Mercury stuff. Ketu/Mercury is kind of interrupting.
Jupiter is actually the belief in the power of what we have learned and how that can prevent us from making the same mistakes over and over again. That is what wisdom is about, it is about belief. But it is always in what you have learned already and what you have experienced. That is Ketu stuff. Ketu is about the past and what we have been through and it can get sort of calcified around this certainty that is very rigid. With Ketu it is quite rigid, but with Jupiter it is not, it is quite expansive.
Ketu joined Jupiter is going to interrupt Jupiter to some extent but it is also going to really concentrate the energy of Jupiter. It can interrupt in the sense of making us maybe a little bit rigid, dogmatic, religious and even somewhat atheistic which sound like a contradiction but it is not because atheism is also a kind of a religion.
When the nodes, especially Rahu, join Mercury it is actually one of the better placements.
Rahu is said to be very strong in Gemini and Virgo. This is because Rahu is where we are trying to understand things intellectually, trying to be flexible and figure things out which are also Mercury qualities. When you get Rahu and Mercury, it can bring some intelligence to the random quality of the nodes.
Rahu / Ketu and Mercury
The nodes, especially Rahu, can be destructive when we take action and act based on immaturity. We are here to take action but the actions of Rahu can be very difficult. This is why, for instance, when you get Rahu /Mars it can be destructive because Mars takes impulsive actions.
Mercury is not really a planet of action, it is a planet of skill and intelligence. Often, with Rahu/Mercury, we try to figure things out before we actually do something about it. This is just the nature of Mercury but the problem is we do not take a lot of action. We just think about things and that is actually good with Rahu because Rahu is where we are trying to figure things out.
Rahu is very open, immature and trying to figure things out and understand how they work that is why we act with Rahu. We act with Rahu not because we are trying to do stupid things but because we are trying to understand what that thing is. And often, the consequences just happen to be the stupid things that we do. Rahu/Mercury can be quite uplifting in bringing about positive change for Rahu energy.
With Ketu, it is a little bit different. Ketu is where we are already kind of serving up something. That is not so good with Mercury because Mercury is where we are trying to figure it out while Ketu is where we think we got it all figured out.
When the nodes join Mars, we have a strong awareness of courage and personal strength being developed.
Rahu / Ketu and Mars
With Rahu/Mars, often the person will have a ‘win at all costs’ attitude where they want to take on challenges and challengers because Rahu is trying to accelerate the perceptions of Mars. Rahu/Mars will really develop the qualities of fighting, courage, and eventually, discipline in order to bring about greater intelligence with Mars energy.
Mars is where we have to choose our battles and draw a line in the sand based on how things should or should not be simplistic. Fight-or-flight response to life often is shown by Mars. We see this thing is right and we want to do more of it. We see this thing is wrong and we want to destroy it and take it on.
When Rahu joins Mars, the person might have a very quick temper and decision process. Ketu is really trying to develop this thing to perfection. So there has been a lot of experience often with fighting and understanding the need to purify the fight.
With Ketu/Mars, the person will often be less anxious to get involved with the fight, but they will be good at winning their battles. They will pick their battles carefully but they will often have a lot of issues arguing as well.
Whatever Mars rules, is affecting or aspecting, that is where the person will be fighting and arguing.
When the nodes join the Moon, we have an expression of feminine energy that is really powerful. Rahu and Ketu tend to accelerate the energies, either externally or internally, with the Moon because it is the indicator of internal life and the emotions themselves.
Rahu / Ketu and the Moon
When Rahu joins the Moon, it brings a certain amount of emotional transparency. It tends to accelerate the mind, heart and emotions beyond what feels grounded and tangible. And since the Moon itself is our connection to the senses, mind and consciousness, Rahu/Moon can really feel ungrounded. It is like our emotional perceptions are accelerated and they are outside of our field of existence. It is often said to bring psychic emotional phenomena but the nodes themselves has to do with psychic perceptions which is just perceptions beyond just the senses.
When Rahu or Ketu joins the Moon, there will be accelerated emotional intuition. It also tends to accelerate the feminine quality of life whether it is for a man or a woman. When it is a woman who has Rahu/Moon, she can become very attractive to the men because that emotional intuition and feeling is very extended.
When you have Ketu/Moon, it is more of an implosive force. The emotions are very deep and instead of being accelerated into the other person and exciting and expanding very emotional reality, it is actually very concentrated.
When the nodes join the Sun, it is an interesting situation because the Sun is a masculine planet and whenever the nodes join a planet, it really accentuates the gender of that planet.
Rahu / Ketu and (the Sun)
When either node joins the Sun, you will see a lot of masculine energy (whether it is for a man or a woman). For a man, it will tend to concentrate that masculine energy. It can even make him quite attractive to women. It is going to do it in different ways and that is not the only thing that you will see.
Because the nodes tend to magnify whatever they join, Rahu/Sun will tend to amplify that quality of the Sun which is about, for instance, confidence. The person will seem to have a lot of confidence. You will see wild expression of confidence, sometimes they are overconfident and other times they are insecure. This issue of confidence becomes a big theme in the person’s life when we have Rahu joined the Sun.
The same thing happens with Ketu but Ketu is more of an internal implosive force. Ketu/Sun will also bring a lot of masculine power but it is often like a strong, silent type where the person is stoic. That internal nature of the Sun is very concentrated.
When you have Rahu joined something, it expresses itself a lot because there is a certain amount of immaturity associated with it. So in Rahu/Sun, there is an immature expression of the Sun where they over-express or under-express confidence. These wild swings between over-confidence and under-confidence will be seen with Rahu/Sun.
In Ketu/Sun, there is a lot of perfectionism, intelligence and wisdom around the Sun because this is what Ketu is about. It is about completing the Karma and concentrating that energy. Instead of these erratic displays of confidence, in Ketu/Sun there will be a sort of concentrated power internal but there is still a lack of consistency because the person is trying to really purify the nature of the Sun.
Rahu in the 10th house / Ketu in the 4th house – Ketu in the 4th house shows a native who relied on controlling their feelings and the security of domestic life, to escape from the many problems of the world. They will tend to withdraw into a shell, yet shun excessive nurturing.
Rahu in the 10th house shows they are now learning to access external forms of worldly status and security. They are learning the power of worldly actions to shape their identity. Rahu in the 10th gives his materialistic nature something to do and Ketu’s natural tendency to withdraw is also in harmony with this placement. These native may have lived a life with chaotic outer circumstances, which gave them insight into the necessity to do the right thing and the power of our actions.
Ketu in the 3rd house shows the native developed a daring and curious path through life, and had the courage to challenge their teachings and teachers. This gave the native confidence in their ability to make the right decisions regarding their fate. Confidence in their own skills and intelligence is high.
Rahu in the 9th shows the need to surrender that self-willed nature that served them before and instead take the guidance of teachers and gurus. This is usually comes quite reluctantly, as they seek many teachers, all the while testing them, thinking they know better. Eventually though they encounter situations that cannot be accomplished by their limited will, managed by their skills or known through their intellect. At this point, they recognize the need to listen to and follow teachings that are bigger than themselves. Faith in something higher and greater than their own will power is being developed. These natives may have had an upbringing where they have had very little exposure to religion or Spirituality as a way to force them to seek a higher path – or perhaps there was religious hypocrisy present.
Ketu in the 1st house shows that in recent past lives the individual self and identity was developed. There is a feeling of self-mastery and self-negation in this life. Their identity in this life is not as important to them, and in fact can be a source of stress as there are high levels of perfectionism and unreal standards of self-awareness. This person may feel they are always falling short of the level of self-mastery that is possible.
it is much easier for them to focus on others. Rahu in the 7th house shows they are developing their relations with others in this lifetime. They will lose themselves in these relationships, often times becoming chameleon-like in nature in order to gain acceptance by others, especially long term partnerships and business associates. These people may have been isolated as a youth, bringing up feelings of confusion around others, which later force the native to resolve this personal crisis.
Rahu in the 4th house / Ketu in the 10th house – Ketu in the 10th house shows a native who relied on their worldly status and external power of achievement in order to feel secure. This lead to a person who felt too attached to their actions and ultimately defined by them. They will be hesitant to take on excessive duties and responsibilities. In childhood they were likely forced to accept responsibilities and handle pressures they were not prepared for, such as watching younger siblings, caring for sick or immature parents.
Rahu in the 4th house shows the native will be developing more inner peace in this lifetime. They will be keenly aware of whether or not things “feel good” to them and will always assess duties based on that. Escaping from the outer world of pressure into themselves will be more important to these natives. They may have lacked proper nurturing when young, which compels them to find peace of their own accord.
Ketu in the 11th house show a native who felt the disappointment of worldly ambition and living to satisfy external goals or serving causes disconnected from their heart’s desire. They may have come from a large family, with many sibling, where their personal creations and inspirations were not important. They were asked to subjugated their personal creativity in one way or another. The native will tend to shun the public or “fitting in” with what is popular.
Rahu in the 5th shows the need to develop their own creations and heart’s desire, not that which will make them popular or “admired”. An individual creative life is the most important to these native. Expressing their unique vision is key. They will likely shun mass popularity in order to refine their unique expression. This placement often disrupts having children, as they prefer to freedom to pursue individual creativity.
Ketu in the 12th house shows a native who has largely been removed or at least insulated from the duties and responsibilities of the world. Whether through spiritual practices, escapist tendencies, imprisonment, they have not developed the practical skills to improve their life in the world. Perhaps when they were younger they were insulated from the harsh realities in life in some way. They will likely be wary of becoming directionless and critical of those who try to make life easier for them.
Rahu in the 6th house shows the need to face the hard work and mundane tasks in life. They will need to do the practical things necessary to complete their karmas. It is a placement of work and learning to improve through our own efforts. This native may develop difficult situations in life, such as an illness, that requires constant attention to the mundane aspects of life.
Ketu in the 9th house shows a person who was guided by gurus or teachers or relied on powerful teachers to uplift them and define their belief system, thus they may be very skeptical of teachers and Spiritual teaching in particular. They will likely insist of a very high standard of perfection in their teachings, as on a basic level they already “get” that there is a need to have a higher purpose. This does not necessarily refer to “Spiritual” Gurus, but to education in general.
Rahu in the 3rd house will show a native developing the courage to challenge and test their teachings and teachers and to explore their own paradigms of understanding aside from what they are told by others. Learning how to apply teachings and interpret them in new ways will be more important earlier in life. This it to allow the native to get confidence in their own ability to make the right decisions regarding their own fate, rather than just rely on belief. These natives may have had an upbringing where an orthodox or oppressive religious environment led to rebellion or those they were asked to trust let them down.
Ketu in the 8th house shows a native who early in life became accustomed to sudden, shocking events and things they could not control – such as death or painful upheavals.
They also may have benefitted from others resources and other people’s money, thus their inherent sense of value came from others. Due to these insecurities and a feeling of powerlessness, this will make a person who is very reluctant to rely on others to help them.
Rahu in the 2nd house makes for a person who will work hard to develop their own resources and define their own sense of structure and value. This may make for a greedy individual, a very family oriented one and one that needs to develop self-esteem and self-worth of their own accord.
They will often rebel strongly against their upbringing, needing to establish their own surrogate family and, often amongst close friends. Along the path to purification of values, there may be excesses in appetites, such as food, alcohol, smoking, etc. There may also be foul language that gets better over time as their values, diet, etc. improve.
Rahu in the 1st House Ketu in the 7th House – Video
In Vedic astrology Rahu in the 1st house and Ketu in the 7th house brings a lot of emphasis on the individual. It shows where relationships are strained, because the individual is always looking to assert themselves rather than compromise with the partner.
With this placement, the individual must to find their own identity. Any attempts at others to define this native leads to a very strong rebellious backlash.
One of the most important things for the Rahu in the 1st house person to learn is solitude. Their unusual/rahu behavior is an isolating influence. There is something about them that just seems “foreign”, because that is the nature of Rahu. Others pick up on this eccentric feeling and tend to move away.
This quick video gives an important overview of the Rahu and Ketu, showing a few of the most important qualities that I will discuss in the upcoming quick videos.
Rahu and Ketu Important Details – Video
Important Qualities of the Nodes
Confusion – They are forces that create confusion, to ensure that we will not listen to others – and therefore take action based on our own authority.
Won’t Listen – As was said, they are the part of us that will not listen to reason. Ketu because of a “been there, done that” attitude – and Rahu because we are going to keep making the same mistakes until WE decide we have had enough.
Shapeshifting – This relentless individuality also allows them to morph into anything and consider any option as a possibility.
Genius – This outside of the box thinking leads to enormous genius, if harnessed correctly.
Hiding / Rebelling – Ketu has a hiding, hidden quality that is overlooked. Rahu has a rebellious active nature.
Adult / Child – Ketu is like the disapproving parent with us – the opressive and often hidden voice of the past. Rahu is the immature child rebelling against it. Eventually as Rahu matures he unites with Ketu, bringing more compassion around the calcified certainty of Ketu.
Deep Splits – The house and sign axis of the Nodes show a deep split in our nature, a polarity that needs to be united.
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Rahu and Ketu are also called the Lunar Nodes – where the orbits of the Sun, Moon and Earth intersect.
Rahu Ketu in Vedic Astrology – VIDEO
The Lunar Nodes are discussed in Brihat Parashara Hora Sastra as the “Army” in the celestial cabinet. Rahu, the North node is the advancing army and Ketu, the South node is the occupying army.
The Nodes are shape-shifting energies that modify all planets, signs and houses in the chart.
Astronomically, the nodes are the eclipse points that we see as shadows that pass over the Sun and Moon. Astrologically, the Nodes show confusion, on a subconscious level, that eclipses our outer life and mind.
The Nodes activate an AXIS – that often show a split in out personality – a part of our nature that i polarized around extremes.
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