Hindu Mythology symbolically indicated the existence and nature of Rahu Ketu. Rahu Ketu do not have body-shape like other planets. After churning of the ocean (Samundra Manthan), with many things, came out Amrita. There was a dispute amongst the Devas and Asuras over its distribution. Lord Vishnu did a trick and managed to see that whole of it is consumed by Devas. However, one Asura also hid in the queue and consumed little Amrita. Knowing it, Lord cut him in two pieces, head part called ‘Rahu’ and remaining body part called ‘Ketu’. In Horoscope, they are always opposite to each other. Other side, a Sun and Moon appear to the observer on Earth to be inclined to each other at an angle of 5 degrees. When two circles cut each other, there are two points of interception. The two points at which the orbit of the Moon cuts the orbit of the Sun are called the nodes, and they are exactly 180 degrees apart. The point of intersection formed when the Moon’s motion is from South to North, is said to be the ascending node and named ‘Rahu’. The point of interception formed when the Moon’s motion is from North to South is called the descending node or ‘Ketu’. It has been observed in the zodiac at the rate of 19 degrees 0 minutes per year.
Rahu Ketu Phenomena
Thus, the only apparent phenomena that can be connected with Rahu and Ketu are the eclipses when shadows obscure the Sun and the Moon. Hence, Hindu astrologers have called the “Chaya Grahas” or “Syadowo” planets. According to the Hindus, Rahu and Ketu indicate one born in a low caste; one who may have intrigue with girls; one whose thoughts and actions will be evil.
Rahu indicates the paternal grandfather whereas Ketu shows the maternal grandfather. Both the nodes can cause imprisonment, sinking with the ship or drowning, pleasure with diseased women, amputation. Leprosy, giddiness, wrestling, life in a cave etc. are attributed to Rahu. Fear complex, insanity, allergy, leprosy, injury, fire accident, punishment from Government, renunciation, Moksha, wisdom after sufferings and bitter experience, weakness to have pleasure with the ladies. To live in a rented house, to enjoy life at others’ expense, to use other’s vehicles, to have an office car, to take one in adoption, danger to the offspring, pilgrimage, ill-health to the native and defect to the children and defect in vision, are also judged from the position of Rahu and Ketu in one’s horoscope.
Rahu Ketu do not own any house as all twelve houses are distributed to the seven planets. They do not own any sign, they represent the lord of the sign. Rahu and Ketu will act as a strong agent to the planet with which it is conjoined. If they are not conjoined with any planet, then they give the result of the planet which aspect them. Only when they are neither conjoined with, nor aspected by any planet they represent the lord of the house.
Rahu is exalted in Taurus and debilitated in Scorpio, vice versa is that of Ketu. According to some, Gemini is the exaltation sign of Rahu and debilitated in Sagittarius. Ketu Exaltation in Sagittarius and debilitated in Gemini. As Rahu and Ketu eclipse Sun and Moon then Leo and Cancer are their inimical signs. The friendly signs are Libra and Capricorn. The neutral ones are Aries, Sagittarius and Pisces.
Rahu makes you over-ambitious, gives sudden setbacks, un-diagnosed health problems, loss of reputation-finance; it also represents black magic or evil spirits related issues, manipulative and speculative jobs such as gambling, poisons, drugs, and immoral acts. Ketu is also shadowy, malefic planets. Ketu signifies liberation or Moksha, mysterious knowledge, mystic science and spiritual pursuits. Rahu is the favourite planet for politicians and diplomats which may give them rise in career.
Rahu spends 18 months in a zodiac sign and takes 18 years to complete zodiac cycle while ketu spends one and half year in each zodiac and takes 18 years to complete zodiac cycle. Vimshottari dasha of Rahu is of 18 years and 7 years for Ketu. Rahu Gemstone is Hassonite or Gomed and gemstone of ketu is Lahsuniya or cat’s Eye.