Influenc of Rahu & Ketu The imaginary planets the North Node and South Node, which are given in our horoscopes as Rahu and Ketu have a powerful influence on our lives. The influence depends on the Bhava they are placed.
Rahu and Ketu have opposite influence on a person. A figure having the head of a cobra and the body of a human, denotes Rahu while a figure having the head of a human and the body of a cobra denotes Ketu. Rahu with no proper head but having feet makes a person to move about a lot. Ketu makes a person to use the head and with no feet,
movements are restricted. The person would undergo these effects during their Dasa periods.
Dasa period for Rahu is 18years while for Ketu it is 7 years. A person would be traveling from place to place during Rahu Dasa while a person undergoing Ketu Dasa would be often sick and confined to one place. However Ketu’s period is considered good for education. If a person goes through Rahu Dasa during his time of education, studies would be affected to a great extent.
The 12 houses in a horoscope are being allocated for different purposes. One Bhava would represent more than activity. For example most importantly 7th house represent marriage, 8th house death, 10th house the employment, while 9th house the fortune. A person having Rahu in the 10th house of his horoscope might be involved in a job which involves traveling and would be very active, while a person with Ketu in 10th house would act vice versa. As 11th house denotes income and ambition, some books interpret that a person with Rahu in the 11th house of his horoscope, would be a leader of the community.
Rahu and Ketu are mostly affected by the aspects of other planets.
Having a good aspect from a benefic planet would bring about a vast progress in a person while a malefic planet with them would make the person go from bad to worse.
Different planets are believed to own different houses. For example the houses Aries and Scorpio are owned by Mars while Taurus and Libra are owned by Venus. These owning planets are called house lords. The lords of the houses in which Rahu and Ketu are placed have a great influence over them.
The lords of the houses in which Rahu and Ketu are placed in a horoscope are found to control the lives of people, and they are called “Karmic control planets” of that person. If these house lords were in good conjunction in a horoscope, the person concerned would rise to a high position during some time of his life. If these planets have malefic aspects, he would fall from his position, even if he rises up, or else would end up in sudden death.
Each planet is important for a particular subject. For example Sun is for power, Venus for love and Mars for war and bloodshed, and so on. By discussing a few horoscopes these facts could be clarified.
Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake. 1899-01-08. 9.a.m.
This horoscope shows “Kala Sarpa Yoga” which I discussed in the last month’s issue. (having all the planets on one side of Rahu and Ketu.) Though most books consider this as solely an unfortunate combination, my studies have deviated from it. As I had mentioned in my last article, he rose to a very high position and ended up with a short life span. He had Rahu with Mars (known to cause blood shed) with Mercury (a Karmic control planet) and Sun on transit in the 8th house of his horoscope, the house of death.
Minister Lalith Athulathmudali. (1936-11-26)
In this horoscope, House lord of Rahu is Jupiter, and that of Ketu is Mercury. The Karmic control planets being Jupiter and Mercury, these two planets brought him up to a good position.
Jupiter with Rahu would have made him a minister.
At a time 8th house (representing death) with Karmic control planets transiting in his horoscope being seen by Rahu and also Mars (the planet which cause blood shed) he was put to death brutally.
....................................President John F. Kennedy (1917-5-29)
In this horoscope also the Karmic control planets are Mercury and Jupiter. As Jupiter and benefic Venus are in the 9th house which denotes fortune, he rose to the Presidency of the United States of America, during his Rahu dasa (January 20. 1961). But Mercury which is also his Lagna lord placed in the 8th house with Mars which also owns that house, would have been malefic. He was put to death during Jupiter bukti of Jupiter dasa, on Nov.22. 1963. Jupiter was a karmic control planet.
Prime Minister Dudly Senanayake had Rahu in his birth chart with Saturn, which was a karmic control planet for him.
President Abraham Lincoln who was born under Kala Sarpa Yoga had Rahu in the 8th house of his birth chart with Mars, a Karmic control planet for him.
President R.Premadasa, had Rahu in the 8th house at the time of his death.
Before I end this article would also like to mention about two research activities done in Sri Lanka and India. In one 21 out of 83 had entered marriage during Rahu’s period while in the other 119 out of 493 had got married during the period of Rahu. In the above cases it was seen that Jupiter and Venus had been less influential.
The above facts show that Rahu and Ketu affect our lives to a great extent.