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Planets, Signs and Houses: The Planets, Chapter II, Part - 37


Dr. Shanker Adawal

Traits and characteristics of Rahu

The good and bad qualities of this shadowy planet are, in general, like those of the planet Saturn. Like Saturn it is black in colour, long in stature, slow in motion, nerves among the tissues, “Separative” in character, opposed to light and knowledge, and creator of Fear etc.

A distinctive feature of Rahu and Ketu is that these “shadowy” planets are known for their sudden and unexpected results, of course in both good and bad directions. If, for example, Rahu is located in the 9th house, and the lord of that house is strong, particularly if Mercury as lord of that house is strong; then there is sudden and unexpected rise in life, such as an unexpected promotion, superseding others, a favour from the Govt. that is not so well deserved, a divine help that can not be accounted for on the basis of one’s own actions. In the same manner if Rahu is in the 2nd house or the 11th or the 5th house, and the lord of these houses are strong, one gets unexpected money, such as through lottery or a windfall etc.

When Rahu is located with Saturn, we should be very cautious about the aspect of Rahu falling on the 5th, 7th or the 9th houses from that of Rahu. In such a case Rahu not only throws it’s own adverse influence on the houses it aspects but also conveys to those houses the malefic influence of Saturn with which it is situated. This is so because Rahu is a shadowy planet and its nature is transformed by the planet under whose influence it may be placed, by association or aspect. For example, if Rahu and Saturn are situated together in the 10th house, the 2nd house is adversely effected (in regard to finances disease etc.) by the 5th aspect of Rahu on it as also by the influence of Saturn on this house through Rahu.

Rahu is a planet that denotes foreign elements in all fields. In the field of “Castes” it denotes castes outside the pale of Hindu society. In the field of “Territories” it denotes foreign countries. Thus it stands for “Other” and “Alien” relations and subjects. The 6th house too is a house of “Enemies” i.e. of others and foreigners. Hence when both the lord of the 6th house and Rahu or the planet that is lord of the 6th house when Rahu occupies it, aspects or influences any house that house becomes “Foreign” or has relations with foreign elements. For example, if in a female nativity, the 6th house is under the aspect of Rahu, as also under the influence of the lord of the sign occupied by Rahu, then the 6th house will be considered to have “Foreign” influence. Now since the 6th house is 12th from the 7th, it represents the pleasures of the bed for the husband of the native. Such a combination will mean that the pleasures of the bed of the husband are foreign in nature. In other words the husband is involved in sex affairs with other women.

Rahu is a planet that has always retrograde motion. When there is the sub period of Rahu in the main period of a retrograde planet, or vice versa, the events relate to the things returned, restored, regained, or compensated for, such as the restoration of lost property, or getting compensation therefore.

When Rahu and Mars are both throwing their influence on the 2nd house and it’s lord, the face of the native gets paralysed, as both Rahu and Mars have the quality of turning things out of shape, and Rahu is a nervous planet standing for the nerves.

The significations and significators for Ketu are: (1) Worship of God Chandeesa, God Ganesha and many other gods (2) doctor (3) dog (4) a cock (5) vulture (6) salvation (7) all kinds of wealth (8) consumption (9) pain (10) fever (11) bathing in the Holy Ganges (12) great penance (13) wind (14) a Hunter (15) friendship (16) conferring of prosperity (17) stone (18) wound (19) witchcraft (20) inconstancy (21) knowledge of Brahma (22) belly (23) eye-sore (24) stupidity (25) thorn (26) deer (27) knowledge (28) observing silence as a fast (29) philosophy (30) all sorts of luxuries (31) luck (32) trouble from enemies (33) loss of appetite (34) indifference to the world (35) paternal grandfather (36) hunger (37) severe stomachache (38) boils and the like skin troubles (39) revoking the orders of arrest and (42) the association of Sudra.


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