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Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Remedies According to Lal Kitab, Chapter X, Part – 42

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Ketu: Effects and Remedies

Ketu is a killer, and strikes the house where it tenets the life in a way, but can promote it in another way. The way it does both is through it’s strong empty feeling. By promoting an emptiness in that house, the person often struggles to refill it. This can result in accumulation and abundance for that house, hence Ketu in the 11th increases riches, by creating a feeling of constant poverty or drainage of the 11th

Ketu in the 7th causes a feeling of loss of connections with others, a natural result of Rahu in the first, which makes one often rejected and abandoned for being outcaste. This happens subtly throughout life for those bearing the mark of Rahu in the first.

Rahu always causes Ketu straight across. Thus, then nodes affect an axis always. On one side there is concern and expansion (Rahu) and on the other side there is detachment and loss (Ketu). They are head and tail of karmic reality- too much abundance and involvement for the mouth of Rahu causes him to lose his body but he became eternal in a sense.

So, you will over endeavour and toil where Rahu is, because you are driven too by past karmic material attachments like Rahu. You will achieve much there, because of demon like endeavours. Yo will get rewards, but you will suffer for your sins of theft, and all along you will ignore the other side in some senses, and your detachment for the Ketu side will grow, or your feeling of loss there, depending on Ketu’s particular colour in the chart, and thus this is one way that various imbalances and karmic reactions will manifest the Rahu, Ketu axis is always key in discovering where some of our main problems in life will be- losses, deaths, diseases, weird and dangerous events. These two certainly carry these things.

On the other hand, they carry such drive and passion that they drive much of what does on here. Without our Rahu and Ketu sides, we would not be struggling so as we do. We would not be learning as much. So, they are where the lesson stick will fall in this life, as well as sometimes where serious fruits will be handed back to you from successful past lessons.

They are never considered really benefic in the sense of “all good”, as they must always carry some of the heavy karma their birth is associated with, but they can be truly honourable in the right chart. They can be the source of things such as valour, endeavour, bravery, in ways, and certainly things like fleeing a hostile environment, being revolutionary, fighting bad governments, being the underdog, being a yogi or spiritualist of many good types, focusing on things such as mysticism, death, the afterlife, God’s valour, God’s ultimate law (Ketu especially is aware of this as he’s dead because of it!).

Ketu is the highest planet is Jyotish spirituality, because he rules the ultimate truth for us here. Jupiter can teach us all about Dharma, but Ketu really drives it home. Ketu and Saturn help us to realize the teachings of Jupiter and they alone teach us that we must be humble. Jupiter is too soft as is Venus. The malefic teach the hard side of our lessons and hence in a way, are more brave, more caring, in a way, than the benefits, who would spoil us rotten, it left alone to do that.

Ketu represents the opposite node of Rahu, in the tail of the serpent. Its colours are black and white. Venus and Rahu are its friends, whereas Moon and Mars are its enemies. Forty two years is the age of Ketu. Ketu is also considered to be the bed. So the bed given by in-laws after marriage is considered to be auspicious for the birth of a son and as long as that bed is in the house, the effect of Ketu can never be inauspicious.


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