Shadow Planets…the most controlling planets….!

🙂 Good Evening, everyone…! 🙂

It has been since a long time, I didnt have posted any blog in my personal blogsite, rather than many technical blogs in other sites….! So, today, just wanted to take a break from the mechanical life and to write a blog which will electrify me. I am an engineer by education, so I always use some engineering terms. Yes, all the job, that I do passionately which support my profession, directly or indirectly are included in my mechanical life and the other things those I do having the equal passion, electrify me to re-energize myself are really part of me which connects me with myself. :), Cooking, gardening, interior designing, clay pot designing, glass painting and the most relaxing job…the writings….! I can never spend a day without writing…! And for writing, I need to do lots of analysis on a topic, on which I have to write… Astrology is always a very interesting area for me to write…, which always brings another abundance of knowledge to be discovered on the area, which I start analyzing. Few months back, i had written about the conjunction of Venus and Saturn in one’s horoscope or the effect of the major and minor time periods of these two planets in one’s life, after analyzing my horoscope along with 5 other horoscopes to draw a conclusion about this placement. So, it needs time, energy and concentration to analyze this.

Today, I will write about a topic, which personally I never get satisfied and each time my hunger always gets more intensified, the more I discover about it…Yes, its  about the shadow planets Rahu and Ketu…. Oh My God, these are very interesting facts about the complete Universe. These are called shadow planets because we cannot see within, but which emerges sporadically, that which is called the shadow self. When shadow planets change signs, the shadow self is evoked.

There is a story in Hindu mythology about the origin of these sub-planets…According to Puranas, the birth of Rahu and Ketu dates back to earliest of times.‘Samudra Manthan’ is regarded as one of the most important events in the history of Hindu civilization. Following which, Solar and Lunar eclipse are also associated with ‘Samudra Manthan’. When the ocean was churned by the Asuras and Devas, ‘Amrit’ was produced. This Amrit was stolen by Asuras and to obtain the Amrit, Lord Vishnu took incarnation in the form of a beautiful damsel ‘Mohini’ and tried to please and distract the demons. On receiving the Amrit, Mohini came to Devas to distribute it to them. ‘Svarbhanu’, one of the asuras changed his appearance to a deva to obtain some portion of the Amrit. However, Surya (Sun) and the Chandra (Moon) realized that Svarbhanu was an Asura and not one of the devas. Knowing this, Lord Vishnu severed Svarbhanu’s head with his discus, the Sudarshan Charka.

However, even though his head and body became separate, they still remained immortal as the separate entity because before his head was served, he managed to drink a drop of the nectar from the Amrit. The Head is known as Rahu and the headless body is the Ketu. Since then Rahu and Ketu constantly chase the Sun and the Moon for revenge as they are the cause of separating the head and body of the devil Rahu. It is a popular belief that when they succeed catching Sun and Moon they swallow them causing Solar or Lunar eclipse but they can’t hold them for long and Sun and Moon emerge again intact as they also had nectar and are immortal.

Scientifically, Rahu and Ketu denote the two points of intersection of the paths of the Sun and the Moon as they move around the celestial sphere. Therefore, Rahu and Ketu are respectively called the North and the South Lunar nodes. Sometimes when the moon passes these nodes, it is aligned perfectly between the earth and the sun to create eclipses.

Rahu and Ketu are considered as two strong planets as per the principles of Vedic Astrology, although, astronomically, they do not exist. Since Rahu and Ketu are believed to have a strong impact on our lives, they are a crucial part of Jyotish Shastra and are denoted as mathematical points while making calculations in Vedic Astrology. The general explanation is that Sun represents body whereas Moon represents mind, hence, these incision points strongly affects the energies of these two parts of the bodies.

Here, when the topic of the Sun and the Moon came, one point I just want to include that the moonsign of a person, the house of the Moon’s placement says about one’s  emotions and subconscious, what he needs in relationships and how he will get along living with someone else, while ascendant, the house of the Sun’s placement in one’s horoscope says about one’s personality. I belong to Cancer moonsign and Leo ascendant. Cancer moonsign has made me very emotional and caring, which is well balanced by Leo ascendant, making me a perfect Leo, which we will discuss later…!

Coming back to Rahu and Ketu, generally, astrology mentions that Rahu represents indulgence. Rahu is also behind the instant success or failure of a person. However, if Rahu is well placed, it can bestow the native with courage and fame. Simultaneously, the negative effects of Ketu can cause diseases related to lungs, ear problems, brain disorders, problems in the intestine, etc. It represents mystic activities, wounds, sufferings, bad company, false pride, etc. Ketu also stands for moksha, sudden gains, interest in philosophical pursuits, spiritual pursuits, etc.

In Vedic Astrology, Rahu and Ketu have important functions with respect to Maya, the veil of illusion, and Karma, the repository of actions done in the past. We are all born with Maya, illusion. We cannot see our true selves, we do not know what actions we undertook in the past and how we came to be born again. Ketu is thought of as the karmic repository, the cauldron of selected past karma we have chosen to consume and expire in this life. Rahu is the principle of desire, action-reaction which causes karma to be delivered, right on time, according to the schedule. Karma is of many kinds, and has several kinds of “density” as it were. There are three kinds of Karma: fixed, mutable and movable karmas. Fixed karmas are those events which are consequences of past actions of ours that we will experience in this life. Mutable karma can often be ameliorated by wearing of certain gems in special places on the body, and offering of prayers and sacred offerings to the planets. Movable karma can be spent or reduced by way of penance, prayer, puja, offering and most especially, selfless service to any other life form in need of alms, aid, food or clothing.

In this area of past karmas, the shadow planets Rahu and Ketu get busy. They may bring rewards of past good actions – some placements of Rahu and Ketu are brilliant for this. They may may give a certain wash of temperament of character to an entire lifetime by way of the Rahu-Ketu axis in the birth chart. These planets may also have effect when Karla sarpa yoga is present in the birth chart – that is to say, all the planets are located between the positions of Rahu and Ketu. Therein emerges captivity to the shadow self of the past. That is the duty of the planets.

One has to clearly understand the contribution of these planets, sitting in different houses of a person’s horoscope, towards the destiny of a person. As these two planets depicts the head and tail, they always get placed six houses apart from each other in a person’s horoscope. in my horoscope, Rahu is placed in first house that means in ascendant and Ketu is placed, after six houses that means in seventh house…! Interesting placements….:) Most of the astrologers had already told me that this is the worst placement of Rahu and Ketu. Rahu becomes strong if it gets placed within the first six houses and Ketu becomes strong if it gets placed within the seventh to twelve house. Being these are among the maleficent planets and their strong placement brings many failures in different areas of a person’s life…. I started analyzing my horoscope and drew below conclusion after analyzing five other horoscopes even though there is a slight difference in the placements of other planets along with these shadow planets.

Rahu (North Node) is the head which want to eat it is obsessed, it is our inner present life desire with we born. Rahu (North Node) is obsession for those things where it placed in the chart. Ketu is the body without head it is our past life experience of life, it is already filled for those things, detachment, disinterest for those thing where it is placed in the chart. Although they are not the physical planet but they are the most influential forces in the chart, it is the Rahu/Ketu axis that the main force of karmic desire can be seen. So what happened when Rahu/Ketu axis fall in the 1st and 7th house. 1st house is the area of life. Rahu (North Node) placement in the house shows the area of life in which we need to develop mentally and Ketu (South Node) shows the area of life where we withdraw ourselves.

Summary:  Rahu (North Node) in 1st house is obsessed!!! about the identity and Ketu (South Node) in 7th house indicates detachment from spouse and relationships are strained.

1st house is the house of identity, physical body, appearance, overall general health. And seventh house is the house of other people, spouse, and dealing with others. Rahu is head without body. Rahu in 1st house shows the person may have big head. Yes, I have with broad forehead and well proportionate facial appearance.

Here Rahu is obsessed with their own identity and Ketu withdraw from others. Rahu (North Node) in 1st house (Rahu (North Node) in Lagna) these people think no one understand them. Here the native withdraw from others because other people criticize them too much. These people like to define their personality their own way, they don’t like someone else define their personality. Rahu is rebellious force the native don’t like other people criticism and make themselves alone and unusual in behavior and they try find the answer about their own identity. Because of this they suffer in married life, initially the native suffer due to compromise with the partner but after sometime they did not feel satisfied with their own spouse and may wander. Ketu is a planet greatly involved in the spiritualization process, and the 7th house primarily stands for spouse and relationships. Ketu in the 7th house usually indicates that the spouse, may be a difficult person with some problems and relationships are very strained. But with time these people learn how to live alone or live in a solitude, this nature make them to introspect and learn about themselves. If evolved the person is very spiritual. These people need to listen others to overcome their shortcomings, and try to self understand about their shortcomings and should improve themselves.

I have become restless to get my self identity, since last four to five years, which is the effect of Rahu, after coming out from an incident which is the effect of Ketu….We will discuss more about this in my next continuing blog…

<<To be continued>>

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