Transits of Rahu/Ketu through your chart!

If I were to say which forces of the horoscope are the most significant? I would say Rahu and Ketu, the North / South Nodes. These represent the desires of your current life. Rahu is the desires active and Ketu is those desires which are extinct! Indian astrology gives due respect to these 2 forces but western astrology refuses to even acknowledge them! But they are supremely important, e.g. a client comes to you for issues in buying a property, and you see the Rahu in 4thhouse, it’s a straight-forward conclusion that the fault is on his side, he tried to cheat, over-extend, be over-ambitious and has, as per Rahu’s indications, now fallen flat on his face. The direction of your desires is a very important indicator. You may have a beautifully placed Moon, Sun, Ascendant and everything else, but then your desires can pull you towards things which are not savoury or catastrophic for others and society.


Now these duo transit for long-ish periods too, spending 18 months, 1.5yrs in one sign. (The only planet which transits longer than these, is Saturn at 2.5yrs in one sign. Jupiter transits one sign in one year). Thus their influence is quite significant and sets the tone for these 18 months. So let us go through what can be expected from these two. As always the position from the ascendant is the physical/manifested context, the mental/emotional context is counted from the birth moon sign and the subtle aspects counted from the birth Rahu/Ketu signs.

Rahu is just the head, he has no body to do his actual work so he works through the planets he is placed with and the sign and the owner of the sign he is in. He will amplify over-extend and ultimately fall on his face in his typical Rahu style. A very simple example, a 5-yr old child with Rahu conjunct Moon will be extremely possessive of his mother all the time, won’t even let his dad kiss his mom, smother her with kisses, hugs and displays of affection, till 5-mins later he bangs his head on her nose attempting to kiss her some more, gives her a nose-bleed and gets a scolding himself. A baby Rahu over-reach!

Ketu has no head, he is just the body. Thus he indifferently accepts the influence of the planet he is with and the sign/owner he is placed in. He will give physical disconnection always, but will give a special astral/sub-conscious, almost dis-embodied awareness of these keywords. Eg, if the Ketu is with the ascendant, he will open widely the gates of the astral/sub-conscious/dreams/visions and the person will not even realize the dangers the astral holds and, ultimately due to exposure to those energies, damage his physical body including his physical eye-sight.

The Nodes are 180 degrees apart, like ying /yang, consuming one house and expanding the other exactly opposite.

Rahu in 1st Ketu in 7th Now your over-reaching self-ego consumes partnerships. Desire to win at any cost dissolves legal bindings. Being first and prominent in the society stops fairness and equitability. You are aggressively self-promotional and really not bothered about your equals and partners. Take care of your marriage, these 18months are one thing but husband/wife is forever!

Rahu in 2nd Ketu in 8th  You develop ambitions about increasing your wealth and assets and maintaining them for your use. Desire to be in control of the family treasures and using them for your own purposes. You want solidity, material things you can touch and increase. And on the other side, you have no desire to change, to transform and to re-invent yourself. The secrets of the mind, of the esoteric, the tantra, the intangible but powerful magics hold no charm for you. Do not let your family members over-ride you.

Rahu in 3rd Ketu in 9th You desire local trades, siblings and neighbourhood. Lots of quick communication, gossip and chit-chat. Juvenile behaviour and adolescence. Also superficial analysis which will lead to profits.  No inclination to associate with the betters, peers, philosophers and patrons. Disinclined to reflect, ponder and philosophise. You know how to work the stock market for even more money but will not think about the theory of role of money in the society. Do not let your siblings get the better of you and do not get cut off from the philosophies that are the foundation of your life.

Rahu in 4th Ketu in 10th Here you superficially desire maternal security and comfort zones. The stability of the physical structures and even customs and traditions. However you will neglect your father and your profession, your power and position in the society. Intent on your personal emotions you will not be aware of the demands and obligations of the society and the work that you are expected to perform here. Remain in your senses and do not let mother/maternal figures get the better of you. Take care of your father, you may lose him.

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Rahu in 5th Ketu in 11th You will be highly self-referential during this period. The world will revolve around you and your sense of intelligence, genius and creativity. You will superficially talk about high ethics and morals. You will be in the center-stage, drama, politics or any expression of individual self-expression. However you will neglect the greater networks of humans and like-minded groups. Your source of income will be in spurts not a sustained flow of money. Do not let your children force you into unpleasant situations.

Rahu in 6th Ketu in 12th You will actively seek the forces who can potentially harm you in the context of disease, debt and enemies, and you will vanquish them. This will help you in balancing your karmic debts and the records that are maintained in the astral realm will not affect you adversely. However you will not receive guidance from your astral guides either, your sub-conscious will not be so accessible and dreams/visions will not be so helpful either.

Rahu in 7th Ketu in 1st Now you will put your partnerships before any selfish gain. You will respect the legal demands that others have on you at least on a superficial level. You will try to uphold equitability as long as your interests are not affected. Do not let your partners get the better of you. You will be not bothered about your social standing and ego, if you do some spiritual practice during this period it will be fruitful. Take care of your personal health.

Rahu in 8th Ketu in 2nd You will be dissociated from your family during this period. Loss of wealth resources is indicated. The secrets of the mind, of the esoteric, the tantra, the intangible but powerful magics will attract you. You will want to forge new identities for yourself. You might spend money and wealth unnecessarily in these. You might suffer secret diseases, reproductive organs problems, accidents, surgeries and diseases related to over-heating.

Rahu in 9th Ketu in 3rd Now you might be tempted to challenge established principles/culture, as a fire-brand leader, push the limits, express controversial views and be recognised for this. You try to come out of your comfort zones and to move away from familiar friends, siblings, groups, thought processes, actions. Try something new. There will be opportunities for active role in society, travel, explore, higher studies, living away from home, exposure to different/foreign thoughts, intelligent interest in religion. A crisis of faith is possible as you question established norms. This might be a period of introspection if the chart allows it, you might search for a real Guru. This time will give you chances to build a foundation for your future life, use this period intelligently. Medical issues to the chest, lungs, hands are possible. There may be a sense of underlying grief.

Rahu in 10th Ketu in 4th Here you will give in to the demands and obligations of the society and the work that you are expected to perform here. You will superficially behave as the ideal worker but as always you will have your hidden agenda. You might ignore your emotional and comfort zones and work. You will be more in touch with your father but do not let him over-ride your decisions. Take care of your mother, you may lose her.

Rahu in 11th Ketu in 5th You will mingle with the greater networks of humans and like-minded groups. Your source of income will be a sustained flow of money from several sources, don’t get into illegal activities. You will prefer anonymity rather than the center stage and you will work systematically. You will prefer to work for the greater good but only till your personal interest is satisfied. Do not ignore your children and maintain a hobby during this period.

Rahu in 12th Ketu in 6th The forces who can potentially harm you in the context of disease, debt and enemies, will auto-destruct. You may suffer very briefly from disembodied entities/ghosts. The records maintained in the astral realm will be available to you and  your astral guides, dreams/visions will also help you. Rahu being a superficial pretender will prevent you from getting too immersed in the astral too.

These are of course the overlying trends which will last for 18 months of their transit in each sign/house. Pay attention to which Dasha you are on. Transits are always coupled with dashas to get a full picture. These trends will be further modified by the trends in the other planets transits and the original chart/placement. If you have special combinations involving Rahu Ketu like complete or partial kaal sarpa in your birth chart do that in-depth analysis first.  Having a well-balanced birth chart is a huge asset as then the transits cannot cause much mischief.


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Tips for new Astrologers

During my time reading horoscopes, cards, runes, auras, basically reading energy, there have been a few clients who ultimately got interested and learnt to Read themselves. You also can and should learn to Read, at least for yourself. The tool can be anything, you can read from grains of rice to cowrie shells or dust or whatever catches your fancy. But there are a few things that newbie Readers need to be aware of. Thus this post!

Tips for new Astrologers

  • Sometimes I think that I write only about problems, but then the subject is just that. No one goes to an astrologer to know why he is happy! Only when his wishes are thwarted and he feels out of control, hopeless, miserable and lost, does he go to a Reader. It is just like being a doctor, we get to see only those in trauma. It is a toxic environment, where we have to listen to people being sad, angry, depressed, deserted, cheated and negative all the time.
  • Try to think of yourself as a doctor, listen, think, correlate the patterns, diagnose and then prescribe. If the patient wants to get well he will follow the prescriptions, the doctor does not force the medicines. And the doctor is not responsible if the patients refuses to take them. So do not feel responsible for the troubles of your clients.
  • In the excitement of reading, you get involved emotionally, become a ’empath’ and think about your clients and share your energy with them. Even after the session is over, you go over in your mind what you have said and worry if you could have done it better. This happens to all Readers at the beginning. This is not good as it drains your energy. Actual energy cords are created and as the client is in trouble himself, he sub-consciously draws energy and because you have become an ‘empath’ you sub-consciously give. Feeling overly emotional is not going to help either you or your client. Remember you are a professional!
  • Later as you continue reading more charts, you will either get immune to their problems and start thinking of them as a source of income or you get so emotional that your personal life and family will suffer. Either way, this is also not good. You have to develop a non-attached frame of mind if you really want to Read for others without getting a backlash on yourself. Learn to be kind and non-attached at the same time!
  • You will also get those atheist type of clients sometimes who will ‘challenge’ you to prove astrology is a science! I personally do not take such challenges, I do not wish to waste my time and energy on persons who are not willing to learn new perspectives. It is not my job either. Life is all about learning about one’s own self, some do it with astrology, tarot, runes and some do not.
  • I get clients who use the charts to justify their problems. They refuse to accept their role in the situation. ‘My marriage is on the rocks because my Venus is combust!’. The client will cling on to this statement, blaming the Venus and refusing to take corrective steps which you will prescribe. In fact he will expect sympathy from you for being mis-treated by the Venus! Be very clear about this at the very start of your Reading for others. The chart does not control you. It simply is the diagram which tells you what you have chosen at the moment of birth. It describes energy. It cannot be used to justify whatever is happening to you. The chart is a tool. Use it to identify the imbalances and follow the prescriptions to set the balances right.

Tips for new Astrologers

And then the diciest question of them all, how much to charge or even, should you charge?

  1. If you consider this your profession you should charge money. Depending on your skill level, set up a reasonable hourly charge. At my level I would feel justified at charging a reasonable Rs 2000/- per hour.
  2. If you have a good enough source of money for your life-style and do not feel the need to charge money for yourself, set up a charitable trust and use the money to help others who are in genuine need.
  3. You can also ask your clients to bring flowers or sweets for your altar/Puja. In fact as per the ancient rules, when someone had to see an astrologer he was supposed to take this and some money as much as he felt appropriate.
  4. If you do not want to do either of the above, there is another way. I do this, if the client is satisfied with my reading his self sends an energy packet of gratitude, (he does not do it consciously). It reaches me and I take it. That is my payment and it works for me as I am highly aware of the astral and energy realms.
  5. But never over-charge or put the client in a loop of complicated rituals or gemstones for fleecing him. The client pays but the intention changes, he thinks, ‘take this money and take my troubles too’. When you touch this money, the negativity will invariably affect you.

And finally there is a thought process that you have to understand and if possible make the client also understand. You are the soul, the fragment of the Ultimate Consciousness which has decided to come and play this Game of Life/Leela. While enjoying all the treats designed by Mahamaya/the creative power of the Ultimate, you forgot your true nature. And you have picked on excess baggage, karma. Now you have to get rid of this baggage, work it off and again realise your true identity, the Ultimate.

Now this unbalanced karma of so many lives cannot be balanced back in one go, so you choose. You choose the exact time, location, family and situation where you are born. The exact moment and the exact horoscope associated with it is your choice. Your higher self has chosen it as the best possible option. So some lives you choose to balance the happy karma, live as a king and some lives you choose to balance the hurt you have given others and thus live the life of a beggar. Your conscience has judged you, you have accepted and now in the process of re-balancing.

Accept your choices you made at your birth moment, but also remember you have the same choice at every moment of your life. Choose wisely and Intend Happiness!


Tips for new Astrologers