Rahu Ketu in numerology

Someone asked me a question on using numerology and Rahu Ketu’s role in it. Thus this generic post.

In my opinion, numerology is a good way to rapidly assess the individual in sitting in front of you. If you know just his birthday, eg just 25th Sept, even this much is enough to gain a reasonable insight into his personality. And learning about the 9 numbers, their characteristics and planetary associations is a bit easier than learning full-fledged Jyotish. So if you are a beginner, do read up on numerology and see if you can use it in your everyday life. The 9 numbers are obviously from 1 to 9. Technically 0 is not a number in the real sense (who knows what 0 really is?). The double digit numbers from 10 onwards are naturally reduced to single digits.

I have studied numerology also in my journey with Jyotish. I analyse things, test them on the people I know and then conclude. So here are the planetary associations which I have determined to be correct and I use these.

  • 1 = Sun
  • 2 = Moon
  • 3 = Jupiter
  • 4 = Rahu
  • 5 = Mercury
  • 6 = Venus
  • 7 = Ketu
  • 8 = Saturn
  • 9 = Mars

In most numerology books, you will find the numbers 4 and 7 are linked with Uranus and Neptune. However I have observed that 4 and 7 are perfectly in tune with the attributes of 4 = Rahu and 7 = Ketu. Students of astrology already know what forces are indicated by Rahu/ Ketu (I have written a lot about them in my several posts). There are no attributes for Uranus and Neptune in any authoritative reference book, they are not graha as per Jyotish (post here). The western books which are said to be authoritative have been written very recently, in the past 50yrs or so. These cannot be relied upon. Any Art or Science which observes humanity as a whole has to be replicable and valid across several generations, only then can its inferences and results be accepted.


Suppose your birthday is 23 Jan 2014. Now you can derive 2 numbers from this date. The first one would be 2 +3 =5, let’s call this 5 the birth number. The second number you can derive is 2+3+1+2+0+1+4 = 13. Then you add this together 1+3 = 4. Let’s call this 4 the total number (you can call them whatever you like as long as you remember how you derived them and what they indicate. They are called psychic, destiny, soul, etc whatever)

The birth number will indicate what you personally think, feel, want, expect, choose, desire, etc. It is your personal number, it tells a lot about you as an individual, your aspirations, fears, the things which hold you down and the stuff which propels you onwards. Your self-image. This number will be more active in the early phase of life when you are immature, young and not much concerned about the responsibility of life.

The total number is more about your public image. Your grown-up attitude towards life, the compromises you make, the maturity you develop with your life events. How life polishes your personality and makes you grow as you get older. This total number indicates your pre-determined, in-built subconscious patterns which are karmic in nature and intended to bring some learnings to you. This number becomes more dominant after you get a job or become financially independent or get married or have a child, ie when you suddenly realise that you are a grown-up with adult responsibilities. After this life-altering event you resonate more with your total number.

There is always a distinct shift from your birth number to your total number. In our example birthdate, 23 Jan 2014 the shift is from 5 to 4. In the initial phase of life, this person will be more dominated by Mercury’s characteristics as connected to the number 5. Later, as he matures, the attributes of Rahu as the number 4 will emerge more strongly. You can analyse for yourself, use your birth date to calculate your birth and total number. If you are in your 30s or older, you will be able to notice the change in your life-pattern as you ‘grew-up’. There will be two distinct phases which can be correlated with these two numbers.

In some cases you will get the birth number and the total number to be the same. Eg for birthdate 6th Dec 1995 both are 6. In this case, the person will always strongly resonate with the number 6. But after his maturity event, there will be a subtle difference in the expression of the 6, as the same number gives a slightly different result when working as the birth number and as the total number. eg for the number 6, it works better as a birth number than as a total number.

Another point of interest. A person born on 1st 10th 19th 28th will have the same birth number 1. But each of these persons will express the energy of the 1 in a different manner. ie the person born on 28th will have a subtle influence of 2 and 8 also on his birth number 1, a tip for these 28th borns is to manage their finances and budget sensibly for the future.


There is a misconception that some numbers are good and some are bad. But the reality is that all numbers have attributes which can be converted to pleasing/ unpleasant experiences. Try to understand your own number’s attributes so that you can use them proactively for your benefit.

Eg the number 8 linked to Saturn is often considered to be rather tedious. As it is linked to delays, loneliness, age, karmic requirements, imbalances in the Vaat element, misunderstandings, humourless nature, struggles in life extreme events etc. But people born with this number are capable of hard work, are serious about life, can handle almost any situation, are persistent, are strong, patient and persevere. These qualities can be harnessed intelligently. If you have a good understanding of the numbers you can use them to turn life as per your wish. Eg again for number 8. You should consciously try to do the following to gain the most of your number’s energy.  Try to make new connections and keep in touch with your acquaintances/ relatives. Get out more and try to be cheerful. Try something new once in a while. Trust your loved ones and people close to you to some extent at least. Arguments are never-ending, so say your point and then remain silent. You will get very little help in life, so do not take on more than you can do yourself. Do not take up too many jobs just for the money angle. Eat food which will help relieve your aggravated Vaat dosh. Spiritual practice is a must, believe in a higher energy, it will help you.

If you observe your friends numbers, you will note that their numbers will be complementary to yours. Eg again for number 8, a long term relationship/ friendship with 3 5 6 numbers will be a good option.

And finally if you open your horoscope and tally your numbers with them you will find that your number will be linked to your ascendant lord or a planet who has very high shad-bala or is very prominent in some way or the other in your chart. Eg my total number belongs to my ascendant lord. My husband’s total number is the planet who owns his birth Moon sign. I have seen so many such examples. You will find some connect between the numbers and the powerful planets in your horoscope.


I haven’t written anything on numerology till now because I do not use numerology in predictions. I use the numbers only for quick analysis if needed. The test of any divinatory art is its ability to give precise predictions about the past, present and the future. I have not seen a real live example yet where a numerologist predicted the past/ ongoing/ future event correctly, consistently and replicably. Eg If in transit Ketu transits over the 4th house, the results are definitely going to be separation from the mother, denial of home comforts, health issues, unnecessary travelling etc. This sort of prediction is not possible with numerology as it is taught today.

Personally if I have to find out how my current time/ day is going to be, I open the Panchangam, check out the Tithi, Vaar, Karan, Yog, and link it to my Tarabalam and the Choghadiya. Perhaps glance over the instant Kundali. This is automatic as I have been doing this for years now.

But for beginners, numerology is useful for instant analysis as you need just the date to work with. eg if you are stuck in traffic, irritated and suddenly realise that the date today is 8th or 17th or 26th you immediately calm down as the attributes of this number are delays and frustrations. Or if your boss is never willing to listen to you, and you realise that yes, his birth day is 11th Oct, so many 1’s in his date, he is going to be egoistical. Or if you go to the bank on 4th June and the accountant there takes an inordinate time over the details, then yes its the energy of the 4 at work.

So Numerology can give a quick snap-shot of the situation and should be studied.


11 thoughts on “Rahu Ketu in numerology

  1. Saroj Kumar Nayak September 19, 2020 / 3:54 pm

    Thank you ma’am…please keep enlightening us..

    I request you to kindly provide me suggestion… A native is Sagittarius moon and lagna with Rahu in ascendant itself.. Jupiter in 9th house…and Sun-mer(r)-mars in 12th house in Scorpio….. I have read your article about 6th, 8th and 12th…so does it mean that the native will give up material life and go for spiritual upliftment..or isolation…as the native is always in confusion and fickle minded…

    Your suggestions and insights will be deeply appreciated so that the native can evolve in life.


    • astrologerbydefault September 19, 2020 / 11:07 pm

      Hi there
      my posts are of a general nature, for individual readings the entire horoscope has to be examined, there cannot be a prediction with 2-3 planets positions
      lagnesh in 9th house is a very good position and it is capable of nullifying a lot of issues in the chart
      i have written a post on ascetics also, its not everyone who gives up material life like that,
      several people i know do their spiritual activities while living a regualr life
      for the confusion part, u have to see the position of mercury and the planets if any placed 3rd from him.

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      • Saroj Kumar Nayak September 20, 2020 / 12:04 am

        Yes ma’am…saturn is there in 2nd house means 3rd to mercury which is in 12th house..


  2. Subramanian Sankar September 19, 2020 / 5:18 pm

    Thanks for this post, on a topic that I have often grappled with. You have written extensively on Scorpio Ascendant. Number 9 resonates with Mars the lord of Scorpio. In a particular case the Lagna is placed at 9 degrees Scorpio. Birth and fate number are 9. Mars is in 11th Virgo but fades away into 12th Libra in Chalit. Name number in this case is also 9 but a combination of 4 and 5 as per the Chaldean system. Will the number 9 work here? Mercury (number 5) is Atmakaraka and neechabhanga and Rahu (number 4) is in 6th. So with these complexities how does one predict life events?


    • astrologerbydefault September 19, 2020 / 11:02 pm

      Hi there
      Do not mix the two systems,
      numerology is a quick fix for beginners
      for predictions you have to learn astrology/jyotish
      i have written a post on learning it systematically and also put a gist in the books page
      you seem to be a beginner, as you have made this statement’ Mars is in 11th Virgo but fades away into 12th Libra in Chalit.’.. planets do not change the sign in chalit, only the house changes.
      randomly talking of ‘predicting life events’ is very vague. in astrology, you need to have a precise question .. as everything from your birth to your death can be read from your charts

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      • Subramanian Sankar September 20, 2020 / 12:19 am

        Thanks for your reply. I am a student of astrology and the mistake on Bhava chart is careless. Apologies for that. It is interesting that you tell that vedic astrology and numerology systems will not mix. Perhaps you could elaborate on that? Thanks again for your interesting posts.


      • astrologerbydefault September 20, 2020 / 3:24 pm

        Hi there
        Each system is complete in itself .
        Esp so fr Jyotish as its a vidya and a vedang too..
        I know a lot of stuff frm Runes to Tarot but i never mix them

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  3. Puneet Pannu September 19, 2020 / 5:44 pm

    Hello Mam,
    Your articles are amazing. I sincerely wish and hope that you keep writing these and bless the readers with more Gyan.
    Thank you so much.
    Kind regards.


  4. tyagi96 September 20, 2020 / 7:22 am

    Hello mam, you have talked extensively on the importance of the moon, especially on the emotional and subjective perception planes. Could you write something about the so called kemadruma dosha….the books give rather grim objective predictions for this placement (obviously they will be modified by other factors in the chart) but I am unable to find any psychological interpretation/subjective description of this dosha.
    As you always seem to give a really good explanation of how a particular placement will ‘feel’ on the subjective levels, I would love to read your interpretation of this dosha.
    Me and a friend of mine have this placement in the birth chart, and I wish to understand more about the vagaries of my own mind and therefore navigate my life better


  5. Anne September 20, 2020 / 8:06 am

    Dear Mam

    Somewhere I have read number 11 to be considered on its own. For example dates, 11, 29 dont add up to be 2 but 11.

    What’s your take on this? For me, both of my numbers (as mentioned above) add up to be 11.


    • astrologerbydefault September 20, 2020 / 3:23 pm

      Hi there
      There are only the 9 numbers
      If u want to know about the compound numbers then use the meanings frm the Chaldean system.


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