Rahu and Ketu in the 6th 12th house axis

Both Rahu and Ketu represent extremes of material prosperity/adversity and the corresponding extremes of spiritually nil/evolved persons. Both are capable of giving spiritual and material results. The 12th house is the house of mysteries and losses and its mirror is the 6th house of imbalance. Both are dusham-sthan, houses of turmoil. But the 6th is also a upchaya house, meaning that it’s results improve with age.

Rahu in the 12th house and Ketu in the 6th house

Rahu here desires to experience the strangeness of the 12th to the maximum. This Rahu in the 12th teeters on the edge. He is on the bridge of the conscious and the sub-conscious, the astral and the physical, the spiritual and the material. This can get quite strange and quite fast. Rahu here will want to experience foreign, strange, new, past lives, other dimensions, isolation in different ways, fantasy, sorrows, luxury, deprivations, dreams, visions, imprisonment and also liberation. Information from visions and past lives might be available. He wants to experience both sides of the coin and also the edge between. He wants to experience the privilege of privacy.

The house occupied by Rahu becomes the focus house. The personality desires its experiences, this house becomes the engine which pulls your entire chart behind it. Rahu in the 12th house is a placement difficult to judge. If he is aspected by even more malefics it can indicate imprisonment, confinement, addictions, drugs, to create fantasies and the desire to get lost in them. There can be a strangely fatalist mind-set, morbid even. There might be some irregularity in the marriage. The 18yrs of Rahu mahadasha can give extreme results of the 12th house keywords. During this period the Rahu-things become irresistible and fascinating. If you have a strong 5th house too, use your energy sensibly.

But if he is directed properly, he can generate interest in meditation and spiritual growth. A 12th house Rahu is subtly influenced by Pisces sign and Jupiter in your chart. Guru-s and spiritual teachers often show this placement. The desire then turns to coming out of this Maya enveloping the Inner Reality. So if you have this placement, keep away from drugs, alcohol etc. Avoid following an established religion without thinking about it. Such people can become fanatics! Personal prayer is always a better option. If you can discipline your mind in this aspect, 75% of your problems will be done with.

The positive aspects of this placement are relocation to a foreign land, or earnings from foreign lands. The profession might be away from the public eye, researchers, scientists are very much possible as Rahu here gives a piercing intuitive intelligence. New discoveries or more effective ways of doing work, automation etc. Healers, doctors, nurses, tantriks and occultists can also be successful with this Rahu. There is at least one dramatic rise in life. You might get opportunities for behind the scene deals and secret gains, use them only if your conscience approves.

A Rahu in the 12th house is complemented by Ketu in the 6th house. This Ketu if aspected by benefics can give very good results. However he finds it difficult to take orders from his seniors and cannot give orders to his juniors. Can work better in a self-employed or an independent business environment. However beware about over-extending yourself. Think logically about how much you can do often alone. You might find your workers quitting, so try to automate your business. You have very clear ideas on how you want to work and will not deviate from your personal work ethic. You have a very strict sense of moral behaviour and expect everyone around you to follow the same. Even if there are conflicts with your co-workers and boss you will stick to what you think is right. You are not diplomatic in the least and have quite a temper if roused. Enemies will be around you, ghosts and astral problems often exist. Ketu will grants unawareness and a strange immunity to these issues. But being too unaware can result in them exploding in typical dasha periods or transits.

However if this Ketu is incapable of auspicious results then this will result in irregular jobs, diseases of unknown nature, afflictions from ghosts, past life karmas will make their presence felt, there will be opposition in the lifepath, enemies and debts can overpower the personality. Overwork can lead to health issues. Medical help may not be available, or diagnosis may not be correct. One cannot mentally reconcile to failures in this Ketu position, hence depression type of issues can result.

One thing you should guard against is being too trusting. As Rahu ‘the trickster’ is in the 12th house, your own awareness of cheating and being cheated is rather less. You are incapable of cheating others. But you might get moved by someone’s sob-story and get into a mess yourself. Do strike a balance between the 12th house Rahu and 6th house Ketu energies. Rahu and Ketu are natural malefics, so can function well in the dushamsthan combo of 6th and 12th houses but it is better to be consciously aware of what they are upto.

Rahu and Ketu in the 6th 12th house axis

Rahu in the 6th house and Ketu in the 12th house

This is considered to be a good placement. Rahu is a natural malefic so works well in the 6th house. Rahu and Ketu mature late, so their effects are more understandable only after the late 40’s. Ketu is the agent of dissociation so has a natural affinity to the 12th house of secrets and losses. But if there are more malefic influences on them, with no supportive benefics, this can give perhaps the worst results.

Rahu directs the energy of the chart where he is placed. So the choice of service or suffering is brought strongly to the forefront. Work, health, enemies, debts, karma, imbalances, medical issues, etc are more in focus, a career-conscious mind-set. The 6th is the maha-dusham, the highest turbulence in life comes from here. It is a very sensitive house. Rahu here can indulge in activities which can have life time repercussions, so benefic aspects on him are necessary.

Be very careful about selecting your profession, if you are still in your school/college do think carefully on what you would like to do in life. You are ambitious, capable of hard work, quite fearless and can take risks. There are always inimical energies in this position. Enemies will always pop up. So you should be alert, also develop some philosophical background which will help you come to terms with this aspect. Be calculative and do not over-reach.

You can gain from foreign sources, import/export, shipping, long journeys etc. Quite analytical and methodical, if you can take up professions where you help others, doctors, healers, astrologers, etc you will also help yourself. Political career is also possible as you are quite capable of dealing with unsavoury and behind the scene things. A spy or a clever criminal is also possible here. You can exploit loop-holes or anything/anyone else too. Working with drugs, poisons, chemist type of professions. There will be challenges in your life, profession and karmic debts too, but Rahu does not run from them, but faces them head-on. This often gives very good material results. You can use Rahu intelligently to significantly reduce your karmic burden to meet with and work with a lot of people. Such a big chunk of desire-energy in the house of karmic payback can work both ways.

Rahu in the 6th is complemented by Ketu in the 12th. But this Ketu often works by neutralising Rahu’s over-arching behaviour. So you might ignore important things in your work which might cause trouble. There will be some strangeness in the marriage, divorce or affairs outside marriage. Ketu here desires privacy which he does not get. A sense of dissatisfaction may prevail over all relationships. There will be psychic experiences, dreams, visions, meditative states etc which may cause restless sleep. But again these experiences also do not satisfy. There is an underlying sense of grief.

Health remains good overall but death by mysterious or by unknown causes or suddenly without any illness etc is possible. The feet, skin and nerves can cause medical problems. This Ketu can give a spiritual outlook only if the rest of the horoscope allows it. In the 7yrs of Ketu Mahadasha there can be a possibility of a spiritual retreat or a stay in an ashram etc. But in your daily life, try to get some time alone, meditate or something for just 15mins. This will give your Ketu and your past life karma a safe channel. Rather than organised religion, personal approach to faith will be better.

Rahu and Ketu in the 6th 12th house axis

This Rahu-Ketu axis in the 6th – 12th houses requires a lot of balancing between the demands for service and material prosperity and the inner desire for solitude and spiritual growth. Too much of Rahu’s materialism will suppress Ketu’s asceticism which will in some transit/Dasha period burst up and over-whelm the personality. Or the other way around depending on the rest of the chart. This tilt towards the extremes will happen at least once, after which there is a back-lash from the other ignored energy. After this the personality balances better between Rahu and Ketu.

The 6th and 12th axis is, in my opinion, the most sensitive axis as it involves two houses of turmoil. Of these one is the maha-dusham and the other is the house of the unknown. So be very careful in analysing Rahu – Ketu placed here. Extreme or unexpected results are more likely than not.

So before interpreting Rahu’s or Ketu’s position, first check the ascendant sign, the ascendant sign lord and the power of the birth Moon. These three indicate your personality, your surrounding environment and your ability to coordinate between these two. The Moon is your mental strength and the power of your astral self. If these are capable of giving auspicious results, you are consciously more aware and confident about dealing with life and its challenges. Rahu/Ketu here need to be guided by other planets if placed here, if they are let loose they can be quite problematic. So also analyse the signs, the sign lords, other planets if conjunct or aspecting this Rahu/Ketu. Look into Rahu/Ketu’s Nakshatra characteristics for more cues on how they are going to manifest their energies. If you are confident about the Navamsha, do go through it to analyse your planet’s inner potentials.

If your chart as a whole is able to give positive results then this positioning of ‘desire and apathy’ in the most sensitive axis of your chart can be quite good.


Rahu and Ketu in the 6th 12th house axis

Analysis, Rahu in 5th, Ketu in 11th house

Rahu and Ketu in the 5th/11th axis produce extraordinary individuals as these two houses are connected to the sense of self and the interactions that one has with the infinite others. I wrote about the personality described by Ketu in the 5th and Rahu in the 11th earlier. Rahu/Ketu in the 5th and 11th houses requires that the personality balance between the individual self-ego and the grouped resources/consciousness. There is a huge chunk of energy available in this axis which can be used by you positively or negatively depending on the other placements of the horoscope.

As we are dealing with Rahu/ Ketu, the influences of the planets conjoint or aspecting them, the signs in which they are placed, the power of these sign’s lords etc become very important and require careful analysis. Rahu is just karmic attraction, these others are the direction of the karmic attraction. Similarly Ketu is basically karmic apathy, these others give direction to the detachment. If you want to go into real details, analyse the character of the Lunar mansions/ Nakshatra in which Rahu/Ketu are placed in. And also check if any other planets are placed in the Nakshatra owned by Rahu/Ketu. This will add significant nuances to the reading.

Analysis, Rahu in 5th, Ketu in 11th house

Rahu in the 5th house

This 5th house is very sensitive as it defines your intelligence. There is infinite mental energy available here. How much energy you have with you. Your connect with your internal divinity. Rahu in the 5th means that the 5th house affairs are always in focus.

Creativity is unlimited, this can manifest as a large number of children, or a large number of students. Your children /students will be a bit odd, either very intelligent and very practical or linked to the occult. You can be a very good artist, especially a photographer or an actor where you explore the range of human experiences. A photographer who takes pictures of people or an actor who acts out different personalities are experiencing human nature. (The other combination, ie Rahu in 11th will also produce photographers but these people will prefer taking photos of nature, never people!)

You can write and publish books, you might blog. Expressions are your forte. Every human expression is familiar to you. You can be a good astrologer or someone who uses energy directly but connected in some way to the human experience. You love yourself, you are very aware of your personality, self-love comes easy and you are always confident and sure of yourself in every possible situation.

Education is erratic, there may be breaks in the normal classic style of school/college. But you will never be at a disadvantage here. You will end up with sufficient education to remain ahead in life. If you have a choice in this matter choose a vocation a business a hands-on-professional course in life so that the Rahu energy is more channelised into technical type of stuff. You have an aptitude for this. You can be a scientist, an eccentric inventors, a genius. You have an extraordinary intellect. You can make that leap from a common innovation to a true invention.

The karmic influences of the past lives are very active and you can access these memories very easily. Highly intuitive, you can re-live these without much effort. These are your assets so if you get flashes of events or feelings do not get scared, use the information you receive from them.

You are not really religious. Even if you do take up singing bhajans and indulge in outward show of religion this will be a temporary phase, as you are not really into religion or dogma. You will not follow a book. (Religions have a main book which they are required to follow. Hinduism/ Sanatan Dharm is not a religion, there is no main book. We follow our Conscience). You will want to find out for yourself, you will experiment with several faith systems till you find one which suits your nature. 

You have that rare intellectual appreciation in matters of faith, spirituality, religion and related stuff. When Rahu is in the 5th house and Ketu in the 11th you are attracted to the experience of the deepest self and detached from the extended others. The flow of experience is inward towards the individual self. Rahu, in the Samudra Manthan story-allegory, tried to imitate the Light. There is a desire to become the Light. This can be a highly spiritual placement as you dive inwards into yourself, searching, experiencing your own intelligence till you realise your Real Self. Just remember that the law of Karma operates always. Always follow your Conscience. You are highly intuitive and have access to energies which others normally do not. Rahu/Ketu are karma personified. If you try to cheat yourself / others or cause harm to others using your occult abilities, it will rebound on you very badly. This moral and spiritual wrong will manifest as illness of the body/mind.

If this Rahu is under the influence of malefics or debilitated, especially Sun or Mars it gives a very forceful personality, the person will behave as a mini-tyrant in the house/office. If Mercury with malefic influences or bereft of auspicious aspects sits with such a Rahu it will create a crook, a swindler, someone who does financial crimes.


Ketu in the 11th house

Important tip : Do not let your friends and group members take advantage of you. (Read this line twice)

Gains of every sort, friends and like-minded groups are the domain of the 11th house. The natural lord of his house is Saturn as he rules the 11th sign Aquarius. True gains or friendships are a product of karma, effort, discipline and hard work. Ketu here is apathy, a product of your karma. You do not feel the need to work to keep your friends. You get along with everyone. Your ‘friends’ are more a product of circumstance, they come and vanish. You are unable to ‘connect’ on the material levels, so partying, going to movies, school/college/office friends are simply not possible. Very rarely will you find someone who will stick with you in the real sense. If there is some esoteric occult or spiritual connect then only your friendships will survive.

Your gains too will be significant but you are unable to retain them. You are unable to retain them. One tip is to never gamble with this combination. Find some professional financial adviser to help you manage your assets as you earn them. Bad advise from older brothers or friends can land you in trouble. There are possibilities of missed opportunities and undesirable people nagging you. You will be known in society as a powerful person, but very private. The 11th house is an upchaya house and Ketu is a natural malefic so results will improve with time. This horoscope will go on giving more and more auspicious results as you grow older.

An underlying sense of grief exists as you are detached from all fruits of your personality. Be aware of this else this will manifest in the body as a skin or nervous disease.

Ketu is highly intuitive, no analysis, so the things connected with the 11th house will be sensed, not analysed. You might get a streak of luck or be connected to the occult. A highly individual way of thinking often against the commonly accepted dogma. If such a Ketu is under auspicious influences, you will be involved in helping others, a humanitarian sort of nature. You can be an astrologer work with other divination systems, be a counsellor. But do not give away more of your assets /energy than what is appropriate. But if this Ketu is under malefics, there are very few friends, person does not socialise, does not even leave the house and the personality becomes very self-centered. There are often problems with elder siblings with this placement.

A conscious balance between the 5th and the 11th house energies is essential. If you think the natural 5th house is fiery Leo and the natural 11th house is the airy Aquarius. The nature of Rahu is fire and Ketu is airy. Double dose of these elements can create an explosive personality. Conscious management of the Rahu-Ketu energies is essential here, else their potential will not be manifested. Rahu-Ketu placements are the challenge of your life-time. This is a hard challenge but if overcome gives the highest possible gain.

The first half of the life is very active while the second half of life goes in relative quiet. It does not mean that you go into obscurity, it rather means that you are satisfied.

Ketu Mahdasha and Rahu Mahadasha as per the Vimshottari system, will be very active, you will actively use their gifts. Especially Rahu-Ketu, the Rahu-Rahu and Ketu-Rahu antardasha/ sub-peroids will be quite karmically heavy-duty. Be very very careful during the Ketu-Ketu subperiod, this brief period of a few months duration will hit very hard. Their sub-periods in the other planet’s Mahadasha-s also will bring in lots of movement.

Their transits are quite slow with 1.5yrs in each sign, (right now they are in Capricorn /Cancer) so keep a look out here too. Periods heavy with Rahu/ Ketu energy will grant profits and gains but after their periods are complete these gains too may erode. 

If you can do regular Dhyan the spiritual aspect of this combination will find its channel. This will allow the material benefits to manifest properly and you will be able to retain these too. Doing mantra -jaap of Rahu and Ketu on Tuesdays/Saturdays and especially during eclipses is very useful to regulate their energies. 

Rahu in the 5th (or 11th), is a dream come true placement. If you navigate the energies with a clear intention and a crystal-clear conscience you will attain the heights of the material as well as the spiritual. Obviously Ketu will support in his own indifferent way but he will support. Rahu-Ketu are together fire-air, Rahu provides the experience for Ketu to transform you. The 5th-11th is also fire-air, unlimited scope for movement and transformation.

This the magic of Rahu-Ketu the 5/11 axis. Experience and Transform.


air fireAnalysis, Rahu in 5th, Ketu in 11th house