Ketu and karmic relationships

Ketu is the other half of the Lunar node axis. Rahu is the energy of desire for experience and Ketu is the energy of apathy to experience. Rahu- Ketu are thus very important and should be analysed carefully to get an insight into the deepest motivations of an individual. They tell you where the subconscious is directed, the flow of Experience. You can get a sense of the karmic connection between two people if their charts have some similarity in their Rahu and Ketu placement patterns.

Relationships defined by Rahu are are forward-oriented and focussed on growth potential, an opportunity to grow and accomplish some work together which perhaps either could not complete alone in this life. But relationships defined by Ketu ‘look backwards’.  These represent the experiences you have already have completed to your fill in your past lives. Ketu will diminish the things he controls in material life and give his gains on the spiritual front. And most of us are quite unaware of the spiritual. So Ketu’s gifts are neither registered nor are welcome. These learnings and the wisdom from these experiences exist with you but you are unaware, apathetic. The experiences will be the keywords related to the house Ketu is placed in, the sign/its owner planet and the planets he is conjunct/aspected by. Ketu and karmic relationships

Pull out your chart for this mini exercise. And of someone with whom you this curious feeling of ‘push-away on the material’ but a ‘pull-towards on the subconscious’ levels. Your brother/sister, parent, husband/wife, child, best friend or even your worst enemy! This is how you go about it, e.g.

  • If your Ketu is in your 11th house and your friend’s Jupiter is his 11th house, the house matters will usually not be in the focus in your material relationship together. You will feel very relaxed about this house matters, as you both will have a deep understanding regarding the matters of this house together. Your relationship will be based on the deeper patterns linked to this house.
  • You can check out the signs too, if your Ketu is in Virgo and his Mercury is in Virgo, both will never suffer from Virgo-related matters. Both of you will have a deep link related to the patterns/understanding of Virgo-matters. e.g. both of you might be in the service sector, or methodical, which will be your common link. But this effect will be less intense as compared to the houses as above.
  • The matters of the other planet will be understood subconsciously in the relationship together. Now this subconscious understanding of patterns may soothe or agitate depending on the malefic/benefic placement of Ketu. But in all cases it will be of benefit on the spiritual levels and loss on the material levels.
  • The person whose Ketu involved benefits from the planet of the other. This other planet provides the direction. And Ketu provides his energy of dissociation. Thus both move forward in the spiritual direction.

Ketu – Sun

This combination can lead to dominance of the Sun-person over the Ketu-person, so there might be initial ego-clashes. Ketu – Sun, just like Rahu-Sun, is a deeply felt soul connection. This energy if channelised well, can lead to growth in spirituality and understanding of the deeper concepts of ‘ego’, ‘self’, ‘creation’, etc. Sun is the agent of the individual soul, he hides the Universal Soul/Paramatma by his brilliant light. When Ketu obscures the individual soul, the immensity of the Universe can be viewed. Both friends, when together, will seem to radiate the Sun’s energy less and internalise it more. So this not good in the material context but can remind both of their achievements in the past lives in this context. Is is possible that the Sun-person was a Teacher or a paternal figure to the Ketu-person in some past life.

 Ketu – Moon

This diminishes the outwardly felt emotional connection with time. Both might start off feeling quite in-love with each other. Both might feel a sense of emotional security with each other initially, but this would be more ‘liberating’ not ‘clingy’ or ‘needy’. This connect would be good on the spiritual levels but not from a material or emotional levels. There may be some common subconscious experiences that they both might see. They might remember their common past lives. Over time their emotional link to each other will diminish and be replaced by a barely felt sense of ‘comfort’, ‘easiness’, ‘contentment’. But because it is Ketu, this may be barely perceptible. But if there is a possibility of spiritual growth this can work. Is is possible that the Moon-person was a maternal figure to the Ketu-person in some past life.

Ketu – Mars

This combination can work as this reduces the arguments and tensions between the two persons. The two have already worked out their disagreements in the past lives. There will be a few intense arguments in the initial phases, which in time will diminish rapidly. However with time, this particular relationship may give the Mars-person a vague sense of suffocation as his Mars energies will be internalised. This connection works better in professional relationships. It is possible that the two were linked by war, arms, or were soldiers in some past life together.

Ketu – Mercury

This connect adds depth to the expressions of a relationship. Problems can arise if the Mercury-person is too changeable and superficial and the Ketu-person is too hazy and detached. On the positive side this can initially start with good communication and common interest activities, but it can descend into plain-ness quite soon. This is not good for material or long term personal relationships. But Mercury as the owner of Gemini and Virgo is intricately linked to the creation and understanding of karma. This connect can grant learnings on the esoteric levels if both are aware of what options they have and choose well. It is possible that the two were sister/brother in some past life.

Ketu – Jupiter

The Ketu-person contributes spiritual detachment and the Jupiter person grants the understanding of this. This is a good spiritually positive connect which can last a life time. Both of them will initially have a lot of philosophies to discuss and share with each other which over time will reduce but will give a comfortable feeling of bonding. However this is not good for material gains, if this is in a marriage chart, there should be other positive influences to support, hope, higher learning, health of children etc, the material gains of marriage. It is possible that the Jupiter-person was a husband/wife, peer/patron or teacher of the Ketu-person in some past life.

Ketu and karmic relationships

Ketu – Venus

Venus is not just the ‘planet of love’, this is his lower energy form. He is in reality Daityaguru Shukracharya, with all the knowledge and seriousness that goes with it. The strictest Teacher of the most difficult students. And Rahu/Ketu is a Daitya. So Shukracharya is Rahu/Ketu’s Guru! There will always be an undercurrent of teaching and learning in this relationship. This is a very important connect which if the two use mindfully, they can achieve significant progress on the spiritual levels. This connection will start with mutual attraction but ultimately will be a platonic, spiritual one. This connect is not good for a material long term relationship. Ketu is disconnected, headless so can experience on the non-conscious levels. If Venus is operating on his highest levels this can be great, but if Venus is on his materialistic lower energy levels then this will cause frustration to both persons. Venus will express his dissatisfaction while the Ketu-Person will be vague and disinterested about it. It is possible that the Venus-person was a husband/wife/lover or teacher of the Ketu-person in some past life.

Ketu – Saturn

This is a serious connection, quite heavy duty karmic bindings from the past lives. Initially this will be a mini-repeat of the past lessons which can be restrictive, constrictive and suffocating, coupled with dissociation. Both will not be sure if they have to be together or separate. It can get unbearable in the initial phases but if the two learn through their experiences it can get better with time. However it is better for professional relationships rather than personal ones. It is possible that the Saturn-person was in a position of authority over the Ketu-person in some past life.

Ketu – Rahu

This in my opinion is the deepest and most ‘karmic’ of all possible Rahu or Ketu linked connections. This is very good for companionship in the real sense and is usually a life-time connect, growing deeper with time. A connect of two opposites who are actually One. This gives each an understanding of the other which can neither be articulated not understood completely, just experienced. There is genuine sympathy, affection and each appreciates the other’s life path intensely. The simplest reason is this, the Ketu-friend knows at the deepest levels what the Rahu-friend is going through at present, and will go through in the future. The Rahu’s present/future is Ketu’s past experience. And vice-versa! Both are astral graha, complete when with each other. Thus the two friends feel the other as the missing-link which completes each at the deepest level. But this will also lead to several misunderstandings on the material levels as they are both motivated and apathetic to exactly opposite things. It will take some time and effort to sort out things, but once they do it will be a very complete experience. (I know a couple of friends, with a Rahu-Ketu linkage in the birth chart and the same combination in their divisional chart-9, navamsha chart also. Unbelievably linked on all levels.)

Ketu – Ketu

This is the same as Rahu-Rahu because if two charts have their Rahu-Rahu together it automatically means that in both Ketu-Ketu also exists. Both persons are very similar in what they have learnt deeply from their past lives. They have gone through the same sort of experiences and internalised the same learnings in the past. Ketu in the same house (or sign) in each’s chart, will ensure that both are disconnected from similar things. Both thus have a non-conscious understanding of each other’s deepest motivations and inclinations. This is a good combination for companionship and friendship.

Ketu and karmic relationships

The finer details will depend a great deal on the house in which this connect occurs. Also keep the social and cultural background in mind. Ketu does not mean that the two will disregard the socio-cultural norms and engage in mindless aberrant behaviour. These are mental and psychological patterns you are analysing.

Synastry, i.e. matching patterns in two charts is done while matching charts for marriages. In the Indian system, matching charts is very detailed and goes into more details than what synastry (in the western context) does. However it is important to remember that on the psychological levels, the woman feels better when she receives and the man feels better when he gives. This keeps both the partners satisfied on the inner levels. So when you are checking the Nodes connection for marriage charts, keep this in mind. e.g. a woman-Ketu and man-Mars would be a much more fulfilling relationship on the psychological levels than a woman-Mars and man-Ketu connect. Or a woman-Sun with man-Ketu is better than the other way round.

Ketu’s experiences are always liberating on the spiritual levels. They will be felt as a loss on the material levels. But remember that whatever Ketu means to you, you have already given it up in your past lives. But not given up in despair! You have transcended that experience, it is a very positive thing in the spiritual context. The current Ketu position in your horoscope is a reflection of this reality. In the present life, Ketu will give at least one intense jolt of separation so that the past life’s subconscious learning gets triggered and is available in this life too. And because it is Ketu, this experience will simply slip away from your consciousness. Try to be conscious of this ‘jolt’, so that you can use its energy more effectively when this happens in your current life.

Ketu and karmic relationships

Rahu and karmic relationships

Matching charts for marriage is a routine job for an Indian astrologer. There are several rules prescribed for matching charts for a successful marriage. If the astrologer is good, he will also give an overview of the two charts seen together, a snapshot of what their life together can be like. Everyone brings in their own karma into relationships, and karma is best defined by Rahu/Ketu. I always consider Rahu- Ketu to be very valuable indicators in a chart. Even if the client has no specific questions regarding these, they should be analysed. They tell you where the subconscious is directed, pulled by the ‘desire to experience’ energy of Rahu and pushed by the ‘apathetic to experience’ energy of Ketu. Karmic relationships are those which are carried on from past lives and are more focussed on completing the unfinished karma. Relationships which are linked by Rahu are quite powerful, they are forward-oriented and focussed on growth potential. Rahu indicates karma linked to the present and the future you look forward to. A Rahu linked relationship offers a chance to both for growing and learning together in this lifetime. Also an opportunity to accomplish the work together which perhaps either could not complete alone in this life.

Rahu and karmic relationships

Pull out your and your best friend’s chart for this mini exercise. This ‘friend’, would be someone close to you, with whom you have the most intense relationship in terms of ‘experience’. Your brother/sister, parent, husband/wife, child, best friend etc. This is how you go about it,

  • e.g. If your Rahu is in your 3rd house and your friend’s Venus is his 3rd house, the 3rd house matters will usually be the focus of your relationship together. Matters of the 3rd house will be lucky for both as long as the relationship lasts.
  • You can check out the signs too, if your Rahu is in Aries and his Mercury is in Aries, both will benefit from Aries-related matters. But this effect will be less intense as compared to the houses as above.
  • Generally the matters of the other planet will be in focus in the relationship together.
  • The one whose Rahu is involved benefits from the planet of the other. This other planet provides direction and guidance to the Rahu. And Rahu provides his energy and the thirst for experience to the other planet.

Rahu – Sun

This is a very deep connect and can last a life-time. Rahu amplifies the Sun’s powers which can be good for both. The Rahu-friend gives the power, strength, desire, luck and optimism for the future. The Sun-friend gives inspiration, self-confidence, creativity, healthy sense of self-ego and leadership. The Sun-person will drive the relationship, i.e. decide the common goals that the two will pursue together. However both will have to ensure that this does not create ego problems. There may be an undercurrent of ‘father’ or ‘mentor’ type of feelings between the two.

Rahu – Moon

An emotional connect between two people which can last a life time. The Rahu-person amplifies the Moon associated qualities of the Moon-person. The relationship is more nurturing and ‘feelings’ dominate. The Rahu – person provides support of the outgoing type, physical protection etc and receives emotional nurturing from the Moon-person. Both should take care that the relationship doesn’t turn into ‘needy love’, it might then convert into a mother-child type of relationship. The Moon is the sum of your existence and Rahu is an astral force, so this relationship can be quite intense and both may remember past life incidents from their common lives.

Rahu – Mars

This is a very intense connect which can go both ways. Initially the two attract each other with their outgoing natures, high energy activities and even enjoy arguing with each other. But with time, disagreements and conflicts will increase, thus this does not make for a long term success. This relationship will be very exciting, dynamic and at times challenging. There is abundant energy, luck, desire and cooperative spirit, together against the world. They can be good in technology or brotherhood type of activities together. The Mars-friend needs to be careful about his self-ego and not hurt the Rahu-friend’s self-ego in this relationship. Also might manifest into to a on-off type of relation where both are often separated and then meet up for short intense periods.

Rahu and karmic relationships

Rahu – Mercury

This combination is quite good for long term relationship. Rahu will amplify Mercury-activities, communications, team-spirit, playing, being together etc. Both will support each other in their hobbies, interests, learning skills etc. Talking on the phone always, messaging and being in touch, both might share the same tastes and have common interests. Both find it very easy to relate to each other, laughing at the same jokes. Best friends who can complete each other’s sentences! This connect is the best possible for ‘best-buddies’ or even a successful business partner duo. Mercury is quite intricately connected to ‘desire, his Gemini is the first 1/3rd of the Kama trikon. So Rahu-Mercury can give a very successful relationship on whichever level it manifests.

Rahu – Jupiter

This is a good combination of two grahas who apparently seem to be opposite in nature. Both share hopes, higher learning and wisdom. Rahu provides the drive and Jupiter the benevolence. These two can grow with each other long-term. Both may have different view-points but in the background they both think on similar lines. This is a combination of ‘desire to experience’ and the ‘ability to philosophise’, thus together they make a great deal of sense. This connect supports both material, philosophical and spiritual growth. If these two people meet when they are older/more mature they might be better able to support each other. Experience and wisdom both balance better with age.

Rahu – Venus

This is a good connection and tends to grow deeper with time. There is scope for romance and also respect for each other. The Venus-person will give his wisdom/ love/ ‘relationship-glue’ depending on the level he is operating. The Rahu-person will protect, provide the luck, the fierceness and the common direction in their lives. This is one combination where Rahu actually feels responsible. Depending on the house in which this is happening this can lead to romance, physical relationships, marriage and other common relationship interests. ‘Attraction’ is the word around which this connection will evolve. And then the secret, there is enormous potential here, of esoteric wisdom and growth in metaphysical/ occult. Venus is not the ‘planet of love’, he is Daityaguru Shukracharya, with all the knowledge and seriousness that goes with it. The strictest Teacher of the most difficult students. And Rahu is a Daitya. So Shukracharya is Rahu’s Guru! There will always be an undercurrent of teaching and learning in this relationship. (I know two friends with this combination, they have tantric abilities way beyond their ages.)

Rahu – Saturn 

This connect can get difficult because Saturn is restriction, discipline and constriction. If Rahu amplifies all this Saturn stuff, it can create issues and the relationship might remain a short lived one. However if the house in which this is happening is a suitable environment for Saturn-Rahu then it might work wonders. e.g this can work nicely in the 3rd (personal courage), 6th (service and sufferings), 8th (death and catastrophic transformations), 11th (gains) house energies. This is quite a serious connection overall, Saturn-person helps the Rahu-person in various material ways, e.g. by systemically organising things for him in profession and work. The Rahu helps the Saturn by bringing in ‘luck’, to find legitimate short-cuts etc,innovative ways to to reduce his work load. But a Rahu-Saturn background is always serious. It is a good connection for non-personal relationships, distant relationships, group activity type of interests etc.

Rahu and karmic relationships

Rahu – Rahu

Both friends are very similar in what they desire in this life. Both want the same sort of experiences, Rahu in the same house (or sign) in each’s chart, will ensure that both are attracted to similar things. Both thus have a very deep understanding of each other’s deepest motivations and inclinations. Then Ketu-Ketu will also exist as Rahu-Ketu are 180 degrees apart. So both have similar past experiences and learning from them. This is a good combination for companionship and friendship. The only possibility where Rahu-Rahu connect can lead to a conflict is if both want the actual same thing/object/person rather than the experience. Then this can get ugly with no limits on what each can do to the other!

Rahu – Ketu

This is very good for companionship in the real sense and is usually a life-time connect, growing deeper with time. A connect of two opposites who are actually One. This gives each an understanding of the other which can neither be articulated not understood completely, just experienced. There is genuine sympathy, affection and each appreciates the other’s life path intensely. The simplest reason is this, the Ketu-friend knows at the deepest levels what the Rahu-friend is going through at present, and will go through in the future. The Rahu’s present/future is Ketu’s past experience. And vice-versa! Both are astral graha, complete when with each other. Thus the two friends feel the other as the missing-link which completes each at the deepest level. But this will also lead to several misunderstandings on the material levels as they are both motivated and apathetic to exactly opposite things. It will take some time and effort to sort out things, but once they do it will be a very complete experience. (I know a couple of friends, with a Rahu-Ketu linkage in the birth chart and the same combination in their divisional chart-9, navamsha chart also. Unbelievably linked on all levels.)

So this was just a frame work on which the Rahu-linked synastry relationship will evolve. The finer details will depend a great deal on the house in which this combination is happening. Also keep the social and cultural background in mind. Rahu does not mean that the two will break out of the socio-cultural norms and engage in aberrant behaviour. These are mental and psychological patterns you are analysing. And, since it is Rahu involved, they will always be significant, ‘the desire for experience’. If you have someone in your life with such a Rahu – synastry, analyse your this relationship in great details. It will help you understand your own self better.

Rahu and karmic relationships