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 brother’s birth number and total number are the same, linked to the planet sitting powerfully in his 5th house. 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.


Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

Jyotish or Vedic astrology has so many tools, but you should know which ones to use and how to use them. There is a lot of confusion about the Ashtakvarga, so here is a very simple way of using them in interpreting transits. You will need your Ashtakvarga table. There is system on how to make them, but now with everything available on software and free online calculators, am not writing on the maths.

This is how an Ashtakvarga table looks like. This is called a ‘samudaya ashtakvarga’ or a ‘sarva ashtakvarga’, the combined table. Input your birth details into any online software and you will get a chart which looks like this.

Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

The top row is the Signs from 1-Aries to 12-Pisces. The first right column is the Ascendant degree and the 7 planets. ‘The Eight divisions’. Rahu-Ketu are not used in this table, instead the Ascendant degree/ Lagna is considered as a full-fledged ‘planet’ by itself. Each row is the score of that planet in the specific sign, this can vary from 0-8 points. The lowest row is the combined score of every sign this can vary from 0-56. The total number of points of the grand total are 337, this is constant at the lowest right cell. (I have tried to simplify this post to the lowest possible, but you need to read the rows and columns correctly, that is it.)

So to interpret individual planetary transits. The rule is that

  • if the planet is transiting a sign where its score is 5-8 then the results will be good.
  • If he is transiting a sign where the score is exactly 4, it will be average, not-good, not-bad.
  • If the he is transiting a sign where his score is 0-3, then the results will be  inauspicious.

If some planet has a score of 8 in a sign, the maximum score, then his transits in this sign will give you several benefits, prosperity, official favours, marriage, family times, wins over enemies, gain of land/property, promotions, leadership etc. Such opportunities will come on their own. And you can also plan and actively use such transits for auspicious activities, long journeys, new undertakings, purchase of gold/ property etc, depending on the nature of the planet and the sign involved. eg in out example table the Mercury transiting in Leo is excellent at 8 points.

Especially in the Moon’s row in your table, check which sign has the highest score. You might end up marrying someone with this sign, or your best friends will have this sign as their moon or ascendant sign. You will gain from people having this birth Moon sign. eg Moon has the highest score in Taurus in the above example table.

The intensity of the results progressively diminishes as the planet’s score in the signs diminishes. If he has the exact 4 point score in some sign, the planet transiting that sign will be neutral for you while he transits. He won’t create problems and neither will he actively aid you if you need his help. (However you can trigger his energies by using any of his remedies.) eg the Sun transiting in Gemini in the above example.

And if some sign has a score of 0 for some planet, be very very careful when that planet transits that sign. It can signify extreme misfortune. For the nature of misfortune, locate this sign in the D1 and check out what house it is in? Where is its owner? Who is occupying/aspecting it? In the D9, check the power of its owner planet, which new house does this sign shift to etc. In short, get all the information about the possible results of that this sign is capable of. Then also do a full ‘agent-analysis’, Karakatva-analysis of this particular planet too. Such transits can signify extreme misfortunes, diseases, losses, loss of wealth, loss of job/position, death of children/ wife/ parents, death of self etc. (To change this situation for the better, you should perform some spiritual practice or some remedies of the concerned planet.) The example table does not have such an example. However Saturn has a very low score of 1 point in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius each. This would represent a Saturn- Capricorn-return for the person (his birth chart is below), so physical effects would be damaging. Saturn in Aquarius would be Saturn transiting the 8th house and also second from his own birth position, rather bad for the health and position in society.

Now an example in detail, refer to the above table. Let’s take the eg Sun. Sun transits one sign per month.

  • He has score of 5-8 in the signs, Aries, Leo and Virgo. So his transits in these signs will give auspicious results for the person. Sun has the highest score in Virgo, so this transit period will give him the best possible Sun related results.
  • A score of exact 4 in Gemini, Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces. This is a rather long list! Average indifferent results for the Sun-related things when he transits these signs.
  • A score of 0-3 in the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn. Sun’s transits in these signs will give more problems than solutions. He has the lowest score in Scorpio ie 2 points, so the Sun’s transit in this sign will be the most problematic.

Now lets cross-check if this tallies with what the chart says. (It will always tally, but this is an educational post so doing this extra analysis.) This is the chart and birth details of Aleister Crowley, the greatest occultist that the western world has produced in recent times. 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm at Leamington UK. This chart is so extraordinary that I have decided to use it as my example chart. This man was a superlative genius. And he has my gratitude because of all the things he did, he, with Lady Frieda Harris, designed the Thoth Tarot deck. (haven’t been able to locate her birth details). I use the Thoth deck and it is actual magic. We know a man by his creations!

Birth chart Aliester Crowley


See the main D1 – birth chart and D9 – navamsha. If you look at the position and the power of the Sun from these charts, you can see that the Ashtakvarga makes perfect sense. The Birth Sun is placed in the 3rd house in Virgo. He goes to Virgo navamsha so is Vargottam, capable of giving very good result inside-out! Sun’s Virgo transits are going to give the best results. His lowest score was in Scorpio. A watery secret occult sign placed in the 5th house the natural owner of the 5th sign Leo is the Sun. This sign is placed third from the Birth Sun. Sun when transiting Scorpio will be in his natural house 5th but in a watery mysterious environment. (You, a radiant king, come back to your bright sunny house and see that it is taken over by neo-goths, now its dark, full of occult paraphernalia and you are supposed to work from here, naturally you are uncomfortable.)

Now why is the ascendant sign taken a separate ‘planet’ level item in this analysis? Your ascendant sign is the ‘concentrated’ you + your environment. Sometimes you need to calculate Muhurt-s, the perfect time to perform some action. It is called Electional/ Event astrology. Now in a day, all the 12 signs rise at the east direction, each for approx 2 hours. How do you decide if this particular 2-hr time frame is good for you to buy a house or a car? Or if a person has had an accident and you know what time the accident occurred. You can use this time to find out the ashtakvarga of the ascendant sign and determine the severity of the injuries. Here we are into very high details, we are analysing how 2-hr slots on every day are going to be for the person.

So again refer to our Ashtakvarga table, this time read the ascendant sign/Lagna row.

  • The rising degree has a score of 5-8 in the signs Gemini, Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn. The highest being in Scorpio and Capricorn at 6 points each. So the two 2-hours slots when Scorpio and later Capricorn rises in the east will be especially favourable for this person.
  • The ascendant degree has a score of exact 4 in Taurus, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces.
  • And has score of 0-3 in the Aries, Cancer and Virgo. The lowest being in Virgo at 1point.

To cross-check from the D1 and D9 horoscopes. Scorpio placed in 5th Kona house, its owner Mars exalted, placed with Saturn in 7th Kendra house. Capricorn in 7th house containing an exalted Mars and its owner Saturn. Genius coupled with the ability to think, analyse, use with discipline, power and balance etc. This is backed up by the D9, Scorpio becomes the 1st house and Mars remains vargottam, exalted and in the 3rd house. Capricorn goes to the 3rd house and Saturn shifts to the 11th house. This combination is quite good, so the personality is most productive, well-balanced when the ascending signs are Scorpio or Capricorn. (This person was obviously famous in society as a very high level occultist, a mountaineer, a spy, numerous affairs/marriages and more things!)

One more point, look at the totals row, the lowest row, where the total score of each sign is computed. Here the range is from 0-56 points for each sign. The mid-point is 28. A sign with a score of 30+ points generally gives better results than a sign with -25 points. Signs with scores 25-30 give average results. This is a very generic statement, but good enough for a very rough understanding.

So your practical exercise for today is, use any online Ashtakvarga generator. Input in your birth details. See how your Ashtak-varga table looks like. Take a screen-shot or download or print it. Then for each planet check out which signs are in the 0-3 category, in the exact 4 points category and in the 5-8 points category. You need to do this only once. Write this information down for your easy reference. You can mark it on your table with different coloured pens or make a table and keep it on your desk. So now you know which sign transit for which planet would give very good results, indifferent results or inauspicious results. Then when the current planets change their signs in the sky, just refer to this table and get your instant transit readings. (But then, as usual, you will need to know what your this planet signifies in your chart for the exact events. So natural agent and chart-specific agent analysis is always the first step.)

So this was on using the Ashtakvarga for analysing the power of a planet to give his results during his transits through the various signs. Earlier this table was quite typical to calculate, but with software, it is as easy as a click of a button. So do use it, it is always accurate. No complicated stuff to learn by rote. But you will need to find out what your planet stands for in your chart first, this is the first step of every astrological analysis. This can be as simple as matching keywords to begin with. Later you can add more shades of meanings as you learn and observe yourself more.

Have written more on Ashtakvarga here.


Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits