Rahu Ketu in the 4/10 axis

The 5 Tara graha, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are connected to the lower 5 chakras. Moon is at the Ajnya chakra and the Sun is the Sahasrara. Rahu and Ketu are the completely astral graha which put your internal geometry out of balance, they ‘churn’ your sense of self. These are the chhaya-graha. Chhaya छाया means that these two forces ‘blend’ or ‘shade’ your inherent energy, awareness and intelligence. They are responsible for the ‘play of consciousness’. Rahu and Ketu are forces who create reflections and shadows. Elusive illusions. (I have written several posts on Rahu Ketu, do use the index page if you wish to read.)

Rahu is the desire to experience all that you can. Ketu is disconnection and limitlessness. The engine which subtly drives the energy of your chart is Rahu. And Ketu is the guard cabin, the deepest learnings you have with you from your past lives experiences. They do not directly affect the material planes but act through the signs/ houses/ planets/ nakshatra they are associated with. So analyse these before you start deciphering Rahu Ketu.

If you have the following combinations in your chart then it is a Rahu or Ketu ‘heavy’ horoscope. More the patterns more dense is the energy and that particular node becomes more important in your life. Check if they are conjunct important graha-s ie the ascendant lord, the Moon or the Sun. Or conjunct highly powerful planets in the chart, ie those with high Shad-bala or owners of the 5th 9th lords or Yogkarak planets. Or conjunct planets linked to the nakshatra of the lagna/ rising degree or the naksahtra of the Moon. Or conjunct or heavily influenced by Marak planets or by natural or functional malefics etc.

The 1st 4th 7th 10th are the Kendra houses, the foundations of the environment around you. The 1st 5th 9th are the Kona houses, the foundation of your personality and the potential for its evolution. The 1st is both a Kendra and a Kona house and the connecting link between these two.

I have written about Rahu Ketu in the 5/11 axis, in the 11/5 axis, the 2/8 axis and 6/12 axis earlier, and there were several requests for their effects in the birth 4/10 and 1/7 axis. Writing a generic post on these two axes is difficult. Rahu Ketu here have to be analysed carefully as they impact the very foundations of your life in their unpredictable and shadowy manner. So this is an indicative post, you must analyse them in depth first before coming to a conclusion on their influence in your life.

This post is about Rahu/Ketu in the 4/10 house axis.

The 4/10 axis is all about structure. The structure that you bring with you and the structure of your destiny. The 4th is the structure you are born into, the structure of your physical body, the psychological imprints you have with you, the spiritual orientation, the earliest lessons which you get as a small baby/ child. This is the nature, nurture, tradition, culture, house, residence, farms, lands, homelands, security, comforts and needs that you have. The 4th is the structure within you, the structure with which you began your current life with. The 10th is the structure without. Your destiny, the zenith of your this life’s achievements, the things you strive for. The structure of your surroundings, society, organisations etc that you are a part of. You are expected to conform to this structure and also help develop it further. Rules and regulations, the lawful work you are expected to perform. The structure you create and also impose on others subordinate to you is the 10th house.

The 4/10 axis is how your in-built structure gets actualised and expressed as the external structure of your destiny. In the Bhavat Bhavam concept these two houses derive and feed energy from the 7th house which in turn derives and feeds energy to the 1st house. And also to the 1st 5th 9th Dharma trikon too via the common link of the 1st house. The 4/10 houses are thus closer to your own personality/ self. The 4th house is the psychological and spiritual base of your life. It was at the nadir at the instant of your birth, the connection you have with your deepest self, an umbilical cord. If this link is auspicious then you are going to be more secure in your this life. The 4th is your sense of over-all well-being. Are you ‘comfortable in your own skin’? These 4th house forces, auspicious or traumatic, push/pull you towards your core. Then the 10th house is commonly interpreted as the profession but there is more to this house. This house was at the zenith when you were born, the mid-heaven. This house, sign and the planets occupying it were at the center of the skies when you were being born and their mission is take you to the highest visible position possible. The 10th house is the reason you are born, the purpose of your life. Thus 4/10 is the journey from your core to your destiny. It is a very sensitive axis and Rahu Ketu here can also give unpredictable and extreme results.


Rahu in the 4th and Ketu in the 10th house

Rahu in the 4th has some similarities with the Rahu-Moon conjunction, ie Shakti yog (post here). There is a strong attachment to the mother, mother figures, home traditions and culture. You desire to enjoy the comforts of stability, landed property, residence and vehicles. You want peace of mind, emotional security and desire ‘nourishment’. There is a need for love. You desire contentment. 

But the karmic forces represented by Rahu are highly predominant in your immediate environment and cannot be avoided. So this need for affection may never be really satisfied. Your mother, siblings, household etc will behave in typical Rahu style, eg your parents may be outsiders in some way but still strongly settled where they live, ambitious, acquisitive, will buy land, houses etc. One advice is to not get involved in any property dealings with your immediate family members you might get cheated out of your own assets. And never cheat others in matters related to property. Your mother and her family can be of use to you in your life but whenever you take their help be aware that there may be hidden costs. So use them carefully. You like travelling but do so rarely, you are more comfortable at home and in familiar surroundings. You might like expensive/flashy cars.

Professions you might choose are, property dealing, farming, animal husbandry, working with children, junior school-teachers, builders, architects, interior decoration etc. There is a sense of aesthetics and an appreciation for life as a whole. If you can give this a outlet in your profession you will be satisfied. You are spiritual by nature, but will run behind the material. Try to find a spiritual anchor in life, this will keep you happy. You are capable of working hard, are persistent and have a deep insight into human nature. Guard against taking decisions based on the emotional context alone. Wealth will be adequate in life and you might be well-known for some typical things later in life.

If this Rahu cannot give auspicious results then expect severe trouble from the family, depression, a tendency to self-harm. Avoid getting into occult, black magic etc with the intention to harm others. Choose your friends and company wisely. Health might need care so do not ignore any symptoms, after middle age go for routine health check ups. Heart related issues are possible. Avoid sexual affairs and remain faithful to your spouse. (eg Saturn Rahu Shapit dosh)

Now on the other side is Ketu in the 10th house. This indicates that the father is generally not available. He may be busy, distant, dead, working overtime, parents may live separately etc. You might feel a disconnect with your father and father figures in your life. In your profession, generally job satisfaction is less. Accept this and do not chase much after material achievements. Avoid being over-ambitious. You are knowledgeable, intelligent, have original ideas and can be an asset in any organization. But Ketu will not allow your talents to be used so easily. You might not get along well with your boss, disagree with him, this might affect your promotion chances. Setbacks in the career are possible. You feel the hollowness in material pursuits and try to search for philosophy in the office, which is not practical. Try to express your ideas in an organised and understandable manner to make the most of them. You have flashes of creativity or might be psychic. Avoid over-thinking else you might not be able to produce anything solid.

In society, your behaviour can get a bit awkward. Socially you will be respected by some and utterly ignored by others. Confusion or psychological disturbance is possible as you cannot enjoy anything. You are aware of the superficiality of every situation you are placed in. You prefer remaining alone, detached. You do not have close friends or people who understand you so might feel lonely. Try to develop your sense of personal ethics as this will give your mind peace. 


Ketu in the 4th and Rahu in the 10th house

Ketu in the 4th house can give neglect and indifference in your early life. Affection from the mother, heathy nutrition, a secure home may be denied. This may result in life-time or deep rooted psychological issues. A lot depends on the power of Ketu. If he is strong, ie in a good Nakshatra, sign, aspected by benefics and capable of giving auspicious results then you can turn these early experiences into sources of strength. You will be granted an incisive insight into the mysteries of the 4th house. On the outward levels it can grant material possessions and you also have the rare ability to use your subconscious in an active manner. Psychic powers are possible, but again in a weak horoscope this can manifest as mental instability. (Mental instability, psychological issues, insanity etc are all caused by an imbalance in the mutual coordination of the conscious and sub-conscious minds). If the birth Moon, ascendant sign/ lord are powerful then you can use Ketu’s gifts. The 4th house is the navel, the point of creation, your deepest hidden source can be accessible with a Ketu here. Ketu grants intelligence but emotionlessness. Prepare yourself as Ketu knows no boundaries and has no sense of fear or any other emotion. He is pure instinct. You might get dragged into more than you can handle on the psychic planes.

On the practical side, there might be ghosts/ hauntings in your residences. Your mother will not be supportive generally and especially in property related disputes. She may have psychic abilities. The father too is rather distant. Social relationships especially with the maternal family might be affected. Never buy joint assets with your family members, you might get cheated out of them. Emotional storms are common around you, but you will not be emotionally involved. Misunderstandings are possible. Most of these issues will be more psychological than material. You might feel inadequate in life and might burst out emotionally, intensely but temporarily. You might be more connected to your grandparents or live with them (Ketu is the oldest graha).

You might function as a regular person on the outside but inside you are disconnected from everything. Often a lack of love in relationships. Social interactions are a strain as you are very sensitive to everything. You are not consciously aware of what you need and this can drive you nuts. But do not take drastic means to fulfil this unknown need else you will get into trouble. There will be unpredictable events in life, random high-lows. But you have a philosophical mindset which will ultimately make sense of all these things.

Rahu in the 10th house is driven to perform. You are on a karmic mission, so take adequate precautions and assess risks before jumping into any project. Avoid taking emotional decisions and do not self-sacrifice too much. You have the ability to endure, persist and follow your life’s desire. You will achieve your dreams but again these will not satisfy nor comfort. You can mobilise people and get things done your way. If the chart is supportive you can be a champion for the poor/ deprived masses and gain a lot of fame and popularity. Politics is a natural profession here. You feel that you are destined for some special purpose. A Rahu supported by auspicious planets especially Jupiter, can take you very high in life. You might get help from your father’s family and also from your bosses, but again there might be hidden costs so be careful. Life after middle age can be highly successful with this Rahu. There is a tendency to sacrifice the 4th house keywords of comfort, personal need, shelter, psychological support, protection etc for what Rahu promises you. However do not neglect these aspects of life else you will not get inner satisfaction and peace. Outer successes will then seem hollow.

However if Rahu in the 10th is incapable of giving auspicious results then he can seriously mess things up. So if he is with or aspected with cruel planets then analyse this chart carefully. Fanaticism, anti-social behaviour can be triggered. A lack judgement, bad company, tendency for mental imbalance, loans, owing money, servitude, underhanded or criminal dealings are possible. At the very least he can affect your professional life and bring disrepute.


Interpreting Rahu Ketu the 4/10 axis is slightly tricky as it has very deep impacts on the mental, emotional as well as the physical bodies. And writing a generic post is even more difficult. So analyse everything systematically in your chart before coming to a conclusion. Then Rahu and Ketu will emphasise their typical results during their Maha Dasha periods and their typical transits. The Rahu-Ketu Antar-Dasha and the Ketu-Rahu Antar-dasha will be specially happening. There will be generally upheaval, unexpected changes, sudden reversals in fortune, unexpected help/ hindrance, luck or bad luck, etc coming your way during the Node-heavy times. The birth horoscope shows the overall life but when these things are to happen are a function of the Dashas. If the appropriate trigger Dasha does not come or comes at an inappropriate time/ situation the result does not occur fully.

Most important is the power of the ascendant sign, the ascendant lord and the birth Moon. If these three are powerful then the personality is strong enough to convert the typical nature of these nodes into opportunities. Historically horoscopes of the realised Guru RamKrishna Parmahansa, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Subhashchandra Bose, John F.Kennedy etc can be studied if you feel like it. And follow the lives of people you know from your study samples (learn astrology systematically).

In summary, the power of Rahu Ketu in the 4/10 has the potential to create extraordinary individuals. How this will happen depends on the rest of the horoscope.