Why Rahu/Ketu have no aspects

Planets/ Graha can influence certain degrees of the zodiac from where they are placed. These are called aspects or vision/drushti. You need to know the aspects because they can completely change the results these planets can give in your life. Obviously a planet will give full results in the sign/house that he is placed in. And depending on the strength of the planet in your chart, he can give results as if he is actually placed in the house he aspects.

Why Rahu/Ketu have no aspects

As per Vedic astrology, these are very limited aspects which a planet can have,

  1. Every planet (except Rahu/Ketu) aspects the sign/house placed exactly opposite it, 180 degrees away. e.g planets placed in the 1st house will aspect the 7th house of the chart.
  2. Then Mars has 2 additional aspects – He aspects the fourth and the eighth house from where he is placed. So his aspects are 4th, 7th and 8th house from where he is.
  3. Jupiter has 2 additional aspects, he aspects the 5th and 9th houses from where he is placed in the chart. So his aspects are 5th, 7th and 9th.
  4. Saturn has 2 additional aspects – He influences the house 3rd and 10th from where he is placed. So its 3rd, 7th and 10th for Saturn.

These aspects are very easy to remember. The planets inwards from the earth do not have additional aspects, they have just the basic 7th house aspect. The three outer planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have additional aspects.

Now for Rahu/Ketu, there are several differing opinions on their ability to aspect, but there are very few actual references from the texts. In my experience, they do not have any aspects. Not even the normal diametrically opposite 7th house aspect. This is because they themselves are diametrically opposite! If there is some planet with Ketu, the correct analysis would be ‘conjoint Ketu’ and not ‘7th aspected by/opposite Rahu‘. Ketu doesn’t have a head!, thus no eyes, no vision/drushti! Rahu desires everything except Ketu, he is done with the things that Ketu signifies so doesn’t see him at all! So Rahu cannot have even the 7th house/opposite aspect. They are also in perpetual retrograde motion thus they repeat the lessons they have been scripted to deliver. In addition, these are completely astral graha, they do not have any part of them in the physical environment. These 2 graha/forces sort of merge with the planets they are conjoint with or if placed alone, they give results with the owner of the sign they are in.

  • e.g. So if you have a Jupiter+Rahu in the 1st house, Jupiter will take on qualities of Rahu and when he ‘sees’ with his 5th-7th-9th aspects, it will be a composite Jupiter+Rahu ‘seeing’ there.
  • e.g. If you have a Ketu sitting alone in Taurus in the 11th house, he will give results as per Venus’s power in the chart and the results will be as per the keywords of the 11th house and Taurus.

Analysing Rahu/Ketu’s role in the horoscope is of prime importance as they tell you what is your life’s direction. One pulls, the other scatters. But what are Rahu/Ketu really? They are the influence of the Earth, our own planet on us. We are them in a very deep way!

The planets when they aspect,

  1. they influence the houses,
  2. the signs placed in the houses
  3. and also other planets if placed in those houses.

If two planets are together in one sign they influence each other if they are less than 15 degrees apart. The planet which is stronger naturally has more influence over the other. If they are more than 15degrees apart but in the same sign they will not influence each other so much but both will influence the sign and house they are placed in.

Now if you get into the western concept of astrology, you are bound to be a bit confused. Semi-sextile, sextile, square, trine, square, quincuncx opposition etc. Semi-Sextile – When two planets are 30 degrees apart. Sextile – When two planets are 60 degrees apart. Square – When two planets are 90 degrees apart. Trine – When two planets are 120 degrees apart. Quincunx – When two planets are 150 degrees away. Opposition – When two planets are 180 degrees apart. I can never remember these and very frankly these others are not true aspects/vision/drushti.

These are basically an extension of the Trikon concept (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksh trikon), Bhavat bhavam, Argala, Badhak, etc concepts that we use in Vedic Jyotish. Never learn things by rote, always try to understand why it happens the way it does. Only then you can confidently analyse the interactions of the planets/houses with each other.

 

Why Rahu/Ketu have no aspects

Chidra Dasha the closure part 2

This is a continued post. I have written about the closing sub periods of the planets, Ketu, Venus and Sun in my previous post. This is now about the closure periods/chidra-dasha, i.e. the last sub period/antardasha of the Moon, Mars and Rahu main period/Mahadasha in the Vimshottari system.

The Moon mahadasha is for 10 yrs and takes off after the Sun’s main-period. Then the last sub-period of Moon mahadasha belongs to the Sun and this lasts for 6 months. In this chidradasha you will consolidate all that you experienced in your Moon mahadasha and cut off all the lessons you failed to learn. The moon is mind, emotions, the astral, sub-conscious, nurturing, security, comforts etc. In his period depending on what all he stands for in your chart, his karakatva, he will have given you opportunities to gain all those things which bring you emotional fulfilment. Maybe your relationship with your mother, maternal relatives, home culture, traditions, landed property etc will have increased. ‘Need’ based love relationships or nurturing relationships will have prospered. You may have acted as a caregiver or offered maternal love to others.

Now the last sub-period here belongs to the regal Sun. Sun is personal confidence, ego, entitlement and to quite an extent ‘selfishness’. Now he will, with his characteristic confidence, clean-out the Moon persona and prepare the foundation of the Mars persona which is to follow. He will prepare a dispassionate list of things which worked for you and which were more for the use of others in your life. If you have given of yourself to others during the Moon mahadasha, you might suddenly find these others being systematically cut off. Only the basic unavoidable relationships which you intellectually feel necessary will be sustained, e.g to the mother, own family, personal lands etc.

Thus during this Moon mahadasha, do not go with your emotions always, keep an intellectual leash on your feelings. This will help you consolidate when you reach the last sub-period ruled by the Sun. See you have tried to balance karma related to the position of the Moon in your chart and might have gone through an emotional period too perhaps. But now Sun will decisively end all those emotionally draining things which clearly did not work. And for those things which did work, he will ruthlessly remove their emotional components, leaving you with their intellectual appreciation.

e.g If the Moon actually signifies your mother in your chart, she might actually leave her body during this period. Or if he is the owner of the 10th house, profession, this might indicate an end of the career. However before jumping to conclusions do analyse the Karakatva of the planets and how their interactions with each other will modify results. Look for patterns in placements.

Chidra Dasha the closure part 2

After you are done with the Moon main-period, you start on your Mars mahadasha which lasts for 7yrs. The last sub-period here belongs to the Moon and lasts for 7 months.

Mars is the force of your personality in action. Depending on his position in your chart, you will challenge, pioneer, enter into new territories, compete and win. You might have been quite ruthless in achieving your goals, perhaps taken on more than you could manage. In the headlong rush of exploration and conquest perhaps you have used all your resources. Your personality may have changed, you may be more mentally ruthless and able to take calculated risks now.

So now in this final chidra dasha/sub period, belonging to the Moon, you will release all those unmet goals, unfulfilled aspirations and silently move away from the competition. You might get to enjoy a quiet domestic life in this period too. You will appreciate the emotional value of the things Mars has given you in his period. The Moon will grant you an understanding of what you have achieved for yourself. All the risks you took will finally mean something stable in your life. Maybe you protected something or someone, or maybe you created your own personal comforts and security. You will look back on your actions with a deeper intuitive emotional perspective. He will cut off disputes, legal cases, unsolved mysteries etc related to Mars. As the Moon cuts away needless aggression from your Mars persona, you will focus on those things you have actually achieved, and have the potential to sustain you in the future.

If, during your Mars main-period, you try to bring in intuition and emotional understanding, you will gain better. In the rush of competition, do keep in mind why? are you doing this. Ultimately everything we do is for internal comfort, security and happiness.

Chidra Dasha the closure part 2

Following Mars mahadasha, is the Rahu mahadasha period of 18yrs. His main period ends with the last chidra dasha sub-period of Mars which lasts for 12 months.

Before doing anything with your Rahu or Ketu, do understand that your karma will be in full force during this period. These 2 give results as per the houses they are placed in, their house owners, and the planets aspecting/conjunct them. So first analyse their karakatva carefully before analysing the dasha results. Ketu will detach and Rahu will desire.

Rahu’s main-period is quite long at 18yrs, and quite a lot of things happen in 18yrs of time. He obsessively desires, so as per his karakatva you will also desire. Rahu differs from Mars, in that Mars is fair and competes with confidence, Rahu is often sneaky and tries to grasp by any means possible. You will find ways and means to get what you desire. You will obsess about possessing things which cannot be legitimately yours. You might work hard, or find short-cuts, or even break rules. Your moral compass will be shaky and you will be willing to do anything and everything irrespective of the consequences. Rahu’s pattern is to fall on his face just as he is in grasp of his goal, he cannot enjoy his achievement. He cannot be satisfied. This is Rahu’s main-period, so you might get the impossible things that you desire, but you will not be able to enjoy them.

Rahu is in perpetual retrograde motion so rewinds and replays the experiences of your life so that you can extract the maximum learning from it. Rahu’s period is thus very intense on the psychological and inner spiritual levels.

Then comes the chidradasha, sub-period of Mars where he will clean up the Rahu persona and make you ready for the Jupiter’s main-period to come. Mars will decide and keep only those things which you have won fairly. Any stuff which you are not entitled to, he will cut away. And this period can get quite traumatic, as desires for things which you really do not deserve, and created by Rahu will be destroyed. You might be distraught mentally, emotionally and even may fall physically ill.

During Rahu’s mahadasha, do try to keep your moral compass intact as the law of karma always operates. 18yrs are a significant chunk of your life’s path. You will be doing a lot of things during such a long period. Try to work for your desires with a sporting and fair spirit. Running after unattainable goals and breaking rules will consume energy and have repercussions later. And because this is a very long period, you might think that this is life and Rahu is your personality. But remember that this persona will be vigorously dismantled by Mars at the end of these 18yrs.

Chidra Dasha the closure part 2

(Have continued with the closing sub periods of the Mahadashas of Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury in my next post.)

 

 

Chidra Dasha the closure part 1

I have written on how to go about analysing the periods according to the Vimshottari dasha system earlier. It is most common, used for timing the events, like birth of a child or death of the body, which are predicted from your birth chart. The 120 years of the human life are assigned to the 9 planets/graha and then each main period (mahadasha) is further divided into sub-periods (antardasha) and further sub-sub-periods till every single day of your life is mapped out.

Of particular importance is the final sub-period (antardasha) of every planet’s main period (mahadasha), this last phase is called the chidradasha. In this final sub-period you release all the stuff related to the current mahadasha and get ready for the next planet’s mahadasha in the sequence.

Two planets play an important role in this chidradasha period, first is the ruler of the Mahadasha/main-period and second is the ruler of the sub-period/Antardasha. Now you will have to first understand,

  1. the real nature of these 2 planets, this is relatively easy from the basic keywords.
  2. then you will need to know what all these 2 planets stand for in your chart, i.e. their ‘karakatva‘. Your basic birth chart D-1 will give you the physical manifested context. Counting from the birth moon sign will indicate the emotional context. And if you have the exact birth time, you can draw the 9th divisional chart, Navamsha, to get the subconscious undercurrents.
  3. And finally how these 2 planets are placed in relation to each other, will determine their dynamics. If they are placed 6th- 8th from each other they will be out of balance and cause more problems.

This is the most important step in analysis, take your time over this. The charts will tell you ‘what’ you have, the dasha will then tell you ‘when’ and ‘how’ this will happen.

Chidra Dasha the closure part 1

The Ketu Mahadasha (detailed post) lasts for 7 years, its last sub-period of 12 months belongs to Mercury. Ketu is the agent of spirituality, Moksh, dissociation from the material, etc. Wherever he is linked to in your horoscope, you will be apathetic to the concerns of that house/sign. During his period you will want to attain spiritual progress and an internal detachment from the material. You will ‘wander through spirituality’, search for a Guru, maybe explore different spiritual concepts, try out different practices, perhaps go on pilgrimages, read books on esoteric stuff etc. He will orient you as per his position in your chart and give you results depending on his ‘karakatva’. All through these 7yrs, Ketu will be the undercurrent flowing in your life.

Ketu is in perpetual retrograde motion so rewinds and replays the experiences of your life so that you can extract the maximum learning from it. Ketu’s periods are thus very intense on the psychological and inner spiritual levels.

When you reach the last sub-period, you will cut your losses and consolidate the overall gains from your Ketu. Depending on the ‘karakatva’ of Mercury in your chart, he will systematically dismantle the Ketu persona of these 7 years and help create your Venus persona which will last for the next 20yrs. He will analyse and systematically organise all that you have learnt and will cut off all those failed attempts at learning Ketu‘s lessons. Ketu’s periods are always abstract, but Mercury will bring it all to a focus during his Ketu-Mercury chidradasha and you might actually teach, or be vocal, or write, in any way actually organise Ketu’s randomness and lessons with Mercury’s help. You might feel that the past 7 years suddenly making ‘sense’ now.

During your Ketu mahadasha, however spaced out you may feel, you will have to make some efforts to gain some skills, practical knowledge and actually do it too. Just being hazy will make this last chidradasha difficult to consolidate.

As your Ketu mahadasha ends, your Venus mahadasha will start. If you have managed to lay down a good ground work for your spirituality or if your chart has the potential, Venus will take you on in his real form of Daitya-Guru, he will push you onwards on your spiritual path. If not, then he will take you into a 20yr period of material pleasures, love, romance, hoarding treasures, song and dance. More details will depend on the karakatva of Venus in your chart, his power and ability to give results.

(Specifically for Libra ascendant, Venus is the ruler of the 8th house. Thus the first sub-period of Venus Mahadasha, ruled by Venus himself, will catastrophically change your expectations of the external relationships and treasures and make you go deeper within yourself.)

Chidra Dasha the closure part 1

The Venus Mahadasha (detailed post) which lasts for 20 yrs, has the last sub-period belonging to Ketu, this chidradasha lasts for 26 months.

Venus the owner of Taurus and Libra represents beauty, balance, fairness, treasures, relationships etc at every level. His Mahadasha is the longest at 20yrs and often represents significant periods in your life. During these 20yrs you will engage very deeply with others, the society at all levels, professional, emotional, legal, inter-personal interactions, maybe get married, have children, job, etc so many things depending on your chart. But remember this Mahadasha ends in the last sub-period of Ketu, the agent of dissociation. Ketu will in his apathetic way cut through all the material stuff that your Venus persona has created, leaving just the spiritual and the psychic with you.

Thus it is very important that you do some spiritual practice which brings you closer to yourself throughout the Venus Mahadasha. Else this last sub-period of Ketu will cause extreme alienation, separation and detachment coupled with despair from the material stuff that you have been after during the Venus main period. It will be a hazed out separative period, as you drift away from your Venus persona. There will be no clear cut understanding of what was achieved or not, just an internal sense that that the material that one tries to hold on to is unsubstantial. You may drift into spiritual practice or become unavailable to your loved ones as you realise that validation and real love from another human being is really not possible.

And finally because he is Ketu, he does not complete the job at hand! His Venus-Ketu chidra dasha does not allow complete separations. He will detach you physically. But you will retain a deeply intimate bond with all the treasures and relationships that Venus gave you, as an undercurrent throughout your life now onwards. But you will have to understand though you may long for those material pleasures again, that phase is over. Use your learnings and experiences from this period to find your internal treasures, else you will remain with regret.

After Venus’ Mahadasha ends, starts the Sun’s main period which lasts for 6yrs. At the end of this period you will experience the last sub-period, the chidra dasha which belongs to Venus. This period lasts for 12 months.

Sun’s periods are characterised by the individual self, self-creativity, self- intelligence, self-progress, self-recognition, self-power, self-success, self-entitlement, will and intention. Depending on the Karakatva of Sun in your chart, you will be granted opportunities to grow in the material or spiritual directions. Your Sun persona will be very individualistic, self-referential and with self-ego to a great extent. And the last sub-period/chidradasha is of Venus, who indicates balanced relationships and hoarding treasures. So there will be conflicts of two sorts, one is Venus will consolidate learnings related to partnering and equitable behaviour, which is sort of antithetical to the Sun persona. And second this is supposed to be the chidra-dasha, the sub-period of separation and closure from the Sun persona, but Venus will, in his desire to hoard and balance relationships, not let this separation happen so easily.

You have been self-focussed for all these years, now at least appreciate those others whose efforts assisted you in your way. Also recognise that there were some aspects of your personality, habits, behaviour, relationships, partnerships etc which were actually draining you, were a disappointment. Now is the time to release them, not with regrets but with understanding and balance.

Also during this Sun’s main-period try to keep your relationships and actions more on the intelligence level or on clearly defined give-take levels rather than needy-emotional levels.

From this Sun’s main period you are now moving towards the Moon’s Mahadasha of 10yrs. So evaluate the emotional significance of Sun and Venus in your chart, counted from the birth moon. This assessment will be important as your Moon’s mahadasha will take off from this foundation.

(For Libra ascendants, this period can be quite traumatic as Venus rules the ascendant and the 8th both. Accepting the contradiction of a stable personality coupled with catastrophic changes in the personality, which will be related to divine intelligence and every sort of gains will be a task. Then Aries ascendant too suffers in a strange way, Venus here rules the 2nd and 7th houses, the Marak, who can decide the time for physical death has arrived. Detailed results will depend on individual charts.)

(Will continue this in my next post.)

 

Chidra Dasha the closure part 1