Rahu-Ketu Gochara * Transit
Key transits from age birth until 120 years
Samchara * Go-chara literally = "cow-path" planets wander like cows over their familiar paths.
most effects are also similar for Rahu-Ketu transit through navamsha
Rahu-Ketu give troubles ranging from minor healing crisis to life-threatening catastrophe. The nature of their mischief depends entirely on which planets share their house, rule them, and aspect them.
Rahu-Ketu gochara to radix points = Nodal Return
When Rahu-Ketu have strength in the radix chart, their every-18-years "return" transits are more intense.
Rahu-Ketu gain strength from being conjunct with subhagraha or papagraha, occupying angular houses, and being in their timelord periods.
For relationships, Rahu-Ketu transits across both the navamsha lagna and radix chart's 1/7 axis can be intensely transformative along the typical range from healing crisis to major catastrophe. Often Rahu transit to the D-9 lagna or D-9 seventh bhava introduces a new expedient agent of desire
Q: Hi Barbara, Thank you for creating such a wonderful site with great information of great Rsi's. While I was reading your page on Rahu, you say that Rahu represents desires that were suppressed, often violently, in previous lives.
If we are spiritual practitioners of some kind, is it not required that we suppress our desires so as to advance spiritually? When I read your page on Rahu I felt that I will be doing myself a disservice by suppressing my desires since they will again resurface in my future lives.
I hope you can enlighten me on this matter. Thank you.
A: Namaste, Great question!
I'd say, different teachers have different methods. So, ask your teacher.
I am not a big fan of brute suppression as IMO suppression tends to intensify the desire, which makes more work in the long run. I am however a fan of compassionate self-management.
My own method is to try to first gain awareness of the presence of the desires, then make a plan to satisfy the desires.
Just Do It?
The most natural response to feeling a desire is to honor the desire. Presuming that others are not harmed by the desired act, humans tend to just do it. One instinctively, reactively indulges the desire and lets the chips fall where they may. This is the default method and its chaotic results are well known. Naturally, Rahu the karaka of desire has a very bad reputation as the instigator of this type of disastrous mess.
Use one thorn to remove another thorn
Another method of satisfying a desire = to replace it with another desire. Exempli gratia, the desire for chocolate can be replaced with the desire for wine (lateral replacement), or the desire for an addictive drug can be replaced with the desire for freedom from the drug (upgrade replacement). It's usually a good sign when the desire for freedom-from starts to outweigh the desire for freedom-to.
A campaign of desires
Usually, the conscious person just has to think about what one really wants. That's what I mean about planning for desires - really reflect on known desires and see what feels truly important. Where is the"priority desire" that shapes the campaign of life, behind which all other desires must follow? If the priority desire = the desire for enlightenment/unburdenment, the other desires of course get de-prioritized. But they don't go away!.
A calculus of desire-management
For example, a student's instinctive desire to sleep late and miss class can be replaced/over-ruled by the conscious desire to get out of bed and earn an A. But the person still resents having to get out of bed, and they will probably sleep in twice as long as soon as the priority desire (for the A) is satisfied. (In Jyotisha, Rahu in bhava-12 shows a desire to stay in bed.) Let's say that this student declares: I'll drag my carcass out of bed every morning to get to this darned class, but as soon as this class is finished, I'm going to sleep for a week!
IMO that would be a smart way of handling the desire - don't suppress it, but rather 'schedule' it for a time when it won't be so harmful to indulge. This is a trivial example but it shows one potential iteration of an elaborate calculus of desire-management that Rahu's eruptive passions may require.
Storm-surge of desires
Even with the most savvy desire-management habits, sometimes desires just spring out of the subconscious (usually during Rahu periods). These 'storm surge' events require a strong and principled mental response.
Rahu tends to make the cart run away with the horse. It's good to have a plan when old desires erupt again from the suppressed caverns of the subconscious. If you want to re-suppress them, because perhaps your teacher recommends that, by all means follow your teacher's instructions. But even if the plan is simply"immediate re-suppression without further ado," know the Rahu-response plan and be ready to enforce it.
Jyotisha's early-warning system
Rahu periods of the Vimshottari Dasha are good predictors of what type of desires will arise and when. Forewarned is forearmed!
Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
file update: 21-Jul-2017
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