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  1. [Rahu in bhava-1] * passion for vitality, important appearance, privileged identity
  2. [Rahu in bhava-2] * passion for treasuries, important knowledge, privileged traditions
  3. [Rahu in bhava-3] * passion for publication, important messages, privileged cohort
  4. [Rahu in bhava-4] * passion for properties, privileged parents, important dwellings
  5. [Rahu in bhava-5] * passion for politics, privileged genius, important games
  6. [Rahu in bhava-6] * passion for disagreement, important conflict, privileged remedies
  7. [Rahu in bhava-7] * passion for partnership, deal-making, important bargains
  8. [Rahu in bhava-8] * passion for secrets, hidden forces, important dangers
  9. [Rahu in bhava-9] passion for philosophy, important patronage, privileged preaching
  10. [Rahu in bhava-10] * passion for leadership, important position, privileged authority
  11. [Rahu in bhava-11] passion for connection, important achievements, privileged awards
  12. [Rahu in bhava-12] * passion for prestige privacy , important dreams, privileged sanctuary

  1. [Rahu-Mesha-Arya]
  2. [Rahu-Urisha] [uchcha]
  3. [Rahu-Mithuna]
  4. [Rahu-Karkata]
  5. [Rahu-Singha] [nīcha]
  6. [Rahu-Parthya]
  7. [Rahu-Tula]
  8. [Rahu-Vṛścika]
  9. [Rahu-Dhanus]
  10. [Rahu-Makara-Draco]
  11. [Rahu-Kumbha] [svakshetra]
  12. [Rahu-Meena]


Rahu in the British Museum


Shri Rahu Yantram


AUM ram ravahe namah

OM bhram bhreem bhroum sah rahave namah

Learning Pathway of

excitement & ambition


राहु rāhu

रघु raghu [rapid, racing]

Professor Rahu

rakha - rahuva - rehula

अर्करिपु arkaripu [enemy of Sun]

चन्द्रारि candrāri




enemy (shatru) of the sun (arka) and the moon (shashi)

Caput Draconis

Dragon's Head

North Node


Desire to be Important

The Hustler

Ability to Assume Many Forms

Rahu Chandala = the Excitement of Boundary Violation

[Chandra boundary]

The pre-mature phase of Reckless Rahu's over-reaching excitement endures for 48 years



The deceiver will always find those wishing to be deceived.

~~ Niccolo Machiavelli

" As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be, you can't see how it is."

~~ Be Here Now 1931-2019 Baba Ram Dass

" Desire, wish, and expectation rule all actions, and are the basis for all realities. "

~~ from The Seth Material , by Jane Roberts ISBN 978-0-9711198-0-2

"The trick is to have positive intention during the dream ."

~~Chagdud Rinpoche

" He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;

he seals off the light of the stars."

~~ Job Ivov 9:7 7

Rahu stotra

mardha kaayam maha veryam chandraditya vimardhanam

simhika garbha sambhutam tam rahum pranamamyaha

"To know the moral precepts and not to apply them to the cure of obscuring passions

is to be like a diseased man carrying a bag of medicine which he never uses."

~~ The Life and Hymns of the Tibetan Saint Milarepa


QUOTATION from Pema Chodron, Always Maintain a Joyful Mind, p 89

" The three difficulties (or the three difficult practices) are:

1. To recognize your neurosis as neurosis,

2. Then not to do the habitual thing, but to do something different to interrupt the neurotic habit, and

3. To make this practice a way of life."

Lao Tzu 老子
The Dao that can be spoken, is not the eternal Dao;

The name that can be told, is not the eternal name.

The unname-able is the divine origin of heaven and earth;

The name-able is the mother of the myriad created forms.


Constantly have no desire in order to recognize its source;

Constantly have desire in order to observe its manifestation.

These two energies have the same divine origin, but they differ in polarity;

Both are called Mystery.

Mystery after Mystery, is the gate to all wonders.

Regional Names for Rahu


Nuestra Senora de las Serpientes [Mejico]


  • arka-shashi-shatru * enemy (shatru) of the sun (arka) and the moon (shashi)
  • Baghawan
  • chala-karaka * causing fraud
  • kama-karaka * agent of desire - significator of passions (kama)
  • pichala * chipla * slippery
  • Rahula
  • Rakshasa
  • Sri Raghu
  • Svarbhanu
  • Thama


  • karumpāmbu


  • Caput Draconis * Dragon's Head


  • Anabibazon = to lift up, raise up


Rahu-Ketu: Directory

[Rahu in bhava-1] passion for prestige appearance * in svabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous physical visage * extraordinary athletic action * outsider who cleverly insinuates into a noble identity * smoky, oily aura * desires competitive advantage * exceptionally recognizable embodiment * exhilarating force of nature * thrilling champion of non-standard lifestyles * social mobility sought via dynamic movement * entranced by one's own personality * innovative behavior challenges existing norms * culturally mixed self-image * embodies exciting new energies * self-promotion via blood-and-birth * double agent * over-reaching ambition for empowered individuality * craves personal importance * trespasses cultural limitations of race-class-creed-gender * fascinating figure * may represent a cult of personality

[Rahu in bhava-2] passion for precious treasuries * in svabhava of Suave Shukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous goods * mesmerizing memories * risk-rewarding finance * fascinating voice * entranced by one's own face-eyes-mouth * craving for important sound values * intriguing genetics * outsider who cleverly insinuates into prestige heritage * extraordinary recollection * mesmerizing speech-and-song * intermingled historical traditions * unconventional speech * shadowy interlopers infiltrate the family line * potential for opportunistic second marriage * mother's elder sibling exotic qualities * thrilling surge of storytelling * remarkable libraries * unusual alimony * ambitious hoard * mixed-language vocabulary * over-reaching evaluator roles * exotic foods * non-native breeds * captivating collections * social mobility sought via privileged knowledge

[Rahu in bhava-3] passion for prestige communication *in svabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter = glamorous writing - outsider who cleverly insinuates into culturally important communicator roles * exotic photography * unusual journalistic reporting * thrilling announcements * unorthodox commentary * mesmerizing messaging * craves publication * ambitious sibling-cousins * mixed-culture collaborative teams * desire for conversations * over-reaching commerce * exciting gestures * opportunistic approach to manufacturing * expedient application of information technology * boundary-breaching sibling-cohort * astonishing dialogs * unconventional explanations * remarkable retinue * entranced by one's own evangelism * seeks privilege via project management

[Rahu in bhava-4] passion for prestige property * unusual home routines * exotic roots * in svabhava of Comforting Chandra, the Shadowy Specter seeks homestead advantage * outsider who cleverly insinuates into the local settlement * culturally-mixed kitchens * fascinating vehicles * extraordinary ships * glamorous guardianship * important infrastructure * irregular land-use * over-reaching protectionism * exciting real-estate * expedient nationalism * instrumental environmentalism * unorthodox parenting * trespasses customary seasonal limits * disrupts habitual agriculture * over-extended fencing * Strange traffic on roadways * craves a showcase home * marvelous gardens * desires fabulous shelters * ambitious mother * social mobility sought via patriotism

[Rahu in bhava-5] passion for prestige politics * hungry for celebrity * fascinating romance * extraordinary games * in svabhava of Splendid Surya, the Shadowy Specter seeks exceptional children * outsider who cleverly insinuates into center-stage creative roles * culturally mixed entertainment * amplified poetic idealism * enchanted by one's own charisma * flamboyant fashion * unusual autobiography * craves admiring attention * intriguing displays of creative genius * seeks important roles in performance art * unconventional literary expression * desires royal entitlement * mesmerizing pageantry * entrancing dramatic splendor * opportunistic lovers * ambitious games-players * may wear the persona (mask) of a thespian * pretentious intellectuality * thrilling demonstrations in the eye of the camera * boundary-breaching politics

[Rahu in bhava-6] tricks the enemies [beneficial placement] * passion for prestige conflicts* in svabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter chatters cleverly in hostile environments *glamorous ministries of service * unusual servants * cunning arguments * thrilling surge of rule-breaking assistance * treats misery with unorthodox medication * astonishing accusations in criminal lawsuits * fascinating outsider insinuates into military-medical-ministry roles * craves the delusion of disagreement * mesmerizing mistreatment of laborers and animals * desires an important role in litigation * exciting injuries * opportunistic warfare * disguised as a victim * marvelous assistance to the disadvantaged * entranced by one's own alleged misdoing * may pose as a poor-sick-harmed patient * may appear as a helpful relative of the mother's people * social mobility sought via appearance of servitude

[Rahu in bhava-7] passion for prestige alliance * in svabhava of Suave Shukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks opportunistic arrangements * strategic use of the law-courts * expediently amplified bargains * extraordinary relationships * extravagant promises * outsider who cleverly insinuates into partnerships * astounding advisors * unorthodox negotiations * marvellous match-making * thrilling surge of brokered agreement * non-standard pacts * surprising legal loop-holes * exaggerated equity * entranced by one's own polarity * unusual exchange valuation * sweet mirage of fair treatment * enthralling mixed-culture treaties * may pose as an impartial counselor * disguised as a deal-maker * mesmerizing diplomacy * appears as a pleasant advocate * social mobility sought via convenient contracts

[Rahu in bhava-8] passion for prestige mysteries * in svabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous veiling * surreptitious identity recycling * wizardry of aperture open-close * fascinating self-reinvention * amazing surgical rejuvenation * outsider who cleverly insinuates into revelatory roles * desires an important role in trauma-healing * fabulous transformative initiation * reveals occult truths * thrilling discovery of terrible knowledge * exciting mixed-culture secret-keeper * finds opportunity in catastrophe * masquerade of esoteric empowerment * may pose as a magician * entranced by threats of force * risk-rewarding in-laws * irregular inheritance * boundary-breaching disclosure of concealed evidence * intrigue of camouflaged assets * stimulated by dangerous emergencies * disguised as a cuidado or shaman * social mobility via mirage of hidden empowerments

[Rahu in bhava-9] passion for prestige preaching * in svabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter gives glamorous guidance * thrilling surge of theoretical understanding * entranced by one's own convictions * dazzling dharma * outsider who cleverly insinuates into patriarchal wisdom roles * seeks importance via sacred teachings * fantastic philosophy * compulsive catechesis * privilege-seeking proselytism * intriguing ideology * ambitious father-figures * extraordinary professors * barrier-breaching guru-figures * exciting culturally-mixed worldview * may pose as a pope * shimmering illusion of sacerdotal sangha * fabulous faith community * surreptitious appropriation of priesthood * entrancing ecclesiastics * smoky specter of ultimate principles * extravagant globalism * trespasses cultural boundaries of patronage * mirage of exemplary fatherhood * opportunistic third marriage (if any) * social mobility sought via paradigms of belief

[Rahu in bhava-10] passion for prestige positions * in svabhava of Sober Shani, the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous leadership roles * thrilled by iconic status * craves symbolic importance * hungers for outstanding recognition * outsider who cleverly insinuates into respected hierarchies * authoritatively challenges official rules * mesmerizing ascent to elevated status * entranced by one's own social privilege * may pose as a boss * shimmering smoky illusion of legitimate command * trespasses cultural limits of rigid old order * boundary-breaching public reputation - ambition for elite rank * desire for eminence * opportunistic climb to top of the corporate pyramid * prominent cultural-mixing figurehead * ambition of the father's family

[Rahu in bhava-11] passion for prestige rewards * in Roguish Rahu's svabhava co-ruled by materialistic Shani * the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous material attainments - outsider who cleverly insinuates into social-networking roles * high-risk marketplace gains * ravenous for revenues * astounding awards * extraordinary economic connections * desires linkage into privileged systems * expediently gainful assemblies * opportunistic community activism * over-reaching friendships * craves prodigious profitability * exciting culturally-mixed gridworks * phony fellowship * may pose as a populist * boundary-breaching collectivism * entranced by one's own achievements * thrilling surges of amazing earnings * trespasses normal connectivity limits

[Rahu in bhava-12] passion for prestige privacy * in svabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous invisible retreat * astonishing culturally mixed interior guidance * outsider who cleverly insinuates into visionary roles * thrilling psychic adventures * seeks importance via enclosures * exciting invisible phantoms * opportunities via mother's beliefs * extraordinary presence of disembodied spirits * self-promoting dreams * exceptional results from imaginative research * entranced by one's own fantasies * mesmerizing Other-Worlds * trespasses the private boundaries of symbolic inspiration * may pose as a dream-interpreter * may appear as a magician from distant lands

  1. [Rahu-Mesha-Arya] shimmering illusion of championship * craving for superiority * exotic use of dominating force * mask of competitive action * mirage of first-arrival pioneer * over-reaching urgency * extraordinary birth * extravagant muscularity * mesmerizing forward movement * unusual athleticism * fascinating conquests * marvelous warriorship * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of heroic action * seeks privilege via innovator-roles
  2. [Rahu-Urisha] [uchcha] shimmering illusion of storage * craving for preserved collections * unorthodox banking * over-reaching acquisitions * preposterous accumulations * mesmerizing treasure-hoards * fabulous inventories * exotic food stores * amazing ship-holds * fascinating warehouses * mask of historic conservatism * intriguing acts of barreling * exaggerated cooperage * extravagant containment * tantalizing libraries * marvelous hoards of valuables * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of accrued wealth * entrancing lineage knowledge * thrilling speech-song * excitement of pricing * seeks privilege via value-keeper roles
  3. [Rahu-Mithuna] shimmering illusion of cooperation * craving for conversation * mask of messaging * boundary-breaching broadcasts * extraordinary explanations * ambitious administration * preposterous propaganda * extravagant commercial transactions * marvelous advertising * thrilling photographs * unusual ensembles * exciting cohort * mesmerizing instructions * over-reaching management * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of information delivery * Sensational scripts * exaggerated announcements * exceptional business methods *seeks privilege via communicator-roles
  4. [Rahu-Karkata] shimmering illusion of security * craving for customary rhythms * risky policing * ambitious home-building * mask of ancestral belonging * extravagant loyalty to the homeland * tantalizing defenses * over-reaching patriotism * fabulous farms * exceptional fisheries * grandiose gardens *passion for oceans * fascinating ethnic routines * marvelous localities * intriguing owned-stewarded properties * extraordinary cetaceans * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of caretaking * seeks privilege via protective roles
  5. [Rahu-Singha] [nīcha] shimmering illusion of charisma * craving for attention * extraordinary entertainments * mask of radiant confidence * over-reaching, unique intelligence * marvelous drama *  fascinating entitlements * illusory flash of brilliant gambling * extravagant games * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of  brilliant risk-taking * fabulous speculations * glittering political power * seeks privilege via celebrity roles
  6. [Rahu-Parthya] shimmering illusion of humility * craving for crime * mask of exploitive assistance * ambitious physicians * intriguing addictions * mirage of medication * fascinating injuries * over-reaching accusations * amazing illnesses * extraordinary arguments * may be obsessed with servants-and-servitude * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) conflict management * shrewd dealings in sickness * ingenious divorce * extravagant litigation * seeks privilege via victim-roles
  7. [Rahu-Tula] shimmering illusion of balance * craving for trade * mask of fairly bargained contracts * over-reaching advocacy * outsider who cleverly insinuates into trusted counseling roles * sweetly unconventional adjudication * exceptional accommodation * mixed-measure balance * extravagant brokerage * mirage of suave deal-making * extraordinary terms of mutual agreement * gracious non-customary alliances * ambitious diplomacy * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) equity-assured negotiation * seeks privilege via adviser-roles
  8. [Rahu-Vṛścika] shimmering illusion of mystery * craving for rebirthed identity * expedient gains from dangerous threats * extravagantly explosive hidden forces * preposterous camouflage * mesmerizing power of rejuvenation * fabulous surgeries * exotic secret initiations * mask of deep inner transformations * fascinating arcane knowledge * over-reaching intrigue * marvelous hidden liaisons * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of healing shakti * thrilling emergency intervention * seeks privilege via revelatory disclosures * amazingly shocking insights * self-promotion via exciting discovery-roles
  9. [Rahu-Dhanus] shimmering illusion of wisdom * craving for philosophical principle * mirage of generous patronage * extraordinary theory * extravagant preaching * unorthodox approach to higher truth * mask of global humanism * fascinating doctrine * over-reaching catechisms * fabulous proselytism * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of philosophical belief * seeks privilege via guru-roles
  10. [Rahu-Makara-Draco] shimmering illusion of dignity * craving for social status * mirage of legitimate authority * mask of hierarchy * over-reaching acts of institutional leadership * fascinating ascent to respected position * unorthodox methods of social ordering * extraordinary claims to statutory jurisdiction * extravagant elitism * thrilling seniority * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of responsible governance * bossy pretense * self-promotion via exciting regulator-roles
  11. [Rahu-Kumbha] [svakshetra] * shimmering illusion of profitable webworks * over-reaching friendliness * mirage of knitted netting knotwork * fabulous marketplace associations * extraordinary electro-magnetic connections * intriguing ecologies * mask of lawfully interlinked systems * fascinating achievements * culturally mixed social networks * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of scientific futurism * extravagant assemblies * finds opportunity in economic distribution * craves community-linkage * self-promotion via exciting socialite-roles
  12. [Rahu-Meena] shimmering illusion of immersion * craving for symbolic guidance * extravagant imagination * mirage of dreamlike wisdom * mesmerizing aura of concealing fog * mask of Other-Worldly wisdom * fascinating prayers * extraordinary ancestor guides * fabulous clairsentience * intriguing sleep-states * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of deep trance * exceptional private intuition * unorthodox interior guidance * seeks privilege via contemplative-roles

Traditional Sacred Jewels Ratna for Rahu

Rahu amplification-opportunism pairs

  • [Rahu-yuti-Surya] amplified ambition for center-stage roles * magnified confidence * passion for exotic display * trickster with dramatic flair * opportunistic father * creative pursuit of social mobility * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of exceptional intelligence * thrilling political genius * hypnotic charm * seeks privilege via bright celebrity * sparkling center of cross-cultural pollination
  • [Rahu-yuti-Soma] amplified emotion * magnified familiarity * extraordinary mother * exotic habits * tricky routines * opportunistic patriotism * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of sympathetic caretaking * hypnotic rhythms * emotionally attuned to cross-cultural mixing
  • [Rahu-yuti-Mangala] amplified competition * magnified championship * exotic pursuits * tricky innovation * opportunistic brother-warriors * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of dynamic energy * hypnotic attack * passion for engines * craves hot movement * invasive force of cross-cultural mixing
  • [Rahu-yuti-Budha] amplified evangelism * magnified communications * thrilling messages * exotic information * tricky signals * opportunistic cohort * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of critically important details * hypnotic gestures * explanatory descriptions of cross-cultural mixing
  • [Rahu-yuti-Guru] amplified generosity * magnified diversity * exotic beliefs * tricky teachings * opportunistic guides * unconventional children * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of inspired philosophy * hypnotic preaching * expansive worldview * inclusive cross-cultural mixing * optimistic about risk
  • [Rahu-yuti-Shukra] amplified attractions * magnified beauty * exotic taste * tricky partners * opportunistic feminine-figures * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of luxurious pleasure * Strange-and-wonderful designs * thrilling relationships * barrier-bending brokerage * unusual contracts * hypnotic arrangements * gracious balance of cross-cultural mixing * entrancing music
  • [Rahu-yuti-Shani] amplified public formality * pragmatic exaggeration * exotic social conventions * slippery hierarchies * tricky rules * opportunistic elders * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) strict conformism * regulated risk-taking * hypnotic outsider insinuates normalcy * orderly cross-cultural mixing * thrilling legitimations

Samchara Rahu transits across the twelve Bhava

table of Rahu-Ketu transits

samchara Rahu-Ketu - age birth-120

  1. Rahu samchara bhava-1
  2. Rahu samchara bhava-2
  3. Rahu samchara bhava-3
  4. Rahu samchara bhava-4
  5. Rahu samchara bhava-5
  6. Rahu samchara bhava-6
  7. Rahu samchara bhava-7
  8. Rahu samchara bhava-8
  9. Rahu samchara bhava-9
  10. Rahu samchara bhava-10
  11. Rahu samchara bhava-11
  12. Rahu samchara bhava-12


Narayana the Seven-Headed Serpent, from James Churchward's Lemuria

~~ Duino Elegies 1875-1926 mystical poet Rainer Maria Rilke

" Again and again some people in the crowd wake up,

They have no grounding in the crowd,

And they emerge according to much broader laws.

They carry strange customs with them

And demand room for bold gestures .

The future speaks ruthlessly through them."

"When the passions become masters, they are vices."

~~Blaise Pascal

Great love and great achievements involve great risk.


Desire to Get Ahead

Interruption * Eclipse

अतिकृत: [ati-kṛta] overdone, exaggerated

Express Elevator* Jump-Start * you're in over your head"

Wikipedia: Rahu

Rahu-Ketu, Main Page

Rahu Agents, counted from Chandra Lagna

exaltation and debilitation of Rahu-Ketu

Remedial gems for Rahu

Rahu + Shani

Rahu + Other Graha

Rahu Gochara Life Effects

Rahu-ruled Nakshatra

  1. Arudra - Betelgeuze
  2. Svati - Arcturus
  3. Sadachbia-Shatataraka

Rahu-Ketu Gochara 12 Bhava

QUOTATION from Das WRT Rahu characteristics

"Accidents, afflictions, astrologers, cosmic law, bad character, undesirable, begins to provoke, radical change, beyond help, cheating, corruption, cracks, crevices destiny, destroys the past, devils, dangerous people, devourer of the moon, disenchantment with matter, divine plan revealed, fear, foreigners,

good - but through troubles hard times, immense pain, hysteria, insanity, imprisonment, inevitable law, insects, poisons, law, karma, supreme, must be endured alone, parallel lives , debts, powerful, no escape, violence, vomiting, weaned, widowhood" [end quote]


  • Southwest - aparadakSiNam
  • Movement in a southwesterly pattern or direction is predicted during many periods of Rahu


Tianjin China port explosions 2015


" Desire, wish, and expectation rule all actions, and are the basis for all realities. "

~~ from The Seth Material , by Jane Roberts

ISBN 978-0-9711198-0-2

the Appearance of Importance


Mixters * Tricksters * Quick-shifting Slicksters

mix-master * oily opportunist

the slick, slippery one


the trespasser

fake it 'til you make it

agent provocateur

enormous (un-norm-alized) shape-shifting empowerments

rajyalobha-karaka Rahu = agent of ambition

cultural mixer-master

urgent ambition * extravagant opportunism

yearning, burning desire


double-down * up the ante

Naga Regime

snake oil

Rahu's ambitious privilege narrative = " Get More"

Get-A-Head ** Get Ahead

get rich (not be abundant)

get married (not be married)

get power (not be creative)

Agent Provocateur

In these final days of harvest, Rahu the Provocateur is at His most useful. While obsessively and gleefully breaking the system rules, Rahu generally succeeds in obtaining higher privileges via His provocative, disruptive, roguish actions. Professor Rahu typically demonstrates a powerful ascent to higher unearned rank followed by a perilous fall.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall

Unless natally constrained by Shani, reckless restless remarkable resplendent Rahu tends to produce a pattern of extraordinary ascendance into roles of Recognized Importance, followed by a spectacular fall.

Vimshottari Dasha period sand samchara occasions when Rahu is unconstrained by Shani and perhaps amplified by supportive well-wishers such as Mangala (much depends upon the unique nativity) offer the most typical times for the ascent into important, privileged roles. Typical era for downfall = notorious Rahu-Shani and Shani-Rahu bhukti , harsh Shani transits, and other corrective events according to the nativity.

If Rahu's ambitions are limited at birth by Shani-yuti, or Shani's 3-7-10 drishti into Rahu, there is less mobility of risk-rewarding Rahu's ascent but there is also less drama of the eventual fall from the heights of social-material privilege.


Generally, the more graha which are aligned upon the R-K axis, the more one experiences the volatility of the attraction-repulsion polarity of R-Kr.

Professor Rahu represents the cultural-boundary zones of human society.

Wherever the common practice might presume a boundary, such as between ethnic cultures, between nation-states, between gendered spaces, between generational segments (old, young) between paradigms of belief, between social-economic classes, and countless other boundary zones -- these are the places where Rahu operates.

He succeeds in the shadowy camouflaged mode of a poseur. He appears to be credentialed on both sides of the boundary. Because He can appear to be native to both sides of any two-sided space, Professor Rahu flourishes in cross-cultural exchanges, in free-trade zones, in all acts of diplomacy .

Risk-rewarding Rahu goes where angels fear to tread.

He takes risks and wins big in the beginning. His trajectory is privilege via glamorous and prestigious. He impresses the audience with His cleverness, His capacity, His awesome ability.

Yet just when He is within arm's reach of having achieved His goal, Rahu falls.

His goal is the obtainment of some type of social privilege which is normally conferred upon members of class-1, but Rahu hails from class-2, so that He must use some sort of trickery to obtain those desired privileges.

By character, Rahu is opportunistic and ambitious. Rahu uses the conditions of His astrological location - bhava, rashi, incoming drishti, nakshatra -- as a platform for social mobility.

Risk-rewarding Rahu = over-reaching.

During most parts of His astonishing process, Rahu is fascinating to watch. His over-reaching is exciting, thrilling, mesmerizing to observers. His adventurousness is quite fabulous.

However, the very act of over-reaching puts Him in an unbalanced state, and usually to get His goal He must do a super-reach right at the last moment of glory.

That final surging moment is exactly when He falls. His disguise is discovered, the almost-obtained privilege is withdrawn, and He is then banished to His original station of birth.

However, Professor Rahu will never surrender.

The Chandala never abandons His goal of social privilege, social mobility, rising in status above His station at birth. His quest for prestige is never-ending. He is fun to watch and fun to engage. Rahu-dominant personalities are charming, enchanting, and dazzling in their quest for importance.

When Rahu is involved, whether by transit or by rulership of a current bhukti, it is generally recommended to be ready to observe a collapse of some sort, due precisely to the over-reaching, near the end of His trajectory.

But also be ready to watch Him pick Himself up, dust Himself off, and get back on the horse that threw Him (as the American idiom goes). Rahu is always busy scheming about His next quest for unearned privilege. He will always try again. His ambition is inexhaustible.


  1. [Rahu in bhava-1] * the personality may be overwhelmingly self-important, flashy, special, unique. Over-extended identity. Conspicuous display of The earthen body . Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary vitality.
  2. [Rahu in bhava-2] * the family (2) may be financially over-extended. Presumptive importance in matters of language, history, heritage knowledge, natural resources. Conspicuous display of moral aesthetic, financial values. Mother's elder sibling = clever risk-taker. Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary worth.
  3. [Rahu in bhava-3] * the cohort and the publications may be over-announcing, over-describing, overwhelmingly communicative. Over-extended explanations, ambitious busyness. Conspicuous display of meetings with Very Special People. Younger sibling = clever risk-takers. Rahu may insinuate that He is delivering an extraordinary message.
  4. [Rahu in bhava-4] * the landed properties and the parents may be presumptively important in their locality. Conspicuous display of houses-vehicles-garden. Big fish in a small pond. Expedient environmentalism. Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary privilege to live in a particular place.
  5. [Rahu in bhava-5] * the genius, the artistic performance, the romances, the political drama, the games = may be overwhelmingly self-referential (5). Conspicuous display of children. Father's father + mother's family = clever risk-takers. Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary creativity.
  6. [Rahu in bhava-6] * the enemies, the physicians, the servants may have thrilling ambitions. Conspicuous display of litigations, medical treatments, pollutions, domestic animals. Generally, Rahu-6 benefits from exploitation and conflict. Mother's younger sibling = clever risk-taker. Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary medicines, war-tactics, or weapons.
  7. [Rahu in bhava-7] * the partners, the advisors, the advocates, the attorneys = may be pretentiously opportunistic, presumptively important, offering social mobility. Conspicuous display of relationships. Expedient marriage. Mother's mother and father's elder sibling = clever risk-takers. Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary counsel.
  8. [Rahu in bhava-8] * the initiators, the camouflages, the poisons, the secret-keepers may appear to be terribly important. Conspicuous display of veils, coverings. (Rahu-8 assists conditions favoring nondisclosure.) Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary hidden power.
  9. [Rahu in bhava-9] the father, the professor, the priestly guides, the patriarchs = may offer social mobility via the doctrine. Conspicuous display of beliefs. Exotic guru-figures. Expedient faith. Father = clever risk-taker. Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary wisdom.
  10. [Rahu in bhava-10] * the boss, the executive director, the tribal chieftain, the social icons, the lawgivers = may appear to be presumptively important. Expedient leadership. Conspicuous display of social authority. (Rahu-10 opportunism boosts career.) Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary leadership capability.
  11. [Rahu in bhava-11] the economies, the associations, the network may be presumptively important. Conspicuous display of social connections. Expedient friendship. (Rahu-11 assists profits via opportunistic methods.) Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary revenues.
  12. [Rahu in bhava-12] * the spirit-guides, the ancestors, the clairsentient channels, the imagination, the sleep-state = may offer a pathway to social mobility. Conspicuous display of research, meditative posture, quietude. Father's mother and mother's father = clever risk-takers. Rahu may insinuate that He has a special source of extraordinary interiority.

English etymology of node
  • from Latin nodus = knot
  • cf. knit, net

There is an old story about three kinds of Buddhists - no doubt you have heard it?

As the story goes, three intelligent Buddhists are walking separately down a path during pilgrimage. The Theravedin Buddhist notices a terribly poisonous bush growing at the side of the road. He says, hmm, that bush looks edible, but a hungry pilgrim who tried to eat its leaves would suffer a miserable death. Such is the karma [akashic memory patterning] of ignorance. He walks on.

The Mahayana Buddhist comes next. Oh my goodness! he says, what a dangerous situation for hungry pilgrims coming down this path! He reaches into his bag, pulls out paper and ink, and writes a sign which he hangs on the bush, stating"Poison Bush. Do Not Eat." There, he says, that should destroy some ignorance and prevent unnecessary suffering.

The Vajrayana (tantric) Buddhist comes last. He sees the bush, decorated with a vivid warning sign. He immediately sits down and eats the entire bush.

As Socrates said, 'know thyself'. Some combination of active and passive practice-worldview will be appropriate for you. Typically, one continues to adjust the proactive-vs-receptive balance as age and wisdom reveal more knowledge of the self-world-self.


The Seizer

" name of a Daitya or demon who is supposed to seize the sun and moon and thus cause eclipses

He is fabled as a son of Vipra-citti and Sinhika and as having a dragon's tail

when the gods had churned the ocean for the Amrita or nectar of immortality , he disguised himself like one of them and drank a portion

but the Sun and Moon revealed the fraud to Vishnu, who cut off Rahu's head

which thereupon became fixed in the stellar sphere

and having become immortal through drinking the Amrita ,

has ever since wreaked its vengeance on the Sun and Moon by occasionally swallowing them

while at the same time the tail of the demon became Ketu

and gave birth to a numerous progeny of comets and fiery meteors

in astrology, Rahu is variously regarded as a dragon's head , as the ascending node of the moon (or point where the moon intersects the ecliptic in passing northwards) , as one of the planets , and as the regent of the south-west quarter;

among Buddhists many demons are called Rahu)

an eclipse or (rather) the moment of the beginning of an occultation or obscuration."

Sarpa - Usurper - Surreptitious - -- Leapfrog - Sudden Uncoiling -

Express Elevator - Jump-Start

Urgent Ambition

Opportunistic Passion

methods = fabrication, appropriation, disruption, disguise, smoky haze, camouflage, masquerade

Fueled by desire to obtain the privilege accorded to a higher rank of beings

  • pretense, pretension, pretenders to the throne

  • impostors, poseurs

  • masking, camouflage

  • crashing boundaries, party-crashing, sneaking in

  • lacking a legitimate invitation

  • "churning" ; water cyclones, typhoon, hurricane

  • dark and smoky places

  • sudden forward moves in games and competition

  • dark-horse wins

  • leapfrog

  • adventure and risk

  • challenge to false order, breaking unjust laws

  • sudden ascendancy, 'landslide' elections, intense godlike charisma

  • bored and reckless, risk-positive

  • People who have little to lose, who can take chances

  • Eclipse of Sun-Moon

  • poisons, stigmatized disease,

  • breaking habits, destroying addictions, wild leaps forward in life

  • Taboo

  • shattered expectations, betrayal of trust (with Shani)

  • willful excess of desire

  • False Entitlement

  • erased boundaries; crossed limits; invasion

  • out-caste/outcast, pariah, illegitimacy

  • furious shaking, spasms, epilepsy, earthquakes

  • intense attraction * akarshana * to other ethnicities; taking on the customary behaviors of another

  • misappropriation , taking the privilege or identity of another

  • obsession, compulsion, dysfunctional desires

  • unrequited love and addictions (with Shukra)

  • Affliction via psychic agency and nasty ghosts

  • Catalyst of Altered Perception

  • immediate gratification, blind impulse

  • sudden outbursts of anger, usually for purpose of deception

  • with Budha: susceptibility to gossip, psychic invasion due to superstitious fear

  • invading forbidden terrain, forbidden social circles, forbidden partnerships

arrhythmic, over-reaching

wherever Rahuva resides, via transits or at birth, there one feels excited, over-extended, seeking opportunity to move higher

social mobility -

cleverly irregular, instrumentalist, opportunist, cleverly disordered, expediently shifting, poseur looking rag-tag

Passion for Privilege * Ambition for Prestige * Hunger for Social Mobility

eclipse * ethical [Chandra] violations

charlatans, forgers, legerdemain

" mixed" speckled camouflaged pattern

mimics, simulations, doppelgangers

screens, smokescreens, decoys



Passion, Excitement, and Desire = Unearned Entitlements

quick-money, leap-to-privilege, express elevator

exotic, barrier-bending, taboo-twisting activities


disturb, throw into confusion; turbid, turbulent, turbine, turbo, disturb, perturb, imperturbable, trouble

Dark Adventures

Risk-Taker - Marriage-Maker - Deal-Breaker - Escalator

a Rogue - a Vogue

a Great Leap Forward

" Succès de scandale"

Rahu-Ketu = Desire-Detach

Rahu-Ketu: Directory of Jyotisha Descriptions

Self-Elevation - Sudden Uncoiling - Rogues and Scoundrels

gas-oil-smoke; sudden release of kundalini energy; trickery and slippery things; illicit gains, counterfeit + fraud

Sarpa - Usurper - Surreptitious - Rakshasa -- Leapfrog - Sudden Uncoiling

fabrication, appropriation, disruption and desire

channeling the personality, ideas, or privileges of another

leapfrog driven by jealousy, jealous rage (with Mangala)

exotic marriages


widows (widowers)

"bad luck" ; dis-aster (" bad stars")

leapfrog driven by black magic (with Shani) deception

Magical changes of Image, trickery

reptile brain, enlightenment, compassion

intense dissatisfaction or unhappiness with mundane life

wanting a higher level of privilege or opportunity than conventionally permitted

false love, lust posing as love, destruction of trusi

fraudulence, con-men, deceivers, Charlatans, impostors, poseurs

disruption, interruption, eruption - breaking the shell

desire for forbidden privilege

exotic strategies that surprisingly succeed

greasy smoke, smokescreens, poison smoke, all kinds of smoke and smoking

sneaky or clandestine actions


reptiles, surreptitious actions

sudden upward spring of the deadly Cobra

from out of the shadows into the brilliant lighi

Deception, trickery , legerdemain

Gochara Rahu-Ketu life effects, moving through the 12 bhava

BPL commentary Rahu Mahadasha

BPHS Vimshottari Dasha of Rahu

Risk-Rewarding Rahu is

excited by ___________

ambitious for ___________

urgently motivated to obtain privileges accorded to members of the class of___________

finds opportunity in___________

passionate about___________

hungry for _________________

obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with __________

[Rahu in bhava-1] * passion for vitality, muscular movement, newness

  • excited by physical appearance
  • ambitious for muscular speed and prowess
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges accorded to members of the class of champions, warriors, symbols of nobility and vitality
  • finds opportunity in athleticism, competition, conquest; pioneering,
  • passionate about displays of physical ability
  • hungry for muscular movement (Rahu-1 always craves physical exercise no matter how much action is done)
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with arriving first, being special, being unique, being exceptionally vital

[Rahu in bhava-2] * passion for language, voice, eyes, genetics, collections, historical knowledge, song

  • excited by treasuries, stories, storage, warehouses, lineage values-fulfillment
  • ambitious for sound-patterns, songs and recitations, historical knowledge, food, material wealth
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges accorded to members of the class of collectors, hoarders, keepers, curators, custodians, librarians, those who know
  • finds opportunity in gatherings, accumulating, storage, recording, conserving, preserving
  • passionate about displays of heritage knowledge, libraries, databases, silos, containers-of-value
  • hungry for food (Rahu-2 is always hungry no matter how much food is eaten)
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with languages, histories, treasure-chests, traditions

Rahu-2 ++ Guru-2 ++ Shani activates 6+7

  • Wizard of Oz 1922-1969 entertainer Judy Garland was required by the corporate authorities of the industrial cinema Studio System [Shani] to take pharmaceutical medication (Shani rogesha drugs) She was drugged even as a child stage performer, for purpose of reducing her food intake (2) and sustaining her alertness during extended hours of adult-controlled (6 servitude) theatre rehearsals (Guru activates 5, theatre) .

[Rahu in bhava-3] * passion for prestige communication, entrancing evangelism

  • excited by narrative, conversation, documentation, information, data, news
  • ambitious for commercial business, transactions, cooperation
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges accorded to members of the class of the writers, publishers, announcers, messengers, managers, communication directors
  • finds opportunity in writing, selling, advertising, slogans, jingles, marketing, management, workshops, handcraft,
  • passionate about one's siblings-cousins, team-mates, telecommunication devices, department members, workgroup
  • hungry for publication, the message, empowerment via management (Rahu-3 ever desires more and better information delivery, more and better teamwork process)
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with apprenticeship, training sessions, conferences, tours, ensemble performance, radio-television-internet-cinema, scheduling, schematics, itineraries, details

[Rahu in bhava-4] * passion for prestige property, security, routine, roots

  • excited by lands, houses, schools, shelter-shell, vehicles
  • ambitious for property ownership-stewardship , stewardship
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges accorded to members of the class of the land owners, land-defenders and patriots
  • finds opportunity in environmentalism, property ownership-stewardship , fundamental education, police, security,
  • passionate about one's house, gardens, lands, and vehicles; the Old Ways
  • hungry for landed properties, fences, boundaries, security, protection, roots (Rahu-4 ever desires more and better land, more and better shelter)
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with vehicles such as cars-trucks-boats, real-estate, building construction, agriculture, fishery, school-teaching, parenting

[Rahu in bhava-5] * passion for politics, celebrity, children, speculation, games

  • excited by celebrity, royalty, radiance, entitlements
  • ambitious for political power, unique children,
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges accorded to members of the class of the divinely intelligent, the creative, the brilliant, the lucky
  • finds opportunity in theatre, dramatic roles, political campaigns, speculative endeavors, center-stage positions
  • passionate about one's children, their creativity, political personalities, the company of celebrities, playing games
  • hungry for fame (Rahu-5 always needs more attention no matter how much celebrity is attained)
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with self-expression, royal splendor, children, romantic idealism, games
  • over-reaching quest for fame

[Rahu in bhava-6]

passion for conflict, accusations, pollution, remedies

  • excited by arguments, disputes, conflicts, toxicity, war
  • ambitious for empowerment in exploitation, accusatory litigation, via criminals and crime, via medicines and intoxicants
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges accorded to physicians, pharmacists, medicators, military agents, criminals
  • finds opportunity in logical argumentation, theft, misappropriation, enslavement
  • passionate about criminal proceedings, pollution, servitude, unfairness, victimization [being eaten] , betrayal
  • hungry for medical treatment plans, remedies and cures
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with complaints, accusations, narrative of injustice

[Rahu in bhava-7] * passion for partnership, agreements, balance

  • excited by deals, pledges, arrangements, contracts, vows
  • ambitious for partnership, relationships, peerage
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges accorded to members of the class of advisors, counselors, attorneys, representatives, advocates, arrangers, designers
  • finds opportunity in activities of balancing, adjusting, reorienting, accommodating, making settlements, finding common interest
  • passionate about displays of equiy, parity, justice, fairness
  • hungry for more negotiations, bargaining sessions, lawcourts, judgments, diplomacy, design
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with fabulous partners, mesmerizing Others

[Rahu in bhava-8] * passion for secrets, healing, transformation

  • excited by secrets, hidden assets, disasters, catastrophic upheaval, revolutionary change
  • ambitious for access to veiled knowledge, revelation, unveiling, privileged disclosure
  • urgently motivated to obtain importance accorded to members of the class of surgeons, tantriki, classified military, detectives, code-breakers, encrypters, agents of discovery
  • finds opportunity in activities of camouflage, masking, energetic shielding, rejuvenation, exploration, prying
  • passionate about displays of fascinating mystery, destructive force, shock, mesmerizing tricks, tantalizing unknown, volcanic explosion, awesome feats
  • hungry for more terror, healing, trauma, invasive pursuit, dangerous conditions
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with revelation, sudden rebirth, dynamic release of force, conditions of death, transformation

[Rahu in bhava-9] passion for philosophy, prophecy, preaching

  • excited by paradigmatic belief, philosophy, theory, first principles, doctrine, principled conviction, catechesis
  • ambitious for access to priesthood, pulpit, patriarchy, university, sangha
  • craves social mobility via exotic preacher-teacher roles
  • urgently motivated to obtain importance that is usually accorded to members of the class of preachers, professors, proselytes, popes, sacerdotes, believers, faithful congregants, father-figures
  • finds opportunity in activities of indoctrination, pontification, public piety, sermonizing
  • passionate about displays of sacred understanding, wisdom, overview, dharma, credenda
  • seeks to join the class of holders of patrician entitlements
  • hungry for more expansive worldview, divinity, public prayer, religious ceremony
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with belief, preaching, sacred wisdom, divinity

[Rahu in bhava-10] * boss * passion for leadership power, respect

  • excited by elite positions, supreme rank, top of the pyramid
  • craves social mobility via decision-making authority
  • ambitious for promotion, ordination, recognition, maximum visibility
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges that are usually accorded to members of the class of directors, executives, presidents, legislators, those who maintain the social order
  • finds opportunity in legitimation, the burden of responsibility, corporate investiture, imposition of lawful order
  • passionate about obtainment of power over those below
  • hungry for respect, praise for leadership, admiration for ability to govern
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with obtainment of recognition, reputation, high-status

[Rahu in bhava-11] socialite * passion for prizes, achievements

  • excited by earnings, rents, royalties, salaries, dividends, bonuses, commissions
  • craves social mobility via interconnectivity, systems web
  • ambitious for special connections, advantageous friendships, exceptional association, links to important people
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges which are usually accorded to members of the class of earners, marketplace achievers, economic heroes
  • finds opportunity in social networking, schmoozing
  • passionate about obtainment of prestigious social goals
  • hungry for limitless incomes, extraordinary profits
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with profits, earnings, revenues, marketplace income

[Rahu in bhava-12] * passion for privacy, sanctuary. seclusion

  • excited by distance, sealed rooms, private spaces, opaque environments, imagination, cloister
  • ambitious for clairsentient guidance, otherworldly travel, research, isolation, private prayer
  • craves social mobility via invisible worlds, charity, extended travels
  • urgently motivated to obtain privileges that are usually accorded to members of the class of the diviners, researchers, meditators, psychic channelers, those who offer intuitive guidance
  • finds opportunity in quietude, seclusion, retreat, withdrawal, closed rooms, hotels, prisons, hospitals, camps, monasteries, islands
  • passionate about one's ancestral spirit guides, dream-guidance, inspirational intuition, astral travel
  • hungry for sleep, quiet, travel to Other dimensions, sacred enclosure, dream-vision
  • obsessed (possibly obsessive-compulsive) with opportunities in distant lands, secluded environments, the bedroom.
  • over-reaches in matters of disembodied beings, intangible superstitious powers, invisible objects, private spiritual guidance, vague symbolism, research results from private unsupervised lab

Mormon Church 1805-1844 Golden Plates Joseph Smith + [Surya-yuti-Budha] + [Kuja-yuti-Rahu] a renowned psychic (and arguably, con-man) JS famously created an imaginative narrative of world origins based in early 19th-century New England biblical belief. The story was delivered to him exclusively by intangible disembodied angels. The captivating tale was transcribed from never-seen golden plates in a state of prayerful trance (12). Distant locations feature prominently in the mythology, such as fantasy foreign lands and an unseen planet.

What is (a) Taboo?


" 1777 (in Cook's "A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean" ),"consecrated, inviolable, forbidden, unclean or cursed," explained in some English sources as being from Tongan (Polynesian language of the island of Tonga) ta-bu "sacred," from ta "mark" + bu "especially."

  • But this may be folk etymology, as linguists in the Pacific have reconstructed an irreducible Proto-Polynesian *tapu, from Proto-Oceanic *tabu" sacred, forbidden" (cf. Hawaiian kapu "taboo, prohibition, sacred, holy, consecrated;" Tahitian tapu "restriction, sacred;" Maori tapu "be under ritual restriction, prohibited" ).

  • The noun and verb are Eng. innovations first recorded in Cook's book." [end quote]

How to read Rahu

Rahu-Ketu's effect depends much more on His bhava and much less upon His rashi.

In readings, prioritize the significations of Rahu-Ketu's house at birth.

However, Rahu does receive some determination from His rashi. The rashi are similar to costumes in a theatrical performance, whereas the bhava are more similar to the procedural words, gestures, and movements required by the script.

Rahu the Restless

Rahu is an interloper, a fraud, and a poseur.

  • Rahu wants to be included in the world of the gods. But, Rahu is not a real deity. Rahu sneaks in through trickery.

Rahu is a wanna-be.

  • He mainly tries to be attractive like Shukra. However, Rahu will shape-shift to imitate any graha who is His co-tenant or His Lord.

Rahu is illegitimate (anti-Shani), a taboo-breaker.

  • The planetary gods do not recognize or accept Rahu. Vishnu was insulted and enraged when He saw Rahu lift the cup of Amrita to those snake-like lips. Vishnu flung His diamond-sharp discus across the room and sliced Rahu in half, instantly, for his crime.

Rahu is never satisfied.

  • Risk-rewarding Rahu is always working overtime, trying to receive validation in a role for which He is unqualified. Rahu is always scheming a new approach toward getting what He is not entitled to have.

    Rahu may be an embezzler, who slowly leeches the life force consciousness as He pursues an endless series of hot but fleeting material desires.

  • Rahu's methods are devious and surreptitious, driven by a deep hunger for validation via the experience of Possession of Empowerments , which can never be satisfied.

  • However, in the short term Camouflage Rahu is often extremely"successful" in appearing to earn great achievement.

Rahu = the Reptile Brain.


  • Rahu Wants Whatever He Does Not Have
  • Rahu disregards whatever He does have
  • Rahu is Hungry
Whenever Risk-rewarding Rahu is involved, it is important to be aware that Rahu can be harmful to the mental health .

Chandala Rahu stirs up the mind and erodes our entitlement to Chandra's natural contentedness .

Rahu can focus rather relentlessly on precisely what we don't have , blinding the awareness to the tremendous grace and value that we do have.

That is His nature: the Ambitious One, the chalakaraka, the rogue, the fraud.

He only wants what He does not have.

As soon as He gets what He so intensely, fervently desired, He abandons interest in that thing (or project, or belief, or job, or relationship) and surges with desire for the next thing.

During Rahu mahadasha and any subperiod of Rahu and during His transits to key lagna and graha in the nativity, Rahu can be expected to cause discontent.

His patterns may include an obsessive focus upon the obtainment of a desired object .

Rahu the Trickster is present in the nativity of every person ever born; we all have to deal with His desires; so it just helps to know when He is empowered by transit or by bhukti.

When mesmerizing Rahu is transiting the mentalistic, logical Budha, He is busily churning up the mind with the Budha-narrative that suggests things are not what they could-should-must be.

But remember if you can, in the frenzy of great desire to reach that level of privilege that is "just immediately above" what one has authentically earned, that Rahu is a fraud and a deluder.

Really, things are exactly what they are! There is nothing wrong in the least; it is just Rahu reaching, craving, hungering, desiring for Recognition as an Important member of the level immediately above His station of birth.

Kamakaraka Rahu is NEVER satisfied. Your lifestyle is actually very nice and comfortable and there is nothing wrong at all; so don't let Rahu the Rogue seduce you into the mental delusion of discontent.

Rahu the Naga demi-god is an ambitious trickster.

ahinaaman = any animal named snake (RikVeda) = "bearing the name snake"

Rahu rules Arudra - Betelgeuze, Svati, and ShataVishaka;

as well as the Southwest Direction aparadakSiNam.

Rahu has not yet completed the necessary austerities [Shani] and thus Rahu has not yet earned the rank of True Deity.

  • Nevertheless, Rahu craves Deity-level privilege.

  • Devious-devising Rahu will try to do whatever it takes to get the higher entitlement that He desires!

  • Like Budha, Rahu is crafty in His methods and like Mangala, Rahu is unrelenting in His pursuit

To Rahu the Deceiver's advantage, sattva (quiet purity) and tamas (lethargic toxicity) often appear as identical on the outside surface.

Rahu tried to slither into the assembly of the true deities by mimicking their appearance, but His poseur fraud was detected by Shri Vishnu [Surya] and Rahu was thrown out!

Thus Rahu = a demonic influence = rakshasa = outcast or lower cast = dark, oily, smoky, moves quickly, not established, not legitimate.

Rahu's dilemma

Rahu's characteristics, by bhava, rashi, drishti, the disposition of His lord etc. will reveal that which one passionately wants , but which one can obtain only by means of trickery

  • Risk-rewarding Rahu indicates the part of The life script in which the native must deploy some shape-shifting artifice, whether self-deceptive or deceiving of others, in order to gain entrance to a forbidden realm

Rahu the Rogue = an interloper, a fraud, a charlatan, and a poseur.

Rahu wants to be included in the world of the gods. But, Risk-rewarding Rahu is not a real deity. Rahu sneaks into righteous realms through trickery.

  • burglar, rogue, gate-crasher, infiltrator, intruder, interloper, interrupter, invader, instigator, meddler, nuisance, prowler , snooper, squatter, trespasser, transgressor, apostate, betrayer, traitor, subversive, agitator, mutineer,

  • Agent provocateur; sultry, smoky, slippery, fascinating, frightening, seductive, inappropriate, forbidden, deceitful, deceptive, charlatan, trickster, legerdemain, fraud

Rahu the kamakaraka = an appropriator

  • Rahu tends to appropriate the property or established environment of another, like a bird that comes to use the nest of another bird.

  • Rahu the Poseur will take the place, privileges, accomplishments, and even the clothing of another

Rahu the Rogue= a wanna-be .

Rahu can be mesmerizing and attractive like Shukra.

  • However, Rahu will shape-shift to imitate any graha who is His co-tenant or His Lord.

Rahu the Rogue = illegitimate, a taboo-breaker, a rogue deity.

Rahu the Reptile

Is creepy, surreptitious, slimy, and cold, Is instinctive, compulsive, unable to control Himself

The planetary deities do not recognize or accept Rahu's claim to divine status.

  • Vishnu was insulted and enraged when He saw Rahu lift the cup of Amrita to those snake-like lips.

  • Vishnu flung His diamond-sharp discus across the room and sliced Rahu in half, instantly, for his crime.

Rahu the Rogue = always ambitious, never rests

Rahu = working overtime, trying to receive validation in a role for which He is improperly qualified .

Risk-rewarding Rahu = always scheming a new approach toward getting what He is not entitled to have.

Usually He does succeed in the beginning. He might succeed brilliant during His Vimshottari dasha periods. In the case of Rahu's mahadasha, He might appear to be the King of the World for 18 yrs.

It's fun while it lasts.

  • Eventually Rahu's fraud will be detected (often exposed by the native oneself) and the social-material entitlements will revert to a more natural level.

  • Eventually, the laws of action and reaction will topple Rahu from His illicit position.

Ultimately the achievements of Shani the Law are sustainable for a life time, and beyond. When Shani does something, it takes a looong time but it remains done.

Rahu's impatient, often fraudulent, improperly credentialed or illicitly obtained station in life is not sustainable throughout a lifetime.

Chalakaraka Rahu = an embezzler .

He slowly leeches the life force consciousness as He pursues an endless series of hot but fleeting material desires.

  • His methods are devious and surreptitious , driven by a deep hunger for validation through the experience of Possession

Rahu is never satisfied.

  • Rahu is the Reptile Brain.

Rahu = Rudra = wild, not regulated

responds to the group oversoul (similar to animal species) rather than individual soul

  • tribal ethnos; tribal rather than national identity

  • speaking a tribal language rather than the language of government

  • the animal chassis of the human being

  • wildness, darkness, outsider-status, uncivilized

  • disregard for the conventional folkways, ancient customs, and established cultural norms and laws, unaffected by limitations of Shani,

  • outside of time, outside of space, materially unconstrained

  • strong passions, self-seeking, reactive, quick-uncoiling of force,

  • fraudulent, shape-shifting, magical, oily, smoky, hungry

  • Arudra, Svatika, Shatataraka

comfortable results from Rahu the Rogue

Rahu gives benefits whenever a break-through is beneficial

  • Twilight of the Idols 1844-1900 Ubermensch Friedrich Nietzsche [transformative-evolutionary Anuradha-4] [vargottamsha] [nīcha-Chandra-yuti-Rahu] A great but troubled philosopher of history, FWN enjoyed a tremendous breakthrough into a high-prestige university appointment at age 24. The honor arrived before he had completed his dissertation or examinations (Rahu jumps over the Rules), Rahu yuti dharmesha Chandra-1 = universities, philosophy. Also Rahu drishti to Meena-Guru -5 = scholarship, unique publications + and Rahu-Chandra drishti to bhava-5-7-9

Rahu the chalakaraka can disrupt fossilized, outdated, oppressive regimes. In a house where dishonesty or repression have become repetitively problematic, Rahu can be a positive force to break through habitually negative, depriving, fearful, or hateful mentalities.

Rahu in 5 may allow a child adoption which has benefits for all involved. Rahu in 9 may provide wisdom via a foreign religion or guru-cult.

Rahu can be the agent of much-needed change in overly rigid social systems, dysfunctional locked-in family behaviors, and loveless marriages

Rahu can be the engine of identity change, altering the appearance of the psycho-physical-attribute package (the personality) to permit the native to change social classes and nationality, to penetrate crime rings, to be a "poseur" in ways that give (at least temporarily) positive results

Rahu can serve as a break-through agent of spiritual and psychological change in the early stages of authentic enlightenment processes; However, Rahu's method's are generally suspect.

  • For example Rahu may provide hallucinogenic drugs to break through the barriers of conventional perception. In the short run, this psychological disruption can provide a launch for deeper and longer lasting spiritual inquiry. In the long run, drug use becomes an infinite loop of increasing desires.

Professor Rahu can serve as a pre-emptive catalyst for urgently needed change.

  • Rahu can provide the extramarital affair that shocks married partners into paying more attention to their partner communication before the marriage collapses.

  • Rahu can be the sudden invasion of a country that shocks the nation into strengthening its defenses before a major conflict arises.

  • Rahu can be the failing grade which causes the student to reorganize one's time and re-commitment to diligent study before expulsion.

  • Rahu can be the bad company which tricks the unconscious native into dangerous and illicit social situations. If Shani is strong However, the native will recognize the trick and consciously return, wiser and chastened, to reliable folkways, ancient customs, and established cultural norms and rules. Rahu can help the native transition from blind following of convention to wise understanding of the practical reasons for law and custom.

Rahu the Rakshasa + Shani = co-rulers of Kumbha. Rahu = a natural regulator of 11 = Achieving Goals

kamakaraka Rahu provides an extreme desire to possess a person, a power, or an experience, along with the urge to satisfy that desire at nearly any cosi

Rahu can cross any defense : He may challenge cultural boundaries, stimulate hungry desires, and break social taboo in pursuit of His goal

Rahu seeks to obtain a privileged experience by,"leapfrog" rather than by following the established steps toward earning the privilege

Rahu = manipulative and deceptive by nature. Like the cuckoo bird, Rahu usurps the nest of a predecessor, taking the property and privileges of the previous owner

Rahu is not concerned with legal or social [Shani] consequences

Rahu is able to cross barriers by pretending to have better credentials than He actually has

Un agent poseur et provocateur, Rahu uses deceptive means to enters forbidden zones under false pretenses or with artificial credentials

Rahu does the bidding of His planetary Lord, and Rahu also amplifies the results of any graha which share Rahu's bhava.

Rahu = social, psychic, physical and ritual pollution .

  • Rahu rules oily, smoky things such as tobacco, cannabis and 'bidi' cigarettes and cigars; incense; smoked meats and the chemical nitrates which imitate smoky taste.

  • Rahu rules burning oil in lamps and automobiles, fires at coal-mines and oil-fields, and petroleum pollution such as oil spills and greasy, toxic chemical clouds.

"Brood Parasites " - especially the Famous Cuckoo (Raghu)

" There are other birds that dispense with every convention of home making and parenthood, and resort to cunning to raise their families.

These are the "brood parasites," birds which never build their own nests and instead lays their eggs in the nest of another species, leaving those parents to care for its young.

The cuckoo is the best known brood parasite, an expert in the art of cruel deception . Its strategy involves stealth, surprise and speed. The mother removes one egg laid by the host mother, lays her own and flies off with the host egg in her bill. The whole process takes barely ten seconds.

  • Cuckoos parasitize the nests of a large variety of bird species and carefully mimic the colour and pattern of their own eggs to match that of their hosts.

  • Each female cuckoo specializes on one particular host species.

  • How the cuckoo manages to lay eggs to imitate each host's eggs so accurately is one of nature's main mysteries.

Many bird species learn to recognize a cuckoo egg dumped in their own nest and either throw out the strange egg or desert the nest to start afresh. So the cuckoo constantly tries to improve its mimicry of its hosts' eggs, while the hosts try to find ways of detecting the parasitic egg.

One of the most extraordinary examples of deception i s practiced by the screaming cowbird.

  • This bird only dumps its eggs in the nests of bay-winged cowbirds.

  • Unlike in any other known brood parasites, the screaming cowbird chicks are absolutely identical to the chicks of the host at the stage when they are dependent on the parents for food.

  • Then, as soon as they fledge, they take on the plumage of their own species.

Another bird that gets away with great deception is the whydah, an African bird with a remarkably long tail. It dump its eggs into the nests of little finches. But the whydah chick does not evict its nest mates; instead it grows up with them.

The whydah chick looks completely different from the host nestlings. But when it opens its mouth , the resemblance is remarkable - the young whydah has a gape and mouth spots that closely mimic those of its nest mates. The hard-working parents see no difference in the row of open mouths and feeds them all equally.

The struggle between host and parasite is akin to an arms race, each trying to out-survive the other. But two birds take the struggle up to that old Cold War level MAD - mutually assured destruction.

When the gnatcatcher realises the cowbird has laid in its nest, it takes the extreme step of tearing the whole place apart, destroying its and the intruder's eggs in the process. Then it starts all over again."

comfortable and pleasing results
  • Rahu in indriya-lagna
  • Rahu in dushthamsha
  • Rahu in upachaya bhava
Risk-rewarding Rahu produces comfortable and pleasing results via His burning hungers when He occupies bhava 3, 6, 10, and 11

Best in 6. Also good for secrecy when Rahu resides in 8, and intriguing but perhaps dangerous international travel for Rahu-12.

QUOTATION from Manik Chand Jain,

Rahu and Ketu in Predictive Astrology , p. 82.

" Rahu has the influence of Jupiter conjunction Venus.

It gives intense appreciation

  • and respect for the area by house where Rahu is located or transiting.

There is popularity in this place with optimism and cheerfulness.

This is a lucky place.

.... Ketu has the influence of a Mars conjunct Saturn.

In Ketu, too much of the Saturn accent can produce fear

  • and hold the Mars action back.

This can give poor timing.

  • Mars represents energy and Saturn, a cycle of time.

  • With the Combination, we need to take stock of the issues involved,

    • and do something about them.

    There is an ambition for power where Ketu is located by house.

The trick is to use the energy of Mars in the right amouni

by the disciplining of Saturn in an area of selfless service

rather than over-possessiveness."


Das' Writings

" Every planet has two nodes relative to Earth.

However, due to our Moon's extraordinary proximity to Earth,

  • the Moon's nodes are said by the ancient rishis to have especially powerful implications for life on our little blue planet.
Each planet has got its own ascending and descending nodes except the Sun.... Generally, the point of the Zodiac, where a planet crosses from the south to north latitude is the ascending node

and the point of the Zodiac where a planet crosses from the north latitude to south latitude is called the descending node."

QUOTATION Koeln Sanskrit Lexicon -


" the Seizer"

name of a Daitya or demon who is supposed to seize the sun and moon and thus cause eclipses

he is fabled as a son of Vipra-citti and Sinhika and as having a dragon's tail;

when the gods had churned the ocean for the Amrita or nectar of immortality,

  • he disguised himself like one of them and drank a portion

but the Sun and Moon revealed the fraud to Vishnu, who cut off Rahu's head,

which thereupon became fixed in the stellar sphere,

and having become immortal through drinking the Amrita,

  • has ever since wreaked its vengeance on the Sun and Moon by occasionally swallowing them

while at the same time the tail of the demon became Ketu

  • and gave birth to a numerous progeny of comets and fiery meteors

in astronomy, Rahu is variously regarded as

a dragon's head,

as the ascending node of the moon

[or point where the moon intersects the ecliptic in passing northwards],

as one of the planets

and as the regent of the south-west quarter

  • among Buddhists many demons are called Rahu

an eclipse or (rather) the moment of the beginning of an occultation or obscuration"

BPHS: Chap 84, Shloka-12

" Contemplate of Rahu with a hideous face,

with four arms, carrying a sword, a shield, a Shoola and a Vara,

blue-coloured, and mounted on a lion."

QUOTATION Jataka Parijata

Rahu has a body black in appearance.

[He is represented by] a person of a hundred years.

[His stone is] Agate.

[His direction is] South-west.

[He lingers in] the corners of the house.

Rahu causes great fear to men

by means of epilepsy, smallpox, halter, flies, worms,

ghosts, fiends and goblins,

and also by leading to suicides by hanging, because of diseases resulting in lack of appetite and leprosy.

One ought to guess about one's paternal grandfather through Rahu.

In Mesha, Vṛścika, Kumbha, Kanya, Vrishabha, Kataka, and in the tenth house, from the lagna,

Rahu has strength.

BPHS Sarga-3, Shloka-30

Rahu has smoky appearance with a blue-mix physique.

He resides in forests and is horrible.

He is windy in temperament and is intelligent.

Ketu is akin to Rahu."

BPHS Sarga-3, Shloka-4 1-44

" Rahu rules the outcaste while Ketu governs mixed caste. ...

Rahu denotes multi-colored clothes and Ketu rags.

Lead and blue gem belong to Rahu and Ketu."

Jataka Parijata , Sarga-2, ln. 81

" Rahu causes great fear to men by means of epilepsy, smallpox, halter, flies, worms, ghosts, fiends and goblins,

and also by leading to suicides by hanging,

and because of diseases resulting in want of appetite and leprosy."

Mahabharata, Aadi Parva , 75.50

" Desire is never extinguished by the enjoyment of desired objects;

it only grows stronger like a fire (fed) with clarified butter."

QUOTATION from H. H. Dalai Lama, 365 Dalai Lama: Daily Advice from the Heart: # 245 -- ed. Matthieu Ricard, trans. Christian Bruyat and Dominique Messent

" Desire is the source of endless problems .

The more desires we have, the more we have to plan and work hard to realize them.

Some time ago a businessman told me that the more he developed his company, the more he felt like making it even bigger. And the more he tried to make it bigger, the more he found he had to lie and fight mercilessly against his competitors.

He had come to realize that wanting more and more made no sense, and that he only had to reduce the size of his business for competition to become less fierce so he would be able to carry out his work honestly.

I found his testimony very true."

What are Rahu and Ketu?

Rahu-Ketu work always as a pair .

Rahu and Ketu are two psycho-magnetic zones which occur exactly opposite each other, on the terrestrial Moon's orbit path around Earth.

This pair of psychic poles reside where the Moon's path intersects the plane of the ecliptic, called /rashi chakra/ = wheel of clusters = /zodiac/

In some western cultural traditions, Rahu is called

  • /North Node of the Moon/ [English]
  • Caput Draconis [Latin]

  • Anabibazon [Greek]

In some western cultural traditions, Ketu is called

  • /South Node of the Moon/ [English]
  • Cauda Draconis [Latin]

  • Catabibazon [Greek]

Chhaaya graha = shadow planets

  • Rahu, Ketu, Dhuma, = chhaaya graha because they have similar effects to mass-bearing planets, but they have no gravity or mass.

The English word "Planet" means "wanderer"

  • the word planet does not imply mass

They move apparently backwards through the rashi chakra, in direction opposite to Moon and Sun.

Vimshottari periods

Rahu Leaps Up, Ketu Falls Down

  • Both Rahu periods and Ketu periods provide dramatic effects which transport the native out of one's cultural and familial norms and expectations

  • In marking the effects of the planetary periods, it can be said that What Rahu Giveth, Ketu Taketh Away.

  • Rahu periods Generally, indicate a Great Leap Forward in the endeavors of Rahu's bhava, rashi, and matters controlled by Rahu's ruler .

  • Ketu periods Generally, indicate surrender, abandonment, and detachment in the endeavors of Ketu's bhava, rashi, and matters controlled by Ketu's Lord.

Rahu the Rogue = generally disruptive in some sense, even when His contribution makes the native 's life more vigorous, interesting, and colorful than would conventionally be allowed.

  • The bhava occupied by Rahu becomes a site for sudden leaps forward, sometimes splendidly awesome and sometimes catastrophically disastrous.

  • In general, Risk-rewarding Rahu's achievements are false or unsustainable. After the passing of the period of Rahu which empowered the Big Leap Up, the native will revert to one's lawfully earned (according to Shani) social status unless lawful Shani supports Rahu is some structured, steady, routinized way.

The nature of the catastrophe is known via Rahu's ruler . When Rahu's ruler is a highly impressionable graha like Chandra or Budha, the lord of the lord will be a causative agent alsor.

Rahu breaks social boundaries on Sex, Death, and other Taboos

  • Rahu gives the spirit emotional permission to break taboos and manifest passions long suppressed in the subconscious.

  • Because social moral codes are essentially systems of taboo-management, taboo-crossing Rahu is associated with breakdown of the moral code.

Rahu represents a foreigner, one who is polluted, a taboo-breaker, who looks or behaves in a strange or peculiar way, one who deals in vulgar or forbidden substances, or things that have been used by others and thus carry a hidden cargo of others' psychic imagery.

Rahu's portfolio includes psychic pollution from wearing others' clothes or handling"recycled" items such as animal teeth, horns, skins. Forbidden substances typically include human blood, corpses, and offal, but each culture has its own unique proscriptions. ( E.g., meat or alcohol for some; lying, profanity, or varieties of sexual behavior for others.) Rahu represents whatever the home culture holds as 'taboo'r.

For some people, it is very frightening to be swept up in an uncontrollable current of desire, because along with the excitement there is a terrible fear of rejection and death.

  • If Rahu is associated with a malefic graha, the person subconsciously remembers the ill-effects of breaking taboos in parallel lives , when they likely were driven out into the wilderness by their angry tribe - and died.

For other people, Rahu is almost blissfully high adventure.

  • An investor with a"good" Rahu might take huge financial risks with his own money in a speculative business venture - and turn a fine profit.

A diplomat might marry a handsome but illiterate foreigner whose simple graces much assist an international career.

A Hollywood celebrity might build an worldwide recognition by flaunting sexual, blood, knife, death, age-gap marriage and extramarital affair taboos in sensual, feminine style.

  • Mighty Heart 1975- drama-activist Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie achieved remarkable stardom during her Shukra/Rahu period, 11/2002 until 11/2005. Followed by a fertile Jupiter period, producing children.

If Rahu is associated with a benefic graha, the person subconsciously remembers the privilege via glamorous or unusual effects of expanding their tribes boundaries in a socially appreciated way.

  • For example, the taboo on exotic marriages does not apply to royalty, who frequently marry foreigners to gain alliances for their tribe.

  • A person carrying positive past-life memories of a tribe-pleasing foreign bond or shamanic funeral where all the evil spirits came and were dispersed, will be much more likely to enjoy Rahu periods in the current life.

How Taboo concept works (very simple version):

There is nothing inherently frightening or evil in taboo objects or behaviors. Different cultures set different boundaries. There is no single taboo shared by all societies.

  • Rather, each culture trains its members to detect its own boundaries with psychic, emotional, and physical warnings that scream"we don't go there" . Members are trained to believe that if they * do* go there, they will be ostracized - and die.

Normally, children are socialized to feel frightened or disgusted when one approaches a taboo boundary.

Physically, when approaching an extremely taboo object, a properly socialized adult might become nauseated or even faint.

What objects or behaviors are taboo?

Taboos are usually necessary or inescapable items which are forbidden by the culture. Ask any anthropology student :)

  • In traditional societies, Rahu people are outcaste workers who handle objects that are taboo across a broad range of cultures, such as corpses, feces, and spoiled food. In some societies, animal meat and leather are also taboo. Rahu people will be found in butchery, and leatherworking.

  • In some societies, certain sexual practices or partners are taboo. Again, Rahu people will be found"pushing the envelope" of social tolerance. In rural Nepal, childbirth is taboo. Childbirth is considered dangerous not only for the birthmother and child, but for the entire village. Rahu people there are midwife-shamans. This is not a medical job. The midwife-shaman's task is to manage the evil spirits.

  • In medieval Europe, the"interest" on loaned money was taboo, as was psychic divination. Yet, there was a great need for these services, so two outcaste groups were retained for the purpose. Outcaste Jews handled the taboo money, and Roma (gypsies) handled the taboo divinations.

As you can see from these social examples, Rahu groups and individuals can have a lot of power because they provide essential services. However, they are frequently also in danger because of their taboo stigma.

  • Periodically, unstable societies go on conformist"cleansing" binges that place Rahu people in serious peril.

Try to have your wits about you during a Rahu period , and appreciate that what spells pleasure to you is likely to spell fear and loathing for others.

Have compassion along with your passion, and be skillful in the way you push the envelope. Don't let Rahu mislead you into thinking the adventure has no consequence, unless your culture is very tolerant and stable.

Rahu effects in practice:

Rahu-Ketu bhukti in a normal, otherwise-balanced western person will create an era marked by unusually high"emotional permission" to cross taboo boundaries.

For example, Rahu the Rakshasha gives permission to break these common social taboo barriers (common to many societies worldwide)

  • marry outside one's tribe or ethnic community

  • have an extramarital affair

  • eat meat; gamble; dance; be naked

  • perform magic and foretell the future; talk openly with spirits

  • explore taboo sexuality.

  • Rahu permits much more direct engagement with matters of ritual pollution - or even physical pollution - such as dealing with blood or corpses.

It gets physical when ingesting taboo/illegal drugs, or excessive/taboo amounts of a sanctioned intoxicant like alcohol. Or when a person from a culture where meat (or a particular kind of meat) is taboo, starts eating those taboo/polluted foods.

For example, a foreign student from a strictly vegetarian family might travel to a cow-eating country and find themselves eating cow meat.

  • During Shukra-Rahu bhukti, Satygraha 1869-1948 Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi made the decision to leave his traditional Gujarati family in order to complete law school in London Gandhi reported that while living in the highly irregular, mixed-religion environment of metropolitan London, he had a conscious, life-changing struggle with numerous religious taboos, especially eating animal meat. This struggle morally prepared him for later work releasing caste taboos in So. Africa and India.

For an example of the taboo impact of extramarital affairs, UK-King 1948- Charles-3

What to expect from a Rahu bhukti?

Depends on your culture, and whichever planets are yutiRahu, or receive graha drishti from Rahu.

The two biggest Forbidden Zones in American society are Sex and Death. So, Sex and Death are where we see the dominant effects of Rahu for westerners:

  • extramarital affairs,

  • homosexual, polyandrous/polygamous union, or other taboo-sexual emergence;

  • intense erotic attractions * akarshana * of all kinds

  • exotic/exogenous marriages; including foreigners, class/caste gap and age gap

  • suicide, infanticide (abortion), ritual murder; and other taboo sorts of death

  • Anything that * combines * Sex and death in ritual form

Rahu does produce the occasional Pentecostal snake-dancer and other tantrik-tantric outcroppings, but middle class folk will find that most of their Rahu adventure is centered around a core group of secret, forbidden activities

  • extramarital affairs and other forbidden sexualities;

  • illegitimate pregnancies and abortions;

  • Occasionally, suicide in the family.

Inter-racial and inter-faith marriages are much less taboo in America than they used to be. But still, one of the most common effects of a Rahu bhukti for the strong Rahu person (who has Rahu drishti to the marriage house) is to cause exogenous marriage , a marriage outside their caste, class, religion, or tribe.

Other Rahu marriages are those with a major age gap , where the spouse is old enough to be one's parent or grandparent (because it resembles parent-child incest).

Another interesting pattern in marriages made during Rahu bhukti, = they tend to end in divorce either within the same Rahu bhukti that caused the marriage (in other words, within 3 years maximum) -or- at the subsequent Rahu bhukti (which might be as long as 18 years in the future).It is not so simple as saying that if the marriage was made under Rahu then divorce will also occur during a subsequent Rahu period. There are multiple factors required to create a Divorce . Still, it is a common pattern that warns the Jyotiṣika to be on alert.

In the Rahu-dominated entertainment industry, interracial marriage bears little stigma, and as an attention-getter it can be a public relations plus. However, outside of this subculture wherein"there is no bad publicity" , exotic marriages eventually do become stigmatized, on both sides.

False love, lust and material desire posing as love

"Q. How to read from a horoscope that a person is prospering in magic-mesmerism?

A. Rahu governs magic and mesmerism. If he occupies the 10th house or aspects it, we can say that his earnings are through magic or mesmerism."

300 Combinations 1912-1998 Jyotiṣika B. V. Raman A Catechism of Astrology , part II page 4 [4th edition 1992]

The three anchors of human incarnation are

  • Lagna, the physical form or rupa

  • Surya, the positive Will or Intention

  • Chandra = Manas , which includes not only feelings but senses, images, perceptions - the Whole Mind

Comforting Chandra activates hopes dreams emotions fear aspirations imagery and all the other ocean of mental-emotional experience which is Manas. Chandra activates a huge territory!

Rahu is a disturber of the Moon which means He is a disturber of Manas, the Mind.

Because they do not directly own any sign or house, Rahu and Ketu function primarily to *amplify * the power of the ruler of the house they occupy, and also to amplify the power of any planets which share their occupying house.

Rahu in lagna sends a 7th drishti upon bhava-7, which often makes the first marriage partner a foreigner. If other aspects to kalatra-bhava are good, that foreigner might be a wonderful person.

Rahu's drishti means that the marriage partner will practice different cultural habits from the native . Even when the aspects are less benevolent, marriage may survive despite severe psychic and social imbalance-seeking-a-remedy between the partners due to their mutual fascination with the strangeness of the Other. (Frequently this Rahu aspect means that, among the marriage-makers Shukra, Rahu, or lord of 7th navamsha, this native will marry during a Rahu bhukti.)

Rahu bhukti often incites impulsive, short-lived marriages. (Perhaps all county courthouses should have astrologers posted at the marriage license counter to impose a" cooling off period" for anyone trying to get married during one's Rahu bhukti!)

For example:

Rahu rising in Simha puts Ketu in Aquarius, 7th house. Ketu/7 brings qualities of unworldliness, social instability, escapism, and psychic attunement into the marriage. Ketu here will also magnify the power of its Professor Shani , enhancing the qualities of dutifulness, resignation, and subservience to public opinion that Shani already represents.

A person with Ketu-Kumbha/7 will tend to enter their first marriage based on social opinion rather than personal choice, and remain in that marriage long after it fails due to Ketu's retreat into fantasy and denial.


Rahu destroys The earthen body while Ketu creates The earthen body , Rahu is associated with intense desires (including obsessions) which are energetic overloads for The earthen body , thus Rahu is a destructive force.

Ketu actually creates and maintains The earthen body by anti-doting or negating the effects of desire.

Psychically, Rahu is a Taboo-breaker.

Rahu surges with so much desire to achieve His goals quickly and by whatever means necessary that in His process He breaks taboo.

The more fierce the social taboo, the more tempting it is to Rahu ... To try to slither under it, over it, around it... but not to be stopped by it. Because Rahu knows that Risk Pays, when done cleverly.

At least, He thinks He knows.

Therefore, he has a bad reputation as an enemy of organized society. Planetarily Rahu is the arch-enemy of Shani, ruler of social conformism, stability, and rules.

Taboo = a psychological mechanism that makes a particular thought"un-think-able" or a particular action"un-do-able" .

Rahu and Satan

There are many parallels between the behaviors of Rahu in the eastern myths and Satan in the western lore. The biblical story of the Fall from Paradise is familiar to adherents of the Desert Traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).

In Paradise Lost, Milton's gives voice to Satan in the Garden of Eden, who says:

O sacred, wise, and wisdom-giving plant

Mother of science,

I now feel thy power

Within me clear not only to discern things in their causes

but to trace the ways of highest agents, deemed However, wise

~~ John Milton,

Paradise Lost (1667). Ch 9.679-83

The dangerous empowerment gained from a drop of Amrita nectar changes to the evil consequences suffered from the bite of an apple; the palace of the gods changes to the garden of Eden; and the Naga king wanting his own divine powers changes to a satanic snake wanting to give that power to unprepared others. The effects in both versions are legendary.

Rahu creates a psychic gateway, through which miraculous and/or catastrophic changes emerger.

Rahu releases subconsciously stored desires.

These desires were often rather violently suppressed in parallel lives because it was impossible, inappropriate, or dangerous to manifest them in the old life. In the current life, when Rahu becomes strong, the desire resurges powerfully, "sprung" with the full force of long suppression.

During Rahu periods, folks often wonder "what hit me?" Suddenly the feelings change with hurricane force. An intense new hunger for a person, substance, or experience arises. One feels willing to sacrifice all life stability in order to gain this burning desire. Once achieved, however, the object of desire becomes repugnant, revolting, hideous... and so the inevitable and permanent cycle of attraction-repulsion * akarshana ** vikarshana * makes a yo-yo toy of the mind. Everything becomes dramatic, extreme, a violent roller-coaster of desire and revulsion ... until finally, the Rahu period expires.

Rahu creates obsessive-compulsive behavior, passions, OBSESSIONS. His special forte is sexuality and money, jealousy and greed.

Rahu is responsible for sudden, impulsive marriages. Within relationships, Rahu can function as Venus's "evil twin" - causing us to mistake hormonally-driven passion for enduring love. In romance, under Rahu's influence, one may become obsessed by a person, idea, substance or pattern that you knowis bad for you - but the addiction or obsession is so powerful that one becomes utterly enslaved.

One could feel compelled to marry the object of desire (even though one knowsthis relationship is highly unstable), just to control them -- or to try to get your obsession, guilt, or grief under control.

However, if you are in Rahu's grips right now, take heart! Although Rahu periods do create these marriages for less conscious folks, if you are conscious enough to know that Rahu is operating and you find yourself immersed in a powerful attraction-repulsion take the scriptural advice and resist marriage!

During its reign as mahadasha/bhukti-pati, Rahu will"light up" its rashi sign within navamsha. E.g., if Rahu occupies Simha in radix, then Rahu's period's will"wake up" Simha's house in the navamsha too. Rahu's navamsha rashi should define how your romantic and sexual passions will be running during Rahu.

Rahu's bhukti always disturbs some aspect of life. However, if Rahu is yuti a good planet it can also magnify the good planet's effects. As B.,V. Raman notes, Rahu frequently makes serious trouble in one department of life while simultaneously improving other departments. This seems to be the price one pays for a step up in consciousness which Rahu produces by"pushing the envelope" in the houses He owns and aspects.

Professor Ketu is Professor Rahu's diametrically opposite force.

Similar to the classrooms of Professor Shukra and Professor Brihas-pati, Professor Rahu's classroom is sensualized and welcoming in its cultural environment.

Professor Ketu's classroom has qualities of coldness and apathy, neutrality and disinterest in active change. Ketu's classroom in these ways can be perceived as similar to the cultural environment of the classrooms of Professor Shani (cold and disinterested in changed) and also similar in some ways to the classroom of Professor Mangala (unconcerned with the consequences of selfish or violent actions).

Whereas Professor Rahu is passionate and desirous of achieving goals, Professor Ketu is detached and wandering away from attachment to goals. The bhava, degree, rashi, drishti, and other characteristics of Professor Ketu show imagery that has already been manifested by Professor Rahu, that we are finished desiring and now wish to separate from ourselves.

Wherever Ketu is stationed in the nativity, in the matters of Ketu's bhava the person is characteristically detached, impassionate, cool-tempered, and unconcerned with consequences. Professor Ketu serves as a manifestation of Shri Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who is cheerfully detached from public opinion, slow-moving, and residing above all the frenzy of material attachments.

T he Great Churner

Rahu is called" the great churner of the oceans of milk" . Rahu is expansive, like Jupiter, but in chaotic and weird ways.

kamakaraka Rahu releases long-suppressed desires from parallel lives . Rahu is the excitement of desire - usually desire for something that is very new, forbidden, unprecedented, or challenges established tradition. After Rahu's desire is released and made manifest the excitement fades as yang swings to yin and Ketu induces apathy. Ketu has "been there, done that"attitude which is often the mask for exhaustion and frustration. More about Ketu here.

Professor Rahu isempowered to brings past-life desires and fantasies into material form in this life. Rahu is the force of passion and desire.

Empowered Rahu is considered to have built up accumulated tantric power from previous incarnations which grant the spiritual power and permission to change stored subconscious imagery into conscious imagery, and through the power of desire, to manifest that image on the material plane. , to have a five-senses, real-life experience rather than just a daydream or a hope. Rahu is very powerful because desire is a very powerful thing!!

Professor Ketu is excellent for meditation and withdrawal from the world of the senses

but understandably Ketu's influence damages any attempt at acquisitions. Ketu will"destroy" marriage in the 7th house because he doesn't really are enough to keep the fires burning.

Ketu is quite unconcerned about financial wealth when He occupies bhava-2 capital or bhava-11 earnings. That doesn't mean that Ketu-2 or Ketu-11 is destined to be poor. Far from it. Ketu-2 or Ketu-11 might have much money at his disposal. But he will not care about the money. He will not take steps to protect money, develop his wealth, or show much attachment to it.

Ironically, because this detached state has no resistance to money, the person might be remarkably financially privileged as a result of past-life labors. Much poverty is caused by resistance to wealth! However, whether rich or poor, he will be neutral on the subject of treasury .

Similarly, Ketu in bhava-5 for children gives detachment toward children. As with money for Ketu in 2/11, Ketu-5 can produce numerous children provided Guru's aspects are fertile, but the parent with Ketu in 5 will be emotionally detached from his offspring - and often frustrated with them.

The first child may be adopted, from inside or outside the Ketu parent's family. Or, the first child may have some birth condition which detaches then from the parent's home, such as a health problem, needing special education, or something else that creates an emotional distance.

Professor Ketu is spectacularly helpful for all matters of meditation and spiritual ascendance. Be sure to visit a temple of Ganesha to enhance your transcendent spiritual awareness. However, if you are wanting to enhance your bank account go see Lakshmi or someone else!

Favorable Results from Rahu

Professor Rahu's obsessive fixation on the object of desire can ultimately yield favorable results. The object of Rahu's desire is usually something material; but still, that material acquisition may benefit others. The catastrophic qualities of Rahu's energy do not indicate anything morally or aesthetically wrong in the desire or in the object itself. Rahu problems are all attributable to the intensity of desire during Vimshottari periods of Rahu. The desire is so strong that it blinds the person to his effect upon others.

In very empowered Rahu situations, Professor Rahu becomes a tragic figure, brilliantly obsessed, unable to detect their own"fatal flaw" which is some fixation on a person or idea, until it is too late: Rahu has ruined His environment, and the curtain comes crashing down. Rahu's ambition that makes it hard for one to see the forest for the trees.

The spiritual bottom line is wisdom. True happiness requires seeing the forest!

Luckily, the spirits protect us. Rahu periods are ALWAYS followed by Jupiter periods. As soon as Jupiter kicks in, we can see the forest again - and value of the previous period of obsession through Professor Rahu then becomes known to us. Toward the end of strong Rahu periods you will notice your tendency to occasionally pull your head out of the sand, and see your higher goals again.

The usual voice-in-the-head effect under Rahu is "I must possess X in order to be happy." Unable to remember that one's goal is "happiness itself" rather than a specific representation of happiness, the person becomes extremely unhappy when the object of their desire escapes them.

Interestingly, staying true to one's desires, However, those desires may be judged socially, IS one of the keys to happiness. But again, honoring one's desires as a path toward happiness, is different from obsessive control and imprisoning possession of the desired object.

Managing desire is the essential business of earthly incarnation. Rahu makes the desires so extreme that Rahu periods for the aware individual can be the peak spiritual education experience. On the outside, the person may appear to be going insane with a fixation - a total control freak.

Yet on the inside, if that person is paying attention, the roller-coaster experience of desire, suppression of desires, volcanic resurgence of the desire, becoming friends with the desire, and finally releasing the desire (whether manifested or not) can be a critically important spiritual wisdom.

Managing Rahu-Ketu with Tonglen Practice


The classical Tibetan-Buddhist practice of Tonglen can be very effective during intense Rahu-Ketu planetary periods.

Professor Rahu creates in His classroom an insatiable yearning hunger , while Ketu gives detachment, disconnection, and despair .

Cycling between these two nodes, during intense periods, one may temporarily feel like the victim of an unstoppable boomerang cycle of primal need and utter abandonment.

Professor Rahu's attachment cycle to experience, possess, and control reaches its natural extreme

then starts Ketu's reverse detachment cycle creating despair, impossibility to be loved or accepted, unworthiness proven by rejection. This cycle can make a person absolutely miserable on the ego-membrane level.

Tonglen, an old Vajrayana Buddhist compassion practice, can give profound relief to the suffering of Rahu-Ketu 's psycho-emotional battering.

The essence of Tonglen is:

  1. Breathe in all the suffering of all people on Earth who are feeling your same pain, including yourself. Be specific. For example, if you have the pain of loneliness, abandonment, or rejection from a lover, say"I breathe in the terrible pain of all those who suffer emotional rejection from a lover."

  2. Breathe out full healing of all those people's pain, including your own. Say,"As I breathe out, may all those who suffer this pain, including myself, receive full healing acceptance from their beloved."

By working to heal not only your own dilemma but also simultaneously the similar situations of others, the healing happens much faster.

The essence of Vajrayana Buddhism = to use the tools at one's disposal for healing and compassion. The primary tool at one's disposal during intense Rahu-Ketu bhukti may well be intense emotional suffering caused by the violent eruption of ancient, suppressed desires along with the ancient, suppressed blocks against manifesting those desires.

Luckily, the scorching flames of desire and the frozen hell of despair are both excellent tools for spiritual education .

If you chose to work with prominent lunar nodes, be willing to use whatever comes your way.

Rahu and Ketu are always weird.

  • Ruling or occupying trine or kendra doesn't make them any less weird.

Rahu-Ketu can be helpful in promoting material achievement if they are beneficially positioned

Most beneficial for ease of nodal expression when there is no incoming graha-drishti toward either node from eitherMangala or Shani

  • Shani vat Rahu chha" . Professor Rahu"behaves better" when Professor Shani enjoys a hospitable rashi and bhava. Shani is thus better able to accommodate Professor Rahu's instruction to break limits in Rahu's bhava while Shani can maintain limits in Shani's bhava.

  • " Bhaum vat Ketu chha" . Professor Ketu "behaves better" when Professor Mangala enjoys a hospitable rashi and bhava. When Professor Mangala is well placed, the actions of Professor Kuja tend to encounter less resistance and direct movement is less problematic.

  • Ketu's disinterest in the consequences of direct, unimpeded movements is thus less influential in the life experience.

  • When yuti either a yoga-karaka planet or the karma-pati

  • According to some authorities (but not all commentators agree) Professor Rahu "behaves better" in Kanya * Partha rashi and "best" when Rahu occupies Mithuna

  • According to some authorities (but not all commentators agree) Professor Ketu "behaves better" in Meena rashi and "best" when Ketu the Releaser occupies Dhanus

Rahu-Ketu are psychic nodes. Their level of effect is set by their Lords and co-occupants.

  • At best , they yield brilliant intuition.

  • Normal effects include occasional insights. Shani can add anxiety about emotional change

  • Malfunctioning nodes particularly when compounded by Shani - can produce severe anxiety, mental/emotional illness, and out-caste status

Very nodal people

  • Radix nodes in lagna

  • Radix nodes yuti Chandra

  • Navamsha nodes in D-9 lagna

  • Radix nodes conjunct Svamsha

  • Navamsha nodes conjunct kundali indriya-lagna

Very nodal people may be involved with /foreign-ness/ to a prnounced degree in their lives. The distinctive foreign components may be foreign ideas, foreign spouse or romance, foreign business or travel, or foreign adoption children, foreign appearance.

Rahu-Ketu transits essentially Reorganize the Personality , by opening the consciousness to a previously undetected level of past-life information. This information arises while reconnecting (Usually, very intensely) with a person, place, or knowledge base from a previous incarnation. (Thus the obsessive connection to things which are foreign in this life.)

Rahu-Ketu effects are felt much more strongly during periods of Rahu or Ketu

" Triple-whammy" effects can be predicted for the nativity wherein; nodes occupy bhava-1 in either radix-D-1 or the first navamsha of the D-9 varga.

For these super-nodal nativities,; the transit of Rahu-or-Ketu or the Vimshottari bhukti of Rahu-or-Ketu can significantly challenge the presumptions and expectations of fixed identity. The ego-membrane tends to assert that identity is a permanent and defensible entity in the world of relationships.

However, it is Professor Rahu's job to mix identities and it is Professor Ketu's job to dissolve identities. Therefore, professor Surya who manages the Ego is likely to feel threatened during influence of Rahu-Ketu Surya comes under eclipse.

Rahu-Ketu bhukti may dramatically change the individual's self-definition, due to new psychic information which breaks through from the subconscious storage zone.

Rahu-Ketu transiting the Radix affects The earthen body /Material Plane . For example, nodes crossing the 1/7 axis in Radix may generate a pregnancy or a surgery to change the physical appearance.

Rahu-Ketu transiting the navamsha affects the astral body (relationships). For example, modes crossing the 1/7 axis or a nodal return within navamsha often bring a dramatic relationship. Often there is a long psychic build-up period, such a partners dreaming about each other before meeting, or a strong but taboo attraction * akarshana *, or other dramatic circumstances which are not so much in The earthen body , but predominantly on the astral

Rahu is essentially a"Shamanic" effect. Rahu connects the person to ancestral spirits -- who are of course everywhere around us, but rarely honored in modern society. Rahu"opens the gate" to essential information/relationships from parallel lives .

Rahu/Shani conjunction, any rashi

  • If Rahu has higher degree, the"shadow" or the shamanic membrane will dominate Shani. Shani's job is to keep order. (Shani activates time and space, the Law, all structures including Clans and Bones.) The"shadow's " job is to shape-shift and show hidden forces. The person will need to find a way to package their shamanic knowledge so that conventional society can understand psychic truths -- which is a mighty task! Early years are bound to be heavy with social criticism, imprisonment, contempt. However, with other good planets, person might emerge in later years as a powerful authority. The key with this combination is *time.* Person must be allowed to mature emotionally, and early dashas must support life.

  • If Saturn has higher degree, shamanic perceptions of Rahu are compressed inside of Saturn. The combination is classically associated with mental/emotional illness. Remember when Peter Pan was robbed of his shadow? He could not find himself. Here the shamanic forces are shackled to for forces of social control. The person knows they don't fit in to the mainstream, but they are not empowered to seek alternative societies - psychic congregations, healing networks - which might provide much-needed validation. Compressed visionary energy may periodically erupt into anti-social activity. A much-imprisoned prophet speaking critically important, highly unpopular truth, like the biblical Jeremiah.

  • Rahu Dasha is time of material fulfillment for Taurus and Libra lagna. [Shani rules] Fortune-fulfilling houses 5, 9, or 10.

Rahu conjunct any other planets enormously amplifies that other planet. [Rahu = enormous, out-of-norm].

With sensual planets like needy Moon, self-indulgent Venus, permissive Jupiter, or the willful Sun, Rahu gives a passionate intensity to the sensual quest. Not always accomplishment, but always desire.

Rahu also amplifies its house owner. If house owner is Saturn or Mars, great need for self-knowledge in order to manage the desires not have the desires manage you.

Rahu dasha is time of ambitious-goals fulfillment when Rahu itself * resides * in house 5, 9, or 10.

Rahu-5 regarding procreativity, children

Rahu in putra bhava = not generally harmful to children. May deny children only if Rahu occupies a 'barren' rashi ruled by Budha and Shani.

In all other rashi, Rahu-5 suggests that the children may develop willfulness (bhava-5 = Will); display extraordinary ambition using exotic methods; or may exhibit genius (5) tendencies to"push the envelope" which can marginalize the children socially even while marking them as unusually confident and creative.

QUOTATION from B. V. Raman, Three Hundred Important Combinations , p. 211,

Bahuputra Yoga

" It is only in the Navamsha of Saturn that Rahu's disposition is held to be harmful."

BPL COMMENTARY That is, if Rahu occupies 5th-radix and *also* occupies a navamsha of Capricornus or Aquarius, then we see extreme results for children due to the natural conflict between Shani the Limit-Imposer vs Rahu the Limit-Breaker.

Male Energy, Sun's Enemy Rahu

Surya is a source of energetic outgoing hot Male Energy; Moon is the opposite, incoming cool Female Energy. (Not to be confused with anatomical male bodies, which run a combination of Male and Female energies.)

Rahu the Darkener causes eclipse of Surya = greatest enemy of the Sun. Rahu symbolizes destruction of Dharma.

(In traditional India, Surya = one of the karaka for a woman's husband; Rahu brings widowhood.)

6th-from-Rahu = 12th-from-Ketu

a challenging and thrillingly provocative locationEasy Rider 1936-2010 artist Dennis Hopper with three important graha in 6th from Rahu = bhava-7 * marital trust * containing Surya, Mangala and Budha. Rahu amplifies His ruler Guru-2-Vṛścika.


Querent is concerned with the social trauma inherent in the Rahu-Ketu returns at age 18-19, age 36-37, age 54-55, and age 72-74...


In context of the Rahu-Ketu return to the indriya-lagna, social trauma may be experienced when Rahu exaggerates ancient desires from within the subconscious. Rahu amplifies the physicalized personality, while Ketu induces doubt and apathy about the sustainability of social connections, especially intimate arrangements.

  • The end result is that one may experience being toosed in an ocean of milk as the Vedas say… caught in the structure of the human condition, wanting what may be structurally unachievable and disregarding the financial health, accomplishment, stability, which is already demonstrated in life. In other words, paying attention only to ineffable desires, and ignoring the tangible blessings of one's life.

  • the grass is always greener on the other side.

  • The Rahu-Ketu return to the 1/7 axis of self-and-spouse is a time of self-empowerment while less attention is paid to the Other, the partner, the advocate. Outsiders may see a shimmering illusion of a self-in-evolutionary-transition, and be unsure of one's true identity.

  • That's the social trauma. Observers can't make much sense of one's patterning. The usual social categorization pigeon-holing is not effective. One may appear socially as a moving target rather than as a person with a fixed identity and fixed location.

  • There is a natural but temporary = 18-month-long, occurring every 18 years = eroding of the bourgeois social connections based on your profession, your property, your marriage, your general status in the community.

The status tags start to fall off… as tone may renovate the physicalized appearance of the personality-energy. Rahu demands self-strengthening in order to accommodate the passionate new desires that Rahu pushes up into consciousness.

Ketu's transit through bhava-7 is not crippling for mid-life adults who have a grounded spiritual foundation, especially educated adults who value the peace of personal solitude.

If one might read Emerson and Henry David Thoreau for 18 months, that disconnected feeling would dissolve into the bliss of profound spaciousness.

Basic stability is ensured by daily meditation = staying in the middle. In meditation, all the intense psychic interference patterns * generated by Rahu wildly pushing desires up into the consciousness * can be smoothed out for a little temporary stability.

But you can see how the Rahu-Ketu emergence of desire combined with the equal and opposite force of severe self-doubt could be really traumatic for a teenager ... That Rahu-Ketu return age 18-19 is usually a considerable social challenge. It's the year many young adults venture into independent living, start college or get that apartment etc. Desires run very strong and it's definitely hard for the more stable older adults to"read" their risk-taking young adult clearly at all!

We both know your female friend who is also having a samchara Rahu-Ketu event Oct 2003-May 2005. Her results will be different than yours, although the theme of strong desires rising to the surface will be strong for both of you. Note that her Rahu-Ketu positions are reversed in her rashi and navamsha charts, indicating her exceptional psychic gifts. She is remarkably sensitive.

No doubt her wealth has been built in part through her powerful intuition that gives her superior timing in all matters social and financial. She may enjoy her Rahu-Ketu return because she'll use her intuition to take another step up in prosperity, getting more of what she wants through more fabulous timing.

Just because you are both experiencing strong nodal transits does not mean you will be hurtful to each other. Ideally, you can inspire each other with higher and higher permission levels - the freedom to change!

The social trauma I was referring to in context of the Rahu-Ketuis more in relation to marriage and other pillars of the social community; less in regard to friendships or professional associations. The social trauma - as I am calling it - is felt most strongly where others put up fierce resistance to your psychic, spiritual, emotional, physical, and philosophical changes.

Professional associates are generally not so deeply involved in your personal life that they would notice the deep churning of a new level of desires; so professional associations don't create the social trauma. Similarly neighbors and community folks don't have that much purchase on your inner life so they don't create major problems in self-definition eitherr.

The troublemakers during Rahu-Ketu are the people who know you well and who have an investment in your behavioral stability . That's first and foremost the spouse, then the birth family, then the in-laws, then close friends of both genders, then professional colleagues and others who are privileged to judge your social performance, then sliding way down the scale of influence the people you may form temporary relationships with including neighbors etc.

The suffering is from resistance to the desires that Rahu brings. Only the people who have a motive to resist your changes will cause you much trouble at all.

The Rahu-Ketu return to especially sensitive points in the chart - e.g. To the Moon or lagna, or afflicting the reigning bhukti-pati - requires us to make major structural changes in our social identity in order to accommodate a huge wave of new ideas about ourselves, especially about the type of relationships we want to be in. As Rahu brings up ancient, unsatisfied desires, we need to see these newly conscious aspects of ourselves reflected in new relationships, new undertakings, new locales. Rahu brings radical change to the house it occupies, when it also transits that house - every 18 years - the in the Rahu Return.

Gochara kamakaraka Rahu via bhava-7 = surge of desire in the spouse's behavior.

Rahu transiting His natal place in the karma-sthāna-10, by contrast, can bring radical changes in the public view of the person, causing shaming-scandal or celebrity (or both) if the supporting planets are strong.

The effects of Rahu Return depend very much on the house. Yours is occurring in the 7th house so you can bet the agent of change will be the spouse, and the locus of psychic impact will be the marriage and your social definition of yourself as a married person with all the many social implications that identity has for all the people around you.

Your friend who is experiencing the Rahu-Ketu return in her 4/10 axis won't make major social identity changes in her life. She will be the effect of other people's opinion of her, but she won't be the agent of change herself. As long as samchara Rahu-Ketu don't engage the natal Moon or rashi lagna, the Rahu Return can be interesting without being traumatizing. Her social status will rise up because Rahu occupies her manabhava-10 representing public reputation, social status, rank, and position. She'll have fun with being a more public person for 18 months.

To the extent that the public criticizes your changes (your instability or difficulty establishing clear boundaries) they could hurt your feelings temporarily during the intense 18 months of Rahu-Ketu transit to your indriya-lagna.

Yet, as long as you are wearing your Buddhist hat, you may instantly recognize the hidden compliment in this type of criticism. Creativity positively requires chaos. If you hear criticism for your chaos, translate it as validation : it's really a compliment to your creativity!

Professor Rahu and Professor Ketu are transformative agents. Their classroom instructions do not warrant fear. We Americans thrive on change. We make heroes out of those who buck the system, break boundaries, and take chances. If you have chosen to identify with this diverse, democratic society, you are entitled!

Enjoy Professor Rahu churner of the ocean of milk as He exposes the human condition and entertains us richly in the process!

Q: You mention that Rahu is a trouble-maker. Will all periods of Rahu be difficult for me?


It depends on how you define /difficult/. Those who like to take thrilling risks and enjoy the potential gains may experience Rahu bhukti as the most memorable and defining periods of their lifetime.

Professor Rahu's instructions are inherently difficult for individuals whose permission to act depends heavily on receiving via social approval through conformity.

Professor Rahu's instructions are inherently exhilarating and stimulating for people who are naturally independent and thrive on materializing long-held desires via self-claimed empowerment.

Organized cultures generally do not sanction sudden changes in behavior or trespass of the moral code.

Rahu folk, whether they are strong Rahu at birth or only temporarily insane from Rahu sub-period, often receive some negative social reinforcement while they are adventuring, having intense (often taboo) romances, or breaking other social codes in order to realize their deepest dreams.

It depends on the overall tenor of the chart whether the person is spiritually conscious enough to turn Rahu's extremes to conscious profit.

Rahu is anti-conformist. It is said that the two strongest human desires are (1) to mate and (2) to conform. So you can see how Rahu has developed a reputation as a serious malefic. He prevents a person from conforming to social taboo. Rahu's job is to push passions to the surface.

I personally value Rahu because I am an independence-loving American and also because I think skillful transformation is generally a good thing, a spiritual refreshment.

But Rahu is for obvious reasons associated with shaming-scandal, barrier-bending, taboo-twisting , excess, etc. so "skillful" is really the key :)

Q: Nativity features Rahu rising in Meena, already established in a tantric lineage, who sought to optimize Rahu's influence during Shani-Rahu bhukti


... Attractions * akarshana * during Vimshottari periods of Rahu are intense, psycho-sexually compelling, tumultuous, taboo, involve foreigners/foreign behaviors and ideas/strange and wonderful experiences. You should be most attracted to accomplished religious students in your own lineage, who have darker complexion or possibly a darker-more-mysterious mentality. Preferred partners during Rahu are rich, religious, mystical, and magical.

You are stimulated by foreign travel and will attract romantic interest while traveling, especially when your tantric interests guide your travel choices. So, if you want romantic excitement, travel! Watery environments especially lakeshores [Rahu in Pisces rising] are auspicious for lover.

Rahu is a Naga, so as long as Rahu is your bhukti-pat you will get comfortable and pleasing results when you direct your puja to Naga deities for increasing love-passion in your life. Ask your teacher for recommended rituals.

I know I' m preaching to the choir here, but do be CLEAR and detailed about what you want in a lover -- to avoid the spirits playing havoc with your hormones and bringing any old raggedy shaman into your sanctuary. Rahu is associated with disasters, so unless your meditations on love are focused and aware, Rahu can bring in some bizarre lovers! On the other hand, maybe you like the MilaRepa (Tib = " ripped-clothes ")

Rahu is very adventurous and pro-change. Rahu likes big exciting moves, but Rahu is time-lord for only a short time = your age 52-55. Shani who is the overlord of your life age 39-57 does not like big upsets. Shani is nose-to-the-grindstone, a very hard worker, who is dedicated to repaying the bulk of your akashic-memory debt during his mahadasha.

Shani likes to stay in a fixed environment so he can maximize his service work. I don' t think you will move physically. Rather, because Rahu occupies the ascendant [lagna] which is the personality integrity and physical body appearances, there is dramatic change in your personality integrity and physical appearance!

Also Rahu aspects three houses giving changes in

  • [bhava-5] your relationships with children/students+Lovers,

  • [bhava-7] partnerships business and sexual

  • [bhava-9] Sangha, lineage, and most of all teachers.

However, all changes however profound and/or exciting proceed from a stable, repetitive physical base because Shani is still the mahadasha-pati. Physical moves can be later when Budha Mahadasha starts. For Pisces rising, Budha [Mercury] rules the 4th house so there can be many intellectually-motivated physical moves during Budha dasha, a 17-year-long period of scholarship and intellectual apprenticeshipr.

If you do move it should be only extended traveling, perhaps requiring to put your goods in storage temporarily, but this is not a permanent move because you are not finished with your practical" day job" obligations until end of Shani Mahadasha. To optimize Rahu's occult opportunities for a senior spiritual student such as yourself, I do recommend traveling especially in company of your Sangha, especially under leadership of your teacher(s), and especially to sites sacred to Naga deities (which are usually near bodies of water).

For example holy pilgrimage to Mount Kailasha and its nearby sacred lakes would be very enjoyable and you would most likely combine administrative tour duties with romancer.

Also journey to Himalayan monasteries with introduction from your teacher(s) to assure your status, if purpose of your journey is to deepen occult knowledge, will be very satisfying although rigorous.Rahu can change the body through shocking psycho-chemical reactions, so be prepared to get near-death sick if you try the Himalayan route.

You might consider educating yourself on Naga beings and their culture to determine if you have a taste for their way of doing things. They are very powerful and subtle and they can control a weak mind so to enjoy their company you need to bring a strong mind to the bargaining table!

If you like them and they like you, you can learn to run their intense healing power through your hand chakras and become a fabulous occult healer. Just an option for you that I am mentioning because I know you have a high level of familiarity with tantric culture already… not something I usually mention to folks who ask about Rahu!

Rahu astrologically is the Naga King - a giant snake and control being - so find out more from your teacher or even on the internet these days, if you are interested in the esotericar.

Don't let Shani overwork you. You will not be much good to anyone if you are exhausted. Having said that, Likely the prognosis for tantric development of all types is superior under Shani-Rahu… Not only intellectual studies and ceremonial service to your teacher, but also personal love, is fully included in" tantra" .

If you are doing well in your magical studies you will be attracting sexual healing energies of all kinds, including passionate love. Under Rahu, great passions and great healings arise.

Nativity features Rahu position combined with a powerful Rahu bhukti raised subconsciously-held self-doubt and self-contempt acutely to the surface.

Especially troubled by the intense but forbidden desires of The earthen body and the effect of those desires on the social personality.

Poisoning events in her family; tempted to indulge in scandal. (Rahu Mesha bhava-1).


I keep coming to these points in my life where I'm completely disgusted with my life and no longer feel life is worth living.

I'm hoping that a good psychic person can read where this energy is coming from and help me clear it. I feel like I'm churning inside and most of the day I am in a sort of a trance.


Rahu gives a lot of that churning that you're describing, but it also usually propels a person into an exciting change of some kind. It is likely that Rahu is working well for you and you will achieve the change you desire.

The trance state is a typical Rahu result caused by intense activity of subconscious materials moving up into your conscious awareness. We become fascinated with the internal spiritual movements and don't register much of what's happening in the conventional social world during periods of Rahu the Shaman! Those points of disgust are also part of the cycle of Rahu. We all have them; Rahu rising people have them more often. Rahu is the force that makes us re-incarnate. It's a pretty disgusting process, turning our beautiful free cosmic flying spirits into meat-bodies. I agree!

A good psychic can in fact assist you in locating those points, but you can also do the work yourself. I personally think you'll have better results by being ruthlessly honest with yourself. Now is the time for intensive journaling. your communication skills are powerful now - expansive, creative, and * deep.*

One suggestion: Rahu in your chart lies at the birth point, so it is double strong. It is entirely possible that your mother did not want to be pregnant when you were in her womb. But you were a strong little spirit and you survived. Of course maternal instincts are very strong, and she learned to love you once that charming little baby had arrived! However *anyone* with rising nodes (Rahu-Ketu ) had some dramatic events in the wombr.

It is ikely, astrologically speaking, that your events had to do with not being wanted. Since Aries is associated with Metal and Rahu with that notorious churning, there may even have been an attempted abortion involving heat and a metal implement. This prenatal memory, if it exists, would be cycling up quite strongly now, under effect of Rahu bhukti.

It is also possible that like any woman with severe morning sickness (I can attest!!) she resented the little fetus and its poisoning effect on her host body - she might have just said, like any mother, my god I wish this pregnancy was finished tomorrow - in other words, I just want to stop feeling disgusted and nauseated. (Really, the first three months of natural pregnancy are total hell for many women.)

And the little spirit-in-a-fetus (you) might have completely over-reacted and thought you weren't wanted. These days enlightened moms are very careful about what they think and say while pregnant; we realize it isn't just a short-term medical conditions, but a huge psychic and spiritual event. However, there are plenty of non-enlightened moms who are available to assist in creating the proper prenatal trauma to serve the spiritual programs of their babies!

If you choose to visit a psychic, you might want to ask specifically for any prenatal information, to see if the astrological view can be confirmed with the psychic method. Of course you will not want to prejudice the reader with any specific imagery - just ask for prenatal, and focus on the earlier months of the pregnancy when mom's friends and relative might not Yet, have known her condition.

Also, when exploring your long-suppressed memories, RAHU'S SPECIALTY, be very very gentle on yourself. This stuff is pretty scary - in the psychic world it's called core invalidation" - negative messages from the mother while in the wombr.

The interesting thing about Rahu rising is that people who have it, like you, do have cycles of self-disgust most of their lives -- but that is essentially because they set exceptionally high standards for themselves. Then they criticize themselves - brutally - for falling short of the mark. They usually feel that their very * Survival* depends on being not just OK, but exceptional. So, interestingly, they are always extraordinary people of exceptionally high accomplishment.

See what you can see yourself, and do try some intensive journaling - the planets are really with you now to write, write, write. If you will simply ask in meditation to be connected to a healing spirit guide, presuming that the higher forces want you to be connected to one, you certainly will be!

Tarot: see Joan Bunning's description of the Wheel of Fortune Card insight into Rahu-Ketu


I have a challenging Rahu situation. Rahu occupies a dushthamsha in both radix and navamsha, His lord is fallen, and it looks like He can cause a lot of trouble in my life. Actually, Rahu has already shaken up my life since His mahadasha started a few years ago.

I've read that spiritually speaking one should follow Rahu's path and just get into whatever Rahu creates, as deeply as possible. I'm scared of constant turmoil and the threat of harm, but if I'm supposed to just plunge into it for better results, I guess I will. As they say, what doesn't kill you will make you stronger... What do you think?


My own view of Rahu is psychic, as in intuitive perception - rather than spiritual, as in divine enlightenment.

Rahu governs the function of releasing stored, unfinished desires from the subconscious into the conscious. Rahu releases the Learning Pathway code which triggers intense, taboo-breaking experiences.

Rahu craves prestige. The usual objects of passion-for-prestige are entrancing people, forbidden knowledge, and cultural status objects.

Rahu increases sexual power, magical power, and political power.

Remember the myth of Rahu. He wanted the power of the gods. He did"whatever it takes " to get that power. It's a terrible price to pay, to have your body split in half and wander the universe insatiably thirsting for power, but that's who Rahu is and that's what He does. He is an endless machine generating desire, desire, desirer.

There probably is some point at which the enlightened being learns to use the"new brains " that are attached to the human reptile brain stem with such skill that the desire function of the reptile brain gets totally managed by higher thinking.

At that point, the person would stop reacting to past trauma, and stop reincarnating in the Earth. They would have exhausted their desire inventory; they wouldn't have any use for an Earth incarnation and they wouldn't be influenced any more by Rahu.

For most of us who can count on being trapped in the earthly reincarnation cycle for the foreseeable future, Rahu's ego-driven power cravings are super dangerous -- although inevitable -- and the very essence of non-enlightenment.

Rahu leads to ego-inflation and excessive permission, which will always get the person in trouble socially and might destroy their personal spiritual life for the rest of the working incarnation.

Having said that, there is a school of thought (tantrik) which reasons that the best way to burn off as much subconsciously stored desire as quickly as possible thus speeding arrival at enlightenment, is to follow Rahu's desires with enthusiasm and vigor.

I subscribe to this view, with reservations. My main reservation is that for this strategy to succeed, the person much be very conscious or have a conscious external teacherr.

Very few humans meet this condition.

Therefore Rahu's periods; tend to generate exciting-but-upsetting results for most people, most of the time.

However, with basic risk management skills in place, it can be an exhilarating experience to break the rules and see what innovative, creative, class-caste-limit transcendence can be accomplished. It can be invigorating for the soul to crash through rigid social barriers and catapult above externally imposed limits.

The old saw about 'you have to learn the rules to know how to break them' is very true for the successful utilization of Rahu energy.

But most people don't have a mature, objective understanding of social control processes. Most people don't understand why the laws exist in the first place.

Most people are immature with fragile, traumatized egos that trap them in their own personality. Therefore most people can't utilize Rahu energy successfully. Rahu utilizes them! Rahu causes risk taking behavior and breaking social taboos which makes big trouble for all but the most conscious negotiators of the Lawr.

If you think you have the skills to follow the instructional programme of Professor Rahu,"become more like Rahu" , then surely an adventure awaits. But it would be prudent to have some sort of a safety net: a good formal education, a solid marriage, or a big trust fund to carry one through periods of extreme volatility . Unless one is beset by a feeling of losing control of one's own thoughts and actions, it may be suggested to avoid from conventional mental health professionals. They tend to interpret Professor Rahu's boundary-breaking and category-mixing behavior as reckless disregard for consequences, using adjectives like delusional, and psychotic.

Shambala 1939-1987 Tulku Chogyam Trungpaused to say that unfortunately, the most spiritually sought-after, massively transformative, intensive kundalini rising experiences often get people locked into hospital psychiatric wards.

The western medical community has NO ability to distinguish between sudden-onset enlightenment experiences where the native WANTS to radically explode their ego-membrane structure versus involuntary psychotic episodes where the native does NOT WANT to lose what little control they can barely hang onto.

Just as sattvik calm and Tamasik sloth look equally peaceful from the outside, so Tantrikfast-track voluntary ego-membrane dissolution and severe involuntary psychiatric distress also look equally "insane" to the untrained eye.

Generally, Rahu devotion is much better practiced in the tantrik communities of India where they are culturally prepared and acclimatized to the vicissitudes of Professor Rahu.

Grace_Wilhelm22.gifQUOTATION from Yi Jing, The Book of Changes:

Grace, Ornament

" Its coming is sudden; it flames up, dies down, is thrown away."

" Clarity of mind has the same relation to life that fire has to wood.

Fire clings to wood, but also consumes it.

Clarity of mind is rooted in life but can also consume it.

Everything depends on how the clarity functions. Here the image used is that of a meteor or a straw fire.

A man who is excitable and restless may rise quickly to prominence but produces no lasting effects.

Thus matters end badly when a man spends himself too rapidly and consumes himself like a meteor."



In one of your articles on Rahu, I think, you mention the natal-Rahu conjunction with Lagna in relating to not being wanted.

I definitely can relate to it having gone through several years of that un-nameable yearning for a support never to be found, anger at having been denied or not being wanted at the core, all of which exploded several months ago to the realization that it was the mind positing things around perhaps some facts in order to strengthen behaviors and find a balance around a 'comfortable' operating point.

At that point all of the yearnings dropped, acrimony gave place to understanding. I believe such occurrences can lead adults to regress to narcissistic anxiety( creation of a false self for the constant support or finding validation through other means) if the realization of the complex web of minds' operations doesn't occur.

--a student of Jyotish

A: Namaste:

Thanks so much for your comments on the website articles.

You make a wise observation that the terrible yearning [Rahu] for acceptance - usually as a cover-up for underlying shame -- can in fact lead adults into compulsive narcissistic anxiety.

That process of creating a false self (poseur identity) by which to gain acceptance, does seem to be very much the default result of childhood rejection. When a better result occurs in context of Rahu's tendency to disrupt the fixed identity- like the breakthrough you describe - it is a cause for spiritual celebration.

Professor Rahu is the agent for many extra-ordinary experiences and insights. He provokes subconscious desire for intimate connection to erupt into consciousness.

Rahu desperately wants ego-recognition from the deities; He craves the praise and glory to which They are entitled.

On the lower levels, this sudden realization that the birth identity is unsatisfactory and the desire to change it surreptitiously can cause plenty of homework-problems with social taboos. Yet on the higher energetic levels Professor Rahu can reveal deeper entitlement and connectedness than were ever previously imagined.

wishing you every success in your study of the samayavidya,

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama

Q: Namaste Mrs. Pijan.

... Often in Vedic astrology, the combination of Rahu and Guru is often referred to as Guru-Chandala.

Many times I have read that this yoga has very negative connotations (causing things like deceit, cheating, lying, etc.).

On your site though, you tend to take a very different perspective on it, it seems.

You seem to convey that Rahu tends to amplify any planets conjunct with it and the lord of the house in which it occupies.

Ex. Guru with Rahu will enhance the effects of Guru. This seems to be a far more logical approach to me.

Whether or not this is a good yoga it seems would depend on the dispositor and the location of Guru (bhava and rashi).

So svakshetra or [uchcha] Guru with Rahu would probably be a beneficial planet? Is this correct logic?

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide, it is much appreciated.

A: Namaste,

Yes, correct logic.

[Guru-yuti-Rahu] could not be harmful in every nativity. Sometimes the benefits of a Rahu yoga are strong. Naturally Rahu gives materialization benefits, due to His power to manifest desires. As you say, Rahu is the desire-inflamer and He will amplify Guru's behavior whatever that is WRT Guru's rashi and bhava, drishti etc.

One underlying truth to always keep in mind is that Desire, in and of itself, is problematic for those aiming to achieve spiritual peace.

So, even if Guru is uttama and the person is wise and parental toward the world, shelters and feeds the homeless, loves children, is generous in the extreme .... Rahu may contribute a burning desire for expression of Guru's agenda.

Pretentious Professor Rahu often generates a restless need to satisfy the desire, and desire always leads to another desire.

In this core pattern where Rahu is the perpetual originator of desires, Rahu + any graha typically signifies the occurrence of disruption by desire. risk-rewarding Rahu's characteristic ambitions and quest for privilege may need skillful handling when the craving for Importance erupts.

It may be beneficial to track the Vimshottari Dasha calendar of rotating planetary rulers, in order to optimize one's preparedness for these Rahu-style eruptions of passion-for-the goal that naturally occur at regular intervals during the native 's journey along the spiritual path.

The formula which would predict that Amrita-Stealer Rahu + any graha will produce trouble of some sort is broadly correct. But the scriptural definition of trouble generally means that which disturbs the comfortable and habitual rhythms (eclipses). Rahu-motivated trouble does tend to push one out of the habitual comfort zone. That push may be temporarily unsettling (anti-Chandra) but it can also be helpful for spiritual growth [Guru].

Thanks for a great question!

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya

Q : Namaste Mrs. Pijan,

Usually Ketu is described as the node of disconnection and Rahu of desire. Also, as you have said, they give the results of their dispositor.

Now my question is, what happens when the dispositor of Ketu is conjunct with the dispositor of Rahu. It would almost like disconnection and desire come together or something, which would create a rather peculiar situation.

Just curious as to your opinion on this situation.

A: Namaste,

Great question! However, the answer might be as confusing as Rahu-Ketu themselves.

The result depends almost entirely on the nature of the rulers themselves, their bhava, incoming drishti etc.

For example, if the dispositors of Rahu-Ketu are together (yuti) but in bhava-12, not much will manifest - although the native will churn internally, beset with fantasies and unfulfilled but unpermitted desires perhaps (if Rahu's dispositor is Shani...)

Yet, if those graha are in kendra, the results will be active on the material plane. In putra bhava the effect is largely upon the children, or the political or literary or theatrical career, and the performance-art output will express the inner anxiety of the Nodes (detachment and desire) but only of course according to the karaka and other functions of the dispositors.

Often Ping-Pong pattern of Attraction-Repulsion is seen, running through the narrative of the incarnation. Vimshottari Dasha periods of Rahu-Ketu and Ketu-Rahu would be quite dramatic!

  • POTUS-39 Talking Peace 1924- Jimmy Carter . Dispositors of both nodes are together in his Tula-bhava-12 = Chandra-yuti-Shani-uchcha] In a classic Rahu event during his Ketu-Rahu bhukti, the USA electorate expressed a surprising last-minute turnaround of public sentiment. Unexpectedly, the nearly unknown, outsider-JEC won 1976 presidential election. His Aśleṣā-Rahu-9 occupies the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking 10th-from-Chandra. However, typical of Rahu, at the end of Ketu Mahadasha, he was voted out, and never returned to USA politics. His service venue in distant lands [12] was much longer-lasting [Shani-12]. USA-born JEC's many contributions to global peace have included decades of work in distant lands [12] suffering severe elections irregularities [Rahu irregular].

  • POTUS-42 My Life 1946- Bill Clinton= the two nodal dispositors, nichha Shukra + critical Kanya-Kuja; the pair reside in bhava-1 personality, appearance, embodiment, physique

  • UK-PM Global Alliance 1953- Tony Blair [Chandra-yuti-Rahu] = nodal rulers are Chandra + Shani. juxtaposed in a relative 5-9 angle. Chandra dispositor of Ketu-3

  • POTUS-36 Great Society 1908-1973 Lyndon Johnson= nodal dispositors Guru-yuti-Budha = bhava-10 with a total of 5 yuti graha.

  • For the genocidal Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, dissociative Ketu's ruler Dhanus-Guru casts drishti upon Rahu-Mithuna-12, and drishti upon Rahu's ruler Budha-Mesha-10. Hitler's nativity contains numerous complexities. Hitler was named Führer und fascist evangelist of Germany during his Rahu/Rahu svabhukti.

This would be a fascinating study! It would be valuable to look in detail at the occasions when the two dispositors interact and describe the material-plane outcome.

Psychologically it might be predicted that the person is both mystically inclined [Ketu] and desirous of worldly power [Rahu] in some pronounced fashion where their inner narrative is acted out on a world stage. But it would take a genuine research study to see whether and how true that theoretical prediction might be!

Wishing you and your family every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life's endeavors,


Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya

Q: Subject: Rahu the trickster

Dear BPL,

It seems that if I ever get married, it will be a bukti of Rahu. I read on your site that Rahu weddings are marred by lack of foresight, will a reversal of fortunes in the " cooling off" period. I'm concerned because the only time I have believed myself to be in love is during a Rahu bukti - with disastrous results for my self-esteem. The guys turned out to be opportunist frauds.

How can I reverse karmic repetition in the next Rahu bukti?

A: Namaste,

Seva is a universal corrective to all ignorance and disturbances.

Serve others who are in a worse condition than yourself. You may quickly discern how they are creating their own situation via their repeating thoughts and beliefs. This mirror-image provided by the Seva beneficiary may show clearly the ways in which one's own electro-magnetic initiating thoughts and beliefs are creating the present situation.

If the presenting difficulty appears to be Rahu-characteristic behavior in others, the serve those who have been harmed by opportunistic fraud, instrumentalist deceit, or expedient trickery. In the process of serving, an intelligent person may see clearly the self-narrative of those who are playing a script that generates such situations.

Also be aware that Rahu the Mottler-Mixer often simply indicates racial-cultural mixing, a dappled surface such as animal hides, a spotty patina such as fish scales, a smoky valley, or other scenes with patchy brownish-purple patterns of dark-and-light.

Wishing you and your family every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life's endeavors,

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya


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