EYE ON THE SKY: NODES ON THE EDGE –RAHU AND KETU IN TRANSITION
The nodes are the edge of the zodiac getting ready to move into new signs. Rahu will move into Cancer and Ketu into Capricorn on Sept. 9th using the true node system which I think is key for transits but in the mean node system it happens on August 17th. In both cases, the nodes are hanging on the edge between 0-2 degrees of Aquarius and 0-2 degrees Leo. Rahu is particularly more vulnerable as it is in gandanta (drowning zone). Planets do not like to be on the edge of signs as they are not sure they are coming or going and are in transition between realms. It brings out their darker qualities. Given the constellations and planets involved, relationship issues can be a problem the next 2-3 months and overbearing use of power could also come up from feelings of insecurity.
Ketu is the most psychic of all the planets and when it is on the edge it can be out of balance in the spiritual world and be too sensitive to other people’s energies and the environment, so it will be important to stay grounded and in the body and do exercise and yoga to stay emotionally and psychically healthy. Rahu out of balance may be too ambitious and may bowl people over so tone down your drive the next few months or you will have a few enemies.
Rahu in gandanta (0-3 Leo) is connected to Aries where it is connected to protecting and will power and leadership and courage but there is a sense of insecurity in the early part of Leo and a movement into materialism where the journey through Magha backwards is ending as it gets ready to move into the more treacherous zone of Ashlesha (26.40-29.59 Cancer) where the troubled knot of deep problems of the soul will seek to unravel the poisons of the material journey it has completed in Leo. This is all happening near Trump’s ascendent and it seems a show of power against North Korea is inevitable with the insecurity that Rahu is experiencing here as it moves close to a trinal aspect with Saturn into Oct. 9th. The solar eclipse on August 21st will also be happening at about 5 degrees Leo also near Trump’s ascendent. Will he make the right choices out of fear or be goaded into an unnecessary war? The US natal chart of 1776 is also running Rahu/Rahu/Saturn so the fear and paranoia energy for the US is also up and the total US eclipse is happening over the US and his the first total eclipse going across the whole US since 1918.
We think that nodes on the edge bring out their darker qualities so Magha ( Westerners call it Regulus) afflicted by Rahu and the eclipse may create arrogance, demanding behavior, indignation, disrespect and cruelty. I think Rahu at the end of the sign may bring out more deception, problems with pollution and toxins and it may promote marital disharmony and incline some individuals toward affairs.
Ketu is moving into the 1st pada of Dhanishta (Aquarius 0-Aquarius 3.20) which is is connected to music and mastery over the material plane. Its nature is very diverse as it can adapt to any situation it finds itself in. This constellation is ruled by Mars and so Mars’s transits this 2nd half of the year will be key for impacting Ketu. Until late August, Mars is in enemies’ signs ( Gemini until July 11th) and these transits will impact Ketu as Ketu will be channeling Mars’ energy. The influence is more complicated in the summer when Mars will be in its sign of debilitation in Cancer (July 11-August 27th) this will churn up more explosive violence and terrorism this summer.
So what does Ketu mean in this constellation? Ketu is connected to the past and past lives and this transit will incite reconnecting with past periods where the soul has done good service work and received good benefits. The transit through the 2nd pada (Aquarius 0.00-3.20) between June and late August is connected to Libra is more problematic as it this pada promotes martial harmony and social and relational activity and Ketu, the mystic and loner will not be happy here and will disrupt the party. So the eclipse in this nodal axis seems particularly difficult for relationships. When Dhanishta is afflicted it can create multiple marriages or partnership, being too concerned with other people’s problems, desire to change residency and the affliction is there with Mars in Cancer until late August and Ketu transiting through it. Ketu, connected to past lives, needs to let go of ego and do self-less service to do well with this transit.
KETU/RAHU AXIS BETWEEN DHANISHTA AND MAGHA:
We are getting ready to leave the Dhanishta/Magha axis by Sept. 10th but we may still have a lot of unfinished business to complete so we need to understand what will come up to complete.
Ketu always brings Rahu with for the ride and Rahu remains in Magha/Regulus (Leo 0.00-13.20) until Sept. 10th in the true node system. Rahu continues to support fame and status and growth in one’s field but being in Ketu’s constellation, it gets confused trying decide between spiritual growth or material success. ( I can personally an attest to this issue coming up in my life over the past 6 months.) Ketu in Aquarius is still in an enemies sign ruled by Saturn until Sept 10th and then for the next year and a half in Capricorn and Mars’ constellation of Dhanishta continues to create a push/pull like a Mars/Saturn conjunction between having the courage to go forth and conquer and at the same time being saddled with restrictions. The key will be to celebrate your material successes and channeling the energy into humanitarian service to gain liberation. The trick will be to see the illusion and maya of the material world and fame and status and use the energy to strive toward something higher. Remember past spiritual achievements and service should propel and inspire you to do more for humanity and not get sucked into the illusion of fame and status that Rahu in Leo and Magha is propelling you toward.
So get ready to be in transition. The energy may push you to change relationships, move, exert power and control, become more paranoid or become psychically vulnerable so stay grounded with yoga and meditation and exercise and wait to make important decisions about major changes until at least November when Saturn gets back into Sagittarius and the notes are out of the last three degrees of their new signs.
Special thanks to my Jyotish Gurus and especially to Bill Levacy and Komilla Sutton and Prash Trivedi for their insights into the nodes
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