A GUIDE TO RAHU/KETU: GOING THROUGH THE HOUSES FOR ARIES/LIBRA
The transits of the nodes, which move every 1.5 years, are a big event as new areas of our life our influenced for 1.5 years and sometimes 3 years because Rahu has a 30 degree aspect on the sign next to it. Below is a guide to interpreting the transit by your rising sign or moon sign.
A Guide for Interpretation:
- Transits are always secondary to dashas. If you are in Rahu or Ketu period or sub-period, the transit will have more of an impact.
- Rahu enters Aries and Ketu enters Libra on March 16th in the True Node system and April 12th in the Mean Node System. True nodes may be felt more in transit. Their impact on a new house is often felt immediately with new issues that come up and changes from the past 1.5. Because Rahu has a 30 degree aspect on the house next to it, it tends to have a 3 year impact and the issues from Rahu in Taurus will not go away for a 1.5 but issues from Rahu in Gemini will finally start to disappear.
- Transits are calculated from the moon and the ascendant and the moon may be more of a mental/emotional influence while transits from the ascendant may impact you more physically.
- The natal planets you have in your natal chart will influence the transit. If you have natal malefic like Rahu, Ketu, Saturn or Mars in Libra or Aries, the nodes interacting with them within 2-3 degrees will be intense while natural benefics like Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in Aries or Libra will soften the impact. Jupiter can particularly lessen the impact of a negative nodal transit.
- A temporary influence may be felt in a negative way if a transiting malefic like Mars aspects or transit Aries or Libra. Saturn in Capricorn in transit is aspecting Libra until April 26th and then again in retrograde motion from July -Dec 2022. Mars will be transiting Aries in July and August and will have a strong influence on Rahu during that time.
- Ketu is headless and it is thought not to aspect because it has no desire. Rahu is full of desire and it aspects the 2nd 5th and 9th from itself and has the most influence on the new sign it moves into. See the guide by rising and moon sign below.
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ARIES RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 1st House
Ketu Transiting: 7th House
If Rahu is unafflicted in transit or in your natal chart with no malefic associations from Saturn, Ketu or Mars then this is a time to purify your system, get your affairs in order and get clearer about your life. Use this time for self-improvement, business relationships with foreign companies and get rid of toxic relationships. Rahu in transit could make you more charismatic, allowing you to be a leader and attract followers, which might grant some temporary fame.
If Rahu is afflicted in transits by malefic associations with natal planets like Saturn, Mars and Ketu then you might be subject to toxins, pollutants, chemical or hormonal changes and it will be important to do regular detox diets. You will have to defend your status and position from others who might snipe at you and try to bring you down. The air element or Vata will dominate so you will need to eat cold and dry foods and focus on calming and unctuous foods and drink calming herbal teas to ground you. Exercise, meditation and yoga will be necessary as Rahu in Aries wants to move too much and calming yoga or tai chi may center you.
If Ketu is unafflicted in transit or in your natal chart with no malefic associations from Saturn, Mars or the Sun, this will be a good time to reevaluate business related activities such as relationships, conditions and contracts. Your romantic partner may need support and your challenge will be to be there with devotion.
If Ketu is afflicted in transits by malefic associations with natal planets like Saturn and Mars and the Sun, then you will be wanting to change business relationships and consider breaking up with your partner if you are dissatisfied. Avoid flying off the handle and throwing out the baby with the bathwater. You will be prone to want to do more travel in search of deep spirituality and truth but if it is not planned carefully, it could lead to aimless wandering with no direction.
TAURUS RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting:12th House
Ketu Transiting: 6th House
If Rahu is unafflicted in transit or in your natal chart with no malefic associations from Saturn, Ketu or Mars, then this a good time for a foreign trip or spiritual pilgrimage or an outing in the mountains. Donate to charity, good causes and do service work but avoid overworking.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit or in your natal chart with malefic associations from Saturn, Ketu or Mars, then you may develop sleep problems because the Vata or air element will be over activated so be quiet in the evening and don’t do heavy aerobic exercise or watch violent action movies before you go to sleep. Avoid eating late. You may develop difficult-to-diagnose ailments and you will have to seek alternative practitioners to find an answer. You may have trouble being grounded or develop foot problems and feel psychologically unsettled. It will be an important time to turn to spirituality, meditation and yoga. Avoid sexual addiction as Rahu transiting through the twelfth house can unearth psychological complexes related to fear, worry and paranoia. Remember that the things that you are worrying about are illusionary and 99% of the things we worry about do not happen.
If Ketu is unafflicted in transit or your natal chart or associated with benefics, then there will be a desire to reorganize your life for the better and move toward self- improvement. Medical and healing work may be aided, and spiritual remedies will be strong.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit or by malefic natal chart associations, there may be a desire for liberation and letting go of what is routine and normal in your life. You may become very unhappy with work (sixth house) and want to change or just not show up, so find a way to modify your situation for the better.
GEMINI RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 11th House
Ketu Transiting: 5th House
If Rahu is unafflicted in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by benefics like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then this transit could bring in powerful new friends and new group associations. There could be monetary windfalls or bonuses but be careful how you invest money at this time with Ketu transiting through the fifth house of speculation and investment. Use this transit to support groups and humanitarian organizations. You could have beneficial relationships with older siblings or unexpected money could come from the Southwest direction. Find new mentors to lead you to positive growth.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by malefics like Saturn, Mars, Ketu and the Sun, then this transit could lead to connections with swindler or con-artists that present things that are too good to be true. Evaluate them in the light of common sense and do your due diligence. You may have problems with older siblings or develop ear infections. Make sure to save carefully to avoid negative cash flow if income gets hit by irregular ups and downs.
If Ketu is unafflicted in transit or your natal chart or associated with benefics like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then there will be a desire to shift spiritual affiliations and spend more time in meditation and reading holy works about theology. Romance may be impacted, and you will need to be more demonstrative about affection rather than withdrawing. Work with your children to make unexpected adjustments and there may be unexpected gains from investments.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit or by malefic natal chart associations, you may be overprotective of children and that may lead to rebellion if you smother them too much. You may attract needy or difficult people in romance or you may receive surprise losses in investments. You may have trouble sitting to meditate and your mind may feel restless and not grounded.
CANCER RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting:10th House
Ketu Transiting: 4th House
If Rahu is unaffected in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then this transit could bring in promotions in career, being seen more, more status, learning unusual skills, success with foreign countries. You may even expect some gain from cordial relationship with people of distinction. You are also likely to get new opportunities in your work front, which would give you higher responsibilities and more freedom. Rahu in the tenth house can produce major changes in your career. You may change jobs, receive a promotion or decide to do something entirely different. Your company could be bought out and an entire new management team could be put into place. This area of life will be a major focus for this entire time.
You may not spend much time at home as a result.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by malefic like Saturn, Mars, Ketu and the Sun, then this transit could lead to having problems with decision making and are not clear what to do. Make sure to take only credit for your achievements. You might be exposed to scandals so be careful before you get into shady undertakings. Finances would require your focused attention or else you may lose some of them. Health could be a matter of concern during this particular time. You are likely to develop sleep disorders, which could also be a result of your constant worries.
If Ketu is unaffected in transit or your natal chart or associated with benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then there will be a desire to reorganize your home and rearrange furniture or your garage. Find a way to make your home more spiritual, get a Vastu or Feng Shui reading. This is a time for spiritual education and a chance to upgrade your job skills.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit or by malefic natal chart associations such as Saturn or Mars, your home may need costly repairs. It is recommended not to buy or sell real estate during this transit. Your emotions may be more sensitive and less stable so be patient and avoid making decisions when your mood is too strong. Make sure your car is in good repair. Attend to your mother and work on healing past challenges. Watch out for undiagnosable problems in the heart and chest area and work on finding a good doctor to get through it.
During this period, Rahu will move through your tenth house from the Moon. This brings in mixed results for you. Hence, if you see a great time during the first half of this period you may have to experience some negative results in the second half of this phase. Finances should be in good shape as you are likely to gain in your field of work.
LEO RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 9th House
Ketu Transiting: 3rd House
If Rahu is unaffected in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then use this transit as a time to support higher learning. Continue your growth as a perpetual student. If you already know your spiritual path, then go deeper with it. If you have not found your path, then you will be on a definite quest. Overall, this is a time to revamp and solidifying your whole belief system. Rahu will aspect Leo so it can lead to charismatic leadership but if afflicted it could lead to poor leadership and self-aggrandizement.
This is an opportunity to examine your beliefs and either reject worn out ones or come into a stage of wisdom and knowing. Pay attention to your father and taking care of him and also to your spiritual teacher. Benefits could come from publishing at this time. You could have beneficial visits to foreign countries for business, unexpected good luck may arise.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by malefic like Saturn, Mars, Ketu and the Sun, then beware of false teachers, if something does not resonate with you on a soul level, then reject it and move on. Make sure you do not get caught up in spiritual grumbling. Keep your ethics intact and avoid unscrupulous dealings. Be careful with foreign travel and spiritual pilgrimages. Health would also require your attention as you may suffer from a few minor ailments at this time
If Ketu is unaffected in transit or your natal chart or associated with benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then there will be a desire to go on an adventure trip and have more fun and this could lead to major transformations. Time for you to take up dancing writing and acting and playing an instrument. Work on your relationships with your younger siblings and neighbors.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit or by malefic natal chart associations, you may have trouble with younger siblings that surprise you with their behavior. Watch communications with others as they may end up confusing. Realize that writing may lead to major re-writing and allow plenty of extra time to get your publications done on time.
If you have been pondering going back to school or obtaining a higher degree or certification then this is the time to do it. The ninth house is about spiritual studies and higher learning. People with this natal placement can become perpetual students. It’s as if they never know enough and try to absorb every bit of knowledge and wisdom they can.
For those of you that are in a position to travel, you will have more opportunities and may hop from one place to another. Avoid any kind of arguments with your siblings. Handle your friends and acquaintances carefully to avoid being forsaken by them. Moreover, due to your cosmic graph, this could be a trying time for your parents and siblings. Avoid bad company to keep yourself away from more trouble particularly during this time.
VIRGO RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 8th House
Ketu Transiting: 2nd House
If Rahu is unaffected in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then this transit could bring in luck through lotteries or insurance money or income coming out of the blue. Use this time to work on your health and trust your intuition as it will be strong. It is time to get your finances in order in general. Sit down with a financial advisor and review your current portfolio and make adjustments. Time to study astrology.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by malefic like Saturn, Mars, Ketu and the Sun, then this transit could lead to health issues and diseases of the reproductive organs or other sexually transmitted diseases. Do not take any health-related complications for granted as it might prove to be life risking for you.
You may also suffer from mental anxiety and unnecessary fear from everything. Keep away from corruption and malpractices as you may end up with the judiciary. You may also have to face humiliation and defamation during this particular phase. People may take credit for work you have done so be kind around that one. Get second opinions on chronic ailments.
If Ketu is unafficted in transit or your natal chart or associated with benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then there will be a desire to study scripture, engage in kirtan or spiritual chanting. Watch finances and expenditures and keep them in order. Time for you to modify your diet and get creative with speech to take up Toastmasters or attend a poetry or creative writing class.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit or by malefic natal chart associations, you may want to be careful with the money that you receive from other sources, it could go out just as quickly as it came in, if you are not careful with your spending. There could be a tendency to find happiness through spending money on material possessions so be aware. Disruptions in your home life could cause you to seek counseling. Breaking family patterns and cycles is very hard work, but it is important that you change it for you and the coming generations.
You may need some dental work as the second house deals with teeth. Make sure that you are getting enough nutrition as you may have a loss of appetite. Make sure you eat fresh foods and avoid vices like smoking, drinking and drug use.
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— “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.”
LIBRA RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 7th House
Ketu Transiting: 1st House
If Rahu is unaffected in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then this transit could bring in a chance to support your partner. Profits in business with business partners may happen and there may be new opportunities for foreign travel for business overseas. You could meet someone new or decide to put more energy into a current relationship. If you do meet someone new, then they will be very different from the people that you are usually attracted to. They could be from a foreign country or a different culture from yours.
During this period, Rahu will move through your seventh house from the Moon. This brings fatigue and worry for you. This is the time when you need to keep away from any kind of property related litigations and trade, as you are likely to lose your property at this time. However, some of you may even gain profit or suddenly progress in your field of trade.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by malefic like Saturn, Mars, Ketu and the Sun, then this transit could lead to problems with relationships at home, avoid any kind of argument with your spouse as this might lead to quarrels. Try and maintain a cordial relationship with your friends and relatives to avoid being deserted by them. You are susceptible to getting involved in an illicit affair with a person of the opposite sex. Avoid this kind of relationship during this time as this might end up ruining your name in society. Pay attention to your health as you may catch some venereal diseases. You may also develop some bile and wind related diseases. The health of your spouse may also cause worry during this particular time. Keep an eye on your behavior and avoid any kind of arguments with your enemies.
If Ketu is unaffected in transit or your natal chart or associated with benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then there will be a desire to increase your spiritual growth. Your intuition may flourish. People will have trouble knowing who you are. You may find yourself having some pleasant surprises. Time for a personal makeover, changing jobs and focus on adding more spiritual content to your life.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit or by malefic natal chart associations, you may have trouble staying grounded and living in the real world. Unexpected changes may hit you and force moving, changing jobs. Be proactive and stay ahead of the curve to prevent excess anxiety. Energy could be wild and high at times and make you erratic so make sure you ground yourself at the gym with weights or hiking.
Ketu, the planet of spiritual enlightenment will be in your first house and this will be causing you to be even more spiritually inclined than before. You will be more intuitive and sensitive to many other realms of existence. In fact, sometimes you may feel that you are not even connected to this world or like you have one foot in and one foot out. People may perceive you as evasive or hard to get to know. This transit can definitely make you more detached in general.
SCORPIO RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 6th House
Ketu Transiting: 12th House
If Rahu is unaffected in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then this transit could bring in advancement in your life despite minor obstructions. Time for you to be proactive and disciplined around health, which means joining a gym, getting a nutritionist or getting an Ayurvedic treatment.
There could be a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Engage in service work particularly with foreign organizations. If you have any legal issues that arise then you have more of a chance of coming out victorious with Rahu transiting your sixth house.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by malefic like Saturn, Mars, Ketu and the Sun, then this transit could lead to service work where there is confusion. Avoid not being too toxic with others by spilling your emotional guts out too much. Stay out of debt and avoid legal complications and avoid getting burned out.
Rahu in or transiting the sixth house can increase the chance of Vata related illness. You have the power to overcome them if you change your lifestyle. This is the time to face any addictions head on and conquer them for good. If you are in a position to hire new employees, then make sure that you conduct a thorough background check. There is a possibility that you could attract dishonest individuals to your company.
If Ketu is unaffected in transit or your natal chart or associated with benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then there will be a desire to disconnect from the world, visit an ashram, or engage in long meditation. Ketu, the planet of spiritual enlightenment and moksha, is transiting the twelfth house of spiritual enlightenment and moksha. Good time to take a retreat, visit India. Work on creating a new life for yourself as this is a time to let go of the past. Through regular meditation and your sadhana practice you can make a lot of spiritual progress in this time period. You may have profound flashes of insight or past life memories. Your dreams will be more vivid and spiritual in content.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit or by malefic natal chart associations, you have to be careful with finances and expenditures which could be irregular. Travel in foreign countries could be filled with challenges and ups and downs.
During this period, Rahu will move through your sixth house from the Moon. This brings in wealth from various sources for you. You may expect smooth sailing on your work front during this time. If you are into trade or business, agriculture or poultry farming you may expect a considerable profit in your respective fields of work. You may even expect some monetary gain from your opponents during this time. Chances are that you may also be benefited by your maternal uncle. Health would require your attention as you may develop some chronic diseases. However, if attended on time, you can be cured of all your ailments and regain your sound health. Socially, you would be in great shape. Your respect and honor in the society would see an upward move during this time.
SAGITTARIUS RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 5th House
Ketu Transiting: 11th House
If Rahu is unaffected in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then this transit could bring in new romance particularly from a foreign partner. You may be drawn to foreign entertainment and foreign movies.
Rahu is transiting the fifth house, this house is the house of the mind and one of the Dharma houses. It is also the house of Poorvapunya (previous good deeds from past lives) and this transit could unlock the rewards depending on whether you have been naughty or nice. Single Aries will have more opportunities for meeting new dating prospects. There will be more passion and romance during this transit. The fifth house is a house that rules over love affairs and courtship. There could be the birth of a new baby.
Investments may be up but be careful as Rahu can take them away quickly. Good time for spiritual reading. If you desire children or new pets, consider planning this carefully. This is the time to put your creative stamp on the world. If you have let some creative hobbies fall by the wayside, then take them back up. They could generate an extra source of income for you.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit or in your natal chart or positively impacted by malefic like Saturn, Mars, Ketu and the Sun, then this transit could lead to difficulties with romance and family planning. Problems with investment might arise or children may become rebellious. Your mind may seem clouded by shadow and doubts about your spiritual practices may arise. You will have many ideas and can even become obsessed with them. You may feel rebellious against others and their expectations of you as a result of this transit. Mentally you may suffer from increased agony and confusion. Your decision- making skill may go haywire making you get carried away to make the wrong decision.
During this period, Rahu will move through your fifth house from the natal Moon. This signifies grief, especially due to matters related to your children. Financially this may not be regarded as a good time for you. Hold tight to your finances, as it is likely to be spent on unnecessary purchases. Health of your parents and spouse may become a cause of concern, as they are susceptible to developing diseases. Matters related to your children may worry you more during this particular phase which is termed as the period of Putra Dosha meaning sorrow related to your son. Attend to any health problem of your children that may come up during this time. Some of you may even find your children going astray or developing some serious ailments.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit or by malefic natal chart associations, you may have friends that suddenly leave or for whom you find that you no longer have anything in common. Beware of friends that drain your energy or are too needy. In general, friends can disappoint you during this transit. Make sure to save money as cash flow could be erratic. There could be disappointments with elder siblings or they are under stress and strain. Find a routine as activity could be erratic and random. Stay on top of checking out new ventures.
If Ketu is unaffected in transit or your natal chart or associated with benefits like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus, then there will be a desire to consider new money ventures that increase your income. This is a time to meet new people and make new friends.
CAPRICORN RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 4th House
Ketu Transiting: 10th House
If you have no malefics like Saturn, Rahu, Ketu or Mars in Aries or aspecting Aries, then the Rahu transit will be a time to learn about foreign people and customs, travel to the Southwest, or engage in buying a new home or residence or vehicle. You may suddenly feel unhappy in your course of work with Ketu transiting your tenth and desire a change at work or take up non-traditional “out of the box” work.
If Libra is afflicted in your natal chart, with the Rahu transit you may have to deal with toxins in your home like mold, insects, infestation, or you may have emotional challenges with your mother or she may be prone to illness.
Ketu transiting the tenth house could positively spur you to do good reorganization at work but if there are afflictions to Ketu, you could feel fragmented and disconnected at work and your reputation could diminish. . You may feel unhappy about your course of work with Ketu Transiting your 10th and desire to make a change at work can happy or a desire to move into a non-traditional out of the box work environment. Ketu has dig bala or dignity in the 10th and its possible that you will have achievements at work but go unnoticed or unacknowledged.
AQUARIUS RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 3rd House
Ketu Transiting: 9th House
If your third house is not afflicted by malefics in transit or in your natal chart, then the third house transits of Rahu will support you physically, make you feel stronger and create more determination and courage to make changes in your life. It will foster creativity for writing projects or artistic development. You might take up Toastmasters and do more public speaking and be drawn to spiritual journeys and short-trips.
If your ninth house is unafflicted in transit or in your natal chart, then Ketu transiting there might lead to a deep spiritual, philosophical or religious breakthrough and foreign travel could be beneficial. It is a good time to write the big philosophical and spiritual tome and get it published!
If Aries is afflicted in your natal chart or transit, then Rahu might create a misunderstanding with younger siblings, or develop moodiness, which could be alleviated by writing or creative activities.
Ketu transiting through your ninth if afflicted may lead you to question your Gurus or teachers and consider leaving them. You might be drawn into switching your beliefs at this time and take a different spiritual path. Foreign travel might be fraught with challenges so have a back up plan and make sure someone has copies of your passports and that you have the flexibility to change airline tickets if something unexpected comes up. If you are working on book, be prepared for major rewrites and that the process will take much longer than expected.
PISCES RISING OR MOON:
Rahu Transiting: 2nd House
Ketu Transiting: 8th House
If Rahu is unafflicted in transit or in your natal chart with no malefic associations from Saturn, Ketu or Mars, then this is a time to clean up your family relationships and possibly profit from foreign investments. Focus on speaking the truth and being cordial and pleasant. You might get a promotion, raise or earn extra money if you can start a side business or venture.
If Ketu is unafflicted in transit because of no natal or malefic associations from Saturn, Mars or the Sun, then your intuition may blossom during this transit. Research, self- discovery and psychological insights could be keen. This is a good time for seminars, courses or sessions with your therapist. Your partner may come into some unexpected money and you may become interested in esoteric subjects or metaphysics, as Ketu in the eighth house could make you much more sensitive to other dimensions.
If Rahu is afflicted in transit because of malefic associations from Saturn or Mars, then finances might be challenged. Money might dry up at times and come in spurts. You have to watch diet and eat pure foods as you might be prone to binge eating to cover up emotions. If you have not overcome addictive patterns than stay away from alcohol and recreational chemicals and do not use sexual activity to cover up emotional distress.
Watch your speech to avoid cursing or rough language so you do not hurt others.
If Ketu is afflicted in transit because of malefic associations with Mars, Saturn or the Sun, watch your health and your hypersensitivity. This may require being more grounded and doing regular yoga and exercise. You may develop hidden and undiagnosable health issues so keep looking for answers with alternative practitioners. There is always an answer out there even if traditional medicine cannot find one.
(Note: Saturn moves into Aquarius on April 26th into degress into mid-July and will throw a 60 degree aspect to Aries where Rahu is but it is not a strong aspect until next year.
Special thanks to Komilla Sutton and Bill Levacy for their insights with these transits.
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