Rahu and Ketu, also known as the nodes of the moon, have been in the signs of Virgo and Pisces, respectively, for the last 18 months. On January 8, these shadow planets will move into the signs of Leo and Aquarius for the next 18 months. If you have the sun, moon, or ascendant in these signs then get ready for action! Rahu and Ketu cause eclipses so those of us with prominent planets positioned in these signs could be quite affected.

Rahu and Ketu are referred to as the shadow planets because they are not actually celestial bodies but mathematically calculated points. Rahu is the point where the moon crosses the ecliptic (the apparent path of the sun) going up and Ketu is the point where the moon crosses the ecliptic going down. They move backward in retrograde motion through the zodiac and are always situated exactly 180 degrees from each other. Therefore, they are referred to as the nodal or karmic axis. They take 18 ½ years to make a complete cycle through the zodiac.

The nodes of the moon are the primary indicators of our fate and destiny. There is a myth about them that involves a demon serpent crashing a dinner party where a immortal nectar was to be served to the invited guests. He disguises himself but is caught out by the sun and the moon. Before the host Lord Vishnu could oust him, the serpent grabbed the amrita (immortal nectar) and drank it down to the last drop. Lord Vishnu was so enraged that he threw a discus at the serpent and cut him in two. The head of the serpent represents Rahu and the tail represents Ketu. To get revenge on the sun and the moon, the beheaded serpent periodically blocks their light, thus creating eclipses.

Rahu is what causes our souls to incarnate as it represents lessons that still need to be learned. Therefore, it can create obsessions in the area of life where it sits in a natal chart. Rahu needs to experience and usually does not do it with maturity. Therefore, it can create painful mistakes in a certain area of life until we learn. Rahu is the head of the serpent who just grabs what he wants without much consideration of the consequences. Rahu gives but with a definite price. For instance, a person may be obsessed with having fame but once they attain it there is no peace because of a lack of privacy and freedom. We watch many Hollywood stars experience this as they get constantly followed by the paparazzi. Rahu also can indicate alcohol and drugs. No explanation needed for that one! I have found many references to Rahu producing “demonic” behavior in astrology texts. Rahu creates an illusion that ultimately disappoints us thus leading us back to the detachment of Ketu. The goal is to balance the two extremes of this karmic axis. Unfortunately, the nodes are areas of life where we tend not to listen to others so we often have to figure it out for ourselves.

Just as Rahu is the material world and entrapment, Ketu is the total opposite. Ketu represents our past lives and what we have mastered and have knowing with. It can cause one to have a “been there, done that” attitude towards the area of life where it is situated in the natal chart. As Rahu brings us into the world, Ketu takes us out. It is a very spiritual planet, representing Moksha and liberation from all things of the physical world. It represents detachment and can take things away. Like physical death, it is the great dissolver and is the most spiritual “planet” of all the planets.

It is very important to know where the nodes are positioned in your natal chart as well as where they are transiting. Where they are positioned and transiting will be areas of your life where you will feel compelled to either focus intensely or detach. It’s as if the events that they produce in our lives are driven by fate. If they are transiting in these signs in your natal chart then this is called a nodal return. This is a chance to hit the reset button on your life.

If your moon is in Leo then Rahu is transiting your moon and this is so important to know. When Rahu transits a person’s moon it causes mental unrest and can even lead to mental instability, especially if the person is already inclined to it. It is important to be extra diligent in your sadhana practice. Be cautious with new people and new romantic relationships that come into your life as they may not be the best for you. It is best to completely avoid alcohol or any other mood altering substance. Rahu feeds addictive and obsessive/compulsive behavior. Find another way to relax like meditation or yoga. Mantras are very powerful in redirecting the mind and changing the energy field around us. Remember this transit happens every 18 ½ years.

If your sun is in Leo then the Rahu transit could help your career success by giving the stamina and self confidence to work hard towards your goals. This could be a time when your career really takes off or you experience a boon.

To see how these transits could affect you read below for your Vedic ascendant sign.


Rahu in the 5th house and Ketu in the 11th house
You will have many ideas and can even become obsessed with them as 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… 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. You may feel rebellious against others and their expectations of you as a result of this transit. Friends may fall away because 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. 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.


Rahu in the 4th house and Ketu in the 10th house
The focus will be on your home and happiness. You may decide to move or sell or buy a home. You could even purchase a second residence or vacation home. This could be a good time to purchase a new vehicle, especially before August 11. You could change your line of work or change jobs. There may even be a buyout or a drastic change in management. Be prepared. If you are not satisfied in your present line of work then maybe you should see a career coach to help you transition into something that you love. You have to have a heart connection and sense of purpose with what you are doing or you will not be happy and fulfilled. Ketu transiting your tenth house could lead you to more unusual or less mainstream types of work. Sitting at a desk all day will just not work any longer. You need more freedom and creativity. Perhaps you will go to Yoga teacher training or the like and start teaching some classes.


Rahu in the 3rd house and Ketu in the 9th house
What you have come to believe or thought you knew could go through a total transformation this year. Your beliefs will be tested and you will feel strongly compelled to find the Truth and get to the bottom of things, to know where you came from and why you are here. There is a possibility of parting ways with teachers or gurus as you no longer feel connected to them. If this happens then know that it is happening so that you can find your own Truth. To blindly believe will keep you in the dark and from growing. It is ok to question other’s teachings for it is the only way that you can become a Knower. It is time for you to access the inner wisdom that you have acquired and become the teacher. Rahu in the third house promotes writing and with Jupiter there until August 11, you will feel to write about your spiritual experiences and spiritual subjects in general. Speaking opportunities could definitely come your way. Travel opportunities to new places could present themselves throughout this period. If you have to pick and choose then take the ones that involve spiritual journeys or higher learning as this will be much more rewarding than just pleasure trips.


Rahu in the 2nd house and Ketu in the 8th house
This axis is all about money and resources, earned and unearned. You could get a promotion or raise that will increase your income. You may take an extra job or start earning money from a hobby or side venture. Money from others could decrease or stop coming in. This could be from sources such as alimony, trust funds or other financial assistance. You may become interested in esoteric subjects or metaphysics as Ketu in the eighth house could make you much more sensitive to other dimensions. Be careful to not overeat during this time as Rahu transiting the second house can increase the appetite. The second house also pertains to food and what we put in our mouths and what comes out. Commit to a sattwic diet and stay away from processed food. As the second house also rules over speech then it is very important to think about what you say to others. Rahu is a malefic planet and when it transits the house of speech it can cause us to have more rough speech.


Rahu in the 1st house and Ketu in the 7th house
Leos have a huge opportunity to re-invent themselves with this transit. Rahu transiting your first house can increase your status and help you get more known professionally or in your life’s work. Jupiter, the planet of grace and guru, will be there as well until August 11. This is a very auspicious conjunction. It’s time to go for it! What is your heart’s desire? If you have been holding back what you have to offer for any reason you will now have the Universe behind you to make some good things happen. This placement also deals with committed relationships and partnerships. They will definitely go through tests and ups and downs. If the relationship has been on shaky ground then there is a strong possibility of a break up. If there is the willingness to work through issues then the bond can become stronger than ever.


Rahu in the 12th house and Ketu in the 6th house
The emphasis is on your health now as Ketu is transiting your sixth house of health and healing. Get anything checked out immediately that seems out of the ordinary. Get second opinions on a diagnosis as Ketu signifies disease or health issues that are hard to diagnose. You may develop or deepen an interest in ayurveda or holistic healing. You are to become your own healer to yourself and possibly others. Through this process you will understand the mind body spirit connection more than ever. Rahu’s transit through the twelfth house can unearth psychological complexes related to fear, worry and paranoia. One of the goals of astrology is to make the unconscious, more conscious. Remember that Rahu represents illusion and the twelfth house is the house of the imagination. Try not let imaginary fear get the best of you. The twelfth house is also a house that represents escape from the world and we do that in unhealthy ways sometimes. Going on a spiritual retreat will be pleasurable. You may travel overseas or to a foreign country. You could feel unconnected and dissatisfied with your work. If you own a business then you may have unreliable employees during this time or they could quit when you most need them.


Rahu in the 11th house and Ketu in the 5th house
Rahu transiting your eleventh house of groups and organizations can bring in powerful new friends. Be careful not to let them lead you astray though. Stay true to your own ideals. You could have monetary windfalls or receive bonuses. However, it is not wise to invest money during this time. Very creative and unusual ideas will come to you that could benefit humanity. Humanitarian efforts will be very rewarding to you personally. Think about how you can give back to the world and do it! If you are thinking of getting pregnant then you may want to wait until this transit passes. You may have the urge to be overprotective of your children that you have care of. Know what is going on in their daily lives but try not to be a “helicopter parent.” It could cause them to become rebellious. If you are dating then you may find that you attract people that are needy or that you pick people that you feel the need to fix.


Rahu in the 10th house and Ketu in the 4th house
This placement is all about your career and your professional standing and reputation in the world. 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. Jupiter, the planet of grace, is transiting there as well until mid August to help the transition that could come. 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. With Ketu in the fourth house of home and family you may have some major repairs to your residence that will be costly. It is recommended not to buy or sell real estate during this transit.


Rahu in the 9th house and Ketu in the 3rd house
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 higher learning, spiritual studies and higher learning. People with this natal placement can become perpetual students. It’s like they never know enough and try to absorb every bit of knowledge and wisdom that they can. 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. Be careful of false teachers. If something does not resonate with you on a soul level then reject it and move on. For those of you that are in a position to travel, you will have more opportunities and may hop from one place to another. Overall, you are revamping and solidifying your whole belief system during this transit. This is an opportunity to examine your beliefs and either reject worn out ones or come into a stage of wisdom and knowing.


Rahu in the 8th house and Ketu in the 2nd house
As with the sign of Cancer, this axis is all about money and resources, earned and unearned. Rahu transiting the eighth house could bring in money or settlements related to inheritance, divorce or an insurance payout. 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. With Ketu transiting the second house, the money that you receive from other sources could go out just as quickly as it came 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. The Serenity prayer is your mantra – “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.”


Rahu in the 7th house and Ketu in the 1st house
Ketu, the planet of spiritual enlightenment will be in your first house and this will be cause for 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. Rahu is in your seventh house of partnership. 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 than the people that you are usually attracted to. They could be from a foreign country or a different culture from yours.


Rahu in the 6th house and Ketu in the 12th house
This is the best placement for the nodes in terms of house placement. Ketu the planet of spiritual enlightenment and moksha is transiting the twelfth house of spiritual enlightenment and moksha. 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 you have any legal issues that arise then you have more of a chance of coming out victorious with Rahu transiting your sixth house. More health issues may arise that you have to deal with. 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.

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