Tutorial for the Nodal Significance in a Horoscope
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Rahu and Ketu as Agents or Representatives
- Rahu and Ketu are not allotted the ownership of any sign. They are occupants of the sign in a house. So Rahu and Ketu work as agents, or representatives for the following:
- The planet with whom they are in conjunction with, or aspect.
- The owner of the Sign in which they are placed.
- Example: See Birth Horoscope 1 (above)
- (a) Rahu occupies the 2nd house, it is conjoining the Moon, which owns the 7th and occupies the 2nd. So Rahu will work as an agent of the Moon, and will signify the matters of the 2nd and 7th houses.
- (b) Rahu is aspected by Mars, who owns the 4th and the 11th, and occupies the 7th. So Rahu will indicate the matters of the 4th, 7th, and 11th as an agent for Mars.
- (c) Rahu occupies the sign of Pisces owned and aspected by Jupiter, who owns the 3rd and the 12th, and occupies the 10th. so as an agent for Jupiter, Rahu will denote the matters of the 3rd, 10th, and 12th houses.
- (d) Ketu occupies the 8th house, is aspected by the Moon who owns the the 7th and occupies the 2nd. So acting as proxy or as an agent for the Moon, Ketu will signify the matters of the 2nd, 7th, and 8th.
- (e) Ketu is posited in Virgo in Mercury's sign. Mercury owns the 6th and the 9th, and is posited in the 7th. Therefore Ketu, acting as an agent for Mercury, will signify the matters of the 6th, 7th, and 9th.
2. Rahu and Ketu as Planet
- Keeping in view the above rule and the rule that a planet gives the results indicated by its Star Lord, we may say that Rahu and Ketu give:
- (1) The results of the Planet it is conjoined with
- (2) It gives the results of the Planet(s) aspecting it
- (3) It gives the results of its own Star Lord, and
- (4) It gives the results of the owner of the Sign occupied by it.
Example: From Birth Horoscope #1
- (a) Rahu is conjoining the Moon, so it will first give the results of the Moon - for example - the matters signified by the 2nd and 7th houses.
- (b) Suppose that Rahu is not in conjunction or in aspect with any planet...then Rahu will indicate the results of its star lord, Mercury, and the matters signified by houses 6, 7, and 9.
- (c) Ketu is not conjoining any planet, but it is aspected by the Moon. So Ketu will give the results of the Moon.
3. Rahu and Ketu as Star Lords
- If any planet is in the star of Rahu or Ketu, that planet will signify the matters of the house occupied by Rahu or Ketu; that planet will indicate the matters of the house owned and occupied by the Star lord of Rahu or Ketu; and that planet will denote the matters of the house occupied and owned by the owner of the sign occupied by Rahu or Ketu.Example: From Birth Horoscope #1
- (a) Mars is in the star of Ketu which is posited in the 8th. So Mars gives the results of the 8th house.
- (b) The star lord of Ketu is Mars, and Mars is posited in the 7th, and owns the 4th and the 11th. So Mars will give the results of the 4th, 7th, and 11th houses.
- (c) Ketu is posited in Virgo in the sign owned by Mercury - who is posited in the 7th and owns the 6th and the 9th. So Mars will give the results of houses 6, 7, and 9.
4. Rahu/Ketu as Significators
- Example From Birth Horoscope #1
- (a) Rahu represents the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter. So Rahu should be given preference when we have to consider Moon, Mars, or Jupiter as significator for that matter under consideration, rather than the Moon, Mars, or Jupiter.
- (b) Similarly, Ketu represents the Moon and Mercury. So Ketu should be given preference as a significator in place of Moon or Mercury.
- Rahu and Ketu are stronger than any planet. So, if Rahu or Ketu represent any significator planet, then Rahu/Ketu should be given first preference as a significator, in place of that significator planet.
5. Retrograde Movement of Rahu and Ketu
- Rahu and Ketu are not to be treated as retrograde planets, because their natural movement is in the opposite direction.
Note: All references to the material above are from the work and teachings of Prof. K.S. Krishnamurti, Chandrakant R. Bhatt, K. Subramainiam, Sri M.P. Shanmugam, Prof K. Hariharan, and/or publications in the KP & Astrology Journals/Yearbooks. For Book information, please go to KP Books.