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Transit effects of rahu and ketu
During  2017....



Brihat Jataka sets down that major planets are eight in number (mukhya saptaha) while the remaining do not play a major role.  For assessment of lifespan Bharana and Harana system does not consider rahu and ketu at all as they are shadow planets (chaya graha). The rationalists are always have a thoughtless tiff, claiming the basis of astrology is wrong as these are not planets at all. Not only the high school rationalist but our ancestors too were well aware that rahu and ketu are not substantial heavenly bodies with other planets. I would not go in to purnic episodes of churning the ocean (samudra mathana), everybody knows it.  It is said, rahu and ketu attack or swallow ravi and chandra, as these were the devatas who exposed the demons. Rahu Ketu are celestial points which intercept the path of sun. Some 30 years ago, Indian Scientific astrologers brought the name Dh (Dragon's Head - Rahu) and Dt (Dragon's tail - Ketu) into the boxes of horoscopes. The two points at which the orbit of the Moon cuts the orbit of the Sun are called nodes which are exactly 180 degrees apart. The point of intersection formed when the Moon's motion is from South to North, is said to be ascending node and named Rahu, and the point of intersection formed when the Moon's motion is from north to south is called the descending node or Ketu. It has been observed that the nodes have a retrograde and Rahu stay in a sign for about 18 months.


Transit of rahu during 2017 to 2019Shri Sharma, a very orthodox brahmin went to US (obviously, all intelligent Telugu brahmins land up in US - the distance between India and US being less than the distance between Siddipet and Hyderabad) and fell in love with Sabina Williams and enjoyed western life style for some years. No, it was not a marriage of western and eastern thoughts.  Sabina was not a religiously inclined person and did not come to Mysore to conduct shraddha for the people who died in Tsunami debacle in Japan. But then the problem started - they could not have  children and the search for a solution started. Shri Sharma realized his what he calls 'mistake' (he is resigned to his fate but does not want a separation) and became a dedicated orthodox brahmin. He went to all the temples in India - to the great temple in Kedarnath and also the small & remote temple in Kalasipalyam and visited all the famous and infamous astrologers of India while his wife remained in the hotel.  Shri Sharma fasted and fasted but it did not trouble Sabina, who used to come late from the parties! By the grace of God and his firmest faith in rituals, he was blessed with a son, by name, CH. PSSSVNKRK Murthy.  And praise the Lord, Shri Sharma became an ardent believer in Rahu kalam, Ketu kalam as well as Tuesdays and Saturdays. True astrology is hard to crack, he did not go beyond these topics. He had to conduct upanayana for his son and they came to India as such rituals should be done in the country where Ganga, Kaveri, Krishna flows and not on the banks of Mississippi. Considering the time constraints, I decided a muhurta but could not avoid a portion of Rahu signifies sudden effects like electric shock!Rahu kala overlapping, despite my best efforts. Shri Sharma is very knowledgeable in astrology and I tried to explain to him why I do not consider Rahu kala or Choghadiya while making a muhurta. Half heartedly, he went to Tirupati and consulted another world famous astrologer cum priest there for a muhurta.  World famous astrologer-priest made some correction, considering overlapping of rahu kala for a function at the start of the function is better than overlapping at the culmination of the function.  Sharma was not fully convinced. "OK", said Sharma, " Then we will have upanayana next year".  But what is the guarantee that he comes to the same priest? Astrologer cum priest quoted a Tamil song, "How dare rahu and ketu move over the Head of My Lord, Balaji? They go every where but not over seven hills".  According to this text, Tirumala is exempt from rahu kala! The upanaya was conducted and these days Sharma goes to Tirupathi for muhurtas and comes to me only for prediction work!  I did not try to explain the concept of rahu kala again to him - he did not ask for it but had said, "మంజునాథ్ గారికి predictive astrologyలో చాలా ప్రభుత్వం ఉంది కాని ముహూర్త భాగంలో అంత పరిణితి లేదు!" ("Manjunath has competence in predictive astrology but does not have expertise in election astrology") to his brother.


While working out a muhurta, I do not go by Tuesdays, Saturdays, astami, rahu kala, durmuhurta, choghadiya etc., These rahu kala, durmhurta, amrita ghadiyalu are not used in North India while in South, choghadiya is not followed, they are not universally applicable and defy any logic when it comes to predictive utility.  I go by what the planets, signs, aspects and conjunctions as well as status signify  and examine whether the planets in muhurta promote the desired events.  When you are talking of the size of the pockets and where you want them, the toiler takes important measurements to fit your belly rightly inside the shirt, pocket size does not matter to his success.  Likewise, I select the muhruta and then scan for such bad muhurta breakers like rahu kala that are hell bent upon damaging my reputation!  (I am not world famous yet!). In this article, we are not discussing about the empirical time division named after rahu - they are merely combinations of certain time and names of the days.  We talk about the effects of rahu and ketu, the points in zodiac. 


Transit of  ketu during 2017 to 2019 There is lot of ambiguity regarding the signs owned by Rahu and ketu and signs where these planets are exalted or debilitated. For example, according to Uttara Kalamrita an ancient classic on Hindu Predictive Astrology Rahu is exalted in Vrishabha and debilitated in Vrischika and the reverse hold good for ketu. Own sign of rahu is kumbha and vrischika is owned by ketu, according to this classical text.  Sanketnidhi takes  Mithuna as the exaltation sign of Rahu, Kanya as his own sign while Dhanus as the exaltation sign of Ketu and Meena as its own sign. Well, my candid and well considered opinion is, the shadow planets do not show any specialty in so called own signs, exaltation signs or debilitation signs. After serious study of hundreds of charts,  I have not found a single horoscope where exalted rahu in 10th has given great benefits! There is another opinion that Rahu acts like Ketu is not as malefic as rahu, he is also benefic in some respetsShani and Ketu acts like Kuja (kodanda rahu and kujaved ketu). They are merely malefic planets - rahu is more malefic than ketu - and they are able to do good  in the houses 3-6-11 with traces of some bad effects! Some classics postulate that rahu can also be yogakaraka [If Rahu is in either the 4th, 5th, 10th or 11th houses, fame and affluence are guaranteed (during his dasha) - Bhavartha Ratnakara]. I am yet to come across such lofty results. These planets represent  their star lords, associations (by aspect and conjunction) and lastly rasi lord. So, it is very knotty postulate to decipher their roles, as they largely depend on individual charts. The effects described here are general in nature. Rahu transits in kataka rasi from 19.08.2017 to 07.03.2019 while Ketu transits in makara rasi. The results are based on my humble practical experience as well as classical texts like Phaladeepika, Chamatkara Chintamani and Saravali.

How does rahu-ketu affect Mesha rasi persons?Mesha: For Mesha rasi, rahu transits in the 4th and ketu in the 10th. Problems from or due to mother, close relatives and properties. Hardly ever happy due to restlessness and sudden turn of events. Untimely meals, lack of sleep and relaxation. You may have to live away from your people, due to long distance transfer or bitter misunderstandings. There will be problems from house owners or neighbors which cause frequent shifting. Loss of gold, vehicles, properties and grains due to theft and negligence. Destruction of loss of ancestral property due to risky business transactions, gambling or accidents. Possibility of insect  bites and allergies. Domestic problems like misunderstandings with close family members. Students have consternations and are not able to concentrate on their studies.  Students are worried about their careers and are discouraged. However, students in electronics will fare well. Ketu in 10th causes mild amount of professional frustrations. There are no secret enemies but your friends put you in tight spots, even without their knowledge. Mild amount of misgiving continue in background, no matter even if you are elevated to the most of MD. Not able to take decisions easily, timid in action and passing the buck to others. You may get involved in sinful activities like instigating somebody or making anonymous complaints. Even if there is no reason to worry about, you tend to sense problems. You may fall into bad company and damage your image. There are no vedha points for this transit.  The problems  hover for the entire period of transit.

During the transit of rahu in 4th and ketu in 10th, you should be careful about belongings. Avoid any friction with close relatives. You should be careful in property and financial transactions. Do not worry about professional problems and do not overreact, you tend to blow the events out of proportion. Students should not be tempted by sound, scents and colors. Anything outlandish invites you!  Watch your company, you may fall into a bad company.  You should recite rahu kavacha / mantra / stotra etc., (any one of them once a day). 

How does rahu-ketu affect Vrishabha rasi persons?Vrishabha: For vrishabha rasi persons, transit of rahu and ketu are across 3rd and 9th houses. Rahu in 3rd is regarded a benefic transit while ketu in 9th is bad, according to classics. Strained relationship with brothers, sisters and friends, at times it may take its toll.  The period is not good to these people and so there may be heavy expenditure due to them. You are given to sudden anger.  You can not count on your courage - sudden outbursts subside suddenly leaving you with some sort of fear!  Sudden short journeys and also problems thereby. Cuts and wounds in hands and legs. Mouth sores, black spots on the face, stammering and forgetfulness. The above benefic or malefic results are experienced only till 24.10.2017, thereafter rahu yields to vedha.  Ketu is mild malefic and by and large a benefic and in the 9th he is good, largely. There will be religious interests though you are not comfortable with rituals. You may visit black magic people and try to change your luck using their help.  It is also possible that you may be cheated by such people.  You will get interested in occult sciences like astrology, palmistry and kunalini etc.,  You may even find a Jiddu Krishnamoorthy in neighborhood.  Nothing wrong with Jiddu, UG or Buddha but ensure your religiosity is not exploited by your guru and gurubhais! There may be some minor misunderstandings with your father or worries regarding his health. Students in advances studies like Ph.D suffer lack of commitment.

Guard against sudden surge of courage of timidity, Ensure that you religious fervor does not go beyond a limit which may harm you mentally and financially. Before jumping into water ensure proper depth and suitable temperature!

How does rahu-ketu affect Mithuna rasi persons?Mithuna: For mithuna rasi persons the transit of nodes is across 2nd and 8th houses. Both of these are bad transits and there are no vipareeta vedha for these transits.  Financial problems that come suddenly. Rifts with close family members, sudden violent anger, mood swings.  Diseases of mouth and face. Food poisoning.  Dark marks on the lips and face.  Deceitful and vulgar language and fond of telling lies to impress others. Setbacks in education. Problems related to eyes and not having proper food habits.  Depression and if the native is predisposed to mental problems, this transit makes them to surface again. Fear of loss of something (wealth, life, limbs, job or anything), though there is no reason for such worries. Interest in religious and spiritual fields but given to superstition. ("దుర్భాశ్ ఛత్రిగారు పదివేలు పుస్తకాలు చదువారు. దాని సారాంశంగ నాకు పది పేజుల notebook ఇచ్చారు - Shri Durbhash Chatri had read ten thousand books, he has given me notebook of ten pages"). Cuts, wound and accidents.  Insect bites and attacks by dogs, cats, jackals and other wide animals. While  on the road, ensure safe distance from strange looking vehicles like autos. Lot of interest in life. Loss of ancestral properties and gambling nature. Indulging in sinful deeds and quarrelsome.

Caution is required while with animals, insects and birds.  While  on the road, ensure safe distance from strange looking vehicles like autos. Keep away from chance games. You should force interest in life otherwise, you will suffer pessimism in all walks of life. For every good event during this period, you have a negative comment ("Last night, it rained currency notes but it was a worst night in my life, God did not include Cash Counting Machine"). You should recite ketu gayatri mantra or beeja mantra, minimum 21 times a day.


How does rahu-ketu affect Kataka rasi persons?Kataka: For kataka rasi, this is the transit across rasi and the 7th, rahu over rasi while ketu transits in 7th. The native is bothered with problems related to mouth, head and eyes. Boils, acne, blackheads, blisters quite common. There is fear from strangers and strange situations. Short tempered behavior with spouse and mild amount of unhappiness in marital life. You may fall into an undesirable company and suffer consequences due to this. Minor misunderstandings with children and some element of anti-religious feelings. You may loose some precious items due to negligence.  You are likely to cheated in financial matters but the element of such loss is small. There is a constant fear of loosing you position and dignity in social life. There is minor possibilities of cuts, wounds, canine or insect bites and allergic reactions.

How does rahu-ketu affect Simha rasi persons?Simha: For simha rasi persons rahu transits in the 12th while ketu is placed in the 6th. There will be loses, wandering in foreign lands, lack of sleep and horrible dreams. You should be careful in purchasing costly electronic goods.  You are afflicted with disease in waist region like incessant back pain.  You are prone to cold diseases, allergy and good poisoning.  Insect bites may cause complications.  Moreover, the health problems are difficult to diagnose as you throw up varied symptoms all the time. However, there are no serious health problems.  You are worried about loans and job related problems.  Hidden enemies in the work place will try to corner you. These are not much but you have a tendency to get worried. There is possibility of deception and theft. It should be noted that transits of ketu in 6th is a benefic transit. You will be able to clear long outstanding loans due to help from strangers and unexpected corners. Unfortunately, ketu yields to vedha to 29.11.2017 and that means ketu is benefic to you only for a month, towards the end of transit. Caution is required in health matters, loans and professional areas.  You should recite rahu and ketu kavachas / mantras/ asttottra/ stotra etc., (any one of them) once a day during this transit.

How does rahu-ketu affect Kanya rasi persons?Kanya: For kanya rasi, rahu transits in benefic 11th while ketu is in adverse 5th. Rahu unfortunately yields to vedha till 29.11.2017. He is benefic only for a month or so towards the end of the transit. Till 29.11.2017, property transactions will not go well.  It seems as if they are going to work out but they get stalled at the eleventh hour.  From 29.11.2017, there will be sudden and unexpected developments in property matters. All thorough the transit, there is some discontentment.  Due to adverse ketu in 5th, you may take wrong decisions in investments.  The relationship with children causes certain amount of displeasure. Creative artists and journalists are not able to produce quality works. You are always confused and afraid of secret enemies and black magic.

How does rahu-ketu affect Tula rasi persons?Tula: For tula rasi, rahu transits in 10th while ketu transits in the 4th. You should be extremely careful in the office as you tend to loose your temper.  You should not loose your cool, even when provoked. Sudden problems, sudden dead lines bother you a lot.  There will be severe professional dissatisfaction during this transit. In the mean time, domestic life is also not good.  There will be misunderstandings with mother or her ill health causes great concern. You will overhear your close relatives talking against you. Domestic articles break away one by one and there will be some expenditure due to this.  But, these break down, when you need them most and the mechanic will not be available or he is not able to detect the lapses. Students have lot of bewilderment and not able to perform well.  This is not due to lack of intelligence but due to boredom and disadvantageous situations in the school.  As this transits affects both professional front as well as domestic area, you should recite beeja mantras or gayatri mantras for both rahu and ketu, minimum 21 times each every day. Under any circumstances you should not put down your papers due to impulsive knee-jerk reaction.

How does rahu-ketu affect Vrischika rasi persons?Vrischika: Vrischika rasi persons experience the transit of rahu in adverse 9th and ketu is benefic in 3rd house. Anti religious feelings and at the same time interest in ESP, kundalini, cults and modern sciences.  The students in advances studies in computers, artificial languages, nuclear physics and genetics have outstanding success.  There will be some bitterness with father, elders in the family and higher officers.  You are highly critical of rituals but you are interested of rituals of other sects, area and culture, a paradox indeed. You will become a stingy person, Ganesh Youth Association will not be able to extract a single paisa from you! You will use foul language deliberately to hurt others. During transit of ketu in 3rd, there is always some fear of uncertainty - fear of ghosts, dristi, strangers and darkness.  This evades all your logical abilities, even if you are a rationalist.  You are afraid of any changes.  Also you are a non conformist in true sense - even if Chintamani (touch stone) comes and knocks you door, you are undecided whether to open or not! This is a good time to learn languages and skills, you never tried before like - Esperanto, puzzles, repairing locks, rearing honeybees or research in hair oils. You are a good fighter, you will employ various skills to beat your competitions.

How does rahu-ketu affect Dhanur rasi persons?Dhanus: This is the worst transit of dhanur rasi persons - rahu in the 8th while ketu transits in 2nd house.  You are prone to cuts and wounds. There will be deception and loss of properties due to theft, deception, negligence and accidents. There will be humiliations and horrible dreams.  Mental worries and fears for one or the other reason.  There is constant worry about financial condition, though there is no reasons to worry about. You are haunted by your own imaginations of some impending financial crunch. There will be disappointments from family members. There will be health problems related to chest and waist region like catching pain for some time, which attacks when you least expect. This is not a good time for travels and opening new branches or risky sports.  Shanti for rahu should be done, if you are under adverse dasha or bhukti. Nevertheless, you should recite rahu beeja mantra or gayatri mantra (any one of them, minimum 21 times a day) till the end of the transit.

How does rahu-ketu affect Makara rasi persons?Makara: Rahu transits in the 7th while ketu is over your rasi. This is also adverse transit, though the effects are not as bad as in case of dhanur rasi. There will be marital discard, sudden loss of temper with spouse. This itself will not produce severe strains in marital life if not supported by adverse dasha or bhukti. Success as well as failures come out of the blue and have shocking effects.  There will be adversaries working against you. You are prone to cuts and wounds during this transit.  Boils on the face, more gray hair and melancholic mood. Any victory comes with bruises and blemishes. There will be some generation gap with children, you do not approve their mentality and behaviour, though you do not have any grim predicaments. You will become more religious during this transit. Bit of caution is required in financial transactions as you are likely to be deceived. Sudden rifts with friends, neighbors and brothers or sisters. You should recite rahu kavacha / mantra/ asttottra/ stotra etc., (any one of them) once a day during this transit.

How does rahu-ketu affect Kumbha rasi persons?Kumbha: For kumbha rasi persons rahu transits in favorable 6th while ketu is adverse in 12th. Benefic rahu in 6th yields to vedha. You will over your enemies and competitors frequently. That means there are setbacks now and then. On occasions, you will consider deceitful means to achieved to settle your score but stop short at the last moment. There will be sudden health problems like cold effects and due to this you will become cautious and improve your health. There will be minor losses in financial transactions due to adverse ketu in 12th.  Lack of sleep, horrible dreams, undefined fears are common. You are very generous and will spend fair amount on religious causes.  There will a sense of secretary where you are not able to decide what are the secrets that should be guarded. You should recite ketu kavacha / mantra/ asttottra/ stotra etc., (any one of them) once a day during this transit.

How does rahu-ketu affect Meena rasi persons?Meena: For meena rasi persons rahu transits in adverse 5th while ketu is benefic in 11th.  However, there is no benefit of ketu's transit as ketu is under check. There will be misunderstandings with children and you are not at all happy with them. There will be losses and heavy expenditure due to children. The expectant couples should conduct Naga Pooja. You should keep away from any chance games and dubious investments, the temptation to make fast buck is ever more. You should be extremely careful in purchase of electronic goods, as they may break down. Though you have financially stability, you are not able to invest the way you want. You are utterly dissatisfied with your bosses, guru and the well wishers. You will become unorthodox and a non conformist. Horrible dreams and fears haunt during nights. Mild amount of misunderstandings with neighbors, brothers and sisters or friends run in the background.  Nothing serious about this, you just feel lonesome and detached. This transit will result in excellent relationship with your spouse.

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