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Sun is a luminary, a star that shines bright enough to light the whole world. Without its heat and light, we
are nothing but an ice-ball. Sun is what shakes things up; it is the life giving force. Its energy is profound,
and decides whether you become a radiant smiling face or hide behind the clouds of ego and aggression.
Sun in Vedic astrology represents the Soul. It is the representation of your outer self, of how you project
yourself to the world and what makes you stand apart from the rest. It is the crux of one’s identity and
how it is preserved. It is the courage and confidence you employ to fight off the everyday challenges.

Astronomical Facts about Sun

Sun is the biggest celestial body human being is aware of. It is the center of the Solar System and when it
comes to its composition, it is a giant ball of plasma, primarily made of hydrogen and helium. It is 149
million km far from Earth yet its influence is most profound on human being compared to other planets.
Sun is stationery thus never turns retrograde as everything else in the universe revolves around it. Sun in
Vedic astrology terms spends a month in each sign and takes around a year to complete its circle of the
whole zodiac and the 12 signs.

Astrological Facts about Sun

Transit in each sign 1 month

Direction East
Metal Gold
Gem Ruby
Day Sunday
Color Orange
Temperament Hot
Gender Male
Ruling Body Part Heart, hair, head, bones, eyes, and overall health
Status in Imperial Stars
Friends Jupiter, Moon, Mars
Enemies Venus, Saturn
Neutral Mercury
Own Sign Leo
Exalted in Aries 10 Degree
Debilitated in Libra 10 Degree
Mool Trikon Leo 20 Degree
Mahadasha Period 6 Years
Relation Father
Government sector jobs, politicians, physicians, medicines, wheat, gold,
copper, and ruby related.

Significance of Sun in Vedic astrology

Sun in Vedic astrology occupies the position of king due to being at the center of it all. Being our natural
father, it stands for all the masculine influences in one’s life including Father, husband, and male children.
It is the king so represents authority and relation with government too. While Sun represents our
innermost self - the soul, we as individuals tend to only manifest the outer self or ego. It gives the natives
the ability to lead, desire to earn name and fame, an ambitious attitude, optimism, and a strong will to
tackle challenges effectively.

Sun in astrology is also considered to have a regal air so it rules royalty, state and the higher positions
as well. It also signifies good health, vitality and wellbeing. A strong Sun in horoscope indicates a person
with leadership qualities. Such a person usually enjoys a higher position in society and shares a cordial
relationship with father. Native with positively placed Sun is also dependable, generous, and mature.

This fiery planet can be detrimental to health if negatively placed causing baldness, headaches, weak
eyesight, blood circulation related problems, bone weakness, and heart problems. A weak Sun in
horoscope can also affect one’s relation with father or cause problem to father. Natives with weak Sun
usually suffer from low stamina, self-esteem, and indecisiveness. Too strong Sun can result in a
domineering or aggressive personality. Such a person may be self-centered and someone who always
seeks to be at the center of all action.
Moon is the closest celestial body to Earth, and it has the deepest impact upon human life. In fact, depth
is what Moon is all about when it comes to its astrological interpretation. It is the representation of our
inner profundity, our emotions, instincts, mood swings, behavior, and how we feel about things and
people. If Sun governs our soul and spirit, Moon is what governs our mind and inner self. Moon in Vedic
astrology is the silver goddess that caresses us from the very beginning in the form of our mother. It is the
representation of femininity, motherhood, care, compassion, love, and sensitivity. People having
prominent Moon in horoscope are often emotional beings with a nurturing attitude. Natives with Moon in
Cancer often turn out to be the best parents in the world.

Astronomical Facts about Moon

It is the natural satellite of Earth and takes around 28 days to complete its orbit around Earth and this
cycle is also associated with fertility and femininity. Moon’s gravitational force is what causes the tides in
the ocean, which is also suggestive of our emotional nature, as unfathomable as the deep blue ocean. It
is 3,84,403 km far away from Earth, yet the closest planet to us. Moon never goes retrograde as it orbits
around the Sun along with Earth. Moon stays in each zodiac sign for around 2.5 days.

Astrological Facts about Moon

Transit in each sign 2.5 days

Direction North-west
Metal Silver
Gem Pearl
Day Monday
Color White
Temperament Cold
Gender Female
Ruling Body Part Bodily Fluids
Status in Imperial Stars Queen
Friends Sun, Mars, Jupiter
Enemies None
Neutral Mercury, Venus, Saturn
Own Sign Cancer
Exalted in Taurus
Debilitated in Scorpio
Mool Trikon Taurus
Mahadasha Period 10 years
Relation Mother
Liquid, dairy products, shipping, navy, water-related, cotton textile, music,
poetry, beauty, sculpture, drawing etc.

Significance of Moon in Vedic astrology

Moon in Vedic Astrology is believed to emit a calm and feminine energy. It is the queen among the nine
imperial stars and rules our mind and emotions. This fastest moving planet waxes and wanes frequently,
partly the reason of our mood swings and crabbiness. Moon is what balances the fierce energy of Sun
with its calming and nurturing properties. Moon in fact reflects the sun light at night to keep us from the
all-encompassing darkness. It also rules over liquids and water, the fundamental needs to sustain in the
world and grow. People who are born when moon is waxing are usually extrovert and bold while those
born in waning Moon are introvert and submissive. It is waning and waxing of Moon that is associated
with our emotional temperament, mood swings, climatic changes, oceanic tides, fertility and
menstruation. Thus, its affect upon human being is both psychological as well as physiological.

A positively placed Moon in horoscope makes the person mentally and emotionally strong. Such a person
has a good concentration and capability of emotional connection with people. Natives with strong Moon
are usually compassionate and nurturing. They usually think of others’ wellbeing first than meeting their
own needs. Such people are usually connected with their surroundings on an emotional and
psychological level.

A weak Moon in horoscope reflects a person who is emotionally weak, cries a lot, laughs a lot and is not
in control of their sensitivity. Such person faces a lot of difficulties on an emotional level due to their
temperamental makeup. They can also face mental distress and problems. Moreover, their health also
gets affected. Such people need to live a calm life, away from the disturbances, may be close to a water
body for the most soothing effect. Since Moon is connected to fertility and bodily fluids, its negative
influence in the horoscope can cause health issues related to blood, lungs, breasts, milk, chest, cough,
and reproductive system.
Mars is a fierce red-hot planet and its energy cannot be contained. This energy needs to be released,
usually through actions and physical means. Mars helps us take up challenges, fight head on, and win
despite the odds, with courage and a competitive spirit. It represents all forms of physical energies,
including sexual. This is the planet that commands you to rise up and do something about your life than
waiting. It seems that the phrase “actions speak louder than words” was derived keeping Martian energy
in mind. Mars certainly helps to start something from scratch and make it into something big, and all due
to the spirit and ambition it imbibes in the person. Mars in Indian astrology is synonymous with power. It
gives you the drive to win and become the best, be it at work or playfield. However, keep in mind that
Mars makes you warrior-like, not war-like. Its energy can be both constructive as well as destructive,
depending upon how it is used and where the Mars is placed in a horoscope.

Astronomical Facts about Mars

Mars is a hot planet, fourth from Sun and appears to be red in color when seen from Earth. It is about 56
million km far from Earth. Mars revolves around Sun and completes one revolution in 687 days. Mars
turns retrograde, appears to move backward from Earth. Its retrogression period is about 60 to 80 days
and takes place after around every 26 months. And Mars takes around 45 days in each sign and nearly
two years to complete its circle of the whole zodiac belt.

Astrological Facts about Mars

Transit in each sign 45 days

Direction South
Metal Copper
Gem Red Coral
Day Tuesday
Color Red
Temperament Hot, Malefic
Gender Male
Ruling Body Part Bone marrow and red blood cells
Status in Imperial Stars Defense Minister
Friends Jupiter, Moon, Sun
Enemies Saturn
Neutral Venus, Mercury
Own Sign Aries, Scorpio
Exalted in Capricorn
Debilitated in Cancer
Mool Trikon Aries
Mahadasha Period 7 Years
Relation Siblings
Surgery, farming, property, weapon dealing, police, military,
sports, mathematics, defense, law, mechanics, automobile,
mining, technology, explosives, red grams, iron and steel, and

Signification of Mars in Indian astrology

With fire as its element, Mars in Vedic astrology is a masculine planet signifying strength and supremacy.
The positive influence of this fiery planet is associated with courage, enthusiasm, activity, youth, vitality,
dynamism, confidence, initiation, innovation, and originality. Its negative influence connotes arrogance,
ego, anger, stubbornness, selfish temperament, and recklessness. Mars in horoscope can be both
positive and malefic depending upon its placement. It can help overcome challenges, topple competition,
and win over enemies. On the other hand, its energy can be self-destructive too causing harm, injury,
wounds, accidents, and excessive sexual urge to the native.

A well-placed Mars in horoscope can be very positive as it makes the person a saintly fighter. Such a
person usually has high values and is a justice loving soul backed by ambition and fearlessness. They
have a good control over their aggressive instincts and use it wisely. People having Mars in Ascendant
are usually attractive and look younger than their age. Such a person usually has effective administration
and leadership skills. On the other hand, an afflicted Mars can make the person timid and fearful and if
Mars is too strong in the chart, it can make the person violent and prone to self-destructive aggression.
Afflicted Mars can also make the person ambitionless. Such a person may struggle to focus their energies
in the right direction. They may also suffer from loss of vitality & stamina, muscular weakness,
inflammation, headache, high fever etc. Overall, Martians are short-tempered, love to offer their opinion
and win arguments, are quite intellectual and technically sound.

In Vedic astrology, Mars placement is crucial in horoscope matching as it causes Mangal Dosha.
Mercury is a neutral planet, rules over your rationality, perception, and opinions. It determines your ability
to negotiate, coordinate, think, understand and process information. It governs your ability to adapt and
adjust, to express what is in your mind effectively, and to use diction wisely. If Mercury is strong in a
horoscope, the person is likely to be a good communicator having power to persuade. This winged
marshal of the celestial sphere asks you to put logic into things, speak to your advantage and bestows us
with intellect and rationality to do it all.

When you are Mercurial, there is a tendency to be restless and always in motion. Life happens to you at
the speed of light. Transportation, short trips, chat with neighbors, visit to friends, all come under the
domain of this clever planet. Mercury asks us to explore, both, our inner self and abilities as well as the
outer world.

Astronomical facts about Mercury

Mercury is the closest to Sun in the celestial sphere. Mercury completes one orbit around Sun in 88 days
and completes one rotation on its axis in 58.65 days. When seen from Earth, it never appears to be more
than 28 degrees away from Sun. Mercury also turns retrograde for a period of about 20 to 24 days
roughly, and retrogression occurs every 4 months. When retrograde, people under the strong influence of
Mercury face communication failures often. Mercury stays in one sign for around 25 days and takes about
10 months roughly to transit through the whole zodiacal belt.

Essential Details about Mercury

Transit in each sign 25 days

Direction North
Metal Lead
Gem Emerald
Day Wednesday
Color Green
Temperament Mixed
Gender Neutral
Ruling Body Part Nervous System and Skin
Status in Imperial Stars Prince
Friends Sun, Venus
Enemies Moon
Neutral Saturn, Mars
Own Sign Gemini, Virgo
Exalted in Virgo
Debilitated in Pisces
Mool Trikon Virgo
Mahadasha Period 17 Years
Relation Sisters
Writing, literature, communication, media, consultancy,
Professions publishing, accounts, insurance, math, astrology, railway,
trading, Mercury and Emerald related.

Signification of Mercury in Indian astrology

Mercury is neither masculine not feminine; it acquires the persona of the sign it is placed in. Since
Mercury gives one the power to discriminate and rule over language, it’s bad influence affects it to a
deeper level. It also rules over youth, play, leisure, sports, and social circle. Like Moon, Mercury also
represents mind, but it deals with the analytical side while Moon is concerned with the subconscious.

When Mercury is strongly placed in a horoscope, it makes the person intellectual, wise, rational with
effective speech and curiosity to learn. Communication is the strong area of such a person. But when
Mercury is too strong, it represses the emotional side of the personality. Such a person tries to put logic
into situation that needs to be dealt with emotions. Mercury when under influence of malefic planets, can
be both favorable as well as unfavorable for the native. Native having a strong Mercury may have strong
intelligence but they may use in shrewd ways if under affliction.

A malefic Mercury gives the person an unstable mind, lack of rationality, speech disorders, poor
articulation, learning difficulties, skin problems, issues related to the nervous system, memory issues, as
well as problem in understanding and gaining in-depth knowledge. Such a person usually struggles in
social situations due to poor expression and communication blunders.
Jupiter is the guardian of the thinking person, the ruler of higher intellect, the embodiment of lady luck,
and signifies spiritual wisdom. Jupiter represents your ideology in life. And in spiritual terms, it rules over
faith, religion, philosophy, and the search for the ultimate truth of life. Jupiter governs your intrinsic
curiosity to find the answers, and explore the world in the process, thus foreign travel comes under the
domain of this planet. Jupiter in Vedic astrology is considered to be the most benevolent of all planets,
thus naturally associated with luck, fortune and wealth. Its benefic presence can turn rags to riches. While
Saturn is the teacher, Jupiter is more of a classmate that helps to grow and sees how you flourish and
tread on the right path. It is a judge who assures that you do not forget your values in the process. While
this benefic planet bestows us with wisdom and wealth, at its worst, it can surrender to lethargy, sloth,
and indulgence.

Astronomical Facts about Jupiter

Jupiter is the biggest planet of the solar system. The closest it has ever been to Earth is 588 million
kilometer. Jupiter has 63 natural satellites as Earth has Moon as its own. It takes around 11.86 years to
complete one revolution around Sun. Jupiter turns retrograde every year, and its retrogression period is
about 110 days. Jupiter takes around 12 years to complete one circle around the zodiac. And it stays in
one zodiac sign for around 13 months. Since it takes a long while to transit signs, its impact is often deep
and long lasting.

Essential Details about Jupiter

Transit in each sign 1 year 1 month

Direction North-east
Metal Gold
Gem Yellow Sapphire
Day Thursday
Color Yellow
Temperament Cold, Benevolent
Gender Neutral
Ruling Body Part Liver, large Intestine, Kidney, Fat
Status in Imperial Stars Minister/Advisor
Friends Sun, Moon, Mars
Enemies Venus, Mercury
Neutral Saturn
Own Sign Sagittarius, Pisces
Exalted in Cancer
Debilitated in Capricorn
Mool Trikon Sagittarius
Mahadasha Period 16 Years
Relation Teacher, Elderly People, Grand Parents
Teaching, preaching, law, judgment, banking, finance,
philosophy, occult, advisory, and healing.

Signification of Jupiter in Vedic astrology

Jupiter is the “Guru”, it takes us from ignorance to the light of wisdom. It represents knowledge,
spirituality, religion, higher learning, research, philosophy, optimism, and a lot more. Jupiter in Vedic
Astrology is associated with children as well as it is the “Putrakaraka”. Jupiter essentially is about
‘expansion’. It expands the area where it is placed in a horoscope. For example, if it is placed in 11th
house of income and gains, it usually expands wealth and prosperity. Jupiter is the karaka of affluence,
generosity, righteousness, inherent goodness, and wisdom.

Jupiter in Vedic astrology is known to be a giver, and is the most generous of all planets as it expands
without expectations. It’s placement in a chart defines the spiritual views, bent of mind, kind of faith and
religion and materialistic standing of a person.

A strong Jupiter is commonly found in the chart of priests, preachers, teachers, religious leaders, judges,
and philosophers. When well placed, Jupiter in horoscope indicates success, prosperity, positive attitude,
and spiritual inclination, higher sense of justice and equality, and good relation with teachers. Such
people are usually well-wishers of the whole community. However, a too strong Jupiter can sometimes
lead to an overly optimistic person, thus problems in life and spiritual stagnation.

When Jupiter is weakly placed in a horoscope, it makes the person choose the wrong direction in life.
Such a person may not get the blessing of a guardian or his or her teacher may be dishonest or
contemptuous to him. People with weak Jupiter generally suffer from lack of concentration, confidence
and faith. They have a pessimistic view of life and are too materialistic and spiritually blind. People with
weak placement of Jupiter in horoscope often face financial difficulties in life. Circumstances clog their
mind to be unaware of spiritual calm. Afflicted Jupiter may also suggest progeny difficulties. Also, it may
lead to problems such as obesity, diabetes, and issues related to liver, pancreas, feet and hips.
Venus is all about desires, the desire for wealth and riches, the desire for sensual pleasures, the desire to
see the world from rose-tinted glasses, the desire to be surrounded by beauty and creativity, and last but
not the least, the desire to be romanced and share all these pleasures with someone special. Venus is
love personified, it is about emotional attachment, physical attraction, marriage, union, partnership, art,
culture, creativity, happiness, passion, and all that is beautiful. Venus teaches us to appreciate what is
best in others; it also gives a drive towards material comforts. It rules over how you socialize and indulge.
Venus concerns itself with the pleasures associated with five senses, smell (the fragrances), savor
(indulgent food), sound (music), sights (beauty, art), and touch (luxury textures). Charm, poise, elegance,
politeness, and culture also come under the domain of this exquisite planet.

Astronomical Facts about Venus

Venus is the third brightest celestial body and it is second closest to the Sun after Mercury. Also, it is the
closest planet to Earth with shortest distance ever being 40 million km. From Sun, it is as far as 108
million km. It completes one orbit around Sun in 225 days and rotates around its own axis in 243 days. It
is the hottest planet too. It also appears to be retrograde every 19 months and its retrogression period is
about 40 - 43 days. Venus in Hindu astrology takes around 12 months to complete one circle around the
zodiac belt, and stays in one sign for about 28 days.

Essential Details about Venus

Transit in each sign 28 days

Direction South-east
Metal Silver
Gem Diamond
Day Friday
Color White
Temperament Hot, Passionate
Gender Female
Ruling Body Part Private parts, reproduction, semen
Status in Imperial Stars Advisor
Friends Mercury, Saturn
Enemies Sun, Moon
Neutral Jupiter, Mars
Own Sign Taurus, Libra
Exalted in Pisces
Debilitated in Virgo
Mool Trikon Libra
Mahadasha Period 20 Years
Relation Partner
Literature, performing arts (music, drama, dance), jewelry,
Professions vehicles, luxury items, diamonds, cinema, art forms, perfumes,
silk etc.

Signification of Venus in Vedic astrology

Venus is not just associated with materialistic tendencies. It is also a spiritual teacher, that is it can take
those who have fallen from the grace of spirituality due to materialism back to the right track. It is a strong
indicator of wealth in a horoscope. A benefic presence of Venus in a horoscope gives the native a good
aesthetic sense and artistic inclination.
Such a person is likely to be talented, especially in a creative field. A well-positioned Venus turns the
native’s love into devotion, and friendship into loyalty. But when too strong, Venus can also give
excessive carnal desires and a materialistic attitude. Such a person may be too inclined toward leisure
and pleasures of all kinds.

If Venus is afflicted or debilitated in a horoscope, the native struggles to enjoy the riches of life. Such a
person lacks mental peace and satisfaction, which may lead the native towards fulfillment of sensual
desires as a compensatory mean. Weak placement of Venus can also make the person impotent or
struggle in progeny matters, especially if under strong affliction. An afflicted Venus can also give health
problems like diabetes, thyroid, muscular weakness, vocal cords & throat-related problems, obesity, and
a tendency to over-indulge.
There are times when you feel why my life is so difficult when I am doing everything right. This is what
Saturn is meant to do for you. It is about discipline, difficulties, delay, duties, dealings, and denials at
times. It wants you to work hard, put in your best efforts, learn from your mistakes so when you get a
taste of success, it still keeps you humble and grounded, despite having a wealth of knowledge. Saturn is
thus a strict teacher, who is austere but only for the benefit of the student.

Saturn is about being disciplined, managing your time, meeting deadlines all while keeping the
restrictions in mind. Saturn can however not be termed as a negative planet for its positive influence
makes riches from rags. But what it asks you to do is stand brave in the toughest tests of time. Saturn
also relates itself to elderly, the grace of old age, traditions, conventional approaches, and authority. It
rewards you for your perseverance and punishes for short cuts and impatience.

Astronomical Facts about Saturn

Saturn is the second biggest planet of the celestial sphere after Sun. This ringed planet is 1.35 billion km.
from Sun (closest distance). It is a slow moving planet and takes around 29.5 years to complete one
revolution around Sun and around 10 hours 40 min. to rotate around its axis once. Like Earth has Moon
as its satellite, Saturn has 62 satellites of its own. It also appears retrograde every year for a period of
around 135 days. Saturn takes around 30 years to revolve around the zodiacal circle and stays in each
sign for about 2.5 years.

Essential Details about Saturn

Transit in each sign 2.5 years

Direction West
Metal Iron
Gem Blue Sapphire
Day Saturday
Color Blue
Temperament Strict, Sorrowful
Gender Male
Ruling Body Part Legs, nervous system, chronic diseases
Status in Imperial Stars Advisor
Friends Mercury, Venus
Enemies Sun, Moon, Mars
Neutral Jupiter
Own Sign Capricorn, Aquarius
Exalted in Libra
Debilitated in Aries
Mool Trikon Aquarius
Mahadasha Period 19 Years
Relation Servants and Elderly People
Mining, labor, oil, petroleum, agriculture, freezing, coal, leather
goods, butchery, lead, blue sapphire.

Significance of Saturn in Vedic astrology

Saturn imposes limitations and sufferings in consequence of our past life karmas, and through these, it
helps us recognize our mistakes and weaknesses, adapt, and ultimately take responsibility. Where Saturn
is posited in the horoscope defines the area the person may have to struggle in life. Nevertheless, its
strength in the horoscope defines whether the person will be strong enough to tackle the hardships or
prone to breakdowns.

People with strong Saturn in horoscope are generally hard working, capable of working relentlessly to
pursue their goals. Moreover, such people tend to be loyal with a higher sense of duty. They have a
disciplined approach in life, are a little serious and strict in nature.

Saturn’s affliction in a horoscope projects one’s inability to face challenges in life. Escapist tendencies of
such individuals further aggravate problems as Saturn wants you to work hard. Weak Saturn in
horoscope may lead to mental distress, aloofness in character, addictions, and even chronic illnesses in
some cases. If you surrender and fall prey to short cuts to evade sufferings, difficulties may intensify.

The best way is to follow a disciplined approach in life and work hard which would gradually lead to
purification and the search for the true self in life. People with afflicted Saturn should understand that
Saturn is a slow planet so its effects remain for a long time. Once you get past the period of perseverance
and hard work, there will be rewards both in spiritual as well as other sense.
Rahu - the dragon's head
Rahu is a reference point in the sky, not an actual planet like Sun or Mercury. Despite not having actual
physical presence, its impact is deep and powerful. Rahu stands for materialism and mischief. It
represents fascination with foreign, travel abroad, technical professions, elderly people, theft, speculation,
bad habits, revolutionary tendencies, underworld, and smoke. When Rahu is negative in a horoscope, it
causes dissatisfaction, materialistic tendencies, fears, distorted mental makeup and fantasies. Rahu &
Ketu are the shadowy planets in Vedic astrology.

Astronomical Facts about Rahu

Just as Ketu, Rahu does not have a physical shape or mass like a planet. It is a point in the sky, where
Sun’s apparent path intersects with Moon’s track in the celestial sphere when moving from North to South
direction. On the other hand, when Moon intersects ecliptic during its movement towards North, the point
of intersection is called Ketu. These points are not still in the sky, there is a slight movement in their
position on annual basis, approximately 19 degrees and 30 min. Rahu is called the North node of the
moon and the head of the dragon in Hindu Mythology. It takes around 18 years to complete its revolution
around the zodiacal circle and stays in each sign for about 1 ½ years.

Essential Details about Rahu

Transit in each sign 18 months

Direction North lunar node
Metal Lead
Gem Hessonite
Day Wednesday, Saturday
Color Black, Smokey
Temperament Unpredictable
Gender Neutral
Ruling Body Part Upper body
Own Sign Cancer
Exalted in Taurus
Debilitated in Scorpio
Mahadasha Period 18 Years
Relation In-laws, Ancestors
Speculation, stock broking, diplomatic work, physiotherapy,
Professions poisons, alcohol trade & manufacturing, photography, Xerox,
homeopathy, information technology, politics etc.

Significance of Rahu in Hindu astrology

Rahu relates to unconscious desires, ambition, pleasures, fear and uncultured behavior. It works much
like Saturn and can bring unexpected losses, misfortunes, failure and frustrations in life. This planet is
animalistic in nature. It awards the person with worldly comforts, unexpected success, gains, riches,
power and strength.

When positioned positively in a horoscope, it gives victory over enemies and opposition too. But the
problem is that there is always a sense of dissatisfaction. Rahu makes you never satisfied with your
ambitions, gains, success, money and lifestyle. There is an insatiable hunger for more. It drowns the
native into unconscious desires, which he is unable to comprehend but relentlessly pursues. This leads to
addictions, obsessive behavior, overly ambitious nature, unrealistic expectations and fantasies.
Rahu is strongly associated with occult sciences. Also to the dark side of human character. It is
revolutionary in nature, stands against the norms and conventions. It represents the illegal and the dark.
The element of foreign also comes into play. Rahu also relates to spiritual energy quite conversely. It
gives knowledge of the higher aspects of life, the occult and spiritual. It gives strong intuition and in-depth
understanding of psychology.
Ketu - the dragon's tail
Ketu in Vedic astrology is a Chhaya Graha, a shadowy planet. On one hand, Ketu relates to Karma, gives
the results of the deeds you performed in past life and on the other, it relates to spirituality, liberation, and
mastery over occult and mysteries of life. It is the planet of detachment; it takes away things. But there is
a deeper meaning to what we have said here. Rahu stands for materialistic tendencies while Ketu is
about pure detachment and liberation from the illusionary happiness of life. When negative, Ketu can
cause mental disorders, strange tendencies, lunacy, derangement, anxiety, strain, criminal tendencies,
and so on.

Astronomical facts about Ketu

Ketu is not an actual planet. It is a reference point in the sky, which does not have a physical identity but
is like a black hole. When Moon is moving on its course from South to North, the point where it intersects
with the ecliptic, the Sun’s apparent path that point is referred to as Rahu. And when Moon is on its
southerly trail, the point where it crosses the ecliptic is called Ketu. These two points are not stationary
but moving steadily, around 19 degrees and 30 minutes annually. The complete revolution around the
Earth takes as much as 18.5 years. Ketu in Vedic astrology is also called the South Node of the Moon
and in Hindu mythology, it is referred to as the tail of the dragon as the story goes.


Transit in each sign 18 months

Direction South lunar node
Metal Lead
Gem Cat’s Eye>
Day Saturday, Tuesday
Color Smokey Grey
Temperament Hot, Furious