This month there is a tremendous amount of flux in the astrological world that is likely to bring change to your personal life and to the world in general. For one, Rahu and Ketu, the mysterious north and south nodes of the moon, are changing signs on September 10, 2017 (true node) in the sidereal zodiac. Then two days later Jupiter, the planet of wisdom and grace, shifts into Libra, the sign of diplomacy and relationships. (I will be posting a blog on Jupiter in Libra next week.)
As mentioned above, Rahu and Ketu are the first planets to move. Rahu is moving into the sign of Cancer and Ketu is moving into the sign of Capricorn. This is significant since they only change signs every 18 months.
Rahu and Ketu are not “real” planets, they are what the ancients called shadow planets. They are the two points where the moon’s path intersects the ecliptic and, therefore, where solar and lunar eclipses occur. They are considered quite powerful in Vedic astrology, as they are capable of temporarily obscuring the light of the sun and the moon. To better understand Rahu and Ketu, there is a myth from the Vedic traditions that helps to explain their role and what type of energy they carry.
The Myth of Rahu and Ketu There is a myth associated with Rahu and Ketu that sheds light on how they function. In the myth, Lord Vishnu presides over a gathering of both gods and demons during which the oceans are churned, and as the result of the churning, Amrit (nectar) is produced. The Amrit has the power to give immortality, and Lord Vishnu takes pains to ensure that only gods, or devas, are given this nectar. However, as the story goes, a serpent demon named Swarbhanu manages to outsmart Lord Vishnu by disguising himself, infiltrating the ranks of the devas, and drinking the Amrit for himself. At that moment, however, Swarbhanu’s identity is detected by the Sun and Moon, who alert Lord Vishnu and ask that he kill Swarbhanu. However, just as Lord Vishnu cuts the head off Swarbhanu, Swarbhanu drinks the Amrit immortalizing him into two halves, the head, known as Rahu and the body, known as Ketu.
The Nature of Rahu and Ketu Traditionally, as the head with no body, Rahu is considered insatiable; the apex of intense material desire. He can be clever, manipulative and shallow and yet he can be ground breaking and forward looking. Thus, where you have Rahu in your horoscope natally, you may feel intense desire and pour enormous amounts of energy.
When Rahu transits a house in your chart there is increased desire to make changes in the area of life represented by that house. For example, if Rahu is transiting your 7th house of relationships, your relationship is likely to go through a radical transformation. if you are not in a relationship you may get into one with a person who is a foreigner or very different from you in some way. Rahu is a great planet for pushing through stagnation. He will rock your world, but in the end you will be very glad he did.
Ketu on the other hand is considered to be deep and spiritual. Ketu has no head so he cannot see. Therefore he represents transcendence of the mind and senses and signifies intuition and instinct. He is a planet of detachment. The house that he resides in both natally is an area of life where we are cultivating letting go, yet we are deeply familiar with and continue to return to it again and again.
When Ketu transits a house, this is area of your life where you may be doing some letting go. For example, if Ketu is transiting your 4th house, you aren’t so interested in home and family right now. Rahu is up in your 10th house pulling your energies toward career and worldly matters. The home and hearth will have to wait.
Rahu in Cancer Rahu’s move into the sign of Cancer puts the focus on emotional well being, stability, home, family and attachments. As a collective we may question what it means to be emotionally and physically secure, what is the true meaning of home and who is our family really. Rahu’s eccentric and revolutionary nature may transform what one or all of these areas look like in our life.
Cancer is a water sign that has no boundaries and is able intuit the feelings of others, It is a highly compassionate and nurturing sign capable of deep feeling. At its highest, Cancer represents the healer who loves others unconditionally and cares for all. On a spiritual level Cancer is looking for peace. At first Cancer looks for peace and security outside herself through emotional and material security. As she evolves, she begins to realize that true security resides within and begins to look inward. Rahu’s transit of Cancer over the next 18 months offers an exceptional opportunity to make great strides and even breakthroughs in the sphere of emotional attachments and what brings us true security. This is especially true if you have your sun, moon or ascendent (rising sign) in the sign of Cancer.
Ketu in Capricorn Since Ketu is always opposite Rahu, he will be in Capricorn, the sign of ambition, hard work and actualization. Since Capricorn is conservative and practical it represents the status quo. With Ketu transiting here there is likely to be big shifts in the structure of corporations and government entities.With Rahu’s energy pulling your energy toward emotional security and attachments, there is less of a focus on outward security, ambition and practicality. The next 18 months is a time of vacillating between emotional and physical security, attachment vs. detachment and home vs. career. Finding the balance here is critical for stability, for if we put too much energy toward career we eventually find we are alone and have no family, and if we put all our energy into home and family we have no career and therefore miss out on feeling a strong sense of accomplishment and purpose.
Look below to find out what areas of life Rahu and Ketu are revolutionizing for you. You can read the sign of your sun, moon and rising sign.
Rahu is in your 5th house. This is a year where you may experience an abundance of creativity either through the arts or in the form of a child. Your mind is extremely active and may at times feel like it is working over time. It would be wise to put this toward learning something new. You also just want to have fun and may seek out romance and entertainment such as, sport, games and the theater. In general, you are more focused on your creative self-expression and less interest in group dynamics.
Rahu is in your 4th house. The focus is on home, cars and large fixed assets. Stability is the keyword for you and you may be looking to put down roots to bring a feeling of peace. This could manifest as a new home or renovating your home. Your mother may come into your life more or issues of mothering and nurturing may arise. You may also feel dissatisfied with your career and want to make a change there.
Rahu is in your 3rd house. Learning and travel are the focus. You may super busy and find yourself over booking your time, making many short journeys, reading 5 books at a time or signing up for several classes, one of which might be a writing class. This also brings changes to relationships with siblings and father.
Rahu is on your 2nd house. Your bank account is likely to expand this year as you income increases. You may also find yourself accumulating more clothes, jewelry, etc. as well as taking more of interest in cooking and food. Just be careful not to over do it with food and drink as Rahu has a big appetite. Since this is the house of family, there is a big focus there and turmoil is possible. Be mindful of your speech patterns as Rahu may compel you to say things you later regret.
Rahu is in your 1st house. The focus is on you and your own transformation. You may completely change the way you look, as well as get in touch who you truly are. The focus is on creative self-expression and leadership. If you are in a position of leadership or would like to be, this is your time to step up and awaken that part of you, to own it. However Rahu wants power, so be mindful of using your power to serve others and not the ego. This is an easy trap to fall into with this transit. In any case, this is your time to shine and expand.
Rahu is in your 12th house. Long distance journeys are likely as are journeys into the spiritual realms. Escaping mundane reality and connecting to the divine is a big theme now. You are less interested in daily routines and work. You may have a strong desire to create a sanctuary where you can retreat to.
Rahu is in your 11th house. Your This is a time of big gains, awards and recognition. You are more ambitious than usual and are likely to spend more time networking. Your social circle expands as your desire to be part of a community grows. There is the potential for an increase in income from career.
Rahu is in your 10th house. Expect to see a shift in your status and career. This is an excellent time for recognition or a promotion if you have been working towards an advancement in your career. The recognition you receive will leave you feeling confidant and optimistic and give you a strong sense of purpose in worldly affairs. This is a time when practical matters, finances and relationships with parents seem to flow and bring happiness, so enjoy Jupiter's blessings throughout the year.
Rahu isn your 9th house. Expect to see a shift in your philosophy and teachings. This could manifest in taking a new class, getting a certification, going on a trip or going back to school. It is also possible that you may find yourself taking on the role of teacher yourself either formally or informally. In any case education, travel and philosophy bring you great joy and expansion now. In addition, this a good time for writing, advertising and promotion.
Rahu is in your 8th house. Expect to see a shift in your values. You may experience a shift from the material to the spiritual as you surrender desires and let go of the idea that anything external will bring you happiness. This is a great time to do research and learn about the hidden realms, whether it be astrology, psychology, physics, astronomy or healing. You may even meet an important teacher at this time. You may also see an expansion of your unearned income via inheritance, insurance or the lottery. This is also a good time to succeed in obtaining loans or grants.
Rahu is in your 7th house. Expect to see a shift in relationships and how you relate to others. If you are single, a relationship may manifest now and if you are in a relationship it is likely to improve and expand in unusual ways. People from foreign countries and different philosophical backgrounds may enter you world. You may even get married now. It is a time for developing new skills and expanding your social circle. If you have your own business, this is a time of exponential growth in your business as well. You could also be doing business with more foreigners.
Rahu is in your 6th house. Expect to see a shift in work life, health and daily routines. Your work environment will be pleasant as problems with others seem to smooth out now and there is a general flow to your schedule. You may be inspired to change and strengthen your health through a new diet or fitness routine. Keep your expectations simple and goals reachable. Heed the call to donate your time to your favorite charity as this is a wonderful time to work on behalf of others who are in need. Long distance travels and spiritual progress are in the forecast now. So go ahead and plan your trip now whether it be traveling externally or internally
Until next time...
Be creative, Tracy
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