14 December 2014

Rahu in 10th House and Ketu in 4th House

Dear ardent readers here comes the tenth in the series of Rahu/Ketu in Houses. The earlier series on Rahu/Ketu in Signs published in 2007 also is equally important and worthwhile reading, however care should be taken not to apply these writings verbatim on any chart, as there are many other factors, combinations, aspects etc which need to be studied always before coming to a conclusion. The masculine gender has been used only for the ease of writing.

The Rahu in the Tenth House gives full and complete success generally. There will always be progress towards better things, as the native is truly gifted from the time of birth, and these gifts will develop, since Rahu passes (owing to its movement) into the Ninth House which indicates good fortunes. It is a lucky position, and the native may undertake anything; he will succeed, and attain to a high position with honours, fame and riches.
The Ketu in the Fourth House is not good for domestic life, which is founded upon exaggerated selfishness, the individuals think about themselves in preference to their family, thus the inharmonious home is likely to be have lot of troubles, thus indicating separation and disagreements. It also means pecuniary losses, an inheritance wasted in order to gratify sometimes very unworthy desires.

This individual has had his inner powers developed. He has withdrawn and lived in a quiet, reserved manner. Now he must come out into the public and the limelight and give himself in some public way to the world. In a career he will find his fulfillment. If he tries to cling to home, it will in some manner fall apart. Unconscious desire to retreat has to be overcome. Has to learn to be with people rather than retreat from them.
A vocation could be followed, sometimes to the point of sacrificing home and domestic life. This means working for or with the public in some way. Through very sustained effort and great exertion, success in public life could be attained, but requires personal sacrifice. The area of sacrifice can be ascertained by the aspects to this nodal position. When this Rahu position is balanced finally with the Ketu in the fourth, then the fulfillment of the great-person status could be obtained, and not before. This position, when followed, will give the urge to be a protector of great masses of people, to be a leader among them. Naturally, the influence of all of these nodal positions in the houses is dependent upon the signs involved and the aspects and positions of other planets and asterisms. One should just not read simply Rahu in the tenth, but always must interpret the signs and aspects. If the aspects are trines and sextiles, the arrival at the Rahu will come more easily; but if aspects are squares and oppositions, the arrival at the Rahu may take more time and trouble.

Ketu in the fourth is the introvert. This position of the Ketu gives a seeking after perfection, especially in domestic matters, and gives a great depth of soul. It can cause many changes of residence for the individual. There could be some great dissatisfaction in this area. The person wants to live a quiet, retired life in seclusion and peace. There exists a shyness about him; and he would like to retreat from the public. He probably will adopt a parental role by trying to hold people too closely. He is usually very talented at repairing things around the home. (All these criteria are equally applicable to females as well, for writing comfort masculine gender is used).

This condition often signifies stronger success in the professions or career area. However, some drawbacks are noticed in the home affairs. Here, the individual converts all the domestic energies into professional direction. Thus, satisfactions and fulfillments through the home are fairly low for him. Their individuality and strong ego are worth noticing. Often difficulties during childhood bring about a distorted mother / father complex to this person. Possibility is these people are a lot closer to their father than to the mother, however there could be exceptions. However, some of the hostilities or lack of mother element are due to recent past life complications with her. Sensitivity and emotionalism is something they have to overcome, and they have to show an image of tough practicality in this life. Their first half of life may not very enjoyable compared to the second half of life.

Here the individual finds that much of his time is needed for the demands of his family. Constantly he feels held down, as if he is being prevented from realizing his own individuality. The fact is that he comes into the current life with much karma owed to his family. In past incarnations he ignored the hands that fed him. Now he is locked into the lesson of becoming those feeding hands himself. In the current life he finds his mate and children just as highly unappreciative of all he tries to do for them. Still he will do more if he is ever to grow past his karma. At times, the burdens become so heavy that he has to fight himself to keep from feeling an inner resentment. The females with these Nodes could have problems with at least one child, which will demand most of her time, effort, energy and concern for she is to learn on the very deepest of levels the responsibilities of parenthood. To enforce the karma still deeper, the spouse is either not present or so lacking in character that this individual must ultimately become mother and father at the same time.

Whether positive or negative, the emotions never leave the family. This individual constantly feels the need to break out and be free; yet his past-life memories of self-enforced chains never quite permit him to do this.
Nearly all of his energy is spent on untangling the web of relations that he sees around him. In some instances, he could experience great conflict with other family members over real estate.
He must learn not to let circumstances weigh him down with feelings of hopelessness, for the needs of his family are constantly compounding themselves, to the point that from time to time they become considerably more than he bargained for.

Often, he is caught by surprise through the actions of those closest to him, for although he can develop strong outer worldliness, he still remains almost childishly naive when it comes to the emotions he feels about those close to him. Some with these Nodes have to go out to work, becoming the sole source of family support. Others are put into the position of becoming the family supervisor.

Always this individual is caught between the conflict of the things he would like to do for himself and the things he knows he must do for his loved ones. Constantly faced with situations which tempt him to react childishly, he must learn how to mature. He must rise above family harmony and do all he can to achieve a role of self-dignity. When the needs of his loved ones are understood, only then can he have the freedom to experience a career life of his own.

As he makes the switch to his tenth house Rahu, he is ultimately forced into the position of assuming the dominant role. He must learn how to keep his life focused in a direction above and beyond all the scattering needs of his close family members.

Paradoxically, he escapes from one family by creating another, until ultimately every person he meets and likes gets pulled closer to him in a type of pseudo-universal family. As the years build up the life starts to resemble the ‘old woman who lived in a shoe’.
His greatest happiness comes from being in a position to be able to offer shelter to others.
In later years he joyously re-invites others to lean on him. His mission to move away from emotional immaturity and in the direction of responsibility tells him that each person he moves along the path represents another payment for his own ticket towards soul evolution.
The sign which contains the Ketu shows the ways in which he allows immaturity on the part of others as well as himself to block his potentialities for achievement. The sign which contains the Rahu indicates the ways in which he can develop maturity by pointing his life in a meaningful direction.

Family demands are used as an excuse for not developing one’s fullest potentials. Neglect of career. Parenting or domesticity takes up most of your time. Others take you for granted.
Untangle yourself from domestic and parental traps. Involve yourself in your community instead of staying home all the time. Develop a more positive outlook. Make contact with people outside your family milieu. Go out to work, even if it’s only part-time or volunteer work.

In the tenth house, the hang-up is connected with respect or integrity, which may mask a basic dislike of people and / or social functions. This person subconsciously fears authority figures, and is uncomfortable in society unless he or she can come out decked in all the trappings of success - and even then there may be doubts as to the worth of that success. Reclusiveness or deep introversion may manifest as a means of coping with these fears.
Often there’s been an early struggle with authority figures or society in general. Difficulties with one or both parents are common. Usually the early upbringing involves a heavy dose of moralistic philosophy. Less frequently, one or both parents was maladjusted, and the offspiring has to live down their misdeeds or grows up feeling a need to make amends for his or her parents’ failure to contribute to society.

Rahu in the tenth house generally dreams of success in life. This involves overcoming limitations and rising above his or her station in life through gaining the support of authority figures or others who are in a position to help. This person tends to get trapped in a comfortable, mildly pleasant rut due to emotional ties. A parent or other family member may be instrumental in keeping the dream from being fulfilled. This usually isn’t because of outright opposition, mostly this could be generally, it’s because of subconscious fear or guilt on the part of Rahu in the tenth. 

Childhood roots, personality functions, and family life will be very influential in shaping one's life. As an adult, considerable time, attention, and energies may be expected from the individual to meet family demands and obligations.

One may feel family duties are restrictive, inhibiting freedom and options or one may find that meeting the economic needs of family life becomes a heavy burden. Feelings of resentment may accumulate if you believe your efforts are unappreciated. Your role of service to the family is likely to be crucial, perhaps by being the only money-earner and home-keeper, having to perform all functions of the household.

Your identity is connected to family roots and childhood foundations, and may come from dominant parental attitudes whose influences have conditioned your adult values and still persist in guiding your life and directions. Such attitudes may include powerful cultural or religious beliefs firmly embedded in your personality. Even if you want to, you will find difficulty in moving away from these deep-seated attitudes.

Either in your childhood or in later adult life, there is a possibility that your family unit may not be complete in the traditional sense. Perhaps you had to assume responsibilities at an earlier age, or, in your adult family, a partner may be unable to fulfill his or her parental role, and may leave you with additional responsibility. Facing parenthood demands will also be a challenge, as you may have to perform both adult roles for the family. Yet, emotionally, you are deeply tied to family links, even though you also react against their sometimes oppressive nature. Family tends to stabilize your life, defining both lifestyle and daily experience, absorbing most of your energy. But you cannot imagine life without a family presence, with all its accompanying demands, except as a lonely void.

An area of conflict is between selfish and selfless desires, between your needs and those of family members. Generally, you shrug your shoulders, take a deep breath, and carry on with self-discipline. The lesson to learn through testing times is how to serve others; and this may require self-sacrifice to complete. You try to help others to grow and develop properly; but there is an additional dimension toward which experience leads you, which concerns becoming a beneficial influence in the greater community or society. Through performing your challenging family duties, you have also learned to be more competent, dominant, decisive, and self-assured.
Family trials have been the ground from which inner development has grown. If successful, you can emerge as a pillar of strength from which others can draw support. Consciously accepting this self-sacrificial role will deepen your capabilities; and your emotional maturity and responsible attitudes will also be increased. The prospect is for your influence to expand beyond family parameters into the community, perhaps through direct inspiration, or even by the achievements of your children. It may not seem a glamorous path; it may appear quite mundane and arduous. Yet, in learning to transcend personal desires in favor of benefiting others, this becomes a key to transform your foundational attitudes to embrace the well-being of others, especially as your life develops to reveal a meaningful direction in later years.

With the Rahu in the 10th house, the important thing is to develop our own individuality and, out of the possibilities that lie before us, choose those that promote self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is different from outward self-awareness. The latter would hinder rather than help our development as an individual. In rising to the challenge of the Rahu in the 10th house, we must run our own life and cast off the leading-strings of others.
In the 10th house, illusions of grandeur nearly always occur. These cover the whole range,  authority, eminence, success and power. Prestige is a concept based on possessions, not on authority. Therefore, in the 10th house, either one has natural authority or one puts on a show of it - i.e., one usurps authority. The latter is mere role-playing, and ties in with the fact that Saturn, the master of forms, rules the 10th house. But such role-playing cannot replace authority.

The 10th house is also the house of profession and we need to set our sights on a profession rather than on fame. The mature person feels called upon to do something for the society, he or she becomes involved in it, and achieves goals that serve the community.
With the Node in the 10th house, it is necessary to forego traditional and family goals. A family attitude toward status and profession has been impressed on us; but we must break free from it in order to find our own guiding image and, so to speak, pack our bags and set out toward a destination of our own.
It is especially hard for some people to realize the promise of the Rahu in the 10th house, in order to make good themselves, they often enter into partnership with some others who are rising in the world. However, this is a temporary role, a part they often play brilliantly without making real progress. If the partnership runs into trouble, the individual may be left to shift for themselves, often they will have to abandon an easy life in order to achieve individuation. In this way, she learns to stand on her own two feet and to gain authority.

The Rahu in the 10th house demands self-determination, independent decision-making, and development of a resolute will. Self-discipline is also required, because there is a natural 4th-house inclination to merge with the group. With the Rahu in the 10th house, it is important to pursue one’s own individuation consistently without paying any attention to criticism.

The price of developing an independent personality is a certain degree of isolation and loneliness. Paying it prevents people from scrambling to success on the backs of others.
If the Rahu is in the tenth house, the person’s greatest growth, evolution, and fulfillment comes through concentrated career activity. In previous lives, the person may have led existences that were extremely personal and emotionally acute, now he must come out to the public and direct his energies toward society. The person is born with deep, organic ties to his mother. He is extraordinarily sensitive to his early family life and all the surrounding conditions and circumstances. However, he soon learns that his niche in the world derives from activities that capture the attention and notice of humankind at large. He becomes increasingly intimate with his father and other authoritarians with each passing year. 

More than any other astrological placement, the person with this this nodal placement may feel a sense of purpose and destiny. He is very ambitious and likely to succeed in his professional life. He may find his calling early on and move toward the work like an arrow to its target. There is leadership ability and the possibility of fame. Although the placement signifies new realms for the individual to master, the person is exceptionally courageous about pursuing his ultimate dreams and visions. Homes, land, and property are not much favored unless the person has decided that real estate is the domain in which to make his mark. Though he never forgets his connection to family, ancestors, and the past, the person actively forges a new path toward a much broader base of influence. The person should beware of workaholic tendencies, or his personal life will suffer. He is likely to marry a partner who is particularly devoted to home and domesticity, a spouse who will not disturb his involvement in his mission. He must direct his attentions to large-scale organizing rather than close friends and loved ones.

The person should concern himself with fame, prestige, and status. He should seek to become an authority figure in his field. His sense of security comes from his work and reputation, not possessions or home life. He moves away from a highly subjective, feeling-oriented existence to one of hard work and fulfillment of ideals. He sets high goals and allows nothing to stand in his way. The person is of extremely developed spirit and as Rahu in Tenth denotes the Zenith of the Chart. The task of this life is to make the greatest use of his consciousness. He should not engage in contemplation, meditation, introspection, and seclusion for more than brief, intermittent periods of time. His duties are social, and his greatest happiness comes from being with people on a regular basis. His work must produce results that withstand the test of time. He should never lose himself in theories and abstractions.

In dealing with the masses, the person must be careful not to get trapped into giving too much time and energy to specific individuals. He must always remember his larger purpose. Professions involving one-on-one contact are not desirable; they will not be fulfilling for any length of time.

In Hindu astrology, the Rahu in the tenth house indicates a potent and thriving career. The person is especially capable of affecting and influencing masses. Career success grows stronger after the age of forty-one when the Rahu is considered to ‘mature’. The Ketu in the fourth house means difficulties with homes, vehicles, studies/education, real estate/property, and mother. It also indicates an innately spiritual nature and either spiritual bent of mind or religious pilgrimages and/or touch throughout the lifetime.

12 July 2014

Rahu in 9th House Ketu 3rd House

Dear ardent readers here comes the ninth in the series of Rahu / Ketu  in Houses, The earlier series on Rahu / Ketu in Signs published in 2007 also is equally important & worthwhile reading, however care should be taken not to apply these writings verbatim on any chart, as there are many other factors, combinations, aspects etc which need to be studied always before coming to any conclusion. The masculine gender has been used only for ease of writing.

 This position is excellent for things of the mind. The native will constantly progress when Rahu occupies this house. His synthetic mind will enable him to undertake anything and succeed in everything, so long as the horoscope on the whole is favorable. It also indicates marriage with a person above one’s station in life and could ‘somebody’ from the pecuniary as well as the social standpoint. It is also fortunate for travelling, which will occur under comfortable and pleasant circumstances. This position is fortunate for taking up politics, as it enables him to emerge victorious in oratorical controversies through his facility of speech (provided Mercury is free from affliction), and especially through his ever-present common-sense.

The Ketu in the third house causes serious disagreements with those around the native. With an evil aspect of Mars, it signifies blows and wounds received during a dispute. This position is not good for the native’s education, and compels him to associate with people with smaller or negligible values, which may be to his detriment. It is also a token of disharmony with the parents, brothers, or brothers-in-law, and is detrimental to the native’s good repute, gossip, slander and calumny being the fruits of Ketu in the Third House.

It indicates too much emphasis on mind and not enough emphasis on superconscious power. Faith and devotion to an ideal is needed. Separative tendency could be strong, where mind separates and  heart could unite. Faith is tied with feelings and with the heart. Inner philosophy along devotional lines would be needed to balance the intellectual faculties. Should travel, outwardly and inwardly, for expansion. Relatives are the source of difficulties, and it would be well to be away from them if possible.

Many times when the Rahu position in the ninth is not developed, it gives the person a tendency to defy the law in some way, or gives the inclination to find ways of working deviously within the law. This can indicate also a disregard for religion. The person may have a difficult time being ethical. Religion can be touched upon only subjectively. He needs to develop an interest in psychology, religion, and abstract philosophy. He must become more objective in his thinking and studying, expanding mentally and spiritually. The person with Rahu in the ninth has to try to absorb and assimilate what is beyond his mental reach. He needs to become more objective in his interpretations within his immediate world.

Ketu in the third is subjectivity. The person has the ability to express himself very well, and is keenly interested in mental pursuits. This gives a strong psychic tie to brothers and sisters, and could bring loss of one through death or separation. It can give writing ability with favorable aspects to Mercury, Venus, or Neptune. There would be a strong urge to share knowledge with others. Ketu here denotes a duty in caring for brothers and sisters who may continually drain the individual. There is also much involvement in activities for the community. It is most difficult for the person with Ketu in this position to finish his formal education. The person would rather read and study on his own, or he goes back to school in an on-again, off-again way. This is an influence that gives impatience. There could be many small accidents if this Node is badly aspected. Involvement with neighbors could be a continual problem.

This condition often signifies that one has to utilize all their philosophies and higher knowledge to cope with the situations in life. They have to learn a lot of lessons from their mistakes, and in many cases, they cannot even communicate their problems. Mental distortion or uncommon thinking is noticed in them. Affairs of brothers or sisters are very destined in their life whether they want to or not. They will get involved with publications, publicity or some ‘foreign’ affairs / activities in their lifetime due to strange coincidences. Either they have relatives living far away from them, or they often maintain a large gap between the relatives. Long-term relocation is often significant for them, even though they dislike short travel.

This individual is forever pulling himself out of webs of entanglement. Every relationship he enters becomes so complicated that he has to use all his energies to free himself. In past incarnations he developed a great need for people, and herein lies his weak spot, for as much as he now thinks he would like to be alone he feels an almost compelling need to reach for others

He listens to problems and likes to be in the position of giving advice. Often frustrated by the multitude of problems dumped in his lap, he secretly thinks that if he had had more education he would be better equipped to cope with all the questions that befall him. He keeps trying to be as diplomatic as possible, and is constantly enmeshed in the after-thoughts of the words he has spoken to others.

Always conscious of the interpretation his words may be given, he nurtures an inner fear of being misunderstood. As a result, he keeps going back to yesterday;s conversation to re-explain all that he meant.

He must understand the essence of truth without having to feel compelled to make truth smaller by trying to communicate it verbally to others.

One of his greatest problems is dealing with the karmic residue of an insatiable curiosity, which although could have served him well in former incarnations now keeps leading him deeper into webs of details. His greatest crises occurs each time he is forced to make decisions, for rather than relying on his intuition or his higher mind, he keeps seeking more facts and details in the hope that when he has all the information the decision-making process will be easier.

Constantly striving to achieve neutrality, he becomes a paradox to himself. In prior lives, he could have fallen into the habit of identifying with catchy phrases, cute sayings and euphemisms to the point that he has now become a walking stereotype.

Liking to read and explore a wonderland of knowledge that he sees around him, his life is a constant thirst for more understanding. He is convinced that this is the one path in life that has no end. Whatever he becomes keenly interested in he can make into a life-long study, particularly if the Ketu is in a fixed sign.

He likes to feel worldly. As a result, he’ll do things that others wouldn’t, just for the sake of experiencing new understanding.

His current life is involved with so many people that hurt feelings are bound to fly, not because of any malicious intent but rather through the inability to keep up with everyone in whose life he has become involved. At the very deepest of levels, he has many inner doubts about himself which become amplified when he speaks with others, for if it were at all possible he would try to be all things to all people.

As a result of past-life habits, he could spend too much time in ‘lower mind’. He goes through more movement than he has to; and if this is not expressed physically, then he does it in thought. At times his merry-go-round of possibilities is so great that he thoroughly drains himself by thinking about what he should do. As a result he does nothing.

He will experience fears that he is sexually impotent. Once he starts questioning along this track, his enormous thirst for understanding can lead him into a promiscuous behavior pattern until he is reassured that all is well and he is perfectly normal.

On his deepest level, he may not be a sexual animal, but in fact so mentally inclined that he has fears of being shut out from the nitty-gritty of life because of his mental inclinations.

Like the young child afraid his peers will accuse him of being a bookworm, he will dare himself to prove that he can be accepted in a physically-oriented world. Nevertheless, his greatest subconscious need is one day to become a walking encyclopaedia so that he will never be caught short, lacking the right piece of information at the right moment.

His biggest growth comes when he learns how to make the karmic transition from lower to higher mind. As he drops his past-life attachment to trivia, his eyes begin to open wide to the enormous horizons before him.

The less he talks to others, the more faith he starts to develop.

He must learn how constantly to broaden his interests so that the scope of his knowledge is not limited by the demands of his immediate circle of relationships. He does well when he learns how to step back so that he can see the forest from the trees. When he does this, he also learns how to let things slide off his back, which gives him a new sense of peace that somehow always eluded his reach.

Travelling helps to broaden his perspective, and he meets his greatest successes far from his place of birth. For some, the life will be influenced greatly by a foreigner.

Through the ninth house Rahu, enormous spiritual growth is possible once the individual has learned how to pull away from all his prior-life doubts and questions. He must take his mind out of a finite world and focus on an infinite consciousness.

He will lose friends by doing this, for there are few who will understand his sudden aloofness. But through those who stay with him he will learn the difference between a friend and an acquaintance. As he grows, he begins to focus on ideas rather than the words through which the ideas are expressed. He sees how others limit themselves by language, and tries to speak to their ideas rather than to their words. The sign which contains the Ketu indicates the ways in which the soul memory of past  incarnations is still too embedded in lower mind activities. The sign which contains the Rahu shows the ways in which the individual can now free himself through the broadening influence of the higher mind.

Entanglement in mazes of busy-work, gossip, etc.. Problems with teachers, in-laws, foreigners. A tendency to take everything too literally; inhibition of the higher mind. Cynicism, agnosticism. Insatiable curiosity bordering on meddling.

Expand your mind by taking courses. Read about controversial issues and try to formulate opinions. Travel. Be selective about people; avoid gossips and crisis-prone erratic types. Take time out from routine activities to try new things.

In the ninth house, the hang-up centers around education or learning; and a lack of self-restraint invariably plays a major role. This person is often so easily swayed by his or her environment that life is spent moving from one bandwagon to another. A lack of continuity is often seen, too, making a little learning truly a potentially dangerous thing. Occasionally we find the reverse intellectual snob, one who values manual dexterity in just about any form but has no use for mental dexterity.

Rahu in the ninth house dreams of being some type of teacher. He or she feels that education holds the key to tapping his or her fullest potentials. Success and progress are important themes of the dream motif. This person tends to let emotional factors stand in the way of success. While there may be a great amount of potential, as long as emotions take precedence over sense, the dream can’t be fulfilled. Inconsistency is often a problem, since the mind rarely understands what the emotions are doing.

Your main concern is likely to be communication, relationships, mental development, and intellectual gathering of information. Relationships may become a source of conflict and confusion. You may not feel at ease with intimacy, and may prefer to break free from complications. As you are more mentally focused, you feel less comfortable with emotional and physical levels; sexual unease may also exist. This can be because you are less physically preoccupied than many, and so need intimate relationships less; sexual urges do not dominate your motivation or desires. You can learn to accept your sexuality as a natural expression, but within a context which values other aspects of relationships even more highly.

You can enjoy being alone, pursuing interests undistracted by others; yet there is also an impulse that seeks to communicate and relate with others. Balancing these tendencies can cause some difficulties.

People with emotional problems often turn to you for support, finding your detached mental perspective beneficial and calming. You help them find a more rational viewpoint to deal with agitated emotions. You enjoy this role and try to be helpful, hoping that your supportive advice can be used by them for positive results; you are very careful with suggestions, and try to ensure that you are not misunderstood.

Sometimes your tendency to be diplomatic and neutral has negative effects on you. Using evasive and non-confrontational words can eventually interfere with identifying your own thoughts and feelings; and you could lose sight of your perception. If this occurs, it may be better to become more true to yourself and ensure personal clarity. This could become more problematic if your social life builds into an ever-expanding web of relationships and contacts, making it inevitable that, at times, you will inadvertently upset someone. Relationship conflicts may happen, and this makes you confront inner doubts; if you have not been fully honest in your ‘diplomacy’, you will realize the futility of interfering with genuine communication. Through unnecessary relationship compromise and evasion of honest contact, you may become less true to yourself.

Keep conscious control of your life, or you may experience phases when its pace appears to increase, making you run faster on a treadmill just to keep in the same place. This could be the result of a social or mental whirl which makes you feel increasingly uncomfortable and could cause symptoms of ill-health and problems in decision-making. You are not always adept at making choices and decisions; you prefer gathering all facts and details prior to deciding. The difficulty lies in believing there are more facts to accumulate, and so postponing choice. Perhaps relying more on intuition or ‘gut feeling’ could be experimented with.

Stocking your mind with knowledge and information will become one of your favorite occupations; and the world appears to you as a treasure trove of facts, interests, and fascinations. You want to accumulate as many of these as possible; and your need to understand will be a lifelong preoccupation, with interests spanning human knowledge and never resting in the search for more pieces of the human puzzle. At least through mental journeys you will explore the world, although physical travel may also appeal, and would broaden your perspective. It may be that success will come through leaving your place of birth, or through foreign contacts.

You need to focus your information gathering, so that you can synthesize your knowledge into something usable, something that reveals important truths about the human condition and the nature of life. If you can do this, you will provide extra meaning to both your own life and others’ lives, as you concentrate more on inclusive ideas and less on fragmentary facts. As your vision extends, your ability to communicate will also become more effective.

The ninth  house has to do with the development of individual thought, or spiritual autonomy. What is involved here is the 3-9 (or thought) axis. In the 3rd house, our task is to learn the language, and to absorb the knowledge, of the group. In childhood, we accept the thought-structures of our environment, of the group in which we live; and we are molded by the thinking of those around. The collective enshrines not only knowledge but also routine patterns of thought which are almost mechanical. Thinking in the third house is fairly reflex, and travels along fixed lines.

In the ninth house, there is an awareness of, and an ability to distinguish, those thought structures and routines, those scripts or programs, which have become second nature. And not until this state of awareness is reached can we discard the things that do not tally with what we have worked out for ourselves. In the ninth house, we must create our own philosophy of life and strive for intellectual freedom. We must form a picture of the world that is as objective and as devoid of value-judgments as possible, by examining things for ourselves, making up our minds about them, and so arriving at our own outlook on life. The evidence of our senses should provide food for thought. The ability to draw conclusions from what is observed, to follow the course of events, and to have clear ideas and a personal point of view, is typical of the 9th house. Our prerequisites are accurate observations and keen perceptions, from which valid results can be obtained, inferences made, and our own attitude developed. Muddled ideas carried over from the 3rd house can be full of prejudice, however, and may make it difficult to think clearly in the 9th house.

Therefore, with the Node in the ninth house, we need to make a special effort to form our own opinions and to draw up a clear account of them. We should try to avoid being led astray by others either intentionally or unintentionally, or by automatic responses of our own that spoil clarity and obstruct freedom of thought. If we come across a good idea, it is not good because it is said to be good, or because it emanates from some authority; it is good only if we can verify it by obtaining the same results. Verification is the task of the ninth house.

Keen senses are absolutely vital for clear thought. Keen senses are symbolized by Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius(ninth sign), which is the counterpart of the ninth house. Obviously, there is a connection between observation and thought, and this connection is represented by the ninth house (and by Sagittarius). Our senses need to be in good working order before we can make clear judgments.

We require the courage of our convictions when putting forward our own ideas. We need to be self-confident to trust our own observations and feelings, and not to be persuaded by the crowd that we have seen, or should see, something different. The ninth house encourages us to stick to our point of view, and to the truth we have discovered for ourselves. Of course, we must not think that we are always right or that we can do anything. The progress indicated by the Node in the ninth house comes about through expanded awareness by means of original thinking, travelling, and philosophizing, etc., after we have left the route charted for us by others. When we take an independent line, query what we are told, and experience things for ourselves, we learn what life really is.

If the Rahu is in the ninth house, the person’s greatest growth, evolution, and fulfillment come through pursuing religion, philosophy, and higher knowledge. In past lives the person was intellectual, analytical, meticulous, precise, and skeptical. Now he is to cultivate faith, and concentrate on ideals, paradigms, and the ultimate truth of existence. The person should use wisdom and seek broad viewpoints. He must give credence to his intuition, feelings, and inspirations. He must take his visions and prophecies seriously, and give little importance to the petty and inconsequential in daily life. The person gains his greatest happiness by devoting his energies to spiritual ideals, mystical movements, and enlightened gurus. He is exceedingly gifted in promoting religion or any other knowledge which raises the consciousness of the masses. Publishing, as a career, is greatly favored.

The person must continually discriminate between right and wrong, and even make a discipline of the process. He should seek freedom and liberation, and develop his soul conscience. Beliefs, principles, and morals are everything, and the person must maintain a positive outlook under all circumstance. The person is eternally concerned with profundities. He knows the meaning of life is to find perfection with God. Money, possessions, and material comforts are of little consideration. The person should seek to increase his generosity and charitable nature. Travel is a source of evolution; and the person may wish to engage in foreign affairs. He should take fun and recreation seriously, and enjoy speculations when he feels the impulse.

The person may pay little attention to relationships with siblings and relatives. He must relinquish his previously constricted or microscopic way of thinking and allow his perception and insights to take him to the highest interpretation of life that is possible.

In Hindu astrology, the Rahu in the ninth house indicates cravings for religion and higher knowledge, and great power after the age of forty-one. However, there may also be difficulties with the father and religious or spiritual teachers. The Ketu in the third house means that the person is strong-willed, exciting and adventurous, and good at fulfilling his desires. It also signifies a spiritual, introspective, or introverted younger sibling.

09 February 2014

Rahu in the 8th House and Ketu in 2nd House

Dear ardent readers here comes the eighth in the series of Rahu / Ketu  in Houses, The earlier series on Rahu / Ketu in Signs published in 2007 also is equally important & worthwhile reading, however care should be taken not to apply these writings verbatim on any chart, as there are many other factors, combinations, aspects etc which need to be studied always before coming to any conclusion.
The eighth house is an indicator of all obstructions minor, major and it is the primary indicator of end of life, inheritances of not just properties but majorly the attributes and hereditary characteristics and attributes,  along with the secondary indicator 2nd house. In the eighth house, the Rahu promises a peaceful and natural death, and a happy ending to the life. If the malefic planets (Saturn, Mars) are free from affliction in the horoscope, and provided the Sun and Moon are powerfully situated, the length of life may be very long. This position is also fortunate for inheritances and legacies. The native’s inherited property/ legacy/characteristics/attributes from his parents will be considerably increased, and he will also have the chance of unexpected gains from lotteries or gifts.

In the second house, the Ketu is not fortunate for money matters, the second house being the indicator of accumulated wealth. It is harmful to the native; or, more strictly speaking, his enterprises will be upset by circumstances over which he will have no control. This position may cause bankruptcy. Moreover, in regard to the affections, it will indicate deceit on the part of people in a low strata of life. If the horoscope on the whole is not good, it denotes loss of position on account of the opposite sex.

Subconscious habit patterns of the past have been the ‘getting’ principle rather than the ‘giving’ one. Must help others to find their resources and their sense of worth. The play on the senses must give way to the transforming of passion into compassion. Before the seed can bring forth fruit it must be buried in darkness, break its self-enclosed shell and reach for the Light. Helping others to find their resources and values is the clue to the right use of the Rahu in the eighth house.

The Rahu in the eighth house forces the person to learn to accept another’s financial help. Sometime in his life, he will be forced to learn to accept the humility of taking from others. He also needs to learn the depth of experience in sex, its proper and beautiful purpose, and the regeneration and rejuvenation it brings to human beings. Rahu badly aspected could cause either a breakdown or disturbing emotions when there is an imbalance in any of the eighth house activities.

Ketu in the second is determination. This position gives the person a dissatisfaction with money earned, or with working conditions. It may give many changes in jobs, or more than one job at a time. The person is always seeking the ideal way of adding to his own resources. This also can lead to financial difficulties. Ketu here gives us one who enjoys the physical pleasures, but who needs to learn balance and control of appetites and sense by creating beauty for the world. Second house Ketu can give an inability to earn completely one’s own way. Satisfaction and success in this area usually is delayed. It can give the person stubborn pride but great loyalty to a cause or a person.

This condition often signifies that the person has to deal with resources and possessions in various ways in life. Often their combined resources are plentiful and handy, but the other person may or may not allow them to use it generously. Their own resources become a doubtful issue in many cases. Strong interest in the occult or hidden side of life is noticed as a rescue from the material world. They often have good instincts and ability to deal with others’ subconscious. Cash flow situation will depend upon the planet(s) conjuncting the Rahu/Ketu axis. A benefic will increase favorable chances, while a malefic will cause uneven difficulties. Learning from the idea or reality of death and regeneration is strongly noticed in this case.

Here the individual is confronted with a powerful battle inside himself on the most basic of levels. His karma is to overcome the extreme possessiveness of his past incarnations. Until he deals with this, he has difficulty finding meaning in anything he cannot personally own. He is jealous of the possessions of others, desiring strongly to have all that his eyes behold. In some individuals this builds up to an insatiable lust for possession. In this respect there is such a strong determination that little can sway him from pursuing his desires.

Nearly always his life is based around the sexual force, and it is nearly certain that the sense of sexual understanding is highly skewed. There is usually something animalistic about the nature. Whether open or concealed, there is a lack of response to the civilizing effects of society.

May be in his past lives, the individual could not fully understand the importance of other people’s values, but continued to go his own way, unaware of how he affected others. His soul has built a need system so great that no matter how much he is fulfilled, his greatest needs always seem to be just beyond his reach. He is like the proverbial donkey following a carrot strapped to his head; but rarely does he understand that he is the one who put it there.

Those near him would give him the Moon if it would make him happy, but they know as well as he does that it would be only a momentary toy ultimately to be discarded and replaced by another need. It seems to be the quantity of quality that he desires, which is to say that he feels he must have it all! A bundle of excess in all directions, he finds it difficult to change his ways even after the realization that he is headed down a path of disaster. He pushes each crossroad to such extreme excess that when he does discover his errors, he is so far beyond the point of departure that he finds it impossible to see his way back. And so he continues further along a path he knows is wrong because it is the only road his eyes can see.

In some cases he goes to such extremes that he may run into trouble with the law; but long after he sees his error he still keeps trying to convince others that he is right. More than one with any other Rahu/Ketu position, this individual must learn self-control, for without discipline he can too easily allow his past incarnation habits of self-indulgence to make a shambles of his current life.

Some with this position experience an infirmity which brings them so close to death that their eyes open to a new appreciation of life. Others go through extremely trying sexual episodes so that they may start to be more clinical about their behavior. But always the karmic lesson is the same. The individual pushes himself so hard that he ultimately destroys all ground he has gained. Through a symbolic death of excessive behavior patterns, he may ultimately experience a new birth.

The past life residue presents too many physical and material concerns. The main growth in the current life is based on the individual’s ability to ferret from out of the depths of his being the strength for a rebirth. He often displays an interest in the occult, through which he ultimately gains information needed to achieve his regenerative transformation. Whatever he chooses to do, there is always chaos in it, for he is an extremist. And yet the combined karmic residue of stubbornness and laziness keeps stalling his rebirth. His soul wants to transform, but he has difficulty finding enough energy to do it. The hardest thing for him is to learn how to walk with no footsteps, for he so desperately wants to be impressive that he keeps making his own life heavier.

Relationships are extremely important to him. From prior incarnations he could have developed the habit of seeing the world as a social caste system, and within this framework keeps struggling for status, always believing that some people are more privileged than others. Through his eighth house Rahu, he must symbolically kill this past-life value system and go through the permanent metamorphosis which will eventually attune him to the value of others. He has much to learn from those close to him as soon as he starts to listen.

Most of his thoughts come from a deep-seated desire to kill the physical plane. They lead him on a path of ultimate disgust with himself as well as with the physical and material life he has led for so long. Through open or secret lust as well as jealousies in money or business affairs, he keeps spiralling his life to a point of no return. Once he reaches this, he will begin to be accepted through other people’s value systems in order to find his way back. But he will be confronted with the test of having to give up all that he has ever thought important, almost as if he is being asked to step to the back of the line and wait his turn. Each time a new and finer value is imposed on him, he must learn how to eliminate all in himself that blocks its acceptance.

He will start his new life from the bottom of the ladder, where because of the slowness of his ascent he will treasure deeply every inch of ground he gains. Truly this position indicates a difficult life, and could be because of the ingrained attitudes of past incarnations are so fixed on having their own way.

Until the transition is complete, he can expect his current life to be one financial tug of war after another. He must learn the karmic lesson that possessions are for the purpose of use and that it is not necessary to own more than what is immediately useful.

When he overcomes the tendency to allow his life’s energies to dissipate themselves, he can become a veritable dynamo in the business world. Still, he must never forget that he is the type that must burn his bridges behind him as a protection against slipping backward to levels he has struggled to pass through.

The eighth house Rahu can regenerate the individual. It is up to the strength of his own faith. To reach heaven, this position must walk through hell first, and there from the very bowels of the earth make the realization that God will hear his faintest cry for help as soon as he sincerely promises not to ‘look back’.

The sign which contains the Ketu shows the type of past-life value system that must be regenerated. The sign which contains the Rahu shows the ways in which the rebirth will be accomplished.

Extreme possessiveness, sexual difficulties, lack of regard for other people’s values or needs. unhappiness with possessions and money, no matter how comfortable your material situation seems to others. In extreme cases, trouble with the law; more often, simply trouble from atypical values.

The individual should develop self-control and self-discipline. Develop an appreciation for life. De-emphasize things; concentrate more on relationships. Organize your life - clear away worthless people, things, attitudes. Try to stop worrying about being appreciated; be willing to work for the joy of working rather than for prestige.

With the Rahu in the eighth house, the hang-up seems to be centered around power. Inability to forgive and grudge-holding are common expressions of this hang-up. A muddled or twisted sexual identity is another manifestation. Often there’s a ‘money is power’ syndrome that can manifest in gambling or foolish spending. In most cases there’s a strong desire to prove your worth or get back at those who have wronged you.

Rahu in the eighth house also hopes to realize gains through partnerships or other relationships; but the dreamed-of gains are liable to be more tangible in this case. He or she could dream of marrying a rich mate, befriending someone who dies and leaves him or her a sizeable inheritance, or being cut in on somebody’s earnings. There’s a strong desire to eliminate hardship of all types. This person takes an emotional approach towards financial matters. He or she tends to spend on the basis of emotional impulse rather than need, and is often careless or impractical with money. Less frequently the person is too lavish with praise, time, or nurturing. These tendencies stem from a subconscious feeling that he or she is incapable of amassing necessary resources without help from others.

The individual with this position finds it difficult to change the established ways, even when recognizing that the way leads in a wrong direction. He tends to continue anyway, mainly because it is the only path you see, and you will attempt to convince others that your way is right. And, in many ways, it is, because it offers the potential to realize what drives you and to encourage change, especially when painful consequences occur.

Resisting the temptations of material life is probably needed to balance this, especially as you favor possessions and material acquisitions which appear to offer a surrogate sense of meaning. Your desire nature often prefers quantity to quality, but is rarely satisfied or satiated for long. This requires transforming to deepen life appreciation.

The individual's behavior can be extreme in most things; and you often destroy progress by burning bridges behind you, stopping any chance of returning to the past and old habits. This ensures that you are committed to a chosen future direction. Potentially, such action can lead to positive results. Yet these do not just come about by themselves; you have to work toward them consciously. You require an inner transformation, but may have difficulty in generating consistent energy to stimulate change. Additionally, there is always an element of possible chaos in your behavior that emanates from any misapplied energy which can always unconsciously undermine your intentions.

The individual desires to be impressive to others; yet to some, you can appear as a negative influence. This arises from lacking comprehension of how your personality impacts on others, because you are so preoccupied with going your own way.

Relationships are important, although you tend to seek social status through them. There may be some confusion with respect to sexual matters / identity / activities, and you do not feel at ease with insistent physical demands. This can cause inner resistance and conflict. You may feel wary of sexuality, and your sexual image may be a difficult one to accept or integrate. You can keep such insecurities hidden and at a distance. Yet, as sexuality is an essential part of adulthood, it is a powerful impulse which requires satisfaction and understanding.

If you discover more transformative personal values, this can moderate any unconscious or excessive behavior patterns. You need openness to experience and to receive the influence of others, sot that your life becomes expansive, as understanding different attitudes develops greater tolerance. Introduce new attitudes and values toward modifying your possessive impulse, especially by realizing that possessions are only for us. Material prosperity does not indicate a person’s quality, or necessarily satisfy or fulfill his or her deeper needs. Your emphasis should be placed more on appreciating quality - that of yourself, of others, and of possessions.

You may need to release much that you previously considered to be important and meaningful, even though it has failed to give peace or happiness. Circumstances may strip you of the past in order for you to receive a new impulse and be influenced by more appropriate attitudes and values. If this occurs, see this experience as a positive personal renewal, an opportunity to change your life by a more moderate and balanced approach, leaving behind your compulsive and unconscious tendencies.

This produces a double nature. In the Ketu in the second house, there is a desire to fulfill two conditions: on the one hand, to be in good communication with the ‘You’, and to profit by the contacts made through the seventh house; on the other hand, to undergo an individualization. However, to stress one’s individuality can lead to isolation and to the loss of advantages offered by the 7th house. To be entirely ‘Me’, “I” have to give up ‘You’. Therefore he am torn between two desires. Although he wants optimum access to those around him, he also wants to be a strong, independent, free individual.

The Ketu in the second house warns the individual that he needs to understand these two conflicting requirements, and to handle them sensibly without making false compromises. In fact, any compromise is rather inconclusive. With the Rahu in the 8th house, he is compelled to live on the razor’s edge. he must guard against opting for security at the cost of personal development.

In the 8th house, the Rahu challenges us to strike a proper balance between society and individual growth: a balance that will produce spiritual and personal harmony. It requires us to cultivate a healthy relationship with the environment, in which the latter is respected, and to fulfill our obligations without hindrance to our spiritual growth. This is a tall order, because it presumes an internal and an external interdependence that are not easy to come by. It is important to keep things in proportion; and to do so calls for the ability to keep a cool head and to weigh everything carefully; also to be scrupulous in keeping the rules, including the rules of affection, sympathy and contact.

Also one must not neglect love while getting on in the world. In the 8th house there has to be equilibrium between the physical and the spiritual. One is constantly being challenged not to lay undue emphasis on status or on material advantage. Usually, when the Rahu is in the 8th house, there is a struggle to overcome a fixation on the tangible and material, and to release living human impulses.

If the Rahu is in the eighth house and Ketu in second House, the person’s greatest growth, evolution, and fulfillment come through relinquishing his desires for possessions, and helping others to determine their values. In past lifetimes, the person has been attached to his acquisitions and engrossed in his cravings for personal security. Now he is learning how to surrender and merge with energies separate from his own. Success and happiness will be found in pursuits involving the occult, metaphysics, mysticism, and psychic work. The person may also do well in politics or other fields which promote causes or campaigns for the good of others. The person should not concern himself too much with his own self-identity and intimate pleasures. He is here for greater purpose and profundity.

Good results occur when the person concentrates on spiritual evolution, soul growth, and psychological transformation. He should focus on ideals, paradigms, and ultimate realities rather than what can be gained from the mundane, physical universe. Sexual experiences are deep, significant, and valuable. The person transcends individuality and merges profoundly through the orgasmic experience. Appearances and physical beauty are not so important. The person must seek that which is deep, real, spiritual and lasting. He should open himself to all kinds of experiences, without trying to pick and choose the good versus the bad. Passion, power, and self-control are to be cultivated. The person should welcome his newly-vulnerable nature and embrace whatever ego-death-and-rebirth experiences come his way.