In the drama of the deities, in-coherent (no
longing for wholeness is a consequence of Rahu's excited refusal to
respect conventional boundaries.
As a result of Rahu's wildness, Ketu the Tail Cauda
Draconis is forced to gaze with eternally unsatisfied longing at His dear
severed partner Rahu the Head Caput Draconis. Ne'er the twain shall meet.
In-finite (no limits) Ketu represents the vague, uncommitted, disengaged
state. As a result of His singular focus upon the sole source of meaning
in His universe which is Rahu, Ketu is characteristically unable to recognize
boundaries and divisions between people, things, or ideas.
From Ketu's perspective, everything which lays in the territory between Ketu
and Rahu is (1) meaningless and
Everything in the path from Ketu to Rahu is characterized as
having no ultimate value; as distraction or annoyance; as mere impediments to
Ketu's reunion with Rahu.
No Distinctions, No Rules
Due to Ketu's inability to recognize
connotation-denotation meanings, Ketu displays a
of discrimination or even comprehension of those distinctions which create
physical, emotional, mental, and social meaning in the world.
To Him, it is all
one big dust-cloud, all one sandstorm, all one nebulous particle field.
It is all the same and it is All One.
Naturally, at the higher levels of perception, Ketu's 'All One'
apprehension of reality can be a tremendous asset to the spiritual
However, at the lower levels of material survival, Ketu's inability to make
value judgments and His disinclination to make choices can result in extreme
the native shows equal disregard for oneself and those around one.
Ketu is an
Equal Opportunity Ignorer.
Ketu has few actual "abilities" except for His cleaving and
with other graha, Ketu creates a negative power = disempowerment,
"inability" and "disability". Ketu is 'handicapped',
disabled, and disoriented.
In reality, only material values are capable of "improvement"
(becoming proved, i.e. perfected).
Ketu does not recognize any material value, including the meaning or
significance of Time. Tenants of an upachaya sthana (3, 6, 10, 11) which can
"improve with Time" will improve not improve Ketu.
Apprehension without Comprehension
Due to His perceptual handicap of being unable to locate physical or
emotional or social boundaries, Ketu is exceptionally "psychic".
possesses extraordinary intuitive sensitivity.
However Ketu may dissolve other forms of knowing such as perception or
comprehension. Ketu is particularly damaging to the decisive, rational forms of
Like all malefic graha, Ketu gives best effects in a dusthamsha: 6, 8, or 12.
Ketu in 6 = uncaring about physical health, unattached to animosity,
uninterested in acquisition of debt or increase of poverty. Disempowers the
threat of radical imbalance.
Ketu in 8 = ambivalent or detached from the conditions of death. Likely to
die in a coma or other numbed state, unconscious or barely conscious of the
physical dimension of the transition. Disempowers the threat of violent
Ketu in 12 = apathetic about the clairsentient pathways and the spirits
who communicate along those pathways. May be perfectly clairvoyant but
unconcerned to share the knowledge gained from intuition and dreams.
Disengaged from the formal practice of meditation. (Which ironically can
produce some brilliant meditations. This native can meditate in a crowded
subway.) Disempowers the threat of "reverse osmosis" -- forced
return to the astral plane.
Ketu has an especially strong affiliation with bhava-12,
the house of dissolution of Identity. Ketu will give a "
effect wherever He is found in the nativity.
Reading the above quotations from Jyotisha
commentators, one might feel confused. The listed traits seem so
How can Ketu both "render the mind
unbalanced", yet be a "planet of spiritualization"?
How can Ketu "disturb social
relationships" and cause "humiliation" while ending with
answer is that Ketu is the graha who
requires, even more than Shani, a position of
to the whirling, swirling, ego-crazed world around us. Ketu imposes no material
conditions whatsoever. Rather, Ketu enforces the removal of conscious
Away from grasping at material, emotional,
and mental attachments,
toward spiritual attachment (holding
fiercely to the Witness position)
And ultimately toward the goal of
merger of material, emotional, social, mental realities within one's
true spiritual self-identity.
Ketu does not effect the
"next-step" full merger, but Ketu clears the path so that
merger becomes achievable
Push of the Elephant-Head
Ketu has one goal and one goal only: to
t the native 's perception, as far as possible, in the current lifetime, toward
re-unification with the Divine.
In order to effect that forward movement,
destroys any obstacle that
occurs upon the individual's path toward enlightenment.
humans rarely grasp Ketu's purpose
To those with eyes to see,Ketu is
doing us a huge favor. No matter how painful the separations and losses caused
by Ketu, the native who holds a clear conviction of the value of spiritual
enlightenment will understand and appreciate what is going on.
the native with sufficient consciousness will
heed Ketu's clarion call to "witness" rather than resist the
removal of obstacles.
In the end, Shri Ganesha will be praised as
great leader of the troops
(Gana) who are marching toward the bliss of reunion with the Divine.
To those with deep material, emotional, or
mental attachments, Ketu is disruptive, invasive, destructive, and damaging.
Ketu causes one with the lower consciousness bondage to cry in despair,
"why me? why was my life attachment taken from me?"
answer is that this attachment was, in
Shri Ketu's view, creating an obstacle to spiritual progress.
However that answer may not be acceptable to
one who continues to externalizeperception and to insist that the true
self is defined in terms of material possessions, human relationships, or
systems of belief.
Indeed the true self can only be defined in
terms of one's relationship to the Divine. When all the attachments are
stripped off, one will see the "enlightened" or
"unburdened" truth that the nature of that truest most core
relationship is an actual "Identity" which is no longer polarized.
In other words, Self and God are, in their deepest true nature, absolutely One
and the Same.
This is the realization toward which Shri
Ketu is pushing, with His big strong elephant head.
Still, many are still deep in sleep, craving
only sensual attachment ... and for those many, holding "witness" to
the dream is quite unlikely. For them, Shri Ketu is a bitter enemy of
possessiveness, completion, "wholeness" and "success".
damages both "positive" and "negative" attachments.
the native with strong ego attachments,
including "negative" attachments such as victimization, catastrophic
loss, poverty, or death; as well as "positive" attachments such as
wealth, title, religion, children, siblings, spouse, or life, will find
that Ketu is an "equal opportunity destroyer."
To those who might have an inkling of what
Ketu is trying to accomplish, the apparently "
malefic" powers of Ketu
destructive, separative, and embarrassing effects may be understood to be
offering the greatest spiritual help available to humans.(Even greater
than the service offered by Ketu's malefic competitor, Shani!)
Ketu does not care about whether the content
of an attachment is socially approved or disapproved, moral or immoral, valuable
or worthless. If it is an attachment, Ketu will negotiate to have it severed.
(Remember the myth of Rahu-Ketu. By force of
Vishnu's razor-sharp discus, Ketu gets instantly, brutally severed from the
desire-mouth of Rahu.)
If Ketu, in His wisdom, determines that any
relationship is creating an obstacle to the development of the consciousness
which is necessary to permit the native to advance on the path of spiritual
re-unification with the Divine, that relationship will be severed.
If only one component of that relationship is
compulsive or damagingly habitual or hiding the native 's true feelings from
oneself or otherwise problematic for consciousness, Ketu will take action - that
particular obstacle-element of the relationship will be cut off. But the
relationship itself, or its
shell, will remain.
Ketu = A
Difficulty, and (potentially) a Great Genius
Ketu in bhava-5 may indicate a Genius for
Teaching Difficult Children. Here may be found not only a parent who must
raise a difficult child, but also a gifted teacher of hypersensitive,
out-of-orbit, anti-social, pre-criminal, or other "behavioral
the native has a special blessing of
"witness" consciousness which allows one to
the impulse to react negatively to threatening or inappropriate
behavior from children.
Free from habitual punitive reaction, the
children suffering social adaption difficulties may feel more safe and
accepted, and even quite adversarial children may
and begin to thrive.
Ketu gives aprofound
longing to connect with the Other, yet anacutely painful realizationthat it is impossibleto do so.
chronically unsatisfied desire, and perpetual disconnectedness - especially
during Ketu periods - may induce the experience of Despair.
spiritualization option Occurs when the native upgrades one's basis of
evaluative perception from "disappointment" of expectations, to"no expectations".
liberation from expectation,
comes the "witness" or non-judgmental observer perspective.
the witness viewpoint, Ketu's positive service of removing obstacles to enlightenment
can become quite clear. Liberation of disappointed
expectation signals the end of despair.
with the aid of the vidya of Jyotisha, the native may move, in a single
lifetime, from a condition of chronic despair to a condition of
appreciation for Ketu's liberation!
and Repulsion: effects at higher or lower consciousness levels
In the Jyotisha charts, Rahu-Ketu reflect our cycles of
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Ketu periods, and Ketu transits to Vimshottari
timelords, will place the native in a sustained period of repulsion.
During Ketu periods, the native is either unwilling or
unable to connectwith the Object of one'
Depending on the level of consciousness, the Ketu period
(including Ketu transits to significant lagnas) can provide beneficial, mixed,
or malefic effects.
The spiritual, mental, social, emotional, and
physical effects of Ketu can be considered at three levels of psychic
At the higher levels of
awareness, Ketu can:
concentration and meditation
authentic, fully transformative sacrifice
pure tantrik practices
complete non-reactive neutrality
a conscious state of surrender - one'
s only felt desire is the
desire for deeper surrender
sincere and willing detachment from objects of desire
a state of passive, non-interfering and non-invested acceptance of
the size, scope and clarity of the field of consciousness by
eliminating desire-driven distractions
clairvoyant and clairaudient capabilities (again, reaping benefits of
Ketu is well-situated, Ketu periods may bring all the benefits
associated with the Ketu-occupied bhava. For example, Ketu in
dhana-sthana may bring extraordinary wealth - but the native will not
be particularly attached to it!
periods with their conscious rootlessness are very auspicious for guided
austerity practices, withdrawal from non-spiritual relationships,
sanctuary retreats, temple pilgrimage, sacred journey
At medium levels of
of ego nutrient,
tension, caught in moral dilemmas and lose-lose options
of praise, denied promotions, loss of status
and professional setbacks due to failed expectations
withholding behaviors by Self and projected upon others
and blaming one'
s shortcomings upon Other
projection of childhood abandonment fears into adult relationships
yearning for apparently unachievable goals, partners, and experiences
rejection of Other, cycling back to frustrated union, and rejection
or barely conscious projection of negative fantasiesupon others
periods are exceptionally Auspicious for personal psychotherapy,
but may not yield much progress in relationship counseling. A focus on
issues will be fruitful.
Ketu is well-positioned and the native knows their true capabilities,
there can be professional and personal advancement through careful
management of power vacuums and unusual circumstances.Key to
success is neutral humility paired with sensitive awareness of
self-effacing or other false humility, but true neutrality and authentic
skillful ability to serve other's interests, such as to help an
organization reach its goals.)
At lower levels of awareness:
Ketu tends toward
its more malefic state:
but thwarted survival need to achieve union with the object of desire,
leading to stalking, anxiety-driven predatory behaviors, etc
for social and psychic boundaries
behaviors, falsifying credentials, posing and posturing, obsession with
distant celebrity figures, claiming that fantasy relationships are real,
other confusions of the reality-imagination boundary
is exceptionally absorptive; other people'
s negative projections
easily find him, and stick to him
neediness, relies on others to provide his/her identity
to accept personal responsibility
that homelessness, rootlessness, acts of desperation are the result of having
been abandoned by those s/he once trusted
for shelter from government, community, or family - but rejects
services, fears and distrusts connection, needs to wander
in Ego reaction of toxic anxiety
Divorce as a lower-level reactive fear bondage:
is a karaka for divorce of the "
true to the myth of Rahu-Ketu, divorce under Ketu means that the native s
may physically separate from each other but they remain psychically
connected in a perpetual cycle of victimization, blaming and
The brutal act of separation, abandonment, and rejection is
described vividly in the myth of Rahu-Ketu.
Ketu = trauma.Look for trauma in the signification
of Ketu's house and the character of His lord, as well as in any co-tenants
who share a house with Ketu. Wherever the native shall suffer unbearable
separations, with a great but unachievable longing for consummation or
reunion, there is Ketu.
Ketu is a karaka for ex-communication, divorce, being
shunned, ostracized, or invalidated.
Ketu's trauma is not likely to "heal" in the sense
that material reunion will not be fully accomplished in this lifetime.
However the emotional pain can be neutralized by deep acceptance and
Each new Ketu bhukti will re-stimulate the core trauma of
separation, rejection, abandonment, and loss of wholeness. Each Ketu bhukti
offers and opportunity to practice neutrality and forgiveness.
Ketu-driven Suspicion and Distrust Give
: Yes - at higher consciousness levels
Ketu's periods increase the perceptual intensityof
suspicion and distruSaint the native can see one's Other half, partner,
reflection, key to wholeness - but by some force of the universe, access to this
wholeness is being withheld. One suspects that the desires of the Other are
destroying the relationship.
Severely Reactive: Paranoid delusion
Moderately Reactive: Invalidation
At the lower levels of consciousness, Ketu's
perceptions of invalidationare chronic. the native slips into varying
degrees of suspicious distrust of the motives of the Other. It is possible to
enter a state of psycho-emotional despair, considering how hopeless is
the prospect of the Other ever changing their nature. Yearning for connectedness
but believing that a deep and permanent bond is impossible. It is easy to
become trapped in this state of bondageto an unattainable, but always
perceivable, object of one's desire.
Proactive: Distrust of reactive delusion
At the higher levels of stabilized consciousness,
suspicion and distrust of the motives of Other can be a very good
Nothing is more spiritually healthy than a vigorous distrust
of the mind's propensity to generate delusions.
Manas, the mind, is nothing but a big
delusion machine! All perceptual reality is a product of subconscious
Ketu, a node of the Moon, turns a reflective mirror onto
inner workings of Manas.Ketu periods are premium opportunities
to watch the illusion-generating machine in action!
the native who is secure in this perceptual awareness will
enjoy significant spiritual and philosophical benefits from Ketu periods.
This native will seize the opportunity to enter psychotherapy, pursue
reflective meditation, read spiritual books, and otherwise cultivate
increased awareness of one's own projection behaviors.
Conscious Relationships during Ketu periods
During Ketu periods, the native may find oneself cast in
peculiar relationships vis-à-vis various power-hungry authorities or
other strong Rahu-type personalities. In an environment surging with
constant disruptions and ambitious (but usually illicit) desires, the native retains his calm.
In Troubled interpersonal relationships, the Ketu
native will have deep insights into the psychopathology of the Other, but
the native will also lack ability to intervene or otherwise alter the
For the conscious native, Ketu period is a time of detached
awareness, based on healthy suspicion of one's own compulsive
One realizes that behaviors attributed to outside
agents Are in fact nothing but reactive projections of one's own
his final Ketu-driven result is deeply calming. Spreading
one's own calm awareness of trauma reactions and various ego collisions in
relationships of home, workplace, and community, will enhance leadership
capabilities and stabilize the local environment.
Leadership in Ketu period?
If Ketu is placed for leadership (in kendra, lord is
prominent, etc.), Ketu period can give surprisingly high levels of
responsibility although official recognition will not occur.
Ketu is by
nature a somewhat socially invisible period.However,
responsibilities assumed now will bear fruit of recognition later, in more
socially visible periods.
distrust vs. Proactive distrust
The lower consciousness Ketu native experiences increased
reactivityand outward fixation with blaming.
By contrast, the higher consciousness native handles the
exact same experience with proactive awareness that the Other is in fact the
product of one's own subconscious projection.
The apparent distancing, withholding, taboo-breaking,
desire-hungry behavior of the Otherin fact originates in one's own
he roots of this apparently external and real relationship
are in fact deeply embedded in one's own subconscious.
The wise Ketu nativetakes the cue:
outward dilemmas, go inwardto find the roots of negative expectations
and unfulfilled desires within one's own Mind.
Ketu = expectation
of disconnection and neglect
As a result of Accumulated
experience stored in the subconscious, the native fundamentally expects that
the matters of Ketu's domain will be unreliable, and eventually
source is deep in the subconscious, rooted in human reptile-brain fear of
This deep and terrible fear of abandonment affects all
human births, and therefore Ketu must occupy some domain in each human birth.
house contains the site of humility/humiliation, where the native longs for connection and yet is repeatedly disconnected from the object of their
typically yield the real world psycho-emotional experiences of deep-seated
anxietyregarding abandonment, social or emotional rejection, terrible
uncertainty about the feelings and plans of the beloved, and
parental/spousal/collegial unresponsiveness or neglect
Positive management of
Ketu's malefic effects:
is a karaka for meditation and conscious
disabilities caused by Ketu can be improved through conscious awareness of the
subconscious predisposition to expect disconnection, leading to a lifetime of
disappointment and chronic mistruSaint
Shri Ketu does have An essential lesson to teach regarding impermanence,
it is not necessary for the native to suffer a lifetime of compulsive,
subconsciously impelled rejection of connection and trust in matters of Ketu's
It is very difficult to
manage Rahu's obsessive-compulsive desires. However, it is not so hard to
Luckily the reptile brain does
not have to dominate human life.
Conscious natives can learn to managemany
historic, subconsciously driven compulsions -- even the most natural, largely
bio-chemical, 'hard-wired' survival fears.
awareness of one's habitual rejection of completenesswill go a long way
toward resolving the malefic effects of Shri Ketu.
The area of most dramatic
rejection will be Ketu's birth domain (see table of Ketu in Houses,
impermanence can correct much of Ketu's disability
same calm awareness can transform Shri Ketu's fearful effects into an overall
positive spiritual experience of appreciation of impermanence.
two phenomena are really two sides of the same coin. The difference is that one
is physically and emotionally terrifying and one is sweetly wise.
in life, comes Ketu's spiritual wisdom and eventually amusement!
management will give good results. However, Ketu's terror runs deepand progress will
be incremental over a lifetime.
Ketu's fears will not be fully understood
by the native until
the native 's age of 48 years,which is the age of maturity for
Ketu. Even after the potential
is particularly pernicious in the four kendra, where security and confidence are
needed to stabilize material life.
a point of practical advice:
of Ketu's Dismemberment
Ketu's personal story tells it all. There He was, the
innocent tail of Rahu the Serpent God, sitting at the Deity Banquet, minding
His own business. Ketu doesn't have an Ego - He's a tail. He's
present, but absolutely soundless and uninvolved.
Shri Ketu is as innocent and quiet as a tail can be,
completely tranquil and neutral in the scene, when Rahu the Rage of Desire decides to make His big ego
ploy. Rahu has snuck into the divine banquet illicitly, and He wants a sip
of that divine immortal Amrit, the exclusive private drink of the Gods. He has
an intense desire for it. Rahu will get a drink.
The chalice of Amrit is being passed around
this gathering of Gods... Rahu slips into position to receive the next
drink. Rahu succeeds! However at the very moment when the first drop of Amrit touches Rahu's lips
- guaranteeing Rahu a
lifespan of the Gods -- Shri Vishnu sees illicit Rahu! Vishnu is enraged at this
slimy impostor and throws His magical discus at Rahu, slicing Rahu in half.
With a terrible shriek, the head of Rahu's severed body flies in
one cosmic direction, and the tail of Rahu's body flies off the opposite
Rahu's severed tail-half is now called Ketu.
Rahu the Naga Head retains all His passion-driven intention and
Thus Rahu remains a perpetual troublemaker. Ketu however has no sense of
purpose or goal. Ketu forever languishes in memory of His once-whole
Self. Ketu pines for unification with His lost
Ketu is bereft, abandoned, hopeless, lost,
unrequited - and locked
into an orbit wherein He can see His other half Rahu, but never rejoin with Him.
obsessions and insecurity
Ketu rules psycho-emotional trauma of forced separation and
abandonment. The deepest, most painful and desperate losses in life are
signified not by Shani
- but by Ketu.
the psycho-emotional consequences of Abandonment and
post-traumatic shock disorder, where the victim compulsively relives
a horrible loss.
Ketu evokes subconscious fears of forcible disconnection
from one's host body and terror of painful exposure, including traumas of:
he agony of birth
parental death or abandonment
divorce (abandonment by spouse)
painful romantic separations
unrequited love, where the native 's mind is locked into
the quest for union with an inherently unobtainable object.
All of life's hopeless losses that are part of the human
the Effects of Ketu period
Mahadasha, BPL modern comments
to Ketu Suffering
The solution to Ketu troubles is always a spiritual solution: to
intentionally focus the heart away from Rahu's passions, toward the more eternal
and reliable realm of the legitimate gods. Developing committed
awareness to that which does not change, which cannot be lost, from which one
can never be separated - the Divine within - will resolve all of Ketu's
Ketu's job is ultimately to remove obstacles which prevent the native from advancing along the spiritual path. His purpose is to enforce
"disconnection" from Rahu the Impostor's passions so that one may
enjoy the lasting peace of communion with the Divine. Ketu leads the native toward realization that grounding oneself in Divine Love rather than in
the slippery realm of human passion is the only solution.
However Ketu's agenda can create a painful and exhausting
path. Ketu evokes from the subconscious a tremendous - almost unbearable -
dissatisfaction with human relationships, with wealth, power or pleasure-causing
substances, with all the sensual delights and privileges on Earth. Ketu causes
one to wander in hopeless desperation, searching for fulfillment.
There is only one connection which will meet Ketu's deep and
aching need. However, things have to be karmically somewhat rigorous, in order
for Ketu to do His job fully.
If Ketu's lord is favorable, and both Kuja and Shani
also have dignity, after a period of acute suffering and loss, the
path of Shri Ganesha will open. Obstacles to union with material
pleasures - including spouse, children, social position, food and drink -
will be recognized as the secret blessing they really are. Observing that
for each material pleasure taken away, that space in his life becomes filled
with the radiant love of Divine healing, the native may become extremely
happy in a simple, materially unencumbered existence.
If Ketu's lord is not favorable and too many benefics
distract the native with temporary pleasures,there may be recurring
victim's rage and grief without long-term resolution, especially during
Ketu periods, and especially regarding the relationship with person and
environment signified by Ketu's house and lord.
Psychically, Ketu shows
"holes in the aura"
Ketu shows where the native is the most bewildered and confused. Something that evades them, can't quite put their finger on
it, seems foggy and they can't quite hold onto a stable understanding of
Psychically, this is a weak patch in the aura, the protective
energy shield of positive energy which surrounds each spirit in a body.
For humans the aura is somewhat egg-shaped, broader at the bottom where it
connects to earth energy, rather narrower at the top where it connects to divine
Animals do have auras, but humans have much stronger, more
complex, and "brighter" auras than other earthly forms. The more
divine energy that is connected to and nourishing a human aura, the "brighter" the
person looks psychically.
The first physical evidence of a bright aura is a
"bright" smile. Even in cultures where smiling is not
necessary to convince people of your goodness, the natural brain reaction to
happiness and inner peace is in fact to smile. Whether its and important
cultural gesture or not, smiling is always the sign of happiness in the human
- it never signifies anything else.
In English we often refer to people having "bright"
qualities such as intelligence, charisma, enthusiasm, verve, good humor,
etc. These qualities are "seen" (with the intuitive third eye)
as "bright" patches in the aura.
Ketu controls the disconnect-function in the ego. Ketu is
in charge of the grey patches of foggy uncertainty, apathy, or confusion which
show where the ego in this life is rather disinterested, yet for karmic reasons
obliged to continue to connect by a thread (literally).
Grey is of course
the colors of elephant, and Shri Ganesha is the elephant-headed god.
Remover of obstacles, Shri Ketu is like a bulldozer plowing away all unnecessary
distractions from our spiritual path.
That's why results of Ketu are
generally "bad" materially (i.e., not acquisitive or accumulative) but
"good" spiritually (i.e., liberated from junk and free to pursue the
Divine unimpeded.) Looking back on obstacles which Shri Ketu has removed
we are always grateful for the peace and deep sense of freedom we feel at the
end of a karmic cycle. Job well done, and we're so glad to be finished
However when Ketu is hampered by the karmic effects of a
compromised Moon or when Ketu's planetary lord is inauspicious, Ketu can leave
the person lingering in the limbo between connect and disconnect.
the native will find him/herself still surrounded by the influences of Ketu's house
and sign, yet unable to successfully interact with those influences. In
re: the matters of Ketu's sign and house, the native will experience confusion,
indecision, unclarity, while often developing some type of unsavory coping
mechanism for the social/physical disability that the disconnect causes.
effects include ego-compensation behaviors of contempt or arrogance in some cases, various victim attitudes and
passive-aggressive blaming others.
he general pattern of a dysfunctional Ketu is
always a lack of energy and focus available to address the matter at hand. Yet
the native remains, foggily and often passive-aggressively, engaged with it -
often believing that someone else is causing the issue or that forces outside
himself are at work. Ketu can be highly intuitive but in lower
consciousness will tend toward superstition because the native passive-aggressively attributes his problems to the evil intentions, failures,
or incompetence of others.
Ketu is cruel
-- but a
As a manifestation of Shri Ganesha, the beloved remover of
obstacles, how can we understand Ketu's cruelty as beneficial?
gives remarkable benefits through disconnection and detachment. Cutting
one's losses, abandoning hopeless projects, leaving unsuitable relationships,
surrender before annihilation, etc. Similar to radical surgery - a
painful and invasive process which when successful can restore health and
extend life. It is always cruel but provides a great relief.
Looking back, it will be seen as a necessary and beneficial loss.
Years ago my lovely neighbor, the devoted mother of small
children, developed a life-threatening cancer. Without stopping to consider
gentler alternatives, she agreed to radical surgery. She said,
"I just want it Outof me."
I was aghaSaint I believed that she should try some natural cures.
What if the radical surgery caused an infection that she could not ward off in
her weakened state? Immediately after surgery she was terribly ill and too
weak to mother her children; I feared the worSaint However she did
recover, and eventually (months later) regained her full health.
Afterwards she told
me: "cutting out that disease felt so good, even though the side effects were
horrible I knew right away that this terribly painful and invasive surgery was exactly the
Ketu is associated with radically surgeries of my neighbor's
type, divorces / disconnections / removals that occur only when every other option has been exhausted, and
"final solutions" in all forms.
Depending on Ketu's kshetra, and also the disposition of
Chandra AND Ketu's lord -- one might experience separation via the death of a terminally ill family
member or being fired from an enslaving job.
After the pain of loss
subsides, one confirms this loss to have been a spiritual gain.
Ketu gives the results of
His lord and co-occupants
The most important thing to understand about the lunar nodes
Rahu and Ketu is that they do not own any houses, and they do not own any
signs. Rather, Rahu-Ketu function as magnifiers and distorters of the
their bhava and rashi lords. Rahu-Ketu also amplify any co-tenant Grahawithin their house.
Ketu contributes frustration and denial wherever he goes in
the normal realms of life. Only at the highest levels of awareness is
Ketu really an asset.
When Ketu becomes the mahadasha-pati or bhukti-pat, His
give the results of Ketu's lord and to a large extent also the results of His
co-occupants. The quality of experience during Ketu periods is typically
a disoriented, confused, and stagnant version of the planets He magnifies.
However under good circumstances Ketu's power of
disenchantmentcan also break the spell of material attractions, and show a direct route to
Producing as He does the irresolvable conflict between
Saturn/social law and order versus Mars/personal independence, Ketu induces
a state of deep frustration and repressed anger which alienates the individual
from the matters of the house which Ketu occupies. the native feels
that, in matter's of Ketu's house and its lord, an irresistible force is
trying to budge an immovable object. The result is Tractionand
Furthermore Ketu complicates the expression of his lord and
Ketu and a strong Shukra, the native will have not only the excesses of wealth, beauty,
prestige, and addiction that this Shukra would have brought
independently. Ketu adds a surly, denying, frustrated to Shukra's
effects which result in addiction to food, drugs, sex, and elegant company
while plunging the individual into great denial about his true behavior.
will feel that it's not my problem, or that others
do not understand me, or
that someone else is obviously to blamefor the excess. (Since Ketu
occupies 7 in this example that someone else is certainly the spouse!)
The central complication of any planet ruling or conjuncting Ketu is that the native feels disconnected from his own reality, will not own up to his own
actions, and typically seeks to blame the problems that this dishonesty and
detachment will cause, onto the Other who is represented by that house.
(For example, the Other of house-10 is the boss, the Other of house-4 is the
Ketu casts no
drishti ; only the rashi
The sign aspect (rashi drishti) of Ketu can be damaging, because Ketu can radiate
frustration, stagnation, confusion, and discontent. However in the right
company the aspect of Ketu can enhance the values of the house which receives
His ray. Of course whenever Ketu has company in His house, He amplifies that
companion and carries that companion graha's energy along on all His
In the example chart above = Ketu + Shukra in
Taurus/7, Ketu's rashi drishti from Vrishabha affects Karkata/9, Thula/12, and
Shukra will independently drishti all those three Chara
signs, plus Shukra will send His own full planetary aspects to
Because Ketu is a shadow without his own independent
identity, His rashi aspects to houses 9, 12, and 3 - carry along Shukra's energy too.
luxurious but excessively indulgent effect of Shukra is also subtly carried
into the 9th house of religion (where it is quite unfavorable because Shukra
is teacher of the demons) as well as 12th (which Shukra already owns, this
is the house of extramarital affairs.
But Ketu may make the native blind (or
unsure whether these are happening) and 3rd - the house of small-group
associations such as meetings and dinner parties (this native was a highly
placed executive who enjoyed very luxurious corporate meetings and gave
lovely small parties).
Ketu's sign aspects combined with Shukra's full
aspect on the lagna result in destruction of religion, extramarital affairs
of the spouse, and lavish corporate entertainments - none of which is very
satisfying to the native , because Ketu whilst amplifying Shukra is rather
If Ketu is alone in his house He will cast rashi drishti and give the results of his
lord only. In this case the condition of his lord determines the value
of Ketu's three sign aspects. Where the lord is dignified (e.g., in the sign
of a friend, or exalted, and in a non-dushthamsha house) Ketu's aspects may
induce meditative awareness, the scientist's objective detachment, and other
positive forms of non-violent approach toward conflict and profound acceptance
of the greater law.
Most of the time, Ketu is far too psychic to be
comfortable in the mundane - no matter how luxurious his worldly life.
Ketu is Rahu's diametrically opposite force. Rahu is permissive
and expansive like Venus and Jupiter, but Ketu is restrictive and like Shani
and Mars. Whereas Rahu is
passionate and desirous, Ketu is detached and withdrawn.
degree, sign, aspects, and other characteristics of Ketu show psychic imagery that has
already been manifested by Rahu,. Under Ketu's influence the matter
concerned is finished; we have stopped desiring and now wish to
separate that matter from ourselves. Wherever Ketu is, there the person is detached,
impassionate, stopped, and uninvolved with the development of those
matters. Ketu is a manifestation of Shri Ganesha, the elephant-headed
god who is the somber, plodding Remover of Obstacles..
Ketu is excellent for meditation and withdrawal from the world of the
senses but understandably Ketu's influence damages any attempt at
acquisitions. Ketu will "destroy" marriage in the 7th house
because he doesn't really care enough to keep the fires of affection burning.
Ketu gives a spouse but not affection toward the spouse; not passion.
Maybe he thinks he should care; maybe his society thinks he should care; but
Ketu in 7th proves he really doesn't feel the passion. Often this
position is bewildered and frustrated.
will make the person quite unconcerned about financial wealth when he occupies
the 2nd or 11th houses. Financial affairs are blocked in some way, beyond
personal control. That doesn't mean a person with Ketu in 2 or 11 will
be poor. If the house lord is in good condition, that person with Ketu in 2 or 11 might have
much money at his disposal. But he will not care about investing the
money, and he will not have permission to change or control it.
He will not take steps to protect money, develop his wealth, or show much
attachment to it. Often this position is the spouse or child of a
wealthy person, who has access to considerable funds but lacks passion for the
Ironically, because Ketu's disengaged energy-state has no resistance to money,
native with Ketu in a money position (2, 5, 9, 11) could be remarkably wealthy as a result of past-life labors. Much
poverty is caused by resistance to wealth! However whether rich or poor,
he will be neutral on the subject of acquiring and developing wealth. Like
the native with Ketu in 7, s/he will accept the presence of a spouse as a
social given - but express little truly personal interest in marital
Similarly, Ketu in 5th house of children gives detachment
toward one's children. As with money for Ketu in 2/11, Ketu in 5 or 9 can produce
numerous children provided Guru's aspects are fertile. However the parent with Ketu in
putra bhava will be
emotionally detached from his offspring - and often frustrated with them.
he first child may be adopted, from inside or outside the Ketu parent's family.
Or, the first child may have some birth condition which detaches then from the
parent's home, such as a health problem, needing special education, or
something else that creates an emotional distance.
Ketu is spectacularly helpful for all matters of meditation and spiritual
ascendance. Be sure to visit a temple of Ganesha to enhance your transcendent
spiritual awareness. However, if you are wanting to enhance your bank
account go see Lakshmi; or to acquire academic credentials see
Saraswati! Shri Ganesha's portfolio is the profound cosmic awareness
born of the most intractable inner conflicts. Shri Ganesha is not about
acquiring, but rather about liberation through transcendence.