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  1. [Ketu-Mesha]
  2. [Ketu-Urisha]
  3. [Ketu-Mithuna]
  4. [Ketu-Karkata]
  5. [Ketu-Singha]
  6. [Ketu-Kanya]
  7. [Ketu-Tula]
  8. [Ketu-Vṛścika] [svakshetra]
  9. [Ketu-Dhanus]
  10. [Ketu-Makara-Draco]
  11. [Ketu-Kumbha]
  12. [Ketu-Meena]

Ketu Yantra from

AUM kem ketave namah

OM shram shreem shroum sah ketave namah

केतु ketu

Professor Ketu

शिखिन् śikhin = comet, reaching peak knowledge

आकाश ākāśa = ether, space, vacuity

कावन्ध kāvandha = appearing as a headless trunk

रुण्डक ruṇḍaka = headless body

विशिरस्क viśiraska = headless

छिद्रकारक chidra-karaka = agent of cutting-off

केतुभ ketubha = cloud

kha = space

रिक्त rikta = empty

प्रलय pralaya = loss of awareness, cosmic dissolution

विदलन vidalana = splitting, bursting, blown

resides in




disregards identity

Cauda Draconis

Tail of the Dragon

South Node

Caesura [cut]

Comet-tail [Ketu-tārā]




the first house


"The Kingdom of God is within you."

~~ Gospel of Luke 17:21


Tarantula Nebula

captured by NASA Hubble Telescope 2014



[for Mesha indriya-lagna]

[disregards original identity conventions] [eccentric conquesting movements] [incoherent start-up initiatives] [empty first-arriver invasions]

[restless apathy toward physical challengers] [energetically liberating disconnected behaviors] [scattered competitive personality]

[passively fixated on ambitiously diplomatic-partnering Rahu-Tula-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]

  • Prodigals 1920-2007 writer-illustrator Ruth Bell Graham [arranging-balancing Bharani-3]

  • POTUS-pair-40 Just Say No 1921-2016 Nancy Davis Reagan [competitive-champion Aśvini-1]


[for Urisha indriya-lagna]

check Shukra for the source of Ketu's sweetly suavely empty values

[disregards traditional identity conventions] [eccentric sensual movements] [incoherent luxurious appearance] [empty individual values]

[historically liberating disconnected behaviors] [scattered financially knowledgeable personality]

[passively fixated on ambitiously secretive-emerging Rahu-Vṛścika-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]


[for Mithuna indriya-lagna ]

check Budha for defining source of Ketu's ephemeral, surrendering discourse

[disregards commercial identity conventions] [scattered businesslike personality] [eccentric gesturing movements] [incoherently communicative appearance]

[empty individualized chatter] [collaboratively liberating disconnected behaviors]

[passively fixated on ambitious brokering inspirational-dogmatic Rahu-Dhanus-7 philosophical advisers, believing bargainers, opportunistic equal-partners]


[for Karkata indriya-lagna]

[disregards ethnic identity conventions] [eccentric watery movements] [incoherent settled appearance] [empty individual patriotism] [culturally liberating disconnected behaviors]

[scattered protective personality] [passively fixated on ambitious regulatory Rahu-Makara-Draco-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]


[Simha indriya-lagna]

[disregards romantic identity conventions] [eccentric entitled movements] [incoherently theatrical appearance] [empty individual display] [politically liberating disconnected behaviors]

[scattered game-playing personality] [passively fixated on ambitiously profitable-interlinked Rahu-Kumbha risk-rewarding partner-advisers]


[Kanya indriya-lagna]

check Budha for defining source of Ketu's dispassionate analytical reasoning

[disregards logical identity conventions] [eccentric assisting movements] [incoherently ministerial appearance]

[empty individual services] [medically liberating disconnected behaviors]

[scattered criticizing personality] [passively fixated on ambitiously imaginative-symbolic Rahu-Meena-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]


[for Tulā indriya-lagna]

check Shukra for the source of Ketu's sweetly off-balance, unsustainable agreements

[disregards arranged identity conventions] [eccentric balancing movements] [incoherently adjustable appearance] [empty individualized bargains] [diplomatically liberating disconnected behaviors]

[scattered synthesizing personality] [passively fixated on ambitiously competitive-challenging Rahu-Mesha-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]

  • VPOTUS-pair Music Censorship 1948- Tipper Gore [populist-profitable Arcturus-3]

  • Best Is Yet to Come 1949-2022 designer Ivana Zelnickova Trump [mysterious-explosive Chitra-4]


[energizing-identifying lagnesha co-ruler for Vṛścika indriya- lagna]

check Mangala for defining source of Ketu's unexpectedly eruptive disintegrating action

[disregards undisclosing identity conventions] [eccentric secretive movements] [incoherently inscrutable appearance]

[empty individualized transformations] [camouflaged liberating disconnected behaviors]

[scattered initiating personality] [passively fixated on ambitiously sensual-entreasuring Rahu-Urisha risk-rewarding partner-advisers]


[for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

check Guru for the source of Ketu's ungrounded, optimistic belief

[not identified with specific fixed catechesis] [not identified with specific fixed catechesis]

[disregards doctrinal identity conventions]

[eccentric inspirational movements] [incoherently optimistic appearance] [empty individualized beliefs] [faithfully principled liberating disconnected behaviors]

[scattered ideological personality] [passively fixated on ambitiously messaging-commercial Rahu-Mithuna-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]


  • Methodism 1703-1791 preacher John Wesley [contractual-brokering Pūrvāṣāḍhā-3] [Ketu-yuti-Chandra]

  • My Fair Lady 1908-1990 musical theatre Rex Harrison [complaining-exploitive Pūrvāṣāḍhā-2]

  • Old Path White Clouds 1926-2022 Interbeing Thich Nhat Hanh [ministering-logistical Pūrvāṣāḍhā-2]

  • UK Duke 1982- William [adjusting-arranging Pūrvāṣāḍhā-3]


check Shani and Shani-drishti to determine non-material Ketu's material agenda

[for Makara - Draco indriya-lagna]

[disregards hierarchical identity conventions] [eccentric regulatory movements] [incoherently normal appearance]

[empty individualized conformities] [lawfully liberating disconnected behaviors]

[scattered orderly personality] [passively fixated on ambitiously protective-defensive Rahu-Karkata-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]


check Shani and Shani-drishti to determine non-material Ketu's material agenda

[for Kumbha indriya-lagna]

[disregards marketplace identification conventions] [eccentric profitable community personality] [incoherently friendly kinetic appearance] [empty personal earnings] [liberating inconsistent free movements]

[scattered networking behaviors] [eccentric gains of revenue from unique individual vitality]

[passively fixated on ambitiously speculative-political Rahu in Singha-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]


[for Meena - Antya indriya-lagna]

check Guru for the source of Ketu's ghostly, dreamlike imagery

[disregards visionary identity conventions] [eccentric imaginative movements] [incoherently contemplative appearance] [empty individualized dreamworlds] [intuitively liberating disconnected behaviors]

[scattered reflective personality] [passively fixated on ambitiously ministering-assisting Rahu in Partha-7 risk-rewarding partner-advisers]

" I can be whoever you want me to be."

Physical embodiment can be vital or depleted, depending upon Ketu's ruler and incoming drishti.

Personal identity may be empowered or empty, depending upon Ketu's ruler and incoming drishti.

Lingers at the edges of individuality with scattered focus, unable to sustainably connect.

May wander through sets of attributes and characteristics with a fuzzy sense of purpose, unclear on how to bundle the traits.

Spacey. Often gullible. Ketu-1 is eccentric in behavior. May be confusing to observers, or challenging to understand.

At the core of personality, they have freedom to come-and-go as the winds blow. May be a drifter, may abandon previous identities.

Unless Budha intervenes, tends to avoid comparative critical thinking. Tends to apprehendd all people, places, and things as equally empty and equally implausible.

Unless the ruler is well-supported, the independent personality tends toward dissolution into the greater whole. Naturally meditative.

Rahu-7 Other-Identified

Rahu-7 - the extraordinary, astonishing, remarkable partner - supplies Ketu-1 with recognized social definition.

Although Ketu-1 may wander in pilgrimage, they use the Rahu-1 Other as their Pole Star. Even when the partner dematerializes, divorces, or denies the relationship, Ketu-1 remains identified with this ambitious Other.

Distinctive separateness is ephemeral and self-directed action is prone to collapse. May have the natural ability to make oneself appear as invisible, simply by being disinterested, disengaged, and non-confrontational.

Although Ketu typically produces His karaka dissociative results, Graha-yuti-Ketu [1] may permit Ketu Periods of the Vimshottari Dasha calendar to produce the results of His co-tenant.

Check incoming drishti into Ketu-1.

Check Chandra for emotionally comfortable ways of energizing emotional self-sufficiency which may compensate the evacuating patterns of self-abandoning Ketu-1.

Apathetic Akasha-1 tends to unravel the self-reliance.

Autonomy may flame up, then die-in-the-sky, like a comet [Ketu].

Yet, the passionate, opposite force of Rahu in bhava-7 tends to infuse the Other-oriented impersonation with a deep craving for astonishing, remarkable, over-reaching partnership .

Marriage, alliances, diplomacy, and bargaining for equality may be intense. Generally, Ketu-1 is sustained and defined by the partnerr.

Similar to the effect of Chandra-yuti-Ketu

perpetual underlying psychic grief for some ineffable lost connection to identity-Self.

nascent conditions = psychically permeable, witness perspective, observant detachment, adisembodied tail [Ketu] looking toward its talking head [Rahu]

Tendency to become very much fixated upon the Other.

Often has a famous, remarkable, or over-reaching lifepartnerr.

Ketu diffuses, scatters, naebulizes matters of His residential bhava.

May be associated with wandering, disjunction, collapse, and despair.

  • My Fair Lady 1908-1990 musical theatre Rex Harrison [complaining-exploitive Pūrvāṣāḍhā-2] [1, personality attributes] RCH acquired the tabloid personality of a heart-breaker and suicide-maker. He was regularly blamed for the untreated mental health issues of the ladies who interacted with him. Throughout the 60's and 70's, when the USA divorce rate began to approach 50%, rH was seen as a culprit of the social collapse of marriage.

Professor Ketu teaches on the topics of liberation from fixed form, freedom from conventional limitations, dispersal of burdens, and spiritual wandering.

Effects of Ketu include wandering in cloud-form (nebula) and unsettled, liberated behavior in the bhava.

Ketu grants the passive benefits of freedom-from , not the active benefits of freedom-to

[Ketu in Bhava-1] anaemia (incomplete blood).

  • Unsettled, disoriented, free-wandering, scattered bodily appearance.
  • Tends to walk away from fixed socially-approved identity.
  • Abandons conventional personality.
  • Disregard for the authority structures that maintain class-based identities
  • Liberation via understanding that physical forms are impermanent by design, including one's own mineralized entity-form.
  • Attributes of release, forgiveness, freedom from shackles, dust.

Busts-up, naebulizes, scatters the coherent personality integrity identity, particularly one's role as a partner in alliances (7th from 7th); eliminates conventional social restrictions on flesh-body appearance . One becomes the blank screen upon which the public may project its collective unconscious.

A splendid placement for spiritual development, Ketu-1 reminds that // there is no 'ness' in emptiness //

Scattering behavior may give a dispersed, fragmented, or incoherent (un-glued) personal identity.

Ketu-1 may function like a blank screen upon which the conflicting expectations of the public may be projected. Many variegated attributes may be assigned to the personality even while in truth the person is unattached to the social identity.

Rahu-defined life partner-advisers however, whether human or divine, are charismatic and ambitious.


[Ketu in Bhava-1] = [Rahu in bhava-7]

Ketu in lagna = whether male or female or somewhere in-between, one is often defined by marriage or alliance to a charismatic validation -hungry Rahu type.

  • The Rahu-Other craves elite status recognition and privileged entry into exotic groups.

  • Yet, the Ketu native feels an incurable apathy toward Rahu's adventures.

The Ketu native may appear disinterested and dissatisfied toward even the most socially grand and spectacular relationship.

The first spouse is often from a different social class or background.

The first spouse is self-elevating (even self-catapulting) and notably ambitious.

Feminine Nativities

Rahu-7 fabulous partner, astonishing mate, the Marvelous Other

Just as Rahu the immortality-seeking demi-god wanted desperately to sneak into the ranks of the immortal gods, and He would adopt any disguise to do so, rahu in the kundali represents the desire to attain membership in an ultimate, exalted, pinnacle elite.

Rahu the Jyotisha Graha represents one who aims to pass as a member of an exotic collectivity or association (11) and thus to gain (11) privileges granted to this elite target group.

In gendered roles, feminine-figures tend to pair with outsized, ambitious, fabulous masculine-figures

Prodigals 1920-2007 writer-illustrator Ruth Bell Graham [arranging-balancing Bharani-3]

POTUS-pair-40 Just Say No 1921-2016 Nancy Davis Reagan [competitive-champion Aśvini-1]

Graceland 1945- drama-homeware Priscilla Beaulieau Presley [calculating-logistical Pūrvāṣāḍhā-2]

VPOTUS-pair Music Censorship 1948- Tipper Gore [populist-profitable Arcturus-3]

  • USA-Sen-Tenn VPOTUS Climate Change 1948- Al Gore

Best Is Yet to Come 1949-2022 designer Ivana Zelnickova Trump [mysterious-explosive Chitra-4]

Socialite 1963- beauty pageants Marla Maples Trump [deal-making Pūrvāṣāḍhā-3]

POTUS-pair-45 fashion 1970- Melanija Knavs Trump [political-ceremonial Pūrvaphalgunī-1] [vargottamsha]

Syria-Pres-pair 1975- banker AsmaAl-Assad [profitable-connected Kṛttikā-3] + [Kuja-yuti-Ketu]

Masculine Nativities

Are generally in Outsider roles. If additional graha join Ketu, the masculine-figure may become a prominent personality. Yet, their identity is associated with a narrative of exile, surrender, abandonment, or excommunication.

  • Methodism 1703-1791 preacher John Wesley [contractual-brokering Pūrvāṣāḍhā-3] [Ketu-yuti-Chandra] Although a trained and ordained Anglican priest, JW abandoned the strictly regulated, hierarchical Church of England. Eschewing the ritualism and exclusivity of the established religious bureaucracy, JW called the faithful to his own eccentric method of non-verbally feeling the presence of God within one's own heart [which became the Methodist Church]. He wandered the countryside as an itinerant sermonizer, appealing to the impoverished underclass, and often preaching outdoors in rough weather.

  • France-Pres 1890-1970 Mémoires de Guerre Charles de Gaulle [hierarchical-regulatory Jyeṣṭha-2] [Anuradha-Surya-yuti-Budha-Anuradha] [Anuradha-Surya-yuti-Shukra-Jyeṣṭha] [Anuradha-Surya-yuti-Ketu-Jyeṣṭha] CdG started his career by broadcasting from outside of occupies Vichy France, from which he had been exiled with a death-threat. His lifestyle was marked by minimalism. His career was both supported and denigrated by the Fantastic Figures in his Rahu-7 - including Churchill, roosevelt, stalin, and Hitler.

  • Old Path White Clouds 1926-2022 Interbeing Thich Nhat Hanh [ministering-logistical Pūrvāṣāḍhā-2] Harsh government punishment for political protesting caused the Buddhist monk TNT to be deported from his homeland. TNT remained outside VietNam for his entire career - returning only in his dying days, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. TNT was associated with the Buddhist virtues of detachment, quietude, and emptiness.

The Other-partner [Rahu] wants to take risks, have grand adventures, and shoot for high goals.

The Other-partner [Rahu] = passionate about life and quick-uncoiling but Ketu-1 [Ketu] = apathetic about life and statically ambivalent toward movement. If Ketu moves at all, He is reluctant and slow.

The Other-partner [Rahu] = expedient, materialistic, and Goal-Oriented. (Rahu = co-lord of Kumbha-11 = goals and achievements)

[Rahu] desires to charm, pander, poach and seduce one's way into a higher social station through clever marriages and exciting sexual liaisons;

Ketu-1 [Ketu] = disinterested in mating behaviors and generally ambivalent - sometimes even repulsed by - toward matters of the Flesh .

  • A Ketu native may appear to be the victim of an urgently self-elevating, fraudulent, trickster, deceitful, unfaithful, or self-serving spouse-partner-Other.

  • But the old adage applies: there are no victims.

  • Apathetic Ketu will not complain.

  • Wealth or poverty, fame or ignominy, profit or loss -- the Ketu native simply walks through the roles provided at birth, counting the days toward final liberation.

The Other-partner [Rahu] wants to experience a sudden, exhilarating trajectory from the station of one's birth to a measurably "more valuable" position. Ketu-1 [Ketu] seeks no weight, no value, no validation.Ketudoes not care about station, location, position, valuation, or recognition.

The Other-partner [Rahu] is boastful and possibly deceitful. Rahu is an expedient agent in contractual agreements and often His true motives are cleverly disguised.

For His part, collapsing Ketu = uncaring and negligent in relationship, often reluctant to undertake the Movement that Rahu demands in order to meet Rahu's urgent need for social visibility, promotion, and elevation.

The Rahu agent complains of feeling unsupported by an unresponsive Ketu-partner .

Often but not always a de-sexualizing, anti-lust, anti-ambition influence which turns Ketu-1 's attention to other-worldly views -- while the Rahu-1 spouse becomes increasingly ambitious.

  • Excellent for saints and the consciously, intentionally celibate

  • // I can be whoever you want me to be //

other-worldly energy, eccentric or peculiar physical appearance, disregard for customary appearances and ways of social-physical movement

exception: Rahu-Ketu mixed with other graha.

Psychological expectation of abandonment and rejection by one's own flesh-body, by the social agencies which judge the merits of one's appearance, by the warriors and the athletes, by those strongly attached to life and birth, by the forces of vitality and regeneration (Ketu = abandonment, chidrakaraka)

Tends to surrender or give away one's social-attribute package of personality identity.

Disconnected from ownership of one's own appearance

The flesh-body =Ketu-ish, peculiar, detached, eccentric, odd. Best results occur with drishti from Ketu - gives the power to move forward on eccentric life path. Without the Mangala drishti one may be buffeted by the winds of other people's agendas.

Feels that the body appearance is a 'mirage'. Loses attachment-grounding in his natural body . May lack ego-membrane coherence, but he gains psychic sensitivity of the ego-detached, has a great awareness of others' needs.

reinventing the attribute-package of the social personality.

Extraordinary ability to reflect the aspirations and psychic projections of the public. Ketu-1 is available to public Idealization.

Ability to apprehend reality that is not related to the physical plane, e.g. direct spiritual perceptions not impeded by materialistic skepticism.

Potential for damage to the total body often at time of birth (1) via accident or injury when Ketu the Undefended receives malefic drishti which signals a ghostly attack. Possibly an unwanted or difficult child but more often a spiritually gifted oner.

Ketu in 1 = a significant spiritual asset for those who live a life of conscious detachment.

Can give psychic permeability, involuntary channeling, substance disorders related to unstable ego, psychic walk-ins.

May have polarizing catalysis related to respecting the boundaries of others. Often had a psychically predatory parent who invaded their space. Feels unsettled, rootless.

Dissatisfaction, ambivalence and uncertainty regarding the privilege to manifest a densified physical body. Weakened, dispersed vitality.

Resistance to ego-validation

potentially so much repulsion and distrust toward the flesh that one might experience even resistance to core validation by the divine

Ketu power-vacuum

in the areas of Mangala the Competitor-Dominator-Inventor's natural terrain

  • One's connection to the energizing, motivating, vitalizing life-force = fragmented, scattered, severed.

" I can be whoever you want me to be"

lacks accountability toward the integrity of the personality integrity

Ambivalent, apathetic Professor Ketu expresses disconnected spiritually diffused separation toward one's personal appearance and individual identity.

Yet unrestricted access to personality imagery and freedom to use any temporary, convenient social identity.

Ketu-1 native is often a shadow personality. One serves the Game in a life-role as a blank screen, available to receive any projected image from any source The projected imagery may originate with the partner, from the imagination, from the public, or other sources depending upon Ketu's ruler.

Apathetic in matters of unique personal identity * scattered layers of energy-grid surrounding and interpenetrating the physical kernel

Goes roaming in pursuit of the experience of scattering the identity. Sporadically connects-and-disconnects from relationships. Permeability of the aura is indicated which may facilitate psychic channeling, and usually accompanies marriage or significant partnership to an exciting, roguish, opportunistic mate (Rahu-7).

indecisively unable to make up the mind in matters of physical appearance, social personality, muscular sport, competitions, identity

due to Rahu-7, tends to form relationships with mesmerizing partners

Scattered Ketu's weak psychic boundaries create difficulty to achieve, obtain, maintain, or retain connection to:

  • Flesh-body, attributes of Appearance, social Identity

  • Social Mobility, physical Movement

  • conceptions and Live Births,

  • competition, musculature, blood, physique

  • innovation, naewness, engineering, engines

  • animal mating, hunting, sexual pursuit

[Ketu in Bhava-1] = Rahu in bhava-7

  • chidrakarakaKetu= Ambivalence toward one's personal appearance and individual identity."Blank screen" upon which others may project their expectations (positive or negative) in matters of physical attributes and bodily form. Channels the vibration of fleshly appearance without ego-membrane interference.

  • Unrestricted access to personality imagery and freedom to use any projected social identity. Typically does not have or cannot maintain an independent identity; one may be defined by relationships with charismatic Rahu Others.

  • Often appears to have a certain fashionable look

  • chalakaraka Rahu = Ambition to obtain by whatever means necessary the privileges accorded to diplomats, match-makers, equity-holders, negotiators, and partners holding powerful equity alliance with persons or corporations.

  • Seeks entitlement via marrying up or alliance with importance personage


chidrakarakaKetu in bhava-1 inflicts an impossible loneliness.

  • highly spiritual placement + challenging social placement

  • attracted to mesmerizing, fascinating, exotic Other [Rahu]

  • core instinct = separate, withdraw, dissolve

  • preferred identity = total surrender to the Divine.

  • Profound and incessant yearning to reconnect with Other, but the state of yearning is Generally, incapable of resolution on the physical, emotional, mental, or social levels of perception.

  • Typically, the most viable environment for reunification = the spiritual plane; and usually (after attempting unions at the grosser levels) the most authentic and viable Other = the ineffable Divine itself.


Disengaged, day-dreaming masters of the Blank Stare.

Incoherent personality may express as a tendency toward unclear statements proceeding from Fuzzy Thinking.

  • VPOTUS-pair Music Censorship 1948- Tipper Gore [populist-profitable Arcturus-3] Ketu-3 can be oblivious. During the mid-1980's, tAG spearheaded a preposterous crusade to protect children from the dangers of modern rock-music. A Washington DC native, tipper fraternized only with political types in her own demographic bubble (1). By the end of the Congressional hearings, tAG was considered rather paranoid and misinformed about pluralistic culture and its freedoms. The failure of her censorship campaign and the damage it did to her husband's political career can be attributed to her lack of exposure to a representative range of American views.

When faced with a data-driven decision , shri Ketu may assert it is entirely a matter of faith. When faced with a growth-challenge to declare the tenets of their faith, the Ketu native may assert all trust in the guru (Rahu-Other).

When the guru insists on personal responsibility, Ketu-1 withdraws from the sangha. When faced with a disloyal or misbehaving spouse, Ketu-1 (who tends to marry an expedience-oriented mate) Ketu-1 tends to respond with simple denial.

Typically indecisive until forced into action, Ketu-1 is a conflict-avoider of the highest order. Denial which permits a sustained state of indecision is the first response for Ketu-1. When denial becomes unsustainable, Ketu-1 enters a state of surrender. One simply walks away without explanation, and often without future reference to the previous event.


if Tanu bhava fails to receive beneficial drishti, the flesh-body may look rather thin and Ketu-1 may seem somewhat awkward of movement, even haggard in some cases depending on the lagnesha.

However, with incoming drishti of Shukra+Rahu, formless Ketu-1 can reflect a balanced, physically attractive form.

Regardless of perceived beauty or not, Ketu-1 may be possessed of a uniquely significant appearance, associated primarily with ego-dispersion and inescapably tragic loss.

Barring drishti from Shukra (which can increase interest in being attractive) one cares rather little about making a good impression .

By contrast, Rahu in bhava-1 = deeply impassioned about making an admirable impression.

Ketu-1 often identifies with a pattern of unrecoverable breakage.



Collapsing Ketu in lagna forms no impediment to marriage.

Rahu-7 mate is ambitious and self-motivated.

  • Risk-rewarding Rahu creates the desire for immortality wherever He goes. Naturally, when Rahu occupies bhava-7, the ambition to marry-up = particularly pronounced.

  • Marriages of expedience, instrumental unions, and other politically utilitarian arrangements offer evidence of Rahu's core motivation: in the yuvati bhava, contractual partnership = His primary upward-bound launching pad.

Ketu-1 produces a scattered, disconnected social identity known for its marital break-ups, widowhood, and overall identity dissolution. One may be a cultural chameleon, adopting convenient identities which suit the agenda of the Rahu Other.

Marriage = Rahu Mate

The first life-partner may be fascinating and seductively attractive [Rahu], but the match is typically unsuitable.

Marriage can bring humiliation as Ketu-1 is being 'used' by a social-climbing partner. Graha yuti Rahu may show a collaborating agent working with the ambitious partner for mutual self-elevation.

  • Graceland 1945- drama-homeware Priscilla Beaulieu Presley * Rahu-7 + dhanapati-2/bhratru-pati-3 Shani = an ambitious first husband + a money-seeking family. Priscilla was 'given' by her family to the financial financially privileged icon Elvis Presley when she was 14. The marriage ultimately elevated her modest-means family into a higher income class.


defensively mimics the dominant qualities of the social environment to avoid detection." I can be whoever you want me to be."

Ketu-1 becomes a blank screen upon whom the collective unconscious projects its own fantasy.

The Ketu-rising native seems to suggest or imply a powerful value or set of values - yet Ketu-1 is not committed to developing that value, and Ketu-1 's life may proceed without conscious awareness that the collective unconscious is vigorously busy in its projection.

  • One may or may not realize that one has become the unwitting icon of a popular movement or fantasy.

By serving as the"blank screen" Ketu-1 is ironically helping others to shape identity-definitions. The people often develop a powerful ego-attachment to the projected values as supposedly expressed through the material appearance of Ketu-1, and the audience engages in it's own ego-development through the childlike process of forming imaginary reactive relationships with Ketu-1 which range from rejection to imitation.

Many people believe that they"know about" Ketu-1 whereas very few personally know Ketu-1 .

(Saber vs. cognocer, wissen vs kennen..)


Collapsing Ketu -1 may take up and then abandon various causes, social movements, and dogmatic affiliations with surprising speed.

Rushing to adopt an all-encompassing, identity-shaping political, religious, or moral programme, the Ketu-1 personality expresses a deceptive certainty and apparent depth of commitment to the cause-of-the-moment that can engage the dramatic power of Ketu's lord to exhilarating effect. But within a short time, the thrill is gone, and Ketu retreats to His default state of uncertainty, dispersal, and disconnection.

Those who interact with Ketu-1 may begin to detect the presence of multiple persons in one body.

Ketu-1 has few boundaries. The personality is available to be used as a channel by stronger, more defined energies. Thus Ketu-1 can be a signal of mental health challenge stemming from an inability to definitively answer the question who am I?

Ketu-1 can be exploited, because one is exploitable.

If Rahu-7 = strong, the mates and spouses, the talent agents, the attorneys, the business managers, and the allies find it easy to control this person. Ketu-1 can become a mouthpiece for background Rahu agents with controlling personalities. A predatory pattern may emerge.

Ketu-1 is easy to window dress like a mannequin, because dis-identified Ketu = a blank screen upon which any decoration may be temporarily applied.

Thus in the hands of capable managers, Ketu-1 may become equally as "iconic" as Rahu-1. The difference = Rahu-1 is radiating an authentic ambition coming from inside one' own self. Ketu-1 is simply enacting the wishes of others - primarily the Others represented by agents of Rahu in 7.

  • Iran-Pres 1956- traffic engineer Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his term as President of Iran 2005-2013, mr. Ahmadinejad became an icon of outlandishness. He seemed apathetic toward the possible consequences of his actions. His extremist speeches including outright denial of historical facts were generally concerning to other nations, but he was never fully censored and few were seriously intimidated by his threats. His Ketu-7-Vrishabha receives harsh drishti of both realistic Shani-1 and aggressive Mangala-4, which drishti likely protected him by keeping his behavior within acceptable norms.

The skillful agents of 7 may literally create a personality integrity package and apply that package to Ketu-1. Thus may emerge into public view an apparently glamorous, glittering, rich, beautiful, sartorially exquisite, accomplished, elite, or has some other super-desirable package-of-qualities which give Ketu-1 a public visage.

  • also highly photogenic and helped by the sunny, confident disposition of Ketu + Dhanus-Surya in lagna-1, UK Princess of Wales 1982- photographer Kate Middleton has acquired a skillfully crafted public image due to deft handling by her managers. Like most Ketu-1 personalities, her identity is derived from the will of the agents of bhava-7 = her husband the charismatic Prince. But she is not lacking in her own creative initiative and unique ideas due to the positive, bright, intelligent, global-view [Dhanus] effect of dharmesha Surya-1.

flesh-body's physical vitality

One's connection to the source of identity and vitality is somehow severed.

Long-term material success is inhibited by doubt re: one's Ability to connect with

  • Neglects or fails to maintain the physical-social body-based identity; self, body, public image, musculature, competitiveness, appearance, physical strength.

  • Apathetic or detached from issues of : integrity, wholeness, self-knowledge, loss of wealth , loss of historic family traditional identity, independence, naewness.

Ketugives effect of His Ruler

Collapsing Ketu -1 receives Projection of the Collective Unconscious

Ketu-1 may be quite photogenic and socially magnetic when on display.

In private Ketu-1 may suffer from psychic overload, and need much time away from showcase duties in order to maintain their health and well-being.

Surrendering Ketu in lagna allows the public to project its collective fantasy upon the absorptive blank screen of one's public identity.

If Ketu-1 = rashi of Surya,Ketu-1 can reflect the people's collective desire to see a confident, brilliant godlike heroism

If Ketu-1 = rashi of Chandra , Ketu-1 can reflect the people's collective desire to see a caretaking, protective local Patriot or Mother Goddess

If Ketu-1 = rashi of Mangala , Ketu-1 can reflect the people's collective desire to see a competitive warrior or hunter

If Ketu-1 = rashi of Budha , Ketu-1 can reflect the people's collective desire to see a skillful, service-oriented communicator

  • dramatist, style icon Uma Thurman

If Ketu-1 = rashi of Guru , Ketu-1 can reflect the people's collective desire to see humanistic benevolent charity

If Ketu-1 = rashi of Shukra , Ketu-1 can reflect the people's collective desire to see a designer, adecorator, abeautiful gracious style icon

If Ketu-1 = rashi of Shani,Ketu-1 can mirror collective projection of social order and organization, conformist and conservative social structures, rule of principle and law

Regardless of how one is really handling the world of home and country, Ketu-1 can passively reflect the body-personality image of the psychic projections of The collective unconscious.

Marriage provides identity

Collapsing Ketu -1 = relatively little distinguishable identity until after the time of marriage.

Rahu-7 = spouse = vital, ambitious, charismatic character which is intriguing, risky. Rahu-partner often capable of mesmerizing the public .

" No barriers " Ketu connects one to the experiences of Ketu-occupied bhava via Ketu-ish apathy and disregard for expectations. One does as one wants, wandering somewhat aimlessly in varied pursuits; the public is free to project whatever values or attributes it desires.

  • No analysis, no cultural filters.

  • In bhava-1, the experience is having a body and a developed personality integrity

Ketu-1 = "falling into life" .

Ketu-1 = ability to absorb the public projection upon one's physical image may lead to a career in fashion-modeling, film roles, warrior-athlete, body-image.

Body image is iconic but often haggard (modified via any graha yuti Ketu, drishti Ketu)

Like all graha, Ketu gains dignity in lagna.

Ketu absorbs all projections. The mirage of a vigorously healthy body reflecting the complete socially-approved facade may be strong with Ketu in lagna.

E.g., Ketu-1 may be a self-destructively chronic dieter + smoker who tries desperately to defy the Ketu-body-image marginalization dilemma. Ketu-1 may apparently succeed in looking fashionable but at the cost of fatal lung cancer or a tragic paralysis.

Often indicates that Ketu-1 becomes exceedingly famous due to "passive absorption" of the public projected fantasy image.

  • Simultaneously, one craves spiritual solitude and feels disconnected from the Madding Crowd.

Dispersal and release of the social-attribute package and bodily appearance.

Ketu-1 may serve as a blank screen upon which the collective unconscious of an entire society may project its fantastic imaginings.

Witness view of one's body. Identity tends to be defined by the Rahu-7 Mate-Other.

One may be less attached to a particular physically based identity (such as family, ethnic or gender identity). One has little natural desire for publicity, and may in fact express an explicit desire to be left alone.

Yet, destiny comes calling - and one 's image is projected into the public awareness as a icon of some set of values that are either lionized or demonized (depending on drishti to lagna, and arudha lagna).

In fact, for analysis, when one has Ketu in lagna or with Chandra, there is so much illusion surrounding one's physical appearance that it is essential to look into all of the arudha's before predicting results.

One may become an icon of various collective fantasies, such as Fabulous Wealth, spectacular Beauty, fervent Spirituality, or Demonic Evil.

Behind the collective projections, lives a normal person just getting through one's life, trying to minimize psychic invasion.

Naturally Ketu is subject to drishti from other, more definitive, graha.

Ketu in Svamsha

Ketu in Svamsha can be associated with a lifetime sense of disconnectedness or incompleteness. A splendid placement for spiritual development, as it reminds Ketu-1 that there is no 'ness' in emptiness.

However, relationships both personal and professional may feel rather empty and Ketu-1 must remind oneself that this is a correct perception, despite much social advertising that would suggest otherwise. Ketu neither adds nor subtracts. No matter the external glamour, there is an inner sense of being scattered and unhinged.


My nativity has Ketu-Kumbha , within the Kumbha indriya-lagna . I know that Rahu + Shani in my marriage bhava is not the easiest arrangement... but I love my husband and I expect to be with him for the rest of our lives. I'm just wondering though -- in my chart, is there one central lesson? I want to complete the main lesson during this lifetime, if I can.

A: Namaste,

Your question is a universal one. All humans, whatever their cosmic origins (whether they are repeat customers here or have just dropped in for a single incarnation in order to offer guidance via a ministry of service) are born on Earth for a singular purpose: to learn to love.

Love not desire. Love not lust. Love not contract. Love not bargain. Love not pleasure. Love means ability to see the divine in the eyes of another person.

It is a major challenge! Our bodies are fabricated from elements of the mineral kingdom, elements of the plant kingdom, and built on a chassis of animal flesh with primal instinct for hunting, competing for mates, and killing off threats.

So, we've assigned ourselves a rather daunting lesson: to penetrate the veil of animal instinct, social anxieties, hungry greed, burning jealousies, passionate lust, craving for power, death terrors, tribal survival warfare, poisonous anger, killing rage, choking possessiveness .... geez. Most people need to take this class a few times before they can earn a passing grade.

On a more personal scale, each of us individual humans also has our own unique curriculum of specialized experiences that we have crafted before birth. 'Curriculum' was originally an athletic running obstacle course that required speed-running (curros) jumping over barriers, wading through water, and multiple other obstacles. From this model, we draw the modern academic use of the word curriculum. It means running through an obstacle course!

In an individual Jyotishavidya nativity

, the relatively easy sections of the obstacle-course will be periods of the lords of sukha-bhava, easy or 'sweet' bhava. The more difficult challenges occur during periods of the planetary lords of the dusht-amsha 6, 8, and 12; and periods of Shani or Ketu no matter which bhava because Shani and Ketu are bitter, cold and distant - not warm and loving.

Check your Vimshottari Dasha timeline to note periods of Kumbha indriya-lagna dushtamsha-pati

  • Chandra
  • Budha
  • Shani

Watch for these dasha periods, because these periods signal planned experiences of betrayal [Chandra]; traumatic shock [Budha]; and invisibility or invalidation [Shani].

One cannot love others until one can love one's own self; and these periods of Chandra, budha, and Shani are designed to provide vivid lessons which expose

  • ways in which one is not faithful to oneself (Chandra rogesha-6 )
  • ways in which one resists change due to fear (Budha randhresha-8 )
  • ways in which one withdraws from the precious gift of life preferring to numb with lethargy, sleep or drugs (Shani activates-12 )

For most people the most notably challenging agent in the life script is Shani.

Shani broadcasts a narrative of scarcity, oppression, exhaustion, and punishment. However, shani bhukti for you are socially strengthening, because Shani is the ruler of your Kumbha indriya-lagna , and Shani enjoys parivartamsha with your contracts-and-agreements ruler Surya. You are a loyal person and a very hard worker; these qualities make your life proceed more smoothly even under Shani's classic lesson conditions of scarcity and heavy workload.

For you, Ketu-in-lagna is probably the most vivid school-master.

Ketu's narrative develops the experience of abandonment, separation, apathy, and uselessness.

Bhukti of Ketuva may cause the most bewildering types of lessons to emerge.

Because Ketu is so prominent in your radical kundali that He provides the most dominant, most thematic lessons. These assignments demand your attention over and above the lessons delivered by the other graha-upagraha.

The nature of Ketu's lessons has to do with managing your delicate psychic perceptions accurately, realistically, and with emotional maturity, so that you can be in a position to appreciate other people and help them, whilst preserving your own integrity and not becoming the 'result' of other, dominant personalities.

Ketu's Learning Pathway involves taking responsibility for not getting exploited -- especially by the mate.

  • Develop awareness of ways in which one may be surrendering (Ketu) one's own creative power.
  • Maintain distinct boundaries between your own energy field and the fields of others.
  • Ketu-1 births can be both very psychic and very vulnerable to predatory personalities in their environment.

The psychic capabilities can make Ketu-1 a dream-reader and an astral traveler.

  • Those abilities sound like wonderful gifts, and they are.
  • However, under the pretext of love , professor Ketu's learning Pathway may require the experience of mistaking the Other as one's own nascent power-source.
  • Ketu-1 can, along this pathway, capitulate (cut off one's head, figuratively speaking) one's own personality and one's own truth.
  • Particularly be sensitive to predatory, narcissistic Others (Rahu Agents) who may cajole, coerce, or command one to follow the directives of the Other.

When Ketu rises, Rahu occupies yuvati-bhava. According to the script, the spouse must display a fascinating, ambitious, and often controlling personality.

Your lesson is to find a path to love which is mutually respectful, fair, balanced, and psychically sensitive. True love is deeply caring and compassionate but it is also absolutely validating and equal. It might be easy for you who are so sensitive, to see the divine in others. Ketu being headless, it might be more of a growth-challenge to locate and maintain your center-ground core of divine identity within yourself.

Only when one can see the divine in another AND match that wisdom with certainty of the divine in oneself, does the true moment of love join you to all creation. So, Ketu's narrative of severance, beheading, and abandonment creates a lesson-plan for one who is a past-master at recognizing emptiness [Ketu] and also who has advanced past the point of undue ego attachment.

Ketu people are typically fairly advanced along the path. However Ketu people do reach a certain juncture, and it is likely that you are nearing this point, when they realize that in the low-ego (headless) state they have become defined not by God (inside) but rather by their strong willed and charismatic Rahu partners (outside).

Society provides plenty of encouragement for Ketu mates to pour their life-force energy into their partners... but marriage is only a human relationship. Ketu at some point feels the aching emptiness of disconnection and that void cannot be filled by even the most ambitious or controlling spouse.

It must be filled by the Divine Presence.

The Rahu mate mayl typically take and take Ketu's life-force energy, which Ketu freely gives in the name of love , until the Ketu-mate is exhausted; then, according to Ketu's narrative of abandonment, dispersion, thrown away, Ketu is discarded.

It is very easy for Ketu to get used-up, drained, instrumentalized by the Rahu-mates (which can be marital partners, business partners, and other contractual peers).

A Ketu person can live for decades seeing themselves only as a mirror for Rahu, pining for the attentions of Rahu, longing to reunite with Rahu .... but if the Ketu-person is projecting the presence of the Divine into their Rahu mate and not also verifying and validating the Divine within, then Rahu takes all the power.

There may have been marriage, there may have been mutual support, there may have been affection, there may have been meeting social expectations, there may have been financial advantages, there may have been children, houses, community service, caring for parents.... but there has never been Love.

After a lifetime of devoted attention to the (ambitious, charismatic, fascinating) human Other, Ketu can feel terribly empty and ... abandoned.

According to the myth, Ketu longs for Rahu but Rahu does not care for Ketu.

The Learning Pathway often requires clarification of the distinction between

  • the outer focus upon the fascinating mate
  • the inner focus upon the eternal Divine

Ketu-1 Learning Pathway may then ensure that when one expresses Love for the mate, that it comes from a deep certainty of your own divinely defined worth

  • and not from some hopelessly repeating anxiety message from the mate, which is usually about your own utility in their quest to get recognition and security

Establishing an unshakable inner foundation of spiritual certainty during the challenges of dealing with a Rahu mate will guarantee that you are in a position to Love, in this life and future lives, no matter what the mate does - up to and including the typical Ketu results of disregard, disengagement, and dismissal.

The advantage of the Ketu-style Love Lesson = Ketu-centric personalities have already reduced their ego-membrane and are already habituated to interior emptiness. Within relationships, they carry low expectations and prefer low drama. There are very few ego-related obstacles to spiritual development.

The disadvantage = Ketu-folk are very psychically sensitive.

  • Lacking sufficient boundary protection, they may be easily invaded by predatory personalities.
  • These larger-than-life, exciting, but often misleading Rahu Agents can fill up Ketu's inner temple with the predator's images, ideas, and agenda.

Thus Ketu may miss the chance to identify the Inner Divine because Ketu is so busy managing the foreign energy dumped into their space by the dashing Rahu-personalities that surround every Ketu-ite.

Ketu in lagna, Ketu yuti Lagnesha, Ketu-Chandra, or anyone enduring a Ketu mahadasha

It is usually a growth-challenge for the Ketu-1 personality to keep clean separation from their Rahu-Others.

Yet, if this distinction is not maintained, then Ketu might not be able to identify their inner Divine flame, and true Love remains inaccessible.

Strong clear interpersonal boundaries and robust center-Earth grounding are essential.

Once the boundaries and the grounding are established (and maintained in daily mediation ) Ketu often matures into a splendid spiritual medium and low-ego 'seer' whose second-sight can dissolve ego-blocked barriers in the psyches of others and help others to see their own truth.

So, dear Ketu-ite, your lesson is "Ketu-Love" with all of its special challenges, gifts and blessings.

Wishing you every happiness,

BP Lama, Jyotisha

QUOTATION Das commentary WRT Ketu in bhava-1

" Anguish through relatives; fear and anxiety from the wicked.

  • Trouble through spouse, children, etc.

  • Confusion, excess bile and rheumatism.

  • Constant distress through relatives and dread of the vicious.

  • Perturbed.

  • Spouse suffering from restlessness and stomach ache etc.

  • This person is sad, inert, selfish, ugly and foolish.

  • Separation from spouse;

  • trouble in arm;

  • a liar.

  • Ungrateful, wicked, spiritless, dismissed from service.

  • Afraid of sex; trouble for maternal uncle.

  • Loss, scandals, danger to face and eyes, ashort life ."

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