Ketu in Astrology

Among 9 planets in astrology Ketu is the body of Rahu neither feminine nor masculine. Ketu is dry, fiery and mild malefic (not as malefic as Rahu) planet. Ketu is not planet but shadow point in the southern hemisphere. Ketu is a karmic planet representing past karma and past lives.

It will be interesting to know that Ketu is more powerful than Sun as it can easily overpower the Sun. Since it is very powerful at night, it can produce tantric abilities in the person. Ketu’s gemstone is cat’s-eye. Ketu is a friend of Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. Jupiter is neutral in friendship. Sun, Moon, and Mars are Ketu’s enemies. Ketu is exlated in Scorpio, debilitated in Taurus, and its mooltrikona sign is Virgo. Its friendly signs are Libra, and Capricorn, inimical signs are Cancer and Leo and its neutral signs are Aries, Sagittarius and Pisces. Ketu indicates maternal grandfather.

However, interpretation of Ketu is mysteriously complex. It is a planet of spiritual enlightenment, renunciation, desire for knowledge and deep thinking. It also represents wisdom related to mystical science, saintly knowledge, ascetism, non-attachment from materialistic pleasures and spiritual pursuits. It is, moksha-karak planet, known to liberate a person from the cycle of birth and death. Ketu is a planet of immense psychic abilities and healing arts.

Unfortunately Ketu’s way of liberation or moksha goes through the wilderness of problems and pains if your life. It is all designed and controlled by Ketu to push you in the path of spiritual growth and liberation. Yogis, monks and nuns are good example of Ketu influenced kundli.

How Ketu is going to affect you depends on the positioning of Ketu and as per positioning how auspicious or inauspicious it is. Placement of Ketu in your kundli depends upon the karma in your previous life. Ketu can be very harmful if it is inauspiciously positioned in the kundli. Ketu destroys the power of the planet it is conjunct with and badly affects the planet’s abilities to produce desired results.

Its affliction can cause fire, accidents, broken relationships, assassinations, imprisonment, poverty, wounds, fevers, intestinal disorders, low blood pressure, deafness, speech defect, malnutrition, mental illness etc.

Ketu in 3rd house, 6th house and 11th house is considered good for material achievement. Ketu in 12th is great for spiritual progress.

Gautam Trehan

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