Rahu and Ketu

Understanding Rahu and Ketu


Rahu and Ketu are interesting and revealing facets of astrology. They are eclipse points.  They are the places where the planes of the Sun and the Moon and the Earth intersect. This intersection reveals the path of our soul from the previous birth into our newest manifestation. Rahu and Ketu are not physical planets, but sensitive nodal points that reveal the aspects of consciousness we are aiming to out grow, and the aspects of consciousness our soul deeply wishes to develop in this lifetime.

In this post, we will explore, very deeply, how the nodes reveal our spiritual and material development. Bookmark this page, as the written information and videos are quite extensive.  They will prove to be a great asset to those wishing to learn as much as they can about the great shadow planets, Rahu and Ketu.   Here we have collected many hours of classes and videos on the nodes, and also shared downloadable courses for futher study.  At the end of this post we will also explore a little considered secret about how to work with the Rahu and Ketu based on the Moon’s position in the chart.

Part 1 – Informative Videos on the Nodes

An Introduction to Rahu and Ketu

Rahu in All the Houses

Ketu in All the Houses

Is Rahu and Ketu in Good Dignity?

Rahu and Ketu Planetary Combinations

How Rahu and Ketu Work

Deeper Thoughts on Rahu and Ketu

Rahu as a Life Sustaining Vortex

Mysteries of Rahu

The Symbolism of Rahu and Ketu

Dashas of Rahu and Ketu

Rahu Dasha

Rahu Dasha Good and Bad Effects

Ketu Dasha

How to Work with Ketu Dasha

Ketu Dasha Good and Bad Effects

Love and Relationships

Rahu and Ketu in Love Relationships

Ketu in the 1st and Rahu in the 7th

Technical Aspects

Rahu and Ketu’s Dispositors Part 1 – 4

Aspects of Rahu and Ketu


Ketu Planetary Mantra

Rahu Planetary Mantra

Part 2 – Available Downloadable Classes to Further Your Studies

The following courses are downloadable MP3 classes, with many hours of informative lectures on how to understand and work more deeply with your Rahu and Ketu. The Myth and Magick of Vedic Astrology is particularly helpful, as it considers the archetypal meanings of each planet, and Rahu and Ketu’s myths are very revealing.

Rahu, Ketu and Astrological Remedies – Presented by Ryan Kurczak

The Myth and Magick of Vedic Astrology – Presented by Ryan Kurczak

Mastering Rahu and Ketu – Presented by Ernst Wilhelm

Part 3 – A Little Considered Secret on Developing

Rahu and Ketu Based on the Moon’s Position

As we learned in the videos dealing with Rahu and Ketu in all the houses, the position of the nodes gives us profound insights into how they will manifest in our lives. However, the question arises, “Well, how do I really work with these nodes?”.  The answer first and foremost lies in understanding their house position, but after that, we need to consider the nodal positions from the Moon.  Since Rahu and Ketu are dependent on the Moon for existence, then we can ascertain that the Moon holds the key to their proper unfoldment.


In the example above, we can see that we have Rahu and Ketu on the 1st and 7th house axis.  This immediately tells us, that this person’s past lifetimes have been spent defining themselves through their relationships (Ketu in the 7th).  This could be a person who found their sense of self through marriage relationships, sexual relationships or even an attachment to having the best business partnerships.  Now in this life time, their goal is to learn to let this go, leave it behind, transcend it.  That doesn’t mean the person cannot benefit from these past life skills, it simply means there soul will no longer experience supreme satisfaction through this identification.  Then what now?  Now their goal is to believe in, accept, and appreciate their own unique individuality (Rahu in the 1st).  Their goal is to learn to express their unique expression of God as only they know how to do, whether other people like it, appreciate it or not.  Now the question arises, in what way will this be more prominent in their chart?

We can see that Ketu is in the 5th house from the Moon.  This gives us our first clue. This shows that in past lifetimes the person took a good deal of emotional satisfaction in their capacity to come up with great ideas, to express their creativity to others, and to be appreciated for their intelligence.   That tells us, that in this life time, part of their path of Rahu in the 1st (on the ascendant), is to release attachment to such satisfaction. We see that from the Moon, Rahu is in the 11th.  That tells us that the key to mastering this nodal path lies in being a part of a group, a larger organization possibly, that contributes in a collective way, rather than having one person be the dominant engine of creativity. This person’s soul aim is to learn to be a part of a collective or a group and contribute in the same way a cell in the body promotes life. The cells does not jump up and down and say, look at me and how wonderful my role is.  The cell does its unique job and finds satisfaction in that alone. Then the body experiences health and well being.

So we can see in the above example, while we can start with the idea of Rahu in the 1st house, which does indicate the person needs to be an individual and believe in themselves, yet ultimately they need to make peace with playing their unique role in a bigger picture, without drawing attention to their unique contribution. In this way, they will learn to ultimately adjust the frequency of Rahu and Ketu so that they evolve as they initially intended before their soul incarnated.

We can follow this process in any chart.  First we need to consider Rahu and Ketu’s position by house.  Once we understand that position, then we consider Rahu and Ketu’s position from the Moon.  It is the position from the Moon that will further refine how the nodes are meant to guide us from the past to our current life lesson.

Consider another interesting example, which is below.  This time we will be looking at the position of Rahu in the 4th and Ketu in the 10th house.


Typically, with Ketu in the 10th, we will find that a person is learning to release their attachment to career, position, status, authority, etc.  Remember, this does not mean they will not or cannot have these things, it simply means that there soul will not be satisfied by them, no matter how much they want that to be the case.  So again, we have to look to Rahu for what is to be developed in this lifetime. Rahu in the 4th tells us that learning to put our inner emotional needs first is of utmost importance.  It tells us that learning to find comfort in our heart, our home and our family is more important this time. It reminds us of what sometimes people say to workaholics. “When you are on your death bed, are you going to wish you had spent more time at work or with your loved ones?” The Rahu in the 4th is learning to develop their heart, while letting go of so much attachment to what the world says or requires in regards to outward activity.

Now let us consider the Moon. Ketu is 2nd from the Moon and in Aries.  This tells us to work with the above mentioned path of soul development, we have to consider that what the person really needs to develop detachment from is the intense drive to be the bread winner. The need to be the one to make money and resources has been a drive for many lifetimes, and now it is time to let it go. Rahu is in the 8th from the Moon. This reveals that the person’s true development lies in trusting and relying on the capacity of others to also contribute resources in their life.  The individual does not have to be the only one.

This shows one learning to benefit from the support of others (Libra Rahu). This is financial, but also shows focus on developing healthy psychological relationships (8th house). To have a healthy psychological relationship essentially requires one to learn who to trust and how to be trustworthy.  So within the family unit, one is learning to develop deeper connections and bonds with their loved ones.  These are the most important factors based on the nodal positions in this chart, and we see the key lies in the position of the Nodes from the Moon itself.


Ryan Kurczak

Asheville Vedic Astrology




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