Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rahu-Ketu Transit (Gochara/ Peyarchi) to Virgo-Pisces (Kanya-Meena Rashi) on July 13, 2014 in Vedic Astrology-Its Mysterious and Compulsive Impact on Your Life


Rāhu/ Rahu-Ketu are the Nodes of the Moon in Vedic astrology and this axis is the zone of compulsive manifestation of Karma in life; they are mathematical points rather than massive astronomical entities and so their effects are inscrutable.  
They are also referred to as shadow planets insinuating that their work is not always clearly understood.
This ties in rather well for the contemporary person because no matter how much our lives advance, and probably due to this in part, the inscrutability not only of life in general but also the underlying themes of the most important things in our complex lives remain largely unexplained.
Vedic astrology and its utility for you today is also tied in with the fundamentals of the Nodes and their role in your lives which will become evident as you read further in this paper.

1.               The meaning and operation of the Nodes, Rāhu & Ketu -
         Rahu-Ketu show the interplay, of both desires and        freedom from desires respectively, and this is rooted in past Karma which leads to rebirth. This polarity is reflected in the fact that in most Varga Chakras/ divisional charts, and certainly in the Rāśi Chakra/ Rashi Chart/ Lagna chart, Rahu and Ketu are opposed to each other, being in mutually 1-7 Bhāvas/ Bhavas/ houses from each other. This polarity is also proof in Jyotiṣa/ Vedic astrology that rebirth has occurred.

The movement of Rahu-Ketu in the zodiac (also Rahu-Ketu Peyarchi), also shifts the manifestation of Karma in your life. Rāhu/ Rahu indicates desire and rebirth while Ketu is the Kāraka/ Karaka or significator for emancipation/ Mokṣa/ Moksha. Rāhu/ Rahu is all head and ambition and thought and research, pointed in a downward direction showing greater proximity to creation and life while Ketu shows the upward direction, and has no head, showing moving away from the life experience and towards renouncing.
2.               The direction of movement of the Nodes, Rāhu and Ketu
Sometimes controversy is generated about the direction of motion of the shadow planets Rāhu and Ketu. These Grahas are always in retrograde motion as they are opposed to the luminaries, Sun and the Moon. However, astronomically there are periods of time when these mathematical points appear to move forward in their oscillation (True Nodes). However, for Jyotiṣa/ Jyotisha purposes, the motion must be always retrograde (Mean Nodes) because the spiritual definition of opposition to Sūrya/ Surya and Cañdra/ Chandra must hold. Therefore Rāhu/ Rahu will move in retrograde motion from Tulā Rāśi/ Tula Rashi/ Libra to the preceding sign Kanyā Rāśi/ Kanya Rashi/ Virgo and Ketu will move from Meṣa Rāśi/ Mesha Rashi/ Aries to Mīna Rāśi/ Meena Rashi/ Pisces.

3.               Chart for the movement (Peyarchi) of Rahu and Ketu on July 13, 2014
The Rāśi Chakra and the Navāmśa Chakra  for the nodal transit are extracted below for reference-




4.               Significance of the movement (Gochara/ Peyarchi) of Rahu and Ketu to Virgo/ Kanya and Pisces/ Meena respectively

Rāhu and Ketu have been transiting in the Tulā Rāśi / Tula Rashi/ Libra- Meṣa Rāśi/ Mesha Rashi/ Aries axis respectively. Libra especially, has been very afflicted due to the conjunction of Śani/ Shani/ Saturn and Rāhu/ Rahu, forming the Preta Bādhaka/ Badhaka Yoga.

An odd melancholy could have possessed people dominated by the sign Libra in some astrological manner. Now that Maṅgala/ Mangala/ Mars has joined, the situation has become all the more incendiary and oppositional, manifesting conflict.

This has hitherto impeded interaction with others (with the other) the most because Meṣa Rāśi/ Mesha Rashi/ Aries is the head of the Kālapuruṣa/ Kalapurusha/ Cosmic Man and shows individuality. Tulā Rāśi/ Tula Rashi/ Libra being in the 7th House therefrom shows the others and interactions with the others, more specifically with the spouse, or relationship partner or the business partner. With this planetary configuration/ Yogas in the Libra-Aries axis relationships and the interaction of the self with the other was the focus.

This focus is now going to alter and the area of occupation of the nodes is the Kanyā Rāśi/ Kanya Rashi/ Virgo-Mīna Rāśi/ Meena Rashi/ Pisces axis.

Virgo is about perfecting our efforts in matters requiring daily attention, being the natural 6th Bhāva/ Bhava/ house from the Lagna. Pisces is our dreamy, other-worldly manifestation of surrender where we move away from the world, since it is the  natural 12th Bhāva/ Bhava from the Lagna.

So, the area of manifestation of the compulsive Karma and the running away, as interpreted through the Kārmic/ Karmic nodal axis is itself changing. Health issues, foreign travel, jobs and work, the appearance of and dealing with competition and challenge, the Āṣrama/ Ashrama or the house of the Guru- the spiritual sanctuary, rehabilitation will be the life areas where generally events will tend to transpire.

5.               The particular significance of Rahu in Virgo/ Kanya and Ketu in Pisces/ Meena

Sign placements of the planets in nativities/ horoscopes and in transits are of special interest to us since this in itself is a Yoga/ combination of note where the nature and attributes of the Rāśi/ Rashi/sign interact with those of the Graha/ planet.

The first thing you need to focus on is that your ambition and drive thrive in the sign of Virgo because this is the Mūlatṛkoṇa/Moolatrikona Rāśi/ Rashi of Rāhu/ Rashi. People will put their plans in action when it comes to work as far as willed actions go and the higher echelons of one’s projected professional hierarchy will be tapped into during this transit of the North Node.

Likewise Ketu is very strong in Mīna Rāśi/ Meena Rashi/ Pisces which happens to be its Mūlatṛkoṇa /Moolatrikona.

We see some camps here and allegiances coming through. Virgo is ruled by Mercury while Pisces is ruled by Jupiter. We can then infer that Rāhu/ Rahu is happy in proximity with Mercury and Ketu with Jupiter. This principle should be used only in context of the matters we are discussing here and not as overarching principles.

Anyhow, the usually inscrutable Karma manifested by the Rāhu-Ketu axis appears to demonstrate a positive slant due to the basic comfort with the signs/ Rashis involved. The Nodes are strong but what are they strong for? This will always depend on the radix or the nativity/Lagna chart/ Rāśi Chakra as to the intent and purpose of the planets based on many factors.

6.               Interpretation of the Rahu-Ketu Transit Horoscope

I have given both the Rāśi Chakra and the Navāmśa Chakra for the initiation of the transit of the Nodes to the Virgo-Pisces axis. The first thing I want to focus on is the conjunction of Mars and Rahu in Virgo/ Kanya forming the Vijaya Yoga of war and victory.  Mars is in Gaṅdāṅta/ Gandanta in the junctional region between Virgo and Libra. It is about to get into Tulā Rāśi/ Tula Rashi. The two opposite forces of Mars and Rahu collide at the time of the retrograde entry of the Node into Virgo. There are bound to be adversarial circumstances to start with. Spiralling violence could erupt over control of power and the commercial pinnacle.

This impacts women since Rāhu aspects Venus with its Graha Driṣṭi/ Graha Drishti/planetary aspect. These indications are confirmed if not heightened from the Navāmśa Chakra at the time of the transit since Rāhu is in fact Vargottama in Kanyā Rāśi/ Kanya Rashi and is joined Mars and debilitated Venus. Therefore appreciation of beauty, aesthetics, relationships and work are all brought into sharp relief and you have to act with perspective knowing this in advance.

7.               Impact of the transit of Rāhu and Ketu on your life, depending on which signs define you in your horoscopes –

·      Virgo – If Kanyā/ Kanya Lagna/ Virgo rises in the Rāśi Chakra then the transit of Rāhu is good materially and for matters of mundane application of the intellect. However, if Śani/ Shani/ Saturn is not well placed in the natal chart or if there are combinations in the horoscope to indicate this, then this period could bring some health issues which not be easy to diagnose at the outset. For those with the Kanyā Ārūḍha Lagna/ Kanya Arudha Lagna also the transit of the North Node should be watched with care since the image has different Kārmic constituents and the fast paced and hallucinogenic working of Rāhu/Rahu sometimes challenges the manner in which we are perceived. You would note that the rising sign/Ascendant and the Special Ascendants are different from simply interpreting the relationship between the sign and the planet since the functionality and other significations come into play to alter the interpretation. We have the nodes transiting the Lagna-7th House axis and so what you have read about the preceding transit and its impact on the world at large will apply squarely to the relationships and marriage of Virgo. Be careful because the partner may start acting irrationally and you might compound it by obsessing over it endlessly. This can be a particularly conspicuous time for those in challenging marriages and if you are one of those then seek professional help. Things might get intense.

·      Capricorn – Sometimes we are compelled to put off travel and you might have been too. At other times we have the opportunity to try something incredibly promising but somewhat untested and untried and a bit deviant if one is treading the beaten path. If you are wistful about having let such opportunities pass in the past then this transit is the time to set this part right. Rāhu is transiting the 9th House for this Lagna and with this placement it is in Maraṇa Kāraka Sthāna/ Marana Karaka Sthana. It is advisable not to stay in one’s own country of birth with this placement as a larger and distant crucible is required in order for Karma to flower properly. On the other hand, for those with the Ārūḍha Lagna in Makara Rāśi/ Rashi this is an excellent time. You have been working hard and are known for your pragmatism in work and in life in general. This is the right time for you to enjoy acceptance at a very broad level and an open playing field. Since you have gotten down to the brass tacks you know precisely how the cookie crumbles- make use of the splendid opportunities which come your way. These analytical predictions are rooted in deep esoteric, traditional Vedic astrology dicta, which I apply in contemporary lives to not only fathom the primary Karmic fabric of the life of the person but also in charting the way forward, given the enormous complexity of modern day living, its changeability and challenges and other features which you are so familiar with.

Some may find the warrior aspect emerging in the personality or indeed a spiritual disposition depending on the configurations in the horoscope.

·      Taurus – For Vṛṣabha/Vrishabha Lagna the situation is more complex and Rāhu in Virgo may end up deluding some of you with this sign rising in the Ascendant. The transit will be through the 5th Bhāva of Citta or consciousness and the task is to not succumb to deluded or fantastic estimates of the future. The more immediate task could simply be to not over-analyse things, and this applies especially to the more cerebral amongst you or even those prone to fearing the worst without sufficient justification. For those with this sign rising in the Ārūḍha Lagna, matters are slightly more challenging and you must ensure that that which has been earned with great deal of care and nurturing is not ended or depleted or removed due to not understanding the scenario fully and being compelled to view the situation in a lopsided way by the Graha.

·      Aries – For all you aggressive, innovative, and independent people with Meṣa Rāśi/ Mesha Rashi rising in the Lagna chart, the transit of the naturally malefic Rahu in the 6th Bhāva from the Lagna gives positive results but only if there is no laxity in the lifestyle. If you do not succumb to the allure of a careless lifestyle or uninhibited intoxication then you can handle many challenges which have been occupying your mind at this time. The concept of growth inherent in the Upacaya Bhava is premised on the fact that the person is not beset by Ṣadṛpu/ internal enemies. Once this part is cleared then the external impediments can be focussed on. The transit of Rahu to Virgo is excellent for the Aries Ārūḍha Lagna since a powerful malefic transits the 6th House. Others might be wishing luck to your adversary in the fight and anyone who wishes to cross swords with you could not have chosen a worse time for himself.  

Some strange and inexplicable issues may arise which you might like to keep to yourself due to their very nature, but do not. Seek advice because these are as destined as anything else.

·      Leo – This is a heady transit for Simha Lagna and this unusualness could manifest in a variety of ways depending on the natal configuration of the Grahas in the Rāśi Chakra and in the other Varga Chakra/ divisional charts of the Vedic horoscope. Assets, family, speech, liquidity, and relationships are some of the areas which might show themselves as being conspicuous during this transit. For those having Leo Ārūḍha Lagna though the situation might be different. Wealth and family issues could pose challenges and take special care of your banking transactions and accounting processes during this time.

·      Sagittarius – The optimism of Sagittarius is about to find expression in enterprise or let us say that those of you who have Dhanuṣa Lagna rising in the Rāśi Chakra will have the opportunity of exploring a side of their personalities which would appear too bold and too experimental. The thoughts would be aimed at furthering one’s own prospects in work and especially if one works in an organization. It would no longer be a case of fulfilling the agenda or toeing the line but an atmosphere in which one would see original application of intelligence. Conversely, you must realise that if you are going to be adventurous in work, it is equally important to have stabilising influences at home. For Dhanuṣa Ārūḍha Lagna/ Dhanusha Arudha Lagna, there is caution to be observed since the image in work stands to take a serious beating on account of impropriety or deviation from norms in some manner. We see that the results are at variance when the transit is considered from the Lagna on the one hand and from the Ārūḍha Lagna on the other.

·      Cancer – This appears to be an excellent time for people of this rising sign and they are all set to enjoy the fruits of unexpected success. Viparīta Rāja Yoga/ Vipareeta Raja Yoga is happening for this Lagna as Rāhu is the co-lord of Aquarius/ Kumbha Rāśi/ Rashi and in the Duṣcikya Bhāva or the 3rd House from the Lagna it gives excellent results. They might want to adhere to their own value system though and not get swayed by the odd rush of blood to the head. The transit is even better for those of you who have the core societal and financial reference, viz. the Ārūḍha Lagna in Karkaṭa Rāśi/ Karkata Rashi. Rāhu is a powerful malefic in the 3rd Bhāva from the Ārūḍha Lagna and the expression of the action-plan in work will be completely no-nonsense and designed to further a focussed agenda. Likewise Ketu in the 9th House as a malefic augurs very well for winning on the mundane plane.

·      Scorpio – Depending on the Karma promised in the natal chart, home and properties will engage your attention for the better or the worse. Rāhu is the 4th Lord of the Lagna chart and is transiting through the 11th Bhāva which is a comfortable area for the Graha but the fact that it is a natural Pada to the 6th Bhāva can be a deterrent to smooth progress. For the Vṛṣcika Ārūḍha Lagna/ Vrishchika Arudha Lagna the transit of strong Rahu in the 11th Bhāva is excellent and gains can come through deep research, foreign climes and cultures, trade, commerce, web related work, technical and professional writing etc. This will occur in a conspectus of strength and elevation.

·      Pisces – This is an inversion of the findings as recorded for Virgo Ascendant as they are mutually 1-7 to each other. In this case, spirituality will be forcibly infused in the personality and this is usually through experiences which test the person in some way. Be careful of the company you keep especially in the personal realm as some surprising turn of events could occur in this area of life. The appraisal for the Mīna Ārūḍha Lagna/ Meena Arudha Lagna is similarly cautionary. Discernment is advised. All people are not identical and this attitude could be damaging in the social and material life.  Trying to break free of a suffocating atmosphere in social life and finances may also not be easily forthcoming since the emergence is impeded during this transit.

·      Gemini – This may not be a phase that you especially enjoy, since a malefic transits the Sukha Bhāva, and the Mokṣakāraka/ Mokshakaraka Ketu is in the 10th House of work and professional attainment. What business does emancipation have in the arena of material striving and vice versa. Likewise, ‘home is where the heart is’, signified by the 4th Bhāva from the Lagna is occupied by Rāhu and this is not a favoured placement. Be careful of deviance and unusual happenings at home and also be warned that special attention will be required at work to keep things from taking an unwanted turn. At the manifest level, people with Mithuna Ārūḍha Lagna are advised to take good care of their properties and ensure that no unlawful possession or sabotage is being attempted by unscrupulous people. You might find that your mistakes in working life become the subject matter of discussion and debate. I often say that when things get troublesome Maṅtra/ Mantra is very useful. One cannot recoil from waking life but the challenges of Karma can be mitigated. All these factors need to be indicated in the radix for them to transpire.

·      Libra – For you with this Ascendant rising, this is going to be an inscrutable time and the Kaṅṭaka Śani/Kantaka Shani caused by the Saturn transit on the Lagna might abate but this nodal transit will precipitate issues. Sleep and expenses, that which follows your personality, and general nuisance, will manifest as the dominant indications. For Tulā Ārūḍha Lagna, the need is to watch the tendency to  spend money on less than desirable matters though the transit is otherwise good for ‘carrying on’ so to speak. There will be no issues with combativeness or striving.

·      Aquarius­ – Last but not the least. This is not good, I am afraid. Kemadruma Yoga is formed and it is difficult to fathom if it is worse from the Lagna or the Ārūḍha Lagna. Do not speak unduly harshly, especially without justification. Matters in the family, liquid wealth and assets are all vulnerable. If there is a history of chronic ailment then it would be a good idea to have any troublesome symptoms immediately checked. Keep a watch on what you insist on throwing down the drain. Only waste is meant to be dealt with this way and matters of value should not be treated in this manner.  

8.               Correlation with the transit of Jupiter and Saturn, the other slow-moving planets

The shift in the Karma of the world and the people that inhabit it, indicated by the transit of the Nodes of the Moon, is not to be construed in isolation but read together with the Gocara of Jupiter/  Guru and Saturn/ Shani. 

My work on the Jupiter transit to Cancer can be read here.

Views on the upcoming Saturn transit to Scorpio should be awaited.

9.               You, and what you should be doing

You are a contemporary person and if you are reading this, then you are a blessed one as well. Why? That you are a contemporary person at least in some respects is evidenced by the fact that you are alive in current times. That you are blessed is clear because Vedic Astrology is an otherwise unbelievable blessing in a cut-and-dried world. Due to some grace, the nectar poured in India and the droplets are there to be imbibed from time to time. It enables a view of what lies behind the curtain of incessant events. You can not only ask questions of life, but expect immediate answers, the deepest and most pragmatic explanations for everything.

A given life itself, can be studied threadbare in all its aspects (Detailed Chart Analysisor the Life Reading). Two people and their romantic and/ or marital relations can be understood as colliding Karma, coming together to fashion the togetherness it does (Detailed Charts Compatibility Analysis). When the hows and whats and whys are understood and recognised from the natal horoscope, the Vedic year becomes a time-frame capable of being navigated and traversed, planned and worked (Tithi Praveśa Chakra Analysis).

You can actually live your breakneck-promising- astonishing- challenging-high-low-crown jewel and unbearable by turns life with Jyotiṣa/Jyotisha/ Vedic Astrology from a position of perspective and awareness.
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:03 PM

    sir my son is appearing for IIT entrance in April-may 2015 .he will be going through rahu dasa and ketu antar dasa during that period.moreover saturn transit to scorpio which is his lagna.Sir just need to know will his dasa and planetary positions and transits support him to get good rank? details 26 august 1997 mumbai 12.44 pm.will be grateful if you can guide me .thanks and God bless.

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