Vedic astrology known as Jyotish is a wide known and very ancient spiritual discipline originating from India, dating several thousands of years back into the past.
The concept of Vedic astrology is based upon the idea of planetary energies affecting each individual human being life in a specific way.
Out of all astrological systems, Vedic astrology appears to be the most precise one. Jyotish is more precise than Western astrology, because it is based upon the specific system of periods and influences.
Each planet, aspect and the house in Vedic astrology reveals what an individual could experience during a particular temporal cycle. These cycles are usually periods of one to three years duration.
Jyotish reveals everything that could have a stimulating effect on us. It reveals everything that could be useful to us, but also everything that could be destructive.
This ancient system does not include planets Neptune, Uranus and Pluto, but focuses on seven heavenly bodies. Specific systems reveal periods of the highest planetary activity.
These periods help one learn about potentials regarding the professional plan, love life and health.
Vedic astrology could help us learn about opportunities and future life events. It is associated with karma; it help us see into our past, present and the future.
Many argue if everything in our lives was already predestined or not. If so, why would we even try to change anything? Is there anything to be changed at all?
Jyotish offers us corrective measures that could help us ‘polish’ our karma, in the present moment.
Through the power of free will, we could affect our destiny, even if the greatest part of it was written in the stars, so to say.
Rahu and Ketu – Lunar Nodes
Rahu and Ketu, known also as the Lunar Nodes, are not planets, but specific astronomical points. They are points of intersection of the Sun and the Moon orbits.
In Vedic astrology, they are believed to have even more powerful influence than any of the planets; they are, indeed, karmic points. Their astrological significance is huge. Lunar Nodes represent the over-developed and under-developed characteristics in an individual horoscope.
They are opposite to one another. The South Node, Ketu, represents the over-developed part. It is about ourselves at this moment, but carrying the burden of past incarnation’s patterns, behaviors and habits.
Through the North Node, we have to change this. The North Node is about the under-developed traits; it is about what we should strive for. Through life lessons, karmic lessons, we walk towards the light.
The terms Rahu and Ketu come from Hindu mythology. According to the legend, they were once one; they were the dragon demon who wanted to steal the nectar of immortality from gods.
He succeeded in tasting it, but Vishnu, the Creator, discovered him and beheaded the creature. Since he was already immortal, he did not die, but his head and the rest of the body continued to exist separately.
The Sun and the Moon reported the demon to Vishnu, the legend says. From the day of the beheading, Rahu and Ketu swore they would chase and devour the Sun and the Moon. This mythical revenge takes place in real time; we see it as eclipses of the Sun and the Moon.
In Vedic astrology, Rahu and Ketu are seen as invisible planets, being astronomical points in reality. Both are considered malefic planets, associated with unexpected effects. Rahu is the archenemy of the Sun and Ketu that of the Moon.
Lunar Nodes are related to all the karmic and spiritual influences regarding an individual’s natal chart. They present with complex and mysterious energies that affect our life path. They are not associated with any particular zodiac signs, being imaginary planets.
However, we could describe their relation to planets in a specific way. Rahu is friendly towards Mercury, Saturn and Venus, and an enemy to the Sun, the Moon and Mars, neutral towards Jupiter.
Ketu is friendly towards Mercury and an enemy to the Sun and the Moon, while also neutral towards Jupiter. Well-positioned Rahu signifies wealth and prosperity; bad positioned, it signifies arrogance and jealousy.
If Ketu was in a good position in a natal chart, it leads to spiritual enlightenment; in an unfavorable position, it also awakes jealousy and arrogance.
Ketu – The South Node
Ketu or the South Node is the Dragon’s tail, from the myth we have just mentioned. Ketu is mysterious, strange, subtle, associated with obscurity and illusions.
Ketu keeps us inside the vortex of our previous incarnations, seducing us to follow the path of the least effort, the path already threaded in our previous lives.
How many times did it happen that you have instinctively chosen the solution you have applied for thousands of times?
How many times such a decision did not prove fruitful? We do things we are used to, sometimes even without knowing why we do so. This kind of comfort zone could be dangerous. It leads to stagnation and regression.
We should bring this mechanism into awareness and work to overcome it. Ketu mostly represents things we should overcome. In addition, it also represents our ancestors, our talents inherited.
If our South Node was in good aspects, it signifies our power of perception and recognition, self-confidence, the interest into spiritual matters, a potential for spiritual healing.
However, if the South Node was in unfavorable aspects, it leads to isolation, depression, lack of self-confidence and even total disorder and chaos.
The Seventh House in Astrology – 7th House in Astrology
Since we are about to interpret meanings behind the specific position of Ketu in the seventh field (and Rahu in the first), let us introduce you to the Seventh House. The Seventh House is the house of partnership.
It is the opposite of the First House, which partially explains its nature; the First House is associated with personality and Ego alone, while the Seventh House is about relationships, about the connection to others.
Primarily, it stands for romantic relationships. The Seventh House is about one’s romantic partner, a lover, a spouse, a romantic affair, a breakup, a relationship, about marriage and divorce, partners’ arguments and reconciliation and so on.
This field is also associated with connections in a wider sense. It is about a collaboration, professional connections, partnerships, contracts, deals and so on.
It also has to do with public relations and public activities. Rivalry, opponents, public enemies and open enmity are also associated with the Seventh House. The Seventh House is analog to the sign of Libra.
As you probably know, Libra is the sign associated with diplomacy, mediation, connections and balance. The Seventh House is one of the angular, cardinal houses.
The Seventh House is of great importance when interpreting one’s natal chart. It is important to analyze planets found inside the house and aspects they create with other ones.
The Seventh House reveals potentials regarding our relationships. It could offer answers to many questions. Could your relationship pass on to a next level or you and your lover will break up?
It could tell about whether one would divorce or not, whether a professional collaboration would turn out as successful or not and so many more. This house also tells about what the native expects from a relationships and connections with others.
Overall, the Seventh House is the key to understand all of our connections, including both deeply romantic and social ones.
Ketu in the Seventh House – Ketu in 7th House
How Ketu affects our seventh field? In Vedic astrology, Ketu and Rahu are considered more important than any of the planets. Ketu in the Seventh House automatically means that the North Node, Rahu, was in the First House.
The karmic lesson such position of Lunar Nodes offer has to do with the Self and our relationships with other people. Let us find out more.
South Node in the Seventh House provokes the soul of the native. In previous incarnations, this person was very dependent on others, on people he or she should have never been dependent of.
This native has wasted great deal of time trying to help others understand themselves, neglecting the Self. The experience of helping others has definitely affected this native, but he or she probably never thought about that.
Each situation and connection has played a role in the formation and development of the native’s identity and personality, but the native remains unaware of it. In the present incarnation, the native starts thinking about the Self, focusing on it.
However, the burden of previous incarnations makes him or herself feeling lost, not knowing who they are. This native’s identity is drowned in the identities of other people.
Ketu in the Seventh House – Burden of Servility
Marriage and partnership are the cornerstone of this native’s perception of life. He or she is unable of thinking out of this box; the native is dependent on these connections.
He or she looks at life through the eyes of others. He or she searches for their place in the world, but they do not really search with their own eyes. Others’ opinions and convictions greatly affect this individual’s identity.
This pattern leads to servitude, so this native cannot resist always being there for others. Of course, it is good and noble to be helpful, but it is not good to be at service to everyone, losing your own integrity and identity.
Memories of previous lives partnerships, connections, teamwork and collaboration are so strong that the native easily gets lost in present day connections.
The problem is that previous incarnations’ partnerships are not longer on the go, but the native applies the same pattern to any present moment connection, surrendering to the union, without building up their own identity.
The North Node in the First House should help the native to realize where does he or she stand. The North Node should first make you realize that you have lost your identity.
Such a position of Lunar Nodes has a weird and contradictory effect upon an individual. The native has created a mirror image of their ideals, which is completely the opposite of the native’s essential nature.
The native feels they need to take their Ego back, while at the same time, they see to please everyone. This causes a lot of pain in life, a feeling of being torn between personal needs and those of others.
This native is sensitive to others reactions, so he or she does not want to do anything that could harm them. Well, this person goes to extremes that are not good. Serving others and trying so hard to offend or harm anyone, he or she actually becomes self-destructive, in a way.
This native has to learn how politely to take up the role of a leader. He or she has to be the one to pull the strings, their own ones.
This is exceptionally hard, because previous incarnations were full of the experience of submission, besides possibly good aspects of siding with other people. This native was very prone to self-sacrifice, on behalf of others’ success. All major life experiences were somehow related to submission.
The greatest lesson this native has to learn is how to establish the sense of self, without turning away from the benefit of partnerships, marriage, connections.
Ketu in 7th House – Identity Regained
There are great risks that come with these nodes. As soon as the native realizes how important it was to find themselves and to built up their own integrity, he or she takes up the other extreme.
Instead of trying to balance the two, the native seeks only the leading position, focusing solely on egotistic needs, neglecting others. The problem is that through the South Node this native gets an impression that one cannot exist if there was the other.
However, that is not true; this native needs to find a balance. Now, this is a process that requires great effort. The first step has already been made; once the native has realized what the problem was, he or she could work on it. The key is not to go to the other extreme.
Through the power of personal will, the person should control the urge to become irrationally self-sufficient, because that is, at the end of the day, impossible.
In addition, this native needs patience. The most beautiful flower takes time to bloom. This person should build their self-confidence and Ego slowly, systematically, without impulsive reactions and instantly rejecting others’ company and help.
This process is a great personal journey that leads to a better, more noble and self-confident life. The sign matching the South Node shows how the native has got lost in lives of others.
Once you realize what mechanisms have made you to submit to others’ needs, you could try to change the situation.
For example, maybe you were exceptionally submissive when it comes to family relations or it was something related to professional collaborations and your attitude about it.
The sign matching the North Node would help you recognize mechanisms that would help you re-build your identity and make you feel self-confident.