Vedic (Hindu) astrology originates in ancient India. Hindu astrology has some similarities with Western astrology, and it analyses the influence of the planets on our lives. Practicing astrology requires a lot of knowledge and skills.
The astrologer needs to calculate the planetary positions for a certain moment of time and create a natal chart for that moment.
Nowadays with computer technology so developed, the process of creating a natal chart is very simple. All it takes is to fill in the necessary data in a computer program and in seconds we have the entire chart on our display.
The natal chart consists of houses and planets placed within these houses. Hindu astrology is based on a premise that human lives and experiences are all predestined, and people are born in a certain predestined moment to experience certain things and fulfill their destiny.
Hindu astrology determines the karma and personality of a person by analyzing their natal chart.
Natal charts can also be made for analyzing and foretelling mundane events, but they are mostly created to analyze the potential and destiny of individuals.
The analysis usually consists of analyzing the planets in signs and their placements in the houses of the natal charts. These placements give sufficient information for the astrologer to get insights about the personal traits and possible life events.
The most significant for the analysis are the houses where the planets are positioned.
Houses of the natal chart
Like Western astrology, Hindu astrology has charts with 12 houses. The houses with planets are the ones giving the most information about the person’s focus and interests.
They also describe a lot of the events they are likely to experience during their lifetime. The planets’ energy influences the houses where they are placed.
Every house has specific areas of rulership; they rule our personality, appearance, health and physical condition, behavior, ancestors, our family members, our parents, children, siblings, the relationships we have with others, romantic relationships, spouses and romantic partners, education, finances, travels, social life, etc.
There are four trinities of houses and they all rule different aspects of life:
- Trinity of Dharma – these houses rule spiritual action; they are the houses 1, 5, and 9;
- Trinity of Artha – these houses rule wealth; they are the houses 2, 6, and 10;
- Trinity of Kama – these houses rule relationships; they are the houses 3, 7, and 11;
- Trinity of Moksha – these houses rule the final liberation of the soul; they are the houses 4, 8, and 12.
The houses of the natal chart can also be divided in three other groups:
- Kendra – these are angular or cardinal houses, or houses 1, 4, 7, and 10;
- Panapara – these are succedent or fixed houses, or houses number 2, 5, 8, and 11;
- Apoklima – these are the cadent or mutable houses, or houses number 3, 6, 9, and 12.
Rahu – Basic Qualities
In Indian mythology, Rahu is often depicted as a snake or a dragon swallowing the Sun, and that is the cause of Sun eclipses.
Rahu is not a planet, but in Hindu astrology is considered one. Ketu and Rahu represent the points of intersection of the path of the Sun and Moon.
Ketu is the south lunar node and Rahu is the north lunar node. When the Sun or Moon find themselves on these points solar or lunar eclipses occur. Rahu causes a solar eclipse.
Ketu is often called the tail of the dragon/snake and Rahu is the head of the dragon/snake. Rahu is a shadow planet and its reputation isn’t good. It possesses a rebellious nature and opposes authorities.
Rahu breaks society rules and norms and is prone to deception, manipulation, secrecy and naughty behavior. This planet in Hindu astrology represents the dark side of everyone’s personality.
Rahu is the ruler of addictions, bad behavior, drugs, gambling, alcohol, materialism, immorality, secrets, unknown matters, phobias and fears, greed, betrayal, occult sciences, politicians, etc.
This planet can sometimes give people fame, usually those somehow involved in politics. Rahu also gives position in government institutions or gives people authority.
Because it rules materialism, Rahu reveals our materialistic desires and goals. Rahu is the ruler of our desires and fulfillment of desires. The desires of an individual are discovered by anal using the sign where Rahu is placed in their natal chart. Their desires are usually related to the areas ruled by that sign.
To give an example, if someone’s Rahu is in Scorpio, that person might have a strong obsession about fulfilling their physical desires and most of their thoughts and actions will be focused on fulfilling these desires. People with their Rahu in Cancer might be obsessive about having children, etc.
The sign where Rahu is placed gives a lot of information about the person regarding Rahu areas of rulership. The sign reveals the person’s manipulative side, and the likely behavior they might express while trying to manipulate others into doing things they want them to.
An example might be someone with Rahu in Cancer, who might be using emotional manipulation to achieve what they want; they might act weak and incapable, trying to arouse sympathy and desire to help them.
By making someone feel sorry for them they emotionally manipulate that person into fulfilling their desires without the person being aware of their true intentions.
Rahu’s sign is also important when we seek to determine the way the person is likely to seek recognition for their achievements, or even become popular and famous. Someone with Rahu in Aries for example might use some kind of force or aggressive approach to get that.
The sign of Rahu might also give info about the person’s likely addictions and bad habits. The sign might reveal the possible addiction the individual could be prone to.
Fourth House Meaning
Similar to Western astrology, in Vedic (Hindu) astrology, the fourth house represents our roots and ancestry. It is also the ruler of our properties, especially real estate, land, house/s, vehicles, etc.
The fourth house also rules our connection to our birth place. It also reveals the relationship we have with our mother.
The fourth house rules our family values and tradition, our heritage and connections to our motherland. Planets placed in this house reveal more about these subjects and their importance for our life.
The fourth house is considered the house of domestic happiness and named Bandhu Bhava in Hindu astrology. It is the ruler of our home and our relationship with our home; whether it is the place we live in or home as family ties and values we tend to build throughout our lifetime.
The fourth is the house of emotional satisfaction and tranquility. It is the place where we feel safe and loved. This house and planets inside reveal a lot about our family history, the material possessions of our family and ours, our culture and ancestry, our tradition and lifestyle we are used to living, etc.
The 4th house reveals the conditions in our home. It also describes how our home looks like.
It reveals how we deal with the family issues we encounter, especially in the later years of life. It shows whether the person is likely to spend their entire life in their native country and house where they were born, or move to another place, or even another country.
This house shows how much we are attached to our home, and whether we use it as our sanctuary or only a place to sleep over.
The fourth house also shows our connections with our family, our parents and siblings, but also our own family.
This house might show how much comfort the person needs and requires. It shows the condition of our home, and whether we own a home or we rent a place to live our entire lives.
The 4th house shows our immovable material possessions and heritage items. It reveals how traditional the person is in regards to their perception of family values and their respect towards their home. This house also describes our entire life cycle in a certain way.
It reveals details about our mother, our birth and home where we grew up, but also reveals how our old age is likely to be and the conditions of life in our older years, as well as our resting place or our grave.
The sign which corresponds to the fourth house is Cancer. The body parts this house rules over are the chest, lungs, and breasts. It is the ruler of things under earth, agriculture, extraction of resources, excavation, mining and all kinds of construction.
The fourth house can sometimes be interpreted as the house of primary education and college education, while the third house reveals the person’s inclinations for studies and gaining knowledge of certain subjects. The ninth is the house of higher education.
Rahu in Fourth House Meaning in Individual Charts
Rahu in 4th house is not a good placement; the main reason is the fact that the fourth is the house of Moon and Rahu and Moon are not friends.
If Rahu is well-placed in the fourth house, that doesn’t have to be a bad placement at all. It could make the person intelligent and financially well-off.
These people usually possess a lot of wealth and luxurious material possessions, like houses, antiquities, luxurious vehicles and other possessions they could brag about. If Moon is also well-placed, this could make this individual very rich and influential.
If, unfortunately, Rahu is badly placed in the fourth house and the Moon is also weak, this usually causes the person to struggle for money and in many cases live in poverty and bad living conditions for most of their life; the ending of their life is likely to be the same.
With this placement of Rahu, the person’s mother might have high hopes for them, pressuring them to pursue their studies and career and become successful. This often causes a great pressure on the person because they don’t want to disappoint their mothers.
These people can gain substantial wealth and climb high on the social scale. They are prone to showing off with their possessions. They believe that the more possessions they acquire their value rises in the eyes of the people from their surroundings. They can be very competitive when they want to succeed.
If Rahu isn’t afflicted in their charts, these people can be generous and donate money to charity. Bad thing about them is that they might expect gratitude and recognition for their good deeds.
For this position of Rahu it is often a case that the person neglects their diet and gains weight, jeopardizing their health. Their eating disorders might be the cause for bad digestion. It is advisable for them to be very careful about their eating habits.
These people can often be very attached to their homeland. Many of them strive to buy property and land in their native country. They might also have some foreign influence in their homes.
When a person has Rahu in 4th house this might be an indication of parents prone to some kind of manipulation related to their family property and tradition motivated by gaining some benefits.
People with Rahu in fourth house can be prone to deceptive actions and behavior to get their hands on someone’s property. They might avoid legal boundaries to get what they want.
In general, these people love to have their homes beautifully decorated. They love beautiful furniture and decoration which reflects their personal lifestyle.
If Rahu is afflicted, this could cause some concerns related to issues of the fourth house, such as the person’s mother, possessions, property, vehicles, land, etc.
The position of Rahu in fourth house doesn’t have to be a bad thing, if Rahu and the Moon are well-placed in the chart.
This could give the person tendency to gain wealth, and some of these individuals can be quite wealthy and influential.
The mother of this person might be demanding, expecting from the person to achieve success in regards to their career and education.
Even though these expectations have the person’s wellbeing in mind, the person might consider them as a pressure.
The person with Rahu in 4th house enjoys living in a beautifully decorated home. They are prone to bragging with their possessions. When they do charitable activities many of them expect some kind of gratitude.