Rahu and Ketu: Significance in Astrology
Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets. According to Vedic astrology, they have no independent identity. They do not rule any zodiac sign. Also, they cannot be characterized as male and female. They denote the two points of intersection in the orbit of the Sun and Moon.
These planets move in retrograde motion. They have malefic and detrimental effects. This is the significance of Rahu and Ketu in astrology. According to Vedic astrology, Rahu represents indulgence. Some of the negative aspects of Rahu are theft, mental illness, death of family members, losses, and legal hassles. Rahu also represents diseases such as skin diseases, leprosy, ulcer, and breathing problems. However, if Rahu is in the right position in your horoscope, it bestows courage and fame. Rahu also brings instant success and failure.
Ketu represents diseases related to lungs, digestion issues, brain disorders, and problems with hearing. It also represents mystic activities, sufferings, wounds, bad company, and false pride. Some of the positive representations of Ketu are moksha, interest in philosophical pursuits, spiritual pursuits, and sudden gains.
Conjunction: These elements are only points in the zodiac and they do not have an effect of their own. They only take on the characteristics of the planetary dispositors. The results and effects of Rahu and Ketu change according to their position in the natal chart. The effects also change if they are in conjunction with another planet.
They can also be in conjunction with each other. No birth chart has this conjunction. But it is commonly found in higher divisional charts. For instance, Rahu and Ketu conjunction is found in divisional charts beyond D-10, such as D-16, D-20, D-24, D-30, and D-40.