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What is Ketu in Vedic Astrology? What is the Role of Ketu in Astrology?

Ketu in Vedic Astrology represents isolation, enlightenment, spirituality, occult, silence, psychic intuition, discomfort and mysticism. Ketu is the rest of the body without the head, because he loves being alone and away from all the worldly things; in contrary it is just the opposite of Rahu.

  • Depending upon the house Ketu is in, it will make you either less needy of what that house represents, or will give you less desires to get the things related to that house.
  • Ketu feels like he’s already experienced the things of the house he sits in. It feels that it has mastery over the things related to the house its placed in.
  • Ketu is the part which you shouldn’t really care about too much as it will manifest itself without you even thinking about it.
  • Ketu is isolation, enlightenment, spirituality, occult, silence, psychic intuition, discomfort and mysticism.

Examples of Effect of Ketu in a Horoscope Chart:-

  • Example 1:- If you have Ketu in your 7th house, regardless of the sign it’s in, then it will either make you hate the idea of marriage, or you’ll experience so many disappointments in marriage that you’ll just runway from the world of legal bondage. This situation can nullify itself if Ketu is sitting with Jupiter, Saturn or Venus, as these planets promote union and marriage, this however won’t give you the best marriage in the world but it’ll give you marriages which will last, like two old married couple arguing. Wherever you have Ketu, you naturally will not care of those things. However, aspects from other planets changes the situation of Ketu. Saturn and Ketu in 7th house can actually promote long lasting marriage, which may be cold and dry, but it will sustain itself.
  • Example 2:- Ketu in the 5th house of children, and fun, will make you feel like children are a huge responsibility in life, or you just won’t be into babies as much. This does not mean you won’t have them, yeah, you may have an abortion because you didn’t want to have a baby, because Ketu does not make you feel bad about the things you can’t have, because you won’t want them in the first place. Yet Ketu usually produces a boy.

Names of Ketu as per Ancient Vedic Textbooks :-

  • As per Brihat Jataka: Ketu is called as Sikhi which means the Dragon’s tail or the Moon’s Descending Node.
  • As per Horasara: Ketu is called Sikhin, Dhvaja, Dhum, Mrityu Putr, and Anala. These different names (as in the above slokas) have been given to various Planets (grahas) by the scholars of old days.
  • As per Suka Jataka: Ketu has been called as Dhum. Dhum is read as Dhumra and Anala in Balabhadras.

Ketu as Karaka (Significator) :-

  • In a birth chart, certain planets are responsible for certain things no matter where they are placed in the horoscope. They are known as the Karka or Significators.
  • As per Phala Deepika: One ought to guess about the maternal grand-father through Ketu.
  • Also as per Phala Deepika: A Buddhist, a snake-catcher, a donkey, a wolf, a camel, a serpent, a place enveloped in darkness, a mosquito, a bug, an insect and an owl-all these should be declared to belong to Ketu.

Karakatwas of Ketu :-

  • Karaka is the reason of happening of events in the life whereas Karakatwas is the domain of planet for delivering things. For example:- Venus is Karaka of Marriage whereas Karakatwas of Venus is Marriage.
  • Ketu presides over worship of God Chandeesa, God Ganesha and many other gods, bathing in the Holy Ganges, great penance, knowledge of Brahma, observing silence as a fast, philosophy, mantra shastra.
  • Ketu is also the karakatwas of instability of mind, paternal grandfather, doctor, witchcraft, a hunter, the association of Sudra, dog, a cock, vulture, deer, knowledge of animals, horned animals, salvation, hunger, stupidity, friendship, knowledge, luck, revoking the orders of arrest, all kinds of wealth, consumption, conferring of prosperity, all sorts of luxuries, stone, pain, fever, loss of appetite, indifference to the world, wind, severe stomach ache, boils and the like, skin troubles, wound, belly, eye sores, inconstancy, trouble from enemies, thorn, small pox or boils and pain from peptic ulcer.

Effect of Ketu on Health and Physiology:

  • Ketu indicated trouble through dispute with Brahmins and Kshatrias, or from enemies. Mandi (Gulika) causes fear from (seeing) corpses, poison, bodily pain and pollution (arising from the demise of one’s near relations).
  • Ketu will cause unnatural deaths such as suicide, or assassination as a result of the hatred of enemies or through worms etc.
  • Ketu governs touch (along with Saturn and Rahu).

Description of Ketu :-

  • According to Parashara: Description of Rahu and Ketu: Rahu has smoky appearance with a blue mix physique. He resides in forests and is horrible. He is windy in temperament and is intelligent. Ketu shares similar description to Rahu.
  • According to Phala Deepika: Ketu has a red and fierce look a venomous tongue, and an elevated body; he is armed he is an outcast of a smoky colour, and is inhaling smoke always; he has bruised limbs; he is lean and is malicious.

Characteristics of Ketu :-

PersonalitySmoky appearance, blue mix physique, resides in forests, horrible, windy in temperament, intelligent
GenderEunoch
NatureMalefic
Aspect of LifeBody and soul, Touch
Apparel / ClothingMud vessel and a mixed cloth of variegated colour, rags
ColorsRed or several colors simultaneously
CasteMixed caste
Social StatusArmy Chief
Average Daily motion3 Degrees
Duration3 Months
Grain / PulsesHorse gram
Dhatu / MulaJivas
Precious StonesBlue Gems, Lapislazuli or Turkois, Vaidurya (Turquoise)
Planet, Trees & FoodA clump of tree or a bush
Abode (Residence)Ant Hills
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