The Rahu and Ketu Transit (Sep 2020)
Rahu is moving into Taurus and Ketu is moving into Scorpio from Sep 20th 2020 to March 16th 2022. Rahu and Ketu are the North and South nodes of Vedic Astrology, and astronomically, they are the points in the sky where the paths of the Sun and Moon cross.
There is a story that fleshes out what the personalities of Rahu and Ketu and what they bring to your chart. Rahu was once a demon, and his greatest desire was to drink Soma, the Nectar of the Gods, the drink that would make him immortal and enlightened. You can see why he was obsessed with it - what an amazing drink! However, he was not allowed to as he was a demon; only the Devas (the higher beings of our universe) were qualified to drink the Soma. So, like any good demon, Rahu put on a disguise and snuck into the big ceremony where all the Devas were drinking the Soma.
He succeeded and managed to drink it and became immortal, but right after, the Sun and the Moon realized he was an imposter, and told Vishnu. Well, Vishnu isn’t one to act slowly, and immediately sliced off Rahu’s head with his Chakram (spinning disc weapon). The head of the now immortal being became Rahu, and the rest of the body became Ketu. A mixed result for Rahu - you win some, you lose some I guess.
Rahu was the universe’s first drug addict - he wanted the Soma at whatever the cost, and so Rahu symbolizes unlimited desires. Ketu is sort of the opposite - he is like the universe’s first Buddhist monk - without any desires, he’s happy to go with the flow and stay out of the limelight. So, the area where Rahu is placed in your chart shows an area where you have deep obsessive desires and an area you want to change, and the area where Ketu is placed indicates an area where things become more hidden, and also an area of chronic disappointment that can become a source of spiritual growth.
Specifically, Rahu transiting Taurus shows an area of your life where you will have a strong desire to make more materially comfortable and beautiful through this period, and Ketu in Scorpio shows an area of your life where you may want to spiritualize or might experience some disappointments in. The exact area depends on your chart, and I’ve made some mini-predictions in the second half of this email.
But first, an example of Rahu in Taurus and Ketu in Scorpio is Deekpak Chopra’s natal chart:
Deepak’s Rahu is in Taurus, in his house of the home, which is a combination that makes him have a strong desire for nice comfortable homes. In addition to his own homes being very nice (I’m guessing, think the invite was lost in the mail), a few years ago he started designing luxury condominiums that aims to improve healthspan. Chopra’s Ketu, on the other hand, is in his house of career. Ordinarily, this would bring him disappointment in his career, except that he has chosen to express Ketu’s monk-like energy by becoming a spiritual teacher! This is a great example of how each planet’s energy has to be expressed somewhere in your life, but we have the free will to choose the method of expression.
So, how does these transits affect you? I’ve written out some mini-predictions to try and answer this question. Of course, there are many other things that fill out the picture of your life (most of it individualized from your birth chart), but this transit will show one small perspective. I have arranged these mini predictions according to your Vedic Sun signs; you can find your Vedic Sun sign by finding which date range includes your birthday. Please read the birth times carefully as your Vedic Sun sign can be different from your Western one (reason here). If you know your Vedic Ascendant sign or your Vedic Moon sign, the predictions corresponding to those signs are also applicable to you.
Aries (April 14th to May 14th): Rahu is transiting your house of food, and because Rahu has some compulsive characteristics, you might develop a tendency to indulge a little too much in addictive foods like alcohol and sugar. So, it’s a really good time for you to practice conscious eating, and perhaps also buy a smaller plate. Ketu is transiting your house of change, which makes this period a little difficult to implement big changes into your life. Perhaps staying the course through this transit might be the helpful choice.
Taurus (May 15th to June 14th): Rahu is transiting a major personality marker, which might make you a little obsessive in this period. Watch your desires and try and let them go and you’ll have a better experience. Ketu is transiting your house of relationships, making you want to share your spiritual practice with your partner. If you’re single, this transit might deliver you a spiritual partner to share your life with.
Gemini (June 14th to July 16th): Rahu is transiting your house of spirituality, which makes you a little more focused on your spiritual journey. Rahu was a demon, so he represents unorthodox, non-mainstream, and revolutionary approaches to spirituality, so if there is an alternative spiritual practice you have been wanting to try out, this period might be the time. Ketu is transiting your house of health, which may bring hard-to-diagnose health issues, so make sure you go for your regular checkups.
Cancer (July 17th to August 16th): Rahu is going through your house of groups of people, giving you a desire to connect with your friends more. This transit also makes you a little focused on achieving your goals, and the key here is to focus on the little actions that lead you to success, and not the fruits or the results of your actions. Ketu is transiting your house of learning, making this period a good time to learn something spiritual. If you have children, this transit also encourages you to grow spiritually with them.
Leo (August 17th to September 16th): Rahu is transiting your house of career, giving you a tendency to be a bit too focused on your job. This is a good period to practice a little karma yoga, which is the tradition of focusing on your actions instead of the fruits of your action, and learning to be detached. Ketu is transiting your house of the home, and so during this time, you may feel a little disappointed with your living situation. It’s okay, like all things, the period will pass.
Virgo (September 17th to October 16th): Rahu is transiting your house of higher learning. Rahu was a demon, so he represents unorthodox and non-mainstream forms knowledge, so if there’s something a little different that you have been wanting to learn, this might be the time. Ketu is transiting your house of communication, bringing some obstacles with communication through the period. Focusing on speaking clearly and describing things in more detail may be useful if you find this to be the case.
Libra (October 17th to November 15th): One of Rahu’s significations is change, and Rahu is transiting your house of change. This double reinforcement brings a strong tendency for you to make changes in your life, perhaps to make your life more materially comfortable. Ketu is transiting your house of food, bringing a more spiritual approach to eating. This is a good time to practice conscious eating, and also eating healthier, higher energy foods.
Scorpio (November 16th to December 15th): Rahu is transiting your house of relationships, which bring you a tendency to be a little too attached with your partner, or want to change something in the relationship, perhaps to make it more stable. If you are single, this transit gives you a tendency to meet someone outside of your tradition or culture or country, someone a little different from you. The Ketu transit, on the other hand, gives you a tendency to want to hide your personality a little or minimize expressing yourself. It makes you more reflective, which makes this transit a good time to do some quiet journaling.
Sagittarius (December 16th to January 14th): Rahu is transiting your house of health, and because Rahu has some compulsive characteristics, you might develop a tendency to indulge a little too much in addictive foods like alcohol and sugar. On the flip side, this is a good period to work on improving your health and exercise routines, and coming out of the transit a fitter and healthier person. Ketu, on the other hand, is transiting your house of spirituality, making quiet mindfulness meditation particularly useful for you during the transit.
Capricorn (January 15th to February 12th): Rahu is transiting your house of children. If you don’t have children, this period will bring an increasing desire to have children. If you have children, this period might bring a period of change and improvement for your kids. Rahu is a significator of technology, so perhaps they will be getting more used to the increasing use of technology at schools. Over with Ketu - is transiting the house of groups of people, bringing a desire for more quiet time and introspection.
Aquarius (Feb 13th March 14th): This placement is very similar to the earlier example of Deepak Chopra. Rahu is transiting your house of the home, making you want to improve or modernize your home, making it more comfortable and making every day tasks more convenient. Ketu’s placement in your house of career brings you a desire to work for the divine, or work for the universe, and because this rarely happens for most of us, this placement often brings some disappointments. However, these disappointments push you inward and deeper into your spiritual path, and will ultimately be a blessing in disguise.
Pisces (March 15th to April 13th): Rahu is transiting your house of communication, making you want to communicate more when you’re talking to people, so much so that it might come off as a little intense. It’s totally fine, just maybe give the people around you a little break if they start to look tired. Ketu is transiting your house of higher learning, which makes this period a good time to learn mindfulness meditation, or read a book about Buddhism. This placement is also quite supportive for spiritual progress, so maybe when you’re giving people that aforementioned break, you can spend some quiet time meditating!