Rahu is a reference point in the sky, not an actual planet like Sun or Mercury. Despite not having actual physical presence, its impact is deep and powerful. Rahu stands for materialism and mischief. It represents fascination with foreign, travel abroad, technical professions, elderly people, theft, speculation, bad habits, revolutionary tendencies, underworld, and smoke. When Rahu is negative in a horoscope, it causes dissatisfaction, materialistic tendencies, fears, distorted mental makeup and fantasies. Rahu & Ketu are the shadowy planets in Vedic astrology.
Astronomical Facts about Rahu
Just as Ketu, Rahu does not have a physical shape or mass like a planet. It is a point in the sky, where Sun’s apparent path intersects with Moon’s track in the celestial sphere when moving from North to South direction. On the other hand, when Moon intersects ecliptic during its movement towards North, the point of intersection is called Ketu. These points are not still in the sky, there is a slight movement in their position on annual basis, approximately 19 degrees and 30 min. Rahu is called the North node of the moon and the head of the dragon in Hindu Mythology. It takes around 18 years to complete its revolution around the zodiacal circle and stays in each sign for about 1 ½ years.
Essential Details about Rahu
Transit in each sign
North lunar node
Ruling Body Part
Speculation, stock broking, diplomatic work, physiotherapy, poisons, alcohol trade & manufacturing, photography, Xerox, homeopathy, information technology, politics etc.
Significance of Rahu in Hindu astrology
Rahu relates to unconscious desires, ambition, pleasures, fear and uncultured behavior. It works much like Saturn and can bring unexpected losses, misfortunes, failure and frustrations in life. This planet is animalistic in nature. It awards the person with worldly comforts, unexpected success, gains, riches, power and strength.
When positioned positively in a horoscope, it gives victory over enemies and opposition too. But the problem is that there is always a sense of dissatisfaction. Rahu makes you never satisfied with your ambitions, gains, success, money and lifestyle. There is an insatiable hunger for more. It drowns the native into unconscious desires, which he is unable to comprehend but relentlessly pursues. This leads to addictions, obsessive behavior, overly ambitious nature, unrealistic expectations and fantasies.
Rahu is strongly associated with occult sciences. Also to the dark side of human character. It is revolutionary in nature, stands against the norms and conventions. It represents the illegal and the dark. The element of foreign also comes into play. Rahu also relates to spiritual energy quite conversely. It gives knowledge of the higher aspects of life, the occult and spiritual. It gives strong intuition and in-depth understanding of psychology.