Ketu, the South Node of the Moon means a "sign", or a "banner" in
Sanskrit. If Rahu is the planet of worldly desire, then Ketu is the planet of
otherworldly desire, or spirituality. Ketu represents the spiritual process of
evolution, or the refinement of materialization to spirit. Ketu is considered
a worldly malefic and spiritual benefice, as it causes sorrow and loss, which
ultimately turns the individual to god.
|KETU - THE DRAGON'S TAIL
The karakas, or indicators of Ketu are focused intelligence, indicator of liberation,
indicator of wisdom, non-attachment, other worldly interests, fantasy, penetrating
insight, derangement, carrier of arms and weapons, invisibility and physic abilities.
Ketu's gem is the cat's eye. This Graha is of a Pitta, or
fiery temperament.Ketu has the last maturity of all the planets at age 48, when the soul turns
to the pursuit of MOKSHA the pursuit of liberation from this world.
Ketu is often depicted with a gem, or a star on his head, which emits a mystery
light. Ketu is said to be a member of the Jaimini lineage of sages, who founded
one of the several systems of philosophy of ancient India. There are wonderful
myths associated with Rahu and Ketu.
The Nagas of Vedic lore is serpent like, semi-divine beings, which offer knowledge,
protection, as well as wrath and retribution to those they encounter. The forked
tongue of the serpent's bite represents intoxication, the first being poison,
resulting in dementia, the second being amrita, or spiritual nectar, resulting
in ecstasy and divine consciousness.
There is a myth in the Puranas that tells of the God Vishnu dispensing AMRITA,
the nectar of immortality to the Devas. While Vishnu was dispensing this amrita,
a demon, Rahu mingled with the Devas and was receiving the amrita when the Sun
and the Moon discovered him.
|KETU AS SEEN IN TEMPLES
With the luminaries calling alarm, Vishnu threw his discus at Rahu and cut off
his head. But, Rahu had already drunk the Amrita and now remained an immortal
head, disassociated from an immortal body.
There is much lore and mystery surround the Moon's Nodes in Vedic myth, and they
are considered of paramount importance in chart interpretation. In fact, in assessing
planetary power, the only Graha that is more powerful than the Sun is Rahu, the
North Node of the Moon, because of his ability to swallow the Sun during a total
Ketu brings prosperity to the devotee's family, removes the effect of snakebite
and illness arising out of poisonous matter entering one's body He grants good
health, wealth, cattle and all around prosperity.
Lunar and solar eclipses are said to occur because of Rahu and Ketu.