By Ekatmānanda Saraswatī
Approximately every 1.5 years, the mysterious forces known as Rahu and Ketu change signs, bringing an ending and new beginning to the evolutionary focus of our lives.
Read the potent hindu story of Rahu and Ketu here.
The cosmic forces of Rahu and Ketu churn our minds by forging our evolutionary paths forward. Rahu is depicted as a bodiless head in constant search of the fulfillment of desires, while Ketu is seen as a headless body, in constant search for emancipation from all desire.
Together, these forces work to digest past experience (Ketu) and embark upon new ones (Rahu). On January 8th, Rahu moves from Virgo to Leo and Ketu moves from Pisces to Aquarius.
Rahu Moves into Leo
The Noble King and the Vision of the Future
As Rahu transits Virgo and enters Leo, your practice will be to bring those new, innovative ideas to the boss. Are the architects of change within you ready? If so, now is the time to present a fresh perspective to figures of power: government, established companies, and authoritative figures represented by Leo the King. Over the next year and a half, as Rahu loosens the establishment’s grip on tradition, you have an opportunity to present your vision of the future. However, Rahu has ravenous longing for material gain which is often driven by selfishness and greed. Transforming your desires for personal gain into desires for the benefit of ALL is the key to unlocking Rahu’s creative genius. But we cannot talk about Rahu without mentioning Ketu….
Ketu Moves into Aquarius
The Mystic Leaves the Cave and Returns to the Streets
For the last year and a half, Ketu has been in Pisces drawing a critical eye upon your intuitive flow and stirring unconscious emotional habits to the surface. Ketu is the most transcendental planet, and Pisces is the most transcendental sign. Together, they teach us subtlety, sensitivity and mastery of the mind/body.
As Ketu transits Pisces and enters Aquarius, your emotional intelligence is your best ally. You have learned a lot in the last year. Tread humbly and others will raise you up. Speak softly and others will listen. Keep your wits about you and stay attuned to your inner drummer, but collaborate when it is appropriate and possible. It is time for all of us to critically listen to the voice of authority.
How It All Comes Together
For the next year and a half, we can expect Ketu to consolidate the voice of the people and galvanize us toward a common goal. With the help of Ketu’s laser-like intensity and Rahu’s broad vision, continue your relentless pursuit of the truth within by eradicating enmity and become a builder of relationships.
The nodes represent parts of our psyche that are stubborn yet determined, manic yet savant. In the coming weeks as Rahu and Ketu change signs, take extra care of these tendencies in your life. During times of transition like this, it’s always advisable to spend extra time with your devotional practice.
Through 2016 and into the fall of 2017, watch the cream rise to the surface as Rahu and Ketu churn our consciousness, giving rise to innovation in transportation, communication and overall interconnectedness with ourselves and others!