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The Dragon’s Tail
Ketu is a shadow planet and doesn’t have celestial presence. It came into existence as an after-effect of the ocean churning process. When the Gods and the demons churned the ocean, nectar emerged out of it. When Lord Vishnu was serving the nectar to the Gods, a demon sat there in the disguise of God and consumed the nectar. Lord Vishnu cut his head but he had become immortal by then. Since then, the head portion of the demon came to be known as Rahu and the rest part of the body as Ketu. The sages granted them the status of shadow planets.

Ketu represents the south lunar node and positioned opposite to Rahu. Both are 180 degrees apart. It represents the old people, smoky color and mica metal. It remains in a zodiac sign for 1.5 years and completes one orbit cycle in 18 years. The constellations ruled by it are Ashwini, Magha and Mool. Although it is an imaginary planet and doesn’t own any zodiac sign, yet it gets exalted in Scorpio and gets debilitated in Taurus. Its friendly planets are Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Rahu while it is has strong enmity with Sun and Moon. It has enmity with Mars too but remains neutral with Jupiter. Ketu’s Vimshottari Mahadasha lasts for 7 years.

In the astrological terms, Rahu and Ketu swallow Sun and Moon when they come near them. Astronomically, it is called lunar eclipse and it happens when Ketu, Sun and Moon come in the same zodiacal longitude.

Ketu represents spirituality and it is called “Mokshakarak” i.e. planet having the capacity to take native towards salvation. It blesses the native with spiritual and religious achievements, if it is well placed in the horoscope. It has the capacity to invoke the spiritual-psychic powers of the person. Such a native delves deep in the ocean of the Divine. Magicians, astrologers and doctors are ruled by Ketu.

Well placed Ketu bestows the native with spiritual inclination, money, fame and inheritance. It gives intuitive and extrasensory powers to the native. The ill placed or afflicted Ketu brings misfortune, debts, defamation and hampers the growth of the native in spheres of education and spirituality. It disturbs the concentration and causes depression. It may make the nature of the native jealous and arrogant. The diseases given by Ketu are depression, neuromuscular disorders, bleeding and problems related to nervous system and brain.

Remedies for Ketu
The gemstone related to Ketu is Cat’s Eye.
Worshipping of Lord Ganesha and chanting of Ganesha Dwadasanama Stotra reduces the ill effects of Ketu.
The person suffering from bad placement of Ketu in the horoscope must visit the temples and bow head there.

Ketu Mantra
Om Stram Strim Stroum Sah Ketave Namah


The Dragon’s Head
Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets. These are the imaginary planets and have no physical shape or existence. Even then, they have been granted the status of planets and are an inherent part of the ‘Navgraha’ i.e. council of nine planets. According to mythology, there is an interesting anecdote about the creation of these two planets. Once, Gods and demons decided to churn the ocean together to produce nectar and gain immortality. After nectar was churned out, Lord Vishnu disguised as a female and served the nectar to the Gods. In the meantime, a demon disguised himself as God and sat in between them to consume nectar. The Sun and the Moon recognized him and complained to Lord Vishnu, who cut off his head. Since he had consumed nectar, he became immortal. The head of the demon came to be known as Rahu and the rest body as Ketu. Ever since, Rahu and Ketu became staunch enemies of Sun and Moon. They swallow sun and moon when they come near them, thereby causing sun and moon eclipses.

In Vedic astrology, Rahu and Ketu are the astronomical points in the sky, called north and south lunar nodes respectively. Rahu is a malefic planet. Being a shadow planet, it has not been assigned the ownership of any zodiac sign or House in the horoscope. Even then, it gets exalted in the Taurus and gets debilitated in the Scorpio. It always moves in the retrograde direction. It stays for 1.5 years in one zodiac sign and completes one orbit cycle in 18 years. It rules the constellations Adra, Swati and Shatbhisha. It considers Venus, Saturn and Mercury as friendly planets while it has strong enmity with Sun, Moon and Mars. It is neutral towards Jupiter. It represents very old people, north lunar node direction and grey color. Its Vimshottari Mahadasha period lasts for 18 years.

It is powerful in 3rd, 6th and 11th Houses of the horoscope. If well placed, it gives sudden wealth and prosperity. It makes native famous and influential. It gives position of power in politics. It rules over jails, thieves, magicians, snakes and poison. If it is badly placed or afflicted in the horoscope, it creates confusion, mental disturbances and emotional upheavals in the life of the native. It makes the native arrogant and jealous and the native may fall prey to black magic. It gives diseases like fever, leprosy, snake bite, restlessness and psychological abnormality.

Remedies for Rahu

The gemstone for Rahu is hessonite.
The most effective way to defend against Rahu is to worship sincerely. The worshipping of Lord Shiva and chanting of verses related to Goddess Durga are the ways to safeguard oneself from the clutches of Rahu.

Rahu’s Mantra

Om Bhram Bhrim Bhroum Sah Rahave Namah


The King of Planets and Its Role in Astrology
The Sun is indeed the provider of light and energy in the universe. Along with the other marvels of Mother Nature, Sun is the manifested form of God. It is the most powerful planet as all other planets revolve around it to complete their solar cycle.
The Sun is the king of the planetary council. It is a male planet and a malefic. It represents the zodiac sign, Leo, in astrology. It stays in each zodiac sign for one month and moves to the next zodiac sign on the first day of Hindu calendar month, which is called Sakranti. It completes one full round of the zodiac in one year.

The Sun represents the soul of the native in astrology. Among the relations, it represents father. Among directions, it represents the east side. It represents Sunday and orange color. It is also the representative of government and high officials. Sun rules the constellations Krittika, Uttara Phalguni and Uttara Ashadha.

In astrology, the Sun gets exalted in the zodiac sign Aries at 10 Degrees and becomes debilitated in the Libra at 10 Degrees. The Sun Vimshottari Mahadasha period lasts for 6 years in the native’s life. If it is well placed in the native’s horoscope, it gives authority, power and courage. It makes the native excel in professional endeavors and bestows governmental help. If it is adversely placed, it takes away the shine from a native’s personality and attracts wrath of the ruling powers. It rules over brain, head, eyes, chest, bones, stomach and lungs in the body. If afflicted, it may give rise to diseases like weak eyesight, weakening of bones, migraine, headache, palpitation, epilepsy etc.

The Sun is friendly with Jupiter, Mars and Moon. Saturn, Venus, Rahu and Ketu are enemy planets of Sun. Mercury is neutral to it. Sun and Mercury, when combine together in a native’s horoscope, create ‘Budh-Aaditya Yoga’. If it happens in a favorable sector of the chart, it makes the native assume commanding role in life and rise higher in entrepreneurial, governmental or political fields. The Sun gives the exalted effects in the horoscope if Mars is situated in the 6th House and Ketu in the 1st House. A strong Sun, connected to the 10th House or its lord, makes the native majestic like king.

Remedies for Sun:
People are advised to wear the Ruby stone to negate the bad effects of Sun.
Aaditya Hriday Stotra is recited to please the Sun God.
Gayatri Mantra is another powerful source to strengthen the spiritual connection with Sun.

Sun’s Mantra:
Om Hram Hrim Hroum Sah Suryaye Namah


The Hard Taskmaster & the Planet of Justice
Saturn is probably the most dreaded planet of all. Take its name and fear crops up in the mind of the people. It is so because Saturn is the planet of justice and rewards or punishes people according to their deeds. It wants us to lead a good life and teaches lessons, whenever necessary. It likes discipline in life. It is cold, dry, melancholic and masculine in nature.

It is the second-largest planet and very far from earth. Its pace is the slowest among all the planets. It remains for 2.5 years in a zodiac sign and takes 28 to 30 years approximately to complete one orbit cycle. It represents elders, old people and servants; west direction; black and dark blue colors and Saturday. It rules the constellations Pushya, Anuradha and Uttra Bhadrapada. It rules the 10th and 11th Houses of the horoscope and owns the zodiac signs Capricorn and Aquarius. It gets exalted in Libra at 20 degrees and gets debilitated in Aries at 20 degrees. Mercury, Venus and Rahu are its friendly planets while Sun, Moon and Mars are its enemies. It maintains neutrality with Jupiter. Its Vimshottari Mahadasha period lasts for 19 years.

Saturn is associated with the longevity of the native and gives long life if placed well in the horoscope. Contrary to the general view, Saturn bestows the native with wealth, fame and professional success if it is favorably placed in the horoscope. Its placement in the horoscope is very important for the politicians as well. Well placed Saturn gives big houses, vehicles, clothes, many servants and smooth flow of money. It gives popularity among the masses. The native becomes philanthropic by nature and performs good deeds.

The ill placed or afflicted Saturn disturbs the native by making life full of hardships. In such cases, it gives fewer comforts, struggle regarding finances, troubles from servants, spiraling loans, deteriorating condition of the house, problems regarding vehicles etc. The ‘Sadesati’ and ‘Dhaiya’ of Saturn are said to bring many hardships and problems in the life of the native.

The body parts governed by Saturn are nervous system, legs, feet, knees, ribs, bones, hair, nails and spleen. If unfavorable, it gives diseases like rheumatism, constipation, asthma, bronchitis, pain in legs and gout. It gives long-term diseases.

Remedies for Saturn:
Its gemstone is blue sapphire.
Saturn gets pleased only if the native performs good and charitable deeds and keeps the moral character intact.
Worshipping Lord Hanuman and chanting Hanuman Chalisa is one of the most powerful remedy to ward-off the
bad effects caused by the ill placement of Saturn in the horoscope.

Saturn’s Mantra
Om Pram Prim Proum Sah Shaaischaraya


The Powerhouse of Knowledge
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It is also called Guru as it is the chief priest of the Gods. It is a male planet and benefic in nature. It is the significator of high virtues like knowledge, philosophy, truthfulness, morality, charity, compassion etc. It is a symbol of religion and spirituality.

It represents the north-east direction, which is considered as the most pious direction in Vastu Shastra. It is associated with yellow color and Thursday. The constellations ruled by it are Punarvasu, Vishakha and Poorva Bhadrpada. Its friendly planets are Sun, Mars and Moon while enemy planets are Mercury and Venus. Saturn and Rahu are neutral towards it. It stays in one zodiac sign for approximately 13 months and completes one orbit cycle in 12 to 13 years.

It owns two zodiac signs; Sagittarius and Pisces. It gets exalted in Cancer at 5 degrees and gets debilitated in Capricorn at 5 degrees. It is said that it removes innumerable ill effects of the horoscope if it is placed in the 1st House. Jupiter forms ‘Gajkesari Yoga’, ‘Pancha Maha Purusha Yoga’ and various other yogas to benefit the natives. It aspects three Houses in the horoscope, starting from where it is situated. It is the natural benefactor of 2nd, 5th, 9th and 11th Houses. The Vimshottari Mahadasha of Jupiter lasts for 16 years.
Jupiter plays a special role in the lives of females as it determines their marriage and relationship with husbands. If it is well placed in a female’s horoscope, it gives her smooth and happy married life. In unfavorable cases, it leads to discontentment in marriage or even separation or divorce in extreme cases.

If it is strongly positioned in the horoscope, it makes the native efficient administrator, good advisor and counselor. It is the significator of wisdom, language and eloquence. If it is not positioned well in horoscope, it gives rise to problems like lack of intellect, marital discords and hindrances in child birth, over and unnecessary expenditure and problems of speech. It rules over the body parts like liver, hips, arteries, lower abdomen, circulation of blood and organs of hearing. If ill placed or afflicted, it may give rise to problems like jaundice, chronic cough, constipation, asthma, liver weakness, tumor, high blood pressure, hearing problems and gastric problems.

Remedies for Jupiter:
Yellow sapphire is the gemstone of Jupiter.
Those who suffer from the bad placement of Jupiter in their horoscopes are
advised to worship and water banana tree, especially on Thursdays.
Fasting on Thursdays is highly revered.
Jupiter gets pleased with those who shun non-vegetarian food and alcohol,
who respect the elders and who live a religious life.

Jupiter’s Mantra
Om Gram Grim Groum Sah Brahaspataye Namah


The Goddess of Love
Venus is the brightest planet of the solar system. It is generally seen in the north direction early in the morning. It is the symbol of beauty, love, romance and sex. It also signifies music, dance and other recreational activities. It stands for prosperity, luxuries, fashion and sexual pleasure. It is the provider of worldly comforts and fragrances.

It represents the south-east direction, white color and Friday. It spends approximately 28 days in one zodiac sign and takes about 11 months to complete one orbit cycle. It owns the zodiac signs Taurus and Libra. It rules the 2nd and 7th Houses of the horoscope. It gets exalted in the Pisces at 27 degrees and gets debilitated in the Virgo up to 27 degrees. Its friendly planets are Mercury, Saturn and Rahu while enemy planets are Sun and Moon. It maintains neutral relations with Mars and Jupiter. It rules over the constellations Poorva Phalguni, Poorva Ashadha and Bharni. Its Vimshottari Mahadasha period is the longest and lasts for 20 years.

It represents wife in the horoscope. It is the significator of marriage for men. The placement of Venus in the horoscope predicts about the married life and sensual pleasures of the native. Its favorable placement bestows the native with support from the wife, physically as well as emotionally. The success or failure in the love affairs is also determined by Venus. Well placed Venus provides physical satisfaction while ill placed Venus forces the native to indulge in sex by using wrong means and with partners other than the spouses.

The professions ruled by Venus are tours and travels, hotels and restaurants, entertainment and cinema, beauty and cosmetics, garments, photography, perfume and fragrance industry, paintings and other creative fields.

A well placed Venus in the horoscope makes the person attractive and charming. It provides affluence, luxuries, good intellect, artistic talents, smooth married life and association and favors from the opposite sex. The native has interest in wearing perfumes, good clothes and accessories. If Venus is ill placed or afflicted, it takes away the gloss from the physical outlook of the native. It may disturb the married life or makes the native over-indulgent in sense gratification. It rules over the body parts like sex organs, semen, reproductive system, kidneys, cheeks, chin, throat and eyes. The ill placed Venus causes diseases like impotency, genital problems, bed wetting, hormonal problems, indigestion, loss of appetite, eye diseases, pimples, skin complaints and sex-related diseases.

Remedies for Venus
Its precious gemstone is diamond.
A person should respect females to propel the ill effects of Venus.
Fasting on Fridays is another way to please Venus.

Venus Mantra
Om Dram Drim Droum Sah Shukraya Namah


The Commander-in-Chief
Mars is the action star of zodiac screen. It denotes bravery, confidence and fighting spirit in the native. It gives aggression, administrative skills and an ability to strategize better. It rules over anger and sexual instincts. It is a malefic planet and represents south direction, red color and Tuesday.

Mars owns the Aries and Scorpio signs and rules 1st and 8th Houses. It gets exalted in the Capricorn at 28 degrees and gets debilitated in Cancer at 28 degrees. It stays in one zodiac sign for approximately 45 days and completes one orbit cycle in 1.5 years. It rules over constellations Mrigshira, Chitra and Dhanishta. It is friendly to Sun, Moon and Jupiter. Its enemy planets are Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. It’s neutral towards Mercury and Venus. It represents the younger siblings of the native. Its Vimshottari Mahadasha period is of 7 years.
Mars stands for professions like defence and security forces, engineering, real estate and surgeons. If it’s associated with the 1st House or its lord, it makes the person energetic and buoyant. Mars gives favorable results for the natives with Cancer or Leo ascendants. Aries show their aggression from the front while the Scorpio ones tend to work aggressively from behind, by maintaining low profile.

Mars plays a very important role in the marriage of a person. The importance of Manglik Dosha is overtly stated. This Yoga is formed when Mars is in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th Houses of the horoscope. The people with this Yoga are advised to marry the person whose horoscope has same characteristic.

If it is strongly placed in anyone’s horoscope, it makes the native become a sort of commander in the profession. It pushes one to do physical exercise or gymming to remain fit. The native is able to peep inside the minds of other people and is proficient in reading their psyche. The energy of Mars can be constructive and destructive at different times. It is responsible for the initiation of wars and accidents. It is the controller of arms and ammunition. It rules the bone marrow and red blood cells in the body. If Mars is afflicted in the horoscope, it gives rise to blood related diseases, hypertension and impatience.

Remedies for Mars
The gemstone related to Mars is Red Coral.
The worshipping of Lord Hanuman is the supreme way to please the planet Mars.

Mars’s Mantra
Om Kram Krim Kroum Sah Bhaumaya Namah


The Prince and the Planet of Communication
Mercury is the smallest and youngest planet of the solar system. It represents the qualities like intelligence, cleverness, wit and humor. It is the planet of communication and symbolizes the voice of the native. It is a benefic planet and composed in nature. It represents trade, accounts, software engineers, writers, astrologers, teachers and media people. It is associated with Communications and Telegraph departments.

Mercury rules the 3rd and 6th Houses in the horoscope and owns two zodiac signs; Gemini and Virgo. It gets exalted in Virgo at 15 degrees and gets debilitated in Pisces at 15 degrees. It rules the constellations Ashlesha, Jyeshtha and Revati. It represents sisters, maternal uncle and aunt, north direction, green color and Wednesday. It stays in one zodiac sign for approximately 25 days and completes one orbit cycle in 10 months. Its friendly planets are Sun, Venus and Rahu while Moon is its enemy. It remains neutral with Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Its Vimshottari Mahadasha period lasts for 17 years.

It rules the skin, arms, ears, lungs and nervous system in the body. If it is afflicted or ill placed in the horoscope, it gives diseases related to skin, brain, indigestion, stomach, liver, intestines etc. Weak Mercury affects the communicating ability and intelligence of the native. It might create problems related to education, speech and arguments.

If Mercury is well placed in the horoscope, it makes the native well-versed in communication. The native has a soft voice with a slice of wit and humor in the speech. It bestows the native with success in exams and profits in business. Mercury gives logic, reasoning and analytical ability to the native. The researchers receive special benevolence of Mercury. It propels the native to accumulate wealth through ethical means.

Mercury is one planet which gives better results if it placed with other planets. If it is the lord of 6th, 8th or 12th Houses or placed there, it fails to deliver good results. Its association with Sun forms “Budh-Aaditya Yoga”, which adds sheen to the personality of the native and help in achieving professional success.

Remedies for Mercury
Green emerald gemstone is recommended for reducing the ill-effects of Mercury.
Natives are advised to keep fast on Wednesdays.
The worshipping of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna and Lord Ganesha gives relief to the
people who suffer from the bad placement of Mercury in their horoscopes.
Chanting of Sahasranama Stotra pleases Mercury.

Mercury’s Mantra
Om Bram Brim Broum Sah Budhaya Nama


The Queen among Planets and Ruler of Heart
Moon is considered as the queen of the solar system. It governs the heart and characterizes the emotional and sensitive aspects of the native. It is a female planet and a benefic. It represents mother in the horoscope and symbolizes beauty and love. The importance of Moon in astrology can be ascertained from the fact that the zodiac sign of the native is determined by the placement of Moon in the horoscope. The sign where Moon is placed becomes the zodiac sign of the native. The natal chart, with Moon as Ascendant, is given much importance in astrological calculations.Moon spends approximately two-and-half days in a zodiac sign and takes 27 days to complete one orbit cycle.

It signifies the north-west direction, white color and Monday. It owns the Cancer zodiac sign and fourth House. It gets exalted in Taurus at 3 degrees. It gets debilitated in Scorpio at 10 degrees. Moon rules the constellations Rohini, Hasta and Sharavan. Its friendly planets are Mars, Jupiter and Sun. Its enemies are Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. Mercury is neutral towards it. Its Vimshottari Mahadasha period lasts for 10 years.When strongly placed in the horoscope, Moon brings out the best of emotional and devotional traits in the native. It makes the native romantic, intuitive and prosperous. It stirs the imagination and provides calmness of mind.

If afflicted, Moon creates chaos in the mind of the native and brings unknown fears to the core. The native becomes indecisive and suffers from constant mood swings. If seriously afflicted, it causes severe depression to the native and may push towards suicidal tendencies. The menstrual periods of the females are governed by the movement of the Moon. It rules heart, lungs and eye in the body. If badly placed, it may give rise to heart problems, depression, respiratory diseases, weak eyesight, cold and cough.Moon, when placed with Jupiter, forms the ‘Gajakesri Rajyoga’. It takes the native to higher zones of individual excellence. Moon is a watery planet and rules over all kinds of liquids. Its bad placement causes imbalance of the fluids in the body and affects psychological health.

Remedies for Moon:
Pearl stone is worn to counteract the bad effects of weak Moon.
Lord Shiva’s worship is the best remedy to overcome the bad phase during Moon period or sub-periods.
The native should devotedly serve the mother to ward-off the bad effects of weakly-placed Moon.

Moon’s Mantra
Om Shram Shrim Shraum Sah Chandraya Namah