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Importance of Rahu the Shadow Planet in Vedic Astrology

  • Posted by: Abhishek Soni
  • Category: All About Astrology, Nine Planets in Astrology, Planets in Houses

As discussed in my previous article, the importance and significance of nine planets, which is also known as Nav Graham in Vedic Astrology or Hindu Mythology.

The interesting fact and aspect of Vedic Astrology signifies that among nine planets seven planets have their physical existence and rest of the two planets that is Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets.

Rahu and Ketu do not have physical shape and existence and act as shadow planets in any native birth chart or horoscope. Even though Rahu is considered to be most powerful and dirty planet in Vedic Astrology.

Rahu and Ketu are considered as intersection pointers in the sky which is termed as north or south lunar nodes. Rahu is powerful planet which aspects malefic effects such as long chronic diseases indicates laziness, delays, hurdles and even cause of death sometimes in the horoscope.

It rules jails, thieves, cruel thoughts, court cases, enemies, snake, poison and even deals with isolated directions.

Invisible planet Rahu is the strong enemy of Sun, Moon, and Mars and not allocated any zodiac sign. As per Vedic Astrology science Rahu is exalted (means uccha in Hindi) in Taurus Zodiac Sign where as it is debilitated (neecha in Hindi) in Sagittarius zodiac Sign.

Neutral planet to Rahu is Jupiter. Friendly planets of Rahu includes Mercury, Venus and Saturn. Rahu stays for 18 months in Zodiac Sign. The Nakshatra ruled by Rahu are Adra, Swati and Shatbhisha. Mahadasha of Rahu exists till 18 years in any zodiac sign

At present, Rahu is in Cancer Sign and Ketu is in Capricorn sign till 2019 which has different impact on all the 12 zodiac signs. Well placed Rahu in any horoscope specifies prosperity, good health, wealth and position, power or authority. If adversely placed, then it will result arrogance, diseases and fights.

Let us try to study the impact of Rahu in different houses in any birth chart of native

House Number


Impact /Effects
1 If placed in first house, then native will be clever and will receive unexpected wealth. Person will be short tempered. Power and Authority will be hall mark.
2 If placed in second house native will find difficulty in terms of income gains.
3 If placed in third house native will be positive thinker and intellectual person and will have health source of income.
4 Rahu placed in this house is not good sign for native as it is the enemy sign and will bring malefic results.
5 Natives should be careful in terms of Pregnancy. Otherwise native will be very good in terms of personality
6 This house indicates death, diseases and debts. Enemies will always be defeated and natives health will be good
7 Rahu can create health issues in the family.
8 Therefore natives should be careful while driving vehicles and obstacles in the life are observed.
9 Person will be spiritual and religious.
10 Person will be hardworking and will rise significantly  in his career ladder
11 Native will earn good wealth during any mahadasha of Rahu
12 Natives  have to suffer more in personal and professional life



Author: Abhishek Soni

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