The Story of Rahu and Ketu Planets

RAHU KAAL also known as RAHU KALAM in South India is a time of day which is considered very inauspicious for any good work. Also, it is believed that anything lost during Rahu Kaal is never found. There are many beliefs associated with Rahu Kaal.

Rahu Kaal of each day is different, in other words, Rahu Kaal is different on each day. Also, it varies from place to place. Rahu Kaal is calculated on the basis of SUNRISE & SUNSET. In this article, I will teach you how to calculate Rahu Kaal on your own.

Rahu & Ketu are responsible for Kaal Sarp Dosha in Kundli


1) Find out the time of Sunrise & Sunset at your place for a particular day.

2) then calculate the time between Sunrise & Sunset. Suppose the Sunrise on Monday in your place is Sunrise at 5:58 am & Sunset at 8:14 p.m. It means the duration between Sunrise & Sunset is 14 hours & 16 minutes ( 856 minutes )

3) then divide the time by 8. For, e.g.,) divide the above obtained minutes by 8 & it will come to 107 minutes.

4) Now remember that Rahu Kaal is never in the first period of any weekday. Meaning it is never just after Sunrise. From Monday to Sunday, the period of Rahu Kaal is.








5) So if in your place on Monday the Sunrise will be at 5.58 am & will set on 8.14 pm then the Rahu Kaal on Monday will be from 7.45 am to 9.32 am ( Rahu Kaal will be for 107 minutes & will be the second period after Sunrise ).

Similarly, if the Sunrise & Sunset is at the same time on Tuesday then the Rahu Kaal will be from 4.40 pm to 6.27 pm (Rahu Kaal will be for 107 minutes & will be the 7th Period after sunrise).


Rahu and Ketu On Eclipses

An eclipse is defined as an astronomical event in which one celestial object moves into the shadow of another. Although any planet or moon can be involved in an eclipse, here on earth our energetic lives are dramatically shifted during lunar and solar eclipses.

A solar eclipse occurs during a new moon when the moon aligns with one of the nodes and blocks the full light of the sun from the earth,

creating a darker daytime sky, and literally shifting the light patterns of the sun.

The shadows that are cast on the earth during this time are a carbon copy of the eclipse above. It is rather surreal and thus associated with psychological disturbances, shadow issues, and fear.

A lunar eclipse occurs during a full moon and has a less dramatic effect on light patterns, but does create an eerie red glow on the full moon. Its psychic effects are unpredictable, ranging from the gift of new insight to the release of repressed emotions.

The North and South Nodes of the moon are the points where the moon crosses the ecliptic, the sun's path in the sky. The ascending node, called Rahu in Vedic astrology, is where the moon crosses to the north of the ecliptic. The descending node, called Ketu, is where it crosses to the south. Rahu is the head of the dragon, and Ketu is the tail.

Because of their ability to swallow the sun (the light of the soul and source of life itself) and moon (the reflected light of consciousness) and then return them imprinted with new information, they are associated with death and rebirth, and thus indicators of karma.

Stories about Rahu and Ketu

There are many allegorical stories about the lunar nodes. In Hindu mythology, Rahu is a snake that swallows the sun or the moon, causing eclipses. According to legend, the asura Rāhu drank some of the divine nectar of immortality. Before the nectar could pass his throat, Vishnu/Mohini cut off his head. The head, however, remained immortal as it had already tasted the divine elixir.

Because of its desire for divine nectar, Rahu is associated with intoxication and is an indicator of obsession with power and fame (immortality). Rahu on a physical plane gives an insatiable desire to achieve, to conquer, and to possess.

Ketu is what remains of the body of Rahu, the headless tail. The lost head symbolizes the loss of the thinking mind. The headless body may also represent an enlightened being who is freed from the thinking mind. As opposed to Rahu's affliction of the mind, Ketu can afflict the body. It is a moksha-karaka, an indicator of liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Ketu can bestow great insight and healing ability, or it may place obstacles that ultimately change how one thinks. It brings spiritual tendencies, asceticism, and non-attachment to worldly desires and ambitions, and it balances the materialistic compulsion of Rahu with its impulse to enlightenment.

There is a terrific modern myth that exemplifies these energies: LOST. Fans of this amazing TV series may recognize the interplay of the archetypal Rahu/Ketu energies expressed in the characters of Jack Shepherd and John Locke. Jack is a Rahu type, whose logical mind brings him success as a doctor, but becomes afflicted with fear, alcohol, and a blinding obsession to get off the island. Locke, the Ketu type, the whose afflicted body is healed on the island, proceeds on the fool's journey by using intuition alone.

The LOST myth unfolds according to the actions and results of the actions of these two men. This dance with their individual, but intertwining, karmas occurs on the ruins of the “Dharma” Initiative. We are never sure who is good or who is bad. Season Finales are like eclipses -- releasing the built-up karma and propelling the characters into a new understanding of reality.

Vedic astrologer Komilla Sutton beautifully sums up the opposing influences of eclipses and the Rahu-Ketu dynamic:

Rāhu Ketu has a twin purpose, one in the mundane life and another in the spiritual life, but it is intertwined, like their shadowy nature. Their actions in the material realm are meant so that we change our thoughts and ideas about what we want and desire. What is darkness to a person enmeshed in materialistic ambitions can be powerful spiritual energy for those on the path of Moksha and spiritual enlightenment?

The nodes always serve opposing purposes – good and bad, lots and nothing, give and take. Rāhu gives, Ketu takes it back. They are no straight rules about them. They operate in so many colours which can lead you to the highest spiritual pinnacle to the greatest financial achievements or vice versa. Furthermore, they can give contrary results. You can never give predictions dealing with surety.

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