How does Rahu and Ketu affect people
Rahu (Sanskrit: राहु rāhu m.) Name of a demon, the ascending moon node, one of the 9 heavenly bodies (Navagraha in Jyotisha, Indian astrology. After the whirling of the milk sea (cf. Kurma) the immortality nectar Amrita should be drunk, then the demon Rahu took the form of a deity, to enjoy the nectar. But the sun and moon discovered his cunning and informed Vishnu, who then cut off Rahu's head before the nectar reached the stomach. Therefore the head remained immortal and devours the sun and moon from time to time in revenge Therefore Rahu also means solar or lunar eclipse. The separated body of the demon lives on as Ketu.
Sukadev over Rahu
Transcription of a lecture video (2015) by Sukadev about Rahu
Rahu is the one who is without. Rahita means "without", and Rahu is the one who is without. Rahu is also the name for the ascending lunar node. You can find out exactly what that is on our website, on Yoga Vidya and there you can look up "Rahu" .
There is an interesting mythology about Rahu. Rahu plays a role in this myth, one of the great ancient myths in India, namely the whirling of the milk ocean. And there are so many different variations. There came the nectar of immortality, Amrita. And there was a demon and he took the form of a god and wanted to steal the nectar of immortality or enjoy it himself.
Vishnu noticed something of this, so he quickly took his chakra, his disc, and cut off the demon's head. And so the demon didn't have a head and therefore couldn't enjoy the nectar drink. However, a few drops still got into him and therefore he could no longer die. And so he became Rahu.
Rahu, like a kind of planet that does not really exist in the physical world, it is the ascending lunar node, as it is often said in German, is treated almost like a planet in Jyotish, in Jyotisha. And there is Rahu and Ketu, ascending and descending lunar nodes, a complicated story. So, Rahu, literally "the one without anything", Rahu - "the one without a head", Rahu - "the ascending lunar knot". More about all of this and many other aspects of Indian mythology and about each of these heavenly bodies, on Yoga Vidya.
Different spellings for Rahu
Sanskrit words are written in Devanagari in India. In order for Europeans to be able to read this, Devanagari is transcribed into Roman script. There are various conventions on how Devanagari can be transcribed into Roman script. Rahu in Devanagari is written "राहु", in IAST scientific transcription with diacritical marks "rāhu", in Harvard-Kyoto transcription "rAhu", in Velthuis transcription "raahu" , in modern Internet Itrans transcription "rAhu".
Rahu in Indian astrology Jyotisha
Rahu is a demon in Vedic astrology, it is not really a planet. He has immense importance in Indian astrology, Jyotisha.
Rahu is an intelligent concept peculiar to Indian astrology. The two knots where the orbits of the earth around the sun and those of the moon around the earth intersect are called Rahu and Ketu.
"Ardha-kayam maha-viryam chandraditya-vimardanam simhika-garbha-sambhutam tam rahum pranamamy aham"
This verse praises Rahu, it says that the devotee, bowing to Rahu, praises the famous Simhika-born warrior who even splits the sun and moon in half.
Rahu's origins in Indian astrology
Rahu is not mentioned in the ancient writings of Vedic astrology. His name first appears in the great Mahabharata epic, where the whirling of the milk ocean to win ambrosia is described. Ambrosia is the elixir of immortality and is called 'Amrita' in Sanskrit. Rahu was the son of Danava Vipracittis and Simhikas. The Danava or Rakshasa Maya, a famous architect and magician, was his brother.
Myths about Rahu
According to myth, Vishnu invited the gods, but only them, to drink the nectar of immortality that he had extracted by whisking the ocean. Rahu disguised himself as a god and drank the nectar, sitting between the sun and moon gods. Vishnu therefore cut off his head. Since the nectar had now reached Rahu's neck, the head survived while the rest of the body crumbled to ash. Since then, both planets have been eager to take revenge on the sun and moon by constantly causing lunar and solar eclipses.
Effects of Rahu
Rahu is valued as Shudra graha, who rules people who are uneducated and uneducated. In horoscopes, it is considered an unfavorable planet, representing thieves, witches, poison, magicians, snakes, prisons, spies, criminals, cemeteries, terrorists, etc. People who practice occultism, especially black magic, are very influenced by this planet. Rahu is similar to Saturn in its effects.
Rahu is instinctive and animal in nature. He craves pleasure and is never satisfied with what he has. Fame, political success, money, and physical attraction are bestowed on this planet.
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