Over the period of time and experience, I have realized that the mean node calculations for retrograde planet are more accurate and coincide better with personal experiences. Thus, based on mean node calculations, Rahu and Ketu have changed their axis on December 23, 2012. However, both the nodes will be in Sandhi (transitory period) for a while and will start showing its effects from Jan 13, 2013.
Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets and are always retrograde, hence they move backwards and give the effects of the plants they conjunct or the house they occupy. As they are slow moving plants and transit through a sign takes about 18 months, their change of signs is considered as a big event. Furthermore, Rahu and Ketu are karmic planets and will usually bring karmic lessons to be delivered or learnt.
This transit of Rahu and Ketu is especially significant as both the planets were debilitated for last 18 months and will thus be out of debilitation. Furthermore, Rahu will conjoin exalted Saturn in Libra, this event is very rare and takes place once in every other century (approx once in 150 years). Last it took place was in 1865, the year American Civil War and Slavery were ended.
This time again, two natural malefics (Rahu and Saturn) are again placed in friendly sign of Libra. Remember, Saturn is also a hard task master and a karmic planet... so its all about Payback, Payback, and Payback!!!
Rahu in general works like Saturn ("Rahu Vat Shani") and Rahu is a friend of Venus (ruler of Libra) and is friendly to Saturn. Here, Rahu will further magnify the qualities of exalted Saturn in Libra and the characteristics of the house Libra occupies. Exalted Saturn will also control haywire nature of Rahu, so the transit will not produce detrimental results but the results will vary and will depend upon:
1. If Rahu and Shani are malefic or benefic in native's natal chart
2. Libra occupies which house in the natal chart and the overall karmic outcome for that chart.
These effects will be intensified if the native is running Rahu or Shani Mahadasha or Antardasha (Major or Sub-Period).
All conclusions of Rahu transit in Libra must be considered from ascendant because it changes faster than the moon's position.
To predict for your own natal chart:
1. Check if Rahu is benefic or malefic in natal chart. If Rahu occupies benefic house (not 6, 8, or 12th houses) and if it is conjunct with benefic lords (not 6, 8, or 12th lords) than Rahu will give positive results.
2. Check if Saturn is benefic or malefic in natal chart and its position in natal chart.
3. Check if Mahadasha (major period) and Antardasha (sub-period) are favorable.
General predictions for each Ascendant (Lagna) sign:
(Note: Here, Jupiter's aspect is not taken into consideration as it is about to change sign in May 2013).
Aries or Mesha:
Ketu will be present in first house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 7th house of spouse and relationships. Commitments in a relationships and business partners. Some problems in legal issues. Take care of your health.
Taurus or Vrishaba:
Ketu will be present in 12th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 6th house of effort, service, health, enemies, shad ripus, debts, and courts. Saturn and Rahu may give confused mind towards aims and competitions however, exalted saturn will also give good results and high rises in professional goals.
Gemini or Mithun:
Ketu will be present in 11th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 5th house of education, creativity, and children. Students will benefit more from this transit. Romantic liaisons will increase which may not culminate into marriage.
Cancer or Karka:
Ketu will be present in 10th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 4th house of house, landed property or current residing place. Natives a Chances of travel and change in residence is possible. Sexual desires may increase and should be kept under control.
Leo or Simha:
Ketu will be present in 9th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 3rd house of courage, siblings, writings, communication, etc. Usually 3rd house transit of Saturn and Rahu is beneficial however, in this case an exalted upachaya house is not preferable. Unnecessary tensions and passive-aggressive relationship with siblings will increase. Siblings may undergo a life-altering event. Post May 2013, Jupiter-Saturn double transit will help mothers who are planning a family.
Virgo or Kanya:
Ketu will be present in 8th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 2nd house of family matters, wealth, speech, diet, etc. Natives will receive sudden gain in wealth through family or in-laws or spouse or lottery. If there are wealth yogas in your natal chart expect to hit a jackpot!!! Ketu in 8th house is not good for family matters and relationships with in-laws and spouse will be strained.
Libra or Tula:
Ketu will be present in 7th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in lagna. Exalted yogakaraka in lagna will be good for native. Many eligible Librans will finally tie the knot and settle down in life. The time is also good for gains through career and business.
Scorpio or Vrischik:
Ketu will be present in 6th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 12th house of losses, hospitals, etc. Change in residence under forced circumstances, sudden loss of wealth and health related problems. Natives are advised to recite Hanuman Chalisa daily as well as light a lamp with sesame oil facing west in the evening. Do not ignore any health related issues.
Saggitarius or Dhanu:
Ketu will be present in 5th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 11th house. Problems in personal life. Avoid any distractions outside marriage. Positive changes in professional life.
Capricorn or Makara:
Ketu will be present in 4th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 10th house. Excellent year for career. Some challenges with senior managers may surface till May 2013.
Aquarius or Kumbha:
Ketu will be present in 3th house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 9th house. Pretty neutral transit for you even though your Lagna lord and co-lord are in 9th house of fate and fortune. Travel will be high. Good time to seek further education.
Pisces or Meena:
Ketu will be present in 2nd house and Rahu along with Saturn will be present in 8th house. Problems in family and marital distress. Natives are advised to take care of their health and avoid any legal hassles. Recite Hanuman Chalisa after lighting a lamp with sesame oil facing west in the evening.
The above is just a general prediction for Rahu-Saturn conjunction in Libra. However, the results will vastly differ based on individual charts and ruling Mahadasha and Antaradasha.
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