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Ketu Role and Importance in Astrology

Ketu, the South Node of the Moon is called "sign", or a "banner" in Sanskrit. If Rahu is the planet of worldly wish, then Ketu is the planet of otherworldly wish or spirituality. Ketu shows the spiritual process of evolution or the refinement of materialization to spirit. Ketu is recognized as a worldly malefic and spiritual benefice, as it causes sorrow and loss, which ultimately turns the individual to god.

Ketu characteristics

The karakas (symbol) of Ketu has directed intelligence, a sign of liberation, index of wisdom, non-attachment, otherworldly significances, fantasy, penetrating insight, derangement, carrier of arms and weapons, invisibility and physic capabilities.  
Ketu's gem is the cat's eye (Lehsuniya). This Graha is of a Pitta, or fiery temperament. Ketu has the last experience of all the planets at age 48, when the soul turns to the pursuit of MOKSHA the pursuit of liberation from this world.

Colour of the Ketu – Gray (smoky)

Nature of the Ketu – Malefic

Numbers as per Numerology governed by Ketu-7, 16, 25, 34 and all those that add up to seven, are governed by Ketu.

Constellation belongs to the Ketu – 

Ketu belongs to Jaimini Gotra, whereas Rahu is from Paiteenasa gotra; hence the two are entirely different entities with distinct personalities but nonetheless are two parts of a common body. Ketu is generally assigned to as a "shadow" planet. It is held to have a tremendous impact on human lives and also the whole creation. In some special conditions, it supports someone achieves the zenith of fame. Ketu is usually depicted with a gem or star on his head signifying a mystery light

Mansions governed by Ketuare Ardra Nakshatra, Swati Nakshatra and Shatabhisha Nakshatra.

Geometrical shape governed by Ketu: -

Earth moves around the Sun are elliptical path Moon revolves around the earth. These two paths mterseet at two points These points are opposite to each other and the distance between them is 180°. These two points are called Rahu and Ketu. The elliptical path of Earth is also called as the ecliptic.

Friendly planets of the Ketu – Venus, Mars and Saturn

Inimical planets of the Ketu –Sun and Moon

Neutral planet of the Ketu – Jupiter and Mercury

Mooltrikon – Leo

Exaltation in the Zodiac – Scorpion

Debilitation in the zodiac – Taurus

The metal of the Ketu – Lead

Precious gemstone – Cat’s eye

Time of wearing stone- It can be worn for 7 years during the Mahadasha of Ketu

Finger- wears after two hours of sunset 

Special features of the Ketu – Moksha

Vimshottari Mahadasha period of the Ketu – 7 years

Well placed Ketu signifies – Spiritual attainment

Adverse Ketu denotes – Arrogance and jealous nature

Represents – Paternal Grandparents

The body parts ruled by Ketu – stomach, lungs, and lever of a human body

Ketu diseases or Ailments by the Ketu – causes enigmatic diseases

Gender of Ketu- Neuter gender.

Planetary cabinet status of Ketu- They do not have any status

The temperament of Ketu- Unpredictable

Element governed by Ketu- Ketu belongs to Agni or Fire.

The primary quality or guna of Ketu- Dull and Ignorant.

Caste of the Ketu- Outer caste, not to be a part of normal society

Direction ruled by Ketu- Southwest.

Positive keywords (things) for Ketu- Idealism, Self-sacrifice, Spirituality, Intuition & Compassion.

  Negative keywords (things) for Ketu- Fanaticism, Eccentricity, Violence, Amorality & Impulsiveness.

Ketu is the karaka or signification of- Ketu for Moksha or Final Liberation.

Substitute gemstones governed by Ketu- Turquoise.

Food and flavours governed by Ketu-Inedible foods of Foul taste.

Remedies to reduce the ill effects of Ketu

To overcome the obstacles and problems caused due to the unfavourable placement of Ketu, the native must chant ‘Om Strim Strim Strim Sah Ketave Namah’ mantra. This mantra is for Lord Ganesha, which helps in getting rid of the negative energies of Ketu. It helps you in seeking the right direction in life

The native must donate ash-coloured clothes, coconut and seven kinds of grains to the poor and needy.

The native should observe a fast on Thursday

Donation of multi-coloured blankets is beneficial

Worship of Ketu

Light lemon lamps in the temple on Fridays and Tuesdays some experts suggest. To reduce the malefic effects of Ketu worship Lord Ganesha. He bestows good and cools Ketu as there is a Vedic astrological connection between the two. Lord Ganesha is for giving moksha which is also connected to Ketu.


Rahu and Ketu do not become combust by virtue of their nearest to Sun as they are shadow planets and they do not have physical attributes like combustion.


Ketu shows electrical objects, Career-related to the computer. It will be liked to software when it mixed with Mercury and hardware when it merges with Mars


Rahu and Ketu, which are not planets under any condition in the true sense, have perpetual retrograde motion. ... Phaladeepika grips the view that a retrograde planet in its signal of debilitation is equal to its occupation of exaltation sign, and that exalted retrograde planets act as though they are debilitated.


Ketu's Aspects – In Astrology, Ketu has 3 aspects just like Rahu and Jupiter. Ketu aspects fifth house from its position, seventh house from its position and ninth house from its position. So, if Ketu is at the fourth house, it wills aspect eighth house (5th house aspect), teenth house (7th house aspect) and twelfth house (9th house aspect).


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