Ketu is not really a planet, but rather a mathematically calculated point in the heavens. Because of its lack of a “body” it represents uncertain, unexpected and unpredictable phenomena. It is intelligent and relates to mathematics and other abstract knowledge.
Wherever Ketu sits in a chart there we will find the sucking black hole effect. It feels forever like a hole into which we tend to want to put more and more of that thing to satisfy it. We cannot get enough where Ketu sits — we feel the lack of that house in our lives very much. Therefore many say that Ketu rules separations, cuts, loses and deprivations.
For the spiritually minded, Ketu is very good, and for the materialistic, very bad. It is good for the spiritually minded because it rules liberation from bondage. When Rahu‘s body was separated from his head, the body no longer was under the influence of Rahu‘s mind, and so was free. Ketu represents the ultimate freedom from ourselves, our spiritual liberation. Ketu is very final in this sense.
In Vedic thought, liberation, called “Mukti” or “Moksha” is considered the highest goal of life. After all our material role playing is through, we are to seek liberation from material bondage and misidentification, and seek out union with God (Yoga means union). So, liberation is the highest goal and Ketu is the “Moksha Karaka” or significator of Moksha in our charts.
When reading astrological books, one must remember that many of them were written, oddly enough, from the materialistic viewpoint. Indeed, today also, many people who are into astrology are into it for reasons of bettering their material positions, or finding out just how good their life (here on Earth) is going to be. Therefore, the books often say that Jupiter is the highest benefic. However, spiritually minded astrologers know that, in terms of real spiritual development, Saturn is above Jupiter and Ketu is above Saturn. Jupiter rules Wisdom, but Saturn rules Truth, yet Ketu rules Moksha, the highest achievement of all. So, Ketu is the most spiritual planet, with Saturn being next in line, and Jupiter takes third place.
Ketu signifies: Loss, liberation, perception, wisdom, lack of confidence, negation, self doubt, fantasies, confusion, indecision, illusions, drug addiction and alcoholism, psychic influences, fire, injury, death, spiritual insight.
|Ketu (S. Node)|
|Sign of Exaltation||Scorpio|
|Sign of Debilitation||Taurus|
|Houses of Aspect||1 and arguably 5, 7, 9|
|Directional Strength (DigBala)||12th House|
|Directional Weakness (asleep)||6th House|
|Enemies||Sun, Moon, Saturn, Rahu|
|Period in a Sign||1.8 years|
|Medical Astrology||Psychic disorders, radiation diseases, cancer, surgery and malpractice|
|Main Signification||Death, spirituality, detachments, outcastes|