Ketu, the South Node of the Moon
means a "sign", or a "banner" in Sanskrit.
is the planet of worldly desire, then Ketu is the planet
of otherworldly desire, or spirituality. Ketu represents
the spiritual process of evolution, or the refinement of
materialization to spirit. Ketu is considered a worldly
malefic and spiritual benefice, as it causes sorrow and
loss, which ultimately turns the individual to god.
The karakas, or indicators of Ketu
are focused intelligence, indicator of liberation,
indicator of wisdom, non-attachment, other worldly
interests, fantasy, penetrating insight, derangement,
carrier of arms and weapons, invisibility and physic
Ketu's gem is the cat's eye. This
Graha is of a Pitta, or fiery temperament.Ketu has
the last maturity of all the planets at age 48, when the
soul turns to the pursuit of MOKSHA the pursuit of
liberation from this world.
Ketu is often depicted with a gem, or a star on his head,
which emits a mystery light. Ketu is said to be a member
of the Jaimini lineage of sages, who founded one of the
several systems of philosophy of ancient India. There are
wonderful myths associated with Rahu and Ketu.
The Nagas of Vedic lore is serpent like, semi-divine
beings, which offer knowledge, protection, as well as
wrath and retribution to those they encounter. The forked
tongue of the serpent's bite represents intoxication, the
first being poison, resulting in dementia, the second
being amrita, or spiritual nectar, resulting in ecstasy
and divine consciousness.
|KETU AS SEEN IN TEMPLES
There is a
myth in the Puranas that tells of the God Vishnu
dispensing AMRITA, the nectar of immortality to the Devas.
While Vishnu was dispensing this amrita, a demon, Rahu
mingled with the Devas and was receiving the amrita when
the Sun and the Moon discovered him.
With the luminaries calling alarm, Vishnu threw his discus
at Rahu and cut off his head. But, Rahu had already drunk
the Amrita and now remained an immortal head,
disassociated from an immortal body.
There is much lore and mystery surround the Moon's Nodes
in Vedic myth, and they are considered of paramount
importance in chart interpretation. In fact, in assessing
planetary power, the only Graha that is more powerful than
the Sun is Rahu, the North Node of the Moon, because of
his ability to swallow the Sun during a total solar
Ketu brings prosperity to the
devotee's family, removes the effect of snakebite and
illness arising out of poisonous matter entering one's
body He grants good health, wealth, cattle and all around
Lunar and solar eclipses are said to
occur because of Rahu and Ketu.