|RAHU - THE DRAGON'S HEAD
The North Node of the Moon is called
RAHU in Vedic astrology and the South Node is
called KETU. They are called dark or shadow planets,
because of the Nodes' association with the phenomena of
They have no sign ruler ships, although they are said to
favor Mercury and Jupiter's signs according to some
authorities, while others claim that Rahu favors the sign
of Aquarius and Ketu the sign of Scorpio. Rahu, the North
Node of the Moon means to conceal, engulf or hide in
is associated with the world of material manifestation and
worldly desire. Rahu is associated with the spiritual
process of involution, or the engrossing of spirit in
materialization. Rahu is a karaka, or
indicator, of worldly desire, fame, greed, high
intelligence, manipulation, obsessive behavior,
foreigners, mass disease, dementia and inertia. The nature
of this Graha is Vata, or Airy.
The gemstone associated with Rahu is
a honey colored hessonite. Rahu reaches full
maturity at age 42. The Puranas describe Rahu as
half-bodied, born of a lioness, snakelike, having a huge
body and being extraordinarily powerful.
The Skanda Purana says that Rahu is instrumental in
strengthening ones power and converting even an enemy into
a friend. The effect of snakebite is removed by his grace.
The lunar and solar eclipses are attributed to Rahu and
Ketu. Rahu and Ketu stay 1 1/2 years in each Graha.