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  • Writer's picturePamela McDonough

Rahu and Ketu Change Change Zodiac ♈️ Signs ♎️ : What's Ahead for the Next 18 Months


Rahu and Ketu change signs on average every eighteen months.


Their movement is significant because whichever signs the nodes of the Moon are transiting through, the eclipse patterns follow!


And where the eclipses occur, potential for change follows. Beyond the four eclipses the lunar nodes also can create change when they come into contact with other planets or transit through nakshatras that are active in your birth chart through the Vimshottari Dasha system. I have indicated the dates and when specific nakshatras will be active below.


Aries, Leo and Sagittarius rising will feel the energies of Rahu more than the earth, air and water signs for the next 18 months. There may be significant influences to relationships for Aries, Aquarius and Gemini during this time, too.

More on influences by rising sign in part two of this article, coming late March.

This article has four sections:


Rahu and Ketu in Astronomy

Rahu and Ketu are chaya grahas or shadow planets.


They do not have physical bodies like Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.


Rahu and Ketu represent astronomical points that intersect between the Sun's apparent orbital path around the earth, the ecliptic, and the moon's orbital path around the earth. See example below.

The Significance and Meanings of Rahu and Ketu in Vedic Astrology

Rahu and Ketu are perceived differently in Vedic astrology than they are in western astrology. They are embodied beings that were once one entity instead of two.


There are many stories about Rahu and Ketu and the great churning of the ocean to extract the amrita, or nectar of immortality. You can find many of these stories available online if you are interested.


An Excerpt About Rahu and Ketu from my Book, Vedic Astrology for Beginners:

Rahu and Ketu are always opposite one another in the horoscope and by transit. Serpents in astrology are depicted as wise, and these two are no exception to the rule as they are considered to have dhi, or great wisdom.


Rahu is extremely intelligent and very hungry for material objects. It is very difficult for him to feel fulfilled.


Rahu does have a mouth and no stomach, after all! Rahu represents unfulfilled desire from a previous lifetime and is said by some to be the reason for our birth in this lifetime.


Together Rahu and Ketu create what is called the karmic axis in the birth chart.


Rahu is a very revolutionary planet, and when it is placed with a strong Venus in a supportive house, it can give tremendous artistic capabilities.


Ketu, on the other hand, can be very spiritually oriented and intuitive; remember, he doesn’t have a head to be mentally inclined, or a mouth to create desires. The placement of Ketu in the birth chart is said to be where we were most comfortable in the previous lifetime.


Read more in my book available here.



Lunar Eclipse Dates to Note for 2022

I will give more details on the eclipses toward the end of April, but for now be sure to mark these dates on your calendar! Eclipses are not supportive for important life decision or big changes.

  • Apr 30, 2022: Partial Solar Eclipse

  • May 16, 2022: Total Lunar Eclipse

  • Oct 25, 2022: Partial Solar Eclipse

  • Nov 8, 2022: Total Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Nodes Transit Through the Nakhshatras Within Aries and Libra

If you are running main or sub planetary periods of Rahu or the main or sub periods of the planets associated with the nakshatras where the node of the Moon will be lit up and the house and an planets within will be activated in your life.

Rahu in Sidereal Aries

March 17 - July 12, 2022 ▶️ Krittika - Activated by the main or sub periods of the Sun or Rahu

July 13, 2022 - February 6, 2023 ▶️ Bharani Activated by the main or sub periods of Venus or Rahu

February 7, 2023 - November 28, 2023 ▶️ Ashwini - Activated by the main or sub periods of Ketu or Rahu

Ketu in Sidereal Libra

March 17, 2022 - September 23, 2022 ▶️ Vishakha - Activated by the main or sub periods of the Jupiter or Ketu

September 24, 2022 - July 7, 2023 ▶️ Swati - Activated by the main or sub periods of Rahu or Ketu

July 8, 2023 - November 28, 2023 ▶️ Chitra - Activated by the main or sub periods of Mars or Rahu

In part two of this article I will be reviewing how Rahu and Ketu can influence as they go through the various nakshatras in sidereal Aries. Check back on my blog in about a week for part two or sign up for my mailing list to be sure you do not miss any forecasts!

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