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Rahu Ketu Transit through Cancer and Capricorn

By Kshitij Sharma, August 28, 2017

Find out how Rahu/Ketu transit of 2017 in Cancer and Capricorn respectively will affect you according to the janma rashi. If I take the latitude and longitude of Mumbai, India, Rahu/Ketu will enter the signs around evening of August 17, 2017 and will stay in these signs for approximately one and a half year till 6th March 2019. These are the dates if we take the “mean nodes” type of calculations for these chhaya grahas. If we take “true nodes”, which represents more wobbling motion, then the dates of transit through Cancer and Capricorn respectively are September 06, 2017 to March 22, 2019.

Rahu and Ketu are mathematical entities exactly 180° apart. Therefore, when Rahu enters Cancer, Ketu enters Capricorn. Both the transits have different effect on the individual as per his/her janma rashi as derived from the natal horoscope. While Rahu and Ketu are exactly 180° apart, it does not mean that an adverse transit of Rahu is beneficial transit for Ketu and vice-versa. Both Rahu and Ketu being malefics follow the rules of providing beneficial transits when going through 3rd, 6th and 11th houses. Other transits are adverse.

The rest of the article will try to delineate how the two transits of Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn will simultaneously affect an individual.

How to read the table: The sign in the first column is the janma rashi or the moon sign. If you do not know your moon sign, please first find it out through the horoscope software application on this page on the website. Subsequently, lookup this sign on the first column and find out the effect of the transit. If the transit is adverse, the necessary remedies to reduce the effects of Rahu and Ketu transits are detailed in the last part of this article.

Movement of Rahu and Ketu through the zodiac is pretty interesting. They are not real planets, but are mathematical points. They both move back in retrogression. Their movement and their mathematical nature is described here in this article on Rahu/Ketu and eclipses.

If there are “problems” indicated in the table below, the “problems” are defined by the location and result of Rahu/Ketu in the chart. If Rahu affects 5th house in the birth horoscope i.e., the natal chart, “problems” will be related to children, speculations and other factors shown by the 5th house. Also, since Rahu and Ketu have special 5th and 9th drishti, there will be some stimulation of the traits denoted by the house being aspected by these two shadowy planets. During this transit, Rahu aspects Vrishchik (Scorpio) and Meena (Pisces). Ketu aspects Vrishabh (Taurus) and Kanya (Virgo). It is notable that both Rahu and Ketu aspect their debilitation sign, which will have negative effects on the houses denoted by these signs.

Also, this article talks about effect of only Rahu and Ketu on the janma rashi. Exact effects that an individual would face depends on his/her ongoing dashas/antardashas as well as transits of Saturn and Jupiter.

Janma Rashi Rahu Transit Ketu Transit General Effect of the transits.
Aries 4th House (Adverse) 10th House (Adverse) Rahu’s transit will affect mother : please need to take care of your mother – in relationships, health etc. You would be inclined to get a 2nd source of income. Real estate transactions will not be very smooth and there will be a susceptibility to getting cheated. You will also need to take care of your own health. Long term diseases start during such transits. Ketu’s transit through 10th house is indicative of disappointment and dissatisfaction at the place of work. There will be detachment from work and you will feel disinterested in continuing to work. You need to keep your ambitions in check, especially while dealing with peers, because you will not be interested in a slugfest with them. You will try to walk away from competition. This does not mean that competition will not try to pin you down. You should fully expect to be pulled out of “comfort zone”, e.g., those at work may get transferred to a new role and those in business may have to deal with an as yet unknown yet fiery competitor. There can be transfers at the place of work and these may take you away from your home environment.
Taurus 3rd House (Favourable) 9th House (Adverse) Rahu provides gains through neighbours, relatives, siblings and you can clear and work out your misunderstanding with them. Short journeys to foreign location are shown. You will be communicating with others with a lot more flourish. You will need to be careful with partnerships and avoid mingling with people of unknown antecedents. At the same time, ensure that you are not being unfaithful with your partner/spouse. You need to be careful with the travels, if they are not planned. Even with the best planning, a plan B will be required almost everywhere. You may lack confidence and be skeptical about everyone around you. Source of money will be squeezed and you will be tempted to take short-cuts. My advice: bending the rules is okay, blatantly breaking them is not. Be careful about your father’s health and how relationship goes with him during this transit.
Gemini 2nd House (Adverse) 8th House (Adverse) Rahu will increase expenses and there can a loss of savings. Think of the situation as you using credit cards and/or breaking your fix deposits to fund expenses, rather than relying on income. You will spend money on acquiring personal possessions. This will affect just not you, but your spouse as well. You will also need to control your speech otherwise things go out of control with respect of the family. Competition at work place will cause problems. Foreign travels will entice you and change of place will be on top of your mind. You will not be emotional about sticking around your family and will be ready to leave them behind. Foreign sources of income will also open up. You need to be careful about hard to diagnose long term diseases. You should also be careful about your mother’s health.
Cancer 1st House (Adverse) 7th House (Adverse) You have bouts of self confidence now and this means that you can be selfish. The tendency is to going to look at yourself first and your family and friends comes later. There will be detachment and disagreements with partner/spouse, siblings and social networks. You can feel the need to be alone.  With regards to relationship with kids, there will be extremes. You can be obsessive about them. This can have a negative impact on the family. You need to be honest about yourself with the family. Do not let your reputation get damaged. There is a chance of lawsuits and expenses due to this. Business partnerships with foreigners will be beneficial. Long distance travel is also indicated.
Leo 12th House (Adverse) 6th House (Favourable) Health will be good overall, but there is danger to feet and eyes. Get yourself a periodic health check package. Stay on top of your finance otherwise debts and expenses will pile up. But most of all, there will be genuine lack of motivation to earn money as Ketu is in Artha trikone. A lot of confusion can come into the mind at work. There is a lack of resolve and desire to deal with enemies, debt and opposition at the place of work. The trick is to focus on self improvement and ensure that you learn for yourself. The transits also indicate change of place. Estrangement from mother as well as health problem to her is also indicated. Those in politics will find it extremely difficult to connect to masses.
Virgo 11th House (Favourable) 5th House (Adverse) Rahu’s transit will make you work with older siblings. This transit opens way for new fruitful friendships and opening up of social network,which will be beneficial in long run. At the same time, ensure that you remain faithful to your partner. This transit can also indicate new sources of income and a lot of initiative on the side. Be careful with investments. Speculation will almost never work. There can be problems with children and father. Communication will become harsh and rude. You may offend others with your language. The transits indicate loss of faith in the higher power or genuine dissatisfaction with religion, father, mentors and established teachings. You will also become cynical and wary of others. You need to establish yourself as a leader yourself after realizing that life is lonely at the top.
Libra 10th House (Adverse) 4th House (Adverse) This transit shows unsettled home life and emotional challenges. Loss through property is indicated. Real estate transactions can cause stress. Success at work will come only after sheer hard work. The expenses would be high and you may try to meet these expenses through credit, which will reduce your savings. You may take loans and get into debt in order to fund for some exotic expenditure for yourself. You need to be careful with short term and long term health problems. Change of place and attraction to foreign lands, foreign income will be high.
Scorpio 9th House (Adverse) 3rd House (Favourable) You will have courage and ability to take on the competition. However, this aggressive attitude can indicate problems with siblings. Short journeys are indicated, but may not turn out to be beneficial. You may not get the desired result. Old baggage from the past will slow you down. There will be lack of help from divine during this transit. You may want to have a go at all challenges alone, neglecting your partner as well as social network. However confident you may feel, it is always important to know that no person can achieve everything alone. Confidence will be high and you may have delusions about your abilities during this time. This is also a time to be careful about kids and not have high expectations from them. Ketu’s transit has Jupiter’s vedha till the time Jupiter is in Libra. Hence positive results will be muted.
Sagittarius 8th House (Adverse) 2nd House (Adverse) 8th house transit shows legacies and gains through inheritance, especially during malefic transits. However, you need to take care of your reputation as well against competitors in business. Change of place is also indicated. You can run into legal problems with land dealing. Marketing campaigns can go against you. Put an effort in taking care of your health to avoid hospitalization. Stack up on medical insurance. Be honest with family members and keep your focus on them. Repayment of debt can be a problem. At the same time, there will be lack of enthusiasm at the place of work. Overall, this will not be the best of periods at work and in business. Be below the radar and unless other transits and dasha periods are favourable, ambition should be kept in check.
Capricorn 7th House (Adverse) 1st House (Adverse) There is a detachment with oneself, which means you will not be selfish, but rather focusing too much on partnerships. Social networks may not be helpful during this transit. Disputes can crop up in the family, but at the same time it can be resolved easily as well. New opportunities in business/partnership will come up, but since this is an adverse transit, you need to be very careful, especially when it comes to dealing with foreigners in partnerships. There can be changes in job profile and the kind of work you have been doing. The source of income may change during this period. Take good care of your kids during this transit. Long distance travel will be activated, but mostly will be fruitless.
Aquarius 6th House (Favourable) 12th House (Adverse) Your health should be focus. Yoga, gym, exercises will help. 12th house transit of any planet is difficult. Seclusion, self doubt, distrust, lack of sleep is a negative trait of this transit. With Ketu in 12th, spiritual path almost always works to remove the negativity. Just be in service of your ishta-deva. Also, there is overconfidence along with ambiguity and uncertainty at place of work. Rahu creates delusions on your own ability to handle anything at the place of work. Make a new beginning and leave behind the baggage in order to progress at work. Rahu’s transit has Jupiter’s vedha, which means that elders, mentors, gurus will not allow progress to happen, if you are not aligned with them and if you go against their advice.
Pisces 5th House (Adverse) 11th House (Favourable) This transit indicates erratic cash flow, but it will never go to zero. The favourable Ketu transit will see to that. However, you cannot gamble with it. Yet, somehow, there will be lack of enthusiasm to earn money. Money will still come, even if you don’t find use for it. Rahu fritters away gains if we do not pay attention to our investments. Stock market and short term speculative investments should always be avoided. You would also feel like doing everything by yourself and that your friends/partners are not fast enough to keep pace with your thinking abilities. There is disenchantment with partners and love interests. Marriage may not materialize. Siblings will not help. Love, gains, worries, pleasure will be driven through children and they will be in focus. You may at times feel distrust and lack of faith in the higher power. But you will have to look at the bigger picture and ensure that logic is given more importance than doubts.

For any of the adverse transits, the following remedies should be followed. Please note that is is just for Rahu and Ketu and are not customized for the sign as such. Specific remedies for the signs are better looked under monthly forecasts section, as the posts there will take care of other planetary transits and suggest better remedies.

  • Rahu: Worship Goddess Durga. Chanting of Durga Chalisa every day will help. As per Lal Kitab, Goddess Sarasvati is the deity for Rahu and She may be worshipped. Donate black mustard (sarson)
  • Rudra-ashatakam helps with adversity caused by Ketu. Worship Lord Ganesha and donate black sesame seeds and banana fruit.


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