From January 2016 onwards, both Jupiter and Rahu would share the sign of Leo. While Jupiter has been in Leo since mid of 2016, Rahu will transit into Leo towards end of January 2016. This combination will exist till mid-August. Also, since Jupiter will be transiting out of Leo in forward direction and Rahu will be crossing Leo in reverse direction, the difference in degrees between them will be very less.
This combination of Rahu (and Ketu) and Jupiter is called as Guru Chandal yoga (GCY). This is an interesting yoga because the Guru, who is divine wisdom in a planetary form, shares the space with the master of disguise and guile and the demon himself who made a fool out of devas and stole their nector. Many believe this combination to be extremely bad for Jupiter as Rahu could supposedly poison the good and beneficial nature of Jupiter. In this article, I will concentrate more on Rahu & Jupiter combination rather. I will deal with Ketu and Jupiter combination in another article.
Since both Jupiter and Rahu have 5/9 drishtis apart from their usual degrees, Guru-Chandal yoga can be formed not just due to conjunction and position in one house, but by mutual 5/9 position too. The results can be considered similar to exact conjunction. When Rahu and Jupiter are conjunct, the combined influence of 5/9 drishtis of both the planets stimulates the other houses.
Rahu and Guru coming together can be interpreted as lessening the benefic nature of Guru. On the other hand, the association of Rahu with the teacher of devas reduces the malefic nature of Rahu. Rahu as chandal is not antisocial, it is just out of society and social framework. Rahu is unconventional. Its shadowy nature is under check with Jupiter aspects Rahu or influences Rahu in any other respect.
The materialistic nature of Jupiter is amplified when it comes together with Rahu. The person becomes more focused and centered on the aspect denoted by the house they occupy. Again, as mentioned above, unless Jupiter itself is malefic in the chart, please do not automatically predict adverse results. In Vedic Astrology, apart from denoting conventional wisdom, Jupiter is also the significator of material prosperity. This quality is exaggerated when Jupiter associates with Rahu.
In two houses, GCY can actually give very positive results. In Ascendant, free of other malefic aspects, this combination can indicate a successful person, who would be capable of running a large business. There would always be insinuations against this person, but this person would above that criticism and will not allow it to affect his mind. In 11th house, this is a good combination for money and the person will gain by being crafty and imaginative about gaining money. In 2nd house, without other malefic aspects, this would make a person glib talker and a magnificent presenter. In other artha houses, this is a good combination for making money as well.
This becomes a dreaded combination when Jupiter is under other malefic influences:
This is not a good combination to have in 5th house, where it causes problems with children. The reason is that Guru’s placement in 5th house is anyway associated with “karko-bhavo-nashate” and Rahu’s presence intensifies the conflict with children. It is a good combination for intelligence though. This combination stands out in the 5th house in horoscope of Alois Alzheimer who identified the disease/case of dementia that still bears his name. Jawahar Lal Nehru’s horoscope shows Jupiter closely conjunct with Ketu and hence opposite Rahu. This combination in 6th house indicates that Nehru was able to defeat a formidable enemy, the British Raj itself. Nehru was not really a religious person too, unlike his mentor Mahatma Gandhi, who took pride in his Hindu identity. Jude Law, who is a famous British actor, has this combination in 2nd house. Among other Indian figures, Bal Gangadhar Tilak had this combination in 9th house in Jupiter’s own sign Pisces. His Jupiter and Moon are almost conjunct and Rahu is a little away. He was extremely innovative with religion and has been credited with the start of Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav and Ganesh Visarjan traditions.
In the chart of women, this may cause problems in marriage as Jupiter represents husband and Rahu represents confusion. The women with such combinations may either have commitment issues or be confused about their part in the marriage.
As 2016 approaches, GCY will gain importance both in the Hindu New Year chart as well as in the Mesha Sankranti chart for the horoscope cast for New Delhi for these moments. In my humble opinion, the malefic aspects of GCY will be magnified and will affect the country in a negative way. In one horoscope, GCY is in Ascendant and in other it is in 11th house, which are good positions per se. However, the main problem in both the horoscopes where rank malefics Saturn and Mars come together and combination from Scorpio is affecting the Jupiter/Rahu combination in Leo. Although Mars does not have a 10th house aspect, it will still affect Ju/Ra combination through Saturn’s 10th house drishti. Our country is in for some turbulent times next year. I will shortly be publishing the interpretation of both the charts with exact degrees and lot many details. Short summary – flare-ups and accidents are predicted. Mars + Rahu combination is anyway a dangerous one. As I write this articles, I am haunted by the visuals from Paris after the dreadful terrorist attacks on Nov 13th 2015. As of this week in November 2015, Mars and Rahu are almost conjunct.