Rahu Ketu and Shani


I have a confession to make. I hated Ketu for the first half of my Ketu Mahadasha, every tortuous day of it. And I had good reasons to.

During my Mercury period I rose like a meteor, dominating classrooms and boardrooms with consummate ease. Life was good, I had a rocking career, as a family we were doing well. Gadi, Bangla, Bank Balance, even Maa…I had it all.

Along came Ketu…and the hell broke loose. (Read: HEARTBREAK-HUMILIATION-BLESSINGS: MY KETU DAYS)
I had won at almost everything during Mercury but in Ketu I failed to secure a single victory at any front.

In a true Ketu fashion, my grave was dug by my ambition. Chasing the next promotion, in ended up in a punishment posting, where I was made a scapegoat. I had to deal with string of “Horrible Bosses”. I was working much harder, getting humiliated, and was making less money (yes you read that right).

The “Boy Wonder” of yesteryears, who was always rated as a top talent, had become a nervous clueless middle aged man who couldn’t cope up with the “pressure”. Finally it was too much for my mind and body to take. One evening I was rushed to a hospital emergency room from my office floor. That was the end of my beloved corporate career.

While my career crashed, personal relations did not fare any better. I was stabbed in the back by a few “good friends” I had known for years and had done several favors to. A very close friend insulted me gravely and ended the relationship in such a manner that it took me months to recover from sheer depression of it. Then there were family issues…

So by and large, all that I had in Mercury dasha, career, money, health, friends, relationships, etc. etc. etc….all was take away in swift brutal spurts by Ketu.
Ketu had tormented me to the bitter end…or had he?

People are afraid of Ketu because it represents the below:

Separation: Ketu was born out of separation. Thus it is the Karaka of separation of all kinds. As per my research, while 70% marriages happen in a Rahu period, 80% divorces happen in a Ketu period. No marriage is a happy marriage when either spouse is going through a Ketu period. Engagements break, boyfriends or girlfriends dump each other. Parents throw their children out or vice versa. And on yes, you would lose your friends, most of them anyway.

Death: Ketu rules death, the ultimate separation, the final liberation. Most people lose one or both their parents during a Ketu dasha. Thoughts and attempts of suicide are far more common in Ketu during any other dasha.

Losses: Loss is a dirty word (Sorry Pundit Nehru). People don’t like to lose anything or lose at anything. They would rather win all the time. They have been brought up to “win” and are convinced that they are special and “born to win”. Ketu ends the winning streak and brings them back to realizing that they are not all that special and can actually lose. People hate that. (You would want to burn your copy of “Born to Win” “Positive Thinking” and “The Secret” burns into flames one you are two years into Ketu dasha.)

Unemployment: I am yet to meet a man who has not lost his job during Ketu period. (Even the government employees get transferred). In a world obsessed with career, even the thought of being unemployed scares the wits out of people, especially men as they are taught to measure their worth from their career only. Ketu crashes that.

Ego Loss through humiliation: Like moon, the Karaka of Mind is scared of Rahu, Sun the Karaka of ego is scared of Ketu. Ketu being the ultimate annihilator of ego. Hard knocks of Ketu punch the ego out of men. It often comes through extreme humiliation (I have a 1st house Sun and can personally vouch for this). My intellectual arrogance has been replaced by spiritual humility. And I am thankful for that.

Mind-Lessness: Almost all people in Ketu dasha undergo a transition. Their mind that used to work sharp and clear during Mercury Mahadasha, suddenly starts malfunctioning. There is a lot of BRAIN FOG, confusion, feeling of being lost. They are often unable to put two and two together and struggle at mental tasks that used to be a breeze during mercury. They feel “lost” most of the times. It is like being “somewhere else” mentally.

Disease: A constant headache is a simple byproduct of a Ketu period which most of the people feel. However, in many cases often a disease like diabetes, amputation, sleep apnea, or something else can crop up.

No wonder Ketu gets such a bad press. I have been at the receiving end of this planet and I know Ketu hits hard. It would take next two years of intense research and experience to understand this planet.
In an accidental discovery, I learned about the true nature of this planet, and the more I learned about him, the more I fell in love with him.

Here is my big announcement. Ketu is….….NOT A MELAFIC:

Ketu is traditionally counted among the top malefics, the Big-3 as I call them, the fearsome trio of Rahu, Ketu and Shani.
Out of these three, Ketu period is the shortest and harshest, however, it is also the most spiritually rewarding, if you only know how to handle it.

In a world dominated by Shani-Rahu kind of materialism, Ketu can look like an utter disaster, but it need NOT be.
Introducing the archetype:


If Ketu had been a person, he would have been  a Digambar Jain Monk (the one who has given up all, his family, money, and all his possessions up to and including his clothes, in the search for liberation). The most spiritual and detached of all beings.

Many saints and spiritual seekers who know astrology, actually long for Ketu dasha, as it is the best time for spiritual growth where Ketu can guide them towards the higher and divine and take them to the ultimate path of liberation.



I fought hard to save my job. However, today, my biggest nightmare is to go back to a job.


My needs are more than provided for and my life is so much fun that the very thought of corporate slavery makes me nervous (today I laugh at the pride it took in that job).


Like a bird in a golden cage, we don’t want to come out of our trappings of fake life:

• Our corporate titles (that don’t mean much, one email and you can lose your job),
• Our high salary (which would stop coming the day they automate the job),
• Our lifestyle (living for the weekend only),
• Our relationships (most will last only till the time you are useful)
• Our possessions (you don’t own them THEY own you…EMI is a bitch)

Like a badass Zen master, Ketu shows some tough love and takes away all the unnecessary and useless stuff that has become a hurdle in our spiritual development. And shows us:

Once you have lost that job, ended that relationship, been thrown out of your house, your car has been repossessed, your business has collapsed, your spouse has divorced you; you still survive and realize that you are not a sum total of what you have. You are someone above and beyond every material possession and emotional attachment that you have. You can live happily EVEN without those. And that’s LIBERATING…!

Saints and Avatars have been telling us to be detached and not to fall for material entrapping. But what do we do? We keep praying to them for more money, power, and relationships. Most of the times they are kind enough to oblige. However, Ketu has a different style, and thank god for it.

The headless planet has been compared to the “executioner of God” by yours truly (read here: ). While Shani and Rahu give you some time and space and allow you to somehow manage things, Ketu leaves little option for your maneuvering. He comes swift and harsh.


He doesn’t think (it is headless) and just goes for the proverbial “kill” and is particularly harsh in cases:

• The more you are attached to the material world, the harsher Ketu is going to go on you.

• The bigger your ego, the more humiliation you are going to face

• The harder you fight, the stronger would be the knock out

• Whatever you are most proud of, you are almost sure to lose it.

• One day you would be all alone and realize that there is NOTHING AND NO ONE THAT BELONGS TO YOU.

However, in the long run, people almost always admit that whatever Ketu did to them was for the better.

• The job you lost had become a mindless soul sucker. Ketu made you lose it and brought you to the path of your destiny.

• The spouse you lost was a pain in the life and you were hanging on only for the sake of society. Ketu sets you free to live your life on your own terms.

• The boyfriend/girlfriend you were clinging to was not the right person for you. Ketu did you a favor by ending the relationship

• That toxic friendship that had become and emotional crutch you thought you won’t be able to live without, Ketu takes it away and shows that you would get stronger without it.

• The money power and possessions you madly accumulated, are taken away in a jiffy making you realize that all is temporary and transient. You are better off not clinging to the material possessions. You are something bigger and more divine.


I wanted to start with the title “Managing Ketu” but then that would have killed the whole spirit of this article and would have been anti-Ketu. Management is a very Shani concept. Ketu has nothing to do with Management.

The last place you can hope to find Ketu is a corporate office (barring the time they are firing some people).

Ketu has to be respected and embraced for who and what it is…KETU CANNOT BE MANAGED…IT HAS TO BE EMBRACED…!

Many clients ask me how to handle Ketu and my advice sounds very counter intuitive to them, but then it works, it has worked for me, and many of my clients. So, here we go:

• TWO WORDS FOR YOU: LET GO….!: If Rahu is the go-getter, Ketu is the planet of “Let Go”. People who are not ready to let go of whatever Ketu wants to take away (for their own good, by the way), will get hammered and hammered hard. Clinging to my job landed me in a hospital. Clinging to a relationship that Ketu wants to remove, would make it even more toxic. Hanging on to a collapsing business would take you to bankruptcy during Ketu dasha. You CANNOT swim against Ketu but you can FLOAT with it. Let Go is the first mantra. If you let go of whatever Ketu wants to take away, you would arrive at the shores, cleaner, lighter and liberated.

• DON’T TRY TOO HARD: We have been programmed to “never give up” and “never quit” and “try-try again”, unfortunately this is a foolish advice in most circumstances, especially a Ketu dasha. Ketu in particular hates the man who tries too hard. Ketu being the planet of “Akarmanya” (non-action) has a bias against a man who tries too hard. So people undergoing Ketu should NOT try too hard and GO WITH THE FLOW. In a capitalist society we have live by the “harder I work the luckier I get” motto, however, this DOES NOT apply to Ketu. In a Ketu dasha the harder you work, the harder it gets.

• Take it EASY, will you?: You know why Ketu makes you give up your job, business, and often brings unemployment, he wants to you TAKE IT EASY. Since childhood we all are in the mad rat race of accumulating most toys. Ketu reminds us that all the toys would be forfeited before we go to the grave. He wants us to take it easy, take a break and spend some time on something that matters in the LONG RUN…YOUR SOUL…!

• Spiritualism…Yeah Baby: The best method of dealing with Ketu is to take refuge in SPIRITUALITY. Read a spiritual text, listen to your favorite devotional hymns, meditate, think of the Lord…Praise the Lord…Ketu would be pleased and would take care of your material wants as well. Sounds paradoxical?…well that’s Ketu for you.

• Don’t be ambitious: In the modern world, a man is supposed to be ambitious else he is useless. Don’t believe me, here is my own example. I worked 14+ hours a day and ended up in a hospital. But could not save my job. Finally I let go, resigned and felt relieved. Had little idea of what I wanted to do. But I let go and trusted the Lord. Within months, I wrote an article on guess what…KETU MAHADASHA…which went viral and I have been booked for at least two weeks since then.

Ketu brought me wisdom, knowledge and liberation. Today I am a much happier and freer man than I was ever in my life.

I am no longer a corporate boss, but I don’t have a boss anymore.

I drive an old car, but I don’t have any EMIs.

I no longer move around in suits but I love my T-Shirt Pajama lifestyle.

I am no longer the King of the Hill, but I am not a slave any more.

Thank you Ketu, my Liberator.

God Bless,

G. Vijay Kumar


  1. Each and every word of this article is so accurate that I am speechless and stunned. I felt as if someone had written a precise article on what I underwent last year, which was my Rahu Mahadasha and Ketu Antardasha. Sir, you have brought solace to a battered spirit. Thank you for this beautiful article.

  2. Hello Sir. I completely agree with this article and could relate myself so much to this. Hoping for the better days.

      1. Thank You Sir. I have a doubt. Is ketu Antardasha(Rahu Mahadasha) also as fierce as Ketu Mahadasha? And is Ketu Antardasha with any other Mahadasha is also tough?

  3. This is a fantastic blog. It has been a great help. I am going through my Ketu Mahadasha, the last few months are left. But it took away my Dad, who was the person I was closest to, and this event nearly killed me, my boyfriend who I was going to marry, destroyed my health (injuries, accidents (including one that nearly killed me, illnesses) and has given me some financial hardships, and insecure, negative people. But it brought about my spiritual awakening and has made me deeply spiritual. It is now curing me of my workaholism and teaching me to love myself. So, I understand the need to embrace it, but I also want this period to end.

    1. I can understand your feelings. Accept this as a part of your karma…be at peace with it. This too shall pass.

  4. I agree with you what ever u have mentioned about ketu mahadasha. But in your other articles also others so many have written that situation starts improving in the ending. Still i am running ketu mahadasha Saturn antardasha finishing with in month and Mercury antardasha starting. But no improvement in situation. When you have lost everything thing and no hope looking. My kumbh lagna kundli. Ketu in 8th house. And cancer rashi

      1. I am in the last month of ketu maha dasha.even during the period of mercury antra dasha nothing positive happened as far as job is concerned.i list mine in the ketu- saturn antra dasha.
        I have venus sitting in the 10 house of pisces with jupiter and moon.saturn in the ascedent (gemini).
        Even during this period i dont have clue how my luck will change ad far as my employment is concerned?
        I dont think anything is going to fall from above.
        I feel only a miracle can save me

        1. Hope is what keeps a dead man aluve.
          Its hope of a good shukra and only prayers that has got me through the 6 years and 11 months of ketu md.
          I have read that shukra is only for marital happiness and not for other gains.i have read thst there will be scarcity etc snd not the way people portray shukra md as.is it true

  5. Vijay ji,
    It has always been nice talking to you on phone.i really wanted to read more about ketu from you sir.as you know i am in last year in this dasha.and it has been very hard.more so my son sameer who in in rahu dasha in his teen years.has giving me lots of trouble.even last week i was thinking of commiting suicide as i was alone in the house.nothing is going right, the harder i try,it s gets more harder. After reading this blog,i come to know,let life move on it pace
    Thanks for always guiding me.

    1. It feels soo painful to me I just feel to destroy my ownself and feels Like as if I am a joke and I have no power of own ,I never had such an understanding before ,I often laughf at ownself

  6. Dear Sir, your articles are so deep and insightful! This one in particular makes me feel a bit better about having Ketu in Cancer in the 1st (with Jupiter there as well). I’ve struggled with feeling ‘connected’ to life (or the life that’s expected of me), especially the treadmill of desire that one is required to be on constantly. It doesn’t help that I’ve been in Rahu Dasha for 15 years, which feels like a mental tug of war, a perpetual identity crisis! Thanks once again for creating this website and giving us an alternative to all the fatalism that’s out there. Wish you the best!

  7. Wonderful article about embracing Ketu
    Really demystifying Ketu with true insights
    Although I was born in Ketu dasha so couldn’t appreciate its true essence but its overall effect always resonate in my life..

  8. Very well written. I get aniexty attacks since last six months. I am in ketu mahadasha and saturn antardasha ending in july2019.cant go out of house,i am so fearlfull off worring. I dont hope that my life will get any better. Rest of the ketu mahadash was ok but when saturn antardasha started last year i become so fearfull .will my fear n anxiety go away 14 aug 85. Time 3:14 am

  9. I am going through ketu mahadasa and my one friend who suddenly became my friend when I all the hope to make friend anymore and continuously scolds me that I am soo quite ,lost,inactive and soo on also complains about my confusion and I feel soo painfull once I was not like this during my mercury period ,I was soo bold then but now even people make me understand even their dull logic to me even when I am right I also get quite humiliated and once I tried to convince him that its my dasha running like this and then again I get humiliated and says to me in 2019 how can I believe in all some people bully me also at ,the tough situations once I handled like a hero now I get guided by other how to do what .At the beggining of the dasha I also lost the few friends I had also ended up relationship with the girlfriend ,I also face criticism and fear it now ,soo I found your article accurate but I would like to know what are the remedies

  10. My ketu. Md. Mercury antardasha started last month but still no improvement same problems. Running. My kumbh lagna kundli ketu in 8th house and Mercury sun in 5th house.
    So losing hope of improvement normalising the situation in the last phase of mahadasha or even Venus mahadasha. Doing regular remedies as u have mentioned. Still have some hope after reading your articles on the subject.

  11. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I can’t even begin to describe all the things that happened to me during the Ketu Mahadasa. It has been 12 years since, and I am still recovering from the effects of it. Thanks for an eye-opening and an awakening post.

      1. You are right in saying we all have to carry our cross.but carrying the cross for an entire life time is too much of an asking.Dont you think so?
        But i guess thats what Karma is all about.
        I am intrigued to know whether the under privileged or say the beggers do they have shukra md in their horoscope at all?

  12. Does venus md represent only marital pleasures or does one get to enjoy fortune,fame and good life during its md?
    I have heard that in venus md its only marital pleasure howeverScarcity is going to be there as material wealth are concerned
    Is it true?

  13. Thank you so much sir for writing such amazing articles. Can’t tell you how liberating and comforting it is too read your words. God bless you sir.

  14. Thank you so much Vijayji for this phenomenal article. Every event in my life for past couple of years are spot on with your analysis. Every word in the article gives me a courage and guide through on how I should proceed during the K-R period and upcoming time. It is in fact very liberating when I embrace this MD and feel relieved in presence of god. I now strongly embrace the thought that if whatever I desire comes true than it’s gods wish and if it does not come true than it’s gods will. Thank you so much again.

  15. Thank you for the deep insight about the liberating Ketu. Though in my lifetime I will never go under the MD of Ketu again as I was born in MD of Ketu and AD of Mercury which i have no memory of at all. But I have Ketu in my ascendant which has made me a very detached person.

  16. Namaste Vijay ji,
    I was a Corporate photographer for close to 25 years had an opportunity to photograph like richest man in the world to a peasant on the fields,saw lots of Corporate life and its policies .
    Got interested in Vastu Shastra 20 years ago and recently attended a few workshops on Astro Vastu which claims their is a fix for all Astrological problems.
    Well after applying it during my Ketu Dasha which his still going on has not given any satisfactory results.
    The lesson what was taught to me is that we do not have a choice or escape from the lessons taught by the planets in particular Ketu.
    Currently in Debts,was practising vastu,which has come to a grinding halt as of now.All the Vastu apointments are either getting postponed or cancelled.
    Honestly want to know from you can by applying Vastu. will the Astrological problems be solved.
    I stumbled upon your site this evening and got all the answers for my searching questions, which only you have honestly shared with the people.
    No Doubt you are very Honest. i will be seeking your consultancy soon.
    Stay Blessed

    1. Thank you Deepak Ji for your kind words. I am not an expert on Vastu hence it would not be proper for me to comment on the same. However, nothing in the world can solve 100% of your problems. You have to pay for the Karma. Remedies help you like an umbrella in rain, most of all you know the time by which thing would normalize. So there is hope.

  17. Dear Vijay,

    Thank you for the beautiful article and now i understand Lord Ketu in much better way. I am currently undergoing Sade Sathi (Ending Phase Another 6 months to go) and my Ketu Surya Dasha.

    I was pulling my hair all these days and was screwed in every possible way however after reading your article on Ketu it is becoming much clear and i cannot think of anything else.

    Thank you very much and i know i still have a lot of time for my Ketu Dasha to end but i wont think of it as a bad time however will think of it as a Liberating time.

    Once again thanks a ton.


      1. How about ketu, Jupiter and Moon in 7th house and Rahu, Saturn and Sun in 1st house? I am running ketu-Mercury mahadasha, and venus will start next year. Venus is in second house.

  18. I think in many cases it just a mind game. Basically you psych yourself out. Depending on how the dasa’s are caculated I am either in Ketu or in Venus. I couldn’t tell you which? It all seems very arbitrary which frustrates me to no end.

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