Disclaimer: This was put as a comment under one of my articles “UNDERSTANDING KETU”. I was so wowed by this that I decided to put it as is is a post for all to read and understand the ways in which Ketu plays out. 

The entire comment has been a copy paste and I haven’t changed even a comma or a full stop. Please read it: 

So precise and accurate. Yours was one of the first article I read when I started my down-the-hill-journey 🙂

I am a very well planned person (always have a plan A, B, C… for everything) but I have been punched in my stomach for my foolishness to assume that I have control over things, that I will make it happen! I learnt how important it is to slow down – embrace – let it be – one day at a time. Most importantly, let it flow. The harder you try the brutal it gets.

I have spent 6 (of 7 years) in Ketu Mahadasha. The last 1 year (Ketu-Mercury) has been very difficult (more like unbearable) – watched my dad over 2 days on life support, lost my grandmother, quit my job (my resignation was a moment of shock + panic for my company uptill COO but my body/health refused to deal with the enormous stress & a loser boss – he wanted me to continue to deliver on shitty projects but also step down on my title (while I was seeking promotion). Lot of out-of-the-way attempts were made by company to retain me – 3 months off, etc. HR emails me once a month to ask if I am back. Apparently, they don’t want to lose my DNA from company) , my home (I live overseas – it was ego/identify shattering moment to pack bags & return), had a heart wrenching break up (What do you do when someone tells you (literally) “I love you but I can’t gather guts to be with you” How do you deal with someone’s coward behaviour, complex issues? Last I heard he still loves me & is still a coward). This all lead to some serious physical as well as mental health issues. I did not know what anxiety was till this all started – every morning I woke up with severe attacks, lost over 12 kgs, I wasn’t able to eat or sleep (no sleep for over a week, sleeping pill failed)

Because I was going through this – my family + some close friends were always there & worried – that made me feel worse. I felt ashamed (how, when, why did I identify my life with a job and/or a relationship),ashamed of my handling (cry like a baby day & night) my confidence hit rock bottom (am I good enough)!I had lost the confidence to make a simple decision in life (like I can never get anything right). I questioned my existence and every decision ever made!

From being the most practical, realistic, objective, happy person (in family + among friends) to being fragile, lost, unhappy (rather depressed – showed hiiiggghh symptoms of that), directionless & always fearful (I remember telling my mother & a close friend – I am always afraid. I can’t understand why?!)

I am now in Ketu-Mercury Dasha. Is life better – slightly. Its not perfect (as defined by society – best job, best partner, best home – whatever the hell best means) BUT it is peaceful! All God’ grace. I still get fearful, low on confidence, fidgety days (you see – when things start to get better after rock bottom – you think – do I deserve this? is this preparation for another downfall?). These are the days when I remind myself – I believe in God. I believe there is something higher/bigger than we tiny human beings. There are cosmic energies taking care of us. I am God loving (not God fearing – there is a huge difference). So in days of doubt/lows/decision making moments – I say out loud “Dear God, Not my will but Yours be done. I surrender all my actions, decisions, emotions, thoughts to You. Guide me through”

Honestly, Ketu is one of the best Dasha to introduce you to reality of life (not society definition, lol). It surely punches you in ways that you didn’t know existed but also gets you out of rat race – brings you to point to define your path by yourself. It ruins you so bad that you doubt if you can ever be that same person or even get back in right state of mind – your identity is in past tense/completely shattered. The only way to come out of it is to let it crash you, let the storm come in – SURRENDER! Pray to God (not like in a barter system – give & take) but seek guidance.

When one is going through such times – they look for something to read or hear that says “its going to be fine, you are not the first or last one go through this” If someone is reading this article or comments here – I wish, hope & pray that God bless you with strength & patience. Know, it will all make sense eventually & you aren’t the first one. You will come out lighter, free, liberated. It teaches you to let go of the idea of “identification” with materialistic aspects of life. What comes comes, what goes goes! Move like a breeze. (These are the things that I constantly remind myself)

Om Namah Shivaye

God Bless,

G. Vijay Kumar

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  • Amazing story of triumph admist challenges. Great lesson.

    I have a question, if you are struggling your life, and then the universe hands you a good hand during your ketu mahadasha; for example a good partner, good job, good standing in society. Is this sometimes a test to see whether you can keep it or not? If you manage it all respectfully then you deserve it, if you don’t then you squander it (because of ego) and learn a lesson? Or is it pre-determined that you will lose it to learn the lesson. Do you have agency.

    Thank you as always for your wise teaching and sharing.

    • usually the “good’ leads to bad in KEtu and often vice versa…the idea is to remain in a state of LET GO…ego lesseness and away from attachments. Let destiny take its course.

  • Hope She finds peace, happiness and Confidence again. Rahu Dasha is not as bad as Ketu but for some people, the ending can shatter one’s confidence and faith in everything. Divorce, loss of job, change of residence. Very drastic, sudden changes. A very turbulent phase. A person always remains in fear and uncertainty.

    Saturn, Ketu and Rahu dashas are definitely difficult periods.

  • Absolutely true sir. I am in the middle of ketu Dasha another 3 and half years to go. Financially he makes you paranoid. It also depends on which house the ketu is placed. If he is labadhyaka he will do it only after first 3 and half years of mental agony ,suffering. Misunderstanding between parents. Separation from them and close dear ones. Worst is my better half is going thru 19 years shanidasha which makes life more miserable and misunderstandings even for smallest things. Only prayers and surrendering to God can sail this period. The more effort u put to get out of the situation it worsens. Just go with flow and there is no choice.
    Other Dasha’s like rahu gives you ailment to body, shani confuses u and makes u make mistake and u r exposed and made fun of. But financially they don’t bother u much. Let mahadasha on contrary has a direct impact on inflow and finances. Whatever plans we make money just flows like water and believe me u can’t stop it. During this Dasha u want to be aloof and don’t feel like having friends relatives etc and u become dump and sit in a corner like a dump for hours together. Complete mind block . Intelligent quotient is tested and u will be proved wrong by others. U will be shamed during this period by any persons who u come across like sweepers,street vendors,covers etc. The lowest form of professions which the society considers.. when u r in helm during mercury Dasha,to digest this will be hard during kethu Dasha.

    Would like to sign off with small suggestion or advise. Kethu Dasha makes u vulnerable and paranoid pl go with the flow and finish your karma. from positive side of angle u will get lot of physical rest. Just enjoy with the flow rather than cribbing. U will realise the value of life and our existence in this world during this Dasha.

  • Hello, my Ketu dasha has being terrible so far (only 8 months to go)… But I just started my 10 year Virgo chara dasha (Virgo is in the 8th house). Will it have a negative affect in my future Venus dasha? What is stronger, vimshottari dasha or chara dasha?

  • Hi sir, my Venus mahadasha started since a few months and i dont see any changes… if feels like it is still in ketu mahadasha is it normal ???

  • My daughter who will turn eighteen in July 2020 is currently going through Ketu (20/10/2013 – 20/10/2020). Though the end is in sight this year, it has been a very difficult phase for her and us (parents) on two fronts – her mental state and studies. She is low on confidence, lot of lethargy, irregular eating and sleep patterns, often taken over by fear of future, last but not the least – a lot of resistance to life (this should not be happening to me), and a lot of emotional baggage. She has been doing very well in her studies till 2017 (class 10), but all of a sudden she lost her intelligence (“head”) and still today she is unable to digest this. As a result she developed a strong allergy to math and science. She runs away from these two tests/exams ! But fortunately she discovered her latent talents which is on the creative and artistic side (of course thanks to Vijay Kumar Sir for advising us !) and is planning to pursue a UG in Design. But unlike the typical description of each antar dasha within ketu dasha, Ketu’s effect on her was harsh post 2017 (when she crossed 15 yrs of age). Before 2017, I as a parent did not witness her Ketu-Venus (hell on earth) while she was in lower classes. She was very normal, nothing unusual. Which makes me think, if Ketu Dasha happens before age 15, it’s effect is almost nil. Or perhaps the other planets helped her somehow till then. But post 2017, when she moved to Ketu-Shani, it was hell on earth for her. Math-Science intelligence just disappeared ! Even now, as per her dasha chart, even though she has moved into Ketu-Mercury, the “intelligent head” is yet to return. Self-Confidence is yet to come back ! So, Vijay Kumar Sir – some more data points for you to think about Ketu dasha effect in young age !

  • My Ketu dasha is going on last year maybe budda antardasha . I lost money in stock market for last 3 years it is getting tough . Dont know how to finish this dasha . Someone told me that stock market and ketu dasha go against each other does venus dasha is good to follow my passion in stock market

    • firs of all i am not a big fan of stock market. It is rueld by the deceptive Rahu…so yes in Ketu you are bound to lose money in stocks.

  • Dear Vijayji,
    I am amazed at the main article you had published and further amazed at this article which shares a reader’s experience.
    I am going thru my last phase of ketu dasha….it ends by april 2020 I think but I didnt know this till now.
    I had my 2nd sade sati going on and whatever issues I faced i thought was because of sade sati (that’s what everyone told me). eventhough some good things happened (birth of a child, moving into a bigger house), the entire period has been extremely down and low. I dont believe how I have lost all confidence and dont know if things will pick up. I thought all of this was because of sade sati till now.
    My ‘superb’ job which I had gotten 7 years back (it turns out it was immediately after the beginning of ketu dasha) turned out to be the biggest issue in crashing my ego and confidence. From being considered a market expert, I have got reduced to having no presence at all, completely ignored. Have lost a lot of money in stock market….money which is to come to me is stuck…..marriage almost broke down during this period….was homeless for a few months (inspite of having my own house which was getting constructed, I had to literally take my family and belongings in my car and live a few weeks here and few weeks there!) 🙁
    one of the main positive things was I became very spiritual during this period….
    After reading your article, I went back and timed a few things you had written and they are so so true (especially the ketu-venus period – absolute hell!!!!!)
    This entire period of almost 7 years has been grounding and has broken down a lot of things for me….am just wondering how my shukra dasha will be from april 2020. I honestly dont think I have the courage to face another bad dasha after the ketu dasha….
    I am a Libra Ascendant with Venus (the lagnesh) in the 11th house – someone told me it is the enemy’s house (Leo)…will Venus give a bad result during it’s mahadasha because it is in the enemy’s house? How will my Venus dasha be?

  • I have been going through a tough time bcoz my ketu mahadasha is going on and it will end on 29 June 2020. I have read somewhere that native may loose his/hers parents in this dasha. Is this true? And is Venus dasha going to be smooth?

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