There are some who will say that the moon's nodes (rahu and ketu) are worthless. Others will claim they help. Who are you to believe? It is through pain staking effort and the collec-tion of many charts that i have been finally able to understand as to how to use rahu and ketu. In the horoscopes of several criminals, rahu/mars association will be clearly visible.
Some of the learned authors are of the opinion that rahu and ketu do not solely produce any significant effect and their influence is also minimum. But there are some authors who say that rahu and ketu may cloud the result of a house by interfering with the sun or the moon or both, but they do not work independently. Through the last pages of this book by way of illustration, i have very much proved that rahu and ketu do work independently and work powerfully.
If you have been taught that the moon's nodes have little or no value and you ignore them completely that is your prerogative. If you want to take the chance with your own chart, that is your right, too. How far they are reliable and to what extent they can be incorporated into your methods of prediction will depend on your studies and research.
So far there is not a single book being written on rahu and ketu in india. One of the prime reasons for this neglected area is the lack of available information on rahu and ketu. Many authors have not given much importance to the moon's node's, and whatever scattered information we get from the different authors through the periodicals is not enough to justify as a book on Rahu and Ketu. Then there are controversial statements in the texts and the reader is at a loss to make out which is right and which is wrong.
I do not claim that I have originated the text. I have no hesitation in admitting that I collected and compiled the text from the various sources. In this strenuous, work, Astrological Magazine, Bangalore. India, mostly came to my rescue and my thanks are to those learned authors from whose writings I have taken the advantage of. However, before incorporating them, I have examined and tested them on the touch-stone of experience to avoid erroneous judgement and the consequent disrepute of Astrology and embarrassment and discouragement to the Astrologer.
It is my earnest hope that no astrological student will read and study this book uncritically. In actual fact, the uncritical student, instead of being Astrology's best friend is indeed the worst enemy. Astrology would, at the present time, have been occupying an honoured and revered place among the sciences were it not for him. The principles set forth in its pages should be scrutinised and tested thoroughly, for we do not wish any body to accept them blindly. But they are nevertheless of an importance to be examined by experiments and observations, in order that they may be verified or rejected as invalid.
The book in your hand is the result of my researches and experiments, and I have taken considerable pains to verify the accuracy of predicting events based upon Rahu and Ketu. Start with your own chart first and then thrill yourself with the delight of knowing that even you can count on a bit of luck now and then.
Amongst the salient features of Hindu Astrology is the importance and recognition that is given to Rahu and Ketu', the two Nodes of the Moon, physically non-existant, yet regarded and treated as full-fledge planets. The Hindus conceived the Moon's Nodes as the cross-roads of magnetic influences full of potency and gave them the status of planets in so far their effects are concerned. The real character of the Indian Astrology can thus be said to be dependent on these two shadowy points.
A knowledge of Rahu and Ketu' has existed from ancient times. That is apparent from the known fact that our predecessors of thousands of years ago were able to forecast Eclipses. The names they attached to these points were accordingly somewhat Biking. A monster called the Sergent or Dragon, with little variation of form, was used to depict the general influence of these points.
Followers of the so-called scientific schools have denied_the-significance of Rahu and Ketu' in astrological studies. They have scouted the idea that mere mathematical points, however important, could have any effect. There was no material body there, so how could they influence? In putting forth our defence, we might ask thesis what about other mathematical points such as Ascendant, and Mid-heaven. How can theyaffect anything ? But they still allow the uses of these two points -Ascendant and Mid-heaven ; and at the same time deny the importance of two points Rahu and Ketu, which ancients thought so much, as they have no body.
The Earth itself is symbolically presented in the horoscope in two important ways. One is the position of the Earth with reference to the earth's annual motion and this is given by the apparent position of the Sun. The second is the particular point of space and moment of time when a birth takes place, and this is the ascendant.
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