In Vedic astrology, Ketu is a planet that doesn’t have a physical existence and yet has a very strong and dynamic influence over all of us. Both its role and importance lies in its position around the moon, according to the belief of Vedic astrology. It lies on the south node of Moon’s axis. While the north node on the Moon’s axis is where Ketu’s sibling planet, Rahu, is present.  Both Rahu and Ketu are known for resulting in unexpected and sudden outcomes. They are said to be the part of the same demon and both are linearly present to each other, i.e., at 180 degrees to each other. 


Defining characteristic of Ketu. 

Have a deep interest in worldly pleasure.

It is in charge of the constellations: Ashwin, Magha and Moola. 

A lunar eclipse occurs as Ketu, Moon and the Sun are in the same zodiacal longitudinal zone.  

The gemstone associated with Ketu is the cat’s eye, commonly known to us as Lahsunia.

Professions that are favoured by Ketu is doctor, magician, astrologer and all the medical fields. 

Ketu stands for reaping the burden of the selfish deeds of our past life, but at the same time, also for moksh and ultimate liberation. 

The mahadasha for Ketu is about seven years. 

Mercury, Venus and Saturn are said to be friendly planets for Ketu. 

Jupiter has a neutral relationship with Ketu. 

Ketu has a relationship of enemies with Sun, Moon and Mars. 

Ketu signs and its nakshatras. 

As stated, Ashwini, Moola and Magha are Ketu’s Nakshatras. Cancer and Leo are said to be the enemy signs for Ketu. While the friendly signs for Ketu are Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, Capricorn, as well as Pisces. 


Role of Ketu in Vedic astrology.

Ketu’s role in astrology has a lot to do with the spiritual side of a human being. It can cause mental and emotional disturbances. When the afflictions of Ketu are present, the person could have a suspicious and sceptic side. According to Vedic astrology’s belief, its the role is exalted in Sagittarius because it also has a half-animal, half-human body, which is similar to Ketu himself. Though the biggest misconception around Ketu is that its effect is more focussed on the negative aspects of one’s life, but it can be just as beneficial as malefic it can be. Ketu’s main job, as per beliefs, is to make one aware of their existence, make them more spiritual and present at the moment. 


Importance of Ketu. 

In Vedic astrology, Ketu receives a lot of importance. People try to escape the effects of Ketu, fearing a life full of struggles. But despite all that, the effects of Ketu cannot be removed completely, because it exists in our spiritual side.

To attain full spirituality, a person needs to undergo all that Ketu has to offer, good or bad. 

Ketu is not only about malefic effects. It has a lot of blessings to offer. But when a human disregards these blessings, they ought to experience a lot of confusion, feeling of detachment and loss of understanding. They struggle in comprehending most of what goes on around them. 


Based on the position of Ketu in the houses, its effects can be determined as Malefic or benefic. The most common of them are as follows.

Malefic effects of Ketu. 

Substance abuse and addiction. 



Low self-esteem.

Bad career prospect. 

Eccentric behaviour. 

Financial instability. 

Cannot master anything specifically.

Health and hygiene troubles. 

Mental disorders. 

Emotionally unstable. 


Fast to jump to conclusions. 

Benefic effects of Ketu. 

High imagination.

Financially stable and even powerful. 

Successful business. 

Full of knowledge. 

Kind, helpful and charitable. 

Good orators. 


Natural radiance and charismatic personality. 

Great leaders. 

They give more to the world than take.