One of the major flaw and/or drawback, in analyzing a horoscope, is using generalized concepts for concluding the results. And, the commonly spread inauspicious planetary combinations and/or dispositions are mostly ill-treated as well as misunderstood. Some of these are related with Nodes i.e. union of planets with Rahu and Ketu. In this article, I will be taking the Saturn + Rahu union and will try to explain a bit about it for the benefit of the reader.
The most common myth about this union (Saturn + Rahu) is that this union destroys the house occupied by it; and that the best placement for this union is in third or sixth house. Actually, this issue also came up in recent past, when I was doing the analysis for some person; and he was quite worried about the union of Saturn + Rahu in the horoscope. And, this also prompted me to write this article.
First of all, one must avoid generalizing things and try to consider every planet as per its nature for the specific Ascendant/Lagna. Planets and their union delineate results as per their nature, strength and potency. If, both Saturn and Rahu are auspiciously disposed; the union is supposed to give auspicious and good results for the horoscope. And, in order to accurately ascertain the auspiciousness and potency of a planet we have to see its lordship and placement in Lagna/Ascendant as well as in Navamsha Chart.
Rahu is a shadowy planet; and primarily gives results as per the lord of the zodiac sign occupied by it. And, in general, it (Rahu) is considered similar to Saturn. Therefore, while analyzing the union of Rahu with Saturn; the main focus should be on the nature of Saturn for the specific horoscope. Like, if the union is taking place in Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn or Aquarius Ascendant; the chances of it being auspicious are more prominent, specifically if Saturn is well placed, safe from combustion and not occupying the zodiac signs of Sun, Moon and Mars.
Following example charts may be useful for more clarity on this.
In this vedic astrology birth chart, Saturn rules over sixth and seventh houses; and, therefore, it is not an auspicious planet for the nativity. Saturn is also not friendly with Ascendant lord Sun. The union of Rahu with Saturn is in the eleventh house, wherein Rahu is occupying the zodiac sign of Mercury. Despite the negative nature of Saturn for Leo Ascendant; Saturn’s placement in the zodiac sign of friendly planet Mercury proved auspicious for the attributes of eleventh house i.e. finance. Being placed in the zodiac sign of Mercury, Rahu is also working in support of Saturn. This union of Rahu + Saturn is also receiving aspects from Mercury and Mars (Yogakaraka planet for Leo Ascendant). In the Navamsha division, Rahu is exalted, while the Saturn is occupying its own zodiac sign (Aquarius); and this is further adding to the strength and potency of both these planets. Unlike the commonly followed observation about the union of Rahu + Saturn (that this union destroys the house occupied by it) – this union has blessed the native with good financial success in his profession. The chart belongs to famous Scottish Actor Kenneth Cranham.
This example horoscope belongs to famous American drummer, musician and songwriter John Paul Densmore . As we can see, the Ascendant is Libra (ruled by Venus); and the Saturn + Rahu union is taking place in the ninth house of his Lagna Chart. Tenth house lord Moon has also joined the union; and, the planets Mars, Mercury and Venus are casting their aspect on this union of Rahu with Saturn and Moon. Therefore, against the commonly prevailed and generalized concept of the Rahu + Saturn union; the native has very reasonable success in his professional career, specifically when he was running under Saturn’s Mahadasa.
This vedic astrology birth chart belongs to famous American celebrity Kate Hudson. The Ascendant is ruled by the Moon; and Saturn is having union with Rahu in the second house of her Lagna Chart. The nature and role of Saturn is not considered positive for Cancer Ascendant; and therefore, the union of Rahu + Saturn in second house is not much desirable. The lord of second house Sun is, however, exalted and strong placed in tenth house. While determining the damage, caused by inauspicious planetary placement in a specific house; the strength and disposition of the lord of that very house should also be given due consideration. As in this case, the union of Rahu + Saturn is not auspicious for the second house, specifically when there are no auspicious planetary influences on this union. However, due to strength of second house lord (wherein the union is taking place) as well as other supportive planetary dispositions, the harm is diluted. But, still, the overall significations of second house are weak and vulnerable; due to which, the native (Kate Hudson) faced problems in her family life.
This example horoscope belongs to Sandra Rohzon, an American Astrologer. Saturn rules over first and second houses of her vedic birth chart; and, the union of Saturn with Rahu is taking place in the sixth house. The planets Sun, Mars and Mercury are having their aspect on this union; of which, the aspects of Sun and Mars are not supportive. Her son was physically challenged; and, she faced problems on both family and financial fronts. And, against the common perception of the union (Rahu + Saturn) being good in the sixth house; it was the placement and the planetary influences on the union which proved correct.
I hope the avid readers are benefited by this article.