Rahu in 4th House and Ketu in 10th House
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Dear ardent readers here comes the fourth in the series of Rahu / Ketu (The Nodes) in 4th House / 10th House, The earlier series on Rahu / Ketu in Signs, also is equally important & worthwhile reading, however care should be taken not to apply these writings verbatim on any chart, as there are many other factors, combinations, aspects etc which need to be studied always before coming to any conclusion, for ease of writing only one gender is used this time
The Rahu in the fourth house gives a cheerful and happy home life, and harmonious relations with the family. The Father, or the marriage partner, occupies a prominent post. Rahu in the Nadir of Heavens is favourable for marriage, and will be a sign of happiness if the Moon is well-placed in the horoscope. It is also a sign of good heredity from the physical as well as the mental standpoint.
The Ketu in the tenth house may be fortunate for material things if the horoscope on the whole is good. It may, however, bring at some period in life serious worries and troubles affecting things in general – losses and damage if the Moon is afflicted.
The fourth house represents the midnight or deeply hidden depth of the personality. This is why it represents the soul powers; what we are in the depths is not what we always appear to be on the surface. In the depth of oneself (home) the inner powers must be released. Not for this one the acclaim of the public and the limelight. He has had it all in the past. He gained from it the sense of power that made him feel his importance as a person. Now he must grow. Through his domestic surroundings, through a quiet withdrawal, and through the wise use of his emotions, he will find fulfillment.
With the Rahu in the fourth there should be a development of the domestic life. He needs to learn the art of going into seclusion. He must be alone with himself at times to develop his own depth of soul, to dig deep and get to the very roots. Possibly, he would have to learn the role of nurturing, helping another grow, as in helping to sustain life. This person would need to establish a home, to care for it and learn what it takes to do this. There may be a problem in connection with a parent, or an imbalance in his love for them – loving one more than the other – or it could give loss of one parent at an early age.
Ketu in the tenth is the extrovert. With this position there is great ability to deal with the public as the person easily understands its needs. This is similar to the Moon in the tenth, but coupled with the innate genius in public affairs. He does not take time to relate on a personal basis because of an inner need for public acclaim. It also can bring disappointment and dissatisfaction with regard to his vocation, bringing in many changes. If Ketu is in Aquarius in the tenth, he can be a leader of unpopular causes. The Ketu here gives a tendency to resist control by others. At its best, the power and success attained in the world must be used to assist others. When the person is able to do this, then destiny for this person will be met. At its worst, when used for vain self-glory, he fails. Here the uppermost thought should be control of selfish desires for ambition and power.
This condition often signifies fairly close relationship with mother figure. At the most, the relationship with mother is closer than with father. For some reason, home or domestication is highly significant in their life. They may or may not like to be family-oriented, but that is the way their life has to be structured. Career is given a second priority in their life. Although they have strong self-displaying ego, circumstances may not give them the opportunity to be prominent in their field. The relationship with parents is that of a deep attachment; and they require a lot of effort to be free from their parental wing. Considerable sensitivity is seen in these people. This individual must learn to overcome the karmic feeling that he is the vital center of all situations around him. He comes into the current life with subconscious memories of a past sense of dignity, which leads him to believe that at least certain areas of life experience are beneath him.
His prior incarnations could have put him in the position of being captain of his own ship, if not the commander of others. As a result, he is used to assuming an authoritative position whenever the weakness of others triggers his powerful need to take charge.
He enjoys the role of protector and goes to extremes in filling his life with those whose very weaknesses put them under his dominion. By so doing, he is constantly testing his own power to stand tall.
This is a lonely position, for here the individual is so concerned with his self-appointed mission that he never allows others to see into his real self underneath. What he shows is a façade or the uniform of the role he feels obliged to play.
In the current life, he goes through experiences which teach him to come down off his skyscraper and make sure of the foundation underneath.
It is in the area of his most highly intimate relationships within his own family that the stage is set for his lifelong battle in an attempt to gain control of his own roots.
Many with these Nodes have one unusually demanding parent whose expectations encourage them to believe that they are truly destined to achieve a position of sitting on top of the world. As a result, they are discontented with whatever situation they are in, for always it falls short of what they feel they were meant to do.
The karmic lesson here is that ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’. The individual must overcome his readiness to forsake what he has for the possibility of attaining what he doesn’t.
So unwilling is he to see himself in a back-seat position that when circumstances force him to do so he may in extreme cases even contemplate suicide; for he firmly believes that without his achieving some great destiny, life is utterly worthless.
This incarnation brings him through the experience of facing the conflict between a career for himself and the demands of his family.
He must learn maturity, for with all his projected strength, power and dignity he is nearly a cripple when it comes to solving his own emotional problems. He must examine his roots, and, after pulling his head out of the clouds of his past, build a practical foundation for his future.
Eventually he learns that his organizing for others is merely a distraction from putting his own life in order.
The relationship established with parents early in life is more important in these Nodes than in any other position of the zodiac. Here the individual will spend much of his life energy attempting to be totally free and independent of his parents, yet always conscious of how much he needs them. Nevertheless, the reaction patterns to life continue to show a definite parental defiance, masking a strong need for parental love.
This soul is at a point in karm where he feels unappreciated for all his efforts. The past incarnation residue is based on achievement for the sake of recognition and appreciation. Now, achievement is to be its own reward. The soul must stop trying to gain audience for its deeds, realizing that the audience will always be there if the deeds are great enough. It is in this process of seeking an audience that the individual tends to lose himself. He must literally transform his fourth house into a new birth of emotional attitudes, learning the lessons that when a man stands on tiptoes he is unsteady.
His life is like the beautiful orchid: a splendid sight to behold when raised and nourished under the most delicately controlled environmental conditions; but once the orchid is prepared for display, it is snipped from its roots, insuring wilting and certain death after a short time. This individual will be faced with the choice of being the overlooked orchid growing in a garden of thousands, or sacrificing his own happiness to be the beautiful flower on someone’s lapel. As soon as he overcomes his past-life need for display, he can start to grow to the maturity he is so desperately seeking.
The sign which contains the Ketu indicates the ways through which he still overemphasizes his importance. The sign which contains the Rahu shows how he can grow to become in substance so emotionally fulfilled that he no longer has to equate his happiness with his soul memory of prior-life personal esteem.
Conflicts: Pleasant home life vs. pleasant career. Worries about career vs. attention to private life. Private doubts vs. public self-esteem.
Possible results of sacrificing Rahu: Loss of dignity. Tendency to insist on getting recognition as boss. Tendency to take on a big daddy façade (no, this isn’t strictly a male trait, even if it’s thought of as a male stereotype).
Possible ways to integrate Rahu: Develop maturity. Use your untapped potential to strengthen your foundations. Examine your roots, upbringing and prejudices for keys to the reasons for your self-doubts. Take notice of your domestic needs.
In the fourth house, there’s a hang-up about developing or growing up when the Rahu is present. This can take the form of excessive self-consciousness, or it can trigger a lust for power, depending on which node is allowed to dominate. In either case, the feelings of inferiority are based on illogical feelings. These are often a result of childhood experiences. Sometimes death of a parent plays a role. Other times the parent’s immaturity or lack of common sense or stability has had a negative impact. Those people who try to fulfill their excess needs for power often complain of lack of recognition and / or sympathy from those who are in a position to offer advancement.
Rahu in the fourth house wants a very loyal family and a home in which he or she will be the focal point and chief mover. Less frequently, this person dreams of developing some sort of powerful metaphysical abilities. Acknowledgement of some sort is a basic dream motif. This is a person of changing ambitions. Usually there are several career interests that are pursued in turn in an almost ruthless way. The dream of acknowledgement is often fulfilled, but the acknowledgement may not be the sort that was expected or wanted.
What tends to dominate is a sense of importance, authority, and decisiveness. You feel that you have a higher social standing than most, and that they should give you appropriate deference and respect. You may believe that certain tasks are ‘beneath you’. You will have an aura of ‘dignified aloofness’ which can distance you from others.
How accurate are these feelings of importance? Or are they self-deceptive illusions? These feelings come from needing to control; and you hope to satisfy this as an authority or leader. You dislike having to adopt a follower’s role or defer to another’s authority, especially as this reminds you that your feelings of command could be illusions. This issue of authority needs to be confronted.
You may often assume a role of protector, attracting others who are more passive or personally weak, and who need someone to rely on. This role allows you to express leadership qualities. Yet, through identifying with this authority role, you often manage to avoid other aspects of yourself, those which may not fit your image of leadership. The authority role, however, does offer additional challenges which help you to grow and mature. Authority implies greater responsibility, and you need to feel convinced that you have the ability to succeed.
Part of this need derives from personal insecurity, probably formed during childhood, perhaps by excessive parental expectations that encouraged a belief that you had a natural right to lead others. If these expectations fail to be met in adult life, a growing dissatisfaction develops, as life fails to match the hopes and dreams absorbed from parents.
Problems related to choices between family obligations and work may occur within your adult family, especially if you reach a senior and responsible position. You tend to be adept at organizing for others, but, in doing so, you leave less time, energy, and interest to increase your self-understanding. This may be most noticeable in a tendency to be uneasy with emotional expression or uncomfortable with feelings. You may try to avoid intimate situations when these are exposed. Emotional problems pose difficulties, and generally you hope that they simply go away and regret that you cannot orgnaize them into resolution!
Growth occurs when you accept your emotions and express rather than repress them. Your family and others will appreciate you more if emotions are allowed to flow more easily, rather than being submerged in role playing. Your achievements can be considerable, especially through career and work, but you should strive to achieve for achievement’s sake, rather than for the ‘applause of the audience’, as this will serve only to reinforce identification with your role.
In the 4th house, emotional values are all-important. It is not enough, as in the 3rd house, simply to inquire about the meaning of something; one must be able to enter into it with feeling. With the Node here, we are like a bird that felt good in its cosy nest and was thrown out of it. Usually the chart will exhibit a tendency on the part of the native to lack balance and to be overeager to stress his or her own individuality. The lesson to learn is to be an ordinary human being among other human beings, and to be able to give and take emotionally.
Often the 4th-house Node is counterbalanced by the Sun, Uranus, or Pluto at the top of the chart; and this produces, by relfex action, the wish to be famous or a leader. When emotional imaginative pictures to do with the family or the group enter consciousness, these guiding images have to be clarified.
If planets in the 9th or 10th house show high ambition, this can be satisfied; but, with the Node in the 4th house, the native needs to keep close to home and roots. The feet need to be kept firmly on the ground. Bottlenecks, which hold up progress, are often encountered. Now, when blockages occur, the native’s reaction is to try and forge ahead. In many cases, that would be the right thing to do; but with the Moon’s Node in the 4th house, it is wrong. The proper course of action is to upll back and to live as one of the group, as one of the family. This is the only way to prepare to move forward again, to find room for maneuver, to gain access to those it is desired to lead. Then misunderstandings will be swept away and a fresh impetus will be given to upward development.
With Nodes in the 4th house that receive hard aspects, there can be a retreat into a pleasant ideal world of acceptance and domestic bliss. This ‘warm nest’ feeling has a very important function. It is one of the fundamentals of life; and we may well want to experience it at all costs. This makes us undifferentiated and dependent on the activities of the family. We are governed by these activities, and do not have a hand in shaping them but are sacrificed to the family’s interests. In the worst scenario, our relatives assume the right to abuse us and to walk all over us.
When there is a planet in the 10th house, in opposition to the Node, the native will readily part with a place in the nest in order, at least, to make sure of getting on in the world. Ambition, in whatever form it occurs, destroys the sense of domesticity. The natural need to be part of a bigger organism, group, or family, comes second-best.
With a square from a planet on the Ascendant, the departure from normal is not excessive, but the native is too egotistic; with a square from the Descendant, the native defers to the partner. If, for the sake of personal development, the need to belong is allowed to wither, an essential human quality dies, and the individual becomes a loner and inclined to do wrong to others. For the ability to avoid unfairness is based on the nest-like environment of the 4th house.
Rahu in 4th House : If the Rahu is in the fourth house, the person’s greatest growth, evolution, and fulfillment come through taking care of his home and family life. In previous incarnations, there may have been an overabundance of professional activities and social responsibility. Now the person must concentrate on his own soul growth and fulfillment of emotional needs. All activities involving land, property, and homes are favored. The person should develop his feminine and maternal energy, and seek to nurture all those in his presence. He should dedicate his life to family, children, relatives, and loved ones. He may do well in healing professions, nursing, cooking, catering, inn-keeping, or any domestically-oriented jobs. Although career focus is neither psychologically significant nor a main objective of this life, the person is extremely concerned with the well-being of all members of his immediate community. He must do his best to see that everyone has a sense of belonging.
The person should not look for a life of profound philosophical meaning. His actions would not be based upon compelling drives towards particularly ambitious goals. Rather, he is here to experience and appreciate the full value of his emotions, senses, passions, sensitivities, and vulnerabilities. His job is to keep his family and the human species alive and well. Tradition, rituals, and cultural values are of very great importance. The person is on a lifelong journey back to his roots. Spiritually, this means he is very well-advised to engage in meditation, contemplation, and all inner-directed self-development techniques. Also, he gains tremendous benefits from periods of self-imposed seclusion and isolation. On a more mundane level, the person wants to learn everything possible about the lives, history, and circumstances of his ancestors and predecessors. At the very beginning of life, the person is organically connected to the father. However, as his consciousness grows, he quickly realizes there is no progress to be made in this realm. He then shifts his attention to his mother and all other tenderhearted expressions of creation.
The person is devoted to practicalities, not ideals. He is wonderfully sympathetic, and functions as a magnificent support system to those in need. He is like a rock of stability, always emotionally available for others. In this lifetime the person is learning extreme devotion and loyalty to his loved ones. He may derive tremendous pleasure from gardening, landscaping, or farming. Collectibles and material possessions are very important. The person must have absolute control over his daily environment. he should surround himself with beauty and whatever else appeals to his personal tastes. Living near water is preferred; and the person may wish to develop his psychic, sensitive nature to the fullest. He is here for a highly subjective, even sentimental, experience of life, and is now relinquishing his obsession with objective realities and ultimate truths.
Rahu in the fourth house also sometimes indicates problems with a forceful or domineering mother and troubles in gaining educational degrees. There are strong cravings in the heart, and a possibility of attaining large homes or mansions. The Ketu in the tenth house reveals a good reputation and successful professional life. Careers may involve any spiritual activity which raises the consciousness of the common person. There is distinct talent in metaphysical or natural healing techniques.