As the factors which determine eclipses, the nodes are the shadows of the Sun and Moon (speaking here symbolically, not astronomically). The north node, Rahu, is the shadow of the Moon, or the negative Moon. It has the power to obstruct, negate, cover or darken the Moon (the mind). The south node, Ketu, is the shadow of the Sun or the negative Sun. It has the power to obstruct, negate, cover or darken the Sun (the self).
As the negative Moon or the negative side of the Moon, the mind, Rahu represents illusion, hallucination, trance, psychosis, paranoia and other such negative mental states. As the negative Sun or the negative side of the Sun, the self, Ketu represents self-doubt, lack of self-confidence, lack of self-worth, which can lead to self-aggrandizement, or, ultimately megalomania. It represents negative states of the Self.
Rahu has the power to overcome the Moon and Ketu has the power to overcome the Sun. They can limit other planets as well, though not to such a degree. Similarly, Ketu can obstruct the Moon; it may create certain violent fantasies or an attraction to the lower or more macabre side of life; alcoholism or something of that order. Rahu can obstruct the Sun; it may create confused imagination, indecision, illusions about oneself and the capacity to lose oneself to collective or psychic influences. But Rahu is more dangerous to the Moon and Ketu to the Sun. As having the power to overcome the Sun, Ketu is the most powerful planet in the chart besides the Sun.
Yet please do not overreact to these two shadowy planets. Their influence is only a portion of the chart. It seldom manifests the extreme negative side. But for unaccountable, generally psychological or neurological difficulties, please examine these two nodes. They explain much that is hidden or occult in life.
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