KETU Dasha. Oh My God!
by Astrologer E K Dhilip Kumar
Many people in India think that Saturn is the only planet that indicates suffering and trouble. However if you start doing some research in Astrology, you will find that there is another planet that indicates equal trouble and that is the Mahadasha of Ketu – the 7 years period that will make most people realize that the world is something of an illusion. Reach out to God during Ketu Dasha and that is the only solution!
If there is one dasha by which even a disbeliever of Astrology will turn towards this wonderful ancient science of human life, then it is surely KETU Dasha.
Many of you may wonder why I have chosen this title. At the end of the article “Oh My God” will mean something else to you.
There are 2 things you need to do if this article is supposed do some good to you. Take a look at your own horoscope and find out when you will go through KETU Mahadasha. Then find out where KETU is in the Bhava Chart. Also see if KETU is alone or with malefics like Saturn, Mars and Sun and that is because if KETU is with these planets it indicates more trouble.
Only 5% of those who have been through KETU Dasha may say “no…. nothing much happened to me except a few negative things here and there… “. And that is most probably because KETU occupied a good house and was beneficially influenced by good yoga causing grahas (Planets) in their horoscopes. If Ketu is a yogakaraka the negative effects will be much reduced, so much one will not notice that he or she is going through a Ketu dasha.
The remaining 95% people will surely say, “Oh My God…. even my enemy must not go through a Ketu Dasha”. This is based mostly on my experience with my clients who underwent a Ketu Dasha and came me during the same dasha.
Lucky are those who have KETU well placed. Is it based on luck? Never. For every good result that we experience there was an action related to it in the past or past life. So what we normally call luck is just the output of a good action done in the past. Since the good was done in the past life, we do not see how it came and therefore for such unknown causes we call it luck. If the result is negative we term it is a bad luck.
If KETU is placed in the 2nd house or the 8th house or 12th house in your horoscope you should read this article and try to grasp as much information as possible. You can brace yourself well, you can protect yourself to the best of your abilities if you know all about KETU. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is no excuse. Not with KETU.
If KETU is in the 2nd house or in the 8th house or in the 12th house and is further afflicted by malefic grahas like KUJA (Mars), RAVI (Sun), SANI (Saturn) then the trouble increases manifold. Such people should turn to GOD and do lot of good things to the suffering human beings around them if they are interested in altering the course of their destiny. Destiny is alterable at any point in time. Only issue is that it is not easy.
If you have well a placed Ketu (a yogakaraka) then you have done a lot of good things in your previous lives.
Lucky are those who will never go through a KETU Dasha. It happens only if you are born in any of the following stars:
Bharani, Poorvaphalguni or Poorvashada.
So if you are born in these stars then there is no point reading about Ketu dasha unless you want to know how it is for others. So you can say, “Thank you, My God! instead of Oh My God!”. The reason for this is that KETU Dasha starts when you are 113 years old if you were born in Bharani Star, Poorvaphalguni Star or Poorvashada Star.
People who are born in Aswini, Makha and Moola start their life in Ketu Dasha. Mostly such people do not feel the blow of Ketu except when Ketu is badly placed for example in the 8th house or 12th house. This is because they are under the care of their parents. So if the parents are alive and if in the horoscope of such a person, the house of mother and the house of father is strong and beneficial then parental care prevents any further problems.
In most cases if RAHU and KETU are badly placed and cause some dosha like sarpa dosha etc, then either the father or the mother may have serious setback.
It is also said that the the 1st 4 years of a child is influenced by the mother and the next 4 years by the father. After 8 years the child is fully on its own karma. So if a person is born in Ketu dasha then there is usually not so much trouble to the person.
If you were born in the star of Aslesha, Jyeshta and Revati, you will go through Ketu dasha in your teens or early 20s.
Such people have to be careful because this is the time when karma starts to manifest itself. You have to study in a college, much depends on what happens in college. You may not study well. You may FALL in love. Really fall down. Usually you fall in love with a forbidden girl or boy. Usually out of caste, you may have an unusual type of marriage. This applies only for those in a conservative society.
Such a person may get into drugs, alcohol or smoking. Effort must be taken to either avoid such habits or limit the intake to a bear minimum. Lucky are those who do not even experiment with such forbidden items, because once the experiment happens the habit is sure to follow.
If you were born in Pushyami, Anuradha or Uttarabhadra star then Ketu dasha will be the 3rd dasha of your life, so you are likely to get it around your 30s. So you should be very careful because it is the centre point of your active life.
If you were born in Punarvasu, Vishaka or Poorvabhadrapada your Ketu dasha will be the 4th dasha and you will get it close to your 50s. Watch out! After living a successful life in the previous Budha (Mercury) dasha you may nose dive into failures. You should be aware of this in Budha Dasha and start losing your EGO due to success. Otherwsie KETU dasha will be ready to snatch it away from you by force.
If you were born in Arudra, Swati or Satabhisha star then KETU dasha will be the 5th dasha and you will get close to your mid 60s. So KETU might give you health problems. If Ketu is the ruler of the 2nd or the 7th house or if Ketu is placed in 2nd, 7th or 8th or 12th house then you should be extremely careful. Appropriate remedies are a must. Join a Rotary Club etc and start volunteering for medical camps. The more you take care of health problems among the poor the happier you will be.
In case you do not have time enough to read this long article, you may watch my video on KETU DASHA. The topic is “How to manage Ketu Dasha?”
Case studies of a few people who underwent the KETU Dasha
Case Study No.1
I am talking about a great person whose rise in Budha Dasha was phenomenal – almost unbelievable, a fairy story type – and then when Ketu dasha started it all changed stage by stage. In Budha dasha he had control over a large number of people and held the highest office in a company that was making news. I am unable to give more information on personal or official details to protect the identity of the client. His word was the law. He had friends around him all the time, each trying to grab his attention. He played along, enjoyed his time but his EGO levels shot up like mercury rises in a thermometer inside a furnace. Mercury was his mercurial rise.
In Ketu dasha, the 1st part showed a few symptoms of his future downfall. But nothing much happened. In the middle part it got hotter and in the 3rd part he quit the company. In the 3rd part his crown fell. It fell on the exact date when the 3rd part of Ketu dasha started. Now he is almost alone. People around him have started disrespecting him.
Case Study No.2
In this case study, a person holding a high post in a multinational company had some trouble with his wife on and off during the ending part of Budha Dasha and when KETU Dasha started it reached its peak. She did many unpardonable acts that the person could not bear it any longer. She took him to the police station many times in Ketu Dasha. He was beaten up by the police because she acted very well and planned her every step so much that even the police believed her. Finally he got the divorce in Ketu Dasha. During the same time he was offered a job overseas by a company that came out of thin air and the offer was too hard to resist. He quit the job and then wen to the middle east company only to find that he was being taken for a ride and the offer turned out to be a mirage in the desert. He came back and was jobless. When Sukra Dasha started he went back to the same company but never go the same respect he once got before all this happened.
Case Study No.3
A man who looked tough came to my consultation room and as the consultation began, I noticed that he was going through the last bit of Ketu Dasha. When I told him the truth about this Dasha he broke down. His large mustache that resembled that of the sandalwood smuggler Veerappan did not match him well as he broke down several times. He said he and and his sons were on the verge of bankruptcy and there were several arrest warrants against him. I knew that he was contemplating on suicide and so I gave him a lecture on the futility of suicide which I give to every person going through a Ketu Dasha. After many hours I ended the consultation and said that I have to go. He said, “you carry on Sir… because I have no where to go…”. I found it difficult to have my lunch. Only a few men have actually broken down in my consultation room. He never came back for another consultation.
Case Study No.4
This is the story of a young lad who met me during his middle part of Ketu dasha. He was just about 22 years. His parents came along with him. During the consultation the father used to get up and go for a smoke and then came back after chewing paan. The mother was somewhat attentive despite making a few calls on her mobile. In between, the young boy got up and said the session was boring and he wanted fresh air. He took the car key and wen out happily.
I told the parents that he was going through a bad period and he was supposed to do a mrityunjaya japa homa. The mother told me, “are you suggesting that my son may die…”? I said that it was a possibility based on Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra. I told that the boy should not speak to his lover, be careful on all Tuesdays and should not wear red color clothes and should pray to Lord Ganesha everyday.
Later on within 3 months the boy died in an accident. While riding his motorcycle he was speaking to his girlfriend. He was wearing a red T shirt and was not wearing the Ganesha pendant. It was also a Tuesday.
Tuesdays are ruled by KETU based on the dictum – Kujavad Ketu which means like Mars is Ketu.
Ketu Dasha as per Maharshi Parasara
A well placed KETU gives good results during the 1st 1/3rd of KETU dasha. During the middle part there will be intense period and during the last 1/3rd travel to foreign countries and fear of ailments etc.
Ketu Dasha – Ketu Bhukti
happiness from spouse and children,
recognition from the king, but mental agony,
gain of land, village etc.
will be derived in the Antar Dasha of Ketu in his own Dasha, if Ketu is in a Kendr, or Trikon, or, if Ketu is related to Dharm’s, Karm’s, or Bandhu’s Lord.
will we be the results, if Ketu is in his debilitation Rashi and, if Ketu is in Randra (8th), or Vyaya (12th) along with a combust Grah.
There will be
danger from diseases,
great distress and
separation from kinsmen,
if Ketu is related to Lord of 2nd house (Dhana), or Yuvati’s Lord, or, if Ketu is in Dhan, or Yuvati. The remedial measures to obtain relief from the above evil effects are performance of Durga Saptashati Japa and Mrityunjaya Japa.
Ketu Dasha – Sukra Bhukti
will be derived in the Antar Dasha of Sukra in the Dasha of Ketu, if Sukra is in his exaltation, in his own Rashi, or, if Sukra is associated with Karm’s Lord in a Kendr, or Trikon and there will be dawn of fortune, if in such position he is associated with Dharm’s Lord also.
if Sukra from the Lord of the Dasha. is in a
Kendra (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house) ,
Trikona (5th or 9th house) , or
in the 3rd, or
There will be
if Sukra is in the 6th, 8th, or 12th from the Lord of the Dasha.
If Sukra is in his debilitation Rashi, or, if Sukra is associated with a debilitated Grah, or, if Sukra is in Ari (6th), or Randra (8th), there will be
Physical distress and mental agony will be caused, if Sukra is Lord of 2nd house (Dhana), or Yuvati’s Lord. The remedial measures to obtain relief from the above evil effects are performance of Durga Path and giving a tawny-coloured cow, or female buffalo in Charity.
will be derived in the Antar Dasha of Surya in the Dasha Ketu, if Surya is in his exaltation, in his own Rashi, or, if Surya is associated with, or receives a Drishti from a benefic in a Kendr, Trikon, or in Labh.
+ Ketu Dasha – 01.Ravi Bhukti
if Surya is in a
Kendra ie 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses,
Trikona (5th or 9th house,
in the 2nd,
or 11th from the Lord of the Dasha.
- Ketu Dasha – 01.Ravi Bhukti
if Surya is associated with a malefic, or malefics in Randra (8th), or in Vyaya (12th).
if Surya is associated with evil Grahas in the 8th, or 12th from the Lord of the Dasha.
There will be distress at the commencement of the Antar Dasha with some mitigation at its end.
There will be fear of premature death, if your Lagna (Ascendant) is Karkataka (Cancer) or Kumbha (Aquarius)
To give a cow and gold in charity.
+ Ketu Dasha – 02.Chandra Bhukti
if Chandra is in Vrishabha (Taurus) ie in exalted ie Utcha (high peak), in Karkataka (Cancer)Rashi, in a Kendra ie 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses, Trikona (5th or 9th house, in Labha ie 11th house, or in Dhana Bhava ie 2nd house. The beneficial results will be realized fully, if Chandra is waxing.
if Chandra is in a Kendra ie 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses, Trikona (5th or 9th house, or in the 11th from the Lord of the Dasha and, if Chandra is endowed with strength.
There will be auspicious results at the commencement of the Antar Dasha, cordial relations with the king in the middle portion of the Antar Dasha and danger from the king, foreign journey, or journeys to distant places at its end.
+ Ketu Dasha – 02.Chandra Bhukti
if Chandra is in her debilitation Rashi, or in Ari (6th), Randra (8th), or Vyaya (12th).
if Chandra is in the 6th, 8th, or 12th from the Lord of the Dasha.
If Chandra is Lord of 2nd house or the Lord of the 7th house or Randra (8th)’s Lord, there will be fear of premature death.
Remedies: Mantras of Chandra and giving in charity things connected with Chandra.
will be derived in the Antar Dasha of Mangal in the Dasha of Ketu, if Mangal is in his exaltation, in his own Rashi, if Mangal is associated with, or, receives a Drishti from benefics. If Mangal is related to Dharm’s, or Karm’s Lord, there will definitely be gain of land and enjoyment.
if Mangal is in a Kendra, Trikona, or in the 3rd, or 11th from the Lord of the Dasha.
There will be
There will be
if Mangal is in the 8th, 12th, or 2nd from the Lord of the Dasha. In the above circumstances amidst evil effects there will be some auspicious effects also.
will be the results,
if Mangal is Lord of 2nd house (Dhana), or Yuvati’s Lord. By the beneficence of Mangal there will be enjoyment and gain of property, if, as a remedial measure, a bull is given in Charity.
from a Yavan king,
will be derived in the Antar Dasha of Rahu in the Dasha of Ketu, if Rahu is in his exaltation, his own, in a friends Rashi, or in a Kendr, or Trikon, or in Labh, or Sahaj, or Dhan. There will be some trouble at the commencement of the Dasha, but all will be well later.
if Rahu is associated with a malefic in Randra (8th), or in Vyaya (12th).
There will be distress and danger, if Rahu is in Dhan, or in Yuvati.
Durga Saptashati Path.
will be derived in the Antar Dasha of Guru in the Dasha of Ketu,
if Guru is in his exaltation, in his own Rashi, or is associated with Lagna (Ascendant)’s, Dharm’s, or Karm’s Lord in a Kendr, or Trikon.
will be the results, if Guru is in his debilitation Rashi, or in Ari (6th), Randra (8th), or Vyaya (12th). Though some good effects may be felt at the commencement of the Antar Dasha, there will be only adverse results later.
if Guru is associated with a benefic in a Kendr, Trikon, in the 3rd, or 11th from the Lord of the Dasha.
gains of many garments, ornaments by the beneficence of the king,
taking care of kinsmen,
availability of decent food,
Fear of premature death will be caused, if Guru is Lord of 2nd house (Dhana), or Yuvati’s Lord.
Mrityunjaya Japa and recitation of Shiva Sahasranama.
+ Ketu Dasha – 06.Sani Bhukti
if Shani Deva is in a Trikona (5th or 9th house) in Meena, in Thula, in his own Rashi, or, if Shani Deva is in an auspicious Navamsa, or is associated with a benefic in a Kendr, Trikon, or in Sahaj. (According to Brihat Jatak, Shani Devain Tula, Meen, Dhanus, Makar and Kumbh in Lagna (Ascendant) gives Raj Yog).
- Ketu Dasha – 06.Sani Bhukti
If Shani Deva is deprived of strength and dignity there will be loss of wealth and lethargy, if Shani Deva is in Randra (8th), or Vyaya (12th).
if Shani Deva is associated with a malefic, in the 6th, 8th, or 12th from the Lord of the Dasha.
Fear of premature death may be expected, if Shani Deva is Lord of 2nd house (Dhana), or Yuvati’s Lord.
Performance of Havan with sesame seeds (Til) and giving a black cow, or female buffalo in charity.
+ Ketu Dasha – 07.Budha Bhukti
If Budha (Mercury) is in a
Kendra ie 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses, or
Trikona (5th or 9th house), or,
if Budha (Mercury) is in his exaltation, or in his own Rashi.
if Budh is associated with lord of 9th house or lord of 10th house then
if Budha (Mercury) is in a Kendra ie 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses, Trikona (5th or 9th house, or in the 11th from the Lord of the Dasha.
- Ketu Dasha – 07. Budha Bhukti
if Budha (Mercury) is associated with Sani, Mangal, or Rahu in Ari (6th), Randra (8th), or Vyaya (12th).
There will be some beneficial effects at the commencement of the Dasha, still better results in the middle, but inauspicious at the end.
if Budha (Mercury) is weak in the 6th, 8th, or 12th from the Lord of the Dasha.
There will, however, be visits to sacred places in the middle of the Dasha.
Fear of premature death will be caused, if Budha (Mercury) is Lord of 2nd house (Dhana), or lord of Yuvati’s Lord.
Recitation of Vishnu Sahasranam.
Divide KETU Mahadasha into 3 parts.
The best way to understand what is store for you in KETU Dasha is to divide the 7 years period into 3 parts. Divide it and you will get 2 years and 4 months each.
Normally the 1st part will not trouble you that much. That is because KETU seems to give a last chance to change your way of thinking. Change your habits. From bad to good.
When you are in the middle, you can feel it’s getting hotter.
In the last part, you are most probably going to see a lot of nightmares.
Suicidal Tendencies and Ketu Dasha
Most people I met in their Ketu Dasha told me that at least once or twice in their Ketu Dasha they had this strange thought of ending life. Suicide never happens in the animal world. Among the human beings rarely this thought comes because men and women are curious to know how things are going to shape up for them in the future. Thank God that they are curious. This curiosity protects them from suicidal thoughts. They mostly love life.
There is also this subconscious thought that “I live forever”, and suicide is not really an ending but the beginning of another life without a body. You become a ghost and find it hard to get a rebirth. This subconscious thought protects each one of us from committing suicide.
Rarely doe s anyone walk out of a movie or drama unless they have seen it already. They sit tight until the end of whatever they are watching. They need to know how it ends. So too in life. They never want to quit.
But in KETU dasha people tend to lose their heads. Ketu is the body without a head. No wonder.
I remember long time back, a top official from an MNC met me during the fag end of KETU dasha. He was a chain smoker. He told me, “Smoking is actually a healthy habit because it keeps you alert”. He quoted, “…..you know the athlete Jesse Owens who won 4 Golds in Berlin Olympics was a chain smoker”. He was not going through so much trouble because he listened to most of the remedies that I suggested to him. One fine day he called me and said, “Yesterday, I was on the terrace of a tall building. I looked down. Suddenly the thought of jumping down came to me. I thought it should be a nice experience. I almost felt like I wanted to do it. Then I shook off the thought when I remembered what you said about Ketu and suicidal tendencies”.
This is a strange experience for me because he was not going through such a troublesome period. Ketu already had done what it should do. He obtained his divorce in Ketu dasha. During those days he smoked more cigarettes. Being without a life partner is in itself the effect of a bad Ketu dasha.
What to expect in a bad Ketu Dasha?
Divorce or separation in case there is incompatibility and also astrological reasons for a failed marriage. That is because KETU supports SANYAS.
A steep fall from a high position. People who hold top posts like CEO etc will suddenly find themselves in a tight corner forcing them to lose their job. The next job will make things worse for them.
False promises of a great future, like a position in a new company with 3 times salary etc but in the end after joining you come to know it is reduced to 1/3rd of your original salary.
An accident that either is fatal or you may almost see death. The accident will be remembered for a long time.
Most people turn to meditation and ashram. These are lucky ones. This way they stop things from getting worse. Because they have done what KETU wants them to. The purpose of a KETU dasha is to give you the picture that the world is just an illusion you have been chasinig. However there are many who do not even learn properly from the lessons of KETU and continue to be egoistic and unhelpful to poor people.
The car in which you travel topples and you go upside down. So drive carefully. If possible avoid the highways and high speeds. Travel only in stronger cars and wear speed belts all the time. Do not travel on your Janma Nakshatra or when it is Chandrashtama days.
You lose many dear friends and relatives. You come to know who are true friends and who are not. But it is too late. You feel that there is no way to reverse anything now.
Economically you feel let down. You feel your work has just disappeared like a mirage.
Remedies that work well in KETU Mahadasha
Read the scriptures related to your religion. Follow the rules of your religion. Follow the path of love and peace. Contemplate on GOD and GOOD.
If you are an Hindu then pray to Lord Ganesha. Wear a Pendant of Lord Ganesha in such a way the Ganesha is closer to you heart. Recite the main mantras of Lord Ganesha. Special prayers on all CHATURTHIs would help. Recite the 108 names of Lord Ganesha. Use white flowers while praying. Break coconuts in Ganesha Temple. Perform poojas either directly or appoint a purohit to help you out.
Avoid enjoyments, especially sex, drugs and alchohol. These make things worse for you in a bad KETU Dasha.
Try to visit PILGRIMAGE spots of you religion. Listen to discourses of religion and God.
Behave as though you are a renounced person. Many people ask me why do I say behave or act like a sanyasi. The answer is that even the so called sanyasi is getting into maya now and then so there is no way except to act. If you are a true sanyasi by your own karma then you will not be reading ths blog, and KETU dasha will not trouble you at all. Hence I tell my clients to act like a sanyasi. For men, grow a bead, wear Rudhraksha Maala etc.
Now do you understand why I have chosen the title – OMG (Oh My God). It is a reminder that in KETU Dasha you will have to think of GOD all the time. Without the prayers KETU Dasha will be the real OMG. After the prayers you will notice (like many of my clients who did what I said) that the intenstity of KETU Dasha is coming down to bearble limits.